Wind Energy Update and Other news

Wind energy development efforts continue in Wells and Eddy Counties with the installation of two monitoring towers.

The East Tower, in Eddy County, was installed in mid-March. The monitoring equipment is installed at three heights; 40m (131 ft.), 60m, and 80m; on the Eddy County Communications Tower located five miles north and one mile west of New Rockford.

The West Tower, in Wells County, was installed this week. A 60m tilt up tower was placed in a pasture three miles north and three miles west of Hamberg.

Landowners and interested local citizens attended a series of short meetings in both counties in April. The next steps for W-E Wind LLC, the local landowner group, include raising capital, conducting a feasibility study, and securing access to land in the “footprint” for marketing purposes.

Eddy County Wellness Center seeking health providers to serve residents locally

The Eddy County Wellness Center seeks outreach healthcare providers to offer local service to Eddy County residents.

The wellness center was built in 2010 in response to the community’s need for additional healthcare services in the county. Rockin’ Fitness and the Eddy County Public Health office are currently occupying space in the facility.

The building also includes a suite for outreach providers to use as little as once per month, or more as demand dictates, to offer local service to Eddy County. The 200 sq. ft. space has access to broadband Internet service and includes all utilities except telephone for a modest daily rental fee.

Targeted services include optometry, audiology, mental health, disease management, and personal training/lifestyle coaching. Other specialty service providers are also welcome to rent the space.

Business Spotlight: Pioneer Auto Service has a new owner

After 30 years of ownership and quality service, Dennis & Caroyl Koenig and Dave Jenrich have passed the keys of Pioneer Auto Service over to new hands. Ryan Pollman and his wife Carissa purchased the business last month.

Pollman, originally from Willow City, ND, has been living and working in New Rockford for the last seven years. He first started working with vehicles at New Rockford Chevrolet. After the business closed its doors, he spent two years at Mick’s 281 Service. This background prepared him well for the busy, greasy work of owning a full-service maintenance and repair shop.

Much about the business will stay the same – the name and the range of services available, for example, as well as some of the faces. Former owner Dave Jenrich and technician Tony Jensen will both continue working in the shop. Dennis & Caroyl Koenig, on the other hand, have officially retired after more than forty years of business in three different New Rockford locations.

There will be one very notable change to customers, though. Within the next few months, Pioneer Auto will not only be maintaining and repairing vehicles, they will also be selling them. Pollman plans to have used vehicles for sale as soon as possible. “Since the dealership closed,” he explained, “the town has really been missing it, so we’re trying to fill a need here.”

As a full-service shop, Pioneer Auto will continue offering a wide range of products and services, including engine diagnostics, computerized wheel alignments, air conditioning and heating, and complete overhauls. The skilled labor and courteous, professional service clients have come to rely on will be carried into this exciting new chapter in the history of an essential local business.