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​Greta Thunberg at Standing Rock

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 9th, 2019

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg - wet plate photograph by Shane Balkowitsch, design by Raul Gomez

"It’s good to have the youth see this because it’s part of our customs and traditions. Prayer goes a long ways. The messages that they carry are very very strong. For you are the future of our tribe, future leaders of Standing Rock. A lot of tribes look up to Standing Rock for what happened, but I’ll tell you what happened. We stuck up for our rights. We stood up for our rights for clean water cultural resources, you know the oil industry could be here and gone but they’re going…

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​Road rage - crossing the line

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 9th, 2019

Joseph Schumacher's mugshot - Moorhead City Police

MOORHEAD - Police arrested Joseph Schumacher on terroristic threat charges after he brandished a handgun during a politically-charged road rage incident. After Schumacher’s initial court appearance Wednesday morning the charges were reduced to misdemeanors and bond was set at $3,000.

All police reports stemming from the October 7 incident are not being released, but police did report that Schumacher — who had a President Donald Trump bumper sticker on his car — rolled down his window…

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​A truly ‘fake news media’

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 9th, 2019

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Four political earthquakes have shaken international trust at the highest levels, but an additional threat in league with a foreign influential cult has snuck in, and looms over them all.

The first accusations of international collusion were sparked with Russia and the Mueller probe – an attempt to find out how deep Russia influenced the 2016 elections in America. Nearly three years later, U.S. President Donald Trump’s candid pressure of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to…

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Man Arrested on Terroristic Threat Charges

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

Joseph Schumacher - Moorhead City Police

A difference of political opinions led to the arrest of a West Fargo man Monday afternoon on terroristic charges, according to Moorhead City Police. 

At approximately 12:08 p.m., police were dispatched to the area of 24 Avenue and 8 Street South for a disturbance call, a police report stated. 

The female caller stated she was driving southbound in the 1000 block of 8 Street South when the suspect pulled up next to her and rolled his window down, according to police. The male began yelling…

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​Women’s work: expanding the scope of an exhibit

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 2nd, 2019

Elise Dukart standing in front of her exhibit - photograph provided by SHSND

By Elise Dukart

While most of my internship at the State Historical Society was spent working with collections in the deep recesses of the museum, one of my projects was to create an exhibit commemorating the upcoming 100th anniversary of woman suffrage (right to vote). This meant my work was actually going to be seen by the public, as I was writing, designing, and compiling objects specifically for public viewing. It was an exciting change! While planning for this exhibit, I decided to…

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The First Lady’s magic wand

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 2nd, 2019

North Dakota's First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum talking about her experiences with addiction at the Women Connect conference - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO – Amidst a room filled with women, cupcakes, and shared experiences, the state’s First Lady took the stage last week in the Crystal Ball conference room at the Delta Marriott to talk about her passion to rid the stigmas behind addictions.

Kathryn Helgaas-Burgum was once a party girl, she said, blacking out for the first time at Jamestown High School. Later in her professional life she didn’t become a “wine mom,” but more of a “wine girl,” as drinking was the only way…

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​Ruth Anna Buffalo: Woman of the Year

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 2nd, 2019

Ruth Buffalo - wet plate photograph by Shane Balkowitsch

By Lonna Whiting
lonna@lonna.co

“It’s always like this. Always busy,” Ruth Anna Buffalo said during a speaker phone interview while driving a rented cargo van from Bismarck back home to Fargo.

Buffalo, the first Native American Democrat elected to the North Dakota Legislature and a longtime public health advocate, had recently been in Washington, DC, for the Native American Legislators Caucus where she spent time attending roundtable discussions and panels with members of Health and…

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​Citizen undercover

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 24th, 2019

Keith Coates, a certified massage therapist, took it upon himself to investigate human trafficking in area massage parlors - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO – Local men are keeping the trafficking of Chinese sex workers alive in the metro area. From distant Chinese villages, middle-aged women are being circulated across the world through San Gabriel, California and on to Fargo/Moorhead massage parlors.

With promises of happy endings, many of the local Asian massage parlors are offering such special services. The women rarely stay more than half a year before they’re moved to Cyprus, Paris, or back home. Mostly in their 30s, they…

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​‘I have hope’

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

Penelope Echola leading chants at Fargo's climate strike - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO – Millions of people, young and old, joined a worldwide climate strike Friday to demand their governments end the age of fossil fuels, and Fargo was no exception.

By noon, nearly 200 people waving signs and chanting slogans showed up at City Hall with the event, organized by the Red River Valley Democratic Socialists of America, to City Hall, and voiced their concerns about the inability of government to properly address climate change. Their plan: disrupt business as usual to…

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The North Dakota Salt Lands

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 11th, 2019

Photographs by C.S. Hagen, design by Raul Gomez - photograph by C.S. Hagen

WILEY FIELD, North Dakota – The stench hits first. Invisible and explosive, hydrogen sulfide burns through mucous membranes, leaving a metallic taste on the tongue. Breathe in enough – which isn’t much – and the gas, a byproduct of crude oil, will knock down anyone within two breaths. Death comes in minutes.

With few signs of burning flares on a windy day, the invisible poison has no ground zero in the oilfields of Bottineau County. It can be smelled everywhere between the…

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Culture

​Healing Arts Revolution

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By Kris Gruberperriex1@gmail.comGraduating from Sister Rosalind Gefre Massage and Wellness Center, Amy Wasvick has spent 10 years practicing Healing Arts. Her areas of expertise include Essential Oil, Cupping, Swedish,…

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Editorial

Have a little respect

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​Out to lunch

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By Jill Finkelsonjsfinkelson99@gmail.comSchool lunch has been in the news lately. There have been stories from around the country about the mounting debt and how school’s have been dealing with it. Michaela Schell and Chris…

The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-2020 season is already underway. The first concert of the season, which showcased Gustav Holst’s well-known and loved “The Planets” premiered to a sold-out audience. The first…

Fans of Robert Eggers’ brilliant feature debut “The Witch” have been waiting impatiently for “The Lighthouse,” and while the filmmaker decidedly avoids any kind of sophomore slide, the new movie will probably not attract…

Arts

​31 drawings in 31 days

by Sabrina Hornung

Each October a number of drawing challenges appear across social media. Think 31 drawings in 31 days. The original Inktober challenge was started in 2009 by artist Jake Parker to boost his drawing and inking skills. Since then…

Theatre

​Razor Sharp Theatre

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By Scott Eckernotharrisonford@gmail.comTheatre is something that takes a lot of work from a lot of people. This is something that is easy to forget while watching a good play. Great theatre is immersive. The script, acting and…

Stand-up comedy is traditionally a one-way exchange. Outside of the odd question addressed to a random audience member, the limit of the spectators’ contribution to the conversation is their laughter at the comedy stylings being…

The famous 20th century Southern writer William Faulkner quipped, “Civilization begins with distillation.” Technically one brews beer instead of distilling it, but the sentiment still holds true. Fargo is no stranger to the…

Wellness

Yoga on the Farm

by Ryan Janke

Every Thursday evening during the month of June, Mara Solberg is inviting people to come out and try Yoga on the Farm. It is a unique yoga experience that was born from an idea that was proposed to Solberg.“I’ve been with Red…

by Devin Joubertdevinlillianjoubert@gmail.comIt’s that beautiful time of the year that’s filled with seasonal decorations, sparkly lights, warm family gatherings, and delicious feasts. I love everything about this time of the…

By William Southworthwsouthwo@cord.eduThe United Kingdom has a new boss. Considered to by some to be a British counterpart to Trump, Boris Johnson is riding a wave of political discontent with a can-do attitude and bubbly stage…