The deadline for submission of articles to The Teller was moved from Noon on Wednesday to Noon on Tuesday this week, due to the Thanksgiving Day Holiday on Thursday, November 28. Publication deadlines, though, don’t seem to have any impact on Mother Nature’s schedule for the weather. Snow flurries on Friday, November 22, heavier across the northern tier of Sargent County than here in Rutland, like the “Ghost of Christmas Future” reminded all of things to come, and 5 degrees below zero on the morning of Saturday, November 23, reminded snowbirds of both things to come and reasons to go. Winter’s grip is not yet firm, however, and it was blown away by the 40 to 50 mph winds that pummeled the area on Sunday, November 24, and pushed the mercury back up to the 44 degrees above zero mark by Sunday afternoon. Conditions returned to the normal range by Monday, but here on the prairie, “normal” is a condition only experienced while transitioning from one extreme to the other. The TV weather forecast for Thanksgiving Day included, at one point, the possibility of snow or rain, but no one knows for certain what conditions will prevail when the big day actually arrives. It seems that the weather forecasters’ chance of getting the forecast right is about as good as hitting the jackpot at a gambling casino, and the odds are stacked in favor of the house in that situation, too.
Paul Anderson returned home on the evening of Monday, November 18, after spending the previous 9 days in Arizona. Paul and several friends, among them Cogswell native Orv O’Neil and Cayuga native Don Isensee, spent a week hunting quail in the high desert near Punkin Center, in northeastern Arizona, from Sunday, November 10 to Saturday, November 16. The hunt is an annual tradition that dates back to 1974, with the core members of the group being friends who were members of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks back in the 1960s. Paul also spent a day at the home of his mother-in-law, Etha Quinlan, in Sun City West, prior to returning to Rutland. He reports that the weather in Arizona was very nice, and that the hunting was considerably better than the shooting. On Tuesday, November 19, Paul was off to Valley City to replenish his stock of food grade flax for the Dakota Flax Company, which is headquartered in this community, and on Wednesday, November 20, he was up in Fargo for a meeting of the North Dakota Grape & Wine Association’s governing board. The Association is planning to hold its annual wine tasting and wine competition in Bismarck on January 31 and February 1 of 2014, he reports. Read More