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  • Positive vibes only

    Amy Wobbema|Mar 15, 2021

    Positive vibes only, that's Kali Clelland's motto. She opened Positive Vibes Apparel in November, and she's ready to show this community what she has to offer. Kali said her custom-printed garments and accessories came from her search for a hobby to keep her busy, now that her three sons are all teenagers. "I needed something that I could do when they are out and about doing their things," she said, adding that she doesn't necessarily share her husband's love for hunting. So, she went on the...

  • DPRCA to resume live performances of "Honky Tonk Laundry"

    Amy Wobbema|Mar 15, 2021

    DPRCA is back on stage, and they are picking up right where they left off last March! "Honky Tonk Laundry," a new musical from Roger Bean, abruptly ended when the pandemic hit, and after a year-long hiatus, the cast and crew are ready to resume this fun show. Move over, Thelma and Louise! When Lana Mae Hopkins, owner and proprietress of the Wishy Washy Washateria, hires Katie to help out in the laundromat, they soon find themselves up to their elbows in soap, suds, and cheatin' hearts. Watch...

  • Shop local, and you could win some green this St. Patrick's Day

    Amy Wobbema|Mar 15, 2021

    May the luck of the Irish be with you this St. Patrick's Day! The New Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its second annual Shamrock Shimmy local shopping event. On Wednesday, March 17 only, make a purchase at any four local businesses on the list of 15, and have the clerks mark your lucky Shamrock card. When all four leaves are marked, fill out your name, phone number and/or email and drop the filled card in the drum at the Transcript office or in the specially marked box at the New...

  • School officials grapple with 'learning gap'

    Brayden Zenker, NDNAEF|Mar 15, 2021

    BISMARCK – As the coronavirus pandemic continues across the country and the world, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler, is looking for ways to address a student learning gap blamed on the virus and schools’ attempts to contain it. On Feb. 18, in testimony before the House Appropriations Committee’s Education and Environment Division, Baesler outlined the scale of that gap and potential ways to address it. She reported that 27-28% of students who had tested at grade level in 2019 for reading, writing and math fell below...

  • Summer school, buses discussed by school board

    Jennifer Ruppell|Mar 15, 2021

    The New Rockford-Sheyenne School Board met in person on Monday, March 8. It has been one year of Zoom meetings thanks to COVID-19. After financial reports from all departments, a discussion regarding work done to the Rocket activity bus ensued. To keep our children safe, over $10,000 in repair work to the front end of the bus was completed. This price tag included a new windshield, a couple new windows and a water pump. Bus drivers are very happy with the work. Superintendent Jill Louters expressed lofty goals for summer school this year,...

  • Water plant addition erected in two days

    Mar 15, 2021

    The foundation walls were poured last fall by Lindstrom Concrete & Construction of Devils Lake. Throughout the winter Wells Precast Innovators built the 10 wall panels and three double tee roof panels at their facility. The panels were brought to New Rockford on semi trucks Monday. One at a time, the panels were hoisted up and set into place with a crane from Industrial Builders.  The wall panels were then set on the concrete foundation and welded in place to the steel embeds. Bracing is...

  • New NDDOT kiosk in Carrington offers vehicle license tabs on the spot

    Allen Stock, Foster County Independent|Mar 15, 2021

    A new kiosk installed at Leevers Foods in Carrington will allow vehicle owners to scan vehicle registration renewal cards and receive their new tags on the spot. The Carrington location was one of seven additional units the North Dakota Department of Transportation installed last week following 17 that were opened earlier. The seven included Kenmare, Beach, Rugby, Langdon, Valley City, Ellendale and Carrington. Future sites in Central North Dakota include Harvey, McClusky, Jamestown, Fort...

  • N.D. House Update: March 15, 2021

    Reps. Bill Devlin and Don Vigesaa|Mar 15, 2021

    Members of the North Dakota House of Representatives returned to the capital on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, to start the second half of the session. Other than a few resolutions that we needed to act upon the first day back, everything else involved working on the bills that came over from the State Senate. They will be doing the same thing in that chamber, as they work on House bills. There will need to be many compromises made on financial matters as we work together in the second half. We look forward to working with our fellow legislators to...

  • Pleasant Prairie: March 15, 2021

    Charlotte Koepplin|Mar 15, 2021

    Tuesday morning, Charlotte Koepplin was surprised by a nice cup of hot coffee and a visit from third cousin, Bob Longnecker of Mound, Minn., and Jim Brown of Eagle Idaho. Bob is the son of the late Leo Longnecker, and Jim is friend to Cindy Longnecker Allen, daughter of the late Virgil Longnecker. Cindy is also Charlotte’s third cousin. The fellas were leaving later Tuesday for their homes after an enjoyable weekend of ice fishing on Devils Lake and as house guests of Eric and Lisa Longnecker. Jimmy Indergaard enjoyed phone chats with Sharon...

