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The Rooster Crows – September 23, 2016

Soybean harvest has now been underway for nearly 2 weeks.  Occasional rain showers have interrupted progress, but a short break to take care of machinery and other chores is not unwelcome, as long as it’s brief.  For the most part, the weather has been typical of late September, warm & sunny during the day and cool  & damp during the night.  Mike Walstead reported that the beans he had been harvesting in Rutland Township on Monday, September 19, were at 10% moisture, almost too dry to harvest, as extremely dry beans may crack or shatter during the harvesting process, converting them from a valuable commodity to dockage.  The light shower on the morning of Tuesday, September 20, .06 of an inch according to Paul Anderson’s electronic gauge, halted combines for the forenoon, but most were rolling again by Tuesday afternoon.  Gary Thornberg reports that the soybean harvest has been proceeding at a brisk pace in Weber Township, and that yields of 40 bushels to the acre, or better, seem to be the norm.

If you are looking for a 1929 Model A Ford, fully restored and in perfect running order, Doug Spieker has all of the parts you might need to build one.  Doug has the Model A chassis, a 1929 Crown Victoria body that was manufactured for Ford by the Murray Company, engine blocks, transmissions, wheels, radiators and all of the other parts needed to make a fully restored classic antique automobile.  Doug, a skilled mechanic, machinist and metal worker, had intended to do the restoration work himself, but, after several years of pondering the project, finally decided that he has too many irons in the fire and just needs to let some of them go.  Give Doug a call at 724-6298 if you have a hankering to follow in the footsteps of Henry Ford and build a Model A.  The Model A Ford was built from 1928 through 1931 by the Ford Motor Company.  It was the successor to Ford’s famous Model T, better known as the “Tin Lizzie,” the automobile that put America on wheels.  The Model T was built from 1908 through 1927, with only minor modifications over those 20 years.  The Model A had a more rounded appearance than the Model T, actually had all 4 doors, had a standard transmission and had real brakes, among other improvements.  At the time it was said that in making the Model A, Henry Ford had “…made a lady out of Lizzie!”  “It’s all there.” says Doug, the master’s touch is all that’s needed to bring her to life.” Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – September 16, 2016

Mother Nature shifted from late Summer to early Autumn mode somewhere around Midnight on Sunday, September 11. The high on Sunday was in the low 80’s. The high on Monday was in the mid-60’s, and was predicted to stay in that neighborhood all week. On Wednesday morning Rutland residents noted that their outdoor thermometers indicated a low of 36 degrees, the coldest reading since mid-May. Rick Bosse reported that there were patchy areas of light frost in his yard near Brampton. Clear, sunny days and cool, starlit nights, the weather that makes September the most pleasant month of the year, will be around for another couple of weeks, or so. Enjoy it while you can.

Soybean harvest got started in this area on Monday, September 12, and by Tuesday combines were churning through fields from one end of Sargent County to the other. Mike Anderson and Kurt Breker were among those harvesting beans in Ransom Township, and the Banish brothers, Rick & Mike, had their combines in operation at the base of the hills, in Tewaukon Township. No reports of yields, yet, but, as the old saying goes, “It sure looks good from the road.”Mike Anderson, Jim Marquette, Kyle Marquette, Steve Wyum and Bill Anderson were among those from Rutland who took in the Grand Opening Open House at the new CHS Dakota Plains Ag Grain Terminal and Fertilizer Complex east of Gwinner on Wednesday, September 7. The new facility has 2.5 million bushels of grain storage capacity and can load out a 110 car unit train with wheat, corn or soybeans in a matter of hours. The complex also includes a huge fertilizer facility that is managed by Rutland native Scott Christianson. Another Rutland native, Sheila (Narum) Olson, handles inventory management, and has the title of Agronomy Bookkeeper. Grand Opening activities included tours of the facility, a Noon lunch featuring Famous Dave’s barbecued ribs, and a program at which several speakers made brief presentations. Situated at the intersection of North Dakota Highways #32 and #13, and on the Red River Valley & Western rail line that runs from Wahpeton to Oakes, the new facility has excellent access to both truck and rail transportation, enabling it to get commodities and other products both in and out quickly and efficiently. Congratulations to CHS Dakota Plains Ag, and tothe cooperative members who own the company, on the opening of this magnificent facility. The residents of Sargent County appreciate the co-op’s investment in this community, and wish the business the best of luck in its future endeavors. Read More »

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2017 Budget

The Rutland City Council approved a preliminary 2017 budget on September 12, 2016.  The preliminary budget is available for review by contacting the Rutland City Auditor at 724-3081.  The Council will adopt a 2017 budget at the October 3, 2016 meeting.

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The Rooster Crows – September 9, 2016

Another thunderstorm.  Another .8 of an inch of rain.  Sunday, September 4, was warm, the temperature was up in the 80’s, and windy.  The National Weather Service had declared a “severe weather watch” which was to expire at Midnight.  The lightning flashed, the thunder rumbled, and the wind died as the rain began shortly before 12:00 Midnight.  The rain came straight down, heavy at first, then slowing until it was all done by 12:30 a.m.  A nice rain that will keep lawn mowers humming for a while longer.  Norbert Kulzer’s rain gauge registered .8 of an inch, and, as Norbert was the only one to disclose his findings, that reading stands as official for the event.

County Road Supervisor Merill “Sparky” Engquist and Virgil Nogowski of the County Road Department stopped in Rutland on the morning of Wednesday, August 31.  The 2 men had been repairing damage on County #10 about a mile north of town that had occurred as the result of a collapsed muskrat run under the highway.  Sparky and Virgil packed the muskrat run and the small hole in the surface of the road with recycled asphalt pavement, and blocked the end of the run.  Muskrats cause millions of dollars worth of damage to roadways in North Dakota every year.  They burrow into the in slope of a roadway and then time and water do the rest of the damage.  Muskrats are considered to be furbearers, their taking is regulated by law, and shooting them is generally not allowed.  However, Sargent County has a permit that allows the shooting of muskrats in road ditches and sloughs adjacent to County and Township roads, but those who wish to hunt them must have their names on the County’s permit and abide by its provisions.  At the present time, only 8 names are on the County’s permit, according to Deputy County Auditor April Bladow.  Prospective muskrat hunters can stop by the County Auditor’s Office at the Sargent County Courthouse in Forman to add their names to the list.  Shoot a muskrat and save a road, but add your name to the County’s Permit first.  Be smarter than a muskrat.  Get your name on the County’s permit. Read More »

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Rutland City Council Meeting

City of Rutland, September 12, 2016, Meeting Agenda

  1. Additions to/Approval of agenda
  2. Approval of minutes: August 1, 4, 16 and 22, 2016
  3. Public comments, if any
  4. New business
    1. Building Permits: Approve Building Permits #200-16 to Hal Nelson to move a shed onto his lot; Permit #201-16 to Nathan/Shawna Bergh for the addition of a new deck; and #202-16 to Dennis McLaen to move in a home onto Lots 16, 17, and 18 Arthur & First Streets.
    2. City of Rutland Inert Waste Landfill Inspection Report
    3. Rutland Township Overhead Door
    4. Jake’s Feed & Seed Reimbursement Request
    5. 2017 Preliminary Budget
    6. City Expansion and Development – LeeAnn Even
  5.  Old/Unfinished Business
  1. Financial Report
    1. August Cash Balances Report
    2. August Revenue and Expenditure Reports
    3. Presentation and Approval of Bills
    4. Collections/Delinquents Report
    5. Auditor Report
  1. Communications from the Mayor
  2. Announcements
  3. Adjournment

Next City Council Meeting: Monday, October 3, 2016

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