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The Rooster Crows – April 17, 2015

“Tis the Devil’s wind that blows, to raise the skirts so high; But God is just and sends the dust, to close the wicked eye!” Ole Breum 1903-1994.  Ole’s poem hit the nail on the head this past week, as winds of 40 to 50 miles per hour, and temperatures in the 70’s, and even into the low 80’s, produced conditions that have not been experienced here since the disastrous drought year of 1988.  With no rain on the horizon, or in the forecast, and the weather experts predicting more of the same, some local farmers are thinking twice about sinking several hundred dollars per acre into a crop that might not have enough moisture to grow, or even germinate.  Other old-timers used to say, “Plant in the dust, and your bins will bust,” but they usually didn’t talk much about how that worked out in 1934, 1936 or 1988.  Well, time will tell, and every day that it doesn’t rain is one day closer to the day that it will.

Folks driving by the corner of Front and Ross Streets have noticed that one of Rutland Oil Company’s bulk fuel tanks appears to be out of place.  The reason it looks that way is because it is.  Greg Donaldson, owner of Rutland Oil Co., reports that he has recently acquired a new 15,000 gallon bulk tank that will be replacing one of the older, smaller tanks that has been in use since time immemorial.  The new tank will not be moved into place until the old tank it will replace has been removed, and Greg expects the move to take place within the next week.  Greg states that since he took over operation of the company from his father back in 1984, he has gradually been replacing the old tanks with newer, more environmentally friendly, tanks.  The new tanks have also been larger than the old ones, and Greg has doubled the storage capacity of the 5 tanks he now has in place at the Company’s bulk storage site in the past 31 years.  Back in 1984, there were 8 independent bulk fuel dealers and 1 major supplier doing business in Sargent County, Greg states.  The number of independents has decreased dramatically in the past 3 decades.  In addition to bulk fuel products, Rutland Oil Company also has its self-service pumps on Main Street that are available 24 hours a day.  “All it takes is a credit card,” says Greg.

Visitors to the Rutland Town Hall will notice a plaque above the office service window bearing the name of Rutland City Auditor Deborah Banish, and also bearing levels of achievement emblems from the North Dakota League of Cities (NDLC).  The NDLC sponsors the Municipal Government Academy Leadership Training Program (LTP) which provides continuing education opportunities for municipal officials. Read More »

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Fire Ban Update

Fire Ban

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2nd Annual Spring Fling

Spring Fling 2015 Don’t forget about the 2nd Annual Spring Fling at The Lariat Bar on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, from 6 to 9 p.m. Several vendors and a taco bar ($8.00). Admission is a free-will offering to the Sargent County Relay for Life.

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Sargent County Burn Ban

As per the Governor’s Executive Order 2015 – 02   Dated   April 1st  2015

Today Monday April 13, 2015:  Sargent County is rated as  “VERY HIGH”  along with the south & mid central, the south eastern, and the north eastern portion of the state.

“Governor Jack Dalrymple declared a fire emergency on April 1, 2015 for the state in response to dry conditions, unseasonably high temperatures and high winds. In his executive order, Dalrymple issued a burn ban for areas in the North Dakota Fire Danger Rating designated as “High,” “Very High,” or “Extreme,” and/or when a Red Flag Warning has been issued for an area. Burning will be allowed in designated areas with a “Low” or “Moderate” Fire Danger Rating if approved by the local fire response authority that has jurisdiction over the area.

The order is in effect through April 15, APRIL 30, 2015. This includes but not limited to contained fires ex: garbage pits, camp fires, yard fire pits, Grass fires; slew grass.

Please help to spread the word and work with the property owners that are making requests.  Questions can be referred to the Fire District Chief Cam Gulleson 308-0167;  the County Sheriff Department; or Sandra Hanson, Sargent County Emergency Manager, 701-724-6241  ext:113

We need to work together to make sure people are not intentionally dis-obeying the ban. First Offense of a burn ban is a Class B misdemeanor: up to 30 days in jail and $1,500.00 fine.

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The Rooster Crows – April 10, 2015

The weather roller coaster has continued its wild ride this past week, propelled by 45 mph winds on Thursday, April 2, and the temperature plunging from the upper 60’s to the lower teens before heading back up, again.  Cooler weather moved in for Easter weekend, but the frost was out enough that gardeners could get their potatoes planted on Good Friday without using a pickax or dynamite to loosen the soil.

With the ice gone from most bodies of water in this area, some local anglers have been out trying their luck.  Those who have happened to be in the right place at the right time and have wrinkled their nose just right have been bringing in some nice stringers of walleyes and northerns.  Depending on the day, the time of day and the weather, walleyes have reportedly been biting on Sprague Lake and Lake Tewaukon, while the northerns have been cooperative on Consolidated Lake in Rutland Township.  Greg Donaldson reports that the high wind on Thursday, April 2, riled up the water and cooled down the catching for a while, and its likely that fishing action will be slow until the water clears.

Rutland’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt hopped into action at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, in the Rutland Town Hall. Jeanne Leinen, one of the organizers of the event, reports that 65 children, accompanied by about 130 parents & grandparents, crowded into the Hall to register for prizes and hunt for Easter eggs. Jeanne states that 700 plastic eggs, each entitling the finder to either a toy or a candy treat, had been hidden for kids to find in 36 nesting boxes and at other locations in the Hall.  Adults who were there with children and grandchildren were treated to Coffee, punch & goodies, Jeanne reports.  Among the children who went home with bigger prizes were: 0-2 year olds -Jemma Schuster, pull along toy dog; Celia Olson, 2 bear rocker; 2-4 year old-Cohen Jenson, Thomas the Train Tricycle; 2-5 year old boys-Cain Donovan, boy’s tent w/flashlight; Jarald Erickson, Viewmaster; Carl McLaen, Water Blaster Gun; 2-5 year old girls-Maddy Erickson, girl’s tent w/flashlight; Rylee Roney, Princess gown costume with tiara; Hana Dockter, Bride’s gown costume with tiara; 5-8 year old boys-Weston Dockter,  boy’s Bike; 5-8 year old girls-Bryann Spieker, girl’s bike; 9-12 year olds-Josie Hamilton, $5.00; Tony Banish, $10.00; and, Madison Schwae, $25.00.   The adult prize, an Easter flower vase, was won by Orrine Riddle.  A giant, but cuddly and friendly, Easter Rabbit that bore a strong resemblance to Jerry & Jeanne’s son-in-law, Jim Brown, was also on hand to visit with kids and pose for pictures with them.  Shari (Leinen) Brown states, “He’s just the cutest little Easter Bunny!”, but she admits that she may be biased.  Jerry & Jeanne Leinen of this community, along with members of their family, have sponsored, organized and hosted Rutland’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt for more than a decade, and the event has become a community tradition, creating good memories for children of all ages.  Jeanne says that she has some new ideas for next year, too, so don’t miss it. Read More »

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