Culture

​The Main Guys

by Tom Bixby | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 4th, 2019

Photograph by Raul Gomez

I was pretty depressed. I was new in town, very much alone and my main entertainment was going to the supermarket. I walked there to make it last longer.

On March 7, 2007, I overcame my shyness and walked up the stairs and into the headquarters and only quarters of the High Plains Reader, to volunteer my services. John Strand, the co-proprietor, asked me what I’d like to do. I said that for starters, what nobody else wants to do, and he put me to work answering the phone.

That’s…

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​Fargo VFW Revs Their Engines with Motorcycle Show

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 4th, 2019

There has always been a certain allure about motorcycles. Even after they have become a fixture on roads everywhere they still evoke a sense of freedom, rugged individualism, and danger. It is that aura of mystique that has enthralled Dan Jacobson Sr. aka “Dangerous Dakota Dan”, well-known motorcycle celebrity emcee, ever since he was twelve and still holds him in its thrall to this day. This passion inspired him to spearhead the first ever downtown motorcycle show to be held in…

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​Finding sanctuary on the prairie: Hawkes Homestead Animal Sanctuary

by Särah Nour | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 4th, 2019

Photograph provided by Jessica Hawkes

North Dakota is often known for its multigenerational family farms; not so much for its animal rescues and sanctuaries. But Jessica Hawkes, a New Rockford local, is currently working to convert a 600-acre, fifth-generation homestead into the Hawkes Homestead Animal Sanctuary.

“We currently house approximately 125 animals,” Hawkes says. “I say approximately because they are always coming and going—last week we adopted out five cats and four chicks, and this morning three more…

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​A Centennial Celebration of Rights: Suffrage March and Social

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 4th, 2019

Suffrage photograph - provided by Markus Krueger

By Kris Gruber
perriex1@gmail.com

The High Plains Reader spoke to Markus Krueger, Programming Director for the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, about the upcoming march and social honoring the 100th anniversary of our nation’s ratification of the 19th amendment.

HIGH PLAINS READER: Can you discuss your involvement in the planning and development of the Suffrage March and social?

Marcus Krueger: The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County has teamed up with the League…

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​Welcome week: ushering in new neighbors

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 4th, 2019

By Jill Finkelson
jsfinkelson99@gmail.com

This week, we gained 174 New Americans in the state of North Dakota. They come from 46 different countries around the world and became citizens of the United States at the Sanctuary Event Center in downtown Fargo. 

As our communities grow and become more diverse, not just here in Fargo but across the United States, there’s a movement to welcome our new neighbors and bring them into the fold. One of these organizations is Welcoming Week USA and…

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​Letting Off Some Steam with Lewis Black

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 28th, 2019

Lewis Black - photograph by Clay McBride

When on stage, long-time comedian Lewis Black has a well-earned reputation as a curmudgeon liable to set off in a furious rant at a moment’s notice. However, in the context of an interview he is actually quite the friendly and engaging conversationalist (albeit peppering the chat with the occasional expletive). I had the opportunity to converse with Black about his upcoming show at the Fargo Theatre, his life and times as a comedian, and how his craft has evolved over time without…

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Let the games begin

by Ryan Janke | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 14th, 2019

The 2019 North Dakota Senior Games begin this Thursday, August 15 and will continue through Saturday, August 17. There are 20 events scheduled for the Senior Games, which take place at various locations around Fargo and West Fargo.

The games are open to any North Dakota resident over the age of 50 and Fargo Parks promises they will have events for nearly all ability levels. There will be individual and team competition available.

The North Dakota Senior Games showcase the benefits of…

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​Ready to launch!

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 14th, 2019

Fargo Fashion week launch party at Drumconraith Brewing

By Jill Finkkelson
jsfinkelson99@gmail.com

Next May, the Avalon Events Center in town will host the largest runway fashion and trade show in North Dakota. This Saturday, they’re throwing a launch party and fashion show at Drumconrath Brewing to give us all a little taste of what’s to come.

I reached out to the lady that seems to do it all- Jani Skala, founder of the event and CEO of SKADI Enterprises. She wanted to bring a fashion show to Fargo back in 2016 and has been hard at work…

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North Dakota is Failing Our Queer Youth

by Faye Seidler | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 7th, 2019


Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual (LGB) youth in North Dakota attempt suicide at a rate 58 times higher than the estimated national average for suicide attempts. Nearly half of North Dakota’s LGB youth experienced bullying for their identity. Eight percent of all youth in our state reported being bullied because other students thought they were gay.

This data comes from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) which is a statewide survey of 10,000 middle and high school…

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​Secrets about printing web page articles without Mung

by Chuck Solly | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 31st, 2019

Mung, some of you might not recognize that word. I have used it for years without knowing where it came from. In this case, I use it to mean advertising junk and other things that may appear on a web page. There may be some text and other garbage that you don’t want to use on a given page. There is a way to get rid of this stuff in all of the popular browsers:

Articles on the web come with advertisements and other clutter. If you print them, you often get all that junk. But you can cut…

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