KNDS News Updates Get the latest news from the KNDS news department Lucas Paper Running for State House Election Day is less than two weeks away, and North Dakota State has two Bison on the ballot this fall. Today, The Spectrum talks with Lucas Paper.

Lucas Paper is a senior majoring in political science with a business administration minor. He helps people find their dream homes as a buyer’s agent’s assistant for Hatch Realty. Paper is also running for the North Dakota House of Representatives seat in District 21, up for vote Nov. 4.

Paper is running with fellow NDSU senior and political science major Robert Lauf for the two contested seats held by Democratic incumbents Steve Zaiser and Kathy Hogan.


Involved in Delta Tau Delta, THON ND and other organizations at NDSU, Paper has kept his plate full as a student.

“Every semester I tell myself ‘I’m going to be less busy; I’m going to be less busy,’ but it never happens,” Paper said. “It’s fueled by a lot of coffee and Red Bull, but it’s always fun.”

Paper received the Republican nomination last spring with Lauf. The two will try to defeat incumbents Zaiser and Hogen, who have served District 21 for 12 and five years in the House, respectively.

Balance is essential in maintaining school, work and campaigning efforts afloat, Paper said.

“There’s 18 working hours in a day,” Paper said. He said he uses all of them to the last minute, campaigning continuously.

Door knocking is a time-consuming yet rewarding task, Paper said. He, Lauf and State Senate candidate Cindy Pfeiffer challenged one another to knock on every constituent door before the election.

Paper said he and Lauf have knocked on 4,000 doors, some of which hold extra sentiment for Paper.

Growing up in District 21, Paper said it is interesting to go and ask old neighbors for votes.

The Fargo South High School graduate said sometimes people are surprised that he is running for office.

Although politics do not run in Paper’s family, he said that it was his calling to serve.

To read more about Paper's platform and personal life, click here.

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Rocking 'Rocky Horror' at Island Park BY: JACK DURA

Music Theatre Fargo-Moorhead has just what the doctor ordered for this time of year: “The Rocky Horror Show,” the cult classic film’s stage adaptation that sweeps across The Stage at Island Park these next two weekends.

Bringing together 20 performers onstage for the time-warpin’ good time, “Rocky Horror” sees a nice mix of old and new with this show as MTFM has added its own touch to this 40-year-old story.

“We’re definitely not doing a cookiecutter cut of the movie,” director Christopher Damlo said. “Essentially, our concept is it’s going to be a rock and roll show, like a real rock and roll floor show.”

With plenty of music to make this happen (who doesn’t like “Time Warp” or “Sweet Transvestite?”), MTFM adds its own touch to costumes stylized after rock ‘n’ rollers from the ’70s onwards. It’s a fresh take on some old gold that has had generations of followers.

“There’s gonna be some recognizable stuff, some new stuff and hopefully people really appreciate that,” Damlo said.

To the pleasure of “Rocky Horror” diehards, MTFM has scheduled three midnight showings of the musical, running around before, after and on Halloween. Come dressed in costume and time warp along with the actors, but leave the props and water guns at home because MTFM provides these trinkets.

To get the when, where and price, read on here.

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Ole and Lena's Pizzeria Expanding to West Fargo BY: DELANEY FREER
The “Hazel’s Peanut Butter Delight” from Ole and Lena’s Pizzeria in Fargo is not one’s normal pizza.
It contains peanut butter, a four cheese blend, pepperoni and jalapenos. Uff-da!

This Norwegian-Italian restaurant, currently located within the West Acres Mall in Fargo, is expanding to West Fargo on Oct. 27.

“We’re expanding into West Fargo because it’s still a growing and developing city,” said Lexi LeDoux, NDSU student and assistant manager of Ole and Lena’s Pizzeria. “What better fit for a new location than one that will grow right alongside with our brand?”

Ever since owner Shane Balken opened the West Acres location in March 2012, he planned to expand to a full sit-down restaurant with a bar and delivery service but could never find the right timing — until now.

Balken graduated from North Dakota State in 1995 with a bachelor’s in mass communication and public relations. He then joined the Air Force ROTC program as a public affairs officer for 12 years.

From 2005 to 2007, Balken returned to NDSU to work on his master’s in marketing. Halfway through his program, the Air Force approved him to leave the service. Balken spent the last half of his school year focusing on his business plan. His final project, instead of a thesis, was actually an extended pizza plan for Ole and Lena’s Pizzeria.

To read more about Ole and Lena's founding and the new West Fargo address, click here.

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Julie Fowlis, Voice of ‘Brave’ Soundtrack, Slated at MSUM


Minnesota State University Moorhead sees a Scottish songstress and Disney soundtrack voice grace its stage this Thursday as part of its Cheryl Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series.

This is Julie Fowlis, who brings the traditional Gaelic tunes of Scotland in her concert with husband Éamon Doorley and band members Tony Byrne and Duncan Chisholm. It’s another cultural flavor that fits the aim of this art series: to showcase the most diverse artists and performances for area audiences.

“We haven’t had anything like this as long as I’ve been working on the series,” Rebecca Sundet-Schoenwald, managing director of the arts series, said. She added that a local interest in such music exists and Moorhead’s Hjemkomst Center supports it with its Celtic Festival.

