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Articles from the January 11, 2021 edition

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 By Amy Wobbema    News    January 11, 2021

Proposal to allow year-end fireworks sales on ice

Readers, we want to hear from you. Should New Rockford allow fireworks to be sold and ignited in celebration of the new year? Answer our poll here: https://fastpoller.com/takepoll/1609986279258. The...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    January 11, 2021

Thompson named emergency manager

Lisa Thompson is now serving as the Eddy County Emergency Manager. She began her new role on Jan. 1. Tax Director Kristy O'Connor, who held the emergency manager position as recently as a few years...

 

Winter Fun

 The physical education instructors at New Rockford have been teaching the students a thing or two about playing it cool. Both Elliott Belquist and Cherry Heinz took advantage of the fair weather...

 
 By Rachel Brazil    News    January 11, 2021

2020: It wasn't all that bad

We reconvene our review of 2020 at the beginning of summer. Despite the challenges posed by a global pandemic, dynamic events and dedicated people were the hallmarks of the second half. Fair food in...

 

NDTC donates to New Rockford-Sheyenne second gymnasium fund

NDTC recently made a donation to New Rockford Public School. The funds will be applied to the New Rockford-Sheyenne Public School Second Gymnasium Fund. Donations such as the these are made every...

 
 By Rachel Brazil    News    January 11, 2021

Local library offers new titles for young readers

Eddy-New Rockford Librarian Susie Sharp has been busy shopping, thanks to a $2,000 grant from the North Dakota State Library Coordinating Council. "Our young adult section was becoming a bit...

 

Northern Plains Electric Operation Round Up approves charitable grants

At its December meeting, the Northern Plains Electric Operation Round Up board of directors approved grants totaling $9,300 to help support worthy causes. These charitable grants are made possible through the generosity of Northern Plains Electric...

 

Northern Plains RC&D Council and FARRMS offer farmer education in northeast N.D.

The Northern Plains Resource Conservation and Development Council has partnered with the Foundation for Agriculture, Rural Resources Management and Sustainability (FARRMS) to offer the Farm Beginnings course for northeastern North Dakota. The...

 

N.D. House Update: Jan. 11, 2021

Members of the upcoming 67th Legislative Assembly gathered in Bismarck on January 5, 2021 for the start of the session. Tuesday morning the legislature was scheduled to receive addresses from Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation Chairman Mark Fox who...

 

Talk of the Town: January 11, 2021

New Rockford and area folks extend sympathy to the family of Iona (Plancich) (Duda) Johnson. Janet Laube got New Year calls filled with good wishes from Lois Ockert, Scott and Travis Laube and Robin Westall. Heidi Schneider and Callie visited at mom...

 

Pleasant Prairie: January 11, 2021

Margie Anderson enjoyed a phone call with Beverly Ellefson recently. Beverly lives in Minneapolis. Monday brief stoppers at the Charlotte Koepplin home were Karen Koepplin and Martin Koepplin. Afternoon found Charlotte driving to Carrington on errand...

 

AARP Scam Alert: COVID-19 vaccine scams surface

With the first coronavirus vaccines in the U.S. now authorized, government officials are warning that scammers will try to capitalize on the historic step to steal your money. Fraudsters are using telemarketing calls, text messages, social media...

 
 By Patti Clifton    News    January 11, 2021

Sheyenne News: January 11, 2021

Jeff and Denise Labrensz celebrated Christmas Eve at the Pfeiffer farm, rural New Rockford, enjoying time with family and friends. On Christmas Day Jeff and Denise drove to Mobridge, S.D., to spend the day with Jeff's mom. New Year's Eve afternoon,...

 
 By Linda Madson    News    January 11, 2021

Oberon Oracles: January 11, 2021

I have visited with several people this evening looking for some news items, but the news is pretty slim this week. I am glad to have the following items, however. Lacey Grann spent the weekend with friends skiing at Terry Peak in South Dakota....

 

Obituary: Leslie Whetham

Leslie John Whetham of St. Paul, Minn., passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. Leslie John Whetham was born on April 2, 1959 to Mervin "Mickey" and Vivian (Koplin) Whetham. He was born and...

 

Longing for authenticity, even if it's fake

The older I get, the more I am turning into my father. You see, the world makes less sense to me every day. My fellow man puzzles me more every day. I cite exhibit A: crappy stone walls. I know a...

 

COVID-19 isn't the whole pandemic story

Vaccines are the hot topic right now, as they should be. I believe effective vaccines will go a long way toward helping control spread of the COVID-19 virus. Does that mean over the next few months,...

 

The picture of health in America is not so rosy

For end-of-the-year columns, it’s customary to recap the events of the past 12 months, usually highlighting a mix of the good and the bad. Because this year has been dominated by health, in particular COVID-19, and my beat is health, it seems...

 

Letter to the Editor: January 11, 2021

Only a minority ignore the city's ordinances concerning pets and parking but enough to be annoying. Pets in city limits must be on a leash, kennel, or in a fenced yard. So why am I often seeing dog tracks around my livestock and doo-doo droppings...

 

Obituary: Joan Schaefer

Joan Marie Schaefer, age 54, of Fargo, N.D. passed away peacefully under the care of Sanford Hospice on Dec. 21, 2020. She was also comforted by family in her final days. Mass of Christian Burial was...

 

Obituary: Jean Irmen

Jean Marie Irmen, 68, Minot, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, December 27, 2020 in her home. Jean Marie was born on July 3, 1952, a daughter of Arthur and Alberta (Klumph) Irmen in New Rockford,...

 

Sermonette: January 11, 2021

A Happy and Blessed New Year to you. I've got a question for you. How many of you made a new year resolution this year? I have another question. How many of those resolutions are still being kept? My guess is not very many but hopefully I'm wrong....

 

History of New Rockford: January 11, 2021

On Oct. 9-10 [postponed from 2 to 3], 1903, the FEW Tri-County Teachers’ Association met in Fessenden. Several teachers drove over for the meeting. Eddy County participants included a discussion of...

 

We the People: Reversing Electoral College vote?

Efforts by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans to subvert the clerk-like, ministerial and ceremonial counting of electoral votes on January 6 is a witches’ brew for undermining the Constitution and American Democracy. Sen. Ben...

 

Savvy Senior: How Seniors Can Make Their Bathrooms Safer and Easier to Use

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you recommend for making a bathroom senior-friendly? My 78-year-old mother has mobility problems and fell getting out of the bathtub last month. I’d like to modify...

 

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