Culture

​Just east of the “Heart of the World”

by Taylor Blumer | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 29th, 2015

Author of Pulitzer Prize-winning book to give reading in Fargo

Elizabeth A. Fenn, author and professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, is coming to Zandbroz Variety in downtown Fargo to give a reading and signing of her new book, “Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People.” The event is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m.

In “Encounters at the Heart of the World,” Fenn pieces together the history and culture of the Mandan people, whose home,…

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​Ralph’s Corner R.I.P.

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 22nd, 2015

10 years later, was its closing a mistake?

This past May marked the 10 year anniversary of the closing of Ralph’s Corner Bar, which was forced to close by Moorhead city officials who threatened the owners with eminent domain because they wanted to renovate the building. This weekend, a concert commemorating Ralph’s closing will be held at the Aquarium, and with the passing of time, it has caused many to look back at the events surrounding the closing and the lack of development that…

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​Fargo AirSho is back

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 22nd, 2015

By Amber Schmidt

Be prepared to see the Blue Angels, along with a variety of other aircrafts and performers taking to the Fargo skies this coming weekend. After a four-year absence, the 2015 Fargo AirSho is back. This year the event will be held July 25 and 26 at the Hector International Airport. The semi-annual AirSho has been a mainstay in the Fargo-Moorhead area since 1989.

This year’s show will also be held in memory of Jim “Fang” Maroney. Maroney, a North Dakota native, died…

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​Paws Walk

by Särah Nour | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 22nd, 2015

This Tuesday, July 28, Fargo’s Homeward Animal Shelter will hold its 25th Annual Paws Walk at Lindenwood Park’s Main Shelter, with registration starting at 6 p.m. and the dog walk beginning at 7 p.m.

This family-friendly event will have free food provided by MSUM Catering, a photo booth and music by RetroDisc. For the kids, there’s face-painting and games, including ring-tossing, Giant Jenga and an inflatable bouncy-house courtesy of Games to Go. For the dogs, veterinary students…

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​21 wonderful people who want to meet you

by Marie Monson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 1st, 2015

By Marie Monson

Twenty speakers and one music performer will share the Civic Center’s stage this month for the biggest TEDxFargo event yet. Men and women from around the country are coming to share their experiences, their art and their visions for the future with a city they know has much to offer.

How it works

TEDxFargo is scaling up in every way this year, said lead organizer Annika Nynas. Instead of having a TEDx youth event as in years past, the planning team decided to focus on one…

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​History’s in the air

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 24th, 2015

Photo by Raul Gomez

Two WWII bomber aircrafts landed at the Fargo Air Museum this past Monday and will be available for rides and ground tours till Sunday.

Commemorative Air Force: Airbase Arizona is flying its B-17 “Sentimental Journey” and B-25 “Maid in the Shade” planes across the country to preserve and showcase some of the finest tangible pieces of American history.

Photo by Raul Gomez "We are raising an entire generation now that when you say we have a B-17 bomber, they say, ‘What? What’s that?’” said…

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A pyros guide to the 4th

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 24th, 2015

Meet 5 local firework experts ...

Photo by Raul Gomez

Dave Reuter of Memory Fireworks

Favorite fireworks as a child:
Sparklers and ground-bloom flowers

Favorite fireworks as an adult:
M5-artillery shells
Exploding Rainbow -- multi shot
Sedona -- multi shot
Prairie Rose -- multi shot

What got you into fireworks?
Actually, my wife had worked here in the summer for a few years. They were building a new store and they needed a new sales guy, and she asked if I would be interested and I said sure. I worked at an…

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A conversation with renowned minimalist Joshua Millburn

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 18th, 2015

“As a minimalist, everything I own serves a purpose or brings me joy. Everything else is out of the way,” Joshua Fields Millburn said to HPR in an interview at Twenty Below Coffee.

Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, The Minimalists, were in Fargo for the Misfit Con this past May. During the conference, The Minimalists showed a private test screening of their first film, “Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things.” It’s set to release publicly in 2016.

The two are renowned…

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​Unityfest II comes to downtown Fargo

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 17th, 2015

Photo by Raul Gomez

Annual celebration aims to promote tolerance and diversity

As UnityND prepares to hold its second annual Unityfest celebration, the man who was the reason for its formation may be resurfacing. UnityND was formed to battle a group of white supremacists who tried to take over the small town of Leith, ND. Last year UnityND held its first celebration on the Red River Valley Fairgrounds, and this year it will take place in downtown Fargo on June 19 and 20. We learned last week that Craig…

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Best of the Best 2015: The Results

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 10th, 2015

Cover by Raul Gomez

Congrats to the 2015 Best of the Best award winners!

The following awardees were selected by the people in the community. Votes were collected through a two-phase online survey curated by the High Plains Reader.

**HPR's online edition also includes second and third place!

Best Local Celebrity: Josh Duhamel (Battle Creek/Transformers)

Though he may not be from Fargo-Moorhead, North Dakota-bred super celebrity Josh Duhamel sure has clout with folks from the area. He’s hella handsome. And he…

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​Talking to strangers

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​The other shoe

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