By Deborah Banish
The Rutland City Planning Commission met on Wednesday, January 29, to receive a petition for changes to the City Zoning Ordinance. As required, the Planning Commission has scheduled a public hearing for Monday, February 17, at 5:00 p.m. in the Rutland Hall. The purpose is to consider the petition of Bill Anderson to amend the Rutland Zoning Ordinance by changing the the property located at the SW ½ of Section 19, Township 130N, Range 54W of the Principal Meridiance, Sargent County, ND, from an Agricultural District to a Residential District. The Kathleen Brakke Addition to the City of Rutland would add privately-owned land to the City for possible future development. The Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the City Council for a final public hearing on March 2.
Sonja Christianson has provided a wonderful report on the Anderson Pinochle Tournament held on Saturday, February 1:
On a beautiful Saturday morning with daylight peeking over the trees to the east, cars began to arrive in Rutland on February 1. Smiling faces with great expectations were paying their fees, enjoying coffee and donuts, and shaking hands with fellow card players. It was soon discovered that pinochle players were arriving from Minneapolis, Grand Forks, Ellendale, Aberdeen, Audubon, Fargo, Sargent County, Oklahoma, and many places in-between. At 9:00 a.m. the Town Hall became quiet as 48 cards were dealt and play began. About 6½ hours later prizes began to be handed out and the declaration made that Diane Degenstein from Oakes and her daughter Sarah Oster of Fargo (both with Sargent County roots) had achieved the top position with a score of 1614 points. They edged out John Eye and Howard Lenius of Britton by 17 points. 3rd place winners were Roger McLaen and Dennis Goltz scoring 1590 points, followed by Orvin Hogness and Raymond Hogness with 1570 points.
First time player and granddaughter of Rudy and Edna Anderson, Stephanie Watson of Minneapolis, enjoyed the activities immensely. She commented about the delightful conversations, the learning experience, and the patience and enthusiasm of all participants. NOTE: It appears that Stephanie is “hooked” and will return for future pinochle events.
The Rutland Community Club scored many points with players by serving “World Famous Scalloped Potatoes.” Praises were given to the kitchen crew of Sarah Pavek, Roger Pearson, Hal Nelson, Diane Smith, Lori McLaen, Marcia Brakke, and Kayla Mahrer for brewing up a good meal.
A drawing of names ended the tournament with recipients carrying home a number of prizes including lefse made by Carolyn Christensen, the same variety made famous on Uffda Day. Marilyn Anderson of Arizona, widow of Arden, contributed to the prizes by requesting the purchase of gifts from Fairmount Lockers. 4th grader Lucy Mahrer and 6th grader Whitney Mahrer helped with scoring and were true “Gophers.” Five-year-old Corbin Carlson, with help from his father Bryce, set up tables and organized the main hall.
Bonnie Anderson of Rutland and Brookings SD helped Shannon Mehrer, Joanne Harris, Janice Christensen, Dianna Anderson, and Bev Kulzer keep the correct scores. Bonnie says she will be back next year to chat with all workers, helpers, and players.
Sargent County participants, both present and former, included Eunice Thorson, Sandy Hanson, Turk Nelson, Caleb Nelson, Bryce Carlson, Marshall Thol, Hilary Mehrer, Diane Smith, Steed Nelson, Kyle Dallman, Kathy Hayen, Jason Hayen, Keith Shasky, Stephanie Watson, Jessica Hayen, Jeri Christiansen, Sandy Popp, Clem Severson, Sandy Mund, Diane Degensteirn, Sarah Oster, Roger McLaen, Dennis Goltz, Orvin Hogness, Raymond Hogness, Wade Anderson, Pam Thol, Dave Shasky, Vern Shasky, Alfred Resler, Harvey Preble, George Resler, Stella Bell, Sue Seelye, Roger Ziegler, Benita Ziegler, Dennis Nelson, Trent Nelson, Joel Hoistad, Leonard Miller, Ruth Larson, and Harvey Bergstrom. They are all invited to return on Saturday, February 6, 2021 for the 26th Annual Anderson Pinochle Tourney. Hats off to Stella Bell and Roger McLaen who have been present for all 25 tournaments. Close behind are Benita and Roger Ziegler who have made 24.
Thanks Sonja for the update. Everyone enjoyed the event and commented “Those people are so friendly out there.” “It is great that so many places are given — paying 1st through 16th place.” Rutland looks forward to hosting the next Anderson Pinochle Tournament on Saturday, February 6, 2021. Mark you calendars!
The Rutland City Council met on Monday, February 3, with all members present. The Council approved the Memorandum of Agreement for participation in the Sargent County Multi-Hazard Plan; approved attendance by the Auditor at the North Dakota League of Cities Spring Workshop for elected and appointed officials; approved a change in the August meeting date from August 3 to August 10 due to a conflict for the City Auditor; and, approved the January financials as presented and approved the bills with exception of an invoice from Maguire Iron for the recent steam work on the water tower as the bill was higher than anticipated. The next City Council meeting will be Monday, March 2, with a public hearing on the Zoning Ordinance request at 5p.m. followed by the regular meeting.
If you didn’t keep up with your New Year’s Resolution(s), now is the time to get your annual Rutland Fitness Membership paid. Ione Pherson is reminding people that the Fitness Center is available to anyone. Contact Ione at 724-6279 for information on single and family memberships and the great rates offered. Time to get fit for Summer.
Speaking of keeping fit – don’t forget Zumba this Sunday, February 9, at 5 p.m. in the Rutland Hall. It is only $2.00/person. Get in and get moving!
Online ordering for Rutland Rockets apparel ends Sunday, February 9th. Get your orders in online at https://rutlandrockets.itemorder.com/sale. Short and long sleeve T-shirts are available for both youth and adults or get your I ♥ Rutland bumper sticker for only $2.00.
That’s it from Rutland for this week. Remember to check out our Facebook page for what’s happening or the Rutland website at www.rutlandnd.com.