Hens Do Crow! Nov. 20, 2020

Rutland held a tree pruning clinic/workshop earlier this month as part of its Tree City USA efforts. Mary O’Neill, from the Lisbon Office of the ND Forest Service, gave tips and demonstrated how to correctly prune trees. It was an opportunity to get some of the City trees trimmed by volunteer labor! The City has had nearly 30 trees removed in the past two years and will continue to remove diseased and dying/dead trees. Next year’s Tree City USA grant applications will include tree planting so if you have suggestions for City tree placement next year, let us know. Suggestions can be dropped off at the Hall or sent via email to rutlandnd@drtel.net. The City of Rutland was recognized as a North Dakota 2019 Arbor Day Foundation Award Winner for its efforts and accomplishments as a Tree City USA community.

Today is the last day to participate in the Community Vibrancy Survey for Sargent County. The County is partnering with Growing Small Towns, a new 501 (c)(3) located in Oakes, to create programs, education, and events to help residents and businesses in Sargent County grow. The link for the survey has been on the Rutland blog and on the Rutland Facebook page. Forman, Gwinner and Milnor have also posted the link for the survey. If you have not had a chance to respond to the survey, please do so today! The survey asks questions about what Rutland and Sargent County look like today and what changes you would like to see in the future. You can find the survey online at the rutlandramblings.blog “Growing Small Towns” (above) or on the rutlandnd.com website in the “Recent News” on the Sargent County Survey. Do not delay!

Governor Burgum in coordination with the State Health Officer, announced the requirement for the use of face coverings in settings where the individual cannot be physically distanced effective November 14 through December 13. It also places restrictions on seating and occupancy capacity at bars and limits the hours of dine-in service to 4:00 am to 10:00 p.m. The Governor’s Executive Order also paused all school, community, association and club sports and activities until December 14th. The measures are designed to reduce the spread of infections in the communities to protect the most vulnerable and to ensure hospital capacity.

The banner is up for an inspection day south of Rutland on Saturday, November 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mike and Rick Banish of this community are retiring from farming this year and have an online auction through Big Iron Auctions. The inspection day will be an opportunity to look at the combine, tractors, and other farm equipment. A representative from Big Iron Auctions will be available to provide information to register for online bidding. Bidding began on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 and will close the morning of December 9. The equipment up for sale can be viewed online at bigiron.com/Listings/BanishBrothersRetirement-2.

The City Zoning & Planning Commission is still seeking an individual to fill a term through 2024. The Zoning Commission meets as needed but no less than twice a year. The Rutland Park Board is also seeking an individual to fill a vacancy until the next election in 2022. Now is the time to get involved and help the community. Please contact the City Auditor’s Office if you are interested in either, or both, positions! That is it from Rutland for this week. For additional information about what’s happening in the little city that can, check out the City website at http://www.rutlandnd.com.

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