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John Varriano, a rural Fargo resident with strong ties to UND, was overjoyed to see UND students including (from left) Adam Pachl, Peter Bryce and Alex Yakymi show up to sandbag at his home Monday. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

UND students head to Fargo to help

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FARGO -- John Varriano was "overjoyed" when he saw 30 young and able bodies walking toward his flood-threatened rural home.

As they came closer, he spotted a wealth of black and green clothing bearing Fighting Sioux logos. "That is a bonus," he said.

"We're UND people here."

His wife, Cindy, grew up in Grand Forks. A son and daughter attended UND. And he's a Sioux hockey season ticketholder.

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