Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 13 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate.
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GRAND FORKS—University of North Dakota's biggest athletic department priority has taken a step forward and an unused golf course might be providing a financial boost. UND received approval Wednesday from the State Board of Higher Education at a meeting in Bismarck to privately fundraise $35 million for the second phase of the school's High Performance Center. UND's request included language suggesting a land sale could provide up to $8 million toward the price tag.
A logo at center court is at the center of a feud between UND donor Kris Engelstad McGarry and UND President Mark Kennedy. In the months leading up to McGarry telling the Herald editorial board about the fractured relationship with Kennedy, the two parties disagreed over a floor marking at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, according to emails obtained by the Herald through an open records request.
GRAND FORKS -- The North Dakota University System opted Thursday to stay out of the fray between University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy and Engelstad Family Foundation trustee Kris Engelstad McGarry. On Wednesday, McGarry, the daughter of late UND donor Ralph Engelstad, requested to meet with the Grand Forks Herald editorial board and discussed a fractured relationship between the Engelstad family and UND’s administration. On Thursday, NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott and State Board of Higher Education chair Don Morton were contacted for comments.
GRAND FORKS—During a nearly 90-minute interview with the Grand Forks Herald editorial board Wednesday, May 9, Kris Engelstad McGarry—the daughter of late University of North Dakota donor Ralph Engelstad and the head of the Engelstad Family Foundation—outlined a damaged relationship with UND President Mark Kennedy. Her current discontent with the school's administration, however, isn't a result of the university's retirement of the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo, she said.
GRAND FORKS — Former University of North Dakota safety Cole Reyes isn't putting any expectations on the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday night, april 26, and runs through Saturday in Arlington, Texas. The All-American and 2016 Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Year will be in his hometown near Chicago with family, trying to keep his mind off the process. "I'll be at my brother's house hanging out," Reyes said. "Every year I watch it, seeing who goes first. But when you're in this situation, it's a little different.
GRAND FORKS—With the University of North Dakota defense claiming the edge over the offense during the Fighting Hawks' annual spring game at High Performance Center on Friday night, only two pass plays went for more than 20 yards. But for UND's offensive progression, there was a silver lining in the limited passing attack. Both long pass plays went to running backs, an area of emphasis this spring that was on display in front of an estimated 850 fans.
GRAND FORKS—University of North Dakota cornerback Deion Harris never felt as good as he did last July, as he prepared for a senior season that was expected to be filled with NFL draft aspirations and lofty expectations for the Fighting Hawks. That all changed during a mid-July team conditioning workout at Memorial Stadium when Harris planted his foot and attempted to turn.
GRAND FORKS—University of North Dakota defensive ends Drew Greely and Brandon Dranka were seniors in 2017. The two played as true freshman in coach Bubba Schweigert's first season and started nearly all four years. Defensive end Austin Cieslak, a raw athlete from Hazen, North Dakota, was also in the first recruiting class for Schweigert in 2014. Now, after redshirting his first season and relegated to reserve duty behind Greely and Dranka the years after that, Cieslak is projected as a starter in 2018, and his position coach thinks he could have a big year.
GRAND FORKS — Growing up, University of North Dakota running backs coach Malcolm Agnew was close with his older brother, Ray. "Where there was Ray, there was Malcolm," Agnew said. He sees that connection with UND standouts John Santiago and Brady Oliveira. "You get one, you get both," Agnew said. "They're actually like brothers."
GRAND FORKS—When Bubba Schweigert took over the head football coaching job at the University of North Dakota prior to the 2014 season, one of his first orders of business was to overhaul the program's run defense. Results were nearly immediate. After giving up 188.1 yards on the ground per game in Chris Mussman's last season in 2013, Schweigert's teams followed with averages of 102.5 in 2014, 100.1 in 2015 and 91.3 in 2016.