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Hundreds attend Fargo rally urging veto of abortion measures

First, the facts. Rallies organized by the recently formed Stand Up for Women North Dakota were held in Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck and Minot yesterday. Hundreds turned out to urge Gov. Jack Dalrymple to veto legislation aimed at limiting or banning abortion. Today, the governor signed three bills, setting the stage for legal battles, more rallies and a lot more. Fargo is home to the state’s lone abortion provider.

Second, the obvious. Abortion ranks as one of the most contentious issues in the nation.

Third, the disclaimer. I attended yesterday’s rally as an independent photojournalist who frequently documents organized events and general happenings in the Red River Valley. I present these photographs as a record of events. My guess is future rallies and counter rallies will be held. I will also photograph those gatherings as life permits.

Thanks for looking. – Ann

Hundreds attend Fargo rally urging veto of abortion measures

Hundreds attend Fargo rally urging veto of abortion measures

Hundreds attend Fargo rally urging veto of abortion measures

Hundreds attend Fargo rally urging veto of abortion measures

Hundreds attend Fargo rally urging veto of abortion measures

Hundreds attend Fargo rally urging veto of abortion measures

Hundreds attend Fargo rally urging veto of abortion measures

Photograph of northern leopard frog in North Dakota

I’ve never given much thought to photographing the northern leopard frog or really any variety of frog. That was before a recent assignment with Minnesota Public Radio News. I recently spent a short time photographing the northern leopard frog near Mantador, N.D., and was absolutely taken with these creatures [and mighty thankful for my macro]. They were a hoot to photograph. Working in concert with a radio reporter requires I’m more quiet than usual. I was so delighted with the frogs and their unpredictable jumps that I was giggling. It was silly, but oh so entertaining. The audio version of the story and more photographs are online here.

Thanks for looking. – Ann

Photograph of northern leopard frog in North Dakota

Photograph of northern leopard frog in North Dakota

Photograph of northern leopard frog in North Dakota

Photograph of northern leopard frog in North Dakota

Photograph of northern leopard frog in North Dakota

Photograph of northern leopard frog in North Dakota

Photograph of northern leopard frog in North Dakota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

During the past 13 months I’ve accepted a number of assignments with Minnesota Public Radio News to photograph what’s become an ongoing labor dispute between American Crystal Sugar and 1,300 union workers. The company has five processing plants in the Red River Valley. The one-year anniversary of the lockout is today and my guess is no one is celebrating. Photographs from past demonstrations and the morning of the lockout were shared previously on my journal. More recently I photographed the exterior of the processing plant in Moorhead, Minn., and also briefly passed through Hillsboro, N.D., which is home to another plant. Some of those photographs are featured here, while others were created several months ago. A story by MPR reporter Dan Gunderson aired a few days ago and is available online here.

Thanks for looking, Ann

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Hillsboro North Dakota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Hillsboro North Dakota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

 

Scene along the Red River in Grand Forks, North Dakota

Posts have been few and far between over the past few months. Let’s chalk it up to an ongoing flurry of editorial and commercial assignments as well as the general busyness of wedding season. Yesterday, I found myself in East Grand Forks, Minn., on assignment for Minnesota Public Radio News. I made some pictures to illustrate an upcoming story as well as the photograph above. I like it and am sharing it before I forget. Thanks for looking. – Ann

Bonnie's Hometown Grocery

Much of Minnesota’s Big Stone County – like many parts of the state – has been deemed a “rural food desert” by the United States Department of Agriculture. In fact, huge swaths of middle America and the people who live there have low access to healthy foods and the variety of food found at large grocery stores. Honestly, I’ve never given much thought to food distribution or availability in this part of the world. We’re surrounded by farms and fields.

For a recent assignment with Minnesota Public Radio News I spent the better part of an afternoon in Big Stone County. One of my tasks was to photograph at Bonnie’s Hometown Grocery. The small store, owned by Bonnie Carlson, is located in Clinton, Minn. The grocery is something of an oasis and provides more than just the basics. Mrs. Carlson, who doesn’t like to be photographed, was a gracious host and more than tolerated my presence. I also had the opportunity to briefly visit a small family farm outside Clinton [see bottom two photographs].

You can see more photographs and read [or listen] to the article here. It’s an interesting issue and one we might all want to consider. Thanks for looking. – Ann

Bonnie's Hometown Grocery

Bonnie's Hometown Grocery

Bonnie's Hometown Grocery

Bonnie's Hometown Grocery

Rural Big Stone County

Getting A Drink

Washing Up