“Tis the Devil’s wind that blows, to raise the skirts so high; But God is just and sends the dust, to close the wicked eye!” Ole Breum 1903-1994. Ole’s poem hit the nail on the head this past week, as winds of 40 to 50 miles per hour, and temperatures in the 70’s, and even into the low 80’s, produced conditions that have not been experienced here since the disastrous drought year of 1988. With no rain on the horizon, or in the forecast, and the weather experts predicting more of the same, some local farmers are thinking twice about sinking several hundred dollars per acre into a crop that might not have enough moisture to grow, or even germinate. Other old-timers used to say, “Plant in the dust, and your bins will bust,” but they usually didn’t talk much about how that worked out in 1934, 1936 or 1988. Well, time will tell, and every day that it doesn’t rain is one day closer to the day that it will.
Folks driving by the corner of Front and Ross Streets have noticed that one of Rutland Oil Company’s bulk fuel tanks appears to be out of place. The reason it looks that way is because it is. Greg Donaldson, owner of Rutland Oil Co., reports that he has recently acquired a new 15,000 gallon bulk tank that will be replacing one of the older, smaller tanks that has been in use since time immemorial. The new tank will not be moved into place until the old tank it will replace has been removed, and Greg expects the move to take place within the next week. Greg states that since he took over operation of the company from his father back in 1984, he has gradually been replacing the old tanks with newer, more environmentally friendly, tanks. The new tanks have also been larger than the old ones, and Greg has doubled the storage capacity of the 5 tanks he now has in place at the Company’s bulk storage site in the past 31 years. Back in 1984, there were 8 independent bulk fuel dealers and 1 major supplier doing business in Sargent County, Greg states. The number of independents has decreased dramatically in the past 3 decades. In addition to bulk fuel products, Rutland Oil Company also has its self-service pumps on Main Street that are available 24 hours a day. “All it takes is a credit card,” says Greg.
Visitors to the Rutland Town Hall will notice a plaque above the office service window bearing the name of Rutland City Auditor Deborah Banish, and also bearing levels of achievement emblems from the North Dakota League of Cities (NDLC). The NDLC sponsors the Municipal Government Academy Leadership Training Program (LTP) which provides continuing education opportunities for municipal officials. Read More