It really rained after the rain was over. The rain showers started at about 10:00 p.m. on Friday, July 9, and, after about .1 to .2 of an inch had fallen here, the TV weather reporters declared that it was all over. No more rain for the foreseeable future. the weather gurus may have their charts, insights, incense and incantations to guide them, but the weather gods are not to be trifled with. No one tells them what to do. After the rain was officially over, the clouds opened up to give Rutland and vicinity another .5 to .8 of an inch of much needed precipitation. Norbert Kulzer reported a full 1 inch in his rain gauge, while next door neighbor, Roger Pearson, measured .75 of an inch in his. Chuck Sundlie reported .8 of an inch in his gauge on Saturday morning, but he had dumped out what he estimates to have been about .2 of an inch when the rain stopped the first time. Harvey Bergstrom reported .83 of an inch at his farm 2½ miles south of Cayuga; Kurt Breker measured .62 of an inch at his farm 1 mile south of Cayuga; Mark Wyum received .6 of an inch at his farm northeast of Rutland; Chuck Anderson came in with the low reading for the event of .43 of an inch at his farm in Weber Township, between Rutland & Havana; and, Cam Gulleson’s rain gauge 1½ mile east of town gets the prize for the highest reading at 1.11 inch on Saturday morning. Several of the Assembled Wise Men around the coffee table at the Rutland Seniors Center on Saturday morning even observed that the grass was beginning to turn green, again. So, in the “Every Silver Lining Has Its Cloud” department, now they will have to start mowing lawns, again.
The 26th District Democratic-NPL Party’s Executive Committee met at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, in the Community Room of the Stock Grower Bank’s Rutland Station. District Chairman Jim Dotzenrod of Wyndmere had called the meeting to discuss the need to plan for the re-drawing of District boundaries by the Legislature later this year, the need to prepare for a possible legislative election in the event new District boundaries result in a significant change in the population of the District; and, to plan for a rally/fund-raiser in cooperation with District #25 on Thursday, August 19 at the Joel Heitkamp residence at Lake Elsie, near Hankinson. About a dozen members of the Executive Committee were present, including former legislators Jerry Kelsh of Fullerton and Al Peterson of Forman. Notices of the upcoming Rally/Fund-Raiser will be published on-line, as well as in the local newspapers in Sargent, Dickey, Ransom & Richland Counties. Officers of the 26th District Dem-NPL for 2021-22 are: Jim Dotzenrod, Chairman; Jayne Pfau & Cameron Gulleson, Vice Chairpersons; Bryce Carlson, Secretary; and, Sheila Wyum, Treasurer.
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.
Just when it seemed that the old refrain, “It ain’t gonna rain no more, no more…” was accurately predicting the future, Mother Nature said “That just ain’t so!” and sent a thunderstorm to slake the thirst of the Promised Land at about 3:30 a.m. on the morning of Friday, June 11. Roger Pearson’s rain gauge showed. 65 of an inch after the storm moved on and the weather cleared, while the gauge of his next door neighbor, Norbert Kulzer, indicated .75 of an inch from the same event. Mike Mahrer reported that the gauge out at Mahrer Construction’s shop, on the north side of town, also showed .75 of an inch on Friday morning, while Mark Wyum reported that .6 of an inch was measured at the Rob Wyum farm 3 miles north and 1 mile east of town; at the Steve Wyum farm 1 mile east and 1½ mile north of town; and, at the Mike Wyum farm, 1 mile east and 1 mile north of Rutland. The storm also pushed the oppressive heat and humidity that had afflicted this area since the end of May on to the east, replacing high humidity and temperatures in the upper 90’s and lower 100’s with drier air and temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s. It has been clear skies and beautiful weather since then. “There is naught so rare as a day in June, “the late Earl Anderson used to say, and the past week, up to Tuesday, June 15, has been a series of perfect examples of just what he meant. Lyle Erickson reports that the corn and soybean crops had been doing OK with existing soil moisture prior to Friday’s thunderstorm, but appeared to have been expending most of their energy sending roots down rather than stalks up. The rain has given them a boost, and they are now growing in the right direction, reaching for the sky. Lyle said that the extended period of heat did have an adverse effect on his wheat fields, though, as that crop now appears to be in the “boot” stage. That is, it is as tall as his 8” work boots and is heading out. An electric shaver may be needed for the wheat harvest this year.
