Week of July 15, 2024

  • Demester honored by Chamber

    Nathan Price

    Having taught pre-K and kindergarten at New Rockford-Sheyenne for 28 years and counting, Lori Demester is well known and highly regarded in the New Rockford community. As a teacher, she's taught hundreds of young students over the years, many who have gone on to become productive community members here in Eddy County. And now, this summer she's taken on yet another opportunity to provide invaluable education and unique experiences for local youth. For the past several weeks she's been working...

  • Library usage continues to rise

    Nathan Price

    As per North Dakota Century Code, the Eddy-New Rockford Public Library is required to give a report to both the city and county every year, and this year's was recently delivered by librarian Susie Sharp. The report was given to county and city commissioners at their regular July meetings, and it showed that usage is the prior year. The report's data list from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024 includes the following, with last year's numbers in parentheses: • Books added, 175 (371) • Books...

  • Local artist commissioned for mural in Tolna

    Jennifer Parker, née Gleason, finished this beautiful mural in downtown Tolna last week. The artisic masterpiece features a bald eagle and silhouettes of servicemen. The mural was painted on the wall of the post office, adjacent to the recently-installed Tolna American Legion Post 162 Veterans Memorial. Parker has family members featured on the memorial wall, recognized for their service to our country. See this mural in color on our website, www.newro...

  • Farewell to fuel tanks

    Heavy equipment and a gaping hole were quite the sight to see along Hwy. 281 Tuesday, as Hager Excavating removed the underground fuel tanks at Mick's 281 Service. The pumps were also deconstructed onsite and taken to their final resting place. Owner Kenny Thompson's grandkids sought to capitalize on the curious passersby and set up a lemonade stand...

  • 4th of July Independence Day - Sheyenne

    The Sheyenne parade had many different parade floats this year – with nearly 40 entries. Entering in the parade also meant your float would be judged in these categories – Most Entertaining, Best Decorated, Most Original, Best Antique Auto, Best Horse and Best Tractor. The Sheyenne Community Band float earned Most Entertaining. The Most Original float was Joanna Larson and her heifer, Tea Cup, supporting her run for Eddy County Commissioner. Gavin Brown's antique dino fuel vehicle was...

  • 4th of July Independence Day - New Rockford

    Autocross on Dirt took place at the track south of New Rockford on Thursday, July 4. Many locals were named winners in the four different classes – compact, modified, stock and powder puff. Bill Bachmeier of Carrington, N.D. won the compact class; Kurt Hart of Chaseley, N.D. topped all in the modified class; Tristin Larson of Grace City took first in stock and his younger sister, Lilly, took first place in the powder puff class. The third annual Freedom 5K/10K on Friday, July 5 was truly an...

  • Theatre fundraising efforts ongoing

    Nathan Price

    More than 18 months have passed since the roof of the historic Rockford Theatre collapsed, and efforts continue to rebuild and reopen this landmark New Rockford business. Plans to rebuild Rockford Theatre were unveiled last November, much to the delight of locals. The new theatre aims to offer a more modern and improved movie-going experience, while still retaining its history and honoring its past. The new projector room, for example, will have the latest technology for cinema screening, and...

  • Abshere to spend 5 years behind bars

    Nathan Price

    On Tuesday, July 9, Kristopher Abshere appeared in the Foster County Courthouse for sentencing after pleading guilty to gross sexual imposition. Abshere was charged with the Class AA felony last June after he was discovered to have impregnated a 14-year-old girl. Court documents say the sexual relationship between Abshere and the girl began in Carrington while he had been living with her and her family since May 2021, and continued when he and the family moved to New Rockford in the fall of...

  • 701 Rundown: July 15, 2024

    Nathan Price

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. High speed police chase ends in arrest Alfred Lee Clark from Cody, Wyo., was arrested on Thursday, June 27 after a high-speed chase through both McKenzie and Billings Counties. He has been charged with five Class C felonies and one Class B misdemeanor. According to the affidavit filed with the Northwest Judicial District, a deputy with the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD)...

