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  • Hutch closing shop, but Auxiliary soldiers on

    Erik Gjovik|Apr 15, 2024

    BY ERIK GJOVIK One of the most visible symbols and fund-raising arms for the CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington Medical Center Auxiliary will be shuttered at the end of this month. The Happy Heart Hutch gift shop has long provided patients and hospital patrons with a wonderful selection of items, as part of its loving service to area communities and the region. With the news that the Hutch is planning to close for good, some in the Carrington area might be openly wondering what that portends for...

  • CHS Prom 2024 held April 6

    Erik Gjovik|Apr 15, 2024

    Students from Carrington and other schools had a blast dancing the night away at the 2024 CHS Prom, held Saturday night, April 6, in the West Gym. Here, participants Madison Johnson, Sydney Friedt and others do a bit of dress-up in construction gear to the delight of the crowd. The theme of the Prom was "The Last Disco"....

  • Cards, Hornets start softball in Fessenden

    Erik Gjovik|Apr 15, 2024

    The sun came out Tuesday, April 9, and the Carrington and HWC girls' softball teams met at the field at the Fessenden City Park for the teams' first action of the spring. The Hornets kept the pressure on all game long against the Cards, making them deal with their aggressive baserunning, pin-point pitching and timely hitting for a 16-5 win. HWC scored in every inning, plating three runs in the first, four in the second, five in the third, and four in the fourth to take the victory by 10-run...

  • Johnson selected to Lions All-Star Basketball

    Erik Gjovik|Apr 15, 2024

    Madison Johnson, a CHS senior and daughter of David and Nichole Johnson of Carrington, was selected to the Class A/B Lions All-Star Girls Basketball squad. The 5'7" senior guard helped lead the Cardinals to a 17-8 season this past season, their first in the new Division A. Johnson led the team at 11.2 points per game, and also finished as the Cards' best rebounder at 6.0 per game, along with 2.8 steals. She was second on the squad in assists, averaging 2.8. She was the first player in CHS...

  • Cards take girls' race in Hazen

    Erik Gjovik|Apr 15, 2024

    Pleasant temperatures awaited central North Dakota athletes at the first outdoor track meet of the season, the Bison Stampede in Hazen Tuesday, April 9. For Carrington, it yielded three state qualifying slots for the Cardinal girls, and one for the boys' team. Senior middle distance runner Madison Johnson won both the 800 and 1,600-meter runs in standard-achieving fashion, running 2:25.69 for the former and 5:24.89 for the latter race. In the 3,200, junior Kenadie Pazdernik was the other girls'...

  • A hoppy occasion

    Erik Gjovik|Apr 8, 2024

    The Easter Bunny came out of his burrow Saturday, March 30, to provide a bounty of over 12,000 eggs filled with an array of tasty sweetness at Carrington's annual Easter Egg Hunt. The event was held at the Carrington Public School East Gym, and helpful parents, the young and the very young got their opportunity to grab some loot for themselves....

  • CHS girls first at Thundering Herd

    Erik Gjovik|Apr 8, 2024

    The Carrington track teams had their second indoor event of the young season, and the Cardinal girls are in prime early spring form. At the Thundering Herd Classic from the Shelly Ellig Track Complex at NDSU in Fargo last Monday, April 1, the Cards won the girls' portion of the meet with 72 points, edging out the Fergus Falls Otters for the title. Senior Madison Johnson won the 800-meter run in a time of 2:26.43, and she was also third in the 1,600 with a 5:19.84 clocking. Kenadie Pazdernik...

  • Pitcrew 3rd at ND USA Duals

    Erik Gjovik|Apr 8, 2024

    The Carrington Pitcrew youth wrestling club had two teams on the mat at state competition from the Bismarck Event Center Friday, March 22. At the North Dakota USA State Folkstyle Dual Tournament, the Pitcrew wrestled to a 4-1 record to take third place in the Large Team division, or Group 1. Carrington took a narrow 33-32 loss to the Bison Wrestling Club in the first round, but won the final four matches against the Valley City Express (58-12), Grand Forks Gladiators (46-26), and got some...

