Hens Do Crow – Sept. 18, 2020

People flocked to Rutland on Sunday, September 13, for the last Farmers Market of the 2020 season. There were thirteen vendors with fresh garden produce, beef products, canned and homemade goods along with education displays from the Sargent County Extension Office. The Rutland American Legion Auxiliary quickly sold out of their homemade goods and Diggers BBQ had another sold-out event. Everyone agrees that the Farmers Markets have been a welcome and successful event in Rutland and the word is that the Rutland Community Club plans to hold them again in 2021.

The Rutland City Council met on Monday, September 14th at City Hall, beginning with a public hearing on the 2021 budget. Following the budget hearing, the Council held its regular meeting and began with welcoming new member Colton Corry who had been appointed to the two-year vacancy on the Council. Bill Anderson attended the meeting and stressed the importance of every Rutland citizen being counted in the 2020 Census. He noted that everyone living in the US is required by law to be counted and it is important so that the City, County and State, receive their share of Federal funding. People are only required to respond to the questions regarding residency – that they live at the address and to report the other individuals who also live at the address. A telephone tree may be needed in Rutland to get an accurate count; the Census count ends September 30. The Council approved the 2021 budget, the City financial report and the payment of bills. The next City Council meeting will be Monday, October 5.

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Hens Do Crow! Sept. 11, 2020

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Virtual Musclewalk was Saturday, September 5, and Royce & Piper’s Rad Posse of friends and family members could be seen in their bright blue T-shirts as they walked through Rutland.  The Nelson’s, Maloney’s, Jacobson’s, Christensen’s, and other Rutland residents took time on the sunny afternoon to support the cause. This year’s event was done virtually due to the pandemic and they hope to have the MDA in-person walk again in 2021. The Rutland fundraising effort raised nearly $4000.00 to support MDA.  Congratulations to the Rad Posse for their annual participation and fundraising!

On Sunday, September 6, the Nordland Lutheran Church congregation welcomed Pastor Julie Johnson who began her ministry with the TNT Parish. The TNT Parish is comprised of Nordland Lutheran in Rutland along with Trinity Lutheran Church in Forman and Trinity Lutheran in Havana. Pastor Julie is a familiar face to many from this area where she grew up, but it has been over 40 years since she lived here. Her parents were Orville and Lila Nelson, who owned a farm not far from Silver Lake. Pastor Julie graduated from Sargent Central High School and then moved from the area. She has three children who live in Fargo. Pastor Julie most recently served the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church congregation in Hillsboro, ND. Welcome back home Pastor Julie!

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Hens Do Crow! Sept. 4, 2020

With a rumble and a roar that rattled the windows and shook the rafters, a thunderstorm rolled over Rutland late on the evening of Thursday, August 27, and into the early morning hours of Friday, August 28. The storm produced no hail, and no significant damage to trees or structures, but it did leave behind a significant amount of precipitation. Roger Pearson and Norbert Kulzer reported .7 and .8 of an inch, respectively, in their gauges in the 400 block of Gay Street, and nearly an inch was recorded in the gauge at the Richard & Delores Lysne residence in the 200 block of Anthony Street. Another thunderstorm rolled over the community on the evening of Sunday, August 30, and the early morning hours of Monday, August 31, but no reports of rainfall amounts from that storm have been received as of this writing. With plenty of sunshine, heat and moisture, everything around here is green and growing, including lawns, corn fields and mosquitoes. Well, the mosquitoes are so green that they appear to be black, but they are growing, that’s for sure!

Two workmen from Williston were in Rutland on the morning of Friday, August 28, installing a new flagpole at the U. S. Post Office here. A new, taller pole was required, they said, in order to comply with new regulations requiring that the POW/MIA Flag be flown directly below the American Flag at all Post Office locations. The new pole is more heavy duty, and considerably taller, than the old pole that had been mounted on the front of the Post Office back in 1981. The two workmen said that they had started out from Williston earlier in the week and had installed new flagpoles at Post Offices in Williston, Pick City, Bismarck, and Gwinner prior to their arrival in Rutland on Friday morning. They completed their project at about Noon on Friday, and headed back to Williston. Their taillights were last seen heading west on ND Highway #11.  The new pole with its two flags is a nice addition to Rutland’s Main Street.

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Hens Do Crow! Aug. 21, 2020

Thursday, August 13th, was a fun evening to be in Rutland as the Rutland Community Club hosted a Back to School Party at the Veterans Memorial Park by City Hall. Members of the Rutland-Cayuga Fire Department grilled burgers and hot dogs to feed the kids and adults who came for the event. The kids cooled off in the pool provided by the Fire Department and tossed the water balloons provided by the Community Club. Chalk art designs were drawn on the sidewalk to be admired by all. A scavenger hunt was available for kids and adults alike and the evening ended with fresh smores made at the fire pit. The Rutland Summer Block Party is usually held in June but, due to Covid-19, it was postponed to August.

