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​Dealing with sluggish Internet Connections

by Chuck Solly | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 17th, 2019

You probably won’t be connecting an Ethernet cable to your smartphone anytime soon. But it’s usually worth running Ethernet cables to the devices that matter, if you can—gaming and media PCs (or consoles), backup devices, and set-top boxes being just a few examples. Running new cables from the first floor to the second can be a real pain in older homes.

I want to comment about the advantages of using Ethernet over Wi-Fi.

Ethernet is just plain faster than Wi-Fi—there’s no getting…

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​29th Annual Paws Walk

by Särah Nour | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 17th, 2019

The 29th Annual Paws Walk will be held at Rheault Farm this Tuesday, the 23rd. This long-running, family-friendly fundraiser for Homeward Animal Shelter will help provide food, shelter, toys, and veterinary care for the cats and dogs currently residing at the shelter.

“It’s a great way to get out and support the shelter animals in a fun way,” Special Events/PR Coordinator Heather Klefstad said. “We really rely on the community to keep our doors open and to ensure the needs of…

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​Cutting the cord

by Chuck Solly | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 10th, 2019

I got an alert from a friend about “cutting the cord.” This is when you change your television reception from cable or satellite to “Streaming.” Streaming means you are getting your reception from a site on the internet. You may have heard the names: Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, etc. My friend was describing his service for use in his home as being very easy to set up. The streaming services offer different features but they are all cheaper than cable or satellite. This appeals to…

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​A Little Dob Will Do Ya: Spencer Dobson at Fargo Brewing Company

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 19th, 2019

Photograph by Britton Hacke

“I haven’t been to Fargo in a couple of years,” comedian Spencer Dobson said. “But it’s always had great stage time and funny, enthusiastic comics.” 

Born in the small town of Voss, ND (pop 29), Dobson has been all over the Midwest and beyond: living in Grand Forks, then going to high school in Omaha, Nebraska, then starting comedy in Minneapolis in the 90s. From there he was invited to work on a cable show in LA and packed all his stuff into a Geo Prism. “I finished a…

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Fire!

by Ryan Janke | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 12th, 2019

High Plains Regional Rendezvous participants wearing fur trader era clothing - photograph by Ryan Janke

In a remote area along the Sheyenne River just southeast of Sheldon, North Dakota lies a sleepy patch of land that comes to life this week as the High Plains Regional Rendezvous kicks off this Saturday.

The rendezvous is a week-long event in which participants re-enact the life and times of the fur trader era, which spanned from 1610 to 1840. The week will be filled with many different activities that are true to the time period and give participants of what life was really like during…

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Festivals of history in South Dakota

by John Strand | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 29th, 2019

Esmond population 4 - South Dakota Public Broadcasting producer Stephanie Rissler

FORT SISSETON, SD – Everyone knows small towns are disappearing across the Dakotas, few, however, have ever investigated how these ghost towns began and produced a documentary.

In some areas throughout South Dakota the buildings remained strangely intact, but the people were gone as if taken by the rapture during the height of the Cold War.

“Looked like aliens came and just took the people, but left the buildings and the houses,” South Dakota Public Broadcasting producer Stephanie…

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​Camping Dining 101

by Granville Wood | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 29th, 2019

Camp food

As a boy scout the phrase “Be Prepared” was hammered home at every turn. Guess what? It worked. 

Now I tout to anyone who will listen “Preparation is the Key to Success,” and guess what? That works too. Coming from an avid camping family I learned early in life to enjoy being out in the woods and to appreciate the old adage, “everything tastes better outside.” I think that is true because you are hungry as hell after hauling all that gear to the campsite and getting…

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Computer Use is not supposed to be Stressful

by Chuck Solly | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 29th, 2019

Doctors will tell you to get away from stress. But I am not a doctor so we won’t get into that here. Let’s just talk about your Inbox. We all get email right? After many years of receiving email and interacting with others on the Internet, I get about 125 emails a day. Last week I culled out about 25 emails so now it is down to 125 from 150. It is still stressful.

There are many articles on “Inbox Zero” on the Internet. Inbox Zero is a staple of digital productivity advice.…

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​Riding on gravel

by Ryan Janke | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 29th, 2019

Photograph provided by Jayden Hanson

Bicycling is becoming more and more popular in North Dakota bringing more challenging bike races around the state. The newest one is the Kidder County Classic which is set to roll out from Main Street in Robinson on June 22.

The Classic is made up of two courses of 70 and 22 miles and will primarily be run on gravel roads in Kidder County. Robinson, where the race will begin and end, is a small town of about 100 residents. It is located roughly 70 miles northeast of Bismarck and about 65…

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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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​Man and the moon

by C.S. Hagen

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‘Local American epics’

by Sabrina Hornung

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Yoga on the Farm

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