Editorial

58th Annual Great Midwestern: Viva la revolución!

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 21st, 2017

Albert Einstein once said, “The revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the revolution.”

This past Sunday marked the 58th year of the Rourke’s Great Midwestern. Though Jim O’Rourke, founder of the Rourke and father of the F-M arts scene, has been gone for a number of years, his spirit is alive and well.

Each year artists from around the country are invited to submit a piece of art with a common theme assigned by the curator. The theme of the Midwestern…

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Celebration and disgrace

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 15th, 2017

By Sabrina Hornung and Tom Bixby

sabrina@hpr1.com

Adventure series

This is the first issue of HPR’s Adventure Series, focusing on Medora. If you go hiking in the badlands, look out for brown humps. See Race Heitcamp’s article in this issue on what to avoid, how to avoid it, and what kind of music buffalos prefer.

The oil companies again

Speaking of Medora, you don’t have to walk far in any direction to see oil wells and other evidence of extractive industry.

We’ll double down on…

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Shelter in place

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 7th, 2017

The employment ads run something like this: some school district is accepting applications for paraprofessional positions for school year 2017-2018. Positions require a high school diploma. Experience working with students will be preferred. Hiring begins now and will continue throughout the summer.

Yes it will. School districts always need as many paras as they can get. In their areas of expertise, they are at least as skilled as the average teacher and they are cheap, $11 an hour to…

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Thankful for the trip on a tankful

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 1st, 2017

Artwork by Max Patzner

I’m a big advocate of the day trip some call it a trip on a tankful. In fact I’ve been known to refer to it as “gravel road therapy.” I find that driving is a good way to sort your thoughts and a decent way to gain perspective. You can meet a lot of interesting people along the way and maybe even see a bit of wildlife -- and we’re not just talking about the locals at Hanson’s Bar.

It’s important to explore and acknowledge your own backyard. We highly…

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The governor’s wake-up call

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 24th, 2017

We’ve just read Mike McFeely’s interview with Governor Burgum, are intrigued by the governor’s vision of the future of higher education; that online courses will largely obviate the need for campuses, tenured faculty, and other obsolescent features.

We know about Stanford University’s online high school because we know a middle-school student who aspires to it.

Stanford’s online secondary school starts in the seventh grade. Admission is not easy. They are looking for bright,…

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​Our opinion: Fargo’s alleys are an urban amenity

by Tom Bixby | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 17th, 2017

We don’t like cars all that much. We’re wary of meeting white van man, constant texter, boy racer, and orange light go-through. And in Fargo, we don’t have to.

Because there are so many alleys in the older part of Fargo, and so many parking lots in the newer, it’s possible for a bicyclist to cross the city almost without crossing paths with fast-moving vehicles.

We believe that our alleys will someday be cherished and treasured, and we hope there will be a goodly number left.…

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The state legislature is starving NDSU of funds

by Tom Bixby | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 10th, 2017

“I felt compelled to write,” said Dr. Lawrence P. Reynolds of NDSU in a recent letter to the editor, “because of the statements attributed to ND Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson), who said, ‘Everybody has to cinch it up,’ and then later stated he ‘was confident funding could be reinstated after this biennium for programs and jobs that are needed…I understand we could lose some quality people, but it is what it is. You can’t spend money you don’t…

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​Use that energy to combat hate speech with love

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 3rd, 2017

Last week a handful of posters appeared spewing hate speech and singing the praise of the alt right. Fargo resident Christopher Smith took photos and posted them on his facebook and the comment response lit up like wildfire.

It’s hard to understand, rationalize, or logically justify this hate speech, but it seems to be contagious--not just for the people who support the alt right ideology but also from those of us who vehemently disagree. The posters elicited a response of anger and…

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Drink the good stuff while you still can

by Tom Bixby | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 26th, 2017

We’re living through hard times, but they are hard times with an important basic amenity: strong, tasty beer and ale, brewed by independent craft brewers.

When did it all start? Historians are in disagreement. In 1976, the low point, there were only 50 breweries left in the entire nation, all of them brewing yellow soda pop. That was when Jack McAuliffe, one of our heroes, founded New Albion Brewing in Sonoma County, California, and kept it going for six years.

And though he didn’t…

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Venting online

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 19th, 2017

“I am incredibly sorry for all that's happened. I'm young and made a mistake, and now it has caused me to walk away from my job, have incredible anxiety and guilt, and panic even going outside for the amount of death threats I've gotten,” said Sheridan Tihista via facebook messenger.

Montana native Tihista, a young educator, recently resigned from her special education position at Liberty Middle School in West Fargo due to some unsavory tweets on her personal profile, some of which…

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