Hens Do Crow! Jan. 17, 2020

The Sargent County Arizona gang was at it again on Monday according to the report received from Curt Larson:

“The following were present for the January Sargent County Breakfast on Monday January 13 at the Golden Corral in Mesa, AZ: Al Ciota and Clarice Ordahl; Jim & Kathryn Gaukler; Duane & Sharon Lock; Richard Meyers & Pauline Carnahan; Pat Prindiville; Clarice Renschler; Harold Young; Gwen Young; and Vincent Young.

Sharon Lock’s granddaughter had given her a book for Christmas called Dakota Attitude by James Puppe. He interviewed someone from every town in ND. Everyone at the breakfast looked up their town to see who had been interviewed.

The Phoenix metro had temps in the upper 60’s today and sunshine. Gotta love it.

Curt and Renee Larson are in Redmond, WA this week watching our four granddaughters. The city where our oldest granddaughter goes to high school had 9 inches of snow during the night; so, No School today for her and her three sisters who attend elementary and middle school in a neighboring city. Temps are in the upper 20’s/low 30’s this week. It’s been fun to be with them this week; however, we are also looking to get back to Arizona for some sunshine and warm weather.

That’s my report for this month. Until later, keep smiling!


Thanks to Curt for the update. Many of us also wish we were in sunshine and warmer weather!

Sonja Christensen reported that as of Monday there are only 36 teams registered for the February 1 Anderson Pinochle Tournament in Rutland. There is plenty of room for more teams — so be sure to register soon. The Tournament is not only a great time to get together, but it is also a fundraiser for Rutland. From February 2007, the 12th annual tourney, to February 2019, the 24th tournament, $9,175.00 has been contributed for the Rutland Community Club. Sonja could not locate the records from the first eleven years but promises some day to figure that out.

The Rutland Community Club will be hosting another fun event on Friday, February 7, at the Rutland Hall. The LineBenders, featuring hometown comedian Shelly (Pherson) Fink, will provide their live improv comedy. The LineBenders have been performing coast to coast since 2001 and will be in Rutland for a great night. Come ready to laugh and enjoy a fun night out! The Lariat Bar will sell homemade pizza by the slice and there will be a cash bar. Tickets at the door are $10.00. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Mark your calendar for a night on the old town!

Congratulations are in order to Abby Erickson, member of the Rutland Raiders 4-H Club, and a member of the Sargent County Hippology Team. Abby got a Third place finish at the Western National Round-Up in Denver in Team Public Speaking with Anna Hoistad from Forman. The team of Kari Fuhrman, Jacy Bopp, Allie Bopp and Kassidy Larson placed 4th in the Horse Quiz Bowl with Jacy finishing as 9th high individual and Kari finishing as 4th high individual.

That’s it for this week from Rutland. There are several upcoming events to mark on your calendar: January 26 at the Forman City Hall is the annual Sargent County Ambulance breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; February 1 is the Anderson Pinochle Tournament in Rutland; February 2nd the Rutland American Legion will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; February 3 is the Rutland City Council meeting; Tuesday, February 6 is the Rutland Blood Drive at the Town Hall sponsored by the Rutland Community Club. Call Janet Kiefer or Sheila Wyum to sign up or go to bloodhero.com and use sponsor code: rutland. Walk-ins are also welcome. So if the weather is fair, we expect to see you there!

4-H Activity Day

Several Rutland 4-H-ers headed to Lisbon for the Southeast Activity Day sponsored by the Ransom-Sargent County Extension/4H program to get a start on their entries for this year’s county fair. Despite the weather, many students and the instructors made it to Lisbon and worked wholeheartedly all day on their crafts. My sons were able to take carpentry, wood burning and wood art classes and the girls worked on window decorations and other projects. In addition to those projects, other classes offered included cake decorating, scrapbooking, ceramics and it appears to have been another successful event. Now that the kids have gotten started on their fair projects, they are eager to do more.

Sargent County Fair

County Fairs are a great opportunity for county residents to showcase their garden produce, craft, food or sewing item that was made by them.  Tonight, for the first time, I went to enter some items into the Sargent County Fair.  Being a “city girl” I never entered anything in Minnesota but now that I’m a “country girl” I finally got my act together!  My boys – age 7 and 5 – also had some projects to enter.  My 7-year-old did his project about a month ago – which meant he didn’t have many K’Nex pieces to work with for some time. 

The kids look forward to returning on Saturday to find their projects and also participate in Fair events like the tractor pedal pull.  Even if none of us get any other recognition, the sense of self achievement and pride is something they have discovered this year. 

Don’t forget to come to the Fair and to stop by the Food Building (the white building).  The Rutland Park Board is there again this year as another means to raise funds for our town.  Stop in to say “Hi.” I’ll be in the kitchen Sunday so I’m hoping it won’t be too hot this weekend!  See you there!!!