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Articles from the February 13, 2023 edition


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  • NRABC proposes city lodging tax for tourism

    Amy Wobbema|Feb 13, 2023

    New Rockford appears to be heading the same direction as many other North Dakota communities. Amanda Hegland, Executive Director of the New Rockford Area Betterment Corporation, appealed to the city commission Monday, Feb. 6 to impose a new tax to support tourism. Hegland proposed that the city impose a lodging tax, which will be added to all hotel, motel and lodge accommodations within the city for periods of fewer than 30 consecutive calendar days, or one month. Payment of fees for extended...

  • Caught on camera

    Nathan Price|Feb 13, 2023

    In the late evening hours of Thursday, Jan. 26, a security camera at Route 281 in Sheyenne caught a man breaking into a storage container and rummaging through nearby vehicles. According to court documents, the camera showed Clark Baker of Fort Totten grabbing a “metal bar” from a nearby junk pile and using it to break the lock on the storage container. “The individual was then seen entering the storage unit, rummaging around, exiting the storage unit, and rummaging around several...

  • Super Spellers

    Feb 13, 2023

    The Eddy County Spelling Bee brought 12 great spellers to the Eddy County Courthouse on Wednesday, Feb. 8. After written and oral rounds of spelling competition, Sophie Skogen was named the champion of the 2023 county contest. Austin Weisenburger was runner-up. Skogen will now advance to the State Spelling Bee on March 20 at the Bismarck Event Center. For a photo of all the competitors, as well as recognition of each grade level winner, see page A2....

  • Howard tenders resignation from NDSU Extension

    Nathan Price|Feb 13, 2023

    Eddy County is again on the lookout for a new NDSU Extension Agent. Chandy Howard, who took over the position in May 2020, handed county commissioners her letter of resignation at their Feb. 7 regular meeting. Her last day at the office will be Tuesday, Feb. 28. "As you know, my husband and I welcomed our first child last year and I have been given the opportunity to stay home with my child and focus on the needs of my family and our family farm," wrote Howard in her letter of resignation. "I'm...

  • Ice rink open house Feb. 19

    Feb 13, 2023

    To commemorate the grand opening of New Rockford’s new ice rink and warming house, the New Rockford Park District will host an Open House on Sunday, Feb. 19. Skaters of all ages and abilities are welcome to join the fun. From 2 - 4 p.m. enjoy hot chocolate, coffee and cookies and take to the ice with friends and family. If you’re new to ice skating, be there at 3 p.m. as Dennis Nybo and Jackson Schumacher lead a “Learn to Skate” class. Learn basic techniques and practice your newly-learned skills on the ice. The New Rockford ice rink...

  • Jamestown Drag Racing Association exploring race on Munster Highway

    Nathan Price|Feb 13, 2023

    The Jamestown Drag Racing Association (JDRA) is trying once again to bring drag racing to Eddy County. Mike Trautman, president of the JDRA, appeared in person at the Eddy County Commission's regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 8, to discuss holding a drag race on County Road 12, a.k.a. Munster Road, in western Eddy County. Until relatively recently, the JDRA had been allowed to hold their events at the regional airport in Jamestown, which they had been doing without issue for two decades....

  • McCorkle prevails in local Poetry Out Loud contest

    Feb 13, 2023

    New Rockford-Sheyenne High School has announced their winner of the school level contest for Poetry Out Loud (POL) National Recitation Contest. The student winner, and 2023 New Rockford-Sheyenne High School POL Champion is Donavun McCorkle. Currently in 9th grade, Donavun will advance to the state contest at the North Dakota State Heritage Center in Bismarck on February 27, to compete for the title of North Dakota State Poetry Out Loud Champion. The champion at the state level will receive $200 and an opportunity to compete for the national...

  • Theatre Donation

    Feb 13, 2023

    On Tuesday, Feb. 7, Melanie Quinton presented New Rockford Theatre Manager, Glenda Collier, with a $700 check following a kid's movie night fundraiser at the Brown Memorial. Both Quinton and Collier said they were grateful for all those that made the fundraiser possible, and Quinton said she'll be trying to put on even more fundraisers at the Brown Memorial within the next month or two. More details will be posted on Quinton's Facebook page when they're available....

