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Hens Do Crow – July 3, 2015

The United Blood Services of Fargo blood drive was held in Rutland on June 23 and was a very successful drive according to Janet Kiefer, a member of the local coordinating committee.  Forty-eight individuals came to donate and 44 were found able to donate and 54 pints were collected.  The United Blood Services had asked to increase the number of units donated to 60 and Rutland was just short of that goal.  The next area blood drive will be in Forman in August.

The Sargent County Relay for Life held last Friday, June 26, in Milnor was a huge success if measured by attendance, participation and fundraising.  There was lots of food and fun at the Relay event and as of midnight, June 26, the Relay had raised $80,789.40.  Teams have until August 31 to add to the fundraising totals. Way to Go Sargent County!

Bill Anderson returned to Rutland on Saturday, June 27, at the conclusion of a week-long visit to the Great Smokey Mountains and the East Tennessee community of Pigeon Forge, for a reunion of the Marine Corps Rifle Company he served with in Vietnam back in 1970.  Bill had departed Rutland early on the morning of Sunday, June 21, and flew from Fargo to Knoxville TN via Chicago on American Eagle Airlines.  The trip from Fargo to Knoxville took a few minutes longer than 4 hours, including a 40 minute stop at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, Bill reports.  Read More »

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Annual Water Quality Report

The City of Rutland 2014 Annual Water Quality Report, also called the Consumer Confidence Report, is available by request from the City Office by calling 701-724-3081 or click here to link directly to the Report.

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Hens Do Crow – June 26, 2015

The storms that hammered south central North Dakota on the night of Friday, June 19, spared Rutland and vicinity from most of their fury.  The wind did blow, however, and a few tree branches did come down, but the damage was slight compared to that wrought by the 85 mph winds that swept through some areas of the State.  Norbert Kulzer reported that rainfall in Rutland varied from .35 to .4 of an inch, and Joe Breker reported .6 of an inch in the rain gauge at his farm in Tewaukon Township.  Silver Lake Park Manager Dennis Goltz reported that the rain gauge on his Weber Township farm, between Silver Lake and Havana, registered nearly 1.5 inch of rainfall on Saturday morning.  The gauge at the Lake, though, was empty, leading Dennis to conclude that someone must have beat him to it and dumped the contents before he arrived at about 7:00 that morning.  Dennis also reports that camping at the Park is way up this year, with the month of May seeing more use by campers than any previous year.  At the present rate, states Dennis, the Park at Silver Lake will set new records in numbers of campers, and in camping revenue, in 2015.

Niles and Shirley Poole of Six Lakes MI stopped in Rutland on the morning of Friday June 19.  Niles reports that they had driven across the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba, before crossing back into the U. S. at International Falls MN and touring the lake country of northern Minnesota.  Niles wife, Shirley, is the granddaughter of the late Noble and Lizzie (Lock) Nelson of this community.  They were planning to visit cousins Duane & Sharon Lock and Phyllis Erickson of this community before heading back to their home in Michigan.  Shirley still writes feature articles for the local weekly newspaper that serves the Six Lakes community. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – June 19, 2015

