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Articles from the May 20, 2024 edition

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  • Joint law enforcement operation yields results

    Nathan Price|May 20, 2024

    On Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, the Eddy County Sheriff's Office participated in Operation Spring into Action. The operation was designed to locate and seize illegal drugs in several area counties by saturating them with an increased police presence. A whole host of law enforcement agencies participated in the joint operation, including the Eddy, McLean, Benson, Ramsey, Nelson, Cavalier and Dunn County Sheriff's Departments, as well as the Lake Region Narcotics Task Force, U.S. Customs and...

  • Allmaras signs with LRSC for softball

    Nathan Price|May 20, 2024

    Kate Allmaras is the latest NR-S athlete to commit to continuing their athletic career at the collegiate level. On Thursday, May 9, Allmaras officially committed to Lake Region State College to play softball, a sport she's loved and competed in since age 10. That's despite New Rockford-Sheyenne not having its own softball program, and local summer softball options being limited. In order to play the game, Allmaras – daughter of Jamie and Kerstin Allmaras – has had to play with Carrington and...

  • Q&A with NR-S School Board candidates

    Nathan Price|May 20, 2024

    With the upcoming primary elections drawing ever closer, it’s time to begin hearing from local candidates about the issues that matter to residents of Eddy County. This is the second in a series of articles the Transcript is publishing ahead of the primary election on Tuesday, June 11, and the New Rockford-Sheyenne School Board election on Tuesday, June 4. This week, NR-S school board candidates were asked to answer relevant questions about themselves, the district’s priorities and student ach...

  • Secondary principal position offered twice

    Nathan Price|May 20, 2024

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been updated here to reflect events that have taken place since the May 20 print edition went to press on Thursday at noon. Those updates, along with any new developments, will be published in the May 27 print edition. At a special meeting on Friday, May 10, the New Rockford-Sheyenne School Board officially offered a contract to Megan Thompson to be the school’s next secondary principal. Thompson is currently employed by the East Central Center for Exceptional C...

  • Anderson takes plea deal

    Nathan Price|May 20, 2024

    Loren Anderson has pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment. Court documents say Anderson purposefully chased down and crashed head-on into his girlfriend’s vehicle on Highway 281 just north of New Rockford, following a domestic dispute on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023. After the incident, Anderson was charged with reckless endangerment and terrorizing, both Class C felonies, as well as domestic violence and aggravated reckless driving, both Class A misdemeanors. Anderson originally pleaded not guilty t...

  • NR-S Awards Night

    May 20, 2024

    Athletic and academic accomplishments were on display during NR-S Rockets Awards Night on Friday, May 10. The coaches and advisors for the various sports and activities recognized their athletes and participants and handed out awards to the top achievers in grades 6-12. The night featured the seniors of NR-S, with the annual senior supper at Old Church Theatre held prior. Special awards were given to the seniors: • Musicians Claire Becker and Kate Allmaras received the John Phillip Sousa Awa...

  • 701 Rundown: May 20, 2024

    Nathan Price|May 20, 2024

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Cathay school demolished The Cathay School now only exists as a fond memory to all those who have walked its halls, as demolition of the 104-year-old structure went into full swing early last week. In the above photo taken last Wednesday several days after crews from Ralph Volson Enterprises of Balfour took down the shell of the school, portions of the eastern exterior wall of the gym r...

  • Pleasant Prairie: May 13, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|May 20, 2024

    Brief stoppers Wednesday afternoon at the Charlotte Koepplin home were Dale and Diane Rosenberg. Wednesday, Jimmy Indergaard enjoyed a visit over supper at the Mervin Indergaard and Vicki Magill home. Friday, Karen Koepplin drove Charlotte Koepplin to Carrington, where she kept a medical appointment. Margie Anderson celebrated a birthday on May 6. Greeters, callers, visitors and well-wishers were Kent and Shelly Rigsby of Jamestown, Gary and Kathy Anderson, David and Karen Anderson, Amber Sylling and boys, and Laura Hager and children. Margie...

  • Pleasant Prairie: May 20, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|May 20, 2024

    Jimmy Indergaard enjoyed weekend meals and visits at the Andy and Ruth Braaten home. Wednesday, Jimmy visited over supper at the Mervin Indergaard home. Thursday afternoon brief stoppers at the Charlotte Koepplin home were Karen Koepplin and Roxy dog. Margie Anderson received cards, visits and phone calls on Mother's Day from family and friends near and far. Margie Anderson and Glen and Judy Cudworth enjoyed a recent visit from Jack Erhardt. Charlotte Koepplin was pleasantly surprised by a delivery of a beautiful flower arrangement in honor of...

