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  • Ukraine sponsorships fill jobs

    Leasa A. Lura|May 20, 2024

    The first applications were received and acted upon for the Uniting for Ukraine program offered by the Carrington City Council. During the Monday, May 13 meeting, chairman Troy Roundy said they received grant applications from Tyler Carr, Mitch Page and Arlo Stedman. Tyler Carr of Carr Construction and Mitch Page from Golden Acres Manor and Estates jointly applied for sponsorship of one family, with Carr funding the husband/father and one child and Page funding the wife/ mother and one child. Th...

  • Around the State: May 20, 2024

    Leasa A. Lura|May 20, 2024

    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. Death at Rolla Motel investigation Rollette County Sheriff Nathan Gustafson confirmed that law enforcement was recently called to the Bil-Mar Motel on the west side of Rolla. The owner of the business confirmed that "last Sunday" there was a dead body found in a room. She added that nothing was disclosed...

  • Around the State: May 13, 2024

    Leasa A. Lura|May 13, 2024

    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. Airsoft gun fired during class at Alexander School During a sixth grade music class at Alexander Public School on April 15, a student produced an airsoft gun and fired it at another student. This incident is still under investigation and many parents have reached out to The Farmer to express frustration wi...

  • Around the State: May 6, 2024

    Leasa A. Lura|May 6, 2024

    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. Referendum fails The controversial bond referendum for an addition to the Harvey School was soundly defeated recently, ending a nine-month campaign by supporters for a new school who were met by an equally steadfast crowd not wanting to spend $23.5 million on classrooms for the school's elementary...

  • One contested local race in primary

    Leasa A. Lura|Apr 29, 2024

    Voters in Foster County will go to the polls on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, in a primary election to select federal, state, county, city and park board representatives. For cities, the primary is the finals for mayors, council persons and park board members, while state and county winners in the primary move on to the general election on November 5, 2024. There’s only one contested race on the local ballot this year. That will be for two council seats in the City of McHenry. The City of McHenry h...

  • Around the State: April 29, 2024

    Leasa A. Lura|Apr 29, 2024

    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. Break-ins reported in Minnewaukan Multiple break-ins were reported to have occurred in Benson County during the early morning hours of Sunday, April 14, including Dakota Spirits in Minnewaukan. A red vehicle was sighted around the community and believed to have been associated with the break-ins. (Story...

  • County awarded $4 million paving grant

    Leasa A. Lura|Apr 22, 2024

    The Foster County Commission learned at their meeting last week that the county was awarded a state funded grant of $4,090 million for paving four miles of the Barlow Road, also known as Road 1602 (11th Street NE). During the meeting held on Tuesday, April 16, county engineer Mike Rivinius told the board the four miles located near Grace City will most likely be regraded in 2026 and paved in 2027. He also said that the four million will come out of $45 million available. In other business: • T...

  • Around the State: April 22, 2024

    Leasa A. Lura|Apr 22, 2024

    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. Body found north of Beaver Bay A body found north of Beaver Bay over the weekend has been transported to Bismarck in hopes of being identified by authorities. According to Emmons County Sheriff Gary Sanders, a local fisherman discovered the body at about 5:50 p.m. April 7, near the shoreline of Lake Oahe...

  • Confusion on city parking ordinance raises questions

    Leasa A. Lura|Apr 15, 2024

    The Carrington City Ordinance on parking is vague and confusing, so one resident questioned the council about it at their last meeting. During the meeting held on Monday, April 8, a resident attended the meeting to ask about parking on the street. He said he is a home owner with a one-stall garage, but his family has more cars than his garage can accommodate so some have to be parked out on the street. This is where it gets tricky: The city's parking ordinance states that residents may not...

  • Around the State: April 15, 2024

    Leasa A. Lura|Apr 15, 2024

    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. Hard to be positive when on the defensive A sense of negativism that seemingly hovered over the crowd of 180 recently in Harvey’s B.M. Hanson Elementary School wasn’t necessarily welcomed or encouraged by school district patrons, certainly not the school board or building committee members present, but...

  • Property tax value 'increase' explained

    Leasa A. Lura|Apr 8, 2024

    "No, it doesn't mean property taxes in Carrington are increasing," said Foster County Tax Equalization Director Karen Evans at the Foster County Commission meeting last week. During the meeting held on Tuesday, April 2, Evans explained that to be in compliance with the state, she had to increase the sales ratio. "I sent out 594 notices of tax increases in the City of Carrington. That isn't counting the county notices," said Evans. "The reason for the notices is because our sales ratio had...

  • Around the State: April 8, 2024

    Leasa A. Lura|Apr 8, 2024

    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. Gullickson sentencing finalized On Wednesday, March 20, former Our Savior Lutheran Church in Max, Pastor Erin Gullickson, was formally sentenced. South Central District Judge Cynthia Feland sentenced Gullickson to more than half a year of jail time, probation, and full restitution of more than $81,000 she...

  • Diversion, project official urge city's commitment to pipeline cost share

    Leasa A. Lura|Apr 1, 2024

    In the first of several regional informational meetings, Duane DeKrey, Merri Mooridian, Kip Kovar and Kim Cook of Garrison Diversion Conservancy District and Steve Burian of the Red River Valley Water Supply Project, explained to the Carrington City Council the need for the pipeline that will run from the Missouri River to Fargo and other eastern North Dakota cities. Burian explained how Carrington could benefit by participating in the project. He said that one day, Carrington may need more...