“The sun always shines on Rutland, “the old-timers claimed, “even when it’s raining.”  That old saying was never proved true as firmly as it was on Sunday, June 14, 2015, the date scheduled for the Rutland Veterans Memorial Dedication Ceremony.  The day had dawned overcast and cool, with a raw breeze out of the southeast.  By 9:30 a.m. the rain had started, and by 11:00 a.m. the rain was pouring down.  The spirits of the organizing committee were sinking fast as the time drew near when the decision would have to be made to move the ceremony from its planned location on the street in front of the Memorial into the Town Hall.  But, as predicted by several, the rain sputtered to a halt by Noon, by 1:00 p.m. the clouds were breaking up and by the time the program commenced at 2:00 p.m. the sky was a clear June blue, the Sun was shining and all was right with the world, at least in that part of it in which Rutland is situated.  The .3 of an inch of rain that fell on Sunday morning was merely the final rinse for a week long community clean-up effort.  Construction of a Veterans Memorial in Rutland had first been discussed by members of the Rutland American Legion Auxiliary back on Veterans Day, November 11, 2011.  The ladies got the members of Rutland’s Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of the American Legion to sign on, organized a committee composed of Joan Lee, Carolyn Christensen, Debbie Banish, Ted Lee and Bill Anderson to gather ideas for the monument and went to work raising money for the project.  Numerous bake sales, pie & ice cream socials, pancake breakfasts and other fund-raisers later, the monument, a gleaming, 16’ high stainless steel pyramid with the names of 446 present and former residents of Rutland and the surrounding community cut into its steel panels, was unveiled.  The monument was built, and the names were cut into the steel, by Dakota Precision Fabricating, a company owned by Shannon & Hilary Mehrer of Rutland, with its fabrication shop located in Forman.  Three Flags fly over the monument: the American National Flag; the North Dakota State Flag; and the POW/MIA Flag.  The flags are illuminated throughout the night, and the monument is lit from within, spelling out each name on the monument in light.  The program was organized by the Rutland Auxiliary Unit, and presided over by Auxiliary President Joan Lee, who was nervous on the inside, but calm, cool and collected as far as the rest of the world could see.  A crowd of about 400 was present, seated on chairs and bleachers that had been set up on the street to the south of the Memorial site, when the program commenced.  A portable stage had been set up on a large flatbed farm trailer provided by Nathan & Ted Lee, and the stage was equipped with a modern sound system furnished by Earl Fust.  Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – June 12, 2015

When the NASCAR announcer says, “Gentlemen, start your engines!” a couple of dozen race car engines roar to life and rumble in anticipation as they await the signal for the race to begin.  When Jim Lunneborg says, “Gentlemen, start your engines,” on Rutland’s Main Street just before 9:00 o’clock on the morning of Saturday, June 13, a number of elderly gentlemen wearing bib overalls and seed corn caps will stroll to the fronts of their antique and classic farm tractors, engage hand operated cranks on the shaft protruding from the fronts of the tractors, just below the radiators, and pull upward, beginning the mechanical and electrical process of starting engines that were new back when Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and FDR were in the White House.  Some of the engines, all of them their owner’s pride and joy, will pop, sputter and backfire to life on the first pull, while others will require some strenuous exertion, adjustments of the choke, spark and throttle, and the forceful use of some basic expletives to coax them into running mode.  Engines started, the operators will mount their vintage machines and, on Jim’s signal, they will start out on the 2015 edition of the Annual Relay For Life Tractorcade that Jim has organized for the past several years.  Some of the tractors are expected to begin arriving in Rutland on Friday, June 12, and others will be driven in from the farm by their owners early on Saturday morning.  Registration will begin in the Rutland Senior’s Center, former location of Rutland Recreation’s pool hall and bowling alleys, at 8:00 a.m., and the ladies of Rutland’s American Legion Auxiliary will be on hand to serve coffee and rolls during the registration process.  The tractorcade is a fund raiser for Relay For Life’s fight against cancer, so be in Rutland on Saturday morning, June 13, to support a worthy cause, and to check out the farm power that your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents used to feed the world, back when the world was young.  The main Relay For Life fund-raising event for 2015 will be held in Milnor on Friday, June 19.  Jim and Ione Lunneborg of this community have been active and enthusiastic supporters of Relay For Life, and their many friends here are appreciative of their efforts.  Remember, don’t wrap your thumb around the crank handle when starting your antique tractor engine, unless you want a broken thumb when the engine backfires.  Like their operators, they may be old, but they can still kick!

The 2015 Uff-Da Day T-shirts are now available.  The logo on this year’s shirts  was designed by Rutland native Val Pherson, a graphics artist now living and working in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  The T-shirts will be available at The Old Parsonage, The Rutland General Store and at other locations around town, as well as from Uff-Da Day Committee members Marcia Brakke, Erik Karlson, Richard Bradbury and Bill Anderson. Read More »

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