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North Dakota advances to Frozen Four

Gary Varberg, holding his M-16 rifle, has won the North Dakota National Guard (and other national competitions) Marksmanship title for 28 of the past 30 years (He was deployed and couldn't compete the other 2 years.). photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota National Guard member inducted into Association of Marksmen hall of fame

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COOPERSTOWN, N.D. — Gary Varberg was 6 years old when his grandfather, Frank Nierenberg, gave him a BB gun and taught him gun safety. At 7, he received a single-shot .22 rifle and another lesson in shooting straight.


Well, he got the message.

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Kevin Bonham
Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: He welcomes story ideas via email,, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.  
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