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Down on the Farm: Carter Pushing for Minnesota Return

White Bear Lake native on the comeback trail after labrum surgery nearly ended his career

by Tom Witosky @toskyAHLWild / IowaWild.com

DES MOINES -- In many ways, Ryan Carter's decision to try to get back to the NHL was not made by him, rather for him by external circumstance.

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Down on the Farm: Iowa Mounts Postseason Push

After enduring three difficult seasons in Des Moines, Minnesota's AHL team is in the mix for a playoff spot,

by Tom Witosky @toskyAHLWild / IowaWild.com

DES MOINES -- On one level, the Iowa Wild's mid-season surge into playoff contention can be explained simply. 

On Nov. 16, the Wild's goals-against average was 3.79 and ranked 28th in the American Hockey League. At that point, Wild coaches, players and fans began wondering if this season would be much like the past three.

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Down on the Farm: Cancer Fight Hits Close for Anas

Demetra Anas has fought -- and beaten -- breast cancer twice while balancing work and being a hockey mom

by Tom Witosky @toskyAHLWild / IowaWild.com

Mothers and sons have special moments.

Demetra Anas, mother of Iowa Wild rookie forward Sam Anas, remembers the time she taped her toddler son's use of a hockey stick for the first time; he hit a ball straight as an arrow across the kitchen floor. She also clearly remembers the time she almost drove off the road when Sam disclosed he had figured out a secret that his mother had kept from him for years.

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Down on the Farm: Lalonde Reflects on AHL First Half

With Iowa enjoying the All-Star break, Wild.com checks in with Derek Lalonde to see how things are going in Des Moines

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers chats with first-year Iowa Wild coach Derek Lalonde about a number of topics, including his first half season Des Moines, Iowa's winning ways away from home and Alex Tuch playing in the AHL All-Star Game: 

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Down on the Farm: Carlson Helped Mold Iowa Players

Cedar Rapids coach laid groundwork for several Iowa Wild players in USHL

by Tom Witosky @toskyAHLWild / IowaWild.com

DES MOINES -- Ask Pat Cannone, Nick Saracino and Alex Stalock where they took their first big steps toward becoming a professional hockey player. Their answers are, perhaps surprisingly, the same.

Not somewhere in Minnesota, Europe or Canada, but the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League with their long-time coach Mark Carlson is where the three say they turned from kids playing hockey into young men playing hockey.

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Down on the Farm: Checking in With Derek Lalonde

Iowa coach chats with Wild.com about changing cultures, an improved team and Alex Tuch

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers chats with first-year Iowa Wild coach Derek Lalonde about a number of topics, including an improved team in Des Moines, changing a losing culture and an update on Alex Tuch in the latest installment of Down on the Farm, presented by Gold'n Plump:

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Down on the Farm: Warner Building on Strong Camp

Undrafted free agent defenseman continues to impress with Iowa Wild

by Tom Witosky @toskyAHLWild / IowaWild.com

DES MOINES -- Hunter Warner arrived for the Minnesota Wild training camp in September with two simple goals: Play hard and have fun.

"I've always believed that good things happen to those who are positive and who work hard," the rookie Iowa Wild defenseman said. "You can't control everything, but you can control your effort."

And sometimes great effort gets noticed unexpectedly. By the time Warner left Minnesota for Iowa in early October, his effort and his growth into one of the Wild's legitimate blue-line prospects won him praise as the surprise player of the NHL training camp.

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Down on the Farm: Seeler Makes Early Impression

Iowa Wild defenseman adjusting nicely to life in pro hockey

by Tom Witosky @IAWild / IowaWild.com

When Nick Seeler arrived for the Minnesota Wild's development camp this summer, he understood the challenge he faced.

"I knew the guys I would be playing against would be bigger and faster than those I had played against before," Seeler said. "But, I also felt I was ready for it. So far, it's been a great experience."

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Down on the Farm: Lalonde talks season's early stages

Wild.com checks in with the Iowa head coach

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers chats with first-year Iowa Wild coach Derek Lalonde about a number of topics, including Lalonde's adjustment to the American Hockey League and the progress being made by Alex Tuch in the latest installment of Down on the Farm.

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