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  • Eagles embody community

    Amy Wobbema|Jun 17, 2024

    “It’s like going to a family reunion where they all actually like you.” “You would never have known it was their first time hosting a convention.” “That is one of the best, most beautiful rooms I’ve ever stayed in. It’s right up there with resorts in big cities.” That’s what members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles had to say about their time in New Rockford and Carrington this past weekend, as New Rockford Aerie 2923 hosted the Dakota State Convention. In total, more than 200 people from across...

  • Rock on, and pass the Tylenol

    Jase Graves|Jun 17, 2024

    Now that two of my daughters are away at college and the one still at home basically views me as an ATM in an unfashionable neighborhood, I’ve tried to find myself a hobby. Since I’m not interested in activities that involve getting out of bed before noon on a Saturday, that pretty much rules out most manly-type-outdoorsy stuff that would require me to sweat profusely in a tent, clean an animal carcass or have one of my friends pluck a tick from a region of my anatomy that I can’t reach. Instead, with the money we have left after paying for c...

  • Under a historic spotlight and demands for recusal, the Supreme Court should embrace transparency

    David Adler|Jun 17, 2024

    Rising concerns about the U.S. Supreme Court’s lack of impartiality amid increasing calls for judicial recusals, reforms and transparency, form a historical backdrop of anxiety as Americans are, once more, bracing themselves for a landmark ruling that will have a direct bearing on the future of our constitutional democracy, the Bill of Rights and the rule of law. In this case, Trump v. United States, the question is whether the president enjoys absolute immunity from criminal prosecution. The Court will render a decision that may determine, a...

  • Your vote is your voice

    Amy Wobbema|Jun 10, 2024

    This primary season has been quite the experience. On one hand, it’s positive to see so many North Dakotans interested in running for political office. We’re seeing primary challenges in both state and local government races, which means voters have choices in who they want to represent them over the next few years. On the other hand, more candidates means more political advertising. Citizens have started write-in campaigns, and announced their candidacy in newspapers, radio, TV and all ove...

  • Letter to the Editor: Agriculture and Energy leaders endorse Julie Fedorchak for the U.S. House

    Jun 10, 2024

    Agriculture and energy are the cornerstones of North Dakota’s economy. Not only do we feed and fuel the world, but we also provide thousands of good jobs and billions in federal, state and local tax revenue. Those taxes paid fund schools, roads, flood protection and social services across our great state. Virtually every corner of the state and every person living in North Dakota benefits from agriculture and energy production. The food and energy we produce are also among the cleanest, most environmentally-friendly of any in the world. We t...

  • Letter to the Editor: Follow the money

    Dean Wallace|Jun 10, 2024

    I encourage all voters to do what I did – see who is funding their local candidates. I searched for our incumbent legislators – Sen. Jerry Klein, Reps. Robin Wesiz and Jon Nelson. I expected to see some listed contributions from small towns across my district, like Fessenden, Harvey, Rugby, New Rockford, Maddock and elsewhere. Honestly, I was shocked by what I found. There was nothing of the sort. Over 80 percent of the money funding their campaigns were from lobbyists PACs, special interest funds, former and current elected officials and pol...

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote for Jon Nelson

    Dave Krabbenhoft|Jun 10, 2024

    District 14 Voters, I am writing to encourage the voters of District 14 to reelect Jon Nelson to the North Dakota House of Representatives. Jon is unwavering in his commitment to improving the lives of not only the people of District 14, but of all North Dakotans. As chairman of the House Appropriations – Human Resources Division, Jon has been instrumental in crafting essential services that impact the lives of most every citizen of our state. Having had the privilege of working with Jon in an official capacity for the past 20 years, I have w...

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote for Klein, Nelson & Weisz

    Jeff Schafer|Jun 10, 2024

    Please join me in voting for Senator Jerry Klein, Representative Jon Nelson and Representative Robin Weisz on June 11. These three proven, conservative leaders have earned another term in the legislature. Over their years of public service, their e-mail has always been open and a response from them will follow. I’ve personally seen them at work. Their creditability, respect and dedication to representing our small rural communities have spoken volumes about where their values are. We don’t need a scorecard skewed to favor a candidate to tel...

