Hens Do Crow! Sept. 4, 2020

With a rumble and a roar that rattled the windows and shook the rafters, a thunderstorm rolled over Rutland late on the evening of Thursday, August 27, and into the early morning hours of Friday, August 28. The storm produced no hail, and no significant damage to trees or structures, but it did leave behind a significant amount of precipitation. Roger Pearson and Norbert Kulzer reported .7 and .8 of an inch, respectively, in their gauges in the 400 block of Gay Street, and nearly an inch was recorded in the gauge at the Richard & Delores Lysne residence in the 200 block of Anthony Street. Another thunderstorm rolled over the community on the evening of Sunday, August 30, and the early morning hours of Monday, August 31, but no reports of rainfall amounts from that storm have been received as of this writing. With plenty of sunshine, heat and moisture, everything around here is green and growing, including lawns, corn fields and mosquitoes. Well, the mosquitoes are so green that they appear to be black, but they are growing, that’s for sure!

Two workmen from Williston were in Rutland on the morning of Friday, August 28, installing a new flagpole at the U. S. Post Office here. A new, taller pole was required, they said, in order to comply with new regulations requiring that the POW/MIA Flag be flown directly below the American Flag at all Post Office locations. The new pole is more heavy duty, and considerably taller, than the old pole that had been mounted on the front of the Post Office back in 1981. The two workmen said that they had started out from Williston earlier in the week and had installed new flagpoles at Post Offices in Williston, Pick City, Bismarck, and Gwinner prior to their arrival in Rutland on Friday morning. They completed their project at about Noon on Friday, and headed back to Williston. Their taillights were last seen heading west on ND Highway #11.  The new pole with its two flags is a nice addition to Rutland’s Main Street.

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The Rooster Crows – August 28, 2020

Captain Mike Harris USN and wife, Joy, arrived in Rutland on Wednesday, August 19, for a week of visiting with family and friends here. Mike recently completed a three-year tour of duty aboard the USS Green Bay, including 1½ years as the ship’s Executive Officer, and 1½ years as Commanding Officer. The USS Green Bay is an Amphibious Transport Ship, designated by the Navy as Landing Platform Dock (LPD) that, in addition to the crew of officers and sailors who operate the ship, carries a complement of several hundred U.S. Marines and their equipment, along with the helicopters, amphibious landing craft and fixed wing aircraft needed to project American power ashore to engage anyone, anywhere, any time, and win. Home base for the Green Bay was in Sasebo, Japan. Mike’s new duty station will be at the huge U.S. Navy Base at San Diego CA. Mike and Joy are residing at the home of his mother, Joanne Harris, during their visit here. They intend to depart for San Diego on Thursday, August 27. Mike says that he has now completed 33 years of service in the Navy, including duty aboard aircraft carriers, amphibious warfare ships, other surface warfare vessels, and shore duty with NATO at Naples, Italy and at other Navy bases in the U. S. and Asia. The Harris’s many friends in Rutland extend their thanks for Mike’s decades of service on the front line of America’s defense perimeter.

Roger Pearson, Greg Donaldson, Hal Nelson and Kyle Mahrer of Rutland, along with Harvey Dawson of Brampton, headed northeast early on the morning of Thursday, August 20, bound for Ballard’s Resort on Lake Of The Woods, along the U.S.-Canadian border, for a few days of fishing for the elusive walleye. The five local men were part of a fishing excursion sponsored by radio station KFGO AM790, and hosted by Bonnie Amistadi, one of the station’s news personalities. They returned home on the evening of Sunday, August 23, with a full complement of fish and fishing stories.  Roger reports that they caught a lot of fish, but not many real big ones. The walleyes were “eating size,” which is OK with Roger. The anglers report that a good time was had by all, and justifiably so.

The streets of Rutland are a bit quieter these days as Sargent Central School District resumed full-time classes on Wednesday, August 26. Students and teachers are looking forward to seeing each other again. Everyone is hoping for a good year and keeping fingers crossed that COVID steers clear of the school.

