Hens Do Crow! Jan. 31, 2020

This is the one of the big weekends in Rutland. Sonja Christensen reported there are now more than 40 teams registered for the Pinochle Tournament on Saturday, February 1. The Rutland Community Club will be serving a noon meal and afternoon snacks. Watch for details next week on the names of the big winners. It is always a fun weekend in Rutland!

The American Legion breakfast slated for Sunday, February 2, has been cancelled so everyone now has a free Sunday to gear up for Superbowl– or for a quiet Sunday evening at home.

The Rutland Blood Drive will be held at the Town Hall on Thursday, February 6, sponsored by the Rutland Community Club. Call Janet Kiefer, Diane Smith or Sheila Wyum to sign up to donate. You can also sign up online at bloodhero.com and use the sponsor code rutland. Walk-ins are welcome so be sure to come on in to donate blood and snack on some have some great homemade treats and beverages after.

Just a reminder that this coming week, on Friday, February 7th, the Rutland Community Club will be hosting the live improv comedy troupe, The LineBenders. The Lariat Bar will sell homemade pizza by the slice and there will be a cash bar. Tickets at the door are $10.00. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Mark your calendar for a fun night in town!

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it – so you better plan to treat your sweetheart to an afternoon or evening out that Friday.  St. Mary’s Church in Forman will be holding their annual Valentine Luncheon on the 14th at the Parish Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The price is $8.00. They will be serving open-faced sandwiches, salads, desserts, coffee and punch and there will also be door prizes.

That’s it for this week from Rutland. The Rutland City Council will hold its next meeting on Monday, February 3, at 5:00 p.m. and the Rutland Community Club will meet on Monday, February 10. Check out other upcoming events in Rutland on the City website at www.rutlandnd.com. There are some fun events in March including the Sportsman’s Club Fish Fry on the 6th and the Rutland Community Club Fun Night on March 15th.

Hens Do Crow! February 22, 2019

By Deborah Banish

Paul Anderson and Carol Fridgen took a trip to Longboat Key, Florida, to shake off the snow and replace it with seawater and sand. They left on February 10th and returned on the 16th. While in the area they took in the Ringling Circus Museum. A very interesting look into the logistics of putting on a show and moving it every day. The weather was in the mid 70’s to low 80’s and the sun shone every day. Lots of time in the pool and at the beach. The only disappointment of the trip was having to come home. It was -10 when they left, and -9 when they got back, guess they should be happy temps are heading in the right direction!!!

Kaia and Kyle Mahrer and family took their first family vacation of 2019 spending six cold February days in Orlando visiting Walt Disney World. Kaia’s father Steve Thorfinnson and Aunt Janelle Brakke accompanied the group that left Minneapolis on February 12. Kaia provided the following information: The past 6 days were wonderful! Disney is a magical place and my kids will have memories for life of spending time as a family. I would like to thank my amazing father for this trip of magic. This was our Christmas gift (for the next 10 years!!) from him and we couldn’t be more grateful for the memories, the warmth, the love, and all of the money spent to make this a truly great trip! Addy met her favorite Disney character, Vampirina and the light in her eyes made me tear up. Julia got to meet her favorite, Cinderella and it was such a wonderful sight to see her magic come alive. Brody loved toy story land and dinosaur land and was so happy to be a pirate for a day. Kaitlyn loved the animals. My magic came alive seeing my kids eyes light up to all the sights and my favorite part was Avatar. Florida was beautiful and Brody asked if we could move there. I wish, buddy!

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The Rooster Crows – February 19, 2010

By Bill Anderson

Well, it’s still winter out here on the prairie. Highs in the teens and low 20’s accompanied by snow and 25 to 30 mph winds were replaced by clear skies and below zero readings by Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Although it appears that winter has settled in for the long haul, there are glimmers of hope that this, too, shall pass. The seed catalogs, with their tantalizing pictures of rich golden ears of sweet corn, luscious red tomatoes and sinfully sensuous strawberries are out, bringing with them the promise of warm Summer days ahead. It has often been said that, “There are only two things that money can’t buy, true love and home grown tomatoes,” but at least you can purchase the hope of home grown tomatoes from a seed catalog. When it’s 10 below zero on a mid-February morning, it’s hope that keeps us going. A recent national survey revealed that North Dakotans are the happiest people, believe it or not, in the 50 United States. Well, after three months of winter, several blizzards and winter storms, more than four feet of snow and sub-zero temperatures, North Dakotans are happy because they know that it has to get better – it can’t get much worse. It’s only when conditions have been good for a while that hardy North Dakotans become unhappy, because they know that good times can’t last forever, either.

