Hens Do Crow! Dec. 11, 2020

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Rutland thanks to the elves who installed the new snowflake lights along First Street. Last week, Jake Erickson and Evan Huemiller hung the decorations while Nick McLaen actually read the instructions on how they were to be installed. (We know guys do not usually read the instructions first, right gals!). A huge thanks also goes to the Rutland Community Club which purchased the decorations earlier this year. The Christmas lights will light up the night for residents and visitors alike for several weeks.

The coronavirus has been cutting a swath through North Dakota for the past several weeks, and it has not passed Rutland by. Roger Pearson of this community has been in the hospital battling the effects of the virus, plus pneumonia, since Thursday, December 3. As of Monday, December 7, he was at Sanford Hospital on Broadway in Fargo. Roger said that the nurses had him sitting in a recliner, drinking Coca-Cola and watching TV, so it was almost like being home. Roger is a member of RHS Class of 1958.

Larry Christensen reports that his cousin, Rutland native Ed Christensen of Bismarck, was recently released from the hospital there, after being besieged by Covid-19 for several weeks. Ed is a 1961 graduate of RHS. 

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Hens Do Crow! Dec. 4, 2020

The Sargent County 4-H Awards Program was held virtually over Zoom on November 22. The program is usually held in Forman with an audience of members, parents, and grandparents but things were changed this year. The Sargent County Extension Office staff did a wonderful job coordinating the event. The program began with the 4-H Club Leader Awards, the Friend of 4-H Award, and First Year Member Awards. Several 4-H Contest Awards were presented for Crops and Horse Judging, the Horse Quiz Bowl, and the Sargent County Communication Award. The Project Awards, Interview Awards and Membership Awards were presented to deserving youth who had entered the 4-H Achievement Days that were also held virtually in July. Congratulations to the Rutland Raiders 4-H Members who took home over twenty awards in the various categories.

On Saturday, December 5th, The Lariat Bar was going to celebrate owner Pete’s birthday by hosting an ugly sweater party and karaoke. However, with the limited capacity and early closing hours they have decided to change things up. They will still celebrate Pete’s birthday and have an Ugly Sweater Party and Karaoke just a bit earlier. Stop on by for a few drinks, sing a song or two and have a great meal all starting at 3 pm. And do not forget to wear your ugliest sweater and wish Pete a happy birthday! Hope to see you all there!

The Rutland City Council will hold its last meeting of 2020 on Monday, December 7, starting at 5 p.m. Council meetings are always open to the public. Social distancing is maintained.

Santa Claus is making alternative travel and visitation plans during this year of COVID-19. With the change in his plans, the Rutland Community Club will not be hosting a visit to the Rutland Hall this December. Like the Elf on the Shelf this year that has to be quarantined for 14 days before making his rounds, Santa can not squeeze in all the time for the visits with quarantine rules. Santa is making a plan for his safe visits to homes this winter, so you better be good!

That is all the news from Rutland this week. Stay warm and be safe.

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” or on the rutlandnd.com website in the “Recent News” on the Sargent County Survey. Do not delay!

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The Rooster Crows – November 6, 2020

By Bill Anderson

Well, here we are at Election Day 2020, finally.  As this column is being written, Americans are already heading to the polls on the East Coast, and by this time next week the votes will have been counted and canvassed, so who the voters chose, and who they rejected, will be known for sure, we think, maybe. Mother Nature chased Old Man Winter out of the house for the week, providing a beautiful series of Indian Summer days for the voters to cast their ballots and either celebrate their victories or mourn their losses. Voter turnout is expected to be at a record level, as more than 97 million Americans had already voted by mail, or in early voting, prior to Election Day. Some States had already exceeded their 2016 totals by Election Day 2020. What does it all mean? Well, don’t worry, we will have self-styled political experts, commentators and historians explaining it to us for the next century, and we will be able to take our pick of the opinions offered.  The one thing that most Americans are thankful for, though, is that it is over, for a few days at least. The 2024 campaign begins when the polls close on Election Day! The next election, like this one, will be the most important in our lifetime.

Like the 2020 political campaign, the 2020 harvest campaign is winding down in the Rutland area. There are still a few corn fields standing, and even a field or 2 of soybeans, but, for the most part, the 2020 harvest is in the bin and the proceeds are in the sock. Yields of 180 bushels per acre for corn and 40 bushels per acre for soybeans are considered to be “OK” these days, and reports are that yields for 2020 are in the “OK” to “way too good to talk about” category. As usual, there’s always something to take the glow off the occasion, though, and this year, again as usual, the price is too low.  Well, farmers are nothing if they’re not optimists, and there is another year coming. As the late Dave Hoflen of this community often noted, “There have been two good years in North Dakota, 1914 and next year.” So, we have a chance at the best year ever coming up in 2021, but you have to play the game if you want to be a winner.

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Growing Small Towns

Hey, Rutland residents!

We want to hear from YOU!

What do you want for the future of Rutland and Sargent County?

We are excited to be partnering with Growing Small Towns, a new 501(c)(3) located in Oakes to create programs, education, and events to help you and businesses in Sargent County grow.

Will you help us out?

Click this link: Sargent County Survey and tell us what you think!

After you submit your answers—they’re totally anonymous, by the way—share this post on your social media and encourage others to participate!

No matter your age, vocation, or experience, your voice matters.

Thank you for helping us create a brighter future for Rutland and Sargent County.

We are collecting responses through Friday, November 20.

The Rooster Crows — October 30, 2020

By Bill Anderson

Last week’s weather report in this column was way too optimistic. Old Man Winter not only sent his calling card, he sent a load of furniture and started moving in for the season. Anywhere from 6 to 8 inches of new snow on Wednesday, October 21, was added to the two to four inches that had blanketed the area on Monday, October 19, giving Rutland and vicinity the appearance of full-blown Winter. Additionally, the temperature has not ventured above the freezing mark since last Wednesday, either, adding the feel of Winter to the appearance. The forecast is calling for the mercury to climb back up into the 40’s for Halloween on Saturday, October 31, and the return of Central Standard Time at 2:00 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, November 1. The end of Daylight Saving Time brings up another matter that needs discussing: if Daylight Saving Time is in effect for nearly eight months, and Standard Time is in effect for only about four months, why isn’t Daylight Saving Time called Standard Time, and the period of Standard Time called something else, Daylight Spending Time, perhaps? Back during the first OPEC Oil Embargo in 1973, then President Nixon imposed year-round Daylight Saving Time on the nation, an unpopular move that neither saved nor spent even one lumen of daylight. As we recall, Nixon liked to work in the dark, though, and that may have been a factor that contributed to the early end of his Presidency in August of 1974, about 2½ years before the end of his second term in the White House. Well, he said that he wasn’t a crook, and he did manage to prove that he wasn’t a very good one. So, let’s see now, where were we?  Oh yes, Winter! Well, it’s here, and it’s not welcome, and that’s all we’re going to say about that!

Peter and Michelle Denault, and their staff at the Lariat Bar, have made a very good impression on the community since they first reopened the establishment on Friday, October 16. In addition to a fine selection of beverages, the Denaults have also been providing some outstanding dining from the grill. For information about hours and menu items call the Lariat Bar at 724-6239. Everybody is welcome at The Lariat!

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