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 2008 For All Ages

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.

The Rooster Crows – December 28, 2007

The Rutland community received the ultimate Christmas decoration, a snow white blanket, in two layers, a little more than an inch of new snow on the evening of Saturday, December 22, and a light powdering on Christmas Eve, making this a “white Christmas” to match the song. Seeing the temperature rise to the 32 degree mark on Christmas Day didn’t hurt anyone’s feelings, either.

Chuck Sundlie drove up to Rutland on Saturday, but deteriorating weather conditions in the Twin Cities area delayed the arrival of Kim and Aden until Christmas Day. Chuck did some pheasant hunting on Saturday and Sunday, and reports that the birds are quite wild, although one rooster held so tight in the cattails that one of his dogs, unable to flush the bird, finally just picked it up and presented his master with an early Christmas gift, a live ring-neck rooster bagged without firing a shot. Chuck, Kim & Aden expect to remain in Rutland until New Year’s Eve.

Cameron Gulleson, Andrew Hanson, Matt Bosse, Luke Anderson and John Stenvold returned from their Lake of the Woods fishing expedition on Tuesday, December 17. Cameron reports that they caught about 40 walleyes and saugers while fishing through the ice, but the fish did not have much size. He also states that the ice was about 12 inches thick where they were fishing, but there are still large areas of open water on the lake. The boys headquartered out of the Sportsman’s Inn near Baudette MN, and report that their accommodations were excellent.

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