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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.
FARGO -- North Dakota State defeated Iowa, straight up and without trickery, on Sept. 17, 2016, at Hawkeye Stadium in Iowa City. Cam Pedersen's 37-yard field goal as time expired was the difference, but the tale of the game was the fourth quarter. That was when the Bison, the Division I FCS school with 63 scholarships, pushed around the Big Ten's Hawkeyes and dared the big boys to stop them.
FARGO — Trying to interview Ilhan Omar is like trying to interview a rock star. Emails are sent. Contacts are contacted. Friends are asked for favors. And the reply is always the same: "We have about 80 interview requests right now, but we will check to see if we can add you to the list." This is a polite way of saying, "There's a better chance of getting an exclusive with Mick Jagger."
FARGO — The Colgate Raiders will come to the Fargodome next weekend to take their first crack at North Dakota State's football team. Colgate, a private school in upstate Hamilton, N.Y., that costs $65,000 to attend, upended mighty James Madison in a Division I FCS playoff game Saturday, Dec. 1, to earn the right to take on the Bison in the quarterfinals.
FARGO — Is it too late to shrink the Division I FCS playoff field by four teams? Just for this one year? Please. Or, as Sam Herder of Hero Sports opined on Twitter, maybe the playoff committee could cut out eight teams and just seed 1 through 16.
MINNEAPOLIS — Getting into the NFL record book was no consolation for Adam Thielen. The Minnesota Vikings lost and a miscue he made played a big part. The game Sunday night, Oct. 28, started to unravel when Thielen fumbled inside the New Orleans 20-yard line late in the second quarter, a mistake compounded by a boneheaded penalty on fellow Minnesota Vikings receiver Laquon Treadwell.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — One of the committee members helping plaster Minnesota Nice all over Super Bowl LII (that's 52 for all non-Romans reading this) is a Green Bay Packers fan from Wisconsin, even though she claims living in the Land of 10,000 Lakes for a paltry 25 years somehow qualifies her as a "Minnesotan."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Carson Wentz's tone—and the occasional dagger he threw with his eyes—told the story of how things went Sunday, Sept. 17, at Arrowhead Stadium. Perturbed, that's probably the proper word to describe the tone of Wentz's voice after the game. And a couple of reporters who asked questions Wentz apparently deemed repetitive or silly got a look North Dakota State fans weren't exposed to when the quarterback played for the Bison.
CHENEY, Wash. — The fine young man at the Dollar rental car counter in the Spokane International Airport greeted customers thusly on Thursday, Sept. 7: "Welcome to smoky Spokane." One of his customers who had just arrived from the crisp, clean fall air of Fargo decided to respond with a sympathetic comeback. "I suppose all you people feel like you're smoking about three packs a day with the air like this, eh?" he said.