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Articles from the September 11, 2023 edition


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  • Aiming down range

    Nathan Price|Sep 11, 2023

    Shooting sports just got a pretty big upgrade in Eddy County, just in time for hunting season. Jess Bush, an active member of the Eddy County Rod & Gun Club, said a number of great new features have now been installed at the shooting range just a few miles northeast of New Rockford. The range has been a staple in the area since its creation around a decade ago, and an essential hub for local shooting sports enthusiasts, hunters and clubs. According to Bush, many of the range's new features will...

  • City auditor resigns

    Nathan Price|Sep 11, 2023

    In an unexpected twist at city hall, Becki Schumacher has submitted her resignation as auditor for the city of New Rockford, and on Tuesday, Sept. 5, city commissioners named 19-year-old Andrew Presnell the city's new interim auditor. Schumacher resigned after serving as the city's auditor for little over two years, and commissioners were reluctant to approve her resignation, noting how effective she's been for the city. However, Schumacher said she got an opportunity to work remotely and...

  • Estimates in for Brantford Road repair

    Nathan Price|Sep 11, 2023

    At their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 5, Eddy County commissioners looked at cost estimates for a proposed multi-million dollar project to improve County Road 10, known locally as the Brantford road. There were three different estimates presented, with each one projecting the cost per mile for different versions of the project. The cheapest option would involve reducing the currently-paved road to gravel, and would include a full-depth reclamation, 6” aggregate and a dust control chemical – tha...

  • Sunday at the Museum

    Nathan Price|Sep 11, 2023

    The Eddy County Museum may look the same from the street, but what's inside could surprise you. Since its creation in 1965, the museum has held some of the county's most historic items, offering a unique glimpse into the past of Eddy County and surrounding region. For years, however, the museum appeared more like a collection of stuff than an actual museum, as it lacked organization and dedicated exhibits. But recently that's begun to change. After years of great work and generous support, the E...

  • City considers new chemical supplier

    Nathan Price|Sep 11, 2023

    Not for the first time, discussions at the recent city commission meeting were all about water. On Tuesday, Sept. 5, commissioners began with positive news, discussing a potential solution to their ongoing water woes. It wasn’t long, however, before they were once again defending their recent decisions regarding water service fees when questioned by property owners. Ever since updates were made to the city’s water treatment plant, New Rockford residents have increasingly expressed their conc...

  • Lee graduates from Bismarck State

    Sep 11, 2023

    Elizabeth Lee, Carrington, N.D., graduated from Bismarck State College with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Farm & Ranch Management (Agribusiness) in summer 2023. Summer 2023 graduates were eligible to walk in BSC's 83rd commencement ceremony on Friday, May 12, 2023, at the Bismarck Event Center. The BSC 2023 Commencement speaker was Brent Sanford, who served as the 38th lieutenant governor of North Dakota from 2016 to 2023. The student speaker was Jenna Rust from Alkabo, N.D., graduating with an Associate in Arts degree, an...

  • Local students recognized by DSU

    Sep 11, 2023

    Elizabeth Widmer of New Rockford, N.D., has been named to the Dickinson State University President's List for the spring 2023 semester. At the end of each regular semester, Dickinson State University recognizes those students named to the President's List. Eligible students must be enrolled full-time and have a minimum semester grade-point average of 3.9 or higher. The University's mission is to provide high-quality accessible programs, promote excellence in teaching and learning, support scholarly and creative activities, and to provide...

  • Feds approve new benefits for North Dakota ACA health care plans

    Sep 11, 2023

    The federal government has approved North Dakota’s application to change the essential health benefit (EHB) benchmark plan for Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans in the state. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the primary agency for ACA oversight, approved North Dakota’s application in late August. The changes to EHBs will only affect ACA-compliant plans offered in North Dakota on the individual market through licensed agents or the Healthcare.gov exchange, and small-group plans offered by small employers, beginning in...

  • September Scam Alerts from AARP

    Sep 11, 2023

    Medicare Data Breach Last month Medicare announced that one of their contractors had been hacked and the personal information of 612,000 Medicare beneficiaries were stolen. The security breach put Social Security numbers, birth dates, driver’s license numbers, health insurance claims, medical history notes, prescription information and other personally identifiable information at risk. Anyone whose information was compromised in the breach will be notified by Medicare and offered two years of free credit monitoring. However, even if your...

