Hens Do Crow! December 13, 2019

By Deborah Banish

The monthly Sargent County breakfast was held in Arizona this week. For those of you who could not make it to the warmer climate, here is what the group did (thanks to Curt Larson):

“Six persons met on Monday, December 9 at the Golden Corral for the monthly Sargent County Breakfast. Those present were: Al Ciota & Clarice Ordahl; Jim & Kathryn Gaukler, and Curt & Renee Larson. We were a small group, but had plenty to eat and a good conversation. I received word that Duane & Sharon Lock are on their way south, but wouldn’t arrive until the afternoon. We are hoping that a few more will show up for the January 13 meeting. During the January meeting, Renee and I will actually be in Washington state visiting our daughter, Melissa; husband, Dave; and our four grandchildren, Elise, Nora, Cayley and Trina. Mom and Dad will be travelling to San Diego for a church meeting, while we stay in Redmond, WA and watch their children. They don’t need any babysitting, but may need to be chauffeured to after school activities. We may use them to help navigate our smart phones and Smart TV. They are growing up fast; the oldest, Elise, has her driver’s permit now.

Weather here today has been overcast with scattered rain showers and temps in the upper 50’s, long pants weather. Brrrr! Temps later in the week will be in the low 70’s and back to wearing shorts.

That’s all the news from the partly-sunny Phoenix metro until next time. Keep smiling.”

Curt Larson

The Rutland Community Club met on Monday, December 9, with seven members present. The first item of business was to finalize the Santa Day activities for Saturday, December 14. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. with bingo and kids crafts and a free-will taco bar.  On January 5 and 12, the RCC has the Kids in the Kitchen cooking up corn dogs, pizza pinwheels and making homemade ice cream and puppy chow. The RCC received a $300 grant from Dakota Valley Electric to cover some of the food costs. The Anderson Pinochle tournament will be February 1 and Work Group 2 will be handling the food; a point person will be determined in January. Also in February, the LineBenders will have a performance in Rutland with a social hour prior to the performance. The Missoula Children’s Theater has been contacted about handling the Community Play in 2020. The group will provide all the costumes and Rutland needs to provide the people. They can handle groups as small as seven performers up to 60. The cost is $3,000 but the ND Council for the Arts has a grant available for $1,500. President Katie McLaen will contact the group to try to get them in 2020. The RCC authorized the purchase of a popcorn machine at an estimated cost of $150.00. Rutland Fun Night will be held March 15th and will be similar to last year’s event. Marcia Brakke has agreed to coordinate the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 11, 2020, and a toy budget of $1,500 was approved. The RCC approved an expense of $250.00 to continue to have the Uffda Happens Here! Brochures distributed at several ND Tourism rest stops. In January, the Club will determine whose terms are up with the election(s) taking place in February. The next meeting will be January 13, 2020. On Tuesday, Katie McLaen contacted the RCC members to report that the Missoula Children’s Theater will be in Rutland June 22-27, 2020, with the play Rumplestiltskin. It was their only available date left so they must have just been waiting for the call. 

That’s all from Rutland this week. Be sure to get to town on Saturday for Santa’s visit and to play bingo and celebrate the tree lighting. The tree decorating committee is hard at work getting the lights on the tree for Santa’s visit. 

