By Bill Anderson
Mother Nature has been cautious in her approach to Spring this year. The cool weather persists, although it has been gradually climbing into short sleeved shirt conditions, with highs in the upper 60’s and lower 70’s predicted for the coming weekend. Ma Nature has been sparing with the precipitation, too, as .1 to .2 of an inch of rain fell in the Rutland area on Wednesday, May 5. The cool, dry conditions have been great for getting the field work done, though. Planting has been proceeding at a rapid pace throughout Sargent County. Bruce Speich of Milnor reported on Monday, May 10, that he and his sons were down to 300 acres of beans and 110 acres of corn left to plant near Delamere. Rick Bosse reported on Wednesday, May 12, that Spring planting was nearing completion in the Brampton area, too. No predictions are being made as to what the results will be this Fall, but, for now, things are looking up.
CORRECTIONS! In the April 30, 2021, column, the name of Ted Lee was inadvertently omitted from the list of members of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 who comprised the ceremonial detail for the graveside service for the late Urban Hoistad. The service was held at the Nordland Cemetery southeast of Rutland on Monday, April 26. Ted Lee also serves as Post Chaplain for the Rutland American Legion Post.
In the May 7, 2021 column, the date on which Curt & Renee Larson observed their 50th Wedding Anniversary by renewing their vows should have been Saturday, May 1, not Sunday, April 25. They were married on Saturday, May 1 back in 1971, and renewed their vows 50 years later, to the day. The author of this column apologizes to Bergman-Evenson Post #215 & Ted Lee, and to Curt & Renee Larson, for the omission and for the error.
The Sargent County Job Development Authority (JDA) met in the dining room of the Lariat Bar in Rutland at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, led by Chairman Terry Dusek of Milnor. Board members voted to proceed with a plan presented by consultant Nathan Berseth to increase housing construction in Sargent County. The first step will be to send Request For Proposals (RFP’s) to contractors in the region, requesting proposals to build 3 new homes in Sargent County. There is currently a shortage of good, one family homes in the middle-income price range in Sargent County, and the JDA’s program is intended to stimulate construction of those homes in Sargent County’s communities, large and small. Home building will create and retain construction jobs, and new families in the County’s communities will stimulate local economies and strengthen local schools. The JDA is composed of members appointed by the County Commission from throughout the County, and provides a unified, county-wide approach to the development and retention of jobs in Sargent County. The JDA works in cooperation with local lenders, the Bank of North Dakota, Lake Agassiz Regional Development, and other private and public development organizations to promote economic development in the county. In other business, the JDA members reviewed current outstanding loans and received progress reports on improvement & development activities in the county’s communities. The JDA usually meets in the County Courthouse in Forman, but frequently moves its quarterly meetings around the County to keep in touch with local developments.
Cayuga natives Don Isensee of Perham MN and Judy (Isensee) Anderson of Fargo visited in Rutland on Friday, May 7and enjoyed lunch at the Lariat Bar with Bill Anderson of this community. Don & Judy had been in Cayuga making arrangements for the funeral service for their sister, Janice (Isensee) Butz, who had passed away earlier this year. The funeral is scheduled to be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Cayuga. Interment at the Cayuga Cemetery will follow the service, and those attending will be invited to lunch in the church basement following the graveside service.
The Rutland Community Club met at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 10 at the Rutland Town Hall. Uff-Da Day 2021 was scheduled for Sunday, October 3, after a one-year break due to the covid-19 pandemic. Just like every year, Uff-Da Day this year will be the same, but different. So, get ready for good food, good company and a good time on Sunday, October 3 in Rutland. Uff-Da! It’s back! In other business, Community Club members planted flowers in large flowerpots and placed them in front of businesses on Main Street; discussed the assignment of community gardens; scheduled the Community Block Party, with burgers & brats and water games by the local volunteer firemen for Thursday, June 10; and scheduled the first Farmers’ Market of the Summer for the afternoon of Sunday, June 13. Farmers’ Markets are scheduled to be held on the 2nd Sunday of each month, from June through September. Thanks to Community Club President Katie McLaen for the information in this report.
According to Janny Kiefer, Valley Senior Services has authorized the resumption of congregate dining at the Rutland Seniors Center commencing on Tuesday, May 25. Salisbury Steak with mashed potatoes is on the menu for that date, according to Janny. Facemasks will still be required, except while eating. Those who prefer to not participate in congregate dining may still have their meals delivered. Give Janny a call at 724-4074 to schedule meals or for more information. This is one more step toward post-covid-19 normal living.
Statistics in Sargent County’s battle against the covid-19 pandemic continue to improve, according to County Health Nurse Briana Spellerberg. As of Tuesday, May 11, there were 7 active cases in Sargent County, down from 8 a week earlier; 54.5% of County residents had received at least 1 anti-covid-19 vaccination shot, up from 53.6% a week earlier; and 49.9% of Sargent County’s adult residents have been fully vaccinated. Nurse Spellerberg said that enough vaccination clinics were scheduled for the remainder of the week to raise the percentage of those fully vaccinated to well over 50% by week’s end. The goal is to reach a minimum vaccination rate of at least 70% to reach what is termed “herd immunity.” To schedule your vaccination, call: Sargent County Public Health District at 724-3725; Forman Drug at 724-6222; or Sanford Clinic at 742-3267. We’re from Sargent County, and we can do better than 70%, so let’s get going!
United Blood Services has announced that it will be conducting its 2nd blood drive of 2021 in Rutland on the morning of Tuesday, June 1 at the Rutland town Hall. Regular donors will be called to schedule an appointment. Be prepared to roll up your sleeve and give the gift of life to someone you may, or may not, know.
Meanwhile, on the national scene, not since Sen. Margaret Chase Smith took on Sen. Joe McCarthy in the U. S. Senate back in the early 1950’s, telling her fellow Republican that she would not ride to victory on his “…four horsemen of calumny: ignorance; fear; hate; and, lies;…” has the Congress witnessed such a declaration of conscience as that proclaimed by Wyoming’s Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney on Tuesday, May 11. In her speech, she stated, “We must tell the truth. The election was not stolen, and America has not failed.” Congresswoman Cheney was taking on the “Big Lie” tactics of former President Trump, who continues to claim, without evidence, that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him. Although the tactic used is that of the “Big Lie,” it is actually a small lie, told by a small man with a small mind and an even smaller amount of integrity. In fact, Trump lost the popular vote by 7 million and the Electoral College vote by 78. For her honesty, Representative Cheney lost her leadership position in the Republican Conference in the U. S. House of Representatives. She would neither lie, nor support a former President who respects nothing but lies, to retain her position. It may take a while, but she will be vindicated by history, and he will be consigned to the trash bin of history.
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 Facebook page while you’re at it, 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.