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.