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Published April 22, 2013, 12:03 PM

Six Dakotas schools forming new athletic conference

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Six schools in the Dakotas are starting a new athletic conference.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Six schools in the Dakotas are starting a new athletic conference.

The North Star Conference will compete in the NAIA, starting in the fall. Its North Dakota members during the first year will be Jamestown College, Mayville State and Valley City State. Its South Dakota members will be Dakota State in Madison and Presentation College in Aberdeen, a former NCAA Division III school.

Presentation was notified Monday that it had been accepted into the NAIA.

Dickinson State in North Dakota plans to join the North Star in 2014-15. That school, the other North Dakota schools and Dakota State all once were members of the now-defunct Dakota Athletic Conference.

The North Star conference plans to hire a commissioner later this spring and be in full operation by July.

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