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Published April 08, 2010, 10:49 PM

Engelstad Family Mum About Nickname Retirement

Betty Engelstad and her daughter, Kris Englestad McGarry know about the board's decision. But they did not wish to comment on the name change tonight.

The Ralph Engelstad Arena director of marketing Chris Semerau has been in contact with the Engelstad family.

He tells WDAZ that Betty Engelstad and her daughter, Kris Englestad McGarry know about the State Board of Higher Educations's decision to retire UND's Fighting Sioux nickname and logo.

But that they did not wish to comment on the name change tonight.

The late Ralph Engelstad built and donated the $104 million dollar Grand Forks arena that bears his name. Engelstad was a staunch Sioux nickname supporter. He died in 2002.

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