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The Rooster Crows – December 9, 2016

The wind blew, the snow flew, the temperature plummeted and Old Man Winter asserted his dominance over the northern plains, including Rutland, the community upon which the sun always shines, once again.  That Rutland sunshine looked an awful lot like low hanging clouds and blowing snow on Tuesday, December 6, though, and Sargent Central even sent students home from school early.  The thermometer registered 10 degrees above zero on the morning of Wednesday, December 7, and the first below zero readings for the season are predicted for the morning of Friday, December 9.  No one, not even The Old Farmer’s Almanack or the National Weather Service, can tell us what the weather will be like for the rest of the Winter, but, if it’s similar to what it was on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, we ain’t a’gonna like it.  For those who always say that they need some winter weather before they can get into the holiday spirit, though, the past few days means, “Merry Christmas!”

The Rutland City Council met at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 5, in the Rutland Town Hall with Mayor Ron Narum; Auditor Debbie Banish; and, Aldermen Rodney Erickson, Delores Lysne, Mike Mahrer and Bertha Siemieniewski; present.  Also in attendance were City Engineer Jarod Klabunde of Moore Engineering, Fargo; Calvin Jacobson of Jacobson Plumbing, Heating & Excavating; Bryce Carlson of Rutland Community Development Corporation; and, Bill Anderson, Rutland resident.  The City’s financial report indicated that all funds are in the black.  City Engineer Klabunde discussed the Local Transportation Alternatives Program (LTAP) grant application that has been prepared for submission to the North Dakota Department of Transportation, seeking a grant to finance the construction and reconstruction of sidewalks on Main Street and on the first block of Gay Street past the Rutland Town Hall.  The City has applied for this grant in 2013, 2014 & 2015, and has been close to obtaining the grant in each of the previous 3 years, but has not been chosen, yet.  If obtained, the grant would provide about 80% of the cost of the contemplated sidewalk improvement project, and the City would be responsible for the remainder of the costs, which could be paid by special assessment levied on property benefited by the improvement.  The Council approved the submission of the application to the North Dakota Department of Transportation for consideration.  Calvin Jacobson discussed the extension of Arthur Street across the Drain #8 drainage ditch and into the property owned by Dennis McLaen west of the legal drain, and a disagreement that he is having with the Sargent County Water Resource Board over payment of the bill for work completed to date.  At this point, the City has received no documentation from anyone, so no action was taken.  Alderman Rodney Erickson reported on the information he has obtained concerning the installation of exterior security cameras at the Town Hall.  Alderman Erickson is planning to obtain additional information for consideration by the Council at the January meeting.  The Council approved a contract securing the services of the State Health Department to check on water quality in the City’s municipal water system.  Alderman Delores Lysne discussed the maintenance and repair needs of some City owned buildings, including The Rutland Depot Museum, the Pioneer House and the old country school house.  The Council also reviewed a letter from Diane Pherson requesting that a special assessment for lot cleanup at 114 Bagley Street be removed.  The assessment has already been certified to Sargent County for collection with the 2016 taxes, though, so the Council will take the matter under advisement for 2017.  The Council also adopted a resolution recommending the re-appointment of Mayor Ron Narum to another 3-year term on the Sargent County Jobs Development Authority (JDA) Board.  Ron has served on that board since Sept. 5, 2000, when he was appointed as the representative of the County’s cities that have populations of less than 500.  The Council set its regular meeting times and dates for 2017 at 5:00 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, except when that day is a holiday, in which case the Council will meet on the second Monday.  After reviewing the City’s bills and approving payment, the Council adjourned.  The next meeting of the Rutland City Council is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 9, in the Rutland Town Hall.  All meetings of the Rutland City Council are open to the public, and citizens of the City are encouraged to attend. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – December 2, 2016

