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  1. Irene Anderson
    Posted November 23, 2008 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Just looked at the new website, it keeps getting better, just like the old town. Stay friendly!

  2. Joanne Harris
    Posted December 2, 2008 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    It’s great to see the website up and running! One more feather in Rutland’s cap! It’s great to live in such a progressive small town!

  3. Earl Cramton
    Posted December 3, 2008 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Ya done good gang. Many thanks to Ms Gaule for creation of our website.


  4. Jim Strand
    Posted December 4, 2008 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    How nice the new website looks. Nice spending a few days at Uff-da with all of you folks and glad that Rutland is thriving. Joan(my wife) and brother Tom and his wife Linda loved the exceptional accomadations from the Anderson’s chain of fine hotels and motels. The swimming pool was most fun. HA HA! Have a blessed Christmas season all of you and keep your Alberta clippers to yourselves.

  5. Karen
    Posted January 8, 2009 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    I know there are a few people who knew my parents that still live in the Rutland area so I wanted to post this in hopes you can pass the message along.
    Thank you for your time and consideration.
    Karen Moore

    Margaret Hart died Sunday, December 14, 2008 at the age of 80. Margaret Alice Seefeldt was born February 7, 1928 in White Rock, SD to Paul and Sena Seefeldt. She attended Fairmount High School in Fairmount, ND and attended college in Ellendale, ND, earning a teaching certificate. Margaret taught school in the Rutland, ND area where she met and married Everett Irvin Hart on June 15, 1947 in Fairmount, ND. They lived in Rutland until they moved to Aberdeen, SD in 1951. Margaret became an operating room technician at Dakota Midland Hospital in Aberdeen until her retirement in 1993. Everett & Margaret returned to Rutland annually to visit friends, attend events and care for the Hart family gravesites in Rutland. They have 3 children: James E. Hart, Paul R. Hart and Karen K. (Hart) Moore. Memorial service is scheduled for 2 pm, June 30, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church in Aberdeen. Margaret will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Aberdeen next to her husband of 42 years. Everett passed away in January 1990.

  6. John Sundlie
    Posted January 10, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    The Website committee did a great job of setting this site up. And Bill’s writing skills for the Rooster Crows – well, everyone knows how talented he is in that area. In addition, perhaps those of us who don’t live in Rutland can provide updates on what is going on in our lives. This thought came to mind when I read PJ Sundlie’s comments above.
    For me the highlight of 2008 was a trip to Norway with my sister Beverly and 4 cousins (Sharon Lee Butz, Sarah Lee Dobmeier, Dianna Preble Anderson and Harvey Preble). We attended the Mikkleborg Family Reunion in a small town north of Oslo. Petra Mikkleborg Sundlie was our grandmother. This is the first family reunion they have ever had and it came as a result of our Norwegian cousin, Ada’s attending a Sundlie reunion in Rutland. The relatives treated us so well and we noticed a family resemblance in many of them. We also trekked up to Trondhiem where the Sundlie’s are from. And some of us travelled to fjord country – Flam and Bergen. If you have a chance, visit Norway – it’s a beautiful country.

  7. Posted February 11, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    My cousin lives in the Rutland area and since I´m visiting her next week I thought I would study up on it.
    Thanks for the info.

  8. Jimmy Sjothun
    Posted February 16, 2009 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    It just amazes me how such a small town can do so well in this day w/out Gov’t help. From my growing up there I only remember once that we asked for help, for permits to rebuild after the big fire in the 40’s

  9. James E. Hart
    Posted March 9, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    It’s so wonderful to see photos of Mom & Dad, when they were young and first in love, posted on your website. After returning from the war in 1946 Dad played first base for the Rutland baseball team and worked for the Great Northern Railroad. Mom was your school teacher and is pictured in your 1947 class photo. We moved to Aberdeen SD in 1951. I have very fond memories returning to Rutland several times as a young child to visit Aunt Betsy and Dad’s cousin Butch. I’ll always remember pheasant hunting with dad and sitting on a bar stool in the Lariat Bar and looking at all the cool wagon wheels, ropes, and lanterns on the walls. We’ll be back to lay Mom to rest this summer and visit Rutland once again.


