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 By Amy Wobbema    News    August 2, 2021 

"It's heart-wrenching" Farmers and ranchers deal with effects of severe drought

Sloughs are going dry throughout the county, and pastures are bare of grass.   No measurable rain has fallen since July 3 in New Rockford, and the N.D. Agricultural Weather Network reports that just...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    August 2, 2021 

Steinbach announces retirement at county budget meeting

Kathy Steinbach has announced her retirement, effective November 30. She has served as county veteran’s service officer (CVSO) and housing authority director since June 1, 2018. Steinbach told commi...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    July 26, 2021

BumbleBee Babysitting

When a young girl is officially old enough to babysit, she typically just lets her friends and family know she's available, and they start calling when they need a sitter. A group of New Rockford...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    July 26, 2021

Boasting about Brost: Chamber honors New Rockford's park maintenance foreman

One minute he's lying on his stomach, soaking wet, replacing a leaking sprinkler head at Legion Park. The next he's grabbing a chainsaw from the maintenance shed at Archie and Jessie Campbell Park,...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    July 19, 2021

COVID-19 case count zeroes out in Eddy

You could say the coronavirus has flatlined. As of Wednesday, July 14, Eddy County had gone 44 days without one single reported case of COVID-19. Since the pandemic began, a total of 470 cases of the...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    July 19, 2021

New Home For the Bulldogs

Students and staff at Oberon Elementary School will come back to school in a new space on Aug. 25. The new 18,000 sq. ft. school under construction on the north end of Oberon will replace the town's...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    July 19, 2021

Eddy County Sheriff's Report for June

Nathan Kalisch of New Rockford was stopped on March 7 at the intersection of Second Avenue and Sixth Street in New Rockford. Authorities identified him as an individual with a suspended license. He...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    July 12, 2021

Independence Day Fun

New Rockford and Sheyenne had a lot of fun on tap for Independence Day weekend. Scroll through this photo gallery to get the rundown....

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    July 12, 2021

Water treatment plant updates delayed yet again

New Rockford residents will have to wait a little longer for better water. Wade Senger of Interstate Engineering explained to city commissioners on Monday that the contractor has requested a contract...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    July 12, 2021

Noxious weed control, staff benefits on agenda for county commission

Eddy County State’s Attorney Ashley Lies has been researching state law regarding responsibility for spraying road right-of-ways. What she has learned is that the law is not clear. Whereas, N.D....

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    July 12, 2021

Meet the Cast: "Life Could be a Dream" Part II

He's a Rolla Bulldog, but he's from Missouri, not North Dakota. Kelly Brown plays Eugene Johnson, Denny's best friend and co-conspirator in DPRCA's "Life Could Be a Dream." A junior at Western...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    July 5, 2021

Firefighters, farmers fight Sunday bale blaze

Thick, white smoke and the stench of scorched hay filled the air on Sunday, June 27. Shortly before 3 p.m., firefighters were called to a field near the intersection of 67th Avenue Northeast and 20th...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    July 5, 2021

DPRCA reprises doo-wop hit "Life Could be a Dream"

Sh-Boom! Prepare to be entertained! You might come into the theatre remembering the plot and some of the music, but you'll leave in song after watching this fresh new cast take on a fun classic! DPRCA...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    June 28, 2021

Sphere of Influence

He's a North Dakota native who's traveled the world. Now he's back to his roots, so to speak, at Wonder Lanes, brightening the wall of the iconic bowling alley with his breathtaking artistry. "My...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    June 28, 2021

Attentive teenage server named Employee of the Month

There's one teenage face that seems to pop up in many places around town, and he's known for his dedication to not only school and work, but also to volunteer service. Josh Homiston, a senior at New...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    June 21, 2021

City and county see increase in sales tax revenue amid statewide decline

North Dakota’s taxable sales and purchases for the first quarter of 2021 are down 9.9% compared to the same time frame in 2020, according to a report from the North Dakota Tax Commissioner, which...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    June 21, 2021

Two men serving prison time for violating parole

George L. Miller Jr. of Devils Lake was sentenced to one year and one day at the N.D. Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, after he violated conditions of his probation stemming from a 2019...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    June 14, 2021

Bank Forward bandit sentenced to 5 years in prison

Jacob T. Stein of Minot was recently sentenced to five years in federal prison for a string of bank robberies in 2019. He was also ordered to serve three years supervised release, and pay $101,420 in... Full story

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Events   

Summer Street Market comes to downtown New Rockford Thursday

This Thursday, June 17, make it a fun evening out and enjoy the Summer Street Market in downtown New Rockford. From 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., there will be a variety of vendors set up in Centennial Park,... Full story

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    June 14, 2021

City takes up landfill policy for contractors

A lengthy discussion ensued at the New Rockfod City Commission meeting Monday regarding contractor dumping practices at the landfill. Public Works Superintendent Bruce Hirchert has expressed concern...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    June 14, 2021

Community Foundation hands out $4,500 in grants to local projects

Local organizations received much-needed funds for their projects last week. The New Rockford Community Foundation Advisory Board met on June 8 to review applicants for its 2021 grant round. Three...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    June 7, 2021

Wonder Lanes project hits 75% of fundraising goal

The goal to reopen Wonder Lanes by fall is a little bit closer to reality. While work on the interior has been in progress for nearly three months, the more visible exterior upgrades have just...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    June 7, 2021

County approves purchase of new surveillance cameras for downtown New Rockford

Law enforcement got the bulk of commissioners’ time at the June 1 meeting. Sheriff Paul Lies discussed several matters with commissioners. He reported that he had obtained a $2,400 quote to install...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    May 31, 2021

Building Committee puts boiler replacement at the forefront of 2021 capital projects

Replacing the school building’s 60-year-old boilers is officially the top priority for the NR-S Building Committee. Chaired by elementary teacher Laura Hager, the committee met Wednesday to review...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    May 31, 2021

Summer ball practices start this week, pool to open soon

Family fun starts this week, as the New Rockford Park District’s summer programs get underway. Manager Dennis Nybo announced last week that the first practices for all levels of baseball and...

 

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