Week of April 8, 2024

  • Abshere pleads guilty to felony sex charge

    Nathan Price

    Kristopher Abshere, 33, has pleaded guilty to a Class AA felony charge for impregnating a 14-year-old girl in 2022. Abshere was arrested last June after it was revealed he'd impregnated the 14-year-old, and was charged with gross sexual imposition of a minor under 15 years old, a Class AA felony. According to court documents, Abshere had been living with the girl and her family since May 2021, at first in Carrington and then in New Rockford. Throughout that time, court documents say Abshere was...

  • City valuation increases by 12 percent

    Amy Wobbema

    City Assessor Kristy O’Connor shared news of growth with the New Rockford City Commission Monday. She presented to city leaders during their annual tax equalization meeting, held in conjunction with the April 1 regular meeting. “Growth reflects increase,” O’Connor noted, referencing the many new businesses that have started in the community in the past five years. The projected taxable valuation for the City of New Rockford in 2024 is $3,217,665, an increase of 12 percent from last...

  • County discusses Brantford Road

    Nathan Price

    At the Eddy County Commission’s regular meeting on Tuesday, April 2, commissioners reviewed a few options for the Brantford Road project. The commission has been planning to fund improvements to the road, which known formally as County Road 10, for some time. However, they learned on Tuesday that the project’s cost won’t be easy to afford. The first option they reviewed involved a complete overhaul, including a full-depth reclamation, reshaping of the base course, new pavement and a chip...

  • Sheyenne: April 8, 2024

    Patti Clifton

    A National Honor Society blood drive was held at First Lutheran Church in New Rockford last Tuesday. Patti Larson was one of the donors. Tanner Erickson and family of Stillwater, Minn., were home at the Lynn and Charlotte Erickson farm last week for a few days of spring break. Lynn and Charlotte invited Peter, Patti and Joanna over for burgers at noon on Wednesday to visit and see the kids, Winston and Edith. Brenda Bachmeier of Pink Pistil Flower Boutique in New Rockford hosted a floral centerpiece class at the Open Season Lodge in Sheyenne...

  • Eggstra fun in Centennial Park

    The first annual Community Easter Egg Hunt was held on Saturday, March 30 in Centennial Park in downtown New Rockford. This event was put together by Mindy's Clubhouse and Wonder Lanes Bowling Alley. Over 10,000 eggs covered the ground of Centennial Park for kids between the ages of 3-12 to find. The kids scrambled to find all of the eggs, and within 15 minutes, the ground was completely clear. The kids were also able to meet the Easter Bunny, who was walking around with a basket full of...

  • Hoeven, Cramer, Armstrong statement after USPS interim audit released

    Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong issued the following statement after the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Inspector General (IG) released its interim audit of facilities in Bismarck, Mandan and Minot. The audit, which is available online, found delayed mail and other operational deficiencies at each facility and recommended that district management: • Properly allocate resources at the manual letter and flat operations units and verify the mail is sorted in time to meet dispatch daily at the Bismarck...

  • National Library Week celebrated April 7-13

    National Library Week is a time to celebrate our nation's libraries, library workers' contributions and promote library use and support. The theme for National Library Week 2024 is "Ready, Set, Library," illustrating the idea that in our always-online world, libraries give us a green light to something truly special: a place to connect with others, learn new skills and focus on what matters most. At the library's author talks, workshops and book clubs, Americans can connect with fellow...

  • 701 Rundown: April 8, 2024

    Nathan Price

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. 2024 construction season brings 100+ workers to Foster County The 2024 construction season will be the busiest yet along the route of the Red River Valley Water Supply Project (RRVWSP) pipeline. Three construction contracting companies will have crews living and working in and around the city of Carrington, as they install more than 20 miles of the 72-inch diameter pipeline. Vance Miller...

  • NR-S Archery hosting fundraiser April 12

    The New Rockford-Sheyenne archery team, having enjoyed another very successful season, is looking for the community's support to send their archers to the NASP Western Nationals in Sandy, Utah. To help raise funds, which would go toward any number of expenses related to traveling to Utah and staying for several days, the archery program is hosting a fundraiser. The fundraiser will be a free will meal on Friday, April 12 at the New Rockford Eagles Club. They are serving up a delicious meal of...

  • ECCC to lead community mental health program

    Nathan Price

    On Wednesday, April 17, a young-adult mental health course will be held in the New Rockford-Sheyenne School cafeteria. Eddy County Community Cares will be hosting this beneficial program. The course is open to all, and is geared toward teenagers, youth adults and anyone close to them, including parents and students of the class of 2024. Those who choose to attend can expect to learn about signs, tools and other resources available to support a young person’s launch into adulthood. Those...

  • NDSU Extension youth farm safety camps set

    According to the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Safety and Health, young workers were 7.8 times more likely to be fatally injured in agriculture when compared to all other industries combined in 2016. Tractors and all-terrain vehicles are the leading sources of fatal events. When it comes to youth fatalities on the farm, 47 percent involved transportation, which includes tractors, 20 percent involved contact with machinery and 13 percent involved violent contact with animals on a farm. In 2021, the annual cost of...



