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Articles from the February 12, 2024 edition

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  • End of an era for Mick's

    Nathan Price|Feb 12, 2024

    The fuel pumps at Mick's 281 Service in New Rockford have officially been retired. The local business has been filling gas and diesel tanks in the community for decades, but on Monday, Feb. 7, owner Ken Thompson was notified that his gas pumps and tanks were no longer in compliance with state regulations, and must be shut down. Mick's 281 has been a popular option for fueling up in New Rockford since 1980, when Malcolm "Mick" Thompson and his son, Ken, first opened the business. Now, however,...

  • Rocket bus parked by NR-S

    Nathan Price|Feb 12, 2024

    After many years of service, the New Rockford-Sheyenne school district’s infamous “Rocket Bus” has been retired. With recurring mechanical problems and significant repair costs, the Rocket Bus has long been a thorn in the side of school administrators and board members, but they learned at their regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 5, that it won’t be an issue any longer. Updating the board on the Rocket Bus and district’s overall transportation situation was board member Mike Schaefer, on behalf of...

  • Sheyenne Rodeo Club kicks off season Sat.

    Amy Wobbema|Feb 12, 2024

    Hendrickson Park will be hoppin’ this summer. The Sheyenne Rodeo Club has a July 4 weekend rodeo and the 4th Annual Sheyenne Stampede in the works for Aug. 17. They’re hosting a Kickoff Event this week to give supporters a little preview of what’s ahead, and all are welcome. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, right here at the New Rockford Eagles Club. Rodeo Club members will be serving chili and fry bread, and attendees can hear live music from “The Stick Ponies”of Jamestown...

  • 2024 Election: 4 seats open on City Commission

    Amy Wobbema|Feb 12, 2024

    The New Rockford City Commission has the potential to look quite a bit different come June. It's an election year, and four of the five commissioners will find their terms up and seats open. Stuart Richter's first term as commission president will end in June, and as of press time he had not announced whether he would seek a second 4-year stint in the city's highest office. The seats currently held by commissioners Kelly McKnight and Justin Ystaas are also up this year. McKnight, who has served...

  • Should county officials be elected or appointed?

    Nathan Price|Feb 12, 2024

    Eddy County Commissioners appear poised to begin the process of making the county’s auditor and treasurer positions appointed. Currently, both positions are up for election every four years, but N.D. Century Code (NDCC) does allow county commissions to make them appointed and outlines the process for doing so. At the commission’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6, each commissioner appeared to support transitioning the positions from elected to appointed. “Some people are not going to like...

  • Weisenburger, Wiedrich named top Eddy County spellers

    Feb 12, 2024

    Twelve super spellers at NR-S competed in the Eddy County Spelling Bee on Tuesday, Feb. 6. After a written test and three oral rounds of competition, Austin Weisenburger emerged as the Eddy County champion. Everett Wiedrich was named runner-up, and both will advance to the North Dakota State Spelling Bee on Monday, March 18 at the Bismarck Event Center. Grade level champions, named based on their written test, were as follows: • Grade 5: Ashtyn Lies • Grade 6: Tyler Zieman • Grade 7: Evere...

  • Daddy Daughter dance returns Feb. 24

    Nathan Price|Feb 12, 2024

    On Saturday, Feb. 24, the New Rockford Park District will host the second ever Daddy-Daughter Dance in New Rockford. Last year’s inaugural dance was a hit with dads and daughters throughout the community, so much so that the park district is bringing it back for a second time. The event offers a wonderful chance for fathers to bond with their daughter while building memories that’ll last a lifetime. Last year’s event was called “A Night with the Princesses,” and 39 couples with 44 princesse...

  • Sheyenne group offers lesson in rural funding, innovation

    Megan Langley, North Dakota Monitor|Feb 12, 2024

    The city of Sheyenne is nestled within the hills of the Sheyenne River Valley and Continental Divide. It is surrounded by rich farmland, cattle grazing prairie pastures and abundant wildlife. Born when the railroad came through, Sheyenne has been home to active volunteers and go-getters with a small town spirit since 1883. Like many of North Dakota’s small towns, Sheyenne saw a booming population during the Homesteading Movement, followed by a slow and steady population decline trending down at 1.09 percent in more recent years. In the early 20...