  • 701 Rundown: September 11, 2023

    Nathan Price|Sep 11, 2023

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Active threat drill held at Hope-Page school On Monday, Aug. 14, emergency crews with Steele County and the surrounding area participated in a training exercise at Hope-Page High School in Hope, N.D. The exercise simulated a full-scale emergency involving an active shooter, and multiple agencies were able to practice how to handle such a tragic situation. Agencies participating in the...

  • Talk of the Town: September 11, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|Sep 11, 2023

    Wednesday's stop-in visitors at the Eloise Lucht home were Roland and Mary Sharbono and Randy and Cindy Sharbono, all of Minneapolis. They had been in the area for the funeral of Ann Theis in Carrington and enjoyed a good visit and catch-up on family. Calvin Packard and mom, Shirley, were around town one day taking care of errands and shopping for necessary items. Candy Jensen enjoyed a phone call from Brenda Thurin Trauman one evening. Brenda has moved from Devils Lake to Fargo to be of help to her mother, Florence Brownlee. Both were...

  • Pleasant Prairie: September 11, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|Sep 11, 2023

    Wednesday Jimmy Indergaard enjoyed a visit over supper at the Mervin Indergaard home. Thursday he was invited to the Andy and Ruth Braaten home for dinner where he visited with niece Noelle. Saturday Margie Anderson and Sandra Larson were among those who attended the wedding of Gretchen Berglund and Keegan Anderson at the Potter Pavilion at the fairgrounds in New Rockford. Jimmy Indergaard enjoyed a phone chat with his sister Sharon Laxdal on Tuesday, and Sunday Jimmy took a drive and visited Sharon at her home near Edinburg. Thursday...

  • Sheyenne News: September 11, 2023

    Patti Clifton|Sep 11, 2023

    Jan Loe and Susan Burgstahler from Minneapolis attended the Todd Buehler family service in Maddock and funeral service at Calvary Lutheran Church in Oberon last week. Patti Clifton did some shopping in Carrington and New Rockford on Thursday afternoon. On Saturday, Jan Loe went to the wedding reception of Gretchen Berglund and Keegan Anderson in New Rockford. Sunday evening, Jan Loe went to Minnewaukan to enjoy a barbeque cookout and bonfire with Jim and Marjean Woodrow, Brian and Pam Hill, all of Grand Forks; Justin, Christine and Grace Hill...

  • Wild world records

    Amy Wobbema|Sep 11, 2023

    Last week, the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball team set the world record for highest attendance at a women’s sporting event, EVER. The world was watching as they packed 92,003 people into their stadium. This is a college volleyball team, folks. Forget the WNBA! Yes, those players and coaches love their hometown crowds. New Rockford-Sheyenne and Carrington hosted their respective season home openers for volleyball this past week, and both put on a good show and defeated...

  • Local news is good for business

    Dean Ridings|Sep 11, 2023

    It’s no secret that recent years have been tough on small businesses and on newspapers. A bipartisan bill, the Community News and Small Business Support Act, that has been introduced in Congress would offer relief to both newspapers and local businesses. For too many newspapers, help can’t come soon enough. Economic challenges have resulted in too many communities seeing their local newspapers being forced to lay off staff, cut back on publication days or – worse yet – close. On average, two newspapers are closing each week. That hurts...

  • We the People: Trump use of Scottsboro Boys case inapt and reckless

    David Adler|Sep 11, 2023

    Former President Donald Trump’s invocation of the landmark Supreme Court ruling in the Scottsboro Boys cases (1931) as justification for delaying his trial on charges related to the subversion of the 2020 federal election, was sharply rejected by the federal court as inapt and by a retired state judge as “stunningly stupid.” Trump’s lawyer had urged U.S. Federal District Judge Tanya Chutkan to set the 45th president’s trial for April 2026. In a brief submitted to the court, it was argued that an earlier date would deny Trump’s defen...

