Santa Claus Day

Congratulations to the Rutland Community Club which sponsored another successful Santa Day on Saturday.  The sun was shining brightly on the town.  The kids headed to the Bank Building for some holiday cartoons while the adults stopped in at the Rutland Senior Center.  At the Center, the Rutland Raiders 4-H group held a bake sale and the Seniors sponsored a BBQ lunch. Bingo games were called by Paul Anderson, RCC President, with the  prize of $5 in Rutland Bucks for each winner.

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Santa Claus stopped in the Hall and the kids were ecstatic to see him.  A few took the opportunity to have a friendly chat and get in their Christmas wish list while Santa was in town.

Following Santa’s visit, the annual turkey raffle was held and thirty-eight turkeys were awarded to lucky registrants. The turkeys were donated by Rutland residents and area businesses.  (For a full list of winners and the donors, check out The Rooster Crows of December 16).

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.

Santa Day

Rutland’s Santa Day was another success!  More than 100 individuals attended the event in City Hall.  Kids made Christmas decorations and played bean bag toss and other games.  Adults participated in a few bingo games to win Rutland Bucks provided courtesy of the Rutland Community Club.  A free-will soup and sandwich supper was served.  Santa Claus arrived in Rutland at approximately 5:30 p.m. and kids and adults alike got an opportunity to talk to Santa and get a free Santa photo taken. (Watch for some Santa photos to be posted soon).

A ham drawing was held with 24 lucky winners:  Earl Cramton, Eva Nelson, Delores Breker, Gaby Christensen, Launa Peterson, Richard Nelson, Cora McKinney, Lori McLaen, Tony Banish, Rick Banish,  Norbert Kulzer, Diane Smith, Connie Gulleson, Joyce Christensen, Bill Anderson, Quentin Hoistad, Bee Banish, Julie Gebhardt, Val Pherson, Hannah Siemieniewski, Tracy Haussler, MaryAnn Gadberry, Don Johnson, and Phyllis Erickson.

Hams were provided courtesy of Rutland area businesses:  Alley Cuts, Anderson Law Office, Rutland Oil, Rutland General Store, Kulzer Feed & Seed, Cal Jacobson Enterprises, Rogers Plumbing, Andy Hoflen, Mayor Narum, Mahrer Construction, Walock Johnson Insurance, Rutland Senior Citizens Club, Sargent County Bank – Rutland Station, U.S. Post Office – Rutland Station, Diane Pherson Family, Bladow Enterprises, Bert Siemieniewski, R2 Inc., Mark Weber Wheat Growers, and the  Lariat Bar.

It’s Alive…………

The new and improved Rutland ND website has been launched for your viewing pleasure.  Please remember that much of this is still a work in progress and we will be making additions and changes over the next few months.  There are many old Rooster Crows columns to be added (we were unable to transfer the data from the prior host site as they would not permit it; however, we’re cutting and pasting!). 

The new site will be as active as everyone makes it.  We hope to keep an active, updated community calendar posted — as the information gets to the webmaster — Deborah Banish.  There is room for comments and memories so feel free to submit items.  Share your pictures, thoughts, comments and suggestions to make this site what you want it to be!


It’s that time of year again when the Rutland Community Club (RCC) starts its weekly Bingo game at the Senior Center.  The games will commence on Sunday, January 4, 2009,  at 3:00 p.m.   Carolyn Christensen and Diane Smith will be the organizers of the weekly sessions — they could use some help with the chores of calling the games, baking and serving the goodies for sale during the game, and probably a bit of help setting up and cleaning up too.