The Rooster Crows – Dec. 16, 2022

By Bill Anderson

“The Lariat Is Back! Long Live The Lariat!” proclaimed Paul Anderson, President of the Board of Managers of Rutland Improvement d/b/a The Lariat Bar LLC on the evening of Friday, December 9, as shareholders and guests gathered to officially reopen the business and provide a “shakedown” cruise for newly hired employees and newly installed equipment. As expected, there were a few problems getting the new, electronic Point Of Sale (POS) system to properly interface withwaitresses and bartenders, but those problems were ironed out as the evening went on. The older technologies – a beer glass is still a beer glass, a bottle is still a bottle and a pizza oven is still a pizza oven – worked right off, without a hitch. In the Kitchen, the full menu that is intended to be offered to the public is not yet available, but customers were pleased to have a full line of appetizers and pizzas available during the first night of operations. The Lariat opened its doors to the public at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, with Silvia Brooks behind the bar, and business was booming from the moment the first customer came through the door until the bar closed at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. “I am a very happy man,” stated Jerry Woytassek, as he surveyed the full tables and the lineup at the bar. Jerry, along with his wife, Patty, is among the 41 shareholders who acquired The Lariat’s building, equipment & furniture from The Stockgrowers Bank earlier this past Fall, and has been working to get it ready to reopen ever since. Even Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus, alias Alwood & Jeri Huckell, came to Rutland from their Summer home in Fort Ransom to participate in opening night festivities. With its 2 jumbo TV screens available, one in the main barroom and one in the back room, it is likely that Santa and his Mrs. will be stopping by again before the football season is over. Bar Manager Sue Kaehler expressed her appreciation to all those who came in to make The Lariat Bar’s revival weekend a big success. It is intended that The Lariat Bar will be open 7 days a week, with abbreviated hours on Sunday. In addition to Ms. Kaehler, some of those on the staff include: Silvia Brooks; Tyler Weatherby; Courtney Setter; Tony Banish; Nicole Flannery; Heidi Siemieniewski; and, Shauna Bergh. The Lariat Bar and its predecessors has been Community central in Rutland since Jack Prindiville first poured a shot of whiskey in Prindiville’s Saloon back in October of 1886. The Rutland community is pleased and proud to have The Lariat Bar as an integral part of the community once again.

For the 2nd time in a month, Rutland & vicinity were hammered by a major winter storm, beginning with rain and high wind on the evening of Monday, December 12, changing to snow and high wind on Tuesday, December 13. The storm, moving up from the mountains of Colorado through Nebraska, was predicted to last through Thursday, December 15. Rutland folks woke up to about 9” of new snow that was about the same consistency as wet cement on Wednesday morning. The wet, heavy snow is expected to be tough on pheasants and other wildlife, but just what the doctor ordered for drought parched pastures and fields. It is wet enough, and heavy enough, to stay put once it touches down. The hard packed snow over a sheet of ice has made travel hazardous, and both motorists and pedestrians are advised to proceed with caution. Students at the Sargent Central School system were disappointed that the storm forced the cancellation of classes on Tuesday and Wednesday, but all successfully managed to hide their disappointment behind big smiles and shouts of happiness as they created snow fortresses and snowmen from the material provided by Mother Nature.

Mike Harris; Andy Harris; and, Bill Anderson; stopped in at the PAM Rehab Center in south Fargo on the afternoon of Thursday, December 8, to visit with Doug Spieker who was there recuperating from the effects of a fractured hip. Doug reported that the rehabilitation therapy had been effective, and that he anticipated being back at his Tewaukon Township farm home the next day, Friday, December 9. Doug’s many friends in Rutland know that he is as tough as nails, and that he will be in town, checking out The Lariat, in the near future.

After several years of unsuccessfully applying for financial assistance to aid with the repair and replacement of damaged sidewalks adjacent to Rutland’s Main Street, Rutland City Auditor Debbie Banish would have been justified to have just given up. Giving up is not in Debbie’s constitution, though, so she kept trying. Finally, her perserverance has paid off. On Monday, December 12, 2022, the City received word that it has been awarded more than $147,000.00 to assist with the sidewalk improvement project. The grant is part of the Federally funded Local Transportation Alternatives Program (LTAP), and it is expected that bids for the work that needs to be done will be solicited this coming Spring.

