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Being a Democrat in North Dakota is generally a depressing venture, given the rightward slide of the state and its love for all things Trump. But things are looking up. Not on the political front. North Dakota will remain as red as Rudolph's nose for the foreseeable future. If you're a politico, though, and you're looking to make some cash, Michael Bloomberg has a deal for you. The billionaire presidential candidate is plowing money into his campaign like snow onto Mount Fargo. Some of it will soon be coming to North Dakota.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them because they make a questionable decision to drive through a blizzard from Sioux Falls, S.D., to Wayne, Neb. Or something like that. All Saul Phillips knows is that at one point during a chaotic ordeal in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, Jan.
FRISCO, Texas — Among the celebrating sea of North Dakota State football fans covering the Toyota Stadium turf again Saturday was one man holding a sign that would make every other team in the Football Championship Subdivision cry just a little bit. "How do you like our rebuilding year?"
FRISCO, Texas — Angie Lance mostly stays off Twitter. That's probably a good idea for the mother of North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance. "I was unprepared for the expectations," she said. "On the flip side of that, what awesome support they have. I couldn't imagine that, either. But the expectations are very high and I, probably out of our whole family, struggle with that the most and have to stay off social media. The mom kicks in then."
FRISCO, Texas — Say this about those who vote on the Football Championship Subdivision's top awards: They treat their ballots like the College of Cardinals treat the papal Conclave. Secrecy is of the highest order. The only thing missing is the puff of white smoke when winners are selected. I'll check the sky above the Embassy Suites in Frisco on Friday night.
FRISCO, Texas — Frisco's gonna Frisco. That's the message the Texas city's mayor, Jeff Cheney, has for thousands of North Dakota State football fans making their nearly annual migration to the north Dallas suburb for the Division I Football Championship Subdivision title game this week.
Hunter Pinke says the next step in his recovery from a severed spinal cord that's left him paralyzed from the waist down is "training camp" now that he's been transferred to a hospital specializing in rehabilitation. That's the word from his mother, Katie Pinke, who has been posting updates on the injured University of North Dakota student and football player on social media. Pinke, a junior tight end for the Fighting Hawks, was injured in a Dec. 27 skiing accident in Keystone, Colo. A collision with another skier launched Pinke head-first into a tree. The impact severed his spinal cord.
DENVER — Hunter Pinke's mother wanted people to know this about her son. "We were sitting with him and asked, 'What specifically do you want us to pray about on your behalf?' He said, 'I want you to pray for the person who collided with me. I don't want him to feel guilty,'" Katie Pinke said. "And then he said, 'I hope I can meet him someday.'" Katie relayed the story over the phone from Hunter's room in a Denver-area hospital, her voice cracking.
FARGO — Montana State head coach Jeff Choate believes North Dakota State's decade-long run of dominance in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision isn't good for the college game. He's also advocating to play semifinal playoff games at a neutral site to take away the home-crowd advantage a stadium like the Fargodome can offer. Other than that, the coach's weekly press conference was pretty vanilla. Talk about a columnist's dream. Speaking with the Bozeman, Mont., media on Monday, Dec.
FARGO -- North Dakota State's most effective offensive plays in the second half Saturday were Trey Lance scrambling for his life and penalties on Illinois State's defense. Other than that, the Bison's playoff victory was filled with hand-offs up the middle and groans from the peanut gallery. Maybe the 4,600 people who didn't buy tickets for this game were the smart ones. NDSU's offense, facing Illinois State's stout defensive front and a wily old coach who threw a curveball at the Bison, looked like something straight out of a black-and-white film.