Editorial

Pride: The Once and Future Riot

July 16th, 2023

By Janessa Jaye Champagne (Chris M. Stoner)

ChrisMStoner@hotmail.com

Photo by Studio 208

Guest editorial: The homophobes and transphobes forget that queer folk have been through this before.

I’m not going to lie. Celebrating Pride this year felt…different.

Obviously, last year was difficult, what with the death threats and the doxing and constant online harassment from a small group of religious fundamentalists organizing through a Facebook group.

There was less of that this year as the…

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We Ponder

June 11th, 2023

By John Strand & Thomas Bixby

jas@hpr1.com

Our Opinion: No way to delay, trouble comin’ every day.

Whatever happened to dignity, empathy, and so much that goes into our hard-won civilization. How did we get here and where are we going?

These United States are on the brink of collapse, each in its own way. The divisiveness is so prevalent that about the only consensus is a sense of noncohesion.

The polarization of otherwise ordinary people is palpable, borderline dangerous. Except now more…

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​Round Pegs in Square Holes

May 16th, 2023

By Sabrina Hornung

sabrina@hpr1.com

Our opinion: Keep your chins up, class of 2023

As the school year draws to a close, this seems to be the time of year when most editors offer up their best advice to the most recent graduating classes, so here are a few words of wisdom from one of the last people who should be doling out advice.

I’d like to direct these words of wisdom and encouragement to those who are having a tough time. To those who lacked encouragement, who didn’t get endless…

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​Government Overreach

April 17th, 2023

By Faye Seidler

fayeseidler@gmail.com

The Theme of the 2023 ND Legislative Session

In the North Dakota 2021 Special Session, Representative Bill Tviet introduced House Bill 1514, otherwise known as the Ivermectin Bill.In testimony he describes the helplessness he felt in a hospital while his wife was struggling with Covid and painted a picture of the need for medical autonomy to try what he personally felt was effective. He demanded the government overrule medical bodies and allow…

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​How To End the Culture Wars in North Dakota

April 5th, 2023

By Faye Seidler

fayeseidler@gmail.com

Guest editorial: If I can help you, I will do it. Even if you’re a legislator hurting people I care about.

Being a Republican has never been more unappealing to me than watching this 2023 legislative session unfold. We’re censoring books, taking medical autonomy away from parents, banning vaccinations, and otherwise legislating morality at a cost to small and large businesses.

A smaller state government has never seemed like a better idea and…

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We’re Our Own Biggest Problem

February 12th, 2023

By John Strand

jas@hpr1.com

Our Opinion: Who on Earth would ever want to move to North Dakota?

Let’s talk about the left hand and the right hand. Or, more correctly, let’s focus on the right hand, being as there is no left in ND to speak of, or that matters, or with any influence.

North Dakota’s right hand, the Grand Old Party that runs everything and without any counterbalance or outside voice, seems to do their level best to push our state even further back into social dark ages.…

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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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