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Articles from the July 31, 2023 edition

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  • Click it or take a ticket

    Nathan Price|Jul 31, 2023

    North Dakota motorists beware, the laws are changing. As of press time, N.D. state law dictated that a driver in North Dakota could not be ticketed for being unbuckled unless first pulled over for a separate violation – but that won't be the case for long. Beginning Tuesday, August 1, not wearing a seat belt in the state of North Dakota will be a "primary" traffic violation, meaning a police officer can initiate a traffic stop and issue a citation if they spot a driver without their seat b...

  • City-wide garage sale August 4-5

    Nathan Price|Jul 31, 2023

    “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” as the old saying goes, and it’s once again that time of the year when New Rockford residents get to make that saying a reality. The annual city-wide garage sale hosted by the New Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce is just over the horizon. This year’s city-wide garage sale will take place on Friday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 5, and it’s sure to offer up a whole host useful and unique items – some of which you probably didn’t know you needed! This...

  • 'Truck-in' to Sheyenne Saturday

    Jul 31, 2023

    The flea market and city-wide rummage sales will be better than ever this year at the Sheyenne Sidewalk Market! Join us to kick off the 14th year of the Sheyenne Farmers Market and celebrate new sidewalks along Main Street (U.S. Highway 281). Make plans to bring the family Saturday, August 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Quality flea market items will be lined up from Ostby Hall to Wild Things Taxidermy. Sandra and Laurie will give away money and school supply prizes with kids games next to the...

  • Water plant fully operational

    Nathan Price|Jul 31, 2023

    New Rockford’s water plant is once again running at full capacity, bringing a return to higher-quality drinking water for the city’s residents. For a number of weeks the plant’s new reverse osmosis (RO) system had been forced to run at half capacity, and wasn’t running at all on Friday, July 14. The problem was well understood – a “pressure line” that allows water to go through the RO system that typically runs at 20-30 psi (pounds per square inch), had suddenly leaped to 60 psi. The cause, ho...

  • Louters selected to higher ed leadership class

    Jul 31, 2023

    The AGB Institute for Leadership & Governance in Higher Education has announced the selected participants for the class of 2023-24. Now entering its fifth year, the institute welcomes 27 participants from institutions around the country who will begin their experience with an in-person symposium in Washington, D.C. in September. Among the members of the Class of 2023-2024 (Cohort 5) is Dr. Jill Louters, superintendent of the New Rockford-Sheyenne School District. She is the only North Dakota...

  • Ants In My Pants!

    Jul 31, 2023

    On Thursday, July 20 at the Old Church Theater in New Rockford, a packed house got to enjoy the adorable cast of "Ants In My Pants" performed songs based on all sorts of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and bugs from the animal kingdom, such as "Curl up Like a Cat," "Hop Like a Bunny" and "Takin'-My-Time Turtle." The excellent show, which was a Dakota Spark presentation from the Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts, constantly drew laughs and giggles from the audience as kids took turns...

  • Buchanan native debuts Ozzy Ox series

    Erik Gjovik|Jul 31, 2023

    Connie Krapp is proof positive that if you have an idea in your head and a dream and vision to see it through, it's best to pursue it before it's too late. A momentary health crisis caused Krapp to re-evaluate and dedicate herself to one of her life goals, and she is now a published children's author. The first of Krapp's debut offering in the four-book Ozzy Ox series of children's books, "Ozzy Ox: Candy Stash," is slated for official launch today (July 31) on Amazon. Krapp, who lives with her...

  • BSC recognizes Spring 2023 graduates

    Jul 31, 2023

    More than 560 students graduated with degrees from Bismarck State College after completing the Spring 2023 semester. The graduates were recognized at the college's 83rd commencement ceremony held on May 12, 2023, at the Bismarck Event Center. Students who completed the coursework to earn degrees from BSC in Fall 2022 and Summer 2023 were also eligible to walk across the stage during the commencement ceremony to receive their diplomas. The BSC 2023 Commencement speaker was Brent Sanford, who served as the 38th lieutenant governor of North...

