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​Meet your candidates

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


FARGO – Nine people are running for two seats on Fargo’s City Commission this year, which promises to be an interesting race. This year’s election cycle for the City Commission is not the city’s largest, but it’s close, with a return of former city officials.

Those running for the city’s commission include:

  • Tim Flakoll
  • Tony Gehrig (incumbent)
  • Liz Maddock-Johnson
  • Kelan Oster
  • Dave Piepkorn (incumbent)
  • Arlette Preston
  • Lenny N. Tweeden
  • Michael J. Williams
  • Linda Boyd

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​Nordic club targeted with white supremacist mail

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 1st, 2018

Contents of letter from Fight White Genocide group

MOORHEAD – White supremacist groups have switched tactics and are attempting to spread their ‘alternative facts’ to a local Nordic cultural organization. Last year, groups including the Ku Klux Klan and Identity Evropa launched a massive national mail campaign focused on recruiting college students by saying they weren’t racist, but pro-white. 

So far in 2018, the white supremacist front has remained relatively quiet, in fact, many are hoping their 15 minutes of Presidential…

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​Fentanyl trafficking ring linked to Chinese kingpin

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 27th, 2018

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO – What began as a local fentanyl overdose investigation caught the eyes of national leadership when the case became an international trafficking conspiracy spanning China to Grand Forks, and beyond.

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to law enforcement and justice departments Friday morning at the Quentin N. Burdick U.S. Courthouse, first thanking them for their service, and then describing how the war on drugs has narrowed in on fentanyl with a major bust…

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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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