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Articles from the September 4, 2023 edition

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  • New Rockford to reduce special assessments for street project

    Amy Wobbema|Sep 4, 2023

    by Amy Wobbema Tax relief is coming to New Rockford property owners, in the way of lower special assessments. Last month the Transcript reported that the street project was completed for $500,000 under the contractor’s bid amount. More positive news came for taxpayers last week at a special meeting of the New Rockford City Commission. The street project was finished more than $1 million under budget, or about 17 percent less than expected. City officials were aware of that possibility when t...

  • Worst case scenario

    Nathan Price|Sep 4, 2023

    On Tuesday, Aug. 29, local emergency responders were put to the test, as they took part in a mock disaster exercise at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford. The fake scenario they responded to was all too relevant for New Rockford residents: a major roof collapse due to heavy snow. Eddy County Emergency Manager Lisa Thompson said planning for the exercise has long been underway, and that a tabletop version of the training was conducted back in January, the very same week the Ro...

  • Giants of the Prairie on parade

    Sep 4, 2023

    Members of the Central N.D. Steam Threshers Reunion are breathing new life into old buildings on the show grounds and have more new events planned for the 65th annual reunion set for September 15-17. The annual reunion has been held in New Rockford since the first show at the airport in 1958, and it was moved to the Eddy County Fairgrounds in the 1960s. For many years the steam show drew crowds upwards of 5,000 to New Rockford and the surrounding area. Although interest in the steam engine...

  • Teacher released from contract with NR-S

    Nathan Price|Sep 4, 2023

    Just one week into the 2023-24 school year, the New Rockford-Sheyenne School Board was asked to release another teacher from her contract. On Thursday, Aug. 21, the NR-S School Board met for a special meeting via Zoom at 7 a.m., and unanimously voted to release Krystal Caldwell from her contract without liquidated damages. Caldwell provided the reason for her departure in her letter of resignation. “I would like to thank you for the opportunity to join your school family,” she wrote. “Ho...

  • Demolition orders issued for 8 structures in city

    Amy Wobbema|Sep 4, 2023

    The New Rockford City Commission made progress in their quest to clean up dilapidated and dangerous structures this past week. A public nuisance hearing was held bright and early the morning of Monday, Aug. 28. For 90 minutes, city leaders pored over photos and documents and referenced letters and phone calls from property owners to develop a plan of action. There were more than a dozen structures on the list, and property owners had received certified letters requesting abatement of what...

  • New teachers at NR-S, Part II

    Nathan Price|Sep 4, 2023

    The first week of the 2023-24 school year has come and gone, and students have gotten to know a few of the new teachers at New Rockford-Sheyenne. Last week, the Transcript introduced the community to four of those teachers, and now a few more have taken the opportunity to introduce themselves. Teaching 9th grade physical science this year is Shannon Welk, who's also teaching 7th and 6th grade STEM (Science, Technology, English and Math) and an elective course on medical terminology. Welk is...

  • Threats to ambulance services increase rural health insecurity

    Michael Standaert|Sep 4, 2023

    A motorcycle crash on a deserted road. A cardiac arrest at a far-flung farm in a rural county. A farming equipment accident. A pregnant woman goes into unexpected labor at a small hamlet away from population centers. When these emergency medical scenarios happen in rural communities across North Dakota, local volunteer first responders are often the first on the scene, the first to provide medical attention and the first to get patients to a hospital. Many of these services are in trouble, however. A lack of volunteers and younger staff...

  • 701 Rundown: Sept. 4, 2023

    Nathan Price|Sep 4, 2023

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Watford man charged with assault of elderly man A 33-year-old Watford City man has been charged with aggravated assault and two Class A misdemeanor charges for violation of a disorderly conduct restraining order after allegedly assaulting an elderly individual. An affidavit filed with the court states that on June 13, 2023, Watford City Police were dispatched at approximately 4:10 p.m. f...

  • Talk of the Town: Sept. 4, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|Sep 4, 2023

    Son Loren Holte recently called mom and dad, Ken and Marvis Holte, happy to tell them his family's home renovation is complete. Sunday, daughter Amanda Bickett was a visitor at Ken and Marvis' home. Thursday, a family gathering of sorts found descendants of the late Herbert and Donna Koepplin coming together and enjoying a visit over dinner at the Rockford Café. Family members were Jodi Bergman and Michelle Erickson, both of Thief River Falls, Minn. and Teresa Sather of Fargo. Jodi, Michelle and Teresa are granddaughters to Herbert and Donna....

