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​Seeking shelter: homelessness in the winter

by Dima Vitanova | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 20th, 2017

The chill crawls up your body until it claims it. Naturally, your muscles begin to shiver in an attempt to keep warm. Your blood slowly retreats from your extremities toward your vital organs. As the minutes pass, your breathing might slow down and your speech – if you have someone to talk to – may slur. Perhaps, you have nothing to occupy your mind with except that it is frigid, very cold.

The cold is what Gregory Osiecki recalls from the couple of nights he had to sleep outside…

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So what is a keylogger?

by Chuck Solly | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 20th, 2017

There are many ways to hack computers. There are also many people who want to do such things. A keylogger is one such trick that the bad guys use. They sneak into your computer room and plug a small box into your USB port on the back of your desktop computer. It logs every keystroke you type using your keyboard, including your passwords, credit card numbers and diary entries.

Obviously this can be very bad news. The keylogger can also wire the box into your computer from the inside if he…

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​Comstock home for the holidays

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 20th, 2017

The Comstock HouseLocal history goes with Christmas, doesn’t it? And this Christmas there are tours of one of Moorhead’s most historical sites, Comstock House, richly decorated for the occasion.

We were concerned that many people don’t realize how much goes into these special tours. Matt Eidem, Director of Museum Operations of the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, was kind enough to take time off from his duties to fill us in.

High Plains Reader: Who were the Comstocks and why were they…

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​Good game: Sportsmen Against Hunger enables hunters to make a difference

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 20th, 2017

Good Game-photograph by Lore HornungOf all kinds of food, perishable is the least donated to the homeless, though it is most necessary for healthy meals. The Sportsmen Against Hunger, or SAH program, allows sportsmen from across the state to donate wild game through a select group of processors. Approved processors are separated into eight regions throughout the state. Last year the organization donated 73 thousand pounds of wild game to food pantries statewide. HPR had the opportunity to chat with Martha Holte, Program…

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‘Full of loopholes’

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 20th, 2017

President Donald Trump speaking about the tax bill - photograph provided by the White HouseWASHINGTON D.C. – Widespread criticism followed the passage of the GOP tax bill on Wednesday after the Senate’s vote authorized one of the most sweeping reforms in decades.

On Tuesday, the House voted 227-203 in favor of the bill, but due to violations in Senate rules, will vote again Wednesday morning. No Democrats voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and 12 Republicans also voted against the measure.

President Donald Trump, expected to sign the bill before Christmas, tweeted early…

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​Christmas tax cuts or long-term Krampus run?

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 19th, 2017

WASHINGTON D.C. – As the Republican $1.5 trillion tax bill headed for a final vote Tuesday, opposition to the bill, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, was growing. The House approved the bill Tuesday afternoon, by a vote of 227-203, but questions were raised soon after the vote.

The bill is expected to pass in the Senate this week, and President Donald Trump has promised to sign it into law by Christmas. If passed, the bill would mark the first major legislation passed during…

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Fair Market Value: Oxbow strikes it richer; taxpayers pick up the tab

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 13th, 2017

OXBOW N.D. – Marcus Larson stops along freshly tarred Trent Jones Drive, careful not to spill his coffee swishing in a ceramic mug. He’s aware his 1991 Chevy pickup doesn’t belong amongst the neighborhood’s Porsches and Mercedes Benzes. His beat-up truck, used mostly for hauling, stands out like a prairie dinosaur among the newly built mini mansions, but he doesn’t care.

A passerby stiffens, offers a brusque response when he says hello. The cold shoulder makes Larson…

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​Brooke Lynn Crews Guilty

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 11th, 2017

Norberta Greywind hugging after Brooke Lynn Crews pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court - photo by C.S. HagenFARGO – Heavy sighs filled the courtroom Monday morning when Brooke Lynn Crews entered, shackled and dressed in prison orange. Minutes later, she pled guilty to killing Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind and kidnapping her then unborn child.

Crews, 38, pled not guilty in Cass County District Court on September 27 after she was charged with conspiracy to murder Greywind, conspiracy to kidnap her child, and lying to police. She conspired with William Henry Hoehn, her live-in boyfriend, the Cass…

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In the mind of Brooke Lynn Crews

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 6th, 2017

Cover - Raul GomezFARGO – While the debate in court may turn to the sanity of Brooke Lynn Crews, a rare glimpse into her personal history suggests she was precise, methodical, and studying for a doctorate in psychology.

Crews, maiden name Doolin, was arrested in August and charged with conspiracy to murder Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, then kidnap her unborn baby.

Her live-in boyfriend, William Henry Hoehn, 32, faces identical charges, and has pleaded not guilty. His trial is set to begin early March.…

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​Net neutrality on the ropes

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 5th, 2017

Protesters outside of Congressman Kevin Cramer's office in Fargo - photo by C.S. HagenFARGO – With one hand, Brandon Medenwald pulled his thin wool jacket closer against the biting cold; with the other, he held up a sign protesting the Federal Communication Commission’s plan to dismantle net neutrality.

“If I was a broadband provider it would be a great business,” Medenwald said. “Charge more for customers’ tears.”

Nearly 20 others stood with Medenwald Tuesday evening in front of Congressman Kevin Cramer’s office on Fiechtner Drive. Cramer has made his…

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​Oysters

by HPR Staff

By Ben Myhrebenmyhre35@gmail.comAs a North Dakota native, raw oysters are just not a food staple that I think about. We are about as far from the coasts as we can get and we have a backyard full of tasty local cuisine, like walleye…

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