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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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There’s a lot of myths out there. People are scared, maybe they should be.

March 18th, 2020

design by Raul Gomez

There are a lot of myths out there. People are scared, maybe they should be. How do we separate fact from fiction in the information age? Our administration says one thing, then another, and then an about face. It’s clear we need sober facts that can guide us through these turbulent times. That’s why HPR turned to Dr Nathan Kobrinsky, hematologist. Dr. Kobrinsky has a unique sense of humor that he uses to defuse the heavy seriousness of his work. And although he did start our…

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MinnMed launches online advocacy program for dry medical cannabis

March 11th, 2020

In an effort to pick up support for dry flower products to be added to Minnesota’s medical cannabis program, Minnesota Medical Solutions (MinnMed) launched a digital advocacy campaign earlier this week.

MinnMed hopes the campaign, which can be found online athttps://minnesotamedicalsolutions.com/advocacy/, will inform and encourage supporters to contact their state representatives in both the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate.

“It arms people with the information they need…

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CAUTION: Contents under pressure: A sharp look at trauma, students and our schools

February 19th, 2020

design by Raul Gomez

by Meg Luther Lindholm
mlutherlindholm@gmail.com

Who was it that said that the health of a city can be measured by the health and well-being of its children? If no one else has made that claim – then I’m making it now. And to judge by the recent report on the state of Fargo’s public schools there are children whose emotional health is so poor that their behavior is undermining other students, teachers, staff and the social atmosphere in their schools.

I had no sense of this when I,…

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