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  • Settling in

    Amy Wobbema|Jul 22, 2024

    Phase 1 of the Foster County courthouse basement renovation is nearly complete, and work on Phase 2 is ahead of schedule. Social Service staff have moved into their new offices. The photo above was taken Monday, July 15, after the permanent lighting was installed. The new office space includes a private waiting room for residents seeking services, as well as a reception area and individual offices for staff. The new lower level restrooms, located just across the hallway from the elevator, were...

  • Fresh out of the dryer

    Amy Wobbema|Jul 22, 2024

    An essential service will return to Carrington this week. Main Street Laundry, a coin-operated laundromat on west Main Street, opens July 22. The laundromat is located in the former JOB Welding building on the 1300 block of Main. Tyler and Preston Carr purchased the property in 2022, which they use as a shop for their construction business, Carr Construction. In March, they started remodeling the building into a salon and laundromat, and as of Tuesday, gas line connections to the dryers and...

  • The allure of lightning

    Amy Wobbema|Jul 22, 2024

    July has been a memorable month for severe summer weather, and as I write this we are only halfway through! On July 4, mother nature declared her independence. It was an experience I will not soon forget. I watched lightning web through sky off to the northeast as I drove to Carrington that afternoon, headed for the 5 p.m. Independence Day parade. Considering the pavement on Hwy. 281 was already wet, I assumed the storm was traveling east away from town, not toward us. The weather was...

  • Celebrating 125 years in Bowdon

    Amy Wobbema|Jul 22, 2024

    Bowdon is 125 years old! Hundreds of alumni and visitors rolled into town for the festivities July 12-14, and there were over 100 entries in the parade on Saturday morning. All in attendance had the opportunity to vote for their favorite parade entry, and "People's Choice" winners were named afterwards. The first place winner was "Through the Years" by the Suckut family (shown above), which recounted the 125-year history of Bowdon, listing many of its Main Street businesses over the years....

  • Shined up and ready for show

    Amy Wobbema|Jul 22, 2024

  • School mill levy vote fails

    Amy Wobbema|Jul 15, 2024

    Carrington School District voters were nearly split down the middle at Tuesday's special election. On the ballot was one question: Should the school board have the authority to increase the building fund levy from 5 to 10 mills? According to unofficial results released Tuesday evening, the measure failed to garner the 60 percent support necessary to pass. With 341 total votes cast, the tally was as follows: • 176 yes votes, or 51.61 percent. • 165 no votes, or 48.39 percent. The votes will be...

  • When disaster strikes

    Amy Wobbema|Jul 1, 2024

    For the first time since I’ve been in business, I had to file an insurance claim. The electricity went out in Carrington during a severe thunderstorm the night of Monday, June 17. When Independent staff came to work Tuesday morning, they discovered that some of our office equipment was not working properly. The main office printer wouldn’t turn on, so they made the call to Central Business Systems, the company that maintains our printer. It turns out that the surge protector box had done its job...

  • Special school election set for July 9

    Amy Wobbema|Jun 17, 2024

    Plans have been finalized for the upcoming Carrington School District special election on July 9. That day, voters will return to the polls to decide whether to give the Carrington School Board the authority to increase the building fund levy from 5 mills to 10 mills. At their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 11, board members decided to take information about the proposal out into the community as the campaign enters its final month. A presentation to the Kiwanis Club generated good discussion...

  • 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...

  • Irmen elected to school board

    Amy Wobbema|Jun 10, 2024

    Carrington School District patrons have had their say about who will represent them for the next three years. On Tuesday, June 4, a total of 379 voters cast ballots in the CHS West Commons. When all the votes were counted, challenger Joseph Irmen had garnered nearly 100 more votes than the incumbent rural member, Kevin Wolsky. In unofficial results provided by Business Manager Kimary Edland, Irmen received 234 votes to Wolsky's 142. Wolsky served on the Carrington School Board for nine years....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • CPS hires Carr for social studies position

    Amy Wobbema|May 20, 2024

    Carrington native Walker Carr is returning home. The decorated law enforcement officer won’t be in uniform, though. Instead, he has been offered a contract with the Carrington Public School. Carr will replace Karla Michaelson as the high school social studies teacher. Carr has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He is scheduled to take his American Board certification soon, which upon his successful completion he will earn his teaching license. Superintendent Janelle Helm also reported at...

