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​Minot woman sentenced for sexually exploiting her own daughter

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 13th, 2018

Ashley Moore - Burleigh County Detention CenterBISMARCK – A Minot woman was sentenced Monday to a total of 45 years imprisonment for the sexual exploitation of her own daughter, according to the Department of Justice.

Ashley Marie Moore, 29, was found guilty of the sexual exploitation of a child, and distributing images depicting sexual exploitation of children, according to Department of Justice United States Attorney Christopher C. Myers. Moore received 25 years imprisonment for the first charge, and 20 years for count two. Both…

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CAIR asks for investigation into local anti-government group’s display of hatred against Muslims

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 8th, 2018

Members of the North Dakota Security Force III% practicing at targets before blowing up mosque replica - video snapshotFARGO – A civil liberties and advocacy organization is asking state and federal agencies to investigate the North Dakota Security Force III% after the anti-government group posted an anti-Muslim video on YouTube. 

In the video, four men – one of whom was identified as working in Fargo – carrying assault-style weapons practice quasi-military formation while target practicing on a replica of a mosque. 

Pictures of bacon and bacon-flavored crackers are shown at the beginning of the…

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​‘Truth & Lies’: 49th Annual UND Writers Conference

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

According to 1975 UND Writers Conference alumnus William H. Gass, starting around the 17th century, "History and fiction began their vulgar copulation, or, if you prefer, their diabolical dance. The techniques of fiction infected history; the materials of history were fed the novelist's greed. It is now difficult, sometimes, to tell one from the other. It is now difficult to find anyone who wants to bother."

Although worries about the "corruption" of history have been of concern since at…

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​Officer involved shooting sends one to hospital and one to jail

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 5th, 2018

MnDOT plow cam on I-94 on Monday morning - Minnesota State Highway PatrolMOORHEAD – A car incident on I-94 east of Moorhead led to an officer-involved shooting Monday morning, according to officials.

A Minnesota State Patrol Trooper responded to the incident before 10:30 a.m., and discovered a vehicle had lost control, striking the median barrier, according to Minnesota State Patrol Sergeant Jesse Grabow. At the scene, the responding trooper found one male and one female.

At some point during the encounter, the trooper discharged a weapon, striking the…

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​Legalizing marijuana: a real possibility

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 3rd, 2018

Justin Ludtke, from Mandan, preparing to sign petition - photograph by C.S. HagenFARGO – One day, Justin Ludtke hopes to tell stories to his children about the old days when marijuana was illegal, just like speakeasy tales from the Prohibition of the 1920s, when alcohol was banned across the country.

“The government is out of touch,” Ludtke said. “And I’m glad to finally see this day.” Ludtke drove from Mandan on Saturday to join city and state leaders, volunteers, and hopeful Fargoans in their drive to legalize marijuana by creating a measure the state…

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​The Russians aren’t coming. They’re already here.

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

Russian interference with DAPL, picture reporter Amy Sisk took at bottom - Russian social media post - U.S. House Committee reportFARGO – Russian agents aren’t parachuting into the Dakota plains, yet, but they’re meddling with state elections and fanning the flames of the controversial DAPL controversy, polarizing, trying to provoke anarchy.

The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology released a report on March 1 showing how Russian agents targeted the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy – both sides of it.

“Pipelines and domestic energy infrastructure were a primary target of the Russian…

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​Homicide in North Fargo

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

Cass County Coroner in front of the apartment complex police say a person was killed Friday morning - photograph by C.S. HagenFARGO – Police arrested a man early Friday morning after he turned himself in for an apartment homicide in a north side apartment building.

Daniel Benjamin Habiger, 29, was arrested at Holiday Gas Station at 10th Street and 19th Avenue North after making a call to the Red River Regional Dispatch, Fargo Police Chief David Todd said. Officers were also dispatched to the apartment complex at 701 10th Street North, where a dead person was found in Habiger’s apartment. 

On Saturday, police…

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​Can the Kirkbride be saved?

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

Kirkbride exterior - photograph by Raul Gomez“While it is too early to know how events surrounding the Kirkbride in Fergus Falls will ultimately unfold, properties in the National Register occasionally do get demolished. In such instances, our office has a regulatory responsibility to review any documentation that is required for the project to proceed and offer comment. We are strong advocates for preserving our built history, and we always wish to find alternatives to demolition,” Denis Gardner, National Register Historian…

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​This time, a change

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 28th, 2018

M-16 at the shooting range - HPR contributorFARGO – Every time a mass shooting occurs, tempers flare, conversations crackle across social media platforms and Congressional podiums, and then fizzle. This time, after the 353rd mass shooting in America since 1966, something has changed.

Students are speaking up. They’re challenging senators, the President, principals, even the burly National Rifle Association. From Florida to Moorhead, Minnesota, students are marching, calling for stricter laws against assault weapons. Companies,…

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​‘A child can only take so much’

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

Jackie Charbonneau and her son, Christopher L. Thumb, who is also pictured with two black eyes, and a split lip on cell phone - photograph by C.S. HagenFARGO – Christopher L. Thumb is a quiet boy, enjoys throwing a football with his siblings, listens to powwow music. New to Fargo after moving from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Reservation at 15, he entered his freshman year at North High School last August.

First week, the bullying began. He was called names, his computer was frequently unplugged, people made fun of him, but no physical violence occurred until February 12. Names of others involved have been withheld due to…

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​Best of the Best 2018

by Sabrina Hornung

Last Sunday we celebrated our annual Best Bets award ceremony at the Plains Art Museum and we had a packed house. With awards from over 50 categories, members of our community gathered, rallied and supported each other in our…

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“If I look like a kid on Christmas morning, it’s because that’s the way I feel right now. How I wish my parents could have heard the words you said about me,” Luci Baines Johnson said. She was preparing her commencement…

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Armageddon and Rage

by Ed Raymond

Is Our Democracy Dying From A Koch Assisted-Suicide?The One Percent is going after wealth like Captain Ahab went after The Great White Whale. Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal recently wrote about “the up-market way to…

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Writer-director Alexandra Dean’s “Bombshell” recounts the remarkable life and achievements of Hedy Lamarr, the Golden Age screen goddess whose physical beauty and career as a Hollywood actor long overshadowed her…

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​Civility is for the Birds

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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…

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