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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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WDAY’s Mr. and Mrs.: Husband-wife team anchor weekend news

WDAY’s Mr. and Mrs.: Husband-wife team anchor weekend news

FARGO, N.D. – Jody Norstedt, WDAY’s weekend sports anchor, grew up in Montevideo, Minn., watching husband-and-wife team Frank Vascellaro and Amelia Santaniello on WCCO in the Twin Cities. So when his wife, Amy Unrau, who previously worked as a multimedia journalist/anchor for Valley News Live, expressed interest in getting back behind the camera after a stint in marketing, he jokingly said, “Oh man, we could be just like them!”

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Champion horse Skoal’s Centennial among Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees

MEDORA, N.D. -- There’s no set formula for what makes a good rodeo horse: some combination of breeding, buck, personality and prize-money potential. Whatever it is, Skoal’s Centennial had it.

UND nickname supporter tell her story: It was a ‘set up’

UND nickname supporter tell her story: It was a ‘set up’

A group of Sioux people who fought to keep UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname probably never had a chance of success, according to a book one of the group members have written. In a recent interview, author Eunice Davidson called the deal with the anti-nickname NCAA to keep the nickname a “set up.” “Everything that we faced… everything we did, everything we were asked to, and every time we do something they seem to set the bar higher,” she said. And by “they” she said she meant big players involved in the struggle, such as state officials who negotiated a deal that required the approval of not just one but two Sioux tribes in North Dakota.

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Newly formed semi-pro football team hopes new approach leads to longevity

Newly formed semi-pro football team hopes new approach leads to longevity

Fargo The Fargo-Moorhead area is no stranger to semi-pro football. In the last five years, two semi-pro clubs – the F-M Liberty and the F-M Lumberjacks – experienced one-and-done seasons, going defunct for reasons ranging from money issues, lack of interest and poor organization.

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