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  • Answering the call

    Erik Gjovik|May 20, 2024

    During this National EMS Week, celebrated on May 19-25, 2024, one of the major focal points in the emergency medical services (EMS) profession, at least in North Dakota, is the shortage of volunteers for first response. Often times, those few minutes that it takes for a 911 call to go through radio dispatch, paging the appropriate service, and hoping that they are fully staffed to arrive on scene are becoming more and more crucial. Jerome Short has seen it all in his 43 years on McHenry...

  • CPS hires Carr for social studies position

    Amy Wobbema|May 20, 2024

    Carrington native Walker Carr is returning home. The decorated law enforcement officer won’t be in uniform, though. Instead, he has been offered a contract with the Carrington Public School. Carr will replace Karla Michaelson as the high school social studies teacher. Carr has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He is scheduled to take his American Board certification soon, which upon his successful completion he will earn his teaching license. Superintendent Janelle Helm also reported at...

  • Hewitt named Foster Co. Teacher of the Year

    May 20, 2024

    State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler celebrated 49 North Dakota educators who have been named as County Teachers of the Year, saying they are leaders in their schools and communities. "Across our state, in rural areas and larger communities alike, our teachers bring their skills, compassion and dedication to their North Dakota classrooms," Baesler said. "These County Teachers of the Year are examples of educational excellence, who have been recognized as such by their colleagues, their...

  • Queen of the jungle

    Erik Gjovik|May 20, 2024

    Muralist Linda Roesch applies a dash of spray paint to a mural adorning a shipping container in the back alley behind Lioness at 912 Main St. in Carrington. Roesch, originally from Onaka, S.D., took her time to put her creative talents to use last week using donated spray cans for the art project. A time lapse video showing the mural's progress from start to completion can be seen on Lioness's Facebook page....

  • Correction to Foster County Commission report from May 13

    May 20, 2024

    In the Foster County Commission story that ran in the May 13 edition of the Independent, the motion to bid out minimum road maintenance was incorrect. The motion was made to go ahead with bidding out the grinding and reclamation of part of the Club Hall Road near Kensal. According to County Engineer Mike Rivinius, the two roads in the poorest condition are the Club Hall and Murphy roads. The county will not be bidding out minimum maintenance of roads for 2024. The confusion was due to a discussion during the meeting of having a county road...

  • Legion Auxiliary prepares for Poppy Day

    May 20, 2024

    The American Legion Auxiliary ladies recently met to attach poppies to posters promoting National Poppy Day. The community contributed over $3,000 from last year's campaign. The auxiliary appreciates all those who donated. The auxiliary uses every penny to support our veterans, active military, emergency responders and their families. Poppy Day is celebrated in countries around the world. The American Legion Family brought National Poppy Day® to the United States by asking Congress to...

  • Singspiration celebrates 100th night on May 26

    May 20, 2024

    Bowdon Community Church of God will be celebrating the 100th Singspiration night on May 26 at 7 P.M. What began as a simple musical get together for young and old to sing hymns and play specials on instruments in worship and praise has grown into a fun monthly event including participants of all ages from several communities. Ages have ranged from preschoolers to senior citizens. Over 150 different individual participants and several group singers have shared in the nine years that they have been meeting. Specials have included a wide range of...

  • American Legion, VFW looking for volunteers

    May 20, 2024

    The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars place flags on the graves of all veterans before Memorial Day. Veterans are asking for volunteers from the community for help. Volunteers are asked to meet by the Veterans' Memorial in the Carrington Cemetery at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21. The alternate date and time, if needed, will be Thursday, May 23 at the same time....

  • 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...

  • Meals on Wheels: May 20-25

    May 20, 2024

    MAY CARRINGTON All meals served with Milk, Coffee, Bread & Butter, Dessert Mon., May 20 - Beef Stroganoff, Noodles, Prince Edward Vegetables, Peaches - Pool, Bridge, Open Cards Tues., May 21 - Tilapia, Sweet Potatoes, Cheesy Broccoli, Apricots, Cookie Salad - Pinochle Thurs., May 23 - Beef Stir Fry, Fried Rice, Asian Vegetables, Fruit Cocktail - Whist Fri., May 24 - Salmon Loaf, Diced Potatoes, Buttered Beets, Oranges, Bar - Mexican Train Dominoes Sat., May 25 - Public Cards Pinochle Tournament, 1 p.m. All ages welcome. GRACE CITY, MCHENRY...

  • Music fills the Gym

    Erik Gjovik|May 20, 2024

    The Carrington High School and Junior High music ensembles were in action Thursday night, May 9, for their Spring Concert. Student musicians got the chance to showcase all their hard work and talent at the event, which was well-attended....

  • Be kind to your mind

    Amy Wobbema|May 13, 2024

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and local health care professionals want the community to know that mental health is just as important as physical health. They are organizing a Mental Health Fair to illustrate the importance of taking care of the whole person – mind, body, and soul. The fair will be held this Wednesday, May 15, from 5-7 at the Carrington City Park. The event will have 10 table sponsors, each offering a service that can help support or improve one's mental health. The t...

  • Passing into history

    Erik Gjovik|May 13, 2024

    The Cathay School now only exists as a fond memory to all those who have walked its halls, as demolition of the 104-year-old structure went into full swing early last week. In the above photo taken last Wednesday several days after crews from Ralph Volson Enterprises of Balfour took down the shell of the school, portions of the eastern exterior wall of the gym remain for final cleanup and disposal. The school was built in 1920 after the previous building burned down two years earlier, and...

