Vikings’ QB wedding was an unexpected duty for commissioner

St. Croix County (Wis.) Family Court Commissioner Stephen Dunlap had no idea that he would be conducting a celebrity wedding when he started the day on Monday, Dec. 17.

He was in his law office at Third and Locust streets that afternoon when his legal secretary, Faye Lackey, put a caller on...

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Fargo Davies earns first EDC girls soccer victory of the seasonComments Off

FARGO – Fargo Davies defeated West Fargo 5-2 during an Eastern Dakota Conference girls soccer match on Thursday at Davies High School.

It was the first EDC victory for the Eagles (3-1-0, 1-1-0 EDC).

Reiley Klose, Kenzie Carlson and Tori Helland scored goals for Davies.

It was the first loss of the season for the Packers (3-1-0, 1-1-0 EDC).

Junior goalkeeper Madison Neva posted 13 saves for West Fargo.


New challenge ahead for Bison women’s basketball coachComments Off

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    Maren Walseth speaks to the media after being introduced as the head coach of the North Dakota State women’s basketball team Thursday. Walseth, who was an assistant at Penn State, was hired on Monday. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

FARGO – Since first taking up the sport in third grade, basketball has taken Maren Walseth virtually around the world. Success has followed her every step of the way, from high school to college to the WNBA.

Thursday afternoon, she took her biggest career leap yet: An introductory news conference announcing her as the North Dakota State head women’s coach.

“I’ve never done this before,” she said.

She asked new Bison men’s basketball head coach Dave Richman for advice. An assistant for 10 years at Navy and Penn State, she steps onto the driver’s seat in a bus that hasn’t gotten very far in recent years.

“I’ve spent 12 years in Happy Valley,” she said of Penn State. “The decision to leave was a very hard one. I wasn’t looking to leave.”

Contact wasn’t made between NDSU and Walseth until Penn State’s season was finished – and that wasn’t until the Lady Lions were beaten in the NCAA tournament on March 30 in a Sweet 16 loss at Stanford.

NDSU women’s athletic director Lynn Dorn said the search first focused on the top 25 Division I teams in the country. Of the list of assistants, she was looking for somebody with knowledge of the Midwest. Walseth is from Bloomington, Minn.

“The biggest challenge is we couldn’t get to Maren because of the success of Penn State,” Dorn said.

On the flipside, Walseth has plenty of challenges. Her first, she said, is to get to know the returning Bison players. They had dinner together Wednesday night.

“We laughed. We smiled. It was great,” Walseth said. “There will be some speed bumps but, ‘Girls, we’re in this together.’”

She first met the players last week when she visited the NDSU campus. It was the first order of business after coming from the airport, and Bison guard Brooke LeMar said Thursday the returning players liked her “right off the bat.”

“It’s always awesome for a coach to have us as a priority,” LeMar said. “It was fun to meet with coach on a personal level. It just feels good now that we actually have a coach.”

The ultimate challenge, of course, will be to restore the program to its winning ways. Walseth made a point of a plan to connect to former Bison players – a few of which were on hand Thursday at the Fargodome – and the community as a whole.

When he sat down with Walseth during his portion of the interview, NDSU President Dean Bresciani said he asked one question: What does it take to win?

“I got an impromptu dissertation exactly what it takes to win in Division I women’s college basketball,” Bresciani said.

Walseth said no decisions have been made on assistant coaches.

“To me, finding the right people to surround the program is more important than having people in the seats tomorrow,” she said.

She’s communicated with NDSU’s incoming freshman recruits via text message and plans to get more involved with them in the coming days. She does have scholarship money available for next year, but she said bringing in the “right players” is more important than quantity.

“It all starts with recruiting,” she said.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546. Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found at


Dragons move two home series to AberdeenComments Off

MOORHEAD – Wet field conditions have forced Minnesota State Moorhead to move two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference softball doubleheaders to Aberdeen, S.D.

The Dragons will now face Minnesota-Crookston in a doubleheader today.

A twinbill between MSUM and Bemidji State will take place on Saturday.

The doubleheaders are each scheduled for 3 p.m. starts.


Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks add RHP Bowlin to the rosterComments Off

FARGO – The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks have signed right-handed pitcher Drew Bowlin, the American Association baseball club has announced.

Bowlin, 27, played at three different stops in the San Francisco Giants organization last season. He spent most of the season with the Richmond (Va.) Flying Squirrels of the Eastern League (AA). Bowlin went 4-3 with a 4.87 ERA in 32 games with Richmond.


MSU-Mankato players expected to practice FridayComments Off

MANKATO, Minn. – After refusing to practice for recently reinstated coach Todd Hoffner, players on the Minnesota State University-Mankato football team are expected to return to the practice Friday, a member of the school’s athletic department said Thursday.

“All indications are that they will return to practice tomorrow,” said Paul Allan, associate director of athletics at MSU-Mankato.

A news conference is set for 3 this afternoon on the MSU-Mankato campus to discuss the coaching situation.

Hoffner, who was fired by the university over pornography allegations, announced Tuesday that he would return to his former coaching job. An arbitrator’s ruling that he was fired improperly made his return to Mankato possible.

But the bulk of the team on Wednesday said it wanted acting head coach Aaron Keen to remain the coach and did not practice.

Keen had been leading spring practice since March 31. MSU-Mankato, a Division II school, was 11-1 under Keen last fall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

No practice was scheduled Thursday.

MSU-Mankato fired Hoffner last May. He had been accused, and later cleared, of having pornographic images of his own children on a work cellphone.

Hoffner was fired for allegedly viewing pornography or allowing someone else to view pornography on his university-issued computers. The arbitrator ruled those were not firing offenses.

He had been hired by Minot (N.D.) State University in January, but announced Tuesday his intention to return to Mankato, where he had coached for four seasons.


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