By Melissa Van Der Stad
photo credit: Keith Hapip, Jr.
One North Dakota family is in the midst of an ongoing dispute with the Protect North Dakota Kids group and its primary member, Keith Hapip, Jr.
The controversial Facebook page has shared a photo featuring three kids, against the express wishes of the childrens’ guardians. When asked to take it down, the page refused.
By Eric Hamley
Back in the mid-2000’s, a guy punched me at the bar for dancing with another man. 15 years later I was in drag onstage celebrating the first Pride on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in front of one of my tormentors.
It is very much an indication of how far we have come as a people to accept our Two Spirits who were once revered in the community before the colonized idea that being LGBTQ was sinful. It was an honor to be part of this historic moment…
By Sabrina Hornung
Last month, Chris Stoner, also known as Miss Janessa Jaye Champagne, a 20-year veteran of the North Dakota drag community, was targeted in a variety of posts from the anti-LGBTQ Facebook group Protect North Dakota Kids, prior to an all-ages drag show and brunch that was set for Capital Pride in Bismarck in the middle of June.
Stoner, known for their no-nonsense…
Selected Summer Events
June 21 – Primitive Man 10 Year Anniversary Tour – The Aquarium, Fargo, ND
June 22-27 – Don’t Hug Me Musical – Stage West - POW/MIA Plaza, West Fargo, ND
June 22 – Ryan Necci and The Buffalo Gospel – Dempsey’s Public House, Fargo, ND
June 22- 23 – Annie Jr. – Musical – TAK Music Venue – Dilworth, MN
June 23 - Chase Rice with Alexandra Kay – Outdoors at Fargo Brewing, Fargo, ND
June 23 – The Unlikely Candidates – The Aquarium, Fargo,…
By Sabrina Hornung
Photo by Brooklyn Ewing, Dirt Candy Productions
Anti-LGBTQ group targets all-ages drag performers
On June 13, Chris Stoner received a strange notification on their business profile, Miss Janessa Jaye Champagne. “ I was confused at first, because I didn't recognize the group name, but once I looked at the post it was pretty clear what sort of trash they were peddling.” Stoner said.
Stoner, who also goes by their stage name, Janessa Jaye Champagne, is a…
By Michael Strike
Photo by Sabrina Hornung
When you passed through the intersection of Broadway and 2nd Ave North Friday evenings recently, you may have noticed a growing presence of colors, community engagement, and PRIDE.
Yes; THAT Pride.
While Fargo, North Dakota 'officially' celebrates pride for one week in August; a growing movement has pushed to bring the celebrations and representations to Downtown Fargo during the historically accurate month-long…
By John Showalter
Sometimes unforeseen circumstances can cause things to go off track, but they can also present the opportunity for growth in a new direction. Such is the case with Art Riot in Moorhead, which began by publishing a magazine that showcased local arts, music, comics, fiction, and more, as well as printing t-shirts.
“Art Riot opened in 2013,” said Jordan Tepley, one of…
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
KWS creates genre-defining rock n' roll.
Fargo Theatre, Sunday, May 1, 8pm
MinnKota Wind Quintet
A world premiere, original works
Sanctuary Event Center, Fargo, May 1
A Celebration of Nordic Music
From the five Scandinavian countries
First Lutheran Church in Fargo, May 1
Our individual actions have always had direct benefits – or consequences – not just to ourselves, but also to our communities. However, the events of the past two years have revealed the tension between personal liberties and societal responsibilities in a unique combination of ways. The 53rd Annual UND Writers Conference features authors and artists whose work considers the role of the individual and relationships to others. The invited authors will discuss how challenges to…
By Michael M. Miller
Our Germans from Russia community has lost a shining star with the passing of Robert “Bob” Dambach. Bob was a familiar face and voice of Prairie Public as the director of television. Bob was a special colleague and a dear friend. We traveled together to film and interview to produce documentaries in Argentina, Brazil, France Germany, Ukraine, Alberta, Saskatchewan, California, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, and the Dakotas.
In 1985, Bob…
By Laura Simmonssabrina@hpr1.com The recent overturn of Roe v. Wade allowed North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley to sign North Dakota’s trigger law, making abortion illegal starting July 28, 2022. Organizations providing…
By Kris Gruberperriex1@gmail.comSpring is here (mostly), and our area is buzzing with people eager to get back out and about -- many newly vaccinated and feeling a bit safer. Partnering with Jade Events, Fargo Brewing is just…
By Madeline Lukemadelineluke@ymail.comSonja Kaye, of CLEAN in Fargo gave the third of four talks on climate change issues specific to North Dakota for the “What in the World Series,” in Valley City on April 5. While the topic…