To U.S. audiences, Fowlis is perhaps best known for her role on the soundtrack of Disney Pixar’s animated film “Brave.”

Read more at The Spectrum

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Putting a Face on Tragedy and a Cause

The pain is still present for Lynn Mickelson as he stood by the dismantled vehicle displayed Wednesday near Shepperd Arena on what was becoming a sunny fall afternoon.

Mickelson said he remembers the date down to the hour, recalling the two highway patrolmen who visited Mickelson’s house to inform his family of the car wreck.

The Deutscher family consisted of Aaron, Mickelson’s pregnant daughter, Allison and one-and-a-half-year-old Brielle. The family was traveling in their 2009 Subaru Forester to a family reunion in Bismarck. They never arrived.

An intoxicated man with a blood-alcohol concentration of .25 was driving his pickup east in the westbound lanes of I-94 near Crystal Springs, N.D. when the wreck happened.

“I don’t care to call it an accident,” Mickelson said. “... What happened was a wreck.”

Silver Linings

On Wednesday, Mickelson spent his time visiting with students and staff passing by the vehicle in which his family died.

He does so to raise awareness and to “put a face” on the accident.

“This isn’t just another drunk-driving exhibit,” Mickelson said. “It’s not a show-and-tell project – my family died in there.”

Mickelson said he tries to travel with the Deutscher exhibit as often as he can. The wreckage travels around the Fargo-Moorhead region, often frequenting high school dances and community gatherings.

It is changing lives, Mickelson said.

He referred to multiple instances where he was notified by former alcoholics that they had changed their ways after seeing the exhibit and hearing about the tragedy.

“The silver lining is … if we get to one person to change their plans (to drink and drive),” Mickelson said. “Then it is worth it.”

Read more about Mickelson's campaign and what the university is doing about drunk driving at

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NDSU BIG Event a BIG Success Photo Courtesy of NDSUNews

NDSU held its annual BIG event on Thursday, April 24. More than 700 NDSU students volunteered for the BIG event. They worked a total of 1,402 hours at 38 nonprofits, three churches and 40 private homes. 

The national day of service was originally started by Texas A&M in the 1980s and has grown ever since.

This is NDSU's 6th year participating, with their first coming in 2009. 

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Walseth Named Women's Basketball Coach

Photo Courtesy: Josh Francis | The Spectrum

NDSU held a press conference to officially announce Maren Walseth as the new head women’s basketball coach Thursday.

The initial announcement came on Monday, one day before Carolyn DeHoff’s resignation became official. Walseth will be the 10th women’s basketball coach in NDSU history.

Director of women’s athletics Lynn Dorn said Walseth was an option from the beginning, but the biggest challenge was getting access to her to have the conversation.

“It was never because we didn’t know who we wanted, it was because of the success and the continuation of her program (in the postseason),” Dorn said.

President Dean Bresciani also spoke to the media [...]

For the full story CLICK HERE or visit 

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KNDS Announces Partnership with NDSU All-Access


KNDS Sports will not only be broadcast on 96.3 FM and this spring. As of Monday, all spring baseball and softball games will be broadcast by KNDS and the feed will be used by the university on their streaming system through NDSU All-Access. 


KNDS sports and news director Jonathan Lee says that this partnership will allow more people to hear the good things that are happening inside of the KNDS Sports team. 


"We have a lot of young guys that are eager to get on the air and learn from experience. This is a great way for them to get their voices heard by more people through NDSU All-Access," he said. 


The majority of the spring broadcasts will be in one of two locations. Most of the spring double-headers will be broadcast on the new KNDS Sports Stream as an online only option for listeners.


Single games and crucial league games will be broadcast on the 96.3 FM signal over the air, as well as being available through the KNDS Sports stream, and on the "Listen Live" link.

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President and Vice President Candidates visit KNDS Student Government Campaign

The candidates for Student Body President and Vice President positions in Student Government visited the Bison Morning Show on Thursday. The candidates each talked about themselves, their platforms, their goals, and their experiences at NDSU. The candidates visited with Jon and Lisa from the Bison Morning Show about various things regarding their candidacy. 


The candidates will hold a debate Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in Thundar's Den in the basement of the Memorial Union. Students are encouraged to attend.


Voting for Student Government will take place April 9-10. Students are encouraged to vote and the voting will take place online.


More information and the platforms can be found on the cadidates at the following links:


Billy and Jodi:

Facebook: Billy and Jodi

Twitter: @vote_billy_jodi


Sarah and Hilary:

Facebook: Sarah & Hilary


Twitter: @sarahhilary2014

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Jim "Fang" Maroney Found Dead in Wreckage The Fargo AirSho has never been held without having Jim Maroney flying in it. Maroney was found dead in plane wreckage in the Cherokee National Forest according to WATE-TV in Knoxville, Tenn. Maroney was flying his De Havilland DHC-1 "Super Chipmunk" from Indiana to Georgia. He has flown in many air shows in the Fargo-Moorhead area. He flew F-16s  for the North Dakota Air National Guard Happy Hooligans. He reitred from the military in 2002, and was a chief pilot for Delta Airlines flying 757s and 747s.

Source: WDAY-TV 

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