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Ralph Engelstad Arena distributes $1 Million to UND

GRAND FORKS—The Ralph Engelstad Arena announced its annual distribution to the University of North Dakota on Thursday, Aug. 16.

This year's distribution is $1 million, though it has fluctuated between $500,000 to $800,000 in previous years.

The distribution is a part of a continued usage agreement between Ralph Engelstad Arena and UND that runs through June 30, 2020.

"This significant figure marks our continued commitment to UND and the surrounding community," Kris Engelstad McGarry, of the Engelstad Foundation, said in a statement. "This commitment has lasted for 60-plus years, stemming from my parents' passion for UND and extending well in to our present-day efforts to support and enhance all that the university has to offer."

The two sides announced a new three-year usage agreement in June after a dispute between UND President Mark Kennedy and Engelstad Foundation trustee McGarry came to a head earlier this year.

Kennedy, along with other UND officials, met with McGarry and representatives of the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Las Vegas at the end of May. Earlier that month McGarry, Ralph Engelstad's daughter, said that communication between her and Kennedy had been "quite hostile at times" and also claimed Kennedy had threatened to bring legal action over the deal.

The new usage agreement includes some minor administrative and operational changes, but the material terms and conditions are similar to those in the prior agreement, which expired on June 30, 2017.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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