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Dakota Marker Visits the Valley Today

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This weekend's game is the ninth time NDSU and SDSU have met for the Dakota Marker. The Bison and Jackrabbits are currently tied for first-place in the Missouri Valley football conference with identical 5-1 records. The winner of this game will capture at least a share of the conference title.

A couple fun facts about the marker: The Bison won the marker in 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2011. South Dakota State won the marker in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009.

The original Dakota markers stand seven feet, ten inches tall and were placed at half-mile intervals on the border.  Originally there were 720 monuments, and some still exist along the border.
    
There a "ND" inscribed on one side, and an "SD" on another, and "190 m" on another side, which represents the distance between the two schools.

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard have staked a friendly wager on the outcome of the game.  Dalrymple said he will send a gift basket filled with Cloverdale Meats to Daugaard if South Dakota wins.  Daugaard has offered Dalrymple a South Dakota buffalo steak dinner should the Bison win.

"I'm confident that the Bison will keep the Dakota Marker trophy in Fargo for a third consecutive year," Dalrymple said. "After last year's Bison victory, I enjoyed Gov. Daugaard's smoked pheasant and I have no doubt that his buffalo steak is every bit as good.  The Dakota Marker game is a great rivalry and both teams represent their state very well in the Missouri Valley Football Conference."

Daugaard is equally confident in a South Dakota State victory on Saturday.

 "The Jackrabbits are on a roll, and North Dakota State is in for a rude awakening this Saturday," said Governor Daugaard.  "I'm looking forward to winning the Dakota Marker back from the Bison this weekend, and then dining on some Cloverdale sausage, ham and ribs with Governor Dalrymple to celebrate SDSU's victory."

The two teams meet in the Fargodome in Fargo for the annual Dakota Marker game at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. You can watch the game live on KVLY.

Another note if you're going to the game this weekend: It's a "Bison Pride" game, which means fans sitting in odd numbered sections are asked to wear green; fans sitting in even numbered sections and general admission are asked to wear yellow.

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