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Zaleski: ND ‘Blue Book’ a treasure trove of data

I’m a fan of North Daktoa’s “Blue Book,” the state-generated volume about all-things North Dakota that is published every two years.

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Zaleski: Fast or slow, floods bring sorrow

The difference between flooding in North Dakota and Vermont is speed. As devastating as flooding was this year in Minot and Bismarck, the floods were – as most North Dakota floods tend to be – slow-motion events.

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Zaleski: Still time for a few summer books

If you haven’t completed your summer reading list, here are four books to consider before August cools to fall and lazy summer times fade away:

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Zaleski: Smiling through the puke with triplets

It had been years since I’d had the special joy of having a sick kid throw up while sitting on my lap.

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Zaleski: Let it snow, let it snow? Let it not …

"Winter up there, yet?” said my school friend from the East Coast. “Getting ready to hibernate?” he snickered.

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Zaleski: Psychotic hoarding? I don’t think so …

I read an article about hoarders. It got me thinking about all the stuff I’ve collected or saved or rescued – not hoarded – during more than 40 years of adult life. Hoarding, experts say, can go from chronic collecting to spooky psychosis. Where’s that line? And who draws it? Have I crossed it?

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Zaleski: Avoiding debates serves only candidates

The tradition of North Dakota political debates is being trashed by politicians in two high-profile races on the 2010 ballot: U.S. Senate and U.S. House.

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Zaleski: Granddad, long walks and pigs feet

The other day I became my grandfather. It was about food.

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Zaleski: That twisted knee will be a talker

Last week, I slipped on the ice on a downtown Fargo sidewalk, and nearly went down. Instead of landing as ungracefully as possible, which would have been the smart thing to do, I fought gravity, avoided a pratfall and twisted one of my aging knees.

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Zaleski: This stuff would stun George Orwell

I’m not one to fall into an Orwellian funk about Big Brother government, but spectacular advances in technology ought to concern anyone who values privacy.

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Zaleski: Drama of Jewish settlers coming to ND

In 1978, as a young journalist working for the Devils Lake (N.D.) Daily Journal, I wrote this:

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Zaleski: Good reads: Tip, the Gipper and JFK

If you’re a fan of political history, I recommend two books that were published late last year.

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Zaleski: After Beatles, nothing was the same

I’m not sure when the term “Beatlemania” became part of the language, but it was an apt description of what exploded onto the American scene in February 50 years ago. I remember the time as if it were yesterday.

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Zaleski: Remembering those special teachers

The response to last week’s column about a teacher who had great faith in me was overwhelming and heartening.

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Zaleski: Mrs. O’Connell’s reluctant student

Talked to an old high school friend last week (gosh, they’re all old) about our 50th class reunion, which is coming up in June. The conversation drifted to the great teachers we had in New Britain, Conn., public schools.

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Zaleski: Swimming in newsroom’s talent pool

When I began my work as editorial page editor of The Forum, I was the youngest editor in the newsroom. Today I am the oldest. That suggests either I love my job or I’ve been in a rut for a long time.

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Zaleski: It’s a better story without a cellphone

The other day, I was in the new Boy Scout headquarters in south Fargo. It’s an impressive building, complete with a store featuring gear, uniforms, books and nearly everything else a well-equipped Scout needs.

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Zaleski: ‘Customer service’ from airline?

My wife and I were among those hundreds of thousands of travelers caught up in last week’s weather-caused air travel snarl. It was stressful and ultimately disappointing.

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