  • 701 Rundown: Feb. 12, 2024

    Nathan Price|Feb 12, 2024

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Unknown substance spilled on McKenzie County Road A suspicious and unknown substance on the roadway of County Road 10 and another related site on 125th Avenue prompted numerous calls to officials on Jan. 17. Local officials responded to the site and quickly took action to contain and minimize the impact of the chemical. “It stunk worse than a pig farm, I mean it just burned your nos...

  • NR Community Foundation accepting applications

    Feb 12, 2024

    The New Rockford Community Foundation is now accepting applications from nonprofit and community organizations in New Rockford for the 2024 grant cycle. Applicants must be designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or a government agency. Groups without such designation seeking to apply may enlist a fiscal sponsor. For instructions on how to register your organization and to apply for a grant, visit and click on the Apply tab. Anyone needing assistance with the online application process should contact...

  • Sheyenne: Feb. 12, 2024

    Patti Clifton|Feb 12, 2024

    Joanna Larson attended the Sunflower Production meeting at the Eddy Co. Extension office on January 31. Lacey Zahradka, Trading Manager at ADM in Enderlin, reported that the market outlook on sunflowers for 2024 is very negative and acres are predicted to be drastically down. On Thursday, Feb. 1, several Sheyenne ranchers ran into each other at the sale barn in Napoleon. It was unusual to have warm weather for selling calves! Earlier snowstorms in Nebraska and further South had caused feedlots to stop taking cattle and some barns even canceled...

  • Pleasant Prairie: Feb. 12, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|Feb 12, 2024

    Circle Trail Riders, Inc. held their February meeting at secretary Charlotte Koepplin's home on Monday, Feb. 5. Seven were present as president Cory Jorgensen brought the meeting to order. Matters discussed were the upcoming June trail ride, annual raffle and annual meeting. Todd Koepplin drove Charlotte Koepplin to Carrington Thursday morning, where she took care of medical business. Jimmy Indergaard got a chance to visit with Margie Anderson and Gary Anderson and grandkids Sunday morning at Kvernes Lutheran Church and was a Sunday visitor and...

  • Talk of the Town: Feb. 12, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|Feb 12, 2024

    Saturday evening, Todd Koepplin picked up mom, Janelle Koepplin, and they drove to Bordulac where they joined other family and friends in wishing brother and son Aaron a happy 50th birthday, and nephew and grandson Hendrix a happy third birthday. Calvin Packard and mom, Shirley, were around town Tuesday taking care of business. Thursday, they did some errands in Carrington and enjoyed lunch at the Prairie Inn. Wednesday visitor at the Ken and Marvis Holte home was Holly Zieman. Friday, Amanda Bickett stopped in. Eloise Lucht enjoyed a phone...

  • Yes, I'll miss this

    Amy Wobbema|Feb 12, 2024

    It’s another year of “lasts” at the Wobbema house. Yes, I realize we are smack dab in the middle of our daughter’s senior year, but reality didn’t set in until just a few days ago. It all started when a fellow mom of a senior posted a picture of her son on social media last week. That night was the last time he’d play high school basketball on his home court, and she was wrestling with all the emotions that come with it. I replied that I was fortunate that NR-S was hosting the district girls’ to...

  • When memory flails

    Jase Graves|Feb 12, 2024

    Now that my age has surpassed the mid-century mark and I'm more ancient than virtually all professional athletes, everyone in my department at work, and even my pastor at church, I've noticed that the old memory is not what it used to ... Wait. What was I writing about again? My cognitive decline became all too obvious the other day when I was at the Verizon store upgrading to one of those newfangled iPhone jumbo-large-print editions with a camera powerful enough to take photos of the porta pott...

  • We the People: Landmark ruling gives press and public access to criminal trials

    David Adler|Feb 12, 2024

    The First Amendment’s free press clause, which Thomas Jefferson declared indispensable to republicanism, has long been regarded as the “people’s right to know.” Without knowledge of governmental programs, policies and practices, the people would have little ability to hold government accountable. The press, as Jefferson and the founders recognized, could provide the crucial informing function that would make self-government possible. Historically speaking, protection of the informing function is precisely why the Supreme Court has protect...

