GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The letters that spelled "Home of the Fighting Sioux" on the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks may soon appear along a stretch of North Dakota Highway 18 near Pisek.
The Grand Forks Herald reported Monday that Mike Dvorak entered the winning bid of $8,000 for the letters in an online auction. Dvorak owns a farm near Pisek.
Dvorak, 47, said he is building a house and thinking about putting the letters on top of the house and lighting them.
"We live just off Highway 18, which gets a lot of traffic, and that way everybody could see them," he said. "But if I change my mind about that, we might build an outdoor hockey rink and have the sign on the boards. That way I wouldn't have to get up on a ladder to maintain them."
The letters went up for sale after the University of North Dakota retired the nickname. Proceeds from the auction will help offset the cost of removing six Fighting Sioux signs from the hockey arena and the attached Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
Dvorak said he didn't have to worry about telling his wife, Sally, that he drop dropped $8,000 on a string of 2-foot-tall letters.
"As soon as the auction started, she was egging me on," he said. "She was very keen on it because she knows how big a Sioux fan I am."