University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Studio One features segments on an Icelandic sheepdog breeder and fencing

The Icelandic Sheepdog is an uncommon canine across the globe. There are only 6,000 in the world and 600 in the United States. Originally from Iceland, it has likely remained a complete purebred because of the small country’s isolation. Valerie Gengel has recently become a breeder and will explain the practices of a healthy litter, the turbulent history behind the breed and its loyal temperament.

Also on the show, many people enjoy playing or watching sports, whether it’s a good game of football or a tennis match. But for some, nothing beats the thrill of a traditional activity like fencing. Coach Mike Anson says anyone can take up sword fighting. “You can start at the age of 8 and go to the age of 88.” Tune into Studio One to learn the modern benefits of this medieval sport.

-- Suzanne Irwin, Nick Byrne, Chrissy Casinader, Studio One, 777-4346,

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