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COVID-19: New Rockford business updates


March 16, 2020

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, many businesses have either been directed to or have voluntarily decided to close or alter their services. As the local news source, we at the New Rockford Transcript bring you this list of relevant notices to which you should be aware. This list will be continuously updated as we receive new information from local businesses.

As Tiffany Schaefer of Rockford Cafe noted, "Please remember to support all local businesses, especially during these times. These small businesses are the ones who support our local kids, clubs, and so many things that keep our communities thriving. Not every business has the option to work from home."

***For your own protection & for that of the workers in our businesses, if you are sick or have traveled to infected areas, please do not come into any store.***

Last updated: April 2, 2020 5:00 p.m.

North American Bison, LLC and the Eddy County Hunger Free Food Pantry will be distributing ground bison meat to families in need in our community. The distribution will take place on Saturday, April 4 from 10 - 11 a.m. in the New Rockford City Hall Parking lot on Hwy. 281 in New Rockford. Residents are asked line up as they do for a mobile food pantry distribution. Name and number of family members will be collected for their records.

On Tuesday, April 1, Governor Burgum extended his executive order that directed many businesses to close, including movie theaters, bowling alleys, fitness centers, recreational facilities, salons, tattoo parlors and massage therapy businesses. Bars and restaurants are closed to dine-in and on-sale customers, although they are able to offer curbside, pick up or delivery to customers. The above restrictions are now in effect until April 20, 2020.

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Cash And Carry Lumber is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for employees only. Starting March 28, they will be CLOSED Saturdays until further notice. Customers should call ahead to (701) 947-5364 or email [email protected] or [email protected] with an order and they can have it ready for pick up. They will continue to try and make deliveries as needed. Customers needing to meet with their sales staff are asked to call for an appointment.

Bakers Dozen will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Salad bar closed until further notice. Hours subject to change on a day-by-day basis. For orders, call (701) 947-2359. We have bread, fresh baked daily!! Come and see us!

CenDak Cooperative- C-Store Regular Hours M-F 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CLOSED Sundays. Kitchen Hours are M-F 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Specials are offered Monday-Friday as of 3/25/2020. Call ahead early to place your order (701) 947-2492

Mick's 281 Service is now offering delivery service for Champ's Chicken orders until 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Call (701) 947-2386 to place your order, or stop in and get it to go! Mick's is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Do it Best Hardware- Business open regular hours, with curbside pick up or delivery only. Call (701) 947-5155 so they can get your order ready for you.

NAPA- Business open regular hours, with curbside pick up or delivery only. Call ahead to (701) 947-5101 so they can get your order ready for you.

Miller's Fresh Foods- Open regular hours.

Casey's General Store also remains committed to serving its communities in the safest possible environment. The New Rockford store is open 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily, and their staff is working hard to keep products available. Call in your take-out order at (701) 947-2123 or order online.

Dollar General strongly encourages that the first hour of operations (8 a.m. - 9 a.m. in New Rockford) be dedicated to senior shoppers. Additionally, all stores will close an hour earlier in order for employees to clean and restock shelves as well as for their health and well being.

Weimer's Auto Detailing is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bank Forward- Lobby closed. Drive-up window is open. Call (701) 947-2421 to conduct your business. Now is a great time to use online banking!

Community Credit Union- Lobby closed. Use drive-up window or call (701) 947-5011 to conduct business. Staff are available by appointment only. Community Online is available for members 24/7.

New Rockford Family Clinic operated by CHI St. Alexius Health is closed for at least the next four weeks. Please call ahead at (701) 652-3141 for an appointment at their Carrington facility.

NDTC-The NDTC lobby is temporarily closed. Please call 662-1100 with questions or visit their website, NDTC is positioned to continue the same level of service you have come to expect.

4th Corporation continues to request NO visitors at this time in response to the COVID-19. All day supports at the Center are cancelled, and their staff will be supporting people as needed in their homes as part of the social distancing recommendation. The Community Treasures Thrift Store is closed until further notice.

James River Dentistry is suspending all elective and non-emergent dental treatment until further notice. They are available for emergency service. Please call (701) 947-2354 and they will address your needs on a case-by-case basis.

Nicolai Chiropractic is open regular hours and seeing patients as normal. Extra precautions are being taken for the safety of staff and patients. Call (701) 947-2121 to make an appointment. If you are sick, please reschedule or cancel your appointment. If you drive someone to their appointment, we ask that you stay in your vehicle. Only patients should enter the clinic.

Peak Performance Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, PLLC is open regular business hours. They are committed to keeping services up and running and are taking extra precautionary measures to prevent the spread of germs. If you have any questions or concerns, please call (701) 947-2030.

Rockford Theatre has suspended all movie showings until further notice. Curbside Concessions will be offered on Saturday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Place your order as early as 2 p.m. by calling (701) 947-5466, and then they'll bring your popcorn, candy and drinks curbside for pick up.

Rockford Cafe- Open day from 7 am-2 pm for take out. Call (701) 947-5624 to place your order.

New Rockford Eagles Club- The club is closed until further notice. All special events for the time being have been postponed or cancelled.