  • Sheyenne: May 20, 2024

    Patti Clifton|May 20, 2024

    On Saturday, May 11, Denise Labrensz and Allison Pfeiffer enjoyed a pre-Mother's Day outing at Cows & Co. Creamery in rural Carrington. They enjoyed lunch and time in the sun on the patio followed by a gelato treat for the ride home. Denise Labrensz traveled to rural Leonard, N.D., on Mother's Day late afternoon and stayed with her sister, Debbie. On Monday, Denise was in Fargo for medical appointments along with some shopping before returning home....

  • Talk of the Town: May 13, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|May 20, 2024

    New Rockford and area folks extend sympathy to the family of Ed Haman. Ken and Marvis Holte treated Holly Zieman to treats and coffee Wednesday at Prairie Inn. Calvin Packard and mom Shirley were among the many who enjoyed the Annual Firemen's Breakfast on Sunday at the fire hall in New Rockford. Ken and Marvis Holte enjoyed visiting a couple of times this week over coffee and tea at the Chieftain with Cody and Amanda Bickett, Pastor Rick Loewen, Lester and Val Ellingson and Alan Lange. Calvin Packard and mom Shirley enjoyed dinner one day at...

  • Talk of the Town: May 20, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|May 20, 2024

    Shirley Packard received Mother's Day greetings from family in the form of calls, flowers and special food deliveries, which made for a happy Mother's Day. Saturday found Ken and Marvis Holte enjoying a visit over coffee at the Chieftain with Lester and Val Ellingson and Alan Lange. Son Loren Holte of Bismarck was a weekend guest at the Holtes' home. The family, including Cody and Amanda Bickett, attended Trinity Lutheran Church Sunday and later all enjoyed the Mother's Day buffet at the Chieftain. Marvis received a beautiful rose plant from...

  • Letter to the Editor: Letter in support of Representative Jon Nelson

    Arnie Strebe|May 20, 2024

    I recently left the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services where I proudly served as the Chief Financial Officer for four years. I had the honor and privilege to serve with some phenomenal state employees and state legislators. One of the best of the best is Jon Nelson, a representative from the remarkable city of Rugby. Hailing from Surrey, North Dakota, I recall fondly driving through town as a child and always stopping at the café at the heart of North Dakota. Their chili, apple pie and ice cream were a delight. Having served...

  • Letter to the Editor: An ill wind blows

    David Fite|May 20, 2024

    As a resident of Eddy County, I have some concerns on the new wind farm being planned. I was told by a PRC Wind (project managers of the wind farm) representative that it has gotten larger. Are you sure you will not be surrounded with these towers? What about phase 2 or 3? This wind farm will not only change the view of the landscape, what will happen to our property values and taxes? Will our property resale values go down? Granted, area schools and towns might benefit from some extra tax revenue; will county residents be taxed off of their...

  • Clearing the air

    Amy Wobbema|May 20, 2024

    I’m writing this column as a citizen and member of the board of governors for W-E Wind, LLC, the local organization that has led the wind energy effort in Eddy County. I was the economic development director for New Rockford when the idea of a wind farm first floated into our orbit nearly 18 years ago. During my first few weeks on the job, I met with every NRABC (then known as NRACBC) board member about their ideas. Tracy Henningsgard, one of the board members at the time, brought up wind e...

  • Sermonette: Esther

    Pastor Joe Greiner|May 20, 2024

    At church and among fellow church people, there are a lot of discussion circles around what our favorite books of the Bible are. What books of the Bible do we find easy and fulfilling to read or have spoken to us? We like to compare and contrast our favorite list with other Christians, and see what other people think. Along with this, however, many of us avid Bible readers have a list of our least favorite books of the Bible. These are the books that we don’t like to read, and we don’t get excited about when the pastor chooses to preach fro...

