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Shine Up Your Golf Clubs for the 37th Annual Dragon Open Golf Tournament

Posted on May 25, 2016

Monday, June 6 | Moorhead Country Club Read the rest of this entry →

Once a Vikings Fan, MSUM Student Lands an Internship with the Packers

Posted on May 13, 2016

By Eric Peterson, The Forum

MOORHEAD—Tomi Thompson was at a Minnesota Vikings-Green Bay Packers game a few years ago when she decided what she wanted to do for a career.

During one of the media timeouts at the Metrodome, the wife of a military member was recognized for her husband serving overseas. The wife was then surprised by her spouse who had returned home. The couple hugged in an emotional scene.

“I would say that was the moment,” said Thompson, a 2010 Barnesville (Minn.) High School graduate. “The reason that I love working in sports is that you’re able to connect with such a diverse network of people.”  Read the rest of this entry →

Spring Scholarship Gala surpasses years prior in attendance and money raised

Posted on April 28, 2016

Last Saturday, April 23, 2016, the university’s largest, annual fundraising event for need-based, merit, academic and athletic scholarships was held and saw a record-breaking 343 in attendance. The event raised over $167,000. Read the rest of this entry →

This Saturday, MSUM Athletics to host 11th annual Red & White Celebration

Posted on April 20, 2016

Originally published on WDAY and written by Catherine Ross.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) – Past, present and future Dragons are celebrating athletics.

This Saturday, the MSUM Athletic Department is hosting its 11th annual Red and White Celebration.

Student athletes will teach a soccer clinic and invite fans to watch softball and football games.

Kids can hit the track for Scorch’s Fun Run and former athletes can return the fields and courts for alumni games. Read the rest of this entry →

Join the Dragon Fire Booster Club ~ 2016-17 Season Tickets!

Posted on April 15, 2016

Join the Dragon Fire Booster Club Today & Support our Student-Athletes!

Benefits of becoming a Dragon Fire member include season tickets to home athletic events, invitations to Dragon Athletic special events and discounts at the MSUM Bookstore.

MSUM Faculty and Staff can join through payroll deduction by downloading the membership brochure here and mailing it to:  Dragon Athletics, 1104 7th Avenue South, Moorhead, MN 56563, Attn:  Dragon Fire. Read the rest of this entry →

Spring Scholarship Gala | Students Directly Impacted by Event Proceeds

Posted on April 14, 2016

By Meghan Feir

On Saturday, April 23, 2016, MSUM will once again be hosting an event targeted toward raising money for need-based, merit, academic and athletic student scholarships. Previously known as the Founders Scholarship Gala, the Spring Scholarship Gala is the university’s biggest fundraising event and directly impacts the lives of students across departments.

On a seemingly regular school day, Tomi Thompson got a call from her cousin, MSUM Mass Communications Department Secretary Wendy Olsgard. Deadlines were approaching for scholarship applications and the encouraging cousin knew Thompson was more than qualified.

Fast forward to 2016. With tears in her eyes, the senior, double-majoring in broadcast journalism and integrated advertising and public relations, explained how receiving scholarships made it possible for her to accept an internship with the Minnesota Vikings last summer. Read the rest of this entry →

Watch the #DragonsMarchOn

Posted on March 10, 2016

Follow the Dragons men’s basketball team as they compete in the NCAA tournament for a second straight year at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Dragon Men’s Basketball Viewing Party for the CHAMPIONSHIP game

Posted on March 01, 2016

Join us at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1st at Buffalo Wild Wings in Moorhead to cheer on our Dragon Men’s Basketball Team for the CHAMPIONSHIP game in the NSIC/Sanford Health Basketball Tournament!

Everyone is welcome to support the Dragons!

Dragon Basketball Viewing Parties Set – 2016 NSIC Sanford Health Basketball Tournament

Posted on February 25, 2016
 Join us at Buffalo Wild Wings in Moorhead to cheer on the Dragon Basketball Teams as they advance to the Quarterfinals of the 2016 NSIC/Sanford Health Basketball Tournament!
Viewing parties will be held at the following days and times at BWW in Moorhead:
  • Saturday, February 27th at 12:00 noon – Dragon Men’s Basketball Team vs Upper Iowa
  • Sunday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m. – Dragon Women’s Basketball vs Augustana

MSUM students get free admission to NSIC Playoffs double header

Posted on February 24, 2016

Come out to Nemzek Fieldhouse on Wednesday, February 24 for a double header of playoff basketball. The Dragon Women are set to play Upper Iowa at 6 p.m. while the Dragon Men will face off against Wayne State at 8 p.m. MSUM students will be granted free admission to both games with a valid student ID, courtesy of SABC.

Wednesday’s game will also feature the final Triple Threat contest of the season, where three fans will be drawn to have a chance at winning $5,000 at halftime

Apply for an internship with the Dragon Athletics GO! Team

Posted on February 24, 2016

MSUM Dragon Athletics is hiring interns for positions in production, operations, marketing, social media, photography and design. If you would like to gain experience in the sports industry and strengthen your resume, apply today.

The full list of positions and applications can be found here. Please email or for more information.

9th Annual Go Pink with the Dragons ~ February 15-19 ~ Set a Screen for the Cure!

Posted on February 12, 2016

Mark Your Calendars for the 9th Annual Go Pink with the Dragons ~ Set a Screen for the Cure!  This year’s event is set for February 15-19, 2016.