It’s not very often that the weather can be said to be “normal” around here, as weather conditions are usually only normal or average in that brief instant when they are going by, on the way to one extreme or the other.  The past week, though, may be said to have exhibited normal November weather: cold, but not too cold; wet, but not too wet; foggy, but not too foggy; and, miserable, but not too miserable.  In fact, conditions on Friday and Saturday of last week, the 2 days immediately following Thanksgiving Day, were downright nice, with sunshine, no wind and the temperature heading up into the mid-40’s.  The rain that has fallen since Sunday, November 27, has washed away all of the snow that had accumulated on roadways back on the 18th & 19th, but left the surfaces of most County and Township gravel roads in a soft and soggy condition that made driving hazardous for those whose only speed is FAST. One pickup made an unscheduled stop 2 miles east of Rutland at about 10:00 on the morning of Friday, November 25, when it slid into the south ditch of County #3, and then flipped end for end when the bumper and grill guard dug into the soft dirt at the bottom of the ditch.  The driver, who was wearing his seat belt, emerged from the wreck uninjured, but the same cannot be said for the pickup.  Paul Anderson’s electronic rain gauge at 309 Gay Street measured .75 of an inch of precipitation from Sunday, November 27 through the morning of Tuesday, November 29.  Paul had been up at his lake property near Nevis MN on Sunday & Monday, too, and reports that the 14 inches of snow that had fallen there during the weekend before Thanksgiving was all gone, washed away by the rain.  Winter is not vanquished yet, though.  Like the Terminator, it’ll be back!

Matt & Nicole Cramton of Minneapolis MN visited in Rutland from Monday, November 21, through Saturday, November 26, at the home of Matt’s mother, Renee Cramton.  Matt & Nicole were on hand for Thanksgiving Dinner, and paid a visit to The Old Parsonage while they were in town, as well.

Betsy Anderson returned to Rutland on Wednesday, November 23, after a trip to Lincoln, Nebraska, where she visited some old friends from her college days at the University of Nebraska.  Betsy also toured a Community College near Lincoln, to check out a prospective teaching job there.

Joe & Nicole Rosenwald of Livingston, Montana, were Thanksgiving guests at the Jesse & Marcia Brakke farm home from Thursday, November 24 to Saturday, November 26.  The Rosenwalds son, Mason, enjoyed a day of pheasant hunting with Jesse Brakke and his English Setter, Rosie, on Friday, November 25.  The birds were wild, Jesse reports, and got up out of range for the most part, but that’s why it’s called “hunting,” isn’t it?

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City Council Agenda

City of Rutland, December 5, 2016, Meeting Agenda

  1. Additions to/Approval of agenda
  2. Approval of minutes: November 7, 2016
  3. Public comments, if any
  4. New business
    • a. ND DOT Transportation Alternatives Grant Application for City Sidewalks: The City Engineer will be present to discuss the application which is due December 30, 2016. The December 6th County Commission meeting will include approval/sponsorship of the City’s application as required by the State.
    • b. City Hall Exterior Security Camera (Mahrer/Erickson)
    • c. ND Department of Health Contract: Action: That the City enter into an agreement with the ND Department of Health, Division of Microbiology, effective January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 to perform all bacteriological analyses and required rechecks necessary to comply with current department drinking water regulations.
    • d.  City-Owned Buildings (Lysne)
    • e. Special Assessment: Letter from Diane Pherson requesting removal of special assessments from her property.
    • f. Sargent County JDA: Ronald Narum has represented Rutland, Havana, Cogswell and Cayuga on the Sargent County Job Development Authority Board since September 5, 2000, when the Board was formed. His term expires December 2016 and the Sargent County Board of Commissioners is asking the cities to consider recommending Ron Narum for another three year term or to present a name from one of the four City Councils to replace him.
    • g. 2017 Meeting Date/Time: Action: That the 2017 City Council meetings be held on the first Monday of each month at 5:00 p.m. except for holidays when the Council will meet on the second Monday of the month.
  5. Old/Unfinished Business
  6. Financial Report
    a. November Cash Balances Report
    b. November Revenue and Expenditure Reports
    c. Presentation and Approval of Bills
    d. Collections/Delinquents Report
    e. Auditor Report
  7. Communications from the Mayor
  8. Announcements
  9. Adjournment

Next City Council meeting Monday, January 9, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

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The Rooster Crows – November 25, 2016