  • On your mark... get set... GO!

    Nathan Price|Jul 31, 2023

    On Tuesday, July 25, the New Rockford Area Betterment Corp held their first-ever youth track meet at the north park in New Rockford. Hundreds of youth ages 12 and under attended the event. More photos from this event are available on

  • Pleasant Prairie News: July 31, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|Jul 31, 2023

    Saturday visitors at the Margie Anderson home were Laura Hager and kids. Patti Larson was a visitor one afternoon. Sunday visitors and dinner guests at the Charlotte Koepplin home were Aaron and Danielle Koepplin, Hendrix and Chevelle. Margie Anderson was among those who took in the 60th Anniversary open house Sunday at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd....

  • Talk of the Town: July 31, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|Jul 31, 2023

    Shirley Packard enjoyed a phone call from nephew Pierre Womacks of Virginia recently. Pierre was on leave from his 18-year career with the Military Sealift Command (MSC). Daughter Fayette Nelson of Devils Lake called and visited with mom Marvis Holte Sunday. Fayette is doing fine. Sunday afternoon visitors at the Janelle Koepplin home were Aaron and Danielle Koepplin, Hendrix and Chevelle. Sharon Young was a visitor one afternoon at the Shirley Packard home. Candy Jensen hitched a ride to Bismarck Sunday with Ruby Kaul, where she was an...

  • Sheyenne News: July 31, 2023

    Patti Clifton|Jul 31, 2023

    Sheyenne Sidewalk Market is Saturday, August 5, starting at 8 a.m. The day includes city-wide rummage sales, a flea market on Main, farmers market, food, kids games, prizes and music. A great day to be in Sheyenne! Jan Loe and Patti Clifton were in New Rockford last Thursday evening to attend the New Rockford Sheyenne Babe Ruth benefit fundraiser for the team's trip to state. An evening of nice weather, good food and visiting, as well as a great group of young men serving the food! Sheyenne Stampede events for Saturday, Aug. 19, at Hendrickson...

  • Friedt named to Dean's List at Palmer College of Chiropractic

    Jul 31, 2023

    Sage Friedt of Bordulac, N.D. has been named to the spring 2023 Dean's List at Palmer College of Chiropractic's Main Campus in Davenport, Iowa. Palmer College of Chiropractic, the first and largest college in the chiropractic profession, has campuses in Davenport, Iowa; San Jose, Calif.; and Port Orange, Fla....

  • 701 Rundown: July 31, 2023

    Nathan Price|Jul 31, 2023

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Petition underway to end property taxes in North Dakota North Dakota property owners could get a chance to vote on the future of property taxes if a new initiative gets to the ballot in 2024. Rick Becker, a Bismarck doctor and one-time state representative, is leading a 25-person committee that has gotten approval from Secretary of State Michael Howe to collect signatures from North Dakota r...

  • Senior Meals: July 31-August 4

    Jul 31, 2023

    Monday: BBQ pork ribs, sweet potatoes, mixed vegetables, bread and fruit or sauce. Tuesday: Chicken scallopini, brown rice with salad, vegetable blend, bread and fruit or sauce. Wednesday: Seafood salad supreme and jello with fruit. Thursday: Roast turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetable blend, bread and fruit or sauce. Friday: Stuffed manicotti with marinara sauce, house salad, a breadstick, Italian green beans and fruit or sauce....

  • National Night Out

    Amy Wobbema|Jul 31, 2023

    This Tuesday, Carrington is one of 17 communities across North Dakota hosting National Night Out events. The National Night Out program celebrates its 40th year of connecting law enforcement with the broader community. It all began with Matt, a volunteer with the Lower Merion Community Watch in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, Penn. in 1970. As one of a thousand volunteers in his area program, he prepared a newsletter to keep his colleagues informed about what was happening, and he learned...

