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House passes resolution urging UND, NDSU students to create new Nickel Trophy

Left to right, Willis Stattelman, Jeff Momerak, Matt Vanderpan and Joe Wilson are the first to the Nickel Trophy after the UND Fighting Sioux beat NDSU 28-21in overtime. Photo by Cory Ryan

BISMARCK—A Senate Concurrent Resolution urging students at UND and North Dakota State University to develop a new version of the Nickel Trophy passed the House on Wednesday afternoon.

The resolution, introduced by Sen. Scott Meyer, R-Grand Forks, passed with a voice vote.

The Nickel Trophy was presented to the winner of the UND-NDSU football game for more than 60 years from 1938 to 2003. It was given to the North Dakota Heritage Center last year.

The teams are set to play each other again in 2019 and will be in the same conference starting in 2020. The two are then expected to play each other on a more regular basis.

The resolution urges the student bodies of the schools to "design and implement a new football rivalry trophy."

"This long-standing rivalry deserves a fitting rivalry trophy," the resolution reads.

Erik Hanson, UND student body president, previously told the Herald that while nothing is officially in the works, there have been conversations with the NDSU student body president for ways to honor the renewed rivalry.

"This is something that students and alumni and fans of the two teams have been waiting for for a long time, for these two teams to be playing again and for this rivalry to be renewed," he said.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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