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NFL suspends Vikings star Adrian Peterson for at least rest of season

Adrian Peterson was notified by the league Tuesday morning that he has been suspended without pay for at least the remainder of the 2014 NFL season. Peterson will be considered for reinstatement "on or around April 15," according to a letter from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Virtual town hall meeting brings UND nickname debate to five N.D. cities

Virtual town hall meeting brings UND nickname debate to five N.D. cities

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota’s New Nickname and Logo Task Force invited participants in five North Dakota cities and online viewers to a Monday night virtual town hall meeting. Locations in Grand Forks, Minot, Bismarck, Fargo and Williston hosted small forums of people who were connected via video conference to provide input on ideas regarding a post-Fighting Sioux UND, including ideas for a new nickname and logo, and how to go about implementing a process for instating them.

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Dakota Bowl won’t be back to Grand Forks until at least 2021

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Today’s Dakota Bowl state championship football games won’t be back at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks until at least 2021 — and likely longer. The Fargodome is slated to be the home for the title games for North Dakota’s four high school classes over the next six years, after alternating years with the Alerus. It’s all about the money, said Matt Fetsch, the executive director of the North Dakota High School Activities Association. He said the 2013 Dakota Bowl in Fargo showed a profit of almost $60,000, compared with the $27,000 a year earlier in Grand Forks. Percentage-wise, the profit gaps have been similar in previous years.

Alumni should be a big part of picking new UND nickname

Alumni should be a big part of picking new UND nickname

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Attendees at a meeting to start the process of selecting a new nickname for the University of North Dakota thought alumni should have a big say in what moniker is finally selected as they make up the largest group of stakeholders. Students, UND employees, alumni and donors gathered at an open forum Thursday evening to help UND’s Nickname and Logo Task Force develop the process that will be used to pick a new moniker for the school.

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Pro-Measure 5 Ad features former UND hockey player

T.J. Oshie appears in TV commercial; controversy surrounding ads grows
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Backers of a conservation ballot measure in North Dakota recently released a TV commercial featuring former University of North Dakota hockey player and St. Louis Blues winger T.J. Oshie, as controversy surrounding Measure 5 ads ramps up. “Measure 5 will provide funds for more ice rinks and recreational areas,” Oshie said in the advertisement. Measure 5 would establish a conservation fund with oil tax revenue.

Fargodome officials mull more seats for Bison games

Discussion is in early stages, but some small changes could happen by next season
FARGO, N.D. – Fargodome officials are mulling ways to add more seats to accommodate the growing legions of North Dakota State University football fans. About 100 new seats could be added as early as next season, though any more than that would require substantial structural changes that would take more time, according to City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn, a member of the Fargo Dome Authority’s Finance Committee. The idea of adding more seats has been tossed around for a year and a half to two years, but the discussion has gotten more serious as part of the overall discussion about improvements to the building, said Fargodome General Manager Rob Sobolik.

First steps in nickname process

Task force on Fighting Sioux replacement has first meeting
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A University of North Dakota task force met Wednesday to begin coming up with the process of picking a new nickname and logo for the school. The task force won’t be picking a nickname, but will try to establish a concrete process the school will use to choose a new one after the controversial Fighting Sioux name was officially retired Dec. 31, 2012.

NDSU names new athletic director

FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota State found its successor to Gene Taylor. University President Dean Bresciani named Matt Larsen, the senior associate athletic director at Stony Brook (N.Y.) as the next Bison athletic director.

A new step for UND nickname: Task force created to develop process for replacing Fighting Sioux

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A new task force at the University of North Dakota has been formed to develop the process for picking a new nickname and logo, according to the university on Friday.

Zygi Wilf says Vikings 'made a mistake' on Peterson

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Vikings explained their decision to suspend running back Adrian Peterson indefinitely early this morning, saying the team "made a mistake" in reinstating him despite his Sept. 12 indictment in Texas on child abuse charges. At a news conference at Winter Park, co-owner Zygi Wilf opened by telling reporters, "We made a mistake."

‘GameDay’ affirms Bison culture in eyes of recruits

‘GameDay’ affirms Bison culture in eyes of recruits

FARGO, N.D. – It was about year ago when Omaha Creighton Prep quarterback Easton Stick and his coach got in a car after a Friday night game and made the drive from Nebraska to Fargo for an unofficial recruiting visit. Before going to the North Dakota State football game, they stopped downtown. It wasn’t for a doughnut and juice. It was the big enchilada of exposure for college football coaches: Getting ESPN’s “College GameDay” in their backyard. What Stick saw was something he didn’t expect, he said.

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Downtown Fargo businesses capitalize on ‘GameDay’

Downtown Fargo businesses capitalize on ‘GameDay’

FARGO, N.D. – Within 15 minutes Monday, all 150 tickets for the Saturday brunch at Monte’s were sold to fans eager for football and fine dining. The downtown restaurant at 220 Broadway hosted a similar event for last year’s ESPN “College GameDay” broadcast, said Christian D’Agostino, chef/owner. “I think they were waiting on it,” he said of this week’s quick ticket purchasers. “We’re right in the middle of it. We’ve got the best seat.” The same special is being offered at The Boiler Room, 210 Broadway, which D’Agostino also co-owns.

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College GameDay's return puts Fargo's plan on high alert

FARGO, N.D. – When ESPN’s College GameDay returns to Fargo on Saturday, the popular pre-game TV show will again be broadcast downtown in front of the Fargo Theatre, North Dakota State University announced in a news conference Sunday. “ESPN made it clear that they had a great experience last year in downtown Fargo and they wanted to go back there,” said NDSU interim athletic director Prakash Mathew.

UND-NDSU football officially back on

UND-NDSU football officially back on

Games will be at Fargodome in 2015, 2019
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- It's official. The University of North Dakota-North Dakota State University football rivalry is back. The schools will play in games in Fargo on Sept. 19, 2015, and Sept. 7, 2019, ending a 12-year hiatus that began after the 2003 contest when NDSU moved to NCAA Division I status.

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Man charged with human trafficking in Williston

Man charged with human trafficking in Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. – A 38-year-old man is charged here with human trafficking and several other offenses for allegedly forcing two adult women from out of state to engage in sexual conduct. Williston police arrested Keith A. Graves, a sex offender from California, on Wednesday at the Grand International Inn in Williston.

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