The Rooster Crows – Nov. 5, 2021

By Bill Anderson

The rain that moved through the Rutland area on Wednesday, October 27, left more than an inch of precipitation in its wake.  Roger Pearson’s rain gauge at 409 Gay Street held 1.2” when the rain stopped on Wednesday evening, and Camron Gulleson reports That his gauge recorded 1.3” at the Gulleson Farm 1½ mile east of town.  Last Wednesday’s reading was the last one from Roger’s gauge for the 2021 season, as he has now removed the gauge from its post in the back yard and taken it inside for the winter. Cameron said that the cumulative amount of rainfall at the Gulleson Farm since August 20 is 13.86”. Prior to August 20, the rainfall amount during the entire 2021 growing season was 3.49”, according to Cameron’s records. Well, there won’t be much growing going on for the next several months. From now til then we are likely to be measuring precipitation amounts with a yard stick, rather than with a rain gauge.

Cameron Gulleson also reports that he and Jenny have been making some improvements to their Ransom Township farm home. A new entryway/mud room has been added to the east side of the house, and the entire house is being re-sided with “Smart Siding” a laminated wood product. Cameron says that he, Jenny and his Dad, Bill, have been doing the work. The house will also be receiving new roofing in the near future. The house was originally built on the NE¼ of Section 13 in Rutland Township by Dale McLaen, and was moved to the Gulleson farm in the NE¼ of Section 29 in Ransom Township by Cameron & Jenny several years ago. Congratulations to the Gullesons on the improvements to their home.

John Lloyd, Mark Charnowski (He says that he’s Irish) and Moose Rose of Fond du Lac WI were Rutland residents from Monday, October 25, to Monday, November 1, headquartering at Lori McLaen’s rental, The Bunkhous, on Rutland’s Main Street. The trio were hunting ducks and pheasants during their stay here. They also spent a few evenings at The Lariat, getting acquainted and making new friends. They enjoyed success on all fronts.

Bill & Pam Gulleson of this community were the guests of honor at a 40th Wedding Anniversary party held at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge on the evening of Saturday, October 30. A large crowd of neighbors, friends and family gathered to extend congratulations and best wishes to Bill & Pam. The Gullesons were married on Saturday, October 3, 1981, in Oakes ND. Last Saturday’s party at The Lodge was hosted by the Gullesons’ 3 sons and daughters-in-law: Lance & Natalie Gulleson of Lisbon; Cody & Hannah Gulleson of Weber Township; and, Cameron & Jenny Gulleson of Ransom Township. The Rutland community extends congratulations to Bill and Pam on their 40th, and best wishes for 40 more.

Randy Pearson and Kathy Wyum were co-stars in a 2 person skit performed at Nordland Lutheran Church in Rutland on the morning of Sunday, October 31, Reformation Sunday. Reformation Sunday commemorates the day back in 1517 when an Augustinian Monk, Catholic Priest, theologian, author and composer, Martin Luther, nailed a sheet of paper to the front door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany, challenging others in the Church to debate 95 issues in which he contended that the teachings and actions of the Roman Catholic Church at the time did not conform to Scripture. The response of Church authorities back in 1517 was to label Martin Luther a heretic, and to excommunicate him from the Church, branding him as an outlaw, subject to being killed on sight. Many Church and civil leaders agreed with his points, however, and shielded him from reprisals. Martin Luther’s act of nailing the “95 Theses” to the church door is considered by historians to be the beginning of the Protestant Reformation that shook up Western Europe for the next 300 years. Back in 1999, historians named Martin Luther as one of the most influential persons of the Second Millennium (1001-2000). In last Sunday’s skit, Mr. Pearson portrayed a modern day news reporter interviewing Luther’s widow, Katerina Luther, played by Kathy Wyum, several years after the reformer’s death in 1546.  Both actors played their parts well, with some ad libs adding spontaneity to the performance. Mrs.  Luther described her life before and after she married Dr. Luther, “the good Doctor,” as she called him. At age 5 her poverty stricken parents had given her to a Benedictine convent. She was later moved to a Sistercian Convent where she became a nun. In 1525, she and 10 others escaped from the convent in a fish wagon and fled to Dr. Luther for protection. He arranged marriages for all but Katerina. She explained that the rumor that she had proposed to Dr. Luther was not exactly true, but not exactly false, either. After their marriage, she managed the household, established a large vegetable garden, raised chickens and started a brewery to make the home self-sufficient.  Katerina also learned Latin and participated in theological discussions. She and Luther had 6 children, and adopted 4 more. During lunch in the Fellowship Hall following the Sunday service, the question was raised as to whether Randy and Kathy should receive a “Tony” or an “Emmy” for their performances, but, while helping himself to a homemade bar, Randy suggested that the appropriate award was neither a Tony nor an Emmy, but a Brownie. Sunday’s service was a lay service, with Carolyn Christensen leading the liturgy. The skit was the sermon. It should be noted that, about 55 years after Martin Luther’s initial challenge, the Roman Catholic Church did begin taking steps to address the issues raised by the Protestant Reformation, and to begin efforts aimed at reconciliation. This move was, appropriately enough, titled the “Counter-Reformation.” Half a millennium later, reconciliation has still not occurred, but relations between and among the members of the various sects within the Christian community are much more congenial now than they were 500 years ago. The debate originally requested by Martin Luther is ongoing. Maybe, in another 500 years…

Sargent County Health District Nurses Briana Spellerberg and Taylor Chapin were in Rutland from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, November 1, administering covid-19 vaccination booster shots at the Rutland Seniors’ Center.  According to Nurse Spellerberg, they gave 20 boosters to 20 people in less than 1½ hour, and then ran out of vaccine. A new shipment of the Moderna booster vaccine was received at the Health District Office on Monday afternoon, so they made some phone calls and administered 18 more doses of the Moderna booster in the afternoon. Some recipients experienced tiredness, a sore arm and general aches & pains on the day following the shot, but others had no ill effects at all. For information about receiving a covid-19 booster vaccination, or the basic covid-19 vaccination, call: Sargent County Public Health at 724-3725; Forman Drug at 724-6222; or, Sanford Clinic at 742-3267.

