Editorial

We’ve come far but still have far to go

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 11th, 2015

President Obama delivered an impassioned speech in Selma, Alabama this past weekend marking the 50th anniversary of the Sunday Bloody Sunday marches. It was when peaceful voting rights protestors, lead by Martin Luther King, Jr,. were beaten by police in what many see as a turning point in the civil rights movement. Some have said Obama’s speech was one of the finest of his Presidency.

Many of the speakers at the anniversary, including President Obama, spoke of how far we’ve come…

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​Happy three year!

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 4th, 2015

Raul Gomez and Diane Miller

Thank you to our wonderful writers at HPR

March marks my third year anniversary as HPR’s editor-in-chief. I’d like to take this time to recognize some folks that make my job possible (and wonderful): HPR’s core writers. Our staff and readers so highly treasure their voice, their hard work and their dedication to quality journalism.

Greg Carlson / Kensie Wallner Photography

Film editor Greg Carlson is an exceptional writer whose movie reviews are featured in HPR every week. There are few people in this community with the…

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More info needed on Thomas Bearson

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 25th, 2015

Thomas Bearson

This week, we take a look at two issues in the news we found worth commenting and taking a stand on: the unsolved homicide of Thomas Bearson and the Keystone Pipeline veto by President Obama.

Recently, we editorialized about the need to find answers on the case of NDSCS student Andrew Sadek who went missing and was later found dead. That also should apply to the mysterious case of NDSU student Thomas Bearson, who also went missing and was later found dead. The similarities are a bit…

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Rail Safety is an Urgent Need

by John Strand | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 18th, 2015

Our Opinion/ Every son, every daughter, every brother and every sister ought to be free from discrimination in ND

The North Dakota Industrial Commission and State Legislature owe countless millions of citizens here and across the nation responsible action to assure highly flammable and explosive Bakken crude oil traveling our highways and railways is safe.

The Mount Carbon, West Virginia, train derailment and explosions Monday are yet one more wake up call to the oil producers, regulators…

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‘Imma Let You Finish’

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 11th, 2015

My all-time favorite rapper, Kanye West, is right on track to win D-Bag of the Year 2015.

Yes, it hurts a bit to admit that. While, as a fan, I’ve tried searching for words to defend him, the only conclusion I’ve been able to come up with is that Kanye got what he deserved.

After Beck won the Grammy for Album of the Year last Sunday night, Kanye nearly hijacked the stage to protest his win. Instead, in a post-Grammy interview, West went on to say the Grammys made a huge mistake and…

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​What happened to Andrew Sadek?

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 4th, 2015

The family of the late 20-year old college student deserves answers

This week, a report on the death of a Wahpeton college student made headlines nationwide and across the world. Andrew Sadek, a 20-year-old student at ND State College of Science, went missing last May right before he was to graduate. In June he was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head. An autopsy couldn't determine cause of death, whether suicide or murder. His mother, Tammy Sadek, citing some discrepancies in the…

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Best of February

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 28th, 2015

Frank Waln, performing at Sing Our Rivers Red event on Feb. 9

Hello, February. What a calendar lineup we have here in Fargo-Moorhead.

BeethovenFest | All of February

Kicking off with a free screening of “Beethoven Lives Upstairs” and an All-Beethoven Concert by the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony on Jan. 31, the area’s first ever BeethovenFest will be a month-long community-wide event celebrating one of the most important and influential composers of all time. Check out our story inside this week’s issue for more details.

Fargo Winter Blues Festival…

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MLK Day Awards Recap

by Troy Jackson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 21st, 2015

Photo by Abigail Redfern

(Guest editorial)

On Martin Luther King Day 2015, Fargo-Moorhead saw an opportunity to bring out the best in what capped off a great year in human and social relations activism within our community. The 15th annual MLK Day Celebration and Award Ceremony highlighted organizations and individuals who deserve to be most proud of bypassing stigmas, ignorance and arrogance toward those less fortunate or inadequate to fully grasp their interpretation of the American dream.

As I entered the…

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​We, the dream team

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 14th, 2015

Why of all U.S. cities does Fargo have such an amazing college football program? My friend and I pondered this question as we drank coffee and ate fries while watching the game at the Wurst Bier Hall last Saturday.

Sure, our team doesn’t have quite as much prestige as the Oregon Ducks, Seattle Seahawks or the New England Patriots. But for a community our size, this is about as first-rate as it can get – “this” being four national championships in a row, wins against big,…

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A new year’s resolution

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 23rd, 2014

High Plains Reader will be on vacation for two weeks. We’ll hit the shelves again on Jan. 15. Happy holidays to you all!

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As a child, I was obsessed with sports. In particular, I loved playing basketball. I practiced nearly everyday, alone and outside. In my imagination, as I practiced by myself, I had an opponent and I would absolutely school him or her every which way. I out-dribbled her. I out-scored her. I out-ran her.

I even once said out loud that I would be the first woman in…

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