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Articles from the August 14, 2023 edition

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  • Back to School Night Tuesday

    Aug 14, 2023

    To the relief of parents everywhere and virtually none of their children, summer is almost over. That means it's back-to-school time, and New Rockford-Sheyenne is gearing up for its annual welcome party for the district’s students. This year’s back-to-school event will take place on Tuesday, August 15 at All Veterans Memorial Park, where the city pool is located. All NR-S students and families are welcome to the event, where there’ll be ice cream served between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. and attendees will be able to meet and chat with the NR-S staff...

  • Haggard headlines Sheyenne Stampede

    Nathan Price|Aug 14, 2023

    On Saturday, August 19, Hendrickson Park – located just west of Sheyenne, N.D. – will once again host an exciting day of rodeo events and live music. And this year, the small-town venue will get a visit from country royalty – Ben Haggard, son of the legendary Merle Haggard, will headline the third annual festival. The concert will begin at 8 p.m., and attendees will first get to enjoy a performance from Garret Dockter, a vocalist from a South Dakota band called The Barn Flies. Then, opening for...

  • Co-ops announce intent to merge

    Aug 14, 2023

    CenDak Cooperative and Fessenden Cooperative Association have announced that both boards have agreed to sign the definitive agreement to merge between both cooperatives. According to a press release from the cooperatives, Fessenden and CenDak Cooperative have a long history of providing strong returns to their members, and both organizations are financially and operationally strong because of employees who are committed to serving each organization's customer base. Cooperative leaders say that...

  • City approves new utility charge policy

    Amy Wobbema|Aug 14, 2023

    After hearing two months of appeals from property owner Larry Danduran, the New Rockford City Commission has answered back. Commissioners approved a new utility charge policy at their Aug. 7 regular meeting. President Stu Richter said that the goal was to clarify the city’s approach to charging for municipal services while trying to protect full-time residents that are paying the full service charges. • Empty lots with a curb stop will receive a monthly bill for sewer and/or water debt ser...

  • Noxious weeds plague county

    Nathan Price|Aug 14, 2023

    North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring sent a letter to the Eddy County Commission recently, stating his office has received numerous noxious weed complaints in the past year from Eddy County residents. Goehring explained in his letter that century code requires landowners to do all things necessary to control the spread of noxious weeds, and that the person responsible for enforcing that law “consistently and fairly,” is a county weed officer. However, Eddy County does not hav...

  • Pets on Parade

    Aug 14, 2023

    After taking a three-year break, 4th Corporation's annual Community Pet Show returned on Wednesday, August 9. Seven dogs and their owners competed for nine different awards. The overall winners were BJ Cronin's dog Talcum; Coy Enget's pet Winston; Bella, owned by Pam Hornbacher; and Oreo, Hailee Morrison's canine companion....

  • Lions Club donated gazebo to 4th Corp

    Aug 14, 2023

    The New Rockford Lion's Club recently donated a gazebo and the concrete slab it sits on to 4th Corporation in New Rockford....

  • New Rockford blood drive brings in 62 volunteers

    Aug 14, 2023

    The New Rockford community hosted a blood drive with Vitalant on July 24 at First Lutheran Church which helped collect a total of 59 units of blood products for patients in need. A total of 62 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 51 individuals were able to successfully donate at the Vitalant blood drive on July 24. A total of eight donors also came forward to donate Power Red Cells (2RBC) which collects two units of red blood cells while returning platelets, plasma and a saline solution back to the donor. Vitalant expressed their...

  • Sheyenne Sidewalk Market a hit!

    Aug 14, 2023

    Kids' games were a big hit at the Sheyenne Sidewalk Market on Aug. 5. Over 30 participants competed for prizes including backpacks and other top-notch school supplies. The free activity was made possible through Thrivent Action Teams and the work and organization of Sheyenne GRIT volunteers. Games included hoop throw, bean bag toss, carnival milk bottle throw, fishing and "Quarters in Corn." Thanks to Fessenden Co-op Elevator for supplying the corn. Join us next year for more fun and prizes on...

  • Potential for rural electric co-ops to tap millions for renewables projects

    Michael Standaert|Aug 14, 2023

    Rural electric cooperatives in North Dakota may soon apply for grants available in a federal program under the Inflation Reduction Act, which could set the tone for investments in renewables here over the next decade. A total of $9.7 billion has been earmarked for cooperatives across the country under the Empowering Rural America (New ERA) program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program is touted as the largest investment in rural electrification since New Deal-era investments in the mid-1930s. Some analysts say...

