2020 Census

The 2020 Census forms have been mailed out to households in Rutland. Please complete your census form as soon as possible. If you need assistance in completing and submitting the form, please contact the Rutland City Auditor at 701-724-3081 and leave a message. It is important for everyone to be counted!

11.7% of Rutland residents have reported as of 11 a.m. today. Let’s get that number higher.

You can check our progress here – select North Dakota and then link on Cities and find Rutland.

Hens Do Crow! Jan. 31, 2020

By Deborah Banish

This is the one of the big weekends in Rutland. Sonja Christensen reported there are now more than 40 teams registered for the Pinochle Tournament on Saturday, February 1. The Rutland Community Club will be serving a noon meal and afternoon snacks. Watch for details next week on the names of the big winners. It is always a fun weekend in Rutland!

The American Legion breakfast slated for Sunday, February 2, has been cancelled so everyone now has a free Sunday to gear up for Superbowl– or for a quiet Sunday evening at home.

The Rutland Blood Drive will be held at the Town Hall on Thursday, February 6, sponsored by the Rutland Community Club. Call Janet Kiefer, Diane Smith or Sheila Wyum to sign up to donate. You can also sign up online at bloodhero.com and use the sponsor code rutland. Walk-ins are welcome so be sure to come on in to donate blood and snack on some have some great homemade treats and beverages after.

Just a reminder that this coming week, on Friday, February 7th, the Rutland Community Club will be hosting the live improv comedy troupe, The LineBenders. The Lariat Bar will sell homemade pizza by the slice and there will be a cash bar. Tickets at the door are $10.00. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Mark your calendar for a fun night in town!

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it – so you better plan to treat your sweetheart to an afternoon or evening out that Friday.  St. Mary’s Church in Forman will be holding their annual Valentine Luncheon on the 14th at the Parish Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The price is $8.00. They will be serving open-faced sandwiches, salads, desserts, coffee and punch and there will also be door prizes.

That’s it for this week from Rutland. The Rutland City Council will hold its next meeting on Monday, February 3, at 5:00 p.m. and the Rutland Community Club will meet on Monday, February 10. Check out other upcoming events in Rutland on the City website at www.rutlandnd.com. There are some fun events in March including the Sportsman’s Club Fish Fry on the 6th and the Rutland Community Club Fun Night on March 15th.

The Rooster Crows – December 27, 2019

By Bill Anderson

Mother Nature bestowed an early Christmas present on Rutland and vicinity by pushing the temperature into the upper 30’s, nearly to 40 degrees, on the first 2 days of Winter, Saturday, December 21 and Sunday, December 22. The forecast for the rest of the week is for a little cooler weather, but nothing that could be categorized as unbearable. There is still enough snow for Santa’s sleigh, and that’s what counts.

Shawn Klein, Manager of the Sargent County Bank’s Rutland Station, hosted a Christmas Open House for Bank Patrons on Friday, December 13. Shawn served coffee, hot cider and an assortment of cookies to those who stopped in. Bank patrons also participated in a door prize drawing during the open house. Door prize winners were: Karla Breker; Vern Liest; Jim Lunneborg; Lyle Erickson; Mary Ann Levery; & Dave Bladow. Shawn, as well as the Bank’s management & staff, extends best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year to the Bank’s many customers in the Rutland community.

Rutland Postmaster Lori McLaen also treated patrons of the local Post Office to a Christmas Open House on Wednesday, December 18. Patrons who stopped in were treated to Christmas cookies, punch and a big “Merry Christmas” from Lori. Although the U. S. Postal Service is currently running an advertising campaign touting as one of its benefits that “You’ll never have to go to the Post Office again,” here in Rutland a visit to the Post Office is a rather pleasant experience that folks here don’t mind at all.

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Waiting for the Train

By Bill Anderson

Written December 20, 1999; Revised December 23, 2019

When we were kids, back in the early 1950’s, growing up in a small town in southeastern North Dakota, the rhythm of our lives was governed, to a large extent, by the schedule of the Great Northern Railway Company. Our father, Earl Anderson, was the station agent/telegrapher for the Great Northern in our hometown of Rutland, North Dakota. His schedule was set by the Great Northern and our schedule was set by him. Back then railroad trains ran on schedules, with arrival and departure times calculated down to the minute. Tough conductors like Shag Lehmann and Herb Cochrane would cuss a blue streak if their train arrived in the station as little as a minute or 2 ahead or behind the scheduled time, and woe be unto the locomotive engineer or brakeman who was responsible for the deviation. Back in 1951, you could tell what time it was by the freight train steam whistle or the passenger train air horn as it came into town or departed with a load of freight, passengers, cream cans and U. S. mail. It’s not that way anymore. Now, a person can’t even determine the time of the year by the arrival or departure of trains on the Rutland branch line. As the late Ahrlin Hoffman commented some years ago, “I used to set my watch by the old Great Northern, then, one day, I came into town and discovered I was two months late.”

Back in the 1940’s and 1950’s the trains ran on schedule every day, holidays being no exception, and the men who worked for the railroad were on duty whenever the company said they were needed. As the railroad’s agent and telegrapher, Dad had to be at the depot when trains were scheduled to arrive. Everybody knew the train schedule and, a lot of times, folks would go down to the depot in the evening to “meet the passenger train” just to see who got on and who got off. The arrival of the eastbound evening passenger train from Aberdeen was always looked forward to with anticipation. Everything from freight to passengers to postcards moved by rail in those days, and folks were always looking forward to either sending or receiving something. You could drop an envelope containing your order to the Sears Roebuck or Montgomery Ward Companies into the slot on the side of the eastbound passenger train’s Railway Post Office car on Tuesday evening, and expect the items you had ordered to arrive with the U.S. Mail on Thursday morning. All it took to send a First Class letter back then was a 3 cent stamp. Is today’s internet service any better than that? It’s certainly not any easier.

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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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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