This year’s focus is on breast and skin cancers.  Go Pink T-shirts are currently on sale for $10 at the MSUM Bookstore and Athletic department.  Tshirts will be sold at Dragon Frost events in the CMU next week.  Proceeds from the T-shirt sales and Go Pink Silent Auction at the February 19th basketball games will benefit the MSUM Go Pink Scholarship Fund and the Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo, N.D.

For more information about Go Pink with the Dragons, contact Gloria Riopelle at or 218-477-5824 or visit 9th Annual Go Pink with the Dragons!


Volunteers Needed ~ 9th Annual Go Pink with the Dragons ~ February 16-19, 2016

Posted on February 12, 2016

Mark Your Calendar for the 9th Annual Go Pink with the Dragons!  This year’s event is set for February 16-19, 2016 and brings awareness to breast cancer and skin cancer.  Sign up to volunteer at the Go Pink Volunteer Online Sign-Up.

For more information about Go Pink with the Dragons, contact Gloria Riopelle at or 218-477-5824 or visit:

9th Annual Go Pink with the Dragons!

MSUM Football Signs 37 Recruits in 2016 Class

Posted on February 04, 2016

Minnesota State University Moorhead head football coach Steve Laqua has announced the Dragons’ 2016 recruiting class. A total of 37 student-athletes have signed to continue their academic and athletic careers at MSUM starting this fall.

This year’s class features 31 individuals who signed national letters of intent and six who signed institutional letters of intent as preferred walk-ons. More than 2/3 of the class is from Minnesota (15) and North Dakota (11). Wisconsin (six) and Illinois (four) are also represented in the class, in addition to the country of Sweden. Read the rest of this entry →

No. 8 Dragons Return Home to Face Wayne State and No. 1 Augustana

Posted on February 04, 2016

The No. 8-ranked Minnesota State University Moorhead men’s basketball team returns home this weekend to face Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference rivals in Wayne State and Augustana.

Both games will be televised live on WDAY’Z Xtra with Steve d’Eustachio and Jared Bledsoe on the call. The games will also be broadcast live online at Read the rest of this entry →

Win a new car for a year at Dragon Basketball this weekend

Posted on February 04, 2016

Your last chance to win a car for a year is this weekend at Dragon basketball. Come on Friday and if you win one of the two halftime games that night, you’ll have a shot at winning the car on Saturday.

You can still come on Saturday and still have a chance to win the free car for a year. You have to come to the women’s game in order to qualify, and if you name is drawn, you’ll be entered to win the car that night. Someone WILL win a car for a year from Valley Imports, so why not come to the game? Please purchase your tickets online and skip the line at

Dragons Pregame Party on Saturday, February 6th at BWW Moorhead

Posted on February 04, 2016

Join us for the Dragon Fire Pregame Party at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 6th at Buffalo Wild Wings in Moorhead.

Steve Laqua, Head Dragon Football Coach, will join us at 1:00 p.m. to answer questions about our new 2016-2017 Dragon Football student-athletes who recently signed NLIs.

Dragon fans will then move to Nemzek Fieldhouse to cheer on the Dragon’s Basketball teams with games at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.   vs Augustana.    Learn more at

Signing Day for @MSUM_Football & @MSUM_Soccer is today

Posted on February 03, 2016

Get #FiredUp for #MSUMSignDay on Wednesday, Feb. 3 when both soccer and football will be officially inking the NLIs of our newest additions to the Dragon family.

There are several ways to get all the info you want:

  • – The most composite list of all information with a full list of signees, videos, and more.
  • Twitter – We will Tweet the second an NLI becomes official using #MSUMSignDay.
  • Periscope – We’ll be checking LIVE with coaches and staff throughout the day on the 16s of every hour for the class of 2016. Starting at 7:15 a.m., we’ll be in Nemzek prepping to welcome all the new faces to the Dragon family. We will go all the way to 12:16 p.m. when we’ll have head football coach Steve Laqua on to take your questions. These will also be posted live to Twitter.
  • Snapchat – MSUMDragons will be posting all day long showing you what happens behind the scenes.

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Make a Difference at Dragon Basketball’s Pledge Night on Friday

Posted on February 03, 2016

Dragon Athletics would like to invite you to join us as we take a stand with the NSIC against drinking and driving and with the entire MSUM campus against sexual violence at Pledge Night on Friday, February 5th during the men’s and women’s basketball games starting at 4:00pm.

This is the fourth annual NSIC “It’s A Slam Dunk, Don’t Drive Drunk” campaign. It started in 2013 to commemorate Drake Bigler, the five month old son of Southwest Minnesota State University’s men’s basketball coach Brad Bigler, who was killed by a drunk driver. Read the rest of this entry →

Great Basketball, 1000 Free T-shirts, Win a Car Contest, Red Out and MORE at Fill the Fieldhouse this Saturday

Posted on February 03, 2016

MSUM Dragon Athletics’ sixth annual Fill the Fieldhouse on Saturday, February 6th is aiming to break the all-time attendance record at Nemzek Fieldhouse with a free car for a year, 1,000 t-shirts, and a great basketball matchup against the Augustana Vikings.

Starting at 4:00pm with the NSIC North No. 1 ranked Dragon women, Fill the Fieldhouse gets a jump-start with 1,000 red t-shirts that will be offered at the entrance in hopes to create a full Red Out atmosphere in Nemzek. Shirts are provided by Valley Imports, Valley Pre-Owned, Valley Reconditioning, and Advanced Auto Body & Glass and will be available starting at 3:30pm. Read the rest of this entry →

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