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The Rooster Crows – November 20, 2015

Members of Rutland’s Bergman-Evenson Post #215 played a prominent role in the Veterans Day observance at the Sargent Central Activities Center in Forman on Tuesday, November 10. Four members of the Post: Tom Manley; Doug Olstad; Ted Lee; and, Roger Pearson made up the Color Guard that presented the American Flag at the beginning of the program, and Post member Shelly Pherson, a Technical Sergeant in the North Dakota Air Guard and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, spoke on the importance of education, community and service. The program, in which the entire school participated, was well attended and well received. Congratulations and thanks are due to the faculty and staff at Sargent Central, particularly Kim Mahrer, Vicki Weber, Kaia Mahrer and Nathan McAmis, for arranging the event and organizing the program.

A cold front swept across North Dakota during the night of November 10-11, bringing a cold northwest wind and a thermometer reading down into the 30’s for Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11. Among those from Rutland who attended the Veterans Day ceremony on the Courthouse grounds were Bill Anderson and Roger Pearson. Roger was pressed into service as Bugler, to play “Taps” after the ceremonial detail under the command of Tom Manley had fired 3 volleys in honor of those who had served. Roger played “Taps” so perfectly that it could have been a recording. Well, all right, it was a recording, but he did pretty well to figure out how to press the “Play” button on the bugle after a very brief course of instruction. If Roger’s old band instructor at RHS, Augustine “Gus” Schildberger, had possessed such instruments he could have made musicians of all of his students. A brief program in the Forman City Hall followed the outdoor ceremony. Wallace Herman of Havana, a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of RHS/SCHS Class of ’64, spoke on “A Day In The Life Of An Infantryman In Vietnam,” and had several exhibits, including the last pair of boots he wore in Vietnam, to illustrate his points. Wallace’s talk was thoughtful as well as humorous. A lunch served by the ladies of the Forman American Legion Auxiliary followed the program. The County’s Veterans Day observance almost did not occur, due to an old American military tradition, a classic SNAFU. There was a mix-up over who was to do what to organize the observance, and as a result, as of Monday, November 9, nothing had been done. However, Bill Smith, a member of the Havana American Legion Post and the Legion’s 10th District Commander, and the ladies of the Forman Auxiliary Unit stepped forward at the last minute, organized the program and carried it off. A salute and a pat on the back are due to Commander Smith and the Forman Auxiliary ladies for a job well done.

Veterans Day observances ended in Rutland with a soup and sandwich supper for local veterans, served by the members of Bergman-Evenson Unit #215 of the American Legion Auxiliary at the Nordland Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. The Auxiliary ladies had prepared several different home-made soups and sandwiches that were enjoyed by all. Auxiliary President Joan Lee was MC for the event, and introduced a brief program that included a duet by Tia Gerrits and Teddie Lee, granddaughters of Donald & Yvonne Johnson and Ted & Joan Lee of this community, and a reading by Auxiliary member Sonja Christensen. The Auxiliary Unit had sponsored a Veterans Day Poster Contest at Sargent Central this year, and 10 posters were on display. Diane Smith explained that this was the 2nd year that the Auxiliary Unit had sponsored the poster contest, and that participation had tripled, from 3 posters in 2014 to 10 in 2015. Read More »

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Hens Do Crow – November 13, 2015

The Coteau des Prairies Lodge was the place to be on Saturday, November 7, for the Harvest of Hope Luncheon and Relay for Life fundraiser.  The Little Old Ladies of Sargent County sold 120 advance tickets for their second annual event.  The menu, selected, prepared and served by Lodge Manager Olivia Stenvold and her crew featured Hamburger Sliders, Asiago Cheese Soup and Wheat Salad. All of the tables were beautifully decorated by Relay for Life Teams hoping to win “best centerpiece” as determined by mystery judges.  There are already seven teams participating in the 2016 Relay for Life event.  Winning Tables were 1st Place – Alice In Wonderland (Stamping Out Cancer Team) $200; 2nd Place – Fall Table (Jim’s Journey Team) $100; and 3rd Place – White Winter Wonderland (Shirleaders) $50.  Attendees also had a chance to win the centerpieces as well as door prize gift baskets. The featured speaker was Kim Wagner, Motivational Humorist and Cancer Survivor, who shared stories and songs with attendees.  Sponsors of the event included:  The Coteau des Prairies Lodge; Sargent County Bank; Bobcat; Farmers Union Insurance, Dave Bergeman, Rep.; First National Bank; Nodak Insurance; Walock-Johnson Insurance, Inc.; Wendell’s Body Shop; and Thrivent Financial.  The event raised over $5,000 for the Sargent County Relay for Life.  The Little Old Ladies also sponsored a raffle board.  Winners of cash prizes are: Amy Witt, Geneseo, $250; Dustin Gilje, Milnor, $100; and Larry Hinman $50.  The Little Old Ladies are already scheming and planning next year’s event.

