Last week this column began with a quote from Duane Lillestol of Wyndmere, “It always rains after a long dry spell.” This week we’ll turn that around with, “It always dries up after a long wet spell.” The rains have kept coming, with a real thunderstorm, complete with lightning flashes, booming thunder, high wind and heavy rain, on Sunday, April 24. When rain gauges were checked on Monday morning, Norbert Kulzer’s at 415 Gay Street registered 1.6” for the weekend, while his next door neighbor, Roger Pearson’s gauge at 409 Gay Street was showing 1.7” in his gauge. The rain wasn’t done yet, however, and by the morning of Tuesday, April 26, both Norbert and Roger had recorded another .2” in their gauges, to bring the 4 day total up to nearly 2 inches. Silver Lake Park Manager Dennis Goltz reported that the gauge out at the Park, 5 miles southwest of Rutland, had 4 inches of water in it on Monday morning, but Dennis isn’t sure if that is an accurate measurement or if a certain plumber may be up to old tricks. Dennis also reports that the water service in the Park’s campground has now been turned on for the season and that the new drain tile installed to drain excess storm water from the camping area on the north side appears to be working very well. The tile drain was installed by Jacobson Plumbing, Heating & Excavating of Rutland.
In addition to a rain gauge for measuring precipitation, Roger Pearson also possesses a scale to weigh the fish he catches. On Friday, April 15, that scale weighed a 9.63 pound, 29-inch walleye that Roger had caught off the point at Lake Tewaukon. Photos of Roger and the huge walleye were taken by Helen Banish, who was fishing nearby at the time and witnessed the catch. A report has been received that another Rutland angler, Greg Donaldson, recently landed a 42-inch-long Great Northern Pike at Lake Tewaukon, too. According to Roger, the secret to successful fishing is to be where the fish are at when they’re ready to bite, and to use the bait that they want to bite on. It’s as simple as that!
The report of the April 14 Spring meeting of the 10th District of the American Legion was missing some important information. The report should have stated that a “Welcome” to the assembled members of the American Legion and Auxiliary was delivered by Unit #215 President Joan Lee, right after Post #215 Commander Larry Christensen made his welcoming remarks. The report should also have shown that 32 members of the American Legion Auxiliary, representing 10 of the Auxiliary Units in the District, were present for the Spring meeting. Both 10th District Commander Bill Smith and Post #215 Commander Larry Christensen thanked the members of Rutland ’s Auxiliary Unit for all they had done to prepare for the Spring meeting, and for the excellent lunch which they served at the conclusion of the April 14th event. Apologies are extended for the omission. Read More