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Articles from the March 18, 2024 edition

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  • Naturally grown: Local farmer operating unique regenerative organic farm

    Nathan Price|Mar 18, 2024

    A local farmer near the town of Cathay, N.D., is doing things a little unconventionally. Brad Wolbert, a native of Minnesota who now works on the Bibelheimer family farm with his father-in-law, has begun operating an organic regenerative farm. Requiring significantly more work and dedication to manage than conventional farming, it's a style of growing crops not commonly seen in North Dakota, or anywhere else for that matter. But for those with the passion to make it work, farming organically...

  • NR-S approves bus barn plans

    Nathan Price|Mar 18, 2024

    At their regular meeting on Monday, March 11, the New Rockford-Sheyenne School Board officially moved forward with plans for a new bus barn, and have begun soliciting bids. The decision came after a recommendation to do so from the district’s transportation committee, who met in February to nail down what the structure will look like, and where it should be located. Committee members had determined a smaller structure with just two garage doors would be cost effective and practical for the d...

  • Munson named Employee of the Month

    Nathan Price|Mar 18, 2024

    The New Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Tiffany Munson for her excellent work as the administrative assistant at the NDSU Extension Eddy County office located in New Rockford. She was named Employee of the Month for March on Tuesday. A 1991 graduate of New Rockford High School, Munson is now going into her fifth year as administrative assistant for NDSU Extension and Eddy County 4-H, helping with many of their activities that occur throughout the year. Munson said much of her work...

  • Boston Bound

    Erik Gjovik|Mar 18, 2024

    For Trish (Omoth) Kutz of New Rockford, now living in Williston, running for her health, and later for competition, has served as a type of mental therapy. The 2004 NRHS graduate has withstood personal tragedy on her way to becoming a marathoner, and this past September 28 staked her claim to compete in one of the biggest races in the world. Via e-mail message, Kutz learned that she qualified for the Boston Marathon, to be held on Monday, April 15, known as Patriots' Day to the locals on the...

  • Minnewaukan man convicted of assault with a dangerous weapon, brandishing of a firearm

    Mar 18, 2024

    United States Attorney Mac Schneider, District of North Dakota, announced that on March 6, 2024, Dantae Jerome Whitetail, age 21 of Minnewaukan, N.D., appeared before Chief Judge Peter D. Welte, U.S. District Court, Fargo, N.D., and was sentenced to 12 months for assault with a dangerous weapon, and a consecutive 48 months for brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, for a total sentence of 60 months of imprisonment. He will be on three years of supervised release following his term of federal imprisonment and must...

  • American Legion District meeting March 23

    Mar 18, 2024

    Members of North Dakota's American Legion Posts of the 4th District and their Auxiliary will gather in Jamestown at the All Vets Club (116 1st St. East) for their 2024 Spring District Meeting on Saturday, March 23, 2024 starting at 7 p.m. Registration and a social will start at 5 p.m. followed by a meal at 6 p.m. The cost of the meal is $15. District Commander Jon Metz of Gackle Post 250 will preside over the session. Department Commander Clarence L. Carroll III of Larimore Post 97 and other Department Officers will be in attendance....

  • Mittleider, Beckley graduate from Bismarck State College

    Mar 18, 2024

    Bismarck State College is pleased to recognize the students who have completed the coursework to graduate in Fall 2023. Fall graduates are eligible to participate in BSC's 84th Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 10, 2024, at the Bismarck Event Center. • Breanna Mittleider, Carrington, N.D., graduate with an Associate in Applied Science in Agriculture Industry and Technology and an Associate in Applied Science in Farm & Ranch Management (Agribusiness) • Brian Beckley, Fessenden, N.D., graduate with an Associate in Applied Science in Agricul...

  • Larson selected to University of Minnesota Twin Cities Dean's List

    Mar 18, 2024

    The following students have been named to the 2023 fall semester Dean's List at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, the university announced on Wednesday, March 6. • Sandra Larson of Sheyenne, N.D.; Minnesota College of Science and Engineering To qualify for the Dean's List, a student must complete 12 or more letter-graded credits while attaining a 3.66 grade-point average....

  • 701 Rundown: March 18, 2024

    Nathan Price|Mar 18, 2024

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Johnson pleads guilty to child neglect After spending five months in jail, Ashley Marie Johnson, 37, of Grand Forks, reached a plea agreement with prosecutors Wednesday, Feb. 28, pleading guilty to child neglect and reckless endangerment. In exchange for the guilty pleas, the charge of child abandonment was dismissed. The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred Oct. 3, 2023, when J...

