The Rooster Crows – October 23, 2020

By Bill Anderson

Mother Nature told Rutland and vicinity that “Enough is enough!” last week as she flipped the switch and turned off the pleasant autumn weather that had lulled some into thinking that Winter might never arrive this year. Old Man Winter hasn’t made his entrance, yet, but the sub-freezing temperatures at night, along with some cold rain showers, and even some light snow showers, are the calling cards announcing his intention to pay a visit in the near future. The cooler weather, along with harvest action, has livened up the whitetail deer bow hunting season, though, as more deer have gotten in the mood and are on the move. Jesse Brakke, with the advice and assistance of his great-nephew, Brody Mahrer, bagged a nice 4-point buck on the old Carl Christianson Farm in the SE¼ of Section 16 in Ransom Township last week, and other bow hunters have also reported success in the past several days. Those afield with shotguns, seeking the elusive ringneck pheasant have also been reporting good shooting in recent days. With nearly all of the soybeans and much of the corn in this area harvested and in the bin, the birds are now showing up and surrendering to their pursuers. The hunter still has to shoot straight, and the assistance of a good dog adds to the chances of success, but 2020 is shaping up to be the best year for pheasants in this area for quite some time.

Joe Breker reported that harvest activities on the Breker Farm south of Rutland wrapped up last week, the earliest harvest conclusion in many years. Joe said that all of the corn was dry enough to put in the bin right out of the field, eliminating the cost of drying that often adds to the expense of harvest. Joe practices “No Till Farming,” so his Fall tillage is done, too.

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Hens Do Crow! Oct. 9, 2020

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.

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Hens Do Crow! Oct. 2, 2020

Debbie Liermark of this community informed friends here last week that she has resigned from her position as a Regional Manager for the Dollar General Store chain of stores and has accepted a new position as Regional Manager for the Casey’s chain of convenience stores in southeastern North Dakota. She will be overseeing twenty stores, she said, with four of them situated in Fargo. The Casey’s stores in Ellendale, Oakes and Lisbon will also be in her territory. In addition, Debbie says that Casey’s is planning to expand the number of its stores in her region. Ms. Liermark’s many friends here wish her well in her new venture.

Dick Meyers informed friends here on Monday, September 28, that “The Family Committee” and the falling temperatures have encouraged him to commence his annual migration to the sunny southwest on Tuesday, September 29. He plans to spend a few weeks visiting at the homes of his son and 3 daughters in Minnesota before taking wing to Phoenix AZ and his winter roost in Sun City. Dick says that he plans to be back in Rutland by Memorial Day 2021, when he expects the covid-19 pandemic to be an unpleasant, and fading, memory. In the meantime, he will be practicing his golf swing in preparation for next year’s “Seniors’ Tour.”

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The Rooster Crows – September 25, 2020

