Hens Do Crow! Sept. 4, 2020

With a rumble and a roar that rattled the windows and shook the rafters, a thunderstorm rolled over Rutland late on the evening of Thursday, August 27, and into the early morning hours of Friday, August 28. The storm produced no hail, and no significant damage to trees or structures, but it did leave behind a significant amount of precipitation. Roger Pearson and Norbert Kulzer reported .7 and .8 of an inch, respectively, in their gauges in the 400 block of Gay Street, and nearly an inch was recorded in the gauge at the Richard & Delores Lysne residence in the 200 block of Anthony Street. Another thunderstorm rolled over the community on the evening of Sunday, August 30, and the early morning hours of Monday, August 31, but no reports of rainfall amounts from that storm have been received as of this writing. With plenty of sunshine, heat and moisture, everything around here is green and growing, including lawns, corn fields and mosquitoes. Well, the mosquitoes are so green that they appear to be black, but they are growing, that’s for sure!

Two workmen from Williston were in Rutland on the morning of Friday, August 28, installing a new flagpole at the U. S. Post Office here. A new, taller pole was required, they said, in order to comply with new regulations requiring that the POW/MIA Flag be flown directly below the American Flag at all Post Office locations. The new pole is more heavy duty, and considerably taller, than the old pole that had been mounted on the front of the Post Office back in 1981. The two workmen said that they had started out from Williston earlier in the week and had installed new flagpoles at Post Offices in Williston, Pick City, Bismarck, and Gwinner prior to their arrival in Rutland on Friday morning. They completed their project at about Noon on Friday, and headed back to Williston. Their taillights were last seen heading west on ND Highway #11.  The new pole with its two flags is a nice addition to Rutland’s Main Street.

The next, and final, Rutland Farmers Market will be held Sunday, September 13th, from 5 to 6 p.m. Come get your fall produce and support the local growers. Food vendors will also be available so come for supper for the final event at City Hall.

The Sargent County District Health Unit will hold a drive-up flu clinic in Rutland on Monday, September 14, from 10 a.m. to Noon, at the Rutland City Hall/Community Center. They will be administering the high dose flu vaccine for individuals 65 years and older. Pre-registration is appreciated but not required. Call 701-724-3725 to preregister and remember to bring your Medicare card.

The Rutland City Council will meet Monday, September 14, starting with a public hearing at 5 p.m. on the 2021 preliminary budget at City Hall. The public hearing will be followed by the regular monthly Council meeting. The meeting is open to the public and safe distancing rules are being observed. Copies of the preliminary budget may be requested by email at rutlandnd@drtel.net or by calling the City Auditor at 701-724-3081.

The Rutland Community Club will meet on Tuesday, September 15, at City Hall starting at 5 p.m. Be sure to stop in and find out what events and projects are being planned for Rutland!

The City is seeking an individual to fill a part-time, 20 hours per week, public works position to oversee the City of Rutland public streets, buildings and public works infrastructure in accordance with Federal, State and City Laws, local Ordinances, rules and City policies. The job description is available on the City website, by email at rutlandnd@drtel.net, or by calling City Hall at 701-724-3081.

If you are around on Monday, September 7, about 9 a.m. stop by the tracks at the Rutland Elevator and say “Hi” to the Railroad Motor Car excursion that will be coming up from Britton. They are expected to stop in Rutland around 9 a.m. for a short break

Well, that is it this week from Rutland. Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend.

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