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The Rooster Crows – March 21, 2014

Slowly but steadily, the signs of impending spring are appearing out here on the prairie.  No crocuses, yet, but they’ll be showing up in the pastures soon, if you can find a pasture these days, that is.  Thursday, March 13, was the warmest day since last November.  The mercury hit 59.1 in Rutland, and even topped the 60 mark on a few local thermometers.  Snow geese, nature’s surest sign that the power of winter is waning and spring is on the rise, have been on the move and arrived here in large numbers last weekend.  On the morning of Thursday, March 13, twenty-six snow geese were visible from the headquarters building of the Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge on the west side of Lake Tewaukon, according to Tracy Waswick, a member of the TNWR staff, but thousands of snows and blues were putting on a tremendous musical and aerobatic show at the Lake by the morning of Monday, March 17.  The Spring Equinox occurs on Thursday, March 20, and, although the professional prognosticators are still predicting “colder than normal” into mid-April, there is no turning the clock, or the calendar, back.  The winter of 2013-14 may not be gone, but it’s certainly going.  This year, winter’s exit is as welcome as spring’s arrival.

Along with the annual migration of waterfowl, another new bird arrived on the scene at Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge on Monday, March 17, in the person of Mr. Kent Sundseth.   He is the new manager of the refuge, assuming the duties formerly held by Rob Bundy, who was transferred to a refuge in Montana last fall.  Manager Sundseth had to migrate south to get here, though, as he was formerly based at a National Wildlife Refuge at Kodiak, Alaska.  He and his wife, Carol, and their 15-year-old daughter, Katy, are currently residing in Wahpeton.  The Rutland community extends a hearty welcome to the Sundseth family.

Spring arrives on Thursday, March 20, but Saturday, March 22, is the date for the Rutland Community Club’s annual supper and play at the Rutland Town Hall.  Serving of the supper, featuring an entrée of baked chicken breast with white sauce in a bed of rice pilaf, starts at 5:30 p.m., says Head Chef Lori McLaen, and the curtain will open on the musical, “I Want My Mummy!” at 7:00 p.m. according to Producer/Director Diane Smith.  For last minute reservations, give Lori a call at 680-3526.  A matinee performance of the play will also be presented at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, in the RutlandTown Hall.  As usually occurs with theatrical productions in Rutland, the cast is even zanier than the script, so you won’t want to miss this one, states Director Smith.

Rodney Erickson drove up to Park Rapids MN on Wednesday, March 12, to pick up a load of hardwood flooring for his building at 202 First Street.  Rodney states that the maple flooring is 1½” wide and is in varying lengths, from 6” to 5’.  He is looking forward to getting it installed this spring.  The building started out life as a saloon back in 1886-87, but under Rodney’s stewardship, it has been rebuilt, rehabilitated, remodeled, and renovated into an attractive and useful building that is now in better condition than it was when it was brand new.  Of course, it has been off the booze and cigarettes for the past 5 years while going through its rehabilitation, and looks a lot younger now.

Colleen Beaver of Martinsen’s Home Center in Forman was in Rutland on the morning of Thursday, March 13, to do a walk through inspection of the residence at 311 Ross Street and to prepare a materials and labor estimate of what it might take to make the dwelling habitable again.  Colleen was called in by the Rutland Community Development Corporation’s Housing Committee, composed of Cal Jacobson, Paul Anderson, and Jake Erickson.  The estimate will be one of the factors considered in deciding whether to renovate or demolish the structure.  Some potential uses for the premises, in the event it is concluded that renovation is economically feasible, include single-family dwelling; short-term rental for temporary residents; day-care facility; and, other uses known only to those who are thinking of them.  The City of Rutland acquired ownership of the property back in November, and is currently advertising the property for sale on bids, with the bids to be opened at the Monday, April 7, meeting of the Rutland City Council.  Two parcels are up for sale on bids, including: the North 75’ of Lots 9-12, Block 3, Greene’s Addition of 1907, including the residence; and, the North ½ of Lots 13-14, Block 3, Greene’s Addition of 1907.  The City has established a minimum bid price of $2,000.00 for the property with the residence, and a minimum bid price of $400.00 on the other parcel.  The property is currently zoned for residential use, and it is subject to the provisions of Rutland’s Zoning Ordinance.  The building was built in the early 1950’s by the late Otto & Mildred Meyers, and served as both the Meyers family’s private residence and as The Rutland Maternity Hospital, where Mrs. Meyers, with the help of Drs. Kuisk and Singbeil assisted with the delivery of many of Sargent County’s finest citizens.