  • Sheyenne News: July 15, 2024

    Patti Clifton

    Many households in the Sheyenne community welcomed families home for the 4th of July celebration. Last week started out wet. It rained Monday evening, so the community garden volunteers didn't meet. Any time is a good time to pull weeds in the cucumber, corn or onion rows. The potatoes have been hilled up and are shading out the weeds. Tomatoes are mulched. Stop by anytime and pick cherries that are plentiful in the Prairie Dawn Orchard. Steve Loe, his daughter Madison and her friend Joe, all of Lincoln, Neb., arrived in Sheyenne on June 30...

  • Citywide Garage Sales August 2-3

    The New Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Citywide Garage Sales will be held on Friday and Saturday, August 2-3. Participants may register now at Bakers Dozen or the Transcript office in downtown New Rockford. Cost is $5 per address to secure a spot in the sale. Registrations must be received by Tuesday, July 23 to be included on the maps and newspaper ad. An ad listing the addresses of all participating garage sales will be published in the July 29 edition of the Transcript. Maps of all registered sales will be distributed free to...

  • School Board Agenda: July 15, 2024

    AGENDA New Rockford-Sheyenne Board of Education Regular Meeting – Library Monday, July 15th, 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 June 17th 2024, regular meeting. 2. Business Manager’s report. a. Balance Sheet. b. General Fund Revenue Report. c. General Fund Expenditure Report. d. Building Fund. e. Sinking and Interest Fund. f. Food Service Fund. g. Activity Fund 3. Presentation of bills. II....

  • USPS mail concerns reaching 'a fever pitch', head of North Dakota Newspaper Association says

    Korrie Wenzel, Grand Forks Herald

    The National Newspaper Association’s move late last month to forward a series of complaints to the Postal Regulatory Commission will hopefully add impact to calls from the association and elsewhere for postal reform, the head of the North Dakota Newspaper Association said. Cecile Wehrman, executive director of the NDNA, said the postal concerns are impacting not just newspaper readers in North Dakota, but nationwide The hope is that the national association’s recent effort – announced Friday – will help, she said. “I think it’s...

  • Senior Meals: July 15-19

    Monday: Grilled chicken, herbed green beans, potato salad, bread and pear sauce. Tuesday: Fish fillet sandwich on a bun with lettuce, tomato, onion and tartar sauce, au gratin potatoes and apple sauce. Wednesday: Roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, low sodium vegetable, bread and fruit sauce. Thursday: Low sodium ham, mashed sweet potatoes, low sodium vegetable, bread and sauce or fruit. Friday: Sloppy joe on a bun, tater tots, peas and carrots and fruit...

  • Fruit project features apple diseases at Carrington Research Extension Center field day on July 16

    The Northern Hardy Fruit Evaluation Project orchard will be the site of a tour and featured presentation during the North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center's annual field day set for July 16. Topics of other tours include beef production, agronomy and specialty crops, and organic and sustainable agriculture. The center's 65th annual field day begins at 9 a.m. with registration, coffee and a welcome address by NDSU leaders, including NDSU President David Cook, and...



  • District woes

    Nathan Price and Erik Gjovik

    After taking down Langdon in a thrilling come-from-behind victory, the New Rockford Post 30 Black Sox ran into a few more roadblocks on Tuesday, July 9. Up first was Carrington Post 25, and their pitcher Kael Kovar carried a shutout into the seventh inning, while their offense rode home runs from Grady Shipman and Josh Bickett to take a crucial District 4 win over New Rockford Post 30 at Carrington's City Park Tuesday, July 9. The Redbirds got single tallies in the first, third and fifth...

  • Post 30 stuns Red Sox in Langdon

    Nathan Price

    On Wednesday, July 3, the Post 30 Black Sox ended a two-game losing skid in the most emphatic way possible. Playing against the Langdon Red Sox in Langdon, Post 30 were looking to get back in the win column and develop some momentum as the postseason approaches. But as Wednesday's game got underway, the Black Sox certainly didn't do themselves many favors. With Keaton Cudworth on the mound, the Red Sox were able to score a run in each of the first two innings courtesy of an RBI single and a...

