Mike McFeely / Forum News Service
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Sam Griesel's 19th birthday party will be the biggest of his life. It will include 18,000 fans inside Colonial Life Arena, his North Dakota State men's basketball teammates and some new friends named Krzyzewski and Williamson. Oh, and a worldwide television audience numbering in the millions. Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you. And good luck.
OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. — There is no quick way to lower your bait into a school of tullibees when the fish are 60 feet below the ice. Conversely, there is no quick way to reel up a hooked tullibee from the same depth.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Omaha tried throwing a haymaker at North Dakota State in the Summit League tournament championship game Tuesday, March 12, midway in the second half. The Mavericks went on a 12-0 run to tie the game 51-51 and the 11-point halftime lead the Bison so diligently built was gone. There was 8:37 remaining with a berth in the NCAA tournament at stake. The Bison did not have a senior on the floor — because they don't have a senior on the roster. It looked to those inside the Denny Sanford Premier Center that Omaha owned all the momentum.
FARGO -- Maren Walseth is no longer the women's basketball coach at North Dakota State, according to a school press release. The school and Walseth "mutually agreed to part ways," the press release said. Athletic director Matt Larsen was cited as making the announcement. Larsen said a national search will begin immediately for a new head coach, the release said. Walseth was 40-106 in five seasons at NDSU, including 19-59 in the Summit League. Her best season came in 2014-15, her first year, when the Bison went 11-18 and placed sixth in the Summit League.
FARGO - Dave Richman is not Saul Phillips. Nor is he Tim Miles. Or Chris Klieman or Craig Bohl, for that matter. He will never leave you laughing, cry before the cameras or capture a fan base by winning the dang day. None of which means Richman cannot coach. It only means on the personality scale he is closer to dour than dynamic, far more boring than bonkers. He's a lifelong North Dakotan, never having played or coached for a team out of the state, so what did you expect?
FARGO -- There aren't many professional golfers who put away their clubs for the winter and don't touch them for weeks. But not many professional golfers are from North Dakota. Fargo's Amy Olson said taking a break from the game is key to her early season success in 2019. She shot a 3-under-par 69 Friday, Mar. 1, to take the lead at the HSBC Women's World Championship in Singapore after 36 holes. Olson’s second round was highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 5th hole, where she struck a 5-iron to 20 feet and made the putt.
The letters submitted to Judge David R. Jones of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Houston are heartbreaking. There are hundreds of them from coal miners around the United States, begging the judge to make Westmoreland Mining Co. live up to its contract with workers and continue to provide the health-insurance benefits it promised retirees. The letters came from coal miners who worked for Westmoreland, sometimes for decades, mostly in places like Kemmerer, Wyo., and Appalachia, Va. And Beulah, N.D.
FARGO -- Lori Robbins was given the opportunity to backpedal from her accusation that a "trusted staff member" in North Dakota State's football program gave her son Brock a supplement that eventually ended his Bison career. She did not. The former Bison women's basketball player, a member of the school's athletic hall of fame, doubled down and strongly rebuked NDSU athletic director Matt Larsen's assertion that the substance in question was provided to Brock Robbins by another student-athlete.
The idea of the Dakotas being something different than a North and a South is not entirely new. There was the controversial idea in the 1980s of turning the Great Plains into the "Buffalo Commons," where bison could roam free because advocates said, well, some areas just aren't worth living in. There was once talk of dropping "North" from the state's name because, boosters argued, the word gave the uninviting connotation of wintry cold and bleakness. The nerve of that word.
FARGO — Many head coaches have used success at North Dakota State to move to a higher level of college football. None have come anywhere near replicating that success at their new jobs. Chris Klieman is the latest Bison coach to parlay victories and national championships into a bigger job with a higher profile and larger paycheck. Klieman accepted the head coaching job at Kansas State of the Big 12 Conference two weeks ago after five years of remarkable prosperity in Fargo.