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Articles from the February 5, 2024 edition

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  • Eliminate property tax?

    Nathan Price|Feb 5, 2024

    Voters in North Dakota may soon face an interesting choice at the ballot box this November, and not just between the various candidates. Right now, efforts are underway to place a new initiative on the ballot, one that would essentially eliminate property taxes in the State of North Dakota. The effort is being led by Republican Rick Becker, a former state representative and current candidate for U.S. House. Becker and the initiative’s supporters are currently soliciting signatures to qualify...

  • Local practice welcomes new physical therapist

    Nathan Price|Feb 5, 2024

    There's a new provider at Peak Performance Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, PLLC, in New Rockford. After years of caring for patients at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd as well as home health, Matthew Ystaas is joining his wife Melissa Ystaas at Peak Performance. The couple bought the physical therapy practice from Jodi Tjelta in the fall of 2022, and Melissa has been operating the business and seeing patients ever since. Meanwhile, Matthew was still helping his patients at the LHGS...

  • Guys on Ice premieres Feb. 15

    Amy Wobbema|Feb 5, 2024

    Ice fishing – where Midwestern men go to shoot the freeze. DPRCA kicks off its blockbuster 2024 season with a reprise of "Guys on Ice," a musical comedy that will have you laughing (and freezing) your face off! Life on the lake is easy, especially when the fish are biting, the jokes are funny, there's a "couple two three" beers in the bucket and the Green Bay Packers are on the field. From the warmth of their shanty "up north," old pals Marvin and Lloyd spin wit, wisdom and hilarious songs...

  • Election season heating up

    Nathan Price|Feb 5, 2024

    As election season ramps up, the race for several important positions is becoming more clear. Doug Burgum, the Governor of North Dakota and former presidential candidate, has chosen not to run for a third term, creating a wide-open race for governor both this summer and in November. Two have already said they plan to run: Republican Kelly Armstrong, North Dakota’s sitting representative in Congress, and Democrat Travis Hipsher, a former N.D. Senate candidate. A resident of Neche, N.D. in...

  • Knatterud commits to University of Jamestown

    Nathan Price|Feb 5, 2024

    Another standout New Rockford-Sheyenne athlete has committed to playing sports at the next level. NR-S senior Connor Knatterud has officially committed to the University of Jamestown to compete in Track and Field. Knatterud is the latest in a string of NR-S athletes to announce their commitment to a university. Kelsie Belquist and Lora Wobbema have committed to the University of Nebraska and Lake Region State College, respectively. And now, Knatterud says he's excited to get started with the Jim...

  • Pleasant Prairie: Feb. 5, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|Feb 5, 2024

    Last Saturday, Sharon Laxdal and Ruth Braaten enjoyed dinner out with their brother Jimmy Indergaard. Sunday, Jimmy was a supper guest at the Andy and Ruth Braaten home, where he enjoyed a visit with niece, Nikki. Thursday evening, brief stoppers at the Charlotte Koepplin home were Amanda Koepplin and Evelyn, bringing a special picture of Evelyn and cousin Kenna Lewis in their dance outfits. Jimmy Indergaard has been enjoying going to basketball games in Carrington, rooting both the boys' and girls' Cardinals on. He also enjoyed seeing other...

  • 11 named champs at annual shooting contest

    Feb 5, 2024

    The annual New Rockford Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship was held on Sunday, Jan. 28 in the New Rockford-Sheyenne gymnasium. This contest was sponsored by the New Rockford Knights of Columbus Council #2477. A total of 20 youth participated in the contest. Of those, 11 were named free-throw champs at the local division. They are Leah Steele, age 9 girls; Kalleigh Engels, age 10 girls; Liza Steele, age 11 girls; Isla Jacobson, age 12 girls; Camebria Engels, age 13 girls; Madison...

  • 701 Rundown: Feb. 5, 2024

    Nathan Price|Feb 5, 2024

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Federal agency reviews COVID relief fund expenditures A federal government agency’s “desk review” of the Turtle Mountain Tribe’s expenditures of federal COVID relief funds resulted in questionable costs of more than $32 million. The review concluded in July of 2023 and determined the tribe’s “risk of unallowable use of funds” to be high. Upon receiving the review, Turtle...

