Culture

​SLUT: ‘A new play about a dangerous word’

by Amber Morgan | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 1st, 2014

Play takes on sexism and sexual violence

Fargo native and renowned feminist Jennifer Baumgardner has been a strong force in bringing the provocative SLUT: The Play to Fargo this weekend.

The play is about the sexual assault of a young girl in the back of a cab, and the event’s aftermath. The script was inspired by real-life experiences of girls ages 14-17 years-old from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, according to sluttheplay.com.

The word “slut” is commonly…

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Humans of Fargo

by Amber Morgan | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 1st, 2014

Kaytlin Dargen

She says she doesn’t like when people tell her who she should interview. She knows who she wants to interview: random people who she finds spur of the moment. The interviews aren’t supposed to be predetermined.

Kaytlin Dargen is the primary photographer for Humans of Fargo, a community project inspired by its widely famous predecessor, Humans of New York. Humans of Fargo isn’t the first project to spring up as a mirror of the booming New York photo blog, and it likely won’t be…

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Up and running in Africa

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 17th, 2014

Fargo nonprofit African Soul, American Heart seeking donations for orphan girls

Changing the world is easier than we think. It’s especially manageable in Fargo-Moorhead. While our community has a number of fantastic, generous nonprofits, one in particular stands out as worldly meaningful and significant.

African Soul, American Heart is a boarding school for orphaned girls in South Sudan. Started by board president and Fargo-native Deb Dawson, its mission is to protect the most…

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​Greetings from ‘Fargo’

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 10th, 2014

HPR interviews Noah Hawley of "Fargo

“Ah gee, I didn’t do nothin’. I just got home!” screams a nervous Lester Nygaard (played by Martin Freeman) in an episode of FX’s newest TV show, “Fargo.”An adaptation of the Coen brothers’ 1996 Oscar-winning feature film, “Fargo” the TV series will be just like the movie, except with a completely new set of engaging, peculiar and hysterical characters and events set in 2006.

“Oh yah. It’s real good,” says Bob Odenkirk’s…

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​Best Awards Ever!

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 10th, 2014

Come party at HPR’s Best of the Best Awards this Wednesday

Gear up for what may be HPR’s best ever Best of the Best Awards Ceremony.

This April 16, meet business owners, artists, bartenders, actors, chefs, directors, executives, politicians, comedians, musicians, writers and more at The Plains Art Museum.w

Absolutely nobody knows who won (just Strand, Tronier and Gomez.) That’s why it will be so much fun.

I wish we could say I won all five of my categories: Best Asian, Best Small…

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Got oxygen?: Sports Vape may help you shake your blues

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 27th, 2014

What happens when we boost our oxygen intake? Most of us breathe in about 21 percent.

Darius Endres and Jeremy Veum, owners of Sports Vape, say inhaling more oxygen can help people get rid of headaches, relieve hangovers and feel a bit more euphoric. It even can boost our immune system.

“Ninety-nine percent of bacteria and viruses cannot survive in an oxygen-rich environment,” Veum said.

Sports Vape, a brand new Fargo business on University Dr., has now made it possible for locals to…

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Uber White

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 21st, 2013

Cover by Raul Gomez

Unity ND works to take down white separatist Craig Cobb

The presence of racism and hate has perhaps never felt more real in 21st-century North Dakota than now — especially for the tiny town of Leith, where a Nazi-flag-waving white separatist, Craig Cobb, is scheming to take over.

While Cobb has put the town on red alert for his bold and forthright racist actions, one group in particular, UnityND, is taking him head on.

The local nonprofit organization formed just this September to…

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​ConNecteD Puzzles: Promoting geographic literacy across North Dakota

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 10th, 2013

By Rick Abbott

If someone were to approach you on the street and ask you which county the North Dakota capital is in, would you know the answer?

That’s just what Jonathan Melgaard did, and unfortunately, quite a few people had no idea. Some simply shook their heads or took a guess, with one man answering, “Bismarck County?”

Melgaard, a senior at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and entrepreneur in residence at Kilbourne Group in Fargo, is aiming to…

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Proud Family

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 8th, 2013

Cover by Raul Gomez

Wahpeton family visits The White House for LGBT pride event

Love is what I saw in Valerie and Diane’s letter from North Dakota, who’ve been together for 37 years. Their son, Madison, is here, 14. They told me that when Madison was little -- he’s not little now, by the way. He used to say that someday, he was going to become president and make it legal for his moms to get married. – President Barack Obama, White House’s LGBT Pride Month Reception.

In April 2013, Valerie Nelson…

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​My (fake) Facebook friends

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 9th, 2013

Cover by Raul Gomez

By Diane Miller

Last September, the world’s most popular social media website removed millions of fake “likes” and accounts from its network.

According to a Facebook Security statement: “When a Page and fan connect on Facebook, we want to ensure that connection involves a real person interested in hearing from a specific Page and engaging with that brand’s content. As such, we have recently increased our automated efforts to remove Likes on Pages that may have been gained by…

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​Talking to strangers

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​The other shoe

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