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Fargo-Moorhead Liberty's bills won't affect league play

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Fargo-Moorhead Liberty's bills won't affect league play
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FRAZEE - Northern Power League commissioner Jason McCloskey is well aware of the Fargo-Moorhead Liberty football team's financial woes, but the head of the area's semi-pro football league isn't too concerned about it.

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As was reported in The Forum Feb. 4, the Northern Power League's marquee franchise the Liberty -- which won the league's championship and went 12-1 -- owes $14,700 to Moorhead High School for the use of its facilities and field during the 2008 inaugural season.

Liberty owner Dale Heffron also owes around $11,000 to Sundog Interactive, a Fargo marketing company, as well as $1,200-1,400 to the FargoDome.

Heffron told The Forum he takes full responsibility of the costs the Liberty incurred during the season and plans to pay all of his debts as soon as a suit is settled against NBSF Railway Co.

McCloskey believes and trusts in Heffron, too.

"I know (Heffron) well, since he's one of the owners in our league," McCloskey said, who also owns the Lakes Area Screaming Eagles, which play in Frazee. "He has a good case against BNSF. I was well aware of (his financial predicament), but I know he's an honest guy.

"It's taking a toll on him personally and he even has put his house up for sale."

The cost of renting Moorhead's football field, as well as its facilities for storage, far outreaches the Screaming Eagles' fee of using Frazee High School's field, which was $2,500 last year.

But McCloskey said the Liberty's bills will not affect the Northern Power League, which currently has seven teams playing.

"I fully expect him to make due on his promises and this will not affect the league at all," McCloskey stated.

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