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Articles from the January 8, 2024 edition


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  • O'Connor named interim deputy auditor

    Nathan Price|Jan 8, 2024

    In the wake of Patty Williams' sudden resignation in December, county officials have been scrambling to ensure the responsibilities of the county auditor continue to be completed. They took several steps towards doing exactly that during their regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Kristy O'Connor, the county's tax equalization director, has agreed to take on an additional "interim deputy auditor" position for the county, and a motion was carried unanimously by county commissioners to appoint her t...

  • Interest strong in new North Dakota property tax credit

    Mary Steurer, North Dakota Monitor|Jan 8, 2024

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  • 2023: The Year in Review

    Nathan Price|Jan 8, 2024

    Another year has come and gone, which means it’s time to look back on what was an eventful 2023 to say the least. Just here in Eddy County a local business reopened, a local legend was honored in Sheyenne, a superintendent faced calls to resign, a big cooperative merger passed and so much more. For the next few weeks, the Transcript will be telling the story of 2023 via the stories that appeared in our newspaper. This week, we’re looking back on the months of May through August. Loco...

  • Burgum declares emergency following ice storm

    Nathan Price|Jan 8, 2024

    On Friday, Dec. 29, Governor Doug Burgum declared a state of emergency after an ice storm that began on Christmas Day caused significant damage to infrastructure and farmland. According to a press release from the Governor’s office, the emergency declaration encompasses the three-day event of Dec. 25-27 that caused the National Weather Service to issue its first ice storm warning in North Dakota since 2016. Roads were virtually impassable in the immediate aftermath of the storm, and several...

  • City shores up deficit in water works fund

    Amy Wobbema|Jan 8, 2024

    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 black, at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 2 Interim City Auditor Andrew Presnell had prepared two reports for USDA-Rural Development (USDA-RD), the federal agency that provided grant and loan funds to complete the water plant upgrades, water main replacement and water tower renovation projec...

  • NBA Underway

    Jan 8, 2024

    Halftime entertainment is back for New Rockford-Sheyenne girls' and boys' basketball games! The New Rockford Youth Basketball Association (NBA) is once again allowing youth in grades 1-5 to play during halftime of the junior varsity and varsity basketball games this season. From now until the last home game on February 15, Rocket fans will get to watch these young ballers get an early start at their basketball careers. Coming up, the third through fifth grade girls will play on Monday, Jan. 15,...

  • New Rockford-Sheyenne Board of Education Agenda: Jan. 8, 2024

    Jan 8, 2024

    AGENDA New Rockford-Sheyenne Board of Education Regular Meeting – Cafeteria Monday, January 8th, 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 December 11th, 2023 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.... Full story

  • Jamestown Regional Medical Center adds women's walk-in clinic

    Jan 8, 2024

    Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) is proud to announce the opening of its Women's Walk-In Clinic at the start of 2024. The clinic will support more urgent women's health issues that might otherwise require a trip to the emergency department. Walk-in services, specifically dedicated to the unique care of women, is a first in Jamestown. “Women can have urgent issues that they suffer through when they can’t readily access care,” said OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner Makenzie Breitbach. “We want to eliminate the wait time for concerns that...

  • Pleasant Prairie: Jan. 8, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|Jan 8, 2024

    Dec. 27, 2023 Last Wednesday, nephew Aaron Koepplin and Hendrix stopped briefly at the Charlotte Koepplin home after enjoying a visit, coffee and treats with Janelle Koepplin at the Rockford Café. Last Saturday, Jimmy Indergaard was a visitor and supper guest at the Andy and Ruth Braaten home, where he enjoyed visiting with nieces Nikki and Noelle. Margie Anderson was among hers and the late Joe Anderson family to enjoy an almost complete Christmas family gathering at daughter Patti and Peter Larson home in Sheyenne. An enjoyable time was had...

