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Articles from the May 1, 2023 edition


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  • Citywide garage sales set for May 11-13

    Nathan Price|May 1, 2023

    Residents are invited to participate in a New Rockford Citywide Garage Sale this May. From May 11-13, numerous New Rockford garages and driveways will be packed with tons of useful items at fantastic prices. As the famous saying goes, "one man's trash is another man's treasure," and there's bound to be plenty of treasure on sale in just under two weeks' time. The Citywide Garage Sale is being organized by Laura Hager, and she's encouraging anyone who needs to offload some of their clutter to...

  • River rapids run

    Nathan Price|May 1, 2023

    The James River in New Rockford is no longer contained within its banks. As of Wednesday, April 26, water had inched onto backyards along 5th Ave. North, and some lower-lying fields had become inundated. Water from the James River had also overcome the access road to the reservoir. Thanks to higher temperatures eating away at a heavier-than-average snowpack, rivers throughout North Dakota have risen considerably, leading to flood emergencies and sandbagging efforts in numerous areas. On April...

  • 4-H'ers compete in Comm Arts

    May 1, 2023

    Five 4-H club members from Eddy County competed April 23, 2023 in the county's 4-H Communication Arts Contest held at the Eddy County Extension office. The Communication Arts Contest is the 4-H speech and demonstration competition that is held at the county, district level and state contest levels. Participants are encouraged to use their own creativity and originality in preparing their public presentation. The Communication Arts program is open to any youth involved in extension youth...

  • Bowman, Young recognized by Chamber

    Nathan Price|May 1, 2023

    The New Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce has named Cathy Bowman and Sharon Young as May's Employees of the Month. The Chamber recognizes this dynamic duo at the front office of the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd (LHGS) for their ex-cellent service to staff and guests of the nursing home, and for the many other roles they fulfill at the nursing home. As administrative assistants, both are imperative to the daily functioning of the LHGS, and together they help to provide a warm and welcoming...

  • Landmark legislation passes in ND

    Nathan Price|May 1, 2023

    A slew of new state laws are due to change the complexion of North Dakota, after state legislators in Bismarck have been hard at work debating and passing hundreds of bills during the 68th legislative assembly. As per usual, many bills are due to impact the everyday life of North Dakotans, while others have stirred debate and controversy. Here’s a rundown of a few of the most controversial and/or significant bills to emerge from this years’ legislative session: New transgender and abortion...

  • Chamber embarks on membership drive

    Nathan Price|May 1, 2023

    The New Rockford Area ChdIIlber of Commerce wants local businesses and residents to know how the community benefits from their membership. The Chamber's mission is to enhance the way of life for its residents, to pro­vide a fun place for tourists to visit, and to increase local business activity to promote a healthy, sustainable com­munity. According to New Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) President, Amy Wobbema, there are multiple ways the chamber achieves that mission. Business...

  • Cankdeska Cikana Community College & Tate Topa Tribal School host native author

    May 1, 2023

    Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) and Tate Topa Tribal School recently hosted Laurel Goodluck, Native author of the children's book, "Forever Cousins." The visit was made possible by a grant from the North Dakota Humanities Council. Laurel Goodluck's writing is with modern Native themes. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Laurel comes from an intertribal background of Mandan and Hidatsa from the prairies of North Dakota and Tsimshian from a rainforest village in Alaska. Ms. Goodluck...

  • Legislative Report: May 1, 2023

    Senator Jerry Klein|May 1, 2023

    It's day 70. We are down to the last few days. We are hoping that we will be done by day 75. A lot of committees were working this past Satur­day toward compromises both on policy and appropriations. Our budget, as of today, is still a couple of hundred million in the red. There are several what I would call earmarks still in some of these bills. Much dis­cussion will be about what is genuinely a need versus what may be a want. We will see. As of today, there is an agreement on a tax package. It includes lowering all the income tax brackets,...

  • First-time home buyers feel the squeeze

    Michael Standaert|May 1, 2023

    Add another factor into the challenge of attracting workers and families to North Dakota: the lack of affordable, modern, quality homes. With home prices at historic highs and interest rates double what they were a year before, first-time home buyers searching for a place to call their own are in the grip of a squeeze that shows no signs of loosening any time soon. With those high costs, and the additional increases in overall inflation, the number of homes on the market affordable for lower-...

