AUDIO: N.D. Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms Takes Issue With My Column

Received some push back today from the governor’s office and Director of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms, who said my column in Thursday’s Forum about North Dakota reducing oil fines for companies that are responsible for spills. They said the column was based on “a false premise” and my characterization of the state being an…
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Bison-Northern Iowa Draws Most TV Viewers Ever For NDSU Game

North Dakota State’s FCS playoff quarterfinal victory against Northern Iowa drew the most television viewers ever for a Bison football game, according to director of broadcasting Jeremy Jorgenson. The game Saturday drew 1.644 million viewers on ESPN, according to a tweet by Sports TV Ratings. That’s 200,000 viewers more than watched the Bison defeat Illinois…
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Lesson Of The Day: Every Fan Base Has Its Idiots

A number of people have alerted me to a Facebook post made by Dan Huber of Fargo, which indicated Northern Iowa fans and ESPN staff departing Fargo on a plane after the Panthers’ loss to North Dakota State were overheard making comments about “how they wished the Bison fans would’ve treated them better in the…
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Richmond Can Thank Puss And Ragland For The Nickname

First off, we answer the most interesting question about Richmond: Why the Spiders? One of the best nicknames in college athletics came about thusly, according to the school’s official athletic web site: “From 1876-1893, Richmond carried the nickname “Colts” into its athletic contests, so dubbed for their play as an “energetic group of young colts.”…
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Drama For Today’s Bison-UNI Game Began Building On July 22, 2008

Saturday is the pinnacle of a college football rivalry that began on July 22, 2008. That was the day the Missouri Valley Football Conference released its preseason poll and North Dakota State, in its first year of playoff eligibility in Football Championship Subdivision¬†and in its first year as a member of the league, was atop…
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