Seize the Day! September 3, 2021

For more information contact:   Cindy Klapperich 701-824-3355

SEIZE THE DAY!  (For publication in The Sargent County Teller,  09/03/2021 issue.)

Planning Ahead, Looking Forward and Gearing Up

During my junior and senior years in high school, I was a member of the Future Homemakers of America (FHA).  At that time, the student organization was tied to Home Economics classes.  Since then, Home Economics has become known as Family and Consumer Sciences, and FHA has become FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America).

One of the biggest lessons I learned while in FHA was the value and importance of planning.  In fact, we used a process, known as the IMPACT process, to navigate the steps in the planning process.  IMPACT was an acronym for “I Make Plans And Carry Through.”

At this time, I am in the midst of planning and preparing for fall/winter activities.  Three of them are:

  • High Tunnel Workshop.   This September 21 workshop is an undertaking of the Wild Rice Soil Conservation District.  It will include mini-sessions on FSA and NRCS programs, Pest Management, Micro-Irrigation and Rainfall Collection for High Tunnels, CSA Production, Marketing and Sales, and Using & Marketing Fresh Produce.  For more information contact Matt Olson at the Wild Rice SCD office by calling 701-724-6226 or visiting the website at
  • Lead Local.  This training will engage participants in activities designed to help them develop and maximize their skills for working effectively with people in groups and organizations, at work and at home.  The highly interactive training has been proven to be of great benefit for new, seasoned, and aspiring members of councils, boards and committees.  Registration is open until September 14, and the workshop is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, September 28.  For more information or to register, visit, or contact NDSU Extension by calling 701-724-3355 or emailing
  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers.   This online course is scheduled to begin December 1.  Registration is open until November 17.  The course is designed to help caregivers gain skills to help themselves thrive, not just survive.  It is based on the premise that when caregivers take good care of themselves, everyone benefits.  Participants will learn strategies to reduce stress, increase self-confidence and the ability to make difficult decisions, and create life balance.  They will also increase their ability to communicate clearly, especially when strong feelings or emotions are present.  For more information or to register, visit, or contact NDSU Extension by calling 701-724-3355 or emailing

Some of the other upcoming opportunities are listed below.  Call NDSU Extension (701-724-3355) or email for more information about any of them.

  • Building Tomorrow’s Leaders classes (starting Sept. 13)
  • High Tunnel Workshop (September 21)
  • Lead Local (September 28)
  • Sargent County 4-H Council (September 30)
  • National 4-H Week (October 3-9)
  • Sargent County 4-H Leader Meeting (October 4)
  • Multi-county 4-H Volunteer Project Training in Jamestown (November 10)
  • Sargent County 4-H Family Fun Night and Awards Event (November 21)
  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers online class (starts December 1)
  • NDSU/Sargent County Extension Advisory Council meeting (December date TBD)

Rutland Raiders Rock! July 2011

Congratulations to the Rutland Raiders 4-Hers who participated in the July 2011 Sargent County Fair and especially to all the Purple Ribbon winners. In the Static Display category, the Rutland Rockets managed to get 10 of the 40 purple ribbons and paraded their wares for the premium sale: K-nex Rollercoaster – Tyler B.; Farm to Table Display – Emma G.; Leather Shield – Thomas M.; Raspberry Pie – Hailey H.; Flower Pot – Emma G.; Wagon (welding) – Jacob M.; Raspberry Muffins – Emma G.; Braided Bread – Hailey H.; Yellow Onions – Emma G.; and Beets – Emma G. Emma G. also received a purple ribbon for her calf.

The kids deserve a big round of applause.  We look forward to seeing their accomplishments each and every year at the Sargent County Fair.

Communication Arts

May 11, 2011

Last week, Sargent County 4-H held the Communication Arts Program competition in Forman. This year the Rutland Raiders had a strong representation at the event and everyone did a great job. Three Cloverbuds – Tony B, Emily H, and Emma G – all presented readings and did well. Tyler B and Thomas M made their pitches in their individual commercials to sell their product. Jacob M gave a demonstration with his science fair project on melting ice. Two others County 4-H-ers – Marisa Smith and Justine Smith – participated in the event. All but the Cloverbuds will proceed to the regionals in Lisbon in June. Good Luck Sargent County 4H-ers.

4-H Activity Day

Several Rutland 4-H-ers headed to Lisbon for the Southeast Activity Day sponsored by the Ransom-Sargent County Extension/4H program to get a start on their entries for this year’s county fair. Despite the weather, many students and the instructors made it to Lisbon and worked wholeheartedly all day on their crafts. My sons were able to take carpentry, wood burning and wood art classes and the girls worked on window decorations and other projects. In addition to those projects, other classes offered included cake decorating, scrapbooking, ceramics and it appears to have been another successful event. Now that the kids have gotten started on their fair projects, they are eager to do more.