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Articles from the January 30, 2023 edition


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  • First responders set ambitious goal for Giving Hearts Day

    Nathan Price|Jan 30, 2023

    Once a year, just before Valentine’s Day, communities throughout North Dakota and Minnesota come together for Giving Hearts Day, a 24-hour period to support local charities and organizations. Here in New Rockford, the Community Ambulance Service of New Rockford (CASNR) is once again participating in the event, which is on Thursday, Feb. 9. This year, CASNR has an ambitious goal to raise $59,700 to help fund the necessary expenses that keep CASNR fully operational and capable of saving lives, s...

  • Rockford sign comes down

    Jan 30, 2023

    The Rockford Theatre's iconic "Rockford" sign was removed from atop the building's collapsed roof on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The sign was then taken to Bismarck Sign Co. for repair, as plans are in the works to rebuild the 100-year-old theatre. There is a benefit account set up at Bank Forward in New Rockford, and tax-deductible direct donations can be sent to NRABC, 117 1st St S, New Rockford, N.D. 58356. Local resident Melanie Quinton has organized a movie night at the Brown Memorial on Friday,...

  • Chamber honors Weisenburger

    Amy Wobbema|Jan 30, 2023

    "You're in charge of everything from toilets to half million dollar boilers, and everything in between." That's how the Chamber's January Employee of the Month describes the role he has held for just over a year. Lucas Weisenburger, a 1998 graduate of New Rockford High School, is back roaming the halls of his alma mater. He began working as O & M Manager at NR-S in the fall of 2021. He was recognized by the Chamber for his excellent service to the school district, for the care he takes in...

  • Stand for the Silent meeting Feb. 5

    Jan 30, 2023

    Stand for the Silent is coming to New Rockford. Local residents Maidie and Roger Enget, inspired by their own experience with their children and bullying, have taken the initiative to start a local chapter here in New Rockford. “It’s to raise awareness, to educate, and just to provide support to kids that are dealing with bullying and even parents that are trying to help their kids and might be feeling helpless,” said Maidie Enget. “Because sometimes it’s difficult to get answers or just make the bullying stop.” The chapter’s first meeting...

  • Agland values in county up slightly

    Nathan Price|Jan 30, 2023

    Following the announcement of an anticipated increase in Eddy County land values, the Eddy County Soils Committee approved a 5 percent increase in cropland and a 2 percent increase in non-cropland valuation for 2023. Back in December, The N.D. State Tax Department announced the 2023 average value per acre for all agricultural land in Eddy County to be $628.41 an acre. This time last year, that number was $598.66 - an increase of 4.73 percent. Similar increases were fairly common throughout the...

  • Youth compete in free throw championship

    Jan 30, 2023

    Four girls, ages 9-11 and 13, and six boys, ages 9-14, from New Rockford were named local champions of the 2023 New Rockford Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. Knights of Columbus local council #2477 in New Rockford sponsored the competition at the New Rockford High School gymnasium on Sunday, January 22. All youngsters ages 9 to 14 were eligible to participate. There were also second and third place awards given out. Each contestant was allowed 15 free throw attempts in the contest....

  • Meet the District 15 legislators

    Nathan Price|Jan 30, 2023

    While most of Eddy County is now represented by District 14 legislators, the northeast corner of the county is not. That's because the entire Spirit Lake Nation Reservation, a portion of which extends into northeast Eddy County, is now within neighboring District 15. The reservation used to be split into multiple districts, but during the 2021 redistricting process, legislators prioritized keeping North Dakota's reservations together, even if it meant splitting up counties. Now, the district...

  • Fire Department is recipient of cookbook proceeds

    Jan 30, 2023

    Colleen Hagen from Miller's Fresh Foods, New Rockford, recently presented a check to Brian Hopfauf, New Rockford Fire Department chief. The funds were generated from a holiday giving promotion at Miller's Fresh Foods, where "2022 Taste of the Season, Last Blast from the Past" recipe books were available to customers for a monetary donation to the fire department. The grocery's customers came through in a big way...to the tune of $1,437.55! Chief Hopfauf said that with this check and other...

