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  • Matted and Malnourished

    Nathan Price|Mar 4, 2024

    A grim discovery was recently made in rural Eddy County. After being contacted by a concerned family member, volunteers from Prairie Paws Rescue of Jamestown traveled to a residence in Eddy County on Friday, Feb. 23, about 10 miles northeast of New Rockford. What they discovered were more than two dozen neglected and malnourished dogs and puppies, along with several deceased animals. Kaye John, President and Co-Founder of Prairie Paws Rescue, was among those who first came to Eddy County on...

  • Firearm thefts reported in New Rockford

    Nathan Price|Mar 4, 2024

    A rash of firearm thefts has been occurring in New Rockford throughout January and February of this year. According to Eddy County Sheriff Paul Lies, three vehicles in New Rockford have been burglarized, and he’s asking for anyone with information to come forward. Lies said the three vehicles were left unlocked and had several firearms stolen from them, which the sheriff’s department has been working to track down. The first theft reportedly took place on Jan. 13, and the most recent...

  • A Grann Honor

    Nathan Price|Mar 4, 2024

    Bobbi Grann Olson, a 2009 graduate of New Rockford-Sheyenne, was recently inducted into the Dickinson State University Athletic Hall of Fame. She was officially inducted as a female rodeo athlete on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the DSU Rodeo Team's annual Cowboys and Candlelight event. For Olson, it was a highlight of her incredibly successful career in rodeo, which is still far from over. She first showed a talent for various rodeo events at a young age, and she eventually became one of the best female...

  • Reisenauer wins state contest

    Nathan Price|Mar 4, 2024

    After winning a statewide contest, a talented fifth grade student at New Rockford-Sheyenne received a unique award on Friday, Feb. 23. Every year, the North Dakota Weed Control Association (NDWCA) holds a poster contest for fifth and sixth grade students throughout the state of North Dakota, and this year, New Rockford-Sheyenne's Zoe Reisenauer stood out among the rest. Reisenauer received her award in front of the entire fifth grade class Friday afternoon, which included a plaque that features...

  • Barbies & Bingo at the Brown

    Mar 4, 2024

    On Sunday, Feb. 25, the New Rockford Park District hosted their second annual daddy daughter dance at the Brown Memorial. Dozens of girls and their male role models attended the dance – which included dancing, bingo and tacos. What more could a girl ask for! Brenda Bachmeier with The Pink Pistil Flower Boutique provided an extraordinary pink and white balloon arch, as well as some of the attendees' corsages and boutonnières. KayElla Photography snapped photos throughout the...

  • 701 Rundown: March 4, 2024

    Nathan Price|Mar 4, 2024

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. May-Port-C-G volleyball, basketball teams appear headed for Division A in 2025-26 May-Port-C-G’s volleyball and basketball teams may be bumped from Division B to Division A starting in the 2025-26 school year. Stacy Hanson, MPCG’s assistant athletic director, told the MPCG School Board on Monday that district officials received notice that the Patriots, based on their projected...

  • Winners announced for annual Brandon Kolstad Memorial Coyote Hunt

    Mar 4, 2024

    The annual Brandon Kolstad Memorial Coyote Hunt took place on Sunday, Feb. 25 at Wild Things Taxidermy in Sheyenne. A total of 19 teams signed up for the event and brought in 21 coyotes. Greg Kolstad and Brad Skytland took first place; Ben Grann and Ben Ayre placed second; and Joel Kuczynski and Dale Peplinski took third place. Andy Bachmeier and Nate Collier received the "Big Dog" prize whereas Damon Finley and Kiefer Finley were awarded the "Little Dog" prize....

  • Sheyenne: March 4, 2024

    Patti Clifton|Mar 4, 2024

    Patti Larson visited at the Heritage House in New Rockford last Tuesday and got in on birthday cake and ice cream for her aunt Judy Cudworth. Later in the week, Patti had her uncle Doug Cudworth over for supper to celebrate his 70th birthday. Last Wednesday, Jan Loe and Patti Clifton stopped at the Pingree Community Cafe for noon lunch on their way to Jamestown. In Jamestown, stops were at the recycling center, Menards and Walmart. They also made a couple stops in Carrington before returning home to Sheyenne. It was a beautiful shirt-sleeve...

