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  1. Brucesky02

    Super Bowl LII

    Schlossman made it on Bleacher Report with this scoop from yesterday: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2757267-tom-brady-mvp-acceptance-speech-appears-to-leak-at-patriots-press-conference?utm_source=cnn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=editorial https://twitter.com/SchlossmanGF/status/959262020234301441
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    UND Fan Survey

    In today's world, they know that the e-mail got to you, you opened it, you clicked on it, all of your survey responses, and any other pages on UND's websites that you browsed. Or they don't want you to win the raffle.
  3. Brucesky02

    College Hockey Expansion

    Can you imagine if they tried to take someone out of their seat at the Ralph? "We've oversold the UM games...you'll be rebooked for the St. Cloud series."
  4. Brucesky02

    Fargo Economy

    Let me be clear - I'm not trying to reinstate the previous topic used for discussing Fargo. This is not for discussing crime - just for business topics, like the Grand Forks one. Anecdotally, it seems like Fargo is in a bit of a downturn. When I lived there, (2014-2016) I was worried about what I perceived as over-building in housing (especially in high end homes) and over-expansion of businesses. My feeling had been that the growth in restaurants/retail was being propped up by temporary demand increases due to the over-construction going on in the housing and retail markets. Once housing slowed, my thought had been the construction workforce would drop and demand for hotels/restaurants/retail along with that. I've been seeing a number of articles about places closing and the housing market stagnating. Anyone have anything else that's out there with analysis on all this? I haven't been able to find any concrete housing numbers to look at other than the first article below. What other factors do you think are at play here? Oil? Some examples of what I'm referencing: http://www.inforum.com/news/4171949-many-unsold-homes-f-m-area-could-have-do-uncertainty-years-election http://www.inforum.com/business/4101728-alerus-close-two-branches http://www.inforum.com/business/4175317-moorhead-hotel-owner-says-construction-blame-recent-closure http://www.inforum.com/variety/4084144-downtown-concert-venue-new-direction-close-fall http://www.inforum.com/news/4009176-west-fargo-business-close-laying-dozens-employees http://www.inforum.com/business/3948419-uptown-gallery-closing-after-deal-falls-through https://www.wday.com/business/4192601-sears-store-west-acres-close-doors https://www.wday.com/business/4118526-moorhead-kmart-close-years-end http://www.inforum.com/business/4194143-fargos-lone-star-steakhouse-closes-after-23-years-business http://www.inforum.com/business/4135338-fargos-coldwell-banker-first-realty-closing-friday http://www.inforum.com/business/4116155-junk-giant-closing-downtown-fargo-owners-focus-vinyl-giant http://www.inforum.com/business/3950180-grazies-italian-restaurant-close-saturday From memory, you can also put in the recent RIP list: -King Leo's -TGI Fridays -Quaker Steak -Ole & Lena's Pizza (mall location)
  5. Brucesky02

    Counterfeit Sioux jerseys and pucks on ebay

    I lived on the east side for a few years - I love Saint Paul, but I never left anything of any value anywhere that wasn't locked :/
  6. Brucesky02

    Counterfeit Sioux jerseys and pucks on ebay

    Sorry to hear about this. If I was you, I would set up a google alert for anyone selling a Hoogsteen jersey. Shouldn't be too many hits on that. If you're lucky, you'll find a craigslist post for it and be able to track down this motherf...not nice person. I can't speak to what the GFPD does (or wherever you might find the jersey) but many departments nowadays will help you out in confronting the individual and recovering your property.
  7. Brucesky02

    Bye-bye Ray

    Dang. As a student who golfed, it was always nice to be able to run over to RR and play for $10. It did suck that the course was only open for 3 months while school was in session...so maybe it does make sense in that regard. Still hate it, especially for Dustin and Nerby. There isn't exactly a huge amount of other jobs out there in GGF for golf courses, so I hope those guys land on their feet somewhere. They did a heck of a job managing that course on a shoestring budget for years. Looking forward, if they want this property to become connected to campus, they're going to have to do something about accessibility with the railroad. How much would it cost to move the whole rail yard outside of town? No more train shunting crashes in the middle of town, no more wall preventing development south from the main campus, no more kids getting run over...seems like it's all positives to me. Other than delivery to the power plant and that cemstone plant (or whatever it is along demers) what other reasons are there that necessitate a rail yard in the middle of town?? Heck, get rid of the rail yard and then we can have enough space to build a retractable roof football stadium and go FBS, right? ok, too far. But really, why does GF need that mess of trains in the middle of town??
  8. Brucesky02

