Week of May 27, 2024

  • Respect for the fallen

    Erik Gjovik

    On Memorial Day, amongst the barbecues, lake trips and a well-earned day of rest, it's those dearly departed who have given of themselves on the battlefield and in the armed forces in defense of our country's freedoms who are in the spotlight. All who have served the United States of America with distinction, honor and sacrifice have earned our lasting gratitude and respect for their sense of duty. It's that last concept, respect, that has inspired Bruce Willyard to maintain the veterans'...

  • Ryan Zink honored for community service

    Ryan Zink is the recipient of the Carrington Area Healthy Communities Coalition's 2024 2nd Quarter Community Service Award. Zink was acknowledged for his dedication to providing a healthy culture at the Central City Wellness Center. In the nomination, Zink's efforts are recognized as going above and beyond what is expected in a health center. "He observes and helps where needed, leads classes, offers advice. He has created an inviting, healthy, social environment that we are grateful to be a...

  • Memorial Day services around the area

    Memorial Day services have been set for many cities in the area on Monday, May 27. Carrington The community Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. at the Carrington Cemetery on May 27. Speaker will be David Hammond. In case of inclement weather, it will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church. Lunch will be held afterwards at Trinity Lutheran Church and is provided by American Legion and VFW auxiliaries. Grace City Grace City will hold their Memorial Day Service on May 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the...

  • Lentz hired as new police officer

    Erik Gjovik

    When applying for a new job, sometimes it helps to have friends vouch for their local community. In a way, that's one of the factors that brought new police officer Hunter Lentz to Carrington. While going to school at NDSU, Lentz had two Carrington natives, Trey Rosenau and Drew Page, as roommates, along with Teddy Allmaras of New Rockford. "I've been hunting in the area before," said Lentz of the region. "Being from the country, I just like the small community atmosphere here." The 2019...

  • American Legion Auxiliary essay contest winners

    Every year, Carrington's American Legion Auxiliary sponsors an Americanism essay contest for public school students with awards and prizes going to the winners. This year's topic "What Does Freedom Mean to Me?" elicited some very thoughtful, expressive writing from our local students. Of the groups which participated, the following students received cash prizes and award certificates for their writing: 11th grade: first place, Kendall Kovar; second place, Kaylin Pate; third place, London Davis...

  • Lions hold May meeting

    Speakers at the May meeting of the Carrington Lions Club were Joel Lemer and Dennis Swanson. School board President Lemer spoke on the proposed high school expansion/remodel project. Swanson spoke on the summer projects of the Carrington Garden Club. The Carrington Lions Club will assist in helping with the watering of the Main Street plants again this...

  • Flowers bring smiles, learning to third grade

    The Carrington Runnings store, Carrington Garden Club members, and Foster County Extension staff recently combined resources and talents to teach third grade students about gardening. Every student had the opportunity to pot their own flowers, which they could take home and grow during summer. The Runnings store generously donated potting soil, planting containers and bedding plants to the event. Store manager Rad Nicholson expressed his enthusiasm saying, "This is an excellent program to...

  • Northern Plains Electric offers scholarships

    Northern Plains Electric Cooperative is offering three $1,000 luck-of-the-draw scholarships to three dependents of Northern Plains Electric Cooperative members at their annual meeting. The luck-of-the-draw scholarship program, which is in its fifth year, recognizes and encourages the academic achievements of students in the region. It also serves as an investment in the economic future of rural areas. To qualify, the student must be a dependent of a Northern Plains Electric Cooperative member and a 2024 high school graduate planning to enroll...

  • Kids plant flowers for mom at Runnings

    Runnings and the Carrington Garden Club hosted a free event at Runnings on Saturday, May 11 . Kids picked out a flower, planted it and then brought it home for their moms for Mother's Day. Rhett Rosenau is planting the flower he picked out with help from Renee Riedesel. Also pictured are Becky Zink, Jane Rosenau holding Ruby...

