Friday, January 31, 2020

Inside the Foster County Courthouse - Carrington, ND


Hello Everyone -- Hope your Friday is treating you well! Here in Carrington, our temperature is all the way up to 24 degrees with 21mph winds. 


Thought I'd show you some pictures of the inside of the Foster County Courthouse where it's warm and cozy. Have you seen the murals there? 


 Here are a few pictures of the ones located on the main floor of the building.





 I'm having a hard time trying to get good photos of the murals high up by the stained glass in the dome. I'll keep trying! 



Are there any other buildings you'd like me to feature on Carringonton News? I really enjoy taking pictures of the old buildings in this area! 

As always, thanks for dropping by Carrington News... and have a great day! #carringtonndnews #carringtonnd #fostercountynd

Roger Lauckner Benefit


What a wonderful benefit for Roger Lauckner on Tuesday night, January 21st, at CBS' here in Carrington!


A Baked Potato and Chili Supper sponsored by the American Legion/VFW and their Auxiliaries had an amazing community turnout! The lines of people were constant from 5:30 p.m. all the way till the abundance of chili ran out and the last two potatoes were served around 7 o'clock.


 Folks completely filled the dining area throughout the evening, visiting and showing support to a well-loved community member who needed a helping hand.


Roger's wife Linda addressed the crowd, ending with tears of appreciation for the thoughtfulness and generosity of the community.


Still recuperating from his 6 month stay at the VA Hospital in Fargo, Roger moved around slowly with help from his walking aides and even managed to take his place on stage and strum some tunes while people were dining and participating in the silent auction.


 Roger's well-wishers outdid themselves in providing items for the silent auction... so by the end of the evening, along with donations from the freewill supper, the fundraiser accumulated around $6,700. Quite an incredible show of love and support from the community!


(Kudos to everyone who participated in making this benefit possible, to the American Legion and VFW and their auxiliary ladies who prepared and served the supper, to the folks who donated items for the silent auction, to Barton Meats who donated 20 pounds of hamburger for the chili, to the folks who donated money for the freewill supper, to the people who bid very generously at the auction, to people who donated in other ways... You are simply AWESOME!) #carringtonndnews







2020 Census Presentation at Carrington Senior Citizens Center



Brad Solberg, Foster County Auditor, and Jennifer Gast, Carrington City Auditor, spoke at the Carrington Senior Citizens Center today about the coming 2020 Census. 



They presented details about the census form and emphasized how important it is to fill out the form and turn it in. 



Do you realize how important it is to get a complete census count for Carrington and Foster County?  Of course, you realize that the census count determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress, and it is used to draw district boundaries. 



What is not so well known is how the census count affects us locally.   For instance, our community relies on accurate census data to plan such things as new roads, schools, emergency services and more.  



What's more, our census count determines the amount of money/grants that are given to us from the state/federal government.  In other words, the more population we have, the more money will be allocated to us for important local services.



Without an accurate count of the residents of Carrington and Foster County, the city and county could lose out on substantial state and federal funding. #2020census
#carringtonndnews

Thursday, January 30, 2020

January Frost in Carrington, North Dakota


Hi Everyone! So sorry I haven't been very good about keeping up with this site.  I put most of my blogging energy into my CarringtonNews.com Facebook site.  So, I think I'll start putting some of my Facebook posts on this site for those of you who don't have Facebook.



I thought I'd better get out today and take some pictures of our frosty landscape before it starts to melt off.



 Our trees here in Carrington and the local area have been covered in frost for the last week... quite beautiful actually!



 Our high temperature today was 26 degree, but it's expected to be up to 41 degrees on Saturday.



 Wherever you live, I hope you are looking forward to a great weekend. 



 Are you doing anything special for Superbowl Sunday?  It's going to be grilled ribs and football at our house... with way too many snacks, of course! 



Thanks for dropping by Carrington News today!  I always appreciate your visits and comments!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

What Is the Foster County/Carrington Complete Count Committee?


Do you realize how important it is to get a complete census count for Carrington and Foster County?  Of course, you realize that the census count determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress, and it is used to draw district boundaries. What is not so well known is how the census count affects us locally.   For instance, our community relies on accurate census data to plan such things as new roads, schools, emergency services and more.  What's more, our census count determines the amount of money/grants that are given to us from the state/federal government.  In other words, the more population we have, the more money will be allocated to us for important local services.

On Tuesday, October 22, the Foster County/Carrington Complete Count Committee met at Carrington City Hall to plan ways to raise community awareness of the coming census.  Their main focus is to figure out ways to reach every resident in our area and convince them how important it is to complete and turn in a census form.

If we don't reach a certain population count, we are in jeopardy of losing millions of dollars in support from the federal government. So, if you have ideas about how to increase public awareness of how important the 2020 census is... and if you are interested in joining this committee, please contact either Jennifer Gast at 652-2911 or Brad Solberg at 653-2441.  We all need to work together to get an accurate 2020 count.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Getting Tired of Roadwork in Carrington & North Dakota


Any roadwork going on in your part of the country? Kudos to the person who created this poster... wish I could give him/her credit! 