  • Obituary: Patricia Graham

    Feb 12, 2024

    Patricia Graham Park Rapids, Minn. Patricia "Patti" Rosemarie Graham, 82, Park Rapids, Minn. passed away Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024 at her home. Funeral services were held on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. Patricia was born in Strasburg, N.D. on April 27, 1941, the daughter of Elias and Mary Anne (Schneider) Brickner. She attended grade school in Hague, junior high in Casselton, an... Full story

  • Obituary: Verna Sauer

    Feb 12, 2024

    Verna Sauer New Rockford, N.D. Verna Mae Sauer, age 86, of New Rockford, N.D. passed away peacefully on January 30, 2024, surrounded by loved ones at Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, N.D. Verna's visitation was held on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024 from 9:30-10:30 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 10:30 a.m., all at Warwick Lutheran Church, Warwick, N.D. Her burial followed at the Warwick Cemetery. Pastor Bethany Wertz officiated the service. Recorded music was "Go Rest High on That Mountain" by Vi... Full story

  • Living on Purpose: Grace that is greater than all our sin

    Billy Holland|Feb 12, 2024

    Since you were conceived God has wanted your attention. He has never neglected or ignored you. If you were to write down all the blessings and victories He has given over the years, they would prove He has been guiding and helping you all along. How could any of us even consider we were created by chance? The truth is that God specifically called you and has many wonderful things planned for your future. You are His masterpiece. I’ve noticed in my life, that even though I know these things a...

  • Archival Anecdotes: Strong as steel, delicate as lace

    Rachel Brazil|Feb 12, 2024

    This week's featured photo might not seem like much to look at, but don't let your eyes deceive you. Pictured here is a thoughtful expression of love carefully crafted by William G.W. Milne for his bride, Mary E. Clark. Thanks to the pioneer histories listed in our online library at, we can get a small glimpse into William Milne's life. He was born to Eliza and William Milne in Ontario, Canada in 1875. The family moved near Grand Forks in 1882 and farmed land in Meki...

  • History of New Rockford: Feb. 12, 2024

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|Feb 12, 2024

    The Sept. 7, 1906, “Transcript” stated that the previous week Miss Hattie Harrison had come in from Marlette, Mich., to see her sister Mrs. Nathan Stanton and family. Also Miss Anna Haskell had arrived from Illinois to act as the stenographer and bookkeeper for Streeter & Cooling. On the morning of Sept. 7, Miss Mabel Sheehy began work as a saleslady in the dry goods department of H. Peoples & Co. Andrew Johnson, Sr., brought in two loads of wheat that was rated No. 1 Hard and weighed 60 lbs. to...

  • Savvy Senior: Does Medicare cover weight-loss treatments?

    Jim Miller|Feb 12, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, Does Medicare cover any weight-loss treatments for overweight retirees? I just turned 65 and need to lose about 100 pounds and would like to know if Medicare can help. Overweight Owen Dear Owen, Yes, traditional Medicare does indeed cover some weight-loss treatments like counseling and certain types of surgery for overweight beneficiaries, but unfortunately it doesn’t cover weight-loss programs or medications. Here’s what you should know. Who’s eligible For benef...

  • Cardinal boys advance to state in duals

    Erik Gjovik|Feb 12, 2024

    The Carrington boys wrestling team, save for their efforts with the championship opponent, had a very strong performance at the Region 2 Dual Tournament in Larimore Saturday, Feb. 3. CHS finished as the runners-up at the tournament to meet winner Northern Lights, competing in Region 2 for the first time following realignment prior to this season. In round one, the Cards took a 42-8 win over the host Polar Bears. Coach Josh Kerbaugh’s team dropped just two matches in the dual, which had four d...

  • District split

    Nathan Price|Feb 12, 2024

    The New Rockford-Sheyenne Rockets earned an impressive home win against the Hatton/Northwood Thunder on Thursday, Feb. 1. The Rockets essentially controlled the game from start to finish, beginning with a dominant first quarter. The first eight minutes saw the NR-S defense hold the Thunder offense to just a single field goal and three free throws. Meanwhile, the Rockets put up 11 points of their own, giving them a 6-point advantage after the first quarter which was largely sustained in the...

  • Thunder takedown x2

    Kyrie Dauenhauer|Feb 12, 2024

    The New Rockford-Sheyenne girls' basketball team traveled to Northwood on Friday, Feb. 2 to compete in their final District 4 game of the regular season against the Hatton/Northwood Thunder. With the Rockets and Thunder having a similar record, fans were set up to watch a great game. Unfortunately for the Thunder, key player Kennison Azure was out due to injury. The Thunder were the first to score, but it wasn't long before NR-S sophomore Ava Peterson put up a shot from the paint....

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