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Frisco, Texas This is not normal. Chris Klieman knows this. Moments after screaming "You got your six-pack!" to thousands of celebrating North Dakota State football fans jamming the field from end to end at Toyota Stadium—he meant championships, not beers—the Bison football coach saw a familiar face just behind the stage. Klieman smiled and shook his head, his new championship cap askew from all the hugging and patting on the back.
Frisco, Texas There might be more than just a boring old championship at stake in this Dallas suburb. When North Dakota State and James Madison square off on the lush grass of Toyota Field on what is expected to be a spectacular 60-degree Saturday, dynasties are on the line. The Dukes want to start one, while the Bison want to keep one going. The Bison and the Dukes will be fighting to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the Football Championship Subdivision. They will battle to be the "it" program at the lower level of NCAA Division I.
FRISCO, Texas—James Fisher is just fine being North Dakota State's anonymous All-American because he knows it means he's doing his job perfectly. While making headlines and highlights is generally a good thing for quarterbacks or linebackers, it is bad news for a long snapper like Fisher.
FARGO—Kevin Cramer continues to dance the dance, being a tease about running for a U.S. Senate seat in North Dakota. Whether this is because the Republican Congressman is truly conflicted or because he likes being courted by President Donald Trump remains up for debate. One sure way of getting a taste of Trump's shoe leather is, after all, to visit the White House.
FARGO—Tri Phan will retire from Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota on Sunday, Dec. 31, after 27 years. He and his colleagues figure Phan will have helped somewhere in the neighborhood of 14,000 immigrants and refugees move to the United States. When a visitor to his office expressed surprise at that number, Phan smiled his easy smile. "It seems like a lot, but when you figure we help 500 to 600 people a year and you multiply that by the number of years I've been here, then it makes sense," Phan said.
FUBAR is what comes to mind when thinking about the shriveled up old (mostly) men in Bismarck and the way they've handled medical marijuana. The citizens of the state, the shriveled up old (mostly) men's bosses, handed legislators a directive to legalize and implement marijuana for medicinal purposes—64 percent of the electorate voted for it in Nov. 2016—and here we are more than a year later with lawmakers stumbling around like drunks in a dark room trying to get this going.
North Dakota State’s football team likely lost both its starting cornerbacks and dynamic running back Ty Brooks to season-ending injuries in the Bison’s FCS semifinal victory over Sam Houston State at the Fargodome Friday night, according to head coach Chris Klieman. Junior cornerbacks Jalen Allison and Jaylaan Wimbush suffered knee injuries. Brooks, a sophomore from Fargo South, dislocated his shoulder, Klieman said.
The television ads were running shortly after Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, voted against the Republican tax bill that passed the U.S. Senate. They blasted Heitkamp for opposing the bill, echoing ads that earlier urged her to "do what's right for North Dakota."
FARGO — The television ads were running shortly after Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, voted against the Republican tax bill that passed the U.S. Senate. They blasted Heitkamp for opposing the bill, echoing ads that earlier urged her to "do what's right for North Dakota."
Some men claim to be nervous because of all the male entertainment and media titans who've been fired in recent weeks over sexual harassment allegations. "What can we even do anymore?" they wail. "I'm afraid to compliment a woman at the office because she might take it the wrong way and get me fired." While some of this angst might be legitimate, we get the sense some men are just playing the victim. They think "boys will be boys" still plays in 2017.