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  • Post 25 earns top district seed

    Erik Gjovik|Jul 22, 2024

    The John Raymond O'Hara Post 25 Redbirds of Carrington got through their regular season schedule save for one game, and they appear for all intents and purposes to be the team to beat in the District 4 Tournament. Carrington took three more victories in the past week's slate, two of them of the non-conference variety. The 'Birds defeated Class A club Kindred, 3-1, on July 10, then earned a 5-2 victory July 12 over the Devils Lake Storm before taking a 10-5 win against Kidder County Post 231...

  • Foster County issues transportation emergency declaration

    Erik Gjovik|Jul 15, 2024

    Cleanup and recovery efforts are underway at the site of the Friday, July 5, Bordulac train derailment after the transition from emergency response operations. In a statement from Canadian Pacific Kansas City Railway dated Monday, July 8, spokesman Patrick Waldron said that removal of all cars containing hazardous materials have been completed. "CPKC response crews, including environmental and hazardous materials teams, will remain on the scene to continue car and site clean-up in coordination...

  • Getting their 'Phil'

    Erik Gjovik|Jul 15, 2024

    An eclectic mix of American Legion Class B, Class AA, and even a few international ballclubs met in Jamestown for the three-day Phil Brown Classic, held at Jack Brown Stadium July 5-7. Action from the tournament was cancelled on the second day, moving the tournament straight to championship bracket play on Sunday. The Carrington Post 25 Redbirds won two of three at the Phil Brown, advancing to the title game and taking second place following their 4-1 loss to Wyoming "AA" side Gillette....

  • Snakes and Sox

    Erik Gjovik|Jul 15, 2024

    On each side of the Phil Brown Classic in Jamestown, the Carrington Redbirds of John Raymond O'Hara Post 25 matched up with District 4 opponents Linton/Ashley/Wishek (LAW) and the New Rockford Post 30 Black Sox. The 'Birds continued on their hot streak with a 16-6 win against LAW, and took a 5-1 victory over the 'Sox, leaving their district mark at a perfect 4-0 and 11-3 for the summer. Carrington 16, LAW 6 The Redbirds poured it on with multi-run innings in all five frames, led by a six-run...

  • Top of the podium

    Erik Gjovik|Jul 8, 2024

    From his younger days growing up on a farm 14 miles northwest of Pingree in the shadow of the Hawksnest foothills, Greg Hoeckle was always driven to succeed. When he first arrived in the Carrington school district as the new elementary physical education teacher in August 1990, Hoeckle's after-school gig in the spring season, track and field, became his passion. And his teams' staggering accomplishments since then have led the soft-spoken (but forceful when it has to be) coach with the ready...

  • New CT scanner at CHI Carrington

    Erik Gjovik|Jul 8, 2024

    A new tool that promises to deliver accurate, fast and detailed results for patients at CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington Medical Center has been installed. CHI Carrington's Radiology Department received a new computerized tomography (CT) scanner to replace its old machine which served the community and region since 2012. The price of the scanner, a Siemens Somatom, was $401,342, not counting costs for installation work and room renovation. Radiology Technologist (RT) Luke Kutz says that the...

  • Four-for-four into the 4th

    Erik Gjovik|Jul 8, 2024

    The Carrington Post 25 Redbirds scored 25 runs in a two-game triangular sweep on the banks of the Mouse River over the Burlington Bulldogs and Velva 39ers Wednesday, June 26, at Buen Field in Velva. In the final two varsity contests of the week heading into the Fourth of July holiday, the 'Birds kept their string of success rolling with a 9-8 win over Kidder County Friday, June 28, and defeated the Devils Lake Storm 'B' team last Monday, 9-2. Both games were at City Park. With the wins, Post 25...

  • Derailment in Bordulac July 5

    Erik Gjovik|Jul 8, 2024

    Article updated Monday, July 8 at 1:20 p.m. to include new information An early morning train derailment on the east edge of Bordulac Friday, July 5, led to 29 cars leaving the tracks and igniting a large fire at the site. At approximately 3:53 a.m. on Friday, first responders from Carrington Fire and Rescue and CHI Carrington EMS were dispatched to a location at 2nd St. S.E. and 75th Ave. S.E. for a hazardous materials incident near Lake George just outside Bordulac. Ten to 15 cars were reporte...