Mike Anderson; Mike Harris; Ione Pherson; and, Norman Preble; Rutland folks with birthdays during the month of December, were honored at the Rutland Seniors’ Center during morning coffee on Monday, December 12, with a big, thickly frosted birthday cake prepared by the birthday girl herself, Ione Pherson. Friends present entertained the birthday gang with a chorus of the “Happy Birthday” song and many good wishes. All of those honored are over the age of 21.

“Oh, you better be good, you better not cry, you better not pout, and I’m telling you why, ‘cause Santa Claus is comin’ to town!” Santa Claus is scheduled to make his 77th annual pre-Christmas visit to Rutland on Santa Claus Day, Saturday, December 17. According to Rutland Community Club President Katie McLaen, activities will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Rutland Town Hall. There will be a spaghetti supper, games for all and the award of Christmas hams donated by local businesses and individuals. Santa is expected to make his appearance shortly after 5:00p.m. on Saturday, and will be on hand to listen to Christmas requests from children of all ages prior to distributing the Christmas hams. He’s making his list and checking it twice, he’s gonna find out who’s naughty and nice, so be on hand in Rutland when Santa slides in on the ice.

The Christmas Eve worship service at Nordland Lutheran Church in Rutland is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 24. All are invited to attend and participate. More good news! The Winter Solstice arrives next Wednesday, December 21. After that, more light and less dark. Things are looking up. Of course, it will keep on getting colder for a while, probably until the middle of February, but as long as the Sun is shining a little more each day, we can take it. At least there will be more daylight to illuminate the thermometer.

Well, that’s the news from Rutland for this week. For additional information about what’s going on in the little city that can, check out the community’s web site at http://www.rutlandnd.com and take a look at the Rutland Facebook page while you’re at it, too. Don’t forget to patronize your local Post Office, and remember to keep the pressure on the U.S. Postal Service and the North Dakota Congressional delegation to SAVE OUR POST OFFICE! Later.

The Rooster Crows – July 1, 2022

By Bill Anderson

The fierce heat and wild winds that had afflicted this area on Fathers’ Day weekend eased off by Wednesday, June 22, and settled some very pleasant weather on Rutland and vicinity last weekend.  The tough weather didn’t depart without taking a final shot, however.  A rockin’, rollin’, rootin’, tootin’ thunderstorm rolled through on the evening of Friday, June 24, leaving an inch, or more, of rain to our north, but only somewhere between .05 and .1 of an inch at Rutland.  The green and growing crops around here still look good, though, and it appears that there is still ample soil moisture to keep them going, for now.  Well, it has been said that North Dakota is never more than 10 days away from a drought or 10 hours away from a flood, and folks around here would like to stay somewhere in between those two extremes.

A few weeks ago, Virginia Goerger of Wyndmere, a granddaughter of the late Caroline Kulzer Gooley Haring, drove over to Rutland to deliver some posters advertising a community play coming up in Barney ND.  On Thursday evening, June 23, Delores Lysne, Ann Erickson, Janice Christensen, Dianna Anderson, Bev Tesch, Janet Kiefer, Cher Spieker, Kathy Wyum, Mary Beth Anderson, Joanne Harris and Bev Kulzer drove over to Barney to take in a performance of “Don’t Talk To The Actors,” a comedy that was well done and very humorous.  The local ladies had stopped at the Black Pelican in Wyndmere for supper prior to heading over to Barney for the play. “It was a fun evening,” said Bev Kulzer, “and if anyone didn’t have a good time, it was their own fault.”  All of the ladies made it home all right, and there were no arrests reported.  

Mark & Kathy Wyum and Chuck & Mary Beth Anderson harnessed their heavy-duty pickup trucks to their travel trailers and headed north on Friday, June 24, headed for Cavalier ND and Icelandic State Park in northeastern North Dakota. The camping quartet arrived back home on the evening of Monday, June 27. According to Kathy Wyum, they had a very enjoyable trip.  One of the highlights, she said, was taking in a performance of “The Sound Of Music,” performed by the Foxfire Theater Group, in the scenic beauty of the Park.  According to Mark, the highlight of the trip was the thunderstorm that rolled through the Cavalier area on the evening of Friday, June 24, with continuous lightning that lit up the sky from horizon to horizon and heavy rain that washed out a section of North Dakota Highway #32 near the campground in which the Wyums and the Andersons were parked. The campers avoided the damaged area of Highway #32 by taking a different route, through Fargo, on the way home. If you happen to stop in Cavalier one of these days, Mark recommends the home made basil tomato soup at The Blue Fox Café. He said that the basil flavor kind of threw him off, at first, but by the time he finished the first cup of soup, he was ready for another.

