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Local cemetery expert has recorded names and dates of 68,000 graves

Herb Schwede’s interest in cemeteries started a few years ago when he and his sister June Myers researched their own family tree. “Now, we have information back to the 1850s on where our family came from in Germany,” he said, “but the Aurelia Cemetery up here, that’s what I started out with.” More than 68,000 graves later, recorded in both his own computer files and at the Find A Grave website at, Schwede could be considered somewhat of an expert on the cemeteries of northwestern North Dakota.

Posted 7/06/10 (Tue) read more »

Hartland Wind Farm now has 350 landowners signed for 128,000 acres

Nearly 128,000 acres owned by some 350 landowners are signed with Hartland Wind Farm as plans continue for the nation’s largest wind farm, but residents of Ward, Burke and Mountrail counties are not seeing a great deal of activity right now. “We’ve been doing a lot of behind-the-scenes work,” said Craig Swenson, a principal with Hartland Wind Farm.

Posted 6/29/10 (Tue) read more »

More wild weather

Last week’s wild weather made an impact as plans to spray fields, play baseball or even pull weeds gave way to severe thunderstorm and tornado watches and warnings.

Posted 6/29/10 (Tue) read more »

Eating ribs, riding hogs and cruising classics

A distinct rumble could be heard from the streets of downtown Kenmare late Saturday afternoon as classic cars and gleaming motorcycles arrived in town for the annual Classy Car and Hog Roundup.

Posted 6/24/10 (Thu) read more »

NAWS faces another two-year delay

Work on the Northwest Area Water Supply (NAWS) project is rolling along this summer, but an order issued by the federal court in March has potentially extended the completion of the entire pipeline and treatment system by two years.

Posted 6/23/10 (Wed) read more »

Refuge firefighter fills assignment to Gulf spill

Since April 20th, events in the Gulf of Mexico have been driven by the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil platform explosion and subsequent oil spill. The impact of that disaster has now reached as far as North Dakota as U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service staff members are tapped for duty.

Posted 6/16/10 (Wed) read more »

High School renovation quickly underway

The sound of student voices in the hallways and classrooms at Kenmare High School has given way to the buzz and pound of power tools for the summer.

Posted 6/16/10 (Wed) read more »

Marvin Gravesen and Gil Rauschenberger impressed with Roughrider Honor Flight

Posted 6/16/10 (Wed) read more »

Rain keeps on as it brings seeding to a halt

Normally, farmers in this region welcome a little rain in May to nourish newly-seeded fields. Average rainfall for May, according to records kept at The Kenmare News office, comes in at about 2.10”. Add the five inches or so extra precipitation observed by some area producers during the last week of May, however, and those newly seeded fields turn back into sloughs and prairie potholes, a sight common in portions of northern Ward and Renville counties right now.

Posted 6/09/10 (Wed) read more »

Honkers are state champs

The Kenmare High School girls golf team made a little local history last week by winning their first Class B state golf title. They also earned their second state championship for 2009-2010, the first time KHS girls varsity sports teams have won two such tournaments in one year.

Posted 6/09/10 (Wed) read more »