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  • Disaster Exercise on Aug. 29

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    It’s only an exercise! Area first responders, including fire department, ambulance and law enforcement agencies, will be responding to a simulated event on August 29 at approximately 5:30 p.m. Emergency vehicles and possible smoke will be seen around and by the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd. Please stay clear of the area around the nursing home during this time. The fire alarms will sound at the beginning of the exercise like they would in a real situation. First responders will be responding as if it is a real emergency. This type of...

  • First Day Smiles

    Aug 28, 2023

    Students were welcomed back to New Rockford-Sheyenne School for their first day on Thursday, August 28....

  • Cooperative merger passes

    Nathan Price|Aug 28, 2023

    The Fessenden Cooperative Association and CenDak Cooperative will join forces in the new year. The merger was made official on Monday, Aug. 21, when member-owners met separately with their respective cooperatives in Maddock, N.D. to vote on the proposed "Unification Agreement," which was announced earlier this month and already approved by both boards of directors. Despite concerns being expressed by some member-owners, the "yeas" won out, as both cooperatives voted to approve the unification....

  • City projects increase in property taxes and utility rates for 2024

    Amy Wobbema|Aug 28, 2023

    The City of New Rockford proposes to generate $372,435.42 in revenue from property taxes in 2024. Auditor Becki Schumacher reviewed the proposed budget with commissioners at their Aug. 7 meeting. The general fund collections are projected to total $275,000, $50,000 more than in 2023. Schumacher noted that the increase is due to rising costs in a few key areas. First, the budget for the auditor’s office increased by a third to $60,000 for additional staffing. Also related to human resources, sh...

  • Warwick School Board recognized at Governor's education summit

    Aug 28, 2023

    On Tuesday, Aug. 15, Gov. Doug Burgum welcomed hundreds of educators to the seventh annual Governor's Summit on Innovative Education at Cheney Middle School in West Fargo. The summit highlighted how North Dakota is focusing on the Building Blocks for Success to improve outcomes for students. The Warwick Public School Board was recognized for its participation in the Be Legendary training program. They were honored "for their leadership and commitment to ensure each student, each year,...

  • Meet the new teachers at NR-S: Part 1

    Nathan Price|Aug 28, 2023

    Summer break is officially over, as kids were back to school on Thursday, Aug. 24. And like every year, there were a few new faces greeting them when they arrived. One of those new faces was that of Steven Stutlien, New Rockford-Sheyenne's new math teacher for grades 8-11, and he'll be the go-to for seniors looking for assistance with their online dual credit courses. Stutlien is a native of Harvey, N.D. with a degree in secondary math education from Valley City State University. He graduated...

  • Merrick reflects on internship, looks forward to permanent role

    Stephen Merrick|Aug 28, 2023

    Hey everyone. As you may or may not know, I have been an intern behind the scenes for the New Rockford Transcript for the past nine weeks. This internship has brought nothing but new and real world experiences, whether they were pleasurable or not. I am a 2021 graduate of New Rockford-Sheyenne High School. I have recently completed my degree in graphic design and communications from Bismarck State College. After completing my degree it was very up in the air as to what my plan was after. I had d...

  • 701 Rundown: August 28, 2023

    Nathan Price|Aug 28, 2023

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Jager prosecution suspended pending mental treatment Andrew Jager was first arrested on Friday, April 21 in Carrington after multiple calls were received about a man carrying a gun case and yelling at passersby, just two blocks from the Carrington Public School. After Carrington Police Chief Christopher Bittmann struggled to place him under arrest, Jager was charged with disorderly conduct...

  • Sheyenne News: August 28, 2023

    Patti Clifton|Aug 28, 2023

    Condolences to the family and friends of Don Erickson, whose memorial service was last Friday at Grace Lutheran Church in Sheyenne. Condolences to family and friends of Leroy Garnaas. A memorial service was held at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd Chapel in New Rockford last Wednesday. Condolences to the family and friends of Arnie Nyhusmoen whose funeral service was held last Saturday morning at First Lutheran Church in Sheyenne. Patti Clifton rode along to Harvey with Jan Loe and LouAnn Nyhusmoen on Monday. Lots of visiting, noon lunch...