    University of North Dakota Hockey 2016 - 2017 Season

    The $100 price tag is aggressive. From their perspective, I can't blame them for trying it out though. I don't know what their single game ticket quantity available is, but if it was 2,000 seats per game, you're talking about $200,000 in extra revenue on the weekend. That said...IMO - the UND athletic dept. should address this sort of pricing behavior in any future agreements with schools. Either a cap on the % increase allowed or a revenue share on any increase over the average ticket price that school charges. For conference games, the NCHC should exercise some muscle in stopping the similar behavior like we saw with the package requirements in Denver. While these high ticket prices and package requirements make short-term economical sense for the schools, I believe they represent a long-term loss for college hockey. I witnessed a similar behavior in NASCAR. (grew up in NC) They had huge demand - the waiting list for tickets to the night race at Bristol was 84,000 people when I signed up in 1998. There were certainly some other factors like overbuilding grandstands (supply) and the poor economy, but when I started going to races in 1997, tickets were generally $20-$60. By the mid-2000s when their decline started, tickets were $75-$200. As people stopped coming, they lost interest. I can't remember if there are any proven theories on this, but what I'm getting at is that sports economics is not a standard supply and demand chart. You can't just drop prices later and have demand increase at the same level. As you increase price, you reduce demand, and that reduction has a continued effect in the future as fans lose interest in the sport.
  9. Brucesky02

    Where to eat in Grand Forks.

    Kudos to you for the verified info on this. Nice work. +1 for the chicken-sandwiched comment alone. CFA has had North Dakota on their open locations for franchisees for about a year now. They had some franchisee interest meetings in the state this spring. I would have to assume Fargo is getting one as well, given they held franchisee meetings there. Hopefully whoever got the franchisee slot(s) is a local. It's a good opportunity to "own" your own business with very little money required. I say "own" because CFA actually owns everything...but a $10,000 investment for a franchise that averages $200,000/yr in profit for an operator is pretty great IMO. Despite being a chain, it should be a nice addition to the community. Lots of great training for young employees, plus a decent college scholarship program, and they typically do a lot of community events/special nights.
  10. Brucesky02

    Where to eat in Grand Forks.

    Their service wasn't always the fastest, but they had great bread and baked goods. Sad day for eating in Grand Forks - Dakota Harvest has closed its doors. The business had been up for sale since January. I'm assuming they never found a buyer...also assuming the closure was not financially related. The last few times I was in there, it was just as busy as ever.
  11. Brucesky02

    Where to eat in Grand Forks.

    What's with the Popolino's hate? Their crust is delicious. Maybe it's a difference of style preference or something...but they are the best pizza in town IMO. I don't make a trip back to GF without hitting up 746-POPS.
  12. Brucesky02

    Driving in Grand Forks

    I think you guys are forgetting how bad it used to be in Grand Forks. 10 years ago, driving across town took almost twice as long. Some time in the late 2000s, they implemented a state of the art system that uses upgraded signal computers, cameras, and a central computer system to create more efficient traffic flows. I can't find the study any more, but I remember reading that it shaved something like 8 minutes off the average time from Gateway to 32nd on Columbia. They are always evaluating traffic patterns and accident records. Gateway used to have an even lower speed limit until they upped it a few years back. If you think a road needs a higher limit, your best bet is going to be to contact your council member or just go right to the city traffic engineer, Jane Williams, to make your suggestion - Jwilliams@grandforksgov.com I agree on the winter/summer discrepancy. It almost feels like GF needs two sets of speed limits posted - one for November-March and another for April-October. As for the bad drivers...they aren't much better anywhere else you go.
  13. Brucesky02

    Sioux Survivor Game #10

    Friday - Tucker Saturday - Drake
  14. Brucesky02

    Sioux Survivor Game #9 2015-2016

    Fri: Nick Schmaltz Sat: Coltyn Sanderson
  15. Brucesky02

    If Big Ten Offers UND Should They Join?

    I would be against playing in the B1G...but to play devil's advocate here, your list only includes 4 B1G conference games. The other 4 were OOC games, where scheduling is at the discretion of the teams involved. Here were the NCHC Conference and OOC non-F/Sa games this year: (1) NCHC: Thu.2/18/20167:00 MT(10) Denver4@Colorado College1 (6) OOC: Tue.10/13/20157:00 ET(10) Bowling Green1@Western Michigan4 Sun.11/29/20153:00 ET(5) North Dakota4@Michigan State1 Sun.11/29/20156:00 CT(7) St. Cloud State7@Minnesota4 Sun.12/20/20152:00 CTArizona State0@(6) Nebraska-Omaha Wed.12/30/20155:00 ETWestern Michigan1@(12) Bowling Green0 Sun.1/3/20165:00 ETRensselaer2@Miami4 *BSU and UMD played on a Tuesday, but I didn't include that as it was a makeup game outside of normal scheduling.