  • Skytland, Mozelle win Park Board seats

    Erik Gjovik|Jul 1, 2024

    With the release of the Primary Election Abstract of Votes by Foster County Auditor Ellen Roundy, results from the Tuesday, June 11 election are now considered official. A total of 690 ballots were cast throughout the county for candidates in the Republican and Democratic-NPL primaries, as well as for local elected positions, and a county and statewide ballot measure each. Additional time was needed following the election to certify several races of note that were not contested in name, but...

  • Scouting out their future paths

    Erik Gjovik|Jul 1, 2024

    In the space of just over four hours, the next generation of agricultural producers got a thorough grounding in the future fields available to them at the North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center. The 2024 Junior Crop Scout School was held Tuesday morning and afternoon, June 25, at the center three miles north of Carrington, and is sponsored by the North Dakota Soybean and North Dakota Corn Utilization councils. The school, which showcases different aspects of...

  • Post 25 Redbirds come back to edge MayPort, 8-7

    Erik Gjovik|Jul 1, 2024

    Kyle Johnson went 4-for-4 with a double, and the Carrington Redbirds of John Raymond O'Hara Post 25 took a wild one in Mayville, 8-7, over the host MayPort Post 8 Patriots on Wednesday, June 19. Johnson got Post 25 on the board in the top of the first inning with a single to bring home Grady Shipman, and the Pats got the equalizer in the bottom of the frame. In the second, the Birds' aluminum came alive for four runs on five hits, but even that wasn't enough as Redbird pitching wildness allowed...

  • Young minds in full bloom

    Erik Gjovik|Jun 24, 2024

    Whether it's a part-time high school job, a diversion from the grind of college courses, or a budding passion waiting to be unleashed, Petals and Stems in Carrington has become a station for young women to let their creativity fly. Owner Brenda Bush has been a proud promoter of her employees' higher education, which began almost since the flower shop's founding in 2017. "I always look for creativity in an employee, and I especially enjoy working with young creative minds," Bush says. She...

  • In the loop: McHenry celebrates 125 years

    Erik Gjovik|Jun 24, 2024

    For some great old-fashioned fun, games and memories, "blaze" a trail over to McHenry for three days of events celebrating a century-and-a-quarter of existence at the 125th Celebration June 28-30. From its start in 1899, the northeastern Foster County town proved its value as the terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad's branch starting at Sanborn, and was named in honor of the railway's chief civil engineer, E.H. McHenry. At one time, McHenry the town had seven grain elevators, and for many...

  • Boote makes CNFR finals

    Erik Gjovik|Jun 24, 2024

    Jory Boote of Binford finished his collegiate rodeo career on the grandest stage of all for scholastic cowpokes, the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) from the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper, Wyo. Boote, a Dickinson State senior, competed in the tie-down roping event, and made the short go (final round) after three preliminary rounds went in the books. He would place 11th in the nation with a combined time of 36.6 seconds on three successful attempts. He had a 13.5 second attempt in round...

  • Post 25 stuns Sox in 9

    Erik Gjovik|Jun 24, 2024

    Another classic in the latest installment of the Carrington/New Rockford hardball rivalry came to pass at Jim Johnson Park on the southern edge of New Rockford. This time, the Post 25 Redbirds went two innings beyond regulation length to finish off the Post 30 Black Sox, 5-3, in a Thursday, June 13 affair originally slated as a home game, but which switched to the Sox's home field due to ongoing renovation work at the City Park diamond. The visitors on this day scratched across single runs in...

  • Babe Ruth hits diamond for first weeks of play

    Erik Gjovik|Jun 24, 2024

    Rainouts and field availability have largely kept the Carrington Babe Ruth (13-to-15 year old) Redbirds baseball program on the shelf for the first two weeks of their schedule, but they have nevertheless gotten three games into the books. Because of ongoing repair work at City Park, all three of the varsity contests have been on the road. On June 10, the Redbirds traveled to face Nelson County, and dropped a 7-3 decision to the young Owls. Two days later, on June 12, Carrington ran into a...

