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Published September 18, 2013, 07:57 PM

Former Notre Dame football coach talks "success" at Petroleum Council Annual meeting

Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz talked "success" Wednesday at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Hundreds turned out for the speech at the final day of the North Dakota Petroleum Council Annual meeting. Holtz was the head football coach at Notre Dame from 1986 to 1996.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz talked "success" Wednesday at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Hundreds turned out for the speech at the final day of the North Dakota Petroleum Council Annual meeting. Holtz was the head football coach at Notre Dame from 1986 to 1996. He's also on the board of directors of an environmental solutions company with offices in the Bakken. Holtz says when it comes to leadership and success, his philosophy is simplicity.

Lou Holtz said, "It's about dealing with people. You have two mandates in business. Satisfy the needs of the costumer and make a profit that's all. I had two mandates as coach. Graduate and win. That's all and you have to be able to do both of them."

Governor Jack Dalrymple also spoke Wednesday about how the petroleum industry is impacting the state.

Dalrymple said, "I think it's great that Grand Forks can be the place where all of the petroleum industry comes to meet. And I think people are beginning to realize their impacts reach far beyond the oil wells."

More than 800 people attended the conference over the past three days.

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