Editorial

Our opinion: North Dakota nice vs passive aggression

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 17th, 2018

Art by Lauryn Lesley @digitaldoodz

This weekend I was showing a friend of mine some Fargo hotspots. He was visiting from the West Coast, so naturally I was playing up the Midwest’s many charms.

He mentioned that one thing that differed from the West Coast was the midwestern passive aggression. Since then it has come up in conversation multiple times, but where does it come from? I halfway joked that road rage wasn’t nearly as common up here because if you give someone the finger, odds are they more than likely went…

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An open thank you note to Senator Heitkamp

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 10th, 2018

Hornung-editorial-ambrotype by Shane Balkowitsch Recalling Klimt

Dear Heidi,

I thought about writing a personal thank you on your vote against Judge Kavanaugh but found that my sentiments echoed and resonated much louder than a simple letter. This thank you extends beyond just my pen -- or rather keyboard. You openly acknowledged that this vote was a risky political move but you were right in following your conscience. I’m finding out more and more that a politician with a conscience in this day and age is a rare but beautiful bird.

I was listening…

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Seeking out regional art opportunities

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 3rd, 2018

As the FM Studio Crawl fast approacheth area artists are tidying up their studios and inviting the public to experience where their magic happens. It’s a great opportunity where communities intersect and our diverse creative community is celebrated.

As an artist, I’ll be the first to admit that it’s tough to find your creative foothold. In fact it’s tough to even find the gumption to call yourself an artist. Once you hold that title you may encounter folks snickering at the…

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Corporations capitalizing on a cause

by James Osborne | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 1st, 2018

photograph provided by Wikipedia

$6 billion dollars. That is the increase in market share since the world’s largest athletic retailer introduced ads featuring Colin Kaepernick a few weeks ago. Despite early media reports about stock decline and the campaign being a “risk”, it was a very calculated and strategic move. They’re the 18th most valuable brand in the world (between IBM and Verizon) according to Forbes and WSJ. These people are in the business of brand building and part of the reason they hold such a…

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Sad statistics and hard truths: One word is not sufficient

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 19th, 2018

Hornung - Editorial - Drawing by Jessi Schmidt

It’s bad enough when his word versus her word regarding sexual assault gets out in a high school hallway, but can you imagine it spreading throughout the national news media? Imagine reliving those events every time you turn on the evening news.

Then the president’s son responds to your trauma by posting a crayon-written meme downplaying your trauma. Can we get any more vile and juvenile? Tact obviously doesn’t run in the family.

Christine Blasey Ford, you have our respect. Outlets…

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Wisdom from a forgotten flagpole

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 12th, 2018


Photo by Sabrina Hornung

I had a little bit of gravel-road therapy this weekend, found myself cruising rural Burleigh County and made a pit stop at Lake Mitchell. I contemplated dipping my toes in the water but like a good central Dakotan I just walked along the lake’s edge and around the nearby picnic shelters.

The one thing that caught my eye was a lone forgotten flagpole. The base was a concrete square and each side was embellished with a metal plaque. Each plaque had a different…

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​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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