  • Sheyenne: Feb. 5, 2024

    Patti Clifton|Feb 5, 2024

    On Monday, Jan. 15, Patti Larson snuck off to England with daughter Sandra and sister-in-law Judy LaBonne. Patti returned to Sheyenne on Sunday, January 28. They enjoyed nearly two weeks of sightseeing and taking in the food, culture and traditions of the United Kingdom. When they arrived in London, it was easy to get around using trains and buses. In four days, they took in the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Museum, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower of London and a service in St. Paul’s Cathedral. After the Hampton...

  • Talk of the Town: Feb. 5, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|Feb 5, 2024

    New Rockford and area folks express sympathy to the families of Eldon Nelson and Elma Smith. Saturday found Ken and Marvis Holte enjoyed tea, coffee and visiting with Pastor and Paula Loewen, Alan Lang and others at the Chieftain in Carrington, along with a chance visit with Ken Reis. Friends of Candy Jensen have expressed condolences to her for the loss of dear pet cat, Blossom. Blossom was 13 years old. She left a full sister, Iris, who is missing her pal. Calvin Packard is a daily helper at his mom, Shirley's.Sunday he did some extra...

  • The sad future of AM Radio

    Tom Purcell|Feb 5, 2024

    You had a great 100-year run, AM radio, and your demise is breaking my heart. According to the Wall Street Journal, carmakers such as Tesla, Volvo and BMW are no longer providing AM radios in their new vehicles. Why? In part, because of the emergence of electric vehicles. As the WSJ explains, quoting the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a car-industry trade group, the onboard electronics on EVs “create interference with AM radio signals – a phenomenon that ‘makes the already fuzzy...

  • Curiosity (almost) killed the cat

    Amy Wobbema|Feb 5, 2024

    “Things are not always as they appear to be … Curiosity creates possibilities and opportunities.” Roy T. Bennett I’m a curious person. It’s a trait that characterizes many journalists, and for good reason. The drive to know more or to ask just one more question to get to the heart of the issue is often the catalyst for good news articles. According to, curiosity is “a strong desire to know or learn something.” I usually refer to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary for...

  • We the People: Justice Jackson is Nuremberg

    David Adler|Feb 5, 2024

    Justice Robert H. Jackson’s departure for Europe in September of 1945 to serve as chief prosecutor for the United States at the historic Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals annoyed some of his fellow justices and heightened the internal tensions that gripped the Supreme Court. Jackson’s acceptance of an appointment by President Harry Truman to lead the prosecution affected the workload and decision-making of the Court and renewed a lingering debate on the wisdom and propriety of tasking justices with non-judicial responsibilities. Chief...

  • Obituary: Brett Lies

    Feb 5, 2024

    Brett Lies Ramsey, Minn. In loving memory of Brett Peter Lies, who passed away unexpectedly on January 19, 2024. Born on July 30, 1967, in New Rockford, N.D., Brett grew up in Kansas City, with summers spent in North Dakota. He is survived by his mother Gwen Mehrer, father Peter, siblings Dion (Paula), Nicholl Ransom, Andrea Lies, Jean (John) Schuster, Daniel (Ashley), and several nieces and nephews. Brett, preceded by his brother Raymond and nephew Mason, leaves behind his loving partner... Full story

  • Obituary: Patricia Stock

    Feb 5, 2024

    Patricia Stock Carrington, N.D. Patricia "Pattie" Stock, age 79, of Carrington, N.D. passed away in her sleep Thursday, January 25, 2024, at Golden Acres Manor, Carrington, N.D. A visitation was held Tuesday, January 30, 2024 from 6-7 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington. Pattie's funeral service was held Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington, N.D. Her burial followed the service and fellowship at Hillside... Full story

  • Obituary: Elma Smith

    Feb 5, 2024

    Elma Smith New Rockford, N.D. Elma Irene Smith passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on January 25, 2024 at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford, N.D. at age 90. Elma was under Hospice care. Elma's visitation was held on Monday, January 29, 2024 from 2-4 p.m. with family present at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford and Tuesday, January 30, 2024 from 1-2 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m., all at First Lutheran Church, New Rockford, N.D. Her burial was at the... Full story

