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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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​Gifting for good this holiday season

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 6th, 2012

By Lauren Beek

It’s that time of year again – the time when thoughts of presents, mega sales and sugarplums dance through your head. The hustle and bustle of finding the perfect gift seems to start sooner every year. So during this season of buying, consider an option that captures what the holidays are all about. Give a gift that gives back.

A well-known example of a charitable gift is TOMS. You know, the cute slipper-like shoes that come in a variety of colors and styles? Well, for…

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2012 Best Bets Winners

by Jana Tronier | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 22nd, 2012

Best Lunch, Best Burger, Best Craft Beer Selection - JL Beers

Locals are extremely vocal about their love of JL Beers. My goodness, this burger and beer joint has it figured out. Since opening, the place can hardly keep customers away. For one, JL Beers has a feel-good atmosphere, its menu is simple, its food is full-flavored and its beers selection is far from wimpy.

Best Taco and Best Mexican - Juano’s Mexican Restaurant

Juano’s has earned its success by providing mouthwatering…

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The Low Down on High Risk High

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 25th, 2011

By Jenni Lou Russi

Last Friday night
Yeah we danced on tabletops
And we took too many shots
Think we kissed but I forgot
Last Friday night
Yeah we maxed our credit cards
And got kicked out of the bar
So we hit the boulevard
-Katy Perry “Last Friday Night”

Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night”, the song in the top position for Hot 100 Billboard chart, recounts the costs incurred when people over-indulge in their drinking and spending habits while having a good time. Aimed at young people,…

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​HPR BEST BETS 2011 WINNERS

by Jana Tronier | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 13th, 2011

Cover by Raul Gomez

BEST CHEF

* Scott Motschenbacher @ Spitfire Grill

BEST HAIR STYLIST

* Ben Holtz @ Salon Why?

BEST PIERCIST

* Chuck Kesler @ Dead Rockstar

BEST TATTOO ARTIST

* Trent Baltvitsch @ Addictions

BEST ORIGINAL BAND

* Sovereign Sect

BEST SOLO MUSICIAN

* Blind Joe

BEST PERFORMANCE DJ

* DJ Joyride

BEST LOCAL ALBUM OR CD

* “Millions of Blackbirds” by Amanda Standalone and the Pastryshop Girls

BEST COVER BAND

* Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome

BEST VISUAL ARTIST, MALE

* Jon Offutt

BEST VISUAL ARTIST, FEMALE

*…

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Best Bets Winners 2010

by Jana Tronier | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 24th, 2010

Johnson Family Band- Best original band

This mix of area musicians who share a love of folk music have become a top choice in the area. Their feet are firmly planted in traditional bluegrass, but they also draw on sources outside that realm. Their music is described by band members as "neo old timey," but what they do is very modern because of their many musical influences, which include everything from Tom Waits and Miles Davis to the Alkaline Trio. It's music you would hear in the…

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Best Bets Winners 2009

by Jana Tronier | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 14th, 2009

The Fillers- Best Original Band

The S.O.L. Band- Best Cover Band

Brenda Weiler- Best Musician.

Jon Offutt- Best Artist 

The Silver Moon Supper Club- Best Fine Dining and Best Place to Take a Date

Toscana- Best Italian 

Thai Orchid- Best Asian and Best Vegetarian Menu 

The Taco Shop- Best Taco

Burger Time- Best Burger

Bertrosa's- Best Lunch

Juano's- Best Mexican 

Grand Junction- Best Sandwich

Pita Pit Downtown- Best Late Night Eats

Duane's- Best Pizza

Ruby Tuesdays- Best Salad Bar

Andrea Baumgardner…

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