The temperature has been warm and the humidity has been high, but rainfall has been scarce for the past couple of weeks. A rain shower on the morning of Saturday, July 6, deposited between .1 and .25 of an inch of precipitation in area rain gauges, a welcome indication that the rain can still fall, even if it is in very small amounts. Another .1 to .2 of an inch of rain fell on Rutland on the morning of Tuesday, July 9, keeping the humidity up and the dust down. Rainfall amounts were higher east of town, with Lyle Erickson posting .25 of an inch in his gauge and Roger Nelson reporting .4 at his farm southeast of Rutland. Corn, soybean and wheat crops throughout the area look good, and the concerns expressed by some a few weeks ago that the corn might not make it to “knee high by the 4th of July” have proven to be unfounded. As of Saturday, July 6, nearly all corn was chest high and some was shoulder high on a good sized man. Wheat fields, no longer dominating the region as in years past, have headed out and are now filling. It’s a good time of the year, when the possibilities are all still possible, and the disappointments are all still unrealized.
Jim & Dianna Garot of Oceanside CA arrived in Rutland on Wednesday, July 3, for a visit with friends and family here. The Garots have been frequent visitors in this community over the years. Their stop in Rutland was on the homeward bound portion of a trip that took them to New Jersey for a visit with their son & daughter-in-law, Bob & Valentina Garot, and 2 grandchildren there, then to Des Moines IA for a retirement party honoring Jim’s brother, Ken Garot, who retired after a 38 year career in government service that included 28 years in the U. S. Army, 3 years with the U. S. State Department and 7 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs. While visiting in this community, the Garots parked their motorhome at the Jesse & Marcia Brakke farm and spent time with their grandson and granddaughter, James Brakke and Claire Brakke, as well as with other friends in the area. The Garots headed for Oceanside on Tuesday, July 9, planning to spend some time in Medora and take in the musical there, on the way. They delayed their departure long enough for Jim to help park cars at the Jesse & Marcia Brakke auction sale on Tuesday afternoon, though. Jim stated that, “When I was a kid, growing up in Chicago, I never dreamed that one day I would be a parking lot valet next to a corn field in North Dakota.” Well, all things are possible, out here on the prairie.
Independence Day, the 4th of July, was a quiet day in Rutland. A number of local folks, including: Ione Pherson; Norbert & Bev Kulzer; Dick & Bonnie Anderson; and, Kyle, Kaia, Brody & Julia Mahrer; headed up to Fort Ransom to take in the annual 4th of July Rodeo there. A good supply of sunscreen and a cooler full of cold drinks was recommended, as the day was hot and shade was scarce, reports Dick Anderson.
Mr. Curtis Bradbury of Bismarck and Miss Susan Burgan of Devils Lake were visitors at the Richard & Janet Bradbury home over the Independence Day holiday weekend. Curtis is currently employed at the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Bismark office and Miss Burgan is an eye care specialist in a Devils Lake clinic. Janet Bradbury has spent most of the Summer at the Warren Ranch near Rapid City SD. She reports that very welcome rain showers during the month of June brought some much needed relief to that drought stricken area of the country. Janet states that she intends to head back to the Ranch by Thursday, July 11.
Four Sargent Central High School music students, Hailey Hamilton, Taylor Wyum and Claire Brakke of Rutland and Josh Christianson of Forman, started their mid-Summer European tour with the Northern Ambassadors of Music on Friday, July 5, with a trip to Fargo, where they spent the next 4 days practicing with more than 300 other high school musicians from North Dakota and Montana, in preparation for a 2½ week tour that will take them to England, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy before they head for home. After a weekend of intensive practice, the youthful ambassadors presented their first concert at NDSU’s Festival Hall in Fargo at 4:00 p.m. on the afternoon of Monday, July 8, and rendered an outstanding performance, with voices as well as instruments. The group departed the U. S. bound for London on Tuesday, July 9, and is scheduled to return home on Friday, July 26. Hailey is the daughter of Kenny & Tanya Hamilton; Taylor is the daughter of Brad & Tracy Wyum, Claire is the daughter of Jesse & Marcia Brakke; and, Josh is the son of Scott & Jan Christianson. All 4 Sargent Central students were “gold medalists” at the Regional and State music competitions this past Spring.
Weber Township native Annette (Malheim) Kisser was a Rutland visitor on the morning of Saturday, July 6. She and her cousin, Orinne (Sundlie) Riddle of Rutland, stopped in at the Rutland General Store & Café for breakfast, coffee and conversation with old friends. Annette was in this area to attend the Havana School Reunion over the 4th of July holiday weekend. She resided at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge during her visit, and pronounced the accommodations there to be “Outstanding!” Although Annette had not graduated from Havana High, she had been a member of the Class of ’63 for 10 years, before moving to Fargo in 1961. She reported that she intended to spend some time with her sister, Linda, in West Fargo during the coming week and that she planned to participate in the reunion of the Fargo Central High School Class of 1963 over the weekend of July 12-14, and then accompany her sister-in-law, Elaine Malheim, to Medora for a few days before returning to her home at Circle of Pines MN to put up her feet and reflect on the good times. Annette recalled that back in 1957, when she was 12 years old, she had been employed on a neighboring Weber Township farm as cook and hired girl for the Kraig brothers. She remembers the Kraigs as “big men with big appetites” who worked hard and treated her well. “They were good neighbors,” she says. Annette is the eldest daughter of the late Bennie & Evelyn (Erickson) Malheim.
