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  • City awarded $1.6 million for airport overhaul

    Amy Wobbema|Jun 10, 2024

    With a big boost from the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission (NDAC), Tomlinson Field is slated for an overhaul in 2025. President Stuart Richter delivered good news to the commission at their June 3 regular meeting. The aeronautics commission awarded the city $1,600,900 to reclaim the city's municipal airport. The project is estimated to cost a total of $2.2 million. On April 18, five bids for the project were opened. The low bid of $1,875,875.87 includes "full-depth reclamation" of the runway...

  • Voters choose Drake, Pfeiffer, Allmaras for NR-S school board

    Nathan Price|Jun 10, 2024

    The most well-attended New Rockford-Sheyenne School Board election in recent memory took place on Tuesday, June 4. According to the unofficial results released on Wednesday, at least 255 people voted in this year's election, dozens more than last year's contentious election that brought 225 citizens to the ballot box. There were three seats up for grabs this year, each for a 3-year term on the school board. The only contested race was for the seat from the former New Rockford district, which is...

  • Circle Trail Riders gearing up for annual spring ride

    Nathan Price|Jun 10, 2024

    It's time again to hit the trails. Beginning on Friday, June 14 and ending on Father's Day, this year's Circle Trail Riders' spring ride promises to be another enjoyable weekend of horseback riding and fun activities. Base camp will be at Hendrickson Park just west of Sheyenne, N.D., with trail rides taking place all three days beginning at approximately 10 a.m. All are welcome to attend and enjoy an activity that's become increasingly rare in recent years. The Circle Trail Riders have been...

  • Taxable valuation up slightly in Eddy County

    Nathan Price|Jun 10, 2024

    At the Eddy County commission meeting on Tuesday, June 4, Director of Tax Equalization Kristy O'Connor reviewed the county's 2024 equalization report with commissioners. For O'Connor, Tuesday's meeting was the last in a series of meetings regarding tax equalization, having previously met with the cities of Sheyenne and New Rockford, as well as each individual township in the county. The last step was to present the final report for the entire county. According to O'Connor's report, 25 residentia...

  • See you on the lake!

    Erik Gjovik|Jun 10, 2024

    Picture this: You're sitting in a boat or swimming on the shores of Juanita Lake, enjoying the pleasant breezes and waves while catching some sun or a few keepers. Then, a sudden pang of hunger or thirst hits you. Or the bugs start biting. Or you just remembered you want to get the grill going. If those essentials weren't available, often times that meant a long jaunt back to Carrington, or New Rockford, or wherever the nearest store happened to be. And that means lost recreation time, fun, and...

  • 701 Rundown: June 10, 2024

    Nathan Price|Jun 10, 2024

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Stepping away from the track Thirty-four years at the helm of the Carrington track and field program has yielded much in the way of individual and team success for Greg Hoeckle, who is now retiring. Since starting his head coaching tenure in 1990, Hoeckle's Cardinal squads have consistently been among Class B's finest. Nine state girls' championships from 1999-2004 and 2012-14, four r...

  • Second semester honor rolls announced at NR-S

    Jun 10, 2024

    New Rockford-Sheyenne High School Superintendent Jill Louters recognized the following students for making the Honor Rolls for the second semester of the 2023-24 school year. High School A Honor Roll 12th Grade: Kate Allmaras, Claire Becker, Kelsie Belquist, Keaton Cudworth, Braylon Dubois, Connor Knatterud, Lucy Meier, Trysta Thumb, Lora Wobbema. 11th Grade: Ava Bullinger, Hannah Chamberlain, Addysen Fandrich, Bailey Jacobson, Bennett Meier, Chelsea Monty, Abigail Nystrom, Kaiya O'Connor, Andrew Storstad, Tillie Swart, Kage Walford, Brody...

  • Northern Plains Electric offers scholarship opportunity

    Jun 10, 2024

    Northern Plains Electric Cooperative is offering three $1,000 luck-of-the-draw scholarships to three dependents of Northern Plains Electric Cooperative members at their annual meeting. The luck-of-the-draw scholarship program, which is in its fifth year, recognizes and encourages the academic achievements of students in the region. It also serves as an investment in the economic future of rural areas. To qualify, the student must be a dependent of a Northern Plains Electric Cooperative member and a 2024 high school graduate planning to enroll...

