It was an unusually quiet weekend in Rutland being the first Sunday in October and it was a beautiful day as well. As everyone in Rutland knows, the first Sunday in October is not always sunshine and blue skies. We have had our share of a cold, rainy and blustery Uffda Day. Remember last year? It was great weather, and this would have been two years in a row. Let us hope that next October 3, 2021 is another bright, sunny day. Usually, come Monday, everyone is unwinding from all the work but this year everyone got a break thanks to COVID. At least there is still time to get your (non) 2020 Uffda Day T-shirts or sweatshirt ordered. The clothing has white lettering on black shirts and sweatshirts. You can order through the webstore at https://uffdaday2020.itemorder.com/sale or find the information on the Rutland Facebook page. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Rutland Community Club. Don’t hesitate because today, October 9, is the deadline! If you are yearning for more reminiscing on Uffda Day, check out the video on the Facebook page.
The Rutland City Council met on Monday, October 5 at City Hall for its regular monthly meeting. The Council received an update on the vacant Public Works position. There has been an inquiry and the information on hours and wages was sent. Mike Bassingthwaite with Interstate Engineering, the City’s Engineer, was present to discuss some projects including new sidewalk along main street and future water tower replacement and water looping projects. The Council approved a fund transfer and the September financials as presented by the City Auditor. The main topic of discussion was the approval of the liquor license for The Lariat Bar which has been closed since early in the year. Peter and Michelle Denault of Abercrombie will be leasing the bar and hope to open it soon. The Council welcomed the opportunity to issue the Denault’s a liquor license for the bar and a special permit to provide alcoholic beverages at the wedding reception at City Hall on Saturday, October 17. The goal is to open the Bar in October, but the exact date has not yet been determined. The Auditor reported that there is only one delinquent water/utility account at this time; if the account is not paid prior to the end of October, the full amount will be a special assessment on the property. The meeting adjourned just before 6 p.m. The next meeting will be November 2, 2020 at 5 p.m. in City Hall.
This past week was 4-H Week and the NDSU Extension-Sargent County Office promoted it with a video introducing the Sargent County 4-H Ambassadors. Three of the seven members for 2020-21 are members of the Rutland Raiders 4-H Club – Emily Hamilton and Anthony “Tony” Banish who are in their 12th year in 4-H and Josie Hamilton who is starting her 11th year in 4-H. The video has been shared to the Rutland Facebook page so be sure to get a chance to watch the short clips and to also get to know the other members.
The Rutland Senior Center coffee clutch celebrated two birthdays this week. On Tuesday, October 6, the group sang a round of Happy Birthday to Joanne Harris and on Wednesday, October 7, they celebrated Kathy Wyum’s birthday. Numbers (ages) were disclosed at the round table but are not being shared to help keep a little peace in town. If you really want to know, you will just have to find out through the old grapevine.
That is it for this week from Rutland. Remember to watch for information on the Lariat Bar opening date which should be next week. Keep up to date on other activities and events on the Facebook page and on the Rutland website. Stay safe and keep well.