The Rooster Crows – Nov. 19, 2021

By Bill Anderson

Mother Nature gave Rutland a shot of rain on Wednesday, November 10, that coated streets and sidewalks with a sheet of ice, and then followed up with some big, fluffy snowflakes to create a slushy, mushy, slippery mess. The rainfall measured .25 of an inch of rain according to the electronic gauges at the Chuck & Mary Beth Anderson farm 6½ miles southwest of Rutland and the Mike & Debbie Banish farm 2 miles south of town. According to The Assembled Wise Men, there was about 2 inches of snow from the flurries on Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Fierce winds, gusting up to 60 mph, on the night of Thursday, November 11, raised concerns, but everything seemed to be intact when the big blow subsided on Friday. A sunny day on Monday, the 15th, and a temperature in the mid-40’s on Tuesday, the 16th, cleared out most of last week’s ice & snow, making room for the next blast that’s sure to come. A new blast of wind was tearing at the countryside on the morning of Wednesday, November 17, and chuck Anderson said that the anemometer on his electronic weather station indicated gusts up to 37 mph by 9:00 a.m. The wind was out of the west, so, if it doesn’t relocate us to Minnesota, we’ll report further next week.

Rutland native Janelle Brakke reports that she has moved from the South Fargo apartment which has been her home for the past 9 years to a townhouse on 39th Avenue South in Fargo, a few blocks west of 45th Street. According to Janelle, the townhouse complex in which her new home is situated was originally constructed in the 1970’s, but it has been well maintained and was recently thoroughly renovated. The townhouse is considerably larger than her old apartment and, best of all, it has an attached garage. Janelle is an RN, and is employed by Clay County Public Health in Moorhead.

Rodney Erickson reports that harvest activity in the Rutland area wrapped up last week, and that the final loads of corn from the 2021 crop were hauled in to the Rutland Elevator on the evening of Tuesday, November 9, just before the rain started. The best that can be said for the 2021 corn and soybean crops in this area is that neither was as bad as anticipated, and that both were better than expected. As the late Dave Hoflen of this community often observed, “There have been 2 good years in North Dakota, 1914 and next year.” Hope springs eternal, and there’s better times a’comin’!

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The Rooster Crows – Nov. 12, 2021

By Bill Anderson

The first weekend in November may have been the last weekend of “Indian Summer” for the year of 2021. Friday through Sunday had temperatures in the 60’s, topping out at 67 degrees (that’s above Zero) on Saturday, November 6. Monday and Tuesday, November 8 & 9, were both bright, sunny days with the mercury hitting the mid-50’s, but the TV weather experts are assuring us that the pleasant conditions will end by Wednesday, November 10. Those dreaded 4 letter words, rain, cold, wind and snow are in the forecast for the days ahead. Farmers with crops still in the field have been running their combines and trucks day and night, trying to reach the end of the harvest before Mother Nature puts an end to it for them. Well, it’s not as if we didn’t know it was coming, and it won’t be the first time, nor the last, that mud and snow have made life difficult for local farmers. Still, it’s always preferable to have the harvest all wrapped up before Old Man Winter arrives, rather than to have him riding in the combine cab with you.

The 2021 North Dakota rifle season for Whitetail deer opened at Noon on Friday, November 5, but local hunters are not reporting much success, so far. The weather has been too nice, and neither the deer nor the hunters have been in the mood for the chase. The situation is expected to improve this coming weekend, though, as more seasonal conditions move into the region.

There has been one report of deer hunter success so far this week. Jim Huckell, who has been successfully hunting deer in the coulees of the Coteau des Prairies Hills south of Rutland since the days of John C. Fremont and Joseph Nicollette, well, maybe not quite that long, bagged a good sized 4 X 5 buck just before sunset on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 9. Jim has farmed and ranched in the hills since his childhood days, and knows every draw and coulee like the back of his hand. When you know the land you’re hunting on; the habits of the animal you’re hunting; and, the characteristics of the weapon you’re hunting with; you’re halfway to deer sausage on the grill.