  • New Rockford Sheyenne Board of Education Agenda: Feb. 13, 2023

    Feb 13, 2023

    AGENDA New Rockford-Sheyenne Board of Education Regular Meeting – Cafeteria Monday, February 13th, 2023, 7:00 p.m. I. REGULAR ITEMS  A. Call to order, roll call, establishment of quorum, and approval of agenda.  B. Consent agenda. Attachments. Discussion. Motion.   1. Approve minutes of January 9th, 2023 regular meeting and January 13th, 2023 special meeting   2. Business Manager’s report.    a. Balance Sheet.    b. General Fund Revenue Report.    c. General Fund Expenditure Report.    d. Building Fund.... Full story

  • N.R. Community Foundation accepting grant applications

    Feb 13, 2023

    The New Rockford Community Foundation is now accepting applications from nonprofit and community organizations in New Rockford for the 2023 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 www.NDCF.net/NewRockford and click on the Apply tab. Anyone needing assistance with the online application process should contact...

  • NDACDA Honor Choir selections

    Feb 13, 2023

    Hallie Brown, Bailey Baumbach, Emma Duda and Claire Becker (pictured from left to right) performed in the NDACDA Honor Choirs on Feb. 3 and 4. Baumbach was chosen for the JH All-State Choir and the three older girls took part in a combined high school/college women's choir. They worked hard and were part of a fabulous concert Saturday afternoon!...

  • Legislative Report: Feb. 13, 2023

    Senator Jerry Klein|Feb 13, 2023

    It’s day 22. The committees are all very busy. There are still 237 bills in various committees here in the Senate that either need to be heard or acted on. Unlike some other states, every bill gets a hearing, a vote in committee, and then finally, a vote on the Senate floor. There are some states where issues don’t even get heard in committee. We have a very open and transparent system. One issue being heard today in the Senate Energy & Natural Resources committee deals with the Red River Water Supply. As this major project plows its way ac...

  • 701 Rundown: Feb. 13, 2023

    Nathan Price|Feb 13, 2023

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Sky Dancer Casino security helps nab alleged murderer A security supervisor at Sky Dancer Casino and Resort in Belcourt contacted federal authorities on New Year’s Day when one man tried to collect nearly $5,000 in winnings but could not produce a social security number. Producing a valid social security number is required to collect winnings over a certain amount. The man’s name is...

  • Reality Check held for students in area county schools

    Feb 13, 2023

    High School students recently attended the first-ever Reality Check for this area. This event gave the juniors and seniors at Dakota Prairie, Lakota and Midkota the opportunity to see what life (financially) may be like as an adult in a reality-based event. Previously this event, sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank of ND, State Bank of Lakota, and the Nelson County Job Development Authority was held at the Tolna Business and Events Center on February 9, 2022. Reality Check is an interactiv...

  • Sheyenne News: Feb. 13, 2023

    Patti Clifton|Feb 13, 2023

    Over the last week and a half, Bonnie Deegan and Jan Loe have made several trips to Fargo where Bonnie has had medical appointments. Last Tuesday while there, they enjoyed a visit with LoAnne Nelson, former Sheyenne resident, who now lives there. Sunday, Steph Loe and Jan Loe had noon lunch in Carrington. Reminder: SOAM Bible Study will be at Sheyenne Senior Center on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 12:30 p.m. Monday, Bonnie Deegan took her cats to the vet in Devils Lake. Jan Loe rode along with her. They returned to Sheyenne, grabbed a sandwich at Route...

  • Talk of the Town: Feb. 13, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|Feb 13, 2023

    Wednesday, Marvis Holte and daughter, Amanda Bickett, enjoyed tea at the Prairie Inn in Carrington, mom’s treat. Monday, Calvin Packard drove mom, Shirley Packard, to the court house in New Rockford where she took care of some business. Wednesday they were around town taking care of necessary errands. Roger Topp enjoyed a visit from his brother, Raymond, on Thursday. Shirley Packard is excited about a little black box that will fit in the palm of her hand. It is a handy gadget that will help her while out shopping. It is for the sight...

  • Pleasant Prairie: Feb. 13, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|Feb 13, 2023

    Jimmy Indergaard enjoyed phone calls from his sister, Sharon Laxdal, Monday and Tuesday. His sister, Ruth Braaten, brought him a tasty supper on Tuesday. Visitors this past week, off and on, at the Margie Anderson home were David and Karen Anderson, Gary Anderson and Patti Larsen. Wednesday found Jimmy Indergaard enjoying visiting over supper with his uncle, Mervin Indergaard, and cousin, Vicki Magill, at Mervin’s. Sunday, Charlotte Koepplin called nephew Aaron Koepplin and wished him a happy 49th birthday. Saturday and Sunday, Jimmy...

