Editorial

North Dakota Nasty

by John Strand | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 7th, 2016

Dapper by Allison Buecksler

We have a huge public relations problem here in the Peace Garden State. While the world was watching the DAPL pipeline controversy, ND failed abysmally in influencing the narrative telling people about us. What they see casts us in anything but a positive light. We need to acknowledge this.

The movie Fargo gave us an example of how far good PR and branding can go. The film – and subsequently the TV series – put Fargo on the map. Who’d have ever thought that DAPL, NoDAPL, and…

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With all due respect

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 30th, 2016

By Tom Bixby

tom@hpr1.com

“Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney and Mandan Police Chief Jason Ziegler called pipeline protesters Liz George and Kana Newell over to their table,” wrote HPR reporter C.S. Hagen, “while they were eating at the Chinese restaurant Rice Bowl,” in Mandan.

The two women were leaving the restaurant. The sheriff and the chief didn’t have to call them over.

What followed was not a conversation. Laney lectured George and Newell, and when they didn’t agree with…

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​After Election Day, a wave of hate crimes against minorities

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 23rd, 2016

By Tom Bixby

tom@hpr1.com

Since the election, attacks on minorities have increased. By frequency: Muslims and people who look like they might be from the Middle East; LGBT people, especially transgender; African Americans; Jews; anyone who looks foreign and dresses distinctly. That’s nationwide; here in North Dakota, Native Americans are also at risk.

The abuse includes shouted insults, death threats, and physical attacks; and in schools, chanting “build the wall” and worse; racist…

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​Give them the same chance your family had, Commissioner

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 16th, 2016

City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn’s great-great-grandfather, Friedrich Franz Gottlieb Piepkorn (1808-1897), left Revahl, Prussia, now Rewal, Poland, between 1863 and 1870, and lived in Waltham, Mower County, Minnesota.

Why? Like most Prussians, Franz was stuck in the situation he was born into, and told what to do. Most farmers were tied to large estates and virtually owned by great landowners. They performed forced labor. The royal bureaucracy and landowners controlled everything, from…

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No morning after pill

by John Strand | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 9th, 2016

Despite what many feared, the sun rose again Wednesday. And it will again, daily.

The shockwaves of a Trump presidential victory reverberated around the world. Many people fell into a state of despondency, a pall cast over their world. Others were jubilant, a victory in hand for Americans who had simply had it with big government’s dysfunction.

At this early point, there really is no prognosticating exactly what it will mean to American policy and the body politic with a Republican…

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Trumpeteers

by John Strand | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 27th, 2016

By John Strand jas@hpr1.com

Last week, HPR published “Trumpeteers,” an interview with several Republican candidates and leaders in North Dakota, to ascertain whether they support Donald Trump for president.

Perhaps not surprisingly, stalwart Republicans towed the GOP line, continued their endorsements of Trump and defended some absolutely – in our opinion – outlandish and unsettling planks in their party’s national platform.

Things like protections for women with regard to…

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​The people are the great equalizers

by John Strand | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 19th, 2016

This is no ordinary election year. We trust that you want your votes to matter, to make a difference, to reflect your core values and principles. Between now and election day your personal challenge will be to get up to speed on party platforms, candidates, measures and special election issues.

Every American citizen is equal when it comes to the voting booth. It matters not if you are rich or poor, male or female, young or old, Lutheran or Muslim, brown or white. Therein lies the true…

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How to go vegetarian

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 14th, 2016

By Tom Bixby

tom@hpr1.com

There are lots of good reasons to become a vegetarian. Meat contains the harmful kind of fat, can cause food poisoning, and animals suffer and die to produce it. You can help yourself lose weight, do your bit to protect the environment, and ingest more nutrients.

Start with a good cookbook. Our favorite is Martha Rose Shulman, “The Very Best of Recipes for Health.” Or you could go online and visit Post Punk Kitchen, http://www.theppk.com/

First, don’t try…

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​The debate of seat belts on the school bus

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 5th, 2016

Six States--California, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, and Texas—require seat belts on school buses.” According to www.cga.ct.gov.

Upon checking out ghsa.org we found out that seatbelt laws are divided into two categories-primary and secondary. 34 states in the US have primary seat belt laws meaning officers of the law can pull over a driver for not wearing a seatbelt with no other offenses (buckle up Minnesotans -- this could mean a $100 fine). It is the law that both…

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Write of passage

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 28th, 2016

Within the past couple of weeks, I had the opportunity to participate in a sidewalk chalk fest at one of the area public schools--I had the honorable title of “featured artist.” As one can imagine it had been quite a while since I spent considerable time in a high school environment. As the two other featured artists and I gave our critiques and offered insight into the students’ designs, I couldn’t help but overhear a student say to a friend, “I took art because it sounded…

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