WATCH: Local college athletes becoming part of history, Howell heads home in WDAY's 10 PM sportscast for June 30

Athletes officially allowed to make money off name, image, and likeness starting tomorrow.

Grand Forks Red River's Shelby Frank won the North Dakota non-school athlete of the year award, as selected by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. David Samson / The Forum

FARGO -- There's a sense of history among local collegiate athletes and for good reason. The NCAA officially passing name, image, and likeness interim policies, allow athletes and players to profit starting tomorrow.

For local athletes and players who already in college or are heading to it, they are pioneers, part of the first group of athletes to have the opportunity to make money and keep their eligibility.

On Wednesday, former Moorhead track standout Claire Howell made her return home official, announcing she is transferring from the University of Minnesota to North Dakota State.

Howell had plenty of expectations for what her first year would look like, but as she tells WDAY Sports, she's looking forward to hitting the reset button with the Bison.

Zach Staton joined WDAY as a sports reporter in 2018. He grew up in Salem, Virginia loving any sport he could play or watch. Staton graduated from Bridgewater College with a degree in Communication Studies before getting his Master's in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with a Sports Communication Emphasis from Syracuse University.
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