Culture

Hjemkomst Center: Two Scandinavian festivals

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 15th, 2016

Anyone who has lived in the Fargo-Moorhead area for any amount of time is probably well aware of our infatuation with all things Scandinavian, especially the Vikings. It only makes sense, with so much of the population around here having ancestry that hails from the frozen north.

Even as someone who claims no Scandinavian heritage myself (German and Scottish), I have to admit the craze for all things Nordic is infectious, not even just here but in pop culture (Thor from the Avengers? …

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Best of the Best 2016

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 9th, 2016

Multi-award winners

Meyers’s clean sweep

Bert and Klaus Meyers, owners of Dempsey’s and Wurst Bier Hall, made a clean sweep, bringing home five awards. Awards went to Matt Bengston at Wurst for Best Server. Alison Buecksler of Dempsey’s received Best Bartender. Dempsey’s received awards for Best Karaoke Bar. The Aquarium, located above Dempsey’s, received Best Small Venue. Wurst Bier Hall also received the Best Lunch award.

Sidestreet

Sidestreet won Best Bar and bartender Andrew…

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​Tattoos in Cuba

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 2nd, 2016

Mike Dalager

Illegal tattoos in Cuba? Yes please…I’ll take one. That’s right. Tattooing is illegal in the entire country of Cuba. Not one license has ever been issued.

Tattooing has had a rough history around the world anyways but to think that nowadays we aren’t forward-thinking enough to let people decide on their own what or what not to permanently affix to their own bodies, is just ludicrous at best.

I am a big proponent of freedom of choice and maybe I have a biased opinion,…

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​A movable feast: Theatre B searches for a new space

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 1st, 2016

By Alex Huntsberger

ahuntsberger@gmail.com

After 10 years of presenting edgy, contemporary theatre at 716 Main Avenue, Theatre B is moving out. Their 2016-2017 season will be presented at a series of temporary venues around town. Meanwhile, the company is searching for a new permanent space to call their “forever home.”

“We’ve been having some really interesting conversations,” said Artistic Director Carrie Wintersteen, regarding the search. “Part of it is helping people…

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A look into the puzzling world of Kung Fu Jimmy

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 1st, 2016

Do you like puzzles? Perhaps at some time in the last year you have contemplated the puzzles included toward the end of every issue of the High Plains Reader. Or maybe you took part in last November’s trivia game show/podcast Rocket Surgery at Dempsey’s and The Aquarium.

Both happen to be the brainchildren of a Mr. James Osborne, affectionately referred to by many as ‘Kung Fu Jimmy’ (and in the case of Rocket Surgery, one certainly can’t neglect the huge contributions by…

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​Red River Market’s second season

by Brittney Goodman | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 1st, 2016

Simone Wai, board member for the Red River Market, is excited about 2016’s changes and new offerings.

First of all, the market is moving to a new location, at 409 Broadway North, in front of the former Schumacher Goodyear. Simone thinks this new location will continue the “plaza format” and that this year there will be “at least twice as many vendors” than year one, likely 50-60 vendors. Simone explains, “Our offerings are increasing in every category, including makers,…

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​Planting memories

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 1st, 2016

By Ben Haugmo

benhaugmo@yahoo.com

The past meets the present at Moorhead’s Heritage Garden, which is holding its upcoming community planting days, and is seeking both donations and volunteer assistance.

The garden organizers are currently accepting via email promises of donations of perennials . After confirmation is received, donors can either bring their plants to the site on June 4 or make arrangements to have the plants picked up.

Volunteers can help with planting at the garden on…

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​All in for Alzheimer’s

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 25th, 2016

By Lonna Whiting

Lonna.Whiting@bcbsnd.com

My mom was diagnosed with dementia at age 61.

Now age 64 and three years into her dementia progression, she is completely dependent on others for daily cares, including bathroom time, bathing and eating, and often communicating.

We know more is coming for mom before “the end,” which is likely years from now. She’ll forget who we are. She’ll forget how to talk, walk and sit upright in a chair.

She’ll forget how to breathe.

She will not…

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​From Cuba with love

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 25th, 2016

By Mike Dalager

The doors are finally open! After many decades of patiently playing the waiting game, President Obama has relaxed the laws regarding US citizens being allowed to travel to Cuban territory.

Following in the president’s footsteps, I went for a visit. The main reason for traveling to Cuba was to conduct an investigative report into the understanding of global politics of the Cuban people, focusing on the loosening of travel restrictions for Americans and the subsequent…

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​Compassion Is Key With Plants For Patients

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 18th, 2016

By Ben Haugmo

A little kindness can go a long way, especially when shown to those facing life-altering decisions.

Plants for Patients aims to take an impartial approach to providing comfort to women under the care of the Red River Women’s Clinic.

The organization is holding an upcoming event for community members to pot plants for patients, and to write notes of encouragement to include with those plants. As a special treat, the first 15 participants to sign up for a free ticket on the…

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