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Ferragut: At last, the nest is empty PressPass

I’ve had kids, in one incarnation or another, in my house for 32 years.

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Scraps of my life in books PressPass

I read books. I give my parents credit because my dad, at age 90, still reads four books a week; my mom, at 86, always has a book at her side.

Ferragut: Can it be 30 years already? PressPass

‘What are you supposed to do when they keep killing your heroes?” I knew the voice: my friend Dick Weaver.

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Ferragut: Gates, Buffett lead way PressPass

Anyone who’s ever picked up a hitchhiker, served food at a homeless shelter, stopped to help a stranded motorist, returned a lost wallet, dropped a couple of bucks in the Salvation Army’s Red Bucket, helped an elder with groceries or engaged in other selfless acts knows the rush of giving.

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The ‘gap’ is more insidious PressPass

Donald Fisher died last week. Donald and his wife, Doris, founded a mom and pop store called The Gap in 1969. The only product The Gap sold was blue jeans. Owning a store that carried only one category of clothing was a new concept; it changed the business model of retailing. Niche retailing and niche marketing were born with The Gap. The Gap now has more than 3,700 stores worldwide.

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Military veterans get GI Bill boost PressPass

Dave Bellefuille is busy these days.

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Ferragut: Survival,prayers on trail PressPass

I wanted the experience of a hardcore mountain-backpacking trip.

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Ferragut: How they became The Beatles PressPass

My life changed on Feb. 9, 1964.

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Ferragut: Really, it gets brighter PressPass

According to researchers, the first Monday of the first full week after the holidays is the most depressing day of the year: Black Monday, and it’s easy to understand why.

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Ferragut: Plunder in Bakken accelerates PressPass

I have a good perspective on what’s happening up in the Bakken oil boom.

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Ferragut: Marathon tarnished forever PressPass

It was one of the most inspiring experiences of my life. I didn’t know what to expect; I just knew I was fortunate to be there. It’s considered to be the Holy Grail of the sport – it’s “the one,” the most revered. Iconic: the Boston Marathon.

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Ferragut: ‘Mr. Smith’ reflects the worst PressPass

One of our worst character flaws is intolerance.

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Ferragut: Mission rich in lessons PressPass

It wasn’t until the third night that I grasped the gravity of what I was experiencing.

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Ferragut: Routine becomes lifesaver PressPass

The year was 1978. I had been a clothing buyer for Herbst Department Stores for three years.

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Ferragut: Police academy inspiring PressPass

Chief Keith Ternes asked a simple question: “Why did you sign up for this experience?”

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Ferragut: At last, ND has arrived PressPass

Recently, there’s been a media frenzy extolling the virtues of North Dakota and how we navigated our way through the recession.

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Ferragut: ‘Occupy’ movement is for real PressPass

As a rebel at heart, I was amused to see stories about the Occupy Wall Street protests in Lower Manhattan last month.