News

City Commissioner’s Recall Petition Dies

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 12th, 2017

By C.S. Hagen

FARGO - The recall petition of City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn fizzled out on Friday after two months of volunteers gathering signatures.

The recall ended because Pipekorn promised to obtain the list of all signatories on the “Scott Hennen Show” AM1100 “The Flag” on May 10, according to a recall committee press release.

“So when they turn in the signatures for the Freedom of Information Act, I am going to request a copy of the signatures so we can review them as…

Read more...


​Federal Loophole In Medical Marijuana Laws, Police Target Bismarck Stores

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 12th, 2017

By C.S. Hagen

BISMARCK - Before the legal ink dried on North Dakota’s medical marijuana laws, Bismarck Police inspected two health food stores in the state’s capital city Thursday, looking for hemp derivatives.

Police targeted the stores selling products containing Cannabinol, or CBD hemp oil, a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3 percent THC levels, and is known for its efficaciousness as an anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, and antioxidant,…

Read more...


​White Cloud comes home

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 10th, 2017

“White Cloud came to us this way when she was brought in to Jamestown 19 years ago when she was brought in from Michigan North Dakota with the Shirek family. We picked her up and had a parade through town,” says Arnie Becker,White Cloud the albino buffalo’s former caretaker, “we went up and unloaded her in the pasture. That was back in ‘96 and here we are today having a homecoming for White Cloud as a full mount and placed in a museum. So we’re doing the same thing--having…

Read more...


Showdown At City Commission Hall

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 8th, 2017

As the two-hour-long Fargo City Commissioners meeting prepared to adjourn Monday, Erin Buzick, an organizer of the recall petition for City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn, was given permission to speak.

“Basically, I said that I understand that my inclusion in this community comes with a price tag to the city,” Buzick said. “However, I have never been reduced to a dollar sign. My intrinsic value has never been debated in the commission hall nor in the local media.” She addressed…

Read more...


​Bison Turf Rises From The Ashes

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 3rd, 2017

Firefighters attempting to extinguish fire at the Bison Turf, 2016 - photo by C.S. Hagen

FARGO - After local watering hole Bison Turf caught fire last July, owner James “Pete” Sabo never doubted he would reopen.

It was only a matter of timing, he said.

Originally, he planned to open last October. Red tape, building permits, and a new water line for an indoor sprinkling system costing him $90,000, set him back months. The entire project will cost up to $1.2 million dollars, a price tag for which insurance companies are coughing up approximately two-thirds, he said.…

Read more...


​FMRAC Steps Up, Defines Its Stance

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 2nd, 2017

FARGO - The Fargo/Moorhead Refugee Advisory Council clarified recent actions Tuesday by doubling down on its stance against the recall effort of a Fargo city commissioner primarily due to threats, but not without admonishment.

“We have a simple message,” the Fargo/Moorhead Refugee Advisory Council, or FMRAC, said in a response to an email and directed to City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn. “Please do not spread false rumors. Refugees have already suffered enough, and they don’t…

Read more...


​Recall Will Go On

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 29th, 2017

Concerned citizens gathered in a circle - photo by C.S. Hagen

FARGO - Despite an announcement by the Fargo/Moorhead Refugee Advisory Council, the recall petition of City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn will go on.

“Everyone on the recall committee agreed to continue,” Erin Buzick, an organizer for the recall committee, said. “After discussing the release from FMRAC with dozens of refugee and immigrant leaders we heard only one message. The press release was not agreed upon or discussed as a group. There were maybe a handful of FMRAC officers told…

Read more...


White Power Seeking Limelight

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 27th, 2017

Alt White: The Siege of North Dakota. Part five in the series on racism in North Dakota. The state is no stranger to hate groups seeking attention, and while Pioneer Little Europe and the Creativity Movement form hit lists of North Dakota small towns, a new white supremacist group surfaces in Fargo.

By C.S. Hagen cshagen@hpr1.com

FARGO - North Dakota has a history of giving birth to Nazis and white supremacists seeking the spotlight.

JunScreen Shot 2017-04-26 at 8.19.10 PMe, 1975, Fargo native Michael Lynn Hansen first…

Read more...


