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Women in Bad Lands

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 12th, 2019

Design by Raul Gomez

THE BADLANDS – “I just want to flip the proverbial bird to North Dakota as I leave,” Sarah Gulenchyn said. She took a last drag off her American Spirit – burned quick to the filter – before stamping it out. The door to her 1989 Toyota 4Runner creaked loudly. Rust claimed much of the siding, but nicknamed the “Zombie Toyota,” the 30-year-old pickup refuses to die.

Sliding behind the steering wheel Gulenchyn – an engineer and oil field project surveyor – is leaving the…

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​My Favorite Martins

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 5th, 2019

Design by Raul Gomez

On Friday comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short will be bringing their unique variety show to the stage at Bluestem. HPR had the opportunity to chat with the two about their friendship, their careers and their big show.

High Plains Reader: Have you ever been to Fargo/Moorhead?

Steve Martin: About a million times, since the late 60s, I’d tour as a comedian. As an opening act for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, I feel like Moorhead was a part of the vocabulary of our travels.

HPR:…

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Antiques ROADSHOW: ‘A spoonful of sugar’

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 1st, 2019

After shaking hands with the owner, appraiser Jeffrey Shrader transfixed on the Holy Grail of World War I helmets - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO – The copper snake knife came with a warning in 1984: never touch the blade; it was poisoned. For decades the knife was kept in grandpa’s nightstand touched only under his watchful eye.

After being inspected by PBS’s Antiques ROADSHOW, the mystery dissolved, but the heirloom became no less important. The blade and handmade bamboo sheath were $25-dollar trinkets that islanders sold soldiers during World War II in the Pacific Theater. The decorative Hitler Youth knife made by…

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PBS’s Antiques ROADSHOW comes to Bonanzaville

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 22nd, 2019

Design by Raul Gomez

FARGO - Rain or shine, the Fargo Antiques ROADSHOW is scheduled to last all day on June 1 at Bonanzaville. The show is part of a five-city tour, and the venues are chosen for their historic significance. As all tickets are pre-ordered everyone attending is encouraged to bring items they would like appraised.

“We’re excited to visit Fargo and experience such an exceptional location,” ROADSHOW executive producer Marsha Bemko said. “Filming at Bonanzaville will allow our cameras to…

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​Case of the missing mosaic

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 22nd, 2019

Bonanzaville Executive Director Brenda Warren looks over the Great Depression era mosaics made from North Dakota clay that will be on display and priced during the Antique Road Show - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO – Nine Great Depression era mosaics included in a Bonanzaville collection to be priced by the Antiques ROADSHOW on June 1 carry a 40-year-old mystery nobody has been able to solve.

One of the pieces – of an entire collection of 11 depicting characteristic themes of the state – was stolen in the mid 1970s. Each piece is unique, a framed mosaic plaque made from North Dakota clay. Bonanzaville purchased nine pieces through the Pioneer Daughters in 1935 for approximately $75, and…

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​Counterproductive counterprotesting

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 15th, 2019


Catholic protest against the Red River Women's Clinic 2012 - photograph by C.S. Hagen

By Sabrina Hornung and Thomas Bixby

Last week a photo surfaced on social media of a Fargo man standing among protesters in front of the Red River Women’s Clinic (RRWC) smiling and holding a cardboard sign that read, “JESUS LOVES SLUTS” and wearing a matching shirt. This is neither the first nor the last instance of counterprotestors joining the protestors outside of the clinic. We couldn’t help but wonder, do they help or do they hurt their cause?

We had a chance to chat with…

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​Off and running

by Ryan Janke | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 15th, 2019

Runners in race through downtown Fargo - photograph by C.S. Hagen

The 15th annual Fargo Marathon is off and running. Roughly 17,000 Runners, bicyclists, and even dogs will take over the metro this week in what has become one of Fargo-Moorhead’s most anticipated yearly events.

The Fargo Marathon, which is a USA Track & Field sanction event, is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Because of this coupled with the flat terrain, runners from all over the world come to participate.

Starting as a weekend event in the early years, the marathon has grown to…

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​Immigration Myths

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 15th, 2019

Design by Raul Gomez

By Eric Sustad

At the forefront of today’s political debate, immigration law and policy are perhaps the most misunderstood of today’s hot-button issues. With both advocates for immigrants and proponents of tighter controls on immigration talking past each other and disagreeing on even basic facts, the debate has both sides operating from misconceptions and false assumptions.

This split is evident from the terminology used to discuss the issue. “Illegal immigrant” is not a term…

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​‘Cat and Mouse’

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 14th, 2019

Activists at Standing Rock with raised hands before police and others along far shore - photograph by C.S. Hagen

BISMARCK – The civil case against private security firm TigerSwan and owner Jim Reese working illegally in North Dakota during the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy has followed a tedious legal route and came down to one question in the North Dakota Supreme Court Tuesday morning: what remedy does the board have?

Monte Rogneby, attorney for the North Dakota Private Investigative and Security Board, or PISB, said the Board has been hamstrung. Confusion came down to a District Court…

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​Bakken’s exploding train fears halted at Washington State border

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 10th, 2019

Bakken crude oil train derailment and ensuing destruction in Lac Magantic, Quebec 2013 - Wikipedia

BAKKEN – Bakken crude is volatile, and tankers hauling the oil have exploded repeatedly claiming at least 47 lives in the past decade. And while the state’s elected few and regulatory commissions refuse to effectively police the transportation of crude oil – evident in the number of explosive accidents involving Bakken crude – the state of Washington recently said they had enough.

With thousands of Bakken crude barrels traversing the country every day, and approximately a dozen…

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