  10. KathleenBurke Dillon
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    I am the daughter of Walter James Burke, who was from Rutland. He was born about 1900. My father and I spent part of a summer in Rutland in about 1954. Would anyone remember us?

  11. Jimmy Sjothun
    Posted March 27, 2009 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Miss Seefeldt was one of my H.S. teachers; have photo of her, Mrs Satrie & two other on the east side of the old sq. From inside it overlooked the playground. Sorry of her death, please give my regrets.

  12. James E. Hart
    Posted April 1, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    For Jimmy Sjothun… thank you for your comments. Any chance of getting a copy of your photo of mother. Regards,
    Jim Hart

  13. Lowell C. Silseth
    Posted April 7, 2009 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Nice looking web sight good job done by Mr. Anderson keep it up as this is the only way we can get some of the news from Rutland, ND

    thanks Lowell Silseth
    Minot, ND 58703

  14. Karen
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    For those of you who knew the Henson family of Rutland: Joan Brakke, 73, Grand Forks, died peacefully on Thursday, September 25, 2008 in Altru Hospital, Grand Forks. Joan was born October 27, 1934 to Ben and Betsey (Moe) Henson. She was raised and educated at Rutland, North Dakota. On June 19, 1953 she married Wayne Brakke. They lived in Biloxi, Mississippi and Arlington, Virginia while Wayne was in the Air Force. They later lived in Fargo and Forman, North Dakota before moving to Grand Forks in 1965. In 1983 they moved to their lake home near Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. After Wayne’s death in 1995 Joan returned to Grand Forks in 1998. She is survived by her daughter, Becky (Bob) Knutson of Grand Forks ; two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a brother Charles, and a sister, Betty.

  15. nila carpenter
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    I really enjoy reading your column, you are a talented writer. I love reading what and how you all get things done there. I used to visit quite oftten with Dode and Virg Hoistad when they lived there. We came for a few uff da days, and enjoyed it alot. Haven’t been there lately. I know Mavis Wold, she and I are in the same lodge at sons of Norway Keep up the good work

  16. Jimmy Sjothun
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    This Betsy Hanson you speak of who was preceeded in death by her sister Betty, was this the Betty that I knew and was married to Clarence ( Butch ) Harff from Cayuga-Milnor area?

  17. Karen
    Posted May 2, 2009 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    To Jimmy Sjothun: Yes, Betty Henson was married to Butch Harff. Betty & Joan (who died Sept. 2008) were my dad’s cousins. Betsey (Joan & Betty’s mom) was my dad’s aunt & my dad, Everett Hart, married Margaret Seefeldt, which I saw in an eariler posting, was your teacher. From what I have learned, Butch is in Forman. How did you know Betty?

  18. Justin Fenger
    Posted May 8, 2009 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Moving into the area. It is wonderful to have a website to get introduced to the community and all the recent events that bring family/friends together. This is a great outreach tool

  19. Posted May 12, 2009 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Merlin Staehnke married Virginia Lee Sedler April 24th 1939 in Britton South Dakota, They are celebrating their 70th Anniversary…

    Merle was born at St. Anthony North Dakota in March of 1917, Virginia was born near Havana North Dakota in October of 1920. Both attended one room country schools, and later graduated from Havana high school… Merle in 1936 and Virginia in 1938.. They were high school sweethearts.. Merle and Virginia farmed near Havana ,also drove the school bus.. Virginia kept busy keeping house and with Merle raised three Children. Brian born at Fargo N.Dak. in 1942, Terry born at Britton S.Dak. in 1945 and Joclyn born at Moorhead Minnesota in 1950.

    Merle was drafted in the Army in 1943 and was soon sent over seas.. He landed in Normandy a few days after the initial invasion.. Merle was part of a machine gun crew.. he was wounded near Cherbourg France, for which he earned a Purple Heart .. Merle spent several months in the hospital, both in England and the U.S.

