Four Thousand Three Hundred!! The lefse count stood at 4,300, even, when Lefse Lena and her hard working crew finally stood down on the evening of Tuesday, September 16, according to lefse production coordinators Janice Christensen and Dianna Anderson. In 14 sessions, the lefse crews averaged more than 300 lefse per session, not counting the “mistakes” which had to be consumed on the spot. On Tuesday morning, September 16, Lefse Lena got some reinforcements when 6 High School Seniors from Lidgerwood High School came over to lend a helping hand and learn the art of lefse making. The Lidgerwood High Independent Living class, consisting of: Kallen Jorgenson; David Novotony; Zach Frank; Jared Soreson; Seth Harles; and, Chase Heley; accompanied by their teacher Mrs. Rebecca Dathe, spent the morning with lefse turning sticks and rolling pins in their hands, and helped to roll out another 25 dozen lefse for Rutland’s 30th Annual Uff-Da Day on Sunday, October 5. The regulars on the Tuesday morning lefse crew reported that the students did a great job, and that it was a real pleasure to have them come in and help out. According to Mrs. Dathe, the boys had a great time, “…and they got fed royally, too.” This same group of boys came over to help make krumkake 2 years ago, when they were Sophomores, reported Mrs. Dathe, and their first question when classes started this year was, “Do we get to go to Rutland, again?” The answer was, “Yes!” Lidgerwood High School’s Sophomore Independent Living class is also planning a trip to Rutland to help with sandbakkel production next week. Mrs. Dathe and her husband, Donald, live on the family farm near the North Dakota-South Dakota State Line, south of Geneseo.
David & Patty Bladow took a short, late summer vacation trip over the September 5 weekend, with their first stop at Watertown SD on Friday to take in the antique and classic car show. Pat states that more than 400 beautifully maintained, restored or modified automobiles were on display. David & Pat have organized Rutland’s Uff-Da Day car show since it started, and they ran into many old friends at the Watertown show. Rutland native Glen Larson (RHS Class of ’60) makes his home in Watertown and has frequently displayed autos he has restored in the Watertown car show, as well as at Rutland’s Uff-Da Day event. Glen got his start restoring old cars out of necessity, by resuscitating and resurrecting his old ’49 Pontiac from the dead on several occasions back in his high school days, gaining valuable experience in the process. Pat states that she was impressed by the friendly, welcoming business places in Watertown. The Bladows then drove up the Red River corridor to the northeastern corner of North Dakota and a tour of the spectacular Pembina Gorge. Finally a stop in Devils Lake ND, a city which Pat found to be nice, but unimpressive, brought their tour to its close. They arrived home on the evening of Tuesday, September 9. Pat stated that she had fun stopping at every fabric store on their route, shopping for hard to find fabrics requested by her many quilting friends. Being a persistent shopper, she found some, too.
A meteor shower lit up the night sky at about 1:30 on the morning of Saturday, September 13. Mac Pherson reports that there were at least 2 large, brilliant meteors that crossed the northeastern sky. The ancients used to hold that the appearance of meteors, also called “shooting stars,” in the sky was a portent of significant events to come. According to the coffee counter commentators, the fact that Mac was up and about at 1:30 in the morning was a pretty significant event in itself. Read More