  • Resources for Veterans: March 18, 2024

    Julie Shrock|Mar 18, 2024

    On Tuesday, March 5, the VA healthcare system rolled out expanded healthcare eligibility for veterans who may have been exposed in a Toxic Exposure Risk Area (TERA). In addition to qualifying based on active military service while assigned to a duty station in specified locations or contingency operations, the exposure areas due to health factors is widely expanded in the areas of air pollutants, chemicals, radiation, warfare agents and occupational hazards. The main health eligibility center, over the next few weeks, will be reviewing all...

  • Pleasant Prairie: March 18, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|Mar 18, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin returned home Tuesday after several days in Carrington hospital. Charlotte is doing fine and truly appreciates all that her family has done for her during this ordeal. She enjoyed the visits and phone calls while in the hospital and at home from family and friends. Wednesday found Jimmy Indergaard a visitor and supper guest at the Mervin Indergaard home. Saturday supper was enjoyed at the Andy and Ruth Braaten home, where he got to visit with cousin Nikki. Charlotte Koepplin enjoyed phone calls from Carol Clancy, Janet...

  • Sheyenne: March 18, 2024

    Patti Clifton|Mar 18, 2024

    Sheyenne Quilters remembered Marian Lewis as they stitched and tied some of the thousands of quilt blocks Marian pressed and cut over the years. Quilters are happy to have tubs of blocks that will keep them busy for years to come. Our condolences to the family of Marian Lewis as she passed away last week. The next quilting is Wednesday, April 3, from 1-4 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. Sheyenne GRIT volunteers worked bingo on March 9. Tiffany Harr called, Bob and Dianne Hanson worked in the bingo hall. Patti and Joanna Larson and Ian Gilley...

  • Talk of the Town: March 18, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|Mar 18, 2024

    New Rockford and area folks extend sympathy to the family of David (Tubby) Bymoen. Jerrod and Angie Holte were visitors at mom Candy Jensen's Sunday afternoon. Alan Lucht from Germany will be visiting mom, Eloise, sometime in May as his job is bringing him to the states. Calvin Packard drove his mom to a medical appointment Tuesday in Carrington. Friday, they took care of business in Devils Lake. Friday, Ken and Marvis Holte were in Jamestown on medical business. Evening found daughter Amanda Bickett treating them to a pedicure. Janelle...

  • Ag Week musings

    Amy Wobbema|Mar 18, 2024

    During National Ag Week, all eyes are on the farmers and ranchers who are responsible for keeping the world fed. According to the American Farm Bureau, one U.S. farmer feeds 166 people annually in America and abroad. In the 1800s when North Dakota was first established, a farmer fed 3-5 people, most likely his family members or neighbors. In 1960, one farmer could feed about 26 people. Even though we have the world's third largest population to feed, the United States is still the world's...

  • Defending the old constitutional regime: the Four Horsemen reject government as a relief society

    David Adler|Mar 18, 2024

    The adage that the Supreme Court follows the election returns certainly did not apply to the Four Horsemen – Willis Van Devanter, George Sutherland, James McReynolds and Pierce Butler. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had earned landslide victories in the 1932 and 1936 presidential elections, but that was not discernible in the behavior of the four conservative justices who were in control of the Supreme Court. As he faced the most dire economic circumstances in United States history and the grim challenge of dispensing hope to a nation c...

  • Soft skill development in the age of a digitized society

    Jerry Rostad|Mar 18, 2024

    The first iPhone was released by Steve Jobs and Apple in 2007 and the world has not looked back. Business and industry, education, healthcare and all the rest have been leveraging new discoveries made by digital hardware, coded software, blinking lights and data lakes. The current hot topic of artificial intelligence – or more specifically generative AI – promises to digitize our society even more. The United Nations says digital technologies have advanced more rapidly than any innovation in history, just 17 short years removed from that fir...