  • Last sentences imposed in "Operation Blue Prairie" multi-state drug trafficking enforcement investigation

    Jan 30, 2023

    United States Attorney Mac Schneider announced that on January 13, United States District Judge Daniel L. Hovland sentenced 34-year-old Baquan Sledge, aka Rell, TJ, or Matthew Pierce, to serve 30 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.  In June of 2022, following a 12-day trial, a jury returned guilty verdicts on multiple counts against Sledge and another man from Detroit, Michigan, for their leadership in a drug trafficking organization targeting three of North Dakota’s Native American Reservations.  Baquan Sledge was c...

  • 701 Rundown: January 30, 2023

    Nathan Price|Jan 30, 2023

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Threatening behavior leads to shelter order The arrest of 44-year-old Eric Standing on Saturday, Jan. 14 in Crosby, following a shelter in place order, has led to questions about why the man hadn’t received help sooner. Standing was arrested after allegedly discharging a firearm within city limits, but community members have since painted a picture of a man that had already been in cri...

  • Legislative Report: January 30, 2023

    Senator Jerry Klein|Jan 30, 2023

    It’s Day 11. The stack of bills continues to grow. As of today’s writing, the Senate has introduced 346 bills. That’s compared to 275 last session. The House has 538 bills introduced compared to 500 last session. One issue that has come before our committee would be eliminating the printing of those insurance company abstracts that appear in our weekly papers. The bill was intended to exempt only our mutual insurance companies in our state. The insurance commissioner had advocated for all insurance companies not having to print, as it is availa...

  • Ft. Totten man sentenced for sexually abusing three minors

    Jan 30, 2023

    United States Attorney Mac Schneider announced that Saunders Jamel Jackson, aka Saunders Jackson-Buckles, age 23 of Fort Totten, N.D., appeared before Chief Judge Peter D. Welte, U.S. District Court, Fargo, N.D., and was sentenced to a total of 27 years in federal prison followed by 25 years of supervised release for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child and two counts of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. Jackson pleaded guilty to these offenses on October 13, 2022. Law Enforcement began investigating Jackson for sexual abuse of a 14-year-old female...

  • Pleasant Prairie News: January 30, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|Jan 30, 2023

    Brief stopper Friday at the Charlotte Koepplin home was nephew Aaron Koepplin. Last Saturday, Jimmy Indergaard, Andy and Ruth Braaten, Sharon Laxdal, Nikki Braaten and Angie enjoyed dinner out. Sunday stoppers and visitors at the Margie Anderson home were David and Karen Anderson. Evening visitor was Glen Cudworth. Jimmy Indergaard enjoyed phone chats with his sisters Fran Walen and Sharon Laxdal one day....

  • Sheyenne News: January 30, 2023

    Patti Clifton|Jan 30, 2023

    Patti Clifton spent Jan. 12 - 19 in Sun Prairie, Wisc., with daughter Jena and Rance Brown and their son Rowan. While there, Jena and Rance hosted a belated first birthday party for Rowan with Grandma Patti and friends of the family attending. Fun day! It was a great week, nice weather, with lots of visiting and playing with Rowan. Friday evening, Jan Loe and Steph enjoyed supper and card playing at the neighbors. Sunday morning, Bonnie Deegan and Jan Loe attended worship at Calvary Lutheran Church in Oberon. Following the worship service,...

  • Talk of the Town: January 30, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|Jan 30, 2023

    Saturday, Janet Laube and YipYip enjoyed a phone call from niece Shelly Nelson from Oklahoma. Sunday, Marvis Holte received a phone call from her sister, Ardie Yates, from Arkansas where it was raining. Ardie had the sad news a losing a beloved dog, Coco, that morning. Nephew Todd Harrison has been helping Shirley Packard get accustomed to a new phone for the sight impaired recently. Saturday visitors at the Ken and Marvis Holte home were Cody and Amanda Bickett and Izzy. A phone chat with Fayette Nelson was enjoyed. Saturday, Calvin Packard...

  • Learning from our elders

    Amy Wobbema|Jan 30, 2023

    Veteran newspaperman Allen Stock has been out of the Independent office for a few weeks now. This is the first time since I purchased the newspaper in October 2021 that he has been absent for more than a few days. Let me tell you, readers, it has been an adjustment. Over the past 45 years, he has answered the office landline in the evening and on the weekends. If he is there when it rings, he picks up the phone. He also drops by the office everyday, even if only to check the building to see...