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The Rooster Crows – Oct. 29, 2021

By Bill Anderson

The rain keeps on coming, a little here, a little there, and the next thing you know, we’re talking real water. Roger Pearson’s rain gauge registered .8 of an inch after the rain stopped on Wednesday, October 20, and held another .55” after the rain on the afternoon of Sunday, October 24, while Norbert Kulzer’s gauge registered nothing from either event, as he had taken his gauge in so it doesn’t freeze up when the hard freeze does finally arrive. Mike Banish reported that the gauge out at the Banish farm, 2 miles south of town, held .88” on the 20th, and .55” on the 24th; and Chuck Anderson said that the gauge at his farm in Weber Township measured .79” from the 20th and .42” on the 24th. As of this writing, on the morning of Wednesday, October 27, it is raining again, and Chuck Anderson reported that .4” had fallen at his place by 9:00 a.m. Tune in next week for the complete report.

Sargent County Public Health District’s nurses are scheduled to be at the Rutland Senior Citizens’ Center from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, November 1, to administer covid-19 booster shots. These boosters are the Moderna brand. There is no charge, so stop by and get boosted. Sargent County Public Health District Administrator Brenda Peterson reports that Health District nurses have also been delivering the Pfizer booster. According to Ms. Peterson, those seeking a booster for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are being referred to the Forman Drug for assistance. Ms. Peterson also reported that there are still some folks who are coming in for their first vaccination shots. For information about covid-19 vaccinations and boosters, call: Sargent County Public Health at 724-3725; Forman Drug at 724-6222; or Sanford Clinic at 742-3267. In Sargent County, the vaccinations are not only administered with efficiency, but those getting a shot will also receive a big smile, free of charge. A new staff member, Tracie Ruch, has recently joined the Sargent County Public Health District team. Her position is funded by a grant, according to Ms. Peterson. The grant is good to 2023 and will have to be reapplied for at that time.

The Rutland Community Club met at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20, in the Rutland Town Hall. President Katie McLaen reports that the first topic of discussion was a review of Uff-Da Day XXXVI that was held on Sunday, October 3. All agreed that the event was a big success, and planning for next year’s Uff-Da Day, scheduled for Sunday, October 2, 2022, has begun. There will be some tweaking of the formula, with some new Uff-Da Day events and activities in the development stage. The preliminary financial report indicates that the 2021 version of Uff-Da Day resulted in net income of approximately $13,000 for the Community Club. In other business, club members present approved the purchase of new Christmas decorations and banners for Rutland’s Main Street. Santa Claus has accepted Rutland’s invitation to make his 76th annual pre-Christmas visit to Rutland since the end of World War II travel restrictions. Santa Claus Day in Rutland will be on Saturday, December 11, this year, with Santa scheduled to make his appearance at the Rutland Town Hall from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Mark it on your calendar: Santa Claus Day in Rutland on Saturday, December 11.

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The Rooster Crows – Oct. 15, 2021

By Bill Anderson

Accompanied by booming thunder and driving rain, Autumn charged in on a chariot of rampaging wind and blazing lightning during the early evening hours of Saturday, October 9. Summer, it seemed, had overstayed her welcome, and had to be driven out with a display of raw power. Although the wind was ferocious, and the area was subject to a tornado warning for part of the evening, Sunday morning’s inspection revealed little damage in the Rutland community. In the rain department, Norbert Kulzer’s rain gauge at 415 Gay Street recorded 1.75”; Roger Pearson’s, right next door, showed 1.4”; Chuck Anderson’s gauge at his Weber Township farm home showed 1.2”; Dennis McLaen’s gauge at the McLaen farm northwest of Town, showed 1.5”; Jim Levery’s gauge on the north side of ND Highway #11, 3½ miles east of the Rutland corner, held 2”; and, Doug Spieker stated that his gauge at the old Clarence & Adeline Breker farmstead in Tewaukon Township contained 2” after the storm had passed. The rain brought harvest activities to a halt, but only briefly. The soil, still thirsty after last Summer’s drought and heat, soaked the moisture up quickly. Dennis McLaen reported that combines and trucks were rolling through corn fields by Monday afternoon. According to Denny Pherson, the topsoil and subsoil moisture are now nearly reunited, a good sign for next Spring. More rain was arriving on the morning of Wednesday, October 13, but no totals were available as of this writing as the rain was still coming down. Tune in next week for more exciting weather news.

