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.

Continue reading “The Rooster Crows – December 27, 2019”

Hens Do Crow! Dec. 20, 2019

 By Deborah Banish

Rutland’s Santa Day celebration was held on Saturday, December 14th at the Rutland Hall. The Rutland Community Club hosted the event with crafts for the kids, bingo for all ages and a free-will taco bar. Santa Claus made his appearance to the delight of young and old and nearly all the children has a chance to visit with Santa to remind him of their Christmas wish and to get a box of treats from the jolly old soul. Rutland area businesses sponsored the Christmas hams that were given out.  Forty hams were awarded to Celia Olson, Delores Breker, Brayden Siemieniewski, Bryce Carlson, Avery Woytassek, Jerry Woytassek, Carter Breker, Debra Liermark, Bill Anderson, Landrie Jensen, Diane Anderson, Ruth McLaen, Brady Anderson, Ann Erickson, Dennis McLaen, Shaw Jackson, Ted Lee, Megan Poitra, Reece Halmrast, Tanya Hamilton, Gavin Gallons, Mark Breker, Roger Pearson, Willprecht Family, Briella Wyum, Joanne Harris, Janice Christensen, Cory Pavek, Penny Lock, Kaylee Stiegelmeier, Jameson Corry, Gavin Christianson, Larry Christensen, Lincoln Mahrer, Kylee Mahrer, Brian Pherson, Norbert Kulzer, Launa Peterson, Diane Smith, Karla Breker (apologies to those whose names are spelled incorrectly or wrong; the news correspondent of the day provided the names and spellings – that correspondent shall remain anonymous!). The free-will meal at Santa Day, and at other RCC events, helps the Club sponsor events like the Kids in the Kitchen, Winter Fun Night Carnival, the Pinochle Tournament, Community Play, Easter Egg Hunt, Memorial Day Meal, the Summer Block Party, Art in the Park, Uffda Day, Freezer Meal Frenzy, Santa Day, Zumba, as well as improvements to City Hall – most recently the new kitchen flooring and tables.

Santa Claus and the Rutland kids
Continue reading “Hens Do Crow! Dec. 20, 2019”

Hens Do Crow! August 16, 2019

By Deborah Banish

The Sargent County Farmers Union (SCFU) Education Program in Counties (EPIC) event was held at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge south of Rutland on Thursday, August 8. Elementary and teenage youth attended the event to learn about the farm to table process from Kyla Temple of Rutland, the SCFU Youth Director. The kids learned about the wheat planting, harvesting, and flour making process while making some fresh baked cookies. The older kids displayed their talents painting a canvas farm scene and the younger kids got some exercise doing youth yoga. Kyla Temple, SCFU Youth Director, organized the event sponsored by the Sargent County Farmers Union. The day ended with a family meal catered by The Black Pelican of Wyndmere and sponsored by Full Circle Ag of Britton.

Nordland Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School (VBS) started Wednesday, August 7, with Red Willow Bible Camp staff leading the group. The kids had a ball & they showed their stuff at a program on Friday, August 9th, highlighting their busy week.

Vacation Bible School at NLC
Continue reading “Hens Do Crow! August 16, 2019”

Hens Do Crow! July 19, 2019

By Deborah Banish

Rutland is not a dying town but a town that tie-dyes as evidenced by over 80 people who attended the Rutland Community Club Groovy Art in the Park event on Thursday, July 11th. Rutland residents were joined by families from Havana, Forman, and other towns for a fun night. Kids and adults alike tie-dyed T-shirts, socks, and bags with many outstanding designs and lots of color. Even the adults got some color, especially Bryce Carlson who had some beautifully colored legs thanks to his playful kids. The grass in the Veteran’s Memorial Park provided some color and many a child had colorful feet before they left. The Community Club provided refreshments and beautiful t-shirt cookies and multicolored cupcakes. Thanks to the Community Club and to everyone who attended to make this a successful event. Photos of the event and some of the completed items can be viewed on the Rutland Facebook page and the blog.

The Rutland City Council reconvened on July 11 to award the bid for the Emergency Lagoon Repair 2019 Project. Two firms bid on the project and City Engineer Tracy Eslinger, from Moore Engineering, summarized the bids for the Council. The Council voted to award the contract to D.L. Barkie Construction of West Fargo for a Total Base Bid of $174,599 plus Alternate 1 (Crossover Pipe and Gate Valve Bid) of $22,488 for a total project estimated cost of $197,087.00. Acceptance of the bid is contingent upon approval of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Community Development Block Grant for the additional funds to cover the increased costs. The City Council will hold its next meeting on Monday, August 5 when the 2020 preliminary budget will be approved, as required by State Law; the final budget is required to be adopted after a public hearing no later than October 10.

Continue reading “Hens Do Crow! July 19, 2019”

Hens Do Crow! March 22, 2019

By Deborah Banish

Spring has sprung or at least the calendar says it has. Looking outside our windows certainly shows another season that just does not want to end. That last punch of winter left a mess everywhere. Most people knew it was time to stay home. There were a few brave – or crazy – souls that ventured out in the storm and some required rescue which brought more out to the crazy winter. School was cancelled Friday to the delight of the school kids. The State highways and area roads had five-foot or more snowdrifts.  The state brought in snowblowers to help clear the blocked highways and area farmers were clearing farmsteads and township roads to get out. By Saturday afternoon, some areas were close to back to normal but it was a longer recovery. I think it is safe to say that everyone is done with winter. Come on Spring and Summer!

