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Everyday Should Be Valentine’s Day

by Granville Wood | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 12th, 2020

It goes without saying that Valentine’s Day is the most profitable of all the holidays and the one with the most tortured history, literally. It is confusing how an ancient Roman festival that involved sacrificing animals and then flogging young, naked women with their hides, to increase their fertility would become the day to celebrate love. And then following all that with a drunken, naked lottery pairing the flogged women with the men. How did that morph into a billion- dollar…

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Until All Are Fed

by Ryan Janke | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 29th, 2020

photo provided by Fargo MobilePack

Until all are fed. For Amy Okeson, it isn’t just an email tagline or a feel-good saying. It is a mission that has been in her heart since she participated in an event at her church where people came together to pack meals that would be sent to feed kids in the world’s poorest countries.

The event was a mobile pack through Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). FMSC is a Christian non-profit organization based out of the Twin Cities that works with volunteers to pack meals for starving and…

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A Ralph’s Corner History Harvest’

by John Strand | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 22nd, 2020

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by Jill Finkelson
jsfinkelson99@gmail.com

Have any good stories from Ralph’s Corner Bar? The Historical Society of Clay County wants to bring us back in time to the Moorhead favorite and they need the local’s help. Musicians, bartenders, former (current) punk rockers and music dads all encouraged to attend. Bring stories, pictures, posters— anything you might have stashed. I talked to Marcus Kreuger about their latest “dig” of sorts. It’s kind of a new trend, like crowdsourcing…

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It Might Just Be the Holiday of All Holidays

by Granville Wood | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 27th, 2019

I am a voracious reader of anything culinary and a subscriber to several culinary periodicals. I like to hang onto them as I find it hard to throw away these culinary nuggets of information with their adventures to distant lands. I might be a hoarder as I have stacks of them in various areas of the house. So, somewhat grudgingly, I began the process of purging them, sifting through these well-organized stacks of magazines and that is when I saw the pattern.

There was an obvious…

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​Out to lunch

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 30th, 2019

By Jill Finkelson
jsfinkelson99@gmail.com

School lunch has been in the news lately. There have been stories from around the country about the mounting debt and how school’s have been dealing with it. Michaela Schell and Chris Kulesa, from the Women’s Leadership Program teamed up with Fargo Public Schools to tackle this problem in our backyard. Of course, the quickest way to reach out to the most people is social media. The premise is simple: The social media campaign challenges…

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Akiing- Where the Wild Rice Grows

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 30th, 2019

Butch Stone et all - photograph provided by Winona LaDuke

By Winona LaDuke

It is Manoominike Giizis, the Wild Rice Making Moon. For thousands of years, Native people have gone to these lakes, listened to the sounds of geese, cranes, and swans as they fly overhead. This is a wild rice ecosystem. We take to the lakes with tobacco in hand, canoes, poles and sticks, the same way as our ancestors have for a thousand years. Manoomin or wild rice feeds both the bodies and spirits.

Indigenous people are 4% of the world’s population, but protect…

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Is Farm to Table Dead in North Dakota or is it the “Mushrooms” Talking?

by Granville Wood | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 23rd, 2019

It is ironic that in the state where the mentality of protecting the 2nd Amendment at all costs is considering making foraged food items such as, wild, local mushrooms be controlled by the state. Forcing restaurateurs to buy all their food stuffs through licensed vendors or in the case of mushrooms from licensed, expert foragers.

Is this the same slippery slope occupied by gun owners? Can chefs and restaurateurs seek protection somewhere in the constitution. First, it’s the mushrooms,…

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​Funky, fresh, and fried: Brew Bird Funky Fried Chicken

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 9th, 2019

Brew Bird Funky Fried Chicken - photograph by J Earl Miller

By Jill Finkelson
jsfinkelson99@gmail.com

The unassuming old truck shop on First and University is now frying up Funky Fried Chicken for Fargo. Their menu features chicken tenders and sandwiches with a selection of sides like pimento Mac and cheese (which I tried— delicious!) and rainbow slaw.

I called up to speak with Britt Behlquist about opening up a restaurant here in Fargo. Britt, and her husband, Alex, the chef behind the operation, are no strangers to opening up restaurants.

They…

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​Excavating Whiskey: HPR catches up with Dr. George Holley

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 2nd, 2019

Excavating whiskey - photograph by Sabrina Hornung

By Jill Finkelson
jsfinkelson99@gmail.com

At the turn of the century, prohibition was the hot topic and the “Wets” and the “Drys” made their way across the country. They clashed at the Red River where Fargo and Moorhead met on the way west. Dry North Dakota allowed a boom at the border. The little city of Moorhead suffered and boomed while alcohol still poured. Thirsty Minnesotans and North Dakotans filled up the almost fifty bar and saloons that popped up along the river. 

They…

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​A prairie sampler platter

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 18th, 2019

A brat burger at Harvester's cafe in Pettibone, North Dakota - photograph by Sabrina Hornung

It’s no secret that I like to explore the roads less travelled and rediscover some hidden gems along the way. In fact some of these small communities are all too well hidden gems. In a previous issue I offered a six pack of some of my favorite watering holes on the prairie, now it’s time for a trio of my favorite eateries on the roads less traveled. Coincidentally, all three of these establishments are located in communities that have a population of less than 100--only proving that…

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