Claire Brakke & Alex Markovic of Madison WI; Alex’s parents, Mike & Lisa Markovic of Chicago IL; Alex’s brother, Nick Markovic of Glen Ellyn IL; and, a Markovic family friend, Javier Soltelo of Aurora IL; were Weekend guests at the Jesse Brakke home in Ransom Township from Thursday, October 7 to Monday, October 11. This was Mike & Lisa’s first visit to North Dakota. Alex, Nick & Javier took advantage of the North Dakota Pheasant season opener to hunt the wily ringneck, with some success, on Saturday & Sunday. Mike & Lisa headed back to Chicago, via Minneapolis, on Sunday afternoon, and the remainder of Jesse’s visitors headed for their respective homes about Noon on Monday.

This community was saddened last Friday when it was learned that longtime Rutland resident, businesswoman and community stalwart, Lois Nelson, had passed away on the evening of Thursday, October 7. Lois was a resident of Four Seasons Healthcare Center in Forman at the time of her death. She had attained the age of 95 years, 7 months and 22 days. Lois Maxine Colby was born in Gwinner ND on February 15, 1926, the second of the 7 children of Rollo and Ella (Hanson) Colby. She grew up on the Colby’s family farm in Dunbar Township, and attended Elementary School in the Townships 1 room country schools. On November 10, 1944, she was united in marriage with Ralph Nelson of Rutland Township. They farmed in the Rutland area until 1953, when they took over management of the Producers-Consumers Cooperative Cream Station in Rutland, and moved to town. On December 24, 1962, Lois, Ralph and family, acquired the Rutland Café, and operated it until they retired and sold the business on December 24, 1998. During the 36 years that they owned and operated the Café, they also lived in it, making their home in the rooms on the east end of the Café building. To start with, the Café was open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day, except for Saturdays and dance nights, when it was open until the last customer left, whenever that might be, and on Sundays, when it was open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Lois & Ralph served home cooked meals, and were noted for their hamburgers which generally had a beef patty in them that was about an inch larger in diameter than the bun in which it was served. Throughout the 60’s, a big cheeseburger with an order of fries and a hand-made malted milk, made with real milk and real ice cream, could be purchased at the Rutland Café for 75 cents. With the burger on one side, the malt on the other, and the fries in the center, that was a well-balanced meal! Lois was noted for her baking, particularly the cakes, cookies and bars, especially the date bars, she prepared for the Café’s customers. For many years she baked most of the homemade bread served with Rutland’s Uff-Da Day dinner at the Town Hall. She was an active member of Nordland Lutheran Church, and served as president of the Ladies Aid, as a Sunday School teacher and as a member of the Church Council. Back in the 1950’s, when her boys were young, she served as a Cub Scout Den Mother. Lois is survived by: two sons, Edward Nelson of Crookston MN; and, Richard Nelson of Valley City ND; one daughter, Barbara Rick of Fergus Falls MN; by 8 grandchildren; by 8 great-grandchildren; and, by numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph, in January of 2009; by her parents; by 3 brothers: Don; Roger; and, Richard; and, by 3 sisters: Betty Nelson; Audrey Johnson; and, Shirley Dahl. The funeral for Lois Nelson will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 16, at Nordland Lutheran Church in Rutland, with Pastor Julie Johnson officiating. Interment will be in the Rutland Cemetery. The Price Funeral Chapel of Britton and Forman is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Barbara Rick, 1210 Stony Brook Rd, Fergus Falls MN 56537. The Rutland community extends condolences to the family and friends of Lois Nelson, a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who worked hard, fed thousands and made life better for all she met.

The October meeting of the Rutland Community Club, originally set for Monday, October 11, has been rescheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20, at the Rutland Town Hall, according to Community Club President Katie McLaen. At that time, Club officers expect to be ready to present a report on Uff-Da Day XXXVI, held on Sunday, October 3, and to begin preparing for Uff-Da Day XXXVII on the First Sunday in October, 2022. Also expected to be discussed are: the Rutland Post Office situation; Santa Claus Day 2021; Fun Night; and, the Annual Community Play.

