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Former North Dakota State wide receiver Ryan Smith now plays with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. Smith, who hails from Wahpeton, was in Winnipeg, Manitoba, last week during a game against the Blue Bombers. Phil Hossack Winnipeg Free Press

Smith achieves goal of playing pro football

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WINNIPEG — The door to the Saskatchewan Roughriders visitors’ locker room was deep inside an Investors Group Field hallway and it was still hard to hear Ryan Smith talk over the stadium music. The new $210 million Winnipeg Blue Bombers football facility was showing off its dynamic sound system, turning it into the biggest dance club in Canada.


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Jeff Kolpack
Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.