  • 701 Rundown: August 14, 2023

    Nathan Price|Aug 14, 2023

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Harvest yields to be variable in Walsh County As farmers move into August and with grain harvest on the horizon, this year’s yields are being determined by when they got planted. “The earlier wheat that got in seems to have burnt up a little bit compared to the later planted wheat,” said Mike Syrup of Edinburg Farmers Elevator Company. “This year’s grain harvest I believe will be all over...

  • Sheyenne News: August 14, 2023

    Patti Clifton|Aug 14, 2023

    It was a busy day on Saturday with all the activity that goes with Sheyenne's Sidewalk Market. City-wide rummage sales, breakfast and lunch served at Ostby Hall, sidewalk sales along Main street, and the great music of Byron Nelson also on Main Street were all part of the day. Jan Loe and daughter Steph were in Minnewaukan Saturday for Rock the Lake. They enjoyed the evening with a bonfire at the Hill lakeside home along with Jim and Marjean Woodrow and Brian and Pam Hill. Sheyenne Stampede events for Saturday, Aug. 19, at Hendrickson Park: 1...

  • Talk of the Town: August 14, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|Aug 14, 2023

    Scott Lucht arrived at mom's, Eloise Lucht, Saturday the 5th of August. He was here until Wednesday the 9th, then returned to his home in Rochester, Minn. He had a chance to visit with his brother Larry and Irene Lucht and family, who arrived from Virginia on Monday the 7th. Eloise had a pork chop supper ready Monday and a special birthday cake to help Larry celebrate his 65th birthday. Shirley Packard is recuperating from a recent fall injuring a knee. A trip to emergency and x-rays showed nothing broken but badly bruised. She is on the mend...

  • Pleasant Prairie News: August 14, 2023

    Aug 14, 2023

    Last Sunday Jimmy Indergaard and his sister Ruth Braaten took in and enjoyed the car show in Carrington, where they visited with Merle and Sandy Longnecker. Later, all joined other family in taking Uncle Mervin Indergaard 95th birthday greetings. Wednesday brief visitors at the Charlotte Koepplin home were Aaron Koepplin, Karen Koepplin and MarJean Pfau. That afternoon, Charlotte enjoyed a phone call from cousin Blaine Pahl of Carrington. Thursday, August 3, Charlotte Koepplin called nephew Aaron and Danielle Koepplin and wished them a happy...

  • New Rockford-Sheyenne Board of Education Agenda: August 14, 2023

    Aug 14, 2023

    AGENDA New Rockford-Sheyenne Board of Education Regular Meeting – Cafeteria Monday, August 14th, 2023, 7:00 p.m. I. REGULAR ITEMS A. Call to order, roll call, establishment of quorum, and approval of agenda. B. Consent agenda. Attachments. Discussion. Motion.  1. Approve minutes of July 10th, 2023 regular meeting and July 28th, 2023 Special Meeting and August 3rd 2023 Special Meeting Minutes  2. Business Manager’s report.   a. Balance Sheet.   b. General Fund Revenue Report.   c. General Fund Expenditure Report.   d. Building Fund.   e. Sinking... Full story

  • Newspapers are the ultimate history books

    Amy Wobbema|Aug 14, 2023

    Both newspaper offices have been a flurry of activity lately. We’ve had many visitors this summer going through our bound files, or newspaper archives, to gather information published over the past 100+ years. I’m sure our guests in Carrington have heard their share of newsroom banter, as noise flows through those uninsulated faux walls like the North Dakota wind through a screen. Author Karri (Bye) Theis brought her daughter and a friend to the Carrington office to do research for a book she...

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote NO on Fessenden Co-op/CenDak merger

    Joanna Larson|Aug 14, 2023

    I have many concerns about the proposed merger of CenDak and Fessenden Co-op. The joint letter sent out to members claims that a merger will maintain local control, expand access to talent, and allow the implementation of best practices. The past acquisition of Equity Co-op by Fessenden Co-op, resulted in a complete lack of local control at the Sheyenne house. With no onsite manager I have seen many things deteriorate, and locals have disagreed with hiring, safety and day-to-day operational decisions. What is meant by "expand access to...

