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Hens Do Crow – February 16, 2018

Rutland had another successful blood drive on February 8 according to Janet Kiefer. She reported that 31 individuals including one new first-time donor donated twenty-seven regular units and six 2RBC units for a total of 33 pints. Thanks to everyone who gave their time and blood to the event. Special thanks go to Janet and her crew, Joanne Harris, Monica Bergh, Sheila Wyum and Diana Anderson, for calling donors and helping with the snacks; to Ronnie Narum for setting up; to the City of Rutland for the use of the Hall; and to the Rutland Sportsmen’s Club for donating money for the lunch. The next Rutland blood drive will be held in June.

Rutland Fun Night was held Sunday, February 11, drawing a crowd of more than 100 people. The Rutland Community Club sponsored event included carnival games (including a fish pond, bowling, bean bag toss, and pick-a-duck), bingo, a cake walk, and a free will supper of turkey, cheesy potatoes, and corn. Everyone attending had a great time and the kids and parents alike were happy with all the prizes awarded. Following the event, the Rutland Community Club held its monthly meeting and discussed the pinochle tournament which was, again, a large success and the success of the just concluded Fun Night. Planning is in the works for the annual spring play and the RCC discussed improvements for the Hall, specifically new kitchen flooring. The next RCC meeting is planned for March 12. Read More »

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Hens Do Crow – February 9, 2018

Falling snow and cold temperatures kept eight of the 64 registered teams away from the 23rd annual Anderson Pinochle Tourney but 56 teams arrived on Saturday, February 3 to show their skill in handling those 48 cards of a pinochle deck. When the last card was played and ready to be packed away, it became apparent that good skills and lots of luck run in certain families as Becky Chapin and Brenda Peterson of Forman turned in a score of 1736. Close behind were Becky’s parents, Benita and Roger Ziegler, also of Forman, who scored 27 points less —1709.  Another family team of Emil Frederick and his daughter Sheila Anderson found that Golden Hand of a double rope, helping them to come in at 5th place. Other local participants who placed were Laura Olsen, Diane Stein, Bryce Carlson, Marshall Thol, Eunice Thorson, Sandy Hanson, Turk Nelson, and Caleb Nelson. Noted participants were Stella Bell, Roger McLaen, and Norman Preble who have played in all 23 tourneys while Roger and Benita Ziegler and Sandy Fliehs have made appearances 22 times. A former resident of Forman, Ruth Larson and her partner Bev McRoberts, came up with a very unusual hand of double kings, bringing 80 points to add to their score. Jason Hayen, formerly of Cogswell, came from Oklahoma to be a partner to his mother Kathy. Saturday, February 2, 2019 is marked for the 24th tournament to be held at the Rutland Town Hall. Check with the Ziegler family in how to deal those cards.

Sunday, February 4th, Rutland was again the place to be when the Rutland American Legion Post #215 served a biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs and sausage breakfast. There is always a learning curve when something new is tried and unfortunately the scrambled eggs and sausage were in short supply for the latecomers to the breakfast. The freewill breakfast proved profitable based on preliminary figures before expenses. The Auxiliary freewill bake sale was also a success based on a preliminary count of $350.00. This year’s Legion breakfast proceeds with be donated to the Legion Auxiliary which, along with bake sale proceeds, has been designated for the City’s sidewalk replacement project between the Hall and the Legion building. Read More »

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City Council Meeting – January 8, 2018

The Rutland City Council met at at 5:00 p.m. on January 8, 2018, in the Town Hall. Mayor Ronald Narum and Council Members Erickson, Lysne, and Siemieniewski present. Absent – Mahrer. The City Auditor was also present.

Minutes: Siemieniewski/Erickson moved approval of the December 4, 2017 minutes. Motion carried (Aye – Erickson, Lysne, Siemieniewski. Absent – Mahrer).

Refund of Taxes Application: The City has received an application for abatement or refund of taxes from the Sargent County Assessor for 2017 for property owned by R2, Inc. The property was improperly assessed for a building/railroad spur which is no longer on the property. Valuation changed from $9,000 to $1,500 for Railway Addition, Lot 4, Block 1, 16,449.56 feet.

Lysne/Siemieniewski moved approval of the Sargent County Tax Assessor application for abatement or refund of taxes to R2, Inc., for 2017 for property improperly assessed by the County. Motion carried (Aye – Erickson, Lysne, Siemieniewski. Absent – Mahrer).

Depository Designation: Erickson/Siemieniewski moved that the Sargent County Bank be designated as the depository for City of Rutland funds. Motion carried (Aye – Erickson, Lysne, Siemieniewski. Absent – Mahrer). Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – February 2, 2018

Ground Hog Day is on Friday, February 2, and we will find out if either Punxatawney Phil or Rutland Rasputin will emerge from their winter slumbers to crawl out to look for a shadow. Regardless of what those 2 prognosticating ground hogs find, the following day, Saturday, February 3, will find Rutland swarming with pinochle players. The 23rd Annual Rudy Anderson Memorial Pinochle Tournament is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, according to tournament co-chairperson Sonja Christensen, and what “Sonja Sez,” Sonja means. Sixty-three teams were pre-registered as of Monday, January 29, Sonja reported. Among those registered to play are defending champions from the 2017 tourney, Rutland natives Ed Christensen of Bismarck ND and Harvey Preble of Eagan MN; Rutland native Joel Hoistad and his spouse, Sandy, of Wahpeton; and, Rutland native George Resler, a member of RHS & LHS Class of ’64, now residing in Wahpeton; and, many more. Kibitzers are invited to come on in to observe the play, but are warned to keep their opinions to themselves until tournament play has been completed. The tournament is sponsored by the Rutland Community Club, and Club members will be serving a forenoon and afternoon lunch, as well as a dinner of Rutland scalloped potatoes with ham at Noon.