A ceremonial detail from Rutland’s Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of The American Legion was at Calvary Cemetery in Fairmount ND at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 4, to render honors at the interment of their late comrade, Richard Lysne of Rutland. Members from the Rutland Post included: Larry Christensen; Douglas Olstad; Roger Pearson; Ted Lee; and, Calvin Jacobson. A color Guard and Bugler from the Fairmount Legion Post and 2 members of the Army National Guard from Fargo completed the detail.
Rutland’s Roosters have hit a tough spot in their schedule recently. On Tuesday, June 8, the Roosters took on a tough team from Wyndmere at Lou Sanderson Field, and dropped 2 games to the visitors in front of the home town crowd. The Roosters have been playing well, but their opponents were playing better. Roger Pearson, an All-Star player with both the baseball & softball versions of the Rutland Roosters, is of the opinion that the new rules changing the strike zone and requiring less arch on the pitched ball have allowed hitters to get more power into their swings, resulting in more multi-base hits and home runs. Even though the final scores weren’t to the Roosters’ liking, the bratwursts, hot dogs and barbecue sandwiches at the Rutland Park Board’s concession stand were big winners with the fans at the ballpark. The Roosters’ next home games are scheduled for Tuesday, June 22, when they will take on the team from Havana at Lou Sanderson Field. Come on out to the ballpark to Root! Root! Root! for the home team, and have a good time doing it.
Chuck and Mary Beth Anderson returned last weekend from a quick trip out West with their motorhome accompanied by their daughter, Jennifer, and her husband and their two children. They spent three days camping in Bismarck and touring the Heritage Museum before heading further west to Medora for more camping. While in the area they visited Custer House and On-a-Slant Indian village at Fort Abraham Lincoln and were able to see the 2020 Medora musical. The trip also included a drive down the Enchanted Highway ending at Regent. The Anderson’s do not plan to go far this summer but are taking in different areas of the great State of North Dakota.
The U.S. Census Bureau mailed postcards this week to an estimated 1.3 million post office boxes in communities like Rutland where P.O. boxes are the only mailing address available. The postcards alert households that a census taker may drop off census invitations soon or will visit later to interview them. The postcards also provide information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online or by phone. If you have not completed your Census data, be sure to do it soon. The City of Rutland is in a competition with Forman, Gwinner and Milnor to get the best response rate. The race is getting tighter and the competition continues until July 30. Rutland is lagging and our new Mayor, Michael Mahrer, would appreciate a response as soon as possible so that he does not have to promote the other cities. It is important to be counted. For each person in North Dakota who is not counted, the State will lose $19,100 and the City will also lose State Aid and other funding opportunities. The City Auditor is working on a date for residents to be able to complete the Census online at City Hall within the next few weeks. Watch for details.
The Rutland City Council will meet on Monday, July 6, at 5 p.m. to begin discussion of the 2021 City budget. Other items of business will include selecting a resident to fill the vacant two-year City Council term and to discuss the public works position and how to proceed filling that vacancy. The preliminary budget will be discussed and approved in August with a public hearing on the budget in September.
On Sunday, July 12, Rutland will have a Farmers Market from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park by City Hall. The Market is open to anyone to come sell and everyone is welcome to come purchase some locally grown produce and/or homemade products. Individuals interested in selling produce or products are asked to contact Katie McLaen at 701-680-9354.
The Rutland Roosters will be wrapping up the 2020 softball season soon so be sure to get out to their next games. On July 21, the Roosters will be playing Milnor at a home game at Sanderson Field and will wrap up the season on July 28 playing in Havana. Games start at 6:45 p.m. so be sure to get your lawn chairs and head out to the old ball game!
