It has often been said that the only time that weather is “normal” in North Dakota is when it is passing by it on the way to one extreme or the other. That proved to be the case this past week, when February abandoned its allegiance to Winter weather and provided temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s for the enjoyment of all. In local coffee shops, if you can find one these days, that is, the talk is centering on preparations for Spring planting, and on who holds the local record for being the first in the field to get started with the Spring’s work. In keeping with the optimism brought on by 50 degree temperatures in mid-February, Kurt Breker commented that he just might have to take the tractor and grain drill out to seed a few acres of wheat on his farm south of Cayuga, just to be able to say in future years that he had done it. If he does get some planting done and the weather holds, he just might be harvesting wheat in June, and that would be another local record.
Sonja Christensen, Co-Chairperson of the 22nd Rudy Anderson Memorial Pinochle Tournament that was held here on Saturday, February 4, reports that the score of 1,890 compiled by this year’s champions, Ed Christensen and Harvey Preble, was the highest score ever attained in the 22-year history of the tournament. The previous record of 1,803 was set by Becki Beach and Kay Christenson back in 2011. It has often been said that, “It’s better to be lucky than good,” but in Ed’s and Harvey’s case, it’s best to be both lucky AND good. Congratulations, again, to the 2 Rutland Rockets veterans for their impressive win on their home court. Sonja also reports that 3 of the 120 pinochle players who participated in the February 4 tournament: Stella Bell; Roger McLaen; and, Norman Preble; have participated in all 22 tournaments. Congratulations and thanks to Stella, Roger and Norm for their loyalty and persistence. Another person who has participated in each of the 22 tournaments, the person who has worked hard to make each tournament an enjoyable experience for all, is Sonja (Anderson) Christensen, eldest daughter of the late Rudy and Edna Anderson, and the currently reigning matriarch of the Ole C. and Julia C. Anderson clan. Thank you, Sonja, for your contributions to your home community.
While folks in Sargent County have been playing pinochle and basking in temperatures 30 degrees above normal, local snowbirds, refugees who fled their North Dakota homeland ahead of Winter’s onslaught, have been huddled around their mesquite fueled campfires in the desert of Arizona, talking over current events, the world situation and “the good old days” back in their old Dakota home. The following report of a recent gathering of Sargent County natives was received from Curt Larson on the morning of Tuesday, February 14: “Nineteen Arizona winter visitors from Sargent County enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast at Golden Corral in Mesa AZ on Monday, February 13. No one should have gone away hungry from a place like that. Good conversations were shared, mainly talking about how nice the weather is now compared to December and January. The second most popular topic was concerning our medical problems, the aches and pains of getting older, and that we can’t do the things we used to do just a few years ago. Like my mother always said, “It’s no fun to get old.” Not much talk from the men about what we were buying our spouses/significant others for Valentine’s Day. And not much talk from the women about that new diamond ring they were expecting. Maybe the romance is long gone! Read More