HPR Abroad

​Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway

June 15th, 2021

by Dusty & Kelly Ratcliff

@diningduster on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

17 June 2021

The Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway stretches 287 miles and offers something for everyone in the car. Take in natural history, birding and wildlife, interpretive centers, museums and parks, hiking and biking, historic towns, shopping and restaurants, hotels or camping, or simply just driving. Pick your adventure!

This drive offers multiple historic sites that played an important role to the…

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HPR exclusive: a Q&A with Aurora

August 2nd, 2017

Norwegian native Aurora has achieved international recognition in her genre and has followings in the United States and Canada. Aurora is relatively new to the music scene, putting out her first studio album in 2016. This interview took place at OverOslo, the annual music festival on a hill overlooking the Oslo harbor.

Her first album: “All my Demons Greeting me as a Friend” (2016)

High Plains Reader: You’re from a pretty small place in Norway, what was that like growing up?

Aurora:

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Serial crossover artist: Sondre Lerche interview

August 2nd, 2017

Sondre Lerche was born in Bergen on the west coast, the second largest city in Norway. He has just released his eighth album, “Pleasure” (2017). This interview took place at OverOslo, the annual music festival on a hill overlooking the Oslo harbor.

HPR: How has being from Norway affected your music both when you started and now? 

Sondre Lerche: It’s always hard to say because it’s all I know, but when you are young growing up here, you listen to mainly music from other places,…

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​Oslo’s hidden gem

July 18th, 2017

By Mrisha Sharma

mrishamsharma@gmail.com

Photos: Mrisha Sharma

“I really enjoy being a functional human being in the society, still living like this. This way of life is actually working out and I am actually happy with it.”

Ida Frisch and her boyfriend, Martin Osvold, are temporarily crashing in an art studio in Hausmania, located in the center of Oslo, Norway. Hausmania was an abandoned building occupied by squatters until 1999. Now it is a cultural center for artists and musicians in…

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Love and Dogs

July 12th, 2017

By Amber Ainsworth arainswo@umich.edu 

Photo by: Amber Ainsworth

Justin Chirico and his wife, Sarah Chirico-Wyss, live in Glåmos, a village just north of Rørøs, Norway. They have 10 Alaskan huskies and a black labrador named Belmont who is training to be a rescue dog and a bed bug sniffing dog.

Sarah races the dogs competitively, while Justin prefers to take the dogs out for fun and doesn’t have any interest in mushing. Together they train the animals that they consider part of their…

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​First Norwegian superhero is an African immigrant and school teacher

June 28th, 2017

Photo credit: Jack Hastings

Josef Yohannes is the creator of “The Urban Legend,” about the protagonist he claims is the first Norwegian superhero. The comic series features a black African immigrant who fights street crime with martial arts skills, protects the innocent, and is committed to justice in the fictional setting of Capital City, a city ravaged by corruption.

The first issue of “The Urban Legend” was published in January 2012 in Norway. The comic was received with…

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​Norwegian concert planning organization gives kids power

June 28th, 2017

By Amber Ainsworth

Rockslo, a concert association in Norway’s capital city of Oslo, introduces youth to music by immersing them in the process of planning and executing concerts.

Since 2013, Rockslo has been a place for young people to work behind the scenes in the music industry. From booking to marketing to technical work to production, youth under the age of 20 learn the ins and outs of what goes into planning shows, by fully planning concerts with the guidance of adult volunteers.…

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International music festivals react to Manchester attack

June 21st, 2017

Photos by Jack Hastings

As music festivals in Norway grow, the danger of attending a concert also rises. The Manchester bomb attack following an Ariana Grande concert killed 23 attendees and wounded many more. Festival and concert organizers in the U.K., the U.S., and Norway, which has one of the highest per capita music event attendance rates in the world, are keenly aware of security concerns.

The repercussions of the UK attack can be seen in the U.S. as additional security precautions…

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​Carrol Juven: seasoned traveler

June 21st, 2017

By Kaycee Boe and Rachel Levy

Carrol Juven, 80, enters the Radisson Blu hotel in Oslo, Norway with a bright red jacket and a walking stick and greets his long-time friend Karl Nyland. This is Juven’s 154th trip to Norway, and the Radisson is his favorite hotel.

Juven is the operator of Juven Tours and Travel Inc., a Fargo-based travel agency that hosts Americans on Norwegian cultural tours.

He started his travel company in 1966, when he would charter flights for the Sons of Norway. By…

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​Inter Arma with Withered and SOTOS

July 13th, 2016

Saturday, July 16, 9:30pm

Aquarium, 226 Broadway, 2nd floor, Downtown Fargo

The Virginia-based experimental metal band. Don’t miss this one. “Early reports from the tour are raving about their live show,” says Chris Hennen. Withered are from Atlanta, call themselves “tortured, blackened doom/death metallers.” 21+, $8

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