Editorial

Pick ‘em cuter by computer, but protect yourself

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 13th, 2017

According to a New York Times article titled: “Tinder, the Fast-Growing Dating App, Taps an Age-Old Truth,” close to 50 million people use Tinder. On average they spend 90 minutes a day assessing their matches. Men are three times more likely (46%) than women (11%) to swipe right which is indicative of a “like.” Needless to say, a swipe left is the equivalent of a “meh.”

Granted, this information was from 2014. A 2017 statistic indicated that closer to 46 million people use…

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​Our Opinion: The Forum’s history of shoddy journalism repeats itself

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

The Forum's 1989 story that prompted my interest in journalismIn 1989, when I was 17 years old, Fargo Forum reporter Bob Lind became the inspiration for my desire to become a journalist. Lind wrote on my experiences during a string of surgeries I had while overseas in China. He came to my grandmother’s house, sat down on the old Victorian couch, pulled out his pad and pen, smiled, and asked intelligent questions. The interview didn’t last long, at most 30 minutes, but the interview is one I have never forgotten.

On Thursday, another Forum

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​Our opinion: Is hate speech protected by the First Amendment? To what extent?

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 6th, 2017

sabrina@hpr1.com

According to our pal Merriam-Webster, the definition of “patriot” is as follows: “one who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests.”

But what does it mean to be a true patriot? In today’s political climate we tend to believe that Mark Twain may have had a little Thundercat sight-beyond-sight insight when he penned: “Patriot: The person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.”

Keep in mind that when the…

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Food for thought

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 29th, 2017

Our opinion: Culinary traditions are passed from one generation to the next.

There’s something communal about food, whether it be the preparation or consumption. It’s a matter of working together and enjoying the fruits of our labor. It’s nourishing your loved ones, it’s sustenance, and it’s love, whether it’s a decadent meal or a grilled cheese sandwich.

In fact Prince Harry proposed to his now fiancée while preparing a roasted chicken.

Food history and traditions are…

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Thanksgiving dinner

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 24th, 2017

Our opinion: They’ve done it every year for decades and we salute them.

If Thanksgiving isn’t our favorite holiday, it’s because we don’t think about it or don’t rank them; but we can’t think of a holiday we like more. It’s the reuniting, seeing family and others we haven’t seen in awhile.

Forty years ago, Catherine and Dale Bergstrom, caterers and members of the First Presbyterian Church, started preparing Thanksgiving dinners in the kitchen of the church, then as now at…

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‘Useful Idiots’ from Lenin to Putin

by Charlie Barber | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 16th, 2017

“The experience of all ages has proved that the people constantly give away their liberties.”

- John Adams

“Man’s dishonesty with himself is his greatest enemy. When he makes a mistake, his memory admits, ‘I have done this,’ but his pride opposes by saying, ‘I cannot have done this,’ and pride wins out over memory.

- Friedrich Nietzsche

“In running away from ourselves we either fall on our neighbor’s shoulder or fly at his throat.”

– Eric Hoffer

“We have…

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We salute you

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 16th, 2017


Our opinion: We should keep our vets in our thoughts more than once a year. We have a lot to thank them for.

Every Veteran’s Day my dad and my grandpa hit town. Now 85, my grandpa still dons his Air Force uniform for the evening, though now he stands at attention with a matching Air Force blue walker. It’s one of the rare instances the stoic retiree smiles for photos.

He knows he looks sharp and he doesn’t mind being complimented by pretty girls whether they are his grandaughters…

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A punchline, an insult, a second thought

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 8th, 2017


Our opinion: Most people who struggle with mental disorders live lives like any other, often while trying to hide their affliction.

Let me ask you a few questions.

Off the top of your head, how many characters with a mental illness who are portrayed in a positive (or at least a nuanced) light can you think of in popular culture? Now how many can you think of who are the butt of a joke? Or how many characters can you think of where the easy write-off of “insanity” is given as the…

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‘Centrist’ notions

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 1st, 2017

Last week, KFYR reported that “Rugby says it’s once again the geographical center of North America, and the townspeople have a trademark to back it up.”

Which isn’t entirely true. Last Saturday we spoke to Bill Bender, mayor of Robinson, ND and proprietor of Hanson’s Bar, which according to the US Patent Office is still the legal and righteous Geographical Center of North America. Too bad KFYR didn’t reach out to him.

It also stated that last December, a legal team…

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It isn’t easy being green

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 25th, 2017

Our opinion: Unlocking the potential of industrial hemp

Hopefully we’ve all heard of industrial hemp referred to as “The Planet Plant.” It has the capability to be used for food, fuel, fiber and pulp for paper.

It has long roots in US history, stemming from the Colonial era to World War II. During the second world war hemp was planted across the nation in the name of victory. In fact, hemp was cultivated in North Dakota during the second world war to help out the war effort.

It’s…

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