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Articles from the May 15, 2023 edition

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  • Rockets rise up at Howard Wood Relays

    Kyrie Dauenhauer|May 15, 2023

    Eight New Rockford-Sheyenne athletes competed at the 98th annual Howard Wood Dakota Relays meet at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on May 5-6. Those eight athletes were Trevor Waldo, Kelsie Belquist, Connor Knatterud, Porter Granger, Easton Benz, Ava Peterson, Emmie Belquist and Jaida Schumacher. Over 3,000 athletes from around the midwest competed at the meet. Head coach, Elliott Belquist said, "It was a great overall experience that we will most definitely do again. It's like be...

  • Arbor Day observed in New Rockford

    Nathan Price|May 15, 2023

    On Friday, May 5, NR-S students in grades K-6 received trees from the Eddy County Soil Conservation District (ECSCD) to celebrate Arbor Day, as well as the Tree City USA Celebration and the School Tree Project. New Rockford City Commission President Stuart Richter declared May 5 as Arbor Day at the commission's regular meeting on May 1. High school students Ty Jerrell and Talan Gehrtz of ECSCD handed out the trees, while New Rockford Tree Board member Claire Becker and National Honor Society...

  • Spring 'deep clean' of city's water system underway

    Nathan Price|May 15, 2023

    On Tuesday, May 9, a dive crew from Montana arrived in New Rockford for spring cleaning at the city's water treatment plant. The crew was tasked with vacuuming the plant's clearwell, where treated water is stored underground before heading to the city's water tower and distributed to residents. Due to water plant construction last year, the treatment system that removes iron and manganese from the city's drinking water was temporarily bypassed, allowing those minerals to settle at the bottom of...

  • Two more educators resign from NR-S School

    Nathan Price|May 15, 2023

    At their regular meeting on Monday, May 8, the New Rockford-Sheyenne School Board accepted the resignations of Heather Klocke and Monica Meadows. Klocke, the district’s elementary music teacher, was at the center of controversy in March when the school board was considering reducing the music program by one full-time teacher. Dozens of community members, students and fellow staff argued on behalf of Klocke and the school’s other music teacher, Annette Hovey, at a subsequent board meeting, and...

  • Benefit for Davis May 24 in Carrington

    Nathan Price|May 15, 2023

    Tia Davis is still enduring the fight of her life, and her local community is being invited to lend a hand. Davis' health took a turn for the worse after giving birth to two adorable twin babies – Jayla and Jeffrey – in October of last year. After being diagnosed with preeclampsia at her last obstetrics appointment on Oct. 24, 2022, Davis was rushed to Bismarck via ambulance to give birth a week early. To everyone's great relief, the delivery itself was successful, and Jayla and Jeffrey hav...

  • Opportunities for work and play with park district still open for summer

    Nathan Price|May 15, 2023

    With spring weather having finally stumbled its way into North Dakota, the New Rockford Park District has been hard at work preparing for this summer’s activities. In celebration of their 100th anniversary, the Park District held a celebration and summer activities sign-up on April 30, but Dennis Nybo, Park District director, said there are still plenty of openings for those interested. In particular, Nybo said they’re searching for a Cal Ripkin coach for 12U baseball, as well as pool cas...

  • NR-S earns 3 stars at state music

    May 15, 2023

    NR-S musicians boarded the Rocket activity bus and headed to their state competition at Minot State University on Saturday, May 6. They performed 11 musical arrangements and brought home three "star" ratings, the highest possible rating. Senior Hallie Brown performed in all three "star" performances. She also earned two Outstanding Performance Awards at regionals, one for her soprano solo and another with fellow flutists Claire Becker and Abby Nystrom, capping off her high school career with...

  • 701 Rundown: May 15, 2023

    Nathan Price|May 15, 2023

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Brandt’s murder charge reduced to manslaughter Shannon Brandt, the man accused of running down and killing a teenager last year, now faces a less severe charge. On Saturday, April 27, Foster County State’s Attorney Kara Brinster filed a motion to reduce the Class AA felony murder charge against Brandt to a Class B felony charge of manslaughter. Following that motion, Brandt’s defense...

  • Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan available for review

    May 15, 2023

    The draft of the 2023 Eddy and Wells Counties, N.D., Multi-Jurisdictional Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan is now available for review on the Eddy County, Wells County, City of Fessenden, City of Harvey, and City of New Rockford websites. A printed copy is also available at the Eddy County Courthouse and the KTL Building in the emergency manager’s office. A public hearing to accept comments on the draft plan will be held from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., CST on Thursday, June 8, 2023, at the KTL Building in Fessenden, North Dakota. The public hearing will r...

