Six American Indian students at UND who sued the university and several state officials over use of the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo have decided not to appeal a U.S. District Court judge’s dismissal of the lawsuit.
They’re up. Seed potatoes at the R. Schmidt Potato Co., at Sabin, Minn., are just emerging to 8 inches tall, thanks to a favorable planting season. Randy Schmidt said that despite a hard, fast 2-inch rain on Memorial Day weekend, things are looking good — so far.
Kevin Cramer pulled off a primary election upset Tuesday, beating North Dakota Republican Party-endorsed U.S. House candidate Brian Kalk at the polls to clinch the GOP nomination to run for the U.S. House in November. By Wednesday morning, all of the state’s 426 precincts were reporting their vote totals showing Cramer leading Kalk 54.44 to 45.45 percent. The secretary of state’s office tallied 99,735 votes as of 6:45 a.m., with 54,298 backing Cramer and 45,324 supporting Kalk.
North Dakotans signaled Tuesday they’re ready to say goodbye to UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname, overwhelmingly favoring a ballot measure that would allow the university to drop the name. With all 426 precincts reporting complete but unofficial results, the “yes” vote on Measure 4 topped the “no” vote by 67.35 percent to 32.65 percent. The “yes” votes totaled 113,684, the “no” votes 55,114.
Voting stations were buzzing Tuesday as an expected record number of Grand Forks residents lined up to vote in state and local elections. More than 800 people cast their votes during the election’s early voting stage, said Debbie Nelson, the election official for Grand Forks County. Some point to Measure 4 and the fate of the Fighting Sioux nickname for the large turnout.
North Dakota farmers look to harvest a record amount of winter wheat from a record number of acres this summer, due largely to the late, wet spring last year that made the September-planted crop a better-than-normal option.
Watch video at bottom of article Grand Forks Herald columnist Marilyn Hagerty, whose GrandForksHerald.com Eatbeat column this week on the new Olive Garden in the city went viral, was a guest this morning on CBS "The Early Show." As of 1 p.m. today, her Olive Garden column reached a website-record 535,000 page views.
Sioux Indian supporters of ‘Fighting Sioux’ file response with Supreme Court The North Dakota Supreme Court has scheduled a hearing at 3 p.m. March 15 to hear arguments in a case brought by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, at the request of the State Board of Higher Education, seeking to have a nickname law adopted last spring declared unconstitutional.
All in all, Eatbeat columnist Marilyn Hagerty writes, the new Olive Garden "is the largest and most beautiful restaurant now operating in Grand Forks. It attracts visitors from out of town as well as people who live here."
FARGO - In a brief campaign stop here Thursday morning, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney railed on the policies of Democratic President Barack Obama, while emphasizing North Dakota’s prosperous Oil Patch as a shining example of what the rest of the nation could be like under Republican leadership.
In an open letter addressed Tuesday to “the citizens of the state of North Dakota,” UND’s student body president urged that people allow the university and its students to put the Fighting Sioux nickname controversy behind them.
“The retirement of the Fighting Sioux nickname must continue,” UND Alumni Association head Tim O'Keefe writes, "as the issues and dangers “have extended themselves way beyond the sanctions imposed by the NCAA on teams that used American Indian imagery.”
Students were cut and bruised, but not seriously injured Tuesday morning near Roseau, Minn., when a semi-truck collided with a Badger School District bus with eight students on board, causing the bus to tip on its side. The truck driver was cited.
Effort could halt UND nickname transition; trigger legal battle As supporters of UND's Fighting Sioux nickname began gathering signatures, the state attorney general confirms that if they have enough, they could halt the university's transition away from the nickname. The State Board of Higher Education, though, could respond with an injunction.
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