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The annual Minnesota Deer Classic returns to the Schwan Center on campus March 6-8! See big bucks, learn from the pros and shop all the latest in gear.

Learn more here.

NSC retired executive director Paul Erickson honored at Minnesota Wild game February 22

02/23/2015, 12:15pm CST
By Barclay Kruse, NSC Chief Communications Officer

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton issued a proclamation declaring Sunday, February 22, 2015 as "Paul Erickson Day in Minnesota.”

The proclamation honored Erickson's service as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission for 27 years. He retired last December, after serving under five Minnesota governors -- Rudy Perpich, Arne Carlson, Jesse Ventura, Tim Pawlenty and Dayton.

Paul was honored at the Minnesota Wild home game against the Dallas Stars Sunday evening, by leading the crowd of 18,000 in "Let's Play Hockey" prior to the puck drop.

Here are some photos of Paul's big night:

Join us on Saturday, February 28, 2015, 9 am to 3 pm, for the 17th Annual North Metro Community Home and Garden Show, the place to be for all your remodeling and landscaping needs! This is an annual event sponsored by the Cities of Blaine, Fridley and Mounds View, who will have staff on hand to answer your questions about housing, development and city planning. In addition to our great exhibitors, we’ll have seminars, door prizes and a sponsor treasure hunt, and kids activity center with face painter – and it’s all FREE!

This event features foods from over 30 local restaurants and serves as the largest annual fundraiser for Cars for Neighbors, a non-profit that works to solve transportation issues for Anoka County residents.

Learn more and purchase tickets.

Governor Mark Dayton proclaims Sunday, February 22, 2015 as “Paul Erickson Day in Minnesota”

02/20/2015, 3:45pm CST
By Barclay Kruse, NSC Chief Communications Officer

Blaine, Minn. (February 20, 2015) -- Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has issued a proclamation declaring Sunday, February 22, 2015 as "Paul Erickson Day in Minnesota.”

The proclamation honors Erickson's service as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission for 27 years. He retired last December, after serving under five Minnesota governors -- Rudy Perpich, Arne Carlson, Jesse Ventura, Tim Pawlenty and Dayton.

Seven easy ways to go plastic and trash free

02/17/2015, 10:00am CST
By Hannah Van Eendenburg, MN GreenCorps Waste Prevention and Recycling

The National Sports Center is working hard to reduce the amount of waste we produce. This list has been shared with NSC employees, and we thought you'd be interested. Here are seven practical ways you can reduce your waste and go plastic free:

1. Reusable shopping bags: There is no reason to continually get a new bag every time you go grocery shopping. Throw a few reusable bags in your car, and grab one whenever you head into a store. Some stores even give you money back or credit for a reusable bag!

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