Heads were turning on Rutland’s Main Street on the morning of Thursday, March 13, as a bright and shiny bulk fuel delivery truck came down the street from the north and turned west on Arthur Street.  Lettering on the side identified the truck as belonging to Rutland Oil Co., which is owned by Greg Donaldson.  “Did Greg buy a new truck?” was the question posed by the Assembled Wise Men at the Round Table, so a quick phone call was made to check it out.  It’s the same truck, says Greg, but he had it up to Fargo having a new reel hose installed and decided that the time was right to have the truck washed and detailed.  It takes a lot of toothbrushes to detail a bulk fuel truck, states Greg, but the result was worth the expense.  It’s a lot less expensive than a new truck, and has the same result.  With the temperature up in the mid-50’s, the sun shining, and outlooks brightening, it was just time to get rid of a winter’s accumulation of dirt, grease, and grime, and let the old truck shine.  Greg is now in his 30th year as owner/operator of Rutland Oil Co., a business that he acquired from his father, Aldon Donaldson, in 1984.  Greg’s grandfather, Iver Donaldson, was the Standard Oil bulk dealer in Rutland during the first 3 decades of the 20th Century, and his dad, Aldon, took over the business when he returned home following service in the U. S. Army during World War II. Congratulations and thanks for 30 years of good service and good products, Greg, and keep that truck looking good!  Give Greg a call at 724-6266 or 680-0591 for information about products and prices from Rutland Oil Co.

Kenny Hamilton and Austin Stenvold of Joe’s Ag Supply were in Fargo on Thursday for an agronomy seminar at the Fargo Holiday Inn.  Joe’s Ag Supply is geared up and ready to handle the seed, fertilizer, and ag-chemical needs of farmers anxious to get into the field this spring, says Kenny.  Give them a call at 701-724-4147, 701-538-4147, or 701-680-0540.

The Rutland community congratulates a native daughter, Staff Sergeant Shelley Pherson, who was awarded the North Dakota Air National Guard Airman of the year Award at a ceremony on March 1, 2014.  Shelly is the youngest daughter of Denny Pherson and Ione Pherson of Rutland.  She is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, and is a member of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of the American Legion in Rutland.  Shelly is currently a student at NDSU in Fargo, and is a member of the “Line-Benders” improvisational comedy team.

For Julius Caesar, the Ides of March ended badly, but for diners at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge on the evening of Saturday, March 15, the Ides of March provided a delicious and interesting dining and learning experience.  Guest chef Urvashi Mulasi, a native of India who now resides in St. Paul MN, prepared and served a 4-course dinner featuring the cuisine of her native country.  Indian food was a new experience for most of the diners, and it proved to be an experience that they wouldn’t mind repeating.  Ms. Mulasi currently owns and operates “Urvashi’s Kitchen,” a St. Paul restaurant and catering business featuring Indian cuisine.  She is a registered dietician and is currently pursuing a PhD in Nutrition at the University of Minnesota.  The menu she selected for Saturday evening included the following dishes: Appetizer (Mixed Beans Salad (Mishrit Sal?da) – a blend of garbanzo, red kidney, and black beans sautéed in olive oil with garlic, onions, and cumin seeds. Served with fresh spring lettuce and flavored with red wine vinegar, black pepper and lime; Lentil Soup (Moong Ke Dhal) – Split mung beans cooked in turmeric, coriander powder and ginger, seasoned with clarified butter, cumin seeds, garlic, and asafetida then garnished with fresh chives and parmesan cheese; Entrée – Chicken Curry (Murg Masala) – Chicken stewed in onion and tomato sauce with ginger, garlic, fresh herbs, and traditional Indian spices including turmeric, coriander, cinnamon, cloves and black cardamom then garnished with fresh cilantro leaves and served hot with aromatic Basmati Rice; Cauliflower with Red Potatoes (Aalu Gobhee) – Cauliflower sautéed in mustard oil, red potatoes, fresh curry leaves, and whole coriander seeds and flavored with turmeric and red chili powder then garnished with dried fenugreek leaves. Dessert – Semolina Pudding (Sooji Ka Halwa) – Indian cream of wheat sautéed in clarified butter and fresh cardamom pods that contains mixed nuts including almonds, cashews, walnuts, and raisins then garnished with Coconut powder. Freshly brewed Chai Tea (Masala Chai) – Gourmet Darjeeling and Assam teas brewed with 2% milk and flavored with fresh ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  At the conclusion of the dinner, Ms. Mulasi provided her guests with some basic information about India.  The nation, which occupies most of the Indian subcontinent south of the HimalayanMountains, is about one-third the size of the United States, but its population is 4 times that of the U. S.  There are 28 states in the Indian nation, she said, and each State has its own language, a fact which would make it difficult for the people of India to communicate with each other if it wasn’t for the fact that nearly all Indians speak English as their second language, a legacy from the days when India was part of the British Empire.  Ms. Mulasi’s home in India is in the northeastern part of the country, near the Himalayas and the independent nation of Nepal.  Ms. Mulasi stated that the spices she uses in the dishes she serves come from her native India, and that she uses only fresh ingredients when preparing meals for guests at Urvashi’s Kitchen.  When in St. Paul, stop in at Urvashi’s Kitchen, and when in Rutland, make sure to make a stop at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge, where every day is a new and unique adventure.  For more information about the Coteau des Prairies Lodge, check out the web site, or give manager Olivia Stenvold a call at 701-680-1175.

