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  • LEC unveils new emergency alert system

    Sep 18, 2023

    Telephone-based mass notification systems are used by thousands of public safety agencies across the US to warn citizens about local emergencies, hazards and other threats. Now Lake Region Law Enforcement Center announces they have selected Hyper-Reach to help bring this same life-saving capability to the area. Hyper-Reach is a state-of-the-art mass emergency notification system designed specifically for public safety. Services are fully operational at this time. The new emergency alert system will provide rapid notification of hazardous and...

  • Fatal airplane crash in Eddy County

    Nathan Price|Sep 18, 2023

    UPDATED 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 At approximately 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, a fatal airplane crash occurred south of New Rockford, N.D. According to Eddy County Sheriff Paul Lies, several witnesses traveling on Highway 281 reported seeing the plane crash into a cornfield west of the highway, and just a few yards north of the Eddy-Foster County border. The plane was reportedly traveling west when it clipped the power lines east of Highway 281, said Lies, and ultimately went down in the...

  • Brandt gets 5 years in prison

    Nathan Price|Sep 18, 2023

    Nearly a year after 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson was tragically killed following a street dance in McHenry, Shannon Brandt was at the Foster County Courthouse in Carrington on Friday, Sept. 8, for sentencing. Brandt was charged with murder after running over and killing Ellingson on Sept. 18, 2022. But, after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors in late May 2023, Brandt's murder charge was dropped and he pleaded guilty to manslaughter, a Class B felony. Now, following the completion of a...

  • Local Lions Club making an impact

    Nathan Price|Sep 18, 2023

    The New Rockford Lions Club has been hard at work recently, and they have a couple big projects coming up for the benefit of their community. This year, the New Rockford Lions Club is operating "Coats for Cubs," a great opportunity for young boys and girls to get the winter gear they need as Jack Frost patiently awaits colder temperatures – and he won't be waiting much longer. The program is open to all pre-K through 5th grade in the New Rockford-Sheyenne School District, and parents i...

  • Reptile Rendevous at Eco-Ed Day

    Nathan Price|Sep 18, 2023

    Elementary students from New Rockford-Sheyenne recently became a little more familiar with their environment, and got to meet a few friendly reptiles too! On Monday, Sept. 11, the kids took a field trip out to Camp Grafton South for Eco-Ed Day, an event the Eddy County Soil Conservation District hosts every year. It's part of the statewide Eco-Ed Program, a project sponsored by the Barnes County Soil Conservation District designed to teach students how their everyday actions affect the...

  • NR-S School approves budget with slight decrease in taxes

    Nathan Price|Sep 18, 2023

    On Monday, Sept. 11, members of the New Rockford-Sheyenne School Board discussed levies, money and budgets. Their evening began with a public levy meeting which was open to the public but not attended by any taxpayers. Nonetheless, NR-S Business Manager Dave Skogen shared with the board a presentation detailing the school district’s taxable valuation for 2023-24 and the number of mills they expect to levy. Skogen began by showing board members how much the district’s taxable valuation by cou...

  • 4-H'ers recognized at Round Up

    Sep 18, 2023

    Eddy County 4-H'ers, leaders and families recognized the accomplishments of the 2022-23 4-H year and looked ahead to the new one at the annual 4-H Round Up on Sunday, Sept. 10. Held in the pavilion on the Eddy County Fairgrounds, the evening featured a delicious supper, cake and awards presentation. 4-H'ers applied for a variety of special awards, and the awards committee "had their work cut out for them" in choosing the recipients, Eddy County 4-H Council President Shirley Myhre said. Below...

  • Farm safety best practices highlighted during National Farm Safety Week

    Sep 18, 2023

    According to the 2019 U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, the agricultural sector is still the most dangerous in America, with 573 fatalities, an equivalent of 23.1 deaths per 100,000 workers. Fall harvest time is not only one of the busiest times on the farm, it's also one of the most dangerous. For that reason, the National Safety Council first designated the third week of September as National Farm Safety and Health Week in 1944 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This annual promotion of...

