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Jamestown's World's Largest Buffalo has a new name

The World's Largest Buffalo has a new name: Dakota Thunder.

The winning name was submitted by Michael Shirek of Devils Lake, N.D.

Runners up include Dakotah Spirit submitted by Audre Goll of Bismarck, Benny submitted by Jennifer Wagner of Jamestown, Sir James submitted by Karen Jorgenson of Parshall and Beauford submitted by Sarah Holle of Bismarck.

The name will become official at a ceremony at 4 p.m. July 24 under the World's Largest Buffalo. Shirek will receive $1,000 for submitting the winner.

The contest was organized by the Buffalo City Tourism Foundation and students from Jamestown College. Residents could vote for their favorite name by making a donation of $1 at various locations around Jamestown.

Proceeds raised from the voting were $610. The funds will go to landscaping around the buffalo.

There were more than 3,500 entries in the contest.

The Jamestown Sun and the Herald are Forum Communications Co. newspapers.