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Published December 28, 2013, 07:44 PM

Best Sports Stories of 2013: Meet Mark Kauk

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - If it's an athletic event in Grand Forks, it's almost a guarantee that one loyal fan will be in the stands no matter the sport. It's a face and a voice known by just about everyone in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

By: Dan Corey, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - If it's an athletic event in Grand Forks, it's almost a guarantee that one loyal fan will be in the stands no matter the sport.

It's a face and a voice known by just about everyone in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

The name is Mark Kauk, better known as "K-Dog" or "The Kaukster" and he's more than just the catcher of the Support Systems softball team.

Carla Tice, LISTEN Center Executive Director: "When you say Mark Kauk, it's like you might as well just say that's the guy that everyone in the whole state knows."

It's thought that if Mark ran for city mayor, he would win.

Pat Sweeney, WDAZ-TV Sports Director: "Mark Kauk is probably the most recognized sports figure in greater Grand Forks just because he seems to be at every game."

And the campaign slogan has already caught on.

"Yup."

His running mate would be Terry Hajicek, better known as Gretzky.

So how did this Grand Forks native get so popular? Well, whether it's Purpur Arena in the winter months or Cushman Field in the fall, whatever the sport, Mark is in attendance.

Mike Berg, former Grand Forks Central head football coach: "It wouldn't be an event if Mark wasn't somewhere in the building."

Tice: "I always say to Mark, are you sure you don't have more than one of you around this city because I swear sometimes I can watch the news and I'll see Mark at one game and I'll look and he's at another game."

From high school girls basketball to North Dakota men's hockey, no one is a bigger fan than Mark.

Dave Hakstol, University of North Dakota men's hockey coach: "Anybody that's involved in sports at any level in our community knows Mark, knows his passion and thinks a lot of him."

Chris Mussman, Former University of North Dakota head football coach: "When our equipment people put the uniforms out, Mark's gets laid out there just like the rest of the guys. It's pretty special."

Mark will always be heard not only on the softball field backing his team but at every sporting event.

And no matter what the final score is, Mark will always be Grand Forks number one fan.

Berg: "Teams change, coaches change, the rosters change, Mark never changes."

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