  • Pleasant Prairie: May 15, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|May 15, 2023

    Circle Trail Riders Inc. met for their monthly meeting on Monday evening at the Charlotte Koepplin home. President Cory Jorgensen brought the meeting to order with 10 present. Matters of the upcoming Father’s Day weekend ride and the annual raffle were handled. Jimmy Indergaard enjoyed phone chats on Saturday with his sister Sharon Laxdal and sister Fran and Dennis Walen, and dinner and visiting at his sister, Ruth, and Andy Braaten’s. Saturday afternoon all were among those who took 90th birthday greetings to Margie Anderson at the Her...

  • N.D. Legislature expands Homestead Tax Credit

    Kristy O'Connor, Eddy Co. Tax Director|May 15, 2023

    On April 27, 2023, Governor Doug Burgum signed HB 1158 into law. This legislation broadens the eligibility requirements and maximum reduction amounts for those applying for the North Dakota Homestead Property Tax Credit Program. This program is aimed at homeowners 65 years of age and older, or those who are permanently and totally disabled. Effective date is for taxable year beginning after December 31, 2022. Income changes to the Homestead Credit for Tax Year 2023 If your income is $0 - $40,000 your taxable value is reduced by 100 percent...

  • Talk of the Town: May 15, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|May 15, 2023

    New Rockford and area folks extend sympathy to the family of Edith (Parson) Georgeson. Helpers this past weekend at the Janet Laube home were grandsons Scott and Travis Laube, grandson David Youle of Minnesota and wife and friend of Fargo. Friend MarJean Pfau also lent a hand in errands. Rick Koepplin and Augie Dogge were visitors one day this week at the Candy Jensen home. Monday and Tuesday this week, Calvin Packard and mom, Shirley, did some necessary errands about town. Saturday, Calvin tended to some things for mom and Sunday treated her...

  • Sheyenne News: May 15, 2023

    Patti Clifton|May 15, 2023

    Last Tuesday afternoon, the Eddy County VFW Auxiliary met at the Sheyenne Senior Center. Jeff and Denise Labrensz traveled to Fargo on Wednesday, May 3, for Denise to keep a medical appointment that had been rescheduled twice before due to stormy weather. Saturday, May 6, Rhoda Stenberg and Jan Loe attended the Prairie Rose Cluster Gathering at the American Lutheran Church in Tolna. They report a very enjoyable gathering and a delicious brunch! On Sunday, May 7, Jeff and Denise Labrensz attended the New Rockford Firemen's Breakfast. Monday...

  • Growing kindness and gratitude

    Amy Wobbema|May 15, 2023

    Every year for Mother’s Day I give flower pots from a local greenhouse to my mom and my mother-in-law. It’s a great way to show our appreciation, and it brightens their yard and gives them something to enjoy all summer and into the fall. I typically choose an arrangement of common varieties, such as geraniums or petunias, that has already been potted and ready for purchase. This year I decided to take it up a notch. The theme is kindness and gratitude, and I’m planting the pots myself so I can...

  • Letter to the Editor: Legislative session strengthens North Dakota's insurance industry

    Jon Godfread, N.D. Insurance Commissioner|May 15, 2023

    You’ve no doubt read the headlines about this legislative session. The past four months have been a rollercoaster of bills and legislative priorities. As the 68th Legislative Assembly has wrapped up and gone home, I want to share some highlights from this session affecting our state’s insurance industry. Your legislature has made a big step forward in fire safety. With the passage of SB 2211, we’re providing all the funding that is meant for the fire service back to local fire departments and districts. The funds from insurance premium taxes... Full story

  • The incredible life of bees

    Tom Purcell|May 15, 2023

    It's an excuse I've been dreaming of: A reason to NOT mow my lawn. A "No Mow May" movement is afoot to nurture our bee population for a good reason: bees are incredibly important to our own survival. According to Bee City USA, an initiative of the Xer-ces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, bees are highly important pollinators whose busy work enables the creation of one-third of the food and drink we consume. Here's how bees work: They are drawn to plants for their sweet nectar, which they...

  • Church and state: The court prohibits religious tests for office

    David Adler|May 15, 2023

    Delegates to the Constitutional Convention, as part of their commitment to separating church from state, unanimously adopted a clause in Article VI, declaring that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” In their adoption of the oath clause, the Framers demonstrated a liberality of spirit because all of delegates, except those from New York and Virginia, came from states that discriminated against some religious denominations by imposing some religious test as a req...

