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Articles from the June 3, 2024 edition

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  • Poitra sentenced to life behind bars

    Nathan Price|Jun 3, 2024

    On the evening of February 19, 2023, Nicholas Poitra, 46, walked into Rindy's Bar in Sheyenne and killed 30-year-old Troyal Thumb less than 10 minutes later. He then held several bar patrons at gunpoint as he stole a set of car keys, and went on to lead law enforcement on a tense 65-hour-long manhunt. It wasn't until February 22, when Poitra was spotted on a county road and held at gunpoint by a local farmer, that the ordeal was finally over. And now, well over a year later, Poitra has learned...

  • State officials hold election presentation

    Nathan Price|Jun 3, 2024

    In an effort to address concerns that North Dakota’s elections aren’t secure, state officials have been holding a series of demonstrations throughout the state, allowing citizens to see exactly how the voting process works in North Dakota. On Friday, May 24, one of those demonstrations was held in Fessenden. Presenting in front of an audience of about two dozen at the KTL Building was North Dakota’s Secretary of State, Michael Howe, alongside State Election Director Erica White. For about 90 mi...

  • Resurgence of the Dino

    Charlotte Franks-Erickson|Jun 3, 2024

    Talk is spreading and curiosity piquing in Sheyenne about yet another new project. "What's going on at the old Sinclair station?" – "Who is that guy who's working on that building?" – "Did someone buy it?" – "That building has to be 100 years old." The questions are swirling as residents have taken notice of the changes to one of their community's most recognizable buildings. Yes, the old Sinclair gas station just off Highway 281 has been purchased, and work is underway to clean up, repair and e...

  • Locals arrested after high speed chase

    Nathan Price|Jun 3, 2024

    On Thursday, May 23, at approximately 4:04 a.m., a vehicle occupied by three area residents was involved in a police chase through the streets of Grand Forks that reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour. According to a press release from the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office, one of their deputies initiated a traffic stop of a red Dodge Charger for crossing the centerline in the city of Grand Forks. “The vehicle briefly stopped, and then proceeded to flee at a high rate of speed,” state...

  • Lions donate to Sheyenne Rodeo Club

    Nathan Price|Jun 3, 2024

    The local Lions Club has made another important contribution to their community. Recently, they donated $5,000 to the Sheyenne Rodeo Club, a group which helps organize rodeo events in Sheyenne every year. With the Lions' generous contribution, the rodeo club will be able to continue bringing exciting events to the area, such as the upcoming NDRA rodeo later this month. On Sunday, June 30, the Sheyenne NDRA Rodeo will return to Hendrickson Park just west of Sheyenne, bringing dozens of cowboys...

  • Community foundation announces 2024 grants

    Jun 3, 2024

    Josh Guler, chair of the New Rockford Community Foundation, recently announced the recipients of the foundation's annual grantmaking round. The Lutheran Home of the Good Shephard was awarded $950 for the updates they're making to their courtyard. The New Rockford Area Betterment Corporation was awarded $1,000 to help fund the summer street markets. New Rockford-Sheyenne Track and Field/Health and Wellness was awarded $2,000 to purchase equipment for the new practice track facility. The...

  • Summer reading program to begin Monday, June 3

    Jun 3, 2024

    The Eddy-New Rockford Library's Summer Reading Program will start on Monday, June 3. Youth can come in and sign up anytime after then. The first 20 kids to sign up will get a free canvas tote. There will not be a kick-off party this year. Instead the library will host an end-of-summer party in August for all the summer reading participants (date TBD). This summer kids can pick a prize for every book read, and for every fifth book read youth are put into a drawing for a tablet. The summer...

  • 701 Rundown: June 3, 2024

    Nathan Price|Jun 3, 2024

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Long-standing Cooperstown business devastated by fire On Saturday, May 18, a fire started in the kitchen area of the Coachman Inn Restaurant that appears to have caused a complete loss of the building. The motel behind the restaurant was mostly spared thanks to the actions taken by the Cooperstown Fire Department. At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, the interim appointed sheriff, R...

