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    One of my favorite triathlons took place practically in my backyard last summer. I have been to scores of large triathlons in a handful of states, but only the Bismarck-Mandan FCA Triathlon at Harmon Lake north of Mandan gets five stars in my book.

      When world-class triathlete Melanie Carvell endured back surgery several years ago, it would have been easy to assume her ability to run pain-free was sunk and that her days as a national-caliber triathlete were over.

        As a kid growing up in Bismarck, my friends and I rode our bikes everywhere. During the summer months, we pedaled to the Elks and Hillside swimming pools, up River Road to Dude’s house to cool off in her swimming pool and then to Hawk’s Pit Stop on Memorial Highway to drink Mountain Dew and …

          Waking up my bike each spring from its winter long slumber is a mixed bag —kidlike enthusiasm to hit the open roads combined with an annoying adult-onset sense of duty to address maintenance issues.

            I am embarrassed to admit this, but I have been dealing with yet another running injury. As with most of my self-induced damage, the culprit is the simple wear and tear of overdoing a good thing.

              As you start your day today, pay attention to the little things you can do brighten someone else’s day — hold the door open for the person behind you, share the credit on a project well done, give up your spot in line, say "please" and "thank you" when it’s expected and especially when it is not.

                Ever notice how spring weather in our part of the world sprinkles newfound energy into the day? Warm sunshine we have not felt since October. Whiffs of musty, long-forgotten grass freeing itself from a winter’s worth of snow — a surprisingly beautiful smell on par with fresh-baked cookies in…


                The Bismarck Coffee with a Cop event postponed due to bad weather two weeks ago will be held Saturday at Gifted Bean Coffee House in the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library.

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