  • Letter to the Editor: North Dakota needs Senator Klein

    Janne Myrdal|Jun 10, 2024

    It is truly difficult to explain how important Senator Jerry Klein’s service in the North Dakota Senate is to our state and beyond. I’ve had the privilege of serving in the Senate with him since 2016, but I have known him since 2006, when I was a Pro Life and Pro Family volunteer lobbyist. If it was not for his leadership, institutional knowledge, and unwavering Pro Life values, I do not think North Dakota would be where we are today. Between protecting life, families and marriage, his strong faith and convictions for what is right for Nor...

  • The relay of life

    Kyrie Dauenhauer|Jun 3, 2024

    Over May 23-25, I attended my third North Dakota State Track and Field Meet for the New Rockford Transcript as a photographer. The first state track meet I ever covered was the year my step-brother, Kaden Jensen, was a senior. This was the first time Kaden had ever competed at the state level as well. Kaden made the podium for three-of-four events that year. In his individual events, he took second place in long jump, seventh place in high jump and ninth place in triple jump. He also ran as the...

  • The court's commitment to equal protection became real and urgent in Brown, 70 years ago

    David Adler|Jun 3, 2024

    On May 17, 1954 – 70 years ago this week – the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a landmark ruling in Brown v. Bd. of Education, that marked its historic first full step toward securing the nation’s commitment to equal protection of the law for all Americans. As Justice Stanley Reed, a southerner from Kentucky who made the courageous decision to reject his region’s sentiments on race to form the Court’s unanimous 9-0 ruling, told one of his law clerks, “if it was not the most important decision in the history of the Court, it was very close.” In...

  • Memories of my free-range childhood

    Tom Purcell|Jun 3, 2024

    It was the first time in my childhood I had an excuse for coming home late for dinner, but nobody – not even the cops – would listen. In the summer of 1972, when I was 10, Tommy Gillen and I built a dam in the creek on the other side of the Horning Road railroad tunnel. We'd been building up the dam for days to create our own three-foot pool in which we chased after crayfish and minnows – our own cool spot to while away the hot summer afternoons. We'd just completed adding another row of blocks...

  • Sweet summer shift work

    Amy Wobbema|May 27, 2024

    GUARDS NEEDED! We are at crunch time!! We are in need of SEVERAL more guards!!! Accepting full- and part-time applicants, hours are flexible! Teenagers, the Carrington Community Pool needs your help! This is my third summer as publisher of the Independent, and I’ve seen a similar scene play out every year. There are also some open coaching positions in New Rockford, and seemingly every local business needs one, a few or many workers to fill their roster. The popular job site, Indeed.com, c...

  • Letter to the editor: One in the hand is better than two in the bush

    Pat Tracy|May 27, 2024

    Be sure to vote in the North Dakota Primary on June 11. On June 11, I will be voting for Senator Jerry Klein and Representatives Jon Nelson and Robin Weisz. I was privileged to be part of the Heart of America Medical Center board of directors with Jon Nelson and was also appointed to a statewide emergency medical services (EMS) committee with Robin Weisz. I have also worked alongside Jerry Klein for many years. These three current legislators have had an enormous impact on rural EMS and rural healthcare. They all have been recognized by the Nor...

  • Letter to the Editor - Doing it right: the Wells & Eddy County Wind Project Initiative

    Paul White|May 27, 2024

    I’m writing as president of PRC Wind, a pioneering wind energy company that specializes in partnering with communities that want to host wind energy projects. I’m writing to congratulate Wells and Eddy County residents on their amazing progress exploring wind energy over the past 15-plus years. This community had a hunch, and attacked the simple question: “Can a wind energy project benefit their community?” They did the hard work to engage residents and leaders across the area to find answers. Ultimately, the community formed W-E Wind in 2009,...

  • Letter to the Editor: Letter in support of Representative Jon Nelson

    Arnie Strebe|May 20, 2024

    I recently left the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services where I proudly served as the Chief Financial Officer for four years. I had the honor and privilege to serve with some phenomenal state employees and state legislators. One of the best of the best is Jon Nelson, a representative from the remarkable city of Rugby. Hailing from Surrey, North Dakota, I recall fondly driving through town as a child and always stopping at the café at the heart of North Dakota. Their chili, apple pie and ice cream were a delight. Having served...

