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Don't call the bigmouth buffalo a "rough fish," a common and derisive moniker slapped on species viewed as less desirable than the sainted walleye and other hotly pursued fish. "They are amazing," said Alec Lackmann, a North Dakota State University researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences. "They are one of the most exceptional freshwater fish species in the world." Lackmann would know. He led an NDSU team that unearthed this amazing fact: Bigmouth buffalo can live to be more than 100 years old, making them the oldest age-validated freshwater fish in the world.
FARGO - North Dakota State's basketball team lost to top-seeded Duke by 23 points in the NCAA tournament, but the Bison had a winning number in a different area: Television viewers. The Bison's 85-62 loss against the Blue Devils and star player Zion Williamson averaged about 6.2 million viewers on Friday, March 22, making it the most-watched NDSU sporting event in history. Those numbers come courtesy of the Nielsen Company, which measures ratings for television networks, as reported by the web site tvbythenumbers.com.
OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. — There is no quick way to lower your bait into a school of tullibees when the fish are 60 feet below the ice. Conversely, there is no quick way to reel up a hooked tullibee from the same depth.
The idea of the Dakotas being something different than a North and a South is not entirely new. There was the controversial idea in the 1980s of turning the Great Plains into the "Buffalo Commons," where bison could roam free because advocates said, well, some areas just aren't worth living in. There was once talk of dropping "North" from the state's name because, boosters argued, the word gave the uninviting connotation of wintry cold and bleakness. The nerve of that word.
MINNEAPOLIS — Getting into the NFL record book was no consolation for Adam Thielen. The Minnesota Vikings lost and a miscue he made played a big part. The game Sunday night, Oct. 28, started to unravel when Thielen fumbled inside the New Orleans 20-yard line late in the second quarter, a mistake compounded by a boneheaded penalty on fellow Minnesota Vikings receiver Laquon Treadwell.
WEBSTER — Barnesville, Minn., anglers Lyal Held and Casey Ehlert had a quest to catch a state record smallmouth bass in South Dakota. They figured it could take years. It was over Saturday morning in little more than an hour of fishing. Held caught a 7-pound, 3-ounce smallie on Horseshoe Lake in northeast South Dakota near Webster, breaking the previous state record by three ounces.