The Rooster Crows – Sept. 3, 2021

By Bill Anderson

The drought is not yet broken, but it was seriously bent and dented during 8 days NEAR THE END of August. Depending on whose rain gauge you want to believe, Rutland and vicinity received between 3” and 3½” of rain from Friday, August 20 to Saturday, August 28, restoring green to the grass and hope to the hearts of local corn and soybean growers. The meteorologists on TV and radio are telling us that we are still 12” to 13” short of precipitation for the year, though. In the event that the precipitation shortfall is made up in snowfall this coming winter, we are looking at about 12 feet of snow just to get back to “normal,” whatever that is. Here in Rutland, we’re still praying for rain, but keeping the snow shovel handy.

A crew from Morris Seal Coat of Morris MN took advantage of the hot, dry conditions that prevailed prior to August 20 to apply a seal coat of oil and chips to 15 miles of County Road #10 and County Road #7 near Rutland and Havana. The sections of road in this area that received the treatment included the 3 miles from ND Highway #11 north to the intersection with County #10A; the 7 miles of County #10 from Rutland south to the intersection with County #7; and, the 5 miles of County #7 from the intersection with County #10 through Havana to ND Highway #32. Several other sections of Sargent County roads were also slated to receive seal coats, according to County Road Commissioner Jason Arth. The seal coat is intended to preserve the existing pavement and extend its life for another 7 to 10 years. Several other sections of County roads, such as #10 south from ND Highway #11 through Rutland; and, County #12 from ND Highway #11 at Cayuga to ND Highway #13; are in line for new pavement overlays, but those projects have to wait for funding from the Federal Government’s new infrastructure bill. The seal coat projects now underway and recently completed were paid for with funds from the existing Federal Aid program and matching money from the County’s Federal Aid Roads mill levy. Sargent County’s annual allotment was not sufficient to pay for the current seal coat projects, but the program does allow counties to borrow ahead if funds are available and to repay the borrowing, at no interest, with future allocations.

Rutland Community Club President Katie McLaen reports that preparations for Uff-Da Day XXXVI on Sunday, October 3, are progressing well. According to Katie, Lefse Lena has 2 more lefse making sessions scheduled: at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 9; and, at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14. Both sessions will be in the kitchen of the Rutland Town Hall. Anyone who wants to practice their lefse making skills, or who wants to learn just how lefse is made, is welcome to participate. Just give Katie McLaen a call, or show up at the Rutland Town Hall on Thursday, September 9 and Tuesday, September 14.

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The Rooster Crows – May 21, 2010

The unfamiliar, bright object that was sighted in the sky over North Dakota last Friday turned out to be the sun, a celestial body whose existence had been rumored, but not confirmed, for quite some time.  The return of daylight after an absence of 2 weeks brightened spirits and allowed folks to get reacquainted with their shadows, those normally constant companions that had been conspicuous by their absence the previous couple of weeks.  Several consecutive days of sunshine and warm temperatures since last Thursday, have now allowed spring planting to resume, and a number of local producers report that wheat and corn seeding have been completed and the planter has been switched over to soybeans for the rest of the season.  With about a third of normal crop acres presently under water, frogs, mosquitoes and ducks are now in full production mode, too.  If cash money was being paid for those 3 commodities, all notes would be current.

Shane and Karla Breker drove up to Fargo on Saturday, May 15, where they attended commencement exercises at North Dakota State University.  The Brekers’ son, Shawn Breker, graduated from NDSU with a degree in Civil Engineering.  Also attending the ceremony were Shawn’s sisters, Shantelle and Sheena.  Shawn, a 2005 graduate of SCHS,  plans to spend a couple of weeks at home in Tewaukon Township, helping his  Dad on the farm, and then will embark on a trip to Australia for some post-graduate engineering studies on the continent down under.  While a student at NDSU, Shawn earned several academic and leadership honors, including membership in the prestigious Blue Key Honor Society.  The Rutland community extends congratulations to Shawn and to the Breker family on his graduation and accomplishments.

Bryce Carlson of Rutland and Miss Casie Hawkinson of Britton SD exchanged marriage vows in a private ceremony at Nordland Lutheran Church at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, in the presence of immediate Family & a few close friends.  Rev. Justin Senger of Nordland officiated.  The groom is the son of Clifford Carlson of Rutland and Charlotte (Stenvold-Carlson) Diehl of Glen Ullin ND.  The bride is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Steve Hawkinson of Britton.  Her great-grandparents were the late Henning and Agnes Hawkinson of Rutland.  The wedding of this young couple had originally been scheduled for June 18, but the ceremony was moved up due to the serious illness of a family member.  Bryce and Casie intend to re-affirm their Vows and host their wedding reception here on June 18, as originally scheduled.  The Rutland community congratulates Bryce and Casie on their marriage, and extends to them best wishes for a long and happy life together.

Stu Carlson of Mohall ND, accompanied by Stu’s Dad, Rutland native Frank Carlson of Bismarck, visited in Rutland last weekend.  They attended the wedding of Frank’s great-nephew, Bryce Carlson and his bride, Casie Hawkinson. Continue reading “The Rooster Crows – May 21, 2010”