Hens Do Crow! Nov. 1, 2019

By Deborah Banish

The Rutland Community Club (RCC) Freezer Meals program concluded with another ten women in the kitchen on Wednesday, October 23. Organized by RCC President Katie McLaen, this program has been done annually and is always a fun – and often needed – event for those who are lucky to register early enough. Katie is planning a similar event in January – Kids in the Kitchen – to get the youth started early in making good, nutritious meals and to get them involved early in what Rutland has to offer. Thanks to Katie and the Community Club for sponsoring these programs!

On Sunday, October 27, 2:00 p.m.,  the Rutland American Legion Auxiliary members went around town to “Trick or Treat”. The group included Carolyn Christensen, Joanne Harris, Pam Maloney and Taryn Jenson accompanied by Taryn’s children, Beckette and Cohen Jensen. The Rutland community provided a generous donation of blankets, warm coats, gloves, scarves, stocking caps, and bags of men’s and women’s clothing and $285.00 in cash donations. Now the group will box up all the items and deliver them to the Gladys Ray Shelter for Homeless Veterans. It will take a couple trips to transfer all the items so if anyone still wants to donate there is time – just contact Carolyn Christensen.

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Hens Do Crow! Oct. 25, 2019

By Deborah Banish – and Bill Anderson

The Rutland Center Hall kitchen was a busy place on Wednesday, October 16, when ten women gathered to prepare freezer meals. This was the first of two Wednesday-night sessions under the guidance of Katie McLaen, President of the Rutland Community Club (RCC). The RCC has been sponsoring this event for several years. The final session was held Wednesday, October 23. If you missed it this year, be sure to watch for information next year right after Uffda Day.

Workers from Buskohl Construction of Milnor and from Dakota Design Landscaping of Wahpeton took advantage of pleasant weather to work at straightening, reinforcing and improving the appearance of the front porch at 217 First Street on Friday, October 18. The men from Buskohl Construction straightened a sag in the porch floor and installed bracing to keep it straight, while the Dakota landscaping crew placed landscape fabric beneath the porch to deter the growth of weeds and enhanced the appearance of the front of the house by installing lattice work around the base of the porch. The house, built in 1902 by pioneer Rutland businessman C. E. Johnson, is once again a showpiece on Rutland’s Main Street. It is currently owned by Bill Anderson and Kathy Brakke of this community.

The Rutland American Legion served up another fantastic pancake breakfast on Sunday, October 20. Fresh pancakes, eggs, sausage and orange juice was provided for a free-will donation. The Rutland American Legion Auxiliary members helped cook the pancakes and eggs and also held a free-will bake sale. A big thank you is extended to everyone who attended the event this year.

Nine members of the Rutland Raiders 4-H Club went door-knocking in Rutland on Sunday, October 20, to collect for the Sargent County Food Pantry. The Club extends a big thank-you to everyone who contributed food and cash donations for the Food Pantry.

The Rutland City Auditor will be contacting area residents to serve on the Census Committee known as the Sargent County Complete Count Committee. Members will be required to attend training on November 6th (Wednesday) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Gwinner Community Center. From January- April 2020 members will get the word out, plan local events, and meet every two weeks to a month until May 2020. Recruitment will begin soon as there has been no response to the “call” for volunteers. Please say “yes” when you get the call. It is important to get every resident of Rutland counted on the next census!

North Dakota’s Governor declared a Statewide Flood Disaster Emergency on Monday, October 21, as a steady rain dumped another 1.5 inch of precipitation on Rutland and vicinity. Water levels in the Wild Rice River and in many of the large sloughs in the area are as high, or higher, than they were during the flood disaster years of 2009, ’10 and ’11, and several Township and County roads are once again under water. It was noted that those formerly annual problem areas that were improved with the help of an 80% funding grant from the Federal Highway Administration back in 2013 are high and dry during the current flooding but would all be under water if the improvements had not been made 6 years ago. Sometimes spending money saves money, and those road improvements are an example of the truth of that axiom. The western portion of Sargent County is currently dealing with more water problems than is the east, but the excess water is adversely impacting the entire County, according to County Emergency Manager Wendy Willprecht. The Sargent County Emergency Manager’s Office; the Sargent County NDSU Extension Service Office; and, the Sargent County Public Health District; are currently assisting local units of government, farmers & ranchers and homeowners deal with the consequences of the high water. For the County Emergency Manager call 724-6241, Extension 113; for the Extension Service call 724-3355; and, for the County Health District call 724-3725. Reports are that Lenny Runyan, who resides on the old Maly farm at the top of the hills south of Rutland, has placed an order for a shipment of gopher wood, and will commence construction of an ark as soon as it arrives.