    On returning home to the Dakotas he and Virginia continued farming until 1953, they then moved to Oregon, after a couple months they settle in Tigard and have been there ever since. Merle worked in the retail lumber business and also for Fred Meyer From which he retired in 1980 at the age of 62….

    Merles hobbies were carpentry , building cabinets and furniture , which he was a master of and he was a rock collector also.. Virginia had many hobbies, also she worked in the school cafeteria and trained to be a nurse..

    Brian and Terry are carpenters in the Manzanita area, Brian is retired , Terry is still working, lives in Manzanita with his wife Shannon, they have two children, Ellie and Evelyn ..Joclyn is Married to Gary Wampler, they have three children, Molly , who is Married to Adrian Klein, they have a daughter ,Rowan. They are in the Photography business, Rosalie, Who helps her dad in the realty business. .and Sam who also works with Rosalie , He also is on his own in buying houses and improving them for resale…

    Gary and Joclyn have been in the realty trade for quiet sometime, Joclyn also has a retail business in Missoula Montana… Very busy people..

  20. Lowell Silseth
    Posted May 16, 2009 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Eugene Silseth who grew up in Rutland, ND, passed away May 15, 2009. Gene was the son of Theodore and Anna Hanson Silseth. He was born April 30, 1926. He was now residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Gene had three brothers: Gordon and Lloyd, both deceased, and Lowell who lives in Minot, ND… funeral pending. Gene had 3 children, Bonnie, Patty (Don) Vis, Rick (Emily) all living in Milwaukee. He has grandchildren and some great grandhildren.

  21. Lowell Silseth
    Posted May 19, 2009 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Silseth, Eugene F. “Gene” Found his peace Friday, May 15, 2009, at the age of 83. Preceded in death by his beloved wife Bernadine. Proud dad of Bonnie, Rick (Emily) and Patty (Don) Vis. Grandpa of Casey (Kim) and Cory (Susan) Silseth; Jacob, Garrett and Victoria Vis. Great grandpa of Parker Silseth. Brother of Lowell (Helen). Further survived by sisters-in law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation at the Funeral Home Wednesday, May 20, 4-7 PM, with prayer service at 7 PM. Visitation also Thursday, May 21, at Mt. Hope Lutheran Church, 8633 W. Becher St, West Allis, 9:30-10:30 AM, with funeral service to follow at 10:30. Entombment Forest Home Cemetery. Gene was a former employee of Eaton Corp. for 37 years, and also a proud member of the Sons of Norway, and VFW Post 9469. Condolences to: KRAUSE FUNERAL HOMES And Cremation Services 9000 W. Capitol Dr. (414)464-4640. Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on 5/18/2009

  22. Jimmy Sjothun
    Posted May 20, 2009 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    To Lowell, I’m sorry for your lose of a family member. I don’t remember him but that don’t count. You and Lloyd I do. Have talked to Lloyd by phone a few times since the 1999 school reunion. Were Ted, Anton, & Rusts dad all bros? God be with you and your family

  23. Posted July 10, 2009 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Nice page thank you.

  24. James Donaldson
    Posted September 4, 2009 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    The website is very nice and professional. I was down in Rutland for Hal Nelsons Benefit it was a great turnout and compliments to everyone who put it on. See you at Uff Days.

  25. Janet Peterson
    Posted October 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    My son, Kurt, and I greatly enjoyed Uffda Day! We participated as part of a trip to see family (Arden Anderson). Many thanks to all the Community Club members, residents and other helpers who graciously gave their time and hard work to make this such a wonderful event.
    Janet Peterson
    Davenport Iowa

  26. Dave Lee
    Posted November 16, 2009 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    I’m impressed with your great website! I feel like I have paid a short visit to your town. More proof that small town America is alive and doing well. Please continue with your obvious pride in Rutland.

  27. Jimmy Sjothun
    Posted November 26, 2009 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    To all that have Rutland roots Happy Thanksgiving Day, and pray for our America please.

  28. Edwin Carlson
    Posted December 7, 2009 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    Very nice web site, I will be sure to check in on it more often now I found it.

    I like getting a bit of “Back Home” once in a while. Rutland is a great community and it grows more friendly by the year.