  • 701 Rundown: September 18, 2023

    Nathan Price|Sep 18, 2023

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Fire ravages B-52 Roadhouse & Lanes At 12:23 a.m., Monday, Sept. 4, the Harvey Fire Department was called to respond to heavy smoke coming from the roof of the B-52 Roadhouse and Lanes. According to commander Daniel Deck, when members of the fire department made entry, they were met with heavy smoke and forced to withdraw and re-asses, ultimately switching to a defensive attack, to focus o...

  • Pleasant Prairie: September 18, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|Sep 18, 2023

    Jimmy Indergaard enjoyed visiting over supper Wednesday at the Mervin Indergaard home. Margie Anderson was among the ladies to take birthday greetings to Joyce Starke one afternoon. Last Tuesday evening Charlotte Koepplin was among family to take 30th birthday greetings to Allyssa Lewis and enjoyed visiting over a banquet supper. Friday found Jimmy Indergaard a supper guest and visitor at the Andy and Ruth Braaten home. He enjoyed an evening phone chat with his sister Sharon Laxdal....

  • Sheyenne News: September 18, 2023

    Patti Clifton|Sep 18, 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...

  • Talk of the Town: September 18, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|Sep 18, 2023

    Wednesday Calvin Packard and mom, Shirley, drove to Carrington on business and enjoyed lunch at the Highway Drive-In. Janelle Koepplin was among family to take birthday greetings to granddaughter Allyssa Lewis last Tuesday evening, and enjoyed visiting over a special supper menu of Allyssa's favorite requested by her daughter Kenna. Saturday Alan Lucht called mom, Eloise Lucht, from Germany to chat about future plans. Alan and Julie are expecting brother Larry and Irene to arrive in Germany for a visit soon. Some time in October Alan and Julie...

  • I "bet" you gamble more than I do

    Amy Wobbema|Sep 18, 2023

    I hear that a lot from people who regularly buy PowerBall tickets, spend hours at the blackjack table and make frequent trips to the casino. My grandfather bet on horses at the racetrack in Fessenden when I was little. There hasn’t been horse racing, except for maybe an Indian Horse Relay, at the Wells County Fairgrounds in decades. My husband and I went to the casino for our anniversary several years ago. We each put $20 in the slot machines. We were both broke in a few minutes, so we headed o...

  • Dad's lumbar moving company

    Jase Graves|Sep 18, 2023

    Recently, my wife and I accomplished a task almost as daunting as giving our cat a pill or teaching our youngest daughter to drive without committing widespread curb trauma. In two days, we managed to move our two older daughters (and several cargo containers’ worth of semi-grown daughter stuff) into new apartments in two different college towns over 100 miles from each other. Apparently, my daughters are acutely allergic to remaining in a particular college residence for more than one academic year. Forcing them to do so would undoubtedly trig...

  • We the People - Justice Holmes: a legend before joining the Supreme Court

    David Adler|Sep 18, 2023

    Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. once said, “If American law were to be represented by a single figure, skeptic and worshipper alike would agree without dispute that the figure could be one alone, and that one, John Marshall.” It has been justly observed that if American law were to be represented by a second figure, it would be Holmes himself, since he was more influential in shaping the agenda for the 20th century Supreme Court than any other legal figure. Dubbed the “Yankee from Olympus,” Holmes, who hailed from a prominent Boston family...

  • Obituary: Michael Allmaras

    Sep 18, 2023

    Michael Allmaras Wonder Lake Ill. On the afternoon of Sunday, July 30th, Michael (Omie) Jerome Allmaras passed away while in hospice in Wonder Lake, Ill. He was 72 years old. Michael was born to Jerome and Phyllis Allmaras on September 25th, 1950. He attended St. James Academy and graduated in 1968. After graduating Mike attended school in Bottineau for a year and then enlisted in the army and was deployed to Vietnam. After discharge from his military service, he would live in several areas of...

  • Obituary: Shirley Tchorzewski

    Sep 18, 2023

    Shirley Tchorzewski Lackawanna, N.Y. Shirley JoAnn Tchorzewski, 77, of Lackawanna, N.Y. passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at her home surrounded family and under the care of hospice. Shirley was born to Clarence and Olga (Gedrose) Sielig on August 6, 1946, in New Rockford, N.D. She spent most of her young life attending school on Army bases until her dad retired. The family returned to New Rockford, N.D. in 1962. She attended New Rockford High School and graduated in 1964. Shirley...

