FARGO, N.D. - As the Bison continue to perform well, it becomes more difficult for North Dakota State University to keep up with individuals trying to sell unlicensed green and gold products. Every year Licensing Resource Group has worked with NDSU, “it’s gotten worse and worse,” said LRG regional brand manager Joe Sheeley. Sheeley’s company chases down makers who haven’t undergone the licensing process – a job that has gotten significantly more challenging since the Bison won their first NCAA Division I FCS national championship in 2012. Nothing sells gear like a winning team, which means sales of Bison products, licensed or not, have been rising rapidly.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – The play was maybe 20 yards from where David Samson sat with his camera and a telephoto lens the size of a grenade launcher. Suddenly, NDSU quarterback Carson Wentz rushed untouched toward the end zone during last Saturday’s national quarterfinal playoff game at the Fargodome. Almost as suddenly, the veteran Forum photographer grabbed a standby camera with a squat wide-angle lens just in time to capture Wentz’s scamper and the team’s ensuing celebration, then danced away to avoid being trampled by the growing herd.
FARGO, N.D. – Mike Schmitz watched from Bismarck as the North Dakota State University Bison football team beat the Golden Gophers in 2007. “We should be at that game,” he thought. In 2008, Schmitz started Midwest Sports Tours, bringing groups of fans to occasional Minnesota Vikings games, University of North Dakota hockey matches or concerts at the State Fair in Minot. He arranges the transportation, hotels and tailgating. “The premise is, you get on, you don’t worry about anything,” said Schmitz, who is also general manager of the North Dakota Horse Park.
FARGO, N.D. – If North Dakota State University wins Friday night’s FCS football semifinal against Sam Houston State, you can count on a stampede for tickets to Frisco, Texas. But don’t count on seeing superfans like Patrick Thiel in line. Those staunch Bison faithful bought their playoff tickets long ago. Some have even booked hotels and plane tickets, counting on the Herd getting a shot at a title four-peat on Jan. 10. “We got tickets in August. I got a buddy in the (Twin) Cities who said, ‘Anybody interested in investing in some tickets?’ And I said, ‘Yeah. Let’s do it,’ ” said Thiel, who teaches at Fargo’s Carl Ben Eielson Middle School.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota’s nickname task force has started drafting its plan to pick a permanent nickname online where the public can watch the progress, but there have been a few technological obstacles. The Nickname and Logo Process Recommendation Task Force began posting its first documents Monday and will continue to work on them until they present UND President Robert Kelley with the final plan some time before Dec. 31.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- At a well-attended task force meeting with community members in Grand Forks last month, several people spoke to the crowd about the need for the Univeristy of North Dakota to move on from the days of the Fighting Sioux and pick a new nickname. But those people stood in contrast to those who sat dressed in Fighting Sioux hats and jackets, including a small group gathered in the back of the room. While they brought books in favor of the old nickname titled, "Aren't We Sioux Enough?" and set them on a table, they were placed on the floor by event coordinators. Frank Burgraff, a vocal supporter of the Fighting Sioux name for years and UND hockey player in the 1980s, stood quietly and surveyed the room. "Silence does not constitute consent," he said. "There's no avenue for anybody to express themselves. I couldn't get up and say, 'I'd like to say some words.' They put us in the corner."RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Sue Jeno started to cry when she was asked whether she thought UND should pick a new nickname. "I just want to do it right," she said, choking back tears. "I don't want to look back and say we were wrong." At a meeting Wednesday, Jeno and the rest of the University of North Dakota New Nickname and Logo Process Recommendation Task Force voted to continue to move forward in selecting a new nickname for the institution. The group developed the skeleton of a plan that involves appointing another committee as soon as possible that will ultimately decide on the next nickname. The finalplan, which the group is still working on, will be presented to UND President Robert Kelley by Dec. 31.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Heather Carr finished the race. And that's all she cared about. The Eden Prairie, Minn., resident and Mitchell, S.D., native was one of 53 people to complete the 2014 Antarctic Ice Marathon in November at Union Glacier Camp in Antarctica. It was Carr's fifth marathon, and she was one of 10 women to run the race. She finished with a time of 8 hours, 6 minutes, 10 seconds. "Overall, I was pleased with how I ran," Carr said following her trip. "My only real goal was to simply finish the race, and I did. A street marathon would typically take me about 4.5 hours." She took a 10-day trip to Antarctica, which cost about $16,000. Carr arrived in Chile on Nov. 15, where the participants had meetings about safety on Antarctica. Several days later, the group took a 4 1/2-hour flight to Union Glacier Camp, where the half marathon, marathon and 100K, which is about 62 miles, took place.RELATED CONTENT
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – There is plenty of passion behind the University of North Dakota nickname debate, even in Minnesota Golden Gopher territory. A group of UND alumni and other stakeholders convened in the ballroom at the Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Mall of America for a town hall meeting to give input on the nickname decision process. UND nickname task force member Karl Goehring moderated the meeting, along with UND spokesman Peter Johnson. Just as previous town hall meetings in Grand Forks and across North Dakota have revealed multiple opinions regarding how the school should move forward, the people in attendance also had varying ideas on the subject.
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.