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The Herald accepts Ice Bucket Challenge, nominates T.J. Oshie, Karen Nyberg

Grand Forks Herald Publisher Korrie Wenzel dumps a bucket of ice water on Editor Steve Wagner as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Photo by Kile Brewer/Grand Forks Herald2 / 2

Two Herald executives doused each other with ice water on Saturday in response to a challenge from a local TV station to support a worthwhile cause, the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.      

In the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, someone challenges you to either donate to a charity that funds ALS research or you dump a bucket of ice water on your head — some chose to do both. Then you challenge other people, and the game runs on. 

Publisher Korrie Wenzel and Editor Steve Wagner pulled off the stunt after WDAZ-TV challenged the Herald in a newscast which aired on Friday evening. 

Fueled by social media and countless Facebook posts, the challenge has gathered momentum as the famous, including Bill Gates and Jimmy Fallon, and the not-at-all famous alike take up the cause. 

ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease which attacks nerves cells in the brain and spinal cord resulting in loss of muscle control.

By most accounts, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge originated in Boston after Peter Frates, a former captain of the Boston College baseball team, was diagnosed with ALS in 2012 at age 29.

“It’s kind of a unique way to garner some attention for ALS,” Wagner said. 

Still dripping from the icy shower in the company parking lot, Wagner said he was nominating T.J. Oshie, former UND and now St. Louis Blues hockey star from Warroad, Minn., and Karen Nyberg, NASA astronaut and UND alumna from Vining, Minn., to take the challenge.

The Herald will donate $100 to ALS research, Wenzel said.