  • Pleasant Praire: Sept. 4, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|Sep 4, 2023

    Wednesday, to celebrate starting preschool, Kenna Lewis, along with her brother Grady and cousin Evelyn, found Grandma Karen Koepplin treating all to goodies at the coffee shop and more yummy stuff with Aunt Angie Hopfauf. At noon they made their way to Auntie Charlotte Koepplin's house where they brought pizza and grapes and celebrated some more. Here Amanda Koepplin joined in the celebration. Have fun in school, Kenna! Thursday, Jimmy Indergaard was a visitor and supper guest at the Andy and Ruth Braaten home. Later they all attended a car...

  • Sheyenne News: Sept. 4, 2023

    Patti Clifton|Sep 4, 2023

    Sheyenne GRIT met on Sunday, Aug. 20, at First Lutheran Parish Hall. The evening started with a BBQ and chips supper. Discussion was then held on the house flip project – what has been completed and what is left to be done. A target of October has been set for the house to be put up for sale. Those attending could then tour the house, community garden and orchard. More discussion was held following the tours. Wednesday afternoon, Patti Clifton and Jan Loe were in Devils Lake to do some shopping. Wednesday, Aug. 23, Jan Loe joined Jim and M...

  • Do you want the good news or the bad news?

    Nathan Price|Sep 4, 2023

    Sometimes I wonder what people expect from local newspapers like the one I work for, and from local reporters like myself. While readers regularly thank us for our great coverage, we’ve also been told we’re too negative, and that our only job should be to “build up” our community with positive news. Recently I was reminded what it means to be a good reporter, and why I work for two of the best newspapers in North Dakota. Some may have heard about the small-town newspaper in Kansas that was rec...

  • A smaller home is a happy home

    Tom Purcell|Sep 4, 2023

    Houses are getting smaller again – which is going to make many Americans happier. Americans faced with high mortgage rates and a shortage of affordable homes for sale are opting for new, smaller homes that do not have dining rooms, living rooms, spare bedrooms and even bathtubs, reports the Wall Street Journal. Builders are building smaller homes partly to give cost-constrained buyers a more affordable option. But it’s mostly because it’s the only way home builders can turn a reasonable profit,...

  • We the People - Justice Joseph Story: Most scholarly of justices

    David Adler|Sep 4, 2023

    Justice Joseph Story stands as a giant among those who have held a seat on the Supreme Court. Story was one of the greatest legal figures in the 19th Century, in the upper echelon of everyone’s list of outstanding judges in American history and the most scholarly of scholarly Justices. Justice Story remains the youngest person ever named to the Supreme Court. He was just 32 when President James Madison nominated him to the High Bench in 1811. At that young age, he had already served in the U.S. House of Representatives, Speaker of the M...

  • Obituary: Lewis Jack Wilson

    Sep 4, 2023

    Lewis Wilson Mesa, Ariz. Lewis Jack Wilson, age 71, of Mesa, Arizona, died August 9, 2023 of complications from stage IV metastatic prostate cancer. Lew Wilson was born September 21, 1951, in New Rockford, North Dakota, to Elizabeth (Mortensen) and Harford Wilson. He grew up there, graduating from New Rockford High School in 1970. He was an athlete lettering in all sports. He was a proud "Fighting Sioux" graduating from the University of North Dakota in 1974. Upon graduation, Lew began his...

  • Obituary: Theresa Przybycien

    Sep 4, 2023

    Theresa Przybycien Williston, N.D. Theresa "Terry" Mae Przybycien, has been called home after her long battle with Alzheimer's disease on Thursday, August 24, 2023. Terry Lill, daughter of Joseph and Marie (Irmen) Lill, was born on March 1, 1943 in New Rockford, N.D., She was baptized and confirmed at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Bremen, N.D. Theresa's siblings include: Marjorie (Orlyn) Lovelien, Robert (Marilyn) Lill, Jim and Marsha (late James) Bauley. She received her early education at...

  • Obituary: Karen Theis

    Sep 4, 2023

    Karen Theis Carrington, N.D. Karen Ann Theis, age 81, of Jamestown, N.D., died on Sunday, August 27, 2023 at Golden Acres Manor in Carrington, N.D. Her visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 30, from 2-7 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. all at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington. Karen's Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, Aug. 31 at 10:30 a.m. with Father Terry Dodge officiating at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Carrington, N.D. Her burial was at the...

