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City Council Agenda

The preliminary agenda for the October 5, City Council meeting is shown below.  The agenda may be modified at the meeting. Please note, the City Council will discuss and adopt the proposed 2016 agenda at the meeting.

City of Rutland, October 5, 2015
Meeting Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Additions to/Approval of agenda
  3. Approval of September 14, 2015 minutes
  4. Public comments, if any
  5. New business
    a. Alcohol Permits: Two special event alcoholic beverage permits were issued to The Lariat Bar, LLC, for September 26 for the Todd Anderson Wedding and for Uffda Day on October 4, 2015.
    b. 2016 Budget: The preliminary budget figures may not be increased but can be reduced prior to formal adoption.  Home rule cities with the power to control finances and establish levy limitations are exempt from the 105 general levy limit.
    c. ND Cares Community Program
    d. City Council Vacancy and Appointment
  1. Old/Unfinished Business
    1. Speed Limit Signs on County Road 10
  1. Financial Report and Auditor Report
    1. September Cash Balances Report
    2. September 2015 Revenue and Expenditure Reports
    3. Presentation and approval of bills
    4. Collections/Delinquents Report
    5. Auditor Report
  1. Presentation of communications, if any
  2. Communications from the Mayor
  3. Announcements
  4. Adjournment

Next City Council Meeting, Monday, November 2, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

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The Rooster Crows – October 2, 2015

All roads will be leading to Rutland on Sunday, October 4, for Uff-Da Day XXI.  .  There has been some concern expressed about the weather, but, the old saying is, “The Sun always shines on Rutland, even when it’s raining!” and this year will be no exception.   Rain or shine; warm, cold or comfortable; the show must go on!  Uff-Da Day will begin with the opening of the craft booths by 10:00 a.m.  Demonstrations, food stands and dinner at the Rutland Town Hall are all scheduled to start by 11:00 a.m.  At 1:00 p.m. the Uff-Da Day Parade will be stepping off at its assembly area on Dakota Street, led by Rutland’s American Legion Color Guard, the Pedal Tractor Pull is scheduled to take place on Main Street right after the parade, at about 2:00 p.m., to be followed by the first ever “Uff-Da Day Wife Carrying Race” on the lots at the corner of Bagley & Gay Streets, just south of the Rutland Fire Hall, at 3:00.   There will also be one of the best antique and classic car shows in the region, horse drawn wagon and buggy rides throughout the day, as well as inflatable games for the kids.  Demonstrations of pioneer crafts will be going on throughout the day.  Lefse Lena will have teams demonstrating the art of lefse making at the Seniors’ Center and at the Erickson Building on Main Street, and the Rommegrot Queen will be on hand at the Senior’s Center to show folks how to create that Scandinavian staple the old-fashioned way, the way Grandma made it.  Over in the Rutland Fire Hall, the Park Board will be serving up Uff-Da Tacos, something that Grandma and Grandpa never heard of, but would have liked if they had.  Visitors can pick up a free copy of the 2015 issue of The Rutland Leader that contains more information about Uff-Da Day activities and events, as well as local history.  Uff-Da Day chairperson Marcia Brakke invites everyone who enjoys good food, good friends and a good time to come on over to Rutland on Sunday, October 4, for Uff-Da Day XXXI.  Uff-Da Day XXXII is scheduled for the first Sunday in October, 2016.

Vern Leist reports that Russel Butaine of R & A Roofing got the new shingles on the roof of Vern’s home at 204 Anthony Street in the nick of time.  Russel had all of the old shingles off on Monday, September 21, and had gotten the roof all closed up, with most of the new shingles on, before the 2 inches of rain that fell early in the morning of Wednesday, September 23.  The roof doesn’t leak when the sun is shining, and you can’t fix the roof when it is raining, so Vern is glad that his timing was just right this time around.

John Harris reports that his new, electronic, computerized Acurite Rainfall measuring device indicated precisely 2.08 inches of precipitation in the backyard of his home at 122 Ross Street on the morning of Wednesday, September 23.  Across the alley to the south John’s neighbor, Cam Gulleson reported 1.92 inches of rain in his old fashioned rain gauge, the kind that you have to go out in the back yard and take a look at, and across Ross Street to the east, Paul Anderson’s gauge, also the old-fashioned variety, measured what appeared to be an even 2 inches.  So, the lesson to be learned is that, while it may rain on all, alike, there is no guarantee that the rain will fall on all in equal amounts. Read More »

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PRESS RELEASE: ND Firefighter’s Museum Hall of Fame

The North Dakota Firefighter’s Museum is proud to announce the 2015 Inductees into the North Dakota Firefighters Hall of Fame.

Induction into the Hall of Fame is conferred upon outstanding individuals whose contributions to and leadership of the fire service within the State of North Dakota have been a milestone in the development of those services; whose actions have served not just their community, but have contributed significantly to the fire service on a regional, statewide, or national basis; and, whose leadership and accomplishments in these areas are widely recognized and respected in the North Dakota fire service.

