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Articles from the October 30, 2023 edition


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  • Grime, grout and GRIT

    Nathan Price|Oct 30, 2023

    Sheyenne GRIT, a newly- formed nonprofit community development group, is literally transforming their community one house at a time. Like many small towns in America, Sheyenne, N.D. is not alone in facing the tough challenge of attracting new residents and growing their community. Many small, rural towns are hemorrhaging population as they struggle to retain businesses and maintain basic services, and housing is often a particularly difficult problem to tackle. But the community of Sheyenne is...

  • Standout former NRHS athlete battling disease

    Nathan Price|Oct 30, 2023

    Rachael Otto, a 1993 NRHS grad who's among the most successful athletes to ever come out of New Rockford, is taking on the fight of her life. On Sunday, Sept. 17, Otto was enjoying a weekend at her lake cabin in Minnesota when she experienced a blood clot in the lower portion of her brain. She was immediately rushed to a hospital in Detroit Lakes, Minn. and later taken by ambulance to Fargo, N.D. where she underwent several surgeries to remove the clots. Then came a devastating diagnosis:...

  • Legislators go back to work in Bismarck

    Nathan Price|Oct 30, 2023

    On Monday, Oct. 23, North Dakota’s state legislators were back in Bismarck for a special legislative session forced by an unexpected N.D. Supreme Court ruling. During their regular session that ended in April of this year, state legislators passed a major spending bill that encompassed a wide range of subjects. Too wide, apparently. That’s according to the North Dakota Supreme Court, who ruled in September that the bill violated a constitutional requirement that limits bills to one subject. The...

  • Belquist commits to Huskers

    Nathan Price|Oct 30, 2023

    Kelsie Belquist, a star athlete for New Rockford-Sheyenne, has verbally committed to compete in track and field for the University of Nebraska. The announcement was made on Tuesday, Oct. 24, and puts an end to speculation about which college program would be lucky enough to acquire her. Belquist's father and coach, Elliott Belquist, said numerous schools had been showing interest in Kelsie and that she'd gone to visit several of them, including Baylor University in Texas, North Dakota State...

  • Right on track

    Oct 30, 2023

    On the morning of Wednesday, October 25, Heartland Ready Mix began pouring concrete on what will soon become the 100-yard two-lane straightaway at the new practice field located west of the Jim Johnson Memorial Field. On the morning of Wednesday, October 25, Heartland Ready Mix began pouring concrete on what will soon become the 100-yard two-lane straightaway at the new practice field located west of the Jim Johnson Memorial Field....

  • Wick to stand trial for murder in January

    Nathan Price|Oct 30, 2023

    Patricia Wick, a former Carrington daycare owner who’s accused of murdering an infant, was back in court on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Wick has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of a 5-month-old while in her care in September of 2022. An autopsy ruled the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head and neck. She also pleaded not guilty to child abuse after a 6-year-old allegedly suffered a broken arm while in her care, and to a misdemeanor charge for operating a child care facility w...

  • Obituary: Florence Gisvold

    Oct 30, 2023

    Florence Gisvold New Rockford, N.D. Florence Christine Gisvold, 92, passed away on Thursday, October 19, 2023, with her family by her side at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford, N.D. Florence's visitation was held Tuesday, October 24, 2023 from 1-7 p.m. followed by a Rosary Service at 6:30 p.m. and a Vigil Service at 7 p.m., all at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,...

  • Obituary: Gary Cunningham

    Oct 30, 2023

    Gary Cunningham Grace City, N.D. Gary Duane Cunningham, age 66, of Grace City, N.D., died Sunday, October 15, 2023 at his home, of natural causes. Gary's visitation was held Thursday, October 19, 2023, from 1-2 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m., all at Faith Evangelical Free Church, Grace City, N.D. Burial followed at the Grace City Cemetery. Rev. Dave Fix officiated the service with special music by pianist Karol Kapelle. Congregational hymns were "How Great Thou Art," "In the Sweet...

