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  • Fatal plane crash in Eddy County

    Nathan Price|Sep 25, 2023

    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 cornfield immediately west of the hi...

  • NRABC awarded for daycare project

    Nathan Price|Sep 25, 2023

    The Economic Development Association of North Dakota (EDND) presented annual awards for economic development during its Fall Conference on Sept. 12-13 in Bowman, and the New Rockford Area Betterment Corporation was among those recognized. "The 2023 Community Development Award winner is the New Rockford Area Betterment Corporation (NRABC) for its Community Daycare Project," the organization announced Tuesday. "The project has positively impacted child care and workforce issues in the community."...

  • Cemetery expansion underway

    Nathan Price|Sep 25, 2023

    A major expansion project is underway at the St. Johns Cemetery north of New Rockford, and it’s just beginning to take shape. The project has been ongoing for several years now and progress has slowly but surely moved along, but only recently has the cemetery begun to visibly transform. As of Friday, Sept. 8, the hedgerow that ran north to south along the cemetery’s east side, and the hedgerow that ran east to west along its north-most edge, had both been removed. With the hedgerows gone, the pa...

  • DPRCA's 'Deer Camp' opens Thursday, Oct. 5

    Amy Wobbema|Sep 25, 2023

    There's usually one in every hunting party, but this time it's the whole party and nothing but a party. This fall, DPRCA presents "Deer Camp," a hilarious take on hunting. Four buddies are set to enjoy their annual deer hunting trip, but this year is a little different. After 15 years of coming home with nothing but a hangover, their wives have given them an ultimatum: bag a deer or your deer camp days are over. Only one teeny, tiny hurdle stands in their way – none of them know how to hunt! D...

  • Small steps pave way for pollinator paradise

    Michael Standaert|Sep 25, 2023

    North Dakota News Cooperative As a 4th generation beekeeper and honey producer, Zac Browning knows his bees. "Look here, this is a different type of native bee, this little hairy guy here," Browning said, his voice a pitch higher than normal as he moves toward a burst of flowers. Browning also knows what these pollinators eat. He points out remnants of alfalfa, giant red clover, native sow thistle, pods of common milkweed, white fanning fleabane and stalks of Maximillian sunflower stretching abo...

  • 701 Rundown: Sept. 25, 2023

    Nathan Price|Sep 25, 2023

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Bow hunting within Watford City begins September 1 marked the beginning of hunting season, and following the success of last year’s hunt, Watford City is once again hosting a bow hunt within city limits to curb an ever-growing deer population that calls Watford City home. Watford City is one of five North Dakota cities that have a regulated bow hunt within city limits. The other cities are...

  • Talk of the Town: Sept. 25, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|Sep 25, 2023

    New Rockford and surrounding communities extend sympathy to the family of Pete Erickson. Christopher and Jaxon Buck visited with Roger Topp Monday and proudly read him their story books from school. Guests at the Todd Harrison home over the weekend and Pumpkin Day were his sister Teresa from Arizona and his daughter Veronica. They also visited at the Shirley Packard home. Saturday visitors at the Ken and Marvis Holte home was son, Loren Holte of Bismarck and Cody and Amanda Bickett,with Izzy. Sunday all enjoyed a pork chop dinner made by...

  • Pleasant Prairie: Sept. 25, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|Sep 25, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin enjoyed a phone call from Eugene Weisenburger on Saturday. It was 101 degrees in Arizona where he lives. Jimmy Indergaard and his sisters Ruth Braaten and Sharon Laxdal drove to Jamestown Thursday where they took care of some business and enjoyed dinner. Charlotte Koepplin and Candy Jensen rode the South Central Transit to Harvey Tuesday where they both had medical appointments. Saturday found Jimmy Indergaard as a visitor and supper guest at the Andy and Ruth Braaten home. Sunday Margie Anderson enjoyed a phone chat with...

