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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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Minnesota Company Announces New Cannabis Spray

February 5th, 2020

Minnesota Medical Solutions, also known as “MinnMed,” recently launched a new line of flavored oral cannabis sprays. The announcement comes as the company, which is a licensed producer of cannabis based in Minneapolis, is ramping up production to serve patients in the best way possible.

The new sprays were announced Thursday, Jan. 30. Dr. Kyle Kingsley, founder and CEO of MinnMed said the sprays offer an alternative to other oral medicines, like capsules or vapors.

“This type of…

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Birds of a Feather

January 22nd, 2020

Proposed Davis Refinery site. The best little weed patch in Billings County. The earth mover has been sitting there since October of 2018. photo by Jim Fuglie

It’s time for an update on Meridian Energy Group and the Davis Refinery. You probably remember them, although it’s been a while since I last wrote about them. Meridian is the California/Texas company that wants to build an oil refinery just outside the boundary of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota. The price tag is somewhere in the 800 to 900 million dollar range.

The project has been beset by delays, mostly of the company’s own making. By putting it so close…

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Developing a new citizenship exhibit at Stutsman County Courthouse

December 23rd, 2019

1883 Stutsman County Courtroom - photo by Sabrina Hornung

by Rob Hanna

history@nd.gov

As I write this, the beautiful Stutsman County Courthouse State Historic Site in Jamestown is only partially furnished. But this photo, taken by my one-time colleague Guinn Hinman, caused me to see the place in a whole new light. She concentrated some of the historic paperwork, office equipment, and books in one room to stage this historic vignette. Don’t you want to step into that room? You just know you’d be immersed in another time. It makes you want to…

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Fargo VA: Helping the homeless Vets

December 23rd, 2019

by Jill Finkelson
jsfinkelson99@gmail.com

In 2008, North Dakota had around 1200 homeless living in the state and 30% of them were veterans. In ten years, the Fargo VA has housed 1500 veterans and significantly decreased the mortality of the homeless veteran population. The Fargo VA’s Homeless Program has worked tirelessly with the city of Fargo and the state to end veteran homelessness. This year, the numbers are promising and the focus has begun to shift to prevention measures. For…

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Red, white and Burn

December 11th, 2019

Photograph and design by Raul Gomez

FARGO — Since 2016’s Dakota Access Pipeline controversy, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has said very little about North Dakota. Until now.

Never an essential swing state, North Dakotans feel overlooked, at times, and appear mostly proud of being partisan. The state threw 63 percent of its weight behind President Donald Trump in 2016, but North Dakotans have not always bled red. In fact, as the most socialistic state in the Union, North Dakota has voted for Democratic presidents such…

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​Sen. Cramer defies ND motion on Armenian genocide

December 11th, 2019

Hadji and Nouritza - photograph provided by Sabrina Hornung

By Sabrina Hornung and C.S. Hagen
sabrina@hpr1.com

BISMARCK — When Senator Kevin Cramer blocked a bipartisan motion for the United States to officially recognize the Armenian genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire last week, he not only bowed to President Donald Trump’s wishes, he also defied both houses of state government.

In 2007, the Governor, and North Dakota House of Representatives, and the state Senate officially recognized Resolution 3003 on January 3, 2007 and became the…

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​Fargo residents call for ‘revolution’

November 27th, 2019

Fargo City Commissioner John Strand listens while residents speak their views on climate change - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO — Climate change has been known and ignored for half a century, but Fargo residents made their voices known Wednesday during a city organized Town Hall event, demanding an end to fossil fuels and for the city to declare a climate change emergency.

More than one hundred people showed up to the event organized by Fargo City Commissioner John Strand. He emphasized the importance that all opinions on the issue were important, but only one person stood up to deny climate change was…

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