  • Obituary: Cynthia Lesmeister

    May 20, 2024

    Cynthia Lesmeister New Rockford, N.D. Cynthia "Cindy" Ann Lesmeister, 73, passed away on May 7, 2024 surrounded by family in her home after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Services will be held at a later date. Honorary bearers will be Travis Lesmeister, Trever Lesmeister, Tressa Lesmeister, McKenna Lesmeister, Ty Lesmeister, Lexi Lesmeister and Cindy's nieces and nephews. Cindy was born in New Rockford, N.D. on Oct. 20, 1950 to Lorraine Romanoski and John Koch. She grew up on a farm in... Full story

  • Obituary: Diane Holth

    May 20, 2024

    Diane Holth Carrington, N.D. Diane Holth, 77, of Carrington, N.D. passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 in Surprise, Ariz. Diane's celebration of life was held on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 1-4 p.m. at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford. Her burial was held at the Barlow Cemetery, Barlow, N.D. Honorary bearers were all of Diane's family and friends. Diane Holth was born on April 24, 1946 to Donald and Ruth (Frosaker) Holtz in New Rockford, N.D. She graduated from New Rockford High School in... Full story

  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

    Kathy O'Connor|May 20, 2024

    This block has seven unmarked graves: Charles Michaels, Mrs. Tom Welsh, Veronica Esther Welsh, Mrs. J.P. Welsh, J.P. Welsh, Ned Walsh, Mary Walsh and Denver Black. Block 4 has approximately 86 graves with seven graves unmarked. All of these unmarked graves are now accounted for in – St. John’s Cemetery. Family names in this block include: Risovi, Winslow, Hager, Zeagel, Walsh, Fritsch, Black, Borthwick, Steinbach, Wren, Eversvik, Ludwig, Seckinger, Williams, Ellensohn, Rucker, Warner, Winslow, Sookov, Geilan, Hogan, Dickey, Fin...

  • History of New Rockford: May 20, 2024

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|May 20, 2024

    On Dec. 5, 1906, after selling his interest in the New Rockford Roller Mills to his partner T.G. Kellington, G.W. McDonell left for Valley City, where he and his wife would remain for a while before leaving for their future home, California. Mrs. McDonell’s poor health was the reason for their leaving. Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Fowler and family left for a winter at their former Ontario home; they planned on stopping in New Rockford in the spring when they would be moving to their new home in Idaho. O...

  • Savvy Senior: Ways to make gardening easier as you age

    Jim Miller|May 20, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, What gardening tips can you offer to older seniors? I love to putter around and work in the garden, but my back and knees have caused me to curtail my gardening activities, which I miss greatly. Older Gardner Dear Older, There’s no doubt that gardening can be hard on an aging body. Joints stiffen up, kneeling for prolonged periods hurts, and bending and reaching can strain muscles. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up your hobby. You just need to garden differently, add...

  • Archival Anecdotes: By special request: the Great Hoax

    Rachel Brazil|May 20, 2024

    I took it as an honor when Eddy County Museum Board Member Sandy O'Connor asked me to join her for a visit to the office of John Hovey, a retired attorney who practiced law in New Rockford from 1964 to 2001. Our intention was to collect a series of letters regarding the placement of Chinese refugees outside New Rockford. Hovey donated three of these envelopes, each containing a letter, to the Eddy County Museum. The letters were addressed to the Hon. Mayor of the City of New Rockford,...

  • Grant funds to improve care

    May 20, 2024

    It’s officially EMS Week, when communities across the nation give special recognition to the emergency services that keep them and their communities safe. The theme for the 50th anniversary observance of EMS Week is “Honoring our past. Forging our future.” This year, the Community Ambulance Service of New Rockford (CASNR) was awarded a grant that will help them continue to serve their community right here in rural North Dakota. “We recently found out that we were awarded a grant from New Rockford Community Foundation, a component of the Nor...

  • NR-S golfers compete in Fargo, Mapleton

    Nathan Price|May 20, 2024

    The NR-S varsity golf team were back on the greens this past week, as they look to qualify for the state tournament on June 4. On Monday, May 13, three Rocket golfers traveled to the Fargo Country Club. Jackson Schumacher finished best among the Rockets in Fargo with a score of 84, having scored 46 in the front nine and an impressive 38 on the back. Shaun Reimche wasn’t far behind with a score of 88, and Kage Walford managed a 94. Reimche’s score of 88 is his best result over 18 holes so far...

  • Trio of qualifiers

    Kyrie Dauenhauer|May 20, 2024

    The New Rockford-Sheyenne track and field team has been on a roll lately. With Emmie Belquist, Bennett Meier, Ava Peterson, Dalen Leftbear and Deng Deng qualifying for state on Thursday, May 9, the Rockets added three more qualifiers on Saturday, May 11 at the Harvey/Wells County Invitational in Fessenden. Emmie Belquist, Deng Deng and Porter Granger have earned their chance to compete in more events at the Class B State Track and Field meet on May 23-25. Emmie Belquist took first place in the...

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