Week of March 4, 2024

  • Firearm thefts reported in New Rockford

    Nathan Price

    A rash of firearm thefts has been occurring in New Rockford throughout January and February of this year. According to Eddy County Sheriff Paul Lies, three vehicles in New Rockford have been burglarized, and he’s asking for anyone with information to come forward. Lies said the three vehicles were left unlocked and had several firearms stolen from them, which the sheriff’s department has been working to track down. The first theft reportedly took place on Jan. 13, and the most recent...

  • Matted and Malnourished

    Nathan Price

    A grim discovery was recently made in rural Eddy County. After being contacted by a concerned family member, volunteers from Prairie Paws Rescue of Jamestown traveled to a residence in Eddy County on Friday, Feb. 23, about 10 miles northeast of New Rockford. What they discovered were more than two dozen neglected and malnourished dogs and puppies, along with several deceased animals. Kaye John, President and Co-Founder of Prairie Paws Rescue, was among those who first came to Eddy County on...

  • Winners announced for annual Brandon Kolstad Memorial Coyote Hunt

    The annual Brandon Kolstad Memorial Coyote Hunt took place on Sunday, Feb. 25 at Wild Things Taxidermy in Sheyenne. A total of 19 teams signed up for the event and brought in 21 coyotes. Greg Kolstad and Brad Skytland took first place; Ben Grann and Ben Ayre placed second; and Joel Kuczynski and Dale Peplinski took third place. Andy Bachmeier and Nate Collier received the "Big Dog" prize whereas Damon Finley and Kiefer Finley were awarded the "Little Dog"...

  • A Grann Honor

    Nathan Price

    Bobbi Grann Olson, a 2009 graduate of New Rockford-Sheyenne, was recently inducted into the Dickinson State University Athletic Hall of Fame. She was officially inducted as a female rodeo athlete on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the DSU Rodeo Team's annual Cowboys and Candlelight event. For Olson, it was a highlight of her incredibly successful career in rodeo, which is still far from over. She first showed a talent for various rodeo events at a young age, and she eventually became one of the best...

  • Reisenauer wins state contest

    Nathan Price

    After winning a statewide contest, a talented fifth grade student at New Rockford-Sheyenne received a unique award on Friday, Feb. 23. Every year, the North Dakota Weed Control Association (NDWCA) holds a poster contest for fifth and sixth grade students throughout the state of North Dakota, and this year, New Rockford-Sheyenne's Zoe Reisenauer stood out among the rest. Reisenauer received her award in front of the entire fifth grade class Friday afternoon, which included a plaque that...

  • Barbies & Bingo at the Brown

    On Sunday, Feb. 25, the New Rockford Park District hosted their second annual daddy daughter dance at the Brown Memorial. Dozens of girls and their male role models attended the dance – which included dancing, bingo and tacos. What more could a girl ask for! Brenda Bachmeier with The Pink Pistil Flower Boutique provided an extraordinary pink and white balloon arch, as well as some of the attendees' corsages and boutonnières. KayElla Photography snapped...

  • Forever Dance Spring Show 2024

    The annual Forever Dance Spring Show took place on Sunday, Feb. 25 at Carrington High School. Dancers from the Tinys, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Cardinaires performed a handful of routines throughout the show. Want to purchase photos of your little dancer? Head over to transcript.smugmug.com to look through the gallery. https://transcript.smugmug.com/Foster-County-Independent-photos/Forever-Dance...

  • Sheyenne: March 4, 2024

    Patti Clifton

    Patti Larson visited at the Heritage House in New Rockford last Tuesday and got in on birthday cake and ice cream for her aunt Judy Cudworth. Later in the week, Patti had her uncle Doug Cudworth over for supper to celebrate his 70th birthday. Last Wednesday, Jan Loe and Patti Clifton stopped at the Pingree Community Cafe for noon lunch on their way to Jamestown. In Jamestown, stops were at the recycling center, Menards and Walmart. They also made a couple stops in Carrington before returning home to Sheyenne. It was a beautiful shirt-sleeve...

  • 701 Rundown: March 4, 2024

    Nathan Price

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. May-Port-C-G volleyball, basketball teams appear headed for Division A in 2025-26 May-Port-C-G’s volleyball and basketball teams may be bumped from Division B to Division A starting in the 2025-26 school year. Stacy Hanson, MPCG’s assistant athletic director, told the MPCG School Board on Monday that district officials received notice that the Patriots, based on their projected...



  • Belquist named to All Region 2 Team

    During championship night of the Region 2 Girls' Basketball, NR-S senior Kelsie Belquist was named to the All Region team along with 14 other athletes from the region. Those athletes were Rylee Satrom, Raegen Zerface and Maysa Larson, May-Port-C-G; Alani Morin and Aubree Jeanotte, St. John; Cora Badding, Jalynn Swanson, Jaya Henderson and Meredith Romfo, Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich; Jenna Rosinski, North Prairie; Kennison Azure, Hatton/Northwood; Aubrey Kenner and Kaitlyn Maddock, Benson County;...

