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  • Petition Audit approved by State Auditor

    Nathan Price|Jan 15, 2024

    A petition audit that was circulating last summer, targeting the New Rockford-Sheyenne School District, has officially been approved by the North Dakota Auditor's Office. Petitioners were soliciting signatures as recently as last August, and the Communications Director for the Office of the State Auditor, Emily Dalzell, said the petition was officially approved on December 20, 2023. The approval followed a months-long process of information gathering and verifying signatures listed on the...

  • 2023: The Year in Review

    Nathan Price|Jan 15, 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 Shannon Brandt received his sentence, there was a plane crash, a new laundromat opened and so much more. The past few weeks, the Transcript has been telling the story of 2023 via the stories that appeared in our newspaper. This week, we’re ending the series with a look back at the biggest stories of September through December. Brandt gets 5 years in pri...

  • Judge rules on N.D. legislative map

    Nathan Price|Jan 15, 2024

    After failing to do so on their own, the North Dakota Legislature has had the job of drawing a new legislative district completed for them. On Monday, Jan. 8, U.S. District Judge Peter Welte chose a map that puts the Spirit Lake Nation and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in the same legislative district. The decision by Welte is the result of a successful lawsuit brought by the tribes, arguing the previous map from 2021 violated the Voting Rights Act. The 2021 redistricting process put...

  • Schumacher offered county auditor position

    Nathan Price|Jan 15, 2024

    At a special meeting of the Eddy County Commission on Tuesday, Jan. 9, a motion was carried to offer Becki Schumacher the position of Interim County Auditor. If Schumacher accepts, the move would put a temporary end to questions surrounding the county auditor position after the county's former auditor, Patty Williams, resigned in December. The vote to offer the position to Schumacher was 2-1, with commissioners Dave Gehrtz and Jamie Allmaras voting in favor, and commissioner Glenda Collier...

  • DPRCA: There's a lot in store for 2024

    Amy Wobbema|Jan 15, 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 year is going to be bigger than ever! That means there will be even more opportunities to experience live theatre right here in New Rockford, N.D. What started as a summer community theatre event in 1992 has grown into a year-round theatre and cultural event center that provides dozens of jobs,...

  • Car seat check-ups help children ride safer throughout the communities

    Jan 15, 2024

    In the Lake Region area, 132 children are riding safer following participation in car safety seat checkups in 2023. These checkups were sponsored by many community volunteers from Lake Region District Health Unit, Foster County Public Health, Cavalier County Public Health, North Dakota Highway Patrol, Safe Kids Grand Forks, Early Childhood Tracking and the North Dakota Department of Health & Human Services. The checkups were held throughout several communities in the Lake Region throughout 2023. Shelley Aabrekke, a Child Passenger Technician...

  • NDSU Extension, Carrington REC to host lambing workshop on January 20

    Jan 15, 2024

    New and experienced shepherds will have an opportunity to learn more about lambing at a clinic hosted by NDSU Extension on Jan. 20, at NDSU's Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC). “Lambing time is the culmination of your breeding program, and an exciting and rewarding time as a sheep producer,” says Travis Hoffman, NDSU and University of Minnesota Extension sheep specialist. “This workshop will focus on providing resources and education to sheep producers wanting to optimize their lambing management.” The clinic starts at 10:30 a.m. Ce...

  • Northern Plains Electric ORU approves charitable grants

    Jan 15, 2024

    At their December meeting, the Northern Plains Electric Operation Round Up board of directors approved grants totaling $10,200 to help support worthy causes. These charitable grants are made possible through the generosity of Northern Plains Electric Cooperative members who voluntarily elect to have their electric bills rounded up to the next dollar. The donated amount averages about 50 cents a month for each participating member and raises approximately $37,000 each year. Since the program’s beginning in October 1998, grants totaling $936,887...

  • 701 Rundown: Jan. 15, 2024

    Nathan Price|Jan 15, 2024

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Alexander school district bond referendum does not pass in special election The preliminary results of the Alexander Public School special election show a tie of 89 votes for the school bond referendum and 89 votes against it. The referendum requires a 60 percent majority to pass. In November, Alexander School District Superintendent Leslie Beiber sat down with The Farmer to explain what t...

