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The Rooster Crows – October 3, 2014

Here it is, the 30th Annual Uff-Da Day in Rutland, coming up this Sunday, October 5.  There has been some concern expressed about the weather, but, the old saying is, “The Sun always shines in Rutland, even when it’s raining!” and this year will be no exception.   Rain or shine; warm, cold or comfortable; the show must go on!  Uff-Da Day will begin with the 5th Annual Uff-Da Day 5k Run/Walk, commencing at the intersection of First and Cooper Streets (County #10 and #3) at 9:00 a.m. followed by the opening of the craft booths by 10:00 a.m.  Demonstrations, food stands and dinner at the Rutland Town Hall are all scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m.  At 1:00 p.m. the Uff-Da Day Parade will be stepping off at its assembly area on Dakota Street with the music of the Aberdeen Pipe & Drum Bagpipe Band filling the air, and the Kids Pedal Tractor Pull is scheduled to take place on Main Street right after the parade, at about 2:00 p.m.  There will also be one of the best antique and classic car shows in the region, horse drawn wagon and buggy rides throughout the day, as well as inflatable games for the kids.  Demonstrations of pioneer crafts will be going on throughout the day, including a demonstration of how to bake bread in a wood-fired cookstove by Maudie, the cook, in the Pioneer House on Main Street.  Lefse Lena and the Rommegrot Queen will be on hand at the Senior’s Center to show folks how to create those Scandinavian staples the old-fashioned way, the way Grandma made them.  Over in the Rutland Fire Hall, the Park Board will be serving up Uff-Da Tacos, something that Grandma and Grandpa never heard of, but which they would wish that they had.  Visitors can pick up a free copy of the 2014 issue of The Rutland Leader that contains more information about Uff-Da Day activities and events, as well as local history.  Uff-Da Day chairperson Lori McLaen invites everyone who enjoys good food, good friends and a good time to come on over to Rutland on Sunday, October 5, for Uff-Da Day XXX.  Uff-Da Day XXXI is scheduled for the first Sunday in October, 2015.

Paul Anderson took in the annual “Grape Stomp” at Red Trail Vineyard and Winery in Buffalo ND on Saturday, September 27.   Paul is a past president of the North Dakota Grape & Wine Association, and is currently serving as secretary of that organization.  The Association has been working to develop winter-hardy grape varieties, and to establish grape and wine production as a viable part of North Dakota’s agricultural economy.  Prairiewood Winery of Elliot ND will be hosting a wine-tasting event featuring several varieties of wines produced from grapes grown at that enterprise’s Ransom County vineyard on the porch at The Old Parsonage on Uff-Da Day, Sunday, October 5.

Two of Rutland’s stalwarts, Dick Anderson and Andy Hoflen, have been patients in different hospitals together this week.  Dick went to St. Francis Hospital in Breckenridge on Thursday, September 25, complaining of shortness of breath and a rapid heartbeat.  The diagnosis was pneumonia, and Dick was transferred to Essentia Hospital in Fargo on Saturday. He reported on Monday that he was much improved, but that he would remain in the Hospital for a while, until the last vestiges of the pneumonia were knocked out.  Andy was taken to the Oakes Hospital on Thursday morning, September 25, with severe abdominal pain.  His condition was diagnosed at Oakes, and he was immediately transferred to Sanford Hospital in Fargo for surgery.  Andy expects to be in the Hospital for several more days, although his doctors have informed him that his recovery is already well ahead of schedule.  Dick’s and Andy’s many friends here wish them both a speedy recovery, and a quick return home.

Wendy Jacobson of this community was in Las Vegas NV on Saturday, September 27, where she attended the wedding of her little sister, Lori, at the Graceland Wedding Chapel.  Wendy reports that the Elvis impersonator who performed the ceremony actually looked and sounded like “The King,” the late Elvis Presley.  Wendy had flown to Mesa AZ from Bismarck, where she had been attending the North Dakota Conference of Social Welfare, and then drove from Mesa to Las Vegas with her sister Jeri.  She flew back to Bismarck on Sunday, September 28, and reports that it took nearly as long to get a taxi to take her to the parking lot to retrieve her car as it had to fly from Las Vegas to Bismarck.  Also attending the Conference of Social Welfare in Bismarck last week were Sargent County Social Services Board members Janet Kiefer and bill Anderson.  Janet and Bill returned to their homes in Cayuga and Rutland on Friday, September 26, and did not get to meet Elvis.

