University of North Dakota donors sign pact
Published 8:12 am Wednesday, August 21, 2019
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A major donor to the University of North Dakota who had threatened to stop sending money in a dispute with the former president announced Tuesday that she will fund the school’s hockey facilities and Ralph Engelstad Arena through September 2030.
Engelstad Foundation trustee Kris Engelstad McGarry said in a news release that she appreciates interim President Joshua Wynne’s leadership.
“We are committed to a positive and productive relationship with UND and we appreciate the productive manner in which they dealt with the usage agreement extension,” McGarry said.
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McGarry’s father, Ralph Engelstad, played goaltender for UND before building a fortune as a real estate mogul and Las Vegas casino and hotel owner. Engelstad donated money to build the $110 million arena and the foundation in his name was created in 2002, the year he died.