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 By Amy Wobbema    News    January 30, 2023 

Larson recognized for years of service to Carrington park district

All good things must come to an end. In Keith Larson's case, that "good thing" is the 43 years he has served as the treasurer of the Carrington Park District. As he hung up his hat as the CEO of...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Opinion    January 30, 2023 

Learning from our elders

Veteran newspaperman Allen Stock has been out of the Independent office for a few weeks now. This is the first time since I purchased the newspaper in October 2021 that he has been absent for more...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Sports    January 30, 2023 

Archers take aim in Kensal

The 2023 archery season has begun, and Independent-area archers set their benchmarks at the Kensal bullseye tournament on Jan. 21. Senior Gavyn Anderson led the Cardinal archers to a solid finish at...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    January 23, 2023

City's sales tax revenue hits new high

Sales tax collections continue to rise in the Central City. In 2022, the City of Carrington collected $943,828.37 in sales tax revenue, according to Auditor Jennifer Gast. Although the increase is...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    January 16, 2023

School HVAC noise dampening proposal tabled; CRT policy read

The noise from the air handlers in the elementary school was the focus of discussion among Carrington Public School board members at their meeting Tuesday. The district received a noise dampening...

 

Playing politics with public notices

We’re only a few days into the state legislative session, and North Dakota newspaper publishers find themselves thrust into a battle to protect the public’s access to information. Senate Bill (SB)...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    January 9, 2023

How this winter stacks up

How much snow did we get last night? It was quite cold this morning. Did we set a record low? What is the likelihood that the James River will flood this spring? These daily weather questions are...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Opinion    January 9, 2023

Collegiate congratulations: Call for submissions

We’re in the last week of holiday break for my college-aged daughter, and I’m wondering how it went so quickly. We’ve gone over her grades from her first semester as a full-time college student,...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    January 2, 2023

New year, same workforce shortages

The state's population may be increasing, but it's not growing nearly fast enough to ease the burden of workforce shortages felt throughout the state. Gov. Doug Burgum welcomed the latest estimates...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Opinion    January 2, 2023

A dose of Christmas calm

This Christmas was definitely one to remember for some, and not necessarily in a great way. Some didn’t make it home due to the ridiculous weather we’ve been having. Others I know were sick with...

 

Snowmageddon: Five-day blizzard paralyzes state

For nearly a week, from Dec. 12 through Dec. 16, Foster County and much of the Great Plains endured one of the most severe and long-lasting blizzards in recent memory. Most of North Dakota was...

 

A new year's resolution worth keeping

New year’s resolutions - who actually sticks to them anyway? I’ve said for years that there is no reason to make one if I don’t plan to keep it. Thus, I haven’t made any resolutions for some...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    December 19, 2022

Agriculture/FACS program expansion approved by CPS

Melissa Hansen, Agriculture Education and FFA Advisor at Carrington High School, appealed to the school board Tuesday morning for an expansion in agriculture and family and consumer science...

 

Wishing you grace, peace this Christmas

Through all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I have to keep reminding myself to take work and life one step at a time. “Do one thing well, and then move on to the next,” I think. From...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    December 12, 2022

Vision for Rainbow Gardens takes shape

Steeped in Carrington's history is a beautiful place known as Rainbow Gardens, established in the 1930s by Japanese immigrant Harry Hayashi. The five-acre destination on the west end of Carrington...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    December 12, 2022

Holiday with our Heroes held Dec. 6

"Holiday with our Heroes" was held Tuesday night, Dec. 6, in Carrington. First responders and law enforcement agencies assisted 33 to 35 kids, who were each instructed to spend between $125-$150 on...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    December 5, 2022

'Everyone is welcome at our table'

"I've always wanted to learn how to cook better." That's what Eddy Yuja said when he started talking to Travis Wong. "Let's make noodles," Wong replied. "We just made them for fun," Yuja recalls. Sinc...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    December 5, 2022

It's a Central City Christmas!

Now in its 21st year, Christmas Around the Town brings together the best available in Carrington. From the parade and vendor show to supper and shopping, Monday, Dec. 5 is the day to be in town....

 

Finding joy in the local experience

A fledgling caterer lands a foundation gala and falls for her client's nephew, who is assigned to make sure the meals goes perfectly. An owner of a farm and home goods store tries to convince a...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    November 28, 2022

Sixth graders publish 'The Cardinal Times'

Mrs. Brooke Page’s sixth grade WIN class at Carrington Elementary School (CES) added publishing to their list of accomplishments recently. This group of students published a newspaper called “The...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    November 28, 2022

'A Christmas Survival Guide' debuts at DPRCA on December 1

The holiday season is upon us. For some, the tree is already up and a slew of gifts have already been purchased. For others, all their holiday planning is shoved into a few weeks, or even a few days....

 

Mom pride at courtside

As I write this, I’m preparing to sleep in my own bed for the first time since Wednesday (and it’s Sunday). Armed with my media pass, new Rocket gear and Erik Gjovik’s Nikon camera, I spent the...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    November 14, 2022

Spotlight on student success at CES

It's American Education Week, a time when educators are recognized for their commitment and dedication to the education of their students. In observance, the Independent is highlighting the work of...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    News    November 14, 2022

Nifty to be thrifty

It all started with a pair of Sorel boots, and the pursuit of a bargain. The Humble Pearl, Carrington's new thrift store and boutique, opened at 1080 1st Street South in Carrington on July 4. "I've...

 

Tradition with a twist

My husband and I started our relationship on a gravel road in rural Wells County (somewhere between Barlow and Cathay, if my memory serves me correctly) exactly 22 years ago this past weekend. At...

 

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