The Rooster Crows – 9/13/19

By Bill Anderson

Rain, rain, rain!  With the rest of the world experiencing global warming, North Dakota, as usual, is bucking the trend. The Winter of 2018-19 was brutal, with more cold and snow than mortals should have to endure, the last blizzard was in mid-April, the snow didn’t go away until May and the temperature didn’t warm up until the end of June. July seemed to be hot only because it was warmer than June with higher humidity, and the weather has been cool and damp since the beginning of August. Now September has begun with 6 inches of rain in the first 10 days of the month, the same pace it hit back when Noah built the Ark. We are looking forward to an Indian Summer by the end of the month, but you have to have a Summer before you get an Indian Summer, don’t you?

Mr. Keith Olson of Minneapolis was in Rutland over the Labor Day Weekend visiting friends and family here. Keith is the son of the late Morris and Marcine (McNeil) Olson, Rutland natives who maintained loyalty and affection for their home community throughout their lives. Violet (Olson) Wyum; Shirley (Olson) Mahrer; and, Sharon (McNeil) Pearson are Mr. Olson’s aunts. Keith reports that his twp sisters also reside in the suburbs of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. He was heading for home on Wednesday, September 4, but stated that he plans to be back in Rutland for Uff-Da Day on Sunday, October 6.

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Hens Do Crow! August 16, 2019

By Deborah Banish

The Sargent County Farmers Union (SCFU) Education Program in Counties (EPIC) event was held at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge south of Rutland on Thursday, August 8. Elementary and teenage youth attended the event to learn about the farm to table process from Kyla Temple of Rutland, the SCFU Youth Director. The kids learned about the wheat planting, harvesting, and flour making process while making some fresh baked cookies. The older kids displayed their talents painting a canvas farm scene and the younger kids got some exercise doing youth yoga. Kyla Temple, SCFU Youth Director, organized the event sponsored by the Sargent County Farmers Union. The day ended with a family meal catered by The Black Pelican of Wyndmere and sponsored by Full Circle Ag of Britton.

Nordland Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School (VBS) started Wednesday, August 7, with Red Willow Bible Camp staff leading the group. The kids had a ball & they showed their stuff at a program on Friday, August 9th, highlighting their busy week.

Vacation Bible School at NLC
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Hens Do Crow! August 9, 2019

By Deborah Banish

The Rutland City Council met on Monday, August 5, at City Hall with the 2020 budget the primary topic of discussion. Last year, the City levied 95.84 mills for the budget. As a Home Rule City, Rutland is not subject to the 105-mill maximum but the Council recognizes that it has levied larger than desired increases in recent years.  The Council discussed the need for street repairs and sidewalk replacement near the Senior Center and Post Office. The City attempted to obtain grant funding in prior years for the sidewalk project but was never awarded funding. The Council is determined to repair the sidewalk in 2020 and allocated funds in the 2020 budget for that purpose. In other business, the Council was informed that the Emergency Lagoon project preconstruction conference (public meeting) is scheduled for August 14th at 1 pm at City Hall. The Contractor has signed the contracts, which are being reviewed by the Engineer, and, after review, the contracts will be sent to the city for signature. The City’s Community Development Block Grant request for additional funds is ongoing and the ND Department of Health Office is working on the Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan and bond for the project. The City’s radar speed signs have been delivered and will be installed with one on the North and the other at the South end of town on County Road 10. The Council held the first reading of the proposed Health Ordinance, addressing abandoned housing, burning in the City and other items. The City Council scheduled the public hearing on the budget for 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 9. The final budget will be approved at the October 7th Council meeting.

Rutland Junk Fest and Ribfest was held last Saturday, August 3, along with the American Legion Auxiliary Pie and Ice Cream Social. Unfortunately, there was a low turnout in vendors as well as attendees this year which may have been due to events in Britton and Forman or simply the great weather that got people out of town before starting to plan for the return to school in a few weeks. It’s that time of year again kids.

The Rutland Community Club will meet on Monday, August 12th at 7 p.m. in City Hall. Planning for Uffda Day and lefse production will be the primary focus of the meeting. Watch for a schedule of days and times when help will be needed for making lefse and other preparation for the big day. The parade information and sign-up sheet and the vendor registration form are both available on the City’s website at www.rutlandnd.com in the Visitors section on Uffda Day.