  • Channel your inner Saint Valentine

    Amy Wobbema|Feb 13, 2023

    I’ve seen a few Facebook posts from parents and grandparents showing their valentine box-making adventures recently, and just this morning we printed some artwork for one NR-S student’s valentine box. I can’t help but smile and cringe at the same time. I’m not particularly good at crafting valentine boxes, and I remember struggling to help my kids execute their ideas. I like wrapping presents, so the best I could come up with was to wrap an ample-sized box using the back side of some...

  • The IRS tightens the screws on the gig economy

    Michael Reagan|Feb 13, 2023

    The IRS is so kind. Our most beloved federal agency has delayed until next year a new income-reporting law it has carefully designed to squeeze the last drops of tax revenue out of many of us. The new IRS rule is aimed at millions of self-employed people and small business people who sell goods or services on places like eBay, drive part-time for Uber or earn income through social media companies like Airbnb. Right now, the requirement for having to report this kind of side-hustle income to the...

  • We the People: The First Amendment and free speech on campus

    David Adler|Feb 13, 2023

    The difficulties that college and university administrators from California to Massachusetts have faced over the past 30 years in protecting their students from harassment, within the context of America’s constitutional commitment to freedom of speech, were brought center stage once more in December of 2022 at the University of Wyoming where a church elder was banned from the student union for harassing an LGBTQ student by name. This most recent controversy was initiated on December 2, when Todd Schmidt, an elder with the Laramie Faith...

  • Obituary: Violet Nilson

    Feb 13, 2023

    Violet Nilson Grand Forks, N.D. Violet (Vi) Mae Nilson, age 89, formerly of Sheyenne, N.D. died peacefully on February 4, 2023, in her home in Grand Forks, N.D. with family by her side. Violet was born on December 26, 1933 in Elmer, N.D., the daughter of Henry and Eva (Heinz) Vannatta. Violet spent many years in New Rockford, N.D. raising her two daughters till meeting her future husband Wayne R. Nilson of Sheyenne, N.D. She moved to rural Sheyenne where they farmed side by side in Rock Township...

  • Sermonette: Feb. 13, 2023

    Pastor Mindy Meier|Feb 13, 2023

    Just after the Beatitudes, where Jesus turns the normal, run-of-the-mill, follow-all-these-rules-and-you’ll-be-saved idea on its head, he shocks the listeners with this metaphor: “You are the salt of the earth.” Matthew 5:13. Salt was vital and life-giving in the ancient world. It was used for healing, cleansing wounds and preserving. Covenants entered were called “salt covenants,” agreements that were well-preserved, unbreakable. Jesus says – YOU are the salt of the earth. YOU are vital and life-giving. YOU are used for healing...

  • Living on Purpose: Do we only follow God when we feel like it?

    Billy Holland|Feb 13, 2023

    Have you ever wondered what is the purpose of television, games, movies, and social media? Many will say it was created to entertain and inform us, but what we may not have noticed, is that when we are constantly focused on these things, we are usually not listening to what God is saying. To understand what He wants us to do, we must give Him our undivided attention. This is accomplished when we find a quiet place where we can pray, worship, and be still before Him. To those who are not...

  • UND releases Fall 2022 recognitions

    Feb 13, 2023

    The University of North Dakota’s Office of the Registrar today issued its Fall Semester 2022 Dean’s List, President’s Roll of Honor and names of Winter Commencement graduates.  The Dean’s List comprises students whose grade point average are in the top 15 percent of the enrollment in each of the University’s degree granting colleges and schools. A student must have completed no fewer than 12 semester hours of academic work for the semester, of which eight or more hours must be graded work rather than “satisfact...

  • Hometown Sweep

    Kyrie Dauenhauer|Feb 13, 2023

    The New Rockford-Sheyenne Rockets hosted the District 6, Region 3 Medina/Pingree-Buchanan Thunder. After the Rockets' recent losses against the Carrington Cardinals and the North Prairie Cougars, they were itching for a win. The Rockets came out in the first quarter, scoring 11 points against the Thunder, only allowing them to score a total of eight points. With five drives to the basket by Kelsie Belquist in the second quarter, along with 3-pointers from Kaiya O'Connor and Katie Allmaras, the...

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