The Rooster Crows – August 28, 2020

Captain Mike Harris USN and wife, Joy, arrived in Rutland on Wednesday, August 19, for a week of visiting with family and friends here. Mike recently completed a three-year tour of duty aboard the USS Green Bay, including 1½ years as the ship’s Executive Officer, and 1½ years as Commanding Officer. The USS Green Bay is an Amphibious Transport Ship, designated by the Navy as Landing Platform Dock (LPD) that, in addition to the crew of officers and sailors who operate the ship, carries a complement of several hundred U.S. Marines and their equipment, along with the helicopters, amphibious landing craft and fixed wing aircraft needed to project American power ashore to engage anyone, anywhere, any time, and win. Home base for the Green Bay was in Sasebo, Japan. Mike’s new duty station will be at the huge U.S. Navy Base at San Diego CA. Mike and Joy are residing at the home of his mother, Joanne Harris, during their visit here. They intend to depart for San Diego on Thursday, August 27. Mike says that he has now completed 33 years of service in the Navy, including duty aboard aircraft carriers, amphibious warfare ships, other surface warfare vessels, and shore duty with NATO at Naples, Italy and at other Navy bases in the U. S. and Asia. The Harris’s many friends in Rutland extend their thanks for Mike’s decades of service on the front line of America’s defense perimeter.

Roger Pearson, Greg Donaldson, Hal Nelson and Kyle Mahrer of Rutland, along with Harvey Dawson of Brampton, headed northeast early on the morning of Thursday, August 20, bound for Ballard’s Resort on Lake Of The Woods, along the U.S.-Canadian border, for a few days of fishing for the elusive walleye. The five local men were part of a fishing excursion sponsored by radio station KFGO AM790, and hosted by Bonnie Amistadi, one of the station’s news personalities. They returned home on the evening of Sunday, August 23, with a full complement of fish and fishing stories.  Roger reports that they caught a lot of fish, but not many real big ones. The walleyes were “eating size,” which is OK with Roger. The anglers report that a good time was had by all, and justifiably so.

The streets of Rutland are a bit quieter these days as Sargent Central School District resumed full-time classes on Wednesday, August 26. Students and teachers are looking forward to seeing each other again. Everyone is hoping for a good year and keeping fingers crossed that COVID steers clear of the school.

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, and stop by the Rutland blog and Facebook page while you’re out there in cyberspace, too.

Hens Do Crow! Nov. 15, 2019

By Deborah Banish and Bill Anderson

Paul Anderson departed Rutland on Thursday, October 31, bound for Punkin Center AZ via Fargo ND, Minneapolis MN, Phoenix AZ & Sun City West AZ. Paul visited at the Sun City West home of his mother-in-law, Etha Quinlan, on Friday & Saturday, November 1 & 2, before heading out for Punkin Center and the 45th Annual Arizona Hunt Club Quail Hunt from Sunday, November 3 to Friday, November 8. At the conclusion of the hunt, Paul retraced his steps and arrived back in Rutland on the evening of Saturday, November 9. At Punkin Center a dozen more members of the Arizona Hunt Club joined Paul for some long walks in the sun and some great campfire cooking. Among the North Dakota natives participating in this year’s gathering were: Cavalier ND native Lynn Hartje, now a resident of Punkin Center; Cayuga native Don Isensee, now a resident of Perham MN; Rutland native Bill Anderson, still at Rutland; Stanley ND native Don Hynek, now residing at Ventura CA; Cavalier ND native Rodger Kemp, now a resident of Minneapolis MN and Tucson AZ; and, Elgin ND native Barton Thompson, now a resident of Flagstaff AZ. Over the years other friends have been adopted into the group, and its members now span the continent, from Virginia to California. As many of the members of the group are military veterans, the final evening campfire of the gathering includes appropriate beverages and toasts to the health of the Army, Navy, Air Force & Marines, as well as the singing of the Marine Corps Hymn by all present. All in all, a good time was had by all, and justifiably so.

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The Rooster Crows – January 4, 2019

The first real blizzard of the season hit the Rutland area in the late afternoon of Wednesday, December 26, with about 8 inches of powdery snow and sustained winds of 40 mph with gusts up to 60. The County Courthouse in Forman and many area businesses were closed from Thursday morning until Noon on Friday, December 28, due to the storm and associated “No Travel” advisories. Rutland’s Mayor, Ron Narum had the City’s snowplow in action by 4:30 a.m. on both Thursday and Friday, keeping the City’s streets open throughout the storm. County Road Supervisor Sparky Engquist reported that the wind blew most County roads clear of snow, depositing drifts only in those areas where trees or buildings are close to the right of way. Milder temperatures followed on Saturday & Sunday, December 29 & 30, only to be followed by another drop into sub-zero territory and another episode of blizzard conditions on Monday, December 31. Students at local schools were the hardest hit by these 2 storms, as they were already enjoying their annual Christmas Vacation, and obtained no extra days off from school due to the inclement weather. Bummer! The thermometer registered 17 degrees below zero at dawn on New Year’s Day, but the wind had gone down so the day was a bright and shiny example of what a North Dakota January day can be. Once again, Mayor Narum had the streets opened by early morning, and even those with no place to go got out and went anyway, just because they could. Cranky, crooked old 2018, bedraggled, beaten and bloodied, has now dragged itself off the world stage, replaced by that fresh-faced optimist, 2019, as yet unmarked by failure, disaster or shame. “There’s a better year a’comin’!” the old timers used to say, and maybe this one, 2019, is it.

Rutland natives Pat & Dave Kulzer reported from the Swan River Valley of northwestern Montana that winter snows held off until early on the morning of Monday, December 24, when about 6 inches of powdery white snow was deposited on the west slope of the Rocky Mountains. It was a perfect snowfall for the day before Christmas, making the mountains look like the picture on a Hallmark Christmas card. Continue reading “The Rooster Crows – January 4, 2019”