Editorial

A new year’s resolution

December 23rd, 2014

High Plains Reader will be on vacation for two weeks. We’ll hit the shelves again on Jan. 15. Happy holidays to you all!

---

As a child, I was obsessed with sports. In particular, I loved playing basketball. I practiced nearly everyday, alone and outside. In my imagination, as I practiced by myself, I had an opponent and I would absolutely school him or her every which way. I out-dribbled her. I out-scored her. I out-ran her.

I even once said out loud that I would be the first woman in…

Read more...


​Last minute holiday gift ideas

December 17th, 2014

So You Think You Can Dance / Photo by Lee Cherry

Stuck on gifts? Here’s some random, fun ideas. Best yet, they are all available in town. Prices may vary.

-A selfie stick

An older gentleman by the name of Jim Bastian sells a contraption of this sort at a kiosk at West Acres according to Prairie Biz mag. Yes, selfie sticks are a thing … for better “groupie” shots.

-Tickets to the Steve Miller Band

I’m a joker. I’m a smoker. He’s coming on March 20th. Scheels Arena.

-“Burrito tour” gift card

I made this up … but it’s…

Read more...


One election, not two

December 12th, 2014

Our Opinion / How any special election is structured could hugely affect the functionality of Fargo’s City Commission for months on end.

Some call it a potential conundrum. Sitting Fargo City Commissioners are required to tender their resignations should they choose to run for the mayor’s seat vacated when Denny Walaker died. Conceivably, that could result in a real mess.

Let’s look at this issue piece by piece.

The City Commission is required to set up a special election in order to…

Read more...


Rest in Peace, Dennis Walaker

December 3rd, 2014

Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Mayor Walaker’s family, friends, and colleagues

Sometimes, what’s ordinary can be extraordinary. That’s how we saw Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker, as an ordinary guy, a people person. After a brief and public battle with cancer, his death Tuesday night rocked the city.

We have absolutely no doubt that Denny Walaker would not be comfortable at all with the wave of accolades and kudos directed at him right now. On the surface, he was your…

Read more...


‘Times’ for an oil change

November 25th, 2014

Photo by J Earl Miller

Our opinion/ The New York Times’ “Downside of the Boom” provides an alarming wake up call to ND.

This week’s New York Times release of an exhaustive, nine month investigative look at the oil boom and its effects in North Dakota should be a wakeup call to state citizens. Quickly dismissed by state oil-boom cheerleaders, the two-part report, “The Downside of the Boom,” provides alarming, thorough detail about concerns raised by those who are willing to confront the good as well…

Read more...


In The Light of Day

November 19th, 2014

Our Opinion / The public has a legitimate interest in the unexpected and negotiated departure of Chief Ternes

Pretty much out of the blue, a media report Saturday, Nov. 8 let the cat out of the bag about city leaders “negotiating” the departure of Police Chief Keith Ternes. Mayor Walaker was quoted. By the next night, Sunday, Nov. 9, just after 8 o’clock, the city commission had announced a 7 a.m. special meeting for Monday, Nov. 10, “to discuss the Fargo Police Chief…

Read more...


Voting requirements as clear as mud

November 12th, 2014

Our opinion/ North Dakotans were stymied by new Voter ID law

Since Election Day, stories have been pouring in across North Dakota from voters not allowed to vote because of requirements from the state’s new Voter ID law. This year was the first general election vote following the ND Legislature’s enactment of the law.

In particular, many college students were unable to vote on Election Day because they had moved shortly before the election. The problem, however, seems to be not the…

Read more...


True honor will prevail: ​Redskins mascot is bound to go

November 5th, 2014

Last Sunday, the country’s largest protest against the Washington Redskins’ nickname was held in Minneapolis prior to the football team’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

While Washington owner Daniel Snyder has been very unwavering about not changing the name, the nation should expect to see continued escalating pressure from Natives and Native-mascot opponents alike. According to Sunday’s rally organizers, protestors will be at every Redskins game until the name…

Read more...


HPR Candidate Endorsements

October 29th, 2014

Our Opinion / For those wanting to vote early, you can go to the polls today and tomorrow

Last week, we shared HPR’s voting recommendations for the eight measures on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot. This week, we place our focus on a select few races hanging in the balance and of huge importance, at least in our opinion. For those wanting to vote, you can go to the polls today (Thursday) and tomorrow for early voting, or go vote at your regular polling place Tuesday.

