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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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Growing Together Opens New Garden

May 18th, 2021

Growing Together Opens New Garden

By Annie Prafcke

https://www.facebook.com/annie.prafcke

20 May 2021

On April 15th, Growing Together held a groundbreaking for the opening of its newest gardens at Gethsemane Cathedral. The space, which consists of two plots, is Growing Together’s seventh garden location in Fargo. Run by volunteers and focused on supporting New Americans, Growing Together offers opportunities for gardeners of all backgrounds to learn from each other.

Growing Together…

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Workers of Fargo-Moorhead, Unite!

May 18th, 2021

by John Showalter                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

john.d.showalter@gmail.com

20 May 2021

As the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine continues apace and the worst of this historical pandemic is (seemingly) behind us, many places of…

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​Ashley Lake Hamilton

December 17th, 2020

The vibrant life of Ashley Lake Hamilton came to a sudden end on the Sunset Highway between Airway Heights and Fairchild Air Force Base on Thursday, December 10, 2020.

Ashley was born on a beautiful Monday afternoon, June 2, 1980, at St. Ansgar Hospital in Moorhead, Minnesota. She was the second child of Barbara (Lake) and Douglas Hamilton. Ashley was a beautiful, creative and strong-willed child and she carried those traits into adulthood.

Ashley moved to the Pacific Northwest as a…

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CAFO’s and human Infectious diseas

December 17th, 2020

By Dr. Madeline Luke

A world without antibiotics is a world full of pain…

A bit of history and biology: Antibiotics were lifesavers for humans –no more graveyards full of dead civilians and soldiers because of strep throat, wound infections, urine infections, pneumonia. But in 1948, Dr. Thomas Jukes at Lederle Pharmaceutics discovered that chicks fed aureomycin, a form of tetracycline, grew better and heavier than chicks without the antibiotic. Subsequent studies showed a 4-12% weight…

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