The Rooster Crows – June 15, 2018

By Bill Anderson

Oh, listen to the rumble, hear the rattle and the roar, as she tears her way ‘cross the prairie, over hills and down the shore. Hear that mighty wind a’whistlin’, this ain’t no railroad train. It’s a monster of a thunderstorm, and it’s bringing in more rain! Accompanied by thunder, lightning and a powerful east wind, between .6 and .75 of an inch of rain blessed the Rutland area early on the morning of Monday, June 11. Roger Pearson reported .6 of an inch in his rain gauge at 409 Gay Street, and 1 block west, at 309 Gay Street, Paul Anderson’s electronic rain gauge recorded .74 of an inch. Harvey Bergstrom reported that his gauge situated 3 miles south of Cayuga showed precisely .63 of an inch on Monday morning, with a few intermittent showers yet to pass through, while Bonnie Anderson reported that the rain gauge at her farm three miles north and 3 miles east of Rutland registered .75 of an inch, and Doug Spieker stated that the rain gauge at his Tewaukon Township farmstead registered .95 of an inch when he headed to town for coffee and conversation on Monday morning. You can’t make it rain, and you can’t make it stop, but you can appreciate it when it arrives. Harvey Bergstrom reports that the flag leaf is beginning to emerge on his wheat fields, and, that with some sunshine and a little more rain, the wheat will soon be shooting heads. Harvey says that he’s not counting his chickens before they’re hatched, but right now there are enough eggs out in those wheat fields to produce a lot of chickens, metaphorically speaking.

The Rutland community has acquired another new citizen, the old-fashioned way. Easton Edward Erickson was born to Jake & Taryn Erickson of this community on Friday, June 1, at Sanford Hospital in Fargo. Easton weighed in at 8 pounds 4 ounces and stood 20½ inches tall in his bare feet on arrival. Easton is residing with his parents at the Erickson farm southeast of Rutland. He is the 6thgeneration of Ericksons to reside on the family farm since it was homesteaded by his great-great-great-grandfather, August Erickson, back in the early 1880’s. Welcome to Rutland, Easton. We will expect to hear some stories and original songs from you in the future. You are Raymond’s great-grandson, after all. Better get to work on Great-Grandpa ray’s coin tricks, too.

Cayuga native Randy Kiefer reports that he is still heading north on his bike ride from southern California to Anchorage Alaska. In an e-mail message dated May 30 and titled “Vancouver-Pemberton-Wms Lake-Bella Coola-Kitwanga-Watson Lake,” Randy gave the following description of his journey thus far:

“Greetings from Watson Lake! Almost 3 weeks have passed since my note from Vancouver. During that time I have ridden the length of British Columbia, a vast and scenic province. Watson Lake is just within the border of Yukon Territory. So, some by the numbers info: 1) I left Vancouver under foggy and wet conditions. A day later in Lilooet, and climbing some nasty grades to Lake Jefer, lathering on sun screen in 90-degree heat. But in between there was the start of knock-out BC scenery. 2) After too much traffic on Highway 97 I went west from Wms Lake on highway 20 toward Bella Coola. A burg on a bay at the end of a 220-mile road. It has 2 ways out – turn around or take a ferry. The ferry was a sweet ride. Bella Coola itself has mountains on 3-sides, and the water way. This town had my attention after an earlier ride, so I fulfilled my mission, and was not disappointed. Snow caps, and rushing streams greeted me as I rode the lush green valley to the bay. Although not far north of Vancouver, a world away in so many ways, not the least of all its accessibility, and most of all its natural beauty. 3) From Bella Coola the ferry took me to Prince Rupert. During the trip I was approached by another bike rider. He told me he was heading north to Yukon Territory to celebrate a note-worthy B-day. He looked 60, so I told him I just was 69 (thinking I had him in the age department). He would turn 70 in a week. I was clearly out-done. At any rate, I told him I wouldn’t mind riding with an old guy, so we have been together since. 4) Norm from Vancouver is an experienced rider – Australia, New Zealand, and Cuba to name a few places. His bike carries too much weight, but that includes a camping stove, so I keep my mouth shut. (He did shed a partial roll of duct take.) Nothing like rolled oats with raisins and nuts in the A.M. 5) He has ridden north before as well, so we compare notes as we go. A Cassiar Highway highlight was the hot tub at Bell 2 Lodge. Nothing like a hot soak after a day in the saddle. Ha, the good old days of Irvine… 6) Of course this part of the world has wildlife with bears (black), foxes, a moose, and a porcupine. Signs aplenty for moose and caribou, but I guess they don’t read the crossing location signs. 7) Next up, the Campbell Highway through Ross River to the Klondike Highway to Dawson City, approximately 550 miles. We just finished the Cassiar which was 450 or so. You get the idea that the distances are vast, especially when riding 70-80 miles a day. 8) Am not sure as to when I will again be on-line. Dawson City would be an option, but we may not lay-over very long. If all goes well we will continue to Inuvik which is north of the Arctic Circle. Certainly a goal for me, but it could be beyond my reach – stay tuned. My best to all. r/randy”

