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On September 24, 1966, the very first Potato Bowl football game was played at Memorial Stadium and was billed as a battle between two of the largest potato growing regions in the United States (Idaho and the Red River Valley).  The idea of creating a week of festivities to celebrate potatoes and football was the brainchild of UND Athletic Director Len Marti, Head Football Coach Marv “Whitey” Helling, Assistant Football Coach Jerry Olson and Sports Information Director Lee Bohnet. In that first game in 1966, the Fighting Sioux thumped Idaho State 41-0.  UND is 41-13 in its first 54 Potato Bowl games.


Potato Bowl USA 2022 Ambassadors


Claire Bjorneby is a 2022 graduate of Grafton High School.  While in school, Clarie participated in basketball, volleyball, track, golf, FCA, DECA and FBLA. 


In the fall she will be attending Mayville State University to pursue a degree in Allied Health.  In addition to her studies, Claire will be playing volleyball for the Comets.  Her goal is to eventually receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.


Claire is the daughter of Chris and Christine Bjorneby of Grafton, ND.   



Tanner Piepkorn is a 2022 graduate of Grand Forks Central High School..  While in school, Tanner participated in basketball, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, DECA and FBLA.  Tanner was awarded the Personal Best Award by his peers.  This award goes to a student who displays good character, helps their classmates and always tries their best in class.


In the fall she will be attending Bemidji State University to pursue a degree in Business Management.  Tanner would like to eventually own his own business!


Tanner is the son of Clark and Kathy Piepkorn of Grand Forks, ND.


2022 Potato Bowl Grand Marshal
Mike Delisle


Mike Delisle was born and raised in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, he graduated from Sacred Heart High School and then went on to graduate from the University of North Dakota.


Mike is an owner of Mayo Manufacturing Company in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.  Mayo was founded by Mike’s grandfather, Mayo Delisle and his father, Duane Delisle in 1952.  Mike, along with his brothers Mark and Dave, now operate the company which is known for producing and shipping high quality potato equipment though out North America as well as some export overseas.


Mike was one of the founders of the Valley Potato Expo, now known as the International Crop Expo.  He is a long-time member of the Potato Associates and served as President for 5 years. He was one of the founders creating the Potato Bowl French Fry Feed along with working several years on the Potato Bowl Queen pageant contest.


Mike, and his wife MaryAnn, have 4 children, Matt and Dusty live in Minneapolis, Jake lives in Grand Forks, and Ashley resides in Chicago.  Mike enjoys traveling, visiting his children and attending college football, hockey and basketball games.

Grand Marshal
Committee Members

Potato Bowl USA Committee Members

  • Todd Phelps, Chairman – Valley Potato Grower Magazine - Golf Tournament

  • Jacey Kuersteiner, Secretary – NPPGA

  • Scott Lund – Simplot French Fry Feed

  • Christian Batalden – Simplot

  • Lucas Bergeson – Simplot

  • Ryan Scott – KEM Shrine Potato Bowl Parade

  • Julie Kirkeby – Choice Health & Fitness - “Get Wet And Run Wild”

  • Ted Kreis, NPPGA - Website 

  • Lauren Huff – Thomsen Homes Kid's Zone

  • Jeff Westrem – All Hugo’s Sponsored Events

  • Jeff Lazur, Associate Potato Growers - NPPGA Baked Potato Feed

  • Bob Prodzinski – KEM Shrine Potato Bowl Parade

  • Nicole Brush - UND

  • Mike Mathison – iHeart Media Advertising Rep 

  • Misty Paul – Advertising Rep Leighton Broadcasting

  • Sasha Leibold - Advertising Rep Leighton Broadcasting

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