A preview of September’s weather kept nights cool and afternoons moderate during the past week, with some wind over the weekend that kept the Flags on Rutland’s Veterans Memorial snapping. Wind speeds up to 35 mph on Saturday night and Sunday morning littered yards with twigs and leaves, but no serious damage was reported. Rain showers on Saturday afternoon and early on Sunday morning left .35 of an inch of precipitation in Roger Pearson’s rain gauge at 409 Gay Street, but up to .8 of an inch was reported to the north, south and east of town. Mike Kulzer reports that the rains must have been coming at the right times and in the right amounts, as the corn and soybean crops still look very good, at least from the road. With commodity prices and stock prices both taking a beating last week, due to global concerns about the condition of the Chinese economy, according to the experts on TV, on the radio and at the coffee counter in the Rutland Café, it’s nice to have good looking crops in the field to take minds off the glum news from the markets. For farmers, the message from the markets seems to be, “If you can’t make it at today’s prices, raise more grain and buy a bigger truck.”
“Don’t Let The Smoke Get In Your Eyes,” was the line from the old love song of the 1940’s, but it could be back on today’s hit parade, as smoke from out of control forest fires in the mountains of Washington, Idaho and Montana drifted east across the prairies this week, reaching the eastern edge of North Dakota on Wednesday, August 26. Drought in the Pacific Northwest has made controlling the fires nearly impossible, as thousands of acres of tinder dry timber have gone up in smoke. According to the weather gurus on TV, the smoke will block out some sunlight, and temperatures will be cooler than otherwise might be expected for this time of year. The smoke will make it more difficult to breathe, but you won’t sweat as much. Every cloud has its silver lining it seems, even a cloud of smoke.
In the hospital this past week were: Janice Christensen at Oakes from Wednesday, August 19, to Sunday, August 23; Irene Anderson in the Sanford Hospital at Aberdeen from Friday, August 21; and Tyler Banish, eldest son of Mike & Debbie Banish, in Sanford Hospital at Fargo as of Monday, August 24. Their many friends in Rutland wish all 3 of them a speedy recovery and return home. Read More