Editorial

‘Useful Idiots’ from Lenin to Putin

by Charlie Barber | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 16th, 2017

“The experience of all ages has proved that the people constantly give away their liberties.”

- John Adams

“Man’s dishonesty with himself is his greatest enemy. When he makes a mistake, his memory admits, ‘I have done this,’ but his pride opposes by saying, ‘I cannot have done this,’ and pride wins out over memory.

- Friedrich Nietzsche

“In running away from ourselves we either fall on our neighbor’s shoulder or fly at his throat.”

– Eric Hoffer

“We have…

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We salute you

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 16th, 2017


Our opinion: We should keep our vets in our thoughts more than once a year. We have a lot to thank them for.

Every Veteran’s Day my dad and my grandpa hit town. Now 85, my grandpa still dons his Air Force uniform for the evening, though now he stands at attention with a matching Air Force blue walker. It’s one of the rare instances the stoic retiree smiles for photos.

He knows he looks sharp and he doesn’t mind being complimented by pretty girls whether they are his grandaughters…

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A punchline, an insult, a second thought

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 8th, 2017


Our opinion: Most people who struggle with mental disorders live lives like any other, often while trying to hide their affliction.

Let me ask you a few questions.

Off the top of your head, how many characters with a mental illness who are portrayed in a positive (or at least a nuanced) light can you think of in popular culture? Now how many can you think of who are the butt of a joke? Or how many characters can you think of where the easy write-off of “insanity” is given as the…

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‘Centrist’ notions

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

Last week, KFYR reported that “Rugby says it’s once again the geographical center of North America, and the townspeople have a trademark to back it up.”

Which isn’t entirely true. Last Saturday we spoke to Bill Bender, mayor of Robinson, ND and proprietor of Hanson’s Bar, which according to the US Patent Office is still the legal and righteous Geographical Center of North America. Too bad KFYR didn’t reach out to him.

It also stated that last December, a legal team…

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It isn’t easy being green

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 25th, 2017

Our opinion: Unlocking the potential of industrial hemp

Hopefully we’ve all heard of industrial hemp referred to as “The Planet Plant.” It has the capability to be used for food, fuel, fiber and pulp for paper.

It has long roots in US history, stemming from the Colonial era to World War II. During the second world war hemp was planted across the nation in the name of victory. In fact, hemp was cultivated in North Dakota during the second world war to help out the war effort.

It’s…

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You too? Me too.

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 18th, 2017

Our opinion: We’ve all been there, been followed, stalked, or worse...

On Sunday night, Alyssa Milano tweeted: "Suggested by a friend: If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote "Me too" as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem."

“Me too” is the viral battle cry of those tweeting--or rather speaking out against sexual assault and sexual harassment over social media as a direct response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal.…

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That’s all folk

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 11th, 2017

Our opinion: Folk art as a connector and a hard goodbye

Last week my friend Molly Mclain and I started a rosemaling apprenticeship through the Folkart and traditional Art Apprenticeship program, through the NDCA under master painter Pieper Bloomquist.

Rosemaling is the traditional decorative painting of rural Norway. Not only are we learning the craft -- we are learning the history as well.

Norwegian rosemaling was a direct reaction to the painting styles of the Renaissance, Rococo, and…

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Death in Las Vegas

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 4th, 2017

By Logan Macrae

logan@hpr1.com

Guest editorial: As death toll rises, where do we stand as a nation?

The American dream is not to be shot in a crowd of people. It is not to carry an automatic weapon. It is not to fear for your life due to a system that cannot control the rights of men so drastically that these occurrences are becoming a regularity.

How can this so easily be portrayed in the news cycle as people missing, dead and injured? I live in Fargo, North Dakota. States away from…

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Good Anger?

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 27th, 2017

Our opinion: To the president and NFL owners: put up or shut up

According to Merriam Webster the definition of anger is as follows:

1. a strong feeling of displeasure and usually of antagonism (see antagonism 1b) You could hear the anger in his voice.She found it hard to control her anger:rage 2

At 5:35am on September 26, Donald Trump tweeted, “The booing at the NFL football game last night, when the entire Dallas team dropped to its knees, was loudest I have ever heard. Great Anger.”…

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We get by with a little help from our friends

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

Our opinion: We’re more than the sum of our parts

Over the weekend I was telling a friend of mine that one of the most valuable things a person can gain in life is perspective. My time at the High Plains Reader has gifted me just that.

Last week John Strand led our 23 year birthday cheer. I’m happy to say that I’ve had the privilege of serving as editor-in-chief for two of those years. As cliched as it may sound, time flies when you’re having fun, right?

It has been simultaneously…

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