​White Supremacist Fliers Hit Fargo Streets

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 25th, 2017

Birthright poster - photo provided by Christopher A. Smith

FARGO - Three days after white supremacists advertised for a like-minded gathering at Lindenwood Park, posters depicting hate speech were posted on telephone poles along downtown back alleys.

The posters went up in time for the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar, Monday, April 24, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The posters also went up shortly after the Fargo Human Relations Commission announced findings of a six-month study that showed refugees and immigrants in…

Read more...


​Chickens Allowed In Fargo City Limits

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 25th, 2017

FARGO - Fargo City Commissioners passed the Chicken Ordinance Monday allowing residents to raise chickens within city limits. The proposal has been under consideration for years, and was pecked at by critics.

The Chicken Ordinance, or backyard chicken keeping, is part of a national trend for families to raise their own locally grown food and to teach children that not all chicken are McNuggets, according to Cass County Public Health nutritionist Kim Lipetzky.

“There’s been a lot of…

Read more...


Tracker Pixel for Entry Aaland Law Firm

Recently in:

cshagen@hpr1.comBISMARCK - The morning after law enforcement cleared the “Treaty Camp” on October 27, 2016, hundreds of activists defending Native American treaty rights, water rights, and land rights, lined up north of three…

Local architect constructing new out of old in BakerMany people start a passion project after a certain turning point in their life. It could be something they’ve thought about for years but never acted on, or come on a whim. …

Sunday, June 25, noon to 5pmHQ: Great Northern Bicycle, 425 Broadway N, FargoRoute this time is entirely on the Fargo side, including newly reconstructed 2nd Street. Play, engage in a more physically active lifestyle, experience…

Albert Einstein once said, “The revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the revolution.”This past Sunday marked the 58th year of the Rourke’s Great Midwestern. Though Jim O’Rourke, founder of the…

From Homer’s Odyssey to Buddy Holly: The times they are a-changin’When Robert Zimmerman, born in Duluth and raised in Hibbing, better known as Bob Dylan, won the Nobel Prize for Literature (worth almost a cool $1 million), he…

The moment of truth has arrived. After seven weeks of sampling and judging some of the finest libations in the area the results for this year’s Cocktail Showdown have arrived. Christopher Larson, Raul Gomez and Sabrina Hornung…

On a sultry Thursday night, I sauntered into Luna. Situated on South University next to Bernie’s Beer and Wine, it isn’t exactly a hole in the wall, but it is certainly off the beaten path, and as described by their motto it is…

Pursuing a hobby, much less a career in music is more difficult than just picking up an instrument. Though the passion may be there, the cost of equipment and lessons can be prohibitive.Of course this is something that…

A couple of classic courtroom dramas and a romantic melodrama about theatrical ambition, all adapted from popular novels of their day, are among the recently released Blu-rays by Kino-Lorber. All were made by major filmmakers with…

“I was devastated, scared, and lost. My family’s world changed and our relationships with one another changed too.” said Lonna Whiting.Whiting, co-founder of Brains on the Plains, went on. “In addition to a dramatic shift…

Author, professor, historian and now playwright: Dr. Charlie Barber has taken his love of history to the stage with his new musical, “No Backseat Driver.”Barber’s play is the story of two North Dakota heroes: “Wild Bill”…

Humor

​Talking to strangers

by Sabrina Hornung

“I don’t have a tour, like, on the back of a sweatshirt,” comedian Paula Poundstone says. “I go out every weekend. This weekend I went out Friday, Saturday and Monday. Mostly it’s Friday/Saturday or Thursday through…

Here in the upper midwest we love the summer season for so many different reasons but two of the big reasons I love summer are fresh produce and being outside with a beer in my hand. Sometimes, when I’m spending the day in the…

Wellness

​Natural sleep aids

by Erin Oberlander

As I interact with clients and friends and family alike, one of the issues that comes up commonly is that of sleep. It seems that in our modern world, getting deep, nourishing sleep has become a challenge for some and a complete…

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…

The North Dakota Department of Health has called “Bullsh*t!” on Meridian Energy’s application to construct its Davis Oil Refinery three miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park.In fact, in a strongly-worded letter to…