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Resolution urging UND, NDSU to create new rivalry trophy passes Senate

Left to right, Willis Stattelman, Jeff Momerak, Matt Vanderpan, and Joe Wilson are the first to the Nickel Trophy after the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux beat NDSU 28-21 in overtime in 2003 game.1 / 2
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BISMARCK — A Senate Concurrent Resolution urging students at the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University to develop a new Nickel Trophy passed the Senate on Friday.

The resolution, introduced by Sen. Scott Meyer, R-Grand Forks, passed with a voice vote.

The Nickel Trophy, which was presented to the winner of the UND-NDSU football game from 1938 to 2003, was given to North Dakota’s Heritage Center late last year.

The teams are set to play each other again in 2019 and will be in the same conference starting in 2020. The two are then expected to play each other on a more regular basis.

The resolution urges the student bodies of the schools to “design and implement a new football rivalry trophy.”

Sen. Jordan Kannianen, R-Stanley, the bill carrier, noted the “passion” behind the rivalry and said that given the renewed rivalry it’s fitting that another rivalry trophy be created.

“One team has a lot of experience lately in hoisting trophies, but the other doesn’t,” Kannianen joked, referring to the seven NCAA FCS football championships NDSU has won in recent years.

Sen. Judy Lee, R-West Fargo, jokingly thanked Kannianen for mentioning that UND has “been a very steady championship hockey team.”