Hens Do Crow! Nov. 15, 2019

By Deborah Banish and Bill Anderson

Paul Anderson departed Rutland on Thursday, October 31, bound for Punkin Center AZ via Fargo ND, Minneapolis MN, Phoenix AZ & Sun City West AZ. Paul visited at the Sun City West home of his mother-in-law, Etha Quinlan, on Friday & Saturday, November 1 & 2, before heading out for Punkin Center and the 45th Annual Arizona Hunt Club Quail Hunt from Sunday, November 3 to Friday, November 8. At the conclusion of the hunt, Paul retraced his steps and arrived back in Rutland on the evening of Saturday, November 9. At Punkin Center a dozen more members of the Arizona Hunt Club joined Paul for some long walks in the sun and some great campfire cooking. Among the North Dakota natives participating in this year’s gathering were: Cavalier ND native Lynn Hartje, now a resident of Punkin Center; Cayuga native Don Isensee, now a resident of Perham MN; Rutland native Bill Anderson, still at Rutland; Stanley ND native Don Hynek, now residing at Ventura CA; Cavalier ND native Rodger Kemp, now a resident of Minneapolis MN and Tucson AZ; and, Elgin ND native Barton Thompson, now a resident of Flagstaff AZ. Over the years other friends have been adopted into the group, and its members now span the continent, from Virginia to California. As many of the members of the group are military veterans, the final evening campfire of the gathering includes appropriate beverages and toasts to the health of the Army, Navy, Air Force & Marines, as well as the singing of the Marine Corps Hymn by all present. All in all, a good time was had by all, and justifiably so.

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The Rooster Crows – July 26, 2019

By Bill Anderson

Rutland native David Sundlie, now a resident of Bismarck, reports that he and his wife, Ruth, became Grandparents on Saturday, July 13, when a grandson, Cole Alexander, was born in the Capitol City. Dave reports that Cole weighed in at 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and that pitching & batting coaches are already standing by to get the latest scion of the Sundlie baseball dynasty off on the right, or maybe left, foot.

Cayuga native Randy Kiefer stopped in at the Lariat Bar in Rutland for supper and a visit with old friends, Paul Anderson & Bill Anderson of this community, on the evening of Thursday, July 18. Randy has traveled thousands of miles in many areas of the globe by bicycle, and recently completed a ride from Anchorage, Alaska, to Fargo ND. He has been headquartering at the farm home of his sister and brother-in-law, Pam & Keith Hoistad, between Milnor and Lisbon, since arriving back in his native territory. He also made a trip to Milwaukee WI to attend the wedding of a niece but made that side trip by automobile. Randy stated that he is planning to spend a couple of weeks with the Hoistads at their mountain cabin in Idaho, and will then return to North Dakota to commence a bicycle trek back to California, the place from which his epic journey from southern California to the Arctic Ocean and back to Anchorage began back in the Spring of 2018. For his next ride he is contemplating a trip down the west coast of South America, along the west slope of the Andes Mountains from Colombia through Ecuador, Peru and Chile, to Tierra del Fuego, at the very southern tip of the continent. From there he may travel by sea or air to Antarctica for some cycling with the penguins. Randy is a 1967 graduate of Sargent Central High School, and a 1971 graduate of NDSU. He’s not sure what he’s going to do when he grows up but thinks that it might involve traveling all over the world and meeting a lot of people…and possibly some penguins, too.

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The Rooster Crows – January 25, 2019

By Bill Anderson

One week to go until Ground Hog’s Day, and a chance to break Winter’s tyrannical grasp on a people who will be neither bowed nor cowed, although they may, occasionally, have to be towed. We are now at that stage of the Winter in which it has ceased to be interesting or entertaining, and has become a brutal burden, to be endured, outlasted and overcome. Adversity does create opportunity, though, and men of ambition, such as Dave Young, Jim Brown and Larry Christensen, have shown that even winter’s bleak cloud brings with it the silver lining of polished and shiny snow shovels. Bitter cold and the sharp sting of snow driven by fierce winds cannot stay these stalwart yeomen from the efficient completion of their appointed snow removal duties. 

On Tuesday, January 22, Sonja Christensen, one of the co-chairpersons of the 24th Annual Rudy Anderson Memorial Pinochle Tournament, reported that 57 teams of pinochle enthusiasts had preregistered to play their favorite game of skill on Saturday, February 2, in the Rutland Town Hall, and that there is still room for a few more teams. The tournament is sponsored by the Rutland Community Club, which will also serve morning and afternoon lunches, as well as a Noon dinner, to tournament participants and to the public. For more information about registering to compete in the pinochle tournament, give Sonja a call at 701-899-1463.

