News

Surveillance City

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 17th, 2014

The Fargo Police Department, which started monitoring downtown crime with cameras in 2012 with three stationary cameras after a rash of vandalism and thefts, also has three moveable portable cameras used for real-time monitoring of large events such as the Fargo Marathon, ESPN Game Day, large events at the Fargodome and this week at the Fargo Street Fair. The moveable cameras act as an eye in the sky for highly crowded events.

“(B)ecause of the uniqueness of large crowds, they provide…

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Drones on the Farm

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 3rd, 2014

Cover by Raul Gomez

North Dakota is at the forefront of a movement to use drones or unmanned aircraft for agricultural purposes.

It’s natural that the state and this industry would combine forces early on. Agriculture is the largest industry in North Dakota and the state is positioning itself with changed missions at the Grand Forks Air Force Base and North Dakota Air National Guard to capitalize on the burgeoning unmanned aircraft industry.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International…

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​Conservative marijuana

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 12th, 2014

The medical marijuana law passed by the Minnesota Legislature and signed into law recently by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is a carefully crafted compromise unlike any other medical marijuana law in the country. As such, many Minnesotans are unsure exactly how it will work and how effective it will be.

The compromise was crafted after differing bills passed the House and Senate and law enforcement opposition backed by a threatened veto from Gov. Dayton forced the Legislature to come up…

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Empowerment to the People

by Amber Morgan | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 29th, 2014

In the midst of North Dakota’s economic boom, the state is experiencing a rise in homelessness.

Thousands of individuals are being drawn to the oil-fields in the western part of the state in search of work, but not everyone can find a job. Even some of the individuals who do find jobs cannot afford the cost of housing. These individuals are faced with a choice: stay and gamble one’s chance at finding work and/or shelter, or seek these basic necessities elsewhere. Many western-North…

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​We’re fracked

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 22nd, 2014

Cover by Raul Gomez

By Nicholas Leingang

Since 2005, energy debate in the United States has been polarized by so-called “unconventional” fuels. These energy sources require additional technological and energy inputs during extraction and refinement — in North Dakota, this means millions of gallons of chemical mixtures, advanced drilling equipment, and high-pressure injections collectively known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” These developments have turned the Bakken Shale formation into one…

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​What flood?

by Amber Morgan | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 16th, 2014

The difference between this year’s Red River flood predictions and the resulting flood was substantial enough for residents to wonder “What happened?”

Forecasters predicted at one time that the crest could exceed 40 feet; however, they continued to lower their predictions partially due to snowfall later in the season and the resulting prolonged melt. The Red River peaked a little over 33 feet.

As a result of this difference, costly preparation for a flood that was forecasted to…

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ND leading the nation in workplace deaths

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 24th, 2014

A new, forthcoming report from the AFL-CIO on workplace-related deaths in 2012 in the United States shows North Dakota leading the nation, by far, in the number of deaths per 100,000 workers. The report entitled “Death on the Job” is compiled with preliminary numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor and it ranked North Dakota dead last, 50th out of 50 states with 64 workplace-related deaths in 2012, up from 44 in 2011 and 30 in 2010. North Dakota…

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​Medical Marijuana on the brink in Minnesota

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 17th, 2014

Cover by Raul Gomez

Up in the air whether Minnesota will join other states in legalizing it this Legislative session

Minnesota medical marijuana supporters hoping the state would join the nationwide trend towards legalizing some form of marijuana may be in for a letdown, but hope is still there.

The Minnesota Legislature is currently on Easter break and following that break, sponsors of various medical marijuana bills stuck in committee will push for full votes on the measures in the House and Senate. If it…

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The Fat Takers’ Pipeline

by Winona LaDuke | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 6th, 2014

Native people, the Keystone XL Pipeline, the Cowboy and Indian Alliance and the Constitution

“No Keystone XL Black Snake Pipeline will cross Lakota Lands. We will protect our lands and waters and we have our horses ready…” Bryan Brewer, President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe

In mid February, the Keystone XL Pipeline, or the Black Snake found some stronger adversaries. “It poses a threat to our sacred water and the product is coming from the tar sands and our tribes oppose the tar…

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The new face of the oil boom

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 9th, 2014

Photo by Bruce Crummy

After the events in Casselton, officials take a hard look at rail safety

Right before the end of the year, our region received what many consider to be an important wake-up call to the dangers of the oil boom in North Dakota. The state has been making national news constantly for all the economic benefits the boom has produced but for once we saw in raw, vivid detail what could be the downside.

The train derailment and subsequent explosion of a 106-car BNSF train carrying crude east…

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Editorial

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Arts

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Wellness

Yoga on the Farm

by Ryan Janke

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