  • Talk of the Town: March 15, 2021

    Charlotte Koepplin|Mar 15, 2021

    New Rockford and area folks extend sympathy to the family of Bill Hope. Circle Trail Riders, Inc. held their Annual Meeting Monday, March 1, at the home of Sec./Treas. Charlotte Koepplin with ten members present. A ballot vote found Bill Ziegler, Cory Jorgensen and Diana Ziegler voted onto the Board of Directors, each for a three-year term. Cory Jorgensen remains President, Dianne Goebel remains vice-president, and Charlotte Koepplin remains Sec./Treas., each for a two-year term. Circle Trail Riders summer ride will be held on Father’s Day...

  • Oberon Oracles: March 15, 2021

    Linda Madson|Mar 15, 2021

    Lacey Grann flew to Dallas, Texas on Tuesday. She spent a couple days in Ft. Worth with Cale Redlin of Woodworth, N.D., who was competing at the Junior American in goat tying. Thursday through Saturday, Lacey spent time in Stephenville, Texas with Bobbi Grann, and flew home Sunday. Brittany Grann’s dad, Ted, her Grandpa Nick and friend Howie, all from Bathgate, N.D., were Sunday visitors at the home of Ben, Brittany and Dutton Grann. Lester Roberts visited his brother, Roger, at Lake Country Manor on Thursday. Saturday, Lester had a phone...

  • New film shows both sides of the abortion debate

    Mar 15, 2021

    CARRINGTON, N.D. – In his newly released film, former New England Patriots player Benjamin Watson covers both sides of the abortion debate. In the 90-minute movie, “Divided Hearts of America,” he interviews 30 people, including former presidential candidate, Ben Carson; Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece, Alveda King; several New York state senators who supported abortion rights bills in 2020, and others who offer opposing viewpoints. Watson states, “Many have claimed that Roe v Wade has settled the issue once and for all. But that’s...

  • Looney Times

    Tom Purcell|Mar 15, 2021

    Is the world finally coming to grips with the wrongs I endured as a child growing up in the 1970s? I came of age before 24-hour cable news channels sensationalized childhood abductions and made every parent in America terrified that their kid was likely to become the next victim. We '70s kids were in constant physical danger– real danger. We built wood ramps that we jumped our Spyder bikes off of– without any thought of a helmet or elbow pads. We roamed freely anywhere we wanted all day...

  • Dem-NPL lawmakers are fighting for N.D. families

    Senator Joan Heckaman and Rep. Josh Boschee|Mar 15, 2021

    Nearly halfway through the 67th legislative session, Democratic-NPL lawmakers continue to fight for policies that support North Dakotans and their families. We have had many successes and a few missed opportunities so far this session, and we remain committed to strengthening communities and families, ensuring strong public services and building a vibrant and diverse economy. The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on our economy, with many losing their jobs and some businesses closing their doors. Stores and restaurants found new ways to serve...

  • Letter to the Editor: Women entrepreneurs are driving America's recovery from the pandemic

    Al Haut, N.D. District Directors Small Business Administration|Mar 15, 2021

    Since 1987, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has celebrated Women’s History Month to recognize the role women entrepreneurs have in building and strengthening our local and national economies. Women have transformed the face of entrepreneurship across America in both urban and rural communities. This is especially true while our nation confronts the the COVID 19 pandemic. Women entrepreneurs continue to play a greater role in creating new jobs and economic activity across the country. According to the National Association of Women...

  • Dr. Seuss monetizes the culture wars

    Thomas Knapp|Mar 15, 2021

    On March 2 -- the late Theodor Seuss Geisel's 117th birthday -- Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced that, some time last year, it ceased publishing/licensing six of the popular author's children's books which "portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong." Cue woke approval, deplorable outrage, investor interest, and low-information reader fear, all of which are good for business. As I write this on March 9, Dr. Seuss titles constitute ten of Amazon's top 25 "Best Sellers in Children's Books." On eBay, sellers have copies of And to Think I...

  • Obituary: William Hope

    Mar 15, 2021

    William "Bill" Raymond Hope, 99, passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at CHI St. Alexis Health, Carrington, N.D. Funeral services will be held at a later date. Burial will be held at Prairie Home Cemetery, New Rockford. Rev. Mindy Meier will officiate with special music by Jackie Hope. Honorary bearers will be Bill's grandchildren Adam Rolland, Rachel Rolland, Garrett Hope, Andrea Hall, Andrew Martin, Nathan Martin and Patrick Hope. Military Honors by Raymond B. Thorn American Legion, Post #30,...

