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Articles from the April 15, 2024 edition

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  • Making strides, one property at a time

    Nathan Price|Apr 15, 2024

    Even in the smallest of places, hard work and dedication is sometimes all it takes to revitalize a community. The people of Sheyenne have been learning exactly that recently, thanks to the efforts of Sheyenne GRIT, a non-profit community development organization whose work has infused more than $200,000 into their community of less than 200 residents. It began last year when Sheyenne GRIT (Growth, Renewal, Imagination, Teamwork) was awarded a $150,000 grant from Strengthen ND, which they've...

  • Wobbema to lead park district

    Nathan Price|Apr 15, 2024

    The New Rockford Park District fihas a new director, just in time to get summer activities rolling. The position had been vacant for several months, since Dennis Nybo resigned from the position last October. But now, Nybo's former assistant pool manager, Macey Wobbema, has officially taken up the position. Wobbema is a 2022 graduate of New Rockford-Sheyenne and a December 2023 graduate of Dakota College at Bottineau, where she earned a degree in small business management. Wobbema comes into the...

  • NR-S school board reviews survey

    Nathan Price|Apr 15, 2024

    At the New Rockford-Sheyenne School Board’s regular meeting on Monday, April 8, board members reviewed a survey revealing what community members, staff and students are expecting from the district’s next superintendent. The survey was conducted by Dakota Leadership Solutions, a private firm composed of current and former superintendents, who the school board hired to aid in the search for a new superintendent following Dr. Jill Louters’ resignation in March. The survey was open to resid...

  • District 14 GOP to host forum Friday

    Apr 15, 2024

    The candidates for the primary election are set, and the Republican-endorsed candidates for District 14 want to introduce themselves to area voters. On Friday, April 19, Karisa Grothe, Larry Danduran and Jason Steidl will hold a town hall at the New Rockford Eagles Club. Danduran and Steidl are the two Republicans challenging incumbents Jon Nelson and Robin Weisz for their party’s nomination to run for District 14’s two House seats. Grothe, meanwhile, is challenging incumbent Jerry Klein for the Republican party’s nomination for District 14’s S...

  • Five qualify for state music in May

    Apr 15, 2024

    NR-S musicians traveled to Jamestown on Wednesday, April 3 to compete in the Region 5 Small Group Solo and Ensemble Contest at University of Jamestown. A total of five performances were delivered by the locals, and two of them earned "star" ratings and the opportunity to compete at the North Dakota State Class B Music Festival on Saturday, May 4 at Bismarck State College. The percussion trio of Vinnie Ruppell, Jacob Louters and Layton Jacobson performed "Battle Royale" by Angela Kepley. Vocal...

  • Dinger promoted at Bank Forward

    Apr 15, 2024

    The Bank Forward Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Nicole Dinger, Personal Banking Supervisor at Bank Forward in New Rockford, has been promoted to Assistant Vice President. Nicole has been with the Bank Forward team since 2020. Bank Forward operates under one charter in thirteen North Dakota and Minnesota communities. Bank Forward offers a complete line of personal and commercial financial, insurance and tax services. Learn more at Member FD...

  • North Dakota tribe files complaint against social media giants

    Mary Steurer|Apr 15, 2024

    North Dakota tribe files complaint against social media giants by Mary Steurer, North Dakota Monitor April 9, 2024 The Spirit Lake Nation on Tuesday filed a complaint against four major social media companies in California state court, seeking compensation for what it characterizes as predatory business practices that have contributed to a nationwide mental health crisis among adolescents. The tribe is suing Facebook and Instagram owner Meta; Snapchat owner Snap.; TikTok and parent company... Full story

  • Anderson retires from NDSU Extension

    Apr 15, 2024

    Donna Anderson, Eddy and Foster County Extension Agent, Family and Community Wellness has announced her retirement date as April 30, 2024, which marks the end of a thirty-one-year Extension career. Despite being a North Dakota native and a graduate of North Dakota State University, Donna Anderson began her Extension career in 1993, working for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. Donna served as Family and Consumer Science and 4-H Agent in rural Taylor County for six years...

  • Talk of the Town: April 15, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|Apr 15, 2024

    New Rockford and area folks extend sympathy to the families of Ervin Loe and Paul Skadberg. Calvin Packard and mom, Shirley, enjoyed an Easter buffet dinner at the Chieftain in Carrington. Ken and Marvis Holte met Merle and Sheila Bickett and Cody and Amanda Bickett at the Bordulac Bar and Grill Easter Sunday and enjoyed the Easter buffet. They also enjoyed a chance meeting and visit with Pastor and Mrs. Russ Christiansen. The Holtes also received Easter calls from son Loren of Bismarck and Marvis' sister Ardie Yates of Arkansas. Daughters Cher...

