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Articles from the October 25, 2021 edition


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  • Judge rules in favor of school district

    Amy Wobbema|Oct 25, 2021

    Good news came Thursday, Oct. 14 for the New Rockford-Sheyenne School District, as Southeast District Judge Troy LeFevre rejected Klemetsrud Plumbing and Heating’s request for an temporary injunction halting the boiler replacement project. The lawsuit, filed Aug. 26, alleged that the school district did not comply with N.D.'s competitive bidding statutes in awarding the contract for the boiler replacement to Minot Plumbing and Heating, as Klemetsrud had submitted the lowest bid. Klemetsrud...

  • Corn harvest hits halfway point

    Oct 25, 2021

    North Dakota Corn Growers Association (NDCGA) treasurer Drew Courtney reported Wednesday that approximately half of the corn in south central North Dakota had been harvested. In the photo above, Kerstin Allmaras and son Thomas made progress on a cornfield near their family farmstead west of New Rockford on Sunday, Oct. 17. USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reports indicate that 97 percent of the area's corn has matured. According to the NDCGA, North Dakota is expected to produce...

  • Schaefer unveils plans for Rosefield Dam

    Nathan Price|Oct 25, 2021

    The saga of the Rosefield Dam is entering a new chapter. At the Eddy County Commission Meeting on Oct. 7, Monty Schaefer, who recently won a years-long battle to keep the Rosefield Dam in existence, detailed new renovations to the spillway and plans for an enclosed bridge atop the abutments. As it currently exists, the 300-foot-long dam drops into a concrete rock spillway that’s 60 feet wide. Under the proposed renovations, Schaefer would extend the spillway an additional 40 feet in order to...

  • Students and staff settle in at new Oberon School

    Nathan Price|Oct 25, 2021

    For the first time in nearly a century, elementary students from Oberon and the Spirit Lake Reservation are enjoying a brand new school. If not for the new Oberon Elementary School, 2021 would have been the old building's 100th anniversary as a school. Instead, students and staff are enjoying all the advantages of a facility not built before the Great Depression. The 18,000 sq. ft. and roughly $5 million school provides a warm and welcoming environment to its students and staff, not to mention...

  • Halloween Happenings

    Oct 25, 2021

    Halloween weekend is chock full of spooky fun for all ages. Friday night, Hamar Bar will host a Halloween Extravaganza for adults 21 and older, with food, karaoke, a costume contest and drink specials from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, the Eagles Club is party central. The Eagles Auxiliary will host its Fall Craft and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a variety of vendors selling their wares, and a delicious lunch served by the auxiliary. Saturday night, adults 21 and older are invited to the Eagles’ Halloween Celebration with a costume...

  • Miller's cashier named Employee of the Month for October

    Amy Wobbema|Oct 25, 2021

    She greets nearly all of her customers by name, even though she has only lived in the community for a year. Janette Jackson, a cashier at Miller's Fresh Foods in New Rockford, was recognized with the Chamber's Employee of the Month award for October. A mother of eight and the widow of a U.S. Navy veteran, Jackson moved from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, last summer. "I was tired of the city life," she recalls, stating that she was encouraged to come to New Rockford by her daughter, Melissa Bass, who...

  • Wobbema purchases Foster County Independent

    Erik Gjovik|Oct 25, 2021

    For the first time in nearly 46 years, the Foster County Independent has changed hands to new ownership. Amy Wobbema, publisher and sole owner of the New Rockford Transcript and Transcript Publishing, has assumed the editor/publisher position at the Independent from long-time owners Allen V. Stock and his wife, Pattie. The Stocks have owned and operated the 139-year-old Independent since January 1, 1976, which began printing under its present name when competing papers Carrington News and Foster...

  • Corrections: Oct. 25, 2021

    Oct 25, 2021

    FOOTBALL: In the Homecoming football game article on page A7 of the Oct. 18 edition, the photo cutline stated that Nick Berglund caught a pass thrown by QB Haydon Meier. It was Haydon’s brother, Bennett Meier, who threw the touchdown pass. Thank you to his family for calling it to our attention. Both of the Meier brothers should be commended for their on-field accomplishments throughout the season. COUNTY COMMISSION: In the article outlining the Oct. 7 county commission meeting that ran in the Oct. 18 edition, the reporter stated that the...

