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​Is Summit trying to beat the clock before safety guidelines are established?

February 15th, 2024

By Laura Simmons

laurasimmons2025@u.northwestern.edu

Gerald Briggs, the Warren County Mississippi Fire/EMS chief, was at a festival in February 2020 when a local law enforcement officer asked him if he had heard about the explosion in Satartia, Mississippi, which is in Yazoo County. Briggs immediately called Jack Willingham, the Yazoo County director of emergency management, who told Briggs there was an unknown explosion and they needed help. Briggs assembled a crew and left for…

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​Your Holiday Give Back Guide

December 18th, 2023

A stress-free way to support local nonprofit organizations

By HPR Staff 

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It’s that time of the year when we all think about giving back to our community. It feels good to help create a little peace and goodwill at a time when the world is especially cold and dark. But there are so many worthy causes (and so much to do during this busy holiday season) that it’s hard…

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North Dakota Has a Rural Child Care Problem. Here’s How to Fix It.

November 14th, 2023

By Maddie Robinson 

maddierobi.mr@gmail.com

In order to get affordable child care for her son, Paulina Erbele has to drive from her work in Gackle, North Dakota to his child care facility an hour away in Wishek and then back home, a total of 80 miles every day.

Erbele, a history teacher who lives 25 miles outside of Gackle, is no stranger to the struggle of finding child care in rural areas.

With all of the…

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Alicia Loves Fargo. Read Her Guidebook and You Will Too.

October 16th, 2023

By Maddie Robinson 

maddierobi.mr@gmail.com

Photos by Alicia Underlee Nelson

Fargo-Moorhead is growing. Rapidly. Its reputation hasn’t quite kept up.

A report by The Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments (Metro COG) stated that the Fargo-Moorhead metro is projected to grow from a population of over 250,000 to about 357,000 people by 2050. This follows the continued growth the area has been experiencing for…

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Engaging in Dialogue: Naomi Oreskes and the Red State Pledge

October 14th, 2023

By Brie Storsved

brie.storsved@gmail.com

Naomi Oreskes is a highly esteemed professor of the history of sciences at Harvard University. Her research focuses on the reality of anthropogenic climate change. With an impressive resume that includes authoring nine books and publishing over 150 scholarly articles, Oreskes is a recognized authority in her field.

Some of her notable books include Why Trust Science? (2019) and Science on a Mission: How Military Funding Shaped What We Do and…

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​Dr. Naomi Oreskes Hits the Road for the Sake of Science

October 2nd, 2023

By Sabrina Hornung 

sabrina@hpr1.com

Photo credit: Kayana Szymczak

Leading Voice on Climate Change to Embark on Three-Stop ND Tour

Internationally celebrated speaker, author, Harvard Professor of History of Science and leading voice on climate change, Dr. Naomi Oreskes will be coming to North Dakota October 3, 4, and 5 as part of her “Red State Pledge.”

In 2019 she said, "It makes you a better scholar and…

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Why Was North Dakota the ‘COVID Death Capital of the World?’

September 20th, 2023

By Laura Simmons

laurasimmons2025@u.northwestern.edu

Dr. Stephen McDonough researched why North Dakota had the highest COVID death rate and cases in the fall of 2020. His investigation accumulated into a 1,000-plus page book titled “The Power of a Question: Why North Dakota Developed the Greatest COVID Outbreak in the World and How Community Heroes Turned It Around.”

COVID cases are on the rise, and, although McDonough is hopeful that vaccines and natural immunity will prevent a…

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Fargo Farm Tour Seeks to Bridge Farmer and Consumer Gap

August 14th, 2023

By Maddie Robinson

maddierobi.mr@gmail.com

With almost 26,000 farms occupying about 90% of North Dakota’s land and the average farm being roughly 1,500 acres, the state’s strong agricultural roots are an essential part of its very function.

A 2022 North Dakota State University study found that agriculture makes up almost 25% of the state’s economy, a total contribution of over $30 billion. Coupled with the fact that the industry represents over 100,000 direct and secondary jobs, or…

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​Those Pushing Transgender Bills in North Dakota

July 27th, 2023

By Faye Seidler

fayeseidler@gmail.com

In 2015, The Forum published the information and faces of every North Dakota state representative, as well as whether they voted for or against LGBTQ+ protections. This created transparency and clarity. We knew where our elective body stood.

In 2023, North Dakota saw nearly 20 bills impacting the LGBTQ+ population, making it more difficult to effectively track our lawmakers. However, analysis shows that the majority of these bills came from two…

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Data Centers Love North Dakota.  Should North Dakota Love Them?

July 16th, 2023

By Laura Simmons 

laurasimmons2025@u.northwestern.edu

Governor Doug Burgum is welcoming crypto mining and data center companies into North Dakota, saying in a January 2022 news release that it will diversify the state’s economy and attract high-paying jobs. However, these companies have come under scrutiny for a variety of reasons, including their high energy use.

Although there are likely close to a hundred crypto mining operations in North Dakota, the…

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