Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 10 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate.
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GRAND FORKS — In Washington D.C., on Friday, we saw a transfer of power when Donald Trump took over for Barack Obama and was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. In Grand Forks later Friday, there was another transfer of power. This transfer of power was North Dakota handing over the title of 'Class of the NCHC' to Minnesota Duluth. UND is the defending national champion and the NCHC bully of the 2015-16 season.
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota men's hockey coaching staff was quick to make sure starting goalie Cam Johnson knew he wasn't getting pulled in the series opener against Miami because of his individual performance. First, head coach Brad Berry pulled aside Johnson on Friday night to say he was just trying to spark his team. Next, goalie coach Karl Goehring reassured Johnson.
GRAND FORKS — On one of the coldest nights of the year, with fans braving below-zero temperatures, the University of North Dakota men's hockey team returned to Ralph Engelstad Arena for the first time in more than a month. By midway through the third period, fans chose the potential of frostbite outside rather than suffer any more indoors. The home team gave up a two-goal lead and unranked Miami routed the No. 7 Fighting Hawks 6-3 on Friday night. Although more than a month split up the last two home games, complete disappointment tied the two together.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Will Ratelle's frequent flier miles have paid off. The former North Dakota football star, who signed a futures contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday, didn't a play a down of regular-season football in 2016, but the Edina, Minn., native has kept plenty busy. Since parting ways with the Atlanta Falcons after four preseason games, Ratelle has been in Grand Forks since September—except for his tryouts around the NFL. During the preseason, Ratelle suffered an ankle injury.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The University of North Dakota football program is addressing the future and the present in the defensive backfield during the latest stretch of recruiting. UND's three most recent prep recruits are defensive backs and the latest junior college transfer is a potential 2017 starter at safety. UND's prep defensive back recruits are cornerback Kyle Hieptas of Little Chute, Wis., safety Hayden Blubaugh of Aurora, Colo., and safety Thomas Gibson of Brookfield, Wis.
GRAND FORKS — The North Dakota men's hockey team went an 11-game stretch this season in which the third and fourth forward lines combined for one goal. It's no coincidence that span also featured the Fighting Hawks' winless streak. But UND's depth scoring is back and that's a dangerous development for the defending national champion. For the third-straight game — also a three-game unbeaten streak — UND received scoring from one of the bottom two lines. It helped fuel a 5-1 win over Western Michigan on Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — After the 2015 North Dakota football season, Leave No Doubt seemed to be the mantra for the 2016 season, a nod at the Fighting Hawks' omission from the 2015 FCS playoffs. In 2016, UND earned a No. 7 seed in the FCS playoffs and completed an unbeaten record in Big Sky Conference play before bowing out of the postseason tournament with a 27-24 loss last Saturday to Richmond. UND hits the offseason this week and the Leave No Doubt phrase has been outdated, so what's the slogan for 2017?
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — In a year seemingly full of the University of North Dakota football team winning on improbable comebacks, the Fighting Hawks' season came to an end Saturday night by surrendering one of their own. Griffin Trau's 18-yard field goal as time expired were the winning points as Richmond scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to beat No. 7 seed UND 27-24 in the second round of the FCS tournament at the Alerus Center.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Former University of North Dakota quarterback Kelby Klosterman recalls 15 years ago, standing on the sideline as UC Davis quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan battled the Alerus Center noise in an NCAA Division II playoff semifinal. "I remember thinking how tough that would be," Klosterman said. "I was really glad I wasn't them." The home-field advantage fueled a 14-2 win over UC Davis in 2001 and led to UND's first and only national championship the following week against Grand Valley State in Florence, Ala.
GRAND FORKS — Richmond football coach Danny Rocco couldn't have imagined he'd spent this much time thinking about the state of North Dakota. Rocco has been preparing for an FCS second-round matchup with UND, while working to avenge last season's semifinal loss at North Dakota State. "There was something about going to North Dakota that was really meaningful for our football team," Rocco said. "We were a highly motivated team last week. We're working hard here to find a way to win and beat a really good football team."