Eddy County Rod & Gun Club raffle drawing has been postponed to June 6.

Central Pharmacy- Effective Monday, March 23, Central Pharmacy will be curbside, in town delivery, or mail out only. NO customers will be allowed in the store! We are strongly encouraging curbside pick up for any and all purchases including prescriptions, over the counter medications and gift items! Delivery is also available for all items for our in town customers! Call or text us at (701) 947-5313 with your order ahead of time and we will have it ready for you! Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this time, we are taking these precautions to protect our staff so we can continue to serve our community.

DPRCA- Productions of "Honky Tonk Laundry" are suspended until further notice.

Latte Lobby is closed until further notice.

GC Bar & Grill at New Rockford Golf Club is closed until further notice.

Senior Meals- North Dakota senior nutrition service providers have canceled dine-in meals effective March 19 to protect vulnerable individuals from the coronavirus. Providers will be offering alternatives such as take out, home delivered and frozen meal options. They will continue to provide home-delivered meals to current consumers.

Eddy County Public Health is open to see patients by appointment only. Please call (701) 947-5311 to make an appointment. Each patient will be asked three COVID-19 screening questions.

Eddy County Offices are closed to the general public except by appointment. Below is a list of numbers to call to reach the department you need to schedule an appointment. Entrance will be allowed only for essential business and only if you answer NO to all the following questions:

1) Have you traveled either out of the country or out of the state within the last 2 weeks?

2) Have you had a known exposure to anyone who has tested positive for the Coronavirus?

3) Do you have any signs or symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath?

Auditor – 947-2434, ext. 2020

Clerk of Court – 947-2434, ext. 2013

Eddy County Housing/VSO – 947-2434, ext. 2023

Emergency Manager – 302-8279

Recorder – 947-2434, ext. 2013

Sheriff – 947-2434, ext. 2011

Tax Equalization – 947-2434, ext. 2015

Treasurer – 947-2434, ext. 2017

Those entering the courthouse for a court appearance, please call Court Recorder/Judicial Secretary to James D. Hovey, District Judge – 947-2434, ext. 2026, or Clerk of District Court – 947-2434, ext. 2013

New Rockford City Hall will be closed to walk in traffic starting Monday, March 23. Please pay your utility bills using the slot in the foyer, or call (701) 947-2461 with any questions.

The Brown Memorial Auditorium is closed until further notice.

New Rockford Area Betterment Corporation office will also be closed to walk-in traffic. Please call Amanda Hegland at 605-769-9379 or email [email protected]

The Eddy-New Rockford Library is closed until further notice. All late fees will be waived. Patrons are asked to keep their books until the library reopens. Good news! The Wi-Fi is always on, and the password is on the front door. OverDrive and RB Digital have downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, comics, and magazines available with your library card- go to to get set up. Book delivery is available for in-town patrons who do not have access to online resources.

The New Rockford Park District is closed to walk-ins as well. Please call Dennis Nybo at (701) 302-8105 with any pertinent matters. All spring and summer activities are on hold until further notice.

Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd is closed to visitors until further notice. Only family allowed for the critically ill to try and keep every resident as safe as possible. Family and friends of residents are asked to call LHGS to schedule calls, Skype, Facetime or any electronic communication with residents. If there comes a time staff members get infected with COVID 19, LHGS will need help from the community to be able to continue the care of our family here at LHGS. Anyone interested in helping in a time of need please contact Kim Jensrud or Vicky Richter at (701) 947-2944 or [email protected] or [email protected]

USDA Service Centers nationwide will continue to conduct business, but by phone only. Field work will continue with appropriate social distancing as precautionary measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. While program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with producers by phone, and using online tools whenever possible. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with USDA's Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or any other Service Center agency are required to call to schedule a phone appointment.

Area Churches

First Lutheran Church

New Rockford

Pastor Doug Nemitz

No services, bible study, SMASH or ABC until further notice. Services are broadcast every Sunday at KDAK 1600 AM Carrington at 10 a.m. This week's broadcast is in memory of Leo Laube's 89th birthday, by Janet Laube. Office will be open M-TH 10 a.m. -4:30 p.m.

Sheyenne- Oberon Area Ministry

Pastor Jeff Halvorson

No worship services

St. John's Catholic Church

New Rockford

Father Reese Weber

Church open for prayer

Confession by appointment

No Mass until further notice

Evangelical Free Church

New Rockford

Pastor Joe Greiner

No worship services or youth group.

Services will stream live on Facebook at 10:30 a.m. Sunday

Morning Star Parish

Pastor Stan Kwiecien

No worship services until further notice.

Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd Chapel

New Rockford

Visitor restrictions in place. No services.

New Life Fellowship

Rural Tolna

Pastor Jeff Kapelle

Worship services subject to change, streaming services available on YouTube.

First Congregational Church

New Rockford

Pastor Mindy Meier

No worship services until further notice.

Tri-County Ministry

Rev. Sherri Frederikson

(Services subject to change)

St. Peter and Paul Church


Father Reese Weber

Church open for prayer

Confession by appointment

No Mass until further notice

Kvernes Lutheran Church

Rural Carrington

Pastor Rick Loewen

(Services subject to change)


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