Latest News

The Rooster Crows – May 26, 2017

Cooler weather settled in on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 19, 20 & 21, with the mercury dropping down into the 30’s on Saturday & Sunday mornings, and not climbing above 50 all day on Saturday.  The cold front did bring some rain with it, though, a gift from above that most found to be welcome.  In Rutland, Paul Anderson’s electronic gauge at 309 Gay Street recorded .52 of an inch in Sunday’s day long drizzle while Roger Pearson’s conventional gauge a block down the street, at 409 Gay Street, measured an even ½ inch.  Lyle Erickson reports that his farm thermometer 1 mile east of town registered a temperature of 36 degrees above Zero shortly after Midnight on the morning of Sunday, May 21, and a reading of 39 above at about 5:30, indicating that it is unlikely that anything froze in this area.  The wind blew, proving once again to one and all that we do still live in North Dakota.  The sprinkles, mists and drizzles of Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, May 21, 22 & 23, kept things wet, but didn’t produce much in the way of measurable precipitation.  Quoting the late Oscar Hoflen, Norbert Kulzer reported that 3 days of damp weather produced “…about as much as a white hen can p–.”  According to Oscar, that wasn’t much.

Many in this area have nearly completed, or have completed, the planting of the 2017 grain crop, whether wheat, corn or soybeans, or some combination of 2 or more.  Randy Pearson reports that he, son Chris and son-in-law Tyler Speich had completed Spring planting operations as of Thursday, May 18, and that he is now back in the construction business with Jim & Kyle Marquette of this community.  Randy states that they are now working on a new addition to the Mike & Wava Arth home north of Cayuga, and that they will begin work on a new home to be constructed just northwest of Milnor for Mr & Mrs. Brian Metzen as the next project on their schedule. Read More »

Posted in Rooster Crows | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Rooster Crows – May 19, 2017

Big wheels keep on turnin’; Big planters keep on churnin’; Rollin’, rollin’ rollin’ ‘cross the prairie!  The rattle and clank of rock rollers clattering across newly planted soybean fields is the signal that the 2017 spring planting season is nearing the finish line.  As of Tuesday, Mike Walstead reported that his corn planting was completed, and that he had about 1 day of soybean seeding yet to get done on his farm in Rutland Township.  Warmer weather has encouraged the germination, sprouting and emergence of plants in short order, and many cornfields are now covered with green and growing cornstalks that are several inches tall, and reaching for the sky.  Although Spring Wheat is no longer the dominant crop in this area, those fields that were planted to wheat appear to be supporting excellent stands that even the newly hatched broods of Giant Canada Geese haven’t been able to keep ahead of.  At this point, everyone is ready for a rain, including the geese, and Mother Nature delivered on Tuesday, May 16, with Paul Anderson’s electronic precipitation measuring device recording .47 of an inch, while Roger Pearson’s & Norbert Kulzer’s conventional gauges indicated .45 and .5 of an inch, respectively.  Northeast of Rutland, at the Mike Anderson farm, an inch of rain was reported on Tuesday, with .89 reported from the David Lunneborg farmstead a little further to the northeast. With Memorial Day only a little more than a week into the future, additional rainfall is almost, but not quite, a sure thing.

Longtime Rutland area farmer Bill Woytassek, now a citizen of Detroit Lakes MN, has been a resident of his old home town since Thursday, May 4, residing in his travel trailer in the Rutland RV Park.  Bill has been assisting his son and grandson, Jerry Woytassek and Andrew Woytassek, with Spring planting.  The broken shoulder he sustained last November has healed and Bill has regained full use of his left arm due to his disciplined therapy regimen.  Mary Woytassek arrived here from Detroit Lakes on Thursday, May 11, and the Woytasseks drove down to Aberdeen SD to attend the high school graduation of one of their granddaughters, the next to the youngest daughter of their son, Alan, on Saturday, May 13.  Mary reports that she keeps busy enjoying the company of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Read More »

Posted in Rooster Crows | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Response

The Rooster Crows – May 12, 2017

Friday, May 5, Cinco de Mayo for those Americans of Mexican heritage, was the first day in 2017 that the temperature exceeded 80 degrees in Rutland.  Spring weather has finally settled in, out here on the prairie, and spring planting has been going full bore since the 1st of May.  Reports are that some farm operators may be close to having their corn planting completed by the end of this week, with soybean planting not far behind.

