Go, you fighting ____! UND prepares to fill in the blank with new nickname


A plan has been established to select a new nickname and logo for the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, but UND students and alumni won't have a mascot to cheer for this year.

Forum Communications reports that at the second meeting of the newly-established nickname task force held Thursday, the group agreed to give the university's president a detailed document by year's end that will include a plan for the final selection of a new mascot.

In 2012, UND retired the Fighting Sioux nickname. After a period of being known simply as UND, the school can officially adopt a new nickname in 2015. The website for the University of North Dakota has a nickname blog that details the transition.

Last month, the campus newspaper the Dakota Student said the 13-member task force was made up of alumni, student athletes, faculty and students.

“The timeline for the task force is fairly quick," said UND student and task force member RJ Morin. “We want to get a new name to UND and the students as soon as possible.”

Even though the task force is not charged with coming up with a name, the task force may provide UND President Robert Kelley with nickname suggestions.

“I don’t think we need to pussyfoot around the fact that we might ultimately come up with, say, three to five nicknames to present to the president,” said committee co-chairwoman, Sheri Kleinsasser Stockmoe, a UND alumna.

The task force is meeting again on Friday to work on a plan of action.

Much of the attention about the name transition has surrounded UND's mascot-less presence at sporting events. Last April, Philly.com's coverage of the Frozen Four NCAA hockey tournament noted that UND was up against the Gophers, Eagles, and Dutchmen, but the players on the team were known "merely for the state from which they hail."

Next Up


Pair escape uninjured as plane crashes moments after takeoff

It crashed about a half mile southwest of Faribault Airport.

Screen Shot 2021-04-22 at 4.12.50 PM

For The Week: Making cocktails at home? Here's how to do it right

Lindsay Guentzel's For The Week column features simple food and drink tips.

coronavirus, covid-19

Mayo Clinic study provides 'best guess' about pandemic's future in MN

Minnesota could be seeing decreasing numbers into the summer if the study is correct.

daunte wright funeral - siblings

Mourners remember Daunte Wright, plead for justice

Wright was killed by a now-former Brooklyn Center police officer on April 11.


HealthPartners: COVID hospitalizations driven by unvaccinated, middle aged adults

The health provider says the average age of its hospitalized patients is trending downwards.

Andrew Thomas booking photo

Man suspected of shooting at National Guard in Minneapolis faces more charges

He has now been charged in Hennepin County District Court with more serious crimes.


Investigation finds EPA mishandled oversight for PolyMet mine permits

A new report found the EPA didn't follow its own procedures when it submitted comments on the proposed project.


MDH's new COVID guidance urges weekly testing for those involved in sports

Those not involved in school sports are still advised to get tested every two weeks.

Trey Lance

With loaded QB draft class, now is the time for Vikings to act

With a strong class, this year might be the time to select Kirk Cousins' successor.