Thanks to the globe-trotting Mr. Kiefer for the report. By now he is more than likely in “The Land Of The Midnight Sun” north of the Arctic Circle. His many friends here wish him good fortune, downhill grades and trailing winds for the rest of his ride.bloo

United Blood Services of Aberdeen conducted the second of 2 blood drives held in Rutland during 2018 from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, in the Rutland Town Hall. Local coordinator Janet Kiefer reports that previous blood drives in Rutland have been conducted by United Blood Services of Fargo, and the June 5 drive is the first one in Rutland in which the entire crew has come out of Aberdeen. According to Janet, 31 volunteer donors contributed, with 7 contributing double units of red blood cells, making a total of 38 units collected for use by patients in medical facilities throughout this region. Janet also states that one of those who donated a pint received special recognition as a first-time donor. The local volunteer committee consisted of: Janet Kiefer, local coordinator; Sheila Wyum; Diane Smith; Renee Cramton; Monica Bergh; Joanne Harris; and, Ron Narum. The use of the Rutland Town Hall was donated by the City of Rutland, and the Rutland Sportsmen’s Club supplied coffee & fruit juice for the donors. Sheila Wyum & Janny Kiefer baked cookies for the event, with each cookie being worth at least 1 pint of good American blood from a red-blooded American donor. The next blood drive in Rutland is tentatively scheduled to be held during the month of February, 2019.

Chris & Melinda McCourt and their infant son, Wyatt, are new Rutland residents, having acquired the house at 206 Second Street from Brad & Rebecca Christensen. Mr. McCourt is currently involved in the construction trade and Mrs. McCourt is employed at the Bobcat factory in Gwinner. Rutland welcomes Chris, Melinda and Wyatt McCourt to the community. Are you ready to roll lefse?

The Rutland Community Club hosted Rutland’s 2nd Annual Community Block Party at the Veterans Memorial Park adjacent to the Rutland Town Hall on the evening of Thursday, June 7. Katie McLaen, Chairperson of the event, supplied the following report: “Thank you to all for your words of encouragement. There were roughly 100 people in attendance, and there were games for all ages. The supper included coleslaw, chips, hamburgers and hot dogs grilled by Mike Mahrer, along with ice-cold lemonade. Couples participating in the newlywed game were Rodney & Andrea Erickson, Mitch & Dawn Mahrer, and Bryce & Casie Carlson. Mitch and Dawn Mahrer, who have been newlyweds for the past 4 decades, were the winners. Eli Olson and Charlize Willprecht were crowned as Mr. and Miss. Lefse 2018, and will represent the Rutland community at Uffda Day. Eli & Charlize will be in the 3rd Grade at Sargent Central this coming Fall. There was a water balloon fight as well as a fireman’s barrel game in which two teams each had a firehose and tried to shoot a barrel at each other. The evening’s activities ended at sundown with a campfire and s’mores. New families in the community were introduced and participated in the fun and games.” Congratulations and thanks to Katie and the Rutland Community Club for another great community event.

