By Deborah Banish
The Rutland Community Club met on Monday, May 13th, at the Rutland Hall. The new list of work groups will be on the new Rutland website for easier access; the online version will not include telephone numbers; each Chair assigned to an event will have the numbers so they can contact their group members. Katie McLaen will Chair the Memorial Day luncheon on Monday following the program presented by American Legion Bergman-Evenson Post #215 and the Rutland American Legion Auxiliary. There will be a potluck dinner following the morning program. The Club authorized purchase of nine flowerpots to be placed along First Street that will be tended by the area businesses where they are placed. Katie has been checking on the cost of new flags along First Street and due to their cost, she will check on getting a metal sign instead. The Block Party will be held Thursday, June 6, with burgers on the grill and lots of games planned for the event. A Chair is still needed for Uffda Day and should be determined by July 1 to allow the event to happen this year. The annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Hall, hosted by the Leinen Family for the past eighteen years, will be assumed by the Club due to Jeanne’s ‘retirement’. Jeanne’s help will be needed to help organize the event to keep it as exciting and fun as the Hunt’s held for the past many years.
The Uffda Day Committee is looking for the next Miss Lefse and Mr. Lefse! Children aged 5-12 years old are eligible to apply with applications due by Wednesday, May 30th to Wendy Willprecht in Forman. Contact Wendy with your child’s name, age, address and telephone number along with an answer “Why would you like to be Mr. or Miss Lefse?” The Mr. and Miss will be crowned at Rutland Fun Night on Thursday, June 6. The responsibility of the royals will be to represent Rutland in the Uffda Day Parade that will be held on Sunday, October 6.
Realtor Lacey Ferderer of Milnor met with Nordland Lutheran Church Council President Ann Erickson and Council Secretary Paul Anderson on the morning of Wednesday, May 15, to discuss specifics of listing the Nordland parsonage at 202 Gay Street for sale. The house, a Sears-Roebuck house built in 1915 by Ted & Tina Helberg has been owned by the Nordland congregation since 1964. Nordland and two other Lutheran congregations – Trinity of Forman and Trinity of Havana – have recently decided to combine their efforts into the TNT ministry, with the pastor’s residence in Forman. The Nordland parsonage is a classic house from the early 20th Century, designed for gracious living. It is one of two homes in Rutland now on the market, the other being the residence owned by Bill Anderson & Kathy Brakke at 116 Dakota Street, listed with realtor Lisa Mauch of Miller Realty. Anyone looking for an excellent home in a great community need look no further than Rutland, North Dakota. Information on active listings in the Rutland community are found on the new Rutland website.
On Friday, May 17th, Richard Nelson will be buried at the Rutland Cemetery with military honors. The burial will take place at 4:00 p.m. Richard passed away Monday, April 8, 2019 at Four Seasons Healthcare Center in Forman at the age of 87 and the funeral service was held on April 13 at Nordland Lutheran Church of Rutland. Due to the heavy winter snowfall the interment was postponed to spring.
The Rutland Hall has been a busy place the past week and will continue to be through mid-June. Tomorrow, Saturday, May 18th, the “Lou Sanderson Says” play will be performed at the Rutland City Hall featuring many local talented residents. It promises to be a fun night full of laughs with a trip down memory lane showcasing not only the acting talent but also the musical talent of the performers. The Sargent Central Ambassadors youth (and their parents) will hold a freewill BBQ supper starting at 5:30 p.m. before the play. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. and tickets for the play will be available at the door – $5/adults and $3/ages 5-12.
Marshal Thol of Havana was in Rutland on the evening of Monday, May 13, lining up garden tilling and lawn spraying jobs. Marshal is the son of the late Harlo & Pam (Thomas) Thol, and spent a lot of time in Rutland, at the home of his grandmother, Phyllis Thomas, during his growing up years. His Grandma taught him how to till a garden using a fork, a spade and a hoe, so Marshal now uses a power tiller that leaves both the garden and the tiller operator in better shape. He has four years of experience at spraying lawns and is very careful around flowers & shrubs while zapping the dandelions, creeping charley and other undesirable plants. Anyone who needs garden tilling or lawn spraying done this Spring can give Marshal a call at 701-793-1251.
Upcoming Events: May 18th – Rutland Community Club Play Performance; May 22 – last day of school at Sargent Central; May 26 – Sargent Central Graduation Ceremony at the School followed by many area graduation parties; Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day program in Rutland starting at the 10:15 a.m. at Nordland Cemetery, 10:30 a.m. Rutland Cemetery and gathering for the program at 11:00 a.m. in the Town Hall. The Rutland City Council will meet on Monday, June 3, at 5 p.m. at City Hall. June 10 – Rutland Community Club meeting 7 p.m.
That’s it from the Pride of the Prairie. Be sure to check out the community’s new website to keep up to date on what is happening in Rutland!