    Happy Holidays to all Back Home.

    God Bless you all.

    Ed “Backwater Eddy” Carlson

  29. Mary Hartlund
    Posted December 14, 2009 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    I stumbled on this website while googling information on lefse making. I was so excited to revisit Rutland!! I am formerly Mary Anderson, daughter of Pastor & Mrs. Roderick Anderson who served Nordland Lutheran in Rutland from 1964-1968. I remember much of Rutland in those 4 years and have so many times wanted to take a trip to visit there and to share my childhood memories with my children. I am sure some of those I remember still make Rutland their home and they may remember our family. My husband & I reside in Michigan and have three grown daughters – 31, 28, & 25. We also have a 2 year old granddaughter and another grandchild on the way. My parents are still alive and well in Eau Claire, WI and my younger three sisters, are in Colfax and Cameron, WI with their families. Time goes so quickly and it feels like just yesterday that we lived in Rutland. I remember many fun times and eating at the restaurant when Ralph & Lois Nelson owned it and shopping at Hilda Narum’s store and the Hermanson’s general store. For those who may remember me…my wishes for a Blessed Christmas season and I hope to make a trip to Rutland to recapture many memories in person! Sincerely, Mary (Anderson) Hartlund

  30. Joan
    Posted December 29, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Very nice website. One suggestion I would make, however, is to add the address to at least Rutland’s city hall. It’d be beneficial to businesses trying to do business with your city.

  31. Irma Berg Chamberlai
    Posted January 2, 2010 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Long delayed, but had to give you much deserved credit for hosting the school reunion in July and the wonderful UffDa day celebration in Oct.
    My 7 Norwegian relatives cannot stop talking about the great time they had, and that goes for me and my family too! Good job!!

  32. Judie Anderson
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Hi to Mary Hartlund. I did a lot of babysitting at your house. I think you and my brother Jeff were classmates. Would love to get in touch. Funny how I have been thinking of you and your family lately.

  33. Mary Hartlund
    Posted January 25, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Hi Judie,
    So nice to hear from you! Yes, you did do alot of baby-sitting at our house and yes, Jeff & I are the same age. Is he still in the Rutland area? I would like to get in touch with you as well. My e-mail is if you get a chance to drop a note. I will look forward to hearing from you.

    Mary (Anderson) Hartlund

  34. John J
    Posted March 17, 2010 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    Hello to all reading,
    I just ran across an old stock/shares certificate for Rutland Community Development Corporation and was wondering what it was. Have any of the locals heard of this or know what it may be? Its actually a blank certificate with no name or date, but its numbered 151. Thank you for any help or interest.

  35. Alwood Huckell
    Posted April 9, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Just found the new web site, great!!! I really liked the pictures of the lefsa making. It made it look like Jerry W actually new what he was doing!
    It is wonderful to see the town thriving and doing well. We enjoy coming home for visits

  36. Site Administrator
    Posted April 10, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Joan. Addresses (PO Boxes) have been added on pages so hopefully you and others can find what you need!

  37. Trevor Roth
    Posted June 14, 2010 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    My wife and I are looking to relocate to the area so I visited this site and I must say it is put together very well. Lots of helpful info but the one thing that I didn’t find was any job opportunities in the town. If anyone can help me out that would be great.
    Trevor Roth Denver, CO

  38. Jimmy Sjothun
    Posted July 18, 2010 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Got back again after a long absence due to family health issues. We have
    a little town here about the size of Rutland that holds together like
    confetti in a wind storm. I wish they had worked together like
    Rutland has all these years.

  39. Annette Kisser
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Permalink
    Here are the links to photos which I took in Rutland this summer. My folks were Bennie and Evelyn Malheim, and all family members were involved with Nordland. We attended school in Havana which gave us a larger circle of friends. Love your community and the vibrant spirit exhibited!

  40. Jimmy Sjothun
    Posted August 18, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Been to the Sargent County Museum website– am so proud that I can claim my roots from Rutland and Sargent Co. I really feel that those
    roots made me the person I am. I know that Butch Harff deserves a lot of praise for the museum and the way it has turned out, if you would please tell I for one enjoyed my visit in July of 2004.