  • Around the State: April 1, 2024

    Leasa A. Lura|Apr 1, 2024

    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. Bids sought for 14th state park The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department (NDPRD) is excited to move forward with development of the state's 14th state park at the Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area (PGSRA) and is currently accepting construction bids for the project. Located near Walhalla, N.D.,...

  • County measure to increase road mills

    Leasa A. Lura|Mar 25, 2024

    "Which road would you like us to fix? Because $318,000 (currently 10 mills) will only overlay one mile of road," said Foster County Commissioner Alan Scanson at the special commission meeting held on Friday, March 15. The meeting was held to decide how many road and bridge mills they want to ask for on the 2024 primary election ballot in a county measure. The commission can legally levy 10 mills for roads without a vote of the people. Any mills over 10 must be approved by a vote. A mill is...

  • Hearing set for section line closure

    Leasa A. Lura|Mar 25, 2024

    Recycle and reuse were the words of the day for the Foster County Commission at their meeting last week as they discussed using doors from the old sheriff's residence in the courthouse basement. During the meeting held on Tuesday, March 19, Chris Thomas of EAPC Architects and Engineers attended the meeting via telephone to update the board on the progress of the courthouse basement project. He asked if some of the doors in the sheriff's residence could be used in the basement as they are...

  • Around the State: March 25, 2024

    Leasa A. Lura|Mar 25, 2024

    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. Documentary by White Shield director The documentary short film "We Ride for Her" made its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival recently, and one of the film's directors resides in White Shield. Prairie Rose Seminole's film follows The Medicine Wheel Riders, who are a group of Indigenous women motorcycle...

  • Business owner requests answers on CCEDC policies

    Leasa A. Lura|Mar 18, 2024

    The Carrington City Council heard from business owner Hope Carr at their meeting last week. Carr had questions about CCEDC (Carrington Chamber and Economic Development Corporation) policies and Mayor Tom Erdmann provided responses on behalf of the city. During the meeting held on Monday, March 11, Carr said she had three questions for the council. The first question she asked was, "Why does a business need to be a Chamber member to use public-funded programs that are available?" Her second...

  • Around the State: March 18, 2024

    Leasa A. Lura|Mar 18, 2024

    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. Johnson pleads guilty to child neglect After spending five months in jail, Ashley Marie Johnson, 37, of Grand Forks, reached a plea agreement with prosecutors on Feb. 28, pleading guilty to child neglect and reckless endangerment. In exchange for the guilty pleas, the charge of child abandonment was...

  • Details of joint powers agreement in negotiations

    Leasa A. Lura|Mar 11, 2024

    Foster County is proposing to enter into a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) with Stutsman County for their emergency management services, but the 911 coordinator position may not end up in the deal. During the Foster County Commission meeting held on Tuesday, March 5, Foster County Auditor/Treasurer Ellen Roundy told the board that the agreement would be on an annual basis starting April 1 and ending at the end of the year, to renew January 1 of every year thereafter. She said it will cost the count...

  • Around the State: March 11, 2024

    Leasa A. Lura|Mar 11, 2024

    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. Live hand grenade found in scrap pile There is an old saying, another man's trash is another man's treasure. Recently, over at Russ's Auto and Scrap while going through a pile of scrap, the people at Russ's came across what appeared to be a live grenade. According to Grafton Police Chief Tony Dumas, the...

  • Primary Election Tuesday, June 11

    Leasa A. Lura|Mar 4, 2024

    Four years ago, there were no polling places for the 2020 primary election in Foster County due to COVID-19. This year voters in Foster County will once again go to the polls. The primary election is set for Tuesday, June 11, 2024, to select federal, state, county, city and park board representatives. On the county side of the ballot, seats at the commissioners' table that are up for grabs are Pat Copenhaver of District #1, David Utke of District #3 and Becky Hagel of District #5. There are no...

  • Around the State: March 4, 2024

    Leasa A. Lura|Mar 4, 2024

    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. Splash Pad coming to life The Garrison Park Board held its monthly meeting on February 7 and a lot is going on. A photo was shared from Ackerman Estvold of a mockup of what the new splash pad will look like, which had been eagerly anticipated for quite a while. There has been talk around town for at least...

  • Ballot question on hold... for now

    Leasa A. Lura|Feb 26, 2024

    A question for the 2024 election ballot was discussed at the Foster County Commission meeting last week, but tabled for more information. During the meeting held on Tuesday, February 20 commissioner Becky Hagel told the board she thinks they should have a very clear picture of township reimbursements for road maintenance as well as state funding, the cost of the blade, blade operator wages, gas, etc. so they know exactly how many mills to ask for on the ballot. Currently, 10 mills for farm to...

  • Around the State: February 26, 2024

    Leasa A. Lura|Feb 26, 2024

    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. City loses two more police officers Two Harvey police officers, Gabriel Johnson and Tyler Denning, have resigned, citing the strain of the understaffed department. This news was delivered at the February 14 Harvey City Council meeting by part-time police officer Travis Carlson. In the past 16 months, three...

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