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Commission Members are still needed representing the City. One Resident is needed from the extra-territorial zone (1/2 mile outside the City limits). Please contact the City Office or a City Council Member if you are interested in serving.

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The Rooster Crows – December 8, 2017

Blow ye winds, Hi-Ho, coming in with ice and snow!  Winds of 45 to 55 mph pummeled this area on several occasions last week, the final blow being inflicted by the dreaded Polar Vortex that added rain, snow and ice for a nasty combination on the afternoon and evening of Monday, December 4.  The blowing snow resulted in white-out conditions for a while on Monday, leading to “No Travel” advisories by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.  Sargent Central, a school with a long-standing reputation for braving any kind of weather, sent its students home at 12:30 p.m., and Sargent County Sheriff Travis Paeper closed the County Courthouse at 3:00 p.m.  Predictions of up to 6 inches of snow were not realized, though, and normal activities resumed on Tuesday morning.  We have survived the first winter storm of the season.  We can do the rest of the winter standing on our heads!

County Sheriff Travis Paeper reports that an Oakes woman narrowly avoided serious injury in a 1 car roll over on ND Highway #11 near the Sargent-Dickey County Line at about 2:30 on Monday afternoon.  The woman pulled out to pass the vehicle in front of her, lost control of her car on the icy road surface and rolled over into the deep drainage ditch on the south side of the highway.  The driver of the vehicle she had been trying to pass happened to be glancing at his rearview mirror when the car rolled, and called 911 to report the incident.  According to Sheriff Paeper, the visibility was so bad and the ditch is so deep and steep that had the other driver not witnessed the rollover at the time it happened, the car and driver would very likely have been upside down at the bottom of the ditch for a long time before being discovered.  As it was, she and 3 dogs were rescued from the wreck with only minor injuries.  It was while directing rescue efforts at the roll over site that the Sheriff made the decision to close the County Courthouse early.  “The visibility was so bad,” he said, “that it seemed best to send everyone home while there was still some daylight left.”  Only 2 more weeks until the days start to lengthen again, but right now daylight is in short supply.  Whatever happened to all of that daylight we deposited into the Daylight Savings Time plan last Summer?

Three of Rutland’s Wise Men, 1 from the northwest corner and 2 from the east side of town: Rodney Erickson; Norbert Kulzer; and, Mac Pherson; decorated the Community Christmas Tree on Main Street with strings of lights on Friday, December 1.  The 3 took advantage of a lull in the wind and the availability of Rodney’s high lift to get the job done on Friday morning.  They even got the Christmas Star fastened to the peak of the 20’ blue spruce that had been donated by Joe & Patty Breker.  The tree was one of several that the Brekers have had to cull from the grove at their Tewaukon Township farmstead in recent years in order to allow the rest of the trees room to grow.  With that tree lighting the way, Santa Claus should have no trouble finding Rutland on Christmas Eve. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – December 1, 2017

Thanksgiving is in the past, and the Christmas season is now upon us.  One sure sign of the season was the appearance of the Rutland Community Christmas Tree on Main Street on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 28.  A crew of local lumberjacks consisting of Roger Pearson, Larry Christensen, Paul Anderson, Doug Speaker, Jameson Biel, Joe Breker, Patty Breker and Cher Spieker gathered near the Coteau des Prairies Lodge on the Breker Farm in Tewaukon Township at about 10:30 on Tuesday morning, selected the appropriate tree, a 20’ tall blue spruce, from the grove of mature evergreens at the Joe & Patty Breker farmstead,  cut the tree, loaded it onto Doug Spieker’s trailer and hauled it to town.  Also assisting in the procedure were Lodge guests Scott & Katie Exum of Jacksonville AL.  The tree was deposited at the corner of First & Arthur Streets, ready for decorating on Wednesday, November 29.  Local businessman Rodney Erickson is ready to provide the lift equipment needed to stand the tree upright, and to get the lights and decorations evenly distributed from top to bottom as soon as the wind lets up long enough to allow the job to get done.  The official Community tree lighting ceremony will be held on the evening of Saturday, December 9, at the close of Santa Claus Day festivities in Rutland.  Another tree of similar size was cut to be installed in the Great Room of the Coteau des Prairies Lodge, as the centerpiece of that establishment’s Christmas decorations, at the same time that the Rutland Community Christmas Tree was felled.

