Editorial

North Dakota Lawmakers: All Hat and No Cattle

January 18th, 2023

By Sabrina Hornung

sabrina@hpr1.com

Our opinion: The sound of ND collectively holding its breath

As the legislative session nears one may notice a certain stillness in the air as a good part of North Dakota’s population collectively holds their breath.

There’s a lot at stake this session as women CONTINUE to fight for their bodily autonomy and to be viewed as more than a brood sow by our state. If women get pregnant it’s “God’s will,” if men become impotent Viagra can be…

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Is Summit Negotiating in Good Faith?

December 14th, 2022

By Laura Simmons

laurasimmons2025@u.northwestern.edu

Our opinion: Jesse Harris of Summit LLC: objections

Last month I wrote an article titled “Proposed Carbon Pipeline.” Summit Carbon Solutions Director of Public Affairs Jesse Harris had some follow-up comments for my article. Harris wrote in a text message that my article contained inaccurate information.

Harris requested that the High Plains Reader update the article to fix the inaccuracies. This article aims to share and address…

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HPR Remembers Ralph’s Corner

November 16th, 2022

By HPR Staff

submit@hpr1.com

Our opinion: How can it be 17 years?

It’s hard to believe that Ralph’s has been gone for 17 years. I was lucky enough to experience the tail end of its legacy, though technically I wasn’t old enough to be there (legally). If memory serves me right it was the first bar I got kicked out of. Neil Hamburger was playing that night.

To provide a bit of context I haven’t been kicked out of a bar since I was 20, if that says anything, but here’s my PSA:

1.…

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Underlying and Obvious Misogyny

October 19th, 2022

By Sabrina Hornung

sabrina@hpr1.com

Our opinion: Are nearly all ND politicians paid mouthpieces? Not Cara!

There’s a New Deputy Mayor in Town

Deputy Mayor Dave Piepkorn was stripped of his title this week for disparaging comments with regard to a couple of Native Americans outside his downtown building, Arlette Preston was voted in as the new Deputy Mayor, 4 to 1.

I have a couple of questions, comments and acute observations...

The individual voting against Arlette and questioning her…

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How Did I Become an Activist?

September 14th, 2022

By Faith Dixon 

Faithshieldsdixon@gmail.com

Guest editorial: ‘I am here to create, make and sustain true change’

Being an activist is my purpose, it’s why I was born, it courses through my blood and is in my DNA. The becoming of it is the story of my life, the adversities I have experienced and seen. My becoming an activist is the maturing of my life cultivating and harnessing the fight.

Little did I know,…

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The Tender Edge of Marcy

August 17th, 2022

By Sabrina Hornung

sabrina@hpr1.com

Photo by Sabrina Hornung

Our opinion: In the sanctity of the community living room

Last Saturday, we said goodbye to our friend Marcy at an intimate graveside service. Marcy was the proprietress of the Watering Hole Bar in Lehr, North Dakota. She and her husband Clayton bought it in the early 90s and ran it until their last days: Lehr, a tiny village in south central North Dakota, its best claim to fame being it’s the smallest town situated in two…

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​Now Is the Time to Find Common Ground

July 20th, 2022

By Sabrina Hornung

sabrina@hpr1.com

Our Opinion: Dissolve partisan lines and elevate the voice of the people.

As cliche as it sounds, who would have thought that when we ”sprang ahead” into daylight savings time in March, we’d be setting our clocks back by at least 50 years by July. Denying close to 47% of North Dakotans bodily autonomy. Ironic considering the state’s stance on property rights and personal freedoms.

According to ballotpedia 64% of North Dakotans voted in favor of…

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​Where We Are and What It Will Take

June 15th, 2022

By John Strand and Thomas Bixby

jas@hpr1.com

Our Opinion: Are Many of Us ‘Detached From Reality?’

Why is it that many Americans believe the falsehood that Joe Biden’s election to the Presidency was a fraud, that it was rigged?

In this wave of primaries, Republican voters have nominated many candidates to run for major state offices. Governor, secretary of state, attorney general. Many of them say they would not have certified the election of Joseph R. Biden Jr.

It is going to be far…

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Uncle Sam Will Have Blood on His Hands

May 18th, 2022

By Sabrina Hornung

sabrina@hpr1.com

Our opinion: It’s not a matter of pro-life or pro-choice, it’s anti-woman

I hate to admit it, but aside from the Women’s March in 2017, I hadn’t attended a rally or a march since the Bush administration. Last Saturday I showed up at the “Bans off our bodies” rally with camera in hand, chatted with friends, and even chatted a bit with the five folks who showed up on the other side of the argument.

I couldn’t help but think, man, for a bunch…

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​The End of Quiet, Family-Friendly Casselton

April 20th, 2022

By Kaylah Stangler 

kaylahstangler@hotmail.com

Guest editorial: You say you want a revolution

Five years ago, my husband and I bought our first home in Casselton ND, after deciding we wanted to raise our children in a small, quiet, tight-knit community. I was a farm kid and my husband was a small ND townie, so we compromised and moved there to escape the rush and noise of Fargo without committing to full-blown…

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