  • Biden's second student loan bailout scheme is even worse

    Phil Kerpen|Jan 30, 2023

    President Joe Biden isn’t waiting for the Supreme Court to decide on his last $400 billion student loan bailout before rolling out another, even more costly plan (oral arguments are scheduled for Feb. 28, and it has been blocked by lower courts for now.) Biden’s new plan to force taxpayers to pay for other people’s college is as legally and morally bankrupt as his old plan – and may prove even more expensive. The new Biden proposal would force taxpayers to cover the full cost of college, except for nominal monthly payments capped at a maximum...

  • Tinker v. Des Moines: Anchoring students' free speech rights

    David Adler|Jan 30, 2023

    Half a century later, Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969) remains the Supreme Court’s authoritative ruling on symbolic speech and the First Amendment rights of K-12 students to express their political views. Delivered in the context of the widespread social activism that defined the 1960s – anti-racism, anti-sexism and anti-war protests – Justice Abe Fortas’s 7-2 landmark opinion upheld the right of students to wear black armbands in school as means of demonstrating their opposition to the Vietnam War. Justice...

  • Obituary: Darla Hagen

    Jan 30, 2023

    Darla Hagen Sheyenne, N.D. Darla Noreen Hagen, 84, of Sheyenne, N.D., died Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Sanford Health, Bismarck, N.D. Visitation was Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 1 - 7 p.m. with family present from 5-7 p.m. at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford. Funeral service was held Friday, January 27, 2023 at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, Sheyenne, N.D with Rev. Jeff Halvorson officiating. Burial service will be at Eden Lutheran Cemetery, rural Sheyenne, N.D. in the spring. Special...

  • Living on Purpose: Maybe we should let someone hold our mule

    Billy Holland|Jan 30, 2023

    “Hold my mule” is a figurative expression from the American South that means when a person is leading a mule and they need to go somewhere, or do something very important they will ask someone to hold their mule. Sometimes it meant they were going to enter into a confrontation be it a verbal or physical one, but in church settings where the members were not embarrassed to express their emotions, the phrase meant they were getting happy and praising the Lord or spending time at the altar cry...

  • Sermonette: Transformed by the renewing of our minds

    Rev. Amy Kippen|Jan 30, 2023

    In Romans 12:1-2, the Apostle Paul writes, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” These verses call us to a deeper understanding of our role as Christians in the world and how we are to live out our faith. The first thing that Paul...

  • Archival Anecdotes: A museum is made

    Rachel Brazil|Jan 30, 2023

    It has been nearly 60 years since the Eddy County Museum held its first meeting and established a board of directors. The founding board was led by chairman Alice Rindt and secretary-treasurer Addie Leske. Lenora Neuharth served on the museum board and as president of the Minerva Club. Edyth Piper was also involved in the Minerva Club in addition to the museum, and was president of the Pioneer Daughters. Elsie Dunham, Joyce Mattson, Ann Owens, Edgar Mattson, Joe Rindt, Edwin Horning, and Horton...

  • Tree Talk: It's Groundhog Day

    Gerri Makay|Jan 30, 2023

    Nearly every month of the year has its holidays – some of them to celebrate joyous religious occasions, others to commemorate historical figures or events. And then, some are just plain whimsical. Groundhog Day is celebrated on February 2, the almost-midpoint between the winter solstice and spring equinox. This point in the calendar year has been significant for centuries, as cultures anticipated the birth of farm animals and planting of crops. German immigrants to the United States carried with...

  • N.D. Game & Fish News

    Jan 30, 2023

    Participation needed in hunter harvest surveys While North Dakota’s 2022 hunting seasons have come and gone, hunter success, or lack thereof, still matters to wildlife managers. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has conducted hunter harvest surveys for more than a half-century, using the findings to help manage the state’s wildlife populations. Thousands of surveys are sent annually, and participation is strongly urged because hunter harvest plays a noted role, for example, in setting hunting license numbers for the upcoming sea...

  • History of New Rockford: January 30, 2023

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|Jan 30, 2023

    The Sept. 22, 1905, “Transcript” carried an ad stating that the Hotel Davies, J.W. Hedges, prop., was “Strictly a $2-a-Day House in Every Respect.” It had steam heat and gas lighting. Mrs. Bena Crepps and Mr. and Mrs. T.C. Crepps had a Card of Thanks to their friends and neighbors who had aided them in their recent bereavement. The Postmaster General was calling for bids for a tri-weekly mail delivery between New Rockford and Freeborn, beginning on June 30, 1906; the present delivery was twice a...

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