Bob Sundlie of Troy Ohio was a Rutland visitor from Thursday, November 16, until Tuesday, November 21. Bob headquartered at the home of his brother, Chuck Sundlie, and resided at the Bradbury house, 419 Cooper Street, during his stay here.  He made several visits to the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon to visit his Dad, Leif Sundlie, during his stay in the old home town.

Matt & Nicole Cramton of Ramsey MN, accompanied by Nicole’s mother, Shirley LeFebvre of Andover MN and Mark & Kim Cramton of Fargo, were Thanksgiving weekend Rutland visitors at the home of Renee Cramton.  Nicole, Kim, Shirley and Renee stopped in at The Old Parsonage to do some Christmas shopping during their visit in Rutland. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – November 24, 2017

Weather!  When there’s nothing else to discuss, folks can always talk about the weather.  There’s nothing that can be done about it, but talking about it diverts attention from finding real solutions for real problems, and relieves some of the guilt felt for putting off real work to worry about nonsense.  That being said, the weather has been on another roller coaster ride for the past few weeks, with highs sliding into the 20’s one day, and jumping into the 50’s the next.  This week the high was 47 on Sunday, the 19th, 51 on Monday the 20th, and 27 on Tuesday, the 21st.  Relax, though, because the mercury is predicted to hit 53 again by Friday, the 24th.  Is it global warming, global cooling, or just the normal confusion that accompanies weather conditions at the end of one season and the beginning of the next?  According to ancient myth, the legendary King Arthur of Camelot was advised by a sorcerer, Merlin, who traveled backward through time.  Merlin, it was said, remembered the future, imagined the past and didn’t have a clue about the present.  Reports from the Weather Bureau, and the White House, indicate that nothing has changed.

The 2017 North Dakota deer gun season completed its first week on Sunday, November 19, with a number of local hunters reporting success during the first 8½ days of the hunt.  Some of the marksmen from this community who have bagged there deer include: Jim Huckell; Bill Huckell; Jared Huckell with a monster whitetail buck that sported a 5X5 rack with a 23 inch spread; Jesse Brakke; Norbert Kulzer; Bryce Carlson; Mike Kulzer; and Amber Kulzer who bagged a non-typical buck with a large 4 point antler on one side and a small 3 point antler on the other.  Chuck Sundlie took a nice buck with a 5X3 non-typical rack of antlers with bow and arrow on the morning of Tuesday, November 14, while hunting near the Wyum farms northeast of town.  With a week to go until the end of the season, those hunters who still have their tags can still hope for the legendary “Tirty Point Buck” to stroll into their gunsights. Read More »

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Hens Do Crow – November 17, 2017

The November 5-6, 2017, WDAY Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., included one of Rutland’s own residents, Gwen Young. Gwen joined the Army in 1941 after graduating from Rutland High School.  She eventually worked as a stenographer in General Eisenhower’s Allied Command Headquarters in Algiers, Africa. Gwen flew with 89 fellow veterans to D.C. where they visited Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln, Korean, Vietnam and World War II memorials and the national archives. It was a whirlwind 36-hour trip, but it was an emotional experience for all the veterans that helped make Veterans Day 2017 even more meaningful.

Sargent Central School Students hosted a Veteran’s Day Program on Thursday, November 9th attended by twenty-one veterans, men and women, and their families and friends. Roger Pearson, Larry Christensen, Ted Lee and Tom Manley of the Rutland American Legion, Bergman-Evenson Post #215, served as the Color Guard. The large crowd gathered for the event were entertained by musical talent, poems, and readings by Sargent Central students.  Following the program, guests and their families enjoyed cookies and lemonade provided by the Family and Consumer Science classes.

Saturday, November 11, was Veterans Day and there were several programs in the area. In Rutland, eight people attended the flag retirement ceremony held at the Bergman-Evenson Post #215. That evening, thirty-two individuals, veterans and their family, attended the Rutland American Legion Auxiliary #215 Soup and Sandwich supper. Homemade soup, sandwiches and bars are always enjoyed as well as the time spent with fellow veterans. The Auxiliary held the raffle for the beautiful quilt donated by Kathy Brakke. Post Commander Larry Christensen drew the winner from hundreds of tickets and the lucky winner of the quilt was Gwen Young who is spending the winter in Arizona. The Auxiliary sold tickets as a fundraiser/contribution to the City for the recently installed sidewalk on the North side of Gay Street. Read More »

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