The Rutland City Council met at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 1, in the Rutland Town Hall, with Mayor Mike Mahrer; Auditor Deb Banish; and, City Council members Colton Corry; Rodney Erickson; Delores Lysne; and, Lori McLaen; present.  Mitch Culkins of Lake Agassiz Regional Council was present via telephone conference call.  Also in attendance were Rutland residents Roger Pearson; Scott Haan; and, Bill Anderson.  The Mayor called a Public Hearing to order at 5:00 p.m. to receive public input on the proposed closeout of the Community Development Block Grant funding rutland had received for the Emergency Sewer Lagoon Repair project of 2019.  There was no public comment, and the hearing was closed at 5:05 p.m.  The City had received $116,000.00 in CDBG funding for the project.  Mr. Culkins advised that any funds remaining in the separate account should be transferred to the General Fund, and that the Sewer Lagoon Emergency Repair fund should be closed.  At present, the City is retaining in the account $3,513.00 that will be paid out to the contractor when the required grass seeding is completed at the lagoon.  There is also $100.00 that had been transferred from the General Fund to open the account back in 2019, and $10.00 that the City received from Stock Growers Bank for switching the account to on-line banking. The Council agreed to close the account and move remaining funds to the General Fund. The Auditor reported that Moore Engineering is preparing the final paperwork to close out the project. The regular meeting of the City Council was called to order by Mayor Mahrer at 5:05 p.m.  In the Public Comment section of the meeting, Bill Anderson reminded the Council that the damaged sidewalk on Main Street should be repaired as soon as possible. Council members stated that they are aware of the problem, but that it’s too late in the season to make the necessary repairs at this time. Mr. Scott Haan of Rutland was hired for the position of City Maintenance Worker at $21.00 per hour for an estimated 32 hours per week. The plan is that Mr. Haan will work more hours when the work load is heavy, such as during snow removal season, and fewer hours when the work load is lighter, averaging about 32 hours per week.  The Council approved hiring Mr. Haan at the wage specified. The City is currently looking for a heavy duty 4X4 pickup, preferably with a dump box, that can be fitted with snowplow equipment. The snowplow truck that has been in use for many years is about worn out and ready for retirement. The Auditor reported that the City had received a complaint about feral cats in town, and remedies for that situation are being explored. Mayor Mahrer stated that 4 skunks, all of the 4-footed variety, had been trapped and removed from the City this past month. After reviewing the City’s bills and authorizing payment, the Council adjourned at 5:45 p.m. The next meeting of the Rutland City Council is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 6, 2021, in the Rutland Town Hall. All meetings of the Rutland City Council are open to the public, and Rutland residents are invited to stop by to observe their City’s governing board in action.

Mike Kulzer was in Rutland on Wednesday, November 3, on a scouting expedition in preparation for the opening of the whitetail deer rifle season on Friday, November 5. Mike said that he has not shot a deer for 4 or 5 years, now, but that he is the scout and guide service for his daughter, Amber, and her friends. According to Mike, the girls will occasionally hold the deer’s front foot, if they’re wearing gloves, while he field dresses it. He said that he hadn’t seen any deer, yet, but had seen tracks, so he knows they’re around. Deer track soup is mighty thin fare, though, according to Mike.

Veterans Day is coming up next week. It is on Thursday, November 11, and was originally called “Armistice Day,” to commemorate the end of World War I, “The War To End War,” 103 years ago, on November 11, 1918. In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a veteran of both World War I and World War II, changed the name of the holiday to “Veterans’ Day,” and designated it as a day to honor all living veterans of America’s wars. The public is invited to attend a program honoring veterans presented by the students & faculty of the Sargent Central School System at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10, at the Sargent Central Activities Center in Forman. Other Veterans Day programs include the Sargent County program, sponsored by the Forman American Legion Auxiliary, at the Veterans Memorial monument on the Sargent County Courthouse grounds in Forman at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 11, followed by a program and lunch in the Forman City Hall.  n Rutland, Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of The American Legion will hold an American Flag Retirement Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 11, on the Legion Hall grounds at the corner of Bagley & Gay Streets, weather permitting. A “warmer upper” to which all veterans are invited will be held at The Lariat Bar following the Flag Retirement Ceremony, or in lieu of the ceremony, if the weather is uncooperativ

Don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 7. “Spring ahead and Fall back,” is the guide, or, is it Spring back and Fall down?” Well, whatever it is, you will regain that hour that was withheld from your daily allotment last March, when we began saving daylight for the year. So, where is all of this daylight we saved through the last 8 months?  It sure doesn’t seem to be available for use in December and January, when it would do some good. Perhaps a Congressional committee should be appointed to look into the matter of the missing daylight. They’ll get to the bottom of it, for sure! Maybe they’ll even shed some light on the matter. They might even be able to tell us what has happened to the Rutland Post Office, missing and unaccounted for since September 30.

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, 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.

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