The Rooster Crows – August 28, 2020

Captain Mike Harris USN and wife, Joy, arrived in Rutland on Wednesday, August 19, for a week of visiting with family and friends here. Mike recently completed a three-year tour of duty aboard the USS Green Bay, including 1½ years as the ship’s Executive Officer, and 1½ years as Commanding Officer. The USS Green Bay is an Amphibious Transport Ship, designated by the Navy as Landing Platform Dock (LPD) that, in addition to the crew of officers and sailors who operate the ship, carries a complement of several hundred U.S. Marines and their equipment, along with the helicopters, amphibious landing craft and fixed wing aircraft needed to project American power ashore to engage anyone, anywhere, any time, and win. Home base for the Green Bay was in Sasebo, Japan. Mike’s new duty station will be at the huge U.S. Navy Base at San Diego CA. Mike and Joy are residing at the home of his mother, Joanne Harris, during their visit here. They intend to depart for San Diego on Thursday, August 27. Mike says that he has now completed 33 years of service in the Navy, including duty aboard aircraft carriers, amphibious warfare ships, other surface warfare vessels, and shore duty with NATO at Naples, Italy and at other Navy bases in the U. S. and Asia. The Harris’s many friends in Rutland extend their thanks for Mike’s decades of service on the front line of America’s defense perimeter.

Roger Pearson, Greg Donaldson, Hal Nelson and Kyle Mahrer of Rutland, along with Harvey Dawson of Brampton, headed northeast early on the morning of Thursday, August 20, bound for Ballard’s Resort on Lake Of The Woods, along the U.S.-Canadian border, for a few days of fishing for the elusive walleye. The five local men were part of a fishing excursion sponsored by radio station KFGO AM790, and hosted by Bonnie Amistadi, one of the station’s news personalities. They returned home on the evening of Sunday, August 23, with a full complement of fish and fishing stories.  Roger reports that they caught a lot of fish, but not many real big ones. The walleyes were “eating size,” which is OK with Roger. The anglers report that a good time was had by all, and justifiably so.

The streets of Rutland are a bit quieter these days as Sargent Central School District resumed full-time classes on Wednesday, August 26. Students and teachers are looking forward to seeing each other again. Everyone is hoping for a good year and keeping fingers crossed that COVID steers clear of the school.

Well, that’s the news from Rutland for this week. For additional information about what’s going on in the little city that can, check out the community’s internet web site at www.rutlandnd.com, and stop by the Rutland blog and Facebook page while you’re out there in cyberspace, too.

Hens Do Crow! July 17, 2020

The Rutland City Council met on Monday, July 6, with Mayor Mahrer presiding. The City Council discussed the Public Works vacancy and the difficulty in obtaining applicants for the position. The job description will be reviewed and modified for further discussion at the August meeting. Three Rutland residents applied for the Council vacancy as a result of the recent City election. The Council selected Colton Corry to fill the vacant two-year term. The City Auditor provided a summary of the 2021 anticipated expenditures and revenue projections and asked for input from the Council. The information will be used to develop budget scenarios for consideration at the next meeting on August 10th when the Council will need to approve the 2021 preliminary budget. The Council discussed the need for street repairs, water line improvements, and sidewalk replacement along First Street as soon as possible. Further discussion on those items and the budget will be held at the August 10 Council meeting.

Roger Pearson and Lary Arneson went fishing at Dry Lake near Ashley ND on Sunday, July 12. They returned on Sunday evening with 2 limits of walleyes. Roger and Lary had been fishing, without much success, in local wet lakes and at a couple of past hotspots in South Dakota for the past several weeks. Well, if they’re not biting in wet lakes, try a Dry Lake. The creative fisherman thinks outside the box.

Over 100 individuals stopped by the Rutland Veterans Memorial Park to attend the first Farmers Market event on Sunday, July 12. Sellers brought their garden produce, baked, and canned goods, eggs, beef and more. The event was sponsored by the Rutland Community Club. Two additional dates for the Rutland Farmers Market have been scheduled for Sunday, August 9, and Sunday, September 13, from 5 to 6 p.m.  The goal is to have food vendors and picnic tables available at the next Market dates for more socializing and to allow social distancing.

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Youth Day

Yesterday, my family and I attended the 11th Annual Youth Day held at the John Narum Memorial Trap & Rifle Range near Silver Lake.  The event drew about 190 youth and their families from throughout the area.  Activities included trap shooting, archery, BB gun, 22 rifles and casting with rod & reel (into small swimming pools) and a coin scramble.  This was the first time we attended and we were all extremely impressed with the event and the size of the crowd.  The three hours flew by quickly and wrapped up with an impressive raffle of about 45 door prizes of hunting vests, decoys, bow sets, rifles, shotguns and BB guns and other items.  All the winners were full of smiles.  That included my son who won a 12 gauge shotgun that weighs considerably more than he does.  He is now looking forward to growing up so he can use that gun.  This annual event is sponsored by the Rutland Sportsman’s Club, Sargent County Pheasants Forever, and the Windy Mound Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.  Many “thank you’s” are in order from my son and I’m sure from all the other proud winners.  Congratulations to all the winners and a Big Thank You to everyone involved in helping with this event — which I understand is the largest youth event of its kind in the Upper Midwest.

Free Fishing!

June 7th and 8th are free fishing days for all North Dakota residents. That’s the weekend for Dad and the kids to get out there and enjoy the sport.  How about nearby Silver Lake?? Sorry Dads (or should I say Moms!), it’s not Father’s Day weekend this year. Non-residents are required to have a North Dakota fishing license.

Boats are required to have current registration and numbering, personal flotation devices (one per person), a throwable for boats larger that 16 feet, fire extinguisher for boats having permanently installed tanks or enclosed flammable storage, and an audible whistle for boats larger that 16 feet.

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