Miss Lefse and Mr. Lefse

The tractors participating in the Drive Out Cancer tractor caravan were lined up on Rutland’s Main Street with engines running at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, when Jim Lunneborg, driving the WD Allis-Chalmers purchased by his Dad back in the 1940’s, gave the start signal and headed south. The following report was furnished by Jim & Ione Lunneborg, the organizers of the event. “Twenty-two tractors & drivers participated in this year’s drive. We raised $1,850.00 for Sargent County’s Relay For Life fund-raiser. There was a 70-year range in tractor ages. Jack Saunders was our oldest driver at 82, and our youngest rider was Henry Lunneborg at 7. Henry rides with his grandpa, John Lunneborg. They drive a John Deere, but Henry was wearing his Allis Chalmers T-tshirt in honor of his great uncle, James. It sprinkled before the drive left Rutland, but they lucked out and didn’t have to ride in rain. Their route took them south of Rutland, across Weber Township and into South Dakota just east of Havana, then parallel to the State Line past the south side of Windy Mound, coming back north past the Coteau des Prairies Lodge and angling across Tewaukon & Ransom Townships, coming back into Rutland from the east. A nice ride, but it was getting pretty hot by the time they rolled back into town at 2. Brands of tractors represented were: Allis Chalmers; Case; Ford; IHC; Oliver; John Deere; and, Minneapolis Moline. We had many people that weren’t able to attend but sent in their registration to support Relay For Life. The Legion Auxiliary provided rolls and coffee before the ride and a meal when the tractors arrived back in town at 2pm. They always do a great job for us. This was the last ride that Jim’s Journey will host but we are willing to help out if someone takes it over. It has been a great 8 years but time to pass the gear shift to someone else. Some of the people have been to all 8 rides! We are forever grateful to the riders, sponsors, and Auxiliary for supporting us! Thanks. Jim and Ione.” Thanks to Jim & Ione Lunneborg for this report, and for all the work they have done to support Relay For Life’s fight against cancer over the years. The main Relay For Life fund raising event for Sargent County will take place on Friday, June 22, in Gwinner.

Local fans of Minnesota Twins baseball: Hal Nelson; Rod Nelson; Greg Donaldson; and, Nathan Lee; took in 2 games at the Twins’ outdoor baseball stadium in the Twin Cities on Saturday & Sunday, June 9 & 10. The Twins took on the Angels of California, losing game #1 on Saturday afternoon by a score of 2-1, and winning game #2 on Sunday by a score of 7-5, according to Hal. The 4 stayed at the Normandy Holiday Inn during their Minnesota sojourn, and took the shuttle buss back & forth to the stadium for both games, eliminating the hassle of having to find a parking spot, then walking for miles to get to the stadium, only to wander around aimlessly at the end of the game because you can’t remember where you parked your car. All in all, Hal reports, the games were well played, the trip was well planned and a good time was had by all, and justifiably so!

Major League Baseball wasn’t the only game in town last weekend. After dropping two games to the team from Oakes on June 5, Rutland’s Roosters were aiming to win as they played in a 6-team invitational tournament in Havana on Sunday, June 10. Teams participating were: Havana; Rutland; Gwinner; Sheldon; Lisbon Subway; and Lidgerwood-Devils Lake, a team organized by Rutland native Tanner Hambeck just to participate in this tournament. Throughout the day, in game after game, the Roosters fought their way to the top, where they were pitted against a tough Gwinner team in the Championship game. Gwinner was leading by a score of 9-2 in the bottom of the 6th, when the Roosters roared to life with 7 runs to take the game into the 7th inning with the score tied at 9 runs each. Gwinner scored 2 runs in the top of the 7th to retake the lead, 11 to 9. In the bottom of the 7th, the Roosters had 2 men on base when Adam Weber, a grandson and son of 2 former Rooster All-Stars, Roman Weber and Mark Weber, strode to the plate. Adam, like his Grandpa and Dad before him, is a clutch hitter, and he came through for the Roosters, big time, with a 3 run home run in the bottom of the 7th inning to win the championship game, and the Championship trophy, for the Roosters by a score of 12 to 11. The Rutland team was scheduled to meet up with the team from Sheldon at Lou Sanderson Field on the evening of Tuesday, June 12, for regular league play, but the Sheldon team cancelled that contest, hoping to reschedule to a later date.

Julie Kudelka of rural Forman has been learning the ropes at the Sargent County Bank’s Rutland Station this week, under the tutelage of Station Manager Shawn Klein. She is usually working at the Bank’s facility in Forman but is being trained to perform her duties at any of the Bank’s5 facilities in Sargent and Ransom Counties if the need arises. Julie has recently returned to Sargent County after residing for a number of years in Seattle WA. She is a daughter of Cyril Kudelka and the late Ann Kudelka of Forman Township. She resides on the farm with her Dad. Welcome home, and welcome to Rutland, Julie

