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  • New deputy in town

    Nathan Price|Dec 25, 2023

    The Eddy County Sheriff's Department is welcoming a new deputy to their ranks. Allen Troy, a native of Devils Lake, N.D., recently started at the sheriff's office in Eddy County, bringing years of law enforcement experience to the office. Troy graduated from Lake Region State College in 2015 and soon after began his policing career with the Napoleon Police Department. A few months later he started at the Oliver County Sheriff's Office, where he accrued over four years of experience as a rural sh...

  • County seeking interim auditor

    Nathan Price|Dec 25, 2023

    During a special meeting on Friday, Dec. 15, Eddy County commissioners agreed on a path forward following the sudden resignation of auditor Patty Williams. Regarding a long-term solution, State’s Attorney Ashley Lies told commissioners that Eddy County can hold a special election to fill the vacancy as early as 2024. Typically the position wouldn’t be on the ballot until 2026, as Williams was last elected in 2022. However, N.D. Century Code dictates that a special election may be called in the...

  • Presnell hired as city auditor

    Amy Wobbema|Dec 25, 2023

    After serving as the interim auditor for the past three months, Andrew Presnell has earned the permanent gig. The New Rockford City Commission officially voted to hire Presnell as the permanent city auditor during a special meeting on Friday, Dec. 11. His starting salary is $55,000 per year. The decision was made due to his "exemplary job performance" over the past few months, president Stu Richter noted. "I think it's the perfect move," commissioner Jim Belquist added. "You deserve it....

  • Legislature grapples with court ruling

    Nathan Price|Dec 25, 2023

    Almost immediately following the 2021 redistricting process, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and the Spirit Lake Nation sued the state of North Dakota, alleging the new districts diluted their voting rights. Earlier this year a federal judge agreed with them, beginning a scramble to approve new maps before the deadline on Friday, Dec. 22. U.S. District Chief Judge Peter Welte, appointed by President Trump in 2019, said the redrawn legislative map violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by...

  • Broadway Santa

    Dec 25, 2023

    On Tuesday, Dec. 19, hundreds of friends and family gathered at the New Rockford-Sheyenne Gymnasium to enjoy the school's annual Elementary Christmas Concert. This years' event had a bit of a twist. First and second graders sung a few classic Christmas tunes to begin the evening, and then the third through fifth grades joined for a musical play titled, "Broadway Santa." Amelia Smith starred as Santa Claus, who decided to leave the North Pole to follow his dream of creating a broadway play. Only...

  • Registration open for free suicide prevention webinars

    Dec 25, 2023

    Addressing the wellness needs of those working in agriculture or related areas will be the focus of several upcoming Question-Persuade-Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention webinars sponsored by North Dakota State University Extension. The 90-minute webinar will address concerns of high stress levels in agriculture-related jobs and the toll on mental and emotional well-being. It will be offered three times: Jan. 9, Feb. 6 and March 5 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. CST. Research indicates the suicide rate is significantly higher for those working in...

  • NDSU Feedlot School set for Jan. 17-18

    Dec 25, 2023

    North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center will hold its annual NDSU Feedlot School on Jan. 17-18. This intensive course is for cattle producers, feeders, backgrounders, feed industry personnel, animal health-care suppliers and anyone else who is interested in learning more about feedlot production, nutrition, waste management and marketing. “Cattle feeding is a very competitive business,” says Karl Hoppe, Extension livestock systems specialist at the center. “Making cattle feeding profitable is usually a result...

  • St. Michael man convicted of multiple counts of assault with a dangerous weapon

    Dec 25, 2023

    United States Attorney Mac Schneider, District of North Dakota, announced that after a seven-day trial, a jury found Nathaniel Patrick Azure, age 21, from St. Michael, N.D., guilty of three counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, two counts of Discharge of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence, and one count of Brandishing of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence. The jury convicted Azure for his role in a non-fatal shooting in Fort Totten, N.D., on Jan. 6, 2021. Azure was also convicted for assaulting...

