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​Keith Hapip Jr. and His War Against Sinners

July 20th, 2022

By Melissa Van Der Stad 

m.forfargo@gmail.com

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.

Raquel…

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​The Very First Turtle Mountain Pride Drag Show

July 20th, 2022

By Eric Hamley

Erichamley@gmail.com

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…

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​Acting Out

July 20th, 2022

By Sabrina Hornung 

sabrina@hpr1.com

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…

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​F-M Drag United: Other Drag Shows

June 19th, 2022

Selected Summer Events

June

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,…

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​‘Be About Love’

June 18th, 2022

By Sabrina Hornung

sabrina@hpr1.com

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…

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A Light in the Dust: Pride in Fargo

June 17th, 2022

By Michael Strike

michaelstrike.solo@gmail.com

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…

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​Art Riot Breaks Into Music Promotion

June 16th, 2022

By John Showalter 

john.d.showalter@gmail.com

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…

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​2022 Summer Calendar

April 20th, 2022

May

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

KWS creates genre-defining rock n' roll.

Fargo Theatre, Sunday, May 1, 8pm

https://jadepresents.com/events/

MinnKota Wind Quintet

A world premiere, original works

Sanctuary Event Center, Fargo, May 1

fmsymphony.org/chamber-music-series

A Celebration of Nordic Music

From the five Scandinavian countries

First Lutheran Church in Fargo, May 1

bit.ly/3Mb28QW

The Hu…

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​53rd Annual UND Writers Conference Issue

March 16th, 2022

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…

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​GRHC Remembers Bob Dambach and His heart for Storytelling

February 24th, 2022

By Michael M. Miller

michael.miller@ndsu.edu

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…

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