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​City wants you to help prevent flood

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 21st, 2019

Sandbag production shifts - City of Fargo

FARGO – The city is requesting help from the public to produce one million sandbags in preparation for the 2019 Spring Flood. There remains a 10 percent chance waters will rise up to 40.3 feet, higher than the flood of 2009.

Two hundred volunteers are need at all times to work in shifts every weekday next week starting on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 a.m. at Fargo Sandbag Central, 2301 Eighth Avenue North.

The City of Fargo does not anticipate volunteers will be needed on the weekends at…

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​Expecting suicides

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 20th, 2019

BISMARCK – Jessie Quinn and J.S. may soon have two choices: relocate, buy black-market opioids, or commit suicide, and Quinn’s options are even more limited.

At 65 years old and after 25 years battling degenerate spinal issues, Quinn can’t walk that far.

Both Quinn and J.S. – who requested using his initials as he is afraid of retaliation from the medical community – go to Sanford Health for pain relief. They’ve both exhausted all avenues for help and say opioids are the…

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​Better watch your ax!

by Ryan Janke | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 20th, 2019

Triple Ax Lanes - photograph by Ryan Janke

Marcel Baumgartner and her boyfriend, Erik Kalberg, took an anniversary trip to Minneapolis in November and came back with a crazy idea – to open Fargo’s first ax-throwing range. Four months later, they opened Triple Ax in south Fargo.

“We kind of did [ax-throwing] as an anniversary thing and we fell in love,” Baumgartner said.

She said that after they finished throwing, they suggested to the owners of the range that they should open a range in Fargo. That approach didn’t seem…

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​City preparing for historic ‘unmerciful’ flood

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 16th, 2019

Flooding in the Fargo-Moorhead area - photograph provided by F-M Area Diversion

FARGO – The National Weather Service has predicted widespread flooding from the Great Lakes to Devils Lake to the Red River of the North River Basin, saying the risk is elevated because of packed snow, deep frost, and above-normal ice thickness.

“March has been and will likely stay unmerciful,” the National Weather Service reported.

“There is an elevated risk of spring flooding along the Red River mainstem, current soil moisture is near normal with winter precipitation well…

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Un-masked

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 13th, 2019

Design by Raul Gomez

FARGO – The “Alt-right” may be attempting to reform its public image after the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, but leaked chat logs from white power group servers on Discord reveal they’re just as fanatic, and some elected North Dakota politicians sympathize or are secret supporters of neo-Nazi and white supremacist ideology.

Media outlet Unicorn Riot released more than 770,000 messages from chat servers associated with Identity Evropa last week,…

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​Momo: ‘There is a syndrome under my bed’

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 13th, 2019

A teenager scrolling through Momo Challenge apps on WhatsApp - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO – Early morning, March 5, A.H. awoke complaining she hadn’t slept well. Usually, she slept soundly, only bright lights and loud, terrible singing worked to wake her up for middle school.

“Why didn’t you sleep well?” A.H.’s father said.

“Because I was thinking of Momo,” A.H. said. “I’m not scared of her during the day, but at night I imagine she’s under my bed.”

“That’s the first sign Momo has got you in her targets,” A.H.’s father said. He liked to…

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​How’s your roof?

by Ryan Janke | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 13th, 2019

A collapsed roof in Clay County - photograph by Mike Stulz

The winter is continuing its unrelenting onslaught against us here in the Red River Valley 9.1 inches fell in Fargo over the weekend and more was forecast as this story went to press.

With all the snow we are taking on, and with temperatures slowly creeping up, we decided it would be a good idea to get some advice on how to handle issues homeowners may be experiencing due to the snow and ice.

One area of concern is snow on roofs. Several buildings in the region experienced roof collapse…

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​There is a rise in violent speech and threats made to silence women leaders

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 7th, 2019

Left to right - Representative Ruth Buffalo, Representative Karla Rose Hanson, and writer Josie Danz.

BISMARCK to FARGO – Two progressive female legislators and a writer have been threatened or harassed in North Dakota recently in conversations, social media posts, and telephone calls.

On Thursday, Representative Ruth Buffalo, the state’s first elected female Democratic-NPL Native legislator, said she was threatened on Facebook after Valley New Live POVnow questioned Buffalo’s stance of supporting Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, who some say is anti-Semitic.

“I think Ruth…

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The U.S.-China Trade War has Substantial Implications for Everyday Farmers

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 6th, 2019

By Abigail Brooks

Amid the trade war between the United States and China damaging tariffs have been put into place from both sides. Currently, the United States has implemented tariffs affecting $250 billion of Chinese goods. In retaliation, China has put tariffs affecting $110 billion of U.S products into place. Farmers in the United States are one group that is undoubtedly being affected by the recent tariffs. North Dakota is an example of a state where farmers are seeing noticeable…

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The new McCarthyism

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 27th, 2019

Design by Raul Gomez

BISMARCK – In the most collective state in the union socialism is a dirty word, and top elected politicians are already using “Wolverine”-style fear tactics to rally the far-right troops two years before the 2020 Presidential election.

Many say the McCarthyism, or “McCarthywasm,” a moniker once offered by Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower, dog whistling is the GOP’s next war cry.

Similarities to the 1984 movie “Red Dawn,” starring Patrick Swayze, cannot be…

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