It must be spring!  At least the nation’s colleges and universities are saying that it’s time for the annual Spring Break and have closed their classroom doors for a week.  James Brakke of this community has been visiting at home this week, and has been helping his Dad, Jesse, hang some doors and do some other finish work in the family’s new house at 14152 Highway #11, between Rutland and Cayuga, during his Spring Break from classes at NDSU in Fargo.  James is currently in his 4th year of the 6-year pharmacy program at NDSU.  On the evening of Saturday, March 15, he accompanied Paul Anderson and Bill Anderson to the Coteau des Prairies Lodge where he enjoyed the Indian cuisine from Urvashi’s Kitchen.

Cliff & Janet Kiefer arrived back at their home in Cayuga at 5:00 o’clock on the morning of Monday, March 17, after spending a week at the home of their son and daughter-in-law, Andy & Karen Kiefer, in Colleyville TX.  Janet reports that Andy, Karen and boys, Drew & Ryan, recently moved from Lufkin TX to Colleyville after Karen was promoted to a new job in the Lockheed Corporation, at its office in Dallas.  Janet says that she, Cliff and their grandsons also drove down to Austin TX to spend a couple of days with her sister & brother-in-law, DeeAnn & Steve Paulson.  While in Austin, they also enjoyed a dinner with Cliff’s cousin, Chuck Kiefer, and Chuck’s wife, Caroline.  Janet states that the traffic on I-35, during the return trip from Austin to Dallas, was bumper to bumper most of the way.  Once they left Colleyville, homeward bound, Cliff’s truck driving instincts kicked in, states Janet, and it was non-stop, except to fill the tank with gasoline, until they reached Cayuga.  She says that a South Dakota Highway Patrolman did stop them just out of Yankton, but only to thank them for waking him up on an otherwise uneventful night.  It’s great to go, but it’s nice to get home.

Noel Liermark of this community was taken to the Oakes Hospital on Monday where he was diagnosed with an infection that was causing muscle weakness.  He was transferred to the VA Medical Center in Fargo where he is currently being treated for the condition.  Noel is in Room #3B34 in the VA Hospital and he appreciates cards and visitors, according to his wife, Debbie.

The Old Curmudgeon, Richard Bradbury, and wife, Janet, arrived at their home in Rutland on the evening of Monday, March 17, after migrating up from their winter haven at the Warren Ranch near Rapid City SD.  At this point, Brad intends to be home in Rutland for the duration, even though the golf courses are not yet open, but Janet is intending to drive back to the ranch in a few days to enjoy some Spring that is more like Spring.  They said that they had really felt bad throughout the Winter whenever they checked the temperature and found that it was 40 degrees colder in Sargent County than at Rapid City, and they almost sounded sincere when they said it.  Brad states that he is rested, relaxed and ready to resume his place at the Round Table.

Well, this weekend is the fourth anniversary of the “end of the world” as predicted by frantic Republican Representatives and Senators who tried, unsuccessfully,  to prevent passage of the Patients’ Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also referred to as “Obamacare,” back in 2010.  So far, life after the end of the world hasn’t been that much different than it was before that calamitous event occurred.  There are a few differences, though: the rise in healthcare costs has been slowed from 14% per year prior to adoption of the act to 7% in 2013, still high, but only half as high as the prior rate, and it’s continuing to decline; adult children may remain on their parent’s healthcare insurance policies until age 26; health insurance coverage may no longer be denied for pre-existing conditions; and, there are no longer any lifetime healthcare coverage limits.  Healthcare insurance coverage is now available to 44 million Americans who had previously been denied access to the system.  For most Americans, such as those on Medicare or those whose healthcare insurance was provided by their employer as part of a benefit package, nothing changed, but for those 44 million Americans, the end of the world as they knew it, a world in which healthcare was not readily available and in which every sniffle was a potential family healthcare and financial disaster, was a good thing, the dawning of hope that life can and will be better.  For Republicans, four years of opposition to the Affordable Care Act without ever offering a viable alternative has netted them a couple of national budgetary crisis, a government shutdown and the lowest positive ratings for a political party ever recorded by American pollsters.  Americans aren’t all that enthused about the Democrats, either, but they sure don’t want to be led by a political party whose leaders have behaved, since the beginning of the Obama Administration, like 3 year olds throwing a temper tantrum.  Hopefully, they will next threaten to hold their breath until they get their way, and when they finally pass out, the nation will get some respite from their negativity and obstructionism.  Meanwhile, the Open enrollment sign-up deadline for the Affordable Care Act is on Monday, March 31, and those Americans without healthcare coverage have until then to obtain a policy.  The internet web site is now working, with several million already having enrolled online.  When the world will next end is anyone’s guess, but as the experience of the past 4 years has shown, it ain’t that bad.

Well, that’s the news from Rutland for this week.  For more information about what’s going on in the little city that can, check out the community’s internet web site at, and stop by the Rutland blog and Facebook page while you’re at it, too.  Remember to put 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, the date of the U. S. Postal Service’s scheduled meeting at the Rutland Post Office, on your calendar.  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.

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  1. Ken Olderness
    Posted March 26, 2014 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Newsy comments from the Rutland community again, thanks!

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