  • History of New Rockford: July 15, 2024

    K. C. Gardner Jr., Drayton, ND - NRHS Class of 1962

    Reports on Jan. 26, 1907, showed the following: The First National Bank of New Rockford, James E. Hyde, cashier, showed resources (assets) of $81,222.72 down $7,772.59 from the $88,995.31 of November 12. Checking accounts were $18,398.79, down $475.52 from the $18,874.31 of November 12. The Bank of New Rockford, Assistant Cashier P.J. Braman, had resources (assets) of $191,959.36, down $17,828.49 from the $209,787.85 of November 12. Checking accounts amounted to $75,489.15, down $21,738.10 from the $97,227.26 of November 12. The Farmers and...

  • Savvy Senior: How to treat age-related macular degeneration

    Jim Miller

    Dear Savvy Senior, Is macular degeneration hereditary? My mother lost much of her vision from it before she died, and now at age 65, I’m concerned I may get it too. What can you tell me? Brown Eyed Betty Dear Betty, Unfortunately, having a parent or sibling with macular degeneration does indeed increase your risk of getting it by three to four times. But the good news is there are things you can do to protect your eyesight, and a number of treatments that are available if you do happen to get...

  • Dakota Gardener: The biggest threat to our gardens

    Tom Kalb, NDSU Extension horticulturist

    What's the biggest threat to gardens today in the Dakotas? It is herbicide misuse. Nothing else comes close. Gardeners send me over 1,000 photos of sick plants every summer. The most common photos are of tomato and potato vines that are mysteriously twisted and curled. In many cases, nearby tree leaves are stretched and cupped. These symptoms are caused by herbicide injury. Today's herbicides are much more powerful and persistent than ever. Lawn clippings may be toxic to garden plants. In the...

  • We the People: July 15, 2024

    David Adler

    The Supreme Court defies its platform in service of an Imperial Presidency For years to come, constitutional scholars and historians will long note the irony of the Supreme Court’s defiance of its own intellectual platform in rendering a decision in Trump v. United States, on the eve of the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, that creates out of whole cloth the dangerous doctrine of executive immunity in service of an Imperial Presidency. The very concept of clothing the American Presidency with protection that placed the...

  • Time to punch Ticketmaster's ticket

    Peter Roff

    The most critical nexus in the free market is the transactions that occur when willing sellers and interested buyers meet. One does not usually look to the federal government to resolve concerns that the costs of particular goods or services are too high. Sometimes there are exceptions. There is general agreement, for example, that the government can and should act when a company’s control of all or most of a single market allows it to act in ways adverse to the best interests of consumers....

  • Who "runs the country?" We do!

    Thomas Knapp

    "Who runs the country?" I've been hearing variants of that question a lot over the last few weeks, mainly in forms like "given Joe Biden's age and apparent mental decline, can we trust him to run the country for another four years?" For the last eight or nine years, I've also heard it a lot, in slightly different forms, about Donald Trump. I visited Google Trends to find out if I'm just imagining increased frequency of that annoying question. Turns out my perception is correct: After a brief spike in 2004, the phrase "who runs the country"...

  • Living on Purpose: July 15, 2024

    Billy Holland

    Be encouraged! God will take care of you It’s reassuring to know that as a child of God, you are not alone in this world. Our gracious heavenly Father has promised that He is aware and interested in even the tiniest occurrences in your life and has promised to be with you always. Does this mean you will never have struggles and problems? Of course not, but knowing we are secure in the palm of His hand definitely gives us hope and faith. Matthew Chapter 6 reveals that He knows what we need...

  • Sermonette: July 15, 2024

    Joe Greiner, Pastor, Evangelical Free Church

    Sometimes, life is hard. Part I of II Sometimes life is hard. Sometimes, life is really really hard. Somedays it’s hard to get out of bed, hard to have joy, hard to have any confidence that the life you’re living is the life God wants you to live. You wake up in the morning, and if you had one wish, it would be to start clean somewhere different. In these times, there are many passages that can give comfort. Famous passages like Psalms, Jesus in Gethsemane or Job. But this week and next week, I want to look instead at Jeremiah, and...

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