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Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2020 4:20 pm

While most conversation is on major league signings at obscene salaries, a new development is taking place in the Twin Cities.

A group is trying to establish a minor league team in Shakopee. They would like to join the American Association. A challenge is their location is within 30 miles of the St. Paul Saints CHS Field. That is the limit by league rules.

St. Paul ranked eighth in attendance last year among the 350 affiliated and independent minor league teams. They draw 25 percent of their fans from the west metro area.

We in the Sioux City metro area should be very appreciative of the support John Roost provides so we can have a team. More and more teams are in larger metro areas.

A personal opinion – Iowa having high school baseball and softball adds to the attendance challenge in Sioux City.

Sioux Falls will also have a second team. They will play in the Expedition League which is an elite summer collegiate wood bat league. The team will play at Augustana University.

In the 50s and 60s, South Dakota had a collegiate league called the Basin League. Each team could have three experienced players and the rest collegiate or local amateurs. It eventually evolved into the Northern League with teams affiliated with major league teams. Both leagues had players who advanced to the majors.

Climate change is a buzz word politically. An article in a Minnesota publication raised some new issues. How is climate change going to affect ice fishing? It’s a big industry in parts of Minnesota, including providing winter income for resorts. I suppose we can compare the number of fish houses in McCook Lake now to 20 years ago.