  • Forever Dance Spring Show 2024

    Mar 4, 2024

    The annual Forever Dance Spring Show took place on Sunday, Feb. 25 at Carrington High School. Dancers from the Tinys, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Cardinaires performed a handful of routines throughout the show. Want to purchase photos of your little dancer? Head over to transcript.smugmug.com to look through the gallery. https://transcript.smugmug.com/Foster-County-Independent-photos/Forever-Dance-Spring-Show-2-25-24...

  • D-14 challengers endorsed in Steele

    Nathan Price|Feb 26, 2024

    District 14's longtime incumbent Republicans have been asked to step down and support a new group of conservative challengers. At the District 14 Republican Endorsing Convention on Sunday, Feb. 18, Krisa Grothe, Larry Danduran and Jason Steidl officially received the endorsement of local Republicans. The endorsement reportedly came after the three incumbents – Jerry Klein, Jon Nelson and Robin Weisz – dropped their challenge for the endorsement on the day of the convention, and what...

  • Academic excellence

    Nathan Price|Feb 26, 2024

    This year's North Dakota Academic All-State teams have been selected, and New Rockford-Sheyenne's Keaton Cudworth has been named to the Class B Silver team. All totaled, 190 high school seniors in North Dakota were nominated by their school's principal and went on to compete for statewide recognition in either the Class AA, Class A or Class B divisions. Each student was named to either the Gold, Silver, Bronze or Honorable Mention team. Selection was based on grade-point averages, ACT or SAT...

  • Seats open on NR-S school board, county

    Nathan Price|Feb 26, 2024

    The primary election is a little more than two months away, and there are several local positions up for grabs this year. There are three seats open on the New Rockford-Sheyenne School Board: one from the former New Rockford District, one from the former Sheyenne District and another from anywhere within the combined district. Each position on the school board is for a 3-year term. Those three seats currently belong to Mary Kay Price, School board president Todd Allmaras, and Patti Larson....

  • Mindy's Clubhouse to offer new summer youth program in New Rockford

    Nathan Price|Feb 26, 2024

    There’s an exciting new opportunity for local youth in New Rockford coming this summer. Mindy’s Clubhouse, will be offering a summer program for children ages 7-12, something that hasn’t been available in the community for quite some time. Mindy Skerjva opened Mindy’s Clubhouse at the Brown Memorial in December of 2022, helping to resolve a severe lack of local child care options in the area. Now, she’s expanding her services to include the summer program, and enrollment is open now....

  • Baron jailed on more child porn charges

    Nathan Price|Feb 26, 2024

    Ryan Baron, former superintendent and high school principal of the Midkota School District, is facing even more charges for possession of child pornography and for allegedly directing a 12-year-old to send him explicit photos. Back in November of last year, Baron was initially arrested and charged with five felony counts of "possession of certain materials prohibited," which came after a cyber tip was received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. That tip led to the...

  • Grain bin rescue equipment and training opportunities available for fire departments

    Feb 26, 2024

    February is grain bin safety month. North Dakota is no exception when it comes to grain bin entrapments and engulfments. In 2020, North Dakota ranked second in the nation for recorded grain bin-related entrapments in the Summary of U.S. Agricultural Confined Space-Related Injuries and Fatalities report from Purdue University. That does not account for any undocumented grain bin-related injuries and fatalities. Research estimates that 30 percent of confined spaces incidences, including grain bin entrapments, are unreported or undocumented....

  • While officials defend Legacy Fund decisions, others see 'mission drift'

    Michael Standaert|Feb 26, 2024

    Legacy Fund leaders and decision makers say a recent poll fails to capture the work already being done to steer investments back to the state. Others, however, say the overall mission of the Legacy Fund has not been adequately defined or has shifted from its original purpose. A total of 60 percent of eligible voters want Legacy Fund investments to be directed to development projects in North Dakota, compared to 18 percent who think the fund should continue to focus mainly on growth, according to the North Dakota poll released on Feb. 13 and...

  • 701 Rundown: Feb. 26, 2024

    Nathan Price|Feb 26, 2024

    Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota. Commitment to sustainability On a gravel road in rural Foster County is a family-owned agribusiness that never stops. It quietly and continuously operates, cold pressing and refining a variety of crops to produce oil and protein. Now, this business has big news to share. Healthy Oilseeds of rural Carrington recently announced that their hemp and flax products are Regenerative Organic...

