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The Rooster Crows – July 29, 2016

To last week’s description of those hazy, lazy, crazy days of Summer can also be added hot and muggy, as the temperature soared into the upper 90’s with a humidity percentage to match.  It was bound to come along if we waited long enough, but Winter’s “Wind Chill Index” now has a corresponding “Heat Index” for use in the Summer.  If you weren’t already uncomfortable enough just looking at the thermometer, the Heat Index combines the actual air temperature and the actual relative humidity reading to let a person know that it “feels” hotter than it really is, just as Winter’s Wind Chill “feels” colder than it really is.  Last Friday, July 22, the Heat Index was up to 108 degrees, and flirting with 110.  There’s no need to worry though, as 6 months from now the Wind Chill will be 30 degrees below Zero, and when 110 above is averaged with 30 below Zero the average is 40 degrees above, not great, but tolerable on a sunny day.  Remember to think about that when you are facing that northwest wind on January 29, 2017.  If you spend the winter in Arizona, just disregard the above, as the Arizona Tourism Bureau tells us that the heat in the Sunshine State is a “dry heat” that never gets uncomfortable, even when the doorknob is so hot that it blisters your hand.  And, you are permitted to wear a parka and complain about the cold when the temperature drops below 60 degrees above, too.  Well, we all have our burdens to bear.

The thunderstorm that rumbled and rattled across Sargent County just after Midnight and into the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 28, presented Rutland with .53 of an inch of rain, according to Paul Anderson’s electronic precipitation measuring device at 309 Gay Street.  Silver Lake Park Manager Dennis Goltz reports that the rain gauge at his Weber Township farmstead showed an even inch of rain on Wednesday morning.  The corn has tasseled, the beans are growing and the wheat harvest is beginning to wind down, so the rain was most welcome.

The Rutland community has another new citizen, descended from a long line of Rutland community pioneers.  Silvan Stephan Carlson was born to Bryce and Casie Carlson at 1:52 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016 at a Fargo hospital.  He tipped the scales at 8 pounds 8 ounces and stood 22 inches tall in his bare feet on arrival.  His ancestry is rooted in the Carlson, Jacobson, Colby, Stenvold, Hawkenson, Westra, Vold and Larson clans, so he is bound to become a man to reckon with.  Silvan joins his older brother, Corbin, in the Carlsons’ farm home just 1 mile east of Rutland’s Main Street.  Welcome to Rutland, Silvan.  You’re just in time for the 8th Annual Rutland Rib Fest that’s coming up on Saturday, August 13! Read More »

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City Council Agenda – August 1

City of Rutland, August 1, 2016, Meeting Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Additions to/Approval of agenda
  3. Approval of July 11, 2016 minutes
  4. Public comments, if any
  5. New business
    a. Building Permits
  6. Old/Unfinished Business
  7. Financial Report
    a. July Cash Balances Report
    b. July Revenue and Expenditure Reports
    c. Presentation and approval of Bills
    d. Collections/Delinquents Report
    e. Auditor Report
  8. Communications from the Mayor
  9. Announcements
  10. Adjournment

Next City Council Meetings:  Public Hearing on Rutland Housing, Inc., project – August 4, 2016, 5:00 p.m., Rutland City Hall
Monthly Council Meeting – September 12, 2016

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Hens Do Crow – July 22, 2016

Richard Bradbury and Bill Anderson returned to Rutland on Friday afternoon, July 15, at the conclusion of a 5-day trip to Rapid City, South Dakota, and the Black Hills.  Richard visited at the Warren Ranch, southeast of Rapid City, and he & Janet toured the Black Hills and surrounding communities from Monday through Thursday.  Bill attended a reunion of Marines he had served with in Vietnam back in 1970, in Delta Company of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.  The Marines headquartered their gathering at the Ram-Kota Best Western Motel, and also toured many of the sites & sights of interest in the Black Hills, including the Wildlife Loop tour in Custer State Park, the Crazy Horse sculpture, and Mount Rushmore, among others.  On Tuesday evening they enjoyed a banquet at the Rapid City Veterans Of Foreign Wars (VFW) Club.  Included in those present were: retired U. S. District Court Judge William Downes of Castle Rock CO; Dale Wilson of Charlotte NC, who lost both legs and an arm in combat in the An Hoa Basin on February 19, 1970, and went on to be recognized as “Man Of The Year” by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in 2010; John Cronin of Long Island NY, who was severely wounded during a fire fight on February 20, 1970; and, the two Marines who displayed great courage and skill under fire to save John Cronin’s life, Glen Nelson of rural Mobile AL and Medical Corpsman Paul Baviello of Carona CA.  Veterans from across the country attended the reunion, with the States of Washington, Oregon, California, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Michigan, Ohio, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama being among those represented.  The Delta Company Band of Brothers is planning to meet again next Summer in Pigeon Forge TN, the hometown of country singer Dolly Parton and the site of her theme park, “Dollywood.”  Richard & Bill report that the area around the Black Hills has been starved for rain this Summer, and that conditions there are very dry.  There have been several fires in the Black Hills that were started by lightning from thunderstorms that produced fire, but no water.

