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Articles from the February 21, 2022 edition


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  • Band of Brothers: Gulf War veterans enjoy ice fishing experience with Bison Lodge

    Nathan Price|Feb 21, 2022

    Four veterans, whose bonds were forged in the Arabian Desert, recently traveled thousands of miles to New Rockford, endured -20 degree temperatures, and had the time of their lives. Rich Hagedorn from Omaha, N.E., Aarron Clark from Franklin, N.H., John Sokolik from Paducah, K.Y., and Chris Hunt from Glen Gardner, N.J. are what some might call a 'band of brothers.' Together, they served as mortarmen in the 1st Battalion of the 327th Infantry Regiment, an element of the 101st Airborne Division...

  • City officials on ballot in Sheyenne

    Feb 21, 2022

    Positions held by five Sheyenne officials will be up for election this June. Sheyenne City Auditor Karla Jacobson reported Tuesday that the mayor, two city council and two park board seats will be on the ballot Tuesday, June 14. Mayor Robert Hanson’s four-year term is up. Council members with seats expiring are Elvis Thumb and Amy Benson, both four-year terms. Park board members whose terms are up include Arnie Nyhusmoen and David Rieger. Qualified voters who have been residents of the City of Sheyenne for at least nine months prior to the e...

  • Giving Hearts Day

    Feb 21, 2022

    Community Ambulance Service of New Rockford (CASNR) raised more than $56,000 during the annual Giving Hearts Day fund drive on Feb. 10. The new record was made possible by many local donations, including a $35,000 contribution from the New Rockford Eagles Club....

  • Nybo inducted into N.D. Hockey Hall of Fame

    Nathan Price|Feb 21, 2022

    Dennis Nybo of New Rockford will once again have his face plastered on the wall of a Hall of Fame in North Dakota. Mere months after being inducted into the North Dakota Recreation and Park Association Hall of Fame in September, Nybo finds himself once again receiving recognition for his years of service in multiple disciplines. Most recently, Nybo became the 48th member to be inducted into the North Dakota Hockey Hall of Fame on Feb. 8, alongside fellow Class of 2021 inductee Braad Schaack of...

  • Heinz resigns, Rinde to retire

    Nathan Price|Feb 21, 2022

    At the regular school board meeting on Feb. 14, New Rockford-Sheyenne Business Manager Dave Skogen presented preliminary budget information to board members, which predicted expenditures in excess of $4.6 million for the 2022-23 school year. Skogen’s presentation broke down the majority of projected NR-S costs for the coming year. Only about 9 percent of those expenses, according to Skogen, are up to the board’s discretion. The other 91 percent are necessary costs such as payroll, utilities and...

  • More N.D. families qualify for childcare assistance

    Feb 21, 2022

    The North Dakota Department of Human Services is striving to support strong, stable families and communities by making investments in programs that increase access to quality child care that is affordable so that parents can participate in the workforce. As part of this investment, the department has changed the qualifying income level for the state’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) from 60% to 85% of the state median income (SMI). More North Dakota families will now qualify for help paying for the child care they need while they work, a...

  • Eddy County 4-H Shooting Sports Club organizes for 2022 season

    Oakley Brazil|Feb 21, 2022

    On Feb. 8, the 4-H shooting sports club had their first meeting. Jackson Brazil was elected president, Lora Wobbema was elected as the vice president, Chaztin Wobbema was elected as the treasurer, Charles Jorgenson was elected to be the secretary, and Oakley Brazil was elected as the reporter. We talked about what we might want to do in the near future. We decided that we are going to shoot trap and practice shooting skills with .22 rim fire on Mondays. We also talked about how we will need to...

  • Eagles make contribution toward local emergency preparedness

    Feb 21, 2022

    The New Rockford Eagles Club recently made a $5,000 donation to the Eddy County Emergency Planning Committee. The funds were used to purchase barricades, cones, personal protective gear, vests and flashlights to be used in both New Rockford and Sheyenne in the event of a hazardous spill or other emergency. The New Rockford Lions Club also donated money, to be used to publish emergency preparedness brochures to educate the community....

  • Area students participate in Reality Check in Tolna

    Feb 21, 2022

    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. This event, sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank of N.D., State Bank of Lakota, and the Nelson County Job Development Authority was held at the Tolna Business and Events Center on Feb. 9, 2022. Reality Check is an interactive financial...

