MINOT, N.D. — I’m sure that many of you, like me, have watched disturbing videos of racist demonstrations, have seen the men, women, and even children holding signs with bigoted slogans, and wondered how it was that people could have their minds and their hearts turned to hatred.

North Dakota may be getting an up-close view of how that evolution happens.

Jupiter Paulsen was 14 years old on June 4, 2021, when she was attacked in front of a strip mall in Fargo while skateboarding from her father’s home to her mother’s home. The brutal assault, which left her body with more than 20 stab wounds, lasted some 30 minutes.

Jupiter succumbed to her wounds days after the attack.

It was a grievous loss for her friends and family.

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