Relay for Life Schedule

The Sargent County Relay for Life events and activities have been finalized. This year’s Relay will be in Rutland on June 10 and 11, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The schedule of events include:

  • 5:00 p.m. — Survivor Social in the Hall
  • 5:30 p.m. — Team Concessions Open
  • 6:00 p.m. — Opening Ceremony
      • Lighting of the Torch by the Honorary Chair
      • Survivor Lap
      • Caregivers Lap
      • Team Lap
  • 8:00 p.m. — Silent Auction Begins along with Kids Games and Big Kids Games
  • 10:00 p.m. — Luminaria Ceremony
  • 11:00 p.m. — Fireworks (provided by Lars’ Fireworks)
  • 12:00 a.m. — Stage Show — “Minute to Win It” Team Competition
  • 5:00 a.m. — Closing Ceremony

Each team is sponsoring a food booth, there will be games for kids and adults as well, and the silent auction items are other reasons to get out and support the teams and the cause.

Easter Egg Hunt

On Saturday we attended the annual Rutland Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Leinen family.  They have been doing this event for several years and it always seems to be bigger and better than the last.  This year, once again, the event was held in the Hall due to the flooding at the Sanderson Field.  The setting also seems to make it more inviting for kids, parents, grandparents, and other residents who watch the kids.  There are always refreshments and homemade goodies to help pass the time leading up to the serious activity.

This year, 30 children participated in the Hunt – kids from Rutland, Forman, Havana and other nearby towns and as far away as Texas.  The young toddlers always get a head start at 10:00 a.m. and they cleared out the entry to the Hall where eggs were on the railings and along the floor leading to the main entrance.  Then, the older kids came running into the Hall and quickly finished clearing the floor and “bunny huts” of the plastic eggs – all 526 colored eggs strewn around the Hall.

After the hunt, the drawings were held for numerous prizes and games.  Three “big” prizes were also awarded.  The two bicycles were won  by Braden Siemieniewski and Eli Donaldson; the bocce ball set was won by Tyler Banish.

Thanks to Jerry and Jeanne Leinen, Shari and Jim Brown and all the Leinen family members for another successful Egg Hunt. It was a fun (and quick) event but it brings a glimmer of hope that Spring really is not that far behind.

Rutland Rockets Sale

The Rutland Rockets will be hosting a free-will Rummage Sale & Bake Sale on Saturday, May 7th, 9:00-Noon, at Nordland Lutheran Parish Hall, Rutland. They are also sponsoring a “Winners Board” at the Lariat Bar, Rutland. (There will be 5 $100 winners…100 squares at $10/square.) They will also be selling raffle tickets…details to follow. Contact Bonnie Anderson (724-3617) or Wendy Jacobson (724-3975).

Donations of baked goods and gently-used items would be appreciated. Donated items can be dropped off at the Nordland Lutheran Parish Hall, Thursday, May 5, 9:00am – Friday, May 6, 6:00pm. Baked goods may be dropped off until Saturday, May 7th, 9:00am

If you want to join our Relay for Life team, please sign up at the Sargent County Relay for Life website.

Relay for Life Kick-Off

RFL Kick-OffThe Sargent County Relay for Life (RFL) Kick-Off was held Sunday, February 13, at the Nordland Lutheran Church. This was an opportunity for individuals to get information on the event, find out how to register and form teams and also received ideas on team fundraisers. The 2011 Sargent County RFL will be June 10 and 11 in Rutland, starting at Rutland Town Hall.  Each team will have a stand selling food and wares, there wil be a silent auction in the Hall, and entertainment throughout the evening. This will be an “all nighter” from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. If you want to find out more, check the RFL website for information on starting or joining a team or making a donation to participants.

Relay began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay has grown from a single man’s passion to fight cancer into the world’s largest movement to end the disease. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 20 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Thanks to Relay participants, the American Cancer Society continues to save lives.

Pinochle Tourney

Pinochle TourneyLast Saturday, February 5, Rutland hosted the 16th Annual Anderson Family Pinochle Tournament.  Sixty teams made it into town and spent the day in the Rutland Town Hall playing in the Partners Pinochle Tourney.  Players came from far and wide for this annual event — Rutland, Gwinner, Forman, Wahpeton, Sioux Falls and even Texas.  First deal started at 9 a.m. and the first 8 rounds were finished by noon. 

Players and workers alike enjoyed the scalloped potatoes and ham, beans, ham sandwiches, and a wide selection of homemade bars.  The Rutland Community Club once again met the challenge of providing the food for the nearly 150 individuals.  It was a close call but there was just enough scalloped potatoes to go around — the cold weather and invigorating games brought out the hunger in everyone.  Next year we will tweak the menu – keep the scalloped potatoes (and make more roasters!) and maybe provide a salad of some type.  It’s always a learning event each year. Hands resumed about 1 p.m. and the next 8 rounds lasted until about 4 p.m.

As the scores were checked and tallied the Anderson Family awarded several prizes.  Gift certificates for The Lariat and Rutland General Store were handed out as were prizes from Four Seasons, the Fargo Force and other donors.  When the scores were tallied, the women took top honors as the winning team was from Wahpeton — Becki Beach and Kay Christenson.  Teams placing in the top 18 (and the last place team) all received prizes.

Thanks to everyone who helped out in the kitchen and a special thanks to the children of Rudy and Edna Anderson who continue with this event in their memory.

NLC 125th

Nordland Lutheran Church celebrated its 125th Anniversary on the weekend of July 10 and July 11 beginning with a pie and ice cream social in the church parish hall on Saturday and a hymn sing and outdoor games for all during this time.

Sunday, July 11, began with a celebratory worship service followed by a free will dinner at City Hall.   Check out these photos courtesy of Annette Malheim Kisser!

Afternoon Fellowship

Noon Meal at the Town Hall