Week of May 27, 2024

  • Thompson declines secondary principal position at NR-S

    Nathan Price

    Megan Thompson chose not to accept a contract to become New Rockford-Sheyenne’s secondary principal, after being offered the position by the school board on Friday, May 10. Consequently, board members held another special meeting on Friday, May 17 – after the print deadline for the May 20 edition of the Transcript – during which a different teacher was offered the position. After a brief executive session to discuss the contract, the NR-S School Board carried a motion to offer Laura Hager...

  • Dispute leaves potential law enforcement gap in Griggs Co.

    Michael Standaert

    Griggs County is without a sheriff or a deputy sheriff and will be served by a county coroner until a law professional can be found. The situation raises questions not only for Griggs County, but other smaller communities across the state about what the proper amount of policing should be, particularly during events where alcohol is consumed, and how communication between county officials and the public should be handled. Both the sheriff and deputy sheriff of Griggs County resigned and left...

  • 4th Corp donated to Rockford Theatre

    4th Corporation's Self Advocacy Club worked hard this past winter crushing aluminum cans for recycling to raise money for rebuilding the Rockford Theatre. They recognize the importance of having this landmark return to downtown New Rockford for everyone to enjoy. Presenting a check for $500 to theatre manager Glenda Collier is club president Cheryl...

  • On the campaign trail

    Nathan Price

    This year's primary election on Tuesday, June 11 is coming up fast, and state-wide candidates looking to represent North Dakotans are on the campaign trail. That trail has led a few candidates to New Rockford and Carrington, including Lieutenant Governor Tammy Miller, who's running to replace Doug Burgum as North Dakota's Governor, and her running mate Josh Teigen. Miller, a Republican, stopped by New Rockford-Sheyenne Public School on Wednesday, May 15, and met with with students, including...

  • City Commission candidates answer questions

    With the upcoming primary elections drawing ever closer, it’s time to begin hearing from local candidates about the issues that matter to residents of Eddy County. This is the final in a series of Q&A articles the Transcript has published ahead of the primary elections on Tuesday, June 11, and the New Rockford-Sheyenne School Board elections on Tuesday, June 4. This week, the New Rockford City Commission candidates were asked to answer relevant questions about themselves, how they’ll handle difficult situations, and about their priorities...

  • Sheyenne: May 27, 2024

    Patti Clifton

    Hogie and Harry Joseph and Joanna Larson worked on demo and clean up of the garages at 301 Pleasant Avenue in Sheyenne. Patti Larson visited Dennis Bergrud and Bobby Scott at Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford last week on Thursday morning. Joanna and Patti Larson attended the Sheyenne City Council meeting on May 6. Patti thanked Karla for getting the necessary paperwork ready for the city to receive the check for $25,000 toward the Hendrickson Park project. She also updated the board on the park project status. Tree and stump...

  • Buchli earns Rough Rider

    Gov. Doug Burgum has named NASA astronaut James Buchli as the 49th recipient of the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, the state's highest commendation for its citizens. Buchli (pronounced Buck-lee), born in New Rockford, has represented North Dakota in the fields of aviation and space exploration with immense skill and dedication, captivating and inspiring North Dakotans and space enthusiasts around the world. Buchli became the first North Dakotan to fly in space and is a...

  • Memorial Day area services 2024

    NEW ROCKFORD Memorial Day services hosted by American Legion Post 30 will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 27 in the All Veterans Park along the James River, then conclude at Prairie Home – St. John's Cemetery. If it rains, the services will be canceled. All are welcome to attend. If you have a family member who was a veteran and did not have a flag placed on their grave this year, please phone Robert at (701) 302-0453 or Ron at (701) 947-5942. Sheyenne Sheyenne VFW Post 3696 will hold its...

  • Notice: New Rockford City Residents

    When mowing your boulevards please do not discharge your grass trimmings onto the street. Not only does it not look good, but the grass trimmings get washed into the sewer system causing problems and is in violation of City Ordinance 03-02-08. Ordinances will be enforced –City of New...

  • 701 Rundown: May 27, 2024

    Nathan Price

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Ukraine sponsorships fill jobs The first applications were received and acted upon for the Uniting for Ukraine program offered by the Carrington City Council. During the Monday, May 13 meeting, chairman Troy Roundy said they received grant applications from Tyler Carr, Mitch Page and Arlo Stedman. Tyler Carr of Carr Construction and Mitch Page from Golden Acres Manor and Estates jointly...

  • May is Poppy Month

    American Legion Auxiliary members are at Miller's Fresh Foods with Veteran-made poppies again this year. Be sure to make a contribution and receive a poppy to wear in support of America's military veterans. In conjunction with Remembrance Day worldwide, many wear a simple red poppy on the lapel, reminiscent of the red poppies that were among the first plants to bloom in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium after the first World War. The connection with the poppy and the...