  • Sheyenne News: Sept. 25, 2023

    Patti Clifton|Sep 25, 2023

    Last week, Patti Clifton did errands in Carrington and New Rockford. The Central North Dakota Steam Threshers Reunion tractor trek pulled into Sheyenne about noon hour on Thursday, Sept. 14. Stopping along Main Street, they enjoyed a pulled beef sandwich and lots of sides at Wild Things Taxidermy. Sheyenne GRIT prepared and served the meal to 41 attendees. It was a fun time! Enjoy bingo? Come to Sheyenne on Saturday evenings, 7:00 p.m., at Ostby Hall on Main Street....

  • Letter to the Editor

    Charlotte Franks-Erickson|Sep 25, 2023

    School has started and there’s a teacher shortage across the nation. It’s a well-known fact that burnout is a common reason. I might have a solution or two that could be tried. We have dedicated teachers who are reluctantly leaving their teaching positions heartbroken, physically exhausted and emotionally drained, and returning to their families who have sacrificed the attention and energy of their mom or dad for years during each school year. Teachers are not trained in emotional disturbances, extreme academic needs and trauma-affected chi...

  • Are free refills the arch-nemesis of the Golden Arches?

    Danny Tyree|Sep 25, 2023

    So, now the fuzzy purple critter isn’t the only “grimace” I’ll associate with the McDonald’s chain. “I’m lovin’ it” was assuredly not my gut-level reaction when I read of a 10-year corporate plan to phase out self-serving soda machines in all the restaurants and require customers to request (grovel for) refills at the counter. Consumers should have suspected beverage stations were endangered when one of last year’s Happy Meals contained the proverb “Anything worth doing is worth dragging out fo...

  • We the People: Justice Holmes influences business of judging

    David Adler|Sep 25, 2023

    The emergence of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes as a dominant influence in the work of the Supreme Court began in 1905, just three years after his appointment to the High Bench, in a dissenting opinion in Lochner v. New York that many scholars hail as the most famous dissent ever written. The majority opinion in Lochner has been widely rebuked for the past century as an exercise in judicial activism, a notorious example of the imposition by judges of their own preferences and biases, in this case, the heavy-handed infliction of a laissez-faire...

  • Sermonette: Sept. 25, 2023

    Pastor Joe Greiner, E-Free Church|Sep 25, 2023

    I wrote this sermonette years ago; but in memory of Gary Mackrill who passed away last week, I’m sharing it again. This week I was reading 2 Corinthians 5:11-21. For those who don’t have this passage memorized, this is where Paul talks about Christians having the "ministry of reconciliation." Now I won’t lie, I was a bit intimidated by this phrase. It sounds extremely burdensome and religious. "Ministry of reconciliation." Then, I look at the passage, and that didn’t help my fear. The passage is a mess. Paul’s words spin around, and back and...

  • Obituary: Lorrain Vrem

    Sep 25, 2023

    Lorrain Vrem McVille, N.D. Lorrain O. Vrem, 90, of McVille, N.D, formerly of Tolna, N.D., passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D. Lorrain Orville Vrem was born October 6, 1932, in Freeborn Township, south of Hamar, N.D. He attended country school and then Hamar Public School through the 8th grade when he had to leave to help on the farm. He eventually received his GED and even attended college courses at Lake Region Junior College. In 1951, Lorrain enlis...

  • Obituary: Marlin Erickson

    Sep 25, 2023

    Marlin Erickson New Rockford N.D. Marlin "Pete" Erickson, age 91, of New Rockford, N.D, formerly of McHenry, N.D, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, N.D. Pete's visitation will be Tuesday, September 26, 2023, from 1-5 p.m. with family present from 3-5 p.m. at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford, N.D. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at 1 p.m. at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington, N.D. A...

  • Savvy Senior: Three vaccines seniors should consider getting this fall

    Jim Miller|Sep 25, 2023

    Dear Savvy Senior, Which vaccines are recommended for Medicare seniors this flu season? Just Turned 65 Dear Just Turned, There are actually three different types of vaccines seniors should consider getting this fall to protect against a repeat of last winter’s “tripledemic” of respiratory illnesses, which included flu, RSV and coronavirus. Here’s a rundown of the different vaccines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending and how they are covered by Medicare. Senior-...

