Editorial

Our Local Nonprofits Are Struggling to Survive

January 23rd, 2021

By John Strand jas@hpr1.com

21 January 2021

Like most of you, we are relieved to be past 2020. What a crazy year! Yet, the reality is we all have our hands full going forward and some in our community are struggling to survive.

Just like us here at HPR. First we shut down for nearly seven months when the pandemic hit and then we reinvented our business model to continue into…

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Hindsight is 2020: ​Hopefully 2021 isn’t a terrible sequel

December 17th, 2020

Last New Year’s Eve I found myself using the cheer “Here’s to 2020 vision” as I clinked glasses with my friends. 2020 was going to be my year.. Or so we all thought. I originally started to think that 2020 vision wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be but then again it made me realize everyday things that I took for granted prior to “the plague year.”

Remember going out and congregating? Hugging friends, hugging family... Heck, even hugging strangers in public spaces--…

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We see you and we thank you:  Giving Thanks in a Pandemic

December 4th, 2020

jas@hpr1.com

These days – this year – it’s a challenge to see good when there’s so much bad going on out there. It’s not easy to pull back the layers and to see what’s there for which we should be thankful. Yet it’s there, clear as day, in more than ample supply.

First and foremost, let’s give thanks for the countless number of people in our healthcare system who are in the front lines daily battling Coronavirus which has stretched them to their limits. Yet they persist.…

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Parler Games

November 14th, 2020

In a news cycle where it’s tough to discern fact from fiction, you may have noticed that a number of conservative media consumers are announcing their dramatic exit from Facebook and Twitter. After Twitter labeled a number of Trump’s tweets “misleading,” the “new” social media app of choice for conservatives is an app called Parler.

According to Business Insider, “Parler shot to number one on Apple's App Store on Sunday, the day after major media outlets projected Joe Biden…

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Do you feel like we do? Real patriots wear masks

October 21st, 2020

By Sabrina Hornung

sabrina@hpr1.com

Well, Fargo caught the eye of the national news media, and this time it’s not because of a movie that makes us look like blundering idiots. Our local leaders made sure to do that for us in real-time after Dave Piepkorn’s comments during an October 5 city council meeting went viral… uffda.

The meeting ended with two mask mandate options being shut down. Two weeks later Mayor Tim Mahoney utilized his emergency powers and issued a mask mandate as our…

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Sometimes we need to hit the restart button: HPR’s Relaunch

October 7th, 2020

By John Strand jas@hpr1.com

The Little Newspaper That Could is back after a six month hiatus due to the historic coronavirus pandemic. A lot has happened since March 19’s issue and there’s just not enough ink to duly share it all with you.

But we are starting, albeit differently.

So, to begin with, hello to all of you. Our Reader readers. Our advertisers and customers.…

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Native Americans and the Culture of Capitalism in the Time of COVID-19

May 5th, 2020

by Sofia Makarova and Massimo Sassi

The global pandemic is an incredibly challenging time for many. Nearlyone in every three Americans’ jobs have been affected, whether a temporary layoff, a permanent job loss, or a reduction in hours and/or pay. Most universities and schools haveclosed down across the country in hopes to slow the spread of the pandemic, causing professors, teachers, and students alike to adapt to online instruction. As of today, the number of infections is above the

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An open letter to Governor Burgum

April 21st, 2020

Governor Burgum,


Approximately five weeks ago I was laid off from my job at a weekly paper and I just got my first unemployment debit card. I now make half of what I would make at the paper and I’m still responsible for paying 100% of my rent and 100% of my other bills but I’m not going to dive into that right now. Right now--I’m thankful that I even qualified for unemployment when a number of people I know are not nearly as fortunate.

Like many of our newspaper friends, our…

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Our Opinion / HPR will only be distributed through Hornbacher’s grocery stores this week

March 18th, 2020

photo by Colby Nelson

Not long ago, we did not have Coronavirus or Covid-19 in our vocabulary. Now our worlds have been changed. And that change is not stopping anytime soon, it would appear.

Most of us are in the same boat. Our businesses are in jeopardy. Our workers’ futures are uncertain as well. Our daily routines turned upside down. Our lives are at risk.

Since its start in September 1994, HPR has always had a calendar of events. This is what we are all about. Arts and entertainment. Telling people what…

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Our Opinion / Jeremy Kelly and the FM Good Neighbor Project

March 11th, 2020

photo by Raul Gomez

HPR has been a supporter and advocate for harm reduction services here in our community for some time now. We were fortunate to have a strong connection with Jeremy Kelly and there’s no doubt he had a lasting positive impact on our perspectives on addiction and its many facets.

Jeremy died last week while facing an arrest for various outstanding warrants. It would appear that he was overdosing at the time of the arrest, but we can’t say we know that for certain. Toxicology reports…

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