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The Rooster Crows – January 13, 2017

Temperature readings of -17 on the morning of Thursday, January 5, and again on Saturday, January 7, reminded all who reside out here on the northern plains of just how “crisp” fresh air can be.  We are into that portion of the Winter when 20 above is considered to be a warm day, but is almost invariably accompanied by snow and wind.  Such was the case on Tuesday, January 10, when a slight warm up brought with it another 4 to 6 inches of new snow and enough wind to build snow drifts in farmyards and city streets while making driving difficult for those who found travel to be necessary to their physical, financial or emotional well being.

Mac Pherson reports that fishing action at Buffalo Lake has slowed down, although some of Mac’s fishing companions have offered the opinion that Mac would have better luck fishing if he stayed awake to watch his lines, rather than snoozing in the corner.  Well, sometimes catching 40 winks does a fisherman more good than catching 5 walleyes.  Sometimes, but not often.  Reports from Silver Lake and Consolidated Lake in Rutland Township also indicate that fishing action has slowed down on those bodies of water, too, although, remarkably, those who spend quite a bit of time fishing are still catching a few fish.  Apparently, despite the recent election that “changed everything,” an angler still has to put a line in the water to catch a fish.  Amazing!

The members of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of the American Legion met at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, in the Rutland Legion Hall at the call of the Commander.  The first order of business was to elect a Post Adjutant to replace the late John M. Harris who had held the position for the past several years, until his death on December 28.  The Adjutant is the Post’s treasurer, and also keeps the records of the Post’s meetings and activities.  Douglas Olstad was nominated and was elected with a unanimous vote of those members present.  Mr. Olstad is a veteran of the Vietnam War where he served in combat with the U. S. Marines as a Navy Medical Corpsman.  In other business, the members reaffirmed their previous decision to hold a “Super Bowl Sunday Pancake & Sausage Breakfast” on the morning of Sunday, February 5, at the Rutland Town Hall; voted to contribute $100 toward the purchase of a NOAH Basketball Free Throw Practice System for the Sargent Central physical fitness program; and, decided to purchase a new bugle with electronic bugle call insert for ceremonial details at a total purchase price of approximately $530.00.  Commander Christensen informed the members that Mr. Terry Price, owner of Price Funeral Chapel of Britton and Forman, had pledged to assist with the purchase of the new electronic bugle by contributing half of the purchase price.  The new bugle will be programmed to play a multitude of military bugle calls, but will primarily be used to play “Taps” during military burial rites for local veterans.  The next meeting of the Post will be held at the call of the Commander following the February 5 pancake & sausage breakfast.  Current officers of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 are: Larry Christensen, Commander; Tom Manley, Vice-Commander; Douglas Olstad, Adjutant; Ted Lee, Chaplain; and, Calvin Jacobson, Sergeant At Arms. Read More »

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Pinochle Tournament

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City Council Agenda January 9, 2017

1. Additions to/Approval of agenda

2.  Approval of minutes: December 5, 2016

3. Public comments, if any

4  New business

a. City Hall Exterior Security Camera (Mahrer/Erickson)
b. Rutland City Hall (Lysne)
c. Fund Transfer: Approve the transfer of $447.24 from the Emergency General Fund line item to the Emergency Reserve Fund effective December 30, 2016.
d. Enterprise Fund Transfer: The preliminary 2016 year-end balances show a shortfall of $541.36 in the Municipal Waste Site (MWS)/Garbage Fund due to increased cost to dispose of materials from the City MWS for labor and the roll off dumpsters. The Council may approve a Fund Transfer of up to 20% of the balance in an Enterprise Fund to the General Fund or other enterprise fund. Action: That the City Council authorize a transfer as of December 30, 2016, from the Water Fund to the Garbage Fund in amount of $1,000 and, further, that the MWS/Garbage Fund be monitored closely to determine if additional service charges should be established for dumping at the City MWS prior to July 2017.
e. Records Disposal: According to North Dakota Century Code 54-46-12, cities must dispose of records that have met their retention requirement. The process is to be completed by June 30, 2017 and certification of disposal is to be submitted to the State. Action: Authorize the City Auditor to proceed with records disposal in accordance with NDCC 54-46-12 with a final disposal record presented to the Council.

5. Old/Unfinished Business

6. Financial Report
a. December Cash Balances Report
b. December Revenue and Expenditure Reports
c. Presentation and Approval of Bills
d. Collections/Delinquents Report

7.  Auditor Report

8. Communications from the Mayor

9. Announcements

Agenda is subject to change.

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The Rooster Crows – January 6, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, the first back to work and back to school day of 2017, started out with wind, a temperature of 1 above and many streets and roadways still icy from the Christmas Day ice storm of 10 days earlier.  Although Sargent County did receive 3 to 4 inches of snow on January 1 & 2, the southeast corner of North Dakota escaped, once again, the heavy snows with which the rest of the State have been afflicted since the weekend prior to Thanksgiving.  January 3 also provided the Rutland community with its first below zero temperature of the New Year, with the mercury plummeting to -11 by Tuesday evening. It has been noted that, as of Friday, January 6, we are only 165 days away from the date when the days will start getting shorter, again.  Now, that’s something to look forward to!

Tyson Johnson of Ellendale, a Technician for DRN Communications, was in town on Wednesday, December 28, repairing phone and internet services disrupted by the heavy rain and high winds of Sunday & Monday, December 25 & 26.  Mr. Johnson stated that in some cases the high winds had driven moisture into the phone hookups on the outside of residences, shorting out the electronic circuit boards that make phone lines, cable TV hookups and internet connections work.  In a few minutes the old circuit card is removed, a new card is inserted, and the service tech is on his way to the next trouble spot.  Dakota Valley Electric, the local rural electric cooperative, also had several power lines down in the area south and east of Rutland.  In some cases, more than 3 inches of ice had built up on the lines, adding tons of weight and breaking poles and crossarms.  Electric service in town was not interrupted by this storm, but it has been pointed out that “the Winter ain’t over yet, either!” Read More »

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Mayor for a Day Essay Contest

What would you do to improve Rutland if you were Mayor for a Day?

Each spring, the North Dakota League of Cities sponsors a statewide Mayor for a Day essay contest for third and seventh grade students. The contest encourages young people to think about public service and future community leadership. Essays must address why the student feels their community is great and what they would do to improve their city if they were mayor for a day.

Mayor for a Day Essay contest winners receive a $150 cash prize and have their essays featured in the League’s publication, CITYScan. They will also be invited to an award presentation at the North Dakota Capitol on March 3 during the League’s Celebrate Cities Day event.

For specifics about the rules and process for submitting essays, visit www.ndlc.org/essay or contact Carissa at 701-223-3518 or carissa@ndlc.org.

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