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Transgender Day of Remembrance

by Faye Seidler | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 16th, 2017

The Transgender Day of Remembrance memorializes the trans individuals who have lost their lives due to violence this year. It is a day where we read their names and remember them—not how they died, but how they lived. This is also a day of visibility for the trans community and bears witness to the continued violence against them. This is a time for everyone who is trans, or those whose lives have been impacted by violence against trans people, to grieve and remember those we have…

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​Don’t do more work than you have to

by Chuck Solly | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 16th, 2017

I really like shortcuts. In my later years I have had my hair cut shorter because it is faster in the mornings. Anything to speed up my life, and make it easier.

I found a shortcut that 90% of Windows computer users don’t know about. This is a great parlor trick for Geek cocktail parties.

Say you’re looking for a specific word on a web page. Instead of scanning the page yourself, all you need to do is press Ctrl+F and type the word you’re looking for. Keep this a secret and ask…

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​Going to the dogs

by Särah Nour | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 8th, 2017

Next Saturday, 4 Luv of Dog Rescue’s biggest annual fundraiser will be held at Fargo’s Holiday Inn. This is a casual, family-friendly event, with the only payment being a free will donation at the door. The rest of the funds will come from the silent auction, the 50/50 raffle, and a cash bar.

“Last year it was right around $50,000 that we raised,” says Fundraising Coordinator Jill Nona, “so we’ll be looking to raise that much or more this year. We usually have about a…

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Health insurance coverage in North Dakota and Minnesota

by Faye Seidler | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 8th, 2017

Nobody is going to look you in the eye and tell you that choosing an insurance plan is easy, but when you’re transgender the choice can be twice as hard. I spend every year talking to our local insurance agencies to find out what is and isn’t covered for the trans healthcare.

While the second half here will be focusing on trans healthcare, I’ll start by going over some basics that can help anyone!

The first thing to talk about is the Healthcare Marketplace. If you’re in North…

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​Underwear & Underwrite Luncheon: protection, education, and empowerment

by Hee Han | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 1st, 2017

African Soul, American Heart (ASAH) is a nonprofit organization in Fargo to protect, educate, and empower orphans in from the Republic of South Sudan through primary school, secondary school, and beyond.

After the civil war in South Sudan, ASAH relocated to northern Uganda to protect their students from the civil war, forced and early marriage, malnutrition, and diseases. ASAH has also been educating their students to prepare to support themselves and their families in the future, and…

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​Monsters on the plains

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 25th, 2017

Cryptozoology is considered a pseudoscience. Its purpose is to discern whether the legacy of the sasquatch and yeti are fact or fiction. It questions whether or not monsters walk among us or whether they’re figments of our imagination. Many of these beasts have roots in Native lore as well as European folklore. Needless to say, the Northern plains has its fair share of monsters leaving plenty of fodder for campfire tales and long winters.

Miniwashitu

We found out about the Miniwashitu…

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Ink, iron, and the queen of rust

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 19th, 2017

When asked what sparked her interest in tattoo culture, Danielle Colby, star of the hit reality TV show ‘American Pickers,’ replied, “I think that came from my grandfather. He was in the Navy, so he was heavily tattooed. I remember he had this one tattoo of the Statue of Liberty on his forearm and it was so blown out from all of the years of being out in the sun.” She continued, “I look back on all of these tattoos my grandpa had and I guarantee you he had some tattoos from…

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Smart and rural in North Dakota

by Dima Vitanova | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 18th, 2017

Like the many tiny towns that dot the vast expanse of North Dakota, Abercrombie, which rests some 40 minutes south of Fargo, appears quite ordinary.

In the north-eastern edge of Richland County, its flat streets rove among homes and local businesses that huddle in the center of large parcels, comfortably distant from each other. Under the broad sky, this community of several hundred presents the perfect snippet of small-town, rural America. Yet, Abercrombie holds a story that some may…

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​Hard drive organization is not my strong suit

by Chuck Solly | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 18th, 2017

In an earlier column I mentioned how many thousands of files I have. Keeping everything organized can be quite a headache if I don’t keep up with the job. One of my favorite pastimes is procrastination, so it is doubly difficult for me. I do, however, use the resources provided to me by Windows (7 or 10) to attempt to keep everything locatable on my hard drive.

Much like a physical workspace, organizing your hard drive is important in ensuring you can easily find the files you need.…

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White Lady Lane

by Seng Phengdouangdeth | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 18th, 2017

Just down a dusty old road trailing west in North Dakota, on County Road 9, you’ll come upon the Tetrault Woods which you’ll have to travel through. It’s said that the road eventually becomes so narrow that you can hardly drive any further because your vehicle might be too big to fit.

It is when this road is the narrowest you’ll come across a tiny decrepit bridge, lost to the laws of time. It’s usually then that a feeling will start to creep over you, a feeling that visitors…

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​The other shoe

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