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Articles from the May 22, 2023 edition


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  • Smith to challenge Schaefer for seat on school board

    Nathan Price|May 22, 2023

    For the first time in eight years, there will be a contested election for a seat on the New Rockford-Sheyenne school board. Zachary Smith, a New Rockford resident and formerly a chiropractor at Nicolai Chiropractic, is running for the seat held by Mike Schaefer, the board's current vice president who has filed for reelection, setting up the first contested school board race since 2015. Meanwhile, the seat currently held by Travis Benson is also up for election, and Kyle Alfstad is challenging...

  • Street project resumes

    Nathan Price|May 22, 2023

    Construction season has arrived, and New Rockford is once again abuzz with the sounds of heavy machinery and road work. Early last week, crews began grading alleyways and gravel streets in town, and some roads were closed on Wednesday as the large milling machine was once again trundling down New Rockford's streets. The work is part of New Rockford's ongoing street improvement project. The project was supposed to conclude last fall, but as winter approached there were still a number of areas...

  • 'Hike Every Mile' June 3

    Nathan Price|May 22, 2023

    The North Country Trail is among the most scenic paths in America, and in two weeks’ time a hiking event is being held to celebrate its beauty while attempting to accomplish an ambitious goal. On Saturday, June 3 – National Trails Day – the Dakota Prairie Chapter (DPC) of the North Country Trail Association is sponsoring an event called Hike Every Mile – North Dakota. The plan is for hikers to come together and combine to hike the trail’s entire route through North Dakota in a single d...

  • It's Poppy Month

    May 22, 2023

    American Legion Auxiliary member Julie Shrock and volunteer Twyla Solly are at Miller's Fresh Foods with Veteran-made poppies. Make a contribution and receive a poppy to wear in support of veterans. In conjunction with Remembrance Day worldwide, many wear a simple red poppy on the lapel, reminiscent of the red poppies that were among the first plants to bloom in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium. The connection with the poppy and the fallen soldier was solidified with...

  • NR-S students recognized at Awards Night

    May 22, 2023

    On Friday, May 12, NR-S honored students in grades 7-12 during the annual Awards Night. Madisen Myhre was named Outstanding Senior Female Athlete, and Haydon Meier was the Outstanding Senior Male Athlete. Four seniors will wear red HERO chords at graduation: Emma Duda, Kyria Dockter, Madisen Myhre and Mark McDowell. The chords are given to students who donate blood and/or help organize a blood drive at least three times in high school. Hallie Brown and Donavun McCorkle were named Outstanding...

  • Celebrate Memorial Day at All Veterans Park

    May 22, 2023

    Please join us this Memorial Day as the American Legion hosts a ceremony to honor and remember those who have served. The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. at All Veterans Park in New Rockford, near the flag pole. Ceremony will include music, readings, the laying of the wreath, and a gun salute. Then we continue to the New Rockford cemetery for the conclusion of the ceremony. The American Legion continues their tradition of marking each veteran grave with an American flag. It is a beautiful...

  • Spring Music Concert May 16

    May 22, 2023

    Musicians in grades 4-12 put on a show Tuesday, May 16....

  • Transcript earns 27 awards in '23

    Amy Wobbema|May 22, 2023

    Your local newspaper brought home 27 awards in the annual Better Newspaper Contest, announced at Spirit Lake Casino during the 137th annual North Dakota Newspaper Association Convention on Friday, May 12. The Transcript competes in the mid-size weekly category, which includes 18 newspapers. The awards reflect journalistic work completed in 2022, for anything from news and editorial writing to photography and advertising design. The top award received by the Transcript was second place in...

  • 701 Rundown: May 22, 2023

    Nathan Price|May 22, 2023

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Tribe plans to tear down dome, build new structures The beginning of two building projects along with a basketball tournament featuring teams from across the state and nation are in store for Turtle Mountain this summer. First, Tribal Chairman Jamie Azure said construction of a new wrestling complex will go up directly east of the current fitness center in Belcourt, N.D. It will serve as a...