  • Talk of the Town: Feb. 26, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|Feb 26, 2024

    Valentine's Day found Ken and Marvis Holte enjoying treats at the Prairie Inn where they visited with Norris and Becky Kjos. Candy Jensen enjoyed a catch up phone call one afternoon from long-time friend Mary Jo Wallace. Friday, Amanda Bickett was a visitor at the Ken and Marvis Holte home. Saturday, the Holtes enjoyed visiting over coffee with Lester and Val Ellingson and Alan Lang at the Chieftain in Carrington. Sunday, Cody and Amanda Bickett and Izzy stopped in at the Holtes'. Ken and Marvis Holte called son Loren Holte recently and wished...

  • Pleasant Prairie: Feb. 26, 2024

    Charlotte Koepplin|Feb 26, 2024

    Jimmy Indergaard enjoyed visiting and supper Saturday and Sunday at the Andy and Ruth Braaten home. Charlotte Koepplin got a nice Valentine's Day surprise in the form of a cute live plant from Todd and Karen Koepplin and a vase of real flowers from Aaron and Danielle Koepplin, and is enjoying them everyday. Margie Anderson enjoyed Valentine's greetings and visits from daughter Patti Larson and granddaughters Joanna and Sandra, along with other family. Friday morning brief stopper at the Charlotte Koepplin home was Aaron Koepplin with a...

  • Sheyenne: Feb. 26, 2024

    Patti Clifton|Feb 26, 2024

    GRIT held a board meeting Feb. 16 at the Sheyenne Senior Center. Board members Sharon Whitmer, Darci Joseph, Patti Larson, Laurie Westby, Tara Hanson and Joanna Larson had a lot to go over for planning summer projects. They are looking at hosting a community meeting in April to kick off the summer work. Events/Ostby Hall chair, Joanna, reported on efforts to keep the @sheyennend Instagram account updated with community happenings. A Sheyenne website is also in the works. GRIT volunteers will be working bingo on March 2. Tara,...

  • Area students recognized by UND for Fall 2023

    Feb 26, 2024

    The University of North Dakota’s Office of the Registrar issued its Fall Semester 2023 Dean’s List and President’s Roll of Honor. The Dean’s List comprises students whose grade point average are in the top 15 percent of the enrollment in each of the University’s degree granting colleges and schools. A student must have completed no fewer than 12 semester hours of academic work during the semester. Area students on the Dean’s List include the following: Carrington: Lucas Hendrickson, Addison Hoornaert, Cassidy Neuman, Marah Painter,...

  • Registration open for free suicide prevention webinar

    Feb 26, 2024

    Addressing the wellness needs of those working in agriculture or related areas will be the focus of an upcoming Question-Persuade-Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention webinar 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 on March 5 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. CST. Research indicates the suicide rate is significantly higher for those working in agriculture. The QPR training will provide...

  • Baron jailed on new child pornography charges

    Nathan Price|Feb 26, 2024

    Ryan Baron, former superintendent and high school principal of the Midkota School District, is facing even more charges for possession of child pornography and for allegedly directing a 12-year-old to send explicit photos. Back in November of last year, Baron was initially arrested and charged with five felony counts of "possession of certain materials prohibited," which came after a cyber tip was received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. That tip led to the...

  • Local firm wins bid for county shop

    Nathan Price|Feb 19, 2024

    A new county shop is coming to Sheyenne. On Friday, Feb. 9, Eddy County commissioners awarded a bid to New Rockford-based CK Construction for a new 50-by-60 foot structure to be built in Sheyenne this spring. The new shop will take the place of a decades-old structure on the south end of town, just off Highway 281. Todd Weber, Eddy County Road Superintendent, said the old structure has been outdated and impractical for the county's needs for some time. "The blade doesn't fit in the existing...

  • New Rockford city sales tax up by 12%

    Amy Wobbema|Feb 19, 2024

    The City of New Rockford collected $434,351.14 in sales tax last year, according to data obtained by auditor Andrew Presnell. That reflects an increase of nearly 12 percent, when compared to the $388,536.66 collected in 2022. The top two uses of sales tax funds, amounting to a whopping 64 percent of the total, are infrastructure improvements and economic development. Each received $111,193.89 in sales tax funds last year. Amanda Hegland, Executive Director for NRABC, the organization charged...

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