  • Obituary: Mabel Hammer Walsh

    Mar 15, 2021

    Mabel passed away peacefully February 13 at the age of 92 in Bothell, Wash. She was born to Georgeous Peter Hammer and Rose Mary Maginel Hammer and was raised in New Rockford, N.D. She was one of the youngest of 17 children, all of whom have preceded her in death except for one sister, Helen Hammer Veen who lives in Kalispell, Mont. Mabel moved to Seattle to marry Eldon Walsh (also from New Rockford) at the age of 18. There they made their home and raised two children, Kelly Walsh Brand, who...

  • Obituary: Rebecca Utke

    Mar 15, 2021

    Rebecca "Becky" Jane Utke passed away peacefully on Friday, March 5, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  Funeral service was held Friday, March 12 at Prairie Faith Lutheran Church, Glenfield, N.D. Burial was held at Glenfield Cemetery. Rev. Russ Christiansen and Rev. Mike Stevens officiated, with special music by Kimberly Svanoe and Rolf Svanoe. Casket bearers were Ben Vetsch, Josh Vetsch, Drew Utke, Ethan Utke, Bryce Utke, Brooke Topp, Hudson Topp and Sienna Topp. Honorary bear...

  • Sermonette: An Honest Chat

    Alicia Louters|Mar 15, 2021

    The spiritual difficulties I’ve gone through have usually come in waves of struggle. Something like this: getting better—same struggle—getting better, etc. I usually don’t talk about it until I have it all sorted out, and feel like I understand exactly what is happening. I’m still learning my walk with God doesn’t have to look perfect. So today, I wanted to chat a little about struggle, failure, and accepting God’s grace. First, I think it’s important to note that no matter who you are, following Jesus comes with hardships....

  • Archival Anecdotes: Smiles all around

    Rachel Brazil|Mar 15, 2021

    A few weeks ago, I wrote about the lack of smiles in photographs from the earliest parts of the 20th century. It turns out the smiles that we expect in photos didn't come into fashion until the late 1930s. While much of this had to do with changing cultural norms and improved dentistry, there is one theory about photogenic smiles that makes perfect sense­.   People could buy a box camera from the drugstore for a dollar. Soon everyday folks were taking snapshots of the people in their lives,...

  • We the People: Dissenting speech v. national security claims

    David Adler|Mar 15, 2021

    The question of governmental authority to punish speech in the name of national security came before the Supreme Court for the first time in 1919 in Schenck v. United States, resulting in the court’s first major ruling on the scope of freedom of speech. Schenck involved criticism of America’s entry into the First World War and confronted Americans with a dilemma: Does the Free Speech Clause protect the right to criticize the government in its conduct of war? Schenck was a Russian émigré who supported the Russian Revolution that overthrew...

  • History of New Rockford: March 15, 2021

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|Mar 15, 2021

    On Dec. 7, there was “a good fall of snow.” However, it wasn’t enough to provide good sleighing. The morning train brought in Charles Mann. He and his wife took the afternoon train to begin their trip home to Sioux Falls, S.D. She had been visiting her sister, Mrs. Frederick Skidmore, and family at Tiffany since Nov. 19. C.O. Tomlinson of Barlow, John McIver of eastern Eddy County, Henry B. Johnson of Plainview, and Ole Johnson were in town; the latter had nearly recovered from the...

  • Savvy Senior: Technology That Can Help You Locate Things You Misplace

    Jim Miller|Mar 15, 2021

    Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any good devices that help seniors with tracking down misplaced items? My wife misplaces everything including her car keys, eyeglasses, cell phone, purse and more. Always Searching Dear Always, There’s actually a wide variety of tracking devices that can help you and your wife find items that are commonly misplaced. Here are some top options to consider depending on how tech savvy you are. Bluetooth Trackers If you or your wife uses a smartphone or tablet,...

  • Bearcats shut down Rockets in Region 4 Tournament

    Kyrie O'Connor|Mar 15, 2021

    The New Rockford-Sheyenne Rockets hosted the North Star Bearcats in the first round of the Region 4 Tournament on Monday, March 8. The Bearcats defeated the Rockets in double overtime with a score of 72-67. The Bearcats came out of the gates strong and determined to beat the Rockets. Freshman Dane Hagler put up two three-pointers in the first quarter along with junior Thomas Nikolaisen, who put up one three-pointer. Johnny Grann was able to put in a three-pointer for the Rockets. Evan Ulrich dro...

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