  • Local esports teams take on state tourney

    Nathan Price

    The Triple Threat, the esports co-op of NR-S, Hazen and Garrison, sent two teams to this year's state esports tournament. This year's tournament once again took place in Grand Forks on the UND campus. The first contests of the tournament began on Thursday, Feb. 22, with the championship games occurring on Friday. One of the two teams to qualify for state was The Triple Threat's Rocket League team, which consists of Jacob Louters and Wyatt Dockter of NR-S, and Parker Frei of Hazen. Steven Sogge...

  • On to Regionals

    Nathan Price

    With a pair of victories at the District 4 tournament in Larimore, the New Rockford-Sheyenne Rockets have officially advanced to the Region 2 Tournament in Devils Lake. The Rockets began their District tournament with a first round matchup against the Benson County Wildcats, who they'd previously lost to in a close game earlier the season. Taking place on Friday, Feb. 23, their matchup on this occasion, however, wasn't nearly as close. The Rockets opened up the game with a healthy 11-6 lead...

  • Archers challenged at Oakes tourney

    Amy Wobbema

    Rocket archers made the trek to Oakes on Saturday, Feb. 24, where they faced stiff competition in bullseye and 3D. Layton Jacobson landed at the top of the leaderboard in both. He was one point shy of his personal best in bullseye, but his 294 was still the top score of the tournament for the high school boys. Bradyn Collier earned the bronze medal in the high school boys’ division of the 3D competition with a 281. He also earned a top 10 finish in bullseye, shooting a 282 and fourth place...

  • Archival Anecdotes: Running water, a recent amenity

    Rachel Brazil

    If you've never taken a look at the Eddy County history book, "Century of Sowers," I encourage you to. Written in 1983 this book was printed in celebration of the county's centennial anniversary. Now there aren't many copies in circulation, but luckily anyone can access the full book on the Digital Horizons website at https://digitalhorizonsonline.org/digital/. Most recently, I consulted the book regarding the installation of running water in county homes. This interest developed after a...

  • Savvy Senior: How to divide your personal possessions without dividing the family

    Jim Miller

    Dear Savvy Senior, Do you have any suggestions on divvying up my personal possessions to my kids after I’m gone without causing hard feelings or conflict? I have a lot of jewelry, art, family heirlooms and antique furniture, and four grown kids that don’t always see eye-to-eye on things. Conflicted Parent Dear Conflicted, Divvying up personal possessions among adult children or other loved ones can often be a tricky task. Deciding who should get what without showing favoritism, hurting...

  • History of New Rockford: March 4, 2024

    K.C. Gardner Jr.

    The Sept. 28, 1906, “Transcript” stated that Mr. and Mrs. P.H. West and family had moved into their new home on Lamborn Avenue East. The Consolidated Elevator, managed by J.C. Smith, was planning on a 40,000 bushel addition. Miss Edna Lloyd was a student at Phillips Academy. On September 28, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Stout came in from Granville, N.D., where they had been looking over some land; they owned land at Tiffany, next to the William Cornish farm, and were planning on living there in the...

  • When rocks say "Hello!"

    Rachel Brazil

    When my husband and I moved to New Rockford almost fourteen years ago, it was because I had taken a position on the Spirit Lake Reservation to develop and teach a culturally-relevant college curriculum on natural resources. The first class I taught was on native plants and their uses, and half of the class consisted of elders who still remembered the plant names that their grandparents once used. It was a fascinating and collaborative effort as we navigated the space between indigenous knowledge and scientific methods. What I learned while...

  • Long reach of the pardon power: the Framers, Lincoln and Biden

    David Adler

    The intriguing President’s Day news that President Abraham Lincoln granted a pardon 160 years ago to President Joe Biden’s great-great-grandfather revived Americans’ fascination with the purpose, concerns, scope and history of this sweeping executive power. Thanks to the good work of historian David J. Gerleman, we now know that President Lincoln pardoned Moises J. Robinette, a civilian hired as a veterinary surgeon for the Union army, who was court martialed on charges resulting from a brawl on the evening of March 21, 1864. Robinette...

  • Amy Wobbema

    I photographed the Forever Dance Spring Show at Carrington School last Sunday. It wasn’t the first spring show I’ve attended (or photographed), but for some reason this performance had me enthralled. It was an absolute joy to see dozens of young girls leave it all on the floor. The energy level was off the charts, and the costumes and props were spectacular. Even coaches Brianne Partlow and Jane Sauby got in on the jazz, wearing outfits adorned with sequins and sparkles. I thought the...

  • Obituary: John Phillips

    John Phillips Powell, Wyo. John Rangvold Phillips, residing with his daughter and son-in-law in Powell, Wyo., went on to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024. His earthly body went to sleep with his family surrounding him at home at sunset. He fought persistently for several months through aggressive brain cancer to spend more time with family. In the last days, there were hearts changed and renewed dedications to Christ through his unspoken testimony. A Graveside Service was held with... Full story

  • Sermonette: We believe. So what?

    Pastor Amy Kippen

    Several years back. I was leading a youth summer trip to Montana. After riding all day on our charter bus, we finally reached our destination. As we were unloading all our stuff from the bus into the church building, I passed by the front doors several times. On each there was a decal with a cross that said, “We Believe.” That’s nice, I thought. But as I passed it again and again, something happened. I have no idea why on this particular day, when I had certainly seen and said the words “we believe” thousands of times in my life, my...

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