  • Michigan man sentenced in drug trafficking case

    Oct 30, 2023

    United States Attorney Mac Schneider announced that Devonsha Dabney a/k/a Kemell, age 29, of Detroit, Mich., appeared before Chief Judge Peter D. Welte, U.S. District Court, Fargo, N.D., on October 10, 2023, for his leadership in a drug trafficking organization targeting two of North Dakota’s Native American Reservations. Dabney pled guilty to Continuing Criminal Enterprise and admitted to forfeiture allegations involving US currency, jewelry, and more. Dabney was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison, four years of supervised release, a...

  • 701 Rundown: October 30, 2023

    Nathan Price|Oct 30, 2023

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Sugar beet crop is setting records This year’s sugar beet harvest has been a grind, it’s been about a 14-day run with no breaks. It’s been efficient but taxing on the people, machines and factories that are tasked with harvesting the crop. “That kind of run is hard on the growers, it’s hard on our employees and it’s hard on our ag staff,” said Justin Krieg, agronomist for American Crysta...

  • Sheyenne News: October 30, 2023

    Patti Clifton|Oct 30, 2023

    Area farmers wrapped up soybean harvest in favorable weather. There will be no time for breaks before starting corn. Jan Loe attended the funeral service for Joe Eversvik at St. John's Catholic Church in New Rockford last Wednesday morning. Condolences to the family of Joe Eversvik. The last Saturday night Ostby Hall bingo of the season is Oct. 28. Bingo will resume in March 2024. Josslyn, Jakoby and Damian Hager spent their Friday off from school helping their great-aunt Patti Larson. They picked apples at the Prairie Dawn Community Orchard,...

  • Pleasant Prairie: October 30, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|Oct 30, 2023

    Margie Anderson enjoyed a visit from Jim and Jane Cudworth one afternoon. Thursday afternoon visitors at the Charlotte Koepplin home were Pastor Richard Biberdorf, Shirley Packard, Diana Rue and Ed Brecto. Pastor gave all communion. All enjoyed visiting over lunch. Thursday, Gary and Kathy Anderson and Margie Anderson were among those who took retirement wishes to James Walter Indergaard at Leevers in Carrington, where he has worked for many years. All enjoyed a piece of cake in celebration and greeting Jimmy. Brief stopper Wednesday afternoon...

  • Talk of the Town: October 30, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|Oct 30, 2023

    New Rockford and area folks extend sympathy to the family of Darlene Daugherty. Thursday, Calvin Packard and mom, Shirley, were around town on errands and business. Ken and Marvis Holte were in New Rockford Thursday morning and enjoyed visiting at the Rockford Café, and were treated to coffee compliments of Jeanette Munson. Saturday they went on a little outing and enjoyed coffee at the Chieftain. Wednesday, Eloise Lucht enjoyed being pampered at the monthly foot clinic in New Rockford, and reports that son Alan of Germany had planned to be...

  • The dying art of Halloween costume humor

    Tom Purcell|Oct 30, 2023

    Halloween is upon us, which means you'd better be cautious about the costume you choose. Halloween has long been a staple of childhood, but in the past few decades it has been increasingly celebrated by adults – and for good reason. Until recently, it was the one day where adults could dress up in funny, outrageous costumes that satirized popular culture and the complexity of modern life. Dressing up as a rock star, Albert Einstein, a famous sports figure or some other pop icon could be fun a...

  • Taft: The court should preserve framers' governmental structure

    David Adler|Oct 30, 2023

    The U.S. Supreme Court is a law court, of course, but it is primarily a political institution that guides the destiny of the nation. Its rulings mark the boundaries of power between the branches of the federal government and those between the federal and state governments, as well as determining the scope of liberties enjoyed by the citizenry. William Howard Taft, the lone American to serve as both president and chief justice, was acutely aware of the impact of the Court on the life of the nation, and the influence of individual justices on...

  • Letter to the Editor: October 30, 2023

    Erin Laverdure|Oct 30, 2023

    I am sincerely grateful to Representative Joshua Boschee for his focus on the working families of North Dakota during the special legislative session with HB 1193, child care stabilization. I am disappointed the Legislative Management Committee voted to not move this critical bill forward, and I urge legislators to continue to find ways to fund this fundamental issue. As a co-founder and board president of Energy Capital Cooperative Child Care in Hazen, I have a front-row seat to the challenges faced by child care providers. North Dakota...