Roads were clear on Saturday, March 16th, so several Rutland residents headed over to Forman for a Legislative Forum sponsored by the Sargent County Farm Bureau and the Sargent County Farmers Union. Senator Jim Dotzenrod and Representatives Sebastian Ertelt and Kathy Skroch made it to Forman through the morning fog. Each of the District 26 Legislators discussed proposed legislation and bills. The Prairie Dog Bill will bring some of the oil money to the non-oil counties and cities but funding may not come until 2021. The State will be taking over social services from the counties. The plan is to have 19 zones rather than each of the 53 counties providing social services. Ransom, Richland and Sargent Counties are working together to establish a consolidated social services for the three counties. The deadline to have something established is January 1, 2020 or the State will dictate how and where the services are provided. Some of the other topics covered included long-term care funding, the Trespass bill, Medical Marijuana, and the State Veterans Home funding.

Continue reading “Hens Do Crow! March 22, 2019”

The Rooster Crows – January 11, 2019

by Bill Anderson

We are now in the post-holiday season, when all of the fun and frivolity of the past 6 weeks is weighing heavily on our waistlines, if not on our consciences. Well, there’s a cure for that! The Board of Directors of the Rutland Fitness Center recently sent out notices that it’s time to pay annual dues, and to start working off all of those Thanksgiving and Christmas calories. Membership renewals are now due for the Rutland Fitness Center, the Directors have reminded us. Membership fees are $150.00 per year for an individual and $235.00 per year for a family membership. Membership fees may be sent to: RFC, PO Box 24, Rutland ND 58067. Members are asked to include their cell phone # so the new entry code can be sent to them. The code will change on January 12. Due to insurance requirements, minor children utilizing the Fitness Center must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times. The Rutland Fitness Center is located in the American Legion Hall at 123 Gay Street in Rutland. It is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to members. At that price, the cost is about 3 cents an hour for a Family membership. A small price to pay for individual, family and community fitness and good health. Directors of the Rutland Fitness Center are: Ione Pherson; Lori McLaen; and Jennifer Christianson.

Sonja Christensen reports that, as of Monday, January 7, 41 teams of pinochle players had preregistered for the 24th Annual Rudy Anderson Pinochle Tournament that will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019, in the Rutland Town Hall. One team that will be new to the tournament is a father-daughter combination from Grand Forks who read about the tournament on Rutland’s internet web site and then contacted Sonja to sign up. Sonja anticipates that another 21 to 25 teams will have registered before play begins on Ground Hog’s Day. The tournament, which is co-chaired by Sonja Christensen and Bryce Carlson, is sponsored by the Rutland Community Club. Continue reading “The Rooster Crows – January 11, 2019”

The Rooster Crows – December 7, 2018

By Bill Anderson

The cold weather of the past several weeks has thickened the ice on local lakes to 7 inches or more, enough to support the weight of ice fishermen and ice fishing houses. Norbert Kulzer reported that there were three ice fishing houses on Buffalo Lake on Tuesday, December 4, and one on Consolidated Lake, along with a couple of fishermen out on the ice in cold weather fishing gear. Several houses were on the ice at Silver Lake last week, but they had picked up and moved to some other location by Tuesday afternoon. No reports of fishing success have been received, and when fishermen aren’t talking it usually means that they are catching fish and don’t want anyone else to find out about it. Of course, it could mean that there just aren’t many fish being caught, but that’s not as interesting.

Rutland native Dan Narum, Presiding Judge of North Dakota’s Southeast Judicial District for the past several years, was preparing to deliver jury instructions at the conclusion of a trial in the Dickey County Courthouse in Ellendale last Tuesday, November 27, when he stood up from his desk and discovered that his right leg was numb. A terrible pain in his back put him to the floor. Ever the professional, the Judge got himself back to his desk, called the 2 attorneys in the case into his office, explained the situation to them, then delivered the jury instructions to the waiting jurors in written form, and had himself taken to the hospital. He was first taken to Aberdeen, the closest hospital, where a serious back problem was diagnosed. Immediate surgery was necessary, but a surgeon capable of performing it was not available, so Dan made a trip to Sanford Hospital in Fargo where the surgery was performed on Tuesday night. Tests indicated that the surgery had been successful, and, “…when I moved my toes about ¼ of an inch, they really got excited,” Dan reported. On Friday, November 30, he moved to Sanford’s Physical Therapy Unit on South University Drive for what was expected to be 2 weeks of intensive physical therapy, but his recovery and progress was so rapid that he was scheduled to be released from the hospital to return to his home in Lamoure on Wednesday, December 5. Dan states that he has an elk hunt booked in northeastern New Mexico beginning on January 1, and is still planning, and hoping, to be able to make it happen. Well, Dan is a tough and determined guy. If he can’t make it to New Mexico, maybe he can issue a judicial order, and have the elk brought to him. In the meantime, he is recuperating at home, in the care of his wife, Caroline, and their 2 children. Dan’s many friends in Rutland wish him a speedy and complete recovery, and a good hunt, too.

Continue reading “The Rooster Crows – December 7, 2018”