Hens Do Crow! Feb. 7, 2020

The Rutland City Planning Commission met on Wednesday, January 29, to receive a petition for changes to the City Zoning Ordinance. As required, the Planning Commission has scheduled a public hearing for Monday, February 17, at 5:00 p.m. in the Rutland Hall. The purpose is to consider the petition of Bill Anderson to amend the Rutland Zoning Ordinance by changing the the property located at the SW ½ of Section 19, Township 130N, Range 54W of the Principal Meridiance, Sargent County, ND, from an Agricultural District to a Residential District. The Kathleen Brakke Addition to the City of Rutland would add privately-owned land to the City for possible future development. The Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the City Council for a final public hearing on March 2.

Sonja Christianson has provided a wonderful report on the Anderson Pinochle Tournament held on Saturday, February 1:

On a beautiful Saturday morning with daylight peeking over the trees to the east, cars began to arrive in Rutland on February 1. Smiling faces with great expectations were paying their fees, enjoying coffee and donuts, and shaking hands with fellow card players. It was soon discovered that pinochle players were arriving from Minneapolis, Grand Forks, Ellendale, Aberdeen, Audubon, Fargo, Sargent County, Oklahoma, and many places in-between. At 9:00 a.m. the Town Hall became quiet as 48 cards were dealt and play began. About 6½ hours later prizes began to be handed out and the declaration made that Diane Degenstein from Oakes and her daughter Sarah Oster of Fargo (both with Sargent County roots) had achieved the top position with a score of 1614 points. They edged out John Eye and Howard Lenius of Britton by 17 points. 3rd place winners were Roger McLaen and Dennis Goltz scoring 1590 points, followed by Orvin Hogness and Raymond Hogness with 1570 points.

First time player and granddaughter of Rudy and Edna Anderson, Stephanie Watson of Minneapolis, enjoyed the activities immensely. She commented about the delightful conversations, the learning experience, and the patience and enthusiasm of all participants. NOTE: It appears that Stephanie is “hooked” and will return for future pinochle events.

The Rutland Community Club scored many points with players by serving “World Famous Scalloped Potatoes.” Praises were given to the kitchen crew of Sarah Pavek, Roger Pearson, Hal Nelson, Diane Smith, Lori McLaen, Marcia Brakke, and Kayla Mahrer for brewing up a good meal.

A drawing of names ended the tournament with recipients carrying home a number of prizes including lefse made by Carolyn Christensen, the same variety made famous on Uffda Day. Marilyn Anderson of Arizona, widow of Arden, contributed to the prizes by requesting the purchase of gifts from Fairmount Lockers. 4th grader Lucy Mahrer and 6th grader Whitney Mahrer helped with scoring and were true “Gophers.” Five-year-old Corbin Carlson, with help from his father Bryce, set up tables and organized the main hall.

Bonnie Anderson of Rutland and Brookings SD helped Shannon Mehrer, Joanne Harris, Janice Christensen, Dianna Anderson, and Bev Kulzer keep the correct scores. Bonnie says she will be back next year to chat with all workers, helpers, and players.

Sargent County participants, both present and former, included Eunice Thorson, Sandy Hanson, Turk Nelson, Caleb Nelson, Bryce Carlson, Marshall Thol, Hilary Mehrer, Diane Smith, Steed Nelson, Kyle Dallman, Kathy Hayen, Jason Hayen, Keith Shasky, Stephanie Watson, Jessica Hayen, Jeri Christiansen, Sandy Popp, Clem Severson, Sandy Mund, Diane Degensteirn, Sarah Oster, Roger McLaen, Dennis Goltz, Orvin Hogness, Raymond Hogness, Wade Anderson, Pam Thol, Dave Shasky, Vern Shasky, Alfred Resler, Harvey Preble, George Resler, Stella Bell, Sue Seelye, Roger Ziegler, Benita Ziegler, Dennis Nelson, Trent Nelson, Joel Hoistad, Leonard Miller, Ruth Larson, and Harvey Bergstrom. They are all invited to return on Saturday, February 6, 2021 for the 26th Annual Anderson Pinochle Tourney. Hats off to Stella Bell and Roger McLaen who have been present for all 25 tournaments. Close behind are Benita and Roger Ziegler who have made 24.

