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The Rooster Crows – October 9, 2015

The first week of October has provided ideal conditions for harvest of the 2015 soybean and corn crops.  Dry weather, cool nights and sunny days have allowed combines to run almost non-stop while trucks have been hauling grain directly from the field to the elevator for sale or storage, with no dockage taken for shrink, or expense incurred for drying.  Most local producers report being pleasantly surprised by the yield and quality of the 2015 corn crop.  Denny Pherson reports that the Pherson farm finished up with Soybeans on Saturday evening, October 3, and that his custom combining crew expected to be harvesting corn on Monday, October 5, allowing Denny time to help out in the Uff-Da Day abelskiver stand on Sunday, October 4.

Members of the Rutland Park Board were hard at work on the afternoon of Sunday, September 27, installing a new swing set at the playground next to the Rutland Town Hall.  Installation work was performed by: Larry Christensen; Jeff Olson; Hal Nelson; Barry Christianson; and, Hilary Mehrer; with the assistance of 2 Bobcat skid steer loaders.  The new swing set is a useful addition to the playground equipment available at the site, and was much appreciated by youngsters on Uff-Da Day the following Sunday.

Fourteen volunteer fire-fighters and 5 units of the Rutland-Cayuga Volunteer Fire Department  responded to a fire call at about 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30.  The fire was in a corn field owned by Duane and Mike Lock located 3 miles west of Rutland.  The Locks were harvesting corn when the combine’s corn head hit a rock, struck a spark and started the fire.  Fortunately, the wind kept the fire in the corn stubble on that part of the field that had already been harvested, so little standing corn was damage according to Rutland Fire Chief Cam Gulleson, although the corn head did sustain a substantial amount of damage when the fiber glass and plastic shields melted from the heat.

Marcia Brakke, Richard Bradbury, Bill Anderson and Logan Wyum put up the “Finish Line” banner for the Uff-Da Day Wife Carrying Race on the lots at the corner of Bagley and Gay Streets on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 30.  The Wife Carrying Race is a tradition in the nation of Finland, and it is a new event for Uff-Da Day 2015.

Joyce Chapin of the Sargent County Health Department was administering flu shots at the Rutland Seniors Center from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 1.  Thirty local residents stopped by to obtain their vaccinations during the 90 minute session.  Cindy Clapperich, Sargent County’s Home & Family Consumer Science Extension Agent used “day glow” powder and a black light to demonstrate how easily cold and flu germs and viruses can be passed from person to person, and how effective hand washing can help combat the spread of communicable illnesses.  Anyone who needs a flu shot can get information about local immunization clinics, or make an appointment to stop in at the Sargent County Health Department’s office in Forman, by calling 724-3725.

Uff-Da Day, Sunday, October 4, 2015, dawned cloudy, cool and breezy out on the prairie. as the Rutland community stirred to action for the 31st annual celebration of the event, roasters full of Rutland’s signature scalloped potatoes, made with real potatoes, real cream and real ham, were already in the ovens at the Town Hall kitchen, filling the air with the aroma of more good things to come.  The cool morning weather encouraged visitors to head inside the Rutland Seniors Center, Rutland General Store & Café, Town Hall, Erickson Building and Fire Hall, where they enjoyed coffee, conversation and a lot of good things to eat.  The cool morning air also prompted visits to craft booths and demonstrations of pioneer skills throughout the “downtown” area.  Once again, Dave & Pat Bladow had organized an outstanding display of more than 70 antique and classic motor vehicles that included a classic Packard sedan and a ’57 Chevrolet that has been sworn to silence by its owner.  In the Town Hall, diners not only enjoyed a delicious dinner, but were also entertained by several local musicians organized by Earl Fust.  By parade time at 1:00 p.m., the breeze had calmed, the temperature had climbed into the mid-60’s and the crowd on Main Street was cheerful and enthusiastic.  The parade consisted of about 50 units, according to parade committee co-chair Lyle Erickson.  Lyle, assisted by Ann Erickson and Richard Lysne, had the parade lined up on Dakota Street, with the American Legion Color Guard stepping off at precisely 1:00 p.m.  There were a number of interesting entries in the parade, announced on Main Street by Lowell T. Wyum.  After the parade, youngsters in the crowd participated in the “Nickel Scramble” sponsored by Kenny & Tanya Hamilton of this community, and their business, Joe’s Ag Supply.  Then came the second Annual Uff-Da Day Pedal Tractor Pull, organized and produced by Cayuga native Brian Ciesynski, that had both youngsters and adults competing on Main Street.  First, second and third place ribbons were awarded to winners in each of the 10 categories of competition that were arranged by age brackets that started with 4 year olds and ended with categories for adult women and men.  At 3:00 the first ever Finnish style Wife Carrying Race held in North Dakota began.  First place, with its prize of the woman’s weight in beer, was won by Kathy & Justin Lehmann; Rachel & Jeff Olson captured second place; and, third place honors were won by Patty & Shannon Bergh.  Honorable Mention status was achieved by Jen & Barry Christianson; Rodney & Andrea Erickson; Liz Fulin & Julie Gebhardt; Jenny Gulleson & Sam Ihringer; Shelby Wolter & Zachary Malpert; Lyndsey & Brian Pherson; Sheena & Craig Snell; Katie & Andrew Woytassek; and, Marcia Brakke & Bill Anderson.  Rodney & Andrea Erickson entertained the crowd by circling the flagpole marking the halfway point several times before heading for the home stretch and getting themselves so dizzy that they then fell down and Rodney had to stagger back onto his feet to carry his sweetheart across the finish line.  Despite their antics, Rodney and Andrea still finished with a time well ahead of last place finishers, Bill Anderson & Marcia Brakke.  According to Bill, the fact that they made it all the way through the course, including getting over the 2 log obstacles, without falling down or requiring emergency medical assistance constitutes a win for anyone in his age bracket.  The Uff-Da Day visitors enjoyed the remainder of a wonderful day with good music, good fellowship, good food, and good fun with the good folks of Rutland, the little city that can.  Congratulations to Uff-Da Day chairperson Marcia Brakke and the Rutland Community Club on another successful community event.  Marcia extends her thanks to all of those who have helped out with planning and preparations for the past several months, and a special thanks to all of those friends, family and visitors who pitched in and helped out when help was needed on the big day.  You will always be a part of the Rutland community, and the Rutland community will always be a part of you.  Uff-Da Day XXXII is scheduled for the first Sunday in October, 2016.  A Presidential Debate between contenders Lina Clintonson and Ole Trumpson may be in the works.