  • Athletic Awards Night at CHS

    Erik Gjovik|Apr 1, 2024

    Carrington High School held their Athletic Awards Night Tuesday, March 26, in the West Gym. Athletes from all Cardinal sports teams were honored at the event, and Madison Johnson and Logan Weninger (center) were named Top Female and Male Senior Athletes for 2024. Peggy Smith (left) and Evie Skytland (right) were presented with the Honorary 'C' Club Awards for their contributions to the CHS athletic programs. For profiles of the major award winners and the list of all sports honorees for this...

  • 'North'ern exposure

    Erik Gjovik|Apr 1, 2024

    Carrington's spring sports season began at the second consecutive weekend meet at UND's Fritz Pollard Athletic Center, the Great North Regional Open, on Saturday, March 23. Griggs/Midkota also was among the competition at the Great North, as was NR-S, making a return trip from the previous week's Fighting Hawk Classic. The Cardinal girls placed third out of 19 teams with 60 points, and got meet championships from Kenadie Pazdernik (800-meter run), and the 4x400-meter relay team of Josie...

  • Weninger, Johnson named top CHS senior athletes

    Erik Gjovik|Apr 1, 2024

    Contributors to Carrington Cardinal athletic programs, from the varsity down to junior varsity and C-squad levels, were all honored at the school's Athletic Awards Night for the 2023-24 season Tuesday evening, March 26. Ten activities and their past seasons were granted time for recognition, with each team's coach or advisor speaking on the successes their respective students enjoyed. Five additional sports that played last spring were also honored. Plaques were given to all seniors who...

  • Athletic Awards Night - Fall sports honorees

    Erik Gjovik|Apr 1, 2024

    Award winners present for Athletic Awards Night in sports from the fall 2023 season are pictured here....

  • Athletic Awards Night - Winter 2023-24/Spring 2023 honorees

    Erik Gjovik|Apr 1, 2024

    Award winners present for Athletic Awards Night in sports from the winter 2023-24 and spring 2023 seasons are pictured here....

  • The daily grind

    Erik Gjovik|Mar 25, 2024

    Jesse Schroeder has been in the arena when things get hairy, and experienced the excitement and tension that comes with those scenarios. The 2002 CHS graduate and veteran of the United States Navy has been a world traveler as part of the Special Warfare Command, and used those skills to combat wildfires in Montana when his service ended. Now, as an arborist, he owns and operates Schroeder Sawyer Service, LLC, a tree removal and stump grinding business out of his home at 305 Main St. in...

  • Cards, area teams hit track, course, diamonds for spring

    Erik Gjovik|Mar 25, 2024

    A drier-than-normal winter has largely kept snow melt drainage to the bare minimum, meaning that if the forecasts remain favorable, the spring sports season can get going in a timely manner. The Carrington track and field team will be the first Cardinal program to christen the 2024 spring with an indoor meet at NDSU's Shelly Ellig Track Complex this past Saturday, March 23. This will be CHS Coach Greg Hoeckle's swan song after a legendary 35-year stint as the leader of the program, which has...

  • Nodak Drones: Ready for takeoff

    Erik Gjovik|Mar 18, 2024

    Drones: They aren't just for photography anymore. Or military applications. Or weather. Or even delivery purposes. The next wave of airborne crop spraying technology has now hit central North Dakota, and Mason Wede of rural Carrington has jumped in on the burgeoning niche business. Wede opened Nodak Drones in an announcement on a Facebook post Monday, March 11, which will operate from his farm just outside Melville and 10 miles south of Carrington at 645 Highway 281 S.E. "I first heard of...

  • Reeling in a big catch

    Erik Gjovik|Mar 18, 2024

    Mike Koenig of Carrington started his taxidermy career as a hobby, and said of the intervening years since, "[It's] grown into much more than that." Twenty-three years into that first plunge into the art of trophy wildlife presentation, one outstanding entry of Koenig's work has been honored as the top of its kind in the state. At the North Dakota Taxidermists Association's (NDTA) 39th annual competition held March 7-10 in Bismarck, his reproduction perch took home the state championship...