  • Pleasant Prairie: August 28, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|Aug 28, 2023

    Sunday Jimmy Indergaard, Andy and Ruth Braaten and Sharon Laxdal enjoyed visiting over dinner at the Pizza Ranch. Sunday visitors at the Margie Anderson home were David and Karen Anderson, Brad and Lois Cogdill and Larry Peterson and friend. The Cogdills are from Florida. Lois and Larry are children of the late Ed and Sigrid Peterson, long-time residents and farmers in Tiffany Township. Wednesday Jimmy Indergaard was a visitor and supper guest at the Mervin Indergaard home. Margie Anderson enjoyed a visit at her home one afternoon from Barb...

  • Talk of the Town: August 28, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|Aug 28, 2023

    New Rockford area folks express sympathy to the family of Wayne Topp. The Eddy County Museum can now be seen by wheelchair thanks to Calvin Packard and Tim Hartl as they have made it accessible. Also, the late Ida Womack's rug loom has found a home at the museum. Ken and Marvis Holte enjoyed phone chats on Sunday with son Loren Holte of Bismarck and Marvis' sister Penny Sorrells of Minneapolis. Holly Zieman was a Sunday visitor. Wednesday Eloise Lucht kept an appointment at the Eye Clinic in Minot. She safely traveled there via South Central...

  • JRMC Wound Clinic receives two awards

    Aug 28, 2023

    Healogics recently recognized Jamestown Regional Medical Center’s (JRMC) Wound & Hyperbaric clinic as a Center of Distinction. JRMC is the only North Dakota hospital recognized for this honor. JRMC’s Wound & Hyperbaric Center manages wounds that won’t heal. For patients living with a chronic wound, everyday activities can be a battle. Without proper treatment, patients may suffer for years without improvement. Even worse, they may face amputation. “These awards reflect the hard work of the Wound team and the work we do to ensure each...

  • The Survey Says

    Amy Wobbema|Aug 28, 2023

    I’m one of the lucky ones. I have been selected to be part of two surveys for the U.S. Census Bureau in the past year. No, these aren’t the types that ask nicely for your participation, offer you a free meal or a dollar or any token of appreciation for your answers. Rather, they are required by law, as is the decennial census that all Americans must fill out. Once you get “chosen,” you’re stuck. They send you emails and letters that don’t stop until you answer all their questions,...

  • Letter to the Editor: Mosquito control

    Aug 28, 2023

    I would like to thank the New Rockford City Commission for allowing me to voice my concern about the city providing mosquito fogging at the golf course for free. It all started when the city minutes mentioned that the city fogged at the golf course. A telephone call confirmed that the city was mosquito fogging the golf course for free. My signed complaint letter addressed to the City Commission about the free mosquito fogging was filed in City Hall on July 5th. The City Commission has stated that no complaint will be addressed unless it is...

  • We the People: Chief Justice Marshall: unpretentious, modest and humble

    David Adler|Aug 28, 2023

    Those Americans in the early years of the republic who idolized the elegant, regal and graceful bearing of English judges, could be forgiven their initial doubts about the potential of Chief Justice John Marshall to lead the Supreme Court. Although tall and erect, he was ungainly, awkward and slovenly. His hair was unkempt, his clothes frequently disheveled, especially his knee buckles, which were dangling. And there was the mud on his boots. His appearance was not indicative of a man impressed with the high station that he had achieved....

  • Obituary: Wayne Topp

    Aug 28, 2023

    Wayne Topp Grace City, N.D. Wayne Topp, 92, passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2023, at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford, ND. Wayne's visitation was Tuesday, August 22, 2023, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m. all at Evans Funeral Home in New Rockford. A funeral service was held Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Grace City, N.D. with Rev. Amy Kippen officiating. His burial will be at the Grace City Cemetery, Grace...

  • Sermonette: August 28, 2023

    Jeff Halvorson, Sheyenne Oberon Area Ministries|Aug 28, 2023

    Greetings dear brothers and sisters in Christ. Wow. The summer is just about over. The kids are back in school, all the way from kindergarten to college. Locally, baseball is done and football and volleyball are the sports of the season. The family summer vacations are just memories now, though I imagine there are still a few weeks left for those who have lake cabins. I'm writing this on Monday to make sure it gets to the Transcript in time to make this edition. The weatherman says the temperature may get into the 90's a few days this week. My...

