Editorial

Should our legislature meet annually? Thank goodness they don’t.

by John Strand | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 1st, 2019

Summer and lakeside sunsets are almost here - photograph by C.S. Hagen

Now that North Dakota’s biennial legislative session is over, we can all breathe out a big sigh of relief. But that’s not to say there won’t be lingering indigestion.

In retrospect, and from the vantage point of those on the outside looking in, it’s truly unfortunate to see such a disproportionate sense of balance, or actually to see the total lack of balance. It’s a one-pony (or elephant) show. The old adage that absolute power corrupts absolutely comes to mind, yet we won’t…

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​A taste of the town

by John Strand | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 25th, 2019

Photograph by Raul Gomez

The High Plains Reader looks different this week. It feels different, too. We’re curious what you think.

This is the second time we’ve shifted to a glossy, trimmed and stitched cover on our weekly newspaper. What you get in the end is something more akin to a magazine. Design-wise, Raul Gomez and Jessi Schmit, his assistant, love the glossy cover. Production-wise, we need a bit more lead time for our press, but that’s manageable.

The theme of this special issue of HPR is Food. We…

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How America shot itself in the foot

by Faye Seidler | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 17th, 2019

In 2016, the Rand Corportation’s National Defense Research Institute published a year-long study looking at potential consequences for transgender members to serve within the U.S Military. This study looked at seven different unique elements of trans service ranging from how many trans people will seek gender transition care to what can be learned from foreign militaries that permit openly trans soldiers.

The result of this studied showed allowing trans individuals to serve openly…

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​Our opinion: Social media has the power to unite us and divide us.

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 10th, 2019

It allows us to spread information, allow half-truths and falsities. It serves as a platform for us to display our triumphs, tragedies, hardships and cat pictures. Yes, I’m rhapsodizing about social media.

Depending upon how you adjust your settings social media could very well be our generation’s party line. Or if we want to make parallels of mythical proportions, it could also be considered a contemporary version of Pandora’s box; or to be less eloquent, it’s one big dumb…

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What’s behind our humility?

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 3rd, 2019

Photograph by Raul Gomez

A few years ago I was walking into my hometown grocery store. At the time I had Minnesota plates and an elderly man struck up a conversation mid parking lot -- as central North Dakotans often do.

Usually it’s to comment on the weather or when curiosity gets the best of us. My Minnesota plates brought forth this curiosity and he asked me where I was from. I told him I was originally from Jamestown but had lived in or near Moorhead for a number of years and gone to MSUM. He told me of…

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​Our opinion: A glimpse of women from North Dakota history

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 27th, 2019

As March roared in like a lion, it appears that it’s leaving a lamb in this final week. Along with that observation we’d like to point out that it’s the final week of Women’s History -- or rather HERstory month. According to womenshistorymonth.gov, the intent is “to amplify women’s voices to honor the past, inform the present and to inspire the future.”

Let’s take a moment to think about a few things we’ve learned about North Dakota women in history.

Last July we spoke…

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​Our opinion: Knoephla soup for our moral consciousness

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 21st, 2019

Photograph by Sabrina Hornung

“North Dakota Nice,” is a phrase that I see getting tossed around more and more these days. Many are sincere and others display yet another facet of our disposition that’s not nearly as desirable.

Yes, we’re professin’ our passive aggression. Say what you will but North Dakotans are good people. There are a lot of small close-knit communities around here and a lot of us have roots that reach back to that culture -- North Dakota Nice is etched upon our moral compass like a worn…

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A right to critique

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 14th, 2019

Now in the Twilight Zone - political cartoon provided by Mark Cabot Robinson

It is possible, even ethical, to stand behind Israel and criticize the nation at the same time.

No country, no man or woman, is without fault. While we at the High Plains Reader believe the U.S. House of Representatives’ resolution, passed earlier this month to condemn “anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and other forms of bigotry” is on target, we will not jump on the bandwagon saying anything critical of Israel or Jews is anti-Semitism.

That in and of itself rings true as…

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HPR sends out a few thank you notes

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 20th, 2019

Doghouse - by Susan Morrissey

Growing up, whenever Christmas or a birthday or really any time I received any sort of a gift, time and a certain level of guilt was set aside to write thank you cards. To this day, I’ll send a few out to people or organizations that have helped me out, or if I’ve had a really insightful interview. My desk is also filled with half-written cards that never quite made it in the envelope. Though, they clearly weren’t romanticized, “letters I’ve written never meaning to send”…

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​Our opinion: Surfing the lonesome crowded internet

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 13th, 2019

Scherenschnitte - by Sabrina Hornung

It will be Valentine’s Day by the time this issue hits the stands, but who knows you might even be picking it up after you’ve finished eating the last of the chocolates you bought for yourself for Valentine’s Day.

We’re not judging. In fact, you’re not alone. That’s exactly what I was planning to do after the issue came out, or I might even buy myself a drink and take myself home.

On February 5, Tess Williams over at The Forum wrote a piece called, “It's not you, it's North…

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