  • Sheyenne News: May 22, 2023

    Patti Clifton|May 22, 2023

    Sandra Larson attended the UND Commencement to celebrate high school classmate Cassidy Holth, daughter of Jim and Adele Holth of Carrington. Cassidy graduated with a degree in Atmospheric Science and Environmental Studies. Last Wednesday morning, Jan Loe and Patti Clifton stopped at Community Credit Union in New Rockford before heading to Carrington. They had lunch at Pizza Ranch before Patti kept a medical appointment. They enjoyed an ice cream treat at HiWay Drive-In before they headed home. Family and friends gathered at the Sheyenne Senior...

  • Apples for teachers at NR-S

    May 22, 2023

    Gloria Rubio and Betty Westby, representatives of the American Legion Auxiliary, presented apples to the New Rockford-Sheyenne school teachers and staff in honor of National Teachers Week, May 8-12....

  • Talk of the Town: May 22, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|May 22, 2023

    Shirley Packard enjoyed Mother’s Day dinner from the Rockford Café, a treat from son, Calvin. Friday, Calvin and mom drove to Carrington on errands and enjoyed dinner at the Prairie Inn. Aaron and Danielle Koepplin, Hendrix, Chevelle, Carter and Kerigan enjoyed Mother’s Day buffet dinner at the Bordulac Bar and Grill. Then, they drove to New Rockford and brought Mother’s Day greetings to Janelle Koepplin and helped her get her patio ready for summer. All had an ice cream treat at the Loco Ketchup Café. And later they stopped with greeti...

  • Pleasant Prairie: May 22, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|May 22, 2023

    Thursday morning brief stopper at the Charlotte Koepplin home was nephew, Aaron Koepplin. Saturday morning, brief stopper was nephew, Todd Koepplin, doing a few spring errands. Sunday evening visitor at the Glenn and Judy Cudworth home was Margie Anderson. Charlotte Koepplin got a nice surprise in a flower arrangement for Mother’s Day delivered Saturday from Aaron and Danielle Koepplin, Hendrix, Chevelle, Carter and Kerigan. And on Mother’s Day, Aaron and family stopped in for a short, sweet visit. Mother’s Day evening found Charlotte...

  • May we talk about mental health?

    Amy Wobbema|May 22, 2023

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it’s time to get real. Here in the newsroom, we struggle too. No matter how many positive stories we publish, the “bad news” stories seem to rise to the top for readers. Yes, we must report on these topics, however unpleasant. It’s our job as journalists to read through the police reports and court filings and help citizens make sense of the crazy in our world. And when we do publish all the details, we know those stories will get read. However,...

  • Curing our loneliness epidemic

    Tom Purcell|May 22, 2023

    There is a loneliness epidemic in the United States, but there are some simple ways we can address it. A few weeks ago, the U.S. Surgeon General released a report titled "Our Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation." The report found that even before the COVID lockdowns chased us into months of isolation in our homes about half of U.S. adults reported experiencing measurable levels of loneliness. Loneliness brings with it considerable health implications. When a human lacks connection with other hu...

  • "In defense of clergy, the court strikes blow for religious liberty"

    David Adler|May 22, 2023

    In 1977, in McDaniel v. Paty, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a landmark ruling that held unconstitutional one of the last anticlerical remnants of the founding era, a 1796 Tennessee law that prohibited ministers and priests from holding public office. The statute, drafted at the dawn of the republic in the name of separation of church and state, reflected a widespread legal policy among the early states that sought to curb the outsized role that clergy played in English public affairs and the colonies, in which laws respecting establishments...

  • Obituary: Edith Georgeson

    May 22, 2023

    Edith Georgeson New Rockford, N.D. Edith Mae Georgeson, 92, passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford, N.D. Edith's celebration of life will be Sunday, May 28, 2023 from 2-4 p.m. at the Heritage House dining room, New Rockford. Edith was born on May 17, 1930 in the Grace City area, the daughter of Arthur and Catherine (Snider) Fenneman. She attended the first 10 grades at Columbia Consolidated School, graduating from New Rockford High School in...

