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Before flooding, look back on February

February passed and the Fighting Sioux nickname remained in the maze of the courts, the tribal governments and the Higher Ed Board. The best estimate for a solution will come in the same time period as "Avatar."...

February passed and the Fighting Sioux nickname remained in the maze of the courts, the tribal governments and the Higher Ed Board. The best estimate for a solution will come in the same time period as "Avatar."

Meanwhile, the debate over the Dickinson Midgets nickname is just starting. Odds are that, after 50 years or so, they will change their nickname to the Dickinson Vertically Challenged.

Now that it's March, we wait for the temperatures to rise so the snow can melt and we can spend four weeks filling sandbags, about the only activity available in spring.

But before we look forward, we need to look back. So please proceed with the February News Quiz, which is still 10 questions even though the curriculum covers only 28 days.

1. What was the top local connection to the Winter Olympics?

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A) Former UND player Zach Parise on the USA men's hockey team.

B) Former UND player Jonathan Toews on the Canada's men's hockey team.

C) Grand Forks residents Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux on the USA women's hockey team.

D) American beer guzzled on-ice by Canadian women hockey players was purchased at Happy Harry's.

2. February's top burst of speed was shown by:

A) Speedskater Apolo Ohno.

B) Downhill skier Lindsey Vonn.

C) Hockey player Sidney Crosby.

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D) A 1999 Toyota Camry.

3. A study shows 885,000 acre feet of water needs to be held back to avoid a flood similar to 1997's. How much is 885,000 acre feet?

A) The amount of water stored in Devils Lake's Main Bay.

B) The amount of water stored in the Devils Lake system in 1994.

C) The amount of water that requires impoundments, wetland restoration, diversions and the Waffle Plan to control.

D) Almost as many tears as shed by Olympic figure skaters.

4. Why did UND post a spring enrollment record?

A) Significant growth of graduate students.

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B) Aggressive recruiting.

C) Popularity of online classes.

D) One last chance to be a Fighting Sioux.

5. What is the key part of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's plan to balance the budget?

A) Cuts in higher education funding.

B) Cuts in local government aid.

C) Cuts in health care benefits.

D) Cuts in his out-of-state presidential campaigning trips.

6. Where was February's weirdest weather?

A) On Feb. 12, 49 of the 50 states had snow on the ground.

B) On Feb. 12, two-thirds of the U.S. land mass had snow on the ground.

C) An earthquake in Chile.

D) In Canada, with warmth thawing the frozen tundra.

7. What did Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown ask for most in his State of the City address?

A) A tax increase.

B) Government controls on smoking indoors.

C) Government controls on bicyclists.

D) Forgiveness from Republicans for asking for a tax hike and government controls.

8. What is most likely to experience major flooding this spring?

A) Fargo.

B) Devils Lake.

C) Drayton.

D) Springfest Porta-Potties.

9. What was the highlight of Tiger Woods' apology?

A) He said he was "sorry" three times.

B) He praised his wife, Elin.

C) He promised to continue therapy.

D) He promised to return to pro golf, to pay off alimony obligations.

10. Why was crime in Grand Forks down 13 percent?

A) Loud parties were at 10-year low.

B) Auto thefts were at a 10-year low.

C) Illegal drugs were at a 10-year low.

D) Police officers' purchases at a downtown bakery were at a 10-year high.

Reach Bakken at (701) 780-1125; (800) 477-6572, ext. 125; or rbakken@gfherald.com .

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