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​‘We are the target’

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 15th, 2018

Habsa Yusuf speaking before Fargo's Human Relations Commission - photograph by C.S. HagenFARGO – Nearly half of the Walmart employees claiming discrimination from management at the world’s largest retail chain came before Fargo’s Human Relations Commission Thursday, to appeal for help, and the commission answered.

“My sense is that you all feel you are being discriminated against, for your origins or your clothes,” Barry Nelson of the Human Relations Commission said, after four of the women gave their testimonies. “We do not have an enforcement capacity, but I…

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​Drums in Fargo for missing Indigenous women

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 14th, 2018

Desert Era Veterans leading march - photograph by C.S. HagenFARGO – Native drums reverberated through Downtown Fargo Wednesday when more than 200 people marched to bring awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women, an epidemic that plagues the state and the nation.

Native Americans, tribal dignitaries, Fargo city commissioners, even the mayor showed up to support the cause. Valentines Day is now also proclaimed Missing Indigenous Women’s day by Fargo’s Native American Commission. Passing cars honked in support as the marchers passed.…

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In the shadow of Walmart

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 7th, 2018

FARGO – Twenty Walmart employees blame concentrated racist and prejudicial managerial practices for their sudden firings or dwindling losses in hours and pay. 

Those who say they’re affected, most originally from Somalia or Kenya, say there are more former refugees and immigrants afraid to speak out for fear of losing their jobs in the Fargo area, who are being discriminated against because of the color of their skin, or because they wear hijabs. A hijab is the traditional head…

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Valve turner sentenced, behind bars

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 6th, 2018

Michael Foster - photo by C.S. HagenCAVALIER – From the day Michael Foster plotted his course to turn off the Keystone Pipeline, he knew prison was a possibility. On Tuesday morning the activist was taken into custody after a North Dakota judge sentenced him to three years imprisonment with two years suspended. 

The state’s prosecution wanted to make an example out of Foster to deter future instances, and recommended a sentence of five years imprisonment and three years suspended for Foster. The prosecution, which…

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​‘True justice for Brooke Crews’

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 2nd, 2018

Ashton Matheny with Haisley Jo in court - photograph by Dave Samson of the Minneapolis Star TribuneFARGO – Minutes before the judge sentenced Brooke Lynn Crews to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, the killer spoke, apologizing for her actions.

“I wish I could take their pain, there is no excuse,” Crews said. “I deserve every year I get, and I know it doesn’t help.”

Crews was describing the pain of Savanna LaFontaine Greywind’s family, and for one of Fargo’s daughters she killed, and for the infant she stole from Savanna’s womb while she was eight…

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​Heidi: human to human connections that change the world

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 31st, 2018

Senator Heidi Heitkamp - photograph and design by Raul GomezFARGO – Beneath Heidi Heitkamp’s political savvy is a creative activist, one who never takes no for an answer. She once lined the state capitol with tiny shoes to raise awareness of child abuse, and cut her political teeth on the Equal Rights Amendment.

It’s not the state’s first elected female U.S. senator’s job to follow her party line, but to represent the predominantly red state in Washington D.C.

She is, at her core, an arbitrator, a political referee in a divided nation,…

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The dark side of Trump’s wall

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 31st, 2018

Hupty Dupty by Wallace DenslowWASHINGTON D.C. – While North Dakota’s chosen elected announced who they were taking to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech, media across the state kept one piece of information about Congressman Kevin Cramer’s guest quiet.

Cramer, R-ND, the state’s only Congressman, announced he would bring Tommy Fisher, president and CEO of Fisher Industries. Fisher Industries, or Fisher Sand & Gravel Company, in southwestern North Dakota, is one of six companies given a…

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​Democrats announce candidacies

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 31st, 2018

Josh BoscheeState Representative Josh Boschee, District 44, Fargo, announced his candidacy for the ND Democratic-NPL endorsement for Secretary of State on January 30. Boschee has served in the state legislature since 2013. He is a member of the Administrative Rules Committee, the Government Finance Committee, and the Workers' Compensation Review Committee.

Brandon MedenwaldFargo businessman Brandon Medenwald and Paula Thomas announced their intentions to seek Democratic endorsements for the North Dakota State House…

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​Legacy of a Northern lynching

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 26th, 2018

Editor's note: warning, this article includes graphic images some readers may find disturbing.

The postcard sold in Duluth after the 1920 lynchings of three black AmericansMOORHEAD, MINNESOTA – During the dark days after three African Americans were lynched by an angry mob in Duluth, Minnesota, a sepia-toned postcard was sold depicting the event. Two bodies against a lamppost, necks twisted away from the camera, ropes taught against their skin, dangled over a third body on the ground. In the postcard, the lynched men are cut out, pasted across a massive crowd…

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​Government shutdown ends, the blame game picks up pace

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 22nd, 2018

Official White House page screenshotWASHINGTON D.C. – The federal government reopened Monday, but not after blame shifting and a reluctant agreement made on key issues. Republicans declared victory, and some analysts agree, adding it will be short-lived.

Short-lived because now responsibility lies with Republicans to live up to their promises.

Despite a Republican in the White House and current majorities in Congress, the federal government went into shutdown on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s…

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​Gaming and Steam

by Chuck Solly

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…

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Editorial

​Savoring local flavor

by Sabrina Hornung

What draws people to a particular area? Food? Culture? Nostalgia? It’s hard to speak on behalf of the populace but we obviously know what draws us in as individuals.Here’s another question: What makes an area thrive and what…

Do we finally have ‘beauteous mankind in a brave new world?’British philosopher and writer Aldous Huxley used a line of Miranda’s speech in Shakespeare’s play "The Tempest" as the title for his book about the future…

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By Nathan Roybardsdream@gmail.comYou are absolutely right. The title is not “To be or not to be” from the famous Shakespeare soliloquy in "Hamlet." I won’t be talking about Shakespeare particularly. I will expound the…

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Essential oils. They are all the buzz lately. It seems everyone has heard of them or is purchasing them. Some people know how to use them; others are just interested in the wonder of their complex scents.Essential oils are as…

Live and Learn

​The other shoe

by HPR Contributor

By Elizabeth Nawrotnawrot@mnstate.eduI look up from my hotel lobby breakfast astonished to see a framed print of Wassily Kandinsky's "Mit und Gegen,” a masterpiece of color and composition that just happens to be my favorite…

By Gary Olsonolsong@moravian.eduThe ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas; the class which is the ruling material force in society is at the same time the ruling intellectual force.- Karl Marx and Friedrich…