The Rooster Crows – Nov. 26, 2021

By Bill Anderson

Thanksgiving, at least Thanksgiving dinner, came a week early to the Rutland Seniors Center on Wednesday, November 17. Head cook Janet Kiefer prepared Thanksgiving dinner with turkey; dressing; mashed potatoes & gravy; green bean casserole; cranberries; lefse; and, pumpkin pie with whipped topping; for a total of 33 patrons, 24 who enjoyed their dinner together at the Seniors’ Center, and 9 who had their dinners delivered by “Meals On Wheels,” otherwise known as Roger Pearson & Hal Nelson. Janet and her husband, Cliff, headed south on Thursday, November 18, bound for Dallas TX to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their son, Andy, and his family. Delores Lysne filled in for Janet in the Seniors’ Center kitchen on Thursday, November 18, and Diane Smith was in charge of dinner preparation on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, November 22, 23 & 24. Rutland’s Seniors are fortunate to have three such talented & capable chefs ready, willing and able to take charge in the kitchen and do the cooking the way their mothers taught them.

Aaron & Silvia Brooks of this community were called to Yuma AZ last week, where Silvia’s father, Alfredo Tastana, was seriously ill with covid-19. Mr. Tastana passed away on Thursday, November 18. According to Silvia, there will be a funeral service later this week at Yuma, followed by interment of her father’s remains at his home community in Mexico. Mr. & Mrs. Brooks expect to be back home in Rutland sometime next week. The Rutland community extends condolences to the family of Alfredo Tastana on the loss of the family’s patriarch. May he rest in peace.

Five of Rutland’s “Happy Warriors:” Mike Mahrer; Kyle Mahrer; Vaughan Rohrbach; Bill Hoflen; and, Jesse Brakke; accompanied by Steve Thorfinnson & Alwood Huckell of Fort Ransom; and, Ray Ohm of Hankinson; departed Rutland on Tuesday, November 16, bound for their hunting grounds in western Kentucky, where the whitetail deer are as plentiful as are cottontail rabbits in North Dakota. The group from Rutland has been hunting whitetails in western Kentucky, near the town of Clinton KY, for the past several years. The area has a combination of small farms and dense woods, ideal habitat for whitetail deer. The local residents consider the deer to be a nuisance and are happy to have hunters come in to harvest the surplus. The hunters expect to be back home by Wednesday, November 24. 

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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. 22, 2021

By Bill Anderson

It was bound to happen, sooner or later, but who would have thought that it would have taken this long? Roger Pearson’s rain gauge registered 1 full inch of rain on Wednesday, October 13, and Norbert Kulzer’s rain gauge, right next door, measured .9 of an inch from the same event. For the first time in 2021, Roger’s gauge measured more rain than did Norbert’s from the same rainfall. What this turnabout portends for the future is anyone’s guess. Will the Red Sox win the World Series? Will the Vikings win the Super Bowl? Well, we can’t expect miracles from .1 of an inch of rain, but it does appear that the times may be a’changin’.

June 26, 2022 will be the 40th anniversary of Rutland’s record breaking World’s Largest Hamburger, but October 28, 2021, is the 40th anniversary for the Waloch-Johnson Insurance Agency, the company that has been providing insurance services in the Rutland community for the past couple of decades. Kristine Radke, the agent in charge of the Waloch-Johnson Insurance Agency office on Rutland’s Main Street, has invited the Rutland community to a 40th anniversary Open House from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the afternoon of Thursday, October 28. Kristine promises coffee, cookies, prizes and straight talk about insurance. The Waloch-Johnson Agency is the successor of the Anderson Insurance Agency that provided insurance services in the Rutland community from 1907 until it was merged with the First National Agency of Milnor back in the mid 1990’s and was later acquired by Waloch-Johnson in the early years of the 21st Century. The Waloch-Johnson Agency provides a full line of insurance services for family, farm, home, auto and business needs. Be sure to stop in on Thursday, October 28, to join in the celebration.

James & Sydney Brakke of Somerset WI, accompanied by their English Spaniel dog, Mabel, are visiting at the home of James’ Dad, Jesse Brakke, in Ransom Township this week. James is a 2010 graduate of SCHS and a 2016 graduate of the School of Pharmacy at NDSU in Fargo. He is currently employed as pharmacy manager at the New Richmond WI Walmart store. James, Sydney & Mabel arrived at Rutland on Tuesday, October 19, and plan to head back to Wisconsin on Sunday, October 24.

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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 – July 2, 2021

By Bill Anderson

Moisture continues to be in short supply in the Rutland area, but .25 of an inch of rain on the morning of Saturday, June 26, and another .15 of an inch on the morning of Monday, June 28, provided continued sustenance to growing crops, and continued hope to worried farmers and their anxious bankers. The forecast for the next couple of weeks calls for clear skies and temperatures into the 90’s, a forecast not likely to produce a lot of smiles on the faces of local grain and livestock producers. Although predictions of the quantity and quality of the crops currently growing are chancy, the old prediction that it always rains after a long dry spell is a sure bet. So, put your money on the arrival of rain. It may not be enough, and it may not be in time, but it will arrive. It never fails!

