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Normal, Ill. Jackson Koonce is a southern California kid, but don't let that fool you. The North Dakota State punter showed up at practice on a frigid day last week wearing shorts and a short-sleeved shirt. "He thinks he's tough, which I like," Bison coach Chris Klieman snarked after his team wrapped up the Missouri Valley Football Conference championship with a 20-7 victory over Illinois State on Saturday.
Fargo It's too bad Chris Streveler couldn't play defense for South Dakota. The Coyotes might've had a chance against North Dakota State if that was the case. As it was, USD tackled as if the Bison had the Zika virus, leaving their head coach disgusted and accomplishing the near-impossible task of making the long bus ride back to Vermillion even longer.
The race for one seat on the Moorhead School Board did not draw much attention, either in the local media or from voters. Only 1,558 school district residents went to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 7, to cast a ballot for one of 13 candidates. According to the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office, there are 24,887 eligible voters in Moorhead, meaning just 6.2 percent of them voted in the election. Something interesting happened, though, even with the apparent disinterest from citizens. The voters elected a socialist.
Maybe those of us who don't believe thoughts and prayers can stop bullets are aiming too high, pardon the pun, in our apparent fantasy that one day US citizens will demand their jellyfish elected officials—right and left, but mostly right—do something about the carnage. Mass shootings like the one in Sutherland Springs, Texas, have become so common we barely flinch anymore, and the number of dead and wounded is measured not so much in bodies and destroyed families as it is on a relative scale of horror.
Pelican Rapids, Minn. How many food businesses have been started by the constant urging of friends and family using the words, "You should really sell these"? Too many, maybe. The path of entrepreneurship is likely littered with hundreds (thousands?) of delicious ideas that couldn't be mass marketed.
Brookings, S.D. Losses are rare for the North Dakota State football team. Losses when the Bison get outplayed and outcoached in every facet of the game are even rarer. After losing to South Dakota State on Saturday, in fact, you can count those games on two fingers. Not two hands. Two fingers.
BROOKINGS, S.D. — There was no hiding expectations for the South Dakota State football team at the beginning of this season. Coming off a Missouri Valley Football Conference co-championship with North Dakota State — even though one SDSU assistant coach voiced his displeasure on Twitter for having to share the trophy with the Bison — the Jackrabbits had their sights set on even bigger things.
Despite the television rights-holder to North Dakota State football games trying to dismiss as fake news a report by Forum Communications that Bison true freshman Seth Wilson was going to have his redshirt pulled Saturday in a game against Northern Iowa, Wilson did, indeed, have his redshirt pulled and did, indeed, play. It was only one play, and Wilson didn’t carry the ball, but he played.
Congratulations to Govs. Doug Burgum of North Dakota and Mark Dayton of Minnesota for inventing a time machine that turns back the clock seven years. It is called the F-M Diversion Task Force, a 16-person committee that spent one of its precious few meetings airing past grievances and asking questions that were answered years ago.
Fargo If somebody in Cedar Falls, Iowa, wants to scare the stuffing out Eli Dunne on Halloween, they'll dress in a green and yellow football jersey with the No. 49 on it. The Northern Iowa quarterback will be seeing it in his nightmares for awhile anyway.