By Deborah Banish
Agriculture was the focus on Thursday, March 21, with a salute to Farmers, Ranchers and Ag Businesses. The Ag Day event, organized by the NDSU Sargent County Extension Office, had been postponed due to the weather (what else!). It was held at the North Sargent School Activity Center and students from the three area schools attended as well as area farmers and ranchers and other residents. This event provided an opportunity for people in the community to become more aware and appreciative of ND agriculture. There were educational displays and talks about ND agricultural commodities, food samples made with ND grown commodities, and ag business representatives at the event to show and tell how they support farmers and ranchers to produce the food to feed the world. The County Extension Office extended a big thanks to North Sargent ag education and family and consumer science students and their teachers, Tanner Zetocha and Kylie Christianson; volunteers Phyllis Wyum and Kathy Marquette, ag businesses and their reps including CHS Dakota Plains, AW Diesel, Green Iron Implement, Full Circle Ag, Joe’s Fertilizer, Wild Rice SCD, and USDA NRCS; sponsors and donors including Arrowhead Transport, KT Cattle Company, Sargent County Farmers Union, Sargent County Farm Bureau, Four Star Ag, Bryan Johnson, District 7 Cattlewomen, ND Beef Commission, ND Wheat Commission, ND Corn Council, Midwest Dairy, ND Soybean Council, and ND Livestock Alliance, the North Sargent School, and all who attended the National Ag Day Salute to Farmers, Ranchers and Ag Businesses event! You all contributed to make it successful and fun! The Extension Office hopes to make this an annual event.
Tragedy struck Sargent County at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26, when Assistant County Road Supervisor Virgil Nogowski of Gwinner was fatally injured in a collision on County Road #10 approximately five-and-one-half miles south of Rutland. Mr. Nogowski and another Road Department employee were placing signs along the road warning of a bump that had developed on the road surface when the collision occurred. A northbound mini-van driven by a South Dakota resident reportedly struck a County Road Department vehicle parked on the edge of the road, and then struck Mr. Nogowski who was placing sandbags around the base of the sign to hold it in place. The County vehicle was on the County Road with lights and warning flashers on. The North Dakota Highway Patrol, Sargent County Sheriff’s Department, Rutland-Cayuga Fire Department, Forman-Havana Fire Department and the Forman Squad of the Sargent County Ambulance Service responded to the 911 call made by the uninjured County Road Department employee at the scene. Mr. Nogowski was transported by ambulance to the Lisbon Hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries at approximately 9:30 a.m. The driver of the mini-van was reported to be uninjured. There was major damage to both vehicles involved in the collision. The crash remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Mr. Nogowski was well known by many in this community, and was an experienced truck driver, snowplow and motor grader operator. He was devoted to his job, and put in many hours in the snowplow this past winter, particularly during the most recent blizzard on March 14 & 15, opening blocked roads for the residents of Sargent County. The Rutland community extends its condolences to the family, friends and fellow employees of Virgil Nogowski, a dedicated public servant who will be missed by all who knew him.
Representatives from the Main Street Initiative in Bismarck made a trip to Rutland on Friday, March 29, to visit and meet with a group of community leaders. The Main Street Initiative purpose is to give community leaders a direct access point to a variety of resources, helping capitalize on strengths and make sound planning decisions. This is the first step in the Main Street Initiative process for Rutland. Similar visits were made last year in Forman, Milnor, Hankinson and other towns throughout the State.
The Sargent Central Ambassadors and the Forman Community Club will serve a brunch on Sunday, April 7, at Forman City Hall from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with proceeds to be shared equally. The SC Ambassadors – Tyler Banish, Eric and Ethan Bergman, Kiauna Bergh and Thomas Mehrer – are fundraising to help cover costs for the Northern Ambassadors of Europe concert tour in July. Come out and enjoy the brunch and help in their fundraising efforts!
Chuck and Mary Beth Anderson of this community are inviting friends to a joint retirement party on Saturday, April 13, in the Lariat Bar in Rutland. Chuck is retiring as foreman of the North Dakota Highway Department’s crew at Forman on March 29, after 22½ years with the Department, and Mary Beth is planning to retire from her teaching position at Sargent Central after more than 4 decades in the teaching profession. The Andersons plan to continue to make their home on their family farm in Weber Township, and to do plenty of post-retirement traveling. After all those years of maintaining roads, Chuck intends to do a lot of driving on them. Their many friends in Rutland extend congratulations and thanks to Chuck and Mary Beth for their many years of service to the community, and best wishes for a long and enjoyable retirement.
The Rutland City Council will hold its regular meeting on Monday, April 1. Items on the agenda will include presentation of preliminary design ideas for the Emergency Lagoon project and purchase of radar speed signs for Rutland. The Council will meet as the Board of Equalization on Monday, April 15, where the County Assessor will be present to discuss the City property assessments and the Council will approve any exemptions and Homestead credits as well as approve the assessment list.
The Rutland Housing, Inc. annual meeting will be held Wednesday, April 3, at 5:00 p.m. in Rutland City Hall and the public is invited to attend. The Rutland Community Club plans to meet on Monday, April 8, in City Hall at 5:00 p.m. Keep involved and keep informed on what is happening in Rutland!