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 By Amy Wobbema    News    February 19, 2024 

New Rockford city sales tax up by 12%

The City of New Rockford collected $434,351.14 in sales tax last year, according to data obtained by auditor Andrew Presnell. That reflects an increase of nearly 12 percent, when compared to the...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Opinion    February 19, 2024 

We heart teachers

Congratulations to Amanda Koepplin, third grade teacher at NR-S, on her selection as the Eddy County Teacher of the Year for 2023-24. I have the utmost respect and admiration for those who pursue teac...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Sports    February 19, 2024 

Archers wow in Wilton

The Rockets performed well in Wilton on Saturday, Feb. 10. Local archers competed in both bullseye and 3D competitions and brought home many accolades both individually and as a team. The middle...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    February 12, 2024

Sheyenne Rodeo Club kicks off season Sat.

Hendrickson Park will be hoppin’ this summer. The Sheyenne Rodeo Club has a July 4 weekend rodeo and the 4th Annual Sheyenne Stampede in the works for Aug. 17. They’re hosting a Kickoff Event...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    February 12, 2024

2024 Election: 4 seats open on City Commission

The New Rockford City Commission has the potential to look quite a bit different come June. It's an election year, and four of the five commissioners will find their terms up and seats open. Stuart...

 

Yes, I'll miss this

It’s another year of “lasts” at the Wobbema house. Yes, I realize we are smack dab in the middle of our daughter’s senior year, but reality didn’t set in until just a few days ago. It all st...

 

Success for NR-S at home

On Friday and Saturday, archers took aim at the New Rockford tournament and several local students found success in the NR-S gymnasium. Layton Jacobson led the Rockets at home and was named the top...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    February 5, 2024

Guys on Ice premieres Feb. 15

Ice fishing – where Midwestern men go to shoot the freeze. DPRCA kicks off its blockbuster 2024 season with a reprise of "Guys on Ice," a musical comedy that will have you laughing (and freezing)...

 

Curiosity (almost) killed the cat

“Things are not always as they appear to be … Curiosity creates possibilities and opportunities.” Roy T. Bennett I’m a curious person. It’s a trait that characterizes many journalists, and...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Sports    February 5, 2024

Archers on the mark in Carrington

More than 300 archers converged in Carrington on Saturday, Jan. 27. It was the second tournament of the season for the NR-S squad, and they found success at all levels of competition. At the end of...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Sports    January 29, 2024

Archers kick off season in Kensal

The Rocket archery team started 2024 nocked and loaded at the Midkota-Kensal tournament on Saturday, Jan. 20. Eighth grader Sawyer Huso was the top shooter in the entire tournament. He scored 288 and...

 

Blood donation makes hearts happy

Valentine’s Day and Giving Hearts Day are coming soon, but did you know that there’s one more very important heart-related observance we are in the midst of right now? Every two seconds, someone...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    January 15, 2024

DPRCA: There's a lot in store for 2024

The local arts scene is lit for 2024. Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts (DPRCA) is gearing up for its 33rd season. With five shows and over 60 nights of entertainment on the schedule, this...

 

Grateful for the glimmers of goodness

Is North Dakota better off today than it was a year ago?" That's the question asked by Craig Blumenshine, host of the PBS "Main Street" radio program, to a panel of journalists last week. "We have no...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    January 8, 2024

City shores up deficit in water works fund

City officials knew they had spent tens of thousands of dollars more than expected to treat the city’s water supply last year. They learned just how much, and what they need to do to get back in the...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Opinion    January 8, 2024

Walking in a warm winter wonderland

There’s not enough snow to ride a snowmobile. The trees are bare, and the stubble from last year’s crop is still visible. There’s even water running through the ditches in some areas, in...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Opinion    January 1, 2024

Tribute to Allen V. Stock

“Mention their name. Tell their story. Continue to live their legacy by remembering them with me.” – Nathalie Himmelrich Allen Stock, publisher of the Foster County Independent for 45 years,...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    December 25, 2023

Presnell hired as city auditor

After serving as the interim auditor for the past three months, Andrew Presnell has earned the permanent gig. The New Rockford City Commission officially voted to hire Presnell as the permanent city...

 

Mindfully melancholy at Christmas

My heart is heavy this Christmas. My best friend lost her dad a week ago, and one of our daughter’s former classmates died by suicide. I also heard that two gentlemen from my hometown, one the...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    December 11, 2023

City seeks water plant apprentice

In a relatively quiet and quick meeting on Monday, Dec. 4 city commissioners received updates on several active projects. Interim City Auditor Andrew Presnell noted that he had filled out forms to...

 

All I want for Christmas is a little help

Yet another industry has sounded the alarm on workforce shortages and unsustainable working conditions ths past week. This time it's the air traffic controllers, the ones who monitor the nation's...

 

Eddy County Auditor resigns

Eddy County's auditor will vacate her position at year's end. Patty Williams, the county's auditor since 2015, has officially resigned amid recent controversy about voting machines used by Eddy...

 

REVIEW: 'The Christmas Show' is a labor of love

Last night, I got to see "how the sausage is made." As a member of the media, I was invited to watch DPRCA's "The Christmas Show" before anyone else. This time, I was on assignment, shooting photos...

 

Editorial: It's Small Business Season

The countdown to Christmas is on. As I write this, December 25 is exactly 34 days away. That means it's time for our annual Winterfest edition of the Transcript, full of all things local for the... Full story

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    November 20, 2023

DPRCA to debut original screenplay, 'The Christmas Show' Dec. 1

It's Christmas Eve, and the Penrose Players are standing at the verge of bankruptcy. Siblings Elle and Aaron Penrose, the fourth generation owners of the Penrose Playhouse, are trying to enjoy one... Full story

 

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