  • 701 Rundown: Feb. 21, 2022

    Nathan Price|Feb 21, 2022

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Fessenden residents and firefighters face off at contentious city council meeting At the Fessenden City Council meeting on Feb. 7, Fessenden Fire Protection District (FFPD) Board President Donald Muscha and FFPD Treasurer Neal Hayford, flanked by two dozen volunteer firefighters, addressed the council concerning the ongoing contention between the two entities. That contention centered around...

  • Marilyn Spiker/Sheila Massey Memorial scholarships now taking applications

    Feb 21, 2022

    There will be two $1,000 scholarships awarded to young women who will begin their first or second year of college studies in 2022. Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE), and the Foundation for Agricultural Education and Development (FAED), are offering the national Marilyn Spiker/Sheila Massey Memorial scholarships. The student must be a female enrolling in an agricultural-related field. Examples are Agronomy, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Veterinary Medicine, Extension Education, or a related field. Applications can be...

  • Dushinkske and Jamison scholarship applications available

    Feb 21, 2022

    The North Dakota Water Education Foundation’s (NDWEF) deadline for applications for the Dushinske and Jamison Water Resources Scholarship is April 1, 2022. Four $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to qualified students. The NDWEF, family, friends and colleagues of Russell Dushinske and Warren Jamison have established a scholarship endowment in their memory. The Dushinske and Jamison Water Resources Scholarship Endowment recognizes their distinguished service, dedicated leadership and lifelong devotion to water development in North Dakota. T...

  • Pleasant Prairie News: Feb 21, 2022

    Charlotte Koepplin|Feb 21, 2022

    Last Wednesday Jimmy Indergaard enjoyed supper and a visit with his uncle Mervin Indergaard and cousin Vicki Magill. Charlotte Koepplin enjoyed a phone call with Carol Clancy from Thompson Wednesday. Margie Anderson and Gary Anderson were among those who attended the Annual Meeting of Kvernes Lutheran Church Sunday after services. All enjoyed a pot luck dinner fellowship. Sunday Jimmy Indergaard was a visitor and supper guest at the Andy and Ruth Braaten home. Saturday evening Janelle Koepplin brought pizza and treats to the Charlotte Koepplin...

  • Talk of the Town: Feb. 21, 2022

    Charlotte Koepplin|Feb 21, 2022

    Friday found Amanda Bickett and Izzy stopping in at the Ken and Marvis Holte home for a visit. Last Sunday Taylor, Amanda and Evelyn Koepplin were among the greeters for a happy first birthday to cousin and nephew Hendrix Koepplin in Bordulac. Tuesday Shirley Packard felt like a new woman after a hair cut and chat at Shear Delight up town New Rockford. Wednesday Shirley and Judy McKnight boarded the van to Devils Lake and did some serious shopping and enjoyed lunch at the White House Café there. Ken and Marvis Holte enjoyed a chance visit...

  • Oberon Oracles: Feb. 21, 2022

    Linda Madson|Feb 21, 2022

    Lacey Grann spent Tuesday and Wednesday in Jamestown attending training for her job. Ben, Brittany and Dutton Grann spent Super Bowl Sunday at the home of her cousin, Lorissa Haug and family in Cooperstown. Donna and Lacey assisted in the office at the Kenner Simmental Bull sale on Saturday. Lester Roberts traveled to Minot on Tuesday. He enjoyed the noon meal with his sister, Delores Stack, Scott and Pam Miller and Jerry and Sharon Walks. Dave and Linda Madson met Paul and Carrie Prince at the casino and enjoyed supper at the buffet Saturday...

  • We the People: NY Times v. Sullivan saves freedom of the press

    David Adler|Feb 21, 2022

    The Supreme Court’s decision in The New York Times v. Sullivan (1964) checks all the definitional boxes of a landmark ruling. It revolutionized the law of libel in the United States. It saved freedom of the press and the First Amendment. It empowered journalists to challenge representations of governmental officials. It lit the way for penetrating reporting necessary to properly inform the citizenry on the great issues of our time. Without the Sullivan ruling, the media would not have been able to produce the searching coverage that i...

  • Bingeing new TV shows won't last long

    Peter Funt|Feb 21, 2022

    Nine years ago this month Netflix changed how we watch television. The streaming service released an entire season of its political drama "House of Cards" at once, enabling viewers to binge on 13 episodes. Consumers were torn over whether bingeing was a luxury or, as with a gallon of ice cream or a fifth of vodka, too much of a good thing. Regardless, the scheduling tactic helped Netflix's profits soar. Now, with a raft of new streaming services competing for subscriber dollars, binge...