Here in Carrington we've had to figure out new ways to get places all summer long... and the roadwork still continues. If you have an appointment somewhere, be sure to leave early because there's no telling what road will be closed from one day to the next. 

Example: I had an appointment in New Rockford yesterday and spent about 10 minutes figuring out how to get out of my neighborhood and across the railroad tracks because the overpass was suddenly closed. I got to 2nd Ave. North and, of course, a train decided to slow down and stop just when I needed to get across. 

Thank goodness for a friend who drove by and said ,"Follow me." We drove back across Carrington and came out on Hwy 52 going toward Sykeston. I turned east, and even though it was out of the way, it saved me time because the train was still sitting still when I got back to Hwy 281 and headed north!

 Anyone else running around in circles because of roadwork? #roadworkblues #carringtonnd





Wednesday, September 11, 2019

2020 Census Count Coming to Carrington


On Tuesday evening, September 10, 2019, Erin Musland, a specialist from the U.S. Census Bureau, presented important information regarding the 2020 Census to members of the Foster County community. The focus of the meeting was to emphasize how important it is to obtain a complete count of persons living in our state.  That count determines how many representatives our state gets in Congress and is used to determine legislative district boundaries.  On our local level, the census count affects the boundaries of our Foster County commission districts.  As well, the census count determines the amount of federal funds that our community will receive to implement many of the programs and services that are so valuable to us... things such as new roads, schools, emergency services and more.

A few important changes for the 2020 census show that the Census Bureau is trying to make it easier for residents to report their census data.  For instance, this will be the first time people will be able to report online or by phone, as well as by mail.  Also, the questionnaire, itself, is much shorter... only eleven basic questions.

Erin Musland emphasized the need to assure everyone that the information collected is confidential.  Personal responses cannot be used in any way to identify a person.  Furthermore, information cannot be shared with immigration enforcement agencies, such as ICE, or law enforcement agencies such as the FBI or police.  The information is used only to produce statistics.

At the end of the meeting, it was determined that Brad Solberg, Foster County auditor, and Jennifer Gast, Carrington City auditor, would chair a local "Complete Count Committee" of community volunteers endeavoring to get an accurate count of people in our local area.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

CarringtonNews.com

Foster County Courthouse - Carrington, ND
CarringtonNews.com on Facebook is the place to visit when you want to find out what’s going on in Carrington, ND, the surrounding area, and North Dakota in general.  At first this site focused on news, events and activities in Carrington, but eventually spread out to covering news around the state.  

Being known as the Central City, Carrington folks pretty much travel to all corners of North Dakota, supporting activities/events throughout the region.  That’s why you’ll find news here about Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Minot and more.  

Carrington News is also a place where people who lived here in the past can visit to see what’s going on in their home town or make contact with friends from their high school days and earlier years.  

We recently started a group called “Memories of Carrington,” which is becoming popular with folks who like to talk about the history of Carrington.  It’s becoming a very interesting site with lots of old pictures and comments about Carrington’s past.  We hope you will check out the group and add to the chat and information!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Happy Official Spring in North Dakota


Hello Everyone! Hope you're having a happy official Spring day! (Real Spring weather coming later!)

Although we have hills of snow all around us here in Carrington, it's a beautiful, sunny day. We have melting snow which will turn to ice tonight... so be careful everyone in the early morning tomorrow.

 Some 40 degree days are actually coming soon... hooray!!! 

(This picture was taken at the beginning of May in 2016. Can hardly wait to see these blossoming trees 

again!) #carringtonnd #carringtonndnews #springinND

Friday, March 8, 2019

Why So Many Layoffs at Carrington ND Medical Center?


RECENT LAYOFFS at Carrington Medical Center? The number seems to keep rising.
What is CHI's intent for the future of Carrington's hospital/clinic? Many people no longer go to the clinic since Dr. Geier was terminated (and many of us have questions about the reason for that). St. Aloisius Clinic in Harvey, where Dr. Geier is now located, seems to be thriving. MANY of Dr. Geier's CHI Carringtion patients are going there now instead of to the Carrington clinic. As it stands, we now have only one doctor on staff, Dr. Paige ... so one wonders about the rationale for terminating Dr. Geier's contract when he had a large following stretching within a 100-mile radius of the hospital.
Do you, as a local citizen, question the importance of having a hospital in Carrington. Why isn't the CHI and local management informing us as to what their long-term plans are for our community hospital?
On a side-note the City of Carrington officials are trying to attract new people and businesses to our community. Do you think their goals will be affected by the questionable economic health of our local hospital? Many retirees and older citizens live in Carrington because of the closeness of a hospital and good health care. It's our hope that it will continue to exist.
What can we do to help our hospital and town thrive in the face of job layoffs, loss of businesses (Shopko, for example), and a shrinking population? Until we address those issues, many questions remain about the physical and economic health of our community.