Editorial

​Our Opinion: Whew! We made it this far, but we had a lot of help!

by John Strand | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 5th, 2018

Knights in action at the 2018 Renaissance Festival - photograph by C.S. Hagen

Odds were stacked against survival for The Little Newspaper That Could from Day One. But here it is, 24 years later, and the High Plains Reader still plays a vital role in the culture and fabric of our local and greater communities.

Happy Birthday, HPR!

There’s no greater testimony to the value of a local newsweekly such as the Reader than to simply note its storied journey over the years. HPR no doubt has evolved to become the people’s paper. It’s not a big conglomerate enterprise;…

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​Listen up son you might learn something

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 29th, 2018

Wall Drug men singing

There was one quote that really resonated within me in this week’s issue of High Plains Reader and it was part of C.S. Hagen’s “Voting Methods” story. Jed Limke, the man behind the Approval Voting Army said,“...in recent years a certain apathy has seemed to hover over local elections with low voter turnout. Too many people feel their votes don’t count.”

These sentiments echoed through more than the local elections, look at the current state of the nation. It’s easy to…

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September 2018 is the month for suicide awareness

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 22nd, 2018

Pano, Spain - photograph by Raul Gomez

by Melissa Martin
melissamartincounselor@live.com 

Each year 44,965 Americans die by suicide, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.www.afsp.org/.

Suicide rates increased in all but one state between 1999 and 2016, with increases seen across age, gender, race and ethnicity, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. www.cdc.gov/.

Forty-six percent of people who died by suicide had a diagnosed mental condition. Common contributing factors…

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​Good bugs, bad bugs, you know we have our share

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 15th, 2018

Sabrina Hornung - wet plate by Shane Balkowitsch

On August 14, The Bismarck Tribune reported that “A popular insecticide could be banned for agricultural use.” Popular as it may be I can think of a whole slew of adjectives that would be more appropriate like questionable, deadly, poisonous… after all it is a neurotoxic pesticide.

According to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/, neurotoxic pesticides kill off these pests by targeting their nervous system, but it’s not just limited to invertebrates. They’ve been known to have…

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​Driving Through Life Defensively

by Faye Seidler | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 8th, 2018

I’m one of the most well known trans individuals in the Fargo/Moorhead area. This is because I’ve purposely put myself out there as a symbol of visibility. I’m out there to show people that you can be transgender and that you can be happy. I’m also out there to be an open contact that anyone can reach out to with questions or to find resources. In many ways, I’ve become everything that I needed but didn’t have when I was transitioning in this state.

I’m not sharing that to…

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​Serving with purpose

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 1st, 2018

Photograph by Sabrina Hornung

I found myself in Forbes, North Dakota, in search of the local butcher shop. I was working on a collaborative art project at a nearby elder care facility a couple of months ago and was told that The People’s Store in Forbes had the tastiest sausage in all the land. In fact, I heard that it even rivaled that of the famous Wishek sausage, but then again my source may or may not have been from Forbes--a prairie gem with a population of a little over 50. Whenever I’m in that neck of the…

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​Our Opinion: This is a no-turning-back moment in ND and American history

by John Strand | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 25th, 2018

Art by Jessi Schmit

We’d be remiss to not acknowledge the recent untimely death of Ed Schultz whose media journey was rooted right here in Fargo. No doubt a lightning rod, Schultz impacted the world like few ever do.

When HPR was new to the Fargo community, Big Eddie commonly shared his microphone with voices representing The Little Newspaper That Could. He was a big fan of the underdog. He also – by then – had developed a full blown case of hatred for the local daily newspaper organization. His…

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​Time to get your hemp in a row

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 18th, 2018

With all of the excitement surrounding the legalization of recreational and medicinal marijuana, why aren’t we discussing the possibilities of industrial hemp? You might not catch a buzz from it but there’s all kinds of other cool stuff you can do with it. Hemp can be used for food, fuel, fiber, pulp for paper and even bioplastics. So could we feed, fuel and clothe the world with one crop?

Maybe we’re sounding too hopeful.

It wouldn’t be the first time hemp was cultivated in our…

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​Heidi’s Moment to Shine

by John Strand | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 11th, 2018

One of three Red State Democratic U.S. Senators up for reelection this November, North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp is no doubt in the national spotlight.

That President Trump has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to be that next U.S. Supreme Court Justice will unleash disproportionate pressure on Sen. Heitkamp. And, to that end, we have one word of advice: “Resist.”

National media reports suggest millions of dollars will be…

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​Our opinion: Is the resolution dissolution?

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 27th, 2018

At the town of Nome, North Dakota - photograph by C.S. Hagen

“Some people say I am trying to shut it down and that is what will happen if it gets voted through, but ultimately what I’m trying to do is preserve the legacy of the town,” said Ryan Schock, mayor of Leith, North Dakota, in an interview with KFYR-TV.

Schock made a move to disincorporate the small town of Leith in order to stop write-in candidates Michael Bencz and Deby Nelson from joining their city council. The two are believed to have white supremacist leanings and were elected…

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