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.