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Hens Do Crow! Jan. 24, 2020

Mother Nature packed another wallop for the three-day weekend which became a four-day weekend January 17-20 for many. She rolled in the winds and snow on Friday resulting in school closings to the delight of many children and the angst of parents. Kids not only got an extra day off but they were restricted to the indoors for most, if not all, of the weekend.

Rutland residents received an extra surprise in the early evening of Saturday, January 18th, when water slowly trickled out of the faucets. The City of Rutland sent out an alert to not use water around 5 p.m. that evening. A hearty crew bundled up and drove around town in an attempt to find the problem. The water tower was checked and appeared to be functioning during the storm, although it had a malfunction earlier in the week. The piles of recent snow did not help in that effort. Mike Mahrer and Rodney Erickson, along with the help of Calvin Jacobson, soon found the break near the intersection of First and Front Streets. By this time an army of helpers had gathered to assist with turning off the valve to stop the flow. Mike, Rodney and Calvin were joined by Rutland residents Mitch Mahrer, Chuck Sundlie, Colton Corry, Brad Wyum, Andy Harris, Kyle Mahrer and Mac Pherson. Staff from Southeast Water Users also traveled to Rutland to assist with the locating the break. Turning the valves proved to be a huge task as it takes about 21 turns to shut the valve and one turn of the valve was nearly a Herculean task.  The entire town was without water until about 5 p.m. on Sunday. When the water returned to the south side of the tracks, it was again just a trickle. The water in the tower itself had a thick sheet of ice on top and needed to be thawed. A two-man crew from Maguire Iron of Sioux Falls drove to Rutland on Tuesday to thaw the tower; however, they had to give up due to the high winds that followed the storm. They resumed the job on Wednesday thawing out the large chunk of ice that reduced the water flow. On Wednesday morning, the parts needed to repair the main break were on their way from Fargo to Rutland so that they could be installed to hopefully restore water to the North side residents on Wednesday.

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Hens Do Crow! Jan. 17, 2020

The Sargent County Arizona gang was at it again on Monday according to the report received from Curt Larson:

“The following were present for the January Sargent County Breakfast on Monday January 13 at the Golden Corral in Mesa, AZ: Al Ciota and Clarice Ordahl; Jim & Kathryn Gaukler; Duane & Sharon Lock; Richard Meyers & Pauline Carnahan; Pat Prindiville; Clarice Renschler; Harold Young; Gwen Young; and Vincent Young.

Sharon Lock’s granddaughter had given her a book for Christmas called Dakota Attitude by James Puppe. He interviewed someone from every town in ND. Everyone at the breakfast looked up their town to see who had been interviewed.

The Phoenix metro had temps in the upper 60’s today and sunshine. Gotta love it.

Curt and Renee Larson are in Redmond, WA this week watching our four granddaughters. The city where our oldest granddaughter goes to high school had 9 inches of snow during the night; so, No School today for her and her three sisters who attend elementary and middle school in a neighboring city. Temps are in the upper 20’s/low 30’s this week. It’s been fun to be with them this week; however, we are also looking to get back to Arizona for some sunshine and warm weather.

That’s my report for this month. Until later, keep smiling!

Curt

Thanks to Curt for the update. Many of us also wish we were in sunshine and warmer weather!

Sonja Christensen reported that as of Monday there are only 36 teams registered for the February 1 Anderson Pinochle Tournament in Rutland. There is plenty of room for more teams — so be sure to register soon. The Tournament is not only a great time to get together, but it is also a fundraiser for Rutland. From February 2007, the 12th annual tourney, to February 2019, the 24th tournament, $9,175.00 has been contributed for the Rutland Community Club. Sonja could not locate the records from the first eleven years but promises some day to figure that out.

The Rutland Community Club will be hosting another fun event on Friday, February 7, at the Rutland Hall. The LineBenders, featuring hometown comedian Shelly (Pherson) Fink, will provide their live improv comedy. The LineBenders have been performing coast to coast since 2001 and will be in Rutland for a great night. Come ready to laugh and enjoy a fun night out! The Lariat Bar will sell homemade pizza by the slice and there will be a cash bar. Tickets at the door are $10.00. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Mark your calendar for a night on the old town!