Bill & Mary Woytassek departed Rutland on Sunday, July 7, bound for Detroit Lakes MN and a few days visiting children and grandchildren there. Bill states that his brother, Warren, who had been a contractor in the West Fargo/Fargo area for many years, has recently retired and moved to Detroit Lakes, as well.
Larry & Dianna Anderson departed Rutland on Sunday, July 7, bound for Rochester MN. Larry is scheduled to undergo diagnostic testing at the Mayo Clinic there to determine the cause of a recurring internal infection that has had him bouncing in and out of the hospital throughout the first half of this year.
The Rutland Men’s Slowpitch Softball team had a good night at Lou Sanderson Field on the evening of Tuesday, July 9, when the Roosters took 2 games from the City View Fuel Team of Enderlin. According to Chris Kann, a member of the Rutland team, the Roosters scored more runs in each of Tuesday evening’s 2 games than they had in 3 games at the McQuade Tournament in Bismark on the 29th & 30th of June. The Roosters posted 1 win and 2 losses during their foray into the State’s Capitol City. The games originally scheduled to be played in McLeod on Tuesday, July 2, were cancelled in order to let the farmers and ranchers on both teams take advantage of good weather to get some crop spraying and hay-making chores completed, reported Chris. At this time no make-up games with McLeod have been scheduled. The Roosters next home games are slated to be played at Lou Sanderson Field on the evening of Monday, July 15, when the Rutland men will take on the Utter Ties team from Lisbon. These are make-up games scheduled after the games originally scheduled to have been played back on June 25, had to be cancelled. The very next evening, on Tuesday, July 16, the Roosters will be playing in Lidgerwood. The concession stand at Lou Sanderson Field will be open on Monday evening, so come on out to the ballgame for peanuts, popcorn and crackerjack along with a good time, urges Jen Christianson of the Rutland Park Board.
Richard Breker of Ransberg CA was visiting friends in Rutland on Tuesday, July 9. Richard had flown out from California on Monday, July 8, and is spending the week with family in this community. He reports that the weather has been very hot in the desert of eastern California this Summer. The territory around his home is used by Navy SEALS and Army Rangers as a training area, says Richard, and he enjoys his contacts with these dedicated young Americans. Many of the service men and women who train in the area are billeted in the motel owned by his son, Todd “Goat” Breker, he states. Richard’s primary purpose in returning home this Summer is to attend the Kulzer family reunion in Rutland this weekend, July 13 and 14. The descendants of the late Joe & Catherine Kulzer will be gathering at the Rutland Town Hall to restore family ties and reminisce about family history. Richard, a member of RHS Class of ’50, says that he also intends to be back in Rutland for the school reunion on July 4, 5 & 6, 2014.
Rockin’ Rodney Erickson reports that his big yellow AG Cat aerial spray plane has been busy since the beginning of June, covering in excess of 14,000 acres with herbicide applications in that time, most of it in the past 2 weeks. Rodney states that the aerial application business has been better in 2013 than it was in 2012, but that it is still a far cry from the extremely wet year of 2011, when his biplane was used on more than 40,000 acres in this region. Herbicide application has replaced cultivation as the primary method of weed control on farms throughout the northern plains.
A large crowd of bidders took in the Jesse & Marcia Brakke auction sale at their farmstead between Rutland and Cayuga on Tuesday, July 9. The sale started at 5:00 p.m., at the conclusion of a hot and humid afternoon, but a weather front, preceded by a brief rain shower, moved through shortly thereafter, cooling the temperature and drying out the air, making for a very pleasant evening. There was just enough breeze to keep the mosquitoes at bay as prospective buyers spent their time browsing, perusing, bidding, buying, kibitzing and partaking of the lunch prepared by the ladies of the Rutland American Legion Auxiliary. Auctioneer Jim Smykowski of Cayuga conducted the sale and the Sargent County Bank provided the clerking services. The sale concluded shortly before 9:00 p.m. Jesse & Marcia state that they are now hopeful of being able to park at least 1 vehicle in the garage.
Well, that’s the news from Rutland for this week. For additional information about what’s happening in the little city that can, check out the community’s internet web site at www.rutlandnd.com, and stop by the Rutland blog and Facebook pages while you’re at it, too. Don’t forget to keep the pressure on the U. S. Postal Service and the North Dakota Congressional delegation to SAVE OUR POST OFFICE! Later.