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​Thoughts on the news

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 12th, 2015

By Chris Hennen

As HPR was going to press, we learned that Colleen Sheehy, director and CEO of the Plains Art Museum since 2008, will be leaving her post later this year. While we will be sad to see her go, we are thankful for the time we’ve had her and wish her the best of the luck in the future.

Under Sheehy’s stewardship, the Plains Art Museum has continued its role as a jewel of downtown Fargo and a beacon in the arts scene. The annual Spring Gala has thrived in recent years and…

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HATS OFF TO THE BEST ​

by John Strand | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 3rd, 2015

Our Opinion/ We extend a hearty thanks to the 300 or so people who showed up Thursday night

Fifty winners were announced May 28 at HPR’s Best of the Best awards night. The annual contest reflects the cream of the crop in our local arts and entertainment world.

The original “Best of” contest in the Fargo region, HPR’s Best of the Best began in 1997. Over the years, the categories have evolved, some new ones, some weeded out over time. This year 50 certificates were awarded.

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​Drug Task Force Back In Action

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 29th, 2015

Andrew Sadek

They’re back. Recently, we learned that SEMCA (Southeast Multi-County Agency Drug Task Force) is back in action on the campus of the ND State College of Science in Wahpeton.

You may remember this same task force was responsible for busting Andrew Sadek on campus at NDSCS, which ultimately lead to his work as an informant. Sadek ended up dead right before his graduation. The case still has not been solved.

Sadek was reportedly threatened with over 20 years of jail time for selling $80…

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According to locals

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 21st, 2015

According to locals, what restaurant serves the best pizza in town? And who’s the best tattoo artist, best drag queen, best stylist and best chef? Who makes the finest crafts, the best hit music or tastiest Mexican cuisine?

Thousands voted and on Thursday HPR will reveal the businesses and individuals, nominated in 50 different categories, that received the popular vote in HPR’s Best of the Best contest.

Everyone is welcome to come to our award show at The Avalon West, the former…

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​Time to make things safe

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 13th, 2015

Heimdal derailment reminder that infrastructure hasn’t been improved yet

We’ve had two close calls with train derailments in North Dakota, with Casselton and now Heimdal. How long are we going to wait before those close calls become a tragedy? The problem is this, many years into the oil boom, infrastructure hasn’t caught up to production. But there’s no excuse for why it’s not happening any longer. Industry points the finger at state and federal officials and vice versa. It…

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​Save Family Farms in North Dakota! Refer Senate Bill 2351!

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 6th, 2015

“[Bonanza farming/1873-1920] encouraged large scale agriculture in the Red River Valley of the North...The bonanzas relied on professional farm managers...[and] were worked by migrant workers ranging from as few as 15 to as many as 1,000 per farm,...[who] were divided into teams of five to twenty men under a supervisor who was referred to as the binder boss or plow boss, depending on the job...Homesteaders [family farmers] did not like the bonanza farmers because they did not do…

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​A list of masterpieces

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 6th, 2015

As promised, here is the list of masterpiece songs as suggested by our readers and friends in response to my April 1 editorial, “The Masterpiece Challenge.”

This is not a complete list. And it includes plenty of tunes that others would never dream of calling a masterpiece. We included every suggestion sent to us, with the exclusion of instrumental and classical pieces, as well as some songs that were from a person who suggested several. I had to cut the list somehow so it would fit…

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Post Special Election

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 29th, 2015

Mayor Tim Mahoney

A special election was held in Fargo on Tuesday to elect a new mayor and city commissioner due to the death of Dennis Walaker. Congratulations to Mayor Tim Mahoney, who ran a campaign that proved he was by far the most credible and competent candidate to lead Fargo in the future. Under Mahoney, Fargo will continue its tremendous growth and leadership in the state of North Dakota.

The results in the Fargo City Commission, however, give us pause. Conservative Tony Gehrig came out…

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Rock the vote

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 23rd, 2015

More than 200 nominees are up for HPR’s Best of the Best awards. Final voting is now underway. Folks can vote for their favorite local bar, artist, chef, band, restaurant and more here: bob2015.hpr1.com.

The winners will be announced at our party at the Avalon West on May 28. All are welcome at this free event. There will be live music, an awards presentation and many opportunities to network with some of the finest local business owners, artists, bartenders, restaurateurs and more.…

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​Extreme members beget extreme decisions

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 15th, 2015

Not a week goes by without some infuriating action by the North Dakota Legislature during its current session, which is expected to wrap up near the end of this month. This week the North Dakota House removed funding from a bill aimed to improve access to sexual assault exams as well as funding for two rail safety measures. This comes as the house prepares to finish the session without fixing the flawed Voter ID law, without passing medical marijuana legalization and, of course, failing…

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