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Golden celebration: Ralph event will honor Lamoureux sisters

Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson of the U.S., Monique Lamoureux-Morando of the U.S. and goalie Madeline Rooney of the U.S. celebrate their win. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

North Dakota is celebrating its gold medal Olympians in grand fashion.

Grand Forks natives and UND alums Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson played a starring role for U.S. Women’s Hockey in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, helping to lead the team to a  gold medal finish. The victory over the rival Canadian team marked the best showing for the U.S. women in the past 20 years and a first for the Peace Garden State -- the twin sisters are the first North Dakotans to win Olympic gold for the United States.

That feat is now set for a March 8 celebration at the Ralph Engelstad Arena, the top-flight college hockey stadium that the sisters know well from their time at UND.

A release from the arena’s press office said the community event is free of charge and opens to the public at 6:30 p.m., with a program beginning at 7 p.m. The release billed the evening as a celebration of the Lamoureux sisters and their accomplishments in the Olympic Games.

What’s more, the night is also the unveiling of “Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux Day,” a statewide March 8 commemoration. The release said the board chair of the local Chamber of Commerce will announce the occasion on behalf of North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum.

Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown said he “couldn’t be more excited and proud” of the sisters’ accomplishments.

“For them to grow up right here in Grand Forks and represent our community on the world stage is very special,” Brown said in the release.

Andrew Haffner

Andrew Haffner covers higher education and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.

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