1. McFeely: A loss, yes, but the once-invincible Bison have bigger issues
CARBONDALE, Ill. — North Dakota State's most effective offensive play was a Hail Mary pass. It came at the end of the first half and, for an extended moment, the touchdown it produced allowed a glimmer of hope for the Bison.
It was only a mirage. Quarterback Zeb Noland's 37-yard tipped TD pass to Jake Lippe that pulled NDSU within 17-7 at halftime provided no more of a spark than a soggy match in a wind storm.
2. Kolpack: The ending of a historic winning streak is the least of NDSU's concerns
The players from Southern Illinois gathered in front of a throng of students in the southwest corner of Saluki Stadium and sang the school song. It was a well-deserved vocal salute to one impressive football performance.
Meanwhile, for 39 games the players and coaches from North Dakota State gathered in a locker room after a game and celebrated the way they always have. It’s a rah-rah thing that most teams do.
3. Forum newspaper will now print in Detroit Lakes as downtown Fargo press rolls for last time in 143 years
FARGO — For at least 143 years, The Forum and its predecessor newspapers by various names have been printed in downtown Fargo.
That long run is over. This is the last edition of the paper printed in the city since at least 1878 before the twice-a-week printed Forum begins rolling off the press next week at the company's printing plant in Detroit Lakes, Minn.
4. 20 years later, Rachel Anthony's murder still unsolved
It’s been two decades since the bitterly cold February night when Rachel Anthony disappeared from the Pine River liquor store where she worked, never to be seen alive again.
Saturday, Feb. 27, marks the 20th anniversary of the 50-year-old vanishing, only for her lifeless, strangled body to be found six weeks later at the bottom of a roadside embankment 10 miles away in Breezy Point. To this day, no suspects were ever identified and the murder remains unsolved.
5. Wadena County shootout leaves 2 people dead, 2 officers shot
SEBEKA, Minn. — The Wadena County sheriff says two people are dead, a deputy hospitalized and another police officer is OK after a bullet struck their vest during a shootout between Sebeka and Nimrod Saturday night.
The incident started just before 9 p.m. when a deputy tried to stop a car at the intersection of Minnesota 227 and 205th Avenue for a traffic offense which has not yet been disclosed. The car continued down 205th Avenue and then stopped. The sheriff says a struggle began between the deputy and the driver.