  • Sheyenne: June 10, 2024

    Patti Clifton|Jun 10, 2024

    Patti Larson took in the May birthday party at the Heritage House in New Rockford last Tuesday. Her mom, Marge Anderson, was one of three that celebrated their May birthdays. Dianne Hanson and Patti Larson stopped at the home of Debbie Wetzel after the news of Dennis Bergrud's passing. Our condolences to all of his family and friends. Two more apple trees, both Honeycrisp, were planted at the Prairie Dawn Community Orchard, along with five rows of Honey Select sweet corn and one row of cucumbers in the community garden this week. The rains...

  • NDSU Extension to host Junior Crop Scout School

    Jun 10, 2024

    North Dakota State University Extension will host the 2024 Junior Crop Scout School on June 25 from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center. This event offers youth ages 12 to 18 a hands-on agronomy experience where they will learn about various career paths within the field. All youth are encouraged to participate. Throughout the day, attendees will engage in activities such as identifying live weed samples; understanding the growth and development of corn,...

  • Your vote is your voice

    Amy Wobbema|Jun 10, 2024

    This primary season has been quite the experience. On one hand, it’s positive to see so many North Dakotans interested in running for political office. We’re seeing primary challenges in both state and local government races, which means voters have choices in who they want to represent them over the next few years. On the other hand, more candidates means more political advertising. Citizens have started write-in campaigns, and announced their candidacy in newspapers, radio, TV and all ove...

  • Letter to the Editor: Agriculture and Energy leaders endorse Julie Fedorchak for the U.S. House

    Jun 10, 2024

    Agriculture and energy are the cornerstones of North Dakota’s economy. Not only do we feed and fuel the world, but we also provide thousands of good jobs and billions in federal, state and local tax revenue. Those taxes paid fund schools, roads, flood protection and social services across our great state. Virtually every corner of the state and every person living in North Dakota benefits from agriculture and energy production. The food and energy we produce are also among the cleanest, most environmentally-friendly of any in the world. We t...

  • Letter to the Editor: Follow the money

    Dean Wallace|Jun 10, 2024

    I encourage all voters to do what I did – see who is funding their local candidates. I searched for our incumbent legislators – Sen. Jerry Klein, Reps. Robin Wesiz and Jon Nelson. I expected to see some listed contributions from small towns across my district, like Fessenden, Harvey, Rugby, New Rockford, Maddock and elsewhere. Honestly, I was shocked by what I found. There was nothing of the sort. Over 80 percent of the money funding their campaigns were from lobbyists PACs, special interest funds, former and current elected officials and pol...

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote for Jon Nelson

    Dave Krabbenhoft|Jun 10, 2024

    District 14 Voters, I am writing to encourage the voters of District 14 to reelect Jon Nelson to the North Dakota House of Representatives. Jon is unwavering in his commitment to improving the lives of not only the people of District 14, but of all North Dakotans. As chairman of the House Appropriations – Human Resources Division, Jon has been instrumental in crafting essential services that impact the lives of most every citizen of our state. Having had the privilege of working with Jon in an official capacity for the past 20 years, I have w...

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote for Klein, Nelson & Weisz

    Jeff Schafer|Jun 10, 2024

    Please join me in voting for Senator Jerry Klein, Representative Jon Nelson and Representative Robin Weisz on June 11. These three proven, conservative leaders have earned another term in the legislature. Over their years of public service, their e-mail has always been open and a response from them will follow. I’ve personally seen them at work. Their creditability, respect and dedication to representing our small rural communities have spoken volumes about where their values are. We don’t need a scorecard skewed to favor a candidate to tel...

  • Letter to the Editor: North Dakota needs Senator Klein

    Janne Myrdal|Jun 10, 2024

    It is truly difficult to explain how important Senator Jerry Klein’s service in the North Dakota Senate is to our state and beyond. I’ve had the privilege of serving in the Senate with him since 2016, but I have known him since 2006, when I was a Pro Life and Pro Family volunteer lobbyist. If it was not for his leadership, institutional knowledge, and unwavering Pro Life values, I do not think North Dakota would be where we are today. Between protecting life, families and marriage, his strong faith and convictions for what is right for Nor...