  • Obituary: Eldon Nelson

    Feb 5, 2024

    Eldon Nelson New Rockford, N.D. Eldon Glenn Nelson, 85 years old, passed away peacefully at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford, N.D. on Thursday, January 25, 2024, after a long battle with Parkinson's. Eldon's visitation was held Sunday, January 28, 2024 from 6-7 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 p.m., all at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, January 29, 2024 at 2 p.m. at St. John's Catholic Church, New Rockford with burial at St.... Full story

  • Archival Anecdotes: Connecting through time

    Rachel Brazil|Feb 5, 2024

    I must confess working as the archivist at the Eddy County Museum has been one of my most favorite positions I've ever held. That's a tough call to make considering I've waited tables at a Colorado mountain resort, cleaned thousands of Late Woodland artifacts from one of the largest prehistoric settlement sites in North America, curated faunal specimens at Southern Illinois University, taught college level classes and written for the New Rockford Transcript. My role as an archivist began in the...

  • History of New Rockford: Feb. 5, 2024

    K.C. Gardner Jr|Feb 5, 2024

    The hunting season began on Sept. 1, 1906; 44 local hunters had gotten their licenses. On that day, James E. Renfrew came in on business. Mr. and Mrs. Silas Hylton went to St. Paul, where Mrs. Hylton would consult an eye specialist; they returned on Sept. 8, encouraged by a prognosis for a complete recovery. Sheriff George F. Fahrer and William Farley left for the Minnesota State Fair, which Mr. Hylton would also attend. Mr. and Mrs. William Milne, Jr., of Sheyenne left for the Minnesota State...

  • NR-S dominate Patriots

    Nathan Price|Feb 5, 2024

    On Saturday, Jan. 27, the New Rockford-Sheyenne Rockets hosted the May-Port-C-G Patriots for their third game facing district competition. Unlike their first two, this game would definitely go the way of the Rockets. Not only are the Patriots currently sitting at the bottom of the standings, but two of their senior players were unavailable for the game. So the Patriots were down on both size and experience, and the Rockets took full advantage. The start of the first quarter remained close...

  • Weisenburger, Kramlich fourth at East-West

    Erik Gjovik|Feb 5, 2024

    The traditional end to the wrestling individual tournament regular season came and went at the East-West Tournament in New Salem on January 26-27. The event brings the best Class B male wrestlers from the two longitudinal directions under the Holsteins’ “barn,” for one last head-to-head chance before overall seeding is determined. At East-West, the Cards came in ninth with 98 points, and had two runner-up wrestlers in Dru Carr (114) and Corbin Clifton (145). Three other CHS grapplers came...

  • Archers on the mark in Carrington

    Amy Wobbema|Feb 5, 2024

    More than 300 archers converged in Carrington on Saturday, Jan. 27. It was the second tournament of the season for the NR-S squad, and they found success at all levels of competition. At the end of the day, it was a pair of eighth grade boys who came out on top for the Rockets, Koy Zieman and Sawyer Huso. Zieman rose above the rest of the Rockets in the 3D tournament. He earned the gold medal in the middle school boys' division with a score of 288 and finished second overall among male archers....

  • Rockets split in district play

    Feb 5, 2024

    The New Rockford-Sheyenne Rockets were in district play on Saturday, Jan. 27 versus the May-Port-C-G Patriots and Monday, Jan. 29 against the Griggs-Midkota Lady Titans. Going into the game on Saturday, the Patriots were still undefeated with a blazing 13-0 record. The Rockets seemed to keep up with the Patriots in quarter one, as they trailed by only four points. But the Patriots momentum kept growing. Twenty-one points were scored by the Patriots, with May-Port-C-G senior athlete Rylee Satrom...

  • O'Connor scores 33 in victory over Warwick

    Kyrie Dauenhauer|Feb 5, 2024

    The New Rockford-Sheyenne girls' basketball team held their final home game for the season as they hosted the District 4 Warwick Lady Warriors on Tuesday, Jan. 30. The Rockets ended their last game in the NR-S gymnasium with a bang. In the first quarter alone, the Rockets scored 30 points to the Lady Warriors six. Fourteen of those came from NR-S junior Kaiya O'Connor, with the rest coming from the combination of Kelsie Belquist and Ava Peterson. This, however, was just the beginning for...

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