Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 13 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate.
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In April 2016, Peter Stenehjem—like many UND hockey fans—traveled to Tampa, Fla., to watch the NCAA Men's Hockey National Championship. He joined a throng of UND fans enjoying Ferg's Live, an indoor-outdoor bar outside Amalie Arena. Ferg's Live, home to UND's pregame and postgame festivities, reported record sales after the Frozen Four. It's a memory Stenehjem draws from as he enters into his new role as co-chair of a UND Football Game Day Experience Committee, charged with ramping up the Alerus Center atmosphere.
Weston Dressler wore green and white for a long time. The former UND wide receiver donned it in Grand Forks for four years, then for eight seasons with the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders. The colors have changed—Dressler now wears blue and gold of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The uniform is different, but the talent and production is still the same for the 31-year-old Bismarck native enjoying his second season in Winnipeg.
Dustin McWilliams labels his workouts in the years before taking up CrossFit as "the real easy stuff." The easy stuff, though, might mean something different to the average exerciser than it does to McWilliams. On a Friday afternoon, McWilliams was at Tundra CrossFit—a no-frills fitness facility in northwest Grand Forks—with about 20 of his workout partners.
When UND announced a contract extension for men's basketball coach Brian Jones last week, a raise for the assistant salary pool was a minor footnote. Coaches and administrators, however, know the importance of beginning to bump assistant pay closer to a competitive level. "The proof is in the pudding," Jones said after signing a four-year extension worth $140,000 annually. "I have had great assistant coaches, but it has been a stepping stone for young coaches.
The East Grand Forks American Legion baseball team had early hints in the second game of an American Legion baseball doubleheader with Perham that netting a sweep would be tough. In the first inning, EGF had a runner thrown out at the plate. In the second, an EGF batter lined into a double play with the bases loaded and nobody out. Those early breaks set the tone in Perham's 6-4 win in Game 2 to salvage a split at Stauss Park on Thursday night. East Grand Forks won the opener 4-2.
UND men's basketball coach Brian Jones signed a four-year contract extension, the school announced Thursday, ending a lengthy process that included a two-month extension in order to buy more time for negotiations. UND athletic director Brian Faison said the process was drawn out due to university-wide budget issues, which were at least partly a result of a dip in higher education funding from the North Dakota State Legislature. In late March, as part of those budget issues, UND cut women's hockey and men's and women's swimming and diving.
In January, UND announced its intent to leave the Big Sky Conference for the Summit League and Missouri Valley Football Conference. Before UND even officially lands in the Summit League in the 2018-19 school year, however, the conference has lost a member. Indiana Purdue-Indianapolis (IUPUI) announced Wednesday it will leave the Summit for the Horizon League effective July 1 and begin competing in the league this upcoming school year. That move doesn't waver UND athletic director Brian Faison's confidence in the Fighting Hawks' new league.
The UND football program is leaving the Big Sky Conference, but the matchups with Montana will continue. UND and Montana announced Wednesday an agreement to play a home-and-home series during the 2024 and 2025 seasons. The Grizzlies and Fighting Hawks will play in Grand Forks on Sept. 7, 2024, and in Missoula on Sept. 13, 2025.
The UND football program's defensive backfield is one of the top units in the FCS, and the Fighting Hawks took steps toward strengthening that position group's future on Tuesday. UND received verbal commitments from Wisconsin natives and defensive backs C.J. Siegel and Kadon Kauppinen. Siegel and Kauppinen grow the 2018 UND football recruiting class to three. The program received its first verbal commitment of the recruiting season last week with Winnipeg offensive lineman Rain Slater.
Matt Clauson didn't have a big impact on the first 13 innings of the American Legion baseball doubleheader between Grand Forks and Minot, but the seventh inning of the second game was all about the Royals first baseman. Clauson's defensive play in the top of the seventh inning, and his offensive play in the bottom of the frame lifted Grand Forks to a 2-1 win over the Vistas on Tuesday at Kraft Field. The Royals won the first game 3-1.