  • 37th Annual Chamber Golf Day June 25

    The 37th Annual Chamber Golf Day will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2024. The community is encouraged to come out and enjoy the day and evening at our beautiful Crossroads Golf Course. This event is geared for family friendly fun. The afternoon, from noon to 5:00 p.m., will feature open golf for anyone who would like to come out and golf the course. Cart rentals are on your own. Please register at the clubhouse before golfing. Chamber board hosts will begin serving a delicious meal at 5:00 p.m. in the clubhouse. Promptly at 6:30 p.m., we will...

  • Cleanup time is May 30-June 1

    Carrington’s annual cleanup time is set for Thursday, May 30 through Saturday, June 1. Residents of Carrington can use the city-wide cleanup week to haul trash and other waste to the city’s landfill for no charge. Residents will be responsible for hauling their own waste to the landfill and each vehicle driver will be required to verify where the loads came from such as, a current water bill or stub showing proof of residency. All loads must be separated by material. Dumpsters will be provided by the city at the water tower site for...

  • Flying proudly in Glenfield

    Flags from the five branches of service, the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, fly at the Fadness-Walen Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) memorial in Glenfield, along with the state flag and the Stars and Stripes. Be sure to thank or remember a veteran, or family of a veteran, for their service this Memorial Day, so that we may enjoy the freedoms we as Americans...

  • Meals on Wheels: May 27-31

    MAY CARRINGTON All meals served with Milk, Coffee, Bread & Butter, Dessert Mon., May 27 - Center Closed for Memorial Day Tues., May 28 - Taco Salad, Salsa & Sour Cream, Cottage Cheese with Fruit - Pinochle Wed., May 29 - Makeup Meal - BBQ Chicken, Baked Potato, Baked Beans, Fruit in Jello - Open Cards Thurs., May 30 - Pork Roast, Mashed Potatoes, California Blend Vegetables, Tropical Fruit, Salad - Whist Fri., May 31 - Cabbage Rolls, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Applesauce - Mexican Train Dominoes GRACE CITY, MCHENRY GLENFIELD Mon., May 27 -...

  • Around the State: May 27, 2024

    Leasa A. Lura

    The counties and cities within the state of North Dakota hold many interesting news stories. Here are just a few of the feature stories that others are reading in communities around the state. Commission accepts Beaver's resignation The Griggs County Commission meeting was held on Monday, May 6. On Tuesday, May 7, Griggs County Sheriff Michael Beaver tendered his resignation by letter to the board. After an email from Beaver to the highway patrol was found to be altered, Beaver turned in his...

  • Summer meals available at Carrington City Library

    The Great Plains Food Bank Youth Summer Meals Program was launched to give kids the chance to have a meal when other options may not be available. Children can visit any of the sites during the summer to get the food assistance they need. The program is available for children 18 and younger. Locally, the program starts May 28. Meals can be picked up on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. or Thursdays from 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. at the Carrington City...

  • American Legion Poppy Poster winners

    Pictured are winners of the American Legion Auxiliary’s annual contest for posters remembering and honoring our fallen military heroes. Front, third Grade: first place, Paisley Lura; second place, Raegan Harildstad and third place, Tenly Wolsky. Back, fifth grade: first place, Makayla Halverson; second place, Chloe Pierson and third place, Sarah...



  • The slipper fits!

    Erik Gjovik

    With a few clutch hits, pitches and grit, the Carrington softball team advanced the furthest in the postseason they ever have in their three years of existence as a program. Starting from their inclusion in the south sub-region play-in game, the Cardinals went on to win a trio of games in the Region 2 Tournament, on the doorstep for State B Tournament qualification. The Cards rolled past #5 seed Larimore at City Park to begin the tournament on Thursday, May 16, 23-3, setting up a Saturday...

