The Rooster Crows – January 18, 2019

by Bill Anderson

When it’s Winter in Dakota, and we’re frozen, cold and blue; When we’re stoking up the furnace and opening up the flue; When it’s Winter on the prairie, and we’re battling ice & snow; We’ll be glad we’re warm and cozy, ‘cause it’s only 15 below.

Tim & Jodi Bogenreif of Moorhead MN were Rutland visitors on the afternoon of Saturday, January 5, calling on 2 of Jodi’s cousins, Paul Anderson and Bill Anderson of this community. Jodi is a granddaughter of the late Rudy & Edna Anderson of Rutland, and one of the daughters of Marilyn Anderson, formerly of Wahpeton and now of Moorhead, and the late Arden C. Anderson, a member of RHS Class of ‘60. The Bogen reifs were accompanied by Jodi’s Mom, Marilyn, by their son, Darien Bogenreif, now a Freshman at The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, and by a friend of Darien’s, Miss Gretchen Espedal of Ada MN. During their visit in Rutland, the Bogenreifs accompanied Bill Anderson on a tour of The Old Parsonage at 217 First Street, where they checked out the construction work now in progress and joined the Anderson brothers for an early supper at The Lariat Bar where the Special Of The Day was a steak & shrimp “Turf & Surf” combo.

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Relay for Life

The 2014 Sargent County Relay for Life has a strong start on its fundraising before the big event next June in Milnor.  Ten teams have already registered and have been holding a variety of interesting and fun fundraisers.  There have been “no baking cookie sales” (you buy the recipes rather than make them), there was a Ladies Night to purchase items from various vendors and Two Little Old Ladies have been selling items on Facebook with all proceeds going to Relay.  Now the Rutland Rockets have created a timely event and fundraiser.  On Saturday, November 30, there will be a Zumba session at the Rutland Town Hall, from 9 to 11 a.m.  It could not have come at a better time.  How else can you wear off all the calories from Thanksgiving Dinner?  If you said, shopping ’til you drop on Black Friday that’s no excuse.  That shopping excursion gave you a lot of walking and lifting exercise so now you need to step it up a notch and Zumba. Get your groove and move with friends to help fight cancer!

Palm Sunday Dinner

Yesterday I took a break from cooking and stopped in for dinner at the Rutland Hall.  The meal, put on by the Nordland Lutheran Church parishioners, was another success.  Between 250 and 300 individuals stopped in for Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy and a great variety of salads and yummy desserts.  It was great to have the opportunity for a homemade meal without having to cook it myself.  Congratulations to the parishioners and workers at the Hall who contributed to fundraising event!

Rutland Rockets Sale

The Rutland Rockets will be hosting a free-will Rummage Sale & Bake Sale on Saturday, May 7th, 9:00-Noon, at Nordland Lutheran Parish Hall, Rutland. They are also sponsoring a “Winners Board” at the Lariat Bar, Rutland. (There will be 5 $100 winners…100 squares at $10/square.) They will also be selling raffle tickets…details to follow. Contact Bonnie Anderson (724-3617) or Wendy Jacobson (724-3975).

Donations of baked goods and gently-used items would be appreciated. Donated items can be dropped off at the Nordland Lutheran Parish Hall, Thursday, May 5, 9:00am – Friday, May 6, 6:00pm. Baked goods may be dropped off until Saturday, May 7th, 9:00am

If you want to join our Relay for Life team, please sign up at the Sargent County Relay for Life website.

Relay for Life Kick-Off

RFL Kick-OffThe Sargent County Relay for Life (RFL) Kick-Off was held Sunday, February 13, at the Nordland Lutheran Church. This was an opportunity for individuals to get information on the event, find out how to register and form teams and also received ideas on team fundraisers. The 2011 Sargent County RFL will be June 10 and 11 in Rutland, starting at Rutland Town Hall.  Each team will have a stand selling food and wares, there wil be a silent auction in the Hall, and entertainment throughout the evening. This will be an “all nighter” from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. If you want to find out more, check the RFL website for information on starting or joining a team or making a donation to participants.

Relay began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay has grown from a single man’s passion to fight cancer into the world’s largest movement to end the disease. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 20 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Thanks to Relay participants, the American Cancer Society continues to save lives.

Jesse Brakke Benefit Planned

A benefit is being planned for Jesse Brakke on Saturday, September 11, 2010, in the Rutland City Hall.

Jesse Brakke was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) in 1995.  In November 2007 he became ill with congestive heart failure and was hospitalized, having a pacemaker and defibrillator implanted.  Then, in December 2008 he became more short of breath and fatigued and was referred to Meritcare Cardiology. His case was too complex so he was referred to the U of M Hospitals in Minneapolis.  On March 17, 2009, Jesse had open heart surgery to receive a device to help pump his heart efficiently and prepare him over the next year for a heart transplant.  On February 2, 2010, Jesse became the 700th heart transplant at Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis.  He is now in the process of recovering and must go to Minneapolis every month for a heart biopsy and other tests to determine rejection.  He is on multiple medications at present and will be on rejection meds for life. 

Work is underway to gather items for the silent and live auctions and solicitation letters will be going out soon to area businesses and other organizations.  Silent auction items will be requested no later than Friday, September 10.

Events for the day will include games in the afternoon, a meal and silent auction followed by a live auction and a street dance and karaoke. If you can’t donate, come and participate in the days activities.