  41. Donna Trovato
    Posted September 19, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    I’ve enjoyed the Rutland website. I am Chris Schuler’s daughter and have memories of my childhood years living on the Tewaukon Wildlife Refuge. I had attended grade school in Cayuga and then Rutland during the 1960’s. My dad took us every Sunday to Nordland Lutheran Church and I always looked forward Vacation Bible School in June. During the Bible School week I often stayed with Pastor Anderson’s family & I remember having fun hanging out with Mary and her sister. It was such a treat to go to Hermanson’s store to buy Shasta pop, I think it was then 10 cents a can.
    People in the area were so kind to us after my mom died in 1964, which was not long after we moved into the area. I seem to remember a service for her at Nordland Church. I was 5 years old and the oldest of 4 children. I think back of Ole & Clara Breum and many others. As most of you know, Dad passed away in June 1999.
    Thanks for a great website.

  42. Lowell
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Dads Brothers were Anton, Art,and one girl Mary they are all dead now, Rusty dad was from Art,Orvis, was from Anton,Roger Peat
    from Mary, Lowell,Lloyd, Gene ,Gordon , From Ted & Anna and I am
    the only one left but fave a lot of problems Broken hip blood clots
    ane small deal with cancer but on cemo,but stell goine on a waker
    my wife is in nurce home and not doing to good for now. Lowell

  43. Mary Hartlund
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    This is for Donna Trovato – I just read your comment on the website. I remember you staying with my family during Bible School times as well. I would love to reconnect with you if you get this message. My e-mail address is I look forward to hearing from you. Mary (Anderson) Hartlund

  44. Jimmy Sjothun
    Posted September 26, 2010 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    For Lowell Silseth bless you fella I’m saying prayers and have my church buddies also, the more the better I hope. Hang in there guy
    and get better soon. Keep looking for better you don’t need to look for worse it will look for you. Jimmy

  45. Jimmy Sjothun
    Posted November 14, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    This is again to Lowell Silseth to say i’m sorry ro hear of his wife I did
    not know but it just seems that lowell has had enough hardships latly
    for at least four men so again my friend I’m sorry hope you stop bye
    now and then and get to read this. Mavis is the one that keeps me
    posted on whats happens up there. Jimmy

  46. Lowell Silseth
    Posted November 18, 2010 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    I would like to let all of you know that my wife of 60 years has died and she will be missed very much by all of us. Her name was Helen. Helen leaves 3 children: Barbara, Kyia Beth, and Steve as well as 6 grandkids and 6 great grand kids. Helen had just turned 80 this summer. She had always been very active in our church as well as many other community activities. If you would care to read her whole obituary, you can find it on this link.

  47. Jimmy Sjothun
    Posted December 22, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    I just read the latest Scoop, about the forming of the Sargent Cent. school district. Since I left for military in June of 1947 I was never aware of how it came about. I enjoy Harland’s articles alot.
    I also want to thank Scoop for seeing that I get weekly. Jimmy

  48. Rick zimmerman
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    I found Rutland by chance this past fall while looking for places to hunt.It is a wonderful town.The people were very nice.I hope to be back next fall.I seen that the weather has been snowy and cold please put out some feed for the pheasants so they survive the winter.

  49. Matt Bell
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Hello Rutland. I’m looking for Greg Sjothun. He used to be my neighbor in Olympia WA but recently moved back to ND. The squirrels that he used to feed are now on my porch and I can’t afford the peanuts they require. If you know Greg, please tell him to drop me a line at Also let him know that Bucket, Lily, Red, Cheech, Jumper, Zoomer, Toughy, and the rest of his squirrel buddies are fine and well and that little snoose and the Bell family misses him.

  50. Terry Taylor
    Posted April 3, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Hello to the guys that man the Viking ship replica….talked to you last year at McLeod’s 4th of July celebration about having the Viking ship participate in the upcoming “A Bit of Norway” Nordic community event in Enderlin, ND on May 14. Would love to have the ship parked on an empty lot from 9:30 and leading up to the parade at 2:15 PM from Jay’s Food Pride….it will be only downtown area. Please call me 206 909 2995 Terry Taylor promoter of event. hope to see you!!

