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Published March 17, 2011, 03:56 PM

UND: Flying to Bismarck is Standard Practice

University of North Dakota's spokesman says school officials flying to Bismarck during the legislative session is standard practice in response to an online report that questioned the use of planes to lobby legislators to oppose the Fighting Sioux nickname.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — University of North Dakota's spokesman says school officials flying to Bismarck during the legislative session is standard practice in response to an online report that questioned the use of planes to lobby legislators to oppose the Fighting Sioux nickname.

PlainsDaily.com reported that the university has been using UND Aerospace Foundation-owned airplanes to fly administrators and students to Bismarck to testify on the issue.

UND spokesman Peter Johnson told the Grand Forks Herald that the January and March flights were to allow President Robert Kelley and others to testify on appropriations bills and other university matters, as well as the nickname.

He says the president often drives to Bismarck if he goes alone or with one other person, but plane travel is more efficient when it gets to a certain volume.

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