Thunder, lightning, wind and rain. It could have been a scene from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, with the spirits of murdered Kings stalking the ramparts and witches chanting “…boil and bubble, toil and trouble…” as they were sprinkling “eye of frog and tongue of newt” into their bubbling cauldrons, but it was reality, not theater, in Rutland, North Dakota, just before 3:00 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday, July 28. The wind direction switched from east to west in the midst of the rainstorm, but no major wind damage was reported. Anyone with a window open received plenty of water on the floor, though. Calvin Jacobson reported that the wind took the screen off the window on the west side of his garage, and blew in enough rain to make the floor plenty wet. Cal says that his rain gauge indicated .8 of an inch of rain, but he’s not too sure about accuracy as he had moved the gauge the last time he mowed the lawn, and it was leaning against the house wall. John Buskohl states that his gauge in Milnor showed half an inch of rain, but the gauge was vertical and the rain came horizontal, so he’s not sure just how accurate that measurement was, either. Dale McLaen and Alan Olstad both reported 1 inch of precipitation at their locations northwest and north of Rutland. Tom Wyum, whose rain gauge is almost far enough out of town to qualify for “expert” status, reported a precipitation measurement of 1 inch in southwestern Shuman Township on Tuesday morning. Paul Anderson’s rain gauge, a block south and almost ½ block east of Calvin’s, indicated .8 inch of rain on Tuesday morning. Rainfall amounts were less to the south, west and east, though, as Joe Breker reported .3 of an inch at his Tewaukon Township farm, Bill Smith reported slightly less than ¼ inch at his farm 2 miles south of Forman, and Janet Kiefer reported .3 of an inch at her home in Cayuga. The wind blew leaves from the trees, but otherwise appeared to have done no major damage around town. Right now, crop prospects in the Rutland area, and across Sargent County, look good. The rains have been timely, and, for the most part, in moderate amounts that can soak into the soil and be available for growing plants, but not so much as to cause flooding and crop damage. Spring wheat harvest is likely to begin within the week, and unverified reports of winter wheat yields in Weber Township indicate an excellent crop of more than 70 bushels per acre.
Richard “Dick” Bergman, a member of RHS Class of ’53, stopped in for dinner at the Rutland Café on Friday, July 17, accompanied by 6 of his 8 grandchildren. Dick reports that he and his wife, Nancy (Vie) Bergman, had recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in her home community of Guelph ND. Guelph, old-timers will remember, was one of the stations on the Great Northern Railway’s “Forbes Line,” that originated in Rutland and terminated with a “Y” turn-around at Forbes ND. Some of the stations along that line were: Rutland; Belle Plain; Brookland; Straubville; Port Emma; Guelph; Silverleaf; Ellendale; and, Forbes. Dick grew up on the Bergman family farm 2 miles north and 1 mile west of Cayuga, attended elementary school at Ransom #2, about ½ mile south of the Roy Anderson farm, and high school in Rutland. Dick and Nancy worked for Wycliffe Bible Translators for many years, translating the Bible into many of the dialects spoken in Africa. They served for many years in Nigeria and in Sudan, as well as shorter stints in Senegal and Cameroun. Currently, Dick reports that he owns and operates a used car business in the area near Duncan TX, a suburb of Dallas, where he and Nancy now reside. Texas State Law requires that a used car dealer have a phone number and a car lot, and Dick has them, although he says that he has never had a car on the lot and has never plugged in the phone. All of his business is done on order, primarily for repeat customers, or for customers who have been referred to him by current clients. Dick says that his customers are primarily Christian workers returning to America from Africa and Asia. Dick states that his customers tell him what they want, and he finds it for them. “Satisfaction is guaranteed or they get their money back,” says Dick. “99% of used car dealers give the rest of us a bad name.” Now, that’s saying something! Read More