  • Obituary: William Hitz

    May 22, 2023

    William Hitz Plymouth, Minn. William (Billy) Hitz, 67, passed away peacefully on May 8, 2023, at his home in Plymouth, Minn., surrounded by his family. Billy was born in New Rockford, N.D., on December 30, 1955, to Frank and Frances (Hartl) Hitz. He grew up on the family farm near Bremen, N.D., and graduated from New Rockford Central High School in 1974. He attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a degree in Soil Science. He had a long successful career with Xcel Energy in their...

  • Sermonette: May 22, 2023

    Deacon Bart Salazar|May 22, 2023

    “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.” During a recent adult education at our church, a rather startling idea was presented: Are we sometimes carelessly praying a curse upon ourselves when we pray the Lord's Prayer? Specifically, the part of the prayer that is in question is “... and forg...

  • Confirmation/First Holy Eucharist celebrated at Sacred Heart

    May 22, 2023

    On Sunday, April 16 at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Carrington, Bishop John T. Folda presided at Confirmation and First Holy Eucharist with six students from St. John's Catholic Church in New Rockford, one student from Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in McHenry, and eight students from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Carrington. The students from St. John's in New Rockford who were taught by Jodi Guler are Brielle Dauenhauer, Kalleigh Engels, Arilynn Gehrtz, C.J. Schmaltz,...

  • EMS Week: May 21-27, 2023

    May 22, 2023

    This week is National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, and we would like to show appreciation to our dedicated, hard-working emergency medical caregivers. We appreciate the sacrifices of their personal and family time to help someone in their time of need. Their efforts “preserve life, prevent suffering and promote health,” advancing the quality and accessibility of emergency medical care. Readers, if you have ever thought about becoming a first responder, now is a great time. CASNR...

  • A glimpse of Sheyenne in 1913

    Nathan Price and Kim Watson|May 22, 2023

    This photo and postcard, provided to the Transcript by Stan Kruger, provide an interesting glimpse of the city of Sheyenne on Nov. 17, 1913. The postcard was written by an individual named Anton Peterson, and sent to a Mr. James Olley in the state of Montana. Kruger said he remembers Anton, also known as "Tony," being in Sheyenne from when he was in high school. Kruger graduated in 1956. According to Kruger, Peterson was the general manager of the elevator in Sheyenne at the time the picture...

  • History of New Rockford: May 22, 2023

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|May 22, 2023

    On Christmas Day 1905, there were Masses at St. John’s Catholic Church at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., and High Mass at 11 a.m. The three hotels (Brown, Davies, Mattson) served “elaborate” dinners. That afternoon and evening, the children of the Congregational Sunday School gathered at Phillips Academy for games, music, and good things to eat; each teacher, pupils, and friends of the Academy received a gift. The Central office of the telephone company was closed from noon until 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m....

  • Savvy Senior: How Medicare covers physical therapy services

    Jim Miller|May 22, 2023

    Dear Savvy Senior, Does Medicare cover physical therapy, and if so, how much coverage do they provide? My 66-year-old husband was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and will need ongoing physical therapy to help keep him moving. Worried Wife Dear Worried, Yes, Medicare does indeed pay for physical therapy along with occupational and speech therapy too, if he needs it, as long as it’s prescribed by his doctor. You’ll also be happy to know that Medicare has no limits on how much it...

  • Sox split In Tolna

    Nathan Price|May 22, 2023

    The Black Sox concluded their regular season with a split double header in Tolna last Saturday, ahead of Monday's region tournament in New Rockford. Their opponents were the Mustangs of Nelson County/Midkota, a region opponent equally eager to build momentum before the postseason. Unfortunately for them, however, Sheyenne-New Rockford's Keaton Cudworth was on the mound for game 1 of the double header. Cudworth had been outstanding against South Border in his previous start back on May 2, and he...

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