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Renewed Hope: Project Renew Provides Free Counseling to North Dakotans

December 17th, 2020

By Annie Prafcke

annieprafcke@gmail.com

Fargo, ND – In partnership with Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota (LSSND) and the state of North Dakota, Project Renew is offering free, anonymous counseling to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Project Renew’s trained counselors are available by phone to talk about physical, emotional, and economic hardship brought on by the pandemic. They offer individual crisis counseling, hold virtual group support sessions, and connect clients…

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30 Local Businesses Close During Pandemic

December 17th, 2020

By Annie Prafcke

annieprafcke@gmail.com

Fargo, ND – Younis Younis, Co-Owner of Café Aladdin, closed his downtown restaurant after 23 years. He said the closure occurred because of the decline in business brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and the inability to find employees to work during this time.

“. . . we were just delaying the decision but things just keep going on and on,” he says.

Younis Younis and his brother Ahmad Younis temporarily closed their downtown restaurant for…

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Solitude Among Seniors This Thanksgiving

December 1st, 2020

By Annie Prafcke

annieprafcke@gmail.com

Fargo, ND – As winter’s chill and a global pandemic provide the backdrop for this holiday season, many of us are finding it difficult to feel spirited. However, for seniors residing in retirement facilities, this year’s Thanksgiving may be especially lonely.

Since March, many long-term care facilities in the Fargo-Moorhead area have restricted or closed off outside visitation, a necessary precaution for vulnerable residents. As of the morning…

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​Technology connecting rural hospitals

December 1st, 2020

By Sabrina Hornung

sabrina@hpr1.com

At the onset of the pandemic, South Central Health in Wishek North Dakota used technology as an outlet to serve their patients through telehealth services or through virtual appointments. Though virtual appointments aren’t going to replace in-person visits anytime soon they certainly prove to be a valuable resource to both patients and staff at not only their rural hospital but a number of rural hospitals throughout the region.

The Health Resources…

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What Will Motivate Us To Mask Up?

November 12th, 2020

By Annie Prafcke

annieprafcke@gmail.com

Fargo, ND – Mayor Mahoney issued a city-wide mask mandate on Oct. 19th, shortly after North Dakota became the state with the largest number of new cases per capita in the US, a record it continues to hold. The mandate requires everyone in Fargo to wear a mask in public spaces where they interact with people outside of their household and where social distancing is not guaranteed. Many exceptions are included in the mandate, such as those for…

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Where Thunder Finds Her: Visibility for Indigenous Women Through Savanna’s Act

October 21st, 2020

By Kris Gruber

perriex1@gmail.com

Just two days before Indigenous Peoples' Day earlier this month, and after three years of bureaucratic delays, President Trump signed Savanna's Act into law.

Given the Dakota name "Where Thunder Finds Her,” Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind's horrific murder and the abduction of her unborn child, in August of 2017, brought the plight of Native American and Indigenous women louder and closer to our community. No longer were the killings, disappearances, and…

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North Dakota Ballot Measures 2020

October 21st, 2020

By Jill Finkelson

jsfinkelson99@gmail.com

A state constitution is a living document. This is especially true in North Dakota where the timeline from petition to measure to an amendment is relatively simple and quick. With some signatures, pretty much anyone can put forth an amendment to the state constitution and have it decided by popular vote. A simple majority gets it in the constitution. There are two measures that will be on your ballot on November Third.

Measure 1 is an amendment to…

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A protest, a riot, and the clean up: Fargoans share their experiences

June 10th, 2020

photo by Jason Siebels

By the time this article is published, all the major new outlets in the area will have reported on the May 30th protest in Fargo demanding change and justice after the needless killing of George Floyd, as well as its aftermath. Stories from the thousands of people who were there will have already been shared in these local publications broadcasts as well as across social media. Passionate opinions have been shared back and forth running the gamut from saying that the protesters got…

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What to do if You are Diagnosed with COVID-19

March 18th, 2020

COVID-19, or Coronavirus, has started to make its rounds in the United States. As of Tuesday, Mar. 17, three residents in North Dakota, 11 in South Dakota, and over 60 in Minnesota have been confirmed to have the disease. The numbers in our area are low, but the expectation is that the number will likely grow and the impact will be more than just social distancing.

The situation is very fluid and changes several times a day. We can offer a couple things that were recently announced -…

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What can we learn from a Shanghai school teacher?

March 18th, 2020

We’re in uncharted territory. New school closing announcements are flying in every moment. And, it makes sense. Schools are like giant Petri dishes. A virus’s dream come true, tons of bodies to transmit and distribute itself to all corners.

This, of course, comes with a heaping pile of additional challenges for students and teachers alike. How will the next few months look for them? What are the unforeseen challenges and consequences?

To answer these questions HPR talked to a teacher…

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