Former Rutland area residents Doug & Nancy Glarum of Battle Lake MN were visitors in their old home town on Wednesday, June 23. They had been over to Havana to pick up some locally produced meat from Drew Smith & Lacey Block at Ranchers Rebellion Beef. Nancy reports that she is still working for the abstract company, but she has been transferred from the company’s Detroit Lakes office to the office in Perham MN, giving her a shorter commute to and from work. During their time in Rutland they enjoyed lunch at The Lariat Bar, and then sparked an impromptu reunion with old friends on Main Street as: Bill Anderson; Chuck Sundlie; Lori McLaen; Ione Pherson; Jerry & Patty Woytassek; and, many others; stopped to greet their old friends. They report that their daughter, Megen, and her family; and, their son, Brent, and his daughter; now work and make their homes in West Fargo ND, where Brent has recently purchased a new home.

Ms. Katie Wolters resigned her position as Postal Clerk in charge of the Rutland Post Office as of Wednesday, June 9. Ms. Wolters had been at the Rutland Office since Lori McLaen was transferred to the Gwinner Post Office in the spring of 2020. With all 5 of Katie’s children now in school, she has decided to head back to school herself, to further her own education with some college classes. Former Rutland Postal Clerks Lori McLaen and Bert Siemieniewski will be serving as the tag team managers of the Rutland Office until a permanent clerk is hired to replace Ms. Wolters. Patrons of the Rutland Post Office are sorry to lose Katie’s services, and wish her well in her new endeavors.

Take me out to the ballgame! Rutland’s Roosters are flying high once more. On Tuesday, June 22, the Roosters took on a tough and seasoned team from Havana at Lou Sanderson Field, and finished them off in 2 games, both by the 10 run rule in 5 innings. A week later, on Tuesday, June 29, the hard-hitting Lisbon team was at Lou Sanderson Field, looking for a chicken dinner, but the Roosters put 2 more games into the Win column, again by the 10 run rule after 5 innings. It appears that the Roosters have hit their stride and will be heading into the 2nd half of the season with a full head of steam. Keep your eyes open for the next home game. The team at the Lou Sanderson Field concession stand has been practicing their art, too, and can now get a bratwurst from the grill to the customer faster than Bobby Richardson & Moose Skowron could pull off a double play.

Speaking of smoothly operating teams, Cogswell native Brad Arneson, now a District Manager with the Bobcat Company, had his team of dealers from the State of Missouri up at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge south of Rutland from Tuesday, June 22 to Friday, June 25. The Bobcat dealers met with company representatives to discuss new developments in the industry in a relaxing setting. A total of 14, including Bobcat experts from Gwinner and Fargo were at the Lodge for the meeting. Others in the group with ties to Sargent County included Forman native Brady Seavert, son of Judie (Anderson) Seavert and the late Ron Seavert, and Regional Manager Shane Christensen, son of Sonja (Anderson) Christensen and the late Charles Christensen. On Tuesday, June 22, the entire group was at The Lariat Bar for their evening repast. The Coteau des Prairies Lodge is proving to be a popular venue for business meetings as well as social gatherings. For information about the Lodge, check out the cdplodge.com web site, or give Olivia a call at 701.680.1175.

Work has commenced on the Rutland Community Club’s mural on the north wall of the Rutland Oil Company building on Main Street. Artist Shelly (Pherson) fink, assisted by her mother, Ione Pherson, applied the primer and base coat on Wednesday, June 23. The mural itself will be a work in progress for the next several weeks.

Kelly Hawkinson of Kalispell MT visited in Rutland, at the home of her uncle, Bill Anderson, on Thursday & Friday, June 24 & 25. Kelly is the daughter of the late Harvey Anderson and one of the granddaughters of the late Earl & Irene Anderson of this community. Among her numerous jobs, Kelly is employed as Secretary and statistician for the Professional Bull Riders organization at many rodeos across the western half of the United States. On Saturday, June 26, she performed her duties at the big rodeo in Binford ND, northeast of Jamestown. Binford is about the same size as Rutland, but draws about 5,000 rodeo fans on each day of its 3 day annual event. Kelly drove back to Kalispell on Sunday, June 27, and was at work at her regular employment on Monday morning.

