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 By Virgil Vaupel    Sports    September 30, 2015 

Jada Sudbrack Leads Lady Mavs

Although fighting a bout with what she thought was stomach flu, North Country Mavericks sophomore Jada Sudbrack had a stellar game which started off with her hitting two KWAs, a normal point and a BWA in the first minute and a half of play. Yikes,...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    September 23, 2015

Facial Piercings and Four-Day School Weeks

I have two subjects this week for your reading and or listening enjoyment. Controversial both but not too bad. One is this facial piercing craze and the other is the infamous four day school week. I’ll start right off with the facial piercing...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Sports    September 23, 2015

Lady Mavs Split Weekend

The new North Country Lady Mavericks traveled to Nashua to test the mettle of the Lady Porcupines and came away with the knowledge that the Porkie's "Mettle" was too much for the Lady Mavs to handle....

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    September 16, 2015

Yes, OK, but...Why?

That’s the question I have asked the folks at the American Prairie Reserve but have as yet failed to receive an answer I could swallow. Yeah, I know. “Why” is a question a three-year-old would ask. Again and again. And the tot will usually get...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Sports    September 16, 2015

Junior High Football Promises Bright Future

Seems to me the rules were very simple. Each team gets 15 plays on offense and 15 plays on defense against each of their opponents throughout the day. They play from about the 30 yard line to the goal posts. That way two games can be played at the...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    September 9, 2015

The Thanks for Listening Bailout Plan

I was sitting here listening to the PBS World News while foundering myself on hot chocolate, with real milk and eating a pound and a half of stale, moldy Christmas cookies when a plan started whirling around in my previously empty head. My computer...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Sports    September 9, 2015

North Country Mavericks Open Conference Play

The newly-established North Country Lady Mavericks traveled to Poplar Sept. 3 to test their mettle against the Lady Indians. It was an exciting match but the end result wasn't what us NC'ers wanted...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    September 2, 2015

Less is More, More or Less

Thanks for listening is being brought to you this evening via wireless radio. I remember my grandmother actually using fire to cook meals. She used a wood stove and made some of the tastiest meals known to man (except when she served mutton of...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    August 19, 2015

Read What I Write, Not What You Think I Write

I caught crabs while in Washington. (Oh stop that!) We went out to the Straits of Juan De Fuca in a small boat that I heartily wished was a much larger boat. I didn't have a license to catch crabs. My shipmates actually caught the crabs. About a...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    August 5, 2015

For Me or Agin Me

I’m surprised, James, that out of the whole story, you and Ms. Honrud would nit-pick numbers as your main retort! I could have said that out of the 600 NHL players there are only 31 players listed as African-American or biracial. Let’s see...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    July 29, 2015

The Opening of Pandora's Box

This subject has been ever on my mind for 30 or so years. I just haven’t had the opportunity to voice in on the issue until now when a feller named Glenn Nelson had a story in the New York Times titled “Why Are Our Parks So White?” thus...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    July 22, 2015

Do Cows Have Midol Days?

I was visiting with Bernie today as he combed loose hair off three or five of his 10 dogs. See, Bernie rescues dogs from the pound and people bring him old dogs to take care of. Mostly black labs. I have to drive (slowly) through his yard in order to...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    July 15, 2015

This and That While On Vacation

I decided to take a vacation to visit my granddaughters Lily (11) and Maggie (9) out in Washington and to get out of the smoke from all the fires up in Canada that have inundated Hinsdale recently. Most of my 12.783 faithful know the problems I have...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    July 1, 2015

Troubled Trucker

Most of my 12.438 readers know that I have been a trucker in a past life. Up until my retirement in February 2000 I had set a tire on every foot of United States Interstate save I-4 which diagonals across Florida, and assorted bypass routes. In my...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    June 24, 2015

Death Has Occurred

This column originally ran Jan. 1, 2014. We are reprinting it due to its author's recent Second-Place honor for Best Column Writing at the 2015 Montana Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest. I thought I’d better get this off my chest whi...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    June 10, 2015

Equal Opportunity Act Explained In Plain English

The place was Kingman, Arizona, U.S.A. I was coming out of the Petro Truck Stop about five miles east of Kingman one evening when a moth dive-bombed directly into my ear. Now, Grannie always said, “You’ll go crazy if a moth flies into your...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    June 3, 2015

The Most Endangered Species

What do you consider to be the most endangered species in America? Could it be the number one topic of the day: the American Bison? Or, could it possibly be the Gray Wolf, the Sage Hen, Whooping Crane, Black-Footed Ferret, Pallid Sturgeon or the Spra...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    May 27, 2015

Thanks For Listening

In today’s society it seems language skills have gone out the window with the baby's bathwater. TV and the movies are teaching the young certain words and phrases they shouldn't be hearing at their age. Mom and dad are using words that would make...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    May 20, 2015

Who Should Be Allowed In

This column is in response to Lih-An Yang's op-ed piece in last week's Glasgow Courier. My point is this: Had Ms. Yang researched some of my columns on immigration reform she would have seen I fully favor immediate citizenship for those folks who...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    May 13, 2015

I've Been Diggin' Up Stones

Here’s a little story about farming. First, though I have to tell you... I am not a farmer. I’m just someone who drives a large tractor pulling some very large equipment around some very big parcels of farm ground. I got this job with the help...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    April 15, 2015

Get Paid For Commuting Time?

I see where workers in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle and other major cities around the country are asking their employers to pay for their time commuting to and from work. Some as much as 10 hours per week. They say it's a financial...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    April 1, 2015

The Good, The Bad, The Walmart

It distressed me greatly the other day when I heard on the news that Walmart intends to import a cheaper laundry detergent from Great Britain in an attempt to lessen the strong market share Tide has in the laundry detergent market in the U.S. and... Full story

 By Virgil Vaupel    Sports    March 11, 2015

Lady Panthers Roar

The 2015 Class C Girls State Basketball Tournament is in the books. Eight teams from the four corners of this very large state converged at the Adams Center, Dahlberg Arena on the campus of the... Full story

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    March 4, 2015

'Outlaw Country': Another How-To Reality Show?

It's called “Outlaw Country.” It's filmed in and around Independence, Missouri, in an area that includes a town called Buckner. The main characters are the “Outlaws,” the Monk brothers who each have long records and have been in the slammer...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Sports    March 4, 2015

That's The Season, That's An Era, For Hinsdale

The Hinsdale Raiders shut down the Savage Warriors in the first game of the 2015 Eastern C Divisional Tournament last Thursday in Wolf Point. The Raiders jumped out to a 7 to 2 lead after one period...


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