  • Sheyenne: Jan. 8, 2024

    Patti Clifton|Jan 8, 2024

    On Tuesday, Dec 19, Patti Larson visited neighbor Bobby Scott in the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford to bring him a quilt from the Sheyenne community quilters. On Christmas Day, after attending the community dinner, John, Andrea and Chase Larson stopped at Patti and Peter Larson's to visit. The snow and ice storm caused John’s family to stay an extra day in Devils Lake with Andrea’s dad before they could make it home to Fargo. On Dec. 27, Jan Loe was in Brocket at the home of Jason Stenberg to visit with Dennis and...

  • Talk of the Town: Jan. 8, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|Jan 8, 2024

    Dec. 27, 2023 Christmas Eve, Shirley Packard got a phone call and later the delivery of her favorite homemade oyster stew by Kevin Johnson. Christmas, also, another phone call from Kevin asking would Shirley and Calvin like chicken, turkey or ham dinner with all the trimmings? They told him their desires and enjoyed another delivered meal from Sandy Lies, Kim and Kevin Johnson. Shirley Packard got Christmas Day phone calls from daughters Cheryl and Dave Gabbert and Cindy Toben and son Craig Packard all from their homes in Minnesota. Ken and...

  • 701 Rundown: Jan. 8, 2024

    Nathan Price|Jan 8, 2024

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Gymnastics club moves to former High Plains parts building With steady growth in the first four years of its existence and the need for more space to serve the talents of area tumblers, the Carrington Gymnastics Club (CGC) is on the move once again. The club will now occupy its third different location, as founder/owner Tammy Sorensen has purchased the former parts building of the High...

  • Letter to the Editor: County responds to Danduran letter

    Ashley Lies, Eddy County States Attorney|Jan 8, 2024

    On January 2, 2024, at its regular commission meeting, the Eddy County Commission discussed the recent letter to the editor written by Larry Danduran. The commission voted to issue a response to this letter and to correct misstatements that are being perpetuated from it. For a background, prior to the commission’s December 5, 2023 meeting, Glenda Collier, county commissioner and spouse of Larry Danduran, approached the Eddy County auditor about having Danduran put on the agenda to discuss his election concerns. Discussion was had between...

  • Letter to the Editor: Thank you, Patty Williams

    Jim Ludwig|Jan 8, 2024

    I served as a judge for the last four elections, thus working with Eddy County Auditor Patty Williams. I feel our elections were 100 percent secure with the outcomes being what the voters wanted. The pre-election testing of the voting machine, the election safe guards and the post-election counting of the ballots were handled with professionalism by all election officials. These same officials thus signed off on the results. For someone and/or a political party to question these election results is offensive! Auditor Patty Williams'...

  • My New Year's anti-resolutions

    Jase Graves|Jan 8, 2024

    A few days ago, during one of those rare occasions when our whole family was together and my three semi-grown daughters weren't nursing an iPhone while wearing universe-canceling headphones, my wife posed probably the most oft-asked question this time of year: "Does anyone have any New Year's resolutions?" Although that conversation quickly took an off-ramp into a discussion of something earth-shattering like Taylor Swift's armpits, it got me thinking about my own potential resolutions, or, in...

  • Walking in a warm winter wonderland

    Amy Wobbema|Jan 8, 2024

    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 January! It’s “the winter that wasn’t,” some have written. Those that typically revel in that white winter wonderland are depressed to see bare trees and black ground. All I know is that the unseasonably warm temperatures and little to no snowfall have made winter all the more bearable for me....

  • Obituary: Myonne Bye-Peters

    Jan 8, 2024

    Myonne Bye-Peters New Rockford, N.D. Myonne R. Bye-Peters, 99, of New Rockford formerly of Devils Lake, N.D. passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2023 at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd with devoted family at her side. Visitation was held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 3, 2024 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. The funeral service was held on Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Devils Lake with burial at the Warwick Cemetery at 2 p.m., fol...

  • Sermonette: Corn

    Pastor Joe Greiner|Jan 8, 2024

    So, here’s a hypothetical situation for you. Imagine the researchers at NDSU came up with a new type of corn seed. We’ll call it corn seed X. Now, what makes corn seed X so incredible is that it can survive the frigid North Dakota winters. Not only survive, but be able to produce. Instead of planting in the spring, and getting a harvest in the fall; one can plant corn seed X in the spring, get an average harvest in the fall, and then it will also produce all the way through the next year. And all the years that follow. Plant once, and then...