VOTE ANDERSON,…

Read more...


HPR’s Ballot Measure Primer

October 22nd, 2014

Our Opinion / Get off your duff Nov. 4 and cast your vote

Far too many of you reading this editorial will sit idly on your duffs come Election Day Nov. 4 and the consequences will be immense. With eight measures in the balance, we implore you to get informed and to cast your vote. Following are HPR’s recommendations for ballot measures. Next week we focus on the candidates.

VOTE “NO” CONSTITUTIONAL MEASURE #1

This measure would create and enact a new section to Article I of the North…

Read more...


Tracker Pixel for Entry Farrms Tracker Pixel for Entry SummerReading Tracker Pixel for Entry Aquarium Tracker Pixel for Entry SLE2 Tracker Pixel for Entry SLE1 Tracker Pixel for Entry Marigold

Recently in:

By Maddie Robinsonmaddierobi.mr@gmail.com This article discusses topics related to mental health and suicide. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or visit 988lifeline.org. …

The life of a jockey straight from the horse's mouthBy Sabrina Hornungsabrina@hpr1.comFor George Pineda, jockeying is a family tradition. But that legacy includes loss. “My uncles, Alvaro and Robert Pineda — one got killed in a…

Thursday, August 8, gates 5 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.Bluestem Amphitheater, 801 50th Avenue S., MoorheadFormed by guitarist/vocalist Brian Setzer, upright bass player Lee Rocker and drummer Slim Jim Phantom, The Stray Cats…

Recovering from PennsylvaniaBy John Strandjas@hpr1.com Holy shit, America! Is this a path we want to stay on? Is this the tipping point or brink we’re at? Is it a sign of more to come, or a come to Jesus moment where we decide…

By Ed Raymondfargogadfly@gmail.comHow can anyone be lonely with eight billion homo sapiens on Earth?The world seems to be in the throes of a PTSD pandemic. Even the price of happiness is going way up. Back in 2010 two Nobel Prize…

By Rick Gionrickgion@gmail.com Holiday wine shopping shouldn’t have to be complicated. But unfortunately it can cause unneeded anxiety due to an overabundance of choices. Don’t fret my friends, we once again have you covered…

By Rick Gionrickgion@gmail.com In this land of hotdish and ham, the knoephla soup of German-Russian heritage seems to reign supreme. In my opinion though, the French have the superior soup. With a cheesy top layer, toasted baguette…

HPR chats with Slug of the hip-hop duo AtmosphereBy Sabrina Hornungsabrina@hpr1.comWhen Sean Daley, also known as Slug, the voice of Twin Cities-based hip hop duo Atmosphere and co-founder of rap label Rhymesayers was growing up,…

By Greg Carlsongregcarlson1@gmail.com Writer-director Nicole Riegel’s sophomore feature “Dandelion” is now playing in theaters following a world premiere at South by Southwest in March. The movie stars KiKi Layne as the…

New Minnesota sculptures include artist’s largest trollBy Sabrina Hornungsabrina@hpr1.com According to Danish artist and environmental activist Thomas Dambo, “All trash is treasure.” So far, he and his team have built 138…

By John Showalterjohn.d.showalter@gmail.comHigh Plains Reader had the opportunity to interview two mysterious new game show hosts named Milt and Bradley Barker about an upcoming event they will be putting on at Brewhalla. What…

By Annie Prafckeannieprafcke@gmail.com AUSTIN, Texas – As a Chinese-American, connecting to my culture through food is essential, and no dish brings me back to my mother’s kitchen quite like hotdish. Yes, you heard me right –…

By Sabrina Hornungsabrina@hpr1.comNew Jamestown Brewery Serves up Local FlavorThere’s something delicious brewing out here on the prairie and it just so happens to be the newest brewery west of the Red River and east of the…

By John Showalter  john.d.showalter@gmail.comThey sell fentanyl test strips and kits to harm-reduction organizations and…

JANUARY 19, 1967– MARCH 8, 2023 Brittney Leigh Goodman, 56, of Fargo, N.D., passed away unexpectedly at her home on March 8, 2023. Brittney was born January 19, 1967, to Ruth Wilson Pollock and Donald Ray Goodman, in Hardinsburg,…

By Madeline Lukemzlnd@yahoo.com About 100 years ago the state of agriculture in North Dakota was pretty dire. Minnesota banks, grain mills, and railroads treated ND as a colony; they extracted our labor and natural resources for…