  • Chenze selected as one of the top 20 performing zone service technicians for General Motors

    Charlotte Franks-Erickson|Jun 3, 2024

    There are times when something outstanding is hidden in plain sight. You would never guess that a person in our community has traveled to a number of places in the country for specialized trainings and classes and is so accomplished at a young age. Meet David Chenze, Jr. of Sheyenne, N.D. (NR-S Class of 2013). David continued his education at Lake Region State College, studying automotive technology. He also worked after classes each day at Lake Chevrolet that year. Once his schooling was...

  • Sheyenne: June 3, 2024

    Patti Clifton|Jun 3, 2024

    Every Monday if it isn't raining, volunteers meet at the Community Garden at 6:30 p.m. The past week, Michelle Gilley, Stan Kruger and Patti Larson planted a couple more rows of tomato plants that Stan raised in his greenhouse. This week, sweet corn and cucumbers will go in. Michelle, NDSU Extension Agent, plans to use the back half of the garden for youth to get involved with growing vegetables. Area children are encouraged to come and "learn in the dirt" at 6 p.m. Monday, June 3. Two new apple trees were planted in the Prairie Dawn Orchard...

  • Talk of the Town: June 3, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|Jun 3, 2024

    On May 16, Grady Lewis celebrated his fourth birthday between rain showers at the New Rockford city park with family and friends. All enjoyed fun stuff with a Spiderman party. New Rockford and area folks extend sympathy to the family of John Topp. Last Wednesday, Ione Price called Shirley Packard to inform her of a celebration of life for Perry Price in Belgrade, Mont. soon. Shirley also received a phone call from nephew Billy Womacks of Virginia Beach that his father Bill Womacks is in rehab following a bad fall and is doing okay. Marvis...

  • Pleasant Prairie: June 3, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|Jun 3, 2024

    Last Wednesday, MarJean Pfau was a brief stopper at the Charlotte Koepplin home. Last Thursday, meeting at the Charlotte Koepplin home were Shirley Packard, Cheryl Janzen, Diana Rue and Ed Brecto. Pastor Thomas Eckstein, vacancy pastor for Grace Lutheran Church of Carrington, also stopped in for a short chat and gave the folks communion. Sunday visitors and bringing dinner to the Charlotte Koepplin home were Jerry and Carol Clancy of Thompson, N.D., Margie Anderson and Patti Larson. All had a great visit over homemade potato salad, calico beans...

  • The relay of life

    Kyrie Dauenhauer|Jun 3, 2024

    Over May 23-25, I attended my third North Dakota State Track and Field Meet for the New Rockford Transcript as a photographer. The first state track meet I ever covered was the year my step-brother, Kaden Jensen, was a senior. This was the first time Kaden had ever competed at the state level as well. Kaden made the podium for three-of-four events that year. In his individual events, he took second place in long jump, seventh place in high jump and ninth place in triple jump. He also ran as the...

  • The court's commitment to equal protection became real and urgent in Brown, 70 years ago

    David Adler|Jun 3, 2024

    On May 17, 1954 – 70 years ago this week – the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a landmark ruling in Brown v. Bd. of Education, that marked its historic first full step toward securing the nation’s commitment to equal protection of the law for all Americans. As Justice Stanley Reed, a southerner from Kentucky who made the courageous decision to reject his region’s sentiments on race to form the Court’s unanimous 9-0 ruling, told one of his law clerks, “if it was not the most important decision in the history of the Court, it was very close.” In...

  • Memories of my free-range childhood

    Tom Purcell|Jun 3, 2024

    It was the first time in my childhood I had an excuse for coming home late for dinner, but nobody – not even the cops – would listen. In the summer of 1972, when I was 10, Tommy Gillen and I built a dam in the creek on the other side of the Horning Road railroad tunnel. We'd been building up the dam for days to create our own three-foot pool in which we chased after crayfish and minnows – our own cool spot to while away the hot summer afternoons. We'd just completed adding another row of blocks...

  • Obituary: Patrick Boyle

    Jun 3, 2024

    Patrick Boyle Clarkston, Idaho Patrick John Boyle, age 87, died of congestive heart failure on May 21, 2024, with his family by his side. Pat was born to Wilfred and Emily (Snydal) Boyle on March 14, 1937, in New Rockford, N.D. Pat attended grades 1-8 at Tiffany Township one room schoolhouse, where in the winter Pat would hook up the horses and sled and drive his siblings and neighbor kids to and from school each day. He completed grades 9-12 at St. James Catholic Academy in New Rockford, gradua...

