Articles written by Joe Zeleznik

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Dakota Gardener: The only crystal ball I have is a snow globe

I’ve been to a lot of parties over the last few weeks, getting together with neighbors and friends as we celebrated the holidays with one year ending and a new one just beginning. Some people made resolutions for self-improvement and others were...

 By Joe Zeleznik    Features    July 3, 2023

Dakota Gardener: Make hay while the sun shines

This phrase baffled me when I was young. What did it really mean? My friend Kevin, who grew up on a farm and taught me about baling hay, told me that it has two meanings. The first, literally, was to...


Dakota Gardener: North Dakota forestry - By the numbers

I've completed nearly 20 years at NDSU as the Extension forester and I've seen a lot of the state (and its trees and forests) in that time. I sometimes wonder how many miles I've driven through the...

 By Joe Zeleznik    Features    May 9, 2022

Dakota Gardener: May 9, 2022

When I was in college, I enjoyed country music a lot. In the late 1980s, Tanya Tucker had a No. 1 single titled, “Strong Enough to Bend.” The song relates strength to flexibility, with the analogy of a strong tree and a strong relationship. Both...


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