On Sunday, October 27, 2:00 p.m., the Rutland American Legion Auxiliary will “Trick or Treat” for gently used clothing (male or female), toiletries and personal care items and cash donations. Items will be donated to the Gladys Ray Shelter in Fargo.

Upcoming Rutland events: Sunday, October 27, 2 p.m. the Sargent County Farmers Union Annual Meeting in the Rutland Senior Center; Sunday, November 3, 5 p.m. the first session of Zumba will be held in Rutland City Hall sponsored by the RCC (held the first Sunday of each month); Monday, November 4, 5 p.m. Rutland City Council meeting; Monday, November 11, 5 p.m., Rutland Community Club; Saturday, December 14, Santa Day sponsored by the Rutland Community Club. Be sure to check the Rutland website for upcoming events.

That’s it from Rutland this week. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and on the Rutland blog. Keep up with events and announcements on the rutlandnd.com website and share your events by sending an email to rutlandnd@drtel.net. Later.

Hens Do Crow! Oct. 18, 2019

By Deborah Banish

Mother Nature is not playing nice as everyone knows. September began with heavy rains during the first ten days of the month and October 10th brought the first blast of winter weather that led to several school closings. While the kids enjoyed the snowfall, which was ideal for making snowmen, farmers see it as just another challenge to get the soybeans and corn harvest completed or, for many, to even get started.  While most of the snow melted over the weekend, it just saturated the ground even more and blocked some roads with water making getting to the fields another headache to be dealt with. The forecast may provide a glimpse of hope before the next anticipated rainfall.

The Rutland Community Club met on Monday, October 14, at City Hall. Members present discussed Uffda Day – what worked, what didn’t and what needs to be changed for 2020. Katie McLaen and Lori McLaen agreed to head up the 2020 Uffda Day planning and organization; one additional person is needed to help as the three key persons. The lefse could be made further ahead of time to have more to sell; there were complaints about lefse selling out quickly. Santa Day will be held December 14 with Santa expected to arrive around 5:30 p.m. There will be kid crafts, bingo and a free-will meal. The two freezer meal sessions in October are filled. Zumba will begin the first Sunday in November, November 3, and will be held monthly; it is open to anyone. Planning is underway for the Kids in the Kitchen sessions on January 5 and 12, 2020. The next meeting will be November 12 at 5 p.m.

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Hens Do Crow! Oct. 11, 2019

By Deborah Banish

Last weekend was the big celebration of the 35th Annual Uffda Day. The sun was shining, and the wind was blowing but there was a large crowd of visitors. With the great weather, people came as far as Arizona and in-State as far as Pembina and Bismarck for the festivities. There were more vendors than prior years and they overflowed into the streets and alleys so there was a lot to see and do. The kids always enjoy the jump houses and the train rides, and the adults enjoy the company, the food, the vendors, and watching the kids. About 500 people took advantage of the homecooked scalloped potatoes and ham dinner at the Hall, while others enjoyed the Uffda tacos, brats, abelskievers and rommegrot. The parade had some new entries and old standbys and after the parade kids jumped at the opportunity to scramble for Nickels and do their best at the pedal pull. The evening ended with the Norsk-Ski competition that was won by the team of Philip Breker, Maria and Vance Zacharias and Corey Arnold. Needless to say, everyone was tired by the end of the day – even the troll in front of the Hall looked well-worn out on Monday morning.

The Rutland City Council held its monthly meeting on Monday, October 7, and received an update from the City Engineer on the emergency lagoon repair project. The lagoon is functional and ready for use. The contractor will be seeding grass, repairing the fence and cleaning up the project area. The Council adopted the 2020 budget and approved the bond sale for the lagoon project as recommended by City bond counsel. The Council also approved participation in the Sargent County Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census. The Council discussed the condition of the City streets and stated that a repair or overlay will be needed next year which may require another special assessment. The next meeting will be Monday, November 4.

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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.