  • Sock-ed

    Erik Gjovik

    Seeding was largely rendered irrelevant in the 2024 spring high school baseball season, at least in Region 3. The nominal top seed, the Carrington Cardinals, had three losses in league play, two coming to fifth and bottom seed LaMoure/Litchville-Marion and another to fourth-seeded South Border coming into Region 3 Tournament play in Steele this past Monday, May 20. A 4-1 opening win over the Loboes for the Cards, sparked by a shutdown pitching performance by senior Grady Shipman with 16...

  • CHS girls take South Central crown

    Erik Gjovik

    The second-to-last chapter in what Carrington hopes will be a storybook finish to their track season for 2024 was written at the Starion Sports Complex in Mandan on May 17. The Cardinal girls had a back-and-forth race for the team crown with Shiloh Christian, and ultimately came home with the South Central Region championship with a 190-point performance to the Skyhawks' 161. Regional competition is the best time for North Dakota squads to get those last few qualification slots and relay...

  • Titans gain several runners, relay for state

    Erik Gjovik

    Three individual middle to long-distance runners, along with one boys' relay, were the new qualifiers for the Griggs/Midkota Titans at the North East Regional Track meet in Hillsboro on May 17. The G-M girls received third-place runs by seventh grader Kadence Spickler in the 800-meter run (2:32.64) and another bronze placement by Tianna McCardle for the 1,600 (5:47.95). Meanwhile, the Titan boys had two regional champions in 3,200-meter run winner Luka Berg, first in 11:06.76, and shot putter...

  • Hornets in home stretch

    Lane Moellenkamp

    The Hornet track and field team traveled to Rugby on Friday, May 17, and competed in the North Central Regional Track and Field meet at Johnsen Field. The regional meet was the last chance for any individuals and relays to qualify for the state meet, and any athlete that met the state standard or finished in the top three in an event would qualify for the state meet Thursday-Saturday, May 23-25, at the Bismarck Community Bowl. The Hornets had a nice day overall, with the boys finishing in 3rd...

  • Thomas earns spot at state for Thunder

    Erik Gjovik

    For the second consecutive spring, the M-P-B Thunder's state track meet delegation will consist of one solitary member. Once again, that honor goes to senior Mark Thomas, who is the lone male competitor in the Thunder program. Thomas's second-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles by just .07 seconds to Carrington's Logan Weninger at the South Central Regional Track Meet in Mandan (16.41 to 16.34), allowed him to represent M-P-B at the Bismarck Community Bowl this past weekend. He also placed...

  • Hitting the back nine

    Erik Gjovik

    Carrington got a lot of swings of the club into their muscle memory over two weeks-plus of meets spanning May 6 to last Wednesday, May 22. Four of those five events were in the Fargo to suburban-Fargo area, and the final meet this past Wednesday was the Region 2 individual qualifier at CrossRoads Golf Club. The Cards began that gauntlet of meets in Oxbow, scoring a 423. Central Cass took the team victory with a 358, behind junior Jake Thompson's winning 86 scorecard in a day where golfers...

  • Within our Walls: Kristy Konschak DAISY Award winner

    Jodi Hovdenes, President, CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington Medical Center

    CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington held its annual DAISY award celebration on May 6, 2024. This year marked the thirteenth year we have celebrated this award. The DAISY award was created by the DAISY Foundation in 1999. The DAISY foundation was started by members of the Patrick Barnes family. Patrick was a 33- year- old man who died from complications of an auto-immune disease. During Pat's 8-week fight with this disease, his family was very impressed with the extraordinary care he and they...

  • From the Past: Wenaas new Legion commander

    Renee Hopkins

    75 Years Ago June 2, 1949 Dr. C. P. Lura, president of Mayville State Teachers College, delivered the address at graduation services here last Thursday evening. His topic was “The Future is Your Problem.” The top-ranking students receiving honors were Betty Fornshell, valedictorian, and Anna Lofstedt, salutatorian. Other honor students were Leonard Albus, Ross Bestgen, Calvin Greatsinger, James Hogan, Bonita Pedersen, Kent Simonson, Irene Steinman and Eileen Zink. Duane Clapp, reseller...