  • Armstrong, Fedorchak win county, statewide primaries

    Erik Gjovik|Jun 17, 2024

    Citizens of Carrington, Foster County and the greater area, and throughout the state of North Dakota exercised their fundamental rights to the democratic process by participating in the Primary Election Tuesday, June 11. Voting within the county's lone precinct was held at Carrington City Library, and various city, county, state and national offices were up for contention. All results reported are considered unofficial, as mail-in and absentee ballots postmarked by June 10 can still be received...

  • Palmer medalist; Grovers win title

    Erik Gjovik|Jun 17, 2024

    The elements were the X-factor when the best golfers and teams in Class B converged at CrossRoads Golf Club in Carrington for two days of abbreviated action Wednesday and Thursday, June 5-6. A three-plus-inch downpour several hours before play was supposed to begin on Tuesday, June 4, postponed the entire first day of golf to Wednesday. The original plan was to play an 18-hole one day event that day, but flooding on the southern portion of the course shortened the round to just nine holes. With...

  • Shipman gets All-State nod

    Erik Gjovik|Jun 17, 2024

    Carrington senior Grady Shipman was selected for the second consecutive year to the Class B All-State Baseball First Team for his performance on the field in 2024. The team is selected by the North Dakota High School Coaches' Association (NDHSCA). Shipman, the Cards' lefthanded-swinging shortstop, pitcher and sometimes catcher, batted .470 with two home runs, 12 doubles, two triples, 25 runs batted in (RBI), 12 stolen bases, and 26 runs scored. He also finished his high school career as one of...

  • 'Birds take one of three at Valley City tourney

    Erik Gjovik|Jun 17, 2024

    Carrington's John Raymond O'Hara American Legion Post 25 baseball program comes into the summer with a new face at the controls of the Redbirds' ship, but one that is familiar to those who have followed the team in recent years. Jayden Shipman faces a tough task in taking over for Tim Ranum as Post 25 head coach. Ranum guided the team to state championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016, as well as two second-place finishes and perennial contender status within the B division. Shipman is a CHS and...

  • See you on the lake!

    Erik Gjovik|Jun 10, 2024

    Picture this: You're sitting in a boat or swimming on the shores of Juanita Lake, enjoying the pleasant breezes and waves while catching some sun or a few keepers. Then, a sudden pang of hunger or thirst hits you. Or the bugs start biting. Or you just remembered you want to get the grill going. If those essentials weren't available, often times that meant a long jaunt back to Carrington, or New Rockford, or wherever the nearest store happened to be. And that means lost recreation time, fun, and...

  • Baseball field gets makeover

    Erik Gjovik|Jun 10, 2024

    In a world where first impressions matter, everybody wants to look their best when the party gets started. For Carrington Youth Baseball and Softball, that means making needed facility upgrades to the American Legion/Babe Ruth baseball diamond for what promises to be a fun summer. Ahead of the main event in the Central City in late July-early August, the 2024 State "B" Babe Ruth Tournament, City Park's field is busy getting spruced up. Brand-new, bigger dugouts are under construction, and freshl...

  • Rolling with the changes

    Erik Gjovik|Jun 10, 2024

    A deluge of rain around nine hours before play was scheduled to begin last Tuesday washed out the entire first day of the State Class B Boys' Golf Tournament at CrossRoads Golf Club. So, the North Dakota High School Activities Association condensed the planned June 4-5 slate into one day only, Wednesday, June 5, for 18 holes of competition to determine the best of the best. However, those plans were further revised Tuesday night when an inspection of the course showed that the front nine holes...

  • CHS Class of 2024 receives diplomas

    Erik Gjovik|Jun 3, 2024

  • Stepping away from the track

    Erik Gjovik|Jun 3, 2024

    Thirty-four years at the helm of the Carrington track and field program has yielded much in the way of individual and team success for Greg Hoeckle. Since starting his head coaching tenure in 1990, Hoeckle's Cardinal squads have consistently been among Class B's finest. Nine state girls' championships from 1999-2004 and 2012-14, four runners-up trophies (three girls, one boys), numerous regional team crowns and a countless number of standout athletes can all testify to the attention and...

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