Saturday, June 26, was a big day for celebrations of life, and for celebrating milestones of life. In Rutland, a memorial service was held for Teresa Gilbertson, a sister of the late Catherine (VanVlanderen) Jacobson of this community at Nordland Lutheran Church with the Rev. Julie Johnson officiating. Interment was in the Rutland Cemetery. Mrs. Gilbertson had grown up in the Geneseo-Lidgerwood area, but had spent most of her life in California. She was a maternal aunt to Carolyn Christensen, Calvin Jacobson, Diane Smith and Pam Maloney of Rutland, and Boyd Jacobson Jr. of Starbuck MN. In Forman, a graveside interment service for the late Mike Seavert, a friend of many in this community, was held at the Forman Cemetery on Saturday, June 26, also with Rev. Julie Johnson officiating. Mr. Seavert had passed away on Saturday, June 12, about a month before his 71st birthday. On the afternoon of Saturday, June 26, about 250 to 300 of the friends of the late Harris Lee Anderson gathered at the Anderson family’s farm home east of Havana to celebrate the life of a man who had been friend to many. Harris had served as a 4-H leader, Township officer, County Commissioner and Chairman of the Sargent County Health District Board. He was active in both the Rutland and Havana communities. The gathering at the Anderson farmstead on Saturday afternoon was impressive, and an indication of the esteem in which his fellow citizens held Harris Anderson. Later on the afternoon of Saturday, June 26, the friends and family of Ted & Joan Lee of this community hosted a 50th Anniversary party at The Green Lantern Hall in Geneseo. . The Rutland community extends congratulations to Ted & Joan on their Golden Anniversary, and wishes them many more happy years together.

Rutland native Wayne Susag was a visitor in his old home town during the week of June 27-July 2. Wayne, who resided in Minneapolis for 43 years, reports that he has recently acquired a new home and relocated to Desert Palm Springs CA. He said that it’s hard to believe that his younger sister, Sandy, is catching up to him in the age department. Wayne and his brother, Joel, intend to head out to the home of their older sister, Carolyn Story, at Billings MT for the Independence Day holiday.

Dave & Pat Kulzer of Condon MT, accompanied by their dog, Buster, arrived in Rutland on the afternoon of Monday, June 28, at the conclusion of a 3 day trip from northwestern Montana to southeastern North Dakota. Unlike earlier days, when they used to make the trip in one long, grueling day, they now travel at a more leisurely pace. They report that Montana is dry, and getting drier, with forest and prairie fire concerns rising by the day. After spending a few days in Rutland, at the home of Pat’s brother, Paul Anderson, at 309 Gay Street, they intend to drive over to Lanesboro MN for a reunion of the descendants of Myrtle (Aus) Kulzer near where her grandfather homesteaded after his arrival from Norway back in the 1870’s. Dave’s brother & sister-in-law, Norbert & Bev Kulzer of Rutland, also plan to attend the reunion. Dave & Pat intend to be back in Rutland on Tuesday, July 6, and to begin their return trek to their home in Montana’s Swan River Valley on Saturday, July 10. Buster is a good passenger, and is happy to just go along for the ride.

According to Joel Susag, a member of Fort Ransom’s Sodbusters Association, a bench will be dedicated to the memory of the late Clayton McLaen of this community at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 10, on the opening day of the first Sodbusters’ horse farming demonstration and exposition of the year at Fort Ransom State Park. Clayton McLaen, who passed away in 2008, loved his horses, and was a charter member of both the Sodbusters Association and the Fort Ransom Chapter of the North Dakota 7th Cavalry. The bench that will be dedicated was handcrafted by local wood artist Alan Olstad of Rutland. Joel would like to see a substantial group from Rutland on hand for the dedication ceremony.

So, here we are, at the mid-point of the year already. As Orvis Pearson says, “Life is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you are to the end, the faster it goes.” 2021 is no exception to that rule. Some upcoming events in Rutland include: Rutland City Council meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 5, in the Rutland Town Hall; the 2nd Farmers Market of the year beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 11, in the City Park adjacent to the Rutland Town Hall; and, Rutland Community Club meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 12, at the Rutland Town Hall.

Meanwhile, on the international scene, have you ever wondered what Americans in other countries do on Independence Day, the 4th of July? According to frequent Rutland visitor, Rolf Odberg of Halden, Norway, Americans in Norway gather near the statue of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States that is located in Frognerparken, the huge city park in Oslo, the Capitol of Norway. Each year, the American Coordinating Council of Norway (ACCN) organizes a 4th of July observance in Frognerparken that is described as “the largest Independence Day celebration outside the United States.” The Lincoln statue, created by sculptor Paul Fjelde of Valley City ND, was presented to Norway as a gift from the people of North Dakota by the State’s Governor, Louis B. Hanna, in a ceremony in Oslo on July 4, 1914, during the centennial year of the Norwegian Constitution. Andrew Miller of Rutland, a Norwegian immigrant, and his daughter, Charlotte, were members of the delegation that accompanied Gov. Hanna to Norway for the purpose of making the presentation. The base of the statue has the words, “Government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the Earth,” on the left side, and, “Presented to Norway by the People of North Dakota USA, July 4, 1914,” on the right as you face the statue. A replica of the Lincoln statue in Oslo, also created by Paul Fjelde, is located in Hillsboro ND. So, wherever you may be on July 4th, celebrate the independence, history and accomplishments of our Country. With all of its faults and all of its virtues, it is still, as Lincoln described it, “The last best hope of humanity.” If you happen to be in Norway, head over to Frognerparken in Oslo for the largest Independence Day celebration outside the United States!

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. Don’t forget to patronize your local Post Office, and remember to keep the pressure on the U. S. Postal Service and the North Dakota Congressional delegation to SAVE OUR POST OFFICE! Later.