  • Obituary: Dale Eikom

    Sep 11, 2023

    Dale Eikom Williston, N.D. Dale Eikom, 88, of Williston, N.D., passed away peacefully at the Riverstone Health Hospice Home in Billings, Mont. on August 8, 2023, with his loving family at his side. Dale was born in Hamar, N.D. in 1934, to father Gilmor Eikom and mother Myrtle Hoveskeland. He was the second of five children. He attended a small country school in Hamar, ND and then he went on to attend Wahpeton State School of Science for 2 years to become an auto mechanic. In 1953 he moved to... Full story

  • Obituary: Jackie Rude

    Sep 11, 2023

    Jackie Rude New Rockford, N.D. Jackie Lynn Rude, 75, formerly of Williston, N.D. passed away Thursday, August 31, 2023, at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford N.D. Jack was born on September 2, 1947, in New Rockford, N.D. to Pearl (Harding) and Alvin Rude. He graduated from Warwick High School in 1965. He worked in road construction in the late '60s, before moving to Williston and driving truck for Sweetheart Bakery. He met Beverly Brown Allard in the summer of 1979, during... Full story

  • Sermonette: September 11, 2023

    Joe Greiner|Sep 11, 2023

    E-Free Church How big is your faith? This is the question I feel like Jesus has asked every last human in their heart of hearts. How big is your faith? Is it big enough to believe in Jesus? Is it big enough to move mountains? Is it big enough to believe in the Twins this year? (Just kidding.) This is “the” question of all existence that even the people of the Bible had to face. Often times, I feel like the only reason some people are even mentioned in the Bible is to show how they responded to this question. One of these sorts of...

  • Savvy Senior: Best stair lifts of 2023

    Jim Miller|Sep 11, 2023

    Dear Savvy Senior, Because of chronic arthritis, I have a very difficult time going up and down stairs anymore and am interested in purchasing a stair lift for my two-story house. Can you recommend some good companies? Arthritic Andy Dear Andy, Yes, of course! A good home stair lift is a great mobility solution for anyone who is unable, or has a difficult time climbing stairs. To help you choose a quality stair lift that meets your needs and budget, here are a few shopping tips along with some...

  • History of New Rockford: September 11, 2023

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|Sep 11, 2023

    On March 30 and until noon on March 31, 1906, Fargo optician C.J. Sullivan was at Kunkel’s Jewelry Store. On March 31 Phillip Ackerman was in from west of town doing business and greeting friends. Miss Bertha Hopper arrived to be a trimmer at Inez Gullicks’ millinery shop. J.T. Gudgell, owner of the Gudgell Ranch southeast of New Rockford, was in for spring supplies. Joseph Dutee came in from eastern Eddy County. Andrew Johnson, Jr., returned from Minneapolis, where he had been studying...

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  • Prairie Fare: Harvest nutrition this fall

    Julie Garden-Robinson|Sep 11, 2023

    Think back to what you ate yesterday or the day before yesterday. How many one-cup servings of vegetables did you eat? Any kind of vegetables (corn, peas, beans, carrots) count. You can count two cups of raw leafy salad greens as one cup. You can count one cup of cooked beans (such as black beans or kidney beans) as one cup of vegetables. Pause a bit and add up your total. Next, let’s see how your total compares to the recommendations. Women ages 19 to 30 should aim for 2 1/2 to 3 cups, and women 31 and older should aim for 2 to 3 cups of...

  • ROCKETS OUTLAST THUNDER

    Erik Gjovik|Sep 11, 2023

    To borrow a popular sporting cliche, "This one had all the makings." It looked to be a great matchup on paper based on their recent track records, dating back to last season's magical run for the NR-S Rockets and Medina/Pingree-Buchanan's hot start to 2023 against quality opponents. And, by the time the last point fell to the floor, it was crystal clear that two very evenly-matched programs gave all they had and then some. The Rockets withstood a tremendous challenge from the Thunder, winning a...

  • Still undefeated

    Nathan Price|Sep 11, 2023

    by Nathan Price Against the winless Larimore Polar Bears on Friday, Sept. 1, the New Rockford Sheyenne/Maddock Rockets did exactly what good teams are supposed to do. Entering Friday's matchup, the young Larimore roster had suffered two straight dominant losses to the FW/M Indians and North Prairie Cougars, and the Rockets too made quick work of the Polar Bears. The scoring started early with the first of many special teams touchdowns, as senior Logan Maddock returned a punt after the Rockets'...

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