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Articles from the April 29, 2024 edition

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  • County, townships at odds over land use authority

    Nathan Price|Apr 29, 2024

    At a meeting of the Eddy County Zoning Commission on Monday, April 22, members and county officials heard of a situation developing between the county and several township boards. The issue causing some controversy is whether townships should conduct their own property zoning and floodplain management, or whether they should allow the county to take on those responsibilities. Eddy County Emergency Manager Lisa Thompson has been reaching out to Eddy County townships for several months, hoping...

  • ECCC: When there is help, there is hope

    Nathan Price|Apr 29, 2024

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Eddy County Community Cares (ECCC) is hard at work in their community to raise awareness and prevent suicide. First founded in 2015, their mission is to foster mental health, suicide prevention and awareness, and provide support for those who’ve been impacted by suicide Every year they host a memory walk called Lights of Hope, where people have been able to release lanterns, or more recently butterflies, to help remember loved ones they’ve lost to suicid...

  • Superintendent search comes up empty

    Nathan Price|Apr 29, 2024

    On Tuesday, April 23, the New Rockford-Sheyenne School Board held a meeting to go over candidates for the district superintendent position. As required by N.D. Century Code regarding confidentiality, most of the meeting was conducted under executive session, meaning it was closed to the public and the media. After nearly two hours of deliberation, the meeting reopened for what was expected to be an announcement of finalists who would be interviewed at a later date. However, when the meeting...

  • New and beginning farmers hope to build functioning local food system

    Michael Standaert|Apr 29, 2024

    For 27-year-old Joanna Larson, the desire to return home to take part in the operation of her family farm in Sheyenne has as much to do with building community as it does with farming. A strong independent streak also doesn't hurt. She'd like to see things done differently and wants to put her stamp on the farm and further afield. That includes eventually transitioning to more sustainable agricultural practices at the family farm. "I'm about food, not fuel," Larson said about the widespread...

  • New Rockford-Sheyenne Prom 2024: Casino Night

    Apr 29, 2024

    More than 50 students walked the red carpet at New Rockford-Sheyenne Prom 2024 on Saturday, April 20. The theme was "Casino Night" and the youth enjoyed hours of dancing, gaming and door prizes. The NR-S junior class, along with their advisors and parents, organized the spectacular event. View and purchase photos from Prom 2024 at

  • Piggy Bank Pageant winners announced

    Apr 29, 2024

    April was Youth Financial Literacy Month. North Dakota State University Extension in Foster and Eddy counties, local banks and credit unions partnered with schools in Carrington and New Rockford to provide a lesson to first grade students on earning, spending and saving. The goal of the program was for students to learn positive money behaviors at an early age. As part of the lesson, each student was provided with a piggy bank that was theirs to keep. They decorated the bank for a "Piggy Bank...

  • Pleasant Prairie: April 29, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|Apr 29, 2024

    Last Tuesday, Charlotte Koepplin enjoyed a phone call from cousin Cindy Allen and Jim Brown from their home in Eagle, Idaho, checking up on family and how the winter treated everyone. Jimmy Indergaard was a Thursday visitor and supper guest at the Andy and Ruth Braaten home. Friday found him out with his sister Sharon Laxdal and friend Keith at Keith's sister Karen's house, enjoying supper and visiting. Thursday, Karen Koepplin, Danielle Koepplin and Charlotte Koepplin were on their way bright and early for Bismarck where Charlotte had medical...

  • Walters hired as announcer, Sabina's primary account executive for i3G Media

    Apr 29, 2024

    BJ Walters has recently been hired as an Announcer for i3G Media in their Jamestown and Carrington broadcast centers. Mr. Walters brings 20 years of play-by-play and on air experience to the job, including recent work with MSUM Athletics and Learfield Sports, along with several radio companies in Minnesota and North Dakota. Mr. Walters will be the morning announcer for KDAK AM 1600/100.1 FM in Carrington as well as the primary play-by-play announcer for Carrington baseball, softball, football,...

  • Talk of the Town: April 29, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|Apr 29, 2024

    Candy Jensen enjoyed a catch-up phone call from son Derik Holte Friday. Ken Holte enjoyed coffee and visiting with Pastor Rick Loewen and Alan Lang at the Chieftain Friday morning. Afternoon found daughter Amanda Bickett bringing treats and chatting over tea at the Holte home. Eloise Lucht reports that some time in May, son Alan of Germany will be making an appearance at her home. Calvin Packard treated mom, Shirley, to dinner out in Carrington to celebrate her birthday. Shirley also received phone calls filled with 86th birthday wishes from...

