Mother Nature’s torrent of four letter words: rain; wind; cold; and, even snow; finally let up on Tuesday, May 19, after pummeling the region for the previous 2 weeks. In the category of, “It’s always darkest just before the dawn,” or, “It’s always worst just before it gets better,” Monday, May 18, was the nastiest day of a stretch of nasty weather, with the temperature struggling to reach 40 degrees, wind gusts of 35 to 40 mph, dark clouds, rain showers and snow flurries throughout the day. Mitch Mahrer reports encountering a snow flurry between Cayuga and Geneseo on Monday morning that was blizzard-like in its intensity. Scattered frost was reported throughout the area on both Monday and Tuesday mornings, but Tuesday dawned with a light breeze and sunny skies, promising better days ahead. The forecast for Memorial Day weekend is calling for temperatures in the 70’s and the possibility of rain. That’s the month of May we know and love.
Registration for the annual Relay For Life Tractor-cade will start at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, on Main Street in Rutland, according to Jim Lunneborg, organizer of the event. The caravan of antique and classic tractors will start moving at 9:00, sharp, says Jim, and participants are encouraged to arrive early so they can be ready to start on time. The exact route has not yet been determined, as it will depend on the condition of roads and trails in the area. There have usually been 35 to 40 tractors in the tractor-cade, says Jim, and, as of Thursday, May 14, 20 tractor owners had already pre-registered for the 2015 event. The event is a fund-raiser for Sargent County’s annual Relay For Life fight against cancer, which has its main fund-raiser scheduled for Friday, June 20, in Milnor. Jim Lunneborg is a cancer survivor, and he and his spouse, Ione, have taken an active role in promoting Relay For Life’s fund raising efforts in Sargent County.
Excavation work at the Rutland Elevator was temporarily stalled by recent rains. The excavation was being done in preparation for the construction of a foundation and the installation of drains in preparation for the installation of a new electronic scale and driveway at the elevator, the new scale being capable of weighing grain hauling semi-trailer rigs. Philip, from the Sundale Hutterian Colony, operated the track-hoe that did the excavating. Rodney Erickson, owner of the Rutland Elevator, expects to have the elevator ready to receive and ship grain prior to the commencement of corn harvest this fall. Read More