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Articles from the January 31, 2022 edition

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  • 2022 Election: Seats open on city commission, park board

    Nathan Price|Jan 31, 2022

    Two seats on the New Rockford City Commission and three seats on the City Park Board will be up for grabs during this summer’s elections. Becki Schumacher, New Rockford City Auditor, informed the Transcript on Tuesday that the four-year terms of City Commissioners Ryan Hager and Jim Belquist expire this year. On the City Park Board, meanwhile, the four-year terms of Jackie Engels, Elliot Belquist and Reed Weisenburger are also due to expire. Citizens interested in running for any one of these p...

  • Support our first responders on Giving Hearts Day

    Nathan Price|Jan 31, 2022

    February and Valentine's Day are fast approaching, which means it’s nearly time to support our local first responders during the annual Giving Hearts Day. Giving Hearts Day is a 24-hour fundraising event for charities in North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota, and for the third year running, the Community Ambulance Service of New Rockford (CASNR) is participating. This year, Giving Hearts Day falls on Thursday, Feb. 10, and CASNR’s fundraising goal is simply to raise more money than last yea...

  • Eddy County native is at helm of statewide community development organization

    Amy Wobbema|Jan 31, 2022

    An Eddy County native founded a nonprofit in 2015 with high aspirations, and now she's back in her hometown helping to energize the locals. Megan Laudenschlager, née Langley, grew up on a farm in rural Warwick. She attended school in Sheyenne until her sophomore year, then graduated from Minnewaukan High School. After high school, Laudenschlager moved out of state, but her new places didn't really feel like home. She returned to N.D. in 2007 and put down roots in the Minot area, first at Minot S...

  • Bichler gets bragging rights from Chamber

    Nathan Price|Jan 31, 2022

    Not many people have devoted more time to serving local farmers than Jimmy Bichler has, and it hasn't gone unnoticed. Bichler, a 30-year veteran of the Fessenden Co-op, has been selected as the Chamber's Employee of the Month for January. Nominated for this honor by Nyle Myhre, the Chamber believed it was high time to honor Bichler for his faithful and skillful service to the rural community in and around New Rockford. Fessenden Co-op, a farmer-owned and operated cooperative, brands itself as a...

  • Northern Plains Electric approves $9,800 in Operation Round Up charitable grants

    Jan 31, 2022

    At their December meeting, the Northern Plains Electric Operation Round Up board of directors approved grants totaling $9,800 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 $...

  • Hoff hired as loan officer at Community Credit Union

    Jan 31, 2022

    Ashley Hoff joined the team at Community Credit Union in June of 2021. As a loan officer, she assists members in obtaining consumer and ag loans. Ashley is a Carrington native. She holds an associate's degree in business administration and management from Rasmussen College. "I am so happy to be a part of the Community Credit Union team. My favorite part of my job has been meeting and getting to know all of the members, and I look forward to being able to help everyone with their financing needs...

  • New Rockford Dollars for Scholars accepting applications

    Jan 31, 2022

    Attention NR-S graduates! New Rockford Dollars for Scholars is now accepting applications for our Non-Freshman College Scholarship to be awarded for the Fall 2022 Semester. Applicant Criteria: • Graduate of New Rockford – Sheyenne High School • Enrolled full time in an undergraduate program at a post secondary institution • Sophomore status or above How to apply: Submit a 500 word essay answering the following question: “What is your strongest personality trait?” Applications are to be submitted by Feb. 4, 2022 via email to: [email protected]...

  • AARP N.D. accepting 2022 Community Challenge Grant applications

    Jan 31, 2022

    AARP North Dakota invites local organizations and governments across the state to apply for the 2022 AARP Community Challenge grant program, now through March 22, 2022. Grants fund quick-action projects that help communities become more livable in the long-term by improving public spaces, transportation, housing, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery, diversity and inclusion, and more. Now in its sixth year, the grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which supports the efforts of cities, towns, n...

  • 701 Rundown: Jan. 31, 2022

    Nathan Price|Jan 31, 2022

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Cass County Deputies arrest three in Horace At roughly 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11, Cass County deputies arrested three individuals in Horace, N.D. after a resident called the police to report suspicious activity at a rural Horace address. The caller was able to give police a vehicle description and last known direction of travel. After conducting a traffic stop on the vehicle and doing a...