  • SBA announces National Veterans Small Business Week

    Oct 30, 2023

    Administrator Isabel Guzman, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and voice in President Biden’s Cabinet for America’s more than 33 million small businesses, announced the SBA will celebrate the 10th annual National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW) from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. Throughout the week, the SBA, its resource partners and local organizations across the country will host a series of virtual and in-person events to highlight the entrepreneurial journeys of veteran- and military spouse-owned small business owners and...

  • Obituary: Darlene Daugherty

    Oct 30, 2023

    Darlene Daugherty New Rockford, N.D. Darlene Audrey Daugherty, 86, died peacefully on October 22, 2023, in New Rockford, N.D. surrounded by her four children. Darlene's visitation was held on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, from 3-7 p.m. with a rosary service at 6:45 p.m. followed by a vigil service at 7 p.m., all at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, October 26, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church, New Rockford. Internment followed at...

  • Sermonette: October 30, 2023

    Pastor Mindy Meier|Oct 30, 2023

    "And don’t be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there." – 1 Corinthians 7:17 Attributed to Augustine of Hippo, a fourth-century father of the faith: “There is a God-shaped void in every human heart.” Each human knows how this feels. Life is full of disappointments. We wish our job was better; we wish our marriage was better; we wish our kids would do as we say; we wish we’d stick to our workout plan! Enhanced by social media algorithms,...

  • Savvy Senior: Misleading Medicare Advantage ads – what to look out for

    Jim Miller|Oct 30, 2023

    Dear Savvy Senior, I’m currently enrolled in original Medicare but have been thinking about switching to a Medicare Advantage plan during the open enrollment period. Many of the Medicare Advantage ads I’ve seen offer lots of extra benefits beyond what traditional Medicare offers and no monthly premiums. What are your thoughts? Considering a Switch Dear Considering, Be very leery of the Medicare Advantage ads on TV, radio, social media and that come in the mail. While many of these ads may tou...

  • History of New Rockford: October 30, 2023

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|Oct 30, 2023

    On May 24, 1906, Alice (Mrs. J.W.) Rager left on a visit to her former home, Jamestown, N.Y. Mrs. B.W. Hersey left for Kansas City, Mo., to visit her parents. The New Rockford Band played an outdoor concert that evening. That evening, Miss Mame Sheehy hosted a souvenir party for Miss Lynne Tyler at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T.E. Lahart. Twelve young ladies were guests. Miss Mae Herbert won a cake in a cake-guessing contest. White satin ribbons and bells decorated the dining room where the delicio...

  • Runners take on regionals

    Nathan Price|Oct 30, 2023

    On Saturday, Oct. 21, the New Rockford-Sheyenne Cross Country team took part in the Class B East Region meet in Cooperstown. Neecie Swart, Gabe Smith and Seth Greiner represented the Rockets at the event, and all were willing to take on the varsity 5K (five kilometers). With all three being seventh graders, they were signing up to go against much older and much more experienced competition. But in doing so they've gained valuable experience of their own. In addition to stiffer competition, the...

  • Rockets take down Lady Titans, Chargers

    Kyrie Dauenhauer|Oct 30, 2023

    After a tough loss to the Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich Cardinals on Tuesday, October 17, the Rockets were back in action on Monday, October 23 in their home gym. The Rockets hosted the Griggs-Midkota Lady Titans and held them to a five-set thriller. In the first set of the night, the Lady Titans started off with the lead 3-1, which ended shortly after errors started. But with only two points scored for the Rockets, the ball ended back into the hands of the Lady Titans. And that was the name of...

  • An instant classic

    Nathan Price|Oct 30, 2023

    It's not often a high school football game gets labeled an instant classic, but to call the Rockets' quarterfinal win on Saturday, Oct. 28 anything else just wouldn't be right. Taking on the LaMoure/Litchville-Marion Loboes on a below-freezing afternoon, the No. 2 New Rockford-Sheyenne/Maddock Rockets were put to the ultimate test in the quarterfinals of the 9-man football playoffs. They began facing adversity even before the kickoff on Saturday, as a sudden change of venue cost them a key...

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