Culture

​Peaceful protests against circus

by Särah Nour | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 11th, 2015

Photo by Marion Doss

From March 27 to 29, peaceful demonstrations will be held in front of the FargoDome against the Shrine Circus, which will be performing on those dates in the mornings, evenings and afternoons. The demonstrations will take place before the shows begin.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, circus animals are routinely beaten with clubs and bullhooks, electrocuted with cattle prods, and confined to small, often unsanitary cages and boxcars with no heat or air conditioning…

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​The Fargo-Moorhead St. Patrick’s Parade: grassroots and very green

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 4th, 2015

Photo by Greg Haney

By Brittney Goodman

The Fargo-Moorhead St. Patrick’s Parade elicits many memories for Kim Mahli, who has been involved since its inception in 1996: “This all began in people’s houses with a potluck and a few casseroles and kids running around.” Today, the family-focus and grassroots spirit continues. The parade is an annual downtown event, usually on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day.

The first parade that almost wasn’t

According to the all-Irish Brian Quigley, it was a…

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Working for change: Getting to know Jan Eliassen of the Gladys Rays Shelter

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 19th, 2015

Photo by Raul Gomez

This week, we are kicking off a new series of articles that will periodically profile those with unique, rare and odd jobs in the community. Last Sunday at the 2nd Annual Bartenders Battle, HPR raised over $2,700 for the Gladys Ray Shelter and Veterans Drop In Center, a homeless shelter in Fargo that takes in those in our community that others won’t.

As chronic homelessness has become a problem in Fargo-Moorhead in recent years, it became apparent of a need for a shelter that would…

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Sing Our Rivers Red honors and raises awareness for murdered and missing indigenous women

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 4th, 2015

Hannabah Blue and Tanaya Winder

For Native women Hannabah Blue, Tanaya Winder and Patty Stonefish, it’s about giving a voice to the voiceless. It’s about what Winder calls “heart work.”

Through music, poetry, speakers, visual art, community and more, these women are helping build awareness for murdered and missing indigenous women from throughout United States and Canada.

The weeklong event, Sing Our Rivers Red or SORR, will be the first of its kind in the nation – and it’s taking place right here in…

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​Celebrating ‘choice’

by Särah Nour | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 4th, 2015

Friday, Jan. 23, was a delicious night of Choice Desserts, an annual fundraiser for the Red River Women’s Clinic, taking place at the Alumni Center at North Dakota State University. As the only abortion clinic in North Dakota, the RRWC also serves women of northwestern Minnesota and northern South Dakota.

The desserts included lemon bars from Scratch Deli, cupcakes from Bakeology and Love in the Oven Bakery, almond bars from Josie’s Corner Café & Bake Shop, and caramel-apple pie…

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​HPR under the microscope

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 28th, 2015

Communication analysis course reaps many findings for writers and readers

In my collegiate quest to become a journalist, my major’s curriculum guide plopped me in COMM 320: Communication Analysis last fall, a charming class devoted to communication research and analyzing media and messages.

A term paper project dominated the semester, with mixed methods research, content analysis and qualitative and quantitative information-gathering approaches all playing roles in answering the…

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All About That Beethoven

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 28th, 2015

Jay Nelson / Photo by Abigail Redfern

“Dit-dit-dit-DAAAH.”

The man behind the most famous notes in classical music is at the root of a month-long festival set to start this Saturday. It’s BeethovenFest, the inaugural event of events from WinterArts aiming to keep February warm with weeks of cultural and educational entertainment.

Spearheaded by Theatre B and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, BeethovenFest celebrates the life and legacy of Ludwig van Beethoven, the German composer of classical music fame.

From arts…

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​Honors Fit For a King: Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

by Troy Jackson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 19th, 2015

Today marks the 15th year Fargo’s Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the birthday and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in the Fargo theater at 6:30 p.m. Overall on a much larger scale, America has been upkeeping King’s spirit since President Reagan signed the holiday into law only 33 years ago. And my oh my, with what occurred in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island New York in 2014, civil rights continues to stand the test of time.

Albeit King’s ethnicity goes without saying.…

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​El Futuro de HPR

by Raul Gomez | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 14th, 2015

Photo by Zach Kobrinsky

As we drive into the “El Pitial,” the other side of the tracks in Puerto Vallarta, I ask Marcos if he believes in the occult. He’s in his late 30s, about my age, his cab dash is bedazzled in this sparkly blue material. There’s a smallish piñata on his dashboard along with a crucifix. No, he flatly says. “Is there anyone in your family that does?” I ask. He tells me about his aunt that takes her quartz crystals to the Aztec pyramids — there’s a tone of skepticism in his…

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​U.S. Senate Internship Experience

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 23rd, 2014

Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Mohyeldin Omer

By Mohyeldin Omer

Interning with Senator Heitkamp has been such a wonderful and interesting experience. I first met the Senator in 2012 when she was a candidate. In December 2013 I met her again at her Washington, DC office to discuss matters concerning refugees. Upon first meeting the senator, I knew immediately that she was an open person, who attentively listened to issues such as practical steps the U.S. government can take to help alleviate the suffering of refugees. By the end of…

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​Ready or Knot

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