  • A/C hasn't only made life cooler

    Tom Purcell|Jul 31, 2023

    As a heat wave hits America from coast to coast, it’s hot outside – but cool inside, thanks to the triumph of air conditioning. For most of human history, there was little people could do to avoid heat. During the day, it drove people outside of their homes to enjoy the shade of a tree or to take a refreshing dip in a lake or river. At night, folks in cities slept outside on their porches, roofs and even fire escapes. When I was a kid in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, few homes had air con...

  • We the People: July 31, 2023

    David Adler|Jul 31, 2023

    Judicial profiles to better understand the Supreme Court We citizens know a lot about our presidents – their background, philosophy and character – and sometimes more than we care to know. The same is true of our congressional representatives. By comparison, we know relatively little about our Supreme Court Justices. This needs to change. A better, indeed, more fully-informed historic understanding of the views, experiences, temperament and character of the men and women that have served on the nation’s High Bench will, in the name of civic...

  • Obituary: Thomas Schmid

    Jul 31, 2023

    Thomas Schmid Oberon, N.D. Thomas (Tom) Howard Schmid, 62, of Oberon, N.D. passed away late Monday evening, July 17, at home with his loving family at his side after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. Visitation was held Sunday, July 23 from 2-4 p.m. followed by a prayer service at Gilbertson Funeral Home in Devils Lake, N.D. Funeral was held Monday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Gilbertson Funeral Home. Tom was born November 24, 1960, in Devils Lake, N.D., the son of Howard and Helen... Full story

  • Sermonette: July 31, 2023

    Joe Greiner, Pastor, Evangelical Free Church|Jul 31, 2023

    Acts 2 If I were to say the word "church," what would you think? I’m guessing you might think of big brick buildings. Maybe some preaching. I think many of us would probably imagine an organ or piano. When we hear the word "church," we think about popes and pastors, dressed up people and the dreaded offering plates. We think about hymns and singing, Sunday mornings, and potlucks. The word "church" is an extremely loaded term, connected to dozens of thoughts, memories and feelings. Some of these are good, but many of them are at best not h...

  • Living on Purpose: July 31, 2023

    Billy Holland|Jul 31, 2023

    Darkness can never overcome God’s light There is a lot of talk today about the reality of a global system of organized evil that controls the governments and social politics of the world. There are many different attitudes, from thinking this is silly, to being consumed with anxiety and stress. Those who pay little attention to the news have learned that ignoring negativity makes them more calm. However, just because someone puts their head in the sand does not mean the problems are not real. F...

  • Sox compete at State

    Nathan Price|Jul 31, 2023

    From Friday, July 21 through Saturday, July 22, the New Rockford Sheyenne Black Sox competed in the Class B Babe Ruth State Tournament in Park River, N.D. They qualified for the event following a stellar run to end their regular season, followed by a perfect run in the District 4 Babe Ruth Tournament in Hillsboro, N.D. However, against the best teams in North Dakota, the Sox weren’t able to find that same success. The Sox began their tournament on July 21 against the team from Velva, N.D., a...

  • More photos from State Babe Ruth

    Nathan Price|Jul 31, 2023

  • Savvy Senior: How to plan a green funeral

    Jim Miller|Jul 31, 2023

    Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about green funeral options? At age 80, I would like to preplan my funeral and make it as natural as possible. Old Environmentalist Dear Environmentalist, Great question! Green funeral options are becoming increasingly popular in the United States as more and more Americans are looking for environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional funerals. Here’s what you should know about “green burial” and “green cremation” options, along with some tips to h...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: July 31, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Jul 31, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *N.D. Dept. of Environmental Quality blue-green algae reports: Low toxin levels – Black Tiger Bay (Devils Lake), Benson Co.; Clausen Springs, Barnes Co.; Crystal Springs, Kidder & Stutsman counties; East Stump Lake, Nelson Co.; Heckers Lake, Sheridan Co.; Horsehead Lake, Kidder Co.; Lake Josephine, Kidder Co.; Moon Lake, Barnes Co.; Pipestem Reservoir, Stutsman Co.; Reule Lake, Stutsman Co.; South Hoffer Lake, Sheridan Co.; Spiritwood Lake, Stutsman Co. Advisory – Alkali Lak...

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