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Published April 07, 2011, 10:23 PM

Fighting Sioux Parties Boost Region's Morale

Not all fans were able to go to St. Paul to watch The Fighting Sioux take on Michigan, but they did not have to stay home either.

Not all fans were able to go to St. Paul to watch The Fighting Sioux take on Michigan, but they did not have to stay home either.

Though the men's hockey team was ousted 2-0 by Michigan, that doesn't change the excitement that built around the Frozen Four.

"NORTH DAKOTA!! We're a better team than Michigan!!!" said one very enthusiastic fan at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

A few thousand fans cozied up to the big screen at the Ralph Engelstad Arena to cheer on the men in Green. The tangible fanamania in the room proves TV can be stimulating. Shouts like, "Did you see that hit? Amazing!" filled the arena. It was hard to tell the game was not on home ice.

The journey to the Frozen Four has been a huge deal for fans and brought communities together during flood season.

"We're tailgating," said Corey Jamieson in Oslo, MN.

The sizzle of good food and cries of devoted fans drowned out the sounds of rising flood waters. The National Weather Service prediction had them at over 34 feet.

"We've flooded seven years, it's just part of spring," said Orin Knutson, about Oslo's tendency to take on major waters.

The flood fight has already started-the temporary levee has been built and sandbags have been made. But, like the last few springs, if waters go over 38 feet, the road into town will be closed.

"That's when we become an island," said Jamieson.

Today, thoughts of the flood have evaporated because these fans are enjoying a break and have only one thing on their minds.

"The fighting sioux, that's all we care about winning," said Jamieson.

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