  • Obituary: Larry Broin

    Mar 18, 2024

    Larry Broin New Rockford, N.D. Larry Carroll Broin, age 88, of New Rockford, N.D., passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2024, at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd. After a long fight with cancer, he died peacefully with his loving family by his side. Larry's visitation was held Monday, March 11, 2024 from 1-2 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m., all at First Lutheran Church, with burial at the Prairie Home Cemetery, New Rockford, N.D. Pastor Amy Kippen officiated the service with... Full story

  • Obituary: Marian Lewis

    Mar 18, 2024

    Marian Lewis New Rockford, N.D. Marian Elaine Lewis, age 97, passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford, N.D. Marian Lewis' visitation was held Friday, March 15, 2024, from 1-2 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m., all at Grace Lutheran Church, Sheyenne, N.D. Her burial followed at the Riverside Cemetery, Sheyenne, N.D. Pastor Jeff Halvorson officiated with special music by organist Eunice Throlson. Congregational hymns were... Full story

  • Sermonette: Hosanna in the highest

    Pastor Amy Kippen|Mar 18, 2024

    As we approach the beginning of Holy Week, our hearts are filled with anticipation and reverence for the profound journey that lies ahead. Palm Sunday marks the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, a moment of celebration and jubilation for the people gathered there. Yet, woven within the palm branches and shouts of "Hosanna!" lies a deeper significance – a reminder of the paradoxical nature of Jesus' mission and our own call to remain humble in the midst of our complicated world. As we wave our palm branches and join in the chorus of p...

  • History of New Rockford: March 18, 2024

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|Mar 18, 2024

    The Oct. 12, 1906, “Transcript” stated that threshing crews were leaving as fast as circumstances and the railroads would allow; the paper said it was the earliest departure at any time. News from the Morris area: Rev. Kristoff had gone to Pennsylvania for the winter; Fred Dutee was still threshing with his Buffalo Pitts machines; Joe Dutee and several other farmers were doing fall plowing. On October 12, G.A. Krueger of Freeborn and A.O. Krider, who farmed northeast of New Rockford just acr...

  • Archival Anecdotes: It's never too late for history

    Rachel Brazil|Mar 18, 2024

    It's fairly common at the Eddy County Museum that someone becomes overcome with deep emotion over a single item. Perhaps it is the Edison phonograph, a butter ladle or a collection of hatpins. When someone says, "My grandmother had one of these," they aren't just remembering. They are reaching back in time, into the histories of their elders. Other times museum goers experience an overwhelming sense of nostalgia, especially when they see something that takes them back to their own childhood. A...

  • Savvy Senior: How to tap underutilized burial benefits for veterans

    Jim Miller|Mar 18, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, What types of funeral benefits are available to old veterans? My 83-year-old father, who has Alzheimer’s disease, served during the Vietnam War in the 1960s. Planning Ahead Dear Planning, Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) National Cemetery Administration actually offers a variety of underutilized burial benefits to veterans as well as their spouses and dependents. Most U.S. veterans (both combat and non-combat) who didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge are eligible for b...

  • End of the line

    Nathan Price|Mar 18, 2024

    After a long, up-and-down season, the New Rockford-Sheyenne Rockets' run has come to an end. After taking third place at the region tournament in Devils Lake, the Rockets had qualified for a state play-in game on Saturday, March 9 in Fargo. Their opponents were the LaMoure-Litchville/Marion Loboes, a team out of Region 1, District 2 that had finished runner-up in their region tournament. On paper, the Loboes were favorites to qualify for state against NR-S, and unfortunately for the Rockets, the...

  • Regular season ends in Rolla

    Amy Wobbema|Mar 18, 2024

    Rocket archers competed in their last regular season tournament on Saturday, March 16. Mt. Pleasant School in Rolla hosted 10 other schools, offering both bullseye and 3D competition. Layton Jacobson shot bullseye bright and early Saturday morning and set the tone for the entire day. He shot a 293 and finished first among high school boys. It was a sweep for the Rocket archers in the middle school boys’ division of bullseye. Sawyer Huso finished first with a 286, Braylon Alfstad earned the s...

  • Nodak Drones: Ready for takeoff

    Erik Gjovik|Mar 18, 2024

    Drones: They aren't just for photography anymore. Or military applications. Or weather. Or even delivery purposes. The next wave of airborne crop spraying technology has now hit central North Dakota, and Mason Wede of rural Carrington has jumped in on the burgeoning niche business. Wede opened Nodak Drones in an announcement on a Facebook post Monday, March 11, which will operate from his farm just outside Melville and 10 miles south of Carrington at 645 Highway 281 S.E. "I first heard of...

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