Hens Do Crow! Dec. 6, 2019

By Deborah Banish

The Rutland City Council held its last meeting of 2019 on Monday, December 2, with Mayor Narum and Council Members Lysne and Siemieniewski present, along with the City Auditor. There were also several residents present including Bill Anderson, David Young, Gretchen Vann and Shawna Bergh, each of whom had an issue or two to bring up with the Council. The Council considered the request for a liquor license for the General Store and Café which Ms. Bergh plans to purchase. The Council noted that the City has one on/off-sale liquor license but there is the option for special event liquor licenses as needed. In other business the Council renewed the liquor license for The Lariat Bar for the first six months of 2020, recommended Ron Narum for another three-year term on the Sargent County Job Development Authority representing Rutland, Havana, Cogswell and Cayuga, and approved the financials as presented. The City Auditor reported that the Tree City USA renewal application is due by the end of the year; it is necessary so that the City is eligible for grants to help with removal and/or replacement of trees on City property. The Council discussed the matter of snow removal along Main Street noting damage to the Post Office mailbox and snow removal at the Rutland Oil lot which is not the City’s responsibility to clear. The City Council meets again in the next decade on Monday, January 6, 2020 – or does the next decade actually begin in 2021? That’s a whole other topic to explore.

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Hens Do Crow! Nov. 29, 2019

By Deborah Banish

Sargent Central High School volunteer day was Friday, November 22 (postponed from October due to the snow!). Twelve students helped in Rutland to clean the City Hall, Fire Hall, and Legion Hall. Thanks to the hard working group the City Hall floors shine like they haven’t shined for a while. There were items in the Legion left from Uffda Day that got moved and the Fitness Center equipment in the Legion also got a good cleaning. Seven of the twelve are from Rutland so it was good to get that home-town help.

Sargent Central ‘cleaning crew’
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Hens Do Crow! Nov. 15, 2019

By Deborah Banish and Bill Anderson

Paul Anderson departed Rutland on Thursday, October 31, bound for Punkin Center AZ via Fargo ND, Minneapolis MN, Phoenix AZ & Sun City West AZ. Paul visited at the Sun City West home of his mother-in-law, Etha Quinlan, on Friday & Saturday, November 1 & 2, before heading out for Punkin Center and the 45th Annual Arizona Hunt Club Quail Hunt from Sunday, November 3 to Friday, November 8. At the conclusion of the hunt, Paul retraced his steps and arrived back in Rutland on the evening of Saturday, November 9. At Punkin Center a dozen more members of the Arizona Hunt Club joined Paul for some long walks in the sun and some great campfire cooking. Among the North Dakota natives participating in this year’s gathering were: Cavalier ND native Lynn Hartje, now a resident of Punkin Center; Cayuga native Don Isensee, now a resident of Perham MN; Rutland native Bill Anderson, still at Rutland; Stanley ND native Don Hynek, now residing at Ventura CA; Cavalier ND native Rodger Kemp, now a resident of Minneapolis MN and Tucson AZ; and, Elgin ND native Barton Thompson, now a resident of Flagstaff AZ. Over the years other friends have been adopted into the group, and its members now span the continent, from Virginia to California. As many of the members of the group are military veterans, the final evening campfire of the gathering includes appropriate beverages and toasts to the health of the Army, Navy, Air Force & Marines, as well as the singing of the Marine Corps Hymn by all present. All in all, a good time was had by all, and justifiably so.

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Hens Do Crow! Nov. 8, 2019

Deborah Banish

The first Zumba session was held in the Rutland Community Center on Sunday, November 3rd. About twenty area residents – both young and old – came out for the exercise session and to have some fun. Zumba is a total-body exercise that is good for core strengthening and flexibility, so every participant gets a good workout. If you missed the first session be sure to join the group on the first Sunday of the month. Where else can you have a fun workout for only $1.00 per person?

The Rutland City Council held its regular meeting on Monday, November 4, with all members present. The City Engineer discussed the recent Emergency Lagoon project that has been completed. The Council approved payment to DL Barkie Construction to cover the work done to date. A final payment will be made in the spring to ensure that all work meets project specifications, and that the seeded grass emerges. There is a soft spot in the area; the contractor will make any necessary repairs or corrections needed in the spring. The City received the Community Development Block (CDBG) grant of $116,400 to cover the contractor expense. The first request for payment of $82,527.00 under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) was approved and received in October from the Bank of North Dakota to cover other project expenses. The Council approved the payment of bills and adopted the 2020 meeting calendar continuing with meetings on the first Monday of each month at 5 p.m. except for September due to the Labor Day Holiday. The next Council meeting will be Monday, December 2.

