Well, it’s probably time for a water report for the southern Rutland area. Water has been backing up on the south side of town and yesterday it was about to go over the top of Cooper Street/County #3, just east of Main Street. Taking quick action, the City Council asked to have the drain cleared and last night there was Calvin with the Track-Hoe clearing out the drains. This morning the water had receded and the water from town headed south two miles to connect to the Wild Rice River. The Wild Rice itself has been rising and falling, changing daily. The new County culverts are holding steady while various township roads have fallen to the mighty force of water and some days the road is passable and the next day it may be submerged. It’s not the time to take a late night cruise ’cause one never knows which road will get you home.
By Bill Anderson
The V formations of Canada geese beating their way north through gloomy skies and drizzly rain, coupled with the rush of water from melting snowdrifts, muddy roads and slush filled yards, portend impending Spring in Rutland and vicinity. The hardy Canada geese, among the first of the migratory waterfowl to move north each year, are already setting up housekeeping in their usual locations, while local soybean and corn growers are marking the sites in preparation for the annual anti-depredation campaign that will soon commence. The vanguard of the snow and blue goose migration is now in Nebraska and heading this way, a point of interest to those who wish to participate in the Spring Conservation Hunting Season now open on those wily birds. Sunshine and temperatures in the 40’s on Tuesday and Wednesday brought a lift to the spirits and put some spring into feet that have been slogging through the winter bearing the weight of 5-buckle overshoes for the past several months. Mother Nature even removed some snowbanks to expose some green grass in honor of St. Patrick’s day. The forecast is calling for a relapse into winter conditions for the weekend, but Winter’s icy grip has now been broken. This is not the end, but it most assuredly is the beginning of the end.
If you have been thinking that 2010 has had some dark and gloomy days so far, you have been right. The National Weather Service for North Dakota reported last week that there was fog and overcast conditions on 54 of the first 68 days in 2010. If the old-timers’ were right about getting rain 90 days after a fog, we are in for an abundance of precipitation during the months of April, May and June. Don’t put your overshoes away just yet.
Rural mail carrier Jim Lunneborg escaped serious injury from an exploding battery on his farm on Thursday evening, March 4. Jim had the battery charger hooked up to the battery on an old tractor that had not been started for a while and, when he hit the switch to crank the engine over, the lead-acid battery blew up. He had intended to move the tractor from the shed where it had been in winter storage to make more room for calving cows. The hard plastic of the exploded battery case shattered one lens in his eyeglasses and left him with several cuts on his face and forehead. Fortunately, there were no acid burns. The incident did keep Jim off the mail route for a couple of days, though, until repairs to his eyeglasses were completed. It is expected that there will be no permanent scars on Jim’s handsome visage. No report has been received on the condition of the tractor. Jim is a collector of vintage Allis-Chalmers tractors and equipment, and some of the local aficionados are concerned about possible damage to the tractor, too.Continue reading “The Rooster Crows – March 19, 2010”
Well, I’m glad to report that the Wild Rice River has stopped running over our township road. The change in the water flow is due to the fact that a portion of County Road 10 here South of Rutland collapsed on Wednesday. Yesterday a portion of the westside lane fell into the Wild Rice near the culvert. This morning the rest of that portion over the culvert collapsed. We are lucky in that we can get to town easy but I pity those who live south of that culvert because now they have a bigger challenge of getting into Rutland to enjoy the amenities it offers!
It has been a while since I’ve blogged. I didn’t mention the snowstorms or freezing weather of another long winter. Those have come and gone. The big issue throughout the State — mainly Fargo and surrounding communities to the north and south — is the force of nature in the form of water. Rutland and its area is not immune. There are “holding ponds” in Rutland proper. We’ve got a wonderful view of the water on the westside preventing us from getting on the blacktop (Hwy 10) leading to Rutland. The water from the Wild Rice River is slowly receding but it is a force not to be reckoned with. Hopefully we won’t have to sandbag this time like we did two years ago (and in 1997!).