Culture

​Entertainment Made Convenient

by Ben Haugmo | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 12th, 2017

As technology becomes more and more complex, many aspects of our lives become simpler. Our phones have streamlined everything from finding directions to dating, with new innovations appearing every day.

Jade Presents is helping to make life simpler with the release of their new app, which will include useful tools such as seating maps, parking arrangements, and ticket sales. These features and more will all serve to help concert-goers feel more at ease.

Katelin Madsen is Jade Present’s…

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A different angle on security and your computer

by Chuck Solly | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 5th, 2017

Are you a risky computer user? At times I think we all are. Connecting to public Wi-Fi networks, for example, is a common practice, but these are also excellent avenues for attackers to snatch your personal information.

Now we have a solution. VPN stands for virtual private network. These services use simple software to secure your internet connection and give you greater control of how you appear online. You can even use them to stream Netflix from other countries. While you might never…

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Gay/Straight Alliance Initiative: A call for stories

by Faye Seidler | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 5th, 2017

The GSA Initiative is designed to create guidelines for founding new LGBTQ+ support and activity groups within the middle and high school settings in North Dakota. This initiative exists because of the lack of resources I had while going to school in this area and the current lack of resources that our students report.

Our aim is not only to create startup guidelines, but to create a standard policy and procedure for these groups to give them the tools necessary to thrive. Beyond all of…

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​Turning the Tables

by Ben Haugmo | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 5th, 2017

Photos courtesy of Steve Maul of Little Big Wars

Across Fargo-Moorhead, an invisible conflict plays out. Wars between great armies, both familiar and fantastic, are waged across well-worn battlefields. Noble knights and cunning mages plunder the depths of the world’s hidden places for untold treasures. Strategists and conjurers pit their monstrous servants against one another in a bid for supremacy.

These fearsome clashes between warlords and adventurers take place, not where…

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​Woodlands and High Plains Powwow

by Hee Han | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 31st, 2017

Photo by Dreamcatcher Photography by Amber Mattson

Starting a new month is exciting and we’re also getting closer to spring. To make it a great start with a meaningful moment in 2017, Woodlands and High Plains Powwow (WHPP) will be held on April 1.

WHPP selected this year’s theme as “Mni Wiconi (Water is Life): Standing Together.” This theme, the Lakota phrase Mni Wiconi, is chosen by students to show their support and unity for the water protectors who aim to preserve and protect…

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Holonis: the social connective tissue we didn’t know we needed

by Raul Gomez | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 31st, 2017

Walking among shiny booths filled with gizmos and robots, drones and VR headsets galore, we wander aimlessly. It’s SXSW’s tech expo and it’s almost too much for even the biggest nerd.

As we bounce from an autonomous videobot to a 3D video screen, we see free smoothies and dig in. “Raul Gomez,” I hear from behind me. Standing at the side of the booth is Matt Wein, former Fargoan, web developer, promoter and one-time sales associate for HPR.

After we exchanged all the small world…

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​The best of South by Southwest

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 29th, 2017

By Sabrina Hornung and Raul Gomez 

sabrina@hpr1.com, raul@hpr1.com

Games and bars, buses and celebrities

A few weeks ago, the High Plains Reader left the Midwest to explore South by Southwest. We navigated the music-filled streets and delved into the realms of interactive, music, and red carpet film events. We even met some friends along the way, who introduced us to a bit of local flavor. Enough about us -- Here are our greatest SXSW hits!

HBO Escape Room - Escape rooms like Fargo’s own…

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​The Searchers

by Chuck Solly | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 29th, 2017

Searching on the Internet has become so commonplace today that I have forgotten what computing life was like without it. The amount of online information available to us is staggering.

Now we have a different problem. How do we get our heads around the few paragraphs out there that we need for a book report, a research paper, or just plain curiosity? What method do we use to sort through the millions of web sites on the Internet to find ”How many green M & M’s are there in an 8…

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​Green Card Youth Voices launches award-winning book

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 29th, 2017

Hagen-green card voices- book - photo by C.S. Hagen

From the White House to the North Dakota State Legislature to Fargo, anti-immigrant sentiments have sparked protest and further polarized the nation, since President Trump took office.

And while the war against immigrants continues to claim front-page news, thirty-one Fargo High School immigrants and former refugees took center stage Tuesday during the Building Bridges conference.

They shared harrowing stories of daring escapes from Middle Eastern and African war zones, and life in the…

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A send-off for Darcy Corbitt

by Faye Seidler | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 29th, 2017

At the end of this summer, we’ll be losing one of the best trans activists this state ever saw: a sassy, fierce, and passionate lady by the name of Darcy Corbitt. She wasn’t afraid to say what needed to be said, hold people accountable, or work tirelessly to make the world a better place. I had the honor of asking her a few questions about her time here.

High Plains Reader: What was your call to activism and what motivates you to keep fighting?

Darcy Corbitt: My call to activism began…

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All About Food

​Twist

by Logan Macrae

On Saturday at 4:40pm I headed into Twist to grab a quick bite to eat before work. I was promptly greeted by one of their friendly serving staff. I was in a bit of a hurry as I worked at 5:30pm and I needed to get in and out, and…

By Sabrina Hornung and Tom Bixby sabrina@hpr1.comGoing back in time for one night only, the Sidestreet Grille presents a powerfully nostalgic show. You’ll remember where you were and what you shouldn’t have done!And how to…

Now on Netflix instant watch and not to be missed is director Keith Maitland’s “Tower,” one of the most memorable and gripping films of 2016. Carefully, even meticulously, constructing a moment-by-moment chronological account…

Arts

Gardens Galore!

by Sabrina Hornung

After months of planning, a theme was chosen. This year the Plains Art Spring Gala totes a decadent Art Nouveau-inspired theme with Gardens Galore. Art Nouveau imagery is known for its flowing, organic, nature-inspired forms as it…

Ovid’s mythological tales undergo dramatic transformation by award-winning director/playwright Mary Zimmerman as Concordia, MSUM, and NDSU deliver theatrical productions of three of her modern takes on his work.Concordia’s…

Humor

​Talking to strangers

by Sabrina Hornung

“I don’t have a tour, like, on the back of a sweatshirt,” comedian Paula Poundstone says. “I go out every weekend. This weekend I went out Friday, Saturday and Monday. Mostly it’s Friday/Saturday or Thursday through…

If you are at all like me, you have been itching to fire up the grill and get down to some outdoor cooking. If you and I are really alike, you probably almost always have a beer in one hand when there’s a grilling utensil in the…

What are essential oils anyway? Have you been hearing a lot about them, smelled them, and perhaps even purchased them but have no idea what they are or what they do?You are not alone. The essential oil industry is a booming one,…

Live and Learn

​The other shoe

by HPR Contributor

By Elizabeth Nawrotnawrot@mnstate.eduI look up from my hotel lobby breakfast astonished to see a framed print of Wassily Kandinsky's "Mit und Gegen,” a masterpiece of color and composition that just happens to be my favorite…

The North Dakota State Water Commission has violated state law more than 600 times in recent years by issuing permits for industrial use of water (read: fracking oil wells) from the Little Missouri State Scenic River. Employees…