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  • Derailment clean-up process a 'marathon'

    Nathan Price|Jul 22, 2024

    At their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 16, Foster County commissioners received written updates on the Bordulac Train Derailment and subsequent clean-up effort. Letters from Fire Chief Ken Wangen and Emergency Manager Andrew Kirking were delivered to commissioners which informed them of progress and setbacks of the ongoing clean-up efforts. Kirking wrote that barricades have been placed on either side of the accident site to control traffic after a civilian pickup truck drove straight...

  • Abshere sentenced to 20 years, will serve five

    Nathan Price|Jul 15, 2024

    On Tuesday, July 9, Kristopher Abshere appeared in the Foster County Courthouse for sentencing after pleading guilty to gross sexual imposition. Abshere was charged with the Class AA felony last June after he was discovered to have impregnated a 14-year-old girl. Court documents say the sexual relationship between Abshere and the girl began in Carrington while he had been living with her and her family since May 2021, and continued when he and the family moved to New Rockford in the fall of...

  • Commissioners, residents discuss Club Hall Road

    Nathan Price|Jul 15, 2024

    Facing concerns over road maintenance costs and a road department stretched thin, commissioners in Foster County have recently been debating whether to grind up the paved Club Hall Road and turn it to gravel. Located in eastern Foster County, the Club Hall Road cuts through Eastman and McKinnon Townships for eight miles between Kensal Road (85th Ave Northeast) and Highway 20. For residents in the area it's a road they use often, and they weren't happy to hear it may soon be turned to gravel....

  • Three arrested in Grand Forks car chase

    Nathan Price|Jun 3, 2024

    On Thursday, May 23, at approximately 4:04 a.m., a vehicle occupied by three area residents was involved in a police chase through the streets of Grand Forks that reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour. According to a press release from the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office, one of their deputies initiated a traffic stop of a red Dodge Charger for crossing the centerline in the city of Grand Forks. “The vehicle briefly stopped, and then proceeded to flee at a high rate of speed,” state...

  • Two more charged with terrorizing

    Nathan Price|May 6, 2024

    Two individuals in Carrington have been charged with terrorizing after making threats to law enforcement officers. One of them, Heather Auborn, also allegedly threatened to start a "riot" in the city of Carrington. On Friday, April 24, Auborn allegedly placed a call to a Carrington police officer, during which court documents say she threatened Carrington's Police Chief, Christopher Bittmann, and his family several times. Bittmann and the officer who received the call happened to be next to...

  • Baron waives preliminary hearing, pleads not guilty

    Nathan Price|Apr 29, 2024

    Ryan Baron, the former Midkota superintendent and high school principal facing more than a dozen charges related to child pornography, has waived his preliminary hearing scheduled for April 23 and entered not guilty pleas on all counts. Baron was first arrested in November of last year on five counts for possession of certain materials prohibited, thanks to a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Months later, he was charged with seven additional counts for the...

  • Cards, Sox renew rivalry

    Nathan Price|Apr 22, 2024

    Despite a close defeat to Carrington on Monday, April 15, the Sheyenne-New Rockford Black Sox have gotten off to a hot start this season. Going into Monday's game, the Sox had won four straight to start their season and were looking to keep their good fortunes going. Unfortunately for them, however, the Cardinals had other ideas. After more than an hour rain delay, the Cards did most of their damage in the first inning, as several defensive errors allowed a pair of unearned runs to cross home...

  • Abshere pleads guilty to felony charge in sex case

    Nathan Price|Apr 8, 2024

    Kristopher Abshere, 33, has pleaded guilty to a Class AA felony charge for impregnating a 14-year-old girl in 2022. Abshere was arrested last June after it was revealed he'd impregnated the 14-year-old, and was charged with gross sexual imposition of a minor under 15 years old, a Class AA felony. According to Court documents, Abshere had been living with the girl and her family since May 2021, at first in Carrington and then in New Rockford. Throughout that time, court documents say Abshere was...