  51. Susie Rutland Harris
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    Enjoyed happening up on the Rutland, ND blog ! Never knew the town existed, even though I lived on Minot AFB for 5 years! I am a Rutland by birth but my family is from the deep south of Georgia with roots in North Carolina as far back as 1790. We have a Rutland Family Cemetery here where my great-grandparents are buried. It is always interesting to discover the Rutland name used for a town so far away! That’s one excellent mark for your town (in my humble opinion, of course! 😀 )

  52. James E. Hart
    Posted May 4, 2011 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Greetings, Was wondering what hours & days the Depot and Museum are open to the public. My father Everett worked in the depot after the war in the late 40’s and early 50’s. We’ll be visiting from southern California this summer and are hoping we’ll be able to see the inside. I must have been about 5 years old last time Dad took me for a tour… Thanks! James E. Hart

  53. Debbie
    Posted May 5, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    James, the Depot Museum is open on special occasions, such as Uffda Day, and other times by appointment. Just let us know when you are in town and we’ll find someone with a key to let you in!

  54. Jimmy Sjothun
    Posted May 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Hart I kinda remember your dad , but i do remember your gran-dad Jim who I’m quessing you are named after and there was maybe an
    uncle as I recall his name was Floyd. They lived in a little house by the tracks on the no.side about 1/4 mile west of the depot. How close am I?

  55. James E. Hart
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jimmy… you’ve got a great memory! My Grandpa was James Hart and Grandma was named Minnie. I didn’t have the opertunity to meet him as he passed prior to my arrival. My uncle Floyd, Dad’s brother, was the oldest of Jim’s three kids along with sister Hazel. Floyd was lost at a railroad crossing in the area along with two others on their way home from a high school event in the early forties. Everett, Mom (Margaret) and I did live in the little house by the railroad tracks (I have a picture of it) until 1951 when Dad took a job at the Great Northern depot in Aberdeen. Do you know when the little house by the track was torn down? We looked for it when we were there in 2008, but it was gone… Best Regards, Jim

  56. Todd Larsen
    Posted May 24, 2011 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    What a nice website! Although I lived around Forman, I had a lot of wonderful times in Rutland practicing and performing in the band Trigger with Stan Kulzer and Jodi Bell. I live in Atlanta now, but I’m still a midwestern boy!

  57. Cynthia Torgerson
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    Nice website! My family drove around the Rutland area last summer after attending a wedding in Hillsborro, ND. We found the cemetery were our great grandparents are buried. We also found our great uncle Arnold’s farm. Our dad Mervin lived with Arnold when he was in the first grade and attended school in the area close to Arnold’s farm. My dad owned some of Tom and Mary Torgerson’s farm after they passed away. We are trying to do some family history on the Torgerson side of the family, but unfortunately are running into a lot of dead ends. We would appreciate any information anyone has on Arnold, Nellie, Tomas and Mary. Tom and Mary’s farm was closer to Havana. We can be reached at Cynthia Torgerson c/o Mervin Torgerson, 33234 County Road 128, Lambert, Montana 59243. Thank you!

  58. Jim Kunkle
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Grandpa Ole Jacobson, Grandma Mattie, Mom Myrtle Jacobson. My earliest memories were visiting Grandpa and Grandma when they farmed a place Southeast of Rutland where the closest neighbor to the North were the Brahams ( spelling ??? ) with beautiful views of the foothills to the south. Being a city kid ( Wahpeton ) visiting the farm was daily adventure. Mom and Dad would sometimes dump me for weeks out there with Grandma and Grandpa and the Jacobson Uncle and Aunt circus to fend and fight for myself. That must have been about 1938. I could write a book about my visits to Rutland, and the interesting family and friends I had the honor of knowing but have little time for sharing today. I just found the Rutland web site and took a quick trip down memory lane . So many firsts occurred for me in the Rutland area, first sleep-over, first horse back ride, learned to drive, plowed, cultivated, mowed, raked, shocked, first drink, first love, etc, etc, etc, just a city kid trying to get along. The Uncles thought I was a big bother but Grandpa Jacobson always told the ” let him try, how can he learn anything if you don’t ” so I learned. That was before I left the area fo a 40 year career in the U S Air force, 25 in uniform and 15 as a D A F C. Got to run but I will stay in touch. Jim

