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Savoring the Local Flavor: Ojata Records and the Dogmajal

August 21st, 2019

Local flavor-photograph by Chris O'Neil

By Kris Gruber
perriex1@gmail.com

The High Plains Reader spoke to Ojata Records and the Dogmajal owner and operator Jeremy Swisher about the ever-growing Grand Forks record store and hotdog shop.

HPR: We might as well get the elephant out of the room. What went into choosing the names for "Ojata Records" and the "DogMahal"?

Jeremy Swisher: Ha. Ojata, which is commonly pronounced “Ohota.” The word is a misspelling of a Native word meaning "to cross water."

Our first location was downtown…

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​First Annual International Potluck Summer Music Festival

August 14th, 2019

International potluck - photograph by Peter Schott

By Kris Gruber
perriex1@gmail.com

Fargo-Moorhead’s celebration of diversity continues at the Heritage Garden and Amphitheatre in Moorhead’s Woodlawn Park on Saturday, August 17, with an outdoor bash that is not to be missed. At least 100 to 150 people are expected.

Sponsored by the Plains Art Museum and Go/Do (a new company that hosts and sponsors events through an app), the International Potluck Summer Music Festival is a free, family-friendly event open to the public. The inaugural…

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‘The dependence days are behind us’

July 24th, 2019

Medicine wheel design by Raul Gomez, photographs by C.S. Hagen

FORT YATES – As a boy living near the Mníšoše, or Missouri River, ghosts surrounded Pete Red Tomahawk. Hungry entities that survived through the names of former oppressors: Yates, McLaughlin, Pick-Sloan. Even Morton County’s public health division – Custer Health – is named after the “Indian fighter,” Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer to present day.

A registered member of Standing Rock, Red Tomahawk and others have quietly resisted, using the name Long Soldier…

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​Tart and Terrific Rhubarb

June 26th, 2019

By Teresa Farrell
tara.Ekren@essentiahealth.org

Love it or hate it, it’s rhubarb season! Rhubarb brings back good memories for me.

Growing up on the family farm, my siblings and I would head outside with a bowl of sugar, snap off some rhubarb and proceed to dip the tart fruit into the sugar and then eat it with a pucker. Some people enjoy the tart flavor, others not so much. Most people are familiar with rhubarb in desserts where a lot of sugar is added to balance out the tartness, but…

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​The Forgotten Ones

June 19th, 2019

Photograph by C.S. Hagen, design by Raul Gomez

PETTIBONE – Terry Gruebele filled his arms with canned corn – the state’s favorite vegetable – from a cardboard box below long, warped shelves. After 33 years of running T & V Grocery Store, he’s watched the rural exodus, and now counts his pennies to make sure bills can be paid.

He knows the family store with its near 100 years of history is most likely doomed. Nobody will take over the business when he and his older sister are done. Logistics is difficult. UPS ships potato…

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It’s date night!

June 19th, 2019

Photograph by Seng Phengdouangdeth

By Seng Phengdouangdeth
sengphengdouangdeth@gmail.com

As things are finally starting to warm up in the region, it’s time to kick that delivery habit you’ve developed all winter long and take your main squeeze out somewhere with some real character.

Now, listen up before you get tangled in the game we all know too well as, “I dunno, where do you want to go?” I’ll just choose the place for you to dine tonight. How about The Toasted Frog?

Located in the heart of downtown Fargo, just…

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​Take a country cruise

May 29th, 2019

The Sheyenne Bar - photograph by Sabrina Hornung

I spend a lot of time roaming the prairie in search of finding hot spots off the beaten path. Needless to say, one can become a bit parched by spending so much time on the dusty trail. Sometimes you just need to stop for a bite to eat and a sasparilla.

My favorite watering holes have as much character within the walls as they do on the bar stools. As the weather perks up and the trail thaws it’s the perfect time to take a day trip. Here are some of our recommendations for a country…

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​Take it easy: A fast and simple quiche recipe

May 15th, 2019

Quiche - photograph by Sabrina Hornung

Quiche is a great addition to any brunch. It’s almost like a wardrobe staple that you can dress up or dress down. I made one for my 90-year-old grandma for mother’s day last weekend. She’s a good critic when I try out a new recipe because she will tell me exactly how she feels about it. She attended a Swiss cooking school in her youth and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to navigating one’s way around the kitchen. I held my breath as she took her first bite. I would never…

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​Mother’s Day Breakfast

May 8th, 2019

By Teresa Farrell, Registered and Licensed Dietician at Essentia Health
tara.ekren@essentiahealth.org

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s a great opportunity to show your mother just how much you love her. A good way to start the day is a healthy yet special breakfast, made just for Mom. A special breakfast need not be complicated. Even if you cook very little there are easy ways to make it special. With a little creativity and an attractive presentation, Mom will…

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The Power of Plant-Forward Eating

April 24th, 2019

By Megan Myrdal
meganmyrdal@gmail.com

Throughout your life someone has likely told you to eat your vegetables, but has anyone ever told you to eat more plants? If not, you heard it here -- EAT MORE PLANTS. A diet rich in plant-based foods, including fruit and vegetables (produce), as well as whole grains, beans and other legumes, nuts and seeds and plant oils, is decisively associated with good health for ourselves and good health for the planet.

Nutritionally, eating more plants provides…

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