  • Pleasant Prairie: Dec. 25, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|Dec 25, 2023

    Wednesday found Jimmy Indergaard as a visitor and supper guest at the Mervin Indergaard home. Sunday, Jimmy enjoyed a visit and supper at the Andy and Ruth Braaten home. Wednesday Charlotte Koepplin and Candy Jensen kept medical appointments in Harvey. They rode the South Central Transit to get there. Margie Anderson enjoyed a visit from Lori Erickson one afternoon. Last Saturday Jimmy Indergaard was among family and friends to take 4th birthday greetings to Evelyn Koepplin at James River Ag. Thursday, nephew Aaron Koepplin drove Aunt...

  • 701 Rundown: Dec. 25, 2023

    Nathan Price|Dec 25, 2023

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Divide schools’ special ed director resigns Divide County school board members have approved the resignation of the district’s special education director just a few months into the job, though Superintendent Sherlock Hirning was reluctant to inform them of what led to that outcome. The school district called a special board meeting Nov. 29 to act on Jeanie Brickley’s resignation effective No...

  • Obituary: Keith Rost

    Dec 25, 2023

    Keith Rost Jamestown, N.D. Keith Eldore Rost, 77, passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at his home in Jamestown, N.D., surrounded by family. Keith's visitation was held Friday, Dec. 15, 2023 from 1-5 p.m. with family present from 1-2 p.m. at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford. A funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023 at 2 p.m. at Grandfield Lutheran Church, rural Sheyenne, N.D. with his burial following at Grandfield Lutheran Cemetery. Rev. Jeff Halvorson officiated the service... Full story

  • Sheyenne: Dec. 25, 2023

    Patti Clifton|Dec 25, 2023

    Peter and Patti Larson traveled to Minneapolis to attend daughter Sandra’s graduation on Dec 14 at the University of Minnesota. Sandra graduated with a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering. She was chosen to deliver the commencement address on behalf of the students of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geoengineering. Sandra kept this a secret from her folks, so they were quite surprised at her speech. Sandra’s cousins Charlotte and Mike Crabtree hosted the Larsons at their home in Minneapolis for a party to celebrate San...

  • Talk of the Town: Dec. 25, 2023

    Charlotte Koepplin|Dec 25, 2023

    Sunday visitors at the Ken and Marvis Holte home were Jerrod and Angie Holte. Amanda Bickett stopped in for a chat with all. Friday found Calvin Packard and mom Shirley around town on necessary errands. Wednesday stopper at the Eloise Lucht home was grandson Caleb Schneider, enroute from his college studies in Jamestown to his home in Devils Lake over the Christmas holidays. Friday helper at the Shirley Packard home was Mary Gehrtz....

  • Letter to the Editor: What are they hiding?

    Larry Danduran|Dec 25, 2023

    Freedom of speech hits home in New Rockford. Chairman Dave Gehrtz of the New Rockford County Commission has denied Committee members of District 14 Republican Party Larry Danduran, Jason Steidl and Chairman Bill Kuntz to address the commission regarding a hardware issue with our absentee ES&S 450 voting machines. I showed up early for the Dec. 5 meeting to find out why we were denied the opportunity to address the commission. I, Larry Danduran, resident of Eddy Co have served as past member of St. John’s Parish Council, New Rockford Park B...

  • Mindfully melancholy at Christmas

    Amy Wobbema|Dec 25, 2023

    My heart is heavy this Christmas. My best friend lost her dad a week ago, and one of our daughter’s former classmates died by suicide. I also heard that two gentlemen from my hometown, one the school janitor and another a bus driver, also had passed away. I know that loss is a part of life, but that doesn’t make it any easier. “We are here.” That’s what I repeated to every person I hugged or talked to at the prayer service for my daughter’s classmate. And I listened to his grandma tell us wha...

  • Mr. Smith goes to the Supreme Court to save the rule of law

    David Adler|Dec 25, 2023

    Jack Smith, the special counsel prosecuting former President Donald Trump for his efforts to illegally overturn the 2020 election, made a bold and strategically wise move in a rare request to the U.S. Supreme Court to rule “expeditiously” on Trump’s claim of absolute immunity from criminal prosecution. Trump’s assertion that he is above the law represents a profound threat to the rule of law. Smith’s extraordinary request to the High Court to grant “certiorari before judgment,” represents the best opportunity to preserve Trump’s sched...