  • Obituary: Nancy Boyle

    Jan 31, 2022

    Nancy Boyle Maple Grove, Minn. Nancy A. Boyle passed away peacefully on January 16, 2022 at the age of 73 years, after a difficult battle with stomach cancer. Nancy had her loving daughter, Sarah and grandson, Peyton, by her side. On May 2, 1948, Nancy was born and raised in New Rockford, N.D., to Frank and Winifred (Jane) Dunham. She graduated from New Rockford Central in 1966. After high school, she attended Minot State University. Nancy and Tom Boyle began their life together on December 27,... Full story

  • Obituary: Patricia Krueger

    Jan 31, 2022

    Patricia Krueger New Rockford, N.D. Patricia "Pat" Loretta Krueger, 90, of New Rockford, N.D. passed away Jan. 20, 2022, in her home. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022 at St. John's Catholic Church, New Rockford. Burial was at the St. John's Catholic Cemetery, New Rockford. Fr. Reese Weber officiated the service with special music by Heather Klocke, Adrianna Klocke and Taryn Wallace. Pallbearers were Shane Wallace, Jerry Theis, Patrick Lies, Joseph Lies, Dalton...

  • Obituary: Kathryn Magnan

    Jan 31, 2022

    Kathryn Magnan Sheyenne, N.D. Kathryn "Kathy" Ann Magnan, 69, of Sheyenne, N.D. passed away Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at Sheyenne, N.D. Funeral service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022 at First Lutheran Church, Sheyenne, N.D. Burial will be at the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Brainerd, Minn., at a later date. Rev. Jeff Halvorson officiated the service with special music by Bonnie Deagan and Marci Grohs. Honorary bearers were all of Kathy's family and close friends. Kathy was born on Jan. 9,...

  • Oberon Oracles: Jan. 31, 2022

    Linda Madson|Jan 31, 2022

    Lester Roberts’ Sunday visitors were Lezlee Thorson and Chad Getscher. Randy and Charlotte Simon attended the NDAREC (North Dakota Association Rural Electric Cooperative) annual meeting in Bismarck Tuesday through Thursday. Mark, Tessa, Miles and Mason Simon were weekend guests at Randy and Charlotte’s home. They did some fishing and also took in Easton Simon’s New Rockford vs. Wilton/Wing basketball game in New Rockford. Dave Kenner and Randy Simon visited Todd Buehler last week. Calvary Lutheran Church in Oberon will be having the fifth...

  • Jeff Labrenz awarded plaque of appreciation

    Jan 31, 2022

    Jeff Labrenz received a plaque of appreciation for 15 years of working for the Larson Farm and Ranch in Sheyenne. The recognition took place at the Route 281 Station where area farmers get together Saturday mornings for breakfast. Peter and Patti Larson feel fortunate to have an employee who is so hardworking and dependable going on 16 years. Jeff grew up on a farm near the North Dakota/South Dakota border. He moved to Sheyenne and started Jeff's Electric in 1980. He has been on the Sheyenne...

  • Free speech origins: Clear and present danger test

    David Adler|Jan 31, 2022

    America’s free speech story, as written in Supreme Court decisions, did not begin until World War I when the court declared in 1919, in Schenck v. United States, that speech is protected unless it presents a “clear and present danger” to our nation. The court’s landmark opinion, written by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, introduced a test to determine the parameters of protected speech that, in one version or another, would govern until the late 1960s. The “clear and present danger test” was first used not to protect speech, but rather to l...

  • Opportunities await in central North Dakota

    Amy Wobbema|Jan 31, 2022

    Twila Klein told us last fall that the Hi-Way Drive In wouldn't be opening this spring unless she could find more help. Other businesses have reduced hours or services due to a shortage of workers. For years, we have needed youth to come back (or be willing to work after school, weekends and during the summer), or new people to come to fill our staffing needs, and the pandemic hasn't helped our situation. Carrington Chamber Director Laurie Dietz publishes a weekly newsletter for members, and...

  • Rural Short: Embrace the Naysayers

    Cher Hersrud|Jan 31, 2022

    We all know they will be there, and for the most part, we dread the naysayers when we are planning a new community event, project, or community change of any kind. There is truth in the statement that change is hard; however, change is really hard for some people. I have heard from many communities that “nothing ever happens here because of the negative attitude in the community.” I have found that there is no stereotypical naysayer. Some are older and yet, some of the youngest people in the community can also be naysayers. I believe it is a pe...