  • Letter to the Editor: An ill wind blows

    David Fite|May 20, 2024

    As a resident of Eddy County, I have some concerns on the new wind farm being planned. I was told by a PRC Wind (project managers of the wind farm) representative that it has gotten larger. Are you sure you will not be surrounded with these towers? What about phase 2 or 3? This wind farm will not only change the view of the landscape, what will happen to our property values and taxes? Will our property resale values go down? Granted, area schools and towns might benefit from some extra tax revenue; will county residents be taxed off of their...

  • Clearing the air

    Amy Wobbema|May 20, 2024

    I’m writing this column as a citizen and member of the board of governors for W-E Wind, LLC, the local organization that has led the wind energy effort in Eddy County. I was the economic development director for New Rockford when the idea of a wind farm first floated into our orbit nearly 18 years ago. During my first few weeks on the job, I met with every NRABC (then known as NRACBC) board member about their ideas. Tracy Henningsgard, one of the board members at the time, brought up wind e...

  • Did we learn anything from COVID?

    Peter Roff|May 13, 2024

    The lockdowns instituted during the COVID pandemic were only supposed to last a few days. Remember, “14 days to flatten the curve” was all that was needed to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed by patients infected with the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus. Two weeks turned into three, then months. The impact was felt across the nation. Schools were closed, disrupting the education of millions of children. Businesses were shut down, leading to job losses and economic hardship. States lik...

  • When pursuit of pretty hair harms health

    Lora Wobbema|May 13, 2024

    Are you willing to risk your health just to have straight hair? In 2022 a study was released that links the use of specific hair straightening chemicals to an increased risk of uterine cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has since evaluated the study’s claims, along with others, and taken steps to ban the sale of these chemicals in the U.S. I agree that a ban should be put in place for the use of these chemicals, a point that needs emphasizing since so many people have no knowledge of the fact that these chemicals are so h...

  • Justice Abe Fortas: life as a lawyer's lawyer and a Greek tragedy

    David Adler|May 13, 2024

    Abe Fortas had always wanted to be a Supreme Court justice and, for as long as he had known him, his friend and benefactor had wanted to appoint him to the nation’s High Bench. It came as no surprise to anyone when, in July 1965, President Lyndon Johnson nominated his old friend, counselor and attorney to the Supreme Court. There were no questions about Abe Fortas’ qualifications and credentials. Fortas was a lawyer’s lawyer, possessed a wealth of government experience and enjoyed the admiration of the Supreme Court, which had appointed him to...

  • From jail cell to CDL

    Amy Wobbema|May 6, 2024

    “My name is Derek Petteway. I have been out of MRCC custody since November 28th, 2023. While at MRCC I was able to obtain my CDL, and since have found a very fulfilling career path because of it. I started a job as a crane rigger about two months ago. This job has treated me very well and it will provide me with outstanding benefits and a great retirement plan. The end goal for me is to eventually become a certified crane operator one day. “None of this would have happened if it wasn’t for t...

  • Letter to the Editor: May 6, 2024

    District 14 Republican Legislators|May 6, 2024

    District 14 residents, Let’s set the record straight. A recent letter to the editor is trying to paint a misleading picture that we are not conservatives. The letter’s “evidence,” is linked to a cherry-picked, bogus scorecard. This scorecard is blatant deception and does not deserve more attention or time. However, the voters of District 14 don’t deserve to be misled and are owed the truth. This scorecard excludes many bills and votes that provided a direct benefit to District 14 residents and businesses. Diving further into the data, thi...

  • The Supreme Court at work: "sword dancing," opinion assignment and writing

    David Adler|May 6, 2024

    The U.S. Supreme Court writes opinions to explain and justify to the American people the decisions it reaches in cases it hears and resolves in conference. The explanation of the Court’s interpretations of statutes, constitutional provisions, precedents and, ultimately, its results, is critical to the partnership between the judiciary and the citizenry, one that hinges on the public’s trust in the Court’s rationales and exercise of awesome power over the life of the nation. In a constitutional democracy grounded in reason and persuasion, the H...

  • Celebrating success on track

    Amy Wobbema|Apr 29, 2024

    Spring sports are a crap shoot. One week, we don’t have anywhere to go. The next, we have all the places and not enough people to go. We get it all in every chance we get. On Tuesday, your local newspaper had four people at five different events. New Rockford hosted a doubleheader of high school baseball, first Carrington vs. LaMoure, followed by SNR vs. LaMoure. In the NR-S gym, the elementary club volleyball team took on the Benson County Wildcats. Carrington hosted softball, where Carrington...

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