In 2021, Slipka and Anthony “Twan” Albanese purchased the Canaries under True North Sports and Entertainment, LLC. With a passion for business and baseball, upgrades and improvements were immediate including a new scoreboard and infield turf. The team had its first winning season since 2010 in 2023, when the team eclipsed the 50-win mark for just the 5th time in the Canaries 31-year history.
In addition to making an impact on the field, Slipka and Albanese also started The Canaries Community Fund. “The Canaries are so much more than baseball,” said Slipka. “People will see this when they come to games!”
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He most recently served as director of athletics and activities at Centennial High School in Circle Pines, Minnesota. Previously, he served as the director of athletics at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, where he led a department with 22 varsity sports. He served as the vice president and director of athletics at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, where he led the school through the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II. He has experience with Division I, as well, from when he worked for the University of Minnesota. Jamros started his sports administration career at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he served in the roles of assistant athletic director and associate athletic director.
Jamros resides in the area with his wife (Ashley) and two daughters (Grace and Olivia).
Higbe played college baseball for Iowa Western Community College, making two trips to the D1 Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, CO. His teams finished 5th in the country in 2008, and 9th in 2009.
The Austin, MN native earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management with a minor in Exercise Science from Mayville State University.
He and his wife Kate have two children: Lennon and Harrison. When not in the office, Higbe likes to spend time in the gym and the outdoors.
Bailey and his wife Brooklyn currently reside in the Dell Rapids, SD area.
Lindner graduated from the University of Minnesota in May of 2022, with a Sports Management BS degree. While attending the University of Minnesota, she played college softball all four years and appeared at the Women’s College World Series her freshman year.
In her free time, Ali enjoys being around friends and family. She also enjoys being outside, traveling, and listening to music.
Tanner is also the play-by-play voice of Golden Gopher volleyball and studio host for Golden Gopher football on the University of Minnesota’s Learfield radio network.
His background in baseball includes play-by-play for the Duluth Huskies, appearing as a guest broadcaster on the Notre Dame baseball radio network and his sit-down interview with Minnesota Twins broadcaster Dick Bremer won the Intercollegiate Broadcasting Systems Golden Microphone award.
A fun fact about Tanner is that his younger brother, Brayden, plays football at Augustana University.
But making sure fans leaving The Birdcage with a smile on their faces and eagerness to come back soon is a role the veteran sports radio host takes seriously and relishes.
The Omaha native and University of Nebraska alumnus spent the 2020 season and 2020-21 offseason as the team's Media Director, bringing over 20 years of radio, TV, and sportswriting experience to the team's branding on both social media and traditional outlets. Before that, John spent 15 years coming to The Birdcage as a casual fan and looks forward to introducing more fresh in-game entertainment to compliment the traditional family fun each Canaries game provides.
His dulcet, high-energy tones can be heard nightly as he announces the batters, reads multiple commercials, banters with the on-field hosts and announces every airplane as it flies over the stadium. From his perch in the press box, he works with the operations team, DJ and producer planning and coordinating the between inning events at every Canaries game.
Randy's announcing experience includes multiple years with Sioux Falls Youth Hockey as well as the Sioux Falls Stampede. He takes pride in being an integral part of the game day experience for Sioux Falls sports fans over 80 nights a year.
Randy grew up on a farm near Battle Creek, Iowa and is an alumnus of Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa. He has been married for 40 years to his wife Nancy and they have two adult children, Kayla and Trevor. He enjoys cooking, hockey, baseball and auto racing. "Let's Play Ball!!"
Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD
Throws/Bats: Right Wing/Right Wing
Weight: 195 pounds
Height: 6’ 8”
Favorite Movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Favorite Video Game: Angry Birds
Favorite Song: Bird is the Word
Role Model: Big Bird
Giving feathery hugs and pecks on the cheek, taking pictures with the fans, and giving high fives are what he does best!
He can also shake his tail feather...and the splits and the worm are just the beginning of his dance moves!
If you see Peep flying by the Peep mobile or hover board, you might want to step out of the way - he is a bird after all!
Cagey and Peep have hatched some fun plants for this summer - you never know what these cracked up Birds will be up to.
Hometown: Sioux Falls
Height: Short, but growing fast! (It's a touchy subject!)
Weight: Light as a feather
Bats: Ahh! Scared of bats! they are ugly with big, sharp teeth!
Throws: Strikes, fits, tantrums!
Hatch Date: 8-1-13
Favorite Food: Sunflower seeds