  • Hitting marks: Rockets excel at annual CNDC Indoor in Minot

    Kyrie Dauenhauer

    Another meet, more top placings for the newly-co-oped New Rockford-Sheyenne and Four Winds track and field team. On Thursday, March 28, the Rockets competed in the annual CNDC Indoor held at the Minot State University Dome. Four Winds senior, Deng Deng, earned top marks in not one, but two individual events – long jump and high jump. Like the Great North Regional Open, Deng earned first place in long jump, this time with a jump of 21 feet, 1 inch. Deng competed in the boys' high jump event...

  • Play Ball!

    Nathan Price

    Spring baseball season has finally arrived, and the Sheyenne-New Rockford Black Sox are gearing up for a promising season. What makes this season promising, you ask? Well, for starters, it's the first season in some time that isn't being delayed or hindered by several feet of snow. In previous years, the local baseball diamonds were smothered in snow to start the season, but this year the Black Sox were able to get outside and practice on the field. Head coach Dave Skogen and his team were out...

  • History of New Rockford: April 8, 2024

    K.C. Gardner Jr.

    On Nov. 1, 1906, E.C. Cooper of Grand Forks was in town adjusting the fire losses in the First National Bank. Miss Mary Cain was up from Carrington to visit. That evening, the Congregational Choir hosted a social in the church with a program and a Dutch lunch. The Nov. 2, 1906, “Transcript” reported that Sheriff George F. Fahrer had collected over $3000 in delinquent personal property taxes over the previous 30 days. There were notices from each of the candidates for County Register of...

  • For the Trees: Landscape Forest Stewardship Plan has been developed for the Turtle Mountains

    Cody Clemenson

    A unified approach to managing the forest in the Turtle Mountain region of North Dakota has come to fruition with the completion of the Turtle Mountain Landscape Forest Stewardship Plan. As one would imagine, these precious forest resources are essential to an agency like the North Dakota Forest Service. However, these forested resources are critical to many others, including other agencies, businesses and stakeholders throughout the state. That is why a group of invested individuals were...

  • Savvy Senior: Recommended vaccines for Medicare recipients

    Jim Miller

    Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I recently turned 65 and would like to find out which vaccines are recommended and covered by Medicare? New Beneficiaries Dear New, All recommended vaccines for adults, age 65 and older, should be covered by either Medicare Part B or Part D, but there are some coverage challenges you should be aware of. Here’s a rundown of which vaccines are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and how Medicare covers them. COVID-19: Even though...

  • When renovation meets innovation

    Amy Wobbema

    “Help, I need advice! Tell me what to do with this weird corner below the stairs in my house!” “Show my husband that our brick home’s exterior would look better painted.” “I can’t stand these ‘orange’ wood cabinets that were custom built by the previous owner. Would they look better stained black or painted white?” Such are common questions a typical homeowner might ask his friends and neighbors. Every home has its quirks; some more than others. I remember watching “This...

  • Justice John Rutledge: a George Washington favorite and founding era juggernaut

    John Rutledge of South Carolina, a founding era titan who held virtually every important political office and judicial post from the pre-Revolutionary years through the Constitutional Convention, was one of George Washington’s favorites and easily fulfilled the first President’s seven criteria for an appointment to the first U.S. Supreme Court. Had it not been for President Washington’s interest in naming John Jay as the Court’s first Chief Justice, as a means of honoring the key state of New York, whose ratification of the...

  • April is Fair Housing Month

    Michelle Rydz

    This month all over the state of North Dakota we commemorate Fair Housing Month with trainings, panel discussions, movies, library displays and city and state proclamations celebrating this important legislation. The Fair Housing Act, passed days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., both 1) aimed to eradicate discrimination in housing based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, disability and familial status and 2) intended to promote residential integration. It...

  • Obituary: Hailey Crosswhite

    Hailey Crosswhite Fargo, N.D. Hailey Nicole Crosswhite – Wasté Dákapí Win, Everyone Loves Her – age 30, our beautiful daughter, sister, granddaughter, aunt, niece and friend of Fargo, N.D. began her heavenly journey on March 24, 2024, at Sanford Hospital in Fargo surrounded by her loved ones. Hailey's visitation was held Friday, March 29, 2024 from 1-3:30 p.m. at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford followed by a visitation at 5 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at St. Michael Rec...

  • Obituary: Irvin Loe

    Irvin Loe McHenry, N.D. Irvin Berne Loe, age 87, formerly of McHenry, N.D., passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at the Bethany Retirement Home in Fargo, N.D. Irvin's visitation was held Thursday, April 4, 2024 from noon to 1 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m., all at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford. His burial followed at the Grace City Cemetery. Pastor Mindy Meier officiated the service. Special music was "Amazing Grace" by Andy Wood and "Lyllybye." Pallbearers were all of Irvin's...

  • Sermonette: Peace be with you

    Pastor Amy Kippen

    When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they...

  • New Rockford-Sheyenne Board of Education Agenda: April 8, 2024

    AGENDA New Rockford-Sheyenne Board of Education Regular Meeting – Zoom Monday, April 8th, 2024, 7:00 p.m. I. REGULAR ITEMS A. Call to order, roll call, establishment of quorum, and approval of agenda. B. Consent agenda. Attachments. Discussion. Motion. 1. Approve minutes of March 11th, 2024 regular meeting, March 8th 2024 special meeting, the March 18th 2024 special meeting and March 20th 2024 special meeting 2. Business Manager’s Report a. Balance Sheet. b. General Fund Revenue Report. c. General Fund Expenditure Report. d. Building...

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