  • Field and Garden: Should I be using 'biologicals'?

    Jeff Gale, NDSU Extension Agent, Foster County

    In 1893, William P. Brooks conducted a classical experiment at the Massachusetts Agriculture Experiment Station. Brooks filled pots with soil that had never been exposed to soybeans. To one group of pots, he sprinkled a pinch of dust collected from the floor where soybeans had been threshed. The remaining pots were left untouched. The outcome was remarkable: Soybean plants in pots with added dust were greener, more vigorous, and higher yielding than plants without dust. Although the mechanism...

  • Upside Down Under: Pembina's unique history...

    Marvin Baker

    Anyone who has studied North Dakota history knows that Pembina was the first settlement in what is now North Dakota in 1797. But there’s a lot about Pembina that isn’t common historical knowledge. Most of this history can be found in the Pembina State Museum and it proves that Pembina, and the surrounding area have had a colorful past that actually goes back long before Dakota Territory existed. One example is there is reference to the Red River ox carts that transported goods from St. Paul...

  • Guest: Honoring family members of those who serve

    Tom Purcell

    Ida Ayres never served a day in the armed forces, but at 95, she knows plenty about the sacrifices of war. “Through six wars, I have been the daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother of family members who served, or are serving, their country,” Ida told me. During World War I, Ida’s father, Sam DiRenna, fought for the Italian army. DiRenna, who was born in a small town near Naples, was captured by the Germans and spent 13 months in a concentration camp. The German’s branded his...

  • Sweet summer shift work

    Amy Wobbema

    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,...

  • Fishing for Free June 1-2

    North Dakota residents who want to give fishing a try can fish for free June 1-2. That is the state’s free fishing weekend, when all residents 16 and older can fish any North Dakota water without a license. Residents 15 and younger do not need a fishing license at any time of year. The weekend provides a great opportunity to try fishing for the first time or take someone new. Information on regulations, where to fish and what equipment is needed is available on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website at...

  • Restriction for camping lifted on May 28-29

    The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will lift the Tuesday-Wednesday no-camping restriction for Memorial Day week, which will allow overnight camping May 28-29 on those WMAs that otherwise have this two-day restriction in place. A complete list of WMA regulations is available on the Game and Fish website,...

  • North Dakota Outdoors: Changing technology and the outdoors

    Doug Leier, Biologist, N.D. Game and Fish Department

    Twenty years ago I wrote a column about technology. It was inspired by a walk through an early spring hunting and fishing expo. What I wrote then and what I'm thinking about today with forward-facing sonar and even more evolution really hasn't changed much at all has it? Think back to your last trip outdoors with friends. Chances are, somebody brought along a cell phone. Another buddy may have packed hand-held radios, and it wouldn't be surprising if someone had a GPS unit mounted on the pickup...

  • Obituary: Larry Merrick

    Larry Merrick Larry L. Merrick, 81, passed away May 15, 2024, at Bethany Retirement Living in Fargo, N.D., surrounded by family. Larry's visitation was Monday, May 20, 2024, from 1:00-2:00 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 2:00 p.m., all at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, McHenry, N.D., with Pastor Russ Christianson officiating. Hymns were "Beautiful Savior," "My Hope is Built on Nothing Less" and "Amazing Grace." Burial was at the Bethlehem Cemetery, McHenry. Pallbearers were all of Larry's... Full story

  • Kvernes Sunday School kids make treats for Mom

    On Sunday, May 12, the Sunday School children from Kvernes Lutheran Church decorated cupcakes and made Mother's Day cards to give to their mothers. Pictured from left to right: Neylin Davis, Damian and Josslyn Hager, Lainey Davis, Jameson, Jacoby and Owen Hager, Kolt Davis and Ryker...