  • Pleasant Prairie News: Oct. 25, 2021

    Charlotte Koepplin|Oct 25, 2021

    Monday evening visitors to the Margie Anderson home were Glen and Judy Cudworth. Charlotte Koepplin enjoyed a phone call one afternoon from Eugene and Dedre Weisenburger, from their home in sunny Arizona. They are doing fine. Margie Anderson heard from her sister Marlys, and Merle Hanson, on Sunday. They are doing okay at home in California. Wednesday and Thursday, Martin Koepplin did some errands for his sister Charlotte Koepplin....

  • Talk of the Town: Oct. 25, 2021

    Charlotte Koepplin|Oct 25, 2021

    Izzy Dawg was a house guest at the Ken and Marvis Holte home while masters Cody and Amanda Bickett were away. Sunday, Cody and Amanda were dinner guests and visitors at the Holte home. Sunday found Calvin Packard doing some yard work for mom Shirley. Janet Laube and YipYip enjoyed a Sunday drive and were brief visitors at the Charlotte Koepplin home....

  • Sheyenne News: Oct. 25, 2021

    Patti Clifton|Oct 25, 2021

    Last Wednesday evening, Dianne Hanson, Irene Cudworth, Patti Larson, Denise Labrensz, Bonnie Deegan, Jan Loe, Patti Clifton and Barb Blaine enjoyed a meal and visiting at Harriman's in Maddock. The occasion was to wish Barb well on her move to Bismarck and her new home there. About 40 area residents were at the Sheyenne Senior Center last Thursday to get their flu shots from Eddy County Public Health. We really appreciated that Danette and Lisa come to Sheyenne every year!...

  • Rockets send Comets out of orbit

    Kyrie O'Connor|Oct 25, 2021

    The Rockets hosted Super Region 4 competitor Rolette/Wolford Comets on Thursday, Oct. 14. The Rockets defeated the Comets 3-0. Knowing the Comets had only won two games all season, the Rockets knew they could take the win easily, unlike the recent match up against the North Star Bearcats. The Comets won the coin flip, so they received the serve, but with an error by the Comets, the Rockets received the ball. Eighth grader Ava Peterson served six in a row before receiving a serve error. Peterson...

  • LA/E/M Cardinals fly past Rockets in Region 4 contest

    Kyrie O'Connor|Oct 25, 2021

    The Langdon area/Edmore/Munich Cardinals hosted the New Rockford-Sheyenne Rockets at the Edmore High School gymnasium on Tuesday, Oct. 19. With the Cardinals being ranked #2 in the region, the Rockets knew they would have to fight to bring home this win. Unfortunately, the Rockets had very little "rocket speed" to keep up with the Cardinals. The first set started off rocky for the Rockets, with many errors made. Not only were errors made by the Rockets, but also by the Cardinals. The Rockets los...

  • Rockets end season with playoff loss to Cougars

    Nathan Price|Oct 25, 2021

    On Saturday afternoon, the New Rockford-Sheyenne Rockets (5-4,3-1) ended their season how it began, with another tough loss to the North Prairie Cougars (6-3,2-2), this time falling by a score of 14-40 in the first round of the playoffs. There were plenty of differences between this defeat and the Rockets' 16-6 loss to the Cougars in late August, but one aspect remained constant; the excellence of Cougars' quarterback, Nicholas Mears. Much like he did in their season opener, Mears gashed the NR-...

  • The imaginary, destructive power of social media

    Christine Flowers|Oct 25, 2021

    It’s very easy these days to say that social media is toxic. People act in ways they’d never do in real life, because it isn’t real life. They act like feral wolves, because they can. The Twitter police don’t carry guns, and their badges are imaginary. In fact, social media is one big, imaginary world, and we’re all way too wrapped up in things that don’t matter – the opinions expressed by strangers in public. Last week, Jon Gruden’s life exploded because of some private email...

  • Charting new territory

    Amy Wobbema|Oct 25, 2021

    The past few weeks have been a whirlwind. I’ve taken on two new roles, and I traveled more than 400 miles from home in the midst of it all. I became the 10th publisher of the Foster County Independent on Oct 1. I was also abruptly promoted to first vice president of the North Dakota Newspaper Association a few days later, and I will be considered for election as president in May of next year. Both of these responsibilities I accepted willingly, after thoughtful consideration. Then, as my...

