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The Rooster Crows – February 17, 2017

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 »

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The Rooster Crows – February 10, 2017

The Groundhogs, Punxatawney Phil and Rutland Rasputin, had different experiences back on their “Day,” Thursday, February 2.  Phil woke up to clouds, no sun and no shadows in Pennsylvania, but Rasputin had a sunny morning out here on the prairie, saw his shadow, and Mother Nature has been on a roller coaster ride since then, with the mercury plunging below the Zero mark on Wednesday, February 8, but predicted to be up into the upper 40’s by Friday, February 10.  Local cattlemen are getting ready for the arrival of newborn calves in the very near future, with new arrivals expected at the Gulleson farm east of town in about a week, according to Bill Gulleson.  For new calves, cold and dry is preferable to warm and wet, but cattlemen are used to adversity, and are prepared to take what comes their way.

County Commissioner Jason Arth, an agronomist with Northern Plains Ag at Cayuga, reports that he recently accompanied a group from Peterson Farms Seeds, a North Dakota based seed company, on a trip to a resort on the Gulf Coast of southern Mexico, departing Sargent County on Monday, January 30, and returning on the evening of Sunday, February 5.  According to Jason, after a week of swimming, snorkeling, water polo, touring the countryside, attending seminars on new seed varieties and other activities, he needed to get home to rest up.  “It’s harder work than working,” he said.  A very enjoyable trip! Read More »

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RCDC Meeting

The annual meeting of the Rutland Community Development Corporation will convene at 7:00pm, Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 at the Rutland Senior Center. The meeting will commence with coffee and bars for the shareholders. The Directors report on the condition of the corporation and election of two (2) Directors will immediately follow the snack. Katie McLaen and Rodney Erickson have both completed their three year terms.
The meeting is open to everyone.
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Chair Yoga

Join the Seniors for Chair Yoga every Monday at 10:00 a.m. in Rutland.  Starting Feb. 6 – Everyone of all ages welcome! Sit, Stretch, Breath & relax.

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The Rooster Crows – February 3, 2017

The last few days of January were surprisingly mild, and the January Thaw came back for a repeat visit from Sunday, January 29 through Tuesday, January 31, with the temperature pushing all the way up to 41 degrees above zero on Monday, January 30.  By the time this column is published the Groundhog will have had his day, and his say, and we will all know whether Winter will last for another 6 weeks or whether its term will end in another 42 days.  Only the Groundhog and Mike Kulzer know for sure.

Anglers continue to pull fish through the ice on area lakes and sloughs.  Ice fishing houses are present on both the Olson Slough on the south side of Highway #11, a mile west of the Rutland corner, and on the Crappie Crossing Slough on the north side of Highway #11 between Rutland and Forman.  Fishing success is also still being reported from Buffalo Lake about 6 miles north of Rutland and on Walstead Lake, about 6 miles west of town.  Jerry Dill of Stirum, owner and operator of Dilly’s Bar & Grill, reports that the fishing action has been good on Kraft Lake in the northwestern corner of Sargent County.  According to Jerry, he caught his limit of walleyes on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, January 22, 23 & 24, but was not able to catch a single “keeper” on Wednesday, January 25, even though 9 little ones did take his minnows.  Despite the warmer weather, the ice remains strong, at 30 inches thick, or more, on most bodies of water throughout the area.  Those venturing out on the ice are cautioned, though, that the ice may have weakened at any spot where melt water has been running.  Mr. Dill wishes to remind all that the Cogswell Gun Club is hosting a Fishing Tournament on Kraft Lake on Sunday, February 5, and that he still has tickets available.  Give Jerry a call at 678-2116.  He’s got Buffalo Supper tickets, too. Read More »

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