  • Two men charged for making threats

    Nathan Price|Apr 8, 2024

    A pair of allegedly unruly customers were charged with terrorizing Carrington businesses in March. Most recently, a man from Tuttle, N.D. was charged with Class C felony terrorizing after threatening to kill a Runnings employee on Tuesday, March 26. Court documents say the heated exchange occurred over the phone when an employee from the Runnings in Carrington called Walter Albert Leno to inform him that a box of ammunition he’d special ordered was at the store. Upon picking up the phone, c...

  • Wick sentenced for murder of 5-month-old

    Nathan Price|Apr 8, 2024

    "You took away my sweet baby. We now have to sit here in constant pain, seeing other kids his age do everything for the first time, as tears run down my face wondering who our sweet son would be today." Those were the gut-wrenching words of Brittany Nelson, as she fought back tears to deliver an intense victim-impact statement in front of a packed Foster County Courthouse on Tuesday, April 9. Listening was Patricia Ann Wick, the former Carrington daycare owner accused of murdering Nelson's... Full story

  • Local farmer embraces organic methods

    Nathan Price|Mar 18, 2024

    A local farmer near the town of Cathay, N.D., is doing things a little unconventionally. Brad Wolbert, a native of Minnesota who now works on the Bibelheimer family farm with his father-in-law, has begun operating an organic regenerative farm. Requiring significantly more work and dedication to manage than conventional farming, it's a style of growing crops not commonly seen in North Dakota or anywhere else for that matter. But for those with the passion to make it work, farming organically whil...

  • Baron jailed on new child pornography charges

    Nathan Price|Feb 19, 2024

    Ryan Baron, former superintendent and high school principal of the Midkota School District, is facing even more charges for possession of child pornography and for allegedly directing a 12-year-old to send explicit photos. Back in November of last year, Baron was initially arrested and charged with five felony counts of "possession of certain materials prohibited," which came after a cyber tip was received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. That tip led to the...

  • Property taxes in the crosshairs

    Nathan Price|Feb 5, 2024

    Voters in North Dakota may soon face an interesting choice at the ballot box this November, and not just between the various candidates. Right now, efforts are underway to place a new initiative on the ballot, one that would essentially eliminate property taxes in the State of North Dakota. The effort is being led by Republican Rick Becker, a former state representative and current candidate for U.S. House. Becker and the initiative's supporters are currently soliciting signatures to qualify...

  • Wick pleads guilty to murder, child abuse

    Nathan Price|Jan 15, 2024

    POSTED January 12, 4:30 pm On Friday, Jan. 12, Patricia Wick was at the Foster County Courthouse in Carrington for a sudden change of plea hearing, just weeks before her murder trial was due to begin. Wick, a former Carrington daycare owner accused of killing a 5-month-old boy in her care, amended her plea to guilty on all charges. Originally, she had pleaded not guilty to a Class AA felony murder charge, after the infant was found unresponsive in her home and later declared dead at a hospital i...

  • An icy reception

    Nathan Price|Jan 8, 2024

    On Friday, Dec. 29, Governor Doug Burgum declared a state of emergency after an ice storm that began on Christmas day caused significant damage to infrastructure and farmland. According to a press release from the Governor's office, the emergency declaration encompasses the three-day event Dec. 25-27 that caused the National Weather Service to issue its first ice storm warning in North Dakota since 2016. Roads were virtually impassable in the immediate aftermath of the storm, and several...

  • Baron makes initial court appearance

    Nathan Price|Jan 1, 2024

    On Tuesday, Dec. 26, Ryan Baron appeared alongside his attorney via Zoom for his initial appearance after being accused of child pornography possession. Baron was charged on November 29 with five counts of "possession of certain materials prohibited," each a Class C felony. Baron was the superintendent and high school principal for Midkota Public Schools at the time of his arrest, which occurred after a search warrant was executed on his home when a "cyber tip" was received from the National...

  • Carrington man sentenced for fentanyl possession, intent to deliver

    Nathan Price|Dec 11, 2023

    A Carrington man is behind bars for possessing fentanyl and fleeing a police officer in Foster County this summer. On August 13, Joshua Voigt of Carrington was arrested after reportedly leading law enforcement on a brief police chase through northeast Carrington. The chase occurred when Carrington Police Officer Christopher Ormiston attempted to initiate a traffic stop after observing Voigt make aggressive turns without using his blinker, and going 53 mph in a 25 mph zone. Court documents say...