  • 701 Rundown: May 1, 2023

    Nathan Price|May 1, 2023

    Here's your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Young Crosby couple faces child abuse felonies A young couple living in Crosby are in custody, accused of abuse and neglect involving a 2-year-old child. Roxana Perez, 21, and Victor Monterroso Cordoba, 20, were arrested at an apart-ment in Crosby following an investigation that began in late March. Zachary Schroeder, Di-vide County Sheriff, said the couple – who are recent arrivals to...

  • Sheyenne News: May 1, 2023

    Patti Clifton|May 1, 2023

    Last Thursday morning, Patti Clifton and Jan Loe were in Carrington where Patti kept a medical appointment. They stopped in New Rockford on the way home and had a bite to eat at Rockford Cafe. Friends and co-workers joined family members for the funeral service of Tara (Rieger) Thumb on Friday morning, Apr. 21, at St. John's Catholic Church in New Rockford. Condolences to the families of Tara. Sunday morning, Bonnie Deegan and Jan Loe at-tended worship service at Calvary Lutheran Church in Oberon where Bonnie plays for the service. Following...

  • Pleasant Prairie: May 1, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|May 1, 2023

    Margie Anderson was a Sunday evening visitor at the home of Glenn and Judy Cudworth. Thursday afternoon, Pastor Richard Biberdorf was a visitor at the Charlotte Koepplin home, along with Shirley Packard. Pastor gave the gals communion and all enjoyed a special cake and ice cream, furnished by Shirley, to celebrate Charlotte’s, Shirley’s and Pastor’s birthdays, which are in April. Saturday and Sunday, Jimmy Indergaard not only enjoyed supper, but also visited with Andy and Ruth Braaten, Nikki and Noelle at the Braaten home. Charlotte Koepp...

  • Talk of the Town: May 1, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|May 1, 2023

    Dave and Cheryl Gabbert of Minnesota brought birthday greetings and strawberry shortcake to mom, Shirley Packard, last week. They treated her to a shopping spree in Devils Lake which ended with her favorite seafood supper at The View at Spirit Lake Casino on Tuesday. Monday, they enjoyed another favorite, Champs Chicken. Wednesday, the Gabberts left for their home in Minnesota after an enjoyable time with mom. Marvis Holte is happy to be home after another stay in Bismarck Hospital. She has received calls from family and friends wishing her...

  • Guest Editorial: May 1, 2023

    Susie Sharp|May 1, 2023

    Intellectual freedom is a fundamental human right that allows individuals to freely access, explore, and express their thoughts, ideas, and beliefs without fear of censorship or persecution. It is a cornerstone of democracy, education, and cultural advancement. It allows individuals to explore diverse viewpoints and ideas, which is essential for personal growth, critical thinking, and creativity. Without intellectual freedom, people are limited to a narrow range of perspectives and ideas, which can hinder their intellectual development....

  • We the People: Justin Chase's impeachment and judicial independence

    David Adler|May 1, 2023

    In its first and only impeachment trial of a Supreme Court justice, the U.S. Senate in 1805 acquitted Samuel Chase of charges against him, a historic decision that raises profoundly important questions about judicial independence and accountability and illuminates the challenges facing Justice Clarence Thomas. American politics, fraught with heated partisan divisions, had reached a fever pitch in the early 19th century when Justice Chase was brought before the bar of the Senate. Thomas Jefferson, leader of the Republicans, had defeated the...

  • Obituary: Allyn Seastrand

    May 1, 2023

    Allyn Seastrand New Rockford, N.D. Allyn Edward Seastrand, 88, passed away on April 24, 2023 at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford. Allyn's visitation was Saturday, April 29, 2023 from 1-2 p.m. followed by a fu-neral service at 2 p.m., all at Evans Funeral Home in New Rockford. His burial will be at the Riverside Cemetery, Sheyenne, N.D. at a later date. Officiating was Pastor Paula Loewen. Special music was recorded music – "How Great Thou Art" by Alan Jackson and "Rock Of...

  • Obituary: Ferne Brostrom

    May 1, 2023

    Ferne Brostrom Gaithersburg, Md. Ferne I. (Zimmerman) Brostrom, 94, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, just one day before her 95th birthday. Born in New Rockford, N.D., "Babe" was the young-est of four children. Despite his severe disabilities, her father was a respected county Judge and Register of Deeds for many years. She grew up helping her parents Albert and Mary Zimmerman, run a local boarding house. Teachers and railroad workers exchanged chickens, vegetables and coal...

