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Published December 27, 2010, 09:38 AM

Top North Dakota News Stories of 2010

North Dakota's booming oil patch tops the list of North Dakota news stories for 2010, as voted by broadcast and print members of The Associated Press.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's booming oil patch tops the list of North Dakota news stories for 2010, as voted by broadcast and print members of The Associated Press.

Ranked second was the election success for Republicans, which gave the GOP its first presence in North Dakota's congressional delegation since 1986.

The University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname was No. 3, with a state Supreme Court ruling and a Board of Higher Education decision retire for good the nickname after a four-year legal battle with the NCAA, which considers it hostile and abusive.

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