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 stop by the Rutland blog and Facebook page while you’re out there in cyberspace, too.

Hens Do Crow! Aug. 21, 2020

Thursday, August 13th, was a fun evening to be in Rutland as the Rutland Community Club hosted a Back to School Party at the Veterans Memorial Park by City Hall. Members of the Rutland-Cayuga Fire Department grilled burgers and hot dogs to feed the kids and adults who came for the event. The kids cooled off in the pool provided by the Fire Department and tossed the water balloons provided by the Community Club. Chalk art designs were drawn on the sidewalk to be admired by all. A scavenger hunt was available for kids and adults alike and the evening ended with fresh smores made at the fire pit. The Rutland Summer Block Party is usually held in June but, due to Covid-19, it was postponed to August.

At 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 15, family and friends gathered at the Rutland Cemetery to lay to rest the mortal remains of lifelong Rutland resident Sharon Pearson. The graveside service was conducted by Rev. Nicholas Rohde, pastor of Nordland Lutheran Church of Rutland. Among those honoring Sharon’s memory during the service were the members of the Bergman-Evenson Unit of the American Legion Auxiliary of Rutland. Following the service of the cemetery, a reception and luncheon were held at the Rutland Town Hall. Tributes to Sharon were presented during the reception by one of her daughters, Debbie Reuter of Fargo; and by 2 of her nieces: Tracy Wyum of Rutland; and Tammy Widmer of Devils Lake ND. Sharon Lee McNeil was born on September 27, 1942 to Vernal & Marcella (Johnson) McNeil in Britton SD. She grew up and attended school in Rutland, graduating from RHS in the Class of 1960. On September 23, 1961 she married Roger Pearson of this community at Nordland Lutheran Church in Rutland. Following their marriage, they lived in Fargo and Hankinson before returning to Rutland to bring up their three daughters. Sharon was active in the American Legion Auxiliary, the Rutland Community Club and Nordland Lutheran Church. For many years she worked in the interior painting business with Phyllis Sjothun of this community. She passed away on April 14, 2020 after a long period of declining health. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; by three sisters: Marcine Olson; Janet Malstrom; and Loretta Arneson; and, by a brother, William McNeil. Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life are her husband of 59 years, Roger Pearson of Rutland; three daughters: Debbie (Jake) Reuter of Fargo; Brenda (Roger) Gibbon of Milnor; and, Becky (David) Hicks of Fargo; 8 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 1 sister: Beverly (Harlan) Arneson of Wahpeton; numerous nieces and nephews; and, a host of friends. The Price Funeral Chapel of Britton SD and Forman ND assisted with arrangements. Sharon’s many friends in Rutland will miss her calm good humor and stead presence. 

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Hens Do Crow! Aug. 14, 2020

The threat of stormy weather on Sunday, August 9th, did not stop the Rutland Community Club-sponsored Farmers Market. A few brave vendors set up outside with tents and trailers to sell their fresh produce and homemade goods. Most of the vendors were conveniently spaced in the Hall including the stage area. Diggers BBQ served pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs and more to go or eat at the Hall. About 100 individuals from Rutland and the surrounding area stopped in to purchase their sweet corn, green beans, garden carrots, potatoes, and more from the vendors. Although the attendance was down, most likely because of the weather, the event another success according to those who attended. The next, and last, Farmers Market for this season will be held Sunday, September 20 13th from 5 to 6 p.m. next to City Hall and the Veterans Memorial. Be sure to make it in for a great selection of produce, and home-baked and canned goods.