That’s it for news from Rutland for this week. If you have any events or news you wish to share for next week or on the Rutland website, please send the information to rutlandnd@drtel.net or drop a note at City Hall.

Hens Do Crow! July 19, 2019

By Deborah Banish

Rutland is not a dying town but a town that tie-dyes as evidenced by over 80 people who attended the Rutland Community Club Groovy Art in the Park event on Thursday, July 11th. Rutland residents were joined by families from Havana, Forman, and other towns for a fun night. Kids and adults alike tie-dyed T-shirts, socks, and bags with many outstanding designs and lots of color. Even the adults got some color, especially Bryce Carlson who had some beautifully colored legs thanks to his playful kids. The grass in the Veteran’s Memorial Park provided some color and many a child had colorful feet before they left. The Community Club provided refreshments and beautiful t-shirt cookies and multicolored cupcakes. Thanks to the Community Club and to everyone who attended to make this a successful event. Photos of the event and some of the completed items can be viewed on the Rutland Facebook page and the blog.

The Rutland City Council reconvened on July 11 to award the bid for the Emergency Lagoon Repair 2019 Project. Two firms bid on the project and City Engineer Tracy Eslinger, from Moore Engineering, summarized the bids for the Council. The Council voted to award the contract to D.L. Barkie Construction of West Fargo for a Total Base Bid of $174,599 plus Alternate 1 (Crossover Pipe and Gate Valve Bid) of $22,488 for a total project estimated cost of $197,087.00. Acceptance of the bid is contingent upon approval of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Community Development Block Grant for the additional funds to cover the increased costs. The City Council will hold its next meeting on Monday, August 5 when the 2020 preliminary budget will be approved, as required by State Law; the final budget is required to be adopted after a public hearing no later than October 10.

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Hens Do Crow! July 12, 2019

By Deborah Banish

Rutland was the place to over the weekend of July 5-6 when over 100 former Rutland School students gathered for the all-school reunion.  Rutland High School closed in 1963 but anyone who ever went to school in Rutland was invited to the reunion.  Steve Wyum, Earl Fust, Eugene Breker and Bill Anderson, the Rutland Brothers – not to be confused with the Statler Brothers – performed at the banquet on Saturday evening. Everyone had a great time and all look forward to the next all-school reunion.

The Rutland Brothers!
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Hens Do Crow! – June 14, 2019

By Deborah Banish

The Rutland Community Club (RCC) has been keeping the town hopping this past week – and plans to continue holding events and activities throughout the summer. The Summer kick-off – Family Fun Night – was held last Thursday, June 6 at the Veterans Memorial Park. Over 150 area residents came to participate in the fun. Michael Mahrer was the grill chef preparing the burgers and hot dogs for the meal. The Community Club provided salad, chips, beverages and dessert. Everyone enjoyed the meal. Katie McLaen, RCC President, emceed the event that started with the announcement and crowning of Miss Rutland Jordan Peplinski and the crowning of Miss Lefse Lucy Mahrer and Mr. Lefse Brody Mahrer (cousins!). Following the royalty crowning, three teams were challenged with the Rutland trivia game covering several events from Rutland history and recent items of interest. The team of Norbert Kulzer, Pam Maloney and Lori McLean won the challenge and were awarded gift certificates to The Lariat Bar and Grill. The full list of the trivia questions – and photos of the three teams – can be found on the Rutland blog along with other pictures from Fun Night.

The KVRR Town of the Year competition continues as Rutland made it to Round 2. Thank you to everyone who voted in the first round – Rutland won by only 28 votes over Hatton, ND. This week Rutland is facing off against Sheyenne. Votes have already surpassed the total from Round 1, but it is another close race. Be sure to get out and vote daily on every device you have. Voting ends Monday, June 17, at 3 p.m. Please get out the vote to help Rutland win this round by going to the KVRR website and click on the Town of the Year link  https://www.kvrr.com/weather/town-of-the-week/. If you have more than one device, be sure to get your vote done on each one!

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Rutland Fun Night

By Katie McLaen

It was a wonderful night in Rutland last night, June 6, 2019. The Rutland Block party of 2019 was a huge success. Jordon Peplinski was crowned as Miss. Rutland. The Rutland royalty continues with Brody Mahrer being crowned Mr. Lefse and Lucy Mahrer being crowned Miss Lefse. Over 800 water balloons were used and there are plans to cross the 1,000 threshold next year! Many volunteers made this event possible! Thank you to all!