  • Jager pleads guilty; Abshere trial in April

    Nathan Price|Dec 4, 2023

    Andrew Jager of Carrington, accused of carrying a weapon just blocks from the nearby school, has pleaded guilty to several felony and misdemeanor counts. Jager was first arrested on Friday, April 21 in Carrington after multiple calls were received about a man carrying a gun case and yelling at passersby, just two blocks from the Carrington Public School. After Carrington Police Chief Christopher Bittmann struggled to place him under arrest, Jager was charged with disorderly conduct, preventing...

  • Midkota superintendent accused of possessing child pornography

    Nathan Price|Nov 27, 2023

    UPDATED November 30, 2023 On Wednesday, Nov. 29, the Superintendent of the Midkota Public School District was charged with several felonies for the possession of child pornography. Ryan Baron, also the school district's high school principal, was arrested on Tuesday, Nov. 28 and officially charged the next morning with five counts of "possession of certain materials prohibited," each a Class C felony. According to a press release from the Griggs County Sheriff's Office, Baron was arrested... Full story

  • Food, family and friends

    Nathan Price|Nov 13, 2023

    Here in North Dakota, there are few things better than the charming nature of a small town. It's one of the qualities many North Dakotans are most proud of, and for some towns, it's something they're trying desperately to hold on to. As the years go by, rural communities have struggled more and more to retain the local fixtures that provide that elusive charm, and many have lost them entirely. But some towns, like Grace City, N.D. with its population of around 50, are still holding on to their...

  • Local man facing charges in dog attack

    Nathan Price|Nov 6, 2023

    Shane Stegeman of Carrington has been charged with several crimes, including child neglect, after his dog allegedly attacked his 3-year-old stepdaughter last summer. The child, referred to as “A.H.” in court documents, reportedly suffered injuries after the household dog suddenly attacked on Friday, August 25, 2023 at their Carrington home. Stegeman was officially charged on Oct. 24 with reckless endangerment, a Class A misdemeanor; false information to law enforcement, another Class A mis...

  • Chronicles of the couch writer

    Nathan Price|Nov 6, 2023

    Would it surprise you to know that a significant amount of the newspaper has been written via iphone these past few weeks? Well, unfortunately it has. In fact, any article written by me since the Oct. 16 edition appeared in your mailboxes has been typed out from my living room and on a cell phone app, and I’ve hardly been at the office for over three weeks now. It’s all because I’ve been dealing with severe lower back pain, which has had me in and out of the doctor’s office, chiropr...

  • NRHS alum Otto faces road to recovery

    Nathan Price|Oct 30, 2023

    Rachael Otto, a 1993 NRHS grad who's among the most successful athletes to ever come out of New Rockford, is taking on the fight of her life. On Sunday, Sept. 17, Otto was enjoying a weekend at her lake cabin in Minnesota when she experienced a blood clot in the lower portion of her brain. She was immediately rushed to a hospital in Detroit Lakes, Minn. and later taken by ambulance to Fargo, N.D. where she underwent several surgeries to remove the clots. Then came a devastating diagnosis:...

  • Plane crash claims life of local pilot

    Nathan Price|Sep 25, 2023

    At approximately 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, a fatal airplane crash occurred south of New Rockford, N.D. According to Eddy County Sheriff Paul Lies, several witnesses traveling on Highway 281 reported seeing the plane crash into a cornfield west of the highway, and just a few yards north of the Eddy-Foster County border. The plane was reportedly traveling west when it clipped the power lines east of Highway 281, said Lies, and ultimately went down in the cornfield immediately west of the hi...

  • Felony drug charges dropped

    Nathan Price|Sep 18, 2023

    On Tuesday, September 12, Lawrence Sansone and Kellie Barton were once again on the docket at the Foster County Courthouse in Carrington. Sansone and Barton were charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors after a multi-agency operation to execute a search warrant discovered $21,000 worth of drugs on a Carrington residence. Involved in the operation were the Stutsman County Narcotics Task Force, Carrington Police Department, Foster County Sheriff's Office, N.D. Bureau of Criminal...

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