The Rooster Crows – April 9, 2021

By Bill Anderson

Good things come to those who wait,” the old timers used to say, and once again, they were proved right on the evening of Tuesday, April 6, and the morning of Wednesday , April 7. The drought was not broken, but the edge was taken off of it as a steady drizzle deposited .4 of an inch of rain on Rutland and vicinity as of 9:15 on Wednesday morning, according to Norbert Kulzer’s rain gauge at 415 Gay Street. Roger Pearson, whose rain gauge issituated only a few feet away from Norbert’s, and generally measures less rain than Norbert’s, hadn’t checked his gauge yet, so, at least for now, Norbert’s rain gauge is right. Large amounts of precipitation are not in the near term forecast, but the weather gurus are predicting that showers and damp weather will persist until the weekend. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, “This rain may not be the end of the drought; it may not even be the beginning of the end; but, it may be the end of the beginning.”

The Rutland community is beginning to move to the “New Normal” of the post covid-19 world. On Saturday, April 3, The Rutland Community Club resurrected the community’s traditional Easter Egg Hunt for children in the community.  The event was held in the Rutland Town Hall and in the adjacent City park & playground. The following reportwas received from Community Club President Katie McLaen: “There were over 3,000 eggs hidden and over 50 kids hunting. In addition to the usual prizes, the Rutland Volunteer Firemen donated 6 bicycles as Grand Prizes. Nate Peterson; Raegan Roney; Ruth McLaen; Axel Hanson; Corbin Carlson; and, Jemma Schuster; won them. The Lariat Bar served rolls, juice, bloody Mary’s and mimosas. Hiding the eggs took almost an hour, with 7 people. Finding the eggs only took about 10 minutes.” Thanks to the members of the Rutland Community Club for starting the community revitalization process, and thanks to the Firemen for donating the bicycles.

Despite rapid progress being made on the vaccination front, the covid-19 battle is not yet won, according to Sargent County Public Health District Administrator Brenda Peterson. Ms. Peterson reports that adequate supplies of vaccine are now being received, and that all County residents 18 and older are now eligible to be vaccinated against the virus.  Sargent County now has all three of the vaccines approved for use in the U. S.: Pfizer; Moderna; and Johnson & Johnson; available.  She also said that the County’s nurses will be administering vaccinations at each shift at the Bobcat factory in Gwinner this coming week. Additionally, they will be in the three public schools in Sargent County: Sargent Central; North Sargent; and, Milnor; administering vaccinations to students who are age 16 or older, with parental permission, beginning next week. Sargent County’s covid-19 case count has been at or near 10 for a while, but 10 new cases were reported as of Tuesday, April 6, so the virus is still a threat to public health and the fight is not yet over. Sargent County Public Health has worked through its waiting list, said Ms. Peterson, so those who want a vaccination can now obtain it very quickly. To make an appointment for a covid-19 vaccination call: Sargent County Public Health at 724-3725; Forman Drug at 724-6222; or Sanford Clinic at 742-3267.

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Hens Do Crow! Dec. 4, 2020

The Sargent County 4-H Awards Program was held virtually over Zoom on November 22. The program is usually held in Forman with an audience of members, parents, and grandparents but things were changed this year. The Sargent County Extension Office staff did a wonderful job coordinating the event. The program began with the 4-H Club Leader Awards, the Friend of 4-H Award, and First Year Member Awards. Several 4-H Contest Awards were presented for Crops and Horse Judging, the Horse Quiz Bowl, and the Sargent County Communication Award. The Project Awards, Interview Awards and Membership Awards were presented to deserving youth who had entered the 4-H Achievement Days that were also held virtually in July. Congratulations to the Rutland Raiders 4-H Members who took home over twenty awards in the various categories.

On Saturday, December 5th, The Lariat Bar was going to celebrate owner Pete’s birthday by hosting an ugly sweater party and karaoke. However, with the limited capacity and early closing hours they have decided to change things up. They will still celebrate Pete’s birthday and have an Ugly Sweater Party and Karaoke just a bit earlier. Stop on by for a few drinks, sing a song or two and have a great meal all starting at 3 pm. And do not forget to wear your ugliest sweater and wish Pete a happy birthday! Hope to see you all there!