The Rutland Post Office is still closed as of Wednesday, October 13. The original “few days” is now turning into a “few weeks,” and a “few months” won’t be far behind. It has been learned that the U. S. Postal Service has recently pulled the same sudden, no public notice closure routine at several other small town Post Offices in North Dakota, including the Offices in Parshall ND and Alexander ND. The closures have supposedly been due to “health and safety concerns,” although no specific concerns have been identified. Patrons of the Rutland Post Office are urged to write to North Dakota’s Congressional delegation: Senator John Hoeven; Senator Kevin Cramer; and, Congressman Kelly Armstrong; to request their assistance in restoring a Post Office facility to the Rutland community. Congress has oversight over the Postal Service, and the establishment and operation of a postal system is one of the responsibilities specifically assigned to the U. S. Congress in Article I of the U. S. Constitution. The Postal Service is in need of a shakeup, as the course it is now on, charging more for fewer hours, slower delivery and less service, is not a recipe for success. Firing the current Postmaster General, and replacing the current Board of Directors, would be a good start, so let’s get started!

Well, that’s the news from Rutland for this week. For additional information about what’s going on in the little city that can, check out the community’s internet web site at www.rutlandnd.com, and take a look at the Rutland Facebook page while you’re at it, too. Remember to patronize your local Post Office, and don’t forget to keep the pressure on the U. S. Postal Service and the North Dakota Congressional delegation to SAVE OUR POST OFFICE! Later.

The Rooster Crows – Oct. 8, 2021

by Bill Anderson

Uff-Da, what a day!   Sunday, October 3, 2021, Uff-Da Day XXXVI, was a great day in the little city that can.  It was a beautiful day, with a bright blue sky and sunshine all day long, with just enough of a breeze to keep the boxelder bugs grounded. The Sun really does always shine on Rutland! The streets were full of people, and it must have been raining happiness, as every face had a smile. More than 3,000 lefse, 18 roasters of scalloped potatoes with ham, gallons of rommegrot, hundreds of krumkake, sandkaker & abelskivers, Uff-Da Tacos and bratwursts had been consumed by the time activities started to wind down. All that was left was the aroma of good cooking. Among the highlights of this year’s event were: the 2021 car show organized by David & Pat Bladow, and members of their family, that included 83 antique, classic, restored & modified automobiles from throughout North Dakota, South Dakota & Minnesota; the one room country school exhibit in which Val Pherson, Julie Hassebroek and a group of local youngsters, all dressed in period garb demonstrated what school was like back in “the good old days,”, while a panel composed of Gary Thornberg, Harlan Nundahl, Norbert Kulzer, Shirley Mahrer, John Hoflen, Jeanne Leinen and Gerry Leinen described what their experiences had been in the one room schools they had attended out there on the prairie, way back when; Joel Susag grinding wheat flour & corn meal using his mill powered by an old one-lung flywheel motor; the sawmill operated by Sod Buster volunteers from Fort Ransom and powered by Joel Susag’s WD-45 Allis Chalmers tractor; The American Legion Color guard composed of Larry Christensen, Doug Olstad, Andy Hoflen, Andy Harris & Calvin Jacobson that led the Uff-Da Day Parade through town; and, the Norse Mythology unit in the Uff-Da Day Parade in which members of the Nelson & Pederson families portrayed characters from our Scandinavian ancestors’ pagan past. Arts & craft vendors reported a great day, and local youngsters with their wagon loads of pumpkins, squash and other garden produce did a land office business. The Nickel Scramble and Uff-Da Day pedal tractor pull had enthusiastic participation by kids of all ages.  At 3:00 p.m. activities paused as the community paid its respects to the late Ronald D. Narum, Rutland’s Mayor from 1972 until his death in 2020, by dedicating a park bench in his memory, with remarks by current Rutland Mayor Mike Mahrer; Ron’s niece, Pastor Julie Johnson; and, an old friend, Bill Anderson. According to Rutland Community Club President and Uff-Da Day XXXVI Chairperson Katie McLaen, planning for Uff-Da Day XXXVII will begin at the next meeting of the Rutland Community Club on Monday, October 11, at the Rutland Town Hall. Uff-Da Day XXXVII will be on Sunday, October 2, 2022.

