With heavy rains on the Pacific Coast, and deep snow in the mountains of California, cooler than normal temperatures from the Southwest to the Gulf of Mexico and huge snowfalls in the Eastern U. S., from the Great Lakes to South Carolina, North Dakotans have been enjoying one of the most pleasant winters in recent memory, if the words “pleasant” and “winter” can be used in the same sentence, that is. The Last 4 days in January constituted the January thaw of 2016, with the temperature hitting a record 42 above on Thursday, and up to 39 on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. This year’s Ground hog, Rutland Rasputin, a cousin of Punxatawney Phil, showed up on Ground Hog’s Day, Tuesday, February 2, with a change in the weather, though, bringing in colder temperatures and snow flurries to this area just when we were beginning to think about spring planting. “Not so fast,” said Rasputin, “6 more weeks of winter for you!” A rip-roaring blizzard ripped across Iowa on Tuesday, too late to have an impact on that State’s Presidential Caucus. On Tuesday, Donald Trump, the guy who sees no one’s shadow but his own, and who once said, “No one remembers who came in second,” thanked Iowa Republicans for giving him a second place finish on Caucus night. On Ground Hog’s Day it was obvious that the country is in for 6 more weeks of bloviating from the blowhard billionaire, a fate worse than winter.
Jim & Debbie Fust of Park City MT stopped in at the Lariat Bar for breakfast on the morning of Wednesday, January 27. The Fusts had been visiting in Rutland, Milnor and Lisbon since Friday, January 22, and planned to be heading back to Montana to enjoy the “Chinook” warmup on Thursday, January 28. Debbie reports that her Mom, Phyllis (Donaldson) Sundlie has recently moved into skilled care at the Veterans Home in Lisbon, and that her Dad, Leif Sundlie, is still doing well in the assisted living area at the Veterans Home. Leif, a 1941 graduate of RHS, is one of the 2 surviving charter members of Rutland’s American Legion Post #215, the other being Milton McLaen.
Norbert & Beverly Kulzer drove down to Hartford SD on Tuesday, January 26, to spend some time with children & grandchildren, and also to pay a visit to the Ortman Chiropractic Clinic at Canistota SD. While at Hartford, the Kulzer’s took in a couple of basketball games in which their grandson, 6’3” Freshman Will Kulzer, and his Tri-Valley High JV teammates showed that their team had improved greatly since the beginning of the season, according to Norbert. The Kulzers were back in Rutland on the evening of Friday, January 29, and Norbert reported that even the Interstate Highway at Summit SD was free of ice and snow, an unusual condition for that stretch of road at this time of the year. Read More