The waterfowl hunting season for North Dakota residents opened on Saturday, September 27, and, although plenty of shooting was heard around town, few reports of hunter success have been received.  A group of youthful hunters from Wahpeton stopped in at the Rutland Café for breakfast on Saturday morning and reported that the results of their early morning hunt had been mixed – lots of shooting but not many ducks in the game bag.  Well, as the late Ole Lee often advised, “You have to aim where your target is going to be, not where it’s at,” and that’s still good advice in many other areas of life, too.  The waterfowl season opens up for non-residents this Saturday, October 4, and, with both ducks and hunters having access to recently harvested soybean fields, it is anticipated that game bags will be a little heavier this weekend.

Richard Bradbury reports that he observed a flock of swans flying south last weekend.  Swans, he observed, usually move south just ahead of approaching cold weather.  The swans are not usually the first waterfowl to leave, but they don’t hold out until the bitter end, either.  Apparently they adhere to that old saying, “Be not the first by whom the new is tried, nor yet the last by whom the old is put aside.”  Around here, most are hoping that they will head back north for another month or two.

The 100 block of Gay Street was a busy place on Thursday, Sept 25, reports Rutland City Auditor Debbie Banish.  Anne and Phyllis Erickson spent the morning in City Hall preparing for the krumkake preparation that began at 11:00 a.m.  Meanwhile, outside the Town Hall and a little to the east, Carolyn Christianson and Deborah Banish spent the morning transplanting peonies from the McLaen farmstead northwest of town to a new location on the Southeast corner of the Legion Hall.  Paul Anderson ran the roto-tiller to break up the sod and loosen the ground for the plants. While Paul, Carolyn & Debbie were working the sod on the southeast side of the Legion Hall, The Phil Holman Landscaping crew from Oakes was at work preparing the landscaping around the Rutland Veterans’ Memorial, between the Town Hall and the Legion Hall.  They completed sodding the area on Thursday, and returned on Friday to plant the flowers around the Memorial.

The Holman Landscaping crew installed new sod in the front yard of the Bill Anderson and Kathy Brakke home at 116 Dakota Street on the afternoon of Friday, September 26, greatly improving the appearance of the property.  Phil Holman, owner of the landscaping firm, is the brother-in-law of Rutland native Judge Daniel D. Narum, who grew up in the house at 116 Dakota Street.

State Sen. George Sinner of Fargo, the endorsed candidate of the ND Democratic-NPL Party for North Dakota’s lone seat in the U. S. House of Representatives, was the featured speaker at a campaign Rally hosted by both District #25 and District #26 at Mooreton on Sunday, September 28.  Also present at the rally was Jason Astrop, the Dem-NPL candidate for North Dakota Tax Commissioner; 25th District legislative candidates Perry Miller, Elisa Mitskog and Richard Grosz of Wahpeton; and incumbent 26th District legislators Jim Dotzenrod of Wyndmere and Jerry Kelsh of Fullerton.  The crowd of enthusiastic supporters enjoyed a supper of pork loin, beans and chips, along with the music of the Earl Fust Band, before hearing from the candidates.  Mr. Sinner’s campaign has been buoyed by recent polls showing him to have taken the lead in current opinion polls, partly as a result of North Dakotans disgust with the obviously false claims being made by his GOP opponent in the contest.  In the Tax Commissioner’s race, Mr. Astrop’s Republican opponent, the recently appointed Ryan Rauschenberger, has had problems with episodes of public drunkenness and failing to show up for work, while Mr. Astrop, a tax attorney, has been practicing law and advising clients in West Fargo for the past decade.  The evening concluded with a pie auction fund-raiser conducted by auctioneer Ron Braaten of Lisbon that brought in more than $1,000.00 from the sale of 8 pies, according to 26th District treasurer Sheila Wyum.  Other Rutland folks attending the event included Bill Anderson, Steve Wyum, Pam Gulleson and Paul Anderson, as well as Rutland natives Sonja (Anderson) Christensen and Corrine (Narum) Romereim.