Among the throng in Rutland for Uff-Da Day were former residents: Pat Prindiville from Horace ND; Mark Prindiville from Fargo; Mike Prindiville from Minneapolis MN; Ann Hoflen from St. Paul MN; John Hoflen from Bismarck; Allison (Hoflen) Glarum from West Fargo ND; Clarence “Stub” & Sharon(Lee) Sundlie from Fargo; Brent Sundlie from Valley City ND; Bonita (Bauman) Sundlie and daughter, Lisa, from Horace ND; Harlan Nundahl from Fargo; Gerry & Jeanne Leinen from Fairmount ND; Mary Alice (Pearson) Oyloe from Williston ND; Alan Bergman from Backes MN; David Bergman from Denver CO; Dennis Bergman from Huron SD; Gary Bergman from St. Paul MN; Jim Thol; Glen Larson from Watertown SD, and 3 of his sisters; Dean & Carol (Henjum) Nundahl from Mankato MN; Corrine (Narum) Romereim and granddaughter, Brandy Romereim, from Wahpeton ND; Gary Narum from Fargo ND; Steve & Judie (Anderson-Seavert) Grohs from Rosholt SD; Dan Narum and son, Asher, from Lamoure ND; Rita (Grammond) Trygstad from Redfield SD; and, many more. 

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The Rooster Crows – Oct. 1, 2021

By Bill Anderson

The Sun always shines on Rutland! And, that’s what the weather gurus are predicting for Uff-Da Day XXXVI, the community’s annual Fall Festival with a Scandinavian theme, on Sunday, October 3. According to Rutland Community Club President and Uff-da Day Chairperson Katie McLaen, activities are scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning with arts & crafts vendors, demonstrations & exhibits. The good times will just roll on from then throughout the day. There will be sandkaker & krumkake at the Legion Hall; abelskievers being prepared before your eyes in front of the Legion Hall; dinner at the Rutland Town Hall commencing at 11:00, featuring Rutland’s scalloped potatoes with ham, prepared with real potatoes, real ham and real cream; lefse and rommegrot will be available in the Seniors’ Center and the Rutland Park Bord will be serving Uff-Da Tacos and bratwursts at the Rutland Fire Hall. That’s not all, either. The Annual Uff-Da Day Parade is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m., with Lowell Wyum announcing the entries on Main Street; the “Nickel Scramble” sponsored by Kenny & Tanya Hamilton and Joe’s Ag Supply will follow the parade; and the Pedal Tractor competition will follow the Nickel Scramble. At 3:00 p.m. a dedication ceremony honoring the late Ronald Narum, Rutland’s Mayor from 1972 until his death in 2020, the community’s “Mr. Fix-It,” and the guy who knew where everything was and which keys were for which locks, will be held in front of The Stock Growers Bank building at the corner of Gay & First Streets. Meanwhile, the “Bounce Houses” across the street from the Town Hall will be entertaining some youngsters, while others take a ride on the Uff-Da Train. The Rutland Depot Museum, Pioneer House and Country School exhibits will be open throughout the day. The Uff-Da Day Committee promises a great day, and they have always delivered in the past. This Sunday, October 3, Rutland will be the place to be for a good time with good fun, good food and good friends. Plan to arrive early, and to stay late!

Readers may recall that Roger Pearson’s rain gauge measured .2 of an inch of precipitation from the drizzle back on Monday, September 20, while the gauge of his next door neighbor, Norbert Kulzer, registered .4 of an inch. A third report has now been received from Chuck Sundlie, whose gauge is set up in his backyard, 2 blocks south of Roger & Norbert. According to Chuck, his gauge agreed with Norbert’s, making the official total from the September 20 rain event .4 of an inch. It always has to be 2 against 1!

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