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The University of Minnesota announced on Jan 17th that NFL assistant coach and recruiter Tim Brewster would be the Gopher’s 26th head football coach after Glen Mason. For almost two decades now, the 46-year-old ex college football player has been coaching tight ends, the position he once played at the University of Illinois. Brewster began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Purdue. Then came stints at the University of Texas and the University of North Carolina. The past five years, though, were spent recruiting and instructing tight ends at the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers.Brewster and his wife Cathleen are from Phillipsburg, NJ, and have three children, sons Eric, Clint and Nolan. He was recently recognized as a national recruiter of the year.

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Basketball enthusiasts already recognize this face—it’s the Gopher men’s basketball team’s defensive coach… that is, until December 1st. Jim Molinari is now the interim Head Coach, filling the shoes of Dan Monson, who recently resigned. It’s Molinari’s third season with the Gophers. Previously, he was an NBA scout and coached for 24 years at the Division 1 level (he was the Bradley Univ. head coach for 11 years, the head coach at Northern Illinois Univ. for three and was an assistant at DePaul). Molinari, a Glen Ellyn, Illinois native, and a former student-athlete himself, has four children and graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a BA in English.

By now you’ve heard about Minneapolis’ new Asian-fusion restaurant Chambers Kitchen, located across the street from the Orpheum and right inside Chambers Hotel. You’ve also probably heard about the master behind the scenes, chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. It’s time to put a face to a name. Jean-Georges has many restaurants under his belt, but Chambers is the first Midwestern locale outside of Chicago for the award-winning celebrity chef.

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Who is that young guy with dark blonde hair and dimples to quit, spouting weather terminology from my TV set? That’s Sven Sundergaard, KARE 11’s new weekend meteorologist. Joining the team officially in March 2006, Sundergaard isn’t new to KARE 11 or the state of Minnesota. He’s a St. Paul native himself, was raised in Cottage Grove and even interned for KARE 11 in 2002 while pursuing his meteorology degree at St. Cloud State University. Before coming to KARE, Sundergaard was the Chief Meteorologist at KBJR-TV in Duluth-Superior, where he’s worked since 2003. He loves to camp, run, and yes, he can speak Norwegian (click to hear on KARE’s website); he visits his relations regularly in Norway and Sweden.