  • So much for civility

    Rich Manieri|Feb 21, 2022

    The longer President Biden lingers in the vicinity of a live microphone, the higher the probability for mischief and yes, entertainment. Given enough time, he may even accidentally recite Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities in its entirety. I’ve been taken to task recently by Biden supporters and critics of the former president for highlighting Biden’s gaffes and misspeaks, including his calling Fox News White House correspondent, Peter Doocy, a “stupid son of a b—-” in response to a reasonable question about inflation. It’s interesting t...

  • Obituary: Edward Tollefson

    Feb 21, 2022

    Edward Tollefson Fargo, N.D. Edward Hartl Tollefson, 93, died peacefully, surrounded by family at Hospice House in Fargo, N.D., on Feb. 10, 2022. He was born April 5, 1928, to Lars Tollefson and Josephine Amanda (Pederson) Tollefson. He grew up, one of 10 children, on a farm southwest of Minot, N.D., where his father homesteaded after emigrating from Aal, Norway. Continuously a farming family, the Tollefsons later moved to Kloten and Jesse, N.D., and eventually to New Rockford, N.D. Services...

  • Obituary: Robert Theis

    Feb 21, 2022

    Robert Theis Carrington, N.D. Robert "Bob" Theis, 84, of Carrington, N.D., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, at Sanford Health of Bismarck, N.D. Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Carrington with burial followed at the Carrington Cemetery. Father Terry Dodge officiated with special music by Marlene Boyer and the Sacred Heart Choir. Casket bearers were Jackson Unruh, Jesse Schuchard, Colton Schuchard, Jacob Theis, Nick...

  • Obituary: Donald Briss

    Feb 21, 2022

    Donald Briss McHenry, N.D. Donald A. Briss, 78, of McHenry, N.D. passed away on Feb. 7, 2022 at Ave Maria, Jamestown, N.D. Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington, N.D. Burial was held at the Mose Cemetery, rural McHenry, N.D. Rev. Jeff Kapelle officiated the service. Pallbearers were Adam Forness, Kennedy Briss, Chandler Forness, Wyatt Briss, Bryce Forness, Westin Scott and Tristan Scott. Honorary bearers were Samantha Briss, Shyanne Briss and Whitney...

  • Sermonette: Blessings and Curses

    Pastor Mindy Meier, First Congregational church|Feb 21, 2022

    Just before the Israelites enter the Promised Land, God tells them: “While you’re out among the nations where God has dispersed you and the blessings and curses come in just the way I have set them before you….” (Genesis 30:1). There are two words to explore: blessings and curses. In our #blessed culture, we believe that anything good that happens is a blessing and anything bad is a curse. That’s not what the root of these words mean, in fact, I want to challenge that the opposite may be true. The Hebrew word for blessing in this passage i...

  • Tree Talk: George and the cherry tree (& other Presidential tales)

    Gerri Makay|Feb 21, 2022

    The story of George Washington and the cherry tree tells of the time the young future President of the United States chopped down his father’s favorite tree. As the story goes, George had received a hatchet for his sixth birthday and enthusiastically went about testing the useful gift. When his father discovered that his cherry tree had been damaged, he confronted George who bravely replied, “I cannot tell a lie…I did cut it with my hatchet.” All ends well as the father embraces his son, exclaiming that his honesty was worth more than a thous...

  • History of New Rockford: Feb. 21, 2022

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|Feb 21, 2022

    On Oct. 19, 1904, the train brought in Mrs. I.J. Mills of Louisiana and Mrs. Emma Payne of Adel, Iowa, to visit their sister Mrs. F.P. Roush. That evening a farewell reception for Rev. and Mrs. C.F. Sewrey of the Methodist Church was held at the Mr. and Mrs. George Treffry home southeast of town with about fifty church members and friends. L.J. Aldrich, principal of Phillips Academy, presented the couple with “a handsome token of esteem” from the community, to which Rev. Sewrey responded. “El...

  • Savvy Senior: How to convince an elderly parent to stop driving

    Jim Miller|Feb 21, 2022

    Dear Savvy Senior, What is the best way to deal with older drivers who probably shouldn’t be driving anymore? My dad, who’s 86, is bound and determined to keep driving as long as he’s alive. Backseat Daughter Dear Backseat, For many families, talking to an elderly parent about giving up the car keys can be a very difficult and sensitive topic. While there’s no one way to handle this issue, here are a few suggestions that can help you evaluate your dad’s driving and ease him out from behind the w...

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