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​Did you know about Shodan?

by Chuck Solly | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 22nd, 2019

Shodan has been called the “scariest search engine on the internet.” It has the ability to expose and allow access to many devices including servers, computers, phones, fridges, traffic lights, security cameras and even control panels of power and utility systems. What exactly is Shodan? Shodan is a search engine, much like Google or Yahoo. The difference between Shodan and other search engines is Shodan provides information regarding devices which are connected to the internet,…

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​Getting to the Core(Con) of the Matter

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 22nd, 2019

Photograph by Kris Gruber

It has never been a better time to be a nerd. One look at the top-grossing movies at the box office is enough to show that geek is chic. Once solely the butt of jokes and the target of school bullies, the nerds and geeks among us find ourselves in a time when it’s socially acceptable to enjoy everything from superheroes to “Star Wars.” One thing has always remained a linchpin of fandoms over time: the convention. For the uninitiated, however, it can be daunting to get involved…

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​Fixing it forward

by Ryan Janke | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 3rd, 2019

Fix it Forward - photograph by Ryan Janke

It was an, “aha,” moment, said Jeremy Jensen. A woman had her vehicle towed into the Fix It Forward Auto Care shop in Moorhead. Jensen and fellow Fix It Forward Auto Care co-founder Matt Carlson had the vehicle on a hoist trying to diagnose what they thought was going to be a simple repair.

“[She] was a single mom,” Jensen recalled. “She said it was leaking brake fluid. We’re like, ‘It’s a brake line. No big deal.’ We got it up there, [but] couldn’t figure out where…

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Talking Fargo and ‘Fargo’ with Bill Lempe

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 13th, 2019

Bill Lempe

By Gabrielle Hersch
gabbyhersch@gmail.com

“North Dakota (and Minnesota) nice” is an attitude, a stereotype, and a way of life that has permeated our region, as well as perceptions of the Midwest, since as long as people have been here. But the wildly popular film by the Coen Brothers and the quirky FX television series, both sharing our town’s title of “Fargo,” craft a dark, brooding world of crime with our landscapes as their snow noir backdrop. At what point did stereotypes of…

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​‘Pull-Tab’ machines

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 13th, 2019

Pulltab slots - photograph by Zach Nerpel

By Zach Nerpel
zachnerpel@gmail.com

There is nothing more hopeless than a feeling unrequited. The obsession it brings, the doubt it stews, and the madness which erases your sense of self are crippling. You’ll give more than you are given to something that was never there but eventually realize that much of the misery you have gone through is of your own fault; the flashy exterior and promising first few goes ultimately mean nothing, but the investment is your own.

What else could I be…

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​Backpacks for the homeless

by Ryan Janke | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 6th, 2019

Backpack contents - photograph by Blye Dalluge

Winters in Fargo-Moorhead can get downright dangerous. Last week, temperatures dipped below - 30 degree air temperature, and with winds gusting in the 20-30 mph range, the “feels like” temp reached a negative 56 degrees. For people stranded out in those temperatures, frostbite can set in within minutes and hypothermia, or even death are very real possibilities.

The population most at risk are the homeless. According to the City of Fargo’s website, the number of homeless in the F/M…

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​Raising Funds for the Vets… Lucky 7th Annual

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 6th, 2019

Derby art - by Kim Jore

By DanSr.
dandakotadan@yahoo.com 

Fargo VFW Post 762 & Auxiliary present: Derby for the Vets ~ Adult Pinewood. Popularity continues to grow in the Fargo metro community, and now in its seventh year it has become a staple and downtown’s annual release from the long winter. The unofficial start to summer racing season needs a whole week to launch the full schedule of events.

Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney has issued a challenge to all mayors to try and defeat the 2018 Mayors Challenge Champ.…

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​Heart to heart conversation

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

Design by Raul Gomez

By Gabrielle Hersch
gabby gabbyhersch@gmail.com

It was about a year ago when I turned to my friend and said, “Dude, we should start a podcast.”

“Okay,” he said. “What do I have to pretend to be an expert in?”

But podcasts – especially the more recent ones in the ever-evolving and growing world of podcasting – aren’t all like the structured interviews of old. JJ Meets World, a local podcast hosted by JJ Gordon and produced by Tucker Lucas, is a show premised in what JJ…

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​Purses help provide the next step

by Ryan Janke | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 30th, 2019

Purses with purpose - Facebook

On February 7, The Next Step ND will hold their second annual Purses for a Purpose event at Atonement Lutheran Church in Fargo to raise funds for victims and survivors of human trafficking in North Dakota. The event includes a dessert banquet, speakers, and a 10-package raffle.

As the name suggests, purses are an important part of the event. People attending are encouraged to bring a new purse that will get stuffed with different items for women that they are not typically provided when…

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​ARE: Helping artists throughout the region

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 23rd, 2019

By Jacinta Zens
jacinta.zens@gmail.com

Trying to make a living in the arts can be immensely challenging, frustrating, and intimidating. We as artists spend an enormous amount of time, energy, and money dedicating our lives to learning about our craft and discovering our voice for our chosen medium. This process is not all fun and excitement, as some may perceive it. On the contrary, being an artist is often a daunting task that takes years of dedication and countless hours of practice.…

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Last Word

Meritocracy is a lie

by HPR Contributor

By Gary Olsonolsong@moravian.eduIn 2017, Sociology Professor Rachel Sherman wrote “Uneasy Street: The Anxiety of Affluence,” a book which drew from 50 in-depth interviews with uber-wealthy New Yorkers in order to obtain a…