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​Scholastic journalism awards

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 7th, 2018

Regrettable Sunday, digital art gold key award winner - Ashley MindtThis year the Plains Art Museum and the North Dakota Affiliate of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented a book called “The Best Teen Writing of North Dakota 2018.” It showcases work submitted by high school and junior high students across the state and features those who were presented with Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention awards.

The ND state awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 10th atPlains Art Museum. Student work will be exhibited Dr. David…

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​Dealing with ads on the internet

by Chuck Solly | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 28th, 2018

Hey, Chrome users! Did you load the Ad Blocker Chrome extension that I told you about in last weeks column? It really works well!

I have a tendency to roam on the Internet for an hour or so every day. This gets me to sites that have lots, and I mean lots, of advertising. The Chrome browser has eliminated those annoying pop-up ads that interrupt my reading. There is also no more auto playing video ads. This is wonderful!

That is not to say that the blocker blocks ALL ads. It does not. It…

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Creative flexibility at Josef’s Annual Fashion Show

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 28th, 2018

Josef’s Annual Fashion Awards composite by Sabrina HornungJosef’s School of Hair Design has been a fixture of Downtown Fargo for decades. Ever since Dilworth native Joseph Olivieri opened its doors in 1960, the NP Avenue establishment has not only seen countless satisfied customers pass in and out of its doors, but droves of aspiring stylists as well.

While more often than not a stylist will be asked to do a haircut here, a perm there, that doesn’t mean there is no room for thinking outside the box. Hair styling and cosmetics are fields…

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A big week for Google

by Chuck Solly | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 21st, 2018

One of the most annoying things on the web is advertising that interrupts what you are doing. I’m talking about the pop-up ads, the videos that start playing as soon as your browser opens the page. You get the idea.

Well, it seems that Google’s Chrome browser is fixing some of that. They are not eliminating the ads; they are just making the advertisers behave themselves. This is how it works:

When you go to a site that has some of the offending advertising, such as a pop-up window…

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​Gaming and Steam

by Chuck Solly | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 14th, 2018

I have hesitated in the past to ride into the gaming world with my guns blazing and my hair blowing in the wind. My reasons are many and varied.

In my own personal case, I don’t play online or offline games because it is a huge time sucker. I really don’t have six or eight hours a day to devote to a game or games.

Some of you might have the time so I am throwing an introduction at you to give you a sense of what it is all about.

There are games for the PC, games for the MAC, games for…

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A different type of printer

by Chuck Solly | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 14th, 2018

I have worked with Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) software and its companion software Computer-Aided-Manufacturing (CAM) software for quite a few years now. All of the systems are different and they mostly have a very long learning curve.

One of the most difficult tasks when using this software is getting the design working properly with the CAM software.

To make more money and sell more product, the software companies have figured out a way to simplify some versions of the software to…

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​Harbor Health Clinic: a second option for gender-affirming hormone therapy

by Faye Seidler | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 7th, 2018

The Harbor Health Clinic is now open and provides hormone therapy using an informed consent model with sliding scale fees. At this time they do not charge for service, but they do ask for donations for sustainability purposes. For those keeping track, this is the official name of the LGBTQ+ Healthcare Clinic I wrote about last month and it is the only clinic of its kind within a 250-mile radius.

The informed consent model of transgender hormone therapy differs from the “standard model…

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​Eugene Butler had a secret: Niagara’s unsolved murder mystery

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 7th, 2018

Niagara is a peaceful farm town of about 50 or so residents. It is located on Highway 2 on the westernmost stretch of Grand Forks County. One would never have guessed that it was home to a serial killer in the early part of the 20th century. The story of Eugene Butler and his skeletons in the cellar still remains one of our state’s most notable unsolved murder mysteries.

On June 25, 1915 Leo Verhulehn planned to dig a cellar on his newly acquired property located between Niagara and…

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​Songs of Resistance & Civil Rights: African-American spirit in song

by Hee Han | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 7th, 2018

The Songs of Resistance & Civil Rights exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, with a new exhibit featuring songs from African-American culture.

The exhibit opened last week in the Art Annex of the Roland Dille Center for the Arts on the MSUM campus. MSUM introduces the exhibit as celebrating “the power of African-American music sung during the 20th century crusades for justice and civil rights. Sung by African-American congregations,…

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​More about monitors

by Chuck Solly | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 7th, 2018

I had a few questions and statements last week about monitors, so I thought I would add to my previous column about them.

One thing that has happened recently is CES 2018. This is the Consumer Electronics Show, held every year in Las Vegas. It is the largest trade show in the world. CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology. Featuring the largest, global hands-on showcase of emerging innovation, CES represents all aspects of the…

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