Chuck Sundlie reports that he sold his fishing boat, motors and trailer on Saturday, June 25. The boat was equipped with electronic fish finding equipment as well as with 2 motors, one a 90 horsepower unit, and the other a 9.9 horsepower kicker. Chuck had acquired the boat a year ago, but found that he just didn’t have the time to use it as much as he thought he would.  He did stand in it and cast out into the front lawn a few times, he said, but it just didn’t have the same effect as being on the water. The new owner took his prize to South Dakota, said Chuck, and Chuck sent the check to the bank.  Everybody’s happy.  

Greg Donaldson and Hal Nelson drove to Minneapolis on Saturday, June 25, to take in a couple of Minnesota Twins’ baseball games. The Twins played the Colorado Rockies on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, winning the first game by a score of 5-0, and capturing the second contest by a 6-3 margin. The presence of Greg & Hal changed the Twins’ luck, as they had dropped the opener of the 3 game series to the Rockies in a 0-1 squeaker on Friday evening, before the 2 retired Rutland Rooster veterans came to the rescue.

The Rutland Roosters Men’s Slowpitch Softball team hosted the Cowboys from McLeod at Lou Sanderson Field on the evening of Tuesday, June 28. The Cowboys rode roughshod over the Roosters in Game #1, posting a 17 to 4 victory in that contest. Game #2 turned out to be a real slugfest, with the McLeod team squeaking out a 24 to 23 come from behind win. The Roosters next home games will be on Tuesday, July 5, when they are scheduled to take on Hankinson at Lou Sanderson Field. The final home games of the regular season will be against Sheldon on Tuesday, July 19.  Games start at 6:45 p.m. Whether the Roosters win or lose, the staff at the Rutland Park Board’s concession stand at Lou Sanderson Field are winners every time. Come on out to the ballpark to see real pros like Larry Christensen, Andrea Erickson, Hal Nelson and Mac Pherson in action, handling hot dogs, bratwursts, popcorn, soft drinks and other snacks with the grace & skill of gymnasts or ballet dancers, and the repartee is pretty sharp, too.

Members of Rutland’s Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of the American Legion were called upon to provide graveside military rites for the interment of 2 veterans at the Rutland Cemetery this week. The service for the interment of Noel Liermark, a U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam era, was at 10:30 on the morning of Tuesday, June 28. It was a beautiful day, with the sun shining, birds singing, a gentle North Dakota breeze and the temperature about 70 degrees. Noel served with Military Assistance Command – Vietnam (MAC-V) back in 1960-61, before most of us knew where Vietnam was, or how to spell it. Noel’s spouse, Deborah (Vanderwolf) Liermark, continues to make her home in Rutland.  Members of the American Legion detail for Noel Liermark’s interment included: Post Commander Larry Christensen; Post Chaplain Ted Lee; Sergeant At Arms Cal Jacobson; Bugler Roger Pearson; Color Bearers Andrew Hoflen & Roger Lunde; Doug Olstad; Roger McLaen; Andy Harris; and, Bill Anderson.  The service for Gwendolyn (Prindiville) Young, a U. S. Army  veteran of World War II, was scheduled to take place at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, at the Rutland Cemetery. Gwen was residing at her winter home in Mesa AZ when she passed away at the age of 101 last Fall. She remained physically active and mentally sharp to her final day. Gwen’s Army service included an assignment in General Eisenhower’s Headquarters in Algiers during the North African campaign of 1942-43. The Rutland community extends its condolences to the families of Noel Liermark and Gwen Young, and expresses its gratitude for their service to our community and our country.  Welcome Home, Gwen & Noel, and thank you for your service.