By Bill Anderson

Back on Monday, September 14, Dick Meyers of this community reported that on Saturday, September 12, he had raised a glass and drunk a toast to the memory of LT George Rammer, USMC, a solemn ritual that he has observed, faithfully, every September 12th since 1951. Back on September 12, 1951, Dick had been a 19-year-old machine gunner serving with Company I, then called “Item” Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Regiment, 1st Marine Division, in the Republic of Korea. American and United Nations forces in Korea had been advancing northward, pushing the Chinese Army off one objective after another until a particularly nasty piece of terrain called “The Punchbowl” was reached. Here the Chinese made a stand. The Punchbowl consisted of a low basin surrounded by rugged mountain ridges and peaks, and the Chinese held the high ground. The Marines had been assigned the mission of capturing The Punchbowl and of forcing Chinese forces to either retreat or die trying. On September 12, 1951, 2nd Platoon of Item Company was the tip of the spear, assigned to lead the assault, and LT George Rammer was 2nd Platoon’s Commander. Lt Rammer was a Navy veteran of World War II, Dick recalled, but when the Korean War broke out in June of 1950 he had volunteered for service with the Marines, had earned a Lieutenant’s commission and had been assigned as a Rifle Platoon Commander with Item Company. LT Rammer led 2nd Platoon, Item Company, the 2nd Battalion, the 7th Regiment and, ultimately the entire 1st Marine Division in the assault on the key position needed to capture The Punchbowl. Dick said that when he last saw the Lieutenant on that violent day, September 12, 1951, “…he was moving up the hill, not down; forward, not back.” With LT Rammer’s courageous leadership, the Marines carried the crest, carried the day, won the battle, and captured their objective, but LT Rammer was killed in action before the fighting was done that day. He was later posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for service above and beyond the call of duty. Sometime earlier, another young man well known in this community, Dean “Bobby” Paulson, also serving with the 2nd Battalion of the 7th Marine Regiment, had been seriously wounded in action against the Chinese. Bob was the grandson of the late Hans & Lena Brown of Rutland, and Dick and Bob had been boyhood friends in Rutland. Dick had helped carry Bob to the Aid Station where he was set to the side under the triage system for treating the wounded, as he was not expected to recover. Bob did beat the odds, though, and he did recover, although he carried Chinese shrapnel in his body, and the scars of war both inside and out for the rest of his life. Dick himself was later wounded in action, recovered from his wound, and returned to duty with the Marines until the completion of his enlistment. Back in 1951, George Rammer was in his mid-20’s, and Dick Meyers & Bob Paulson were both 19 years old. There are some people in this country who describe men like George Rammer, Bobby Paulson, and Dick Meyers as “suckers” and “losers,” but here, in Rutland, we call them friends, family and American Heroes. Thank you for your service to our country and our community, Dick. We are proud that you are one of ours, one of us. Semper Fidelis, Marine!

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Hens Do Crow – Sept. 18, 2020

People flocked to Rutland on Sunday, September 13, for the last Farmers Market of the 2020 season. There were thirteen vendors with fresh garden produce, beef products, canned and homemade goods along with education displays from the Sargent County Extension Office. The Rutland American Legion Auxiliary quickly sold out of their homemade goods and Diggers BBQ had another sold-out event. Everyone agrees that the Farmers Markets have been a welcome and successful event in Rutland and the word is that the Rutland Community Club plans to hold them again in 2021.

The Rutland City Council met on Monday, September 14th at City Hall, beginning with a public hearing on the 2021 budget. Following the budget hearing, the Council held its regular meeting and began with welcoming new member Colton Corry who had been appointed to the two-year vacancy on the Council. Bill Anderson attended the meeting and stressed the importance of every Rutland citizen being counted in the 2020 Census. He noted that everyone living in the US is required by law to be counted and it is important so that the City, County and State, receive their share of Federal funding. People are only required to respond to the questions regarding residency – that they live at the address and to report the other individuals who also live at the address. A telephone tree may be needed in Rutland to get an accurate count; the Census count ends September 30. The Council approved the 2021 budget, the City financial report and the payment of bills. The next City Council meeting will be Monday, October 5.

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Hens Do Crow! Sept. 11, 2020

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Virtual Musclewalk was Saturday, September 5, and Royce & Piper’s Rad Posse of friends and family members could be seen in their bright blue T-shirts as they walked through Rutland.  The Nelson’s, Maloney’s, Jacobson’s, Christensen’s, and other Rutland residents took time on the sunny afternoon to support the cause. This year’s event was done virtually due to the pandemic and they hope to have the MDA in-person walk again in 2021. The Rutland fundraising effort raised nearly $4000.00 to support MDA.  Congratulations to the Rad Posse for their annual participation and fundraising!

On Sunday, September 6, the Nordland Lutheran Church congregation welcomed Pastor Julie Johnson who began her ministry with the TNT Parish. The TNT Parish is comprised of Nordland Lutheran in Rutland along with Trinity Lutheran Church in Forman and Trinity Lutheran in Havana. Pastor Julie is a familiar face to many from this area where she grew up, but it has been over 40 years since she lived here. Her parents were Orville and Lila Nelson, who owned a farm not far from Silver Lake. Pastor Julie graduated from Sargent Central High School and then moved from the area. She has three children who live in Fargo. Pastor Julie most recently served the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church congregation in Hillsboro, ND. Welcome back home Pastor Julie!

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