The 2015 Inductees into the North Dakota Firefighters Hall of Fame are:

Chris Helgesen- Sawyer, ND
Active Firefighter since 1969 (Retired 2002)
Past Chief- Sawyer Fire Protection District (26 years), NDFA Life Member, Vice President and President NDFA, Past President Mouse River Firemen’s Association and ND Fire Chiefs Association

Ron Narum



Ron Narum- Rutland, ND
Active Firefighter since 1965 (Retired 2014)
Past Chief- Rutland & Cayuga Fire Department, Active Member & Secretary/Treasurer of Rutland-Cayuga RFPD Board, Lead in establishing fire district


Dave Schneibel Sr.- Rugby, ND
Active Firefighter since 1975
Past Chief- Rugby Fire Department, Assistant Chief, Secretary-Treasurer, Captain, Training Officer, and Safety Officer for local department. NDFA Life Member, 1st & 2nd Vice President and President Read More »

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City Council Minutes – August 2015

Rutland City Council, Regular Meeting Minutes,  
August 3, 2015 – 5:00 p.m., Rutland Town Hall

The meeting was called to order at 5:05 p.m. by Mayor Ronald Narum with Council Members Brad Christensen, Michael Mahrer and Bert Siemieniewski present.  Absent – Rodney Erickson. City Attorney Bill Anderson and Auditor Deborah Banish were also present.

The Council reviewed and approved the agenda as submitted (Siemieniewski/Christensen. Motion carried).

The Council reviewed and approved the July 6, 2015 minutes as submitted. (Siemieniewski/Christensen. Motion carried. Absent – Erickson, Mahrer).

Building Permits: Christensen/Siemieniewski moved to approve Building Permit 193-15 and Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to Doug Olstad for placement of a manufactured home on Block 6 Lots 3-4-5-6-7 Cooper’s Addition; and approve Building Permit #194-15 to Kyle & Kaia Mahrer for the addition of a fence on the lot at 318 First Street. Motion carried.  Absent – Erickson, Mahrer. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – September 25, 2015

The Autumnal Equinox arrived in the northern hemisphere of this Earth, according to The Farmer’s Almanac, at 4:21 a.m. on Wednesday, September 23, accompanied by thunder, lightning, rain and wind, and following a week that saw temperatures go from highs in the 90’s to lows into the 30’s, and all points in between.  Some rain gauges were running over on Wednesday morning, as Mike Walstead reported 4½ inches at his farm in Rutland Township, Tom Wyum and Jim Lunneborg reported 4.6 and 4.4 inches, respectively, at their Shuman Township farms, and Rob Roney had 5 inches of rain in his gauge 3 miles north of town.  In Rutland, four gauges within 2 blocks all registered different amounts, with Norbert Kulzer reporting 1.9”, Roger Pearson reporting 2.2”, Paul Anderson reporting 2” and Cam Gulleson’s gauge showing precisely 1.92”.  The rain tapered off to the north and south, with Joe Breker reporting 1.25” on the morning of the 23rd, and reports from Milnor indicating that the streets were barely damp.  For most, the rain was welcome, but, as usual, it did not exactly match up with everyone’s harvest schedule.

A welcome rain blessed the area on the afternoon of Friday, September 18, with Roger Pearson reporting .37 of an inch in his rain gauge at 409 Gay Street, Jesse Brakke’s electronic precipitation measuring device recording .3 of an inch between Rutland and Cayuga and Joe Breker reporting .4 of an inch at his farm in Tewaukon Township.  A little rain on Friday afternoon didn’t slow down harvest action, though, according to Rodney Erickson.  Rodney reports that the Wheaton-Dumont Co-op has been taking in from 18,000 to 28,000 bushels per day at the Rutland Elevator since the first load crossed the scale back on Wednesday, September 9.  The Wheaton-Dumont Co-op will be buying wheat, soybeans and corn at the Rutland Elevator this Fall, states Rodney, and the prices being offered are very competitive.  Producers who wish to check prices on line can go to the Wheaton-Dumont Co-op’s internet web site at, go to “cash price” and then check the price being offered at the co-op’s Rutland facility, or they can call Rodney at 724-3345 to get the information they need.  Harvest season hours at the Rutland Elevator are from 7:30 a.m. to whenever the trucks stop coming in at night, except for Sunday, when the Co-op does not start taking grain until Noon.

The Rutland Community Club and the 2015 Uff-Da Day Committee met on Wednesday, September 16 in the Rutland Town Hall.  Plans for the upcoming Uff-Da Day XXXI on Sunday, October 4, were the primary topic of discussion.  A new event this year, from the Scandinavian nation of Finland, is the Wife Carrying Race, in which a man can, according to the Finnish rules, carry his own wife, his neighbor’s wife, or he can go farther afield for a suitable race partner, to  be carried through the specified race course.  In Finland, the couple with the best time is crowned as Champions and the husband is awarded his wife’s weight in beer.  In Rutland, this year’s sponsor of the Wife Carrying Race, Scheel’s, is awarding a $100 gift certificate to the winning couple.  Side bets are allowed.  Finnish rules call for a course that is 275 yards in length, but the Uff-Da Day course will be shorter than that, according to Uff-Da Day committee chair Marcia Brakke.  The U. S. National Wife Carrying Championship Race is held in Maine each year, and the International Championship Race is held each year in Helsinki, Finland.  Several couples have already volunteered to participate in the race, and more are welcome.  Following is a partial schedule of Uff-Da Day events: Commencing at 10:00 a.m., Rutland Depot, Pioneer House & Country School museums will be open all day; Craft booths open throughout the day; wine tasting at the Old Parsonage; music, sale of ethnic foods, kids train ride, horse-drawn wagon rides & kids games throughout the day at various locations; 10 AM Craft Demonstrations to include lefse making, begin at various locations; 11 AM – 4 PM traditional dinner at Town Hall that includes scalloped potatoes with ham and Scandinavian dessert items; 1 PM Parade; 2 PM Dakota Pedal Pull; 3 PM Wife Carrying Contest, Prizes include Scheel’s 100$ gift certificate.  There is no charge to attend Uff-Da Day events in Rutland, and the only thing that needs to be paid for are the craft items, or food items, that a person wishes to purchase. Read More »

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