  • Article V: Amendments to Create a "More Perfect Union"

    David Adler|Oct 25, 2021

    Article V of the Constitution—the Amendatory Clause—provides the constitutionally prescribed means for changing the Constitution to keep it adequate to the needs of the American people. This innovative provision empowers the citizenry and their representatives to breathe life into the aspirational language of the Preamble: “ to form a more perfect Union.” The essential values embodied in the Amendatory Clause tell the story of American Constitutionalism. Above all, its inclusion in the Constitution demonstrates the framers’ humility....

  • Tiny lives of great significance remembered

    Oct 25, 2021

    October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and Lily's Hope Ministry wants to remind the community that they are here for all families that experience or have experienced this tragedy. Lily's Hope Ministry is grateful for the support and compassion of the Eddy County Ministerial Association and Tom Sauby of Evans Funeral Home. Lily's Hope Ministry is dedicated to helping families bury and remember their child who died in utero, at birth or shortly after. Located on the west side of...

  • Sermonette: Oct. 25, 2021

    Pastor Mindy Meier|Oct 25, 2021

    Human beings are created for relationships. We need touch, a place to belong, and to be loved. There is no doubt that modern psychology has claimed this, as well as each of the world’s religions/philosophies. It’s such a basic truth for every person, it almost seems silly to claim, yet profound to admit. Loving and healthy relationships are where you can be yourself, which also always includes your darkest side. The gospel of John includes many encounters of Jesus with a variety of people: insiders, outsiders, outcasts, religious...

  • Living on Purpose: Wherever you are God is with you

    Billy Holland|Oct 25, 2021

    For those who try to live for the Lord and want to please Him, I’m sure you know what I mean when I say there are times when the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. When it comes to maintaining a red-hot enthusiasm for the Christian life, we are not robots, but rather we are emotional humans who have good days along with other times that are clouded with feelings of melancholy. It does the heart good to quietly sit alone as we search within our soul trying to figure out what is wrong....

  • Archival Anecdotes: From the darkest corners of the museum...

    Rachel Brazil|Oct 25, 2021

    From time to time, someone will ask me if the museum is haunted. My first reaction is to laugh. My second reaction is to tell the truth and say, "I never been there after dark, so I have no reason to believe so." The truth is, some of the artifacts within the museum do haunt me. There are items that sit in the darkest corners of the museum and offer little in terms of didactic value. In lay terms­- these artifacts do very little to earn their keep. Their labels are simple and provide only the...

  • History of New Rockford: Oct. 25, 2021

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|Oct 25, 2021

    The Eddy County Commission (Braman, Dailey, Dafoe) met on July 5-8, 1904. On July 6, the Eddy-Wells telephone line was connected to the local central office and linked the farmers of eastern Wells County with the outside world. Susie Monahan returned from visiting her brother Eddie in a St. Paul hospital; he was improving after his second operation and was able to be up for several hours a day. Agnes Ewald [Ewals?] was in shopping. J.P. Welsh was down from the Sheyenne Valley. Miss Lou Arnold...

  • Tree Talk: Tree sweets

    Gerri Makay|Oct 25, 2021

    If you ask nearly any kid, the best part of October might be the way the month ends: Halloween. The challenge is perfecting the most creative or spookiest costume. The reward is loads of candy! The most popular candy in the U.S. varies from year to year, but Reese's Pieces, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and M&Ms are among the top choices. In Canada, it's Kit Kat. Chocolate dominates as the favored choice in many countries, and we have the Cacao ("kuh-KOW") tree to thank! Chocolate comes from beans...

  • Savvy Senior: How to protect yourself against abdominal aortic aneurysms

    Jim Miller|Oct 25, 2021

    Dear Savvy Senior, Can you tell me about stomach aneurysms? My father died from one about 10 years ago and I’m wondering if that can increase my risk of developing one myself. Almost 60 Dear Almost, While you don’t hear much about them, stomach aneurysms, also known as abdominal aortic aneurysms, are very dangerous, and the 10th leading cause of death in men over 55. They also tend to run in families, so having had a parent with this condition makes you much more vulnerable yourself. An...

  • Our Outdoors: Problems with plastic

    Nick Simonson|Oct 25, 2021

    I’ve come to despise plastic. I guess not all plastic, just the plastic that gets in the way of enjoying the outdoors and the aesthetics of being in places where plastic shouldn’t be. Like all things in this life, it’s a harsh duality and a battle of rationalization along a fine line at times. That’s because plastic is so versatile, arguably the foundation of our current society, and probably a big part of a successful trip in the outdoors as well, whether fishing, hunting, hiking or...

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