Youth Day

Yesterday, my family and I attended the 11th Annual Youth Day held at the John Narum Memorial Trap & Rifle Range near Silver Lake.  The event drew about 190 youth and their families from throughout the area.  Activities included trap shooting, archery, BB gun, 22 rifles and casting with rod & reel (into small swimming pools) and a coin scramble.  This was the first time we attended and we were all extremely impressed with the event and the size of the crowd.  The three hours flew by quickly and wrapped up with an impressive raffle of about 45 door prizes of hunting vests, decoys, bow sets, rifles, shotguns and BB guns and other items.  All the winners were full of smiles.  That included my son who won a 12 gauge shotgun that weighs considerably more than he does.  He is now looking forward to growing up so he can use that gun.  This annual event is sponsored by the Rutland Sportsman’s Club, Sargent County Pheasants Forever, and the Windy Mound Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.  Many “thank you’s” are in order from my son and I’m sure from all the other proud winners.  Congratulations to all the winners and a Big Thank You to everyone involved in helping with this event — which I understand is the largest youth event of its kind in the Upper Midwest.

Opening Night Success

p1020046w800.jpgThis evening, the Rutland Children’s Summer Theater presented “Willabella Witch’s Last Spell” which demonstrated the talents of 18 Rutland youth.  Willabella had quite a dilemma and she was visited by several well-known characters — the Frog Prince, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Rapunzel and their entourages (princes, 7 dwarfs). There must have been 75-80 people in the audience who seemed to find the play entertaining to say the least.   If you are interested, there will be another performance on Sunday, August 17, 7 p.m. at Rutland City Hall.  Adult tickets are only $5.00.  It’s a great way to spend an evening!

T-Ball to Kylee and Sami Hambeck, Rutland has a T-Ball team again this year and we have more than 10 kids playing!  The two sisters are coaching the little kids with some help from Mom, Diane Pherson.  Rutland has a full roster with 15 kids ages 3 to 8 participating.  They got a slow start with one practice several weeks ago before the rain spell we had.  However, this past week the kids were busy.  On Monday, the team participated in a tournament in Lidgerwood.  Three games is quite a bit for the little guys but most of them held through to the end and were happy to get their ribbons.  On Tuesday, they played in Forman and Wednesday evening were two games in Gwinner.  Next week is not as busy.  Due to the rainouts, additional games are scheduled into early July — so there is plenty of time to watch the kids play.  Come on out and show your support for the kids.  They are fun to watch.

Underage Drinking Awareness

On Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 6:00 PM, the Sargent Alcohol Coalition will sponsor an Underage Drinking Prevention Town Hall Meeting to raise awareness of the risks of underage drinking.  The Town Hall Meeting is a national effort by the Federal Government’s Interagency Coordinating Committee for the Prevention of Underage Drinking  to inform youth, parents, caregivers, community leaders & other adults about the harmful effects of underage drinking.

The event will be held in the Rutland City Hall, starting with a meal provided and served by the Nordland Luther League.  The Keynote Speaker is Anne Buchanan, with the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Driver’s License and Traffic Safety Division’s Parents LEAD (Listen, Educate And Discuss alcohol with your kids) Program, and a parent who has lost a child due to the consequences of binge drinking.  The event will conclude with a  panel discussion with Ms. Buchanan, local law enforcement, court officials, & parent(s) and a Question & Answer segment.

Rec Center Moving Forward

Peder Gulleson, chairperson of the Rec Center/Rec Program Action Planning Committee, approached the council of Nordland Lutheran Church requesting use of the Parish Hall to house a Rec Center. He explained that it would be supervised by adult volunteers at all times and would be basically in use on the weekends. If there was a conflict with a church function, the Rec Center would not be open and the equipment would be removed. After discussion, the council unanimously approved Peder’s request. The Rec Center now has a home and there is already a donation of a foosball table.