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​The final countdown

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 21st, 2016


The seventh annual Cocktail Showdown has come to a conclusion

After weeks of sampling some of the finest drinks in town from nearly 30 participating bars throughout Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead, all of whom sought the same goal --we asked the same question. Where does a guy or gal go for the best drink in town?

The seventh annual Cocktail Showdown has come to a close. Where the drinks were stiff and the competition was even stiffer, the fearless judges finally made their final marks and…

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​Times are changing in North Dakota

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 21st, 2016

Republican Gov candidates moving to left on social issues

Last week, the Governor’s race in North Dakota for 2016 got turned upside down when Fargo businessman Doug Burgum officially threw his hat in the ring. This pleased people of both parties as Burgum appears to be a man who isn’t a knee jerk Republican and someone who has in the past stuck his neck out on issues like gay rights because it was the right thing for the state to do business wise to attract high quality…

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Anna Lee: a woman of many hats

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 13th, 2016

Anna Lee is a Fargo native and entrepreneur who got her creative start in Fargo. She was involved with the costume shop at Trollwood Performing Arts while she was in high school and college, attended the MSUM fine art department and took some fashion courses at NDSU. She has always loved art and had a passion for fashion, and she found that the best way to combine her two loves was through the fine craft of millinery -- making hats.

Anna Lee will be showcasing her winter collection…

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Pat Zavoral named AE2S Senior Management Consultant

by John Strand | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 23rd, 2015

An engineering firm working closely with many aspects of the FM Diversion Project went on the offensive Monday morning so their hiring of former Fargo City Administrator Pat Zavoral would not become a polarizing topic, as evidenced in an email acquired by the High Plains Reader.

Among the 81 people to whom the email was sent were several elected officials and respective staff including Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney, Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams, Fargo City Commission and Moorhead City…

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Getting Surly

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 23rd, 2015

HPR chats with Surly Brewing Co. Founder Omar Ansari

Monday December 14th was a big day for the craft beer community. Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes had a Surly Brewing Co. tap takeover which included 37 beers. This was the biggest Surly take over in history. Not only were there beers on tap that have never graced the lines outside of the taproom but there were also 4 years of Darkness (2012-2015), as well as 2015 Barrel Aged Darkness.

This event boasted a great turnout; from young to old,…

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Happy Hooligans honored​

by Taylor Blumer | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 23rd, 2015

ND National Guard unit recognized with top award

On December 5 the North Dakota National Guard’s 119th Wing, aka the Happy Hooligans, was awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for its “exceptional service, commitment and mission accomplishment.” The AFOUA is an annual award presented to units across the active-duty Air Force, Reserves and Air National Guard that have distinguished themselves. This event marked the 17th time the Happy Hooligans have been honored with an…

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We do it! Behold the power of giving.

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 17th, 2015

Q & A with Great Plains Food Bank. organization working to fight hunger in Fargo and Moorhead

As we approach the holiday season, we at the High Plains Reader wanted to learn more about efforts to end hunger in our region. The Great Plains Food Bank is the only food bank in North Dakota, as well as in Clay County in Minnesota, and provides food to all of the food pantries in our region. We asked Marsha Paulson, director of marketing and development for the Great Plains Food Bank, about…

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Clearing the bottle neck

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 9th, 2015

Is Fargo’s liquor license code too complicated? Is it time for change? A new task force examines what changes could be made.

A task force in Fargo is looking at methods to reform the city’s complex liquor license code. Currently there are many different types of liquor licenses, letter coded from A to Z for different types of establishments, most of which are available for purchase if you have the funds. However, there are no more A and A-B licenses currently which are for bars that…

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Planned Parenthood under attack

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 2nd, 2015

CEO of MN, ND and SD discusses threats to women’s health care provider ahead of visit

This Thursday, following an unprecedented attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado which saw three people lose their lives, the local Planned Parenthood organization will host its 11th annual Progress on the Prairie event with the CEO of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards and Sarah Stoesz, Planned Parenthood director for Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

This event comes as Congress…

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It takes many hands

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 24th, 2015


For this week's cover story, we asked High Plains Reader staff members and volunteers as well as cover story subjects from 2015 and friends of the paper what they are grateful for this year. Below are the responses. Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at HPR!

"I am thankful for all the amazing people I have in my life. The right people help you grow in love and knowledge and - from my family to my close friends to simple acquaintances within the community – I’m truly blessed with an…

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