  • Talk of the Town: Jan. 15, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|Jan 15, 2024

    Tuesday found Calvin Packard and mom Shirley around town taking care of business. Ken and Marvis Holte enjoyed coffee time Saturday at the Chieftain in Carrington. Wednesday, Ken and Marvis Holte were in Jamestown on medical business. New Rockford and area folks extend sympathy to the family of Sandra Rudolf. Calvin Packard celebrated his 56th birthday Friday receiving calls on the occasion. Sunday evening, visitor at the Ken and Marvis Holte home was daughter Amanda Bickett....

  • Pleasant Prairie: Jan. 15, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|Jan 15, 2024

    Sunday visitors at the Margie Anderson home were Patti Larson and Sandra bringing yummy homemade white sugar cookies. Laura Hager, Jamison, Josslyn and Owen, Karen Anderson and Roger and Diane Langley stopped in with some treats. Friday, Jimmy Indergaard was a visitor and supper guest at the Mervin Indergaard home. Saturday, he was a supper guest at the Andy and Ruth Braaten home. Todd Koepplin drove aunt Charlotte Koepplin to Jamestown Monday where she had a medical appointment. They enjoyed a late Mexican dinner before returning home. Sunday...

  • Sheyenne: Jan. 15, 2024

    Patti Clifton|Jan 15, 2024

    On Jan. 3, Joanna Larson and Michelle Gilley attended the NDSU Extension Round Up in Devils Lake. Joanna and Michelle got a chance to visit about ideas for the community garden and Prairie Dawn Orchard. Patti Larson and Sandra spent several days last week working on grant applications for 2024. They referenced research material on housing needs that Sandra compiled for a 4-H project back in 2016. Patti and Sandra presented the application material at the Sheyenne City Council meeting Wednesday night. At the city council meeting, Mayor Bob...

  • The urgency to become cyber-secure in 2024

    Tom Purcell|Jan 15, 2024

    Cyber attacks will be significantly worse in 2024 for anyone who uses a digital device. Yet few are aware of, or prepared for, the threats they face – or how their poor cybersecurity skills are putting them and their families at incredible risk. Case in point: Last year, the top 10 weakest passwords were pretty much the same as they were in prior years, which offers a tremendous opportunity for cyber scammers to rob us blind. You see, scammers are really good at guessing passwords – the wea...

  • Grateful for the glimmers of goodness

    Amy Wobbema|Jan 15, 2024

    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 way to go but up," I replied. The year 2023 was not one of my best, not even close. There were definitely some high points, and I'm grateful for that. Yet, I felt more anxious than I have in years. I'm not alone in that either, as uncertainty about what lay ahead has been all around me lately. The...

  • Trump claims impeachment clause grants him immunity

    David Adler|Jan 15, 2024

    Former President Donald Trump’s legal team has filed briefs with the D.C. Court of Appeals, which will hear oral argument in the federal insurrection case on Jan. 9, claiming to find presidential immunity from criminal prosecution in the impeachment clause of the Constitution. Trump’s lawyers have advanced two arguments, each of which tortures the language of the impeachment clause, distorts the history and purposes surrounding the provision, and draws baseless inferences from the Framers’ careful steps to construct a power to protect the n...

  • Obituary: Eugene Gleason

    Jan 15, 2024

    Eugene Gleason Hamar, N.D. Eugene O. Gleason, age 83, resident of Hamar, N.D., died Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at the NCHS Care Center in McVille, N.D. Eugene Oliver Gleason was born August 25, 1940 to George and Ingeborg (Tangness) Gleason. He was raised on the family farm near Hamar, N.D. and attended the Hamar Public School. He then began working for Burton Woods. Eugene married Beverly Thorson on July 25, 1959 in Devils Lake, N.D. Eugene then worked for Hulstrand Construction for a time... Full story

  • Obituary: Julianne Bonner

    Jan 15, 2024

    Julianne Bonner Carrington, N.D. Julianne "Julie" Marie (Loorence) Bonner, age 80, died on December 29, 2023 at Golden Acres Manor in Carrington, N.D. A celebration of life service is planned for the summer of 2024. She will be buried next to her parents at the Sawyer Cemetery in Sawyer, N.D. Julianne was born June 1, 1943 in Tacoma, Wash. to Karmet and Clara (Grothe) Loorence. When she was three years old, they moved to Sawyer, N.D. where she was raised. A bright student, she graduated as the... Full story

  • Sermonette: God doesn't owe us an explanation

    Pastor Joe Greiner|Jan 15, 2024

    Read the Book of Job. Seriously, if you haven’t read that book of the Bible yet, go read it. Leave my sermonette, read the book and come back. I won’t promise it’s easy or short, but I will promise that it’s got some great truths in it. You won’t regret it. The main character of the book of Job is, unsurprisingly, Job! Job is a good man, and not “humangood” – Job is regarded as righteous in God’s eyes. However, one day he loses everything. All his animals, all his servants, all his children and even his health. One day he has everything, the n...