Congratulations are in order to Abby Erickson, member of the Rutland Raiders 4-H Club, and a member of the Sargent County Hippology Team. Abby got a Third place finish at the Western National Round-Up in Denver in Team Public Speaking with Anna Hoistad from Forman. The team of Kari Fuhrman, Jacy Bopp, Allie Bopp and Kassidy Larson placed 4th in the Horse Quiz Bowl with Jacy finishing as 9th high individual and Kari finishing as 4th high individual.

That’s it for this week from Rutland. There are several upcoming events to mark on your calendar: January 26 at the Forman City Hall is the annual Sargent County Ambulance breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; February 1 is the Anderson Pinochle Tournament in Rutland; February 2nd the Rutland American Legion will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; February 3 is the Rutland City Council meeting; Tuesday, February 6 is the Rutland Blood Drive at the Town Hall sponsored by the Rutland Community Club. Call Janet Kiefer or Sheila Wyum to sign up or go to bloodhero.com and use sponsor code: rutland. Walk-ins are also welcome. So if the weather is fair, we expect to see you there!

The Rooster Crows – Jan. 10, 2020

By Bill Anderson and Deborah Banish

“Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” chanted Dorothy and her companions as they danced along The Yellow Brick Road on their way to the Emerald City and the land of Oz, in the 1939 movie classic “The Wizard of Oz.” So far, there have been no reports of tigers and bears in the Rutland area, but, as for lions, oh my YES! Joe Breker reports that as he was giving grandchildren and others a sleigh ride through the hills near the Coteau des Prairies Lodge south of Rutland on Saturday, December 28, he heard the kids erupt into sudden screaming and yelling, so he stopped the tractor with which he was pulling the sleigh in order to investigate the source of the uproar. Joe feared that one of the grandchildren may have fallen off the sleigh, but that was not the case. The cause of the excitement proved to be the sighting of a mountain lion that had crossed the trail just after the sleigh had passed by. A quick thinker in the group managed to snap a picture of the big feline with their cell phone camera. Joe checked out the big cat’s tracks in the new snow and states that they were larger than his hand, definitely not the tracks of a stray tabby. Some of the older children followed the lion’s tracks for a short distance and found where it had bedded down for a while, in the trees below Frenier Dam. Joe was grateful that the kids had not caught up with the mountain lion, as well. Once you have a lion by the tail, is it more dangerous to hang on or to let go? As of Monday, December 30, the lion had not been sighted again, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not around. Lions & Tigers & Bears, oh my!

The Rutland community entered the New Year of 2020 with another new citizen. Miss Peyton Marlys Gulleson was born to Cameron and Jenny Gulleson of this community on Monday, December 30, 2019, at Sanford Hospital in Fargo ND. Peyton weighed in at 9 pounds 7 ounces and stood 22 inches tall in her bare feet at the time of her arrival. Although Peyton entered this country without a valid Passport or a Visa and was totally unable to support herself or provide for her basic needs, she was welcomed with open arms by the Gulleson family and the Rutland community. Peyton is making her home on the Gulleson farm 1½ miles east of Rutland with her parents and her older sister, Dylan. Welcome to Rutland, Peyton. Get ready to butter lefse and serve that lutefisk, too!

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The Rooster Crows – February 8, 2019

