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NDSU bike team seeks redemption against UND

North Dakota State University students will bike for bragging rights against their peers at the University of North Dakota on April 30 to raise money for the Newman Center at each campus.

North Dakota State University students will bike for bragging rights against their peers at the University of North Dakota on April 30 to raise money for the Newman Center at each campus.

UND won last year's race, finishing with the fastest overall time and the most funds raised.

Now, NDSU is looking for redemption, said Geoffrey Childress, one of five chairmen on NDSU's bike race committee.

"It's an opportunity to do something competitive and physical against the UND campus to keep the rivalry going," he said.

The teams will take off at 9 a.m. from their respective campuses and race roughly 40 miles down U.S. 81 to the Catholic church in Hillsboro.

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Fortunately, the region's recent warm weather has allowed riders to break in their bike chains after the long winter.

"We've got pretty much the rest of April to get training," Childress said.

The race is the only major fund-raiser for the Newman Centers, Childress said.

Anyone who wants to participate in the race and help raise funds is asked to call the NDSU Newman Center at (701) 235-0142.

Valley City State University today will celebrate the 10th anniversary of launching its Web site.

The first version of the site went online in April 1995 and has undergone about half a dozen redesigns since then, said Joe Tykwinski, chief information officer at VCSU.

The most recent revision happened last month, when the university updated both the graphics of the site and its accessibility for users with disabilities, Tykwinski said.

Several people who helped design the original site, as well as those who manage it now, will attend the celebration at noon today in the main level of the Student Center. The evolution of the site will also be displayed.

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More than 300 students will show off their research projects Wednesday during Minnesota State University Moorhead's seventh annual Student Academic Conference.

MSUM alum Todd Koel, a native of Rollag, Minn., and supervisor of fisheries and aquatic sciences at Yellowstone National Park, will deliver the keynote address at 11:50 a.m. in the Comstock Memorial Union ballroom.

Students have prepared projects on 186 research topics, which will be presented from 1 to 3:50 p.m. in the ballroom.

The presentations are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.mnstate.edu/acadconf .

This year's NDSU Health Fair will feature nearly 50 campus and community organizations and businesses.

The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Memorial Union ballroom.

Those attending will hear tips on how to live healthy, stay fit and make wise lifestyle decisions.

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United Blood Services also will hold a blood drive in the union's Rose Room.

For more information, visit www.ndsu.edu/wellness .

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528

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