Growing Small Towns

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What do you want for the future of Rutland and Sargent County?

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We are collecting responses through Friday, November 20.

The Rooster Crows — October 30, 2020

By Bill Anderson

Last week’s weather report in this column was way too optimistic. Old Man Winter not only sent his calling card, he sent a load of furniture and started moving in for the season. Anywhere from 6 to 8 inches of new snow on Wednesday, October 21, was added to the two to four inches that had blanketed the area on Monday, October 19, giving Rutland and vicinity the appearance of full-blown Winter. Additionally, the temperature has not ventured above the freezing mark since last Wednesday, either, adding the feel of Winter to the appearance. The forecast is calling for the mercury to climb back up into the 40’s for Halloween on Saturday, October 31, and the return of Central Standard Time at 2:00 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, November 1. The end of Daylight Saving Time brings up another matter that needs discussing: if Daylight Saving Time is in effect for nearly eight months, and Standard Time is in effect for only about four months, why isn’t Daylight Saving Time called Standard Time, and the period of Standard Time called something else, Daylight Spending Time, perhaps? Back during the first OPEC Oil Embargo in 1973, then President Nixon imposed year-round Daylight Saving Time on the nation, an unpopular move that neither saved nor spent even one lumen of daylight. As we recall, Nixon liked to work in the dark, though, and that may have been a factor that contributed to the early end of his Presidency in August of 1974, about 2½ years before the end of his second term in the White House. Well, he said that he wasn’t a crook, and he did manage to prove that he wasn’t a very good one. So, let’s see now, where were we?  Oh yes, Winter! Well, it’s here, and it’s not welcome, and that’s all we’re going to say about that!

Peter and Michelle Denault, and their staff at the Lariat Bar, have made a very good impression on the community since they first reopened the establishment on Friday, October 16. In addition to a fine selection of beverages, the Denaults have also been providing some outstanding dining from the grill. For information about hours and menu items call the Lariat Bar at 724-6239. Everybody is welcome at The Lariat!

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The Rooster Crows

October 23, 2020

By Bill Anderson

Mother Nature told Rutland and vicinity that “Enough is enough!” last week as she flipped the switch and turned off the pleasant autumn weather that had lulled some into thinking that Winter might never arrive this year. Old Man Winter hasn’t made his entrance, yet, but the sub-freezing temperatures at night, along with some cold rain showers, and even some light snow showers, are the calling cards announcing his intention to pay a visit in the near future. The cooler weather, along with harvest action, has livened up the whitetail deer bow hunting season, though, as more deer have gotten in the mood and are on the move. Jesse Brakke, with the advice and assistance of his great-nephew, Brody Mahrer, bagged a nice 4-point buck on the old Carl Christianson Farm in the SE¼ of Section 16 in Ransom Township last week, and other bow hunters have also reported success in the past several days. Those afield with shotguns, seeking the elusive ringneck pheasant have also been reporting good shooting in recent days. With nearly all of the soybeans and much of the corn in this area harvested and in the bin, the birds are now showing up and surrendering to their pursuers. The hunter still has to shoot straight, and the assistance of a good dog adds to the chances of success, but 2020 is shaping up to be the best year for pheasants in this area for quite some time.

Joe Breker reported that harvest activities on the Breker Farm south of Rutland wrapped up last week, the earliest harvest conclusion in many years. Joe said that all of the corn was dry enough to put in the bin right out of the field, eliminating the cost of drying that often adds to the expense of harvest. Joe practices “No Till Farming,” so his Fall tillage is done, too.

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Hens Do Crow! Oct. 9, 2020

It was an unusually quiet weekend in Rutland being the first Sunday in October and it was a beautiful day as well. As everyone in Rutland knows, the first Sunday in October is not always sunshine and blue skies. We have had our share of a cold, rainy and blustery Uffda Day. Remember last year? It was great weather, and this would have been two years in a row. Let us hope that next October 3, 2021 is another bright, sunny day. Usually, come Monday, everyone is unwinding from all the work but this year everyone got a break thanks to COVID. At least there is still time to get your (non) 2020 Uffda Day T-shirts or sweatshirt ordered. The clothing has white lettering on black shirts and sweatshirts. You can order through the webstore at https://uffdaday2020.itemorder.com/sale or find the information on the Rutland Facebook page. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Rutland Community Club. Don’t hesitate because today, October 9, is the deadline!  If you are yearning for more reminiscing on Uffda Day, check out the video on the Facebook page.