  • Within our Walls: Konschak 2024 DAISY Award winner

    Jodi Hovdenes

    CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington held its annual DAISY award celebration on May 6, 2024. This year marked the thirteenth year we have celebrated this award. The DAISY award was created by the DAISY Foundation in 1999. The DAISY foundation was started by members of the Patrick Barnes family. Patrick was a 33- year- old man who died from complications of an auto immune disease. During Pat's 8-week fight with this disease, his family was very impressed with the extraordinary care he and they...

  • Park District Happenings: May 27, 2024

    Macey Wobbema

    School is finally out, and we have had some warm days outside, so one thing is for sure … summer is finally here! The month of May has been increasingly busy with getting the pool ready, helping our maintenance crew with taking care of the parks, still learning a lot of things, banners and of course, navigating such a large role. The biggest project we’ve been tackling is the pool. At the beginning of the month we began the process of getting our pool up and running. The pool is finally clean, which means that filling the pool and getting...

  • Training set for animal disease emergency response preparedness

    North Dakota State University Extension, in cooperation with the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality and the NDSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, will host a training on emergency response preparedness for foreign animal diseases and mass livestock mortalities in North Dakota. The goal of this training is to better equip local responders with the skills and resources needed to respond to an animal disease outbreak or mass livestock mortality. All participants will receive kits with...



  • Region champs

    Nathan Price

    The Sheyenne-New Rockford Black Sox are region champions for the first time in over two decades! At the Region III Tournament in Steele, N.D., the Sox found themselves the last team standing after playing three days of excellent baseball, and have now punched their ticket to the state tournament in Jamestown. For all three days at the region tournament, the Sox put on an excellent display of pitching, offense and defense on the baseball diamond, and were largely dominant en route to their...

  • Schumacher to tee off at state golf

    Nathan Price

    Jackson Schumacher is going back to state. At the Region 2 qualifier in Carrington on Wednesday, May 23, NR-S sophomore Jackson Schumacher had his best meet of the season, and it couldn't have come at a more perfect time. To qualify for the state tournament, golfers need to score a 79 or better in 18 holes. Schumacher had come oh-so close earlier in the season when he scored 80 at Rose Creek on Wednesday, May 8. In Carrington, however, Schumacher wasn't interested in making it close. Instead of...

  • The slipper fits!

    Erik Gjovik

    With a few clutch hits, pitches and grit, the Carrington softball team advanced the furthest in the postseason they ever have in their three years of existence as a program. Starting from their inclusion in the South Sub-Region play-in game, the Cardinals went on to win a trio of games in the Region II Tournament, on the doorstep for State B Tournament qualification. The Cards rolled past #5 seed Larimore 23-3 at City Park to begin the tournament on Thursday, May 16, setting up a Saturday...

  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

    Kathy O'Connor

    This is a continuation of Block 4 of St. John's Cemetery. This part includes the final five of the seven unmarked graves in Block 4 – Charles Michaels, Mrs. Tom Welsh, Veronica Esther Welsh, Mrs. J.P. Welsh, J.P. Welsh, Ned Walsh, Mary Walsh and Denver Black. Mrs. J.P. Welsh: Proper name is Mary (Hynes) Welsh. Mary Hynes was born on Aug. 16, 1863 in Ireland to Martin and Mary Hynes. Her obituary as taken from the New Rockford Transcript tells her life history and reads as follows: "Heart failure causes death on Monday night (March 13,...

  • Savvy Senior: Financial and legal resources for grandparents raising grandchildren

    Jim Miller

    Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any programs that you can refer me to that financially help grandparents who are raising their grandkids? I’m raising two of my grandchildren and could use some help. Tapped Out Tonya, Dear Tonya, Money is a common problem for the nearly 2.4 million U.S. grandparents who are raising their grandchildren today. To help with the day-to-day expenses, there are a wide variety of programs and tax benefits that can make a big difference in stretching your budget....

  • History of New Rockford: May 27, 2024

    K.C. Gardner Jr.

    On Dec. 10, 1906, a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hammer. Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Morris came in from their farm southeast of town to shop and say goodbye to Mrs. Morris’ sisters and their families, who had been visiting and were leaving for their home in Washington. Miss Queenie Stiles, who had been visiting the Morrises for some time, left with her mother and would stay in Washington for the winter. [Jay?] Blakely was up from Carrington and was able to rent a house for the winter. Fred...

  • Archival Anecdotes: The reign of paper dolls

    Rachel Brazil

    Dolls have made wonderful companions for millenia. They aren't difficult to make. All it takes is a little material, like a sock, a rag, an old piece of leather, a bundle of sticks, wood, etc. The most important part is imagination. Eddy County Museum has a dozen or so dolls. Some of them are more presentable than others. Celestia Kellington and Elsie Kerr both donated several from their late 19th century childhoods. A bride and groom doll each reside in the Stavanger Church as part of our...

