- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The University of North Dakota says a committee facilitating the selection of a new school nickname has chosen five possibilities to be brought to a public vote.

The school said in a news release that the committee agreed at its last meeting Tuesday night on a final list of names. Still in the running are the Fighting Hawks, Nodaks, North Stars, Roughriders and Sundogs.

The group started out with nearly 1,200 possible names. That was cut down to about five dozen before being trimmed to 15, then seven and now five.

State residents voted overwhelmingly in 2012 to get rid of the school’s “Fighting Sioux” nickname, which the NCAA considered “hostile and abusive.”

The university said it would announce details of the voting process in the near future.

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