Today on Main Street, Ashley Thornberg visits with author Ames Sheldon, winner of the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction for "Eleanor's Wars." Ames speaks tonight at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead.

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The recent "Standing Rock and the Media" symposium at UND dealt with the Dakota Access Pipeline protests and media coverage from several points of view. One of the most intriguing was titled "Communicating the Government's Story," which featured Nicole Willis, a media consultant for the Standing Rock Tribe, and Scott Davis, head of North Dakota's Indian Affairs Commission, who served as former Governor Jack Dalrymple's representative during the protests. Today we'll share their observations about the experience.

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A train derailment near Casselton has sent clouds of black smoke over the town. This video was shot around 2:30 pm by Ben Hamilton.
Kammermusik, conservationists, and a great ape. They came together at Wahpeton's Chahinkapa Zoo to highlight the intelligence of orangutans, and the threats to their rapidly shrinking habitats.
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Jenni Monet is an award-winning journalist who was arrested while covering the Standing Rock protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Today we'll share an excerpt from her keynote address at last week's symposium about the media and Standing Rock at UND. (Photo of the press pass that journalist Jenni Monet produced when asked by police at the site of a Dakota Access Pipeline protest on February 1.)

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Kyle Armitage is an associate professor of culinary arts at the North Dakota College of Science in Wahpeton. Today he joins us to talk about the culinary arts as an academic discipline and a career. (Photo from NDSCS with Kyle Armitage on the far right.)

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On today's Main Street show: Faye Seidler is advocating for at-risk transgender youth in North Dakota. Find her open letter to trans youth at…/an-open-letter-to-north-dakota-trans-youth. Listen to today's show here:…/transgender-activist-faye-s…

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Today we'll talk with Steve Martin about the career that followed his graduation from UND with a mechanical engineering degree in 1989. Martin is the CEO of KS Energy in Botswana and he's involved in power generation and management in several African countries. He'll be the keynote at Friday's Time Out Week event at UND-- speaking at 10:00 am in the Memorial Union Ballroom. (photo provided by UND)

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Yesterday Main Street shared the discussion of the media panel at Sunday's Good Government Summit in Bismarck. If you missed it, you can listen here:…/good-government-discussion-…

Today on Main Street we'll feature humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson as Thomas Jefferson, who addressed the Summit audience about good government in the time of the Founding Fathers (photo below).

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Today we’ll talk about healthcare for all and a non-profit that provides medical and dental care to thousands, including well over one thousand homeless people.Family HealthCare serves Fargo-Moorhead—and people of all incomes-- but it is a critical service for low income families and New Americans.Today we’ll discuss that mission CEO Patrick Gulbranson.

Also today we’ll hear from Casey Steele, the co-owner of Square One Kitchens in Fargo, how an incubator kitchen can help wit...h community development.

We’ll learn about a national grass-roots group called Represent Us, which is organizing in North Dakota, from volunteer Phil Davenport and Dennis Cooley with the Northern Plains Ethics Institute at NDSU. Information at:

And Chuck Lura will share a Natural North Dakota essay about chestnuts.

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Ross Lockhart is with the Northern Small Farm Alliance, which is hosting an event Thursday at Scheel's Arena in south Fargo.( Lockhart and his wife, Amber, operate Heart and Soil Farm near Gardner, North Dakota, and are advocates of small farms and organically grown produce. Today we'll talk about the small farm movement and its potential to grow.

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Today we'll talk with UND mechanical engineering professor George Bibel about his latest book, "Plane Crash: The Forensics of Aviation Disasters." Bibel says air travel is remarkable safe, but there's always room for improvement.

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Jack Russell Weinstein is a philosophy professor at UND and the host of public radio's "WHY: Philosophical Discussions about Everyday Life," which will air this Sunday at 5:00 pm Central on Prairie Public's radio network. This week's topic is "Does Big Data Threaten Our Democracy?" His featured guest will be Cathy O'Neil, a mathematician and author of "Weapons of Math Destruction." We'll have a preview discussion with Jack to start today's Main Street show.

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Also today we'll talk with Medora spokesman Justin Fisk about this summer's Medora Musical and new entertainment offerings that will play beyond summer. (Photo of last year's show)

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Today we'll share an excerpt from a recent "Prairie Pulse" television show with host Matt Olien and UND professors Bill Caraher and Bret Weber talking about their book "The Bakken: An Archeology of an Industrial Landscape."

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The FM Opera will finish its North of Normal Chamber Opera Series with "Soldier Songs," an opera in song cycle form. The production will be staged at NDSU's Festival Hall with performances Friday evening and Sunday afternoon. Today we'll talk with FM Opera general manager David Hamilton and the opera's composer, David T. Little, and the star, Christopher Burchett. (Photo by Ada Nieuwendijk for the Arts Partnership)

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Today we'll talk about a complicated issue that could devastate the retirement of many workers. Dennis Kooren, a retired UPS driver, serves on the National United Committee to Protect Pensions and it's a vital mission for him, because he faces a potentially massive cut in his pension benefits. Across the US, 1.4 million people share his dilemma.-- 2000 in North Dakota.

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Today we'll hear a provocative panel discussion about art that provokes discomfort. Prairie Public's Bill Thomas will share another excerpt from the recent UND Writers Conference. (Conference photo)

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