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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:

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!

Culvert installation at the NSC's new field expansion project

01/28/2015, 4:45pm CST
By Barclay Kruse, NSC Chief Communications Officer

Minnesota's continued mild winter has allowed the National Sports Center's (NSC) field expansion project to continue. The NSC is currently building eight new fields on the northeast portion of our campus, between 105th and 109th Ave. NE, just to the east of the existing I, K and M fields. This is the first phase of an eventual 20-field expansion that will bring the NSC's total field inventory to 66 fields.

Today was a big day, as the crew installed a large culvert that will allow the construction of a parking lot access road from the west (Davenport St.) The new road will take traffic over an existing drainage channel to access a new parking lot that will serve the newly built fields.

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