  • 42 awards; 3rd place for General Excellence

    Erik Gjovik|May 13, 2024

    The North Dakota Newspaper Association (NDNA) released the names of the placers in their annual Better Newspaper Contest Friday, May 3, held in conjunction with the organization's 138th annual convention at Baymont Inn and Suites in Mandan May 2-4. For work published during the calendar year of 2023, the Independent was the recipient of 42 total awards, which is a record number of category wins for the paper. Included in that was the third place award for the General Excellence category, which p...

  • Ribbon cutting at Aura Aesthetics + Wellness

    May 13, 2024

    On Wednesday, May 8, a ribbon cutting was held at the new location of Aura Aesthetics + Wellness, 28 10th Ave. S. in Carrington. Left to right: Chamber Ambassadors Bob Lipetzky, Amy Wobbema, Heather Stickel, Vern Anderson, Chris Bichler, Joan Copenhaver, Deedra Aasand, Tiffany Paulson, Sarah Aberle and Katie Florhaug stand with Aura staff Randi Jo VanRay, Chelsey Zeltinger, Taryn VanBedaf and Phallyn Wolsky. The staff will host an Open House on Monday, May 20, from 6-9 p.m. at the new...

  • NP Operation Round Up approves charitable grants

    May 13, 2024

    At their March meeting, the Northern Plains Electric Operation Round Up board of directors approved grants totaling $8,875 to help support worthy causes. These charitable grants are made possible through the generosity of Northern Plains Electric Cooperative members who voluntarily elect to have their electric bills rounded up to the next dollar. The donated amount averages about 50 cents a month for each participating member and raises approximately $37,000 each year. Since the program’s beginning in October 1998, grants totaling $945,762 h...

  • School Board Agenda: May 14, 2024

    May 13, 2024

    Carrington School District Regular School Board Meeting Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2024 Place: High School ITV Room I. CALL TO ORDER: 4:00 p.m. II. REGULAR ITEMS A. Additions or Corrections to the Agenda B. Approve Minutes • April 9, 2024 • April 25, 2024 C. Approve Financial Reports 1. Activities Fund 2. Revolving Fund 3. Lunch Fund 4. General Fund 5. Fund Balance Reports D. Presentation of Bills and Check Register III. DISCUSSION ITEMS A. Administrative Reports 1. Mrs. Helseth 2. Mr. Weber 3. Mrs. Helm IV. ACTION ITEMS 1. Motion to approve first...

  • Wells County receives grant

    May 13, 2024

    The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District’s (Garrison Diversion) Recreation Committee awarded matching recreation grants to 23 projects, totaling $657,865. “Our requests for the spring funding session were at an all-time high, and we were able to provide grant funds to a large number of deserving projects both big and small,” says committee chairman Larry Kassian. “Garrison Diversion is thrilled to give back to our member counties and help build recreation projects that will reach thousands of people across North Dakota.” Included in the gr...

  • Early Entrance Evaluation guidelines for upcoming Carrington Kindergarteners

    May 13, 2024

    The Carrington Public School District announces the availability of an evaluation system to determine whether those children whose fifth birthday falls between July 31 and December 31 may enter Kindergarten for this school term on the basis of readiness. The evaluation is not compulsory for all children. It is established to accommodate the requests of parents having children possessing marked high ability and maturity as compared to their chronological ages. It is designed as a measure to meet individual differences in school readiness providi...

  • CHS students excel at State Music Festival

    May 13, 2024

    On Saturday, May 4, Carrington High School music students participated in the 2024 State Class B Music Festival held at Bismarck State College. Participants included Drew Matt, Sarah Hallwachs, Jyllian Parker, Aubrey Neis, Kendall Kovar, Jazmyn Ybarra, Sophie Garr, Nela McKibbon and Joe Lindberg. The results are as follows: • Drew Matt, vocal solo - star rating • Sarah Hallwachs, vocal solo - star rating • Aubrey Neis, clarinet solo - star rating • Aubrey Neis and Kendall Kovar, clarine...

  • FCPH named to Immunization Honor Roll

    May 13, 2024

    Foster County Public Health was recently named to the Q1 2024 Infant Immunization Honor Roll. Every quarter, the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) Immunization Unit assesses provider-level coverage rates for infants, children, adolescents, and adults for North Dakota immunization providers enrolled the Vaccines For Children (VFC) Program and North Dakota immunization providers that serve the state’s adult population....

  • CHS Know Your State finalists

    May 13, 2024

    Each Year Bismarck State College along with the North Dakota Masonic Foundation sponsors the Know Your State Competition for juniors and seniors across the state of North Dakota. The competition consists of a local level test conducted at each school followed by the finals held at Bismarck State College. This year's competition was the 66th annual event held on April 30. Students that score in the top 30% across the state qualify for the finals in Bismarck. The final test covers topics such as...

  • 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...

  • Meals on Wheels: May 13-18

    May 13, 2024

    MAY CARRINGTON All meals served with Milk, Coffee, Bread & Butter, Dessert Mon., May 13 - Pork Chop, Mashed Potatoes. Glazed carrots. Baked apples. Board Meeting at 10:30 a.m. Pool, Bridge, Open Cards Tues., May 14 - Chicken Sandwich, Potato Wedges, Corn, Salad, Tropical Fruit - Pinochle Wed., May 15 - Potluck at 12 Noon Thurs., May 16 - Southwest Turkey Wrap, Tortilla Chips, Carrot Raisin Salad, Pineapple - Whist Fri., May 17 - Sloppy Joes, Tater Tots, Carrots & Peas, Pear Crisp - Music at 12:30 by Yvonne & the Other Guy - Mexican Train...

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