  • Obituary: Phyllis Johanns

    Sep 18, 2023

    Phyllis Johanns Lynnwood,Wash. Phyllis Gloria Johanns was accepted into the arms of Our Lord and Savior on September 3, 2023, in Lynnwood, Wash., a month before her 94th birthday. She was born on October 2, 1949, the second daughter of Kenneth and Gina Hoyt, and grew up on a farm in McHenry, N.D. She was preceded in death in 2010 by her husband, Bob, after 64 years of marriage. Also preceding her death are 5 sisters and 2 brothers. Phyllis is lovingly remembered by her four daughters: Pamela...

  • Living on Purpose: We only have one chance to make it right

    Billy Holland|Sep 18, 2023

    The other day I was speaking with a person I’ve known most of my life, and he asked me if I could go back in time and live my life again, what would change. You would think this would be a question from someone who has maybe suffered and now contemplates how much better life would have been if different decisions had been made. However, this person has been very blessed with a nice family, decent health and more wealth than they will ever be able to spend. It’s true that many people are jus...

  • Savvy Senior: Does Medicare cover second medical opinions?

    Jim Miller|Sep 18, 2023

    Dear Savvy Senior, Does Medicare cover second medical opinions? The doctor I currently see thinks I need a knee replacement, but I would like to get some other treatment options before I proceed. What can you tell me? Limping Larry Dear Larry, Getting a second medical opinion from another doctor is a smart idea that may offer you a fresh perspective and additional options for treating your knee so you can make a more informed decision. Or, if the second doctor agrees with your current one, it...

  • History of New Rockford: September 18, 2023

    K. C. Gardner Jr.|Sep 18, 2023

    The April 6, 1906, “Transcript” stated that the Eddy County Board of Health (R.F. Rinker, president; W.C. Dresser, vice president; Dr. Charles MacLachlan, Supt.) had issued orders for the following: All manure, garbage, offal, or refuse near any dwelling, business, or water supply must be removed immediately. No such material, unless spread out and plowed under, could be within a half mile of any dwelling or public highway, or within a quarter mile of any water supply. Carcasses of domestic animals must be removed and buried at least four feet...

  • Prairie Fare: Meals in the field, past and present

    Julie Garden-Robinson|Sep 18, 2023

    A few years ago, I ordered DNA testing kits for me and my husband. I do not think he was thrilled with his Christmas gift. He teased me when our results came back showing he had a more purebred bloodline than I have. His ancestors were primarily of German ancestry, and I am of Scandinavian, mainly Norwegian, descent. Somehow our “mixed marriage” has worked more than 30 years. Later, my results were updated showing that I am more Norwegian than he is German. Now it was my turn to tease him. Every now and then I receive a new “leaf” to add to...

  • NR-S dominate BCN

    Nathan Price|Sep 18, 2023

    Since suffering a tough loss to Thompson in their season opener, the New Rockford-Sheyenne volleyball team has rebounded with two straight impressive wins. They took down Medina/Pingree-Buchanan in five sets, and now against a less-experienced Barnes County North team, the Rockets did exactly what great teams are supposed to do. The Rockets made quick work of the Bison on Thursday, Sept. 7, taking down the team from District 5 in only three sets. The usual suspects were once again fantastic, as...

  • Running in the mud

    Nathan Price|Sep 18, 2023

    Rockets Cross Country is back on the run. On Friday, Sept. 8 they took their marks on a wet, miserable afternoon in Ellendale, N.D., and on Monday, Sept. 11, they were at Crystal Springs for their third meet of the season. The meet in Ellendale was the Rockets' first since they opened the season in Jamestown in late August, as the scheduled Carrington meet was canceled due to poor weather. Poor weather did nothing to deter event organizers in Ellendale, however, as runners found themselves in...

  • Within our Walls: Celebrating EVS Team at CHI

    Jodi Hovdenes, President CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington Medical Center|Sep 18, 2023

    National Healthcare Environmental Services (EVS) Week is held the second week of September each year. EVS week is a perfect time to show your environmental services team how much they are appreciated, and how thankful we are for the services they provide. This team works hard each day cleaning and disinfecting the healthcare environment for the health of our patients, clinicians, and staff. The last few years have brought many changes and challenges, and these staff members have remained...

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