  • Obituary: Jean Allmaras

    May 15, 2023

    Jean Allmaras New Rockford, N.D. Jean Marie Allmaras, 94, of New Rockford, N.D. passed away on May 9, 2023 at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford. Jean's visitation was Friday, May 12 from 5-7 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 6:40 p.m. followed by a vigil service at 7 p.m., all at St. John's Catholic Church, New Rockford, N.D. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, May 13 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church, New Rockford, N.D. Her burial will be at St. John's... Full story

  • Obituary: Richard Aasand

    May 15, 2023

    Richard Aasand McHenry, N.D. Richard Allan Aasand, age 86, of McHenry, N.D. died Thursday, May 4, 2023 at CHI St. Alexius Medical Center, Carrington. Richard's visitation was Monday, May 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington. A graveside service was held Tuesday, May 8, 2023, at 11 a.m. at the Bethlehem Cemetery in McHenry, N.D. Officiating was Pastor Russ Christiansen. Honorary pallbearers were Richard's grandchildren and their spouses: Kyle (Regan) Aasand and Brittney... Full story

  • Sermonette: May 15, 2023

    Deacon Bart Salazar|May 15, 2023

    “There was an attempt in Iconium by both the Gentiles and the Jews, together with their leaders, to attack and stone Paul and Barnabas. They realized it, and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding countryside, where they continued to proclaim the Good News. At Lystra there was a crippled man, lame from birth, who had never walked. He listened to Paul speaking, who looked intently at him, saw that he had the faith to be healed, and called out in a loud voice, ‘Stand up straight on your feet.’ He jumped up and b...

  • For the Trees: Tracing the roots of Arbor Day

    Gerri Makay|May 15, 2023

    "Finally, the month of May has arrived in North Dakota! And with that, many communities across the state will be celebrating Arbor Day. The entire month of May is Arbor Month in North Dakota." Arbor Day is a long-standing tradition of celebrating trees across the country, started in 1872 in Nebraska by J. Sterling Morton. Tree enthusiasts in Dakota Territory hopped on board in 1882 to plant, distributing seeds and seedlings to schoolchildren across the open prairie. Today, 151 years later,...

  • History of New Rockford: May 15, 2023

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|May 15, 2023

    On Dec. 20, 1905, Mrs. A.H. “Hope” Crawford and children went to their old home, Elizabeth, Minnesota, for a visit; they would remain until Hope came back from Canada, then return to New Rockford. Fred Von Almen accompanied them. That evening, the New Rockford Improvement Society had a sale of Christmas articles in the Opera House; supper was served and the event proved to be “a brilliant success” both socially and financially. The fall term of Phillips Academy ended on Dec. 21. Enrollm...

  • Savvy Senior: Toenail trimming tips for seniors

    Jim Miller|May 15, 2023

    Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good toenail clipping solutions for seniors? My toenails have gotten increasingly thick since I’ve gotten older and have become very difficult for me to reach down and cut. Almost 80 Dear Almost, Trimming your toenails is a task that most people don’t think much about, but as we get older it can become very challenging. For many older adults, like yourself, toenails can become thicker and harder to cut, and reduced flexibility can make it more dif...

  • Ace on the road

    Nathan Price|May 15, 2023

    After a disappointing stretch of losses, the Sheyenne-New Rockford Black Sox marked a tally in the win column on Saturday, May 6. The Sox traveled to Rugby for a double-header against the Velva-Drake/Anamoose Aggies and Rugby Panthers, and they were looking to recover from a 6-game skid. Thankfully for them, Alex Weisenburger would be starting against Rugby on the mound that day. In five innings of work, Weisenburger allowed just two hits and no runs, gave up only three walks and struck out...

  • NR-S golf returns to greens

    Nathan Price|May 15, 2023

    With spring weather also comes high school golf, and the Rockets' golf team opened their season with meets at Detroit Lakes, Minn. and Oxbow, N.D. On the team this year are Jackson Schumacher, Shaun Reimche, Dashyl Bichler, Ashton Reimche, Kage Walford and Jacob Louters. The team's first outing was at the Lakeview Golf Course in Detroit Lakes on May 2, where NR-S freshman Jackson Schumacher impressed with a score of 73, just nine points over par. Out of 58 golfers in attendance from 10 different...

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