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Destroying heritage

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 25th, 2018

One of the last old Wesley College buildings - photograph provided by UND

GRAND FORKS – Residual racism is a leading reason why the University of North Dakota plans to demolish the last brick-and-mortar remnants of Wesley College, some historians say. Wesley College, a former Methodist school, merged with UND in 1905, becoming one of the first American marriages between a religious college and a state university.

University personnel say racism has nothing to do with the upcoming changes, but that budget cuts and financial necessity are forcing tough…

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​‘Crazy on its face’

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 23rd, 2018

Brendan Medenwald, of Simply Made Apps, running for Representative for District 41, calls upon Governor Doug Burgum fo executive order to protect Net Neutrality - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO– A legislator, hopeful politicians, and business owners appealed to the governor’s office Monday morning with hopes of an executive order to fight the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of Net Neutrality.

The Republican-led FCC voted last December to repeal Net Neutrality rules, which took effect on Monday.

“The FCC has repealed net neutrality, which has taken place today,” Brendan Medenwald, owner of Simply Made Apps, a computer programming company, said.…

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​Americans first, not ‘America First’

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 18th, 2018

Tiffany Abentroth - photograph and design by Raul Gomez

FARGO – The day Tiffany Abentroth stood up before a thousand and more Trump-loving Republicans, she knew the GOP blessing was not within reach. She wasn’t even nervous about it. Still a Marine Corps staff sergeant, she squared her shoulders, and delivered the message with a confidence few others shared that day.

Halfway through her speech, ridicule came in loud whispers from within the delegate rows. Many others, however, came up to her afterward, and thanked her for breaking the…

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​A forgotten veteran

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 18th, 2018

Kevin “NeSe” Shores and his box of paperwork, none of which he can read normally due to what he says is Gulf War Syndrome - photograph by C.S. Hagen

MOORHEAD – With fingers twisted by acute arthritis, Kevin “NeSe” Shores pushed the lever to propel his wheelchair into the Clay County Courthouse. His free hand clutched a large white banker box filled with documents. Folded in worn leather rested an iPhone, his digital eyes.

A driver and assistant followed, told him when to steer right, when to stop. At times, he had to push him through a doorway.

“I’m literally going into court blind,” Shores, an Anishinaabe, enrolled in…

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Best of the best 2018

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 11th, 2018

Design by Raul GomezGentle Reader readers we’re looking to start our engines and gear up for the 2018 edition of the HPR’s Best Bets -- the area’s longest-running media poll, with over 20 years on the track.

As you know, each week we do our best to set the scene and let you know the whos and whats of Fargo-Moorhead. Once a year we reach out to you, our readers, to put in your two cents to find the creme de la creme of FM. The voting will all be done online and on our Facebook page. We set up a poll in…

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School board candidate sues ‘Satanic’ police for $75 million

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 11th, 2018

Dr. Radomysl Twardowski - Facebook public pictureFARGO– A retired doctor now running for the Fargo Board of Education once pled guilty to resisting arrest after police said he terrorized his family in 2007.

Dr. Radomysl Twardowski was originally charged with class C felony counts of abuse or neglect of a child, terrorizing and preventing arrest after his son told police that Twardowski had hit him and threatened to kill him and his mother. In 2007, Twardowski cooperated with police and social services, a plea agreement was reached,…

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​Warrant issued in fake Native child adoption case

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 9th, 2018

Betty Jo Krenz in Kevin Cramer's campaign ad - YouTubeJAMESTOWN– Nearly eight months after an Oregon woman first alerted the public to a fake Native adoption scheme, The Stutsman County State’s Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for the arrest of a woman they say is responsible.

Betty Jo Krenz, approximately 47, of Woodward, North Dakota, was charged with two felonies of theft of property and unauthorized use of personal identifying information, and misdemeanor theft of property, according to state records.

Court records did not…

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​‘The wind at our back’

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

Tiffany Abentroth at the ND GOP Convention - photograph by C.S. HagenGRAND FORKS - To glimpse the colossal struggle for power between left and right in North Dakota, one only needs to attend the party’s conventions. Both sides are desperate, one to restore, one to preserve control, but only one contrarian viewpoint was revealed during the North Dakota Republican Convention this weekend. Tiffany Abentroth. The rest were already firmly buckled into President Donald Trump’s bandwagon. 

Abentroth, a former Marine, did not receive the Republican Party’s…

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​North Dakota voters under attack

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

March through downtown Fargo - photograph by C.S. HagenFARGO– A subtle attack against North Dakota voters is three-pronged, critics say, and include: gerrymandering, restrictive laws, and attempts at closing voting booths early. Russian interference merged with Cambridge Analytica and Facebook data mining would constitute a fourth prong, a verifiable pitchfork into Democracy’s heart.

Voting hours
A leaked email from the Cass County Auditor’s office describes why they wanted the voting booths closed at 7 p.m., like all other counties in…

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Take one, or else

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 4th, 2018

Design by Raul GomezFARGO – So far, an extra sample boneless Buffalo Wing at Cashwise Foods has cost Zebadiah Gartner $400 in fines and court fees, a $54 ticket to Montana, and two nights at the Cass County Jail, courtesy of the taxpayers.

Gartner, 21, an Anishinaabe, doesn’t remember any signs limiting how many sample pieces he could eat at Cashwise Foods, located at 1401 33rd Street South, in January 2017. He does, however, remember an undercover shopper following him around the store.

“Yeah he was…

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Culture

​The DCP wants YOU!

by John Showalter

By John Showalter and Sabrina HornungWe had a chance to chat with McKaila Ruud, the Events Coordinator for the Downtown Community Partnership (DCP) and she let us in on a few new and exciting tricks that the DCP has up their…

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Earning a limited theatrical release following a successful run of festival appearances and a streaming deal with Shudder, writer-director Coralie Fargeat’s “Revenge” simultaneously embraces and subverts many tropes of the…

Arts

​Civility is for the Birds

by HPR Contributor

By Tayler Klimektklimek@cord.eduTucked in the back of Roberts Street Studio, if you follow the “yellow brick road” (a funny story, if you get the chance to ask her), you are likely to find local artist Mackenzie Kouba working…

Theater B is giving away seven tickets to go see “The Moors” by Jen Silverman, from April 26 until May 12. Described as part Brontë, part Twilight Zone, “The Moors” is a dark comedy set on a bleak and unforgiving…

Fargo has its share of people who are passionate about stand-up comedy, even if the success of clubs devoted to it has been mixed. Despite the fact we have seen places like Courtney’s Comedy Club and Level 2 Comedy Club close…

I consider myself an avid wine drinker, but I recently found out there are more than 10,000 varieties of grapes, and about 1,500 of those are used to make commercial wines. I don’t know about you, but I could probably name about…

I was amid some of the worst anxiety I have experienced in my life. I was worried about money, moving and multiple other things. My chest felt heavy and was dominated by a feeling of constriction and restriction; to both my life…

By Melissa Martin melissamartincounselor@live.com “I’m sorry” are two vital words to be used in relationships because human beings are imperfect people living in imperfect environments. Ask yourself the following…

By Ty Danksty.danks@ndsu.eduWith “Fake News” and “Alternative Facts” becoming a large and influential topic since the 2016 presidential election, many people have become more aware and concerned with the spread of…