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Commentary: At the University of North Dakota, another feud over another logo

There is a feud on-going between University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy and Engelstad Family Foundation trustee Kris Engelstad McGarry.

For those of you who don’t know, the foundation is a major donor to UND. Their gifts have included the Ralph Engelstad Arena and the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. But right now the foundation and the university aren’t getting along.

McGarry requested a visit with the editorial board of the Grand Forks Herald, a meeting during which she spoke of a fractured relationship with the university. It’s previously been reported that negotiations over a ticket revenues in a new contract between the university and RE Arena Inc., the entity that owns and manages the Ralph Engelstad Arena, is at the heart of the dispute. McGarry has also said that divisions over the now-retired “Fighting Sioux” nickname have nothing to do with the present issues.

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