  • Obituary: Larry Rockvoy

    Jan 8, 2024

    Larry Rockvoy Devils Lake, N.D. Larry Roy Rockvoy, 71, of Devils Lake, N.D. died on Friday, December 29, 2023, at his home in the loving care of family and friends. Funeral services for Larry were held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Devils Lake on Friday, January 5, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. with Reverend JoHanna Buchholz officiating. Military Honors were accorded by the Neathery-Simensen Post #756, Devils Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Team – Navy. Bur...

  • History of New Rockford: Jan. 8, 2024

    K. C. Gardner Jr.|Jan 8, 2024

    On Aug. 7, 1906, Rev. E.T. Quam came down from Sheyenne to visit and do some business. That evening Dr. W.W. Bartley of Sheyenne drove down in his auto. On Aug. 8, A.F. Schwenck was in from the Cathay area for harvest supplies. Miss Kittie Knox of eastern Eddy County, Mrs. W.G. Carter and her daughter, and Mrs. Thomas Adam were in shopping. Henry Garvin of Wells County, Sidney Hewes and C.A. Berge came in on business. J.W. Richter was down from Sheyenne on business and to visit. Lars Ostby was down from the Sheyenne Valley. Mrs. C.H. Culver cam...

  • Obituary: Allen Stock

    Jan 8, 2024

    Allen Stock Carrington, N.D. Allen Victor Stock, age 82, of Carrington, N.D., passed away on Monday, December 25, 2023, at Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, N.D. Visitation was held Friday, December 29, 2023, from 5-7 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington. Allen's funeral service was held Saturday, December 30, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 50 Poplar Ave., Carrington, N.D. Burial was at the Hillside Cemetery, Fessenden, N.D., following the...

  • Savvy Senior: Essential topics you need to discuss with your aging parents

    Jim Miller|Jan 8, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, My siblings and I don’t know much about our elderly parents' financial situation or their wishes if and when something happens to them. They are both in their mid-eighties. What’s the best way to handle this and what all should we know? Apprehensive Daughter Dear Apprehensive, Many adult children don’t know much about their elderly parents' financial situation or end-of-life plans, but they need to. Getting up to speed on their finances, insurance policies, long-term...

  • Archival Anecdotes: From all around the world

    Rachel Brazil|Jan 8, 2024

    Last week readers of Archival Anecdotes learned a little about the cabinet cards of the late 19th century, but we just barely scratched the surface. These 6.25-by-9.5 inch debuted in 1868; the smaller carte de visite had been invented in France in 1854. Considering this was just 18 years after the invention of the postage stamp, it was only natural that people would send photographs to their friends and families across the country and overseas. Photographers knew that their printed final product...

  • Two in a row: Rockets survice thriller in Harvey, dominate Napoleon

    Nathan Price|Jan 8, 2024

    The boys are on a roll. With victories against Harvey/Wells County and Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter recently, this year's Rockets have already equaled their win total from a season ago. Their recent win streak began with another matchup against the Hornets of Harvey/Wells County, and just like the first game against one another, this one came to another thrilling conclusion. On this occasion, however, the roles were very nearly reversed. Taking place in Harvey on Thursday, Dec. 28, the matchup was...

  • Rockets fall short at Hoopster Classic

    Kyrie Dauenhauer|Jan 8, 2024

    The New Rockford-Sheyenne Rockets girls' varsity and junior varsity teams competed in the annual Hoopster Classic in Minot on Thursday, December 28. The junior varsity girls started the day off first, taking on the junior varsity team from Velva. The Rockets kept up with the Aggies in the first half, with each team scoring 16 points. The Aggies fired up in the third quarter, scoring 11 points to the Rockets six. And the fourth quarter went the same, with 11 points scored by the Aggies and only...

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