That is it for the news from Rutland for this week. Take time and log in to complete your census survey at https://my2020census.gov/. If you need help, please do not hesitate to contact the City Auditor at 701-724-3081 to get it done!
Those hazy, lazy, crazy days of summer are here at last – clear skies, warm nights, warmer days and the prairie wind holding its breath until it can decide which way to blow. The corn and soybean crops are still green and growing, getting taller, fuller and more magnificent by the day. Wheat fields are now burnished golden amber waves of grain, some almost ready to be cut, and some ready. Kurt Breker tried a field near Cayuga on Monday, July 30, but decided to give it another day or two. By the time this column appears in The Teller a lot of wheat will have been cut, threshed and either hauled to on-farm storage or straight to a grain terminal in town. Although wheat is no longer the dominant crop it once was on the northern plains, it is still a major cash crop and an important component of many crop rotation plans. Good old North Dakota hard red spring wheat is still the best wheat for making the flour that makes our daily bread, and for that every North Dakotan can, and should, be truly thankful.
Hal Nelson, sports correspondent for The Rooster Crows, reports that the Rutland Roosters Men’s Slowpitch Softball team played the Lidgerwood team in the final home games of the 2018 regular season on Tuesday evening, July 24, at Lou Sanderson Field. It was a beautiful evening, Hal states, and the field was in great shape, with the outfield grass as thick and lush as a green plush carpet. A mild breeze out of the northwest helped hold the mosquitoes down, and the fly balls in mid-air, allowing the outfielders time to get under them without having to swat mosquitoes and catch flies at the same time. The Roosters cruised to a 23-13 victory in 5 innings in game #1, but had a tougher time in game #2, squeaking out an 18-15 come from behind win in extra innings. The Rutland team was down by 3, 12 to 15, in the 7th inning, Hal reported, but tied the game up in the 7th, and then scored 3 more runs in the 8th to seal the victory. Congratulations to the Rutland Roosters Men’s Slowpitch Softball team on another successful season, and thanks to Hal Nelson for another good report.
Well, here we are: the Summer Solstice, the mid-point of the Solar Year, was 3 weeks ago; June 30, the end of the first half of the calendar year, was 2 weeks ago; and, the 4th of July, Independence Day, the mid-point of Summer vacation, was just a week and a half ago. Only 5 weeks to go until the kids head back to school. Ain’t that a pip!? Sun, rain, wind and heat continue their work, though, no matter what the calendar, or the School Board, says. The thunderstorm that brought rain to this area on the evening of July 2 and morning of Tuesday, July 3, deposited .5 of an inch on Rutland, according to Roger Pearson’s rain gauge, while the gauge of his next-door neighbor, Norbert Kulzer, recorded .6 of an inch. Everything is back to normal. Another rain on the evening of Sunday, July 8, a Thunderstorm that rolled through at about 8:00 p.m. left .2 of an inch in Roger Pearson’s rain gauge and also .2 of an inch next door, at Norbert Kulzer’s. Jesse Brakke reported .4 of an inch at his farmstead between Rutland & Cayuga, Jim Lunneborg .65 of an inch at his farm in Shuman Township and Rick Bosse .8 of an inch on Sunday evening, and another .18 at about Midnight to bring the total at Brampton to just under an inch. But that’s not all! The next thunder and lightning show started at about 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10, and dropped about .75 of an inch of rain on Rutland, with more to the west and southwest, as Rick Bosse reported another inch at Brampton and Judee Silseth reported 1.4 inch at the Silseth farm southwest of Silver Lake. Paul Anderson reports that his electronic rain gauge has recorded nearly 10 inches of rain at Rutland since the 1st of June. By contrast, only about 1.5 inch of precipitation was received during the months of April and May. Some wheat fields in the area are beginning to exhibit that greenish, golden hue that indicates the first round of harvest activity may be commencing around the end of July. The wheat crop looks very good right now, but, as we know, “…it’s never as good as it looks from the road,” and that’s the truth!