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From "Home of the Fighting Sioux" to "Home of North Dakota Hockey"

Posted by: Karen Lundegaard Updated: October 23, 2012 - 12:52 PM

 

The long battle over the Fighting Sioux name is finally over, as signs were pulled down outside Ralph Engelstad Arena on the University of North Dakota’s campus in Grand Forks. The “Home of the Fighting Sioux” sign will be replaced with “Home of North Dakota Hockey.”

 

 
Voters endorsed retiring the name earlier this year and the State Board of Higher Education directed UND officials to drop it, the Grand Forks Herald reports.
 
The removal was dictated by a 2007 agreement settling a lawsuit between UND and the NCAA. Signs inside the arena can stay. 
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An investigation into the death of Deianerah "D.J.” Logan, who died Sept 4 when the van she was driving struck the back of a stopped school bus, showed the 17 year old was composing a text message at the time of the crash. It was the first day of her senior year at Byron High School outside of Rochester.
 
Her parents are now working with law enforcement to spread the message of the dangers of distracted driving.
  
"This is absolutely a message to everyone that drives," Matt Logan, D.J.'s father told the Rochester Post Bulletin. "As parents, we need to educate and live by example by limiting our phone use in the car. We all need to help each other make positive choices, but ultimately, we still have the responsibility of making wise choices.
 
"The message is, this is something specific and particular: Don't text and drive. Just don't do it," he said.
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We’ll try to stay impartial on this one: 
The city of Sartell, site of a tragic fire earlier this year, wants to place some limits on the state’s Data Practices Act, which dictates what information must be made public. The city would like to change the law to be able to keep the names of people injured in certain accidents private, as well as its email database.
 
Each year the cities of St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, St. Augusta, St. Joseph and Waite Park create a list of legislative priorities to present to area legislators, explains the St. Cloud Times. 
 
Sartell’s request comes after the city had to release the names of four people injured in the Verso Paper fire on Memorial Day. The St. Cloud paper had requested the information in the aftermath of the fire; the city released it a month later. 
 
For the full story, go here.
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