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'Fighting Sioux' part deux: Supporters say they have signatures to put issue on ballot

North Dakota voters will likely have to settle the long-running and controversial dispute over the university's nickname and mascot. A group that supports keeping the name say they've turned in 17,000 signatures to the secretary of state's of office, far more than they need to put the issue on a statewide ballot.
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North Dakota voters will likely have to settle the long-running and controversial dispute over the university's nickname and mascot. A group that supports keeping the name say they've turned in 17,000 signatures to the secretary of state's of office, far more than they need to put the issue on a statewide ballot.

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