  59. Rocky Holstein
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Have hunted and fished in the Rutland area about 5 years ago. Had
    a good time with friendly people. I am hoping to get to Rutland
    again this year to do some pheasant hunting and I am looking for
    a hunting cabin or house to rent for about a week in late October.
    If any one can give me hand with this please email me at Thanks for any help.

  60. michael phelps
    Posted July 28, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    i just moved to north dakota im living in mandan i cant wait to get down and visit the family farm and see the town where my great grandpa John Prindiville built a saloon in a tent back in 1886

  61. Posted August 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Hi Debbie,

    Thank you so much for making it possible for us to tour the Rutland Depot & Museum during our recent visit. It was so good to finally see the inside of the depot where dad worked from 1946 to 1950. We found numerous pictures of Dad (Everett I. Hart) starting with his 1941-1942 high school basketball photo to photos of him several years later on the Rutland baseball team. My Mom, Margaret A. (Seefeldt) Hart, was Rutland’s school teacher for a while and we found her in your 1947 and 1948 class photos. My Dad’s brother Floyd (James Floyd Hart) was one of the four that died as described in Emil Kraig’s newspaper article about the tragic encounter with the train May of 1938. The Depot contains so much history of Rutland and those that lived & worked there. What a great place to visit!

    Best Regards,
    Jim & Tracy Hart

  62. Earl Cramton
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Just to let you know about Caring Bridge website.

    I believe you will need to register there to be able to log on to view.

    Earl Cramton

  63. Erika Jacobson
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    I found this website while doing genealogy research. My Norwegian ancestors settled in Sargent county in the 1880’s. Christ Jacobson was my great grandfather, and I was beyond thrilled to find a picture of his and his brother Jacob’s double wedding. Thank you so much for posting it, and a big thank you to whoever shared it with you!

  64. SARA (Millar) HECK
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    I just happened across your website and am glad to know you’re still kickin’! Doug and I are no longer a pair, but Ruth and Anna (who was born in ND) are lovely young women with great husbands and excellent granchildren for me!! 4 in all…Ava, Clara, Marcello, and Charlotte. You’d love them. I have fond memories of the parsonage from Jan 1974-Jan 1978. Ruth remembers the big blue house with me. Well, I wish you all a Happy New Year in 2012. I have retired close by in WI, so you never know when I may drop by. Sincerely, Sara Heck (formerly Millar)

  65. Richard Harrington Bradbury
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Janet informed at breakfast this morning that I have been in Rapid City for just over a month now. The time has gone fast, partially because the weather has been mild and palatable. Living on a ranch is rather a different lifestyle than that to which I am accustomed. We have had two visitors, her brother and wife visited once and he stopped twice. The LP gas man stopped once. We have visited sites in the Hills a few times, including Hill City, Crazy Horse Memorial and Hot Springs. We also drive to Rapid City (10 miles) 2-3 times a week. Other visitors have included a few mule deer, including four bucks, a few grouse and a downy woodpecker, who provides quite a bit of entertainment. We also spend time watching the neighboring hillsides, gullies and pastures for wildlife. We have spotted deer often, twice have seen a coyote, and twice have seen a bald eagle.
    I have also practiced golf in the front yard a couple of times and twice have played on nearby golf courses.
    I see new and interesting things everyday, but I have that nagging feeling that I am missing out on something. I cannot put my finger on it, but something seems to be missing — or if not missing, at least diminishing.
    Aha. Perhaps that’s it. Something is diminishing. I think it might be my thinking. I am losing brain power. Fading mental capacity.
    Degradation and dilapidation.
    And it’s all because I have not been able to absorb wisdom on a daily basis from the combined cranial acrobatics emanating from the Assembled Wise Men of the Rutland Round Table.
    Send some my way.