  • Sermonette: June 3, 2024

    Pastor Jeff Halvorson|Jun 3, 2024

    June is a month of change. Colleges and high schools have had their graduations. The college graduates are no longer students. They are either already in or are seeking a place in the work force. High school graduates are approaching adulthood wondering what the future holds in store for them. Will they be seeking full-time jobs or perhaps a summertime job until fall? Will they be going on to college or military service? Maybe just staying at home or working on the home farm until they make up their minds is their plan. For other students and...

  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

    Kathy O'Connor|Jun 3, 2024

    This is a continuation of Block 4 of St. John's Cemetery. This part includes the final five of the seven unmarked graves in Block 4 – Charles Michaels, Mrs. Tom Welsh, Veronica Esther Welsh, Mrs. J.P. Welsh, J.P. Welsh, Ned Walsh, Mary Walsh and Denver Black. Ned Walsh: Proper name is Edward (Ned) Walsh. Edward Walsh was born on July 9, 1866 near Quebec, Canada. His life history is taken from the obituary in the New Rockford Transcript and reads as follows: "Pioneer of Eddy County called to unknown shore last Friday afternoon (Aug. 17, 1...

  • Superior at state

    Kyrie Dauenhauer|Jun 3, 2024

    New Rockford-Sheyenne has a new individual state champion. Fort Totten senior Deng Deng took the crown in the boys' high jump event at the 2024 North Dakota High School Activities Association Class B State Track and Field Meet on Friday, May 24. Deng had already surpassed 6 feet, 3 inches and was deemed the state champ, but continued to clear additional heights up to 6 feet, 6 inches. Deng also competed in the boys' long jump event, where he finished in second place overall with a jump of 21...

  • History of New Rockford: June 3, 2024

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|Jun 3, 2024

    The Dec. 14, 1906, “Transcript” said that C.J. Parker of Kennedy, N.Y., had visited with C.W. Hall and family the previous week. H.G. Hudson had opened a temporary branch of his confectionary business in the post office lobby to help handle his Christmas trade. Miss Gertrude Buck was assisting in the confectionary. On the morning of December 14, Perry Blomquist and Emma Anderson were married in the Congregational parsonage by Rev. J.R. Beebe with only relatives as guests. They would live on thei...

  • Savvy Senior: How to find reliable health information online

    Jim Miller|Jun 3, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, How can I tell if the health info on a website is trustworthy? I usually do a Google search on a symptom, drug or health condition when I want to research something, but with so much information out there I’m not sure what I can trust. Skeptical Sal Dear Sal, You’re wise to be skeptical! There’s an overwhelming amount of health advice on the internet today and it can be hard to tell what’s credible. To help you sort through the online clutter and locate reliable, trustwo...

  • Archival Anecdotes: Time and again

    Rachel Brazil|Jun 3, 2024

    Scrapbooks provide valuable windows into the past. These bound collections were curated with a special focus in mind. In this case a simple scrapbook from 1960 opens our eyes to the New Rockford High School Class of 1930. We get to see a snapshot, primarily of their successes, through summarized bios detailing each classmate's location, profession, family and favorite hobbies. Of the 24 members of the Class of 1930 who attended the reunion, six remained New Rockford residents: Lewis O'Connor, Ed...

  • Hats off to the 2024 NR-S graduates!

    Jun 3, 2024

    On Sunday, May 26, New Rockford-Sheyenne held their 2024 graduation ceremony in the gymnasium. Fourteen seniors received their diplomas and will move onto the next chapter of their lives. To purchase photos from the graduation ceremony, head over to

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  • Pfeiffer, Drake, Allmaras emerge victorious in NR-S school board election

    Nathan Price|Jun 3, 2024

    The most contested New Rockford-Sheyenne School Board election in recent memory took place on Tuesday, June 4, and several hundred residents showed up to vote. According to the unofficial results released on Wednesday, at least 255 people participated in this year’s election, even more than last year’s turnout of 225. It’s the second contested, high-turnout school board election in a row, which comes after seven years of uncontested races that usually saw just 20 or 30 ballots cast. There were...

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