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Mike McFeely is a columnist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He began working for The Forum in the 1980s while he was a student studying journalism at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He's been with The Forum full time since 1990, minus a six-year hiatus when he hosted a local radio talk-show.

You can reach Mike via email at mmcfeely@forumcomm.com.

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Popular Lund boats made in New York Mills factory will be common on Minnesota lakes on fishing opener Saturday, May 14.
If not for the efforts of The Nature Conservancy and the Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society, there might not be prairie chickens left in the state. Their numbers dwindled to a concerning level by the mid-1980s, their habitat ruined by the plow. They are now confined to remnant and restored grasslands in a few counties. One of those is Clay County, close enough to Fargo-Moorhead that before the sun rises over the prairie the lights of the metro glow brightly in the west.
Game and Fish Department and more than a dozen partners spearhead program to preserve, re-establish vital native prairie
The DCC board of directors in December presented a proposal to the city that would have Troon, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based golf course management company, take over management of Detroit Country Club.
NDSU president was selected to two elite committees that hope to transform the NCAA, the body that governs college sports. The work of one is completed and will be voted on in 2022. The work of the other begins after Jan. 1.
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John Donaldson, who pitched for several years for the local team in Bertha, Minnesota, and is documented to have played in at least 130 towns across Minnesota, is on the Early Baseball Era Committee ballot for induction into the Hall of Fame. The results of the Early Baseball Era Committee vote will be announced live on MLB Network’s "MLB Tonight" at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.
Lawndale Creek restoration project helps clean water in Buffalo River while providing trout habitat in unlikely place
Details thin as neither former anchor nor TV station management will comment on departure
SDSU wins Dakota Marker, but bigger problem for NDSU is the mistakes and miscues Bison made
City, business leaders oppose changes to main street through lakes country town while state says it's a safety issue