  • Correction: May 1, 2023

    May 1, 2023

    A correction to Mervin and Rudolph Indergaard’s entries in the April 17 “Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust” was received from Mervin Indergaard's daughter Vicki Magill. She stated that Mervin Indergaard was born on July 31, 1928 and is still alive and living in Carrington, N.D. He is the son of James and Sadie (McEachern) Indergaard. Sadie is buried in St. John's Cemetery, Block 2, Lot 44. James Indergaard and Mervin's wife Francis Ann Indergaard are buried in the Barlow Cemetery not the Kvernes Cemetery, Carrington, N.D. as stated in the...

  • Sermonette: May 1, 2023

    Pastor Joe Greiner|May 1, 2023

    Why was John the Bap-tist arrested? Do you remember why John the Baptist was arrested? Much of John the Baptist’s life and ministry is remembered by most people. His miraculous birth, his wild “Florida-man” style of preaching, his baptism of his cousin Jesus and his final beheading are known by most people who attend church. However, people often forget the crime that ended his career and put him behind bars, where he died. “For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's...

  • Archival Anecdotes: Dual perspective

    Rachel Brazil|May 1, 2023

    There seems to be a theme running in Archival Anecdotes as of late. Over the past few weeks I have shared insights into the lives and contributions of folks who helped charter the Eddy County Museum. It turns out that some of those early members made their contributions in pairs, like Alice and Joe Rindt. If I were to go back to 1966 in the meeting minutes, I imagine we could learn a lot about the dynamics the couple contributed to the board, but that is far more archiving than I'm able to do at...

  • History of New Rockford: May 1, 2023

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|May 1, 2023

    On Dec. 5, 1905, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Flewell left for Wimbledon and a visit with relatives after visiting their daughter Mrs. H.W. Wilson and her husband for three weeks; they would then go to Kansas for a while. Mrs. H.J. Radtke left for Kansas, where she would spend the winter, hoping to overcome her lung trouble. From 1 to 5 p.m. the school and institution lands in Eddy County (nearly 80 parcels) were auctioned off at the court house; the sale would continue each afternoon at the same time un...

  • Savvy Senior: How to prepare a will

    Jim Miller|May 1, 2023

    Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to make my last will and testament and would like to know if I can do it myself, or do I need to hire a lawyer? Don’t Have Much Dear Don’t, Very good question! Almost everyone needs a will, but only around one-third of American have actually prepared one. Having a last will and testament is important because it ensures your money and property will be distributed to the people you want to receive it after your death. If you die without a will (a.k.a. dying...

  • Sox swept by Loboes

    Nathan Price|May 1, 2023

    On Tuesday, April 26, baseball was back in town as the SNR Black Sox hosted a double header against the LaMoure-Litchville/Marion Loboes. Due to inclement weather, the Loboes were the Black Sox' first adversaries since a tough loss to Carrington the week prior, and they proved to be another difficult oppo-nent for the Sox to handle on Tuesday. After just 3.5 innings, Game 1 of the double header was quickly turning into a lost cause for SNR. The Loboes had already amassed six runs – two of...

  • Junior high Rockets soar in Hazen

    Kyrie Dauenhauer|May 1, 2023

    On Monday, April 24, junior high tracksters from New Rockford-Sheyenne made the trek to Hazen to compete in the junior high Hazen meet. In the eighth grade girls’ events, Emmie Belquist was the star of the show, bringing home three first place finishes. Belquist competed in the 200-meter dash, the 200-meter hurdles and long jump. Also taking first place for the eighth grade girls were the 4x100-meter and the 4x200-meter relay teams. The relay teams were made up by Beth Becker, Kaci...

  • Sensational in Stanley

    Kyrie Dauenhauer|May 1, 2023

    The New Rockford-Sheyenne track and field team made the nearly three-hour drive to the southwest corner of the state to compete in the Stanley Varsity Meet on Tuesday, April 25. Many of the Rockets’ athletes placed in the top 10 for their events. Let’s start off with the girls’ team. NR-S junior, Kelsie Belquist, brought home three individual first place finishes. K. Belquist took first place in the 200-meter dash with a state-qualifying time of 24.87 seconds; first place in the 400-meter...

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