At 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 15, family and friends gathered at the Rutland Cemetery to lay to rest the mortal remains of lifelong Rutland resident Sharon Pearson. The graveside service was conducted by Rev. Nicholas Rohde, pastor of Nordland Lutheran Church of Rutland. Among those honoring Sharon’s memory during the service were the members of the Bergman-Evenson Unit of the American Legion Auxiliary of Rutland. Following the service of the cemetery, a reception and luncheon were held at the Rutland Town Hall. Tributes to Sharon were presented during the reception by one of her daughters, Debbie Reuter of Fargo; and by 2 of her nieces: Tracy Wyum of Rutland; and Tammy Widmer of Devils Lake ND. Sharon Lee McNeil was born on September 27, 1942 to Vernal & Marcella (Johnson) McNeil in Britton SD. She grew up and attended school in Rutland, graduating from RHS in the Class of 1960. On September 23, 1961 she married Roger Pearson of this community at Nordland Lutheran Church in Rutland. Following their marriage, they lived in Fargo and Hankinson before returning to Rutland to bring up their three daughters. Sharon was active in the American Legion Auxiliary, the Rutland Community Club and Nordland Lutheran Church. For many years she worked in the interior painting business with Phyllis Sjothun of this community. She passed away on April 14, 2020 after a long period of declining health. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; by three sisters: Marcine Olson; Janet Malstrom; and Loretta Arneson; and, by a brother, William McNeil. Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life are her husband of 59 years, Roger Pearson of Rutland; three daughters: Debbie (Jake) Reuter of Fargo; Brenda (Roger) Gibbon of Milnor; and, Becky (David) Hicks of Fargo; 8 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 1 sister: Beverly (Harlan) Arneson of Wahpeton; numerous nieces and nephews; and, a host of friends. The Price Funeral Chapel of Britton SD and Forman ND assisted with arrangements. Sharon’s many friends in Rutland will miss her calm good humor and stead presence. 

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Hens Do Crow! Aug. 14, 2020

The threat of stormy weather on Sunday, August 9th, did not stop the Rutland Community Club-sponsored Farmers Market. A few brave vendors set up outside with tents and trailers to sell their fresh produce and homemade goods. Most of the vendors were conveniently spaced in the Hall including the stage area. Diggers BBQ served pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs and more to go or eat at the Hall. About 100 individuals from Rutland and the surrounding area stopped in to purchase their sweet corn, green beans, garden carrots, potatoes, and more from the vendors. Although the attendance was down, most likely because of the weather, the event another success according to those who attended. The next, and last, Farmers Market for this season will be held Sunday, September 20 13th from 5 to 6 p.m. next to City Hall and the Veterans Memorial. Be sure to make it in for a great selection of produce, and home-baked and canned goods.

Members of the Rutland Community Club (RCC) met on Monday, August 10, to discuss the Rutland Block Party held on August 13th. The Community Club will serve burgers and hot dogs for those who attend. The big event will be the water balloons and chalk art activities. ServiceMaster was contacted several months ago to provide an estimate on Hall cleaning; they came and measured but the bid has not yet been received. Hopefully, the information will be available for the September meeting. Members reviewed the selection and cost for post lights for Christmas and approved the purchase of five four-foot by four-foot stars to be on the City street lights along Main this winter. A mural is being designed to be done on the North side of the Rutland Oil building, if agreed upon with the owner. The RCC will need to pressure wash and prime the area with the goal to have a design done yet this year. Rutland T-shirts, and hopefully, sweatshirts will be available for purchase this fall. There are three designs available and order information will be out as soon as the details are finalized. The next RCC meeting will be Tuesday, September 15th, at 5 p.m. in City Hall.

The Rutland City Council will hold the 2021 budget public hearing on Monday, September 14, starting at 5 p.m. The public hearing will then be followed by the monthly Council meeting.  The Council is still seeking one individual to serve on the City Zoning & Planning Commission for a four-year term. Member must be a resident of Rutland. Interested individuals should contact City Hall at 701-724-3081 for more information.

That’s it from Rutland. Remember, there is still time to be counted in the 2020 Census so be sure to answer the door if the Census worker knocks. You can also submit your Census online at www.2020census.gov but do so before September 30!

Hens Do Crow! Aug. 7, 2020

Neither wind nor heat nor dark of night nor the coronavirus can stay a farmer from cutting wheat when it’s ready to harvest. Rodney Erickson reports that the 2020 harvest of Spring Wheat in the Rutland area began on Tuesday, July 28, when Nick McLaen hauled the first load to the Wheaton-Dumont Co-op Rutland Elevator. Both the yield and the quality of the crop were very good, Rodney said. The first wheat came in from one of Nick’s fields approximately two miles north of town. Rodney said that he expects more combines to be in the field, and more wheat to be coming in, during the first week of August. Spring wheat is not as big a crop as it once was out here on the northern plains, but it is still an important element in many crop rotation plans, and, if you want to eat good bread, you can’t beat bread made with flour that started out as North Dakota Hard Red Spring Wheat. If you don’t believe it, just ask Dennis or Nick. In addition to taking delivery of grain at the Rutland Elevator, Owner/Manager Rodney Erickson has been busy with aerial application of herbicides, fungicides and pesticides on crops throughout the region. Matt Smith is in charge at the Elevator when Rodney is absent.

Last month Darwin Brakke passed away at his home in Havana. Darwin attended Rutland high school, graduating in 1957, and he married Kathleen Bauman the same year. Together they had four children – Darby, Julie, Jesse, and Janelle. He married Pearl Parrow in 1990. Darwin was one of the original founding members of the Rutland Sportsman’s Club. Over the years, Darwin worked for Ronald Donaldson at Rutland Plumbing & Heating as a plumber and backhoe operation, he owned and operated the Lariat Bar, was a partner in J&B Excavating and was a loader operator for Bernard Mahrer Construction. A private burial for immediate family was held in Rutland and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

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