Guests at the Joanne Harris home this week are her son & daughter-in-law, Mike & Joy Harris of San Diego CA. Mike, a Captain in the U. S. Navy, is getting ready to retire from the navy at the beginning of November.  Mike & Joy plan to fly back to San Diego on July 9, and will return to North Dakota this coming Fall. During his 37 year Navy career, Mike has served at duty stations on both coasts of the U. S., in the Far East and with NATO Command in Europe.  He began his career as an enlisted sailor on an aircraft carrier, then obtained a commission through the Navy ROTC program at Iowa State University. He said that the toughest part of officer training was learning how to sail a real, wind-powered, sailing vessel. At the present time, the only sailing vessel on the Navy’s list of active ships is The USS Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, commissioned in 1798 and berthed at its home port of Boston MA.  Mike says that, despite the fact that the Navy taught him how to sail a sailing ship, it never assigned him to Old Ironsides. Too late now.

Meanwhile, on the national scene, things are jumping. On Friday, June 24, the U. S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, cranked American legal history back half a century by overturning the Court’s 1973 decision in the case of Roe v. Wade. The 1973 decision had held that the U. S. Constitution protects an individual’s right to privacy, including the right of a woman to control her own body and obtain an abortion if she so decides. The holding in Roe v. Wade had been reviewed and upheld on several occasions during the past 49½ years. The big difference between then and now is the makeup of the Court. Although the 3 Justices appointed by former President Trump had all testified, under oath, at their confirmation hearings that the reasoning and holding in Roe v. Wade was “settled law,” all 3 voted to overturn it.  U. S. Senator Susan Collins, Republican, of Maine, was outraged that the 3 had lied to her, under oath, but she should not have been surprised. After all, they had been appointed by the biggest liar to ever hold public office in the history of this country, so what did she expect?  So, the Party that likes to call itself the Party of “small c conservatives,” and the Party of “small government,” is now celebrating the largest expansion of Federal and State Government power into the private lives of citizens in the history of the Republic, and the first time since the ratification of the Constitution in 1789 that a previously recognized Constitutional Right has been taken away from the people as the result of a Supreme Court decision. As if that wasn’t enough, a former staff member in the Trump White House testified before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the U. S. Capitol by supporters of former President Trump, that the former President knew that the mob carried weapons and that he wanted them admitted to the Capitol, anyway, despite their threats to kill former Vice-President Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, among others. As justification for his appalling conduct, his supporters remind us, “You knew he was nuts, and you put him into the White House anyway.” Can’t argue with that.  

Well, that’s the news from Rutland for this week. For additional information about what’s going on in the little city that can, check out the community’s internet web site at www.rutlandnd.com and take a look at the Rutland Facebook page while you’re at it, too. Don’t forget to patronize your local Post Office, and remember to keep the pressure on the U. S. Postal Service and the North Dakota Congressional delegation to SAVE OUR POST OFFICE!  Later.

Seize the Day! September 3, 2021

For more information contact:   Cindy Klapperich cindy.klapperich@ndsu.edu 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 www.wildricescd.com.
  • 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 https://www.ndsu.edu/agriculture/extension/county-extension-offices/sargent-county, or contact NDSU Extension by calling 701-724-3355 or emailing cindy.klapperich@ndsu.edu.
  • 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 https://www.ndsu.edu/agriculture/extension/county-extension-offices/sargent-county, or contact NDSU Extension by calling 701-724-3355 or emailing cindy.klapperich@ndsu.edu.

Some of the other upcoming opportunities are listed below.  Call NDSU Extension (701-724-3355) or email cindy.klapperich@ndsu.edu 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)

Seize the Day! Unchecked Stress

By Cindy Klapperich, NDSU Extension – Sargent County

SEIZE THE DAY!  (For publication in The Sargent County Teller,  May 21, 2021 issue.)

Consequences of Stress Going Unchecked

Stress is definitely one of the things that we need to “take care of” sooner, rather than later.  Like an untreated wound, when stress is ignored, it can quickly worsen.  The results of not taking action to reduce stress can be nasty:

  • Health challenges
  • Compromised relationships
  • Physical and emotional exhaustion
  • Depression

Unchecked, stress can wreak havoc on our health because of its negative impact on our immune system.  When our immune system is down, we are more vulnerable to illness, and pre-existing medical conditions can worsen.

When stress escalates, emotions such as irritability and anger can flare up, causing relationships to suffer.  Relationships also suffer when communication shuts down as a casualty of stress.

If stress consumes physical and emotional energy to the point of exhaustion, feelings of being overwhelmed and unable to cope can result, causing what is commonly referred to as “burnout.”

To manage stress effectively:

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