Mother Nature brought the weather hammer down on the evening of Thursday, November 17, emphatically!  After providing a very mild and pleasant Autumn, with temperatures running 20 degrees, or more, above normal through the first half of November, she slapped us along side the head and yanked the rug out from under us, bringing us back to reality, and normal, with a whole string of four letter words, including: cold; snow; and, wind.  Not nice talk, coming from our Mother, but Mother Nature is the only one who can get away with that kind of invective.  Rutland and vicinity escaped the worst effects of the storm that battered areas to the south and east of us on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 17, 18 & 19.  Snow accumulations only amounted to 1 to 2 inches here, but much more elsewhere.  The first snow of the season did cause some problems for drivers, as a 1 car rollover near Silver Lake was reported on Thursday night, and another car slid through the intersection of County Roads #10 and #7, and ended upstuck in the south ditch on Friday morning.

Paul Anderson was up at his lake place at Nevis MN, near Park Rapids, when the storm hit, and he reports 14 inches of snow on the ground by Saturday morning.  It was wet, heavy, and made his little 26” snow blower work pretty hard, he states.  The lake had not yet frozen over, so an angler could stand in snow up to his knees and fish from shore, according to Paul.

Speaking of anglers, Roger Pearson reports that conditions at Lake Tewaukon on Wednesday, November 16, the day before the storm hit, were very pleasant, and that he managed to catch a limit of walleyes in only a few hours.  Rutland native Doreen (Carlson) Brown was also fishing at Lake Tewaukon on the 16th, and took a nice limit of walleyes home as well.  Lake Tewaukon isn’t the only place where the walleyes have been biting, though, and anglers report good action at Sprague Lake, Walstead’s Slough, Consolidated Lake and Buffalo Lake during the 5 days preceding the onset of winter weather.  Damon Devillers of Wahpeton took some time off on Friday, November 11, and caught a limit of walleyes at Buffalo Lake in short order.  For those who say, “The fish ain’t biting,” they never do if you don’t get out there and give them the chance.  The concern that many local fishing enthusiasts now have is that the water level in most of our local lakes is so low that there is likely to be a substantial “winter kill” later in the season.  So, get out there while the fishing, and the catching, is hot and heavy.  Those walleyes and northerns could just as well be sizzling in your frying pan this Winter as washing up on shore next Spring.  Read More »

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Hens Do Crow! – November 18, 2016

Paul Anderson departed Rutland on the afternoon of Thursday, November 3, bound for Sun City West AZ where he visited at the home of his mother-in-law, Etha Quinlan, in Sun City West until Sunday afternoon. Paul and an old friend from college days at UND, Don Hynek (a Stanley, ND native), drove out to Punkin Center AZ, about 100 miles northeast of Phoenix, for the annual gathering of “The Arizona Hunt Club,” a group composed primarily of North Dakota natives who were friends and fraternity brothers at UND back in the 60’s and early 70’s. On Sunday evening the usual members of the group were joined by the family of the late Orval O’Neil, a Cogswell native who had passed away earlier this year. Orv’s friends and family conducted a Memorial Service to celebrate his life, placed an engraved stone commemorating his life in the desert he loved, and reminisced about his life and times around the campfire until late in the evening. In addition to being friends and hunting companions, Paul and Orv had worked together at the Bobcat Company, formerly The Melroe Co., for many years.  Members of the group include: Rutland native Paul “Andy” Anderson; Cayuga native Don “Ike” Isensee; Cavalier native Lynn “Crowbait” Hartje; Cavalier native Rodger “Wally” Kemp; Stanley native Don “Handsome Harley” Hynek; Elgin ND native Bart “The Rooster” Thompson; Manassas VA farmer & cattleman Ian “Ab” Abernathy; Dover, Delaware native Dr. Perry “Doc” Mitchell; Winslow AZ native Alvin “Chef Al” Hogsett; Cincinnati Ohio native Bruce “Shoeless” Turner; Dr. Wayne “The Professor” Fox of Flagstaff AZ; Ron “Ronbo” Thompson of Durango CO; Mike “The Young One” Poole of Redland CA; and, Bill “Bill” Anderson of Rutland ND.  This was the 42nd annual gathering at Punkin Center for the original members Rodger Kemp, Lynn Hartje, and Bart Thompson. The group enjoyed a week of desert quail hunting, comradeship, and fine cuisine prepared over the coals of a mesquite campfire each evening. The weather this year was near perfection, with daytime temperatures in the 80’s and nighttime lows in the 40’s.  The sky was clear both day and night, with the nearly full moon, in the “Waxing Gibbous” stage according to Shoeless, illuminating the desert landscape.  Miles away from city smog and lights, the sky was filled with brilliant stars.  Paul and Don Hynek drove back to Sun City West on Saturday morning, and Paul flew back to Fargo on Sunday, November 13, arriving back in Rutland late on Sunday afternoon.  He reports that the hunting was hit and miss, mostly miss, but that it was a great week out in the desert of Arizona.

