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RYAN BAKKEN: Exercise boom time for Boomers

Published 05/01/2012, Grand Forks Herald

Participation in Grand Forks’ adult softball leagues peaked in 1997. Yes, the year of the flood. That factoid seems strange, since some residents were still displaced and many others were busy gutting basements and remodeling. But John Staley, the Grand Forks Park District’s top executive, can explain the anomaly. “Softball provided a way to congregate,” he said. “There is value in socialization.”

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