By Bill Anderson
Mother Nature bestowed an early Christmas present on Rutland and vicinity by pushing the temperature into the upper 30’s, nearly to 40 degrees, on the first 2 days of Winter, Saturday, December 21 and Sunday, December 22. The forecast for the rest of the week is for a little cooler weather, but nothing that could be categorized as unbearable. There is still enough snow for Santa’s sleigh, and that’s what counts.
Shawn Klein, Manager of the Sargent County Bank’s Rutland Station, hosted a Christmas Open House for Bank Patrons on Friday, December 13. Shawn served coffee, hot cider and an assortment of cookies to those who stopped in. Bank patrons also participated in a door prize drawing during the open house. Door prize winners were: Karla Breker; Vern Liest; Jim Lunneborg; Lyle Erickson; Mary Ann Levery; & Dave Bladow. Shawn, as well as the Bank’s management & staff, extends best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year to the Bank’s many customers in the Rutland community.
Rutland Postmaster Lori McLaen also treated patrons of the local Post Office to a Christmas Open House on Wednesday, December 18. Patrons who stopped in were treated to Christmas cookies, punch and a big “Merry Christmas” from Lori. Although the U. S. Postal Service is currently running an advertising campaign touting as one of its benefits that “You’ll never have to go to the Post Office again,” here in Rutland a visit to the Post Office is a rather pleasant experience that folks here don’t mind at all.
Norbert & Beverly Kulzer drove to Brookings SD on the morning of Wednesday, December 18, to be with their eldest granddaughter, Lauren Kulzer, as she graduated from the School of Nursing at South Dakota State University. Lauren graduated as a Registered Nurse (RN) and has accepted a position at one of the large hospitals in Kansas City MO starting in February. Lauren’s parents are Stephen and Ann Kulzer of Hartford SD. Her sister, Brooke, and her brother, Will, are also students at SDSU. Lauren has been a frequent visitor at her grandparents’ home in Rutland over the years, and her many friends in this community extend best wishes to her as she embarks on her new career. Norbert & Beverly returned to Rutland on Thursday, December 19, and Norbert reports that road conditions were good throughout the trip, except for the top of the Coteau des Prairies hills at Summit SD, where the wind is always howling, Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall.
Paul Anderson of this community departed Rutland on the morning of Sunday, December 22, bound for Seattle WA via Fargo and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Paul will be spending Christmas in Seattle with his daughter and son-in-law, Katie & Josh Elfering, and with his 10 month old grandson, Rhys Elfering. Also joining Paul, Katie, Josh & Rhys for the Christmas holiday will be Paul’s daughter, Rhys’ aunt, Betsy Anderson of Lincoln NE. Paul expects to be back in Rutland on Thursday, December 26, to begin preparing to head south to Sun City West AZ for the rest of the Winter.
The management and staff of the Coteau des Prairies Lodge hosted a Christmas Open House from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 20, with hospitality director Joe Breker in charge of mixing and serving the Tom & Jerrys. All those who taste-tested Joe’s concoctions, made with a mixture of brandy, rum, hot water, a whipped topping of Joe’s creation with egg whites as its primary ingredient and a little nutmeg sprinkled on top, pronounced the results of Joe’s efforts to be outstanding. Coffee, hot cider, cookies and other Christmas treats were also available. The Lodge was beautifully decorated for the Christmas season, with the centerpiece being the 22½ foot tall Christmas tree in the Lodge’s Great Room. A crowd of several dozen friends of the Lodge attended the open house, and found the hospitality, the décor, the location and the scenery to be magnificent.
Those who watched the Philadelphia Eagles-Dallas Cowboys football game on TV this past Sunday, December 22, may have noticed 2 attractive ladies cheering enthusiastically every time Philadelphia tight end Dallas Goedert pulled off another outstanding play, including several key pass receptions and 1 touchdown, as the Eagles defeated the Cowboys by a score of 17-9. Mr. Goedert’s 2 enthusiastic cheerleaders were his Mom, Mary (Phillips) Carlson of Britton SD, and one of his aunts, Patty (Phillips) Breker of Havana ND. The win kept the Eagles’ hopes for a division title alive, and brightened the attitudes of Mr. Goedert’s fans throughout the Dakotas. For those who may not have heard, Dallas Goedert is a grandson of Gordy Phillips, formerly of Havana but now residing in Forman, and those cheerleaders were but 2 of Gordy’s 5 daughters, all excellent athletes in their own right, although none of them played football.
Mike & Debbie Banish and boys are in Minneapolis week, celebrating Christmas with Debbie’s Mom. Debbie will be back home, writing the weekly column, next week. The Rutland community extends its thanks to Debbie for the many weekly columns she has written this year, each one filled with news about Rutland’s events and its people.
Meanwhile, on the national scene, the current President of the United States became the 3rd President in the history of the Republic to be impeached for misconduct in office. The members of the House of Representative , on a party line vote, impeached the President on 2 charges: abuse of power; and, obstruction of Congress. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised the President a quick trial with no witnesses or testimony and a rapid acquittal. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, however, says’, “Hold up there, Mitch. Don’t mess with Nancy!” Both the President and Sen. McConnell have a healthy respect for the Speaker, as she has, so far, outsmarted them every time they have butted heads. Whether she can maintain her perfect record remains to be seen. Hold onto your hats! The year 2020 looks like it will be a wild ride.
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 www.rutlandnd.com, and take a look at the Rutland blog and Facebook page, 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.