Editorial

​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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​40 Days for Life lays siege to the Red River Women’s Clinic

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

By Tom Bixby tom@hpr1.com

We went online and looked at the rules and policies of 40 Days for Life, the largest anti-choice organization. They don’t look unreasonable: no violence, cooperation with the police, no physical contact with clinic escorts or staff. It looks like they would be well-behaved, that the worst for the clinic is that there will be a lot of protestors starting September 28, and then every Wednesday until November 2.

“That’s the thing that can be really…

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Happy 22nd birthday to us!

by John Strand | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 16th, 2016

By John Strand

jas@hpr1.com

The Little Newspaper That Could turned 22 last Thursday. It’s been a pretty wild journey, we have to admit, yet it continues. We are immensely proud of HPR’s path to where it is now. Bear with us as we reflect and ponder about the significance of such accomplishment.

Going back to the beginning, we’d be remiss for not thanking Peter Ryan, Ian Swanson, Rex Sorgatz, Led Schmid, Jim Johnson and others who back in 1994 decided while drinking a beer at…

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​It’s a small world after all…

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 8th, 2016

By Sabrina Hornung and Tom Bixby

sabrina@hpr1.com

Since its inception--America has been heralded as the land of opportunity. This week’s cover story is Welcoming Week, an opportunity to introduce New Americans to their American-born neighbors through a variety of events, whether they be meals, soccer games, art events, and the list goes on.

These New Americans have had a significant impact on our community. Some have introduced new flavors to our primarily European taste buds with the…

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​The original crossing of the Missouri was to be north of Bismarck

by John Strand | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 31st, 2016

In case the North Dakota governor’s office has not figured it out yet, someone needs to tell them what an embarrassment they are. The Dalrymple-Wrigley team could not mishandle the Standing Rock protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline more than they already have, short of deploying the National Guard.

In our America it’s a fundamental right to stand up and voice disagreement with government. These rights are guaranteed and protected: free speech, assembly, religion, and redress of…

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​How do we satisfy our thirst for oil?

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 24th, 2016

There’s something to be said about our cover story this week. To say that the people’s fight against the pipeline is inspiring would be the understatement of the decade. The people versus Big Oil, youths making a 2,000 mile relay from North Dakota to DC to raise awareness of what’s going on and make their voices heard. That’s what we call true grit folks, and that is hard to find.

We think the rest of North Dakota could learn from this: multiple generations and races banding…

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​Breaking new ground

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 19th, 2016

By Tom Bixby

tom@hpr1.com

Malvina Massey kept a house of prostitution in Fargo from about 1891 to 1905. She was the main madam, the most successful, then and now the most famous. Partly because she was black and barred from other professions, she’s a monumental personage in the history of Fargo-Moorhead.

Her house, the Crystal Palace, was in the neighborhood called The Hollow, a low spot now filled in, below what used to be the City Hall parking lot, on the northwest corner of Third…

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March 16-30, 7:30 - 9:30 PMThe Broadway Theatre Garage, 409 Broadway, FargoA dark comedy play about the God-fearing children of Cypress, Texas, who go to a local church and practice their Christian puppet ministry. But when one boy…

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Humor

What is acceptable comedy?

by HPR Contributor

By Bill LucasYou may wonder about the title. Whenever we hear someone’s opinion I think it is important to know a little about them. We all are offended by many things that are due to our experiences in life. We may be able to…

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Live and Learn

​The other shoe

by HPR Contributor

By Elizabeth Nawrotnawrot@mnstate.eduI look up from my hotel lobby breakfast astonished to see a framed print of Wassily Kandinsky's "Mit und Gegen,” a masterpiece of color and composition that just happens to be my favorite…

“The organized lying practiced by totalitarian states is not, as is sometimes claimed, a temporary expedient of the same nature as military deception. It is something integral to totalitarianism, something that would still…