Corporal Jacob T. Hoyle USMC, a family friend of one of the Marine veterans from North Carolina, heard about the reunion scheduled for this past week, and wanted to do something special for the Marines who would be gathered in Rapid City.  Cpl. Hoyle is currently serving with a Marine Corps unit in the Pacific, and he sent a very special gift for each of the Marines attending the Rapid City reunion.  On the evening of Wednesday, July 13, each of those in attendance was presented with a small glass jar containing sand from Red Beach One on the island of Iwo Jima, the scene of one of the bitterest, bloodiest battles of World War II.  Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander in Chief of U. S. Forces in the Pacific during the war, said of the Marines on Iwo Jima, “Uncommon valor was a common virtue.”  Nearly half of all of the Medals of Honor awarded to Marines during World War II were awarded for heroism on Iwo Jima. The Marines sustained nearly 26,000 casualties, almost 7,000 of them killed in action.  All but a handful of the 21,000 Japanese soldiers defending the island were killed in action.  For Marines, the sand of Iwo Jima is holy ground, sanctified with the blood of the U. S. Marines who fought there.  Cpl. Hoyle gathered the sand from Red Beach One on February 16, 2016, 3 days ahead of the 71st anniversary of the Marines’ landing there on February 19, 1945.  No one, other than the Marines who were there, can understand what it was like on Iwo Jima during February and March of 1945.  Those who have worn the uniform and fought for this country at other times in other places can empathize with those who were there, but only they know what it was like.  Bill’s little jar of sand from Iwo Jima is prominently displayed in a place of honor. Read More »

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Hens Do Crow! – July 15, 2016

Farmers have been praying long and hard for rain and their prayers were answered on Friday and Saturday, July 8th and 9th, when the sky opened and let the rain come down.  Soon they were waiting for the rain to stop.  Rain falls near Rutland were close to the 3-inch mark with many getting 4 inches or more.  When it rains it pours!

Lefse Lena got her rolling pins and lefse griddles warmed up on the morning of Wednesday, July 6, when five old pros gathered in Kathy Brakke’s crafts and quilting room at 116 Dakota Street to roll out the first batch of the season.  Sixty-six lefse were packaged for sale, 3 lefse rounds to the package, and 9 large rounds for the dinner table were produced.  Electrician Josh Nelson had to be called in to get the lefse griddles plugged into the proper outlets, and was rewarded for his assistance with a buttered lefse hot off the griddle.  There were a few rejects, lefse that got torn or scorched, that had to be consumed on the spot.  A second lefse session brought the tally to 165.  Anyone interested in getting in on the lefse making action, or in learning how to make the lefse the proper way, with stories and laughter, should give Marcia Brakke a call. More sessions will be held at the Hall starting in August. Lefse will be on sale during the Rutland Community Club’s annual Uffda Day Fall Festival on Sunday, October 2, and there will also be live demonstrations of lefse making.

Doug & Cher Spieker and Chuck Sundlie took off for Rocky Point Resort in Petersburg, Alaska on Thursday, June 30. The first stop was Anchorage where Cher celebrated her birthday on July 2 with a breakfast of reindeer andouille sausage and eggs. Cher’s sister and brother-in-law, Steve and DeeDee Paulson, from Austin, Texas, and others joined the excursion. The gang spent time halibut fishing in the ocean and fishing for salmon on the rivers.  Doug will, no doubt, be sharing many a fish story when he returns to Rutland. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – July 8, 2016

Finally!  Mother Nature topped off the Independence Day weekend with a fireworks show of her own on the evening of the 4th  of July that rumbled, rattled and rained between .2 and .3 of an inch on Rutland and vicinity.  After several days of hot, dry and windy, any rain, even a small one, was welcome.  At least it demonstrated that the possibility of adequate rainfall still exists, somewhere.  Possibly even here.  That old philosopher, Duane Lillestol of Wyndmere, pointed out earlier this year that, “It always rains after a long dry spell,” and once again he has been proven to have been right.  When the next President is sworn in, the first act of the new administration should be to appoint Mr. Lillestol to head up the U. S. Weather Bureau, as his predictions have been 100% accurate.

Bradley, also known as “George,” & Rebecca Christensen informed friends and patrons here on Thursday, June 30, that the Lariat Bar would be under new management as of Tuesday, July 5.  Mike Pyle and Jeremy Becker, both of Rutland, began operating the business as of that date.  Mike has been working for Bernard Mahrer Construction of Rutland, and Jeremy has been employed as Sargent County’s Weed Control Officer since 2014.  Brad Christensen has been working in the Lariat Bar, first as an employee and then as an owner, since the business was purchased by his mother, Janice Christensen, from Norman & rita Preble back in 1994.  Brad & Rebecca Christensen acquired ownership of the business from Janice on October 1, 2012.  Mike & Jeremy plan to continue to operate the bar as the Lariat Bar, the name of the place since 1953.  Prior to that, it was “Ink’s Place,” and “Bohn’s Bar”.  Previous owners and operators of the business include: Janice Christensen; Norman & Rita Preble; Bruce & Paula Meyers; “Dead-Eye” Dick Povlitzki; Boyd Jacobson Jr & Arthur Carlson; Calvin & Wendy Jacobson; Kathleen Brakke and Darwin Brakke; Ronald Donaldson; Willard “Bud” & Faye “Toddles” Bohn; and, Ingwald “Ink” & Mary Skoglund.  The Bar has been at the same location in Rutland, 103 First Street, since prohibition ended in 1933.  Prior to 1933 Ink & Mary Skoglund operated a Café at the same location, and converted the establishment to a bar when the repeal of Prohibition once again made the sale of alcohol legal.  The original bar building was built in 1886 to house Prindiville’s Saloon, John P. Prindiville, proprietor, but was forced into other uses when North Dakota entered the Union as a “dry” State in 1889.  In 2009 Janice Christensen replaced the structure that had housed the Lariat and its preceding incarnations since 1886 with a larger, new, modern building while retaining the style and atmosphere of the original.  The old building was then acquired by Rodney Erickson who moved it a block south and across the street, to 202 First Street,, where he rebuilt, renovated and restored the structure that is now, in 2016, 130 years old.  The Rutland community welcomes Mike Pyle and Jeremy Becker to business on Main Street, and wishes them success in their new venture. Read More »

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