Mothers’ Day, Sunday, May 12, turned out to be Mother Nature’s day, as well. Early risers were greeted by a chilly 28 degrees and frost on the windshield, but by Noon summer-like temperatures prevailed and the afternoon proved to be quite pleasant. A large number of Moms, along with their families, enjoyed the Mothers’ Day Brunch at The Rutland General Store & Café, where management and staff pulled out all the stops to provide a delicious and abundant repast. The day that began with frost and cold ended with a pleasant summer evening, and the promise of more summer weather to come. The next 2 days, May 13 & 14, featured high winds and temperatures in the 80’s, pushing 90 on Monday, more reminiscent of early August than late May. The forecasters are predicting thunderstorms for the coming weekend, though, and the consensus of the Assembled Wise Men on Tuesday afternoon was that some thunder, lightning, and rain would get rid of the remaining frost in the ground, and would do a world of good for newly planted crops. There’s a reason why these guys are known as the “Wise Men.”
Wildur Benites, a native of the South American nation of Peru, has been staying at the Joe & Patty Breker farm in Tewaukon Township for the past couple of weeks. An experienced construction worker, he is assisting with improvement and touch-up projects at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge. Wildur has been a frequent visitor in Rutland over the past several years, and his many friends and acquaintances here are pleased to have him back in the community.
The Veterans Memorial Committee, the group coordinating the construction of the proposed Rutland Veterans’ Memorial, composed of Debbie Banish, Ted Lee, Joan Lee and Bill Anderson, met with Jen Christianson and Hilary Mehrer of the Rutland Park Board at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, and agreed on the location of the Veterans Memorial in the area between the Legion Hall and the Rutland Town Hall. The site selected by the committee has now been approved by both the Rutland City Council and the Rutland Park Board. Following the joint meeting, the Memorial Committee met to review plans and progress. The projected cost of the Memorial, including the concrete base, the stainless steel monument, lighting, flagpoles, benches and planters, is $15,000.00. The American Legion Auxiliary has already raised more than $6,000.00 for the project. It is expected that the concrete base will be installed this year, and that the project will be completed in steps, as funds become available. Read More