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Congrats FSN Fan Zone winners

Congratulations to the winners of four North Dakota vacation prizes! These lucky ones entered through the Fox Sports North Fan Zone during an online promotion leading up to the University of North Dakota vs. University of Minnesota men’s hockey series last weekend.

Garth Bowen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa has won a Medora prize package featuring two nights of lodging at the Rough Riders Hotel, two lower-level seating tickets to the legendary Medora Musical, dinner for two at the famed outdoor Pitchfork Steak Fondue, and two rounds of golf with a cart at Bully Pulpit.

 

 

 

Patrick Zalusky of New Brighton, Minn. has won a two-night stay at the Fireside Inn and Suites in Devils Lake, two-days guided fishing with Bry’s Guide Service,  dining and gaming vouchers from Spirit Lake Casino and $50 in Devils Lake Cash.

Mike Siebert of Oakdale, Minn. has won a two-night stay at Woodland Resort on Devils Lake, two-days guided fishing with Mitchell Guide Service, dining and gaming vouchers from Spirit Lake Casino, and $50 in Devils Lake Cash.

And Carmine D’Amato from Sheboyhan, Wis. won a Grand Forks prize package featuring two nights of lodging in a jacuzzi suite at the Canad Inns, a $100 gift card to the Toasted Frog, $50 gift card to the Blue Moose, $250 shopping spree and two tickets to each University of North Dakota men’s hockey games vs. Mankato State, March 2 and 3.

Governor Dalrymple Predicts Score … Again

About a year ago, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple was interviewed live by Fox Sports North Host Marney Gellner pre-game to a University of North Dakota vs. U of Minnesota men’s hockey game.  At the end of that interview, Marney asked the Governor if he wanted to predict the score of the game.  To which he offered: North Dakota, 4, Minnesota, 1.  He was right!  Two-plus hours later that’s what the score ended up.

Fast forward one year to last Friday night.  Marney Gellner and Governor Dalrymple were back at the FSN pre-game desk in Grand Forks’ Ralph Engelstad Arena.  Marney recalled the Governor’s accurate prediction and asked him for another.  This time he did a bit of a Carnac impression and guessed: North Dakota, 2, Minnesota, 1. Once again – the Gov was right on.  No word yet on if the Governor’s office is receiving requests for lottery numbers and other predictions but I do think I see a standing pre-game question from FSN in the future.

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The Frozen Four and more!

North Dakota hockey fans everywhere (and especially in my living room) are cheering for the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team’s 20th foray into the Frozen Four.  The 32-8-3 Fighting Sioux have won the MacNaughton Cup, the WCHA Championship and look to face Michigan in the first round of the Frozen Four, April 7 in St. Paul.  Can’t make the journey?  Consider watching the broadcast live in Grand Forks.  Details and plans for fans are being put together in hockey’s hometown.  Stay tuned to www.fightingsioux.com and on Twitter @TravelND for news and announcements.

The USHL Fargo Force and the NAHL Bismarck Bobcats are also post-season bound in their hockey ranks.  The Force host Des Moines this Thursday at Scheels Arena.  Tickets are available, so keep that hockey high going!

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2011 in Sports, Winter Fun

 

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Get Some March Madness in ND

You know that saying, “March comes in like a lion“?  I’m curious if there’s a connection to the roar of crowds during playoffs and tournaments?  It’s March Madness month and that certainly doesn’t leave out North Dakota.  There’s still time to catch some slam-dunk fever court-side at a Dakota Wizards game or at this weekend’s Summit League Quarterfinal round – let’s go Bison!

And with the Final Five just around the corner it’s time to cheer on #1 ranked University of North Dakota.  The Fargo Force and Bismarck Bobcats are both defending titles this season as well.

Let your roar out in North Dakota this March!

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2011 in Events, Sports, Winter Fun

 

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Marney’s Top 10 Legendary experiences

If you follow sports in Minnesota, you’re probably familiar with Fox Sports North host Marney Gellner.  Last month, Marney was back in her home state of North Dakota covering the University of North Dakota vs. University of Minnesota men’s hockey series in Grand Forks.  In preparation for the big weekend, Marney prepared two segments featuring her favorite 10 places or experiences in North Dakota.

If you missed it when it aired, you can still see Marney’s favs.  Here’s countdown 10-to-6 and countdown 5-to-1.

Marney also did pre-game interviews with North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple and fishing personality Jason Mitchell, of the FSN aired Jason Mitchell Outdoors program.  Especially fun is when Governor Dalrymple accurately predicts the game’s final score (and North Dakota’s win)!

Marney Gellner is legendary – RU?

 
 

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Starting off the new year with the chance to win a trip in North Dakota!

Alright hockey fans, fishing fans, and all you fans of North Dakota!  It’s 2011 and we’re starting off the new year with the opportunity to win a two-day guided fishing trip on Devils Lake complete with a two-night stay at the Fireside Inn & Suites and dining at The Ranch. Transportation is not included.

North Dakota Tourism, the Devils Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Fox Sports North are inviting fans to enter the contest – open until the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux host the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers for their legendary mens hockey rivalry – January 14 and 15 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks.  The clock is ticking on your chance to enter and win!  Join the FSN Fanzone and enter today!

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2011 in Events, Just for Fun, Sports

 

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Happy 65th Birthday to Phil Jackson!

Wildly considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of the NBA, Legendary Phil Jackson turns 65 today! Before his professional career took off, Jackson grew up and attended high school in Williston, North Dakota and proceeded to play basketball at the University of North Dakota.

Now, head coach of the Lakers, Jackson earned his 11th NBA championship (as coach) when the Lakers overtook the Boston Celtics this year in the 2010 NBA championship. He will continue to coach the Lakers for the 2010-11 season which begins in late October.

Experience North Dakota’s own professional D- league team, the Dakota Wizards! They jump-start their season on November 19 against the Iowa Energy at the Bismarck Civic Center. This will be a year not to miss out!

 
 

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Kellan Lutz talks ND and hockey

In an interview posted on August 12, North Dakota native Kellan Lutz talks about heading back to film more of the Twilight Saga and his roots with North Dakota hockey! “I’m from North Dakota, so I’m big on hockey,” he states. North Dakota is big on hockey (we are also big fans of Kellan Lutz), it won’t be long until the great excitement of hockey season begins! Get ready, the University of North Dakota kicks off their season with the women’s team on September 25 and a men’s exhibition game on October 3. The first official game will be on October 29 all at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Urban Plains center will be invaded by fans on October 1 when the Fargo Force face off. The Bismarck Bobcats waste no time as they kick off their season on Sept 24 at the VFW Sports Center. It won’t be long before it begins, so drop the gloves and put your hands up, let’s get ready for some North Dakota hockey!

 

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