  • Living on Purpose: Calculating the cost of being close to God

    Billy Holland|Jan 15, 2024

    We talked about taking a stand for Christ last week, but being a Christian is also a walk which in the light of scripture refers to conduct. Ephesians the second chapter mentions how we once walked with the world fulfilling the lust of our flesh, and Romans the sixth chapter talks about how once we are transformed by His saving power we now walk in a new spiritually transformed identity. While these passages help explain our salvation experience, what about how we are to walk after we are saved?...

  • Archival Anecdotes: The stories told

    Rachel Brazil|Jan 15, 2024

    Many Americans have a story of an ancestor who once lived in a far away land and made a big decision to leave home for a new place. These stories can be inspiring and can even lead to a greater understanding of our own existence. I first began studying my family tree after my father's passing in 2012. Learning about his lineage helped me cope in countless ways. I learned about my great-great-grandmother, Josephine who, according to family history, enjoyed ice fishing. I learned that she...

  • History of New Rockford: Jan. 15, 2024

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|Jan 15, 2024

    On Aug. 11, 1906, Mrs. H.R. Campbell went to Minneapolis to order her fall stock of millinery; she would be assisted in her shop by Miss Vera Keime; she returned on Aug. 25. From Aug. 11 to 15, Miss Josephine O’Connell, who was teaching at Sykeston, came in to visit relatives; she was accompanied by another young lady from Sykeston, Miss Margaret Murphy. On those days, Mrs. S.F. Beer visited her daughter, Miss Dora, at Valley City. On Sunday, Aug. 12, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Carroll were in Morris. O...

  • Savvy Senior: Are you at risk of developing glaucoma?

    Jim Miller|Jan 15, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about the eye disease glaucoma? My older brother was recently diagnosed with it and lost some of his vision, but never had a clue anything was wrong. Could I be at risk too? Stressed Sibling Dear Stressed, Yes! Having an immediate family member with glaucoma significantly increases your risks of developing it, but there are other risk factors you need to be aware of too. Here’s what you should know. What is glaucoma? Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases t...

  • Cardinals impress in Casselton

    Erik Gjovik|Jan 15, 2024

    On the strength of four placers, the Carrington boys wrestling team scored 103.5 points to take seventh overall at the Lettermen's Tournament in Casselton, held Friday and Saturday, Jan. 5-6. Corbin Clifton wrestled his way to a second place showing at the Lettermen's at 145 pounds, while Dru Carr took third at 121. Both competitors had just one loss on the weekend, with Clifton falling to a Frazee, Minn. wrestler by pin late in the third period. To make the finals, he got a narrow 3-2 decision...

  • Rockets fall in overtime to Cardinals

    Erik Gjovik|Jan 15, 2024

    The Carrington Cardinals, slogging through six consecutive defeats to open their season, were aiming to put together their most complete effort over 32 minutes in hopes of getting into the winner's circle. They just needed the motivation, and the rival NR-S Rockets provided the fuel. It would end up being 32 plus four for Carrington to break through their black cloud, and score a 59-57 upset over the Rockets in the series where overall records don't seem to matter. Josh Bickett's 21 points...

  • What a CLAW-tastrophe

    Kyrie Dauenhauer|Jan 15, 2024

    On Friday, Jan. 5, the New Rockford-Sheyenne Rockets hosted the District 4, Region 2 competitors – the Benson County Wildcats. Coming into this game, the Wildcats had an overall record of 5-4, versus the Rockets record of 3-6, meaning this would be a great district and region matchup. The Rockets kickstarted the game with a line drive to the basket by none other than senior Kelsie Belquist. After what seemed to be a million turnovers, the Wildcats were able to put some points up on the board w...

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