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Articles from the February 19, 2024 edition

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  • Local firm wins bid for county shop

    Nathan Price|Feb 19, 2024

    A new county shop is coming to Sheyenne. On Friday, Feb. 9, Eddy County commissioners awarded a bid to New Rockford-based CK Construction for a new 50-by-60 foot structure to be built in Sheyenne this spring. The new shop will take the place of a decades-old structure on the south end of town, just off Highway 281. Todd Weber, Eddy County Road Superintendent, said the old structure has been outdated and impractical for the county's needs for some time. "The blade doesn't fit in the existing...

  • New Rockford city sales tax up by 12%

    Amy Wobbema|Feb 19, 2024

    The City of New Rockford collected $434,351.14 in sales tax last year, according to data obtained by auditor Andrew Presnell. That reflects an increase of nearly 12 percent, when compared to the $388,536.66 collected in 2022. The top two uses of sales tax funds, amounting to a whopping 64 percent of the total, are infrastructure improvements and economic development. Each received $111,193.89 in sales tax funds last year. Amanda Hegland, Executive Director for NRABC, the organization charged...

  • Best in Teaching

    Nathan Price|Feb 19, 2024

    Amanda Koepplin has been named Eddy County's Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made by NR-S Superintendent Jill Louters at the school board's February meeting, honoring Koepplin for her years of service to the district and making her eligible for recognition at the state and national levels. A native of Carrington and a 2012 graduate of CHS, Koepplin has been teaching at New Rockford-Sheyenne since 2018, when she first took on a substitute teacher role for the district. Her first...

  • Giving Hearts Day a big success for CASNR

    Nathan Price|Feb 19, 2024

    Giving Hearts Day was another huge success for the Community Ambulance Service of New Rockford (CASNR). With a goal of raising $46,000, the local ambulance service held a soup luncheon and accepted plenty of generous donations leading up to and on February 8. With the support of their community, CASNR's manager Angie Hopfauf said they hit their goal having raised just over $46,000. "On behalf of CASNR we want to thank those of you who came out to our soup/breadstick lunch which was a huge...

  • Voters want more say on use of Legacy Fund

    Michael Standaert|Feb 19, 2024

    Eligible voters across North Dakota favor major overhauls in how the state’s Legacy Fund is managed and how its accumulating funds are used, a new North Dakota Poll conducted by the North Dakota News Cooperative (NDNC) found. This includes changing where Legacy Fund investments are directed and increasing transparency over what’s sometimes called “the people’s fund.” According to the poll, 60 percent of eligible voters want Legacy Fund investments to be directed to development projects in North Dakota versus 18 percent who want the fund to c...

  • 701 Rundown: Feb. 19, 2024

    Nathan Price|Feb 19, 2024

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. CBSA border officers make largest seizure of narcotics in region's history Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) officers discovered and seized 406.2 kg of suspected methamphetamine, approximately four million illicit doses valued at over $50,780,000, following the examination of a commercial truck at the Boissevain port of entry in south Manitoba on January 14. This is the largest seizure o...

  • Sheyenne News: Feb. 19, 2024

    Patti Clifton|Feb 19, 2024

    Back in October, Sheyenne GRIT supported the City of Sheyenne in applying for a U.S. Forest Service tree grant for the city-owned Hendrickson Park campground. Sheyenne GRIT is excited to announce that they were awarded $25,000 of federal money for tree and stump removal and new plantings. Many community members helped in assembling the grant application and have been waiting in anticipation to hear back on their application. Extension Agent Michelle Gilley and grant writer Patti Larson led the project efforts with a walking survey to identify...

  • Pleasant Prairie: Feb. 19, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|Feb 19, 2024

    Wednesday, Charlotte Koepplin enjoyed the Giving Hearts Day soup dinner delivered by Allyssa Lewis, paramedic at CHI St. Alexius Health in Carrington and special niece. Jimmy Indergaard was a Sunday visitor and supper guest at the Andy and Ruth Braaten home. David and Karen Anderson and Gary and Kathy Anderson enjoyed a visit over supper one evening at the Margie Anderson home. Surprise visitor Saturday afternoon at the Charlotte Koepplin home was Derik Holte. Jimmy Indergaard was a Thursday visitor and supper guest at the Andy and Ruth...

