Tracker Pixel for Entry

​MARVIN NELSON: WELL PAST TIME?

| Letters to the Editor | May 18th, 2016

MARVIN NELSON: WELL PAST TIME?

To the Editor:

It was in mid-January that Doug Burgum, a Republican, announced his intention to run for the governorship. No Democrat had so declared, though Sarah Vogel, former Commissioner of Agriculture, was publicly making up her mind.

In an enthusiastic editorial of Jan. 21, HPR co-owner John Strand endorsed Burgum and suggested that Vogel go for a seat on the North Dakota Supreme Court instead. He also approved the idea, at least, of Democrats’ crossing over to vote for a Republican in the gubernatorial election.

There was good reason to assume that Strand had been a Democrat for a long time, so he appeared to be rejecting his own party.

Vogel decided not to run shortly thereafter. Later, Burgum came out with an endorsement of Donald Trump for president, which made it seem that his own endorsers, e.g., HPR, were doing likewise.

Chris Hennen’s op-ed (“A Wedge to Get an Edge?”) of May 12 delved into these matters, concluding that Burgum had lost support among his earlier enthusiasts. True, it was a bungle.

That a winning career in business outfits one for public office is a specious notion. One’s bent is to serve private interests or the public interest, not both. The entertainment media, which used to be the news media, are private; the showman Trump is their creation.

Hennen did point out that there is now an able Democrat in the race for governor, Marvin Nelson, but “it may well be past time for progressives to look at supporting him.” How so?

-Rodney Nelson

Fargo

MSUM MFA PROGRAM: A NEW BEGINNING

To the editor:

I so appreciated Karen Kohoutek’s article, reflecting on the life and death of the MFA Program at MSUM, in your recent edition.

I too was a student of this program and a beneficiary of both the dedicated professors and the committed fellow students I met there. I grew as a writer and a reader; I developed lifelong friendships and I learned to love and live the writer’s life, so often solitary, demanding a kind of patience, perseverance and creativity that few endeavors demand.

I also learned how necessary writers are to each other. We read each other’s work and we believe together in the written word.To be an artist in community is truly a beautiful way to live. MSUM’s MFA program was this community to many of us in this region.

Since learning of the coming end of the MFA, a small group of writers and artists have formed River Cities Literary Arts Center, a nonprofit located in Fargo-Moorhead, whose mission it is to develop community for writers, nourish the writing life, and celebrate the literary arts.

We are “all things book.” And we hope to, some small way, fill the void left by the death of MSUM’s program. We will be a clearinghouse of information on literary events and opportunities (see our website at www.rivercitiesliterary.squarespace.com). We will also provide gathering space and events of interest to writers and readers and lovers of books.

We can be reached at rivercitiesliterary@gmail.com, or at 701-237- 0230.

Thanks to HPR for being a part of this community,

-Carol Kapaun Ratchenski

Fargo

Recently in:

Alt White: The Siege of North Dakota. Part five in the series on racism in North Dakota. The state is no stranger to hate groups seeking attention, and while Pioneer Little Europe and the Creativity Movement form hit lists of North…

I have purchased many computer printers in my time, some good, some bad, some terrible! It has always been a necessary evil to have a printer on your desk. Early dot matrix printers were a nightmare to keep running, keep the paper…

Friday, April 28, Various timesMarcus West Acres Cinema, 4101 17th Ave, FargoThis movie, based on the award-winning novel by Kent Nerburn, is a story about a road trip through Minnesota and the Dakotas showing the beauty, tragedy,…

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…

Are we nearing the end of the human race?Moore’s Law is a rather simple observation made by Gordon Moore back in 1965 when he founded Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel, two very important computer chip makers. He remarked that he…

The moment of truth has arrived. After seven weeks of sampling and judging some of the finest libations in the area the results for this year’s Cocktail Showdown have arrived. Christopher Larson, Raul Gomez and Sabrina Hornung…

All About Food

​Twist

by Logan Macrae

On Saturday at 4:40pm I headed into Twist to grab a quick bite to eat before work. I was promptly greeted by one of their friendly serving staff. I was in a bit of a hurry as I worked at 5:30pm and I needed to get in and out, and…

By Sabrina Hornung and Tom Bixby sabrina@hpr1.comGoing back in time for one night only, the Sidestreet Grille presents a powerfully nostalgic show. You’ll remember where you were and what you shouldn’t have done!And how to…

Now on Netflix instant watch and not to be missed is director Keith Maitland’s “Tower,” one of the most memorable and gripping films of 2016. Carefully, even meticulously, constructing a moment-by-moment chronological account…

Arts

Gardens Galore!

by Sabrina Hornung

After months of planning, a theme was chosen. This year the Plains Art Spring Gala totes a decadent Art Nouveau-inspired theme with Gardens Galore. Art Nouveau imagery is known for its flowing, organic, nature-inspired forms as it…

Ovid’s mythological tales undergo dramatic transformation by award-winning director/playwright Mary Zimmerman as Concordia, MSUM, and NDSU deliver theatrical productions of three of her modern takes on his work.Concordia’s…

Humor

​Talking to strangers

by Sabrina Hornung

“I don’t have a tour, like, on the back of a sweatshirt,” comedian Paula Poundstone says. “I go out every weekend. This weekend I went out Friday, Saturday and Monday. Mostly it’s Friday/Saturday or Thursday through…

If you are at all like me, you have been itching to fire up the grill and get down to some outdoor cooking. If you and I are really alike, you probably almost always have a beer in one hand when there’s a grilling utensil in the…

What are essential oils anyway? Have you been hearing a lot about them, smelled them, and perhaps even purchased them but have no idea what they are or what they do?You are not alone. The essential oil industry is a booming one,…

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 North Dakota State Water Commission has violated state law more than 600 times in recent years by issuing permits for industrial use of water (read: fracking oil wells) from the Little Missouri State Scenic River. Employees…