  • Sermonette: June 10, 2024

    Pastor Jeff Halvorson|Jun 10, 2024

    Usually my writings for these Sermonette articles are on the informal side. I try to take everyday-type experiences and tie them into our faith and responsibilities as Christian people. I'm changing things up a bit for this series and will be discussing the Gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. If it plays out the way I'm thinking it may seem more like a Bible study series than what you are used to reading from me. If you decide that you don't like this path, just let me know and I'll go back to my previous type of articles. I should note here...

  • Obituary: Dennis Bergrud

    Jun 10, 2024

    Dennis Bergrud New Rockford, N.D. Dennis Mervin Bergrud, age 90, passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford, N.D. Dennis' visitation was held Monday, June 3, 2024 from noon to 1 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m., all at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford, N.D. His burial followed at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Bremen, N.D. Pastor Jeff Halvorson officiated the service. Recorded music was "Don't Let The Old Man In" by Toby Keith and... Full story

  • Obituary: Lois Ockert

    Jun 10, 2024

    Lois Ockert West Fargo, N.D. Lois M. Ockert was born October 28, 1940, to Carl and Elizabeth (Schroetlin) Laube on a farm near Bremen, N.D. The family moved to a farm near New Rockford, N.D. as a young girl, where she attended school at Munster Country school. She furthered her education, graduating from New Rockford High School. Lois married Lester Ockert in 1980 and soon after, Lester adopted her children. They resided on the family farm where she retired with her husband in 1983. They moved... Full story

  • Fourth at state

    Nathan Price|Jun 10, 2024

    The Sheyenne-New Rockford Black Sox have finished their spring season with a fourth place finish at their first state tournament appearance in 24 years. Many weren't sure how the Sox would fare after such a strong performance at the Region III Tournament, where they were largely dominant en route to a region championship. Were SNR really among the top eight teams in the state, or did they just happen to have a good few games that weekend? Well, they certainly answered that question with their...

  • History of New Rockford: June 10, 2024

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|Jun 10, 2024

    On Dec. 24, 1906, Miss Monica O’Connell visited in Barlow between trains; her sister Miss Gertrude O’Connell accompanied her back to New Rockford. Daniel O’Connell arrived for Christmas with his parents; he returned to Minneapolis on January 4. Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Wilson and family went to Wimbledon for Christmas with her family; Mr. Wilson returned on December 26, but his wife and children remained for a few days. Mr. and Mrs. Orrin Foster left for a visit in Minneapolis. Dr. G.D. Murphy left...

  • Archival Anecdotes: Living histories

    Rachel Brazil|Jun 10, 2024

    This is my fifth article in a 6-part series on the post-war boom. The idea for this series emerged in an effort to highlight the artifacts of this era housed at the Eddy County Museum. As I continued to search through the collections at the museum, one thing became glaring. Items and photographs of the 1950s and 60s are poorly represented. This isn’t a bad thing per se, it just is. The Eddy County Museum was founded in 1965, but that doesn’t mean its founders were interested in collecting modern artifacts of that day like Tupperware or col...

  • Savvy Senior: Long-term care benefits for veterans and surviving spouses

    Jim Miller|Jun 10, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, I understand that the Veterans Administration has a benefit that can help veterans and spouses with long-term care costs. We recently had to move my elderly father into an assisted living memory care facility, and my mother will probably need care too in the near future. What can you tell me? Searching for Aid Dear Searching, The Veterans Administration (VA) does indeed have an underutilized benefit that can help wartime veterans and their surviving spouses pay for a variety...

  • First Lutheran to host grief support group

    Jun 10, 2024

    Beginning on Monday July 22, at 6 p.m., First Lutheran Church will offer a 13-session weekly grief support group called GriefShare. No matter what the circumstances, grief is a painful, confusing process. A GriefShare group is a safe, welcoming place where people understand the difficult emotions of grief. At this 13-week support group program, you'll discover what to expect in the days ahead and what's "normal" in grief. Since there are no neat, orderly stages of grief, you'll learn helpful way...

  • Governor candidates weigh in on Legacy Fund investments

    Michael Standaert|Jun 10, 2024

    All three candidates for North Dakota governor see a need for greater transparency and clarity around the more than $10.5 billion of investments being made under the state's sovereign wealth fund, the Legacy Fund. Whether that translates into increased levels of transparency, or simply more education on existing Legacy Fund investment decisions, will ultimately be for the next governor and the state Legislature to determine. Since North Dakota voters approved the creation of the Legacy Fund in...

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