  • Letter to the Editor: Dec. 25, 2023

    Arlene Holtz|Dec 25, 2023

    This letter is in response to the "Eddy County Auditor Resigns" article and her resignation due to the added election challenges regarding the recent controversial issue of voting machines. In the last several elections, I have been the Election Inspector and worked part time under the supervision of Patty. Our county has been very fortunate to have such a competent, knowledgeable, trustworthy and dedicated Auditor as Patty. The election preparation begins in the spring of each election year under the directive of our Secretary of State’s o...

  • Obituary: Mason Schuster

    Dec 25, 2023

    Mason Schuster New Rockford, N.D. Mason Milo Schuster, 19 years old, passed away on December 10, 2023, at his home outside of New Rockford, N.D. Mason's visitation was held Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023 from 5-7 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at First Lutheran Church, New Rockford. A funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 18, 2023 at 2 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, New Rockford. His burial followed at the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Bremen, N.D. Rev. Amy Kippen officiated the serv... Full story

  • Obituary: Bruce Terpening

    Dec 25, 2023

    Bruce Terpening Maddock, N.D. Bruce J. Terpening, 78, of Maddock, N.D. passed away Sunday, December 17, 2023, at his home surrounded by his loving family, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. A Celebration of Bruce's Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to: the Maddock Community Foundation, P.O. Box 342, Maddock, N.D. 58348. Bruce was born December 28, 1944 to George and Edrie (Overdick) Terpening of rural New Rockford, N.D. He received... Full story

  • Sermonette: Dec. 25, 2023

    Pr. Jeff Halvorson|Dec 25, 2023

    Greetings Brothers and Sisters In Christ. We continue with our Advent story this week. Last week we discussed the four outer candles on our Advent wreath. This week we focus on the center candle, the Jesus candle. The four outer candles, Hope, Peace, Joy and Love are fine all by themselves, each representing great and beautiful attributes. But in the center, the Jesus candle puts them all together. In our Christian lives, none of the other four candles matter if we don’t have Jesus at our center. Jesus is the “Reason for the Season.” As Chris...

  • Death Notice: Rebecca Cunningham

    Dec 25, 2023

    Rebecca Cunningham Jamestown, N.D. Rebecca (Becky) Cunningham, age 51, of Jamestown, N.D., died on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at her residence, Jamestown. A private family service will be held for Rebecca. Rebecca’s burial will be at the Grace City Cemetery. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Carrington and New Rockford, N.D....

  • O'yeah!

    Kyrie Dauenhauer|Dec 25, 2023

    On Monday, Dec. 18, the New Rockford-Sheyenne girls' basketball team was set to take on the Region 2 competitors – the North Prairie Cougars – in Rolette. The Cougars are a team that never gives up without a fight. And they fought until the very end. The Cougars were the first on the scoreboard as North Prairie senior Hailey Peltier went 2-for-2 from the free throw line. Ava Peterson was the first to score for the Rockets. After a few turnovers by both teams, Jenna Rosinski of the Cougars swi...

  • Wrestlers hit south central N.D. for pair of tourneys

    Erik Gjovik|Dec 25, 2023

    Carrington’s wrestlers made a run for the southerly portion of the state for two separate tournaments the weekend of December 15-16. The Cardinal boys made their traditional stop at the Linton Holiday Tournament for a two-day event, while the girls attended what could be a budding tradition itself, at the second annual Border Brawl in Ashley on Saturday. CHS’ girls were the top-scoring Class B school at the Brawl, finishing fifth with 70.5 points. The shorthanded boys came in 13th at Linton wit...

  • Flying high

    Nathan Price|Dec 25, 2023

    It's early, but the New Rockford-Sheyenne Rockets are already showing how much better they've become since last season. In their first game of the year, they went toe-to-toe with the second-ranked team in the state, even holding a lead for three quarters before ultimately falling behind in the final eight minutes. And now, they've earned second place at the annual CNDC Tournament in Harvey, N.D., during which they enjoyed their most thrilling victory in recent memory. The Rockets began their...

  • Cards host mixed triangular duals

    Erik Gjovik|Dec 25, 2023

    The East Gym was the site for a double triangular dual, featuring both the Carrington boys and girls wrestling teams. The Lisbon Broncos took on both squads, with the Cardinal boys falling in a 54-21 decision and the girls coming out on top, 48-30. Velva took on the CHS boys in the nightcap and sent the Cards to defeat, 49-12. With an upset win over Lisbon in the previous round, the Aggies put themselves on the short list for state championship contenders in the dual tournament in February. In t...

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