Hens Do Crow! Jan. 3, 2020

By Deborah Banish

Rutland native Rev. Ann Hoflen arrived in Rutland on Friday, December 20 to attend the Hoflen Family’s Christmas get-together at the Andrew Hoflen farm in Ransom Township on the next day, Saturday, December 21. Ann reports that since retiring from her long-time ministry at Paw Paw, IL she has moved to Roseville MN, near St. Paul, and has been doing some traveling. Earlier this year she accompanied her brother, Robert Hoflen of Rutland, and sister, Allison (Hoflen) Glarum, of Fargo, on a tour of the British Isles that included some stops in Scotland to visit the ancestral home of the McPhail clan, the land of Ann’s maternal grandmother, and also to make a couple of stops at some world famous distillers of scotch whiskey. Ann states that she did not taste any of it, nor did she buy any of it to bring home, but she cannot say the same for Rob. She states that she is enjoying her new home at Roseville, and that, for the time being at least, she is enjoying just sitting back with her feet up and letting others worry about the fate of the World. Ann departed Rutland for Roseville on the afternoon of Monday, December 23.

Nobody is quite sure when the practice of Christmas Caroling, groups of singers going door to door to entertain friends and neighbors with songs associated with the Christmas season, began, but the earliest mention of it in England comes from documents written back in 1426, during the reign of King Henry VI, nearly 600 years ago. On the evening of Monday, December 23,a group of singers armed with beautiful voices carried on the ancient tradition in Rutland by going door to door with the gift of music, spreading the spirit of Christmas throughout the community. The Christmas Carolers were: Hilary Mehrer; Shannon Mehrer; Thomas Mehrer; Jacob Mehrer; Chuck Anderson; Mary Beth Anderson; Pam Maloney; Taryn Jensen; Cohen Jensen; Megan Means; Kaci Millette; Cora Millette; Cruise Millette; Kathy Wyum; Phyllis Wyum; Pat Renner; Vicki Renner; Kyla Temple; Morgan Temple; and, Marlee Nebben. The Rutland community extends its thanks to the Carolers for sharing the gift of music with all during the Christmas season.

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The Rooster Crows – December 27, 2019

By Bill Anderson

Mother Nature bestowed an early Christmas present on Rutland and vicinity by pushing the temperature into the upper 30’s, nearly to 40 degrees, on the first 2 days of Winter, Saturday, December 21 and Sunday, December 22. The forecast for the rest of the week is for a little cooler weather, but nothing that could be categorized as unbearable. There is still enough snow for Santa’s sleigh, and that’s what counts.

Shawn Klein, Manager of the Sargent County Bank’s Rutland Station, hosted a Christmas Open House for Bank Patrons on Friday, December 13. Shawn served coffee, hot cider and an assortment of cookies to those who stopped in. Bank patrons also participated in a door prize drawing during the open house. Door prize winners were: Karla Breker; Vern Liest; Jim Lunneborg; Lyle Erickson; Mary Ann Levery; & Dave Bladow. Shawn, as well as the Bank’s management & staff, extends best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year to the Bank’s many customers in the Rutland community.

Rutland Postmaster Lori McLaen also treated patrons of the local Post Office to a Christmas Open House on Wednesday, December 18. Patrons who stopped in were treated to Christmas cookies, punch and a big “Merry Christmas” from Lori. Although the U. S. Postal Service is currently running an advertising campaign touting as one of its benefits that “You’ll never have to go to the Post Office again,” here in Rutland a visit to the Post Office is a rather pleasant experience that folks here don’t mind at all.

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Hens Do Crow! Dec. 6, 2019

By Deborah Banish

The Rutland City Council held its last meeting of 2019 on Monday, December 2, with Mayor Narum and Council Members Lysne and Siemieniewski present, along with the City Auditor. There were also several residents present including Bill Anderson, David Young, Gretchen Vann and Shawna Bergh, each of whom had an issue or two to bring up with the Council. The Council considered the request for a liquor license for the General Store and Café which Ms. Bergh plans to purchase. The Council noted that the City has one on/off-sale liquor license but there is the option for special event liquor licenses as needed. In other business the Council renewed the liquor license for The Lariat Bar for the first six months of 2020, recommended Ron Narum for another three-year term on the Sargent County Job Development Authority representing Rutland, Havana, Cogswell and Cayuga, and approved the financials as presented. The City Auditor reported that the Tree City USA renewal application is due by the end of the year; it is necessary so that the City is eligible for grants to help with removal and/or replacement of trees on City property. The Council discussed the matter of snow removal along Main Street noting damage to the Post Office mailbox and snow removal at the Rutland Oil lot which is not the City’s responsibility to clear. The City Council meets again in the next decade on Monday, January 6, 2020 – or does the next decade actually begin in 2021? That’s a whole other topic to explore.

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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).

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.

Kids Helping Other Kids

Church School at Nordland Lutheran Church was a little different on Wednesday. I walked in to a room full of shoeboxes, stuffed animals, bags of candy, toys, pencils, notebooks, toothbrushes, toothpaste and lots of other things.  Hilary, one of the teachers, was talking to the children about other children who have no toys or even toothbrushes to brush their teeth.  When asked if they would like to help children like that, there was a resounding enthusiastic “Yes!”.

Everyone in the Sunday School had a special job to do whether it was putting a variety of hard candy in plastic bags, or placing little toys or other things in the shoeboxes.  The children puzzled over what would be appropriate for the different age levels of children they were giving to and there was constant chatter and laughter.  The shoeboxes were gaily wrapped in Christmas paper & labeled with gender and age of child.

The project these children were helping with is called “Operation Christmas Child”.   These shoeboxes, filled with small toys and personal items that we all take for granted, will be delivered to children in third world countries who will cherish these gifts.  The children also placed pictures, of themselves and other people who had made donations, in the boxes so the recipients could see who sent them.

This seemed like a wonderful learning experience for these children.  They are already talking about what the shoeboxes will be filled with next year. [Carolyn Christensen]

Santa Day For All Ages

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The new committee for Santa Day included something for all ages on Santa Day, December 15. Everyone enjoyed Bingo, the kids had a great time doing a variety of crafts, and Santa arrived with bags of candy for all. Pictures taken with Santa were popular, as well as pictures taken in Santa’s sleigh. The Luther League had a bake sale with a wonderful variety of goodies. They also sponsored a basket raffle and served a lunch of soup and sandwiches. After supper, the Earl Fust Family Band entertained the crowd and young and old enjoyed a little dancing.