Culture

​Send the gift of laughs (or love) this Valentine’s Day

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 11th, 2016

It’s official: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner (or Singles Awareness Day for those of us not in a relationship). For some, that means a romantic night out having a nice dinner with their significant other, and to other more jaded people it’s an attempt to try to commercialize one of the most basic of human emotions.

At the intersection of the romantic and the ridiculous is where Aimee Klein comes in with her Valentine’s singing telegrams. Leading up to Valentine’s…

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No longer child’s play – VFW’s adult Pinewood Derby gives back to local veterans

by Brittney Goodman | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 10th, 2016

A common activity of the Boy Scouts of America and other youth groups is building and racing pinewood cars. Many people wax nostalgic when “pinewood derby” is mentioned. So, now that you’re grown up, how can you still feel the thrill? You can, by registering, creating, and racing your own car in the 2016 Downtown VFW Derby for the Vets.

For several years the Fargo VFW Post 762 has hosted an event where adults get to race these pinewood cars for prizes and bragging rights and…

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​At the behest of the beard

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 4th, 2016

Pfaff offers class in crafting custom beard oils

by Ben Haugmo

There’s no denying that, for many people, beards are beautiful. Yet even the most rugged facial hair can benefit from a little extra maintenance and grooming. One method of providing one’s beard with some additional TLC is through the use of beard oils.

Micaela Pfaff will be sharing what she has learned about the creation of beard oils with students.Pfaff has a background in making mixed media art, and decided to try her…

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​The North Unit: A Photo Essay

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 28th, 2016

Sites to see in these locales are the top five destinations as chosen by the New York Times in its article “52 Places to Go in 2016.” Theodore Roosevelt National Park of western North Dakota took the No. 5 spot, selected for its embodiment of conservation that President Theodore Roosevelt championed.

However, the national park was the 107th most visited site in 2014 of the National Park Service’s 367 sites. Just under 560,000 people visited the park that year, out of 2014’s 68…

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​What’s cooler than being cool? Frostival!

by Taylor Blumer | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 28th, 2016

It’s a popularly held assumption that residents of the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area have no choice but to suffer through an annual affliction: severe winter. However, locals here know that this is hardly the whole truth, and it’s high time to show that we embrace the cold rather than hide from it. And now, we have that opportunity.

This January marks the first-ever North of Normal Frostival, a multi-city-wide festival of outdoors activities and games, proving that here the season…

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​Animal shelter seeks volunteer dog walkers

by Särah Nour | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 24th, 2016

Dog walkers are essential to any shelter, as adoptable dogs thrive on human interaction, exercise and outdoor stimulation. Most of the time, Fargo’s Homeward Animal Shelter has no shortage of pet lovers willing to volunteer their time.

However, recent weather developments have led to a shortage of volunteers, as few are willing to brave the cold. The shelter is currently looking for dog walkers willing to commit weekly two-hour sessions for a minimum of three months.

Luckily, Homeward…

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​Caravanserai shares Muslim culture through music

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 21st, 2016

By Jamie Hutchinson

The North Dakota Museum of Art is one of three organizations hosting this year’s Caravanserai with a group of Muslim-American musicians touring Grand Forks, teaching workshops and performing at various schools. Their stay will culminate in a public performance at Red River High School on Saturday.

Caravanserai is a cultural exchange program featuring a diverse array of Muslim musicians performing traditional Middle Eastern music, often with contemporary influences.…

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Spotted Bear at Level 2 Comedy Club

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 28th, 2015

photography by Vanessa Morken

By John Showalter

I’m thinking that perhaps I should elaborate on the title of the article. Don’t worry -- there hasn’t been a bear spotted at Level 2 Comedy Club, so by all means you should go on the evening of Jan. 2. That was just my ham-fisted attempt at a joke. But I’m not the professional stand-up comedian, William Spotted Bear is, and that night he will be having a comeback show you don’t want to miss.

Readers will recall our coverage of Adam Quesnell’s going-away show…

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High Plains Reader New Year’s Eve Guide

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 24th, 2015

As we bid 2015 adieu on Thursday December 31, The folks here at The high Plains Reader have put together a list of attractions to help you usher in 2016. The night is your oyster and we are here to help you find the pearls.Prepare to soak up the champagne, dance the night away, wine and dine yourselves,dress to the nines, but remember to stay warm, and stay safe. We will see you in 2016!

Aquarium above Dempsey’s

Thurs. Dec. 31, 9 pm to 1 am

226 Broadway, Fargo

Semi-annual local Weezer…

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On the hunt for winter tourism

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 18th, 2015

Bundle up, just in case

By John Showalter

One would think that winter is a slow time for tourism in a state like Minnesota, even those of us who consider ourselves immured to the cold by living here in the frozen north winter after winter, only to find ourselves coming up with excuses to stay inside where it’s warm and toasty.

That’s something that Explore Minnesota, the state’s tourism promotion office, realizes. But tourism is a 13 billion dollar industry in the state, so for the…

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cjlarson75@gmail.comNewly remodeled since July of this year, the Spirits Lounge inside the Holiday Inn in Fargo takes the lounge concept to a level of comfort that isn’t often seen in town.On one side of the room, underneath two…

On the Corner of University and Northern Pacific sits a building that has just been revitalized. Once a horse barn, this large picturesque structure now houses Wild Terra Cider and Brewing. When the new owners Breezee and Ethan…

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Theater B is now opening its second show of the season with a play entitled "I Will Not Go Gently" by Jennifer Childs. "This clever one-woman show plays with our sense of nostalgia and shines a light on our quest for self…

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…

Believe it or not, “The Holidays” are upon us. If you’ve been to Target lately, and I know you have, you may have noticed that the Christmahanakwanzika stuff is already up (if you’re unsure of that term, Google it).In fact,…

Essential oils. They are all the buzz lately. It seems everyone has heard of them or is purchasing them. Some people know how to use them; others are just interested in the wonder of their complex scents.Essential oils are as…

Live and Learn

​The other shoe

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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…

By Tony Gehrigtonygehrig@gmail.com I do not blame any company for seeking incentives. Rather, I blame the government for giving them away. Incentives represent an unfair and unsustainable tax system that affects real people.Some…