  • Obituary: Richard Hedin

    Jan 31, 2022

    Richard Hedin Spokane, Wash. Richard "Dick" Hjalmar Hedin, 87, of Spokane, Wash., passed away on January 19, 2022, after a brave battle with dementia. While his short-term memory was gone at the end, he never failed to recognize family and close friends nor to maintain his sense of humor. Throughout his life, he kept hidden an imaginary gun that he would aim at someone who said or did something out-of-step with his thinking – a pretend gesture that made his grandchildren and great-grandchildren... Full story

  • Obituary: Donna M. Frank

    Jan 31, 2022

    Donna M. Frank Sidney, Mont. A Celebration of Life for Donna M. Frank, 87, of Sidney, Mont. will be held at a later date. Donna passed away on Monday, December 6, 2021, at the Sidney Health Center. Donna Mae Frank was born July 21, 1934, in Minnewaukan, N.D., the daughter of William and Mabel (Johnson) Holtz. Donna was raised on the family farm in New Rockford, N.D. and graduated from New Rockford High School in 1952. After high school, she moved with girlfriends to Sidney, Montana, where she met her beloved husband, Raymond A. Frank. On June 1... Full story

  • Obituary: Sheldon W. Nutz

    Jan 31, 2022

    Sheldon W. Nutz Bothell, Wash. Sunrise 09-20-42 Sunset 12-26-21 Sheldon Nutz, age 79, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Bothell, Wash. He was born in Harvey, N. D. to Edwin and Ida (Mindt) Nutz. His parents and brother Curtis (of Queen Creek, Ariz.) preceded him in death. Sheldon proudly served two years in the Army. Part of his military career was served in Germany. He married Nancy Kempel in 1967. They had two sons, Shawn and Steve Nutz. Before Steve was born they moved to...

  • Sermonette: The work of the Holy Spirit in and among

    Rev. Amy Kippen|Jan 31, 2022

    During my seminary studies, I took a full semester class on the Holy Spirit. Part of our assignment at the end of the semester was to write our own best definition of the Holy Spirit. Here's what I came up with: The Holy Spirit is a creative energy that is manifested in power and transforming love. As one of three persons of the Triune God, the Holy Spirit is more than energy, the Holy Spirit is personal, is relationship, is community. When Jesus was about to leave his disciples and ascend to the Father, he told them, “Go therefore and make dis...

  • Tree Talk: It's Groundhog Day. Again

    Gerri Makay|Jan 31, 2022

    Nearly every month of the year has its holidays – some of them to celebrate joyous religious occasions, others to commemorate historical landmarks. 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 them a...

  • History of New Rockford: Jan. 31, 2022

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|Jan 31, 2022

    On the morning of Sunday, Oct. 2, 1904, McHenry merchant R.H. Howden came over for a couple days for business, and Mrs. Annie Oliver came over from that community for a visit of several days. At 8 p.m., Prof. H.H. Aaker of Fargo, the Prohibition Party’s candidate for governor, spoke to a large group at the Methodist Church on “Prohibition.” That evening, Francis Pottner took up at his farm one black muley cow, one red cow with a broken horn, one red and white cow, and one three-year old black mu...

  • Savvy Senior: Home modification tips for 'aging-in-place'

    Jim Miller|Jan 31, 2022

    Dear Savvy Senior, My wife and I would like to make some affordable changes to our home so we can remain living there for as long as possible. Can you recommend some good resources that can help us determine what all we need to consider? Getting Old Dear Getting, Many older adults, like you and your wife, want to stay living in their own home for as long as possible. But being able to do so will depend on how easy it is to maneuver in your living space as you get older. Here are some helpful...

  • Prairie Doc Perspectives: The Physician-Patient

    Kelly Evans-Hullinger M.D.|Jan 31, 2022

    Last spring, I was at home washing my hands, and as I glanced up into the mirror, I noticed something unusual. My bathroom light hit my neck just right as I swallowed and there it was: a prominent lump. I diagnosed myself with a thyroid nodule and wondered how I, a physician, had failed to notice this large protuberance before that moment. Thyroid nodules are quite common. In some cases, they are noticed by the patient (like me) or are found on exam. In many cases, they are found by accident when someone has an imaging test like a CT scan,...

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