Soybean harvest got under way full swing in the Rutland area last week.  The Pherson Custom Combining crew returned to Rutland from Regent ND, in the southwestern part of the State, on Thursday, September 25, and hit the ground running, their 4 Gleaner rotary combines gobbling up the acres at a rapid pace.   The Wyum Brothers: Steve; Mike; and, Mark; harvested an early field of beans north of Cayuga on Friday, September 26, and then moved up to the Crete area to begin work on fields there.  Kevin Willprecht had begun harvesting beans in fields between Cayuga and Rutland earlier in the week, and the Gulleson’s harvest crew started on their edible bean fields east of Lisbon on Sunday morning.  They made 2 rounds before breaking down, reports Cameron, “and that’s what happens when you skip church.”  Nick & Dennis McLaen have also been harvesting beans in Rutland Township.  Reports of yields, so far, vary from 30 to 60 bushels per acre.  With what appears to be a big crop coming in, and local elevators still holding a substantial part of last year’s crop due to transportation difficulties, the question facing many producers is, “where to put it?”  Well, it will go somewhere.  It always has.

The Sargent County Health Unit will be conducting a flu vaccination clinic from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8, at the Rutland Senior Citizens Center, according to Joyce Chapin, County Health Nurse.  Cost of the shots is covered by Medicare and by private healthcare insurance, says Joyce.  For any who have no insurance coverage, the cost is $45.00, which is a lot less than a stay in the hospital or a visit to the local clinic when you catch the flu, or it catches you.

The members of American Legion Post #215 are reminding folks of the Pancake & Sausage Breakfast/Brunch/Dinner that is scheduled to be served from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., or whenever all of the hungry have been fed, whichever comes first, on Sunday, October 19, in the Rutland Town Hall.  Net proceeds of the event have been pledged to Service Dogs of America, an organization that trains helper dogs for persons with physical disabilities.  Dick Johnson of Cogswell plans to be on hand with “Sarge,” a service dog in training, to let Sarge strut his stuff.  Dick & Sarge also plan to be in the Uff-Da Day Parade here on Sunday, October 5.

The Rutland community extends its congratulations to our neighbors in Milnor who were honored last Saturday, September 27, with the designation of 2014 North Dakota City of the Year by the North Dakota League of Cities.  Congratulations, Milnor!  Keep up the good work.

It is now just 4½ weeks until the General Election, and the political advertising, advertising that has the purpose of dividing and conquering the American electorate, is once again assailing us from every direction and angle.  This is nothing new.  It has been going on since the birth of the Republic.  Political leaders now revered, among them: Jefferson; Lincoln; both Roosevelts; Langer; Guy; and, Link; were once reviled by their opponents.  There is a big difference between conditions now and even 20 years ago, though, and that is the constant assault of diatribe and propaganda being hurled at, and dumped on, Americans in a never ending barrage of outrageous e-mails, radio talk shows and fake TV news networks that seek not to inform or entertain, but to inflame those who hear their message.  They count on ignorance and fear to generate anger and hatred, and, in many instances, they succeed.  We now have a generation of angry old men and frightened old women, angered and frightened for the most part by the half truths, fantasies and outright lies fired at them by media moguls whose stated purpose is not to inform or entertain, but to influence public policy for their own benefit, regardless of the damage to anyone, or anything, else, including the nation itself.  A local man, one whom most would consider to be politically conservative, recently wrote the following:  “It is terribly sad how polarized the nation’s political process has become, and how it has caused such a snarled up case of gridlock. Not many winners, but a whole bunch of losers, when that happens. It’s natural that any two sides of any organization won’t always agree, but it seems that common ground, common sense, and the common good have been pushed into a common black hole while name calling and accusations have become the new norm.”  You don’t have to be a conservative or a liberal to see the truth in that observation.  We have become a nation divided, almost, but not quite.  We are still all Americans, if we can only remember that, and, as Americans we all share the common beliefs and principles that have inspired our best actions as a people for the past 238 years.  At another time when the nation appeared to be divided and splitting apart, back in March of 1861, Abraham Lincoln made the following plea to his fellow citizens: “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break, our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory . . . will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”  In the month that remains before this election cycle is over, and in the time between this election and the next one, let us remember who we are, not enemies but friends, Americans all, holding to common principles and ideals while debating on how best to achieve them.  This year, let’s allow the “Better Angels Of Our Nature” to touch the mystic chords of memory and again swell the chorus of the Union.” Lincoln, YES!  Limbaugh, NO!

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, and stop by the Rutland blog and Facebook page while you’re at it, too.  Remember to keep the pressure on the U. S. Postal Service and the North Dakota Congressional delegation to SAVE OUR POST OFFICE!  See you in Rutland for Uff-Da Day XXX on Sunday, October 5.  Later.

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