- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - A committee facilitating the selection of a new nickname for the University of North Dakota is expected to submit a “short list” of potential names by early May.

UND announced the formation of the committee on Tuesday. Its 11 members include Minnesota Twins President Dave St. Peter, former UND goalie Karl Goehring (GAYR’-ihng) and United Tribes Technical College President Leander “Russ” McDonald.

The committee will narrow a list of potential nicknames submitted through a public process that UND says it will announce soon. The short list of names will go to a final public vote.

State residents voted overwhelmingly in 2012 to dump UND’s “Fighting Sioux” nickname, which the NCAA considered “hostile and abusive.” The state Legislature put a moratorium on replacing the nickname until this year.

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