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Supreme Court Wants To Turn Back the Clock on Roe v. Wade: No Thank You

May 18th, 2022

By Olivia Slyter

oslyter.g@cord.edu

Photos by Sabrina Hornung

For months, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has been asking the heavy question “Should the 1973 ruling of Roe v. Wade be overturned?” On May 2nd, Politico leaked a February 2022 draft of the Supreme Court ruling, revealing that they could vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. The draft and original article from Politico (written by Josh Gerstein and Alexander Ward) was rapidly circulated throughout the country,…

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​A Food and Entertainment Wonderland

April 20th, 2022

By Alicia Underlee Nelson and Sabrina Hornung

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sabrina@hpr1.com

The friendly folks at Drekker Brewing company have something exciting brewing, in fact, they’ve just announced an exciting new Brewhalla expansion project that will be nothing less than “A food and entertainment wonderland,” in the words of Mark Bjornstad, Brewhalla and Drekker Brewing President.

The expansion will include a hotel and market…

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​DRC Provides Counsel for Landowners Regarding Proposed Carbon Pipeline

March 16th, 2022

By Dylan Bender

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A plan that would store carbon underground in North Dakota and the pipeline that would transport it have area landowners asking questions. The pipeline would cut a wide swath through five states including North and South Dakota—specifically in McIntosh County, located in south central North Dakota. The carbon to be sequestered is waste from ethanol plants.

Landowners from the region met with representatives Scott Skokos, Elliot Huggins from the…

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​What in the World Is Going On 2022: Climate Change and North Dakota

March 16th, 2022

By Dr. Madeline Luke

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9/11:The destruction of the World Trade Center by Al Qaeda changed most Americans’ world views forever. Some in Valley City faced the challenges and fears of the world outside their usual daily lives by becoming better informed.

Remembering the 1970s when students, teachers, and community members came together for “teach- ins” to learn about the Vietnam War, Valley City State University faculty and community members created "What in the World is…

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Giving Hope to North Dakota Queer Youth

January 19th, 2022

By Faye Seidler

fayeseidler@gmail.com

The queer youth in North Dakota continue to be failed by our state and experience disproportionately worse outcomes related to bullying, homelessness, mental health, and suicide.

There is hope so long that we as a community can come together and work towards making a difference in these youth’s lives. When queer youth have one person who accepts them, supports them, and loves them unconditionally, then suicide attempts drop by 40%, according to…

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​Anti-Abortion Activist Honored by Police

December 15th, 2021

By Bryce Haugen

brycevincenthaugen@gmail.com

On most Wednesdays, local resident Nick Barth can be found outside the Red River Women’s Clinic, standing on the sidewalk holding an anti-abortion sign and urging patients to reconsider what can be one of the most difficult decisions a woman will ever make.

“People that are standing on the street curb, looking at the road holding their signs or whatever, while it’s creepy behavior outside a healthcare office, call it protesting,” said…

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Helping Man’s Best Friend Help Others at Service Dogs for America

November 20th, 2021

By John Showalter 

john.d.showalter@gmail.com

Everyone knows that dogs are often referred to as “man’s best friend.” It’s no mystery why. During their millennia-long relationship with humans they have served as loyal pets, companions, guides, and more. As the only accredited nonprofit provider of service dogs in North Dakota, Service Dogs for America serves as an important part of this history-spanning…

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​Calling People In to Dream a Little: Jason Sole

October 17th, 2021

By Kris Gruber

perriex1@gmail.com

Jason Sole may have an impressive resume as a Criminal Justice professor, past president of the Minneapolis NAACP, founder of movements and initiatives, national restorative justice trainer, author, and more -- but it would be more accurate to sum him up as a "Closer."

His passionate clarity towards his mission of police abolition, an idea fraught with controversy and clouded by fear, cuts to the chase in such a way that you are left wondering why more…

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Helping People Feed People: Lunch Aid North Dakota

September 15th, 2021

By Kris Gruber

perriex1@gmail.com

That old adage no longer applies: There is now such a thing as a free lunch, and it is here to stay.

With help from a willing community, the founders of Lunch Aid North Dakota are continuing their fight to erase school lunch debt. The current fundraiser for The Neighborhood Church and upcoming benefit concert will bolster their ongoing mission to eliminate food insecurity in our state.

The High Plains Reader spoke with co-founders Jason Boynton, Associate…

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​Fargo Cass Public Health cannot issue or enact a mask mandate: Responsibility lies with Fargo City

August 19th, 2021

By Alicia Underlee Nelson

alicia@hpr1.com

Citizens advocating for universal masking in schools report being told that school districts would observe a mask mandate if the health officer from Fargo Cass Public Health issued one. Fargo Cass Public Health officials say issuing a mask mandate isn’t possible.

“Fargo Cass Public Health does not have that authority,” said Justin Bohrer, Public Health Analyst at Fargo Cass Public Health. “A health officer is not able to enact a mask…

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