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Hens Do Crow! Nov. 1, 2019

By Deborah Banish

The Rutland Community Club (RCC) Freezer Meals program concluded with another ten women in the kitchen on Wednesday, October 23. Organized by RCC President Katie McLaen, this program has been done annually and is always a fun – and often needed – event for those who are lucky to register early enough. Katie is planning a similar event in January – Kids in the Kitchen – to get the youth started early in making good, nutritious meals and to get them involved early in what Rutland has to offer. Thanks to Katie and the Community Club for sponsoring these programs!

On Sunday, October 27, 2:00 p.m.,  the Rutland American Legion Auxiliary members went around town to “Trick or Treat”. The group included Carolyn Christensen, Joanne Harris, Pam Maloney and Taryn Jenson accompanied by Taryn’s children, Beckette and Cohen Jensen. The Rutland community provided a generous donation of blankets, warm coats, gloves, scarves, stocking caps, and bags of men’s and women’s clothing and $285.00 in cash donations. Now the group will box up all the items and deliver them to the Gladys Ray Shelter for Homeless Veterans. It will take a couple trips to transfer all the items so if anyone still wants to donate there is time – just contact Carolyn Christensen.

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Water, Water, Everywhere

October 26, 2019

Below is the latest update from the Sargent County Emergency Management Office on County road closings. Be safe out there.

Sargent County Road Updates:

County Road 5 east of Brampton under water due to Wild Rice.

Road to Meszaro Slough closed.

Bowan Township

  • Road closed 86 St. SE near 131st St. SE near Waloch residence; water over roadway and impassable
  • 85th St. between sections (6-7) west end 800 feet of water over the road
  • Road Closed 90th St. SE west of the intersection of 130th Ave SE and 90th St. SE
  • Road Closed 90th St SE ; south west side of section 36.  
  • Road closed 131 Ave. SE (corner of section 2 and section 1)

Brampton Township

  • Road Closed north of section 31.  101st St. SE from 120th Ave. SE to east of Gene Thompsons.

Forman Township

  • 94th St. between sections (20-29) and sections (22-27)

Kingston Township

  • Road Closed south of Highway 11 (north of intersection 93rd St. SE and 147th Ave SE)

Marboe Township

  • Road closed northwest corner of section 24 on 101st St. SE.

Rutland Township

  • Road closed intersection of 90th St. and 136 Ave.
  • Road closed 133 Ave. east side of section 31.
  • Road closed 96th St. South side of section 35.

Sargent Township

  • Road Closed West side of Cogswell, north of highway 11/west of 124th Ave. SE
  • Road Closed north side of section 1 between 125th and 126th Ave. SE
  • Road Closed north side of section 9; between 122nd Ave. SE and 123rd Ave. SE
  • Road Closed north side of section 16; between 122nd Ave. SE and 123rd Ave. SE
  • Road Closed north side of section 23; between 124th Ave. SE and 125th Ave. SE
  • Road Closed west side of section 23; between 93rd St. SE and 94th St. SE

Shuman Township

  • Road Closed 85th St. SE between 138th Ave. SE and 140th Ave. SE on the south side of both sections 6 and 5.
  • Road Closed 141st Ave. SE between 86th St. SE and 87th St. SE. Road in between sections 16 and 15.
  • Road Closed south side of Kandiotta Lake.  Road closed is 86th St. SE between 138th Ave. SE and 140th Ave. SE.

Taylor Township

  • Road Closed north of intersection 97th St. SE and 128th Ave. SE. (Sections 6 and 5)
  • Road Closed 128th Ave. SE starting at section 4 all the way east to highway 32.
  • Road Closed north of the intersection 96th St. SE and 130th Ave. SE. (sections 10 and 11)

  Weber Township

  • Road closed Intersection of 96th St. SE and 136th Ave. SE