Rutland residents Shannon and Hilary Mehrer were recently featured in the Dickey Rural Networks (DRN) newsletter Business Spotlight. The Mehrer’s own Dakota Precision Fabricating in Forman, which opened in 2004.  Their firm is a major player in the removable flood wall industry.  They have drafted and designed flood walls that have been sent to New York, St. Paul, East Grand Forks and recently to Canada.  Dakota Precision Fabricating employs six individuals, including a few Rutland residents.

Some Rutland residents gathered in the Rutland Hall at the usual date and time of the Community Club meeting.  Upon finding that the meeting date had been changed to next Monday, November 16, those present discussed Santa Day activities for December including suggesting proceeding with having soup and sandwiches and bingo. Individuals were suggested for decorating and preparing the candy bags for Santa’s visit with the children.  According to Doug Spieker, Joe Breker will have the Christmas tree in Rutland around Thanksgiving in plenty of time for the tree lighting and Santa visit. The Community Club will meet Monday, November 16, at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. Read More »

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Cayuga native Randy Kiefer visited in Rutland on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 28, calling on old friends Bill Anderson and Paul Anderson of this community.  Randy reported that he had been in North Dakota for the previous week, staying at the farm home of his sister and brother-in-law, Pam & Keith Hoistad, in Ransom County.  This past Summer, Randy had enjoyed an extended vacation in Europe that included a bicycle tour through the Pyrenees Mountains, along the border between France and Spain, from the Atlantic Coast to the Mediterranean Sea.  It was tough pedaling on those mountain roads, he stated.  His European tour also included attendance at a Kiefer Family Reunion in the ancestral homeland of southwestern Germany, near the borders with France and Switzerland.  Also attending the reunion in Germany were Bob & Dawn Kiefer of Minneapolis and Pam & Keith Hoistad of rural Milnor.  Randy stated that he intended to return to his home in Orange County, California, on Wednesday, November 4.  He and his cousin, Cayuga native Don Isensee, along with a friend, Dick Reis of Fargo, a group known to friends as “The Apple Dumpling Gang,” are planning another extended bicycle tour somewhere in North America for the Summer of 2016.  Randy is a 1967 graduate of Sargent Central High School, a 1971 graduate of NDSU, and has been a cycling enthusiast for more than 40 years.

Some late congratulations are due to the Rutland Raiders 4-H members who received awards at the Sargent County 4-H Awards and Recognition event held in Forman on October 25. Awards were presented to:  Renee Cramton (twenty-three-year leader); Deborah Banish (first year leader); Kaycee Hamilton (first-year member); Mollie Robbins (Junior Sheep Award); Josie Hamilton (Junior Healthy Lifestyle Education – FCS – Award); Abigail Erickson (Junior FCS Award; 1st place Jr. Community & Expressive Arts; Overall Junior FCS/HLE/EA Award); and, Emma Howey (Hippology High Point Award and Horse Judging Award).  Recipients of the 4-H Career Achievement Awards, earned once in a 4-H career based on review of cumulative records, were Tony Banish (Outstanding Junior Achievement Award) and Tyler Banish (Outstanding Senior Achievement Award).  Members were also recognized for their involvement in 4-H events and activities:  Hippology – Abby Erickson (Jr. Team) and Emma Howey (Sr. Team); 4-H Project Expo – Tony Banish, Addie Robbins and Mollie Robbins.  Congratulations to all members of the Rutland Raiders 4-H Club.  The Club meets again Sunday, November 15, 3:00 p.m., at the Nordland Lutheran Church Parish Hall.  New members are always welcome. Read More »

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City Council Nov 2 2015 agenda

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The Rooster Crows – October 30, 2015

Weather conditions have been dry and dusty through most of the harvest, but relief arrived in the form of a general rain on Friday, October 23.  At 8:30 on Friday morning Norbert Kulzer reported .65 of an inch in his rain gauge at 415 Gay Street, Paul Anderson reported .75 of an inch a block west, at 309 Gay Street; and, Jim Lunneborg reported that his gauge showed between .65 and .7 of an inch at his farm in Shuman Township.  The rain continued, off and on, throughout the day, and by 10:00 p.m. John Harris Acurite electronic weather station at 122 Ross Street showed precisely 1.73” of precipitation for the day while Roger Pearson’s rain gauge at 409 Gay Street, the kind you have to walk out into the backyard to check, registered 1.75 inch of rain, A gift that was badly needed and much appreciated.  A cold front rode into town on a brisk northwest wind on Wednesday, October 28, dropping the daytime high into the 30’s for the first time in several months, a premonition of things to come.  The weekend forecast is calling for a return to mild temperatures for several more days, but Winter, like prosperity, is just around the corner.

Margot Ganske of San Diego CA visited in Rutland at the home of her father, Leonard Heinen, from Monday, October 19 through Friday, October 23.  Mr. Heinen resides in the apartment house at 207 First Street.  On Thursday evening Mrs. Ganske joined her twin sister Marcia Brakke, Jesse Brakke, James Brakke, Bill Anderson and Kathy Brakke at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge to honor Leonard on the occasion of his 95th birthday.  Leonard, better known as Lenny, is a peppy 95-year-old who enjoys a good time out with family and friends.

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