  • Savvy Senior: How seniors can protect themselves from cybercrimes

    Jim Miller|Sep 4, 2023

    Dear Savvy Senior, I spend a lot of time online and love the convenience of paying bills, shopping and keeping up with my grandkids on Facebook and Instagram. But a few months ago, my computer was infected with malware, and I just found out some cyber crook opened up a credit card using my identity and went on a shopping spree. Do you have some simple tips to help me stay safe while online? Paranoid Patty Dear Patty, Unfortunately, cybercrimes against seniors continue to be a big problem in the...

  • History of New Rockford: Sept. 4, 2023

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|Sep 4, 2023

    On March 23, 1906, H.J. Mitchell, C.J. Stickney, and L.C. Oefstedahl went to Jamestown for a meeting of the Elks Lodge. H.L. Rood returned from a trip “down the line.” Daniel Labhardt and Richard Zehrfeld returned from northwest of Edmonton, Alberta. That evening Miss Mildred Keime entertained members of the Loyal Temperance Legion at her home on Villard Avenue West. On March 24 Fred Allmaras, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Allmaras, returned from Richardson [Richardton?], where he had attended sch...

  • Obituary: Todd Buehler

    Sep 4, 2023

    Todd Buehler, Oberon N.D. Todd Jay Buehler, 65, of Oberon, N.D. passed away Saturday, August 26, 2023 at his home, under the care of hospice and his loving family. Todd Jay Buehler was born November 2, 1957 to Lewis and Ruth (Saewert) Buehler in New Rockford, N.D. He attended school in Oberon until the 10th grade and graduated from Sheyenne High School with the class of 1976, where he was active in basketball, cross country running and baseball in the summer months. Todd furthered his education...


    Nathan Price|Sep 4, 2023

    After winning their first game this season against the North Star Bearcats, the Rockets were looking to build on their momentum in their home opener on Friday, Aug. 25. Their opponents were the Four Winds/Minnewaukan Indians, yet another team with lofty expectations this season – and for much of the first half it appeared as though NR-S/M may have met their match. The first quarter of Friday's game was scoreless by both teams, as the respective defenses managed to grind their opponents' d...

  • Rockets fall short

    Kyrie Dauenhauer|Sep 4, 2023

    by Kyrie Dauenhauer The New Rockford-Sheyenne volleyball season has officially begun with their annual season opener against the Thompson Tommies. Last season, both the Rockets and the Tommies were two of the eight teams in Class B volleyball to compete at the state tournament in Bismarck. The Tommies took fourth place at state, with the Rockets taking fifth. With five returning starters for the Rockets – Kelsie Belquist, Lucy Meier, Lora Wobbema, Kaiya O'Connor and Ava Peterson – the NR-S vol...

  • On your marks

    Nathan Price|Sep 4, 2023

    The Rockets Cross Country team competed at their first meet in nearly two years on Saturday, Aug. 26. The meet took place in Jamestown, and as the location of this year's state cross country meet, it was very well attended by both Class B and Class A schools throughout North Dakota. For the Rockets, only the middle school team was able to compete, as those that would have raced varsity or junior varsity are two-sport athletes and therefore did not yet have the necessary number of practices...

  • New Rockford-Sheyenne Public School District No. 2 SPECIAL School Board Meeting by zoom Friday, July 28th, 2023 at 7:30 a.m.

    Sep 4, 2023

    New Rockford-Sheyenne Public School District No. 2 SPECIAL School Board Meeting by zoom Friday, July 28th, 2023 at 7:30 a.m. Members present: Todd Allmaras, Mike Schaefer, Mike Jacobson, Kyle Alfstad, Patti Larson, Dr. Jill Louters, Superintendent (via phone), Dave Skogen, Business Manager President Todd Allmaras called the meeting to order at 7:30 am. RELEASE FROM CONTRACT - Shane Wetzel It was moved by Jacobson and seconded by Schaefer to release Shane Wetzel from his contract. Motion carried unanimously. Policy DKBB It was moved by Schaefer... Full story

  • Notice to Creditors

    Sep 4, 2023

    Notice to Creditors IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF EDDY COUNTY, STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA Probate No.: 14-2023-PR-00008 In the Matter of the Estate of Ardyce R Snyder, a/k/a Ardyce Snyder, Deceased.  NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned have been appointed personal representatives of the above estate. All persons having claims against the said deceased are required to present their claims within three months after the date of the first publication or mailing of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be presented t... Full story

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