Take a look at the news stories featuring MSUM in the past week. Stories are presented in chronological order.

West Fargo’s Thorson plays in Brazil all-star game, West Fargo Pioneer: “Everything felt different for Cassidy Thorson playing international basketball. The 3-point lines were so far out she stepped out of bounds in the corner, the referees didn’t understand her, the shot clocks were faster, the style of play is rougher and she’s not even sure what the basketballs are made out of. She never thought she would’ve been playing basketball in Brazil, so she wanted to soak up every bit of it. Thorson, a West Fargo graduate and an upcoming Minnesota State Moorhead senior, was selected for and played on the USA NCAA Division DII Basketball Team Tour in Brazil from July 31 to Aug. 9.”

Dragons head coach Laqua: ‘Good isn’t good enough’ is the new team standard, InForum: ” Minnesota State Moorhead was good last fall, winning seven football games in a season for the first time since 1999. That record also gave the Dragons back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1995 and 1996. MSUM started fall practice Thursday morning at Scheels Field at Alex Nemzek Stadium with the mindset to continue that ascension. ‘Now the standard has to be that good isn’t good enough. We have to push it to great,’ said Dragons head coach Steve Laqua, who is starting his seventh season as head coach.”

Dragons next step “from good to great”, WDAY: “The opening day of MSU Moorhead fall camp had a different feel than in recent years. It was one of confidence, knowing that expectations are growing. The Dragons are coming off a second straight winning season, something that hasn’t happened in 21 years. Now the next challenge is making the postseason.”

‘It teaches you gratitude’, Marshall Independent: “She went to India to teach others, but ended up learning more than she can say. ‘It was a really good experience,’ said Linnea Bader, who spent a month teaching underprivileged children in Delhi, India. ‘It’s easy to fall in love with India. I’m grateful for the opportunity.’ … Bader, a Marshall High School class of 2015 grad, attends Minnesota State University Moorhead and majors in teaching English as a second language and has a secondary major in communication arts and literature education.”

MSUM Football Opens up Practice, KVRR: “Coach Steve Laqua and the MSUM football team began their 2017 campaign Thursday morning with the season’s first practice.”

Bouncing and bonding: Sky Zone employee’s act of kindness attracts attention, Jamestown Sun: “When George MacConnell and his family drove from their home in Veblen, S.D., to Fargo’s Sky Zone Trampoline Park, he figured he’d have some fun hanging out during his nephew Wayde’s birthday. He didn’t figure on witnessing an act of kindness that would help another nephew break out of his shell long after the party was over. … He happened to mention to Sky Zone employee Nic Bordwell that Sage was playing the video games because he doesn’t like crowds. That’s when Bordwell offered to open up a closed off area of Sky Zone for Sage to jump alone. Sage agreed that he’d like to try it, with Bordwell paving the way.”