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Lessons learned in October: Spurs, polls and Favre

We learned a lot in October. One of the bigger lessons is that, if choosing a life of crime, don't attempt to mug someone wearing spurs or you could be picking metal out of your dental work.

Ryan Bakken
Ryan Bakken

We learned a lot in October. One of the bigger lessons is that, if choosing a life of crime, don't attempt to mug someone wearing spurs or you could be picking metal out of your dental work.

Two wannabe muggers in Columbus, Ohio, learned this the hard way when Cooperstown, N.D., resident Dallas Schmidt did his imitation of the Rockettes on the jaw of one of the men. The other lesson is: Don't mess with someone with a testosterone-laced name like Dallas.

We also learned why Brett Favre's favorite song is "Pants on the Ground."

A third lesson was about the power of the press. Independence Party candidate Tom Horner landed virtually every newspaper endorsement, including the Herald's, for the Minnesota governor's race. He immediately dropped further in the polls. Meanwhile, the DFL's Mark Dayton widened his lead over Republican Tom Emmer after receiving the backing of the Grand Forks Luncheon News.

The feel-good story of the month was "Extreme Makeover" arriving in Moorhead to build a new home for a deserving family. Unfortunately, "Extreme Makeover," didn't stick around to work its magic on campaign commercials.

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To test what other lessons you learned, please proceed with the October news quiz:

1. What's the biggest reason that UND might move part of its operation downtown?

A) City wants the traffic.

B) UND wants the space.

C) Both UND and the city want the interaction.

D) Students want a shorter walk to Happy Hour.

2. A UND junior's cell phone was used to text a photo of a man's genitalia to her friends and family members. How did this happen?

A) Her cell phone fell out of her pocket.

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B) Sexting has become a fad.

C) The phone was not locked.

D) There were unconfirmed sightings of Brett Favre in Grand Forks that night.

3. Polling on the U.S. House race shows:

A) Rick Berg ahead by 10 percentage points.

B) Earl Pomeroy ahead by 10 percentage points.

C) A dead heat.

D) Not to trust polls.

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4. What was UND President Robert Kelley referring to when he said the school now should focus more on quality than quantity?

A) The enrollment.

B) Expanding some programs and dropping others.

C) Partnering with NDSU.

D) Honing the hockey team's power play

5. Why, after a successful regular season, did the Minnesota Twins get swept by the New York Yankees in the first round of the playoffs?

A) Twins couldn't hit with runners on base.

B) Twins pitching was poor.

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C) Twins fielding was poor

D) Twins have an irrational fear of pinstripes.

6. Why did anchor Milo Smith leave WDAZ-TV for a job with the UND Alumni Association?

A) Better pay.

B) Better hours.

C) A new career challenge.

D) The Home Team had a turf battle, as there are only two chairs available for three people.

7. What was the surprising news regarding the UND Foundation's fund-raising announcement?

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A) It has conducted a silent campaign for several years.

B) Its goal is set at an ambitious $300 million.

C) The pledges already top $200 million.

D) It plans to secure the remaining $100 million by getting the beer concession at The Ralph for one season.

8. Why was North Dakota rated the fourth-best state for drivers?

A) Light traffic.

B) High quality roads.

C) Low insurance rates.

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D) High likelihood of bagging venison while driving.

9. The best news about the sugar beet harvest was:

A) Record yields.

B) Near-record sugar content.

C) Near-record high temperatures.

D) No rain meant no Slip 'n Slide roads.

10. Why is John Hoeven running fewer TV commercials than many candidates?

A) His opponent trails far behind in polls.

B) His opponent trails far behind in campaign money.

C) He doesn't need to run negative ads to win.

D) He's hoarding his money to campaign for the Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year Award, for which he's a finalist.

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

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