  • Living on Purpose: God's love is about forgiveness, not condemnation

    Billy Holland|Aug 28, 2023

    Some of you might keep a close watch on the news, and others may listen occasionally or not at all, but whatever the case, you’ve heard enough to realize that it’s common for worldly information to be relayed from a biased perspective. Worldviews and convictions dictate which side of the fence individuals are on, however; for the Christian, we are realizing that social politics has become a confusing puppet show that distracts us from what God is saying. We should know and trust that He is...

  • Savvy Senior: How seniors can save on prescription drug costs

    Jim Miller|Aug 28, 2023

    Dear Savvy Senior, I take several medications for multiple health conditions and the prices keep going up, even with my Medicare prescription drug insurance. Can you recommend any tips that can help cut my costs? Tapped Out Tina Dear Tina, The high cost of prescription drugs is an ongoing problem that stings everyone, but it usually affects seniors more because they have a greater need for medications and because Medicare doesn’t cover all their drug costs. While the Inflation Reduction Act...

  • History of New Rockford: August 28, 2023

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|Aug 28, 2023

    On March 16, 1906, T.H. Bollingberg was in from the Twist neighborhood of eastern Wells County on business and to visit; he was interested in reports of a new railroad line that might pass near his farm at Twist. In the evening the Phillips Academy Glee Club (a boys’ double quartette) gave a concert of solos, duets, quartettes and eight-voice songs in Sheyenne, assisted by Miss Carolyn Waters at the piano and Miss Hazel Hall. Rev. J.R. Beebe accompanied the boys and introduced them to the larg...

  • For the Trees: Jeff's Top 10 Trees to Try on Your Landscape

    Jeff Smette|Aug 28, 2023

    “Looking for more shade, color, or privacy for your backyard? These landscaping trees are sure to beautify your property, whatever your needs!” Believe it or not, tree planting can be done in the fall. As autumn starts to set in, some homeowners may be thinking about planting a tree or two on their landscape and looking for suggestions. I have worked with plants my entire adult life here in North Dakota, and over time, I have developed some favorites! I put together a top ten list of some of my favorite trees; all are cold hardy and do...

  • Taming bearcats

    Nathan Price|Aug 28, 2023

    When the New Rockford-Sheyenne/Maddock Rockets weren't busy expelling their stomach contents on Friday, Aug. 18, they were playing great football against the North Star Bearcats. It was only the Rockets' first game of 2023, but if their performance that night was anything to go on, it appears they'll have a good chance of meeting their lofty expectations this year. Since Friday's game, many have come to lovingly refer to the Rockets' season opener as "Puke Bowl," after seemingly every other...

  • Prepping for success

    Nathan Price|Aug 28, 2023

    It's an exciting time for Rocket athletics. While the football team kicks off its season with lofty expectations, Rockets' volleyball is also raring to go, and they too are expecting big things this season. Last year, the varsity girls enjoyed the best season in the history of Rockets' volleyball, beginning their run with a great regular season and earning second seed for the Region IV Volleyball Tournament. They proceeded to make their way through the bracket, and ultimately stunned Langdon...

  • North Dakota Game & Fish Department News

    Aug 28, 2023

    Small game, waterfowl, furbearer regulations set North Dakota’s 2023 small game, waterfowl and furbearer regulations are set, and most season structures are similar to last year. Noteworthy items include: • Opening day for ducks, geese, coots and mergansers for North Dakota residents is Sept. 23. Nonresidents may begin hunting waterfowl in North Dakota Sept. 30. • The prairie chicken and sage grouse seasons remain closed due to low populations. • Pre-charged pneumatic air guns are legal for taking tree squirrels. • Hunters...

  • 3 Steps to Handle Market Volatility as You Approach Retirement

    Aug 28, 2023

     No one likes to watch their investments lose money, but downward market volatility can feel particularly scary for people who plan to retire in the near future. Their anxiety is understandable. They’ve spent their careers building their nest eggs and now – at a time when they plan to give up their income-producing jobs – they face the prospect of living off less money than they had envisioned.  Fortunately, it’s rarely as simple as that. As with all things financial, it’s important to look at the big picture. If you’re nearing...

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