  • Paved with good intentions

    Amy Wobbema|May 20, 2024

    Our job as journalists is to keep citizens informed about what matters most and hold our government officials accountable for the actions they take. Some days we have it all figured out. Other days, not so much. This past week, we fell a bit short. An article printed on the front page of the May 13th edition of the Independent missed the mark. In fact, it was one of those articles worthy of winning “The Devil Make Me Do It” award. (Yes, that used to be a real award in the NDNA Better New...

  • Be kind to your mind

    Amy Wobbema|May 13, 2024

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and local health care professionals want the community to know that mental health is just as important as physical health. They are organizing a Mental Health Fair to illustrate the importance of taking care of the whole person – mind, body, and soul. The fair will be held this Wednesday, May 15, from 5-7 at the Carrington City Park. The event will have 10 table sponsors, each offering a service that can help support or improve one's mental health. The t...

  • School board fields questions about building levy increase

    Amy Wobbema|May 6, 2024

    "Recognizing and prioritizing the value of maintaining our facilities is a progressive investment in the long-term sustainability and success of our school and community." Those were the words of Superintendent Janelle Helm at a community meeting on Thursday, April 25. Carrington School District officials held the meetings after both performances of the elementary concert that day, fielding questions from patrons about a proposal to increase the building fund levy from 5 to 10 mills. There were...

  • 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...

  • Carrington unites for Ukraine

    Amy Wobbema|Apr 29, 2024

    From the center of war to the Central City. Carrington officials have approved a grant program that provides support for residents who want to sponsor Ukrainian citizens fleeing Russia's invasion of their country. The Carrington City Council approved the financial incentive program at their April 8 meeting. Carrington's efforts are part of a federal program called Uniting for Ukraine, administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Uniting for Ukraine provides a pathway fo...

  • 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...

  • Fond farewell to Omdahl

    Amy Wobbema|Apr 22, 2024

    The news came to me in a text message on Sunday. Lloyd Omdahl, former lieutenant governor of North Dakota and writer of opinion columns published across the state each week, passed away at the age of 93. Although he has been writing his weekly column since before I was born, I did not know much about Mr. Omdahl until I began working for the Transcript in 2015. Truth be told, although I read newspapers, I didn't really engage with his writing much. If I read the opinion page, I was often fixated...

  • The case for incremental improvement

    Amy Wobbema|Apr 15, 2024

    It must be spring, because cleaning and renewal are on the brain. I’m looking at all the work that needs to be done in and around our home before we host a graduation party in six weeks. I also need to take down the snowflake decor in the New Rockford store window and replace it with something more “seasonally-appropriate.” I wish I had gotten that knack from my mother. She changes her décor every month, and the tables, archways and other areas of her home are always in season. We renewe...

  • When renovation meets innovation

    Amy Wobbema|Apr 8, 2024

    “Help, I need advice! Tell me what to do with this weird corner below the stairs in my house!” “Show my husband that our brick home’s exterior would look better painted.” “I can’t stand these ‘orange’ wood cabinets that were custom built by the previous owner. Would they look better stained black or painted white?” Such are common questions a typical homeowner might ask his friends and neighbors. Every home has its quirks; some more than others. I remember watching “This Old House” and “Home Imp...

  • Courthouse basement taking shape

    Amy Wobbema|Apr 8, 2024

    It's no small task. Contractors have been hard at it for months, preserving the Foster County Courthouse from the ground up. The Foster County Commission accepted a $2,175,000 bid from General Roofing & Construction, a local firm owned by Leo Straley. In January, the firm went to work on Phase One, which covers the majority of the basement square footage. On Monday, Project Manager Ted Keller gave the Independent an exclusive look behind the scenes at the major overhaul underway. As shown in the...

  • 'Marvelous Wonderettes' debuts April 11

    Amy Wobbema|Apr 1, 2024

    Shoo-be-doo-wop! You'll flip your lid for this one! DPRCA presents "The Marvelous Wonderettes," a must-take musical trip down memory lane featuring over 30 classic '50s and '60s hits. The show opens during the 1958 Springfield High School prom. Meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy: four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. They go on about their lives and loves, all the while belting out classic '50s hits including "Lollipop," "Dream Lover," "Stupid Cupid,"...

  • All about April Fools Day

    Amy Wobbema|Apr 1, 2024

    I’m not a big fan of April Fools’ Day, or any kind of pranks for that matter. Perhaps that’s because I am more likely to be the one pranked than I am the mastermind behind the hoax. My husband, on the other hand, can pull a prank with the best of them. Our oldest was born the day after April Fools’ Day, and I happened to go into labor on the dreaded day. My husband and his dad were out of town for work the four days prior, and I was anxious to say the least. I had been staying with his dad’s f...

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