The Rutland City Council will hold its last meeting of 2020 on Monday, December 7, starting at 5 p.m. Council meetings are always open to the public. Social distancing is maintained.

Santa Claus is making alternative travel and visitation plans during this year of COVID-19. With the change in his plans, the Rutland Community Club will not be hosting a visit to the Rutland Hall this December. Like the Elf on the Shelf this year that has to be quarantined for 14 days before making his rounds, Santa can not squeeze in all the time for the visits with quarantine rules. Santa is making a plan for his safe visits to homes this winter, so you better be good!

That is all the news from Rutland this week. Stay warm and be safe.

Hens Do Crow! Oct. 9, 2020

It was an unusually quiet weekend in Rutland being the first Sunday in October and it was a beautiful day as well. As everyone in Rutland knows, the first Sunday in October is not always sunshine and blue skies. We have had our share of a cold, rainy and blustery Uffda Day. Remember last year? It was great weather, and this would have been two years in a row. Let us hope that next October 3, 2021 is another bright, sunny day. Usually, come Monday, everyone is unwinding from all the work but this year everyone got a break thanks to COVID. At least there is still time to get your (non) 2020 Uffda Day T-shirts or sweatshirt ordered. The clothing has white lettering on black shirts and sweatshirts. You can order through the webstore at https://uffdaday2020.itemorder.com/sale or find the information on the Rutland Facebook page. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Rutland Community Club. Don’t hesitate because today, October 9, is the deadline!  If you are yearning for more reminiscing on Uffda Day, check out the video on the Facebook page.

The Rutland City Council met on Monday, October 5 at City Hall for its regular monthly meeting. The Council received an update on the vacant Public Works position. There has been an inquiry and the information on hours and wages was sent. Mike Bassingthwaite with Interstate Engineering, the City’s Engineer, was present to discuss some projects including new sidewalk along main street and future water tower replacement and water looping projects. The Council approved a fund transfer and the September financials as presented by the City Auditor. The main topic of discussion was the approval of the liquor license for The Lariat Bar which has been closed since early in the year. Peter and Michelle Denault of Abercrombie will be leasing the bar and hope to open it soon. The Council welcomed the opportunity to issue the Denault’s a liquor license for the bar and a special permit to provide alcoholic beverages at the wedding reception at City Hall on Saturday, October 17. The goal is to open the Bar in October, but the exact date has not yet been determined. The Auditor reported that there is only one delinquent water/utility account at this time; if the account is not paid prior to the end of October, the full amount will be a special assessment on the property. The meeting adjourned just before 6 p.m. The next meeting will be November 2, 2020 at 5 p.m. in City Hall.

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Hens Do Crow! Oct. 2, 2020

Debbie Liermark of this community informed friends here last week that she has resigned from her position as a Regional Manager for the Dollar General Store chain of stores and has accepted a new position as Regional Manager for the Casey’s chain of convenience stores in southeastern North Dakota. She will be overseeing twenty stores, she said, with four of them situated in Fargo. The Casey’s stores in Ellendale, Oakes and Lisbon will also be in her territory. In addition, Debbie says that Casey’s is planning to expand the number of its stores in her region. Ms. Liermark’s many friends here wish her well in her new venture.

Dick Meyers informed friends here on Monday, September 28, that “The Family Committee” and the falling temperatures have encouraged him to commence his annual migration to the sunny southwest on Tuesday, September 29. He plans to spend a few weeks visiting at the homes of his son and 3 daughters in Minnesota before taking wing to Phoenix AZ and his winter roost in Sun City. Dick says that he plans to be back in Rutland by Memorial Day 2021, when he expects the covid-19 pandemic to be an unpleasant, and fading, memory. In the meantime, he will be practicing his golf swing in preparation for next year’s “Seniors’ Tour.”

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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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