Bill Anderson also participated in the annual gathering of The Arizona Hunt Club, departing Rutland on the evening of Saturday, November 5, and returning late in the evening of Saturday, November 12.  When he arrived at the Fargo Airport at about 4:00 a.m. Sunday morning, Bill was greeted by Forman native Dan Stenvold, longtime Mayor of Park River ND and President of the North Dakota Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America.  Dan and a friend, Leah Stolkowski, were heading out on a vacation trip to Jamaica.  After a brief visit near their departure gates, the Sargent County natives took off in separate directions. Bill arrived in Phoenix around noon and was greeted by old friends Don Isensee, Bart Thompson, Bruce Turner and Ian Abernathy. The 5 drove up to Punkin Center AZ where they joined the other members of the group for a week of quail hunting and camaraderie in the Arizona desert. They also celebrated the 241st birthday of the United States Marine Corps on the evening of Thursday, November 10, with appropriate toasts and a rousing rendition of “The Marine Corps Hymn” around the campfire, and took in the Punkin Center Veterans Day Pancake & Sausage Breakfast on Friday, November 11.  The Punkin Center community also observes Veterans Day with a program and a parade.  Bill bade farewell to his companions and headed back to Rutland on the morning of Saturday, November 12.  He reports a very enjoyable week with old friends.

A large crowd gathered at Sargent Central School on Thursday, November 10, for the School’s 2016 Veteran’s Day Program. Presentation of the Flags was conducted by members of the Rutland American Legion Bergman-Evenson Post #215. The program included K-12 students performing various musical compositions and introduction of the 27 area Veterans present representing four of the five branches of the Armed Forces. The program was followed by a reception with beverages and cookies made by the Family and Consumer Science Class at Sargent Central and a good time was had by all.

The Rutland American Legion Bergman-Evenson Post #215 held the flag retirement ceremony on Veteran’s Day afternoon and in the evening about twenty-five area Veterans and their spouses attended the Rutland American Legion Auxiliary’s Soup and Sandwich Supper. Thomas Mehrer sang the National Anthem and Brian and Lyndsee Hanson Pherson’s twins led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Veterans present at the meeting judged the seven Sargent Central student entries in the Poppy Poster contest and the winners will be announced after they are contacted by the Auxiliary President, Diane Smith.

The Rutland Community Club (RCC) met on November 14 to wrap up Uffda Day and to plan Santa Day, Saturday, December 17, with Santa arriving at approximately 5:00 p.m. Bingo and a soup and sandwich supper will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Rutland Raiders 4-H Club will hold their annual bake sale that evening and sleigh rides will be available and the tree lighting will also be held. Watch for further details on Santa Day. The RCC also discussed Fun Night and will be seeking help from parents to plan activities and crafts for the February event. Bill Anderson and Delores Lysne were appointed as the RCC Nominating Committee to seek candidates for terms that will be expiring this year. If you are interested in serving on the RCC Board, please contact one of them before they come to arm wrestle you for this opportunity.

The Old Parsonage will be open on Sunday, Nov 20, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. for the Holiday Open House and Kathy Brakke will also have lefse, coffee and goodies – and prizes – at her house for shoppers who need a break. They will also be open on Thanksgiving afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. for shoppers to compare their deals and to visit. The Old Parsonage is decorated for Christmas so be sure to stop in for deals!

That’s it for the news from Rutland this week. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and stay warm!

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