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Matt Wellens

College hockey reporter

Matt Wellens is a college hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune and The Rink Live covering the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's and women's hockey programs. He also co-hosts a weekly UMD hockey podcast during the season called Bulldog Insider.

Matt has been covering the Bulldogs since the start of the 2014-15 season. His days covering college hockey go back to the 2003-04 season when he was a freshman at Northern Michigan University. It was at the start of the 2018-19 season that he, Zach Schneider of My 9 Sports and News Tribune multimedia producer Sam Erkkila launched the Bulldog Insider Podcast.

Prior to coming to Duluth in 2014, Matt was the Northern Michigan Wildcats hockey beat reporter in Marquette, Michigan. A Wisconsin native, Matt enjoys judging your choice of beer as well as Star Wars, putting cheese on everything, Kwik Trip and the Green Bay Packers.

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Duluth News Tribune reporter Matt Wellens (right) interviews UMD men's hockey coach Scott Sandelin Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at Amsoil Arena.
Tyler Schank / Duluth News Tribune

Karen Stromme will take over as interim athletic director at Minnesota Duluth next month after Josh Berlo leaves to head the athletic department at Denver. Stromme and her husband, Gary Holquist, were just days away from retiring from UMD when Stromme was asked to lead the Bulldogs during this time of transition.
UMD held a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Title IX back in May featuring a panel of distinguished female athletes and coaches. During the 25th anniversary of Title IX back in 1997, the Bulldogs were being investigated for gender inequality and a misuse of funds.
Camp will be used to evaluate rosters for the rescheduled 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship in August and the upcoming 2023 tournament in December and January.
Saturday morning's live coverage of the marathon in Duluth. For full stories, see duluthnewstribune.com/grandmas.
COVID-19 kept wheelchair racers away from Grandma's Marathon in 2021, and there was no elite field for the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in 2021, either. Both races are back to full strength in 2022, with some top contenders in each.
The defending champion from Minnesota is looking to join an elite group of repeat winners at Grandma's Marathon.
Will a Kenyan win the Grandma's Marathon men's race for an eighth consecutive year, or can an American cross the finish line first at the 46th running on Saturday in Duluth.
Grandma's Marathon is returning to its traditional Superior Street course route, while there will be a lot more for kids to do on Friday when the festivities get underway at Bayfront Festival Park.
Angie Adams of North Shore Mental Health Services is one of the charity runners taking part in Grandma's Marathon weekend. She'll be running the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon to raise funds for Ruff Start Rescue, an organization she fosters dogs for. It's also where she has adopted two of her three dogs.
Around 175 runners are taking part in the 46th Grandma's Marathon weekend to not only race, but raise money for charity organizations. Katrina Friedrich is running this year to raise funds for Girls on the Run Minnesota, where she is a coach.