The Rutland City Council met on Monday, October 5 at City Hall for its regular monthly meeting. The Council received an update on the vacant Public Works position. There has been an inquiry and the information on hours and wages was sent. Mike Bassingthwaite with Interstate Engineering, the City’s Engineer, was present to discuss some projects including new sidewalk along main street and future water tower replacement and water looping projects. The Council approved a fund transfer and the September financials as presented by the City Auditor. The main topic of discussion was the approval of the liquor license for The Lariat Bar which has been closed since early in the year. Peter and Michelle Denault of Abercrombie will be leasing the bar and hope to open it soon. The Council welcomed the opportunity to issue the Denault’s a liquor license for the bar and a special permit to provide alcoholic beverages at the wedding reception at City Hall on Saturday, October 17. The goal is to open the Bar in October, but the exact date has not yet been determined. The Auditor reported that there is only one delinquent water/utility account at this time; if the account is not paid prior to the end of October, the full amount will be a special assessment on the property. The meeting adjourned just before 6 p.m. The next meeting will be November 2, 2020 at 5 p.m. in City Hall.

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Hens Do Crow! Oct. 2, 2020

Debbie Liermark of this community informed friends here last week that she has resigned from her position as a Regional Manager for the Dollar General Store chain of stores and has accepted a new position as Regional Manager for the Casey’s chain of convenience stores in southeastern North Dakota. She will be overseeing twenty stores, she said, with four of them situated in Fargo. The Casey’s stores in Ellendale, Oakes and Lisbon will also be in her territory. In addition, Debbie says that Casey’s is planning to expand the number of its stores in her region. Ms. Liermark’s many friends here wish her well in her new venture.

Dick Meyers informed friends here on Monday, September 28, that “The Family Committee” and the falling temperatures have encouraged him to commence his annual migration to the sunny southwest on Tuesday, September 29. He plans to spend a few weeks visiting at the homes of his son and 3 daughters in Minnesota before taking wing to Phoenix AZ and his winter roost in Sun City. Dick says that he plans to be back in Rutland by Memorial Day 2021, when he expects the covid-19 pandemic to be an unpleasant, and fading, memory. In the meantime, he will be practicing his golf swing in preparation for next year’s “Seniors’ Tour.”

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The Rooster Crows – September 25, 2020

By Bill Anderson

Back on Monday, September 14, Dick Meyers of this community reported that on Saturday, September 12, he had raised a glass and drunk a toast to the memory of LT George Rammer, USMC, a solemn ritual that he has observed, faithfully, every September 12th since 1951. Back on September 12, 1951, Dick had been a 19-year-old machine gunner serving with Company I, then called “Item” Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Regiment, 1st Marine Division, in the Republic of Korea. American and United Nations forces in Korea had been advancing northward, pushing the Chinese Army off one objective after another until a particularly nasty piece of terrain called “The Punchbowl” was reached. Here the Chinese made a stand. The Punchbowl consisted of a low basin surrounded by rugged mountain ridges and peaks, and the Chinese held the high ground. The Marines had been assigned the mission of capturing The Punchbowl and of forcing Chinese forces to either retreat or die trying. On September 12, 1951, 2nd Platoon of Item Company was the tip of the spear, assigned to lead the assault, and LT George Rammer was 2nd Platoon’s Commander. Lt Rammer was a Navy veteran of World War II, Dick recalled, but when the Korean War broke out in June of 1950 he had volunteered for service with the Marines, had earned a Lieutenant’s commission and had been assigned as a Rifle Platoon Commander with Item Company. LT Rammer led 2nd Platoon, Item Company, the 2nd Battalion, the 7th Regiment and, ultimately the entire 1st Marine Division in the assault on the key position needed to capture The Punchbowl. Dick said that when he last saw the Lieutenant on that violent day, September 12, 1951, “…he was moving up the hill, not down; forward, not back.” With LT Rammer’s courageous leadership, the Marines carried the crest, carried the day, won the battle, and captured their objective, but LT Rammer was killed in action before the fighting was done that day. He was later posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for service above and beyond the call of duty. Sometime earlier, another young man well known in this community, Dean “Bobby” Paulson, also serving with the 2nd Battalion of the 7th Marine Regiment, had been seriously wounded in action against the Chinese. Bob was the grandson of the late Hans & Lena Brown of Rutland, and Dick and Bob had been boyhood friends in Rutland. Dick had helped carry Bob to the Aid Station where he was set to the side under the triage system for treating the wounded, as he was not expected to recover. Bob did beat the odds, though, and he did recover, although he carried Chinese shrapnel in his body, and the scars of war both inside and out for the rest of his life. Dick himself was later wounded in action, recovered from his wound, and returned to duty with the Marines until the completion of his enlistment. Back in 1951, George Rammer was in his mid-20’s, and Dick Meyers & Bob Paulson were both 19 years old. There are some people in this country who describe men like George Rammer, Bobby Paulson, and Dick Meyers as “suckers” and “losers,” but here, in Rutland, we call them friends, family and American Heroes. Thank you for your service to our country and our community, Dick. We are proud that you are one of ours, one of us. Semper Fidelis, Marine!

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