All work and no play may be the rule for some, but, as Roger Pearson has been heard to say, “The worst day spent fishing is still better than the best day spent working.”  Local anglers are reporting some success on area lakes.  Mac Pherson brought in a nice stringer of crappies while fishing at Kandiota Lake on Saturday, May 6, and Roger Pearson caught his limit of walleyes, one 16 inches in length and 4 19 inch specimens, at Lake Tewaukon on Sunday, May 7.  Of course, you have to ask yourself, “When a fisherman tells you where he caught his fish, is he telling you where he REALLY caught those fish, or is he telling you where he wants you to think that he caught those fish so you won’t really know where those fish were caught?  You have to get up early to out think a fisherman.

Saturday, May 6, was the date set for community-wide yard and garage sales all over Rutland.  Shauna Bergh reports a good day with plenty of early customers at 115 Forest Street, and similar results are reported from other locations, as well. Read More »

Posted in Rooster Crows | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Special City Council Meeting

The Rutland City Council will hold a special meeting tomorrow, May 10, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. in the Rutland Town Hall to discuss mowing and tree removal and any other business that may come before the Council.  The meeting is open to the public.

Posted in Meeting Minutes | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Rooster Crows – May 5, 2017

Tractors and planters were off and running on the morning of Monday, May 1, as the race to get the 2017 corn and soybean crops planted got under way.  Mike Anderson, Mark Wyum, Kurt Breker, Harvey Bergstrom and as many others as had fields ready to go, intended to be in the field, taking advantage of the first favorable conditions in several weeks.  At this point, soil moisture looks good, but some heat would be welcome.  Paul Anderson was in Bismarck from the afternoon of Friday, April 28 through the morning of Sunday, April 30, and reports that the only planting operations he observed were in the area near Steele ND, about 40 miles east of Bismarck, but Mac Pherson reported that there were a large number of planters in the field in Richland County, near Wahpeton, on Sunday morning.  Roger Zetocha reports that fields on his farm near Stirum, in the northwestern quadrant of Sargent County, were still too cold and wet for planting as of the afternoon of Monday, May 1.

From Thursday, April 13, through Thursday, April 27, a display commemorating the 225th Anniversary of the first 10 Amendments, The Bill Of Rights, to The United States Constitution, stood in the rotunda of the Sargent County Courthouse in Forman.  The display had originally been scheduled to  appear only in the Cass, Barnes & Stutsman County Courthouses, but Sargent County Recorder/Treasurer/ Clerk of Court Alison Toepke and Southeast Judicial District Presiding Judge Dan Narum arranged to have the exhibit on display in the smaller counties as well.  On Thursday, April 27, the Senior High School History classes from North Sargent High School in Gwinner and from Sargent Central High School in Forman visited the County Courthouse, viewed the Bill of Rights exhibit; had a question and answer session about The Bill of Rights and the American Judicial system with Judge Narum; and, toured the various offices in the Courthouse with Ms. Toepke. The students also had the opportunity to visit with several elected and appointed County officials during their Courthouse tour.  Congratulations and thanks to County Treasurer/Recorder/Clerk of Court Toepke and to Judge Narum for bringing this display honoring one of the cornerstones of American democracy to the people of Sargent County. Read More »

Posted in Rooster Crows | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Read all news stories...

  • Upcoming Events

    1. Memorial Day Observance

      May 29 @ 10:15 am - 2:00 pm
    2. RCC Summer KickOff

      June 1 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    3. City Council Meeting

      June 5 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Recent Posts

  • Subscribe