  • Strategies to protect your goals from consistent inflation

    Devin Melvie

    If you’re like most investors, you’ve noticed the impact of higher inflation in recent years – whether at the gas pump or the grocery store. American investors are experiencing the effects of prolonged inflation for the first time since the early 1980s. As a result, many are concerned about how inflation levels will impact their ability to reach their long-term financial goals. While it may not be possible to avoid the effects of inflation altogether, there are several strategies investors can utilize to mitigate the impact of inflation...

  • Around the County: Drought conditions in Eddy County

    Michelle Gilley

    Eddy County spent most of the winter at moderate drought to abnormally dry. Just when I was starting to think farmers would start field work early, it started to rain. Now only the northwestern border of Eddy County and the northeastern border of Wells County are still abnormally dry. I started taking and uploading field and pasture pictures on April 15, which is the start of the Condition Monitoring Observer Report period for the 2024 season. Feel free to send field or pasture pictures for me...

  • Letter to the Editor - Doing it right: the Wells & Eddy County Wind Project Initiative

    Paul White

    I’m writing as president of PRC Wind, a pioneering wind energy company that specializes in partnering with communities that want to host wind energy projects. I’m writing to congratulate Wells and Eddy County residents on their amazing progress exploring wind energy over the past 15-plus years. This community had a hunch, and attacked the simple question: “Can a wind energy project benefit their community?” They did the hard work to engage residents and leaders across the area to find answers. Ultimately, the community formed W-E Wind...

  • Sweet summer shift work

    Amy Wobbema

    GUARDS NEEDED! We are at crunch time!! We are in need of SEVERAL more guards!!! Accepting full- and part-time applicants, hours are flexible! Teenagers, the Carrington Community Pool needs your help! This is my third summer as publisher of the Independent, and I’ve seen a similar scene play out every year. There are also some open coaching positions in New Rockford, and seemingly every local business needs one, a few or many workers to fill their roster. The popular job site, Indeed.com,...

  • Letter to the editor: One in the hand is better than two in the bush

    Pat Tracy

    Be sure to vote in the North Dakota Primary on June 11. On June 11, I will be voting for Senator Jerry Klein and Representatives Jon Nelson and Robin Weisz. I was privileged to be part of the Heart of America Medical Center board of directors with Jon Nelson and was also appointed to a statewide emergency medical services (EMS) committee with Robin Weisz. I have also worked alongside Jerry Klein for many years. These three current legislators have had an enormous impact on rural EMS and rural healthcare. They all have been recognized by the...

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  • NDGF news: deer season set, apply online

    North Dakota’s 2024 deer season is set, with 50,100 licenses available to hunters, down 3,300 from last year. In addition, muzzleloader licenses decreased by 66 and restricted youth antlered mule deer licenses remained the same. Casey Anderson, North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife division chief, said population, harvest and survey data indicate the state’s deer population is stable to decreasing in the southeastern part of the state. The spring mule deer survey showed western North Dakota’s population is 1% higher than last...

  • Obituary: John Topp

    John Topp Fargo, N.D. John Topp, 85, of Fargo, N.D., died Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at his home surrounded by family and with hospice care. Topp was born Feb. 17, 1939, in New Rockford, N.D. to Rudolph and Ruth (Anderson) Topp. John attended grade school at Columbia Township one room school house, then attended high school in Grace City and New Rockford. He attended North Dakota Agricultural College (NDSU). There he met Elva Manning of Regan, N.D., and on Sept. 3, 1961, they were married. The...

  • Obituary: Inez Pendergrast

    Inez Pendergrast Westminster, Colo. Inez Pendergrast, 90, formerly of New Rockford, N.D., passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at Covenant Village of Colorado, Westminster, Colo. No services will be held at this time. Her burial will be at the Grandfield Lutheran Cemetery, Sheyenne, N.D. Inez was born on Aug. 19, 1933 to Hans and Inga (Gunvalson) Skaar in Munster Township, New Rockford, N.D. She graduated from New Rockford High School in 1951 and from Trinity Hospital School of Nursing in 1954...

  • Youth affirm baptism at First Lutheran Church

    On Sunday, May 19, the people of First Lutheran Church celebrated with 13 young people as they confirmed their faith in Jesus and said "yes" to the God who said "yes" to them in Holy Baptism. This milestone day was the culmination of three years of learning, service and Christian fellowship through the church's LiFT! Confirmation Program. Areas of study included Martin Luther and the Reformation, the Apostle Paul and the early church, Lutheran theology, and a deep dive into the teachings and...

  • Sermonette: Esther 4:14

    Pastor Joe Greiner

    A couple of months ago, I was working through Esther for Sunday School when I discovered an extremely powerful verse I didn’t know existed. The passage occurs at the most important point of the entire story. Esther, a Jewish woman, has risen to be the brand new queen of Persia, and her uncle/adopted father Mordecai has discovered a plot to wipe out all the Jews in the Persian empire. He comes to her and begs that she intercede on behalf of her people. Esther is, unsurprisingly, hesitant. The previous queen was disposed of for merely...

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