Members of the Rutland Community Club (RCC) met on Monday, August 10, to discuss the Rutland Block Party held on August 13th. The Community Club will serve burgers and hot dogs for those who attend. The big event will be the water balloons and chalk art activities. ServiceMaster was contacted several months ago to provide an estimate on Hall cleaning; they came and measured but the bid has not yet been received. Hopefully, the information will be available for the September meeting. Members reviewed the selection and cost for post lights for Christmas and approved the purchase of five four-foot by four-foot stars to be on the City street lights along Main this winter. A mural is being designed to be done on the North side of the Rutland Oil building, if agreed upon with the owner. The RCC will need to pressure wash and prime the area with the goal to have a design done yet this year. Rutland T-shirts, and hopefully, sweatshirts will be available for purchase this fall. There are three designs available and order information will be out as soon as the details are finalized. The next RCC meeting will be Tuesday, September 15th, at 5 p.m. in City Hall.

The Rutland City Council will hold the 2021 budget public hearing on Monday, September 14, starting at 5 p.m. The public hearing will then be followed by the monthly Council meeting.  The Council is still seeking one individual to serve on the City Zoning & Planning Commission for a four-year term. Member must be a resident of Rutland. Interested individuals should contact City Hall at 701-724-3081 for more information.

That’s it from Rutland. Remember, there is still time to be counted in the 2020 Census so be sure to answer the door if the Census worker knocks. You can also submit your Census online at www.2020census.gov but do so before September 30!

Hens Do Crow! Aug. 7, 2020

Neither wind nor heat nor dark of night nor the coronavirus can stay a farmer from cutting wheat when it’s ready to harvest. Rodney Erickson reports that the 2020 harvest of Spring Wheat in the Rutland area began on Tuesday, July 28, when Nick McLaen hauled the first load to the Wheaton-Dumont Co-op Rutland Elevator. Both the yield and the quality of the crop were very good, Rodney said. The first wheat came in from one of Nick’s fields approximately two miles north of town. Rodney said that he expects more combines to be in the field, and more wheat to be coming in, during the first week of August. Spring wheat is not as big a crop as it once was out here on the northern plains, but it is still an important element in many crop rotation plans, and, if you want to eat good bread, you can’t beat bread made with flour that started out as North Dakota Hard Red Spring Wheat. If you don’t believe it, just ask Dennis or Nick. In addition to taking delivery of grain at the Rutland Elevator, Owner/Manager Rodney Erickson has been busy with aerial application of herbicides, fungicides and pesticides on crops throughout the region. Matt Smith is in charge at the Elevator when Rodney is absent.

Last month Darwin Brakke passed away at his home in Havana. Darwin attended Rutland high school, graduating in 1957, and he married Kathleen Bauman the same year. Together they had four children – Darby, Julie, Jesse, and Janelle. He married Pearl Parrow in 1990. Darwin was one of the original founding members of the Rutland Sportsman’s Club. Over the years, Darwin worked for Ronald Donaldson at Rutland Plumbing & Heating as a plumber and backhoe operation, he owned and operated the Lariat Bar, was a partner in J&B Excavating and was a loader operator for Bernard Mahrer Construction. A private burial for immediate family was held in Rutland and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

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Hens Do Crow! July 24, 2020

Monday, July 20, brought another round of rain to the area with various amounts of moisture reported. Shawn Klein reported that her rain gauge measured .40 inches at her home in Havana while Kenny Hamilton boasted .97 inches. Two-miles south of Rutland the rain was measured at .23 inches and north of Rutland at the Kyle and Kathy Marquette farm about two-inches of rain had fallen and the same storm left 1.2 inches north of Cayuga on the Rick Banish farmstead. The last few rainstorms have left varying amounts in the rain gauges.

The Rutland Housing, Inc., Board met on Monday, July 20, followed by the annual Housing meeting. Some Housing tenants attended the meeting to discuss the need for repairs at the buildings and some minor safety improvements such as exterior rails on the steps to help residents enter and exit the buildings in the winter. The Housing Board has not been able to hire a handyman to make repairs and changes as quickly as desired. There is also the ongoing issue of funding and expenditures as the units are not at full capacity to provide sufficient income.

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