  • Pitcrew wins Lisbon dual tourney

    Erik Gjovik|Mar 18, 2024

    The Carrington Pitcrew youth wrestling program met all their opponents head on in the Sheyenne River Valley Friday, March 8, and emerged from the fray with a tall, shiny trophy for their efforts. The Pitcrew cracked the 40-point mark in all three of their duals to take three victories and win the championship at the Lisbon 'Lil' Bronco Dual Tournament. In the first round, Carrington defeated Kindred, 48-12, and defeated host Lisbon by a 43-18 margin before romping to a 47-12 win over Casselton...

  • Everybody talk about... pop music!

    Erik Gjovik|Mar 18, 2024

    The Carrington junior high and high school Music Department performed in their Spring Concert Friday, March 8, in an event rescheduled from February 27 due to winter weather complications. The groups' theme for this concert was 1970's and 80's pop music standards. (Editor's Note: In the print version of this picture story, Renae Raines' last name was misspelled. The Independent regrets the error.)...

  • Region V Large Group Music Festival held

    Erik Gjovik|Mar 18, 2024

    Band and choral ensembles representing Carrington, Griggs County Central, Midkota, Nelson County (Dakota Prairie/Lakota), NR-S and Pingree-Buchanan performed in pursuit of high ratings at the Region V Large Group Music Festival at Carrington Public School Tuesday, March 12....

  • Third P-B elementary bond referendum fails

    Erik Gjovik|Mar 18, 2024

    For the third time, an attempt to pass a bond referendum which would allow a new addition and other building upgrades to Pingree-Buchanan Elementary School in Buchanan has been voted down at the ballot box. Unofficial results posted to the P-B school website at www.pingree-buchanan.k12.nd.us showed 132 votes in favor (52.4% yes), and 120 against (47.6% no), the $5.165 million bond issue from voting conducted Wednesday, March 13, at the elementary school. To pass, the referendum would have had to...

  • $5.1 million question on ballot for third time

    Erik Gjovik|Mar 11, 2024

    Supporters of a facilities improvement project at Pingree-Buchanan Elementary School hope that the phrase "the third time's the charm" will come to pass and help ensure the future viability of the facility for P-B students. For the third time, residents within the district will go to the polls to make their voices heard on a proposed $5.165 million bond referendum to mainly benefit the elementary school complex in Buchanan. The election will be held Wednesday, March 13, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at...

  • 'Shaping' up to Boston

    Erik Gjovik|Mar 11, 2024

    For Trish (Omoth) Kutz of New Rockford, now living in Williston, running for her health, and later for competition, has served as a type of mental therapy. The 2004 NRHS graduate has withstood personal tragedy on her way to becoming a marathoner, and this past September 28, staked her claim to compete in one of the biggest races in the world. Via e-mail message, Kutz learned that she qualified for the Boston Marathon, to be held on Monday, April 15, known as Patriots' Day to the locals on the...

  • A humbling end

    Erik Gjovik|Mar 11, 2024

    Every time the Devils Lake Firebirds took the ball down the floor, it seemed like they'd convert on their possessions in 10 seconds or less. And the Carrington Cardinals were largely powerless to stop it, meaning their season came to a painful conclusion at the Region 2 Tournament at the Lewy Lee Fieldhouse at Mayville State University Monday night, March 4. The Firebirds shot a blistering 25-for-35 in the first half for 71 percent, and kept the pressure on into the third quarter to hit the...

  • CHS girls season BB leaders released

    Erik Gjovik|Mar 11, 2024

    The final statistics for the Carrington girls basketball team for the 2023-24 season have been revealed. This year's iteration of the Cardinals finished with a 17-8 record in their first season in the new Division A, finishing third place in both the Region 2 regular season and tournament, and advancing to the state qualifying game. There, they fell to Region 1 runner-up Valley City, 62-56. Senior Madison Johnson was the top scorer at 11.2 points per game, followed by junior Edyn Hoornaert...

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