By Bill Anderson

Mother Nature gave Rutland and vicinity a 2 day reprieve from the siege of Arctic weather on Friday and Saturday, February 1 & 2, just enough time for the Ground Hog and about 120 pinochle players to make their annual appearance in the little city that can. The Ground Hog was pretty quiet. The pinochle players, though…well, they’re another story. The following report was received from Sonja (Anderson) Christensen, one of the organizers of the 24th Annual Rudy Anderson Memorial Pinochle Tournament: “As the sun rose at 7:48 a.m. on February 2 in Rutland ND, Mr. Groundhog, aka Rutland Roscoe, was busy checking out the weather conditions. Seeing his shadow, he jumped right back into his hole after he saw all 120 pinochle players arriving in town.  Mother Nature knew how important the first Saturday of February is to all of those eager pinochle players. Raising the temperature from minus 36 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday, She cranked the thermostat up into the plus 20’s for pilgrims to make their way to the 24th Annual Rudy Anderson Memorial Pinochle Tourney on Saturday. Jason Hayen formerly of Cogswell, now living in Oklahoma, traveled to Rutland just for the weekend to play his favorite card game with his mother Kathy. Judie Seavert flew in from Port Aransas TX to partner up with her niece, Jessica Hayen of Fargo, for the tourney. Two newcomers were Charlie Makovsky and his daughter Madison from Grand Forks. Madison was recognized as the youngest player, saying, “This was so much fun. I will be back next year.” When asked how they knew about the day of pinochle, Charlie said he read it on the Rutland website. Due to Madison’s participation, players ranged in age from 20 years to 97 years, the latter honor going to Heb Diederick of Wahpeton, an All-Star baseball player back in the 1940’s & 50’s who is a contemporary of the late Leif Sundlie, Harvey Shasky and the other great players of Rutland Rooster fame. Sadly missed was Jack Brummond of Havana, The Sage Of Weber Township, who passed away shortly before the tourney, on January 29. Jack had played in the first 20 tournaments and must have decided he couldn’t stand to miss any more pinochle, so he wanted to be there in spirit to assist his former partner, Roger McLaen. Playing in all 24 tournaments were Roger McLaen, Norman Preble, and Stella Bell. Their devotion to hand after hand of pinochle is to be admired, as they teach others the love for the game. Roger and Benita Ziegler of Forman took first place with 1,818 points. Benita said, “It only took 23 years but we finally made it!” Congratulations to the persistent couple. Like the little train who kept saying, “I think I can, I think I can,” they made it to the top. Former Rutland residents who returned for the big day were Harvey Preble, Joel Hoistad, George Resler, Judie Seavert, and Norman Preble. Despite Harvey’s regular partner, Ed Christensen, not being able to make it to Rutland for the day, he quickly found a partner from Ellendale, Darlene Schock, to put up with his sense of humor and infectious attitude, reminding many of his days back in Rutland High.

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The Rooster Crows – February 1, 2019

by Bill Anderson

Mother Nature’s vocabulary of four letter words seems to be limited to3 this past week: cold; snow; and, wind. The coldest weather of the week, the month, the year and the Winter arrived on Tuesday & Wednesday, January 29 & 30, with the daily lows bumping off the -35 mark and the daily highs hovering around -10. According to the weather experts, this week’s weather is the coldest since this time of the year back in 2004, so, if you thought that you were experiencing déjà vu, you were right. The weather system that moved through ahead of the cold brought about 1½” of new snow on Saturday night, and another 4 or 5 inches on Sunday. The snow was hard to measure, because the wind brought it in sideways, piling it up at intersections, around buildings and in the trees. Tuesday’s winds of 20 to 30 mph, combined with the sub-zero air temperatures, produced a “wind-chill” index of 55 to 60 below, according to the weather gurus. Ground Hog’s Day is coming up on Saturday, though, and the TV Weathermen are predicting a high in the upper +20’s to low +30’s, just so Rutland Roscoe, the local ground hog, can wander out to see his shadow. Well, Saturday, February 2, is also the date for the 24th Annual Rudy Anderson Memorial Pinochle Tournament in Rutland, so it just might be the aroma of scalloped potatoes with ham that lures him out. Another cool down for the first week in February is predicted, but, with a little bit of luck, the worst cold may be behind us. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, “This is not the end of the winter. It is not even the beginning of the end of the winter; but it may be the end of the beginning of the winter.” That Winston sure had a way with words, didn’t he?

FYI. Paul Anderson’s electronic digital thermometer recorded a low of 36 degrees below zero on the morning of Wednesday, January 30, in his backyard at 309 Gay Street in Rutland, and Jesse Brakke’s electronic digital thermometer recorded a low of 37 below in his Ransom Township farmyard between Rutland and Cayuga that same morning. Mike Anderson stated that he was sure glad that he lives a mile north of Jesse, because his thermometer only got down to 31 below before it froze up.

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