  • Sheyenne: April 29, 2024

    Patti Clifton|Apr 29, 2024

    Last Sunday afternoon, Brandon and Eva Garcia had fun helping feed two bottle calves on the L-B Ranch. They brought popcorn treats to Ian's pigs and Joanna drove them through the pasture to see all the calves. Neil Westby recently visited at the Larson home. Patti asked for carpentry advice on a summer GRIT project. Wednesday morning of last week, Stan Kruger brought fresh lettuce (grown in a cold frame inside his greenhouse) and a potted tomato plant to Patti Larson. She reciprocated with fresh baked brownies – a trade she would make any d...

  • 701 Rundown: April 29, 2024

    Nathan Price|Apr 29, 2024

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Passing the bottle As the saying goes, "All good things must come to an end." But that doesn't mean that the fine fruit wines from Dakota Sun Winery are gone for good. Business owners Bruce and Merleen Gussiaas sold the winery to Devin Quick of Williston in February, meaning the production of the award-winning wines will no longer be done from the family's rural Carrington farm in N...

  • Celebrating success on track

    Amy Wobbema|Apr 29, 2024

    Spring sports are a crap shoot. One week, we don’t have anywhere to go. The next, we have all the places and not enough people to go. We get it all in every chance we get. On Tuesday, your local newspaper had four people at five different events. New Rockford hosted a doubleheader of high school baseball, first Carrington vs. LaMoure, followed by SNR vs. LaMoure. In the NR-S gym, the elementary club volleyball team took on the Benson County Wildcats. Carrington hosted softball, where Carrington...

  • Longing for the days of email rudeness

    Tom Purcell|Apr 29, 2024

    Boy, is technology making us ruder. It all started with email. You see, long before the era of nasty Facebook posts and mean tweets – long before people had such an easy means to be rude to each other – there was a much tamer version of email rudeness. Let me share an email incident I experienced firsthand in 1999. Having just moved to Washington, D.C., I joined a large writer's organization, hoping to meet other writers – or, to be more precise, WOMEN writers. I got permission from the writer's...

  • The court in conference: behind closed doors, the justices hammer out decisions

    David Adler|Apr 29, 2024

    While oral argument provides the citizenry with a fascinating glimpse of the Supreme Court Justices at work, the heavy lifting is undertaken behind the scenes, far removed from public view, beginning with the High Tribunal’s private, indeed, highly secretive weekly conferences in which decisions are made that will affect American lives and the life of the nation. The justices meet twice each week to conduct the Court’s business. This includes consideration of petitions seeking review of lower court decisions and deliberations on cases bef...

  • Obituary: Lois Erickson

    Apr 29, 2024

    Lois Erickson New Rockford, N.D. Lois Arlene Erickson, age 90, of New Rockford, N.D., formerly of McHenry, N.D., passed away peacefully on February 24, 2024 at Essentia Hospital in Fargo, N.D. Her visitation will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 1-4 p.m. at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford, N.D. Her funeral service will be held Friday, May 3, 2024 at 1 p.m. at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington. Pastor Amy Kippen will officiate the service. Recorded music played will be "How Great Thou Art" by... Full story

  • Obituary: Frederick Jacobson

    Apr 29, 2024

    Frederick Jacobson New Rockford, N.D. Frederick "Fred" Jacobson, age 83, died Monday, April 22, 2024, peacefully in his recliner at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford, N.D. Fred's visitation was held Friday, April 26, 2024 from 1-2 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m., all at Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford. His burial was held at the Prairie Home Cemetery, New Rockford. Pastor Paula Loewen officiated the service. Recorded music was "Jealous of the... Full story

  • The Resurrection: a beacon of hope in spring

    Pastor Amy Kippen|Apr 29, 2024

    As we move through spring and turn our gaze toward summer, we are reminded of the profound connection between these seasons of renewal and the central event of our faith – the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In the midst of blooming flowers, lengthening days and the promise of new beginnings, we find echoes of the eternal hope that springs forth from Christ's triumph over sin and death. The Apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 15:20, "But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fall...