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Veterans Memorial Placed

The Rutland Veterans Memorial pyramid was placed on site on Thursday, July 3, 2014.  It made it to the location just before the Rutland All-School Reunion over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The Rutland Veterans Memorial project began in 2012 with the formation of a committee comprised of members of the Rutland American Legion Post No. 115 and members of the Rutland American Legion Auxiliary. The Committee, comprised of Co-Chairs Deborah Banish and Ted Lee, also included Bill Anderson, Carolyn Christensen, Sonja Christensen, and Joan Lee.  The Committee, and members of the Post and Auxiliary, held several fundraisers – pancake breakfasts, bake sales, pie and ice cream socials – and solicited contributions from local businesses.  Concrete was poured in August 2013 after being delayed by scattered showers.  The electricity for the steel column and the lighting, along with the flag poles were already in place with the concrete.

The current pyramid with names of hundreds of Rutland area service men and women still needs a few finishing touches and some landscaping before the project will be completed. There will always be upkeep and maintenance needs and a few names to add as time goes by so there will be a few more fundraising events to help with that important aspect of the project.

If you wish to donate toward this cause, just send a check to the American Legion Auxiliary Veteran’s Memorial and send it to Pamela Maloney, Treasurer, American Legion Auxiliary, PO Box, Rutland, ND 58067.

Veteran’s Memorial

The Rutland American Legion Post #215 and the Legion Auxiliary have been working on a project to honor Rutland’s home-town heroes. A joint committee was formed to plan a veteran’s memorial to be erected in Rutland.  The Legion and Auxiliary have been working on several small fundraisers for nearly two years and have already received more than $6,000 in contributions.  The fundraisers have included bake sales, pancake breakfasts, raffles and a pie and ice cream social at Rutland’s Ribfest.  They are currently selling tickets for a quilt raffle and in June will be coordinating the food for the Relay for Life Tractor Drive and also for a private auction.

The first phase of the Veterans Memorial project is estimated at about $12,000.  The project, located between the City Hall and American Legion Building, will begin with the cement base and a pyramid tower nearly 16′ tall with names of area veterans.  The project is set to begin this summer while the group continues to raise funds.

If you are interested in contributing toward this project, please send contributions to Joan Lee, American Legion Auxiliary President, at 9829 143rd Avenue Southeast, Cayuga, ND 58013.  Names of veterans are being compiled but if you have a name to be included, please let Joan know.  The group does not want anyone to be excluded.

We will have future posts with the proposed sketch and related information as this wonderful project comes to fruition.

If you want to hear first hand about the project, be sure to attend the Memorial Day Program in Rutland on May 27, 2013.

Rutland Remembers Its Veterans

By Carolyn Christensen

Memorial Day was cold and blustery, but that didn’t prevent the Bergman-Evenson Post 215 and it Legion Auxiliary from marching at the Nordland Lutheran Cemetery and the Rutland Cemetery to honor our veterans and auxiliary members laid at rest there.  Everyone was shivering and teeth were chattering and it was miserable being out in such weather, but it was only for about 15 minutes in each cemetery.  I couldn’t help but think of the conditions our veterans endured and still endure.  Whether it’s freezing cold, horrendous heat, lack of food or sleeping fitfully in a foxhole, in a tree or the hard ground, the veterans have and continue to do whatever it is that needs to be done to help keep our country free.  So, a total half hour of discomfort is the least we can do to honor them.

The Memorial Day program at the town hall was very moving.  One of our World War II veterans, Milton McLaen, went on the WDAY Honor Flight and he and his daughter, Karen Hornseth, gave a power point presentation on his trip.  I can only imagine what it was like for him to be among so many men and women who had gone through similar situations as he did and to be able to see the memorial that was finally erected for them.

The Legion presented several service pins.  Earl (Bill) Anderson, Larry Christensen, Andy Hoflen, Calvin Jacobson, Ted Lee, and Roger Nelson received 35 year pins.  Forty year pins went to John Hoflen, Roger Pearson and Norman Preble.  Clayton McLaen received a 55 year pin and Donald Donaldson and Milton McLaen received 60 year pins.  Three members of the Legion Auxiliary received pins as well.  Bonnie Anderson received a 25 year pin while Helen Sapa and Gwen Young received 60 year pins.

As usual the Community Club served a delicious dinner following the program.  Many former residents come back to Rutland for Memorial Day and this is a wonderful time of visiting and reminiscing.