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Raptors! UMR chose Raptors as mascot

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The University of Minnesota has unveiled the raptor as its mascot.

But the decision was difficult.

From over 200 submissions, UMR faculty members narrowed the selection to the raptor and the griffin.

The raptor won the most student votes.

For UMR, Wednesday's unveiling has even greater significance.

"What it means is that now we have our own name. We contribute to the university of Minnesota. We have our own special talents and our own personality," says chancellor Steven Lehmkule.

UMR was formally established as a coordinate campus in December of 2008.


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