  • History of New Rockford: Sept. 25, 2023

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|Sep 25, 2023

    On April 11, 1906, Otho Lathrop came up from Fargo to visit with the Lathrop family for a few days. Thomas Olson went to St. Paul, where he would enter a hospital and have an appendectomy. On April 12 a fall of snow melted almost as soon as it fell, but it made things slippery. Mrs. J.D. Carroll of Lake Washington was out in her yard when she slipped and fell, breaking her right arm above the wrist. A doctor from McHenry set it. The Lowell Literary Society presented a program. The April 13,...

  • Obituary: Gary Mackrill

    Sep 25, 2023

    Gary Mackrill Cathay, N.D. Gary Brian Mackrill, age 69, of Cathay, N.D., passed away on September 13, 2023, in Fargo, N.D. with his wife, Linda, by his side. Gary's visitation was Sunday, September 17, 2023 from 6-7 p.m. followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at Evangelical Free Church, New Rockford. A funeral service was held Monday, September 18, 2023 at 11 a.m. at Evangelical Free Church, New Rockford, with Pastor Joe Greiner officiating. His burial was at the Lake View Cemetery,...

  • Obituary: Ramona Klocke

    Sep 25, 2023

    Ramona Klocke Fessenden, N.D. Ramona (Monie) Marie Klocke, 93, of Fessenden, N.D. passed away peacefully at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford, N.D. on Sunday, September 17, 2023. Mass of Christian Burial was at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 22, 2023 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Fessenden, N.D. Fr. Steven Wirth officiated, and burial was in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, New Rockford, N.D. Visitation was from 5:00-6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 21, 2023, with a rosary at...

  • Rockets on a Roll

    Erik Gjovik|Sep 25, 2023

    In her tenure leading the NR-S Rocket volleyball program, Sara Myhre has one big ticket list item that her team hasn't accomplished. Defeating their rivals from 16 miles down Highway 281, the Carrington Cardinals. Mark Thursday, September 14, 2023 on that calendar, as the Rockets, behind a big match from senior All-State performer Kelsie Belquist, took a 29-27, 12-25, 25-21 and 26-24 victory at CHS' East Gym in front of a raucous Cardinal crowd during their Homecoming Week. Senior middle hitter...

  • Getting Faster

    Nathan Price|Sep 25, 2023

    by Nathan Price It was another successful day for the NR-S Cross Country team on Saturday, Sept. 16 at Grahams Island. It was the Rockets’ best participated event yet, with a total of 11 runners representing NR-S at the meet, including Levi Greiner, Amelia Smith, Teddy Smith and Luke Greiner who all did a great job in the Elementary 1k “fun run.” There were seven NR-S runners in the timed events, and many earned their personal best times at the meet. Making his first appearance for NR-S Cross...

  • Gourd big or go home

    Sep 25, 2023

    James River Ag held its annual pumpkin growing contest, and weigh-in night was Saturday, Sept. 16....

  • Dakota Recreational Report: Sept. 25, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Sep 25, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *Be sure of proper bird identification with partridge, grouse and young pheasants. *Please park out of the way of other vehicles and farm equipment on prairie roads and trails. *Sept. 30: Nonresident waterfowl season opens. *Sept. 30: Flannel Fest, Lewis & Clark State Park. *Sept. 30 & Oct. 1: Youth pheasant season. *Oct. 6: Pronghorn season opens. *Oct. 7: Pheasant season opens. Fishing: *Devils Lake elevation, Sept. 19: 1,449.45 feet above mean sea level (MSL). *Stump Lake...

  • Tips to Prepare for Retirement When You Don't Have Kids

    Legacy Financial Partners|Sep 25, 2023

     Many people build their retirement and estate plans around their children and grandchildren. Everything from where they live, to how they spend their time and money, to the legacy they want to leave behind is considered through the prism of their role as parents and grandparents. For those without kids and grandkids, a different formula may apply as these individuals may have more financial freedom and flexibility as they enter retirement and beyond. But they still need to be as vigilant – if not more so about planning for their later yea...

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