The Board of Directors of Rutland Housing, Inc. met at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, in the Rutland Town Hall to review the corporation’s financial status and progress on the corporation’s on-going repair and renovation program. Manager/Treasurer Bert Siemieniewski reported that the corporation’s books for 2017 had been reviewed by Ptacek Financial Services of Oakes, and that the records show that the corporation had a successful year. The contractors working on the renovation of Apartment #4 in the 6-plex at 204 Dakota Street have experienced some delays, but the contractors are making progress, Bert reported. The Board set 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2018, in the Rutland Town Hall as the time, date and location of Rutland Housing’s annual meeting. Rutland Housing, Inc. was established by the Rutland Community Club back in 1971, so it belongs to the people of the Rutland community. Everyone in the Rutland community is invited to attend the meeting, receive a copy of the corporation’s annual financial report and participate in the business meeting. Current officers and directors are: Delores Lysne, President; Bill Anderson, Vice-President; Carolyn Christensen, Secretary; and, Bert Siemieniewski, Manager/Treasurer. For additional information about Rutland Housing and the availability of apartment units, give Bert a call at 724-3553. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – January 26, 2018

Somewhere the Sun is shining; Somewhere children laugh and shout; But there is no joy in Snussvill; ‘Cause the Vikings got blown out! From the thrill of victory over the New Orleans Saints on January 14, Minnesota Vikings football fans had to endure the agony of defeat at the hands, or, rather, the wings and talons, of the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, January 21. Well, it’s only NFL football, after all, an entertainment spectacle in which grown men are paid millions of dollars to play a kid’s game That is far less valuable to society than the roto-rooter service that keeps the sewer system working. So, the next time you’re thinking of throwing a shoe at the TV set after a bone-headed play by your favorite team, just ask yourself, “How important is it, anyway?” Of course, had the Vikings won, the game would have possessed much greater significance to the future of American civilization. Just ask any Vikings fan.

Anyone driving past the west end of Lake Tewaukon, on County Road #12, this past Summer and Fall noticed the construction work that was in progress at the site of the Tewaukon Refuge Headquarters. Kent Sundseth, Manager of the Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge, reports that the new Tewaukon Refuge Headquarters Building is now operational. Consideration of proposals to replace the old Headquarters Building, built in the mid-1960’s, began a little over 2 years ago, in 2015, the process prompted by health & safety concerns for both Refuge workers and the public, and a mobile, temporary headquarters facility was moved in, adjacent to the old structure, just prior to the commencement of demolition and construction work on May 10, 2017. The new building is essentially the same size, approximately 3,400 square feet of floor space, as the previous structure, in accordance with Fish & Wildlife Service agency policy, however it makes much more efficient use of that space. The plan is to have space for 7 people working from the new Headquarters Building starting the 18th & 19th of January. The new structure has a dual heat system using electric hydronic in-floor heat and forced air. Both use propane as the fuel source. The main contractor was Northern Management Services out of Idaho which used local sub contractors from Fargo, Oakes and Rutland to supply materials, expertise and labor. Calvin Jacobson and his crew from Jacobson Plumbing, Heating & Excavating of Rutland performed the excavation, plumbing and heating work. The new building has new exhibit space, but refuge personnel still need to develop the exhibits. Funding availability will dictate how quickly that need is met. A large portion of the Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge, including the Headquarters site, is situated within the boundaries of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Reservation, and that part of the demolition and construction process requiring excavation required close consultation with the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribe. That consultation and cooperation went very well, said Manager Sundseth, and a few artifacts of interest were found. Refuge personnel plan to have some kind of an open house this summer. Potentially in June or July, stated Manager Sundseth. Congratulations to Manager Kent Sundseth and the staff at Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge on the completion and opening of the new Headquarters building, a significant improvement for employees and the public, alike.

John Buskohl and the crew of Buskohl Construction, Dillon Odegard and Spencer Schutt, have been back in town this week, doing more work on “The Bagley House” at 301 First Street. The old wood siding that would no longer hold paint has been taken off and will be replaced with white vinyl siding over ¼” of Styrofoam insulation and Tyvec building wrap. The Buskohl crew had previously replaced several windows in the house, as well as the front door. A new window in the kitchen will be installed in conjunction with the new siding. The former owner, Paul Anderson, had installed metal roofing on the house a few years ago. The property was purchased by The Old Parsonage LLC, a business owned and operated by Kathy Brakke of this community, late last Summer. Interior painting has been completed, and some plumbing upgrades as well as a new heating and air-conditioning system are also in the plans, states Kathy. Kathy intends to have The Bagley House available for short term rental this coming Spring. Some of the previous owners & occupants of the house include: Robert Bagley, builder of the house in 1887; the Burke family; the Ole & Julia Anderson family; the Herman Nordine family; the Percy & Edith Nockelby family; James & Mae Hom; James & Betty Elphinstone; the Alwood & Linda Huckell family; Mark & Vicki Weber & family; Marie Kosbab; the Wade Klusner family; Andy & Sheila Harris; and, Paul & Sue Anderson. The work being done is another significant improvement to the appearance of Rutland’s Main Street. Read More »

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