  • Talk of the Town: Feb. 19, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|Feb 19, 2024

    Welcome house guest at the Candy Jensen home Tuesday through Sunday was son Derik Holte from Minneapolis. They made every minute count, visiting and cooking favorites and enjoying eating them. Derik also visited with other friends. He helped his brother Jerrod and Angie Holte move into a new home in Cathay, N.D. while here, staying overnight on Friday. Wednesday helper at the Shirley Packard home was Mary Gehrtz. Friday stopper and visitor at the Ken and Marvis Holte home, bringing crispy treats, was daughter Amanda Bickett. Saturday morning...

  • We heart teachers

    Amy Wobbema|Feb 19, 2024

    Congratulations to Amanda Koepplin, third grade teacher at NR-S, on her selection as the Eddy County Teacher of the Year for 2023-24. I have the utmost respect and admiration for those who pursue teaching as a career, and even more so for those who dedicate their lives to teaching young minds. It’s a noble profession. When I was in elementary school, I often said that I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. I had three younger siblings and four younger cousins to look after, and teaching seemed...

  • Amplifying educator voice

    Nick Archuleta|Feb 19, 2024

    It comes as a surprise to no one that North Dakota, like every other state in the nation, is in the throes of an unprecedented teacher shortage. Long-time administrators will tell you that where once there were dozens of applications for each open position, they are now fortunate to receive one or two worthy applicants, if any. Many educators will tell you that K-12 education remains an honorable and vital profession with an ever-increasing level of stress. What both agree on is that the...

  • The world's greatest inventions

    Jase Graves|Feb 19, 2024

    A couple of days ago, I retrieved one (of about a hundred) of our family doglets' chew bones from the seemingly unreachable chasm under my youngest and quietest daughter's bed using an ingenious invention of my own making – namely a straightened-out wire clothes hanger. This same apparatus also comes in handy for retrieving various undergarments (along with a metric ton of lint) that somehow fall behind – and then underneath – our washer and dryer. The clothes hanger/wonder hook prompted me to c...

  • Freedom of the press: the essential foundation of democracy

    David Adler|Feb 19, 2024

    When the U.S. Supreme Court, in Richmond Newspapers v. Virginia (1980), in the words of Justice John Paul Stevens, “squarely held that the acquisition of newsworthy matter is entitled to constitutional protection,” it was protecting under the First Amendment’s free press clause the essential foundation of our democracy. The conception of the press as a pillar of strength for a free people who mean to govern themselves is as old as the republic itself. In 1765, in his acclaimed treatise, “A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law,” a youthful J...

  • Obituary: John Drake

    Feb 19, 2024

    John Drake Moorhead, Minn. John Burton Drake, 79, of Moorhead, Minn., passed away on February 11, 2024, in St. Catherine South, Fargo, N.D. A memorial service was held on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at 11 a.m., in Leann Drake's residence at 2900 Highway 281, Sheyenne, N.D. A visitation was held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be held in Hillside Cemetery, Oberon, N.D., at a later date. John B. Drake was born April 30, 1944, in Devils Lake, N.D., to Clarence and Helen (Hanner) Drake. He... Full story

  • Service: Bruce Terpening

    Feb 19, 2024

    Bruce Terpening Maddock, N.D. Bruce J. Terpening, 78, of Maddock, N.D. passed away Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023, at his home surrounded by his loving family, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. A Celebration of Bruce’s Life will take place Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 12 p.m. at the Maddock Community Center in Maddock. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to: the Maddock Community Foundation P.O. Box 342 Maddock, N.D. 58348. Arrangements are pending with the Nelson Funeral Home of Maddock, N.D. Online condolences may be left at w... Full story

  • Living on Purpose: When emotions attempt to control us

    Billy Holland|Feb 19, 2024

    How often do you hear it's not what happens to us, but how we respond? We know we will face trials in this life, so it only makes sense to prepare how we are going to react when they arrive. The way we perceive develops our thoughts and views, but what if our thoughts are wrong? The most important factor to prevent our emotions from controlling us is to realize we decide what we think about. When we bow down to our feelings they become our master. The Bible demands for our mind to be renewed...