  • Sheyenne: April 15, 2024

    Patti Clifton|Apr 15, 2024

    Curtis Larson and his 4th Corporation recycling team from New Rockford stopped in Sheyenne last Monday to collect aluminum cans that businesses and residents saved for them. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Earth Day is April 22. Peter, Patti and Joanna Larson and Ian Gilley attended the Fessenden Co-op annual meeting at the school gym in Fessenden on Tuesday, April 2. The Sheyenne elevator has been part of the co-op since 2020. This year was the 80th and last year for Fessenden Co-op. Since the merger with CenDak that occurred last fall, the new...

  • Pleasant Prairie: April 15, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|Apr 15, 2024

    Last Thursday, Pastor Thomas Eckstein of Concordia Lutheran Church in Jamestown and vacancy pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Carrington, stopped in at the Charlotte Koepplin home to give her, Shirley Packard, Diana Rue and Ed Brecto communion. Then he was on his way to a busy Easter week. Easter dinner at the Charlotte Koepplin home included Todd and Karen Koepplin, Taylor and Amanda Koepplin and girls, Aaron and Danielle Koepplin, Hendrix, Chevelle and Kerigan, Allyssa Lewis and children, and Janelle Koepplin. The family of 16 enjoyed a...

  • 701 Rundown: April 15, 2024

    Nathan Price|Apr 15, 2024

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Three rural residents injured in railroad crossing crash Three rural Cass County residents were injured in a two vehicle crash on March 20. The crash occurred at approximately 9:35 a.m., when a BNSF Ford 250 High Rail pickup was westbound traveling on the BNSF mail line track. The vehicle entered the crossing on the railroad tracks and collided with a southbound 2017 GMC Acadia, driven by 7...

  • The case for incremental improvement

    Amy Wobbema|Apr 15, 2024

    It must be spring, because cleaning and renewal are on the brain. I'm looking at all the work that needs to be done in and around our home before we host a graduation party in six weeks. I also need to take down the snowflake decor in the New Rockford store window and replace it with something more "seasonally-appropriate." I wish I had gotten that knack from my mother. She changes her décor every month, and the tables, archways and other areas of her home are always in season. We renewed our...

  • Letter to the Editor: Candidate support

    Preston Meier|Apr 15, 2024

    I confess to spending too little time understanding the policies and personalities affecting North Dakota at the state level. Contributing to my neglect was the confidence that came from knowing that the North Dakota legislature was solidly in the hands of Republicans. Unfortunately that confidence was unfounded. Our state government has been expanding its expenditures at an unsustainable pace. The spending is so excessive that North Dakota now spends more per capita than any other state in the country. If you want to know how and why this is...

  • The Wild West: Justice Field, sex and scandal, a foiled assassination and murder

    David Adler|Apr 15, 2024

    Historically, U.S. Supreme Court justices have avoided drama. A bookish group, given to tranquility and docility, the justices mark their time in the quiet of elegant court chambers, deciding cases and writing opinions. There is, however, an exception to this institutional serenity – the Terry Affair – one that captured the attention of the country and the citizenry’s lurid interest in sex, scandal and murder. In the summer of 1889, Justice Stephen Field, an iconic 19th century conservative jurist who sat on the Supreme Court for 34 years...

  • Obituary: Margaret Gudmunson

    Apr 15, 2024

    Margaret Gudmunson New Rockford, N.D. Margaret "Peggy" Lorraine Gudmunson, age 80, of New Rockford, N.D. passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at Essentia Health, Fargo, N.D. Services will be held at a later date. Margaret Lorraine "Peggy" Gudmunson was born March 16, 1944 to Ingvald and Florence (Lindstrom) Olson of Sheyenne, N.D. She grew up west of Sheyenne on her family's homestead, the youngest of 11 children. She attended country school but eventually attended the Sheyenne school where... Full story

  • Obituary: Paul Skadberg

    Apr 15, 2024

    Paul Dean Skadberg, age 65, of Carrington, N.D., died unexpectedly on his family farm on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. His visitation was held Monday, April 8, 2024 from 1-5 p.m. at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington, and continued from 6-7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington, followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m. Paul's funeral service was held Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington, N.D. His burial was at the Carrington Cemetery. Pastor Rick Loewen... Full story

  • Sermonette: Fear and faith

    Pastor Amy Kippen|Apr 15, 2024

    There is much for Americans to be fearful about these days; economic concerns, gun violence, the threat of terrorism, global pandemics, loss of faith in our government, the growing negative impact of AI and worldwide armed conflict to name a few. Some blame the media for overstating the danger we are in. Some blame the government and politicians. And some don’t feel the need to blame anyone because they believe all the fear is unwarranted. Wherever one falls on the spectrum of belief and blame, it is safe to say that we indeed are living in a...

