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Articles from the December 14, 2020 edition

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 By Amy Wobbema    News    December 14, 2020

"I feel real good now" - Longnecker recovers from COVID-19 ahead of his 102nd birthday

More than 80,000 North Dakota residents have recovered from COVID-19 since March, and one of New Rockford's eldest residents is among them. Ervin Longnecker, who turned 102 years old on Dec. 3, was si...

 

Bison Lodge back in local hands

The Bison Lodge is once again locally owned and operated. Officially registered as K&M Bison Lodge and Outfitters, the long-standing hospitality locale has become Kim Bulman and Matt Schaefer's side...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    December 14, 2020

Rental assistance available locally

A recent study shows housing is among the highest priority needs cited by North Dakota residents, says Kathy Steinbach. As the Eddy County Housing Authority Director, Steinbach wants residents to...

 

Music students play it safe, record virtual Christmas concert

In a normal year, band and choir students would be putting the final touches on their holiday program. As with all things 2020, we can expect some deviation from the norm. Due in part to the cautious...

 

What it Takes: To build a rod making business

For this month's edition of What it Takes, I interviewed my one and only brother. Jackson is two and a half years older than me and has a serious addiction... ice fishing. For Jackson, ice fishing is...

 

New Rockford's blood drive brings in 71 volunteers

New Rockford hosted a blood drive with Vitalant on Nov. 23 at First Lutheran Church, which helped collect a total of 60 units of blood products for patients in need. A total of 71 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 58 individuals were able...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    December 14, 2020

City Commission considers changes to fireworks ordinance

The New Rockford City Commission is considering a change to its fireworks ordinance. Robert (Joe) Lies, a local retailer, has requested that the city allow fireworks to be sold and set off in city...

 

N.D. House Update: Dec. 14, 2020

Members of the upcoming 67th Legislative Assembly met in Bismarck December 1-3 for the organizational session. It was a whole different experience as almost everyone was wearing face masks or face shields, which were required by a temporary rule...

 

Pleasant Prairie: Dec. 14, 2020

Ervin Longnecker celebrated his 102nd birthday Dec. 3. Birthday greeters at the farm were Cory and Tammy Longnecker and granddaughter Kinlee and Charlotte Koepplin, Merle and Sandy Longnecker and Eric and Lisa Longnecker and family. The afternoon...

 

Talk of the Town: Dec. 14, 2020

Shirley Packard enjoyed a phone call from Mary Lynn (Wangen) Hawks Sunday from her home in Centralia, Wash. Vivian Pfeiffer is Aunt to Mary. Thursday Eloise Lucht and daughter Heidi Schneider drove to Grand Forks where Eloise got good news following...

 
 By Linda Madson    News    December 14, 2020

Oberon Oracles: Dec. 14, 2020

Monday, Charlotte Simon and several other ladies baked sugar cookies for the Christmas sugar cookie kits that will be sold by MOHA (Maddock Opera House Association). The kits contain sugar cookies, frosting and sprinkles. The ladies baked enough...

 

Obituary: Betty Smith

Betty Smith, 89, passed peacefully on Nov. 26, 2020 at Golden Acres Manor, Carrington, N.D. Mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Carrington, N.D....

 

Obituary: Shirley Nihill-Erickson

Shirley Nihill-Erickson, age 93, of Bordulac, N.D., died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Golden Acres Manor, Carrington, N.D. Services will be held in the spring. Shirley Anna Nihill was born April 23,...

 

Obituary: Eugene LaMotte

Eugene Harlan "Gene" LaMotte Sr., 83, of Devils Lake formerly of the Wood Lake-Tokio area passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 at Essentia Health, Fargo, N.D. Mass of Christian Burial was be held on...

 

Can you guess Santa's biggest regrets?

We all know Santa Claus as a “right jolly old elf,” but the man carries a well-stocked bag of regrets. He recently sat down with me to list some of the ways he wished his life had gone...

 

Covid grinch can't steal our Christmas.

Sorry, COVID-19, but you're not going to stop our Christmas cheer this year. You remind me of the Dr. Seuss Christmas classic, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." The Grinch, you see, is a miserable old...

 

Lessons from the inbox of divisiveness and unity

I collect my hate mail. Not because it makes me angry or because I want to obsess over it. It’s just so interesting and I want to understand it. I receive a lot of emails in response to columns, and most are generally positive. But the negative...

 

Obituary: Bernice Hallsten

Bernice Ellen Hallsten, age 101, a longtime resident of Sheyenne, N.D., died peacefully on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, at the Northwood Deaconess Health Center in Northwood, N.D. She had recently resided...

 

Obituary: Melvin Midgley

Melvin Lloyd Midgley went to be with our Lord and savior on Dec. 2, 2020. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, McHenry, N.D. Burial was held at the...

 

Obituary: Richard Topp

Richard Topp, age 82, passed away on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 Golden Acres Manor, Carrington, N.D. Private graveside service was held Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 at Grace City Cemetery, Grace City, N.D....

 

Sermonette: Dec. 14, 2020

Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace...

 

History of New Rockford: Dec. 14, 2020

On Sunday, Sept. 13, 1903, three heifer calves, one bull calf and two steer calves strayed from the H.P. Halverson farm 8 miles west of Sheyenne. A short item stated that on that day Will Morris’ red cow “died,” but after several hours Fred Uet...

 

We the People: How the founders defined executive power

The outstanding feature of Article II of the Constitution is its grant to the president of relatively few, sharply limited powers, a function of the Constitutional Convention’s determination, in the words of James Madison, to “confine and...

 

Savvy Senior: Noticing Memory Problems? What to Do Next

Dear Savvy Senior, My mom, who’s 76, has become more forgetful lately and is worried she may be getting Alzheimer’s disease. What resources can you recommend to help us get a handle on this?...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Look what I can do!

Some 4,000 years ago, folks wishing to travel across the frozen flats of Finland devised a more effective mode of transportation. Based on archaeological findings, it seems these early skaters used...

 

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