  • Sermonette: Run the race

    Pastor Joe Greiner|Feb 19, 2024

    Currently in Sunday school at my church, we are working through the Book of Acts. This week, we arrived at Paul’s farewell to the Ephesian elders in chapter 20. In verse 24, Paul states that his entire difficult life will be worth it if only he can finish the race. This struck me because I am a runner. I did a quick word search and found that Paul talks about his run and/or race nine separate times across eight different letters! This was surprising to me that Paul uses the reference so many different places. Obviously, the ‘running the rac...

  • History of New Rockford: Feb. 19, 2024

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|Feb 19, 2024

    The Sept. 14, 1906, “Transcript” said the fixtures for the Farmers & Merchants Bank had arrived and were being installed. Mrs. P.J. Butler had all her household goods, a buggy and a set of single driving harness for sale. Assistant Principal Miss Lillian Lund had lost her watch and was hoping for its return. Due to the heavy freight business, an extra locomotive had been stationed in New Rockford to do switching and yard work and to haul some freight cars to Carrington. Also, because of the heav...

  • Around the County: Planning tools for 2024

    Michelle Gilley|Feb 19, 2024

    The deadline for enrolling in Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) for 2024 crops with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is coming up on March 15, 2024. Effective reference prices increased from 2023 to 2024 for corn by $0.31 to $4.01 and for soybean by $0.86 to $9.26, while the effective reference price for wheat remained the same at $5.50. NDSU has an ARC-PLC Payment Calculator available online as an Excel spreadsheet at

  • Archival Anecdotes: Sugar and spice, and all things nice

    Rachel Brazil|Feb 19, 2024

    Perhaps some of you remember the nursery rhyme, "What Are Little Boys Made Of?" What are little boys made of? Snips & snails & puppy dogs tails And such are little boys made of. What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice And everything nice That's what little girls are made of. The rhyme dates back to 19th century England and is attributed to poet Robert Southey. Yet 150 years later, the second part of that poem hung in my childhood bedroom for years. I have to admit, it was a very...

  • Savvy Senior: Do I need to file a tax return this year?

    Jim Miller|Feb 19, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for retirees this tax season? I didn’t file a tax return the past two years because my income was below the filing threshold, but I got a part-time job late last year, so I’m wondering if I’m required to file this year. Retired Worker Dear Retired, Whether or not you are required to file a federal income tax return this year will depend on how much you earned last year (in 2023), as well as the source of the income, your age a...

  • Archers wow in Wilton

    Amy Wobbema|Feb 19, 2024

    The Rockets performed well in Wilton on Saturday, Feb. 10. Local archers competed in both bullseye and 3D competitions and brought home many accolades both individually and as a team. The middle school and high school teams both took home the first place trophy in the bullseye tournament. In team competition, the top individual scores in each division are combined and the trophy goes to the team that ends up with the most total points. Freshman Layton Jacobson gave his best performance of the...

  • Rocketing to Regionals

    Kyrie Dauenhauer|Feb 19, 2024

    The New Rockford-Sheyenne girls' basketball team has earned their ticket to the Region 2 Tournament that will be held in Devils Lake on Feb. 19, 20 and 22. How did they make it there? Let's find out. In the quarterfinal round of the District 4 Tournament held in New Rockford, the Rockets were paired up with the Griggs-Midkota Titans. Having beat the Titans in the regular season with double digits, the Rockets knew it should be an easy win. That was, until NR-S senior Kelsie Belquist went out...

  • Eight bound for state

    Erik Gjovik|Feb 19, 2024

    The two gyms at Carrington Public Schools were rocking from all the excitement, as the Cardinals hosted both of the East Region individual wrestling tournaments Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10. The one-class girls tournament was up first on the agenda, and the Cards emerged with a sixth-place finish (121 points) and seven state qualifiers. Topping the list was 130-pound champion and sophomore Khendra Garcia, who earned the number two overall seed for the state individuals in Fargo with a 39-5...

  • Meier on fire

    Nathan Price|Feb 19, 2024

    Bennett Meier set the basketball court ablaze last week. Playing against the Warwick Warriors at home on Tuesday, Feb. 13, the junior from New Rockford-Sheyenne had the best night of his career, and was the driving force for an 87-66 victory. Meier's exact shooting percentage on the night isn't clear, but you could probably count the number of times he missed on one hand. It didn't matter if he was pulling up from mid range, driving to the basket or grabbing an offensive rebound under the net,...

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