  • Full speed ahead

    Kyrie Dauenhauer|Apr 29, 2024

    The New Rockford-Sheyenne Rockets are back on the track after a week off due to the recent rainy weather. The Rockets competed at the Clark and Sharon Lloyd Memorial Invitational in Fessenden on Tuesday, April 23 and were quite successful. Fort Totten seniors Deng Deng and Dalen Leftbear earned their shot at the North Dakota State Track and Field Meet at the end of May. Deng Deng competed in the boys' high jump and long jump events, as well as the boys' 4x200-meter relay and the 200-meter dash....

  • Cardinals split with Mustangs, Chargers

    Kyrie Dauenhauer|Apr 29, 2024

    The Carrington Cardinals softball team has finally added a win to their book. On Monday, April 22, the Cardinals traveled to Minto, N.D. to take on Region II competitors – the Midway/Minto Mustangs. The Cardinals started out on a high note, with both Calleigh Hewitt and Kaydence VanRay scoring in the first inning. However, the Mustangs were also playing well and scored four runs also in the first. In the bottom of the third, the Mustangs were able to score once again, holding a 5-2 lead over t...

  • Sliding into first place

    Nathan Price|Apr 29, 2024

    The Sheyenne-New Rockford Black Sox have taken down another tough opponent as their hot start to the season rolls on. The LaMoure/Litchville-Marion Loboes have had a firm grip on the region recently, and have represented Region 3 at the state tournament the past three years in a row. This year, however, several other teams have emerged with a chance to challenge for the region crown, the Black Sox included. After falling to Carrington in a close loss the week prior, the Sox wanted to prove...

  • Knatterud, Mudgett, Olson and Maddock to play in N.D. Shrine Bowl in June

    Apr 29, 2024

    New Rockford-Sheyenne seniors Connor Knatterud and DJ Mudgett, as well as Maddock seniors Logan Maddock and Macyn Olson, have the opportunity to play together one last time on the field. All four were selected to play on the 9-Man East team in the 2024 North Dakota Shrine Bowl on Saturday, June 22 at Mayville State University. Carrington senior, Brock Jungels, was the lone player for the Cardinals to be selected to the 11-Man East team. The 9-Man game is scheduled for 4 p.m. and the 11-Man game...

  • Dakota Gardener: Growing cucumbers on a trellis

    Carrie Knudson|Apr 29, 2024

    Gardening can be a lot of work, but there are different growing techniques that gardeners can use to help save some work and their back! One of those techniques is using a trellis to grow vining crops like cucumbers, small melons and squash. Those vining plants, and many more, have tendrils. Tendrils are modified leaves or parts of stems that can wrap around structures to help support the stems. Tendrils are marvels in themselves. They respond to touch and can wrap around objects several times in less than an hour. Cucumbers are ideal to grow...

  • History of New Rockford: April 29, 2024

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|Apr 29, 2024

    On Nov. 16, 1906, attorney C.J. Maddux was in northern Indiana, trying an insurance case in federal court. Mr. and Mrs. George Fletcher arrived from Jamestown to live on the W.G. Carter farm northeast of town; she was the sister of Mrs. D.H. Fowler. From November 17 to the night of Sunday, Nov. 18, a “baby blizzard” struck the area. On November 19, Miss Georgia Hersey began work in the Oberon telephone office as a “hello” girl; M.H. Oliver was the manager. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hays and baby re...

  • Savvy Senior: What to do about Medicare and social security when you move

    Jim Miller|Apr 29, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, Next month I am moving to a different state so I can be near my daughter and grandkids. Do I need to notify Social Security and Medicare about the move? Relocating Grandma Dear Relocating, Yes, if you’re a Social Security and Medicare recipient you definitely need to let these Federal agencies know when and where you move so there are no hiccups in your benefits or coverage. Here’s what you should know. How to update your info If you’re receiving Social Security retir...

  • Baron waives hearing, pleads not guilty

    Nathan Price|Apr 29, 2024

    Ryan Baron, the former Midkota superintendent and high school principal facing more than a dozen charges related to child pornography, has waived his preliminary hearing scheduled for April 23 and entered not guilty pleas on all counts. Baron was first arrested in November of last year on five counts for possession of certain materials prohibited, thanks to a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Months later, he was charged with seven additional counts for the...

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