The “January Thaw” began on Wednesday, January 14, out here on the prairie, and it provided a welcome respite from Winter’s brutal cold for all. Sunny skies and temperatures up into the 40’s over the weekend rid Rutland’s streets and sidewalks of snow and ice, making for safer travel by both pedestrians and motor vehicles. The January Thaw can’t last forever, though, and the arrival of new snow on Tuesday, January 20, was a reminder that Winter still has more to say before taking its leave, but it sure was nice while it lasted. Mayor Narum had the City’s snowplow truck clearing snow from the streets by 4:30 a.m. on the morning of Wednesday, January 21, and Jim Brown had his snow shovel in action at about the same time, clearing sidewalks and driveways of the newly fallen snow. A hearty “Thank You!” is due to the Mayor, to Jim and to the others in the community who do their part to keep our streets and sidewalks clear and safe throughout the Winter. Thanks, too, to our County road crew of Merrill “Sparky” Engquist, Virgil Nogowski, Tom Manley, John Mlnarik and Paul Shearer, and to our State Highway Department crew of Tom Hillestad, Chuck Anderson and Barry Christianson for getting out there to open the roads when the rest of us are still snug and warm in our beds.
Jake Erickson has been on light duty since undergoing shoulder surgery on Monday, January 12. Rutland’s Utility Main Street Businessman, Norbert Kulzer, has been taking care of business at Jake’s Feed & Seed while Jake has been laid up. With his shoulder and arm completely immobilized until healing is complete, Jake does not expect that he will be resuming full-time action at his place of business for another 3 to 4 weeks. In the meantime, though, Norbert is making some great deals on feed, seed and supplies while the boss is out, so stop in at Jake’s Feed & Seed, where they’re always glad to see you. Jake’s many friends in Rutland wish him a speedy recovery.
It has been reported that Carter Wayne Gebhardt was born in Fargo on Wednesday, January 14 to former Rutland resident Julie Gebhardt. According to the information received, young Carter weighed in at just under 7 pounds and stood 19 inches tall in his bare feet on arrival. Carter’s Great grandparents are June (Lien) Pherson and the late Dennis W. Pherson Sr. of this community. Among his Great-Great-Grandparents are the late Percy and Edith (Thornberg) Pherson. Carter is in residence with his Mom, his Grandmother, Melody Pherson, and his Uncle, Daryl Pherson, at their home in Cayuga. Julie’s many friends in Rutland extend a hearty welcome to Carter Wayne Gebhardt. His middle name is the same as that of his Great-Grandfather Dennis, and his Great Uncle, Dennis Pherson Jr. Read More