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​Pay attention to your life

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 12th, 2016

By Chuck Solly

I got an email the other day from an old high school buddy. I was really surprised to hear from him since high school was "far back.”

Well, it turns out that it wasn't him. His email address had been hacked and the hacker had put a link to a virus in the message area of the email disguised as a normal web site.

If I had clicked on it it may have been a virus or worse, ransomware. Ransomware encrypts all of your files and the hacker will send you a message asking for…

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​Little mosque on the prairie

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 12th, 2016

By Tessa Torgeson

There is a piece of history smack dab amidst the seas of wheat and corn, cattle, and derricks in northwestern North Dakota. A crescent moon and star fence along with a tiny cinder block structure with an aluminum dome and minarets pierce the vast blue sky. This structure was the first mosque built in America, right on the outskirts of the 90-person town of Ross, North Dakota, in the oil patch.

Although it is not active, President Obama mentioned this beautiful hidden…

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​Trans bathroom bills: let’s talk!

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 10th, 2016

By Faye Seidler

fayeseidler@gmail.com

I’m a trans activist, born and raised in North Dakota. I’m also a trans woman, a fiancee, a writer, a dreamer, and have a passion for cooking. Beyond all of that, I specialize in educating others about trans issues in an inviting, nonjudgmental way.

Bathroom bills are any bills that codify into law who has access to bathrooms or locker rooms. There are two typical narratives for these bills, either a trans-inclusive bill that protects trans…

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​HPR Travel Series: keep calm, carry on, and go to the UK on the CHEAP!

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 10th, 2016

By Anne Krapu

Regardless of one’s opinion of Brexit, economic analysis currently shows the British Pound (GBP) is weaker against the dollar than at any point in thirty years. That’s right – the last time traveling to the UK was this cheap, this writer was in diapers.

First things first. Yes, many Brits are quite upset about the result of the Brexit vote, but unless you’re actively seeking out drunken arguments and taking a pro-UKIP position, it’s totally safe to travel in the…

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​Let’s do some good for nothing!

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 10th, 2016

By Jeff Knight

Who is Good for Nothing?

Ben Hamilton, Shelley Szudera, and Jeff Knight (all board members of AAF-ND) along with a handful of awesome event volunteers.

What is Good for Nothing?

It’s a volunteer organization devoted to doing good for the community. Good for Nothing started in the UK and Fargo is the first chapter in the United States. Good for Nothing invites a group of volunteers to give their time and talent to various organizations for no monetary reimbursement. While…

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​Kelly Coxsyn brings forth Hell on Heels

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 10th, 2016

Kelly Coxsyn has been a glittery staple in the FM performance community for a number of years. She produces, hosts and performs with the Hell on Heels drag shows at Jerry’s Tavern, their home venue in Moorhead, and just celebrated her 10th year as a drag performer.

“Seriously, if you’ve never been to a show, it’s definitely something you should experience. I know that drag isn’t for everyone,” Coxsyn says,” but we really try hard to make sure our shows have a little…

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​The Business Computer Story

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 3rd, 2016

By Chuck Solly

What the heck is a business computer? Is there really any differences between your home machine and the one you use at work? Maybe the differences listed here will help you.

An important consideration when buying a computer for work purposes is whether you should purchase a consumer model or a computer specifically designed for business. Many computer manufacturers offer what appear to be the same computer make and model in both their home and business divisions, but they…

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​After five year Run, music venue The New Direction to close

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 3rd, 2016

By Matthew Musacchia

On Wednesday, July 27, the concert venue The New Direction announced through a Facebook post that with “heavy hearts” it would be closing after final shows on the 23rd and 24th of September.

TND has been hosting all-ages concerts and acts for five years at 14 Roberts Street, since March 2011 when the Red Raven Espresso Parlor moved to a different location. It was known for booking acts that did not limit the audience by age restrictions. The venue’s Facebook…

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​HPR exclusive interview with Marcus Dunn

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 3rd, 2016

This year there will be an additional feature in Chalkfest. There will be a featured artist in addition to the 10 local artists participating in the festivities. Marcus Dunn, a student at Savannah College of Art and Design, was this year’s individual artist winner at SCAD’s annual chalk festival and is this year’s featured artist at Chalkfest in Fargo.

High Plains Reader: Can you tell us a bit about your winning piece?

Marcus Dunn: There were hundreds of great works made at the…

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​Living through World War II

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 29th, 2016

Lore Hornung (left) at the beginning of World War II in Nazi Germany - photograph provided by Lore Hornung

JAMESTOWN – A local news broadcast finished with a clip of US presidential nominee Donald Trump standing before a giant NRA poster. The 2016 Republican candidate gripped a podium’s sides tightly, raised a bushy eyebrow before promising to bring back the American dream.

Lore Hornung set her liverwurst on rye down, and pointed excitedly at the television set.

“The names we had for Hitler are like what we have for Trump,” Hornung said. “Names that I won’t repeat.”

Born in…

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​Keeping FM C.L.E.A.N

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