The Rutland Community Club met at7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 11, in the Rutland Town Hall with President Bonnie Anderson presiding. Secretary Andrea Erickson delivered the minutes of the May meeting, and Hal Nelson presented the Treasurer’s report showing $13,674.00 available for community projects. Delores Lysne reported that approximately 100 were served at the Memorial Day Dinner that followed the program in the Town Hall, and that free will donations of $365.00 were turned in to the Community Club for use in the Hall. Katie McLaen reported that the new floor covering in the Town Hall kitchen is scheduled to be installed on Wednesday & Thursday, May 13 & 14. Cost of the floor covering project is approximately $4,600.00. Club members also authorized Katie to obtain quotes for the replacement of the double doors leading from the Hall Auditorium to the east entrance, and to purchase a movable stainless-steel island for the kitchen at a cost not to exceed $350.00. Katie reported on the 2ndAnnual Community Block Party that was held on Thursday, June 7, and stated that all seemed to go very well. She also reported that the Community Club’s first ever “Art In The Park” activity is scheduled for Monday, July 9, in Veterans Memorial Park adjacent to the Town Hall. Interested persons, adults as well as children, should contact Katie for information. It was decided that the community Club will produce an “all community” play, preferably a musical, at the end of October/beginning of November this year. Marcia Brakke reported that all of the Uff-Da Day XXXIV Committee Chairs have been named and have agreed to serve. At this point, everything is progressing smoothly. A logo design contest is being conducted to obtain the best logo for the 2018 Uff-Da Day T-shirt, Marcia stated. Look for information about the logo contest on the Uff-Da Day Facebook page and on the Rutland internet web site at, and get your logo idea in by July 1. Joel Susag requested that the Community Club consider continuing the annual “Drive Out Cancer” tractor ride that has been organized by Jim & Ione Lunneborg for the past 8 years. Club members agreed that the tractor ride is a good event that should be continued, and the Club will make a final decision about being the organizing entity at the July meeting. The next meeting of the Rutland Community Club is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 9, at the Rutland Town Hall.

Rutland Park Board member Hal Nelson reports that 2 T-Ball games are scheduled to be held at 5:00 & 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, at Lou Sanderson Field in Rutland. Come on out to the ballpark to enjoy the action of the game, the enthusiasm of the players and some great ballpark hot dogs from the concession stand. The ballplayers of the future, in action here, in the present.

Speaking of the future arriving in the present, another bright spot in Rutland’s future, Blake Alden Pherson, was born to Brian & Lindsee Pherson of this community on the morning of Tuesday, June 12, in Fargo’s Sanford Hospital. According to Grandma Ione, he weighed in at 8 pounds 8 ounces and stood 20 inches tall on arrival. Blake Joins big sisters Brooklyn and Paislee, and big brother Kyler at the Pherson farm in Ransom Township. He is among the 4thgeneration to reside on the Pherson farm 3½ east of town, and the 6thgeneration in the Rutland community. Blake will sit out this harvest season but is expected to be cutting wheat in a Gleaner combine in the near future. Welcome to Rutland, Blake, and to a family tradition of achievement and excellence.

Russel Boutaine of Forman, assisted by Chris McCourt of Rutland, has been completing roof repairs and applying new asphalt shingles to the Sargent County Bank’s Rutland Station this week. Bank management is to be commended for the maintenance work that has been completed at the Rutland Station this year.

Meanwhile, on the national, or international, scene, the President is clobbering America’s allies and slobbering on America’s avowed deadly enemies; fracturing the alliance that has deterred Soviet and Russian expansionism in Europe since WW II; assaulting and insulting America’s economic partners while demonstrating that this President’s signature on an international agreement is worthless; praising and licking the boots of the murderous dictator of North Korea; and, abandoning America’s leadership on the world stage to China. All in all, a pretty good week’s work for Vladimir Putin’s man in the White House. Is there method in his madness, or is it simply madness? At this point, it’s not definite which is more dangerous. As of Friday, June 15, there will be 73 weeks down and 135 weeks to go until January 20, 2021, if it still matters by then. . Will Americans drink the President’s Kool-Aid, and commit to a policy of national suicide? Stay tuned.

Well, that’s the news from Rutland for this week. For additional information about what’s going on in the little city that can, check out the community’s internet web site at, and stop by the Rutland & Uff-Da Day Facebook pages while you’re at it, too. Remember to patronize your local Post Office, and don’t forget to keep the pressure on the U. S. Postal Service and the North Dakota Congressional delegation to SAVE OUR POST OFFICE! Later.

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