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VIRG FOSS: UND has all the makings of a Frozen Four team

January 11, 2013 in Grand Forks Herald

It’s been about 35 years since I last laced on a pair of skates and played some hockey. So after I drove from Grand Forks on Wednesday to my lake cabin near Bemidji, I was shocked to find the makings of a hockey rink in my front yard. Continue Reading

VIRG FOSS: Two favorite seasons, conflicting feelings

December 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

One of the presents my granddaughter Katie gave me for Christmas was a wooden sign that reads, “A day at the lake is worth a month in town.” The sign is now attached to the back of my Lake Beltrami cabin. Continue Reading

VIRG FOSS: Time heals all wounds

December 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

I sit in front of my computer a few nights before Christmas, trying to write my weekly sports-related column for this newspaper. On this night, it all seems to useless, so senseless, so not needed in light of the horrific massacre of 26 people, 20 of them young kids, in Newtown, Conn. Continue Reading

VIRG FOSS: Creation of Big Ten Hockey Conference could lead to big changes

December 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

I thought of the Big Ten Hockey Conference, which begins play next season as a six-team league. I thought of what the future holds for college hockey, thrown into turmoil by the formation of the Big Ten. Continue Reading

VIRG FOSS: Continuing UND-Minnesota rivalry seems like no-brainer

November 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Minnesota can schedule a lesser challenge than North Dakota, no doubt. Those empty seats you’ll see for those games won’t look good on TV. Or Minnesota can schedule North Dakota, sell every seat in the building in a heartbeat, and continue a rivalry that both players and fans cherish. Continue Reading

VIRG FOSS: Jury duty brings back memories

November 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Virg recounts an interesting encounter in the jury pool. Continue Reading

VIRG FOSS: Time in Grand Forks leads to important questions

November 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

I stayed around Grand Forks all week after the UND hockey series with Boston University, catching up with friends and a few personal details.
But the lure of the lake remains strong, even at this time of the year. Continue Reading

VIRG FOSS: UND hockey sticks around even after retirement

October 26, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Pucks vs. peace. Peace vs. pucks. What’s a guy to choose? For the 22 years that I both covered hockey for the Grand Forks Herald and owned my lake cabin, there was no choice to make. The job won out every time. I’d be with UND hockey on the weekend, home or away, and never wish to be somewhere else. Continue Reading

VIRG FOSS: Gophers coach to Gophers fans: We’re weak

October 19, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

At Coach Jerry Kill’s request, Minnesota is dropping out of a two-year contract to play North Carolina and forking over $800,000, the penalty for doing so. It’s not like the Gophers are getting rid of someone like Alabama from their schedule, a team that would eat their lunch. North Carolina has had six losing seasons in the last 14 years. Continue Reading

VIRG FOSS: Remembering Ole

October 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Just over a week ago, I held the greatest four-legged athlete I’ve ever seen in my arms as he died from a lifelong eating disorder that finally claimed him. Continue Reading