Members of the Rutland Sportsmen’s Club held their February meeting in the dining room of the Lariat Bar on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 11. The first order of business was the election of officers for the coming year, with Wyatt Nelson, Vaughan Rohrbach and Travis Paeper being re-elected as president, vice-president and secretary/treasurer, respectively.  Plans for the Club’s annual Fish Fry to be held on Friday, March 5, at the Rutland Town Hall were discussed and tickets for the event were distributed.  Only 550 tickets for the event are available. They may be obtained from Club members. Get ‘em while they’re hot! Club officers also delivered a report on the Club’s Charitable gaming revenues. After 6 months of operation, the Sportsmen’s Club’s pull-tab machine at the Lariat Bar had generated more than $57,000.00 in gross revenues, approximately $50,000.00 of which had been paid out in cash prizes. A portion of the remainder may be used to defray operating expenses and the rest is available to be distributed for charitable purposes. The Sportsmen’s Club’s Charitable Gaming Board consists of the 3 officers plus Jerry Sapa and Trent Nelson. Rebecca Christensen and Polly Rohrbach run the day-to-day operations of the gaming project for the club.

Bill Walters of West Bend, Wisconsin, and a band of hardy Wisconsinites have been at work making improvements to the house at 222 Bagley Street which Bill purchased last Fall from Shawna McKinney. Working through a period of extremely cold and inclement weather, Bill and crew have torn the old porch off the east side of the dwelling; commenced the construction of a new, slightly larger, front porch; torn off the old shingles and installed new metal roofing on the residence; commenced construction of an addition to the porch on the northwest corner of the house; and, installed several new windows. The improvements will improve both the appearance and utility of the structure. The community congratulates Mr. Walters for his investment in Rutland, and commends him and his crew for their hardy industry and endurance. This dwelling, located on the northwest corner of Anthony and Bagley Streets, was formerly owned by: Eddie & Ida McLaen; Edith & Otto Malpert; Rudy & Gladyce Malpert; Bryon Malpert; Tommy & Rosalie Jones; and, Shawna McKinney.  Mr. Walters and his family own and operate construction, property management, commercial fishing and sport fishing businesses in Wisconsin.

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The Rooster Crows – February 22, 2008

By Bill Anderson

Well, the weather roller coaster ride continues. Thirty-five above on Saturday, February 16 was only a teaser, as the mercury then commenced a slide that hit 25 below zero by Wednesday morning. On the bright side, a brisk breeze accompanied the falling temperatures, bringing in a continuous supply of crisp, fresh air. The record cold temperature for February 20 of 30 below zero was set back in 1889, the year of North Dakota’s Statehood.

Was it romance, or was it just the aroma of delicious food, that was in the air in Rutland on the evening of February 14, St. Valentines Day? According to Gretchen Vann, 53 diners enjoyed a special St. Valentines Day 5 course steak and lobster dinner at the Rutland General Store, and more than 100 enjoyed steak and torsk at the Lariat Bar. The dinner at the General Store featured a crab cake appetizer; potato Parmesan soup; Caesar salad; the entrée of grilled steak, lobster tail and baked potato; and, lemon dessert. The Store’s regular once-a-month Sunday brunch will be served this Sunday, February 24, at the Store. A special Easter Sunday Brunch will be served by the Rutland General Store and the Rutland-Cayuga Volunteer Firemen on Sunday, March 23, in the Rutland Town Hall, and advance tickets for that event are available from local firemen and at the Store. Ms. Vann also states that another special gourmet dinner with an “April In Paris” theme is being planned for the month of April.

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