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Vaadeland back for sixth season with Bison PressPass

FARGO – Kevin Vaadeland walked off the first North Dakota State spring football practice on Saturday afternoon without the aid of a cane or any noticeable hint of arthritis. It’s sort of been the standing joke with his teammates – he’s the oldest player on the team and everybody involved has enjoyed the banter.

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A new world begins today for new Bison coach Klieman PressPass

FARGO – The horn signifying the start of the first practice drill will blow at 10:20 this morning, and for the first time since he’s been a football coach at North Dakota State, Chris Klieman will not be scurrying to a spot on the football field. He has the entire shebang to be concerned about now.

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Commitment has paid dividends for Shanley grad at Missouri PressPass

Fargo - The bus carrying football players from the University of Missouri was pulling up to the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas, in early January when the starting right guard noticed familiar school colors.

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NDSU's win Thursday made for a payday for conference and program PressPass

Spokane, Wash. - North Dakota State flew back to Fargo on Sunday with an airplane full of players, coaches, administrators, cheer team and band members – and a suitcase load of money.

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NDSU's Braun held at bay against San Diego State PressPass

SPOKANE, Wash. – The last two games of his North Dakota State basketball career were not Taylor Braun-like – and the Bison senior was the first to say that following the 63-44 loss to San Diego State on Saturday night. It sent San Diego State to the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament Sweet 16. On the flipside, it ended the career of one of the greatest players in Bison history in Braun.

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San Diego State ends North Dakota State's bid for Cinderella run PressPass

SPOKANE, Wash. – The players from North Dakota State were issued new lime green Nike basketball shoes for the NCAA tournament. None of them turned into slippers on Saturday night.

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Bison prepare for another coaching fixture in Steve Fisher PressPass

SPOKANE, Wash. – North Dakota State matched wits with a future Hall of Fame coach on Thursday.

Bruises, cuts common following Bison's NCAA tournament win PressPass

SPOKANE, Wash. – North Dakota State center Marshall Bjorklund on Friday looked more like somebody who just went through a boxing match than an NCAA basketball tournament game. His teammate, guard Taylor Braun, didn’t look much better.

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Bison stun Oklahoma for OT win in NCAA tournament PressPass

SPOKANE, Wash. – Trending on Twitter. Another No. 12 seed in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament with upset hopes. North Dakota State pulled it off Thursday night.

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L.A. shines bright for Bison at NCAA tourney PressPass

SPOKANE, Wash. – L.A. was prime time on the West Coast, only it wasn’t in Los Angeles. Lawrence Alexander took Spokane by storm on Thursday night, personally turning thousands of neutral-court NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament fans into North Dakota State followers.

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Kolpack: Bison men's basketball team left to wait its turn PressPass

Fargo - The North Dakota State men’s basketball players were on a bus from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore last Friday night when they rigged a radio system that would make an engineering graduate student envious. Without access to ESPN2 to watch the NDSU and Georgia Southern semifinal football game, it was the next best thing.

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Kolpack: Jensen proves his worth again with winning TD run PressPass

Fargo - Well, all those Division I Football Championship Subdivision title tickets that were bought in advance are good to go, cowboy. This time, the suburbs of Frisco and Plano, Texas, will probably be better prepared to handle one massive green and yellow party.

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Kolpack: LaVoy' returns to defense, comes up with big play PressPass

Fargo - The last public picture of Anthony LaVoy was the North Dakota State offensive lineman sitting on the sidelines with a cast on his injured wrist. That was in August. He sort of faded away.

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Kolpack: Bison were in similar playoff setting in 1995 PressPass

Fargo - The last conference playoff rematch of this magnitude ended when a man, presumably a North Dakota State fan, jumped on the goal post at Memorial Stadium in Grand Forks before the game ended. He got a blast of mace in the face.

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Kolpack: Second-half burst gives Bison a meaningful victory PressPass

Normal, Ill. - In the last few weeks, this wasn’t working. And then that didn’t go so well. This looked like three years ago.

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Kolpack: Defense remains name of the game for Bison, Missouri Valley PressPass

Fargo - One of these years, the governors of North Dakota and South Dakota are going to put some teeth into their wager on the inter-state football game between the two state universities. Dinners are routine and boring. Think of something better.

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Kolpack: Bison survive another home scare thanks to Okland PressPass

FARGO - Not many people know this, but North Dakota State has changed its football schedule next season. The Bison are playing every game on the road.

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Kolpack: Loyalty that goes beyond dollar-deep PressPass

Fargo - Travel six miles east of Breckenridge, Minn., on Highway 210 and you’ll run into a house with two flag poles in the front yard. One has the United States flag on it, and the other has a Bison one attached to it.

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Kolpack: Bison restore order thanks to backup receivers PressPass

Sioux Falls, S.D. - The young man wearing hardly anything sprinted on the Howard Wood Field without much resistance from law enforcement, until he carefully jumped a chain link fence. That’s when a security official slammed him for a 5-yard loss.

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Kolpack: GPI is an election worth tracking PressPass

Fargo - There are two major elections that will take place next month. One will decide our elected leaders. The other will decide something more important around here: What teams will make the Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

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