  • Savvy Senior: Choosing a senior community that offers all levels of care

    Jim Miller|Apr 15, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, Can you help me identify some good senior living communities that offers all levels of housing and care from independent living to nursing home care? I am in my late seventies and know I need to downsize from my current house, but I want my next move to be my last. One Move Mary Dear Mary, If you want your next move to be your last, an all-inclusive retirement community – also known as a continuing-care retirement community (or CCRC) – is a great option to consider. Here’s wha...

  • History of New Rockford: April 15, 2024

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|Apr 15, 2024

    More county results in the Nov. 6, 1906, election: Commissioner, 3rd Dist.: James B. Dafoe, Rep., 142; William G. Milne, Dem., 95; Justices of the Peace: J.J. Anderson, Rep., 508; J.R. Beebe, Rep., 484; J.A. McCrum, Rep., 490; O.O. Wolden, Rep., 488; Constables: Ole Hegna, Rep., 474; J.V.N. Sundberg, Rep., 482; Fred Topp, Rep., 472; Monroe Wilder, Rep., 465. At noon, November 6, a street parade announced the comedy “A Run-away Tramp.” At 8 p.m. Rev. E.W. Burleson held Episcopal services in the...

  • Relay or not

    Kyrie Dauenhauer|Apr 15, 2024

    Ready or not ... well actually, relay or not. The Rocket boys' 4x100-meter relay team has officially punched their ticket to the state track meet in May. Easton Benz, Porter Granger, Micah Dutch and Connor Knatterud made up the team that took first place at the Viking Early Bird Special in Kindred on Tuesday, April 9 with a state qualifying time of 45.55 seconds. The boys' relay was the only event the Rockets had state qualified in at this meet. However, there were a few athletes that barely...

  • Bats a-crackin'

    Nathan Price|Apr 15, 2024

    The Sheyenne-New Rockford Black Sox got off to a great start this season with an impressive comeback win against the Polar Bears in Larimore on Thursday, April 4. The Sox were the first team on the board after a single by Thomas Allmaras, who was later brought home by a 2-out RBI single from Brody Weisenburger in the top of the first inning. The Polar Bears didn't respond immediately, but they'd soon take a strong lead. After scoring their first run in the bottom of the third, they followed that...

  • Stung like a bee

    Erik Gjovik|Apr 15, 2024

    The sun came out Tuesday, April 9, and the Carrington and Harvey/Wells County (H/WC) girls' softball teams met at the field at the Fessenden City Park for the teams' first action of the spring. This is the first year that Carrington and New Rockford-Sheyenne are co-oping for softball. The Hornets kept the pressure on all game long against the Cards, making them deal with their aggressive baserunning, pin-point pitching and timely hitting for a 16-5 win. H/WC scored in every inning, plating...

  • Jacobson, Smith take first at Viking Early Bird Special

    Kyrie Dauenhauer|Apr 15, 2024

    The New Rockford-Sheyenne junior high track and field team kicked off their outdoor season in Kindred on Tuesday, April 9 for the Viking Early Bird Special. NR-S seventh graders Isla Jacobson and Gabe Smith both brought home first place finishes for the Rockets. Jacobson competed in the girls’ 800-meter run and the 1,600-meter run. She finished in first place for both events, with a personal best time of 2:53.23 in the 800-meter and another personal best time of 6:28.19 in the 1,600-meter. With...

  • Pinke delivers inspirational message at NR-S

    Apr 15, 2024

    On Monday, April 8, Hunter Pinke told students at New Rockford-Sheyenne about his harrowing journey and how he still remains hopeful despite numerous setbacks. Pinke is a native of Wishek, N.D. and was an exceptional athlete in both high school and college, until a tragic skiing accident paralyzed him from the chest down. He spoke on Monday about where joy truly comes from and how healing can come from helping others....

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