  66. Irma Berg Chamberlai
    Posted July 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    I want to let you all know that Tom Schuveiller died on 25 June,2012 and funeral was in Buffalo, MN July 7. They never forgot their Rutland connection, and I have kept track of the family since I came to Minneapolis. Tom was 98 active yars and Iknow he had been to Rutland not long ago. He will be missed and was a part of Rutland’s History!

  67. Ruth Keller
    Posted September 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Greetings from Alaska! When I lived in Rutland, I was Ruth Underdahl. I am trying to make a connection with some fellow graduates from Sargent Central Class of 85, Michael Marquette and Mike Lock to see if we can organize a 30 year reunion in 2015. Does Silver Lake have some nice camping spots such as electrical hook-ups? I fondly remember some wonderful dinners and dances at City Hall. This would probably be great location for a Saturday night reunion dance. It is never too early to start planning. Please pass my email on to them if they are still in the area.

  68. Bobby Schuler
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Greetings from AZ! My father Chris Schuler (deceased)and my sisters and I lived about 7 years on the east side of Lake Tewaukon. 1963-1970. When my mother Patricia pass away 1964, many good people from the Rutland/Cayuga area help us out. My father worked for the refuge at Tewaukon until 1985 when he retired. We continued to trap/hunt in the area and stop at the Rutland Cafe for lunch. My sisters and I went to school in Cayuga and Rutland for a couple of years. I have very fond memories of Rutland and it’s good people.

  69. S. B.
    Posted December 8, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    I am trying to find out information on the Rutland Sportsmans Club? I moved back to North Dakota about a year ago and have been looking for a place to go shooting from time to time. Silver lake is where I was told to go but the sign out there says members only. How does someone go about becoming a member in order to use the shooting range?

  70. Debbie
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    The last contact we have is Clint McLaughlin in Forman. The Club’s mailing address is PO Box 163, Forman, ND 58032.

  71. Jim & Laurel Carnine
    Posted September 25, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    We will be in Rutland for Uffda Days Oct 6th. Now in Minot for the upcomig Hostfest. We’ll have Connie and Peder show us around Rutland to see their great city. Interesting, I don’t have to mention their last name because there cannot possibly be more than one Connie and Peder in Rutland. Can’t wait to sample the “goodies” being prepared.

    Jim and Laurel from Lincoln, CA

  72. carla lee mcmillion
    Posted March 4, 2014 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Just saw this article in the Detroit Lakes paper about a Rutland native…

  73. Enid Weston
    Posted March 2, 2016 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    I wrote sometime ago about a picture that I have of the Rutland’s Ladies Aid group. My great grandmother Josephine Strong is in it and wondered if you would like a copy. My grandfather was born in Rutland or Enderline. Let me know. I did have an address for you but when I tried it, it wasn’t a good one.
    Enid Strong Weston

  74. Robert Test
    Posted August 13, 2016 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful site this is.

    I believe my great grandfather Andrew Miller owned a general store in Rutland in the 1920s or 30s. I am trying to find a newspaper article about that store that appeared about 10 years ago.

    Would greatly appreciate if someone has a clue where this article might have been published.

  75. Rutland Admin
    Posted August 19, 2016 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for visiting our site. Your question has been passed on to the Rutland “local history guru” to see if he has any information. You might want to check with the Sargent County Museum in Forman to see if they have any information for you. It is was a local publication, it would have been the Sargent County Teller (out of Lisbon) or maybe even one of our special Uffda Day publications. As soon as we get information from the “local historian,” we’ll send it on to you at the email address you provided.

  76. Larry Law
    Posted July 5, 2017 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    My dad, Ellwin (Mickey) Law taught school in Rutland possibly during the 52-53 school year. Is there any information for those years in your records? Thank you very much.

  77. Rutland Admin
    Posted July 7, 2017 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    We will look to see if there is anything we can find for you! Stay tuned.

  78. Jamie s
    Posted July 9, 2017 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    I grew up in rutland and my dad still lives there. Havent been there in a few years. I cant wait to take my family there for uff da days this year.

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