  • Justice James Wilson: leading constitutional architect

    David Adler|Aug 14, 2023

    It was altogether fitting that James Wilson, second in importance only to James Madison as an architect of the Constitution, would be nominated by President George Washington to the original Supreme Court. From this position, Justice James Wilson could defend the Constitution, which he had done so much to shape and define. As it turned out, Wilson’s leading role as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention was his greatest achievement, the high point of his life. Not that such influence is without cause for celebration. Hardly. It’s rather th...

  • Obituary: Arnold Nyhusmoen

    Aug 14, 2023

    Arnold Nyhusmoen Sheyenne, N.D. Arnold "Arnie" Roger Nyhusmoen, 85, passed away of a heart attack on Thursday, July 27, 2023, at his home in Sheyenne, N.D. after a long battle with cancer and COPD. Visitation will be Friday, August 18, 6-7 p.m. followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m. all at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford, N.D. A funeral service will be held Saturday, August 19, 2023, at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, Sheyenne, N.D. His burial will be at the Riverside Cemetery, Sheyenne.... Full story

  • Obituary: Richard Bellquist

    Aug 14, 2023

    Richard Bellquist Aurora, Colo. Richard "Rich" Allen Bellquist passed away on July 31, 2023 in Aurora, Colo. He was laid to rest at Fort Logan Cemetery in Denver, Colo. Richard was born on September 8, 1945 and grew up on a farm on the edge of Cathay, N.D. He was the third child of Emus and Evelyn (Davis) Bellquist. Richard had three siblings, Darlene (Willyard), Dareld and younger sister Sheila (Lange). Richard graduated from Cathay in 1963 and then attended NDSCS in Wahpeton before joining... Full story

  • Obituary: Donald Erickson

    Aug 14, 2023

    Donald Erickson, Moorhead, Minn. Donald Erickson, 88, passed away on July 5, 2023, in Moorhead, Minn. Services for will be held on August 18, at 10:30 a.m. Will be at Grace Lutheran Church in Sheyenne, N.D. Burial: Riverside Cemetery in Sheyenne, N.D. Donald Erickson was born on September 16, 1934 in Bismarck, N.D., to Melvin and Edna (Hallsten) Erickson. Donald graduated from Sheyenne High School in 1952 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from UND in History in 1959. He started his career... Full story

  • Sermonette: August 14, 2023

    Pastor Jeff Halvorson|Aug 14, 2023

    I hear from time to time that surely, with all the strife currently happening, the world must soon be coming to an end. There have been, from time to time, people who have predicted the actual day the world was ending. Judgment Day! Christ's second coming! Yep, they knew the actual day it was going to happen. Well, those days have come and gone and we are still here. Our earth has not ceased to exist. Early on when the coronavirus was spreading like wildfire, I had an acquaintance tell me that this pandemic was predicted in the book of Revelati...

  • Savvy Senior: Best medical alert systems you don't have to wear

    Jim Miller|Aug 14, 2023

    Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any monitored medical alert devices that you know of that don’t require pushing a wearable help button? My 82-year-old father, who lives alone, has fallen twice during the past year but doesn’t like wearing an SOS pendant button. Searching Daughter Dear Searching, Yes, there are actually several monitored medical alert systems and other technologies on the market today that have voice-activated capabilities that let seniors call for help using voice commands, wit...

  • History of New Rockford: August 14, 2023

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|Aug 14, 2023

    On March 5 and 6, 1906, National Bank Examiner F.B. Chapman of Buford, N.D., examined the financial status of the First National Bank and announced it was “in excellent condition.” Sealed bids were received by County Treasurer W.C. Schwoebel until 3 p.m. March 6, for materials and construction of a bridge over the Sheyenne River on the section line between section 7, T150, R64 [Hillsdale], and Section 12, T150, R65 [Bush]. On the afternoon of March 6, in front of the three Eddy County Commission...

  • Dakota Gardener: Growing backyard berries

    Tom Kalb|Aug 14, 2023

    There are only two seasons in the Dakotas: winter and construction season. The temps are currently in the 90s and orange traffic cones are all over our roads. It must be construction season. Let's make a detour away from the veggies in our gardens and focus on strawberry patch construction. No jackhammers are needed but a tiller can be helpful. For those of you without a strawberry patch, get ready for a new construction project. Start by selecting a sunny spot. Next, kill the existing weeds...

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