Rutland native John Hoflen arrived in Rutland on Friday, October 2, after flying in from Phoenix AZ to Fargo.  John stayed in the old home town to participate in Rutland’s 31st Annual Uff-Da Day by marching in the Uff-Da Day Parade as a member of the American Legion Color Guard.

Harrison Green and Angelica Chavez of Ontario CA and Alex Markovich of Chicago IL were Uff-Da Day weekend guests of Claire Brakke on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 & 4.  Claire had volunteered to help out at the Rutland Town Hall, and her 3 guests also pitched in to help out where needed.  They are now well acquainted with rommegrot, abelskivers and lefse.  All 4 are students at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

Among the Uff-Da Day visitors in Rutland on Sunday, October 4 were: Rick & Renae (Aarfor) Ingen of Fargo; Joel Heitkamp of Hankinson; Terry & Nancy Lee of West Fargo; Nancy Rheault of Fargo; Matt Breker & Billie Stout of Fargo; Corrine (Narum) Romereim and granddaughter, Brandy, of Wahpeton; Sarah (Lee) Dobmeyer of Fargo; Ed Heinert and his classic Thunderbird automobile from Milnor; and, a couple of thousand more.

Delores Lysne is doing the cooking at the Rutland Seniors Center this week, as Janet Kiefer was on vacation, visiting her son, Andy, and his family at their home near Dallas TX.  Janet, her husband, Cliff, and Rob Hoflen departed here on Thursday, October 1.  Rob was planning to meet his sister, Ann, at Dallas and then travel on to Austin to attend the wedding of a niece, the daughter of his sister, Allison (Hoflen) Glarum, on Saturday.

The Rutland City Council met at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 5, with Mayor Narum, Auditor Banish and Aldermen Erickson, Mahrer and Siemieniewski present.  The financial report showed all funds to be in the black.  The Auditor informed the Council that 2 temporary permits for the sale of alcoholic beverages had been issued to the Lariat Bar of Rutland, the first an off-premises permit to operate in the Rutland Town Hall for the Todd Anderson & Shannon Martin wedding reception on September 26, and the second permit allowing the Bar to be open on Sunday, October 4, during the Uff-Da Day Fall Festival.  One Rutland citizen, Delores Lysne, had expressed an interest in being appointed to the vacancy on the Council that was created when Brad Christensen had resigned back in August.  The Council appointed Delores to serve until the election in June of 2016.  Delores stated that she did not intend to be a candidate for election to the Council when the term expires in June.  It was noted that the speed limit signs on the north, south, east and west sides of town were so faded as to be barely legible, and the Council authorized the purchase of 4 new, high visibility speed limit signs to be posted at the entrances to the City.  The Council conducted a final review of the preliminary budget for 2016 that had been adopted at the September meeting, and approved the final 2016 budget that anticipates General Fundexpenditures of approximately $46,000.00 and revenues of approximately $51,000.00.  About $17,000.00 of the anticipated revenue will be from the property tax levy.  After reviewing the City’s bills and authorizing their payment, the meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting of the Rutland City Council is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 2, (that’s Sadie Hawkins’ Day in Dogpatch!) in the Rutland Town Hall.

Marcia Brakke departed Rutland on Monday, October 5, bound for Panama City, Florida, and a brief vacation with her twin sister, Margot Ganske of San Diego CA and other family members.  On Tuesday, October 6, Marcia reported that the sun was shining and the temperature was 85 degrees on the white sand beaches of the Florida Gulf Coast.  Predictions are that conditions will be nearly the same here, minus the Gulf of Mexico, when she returns home this coming weekend.

The North Dakota Pheasant Hunting Season opens on Saturday, October 10, and the supply of huntable birds appears to be more plentiful than it has been for the past couple of seasons.  With the soybean harvest almost done, and the corn harvest progressing at a rapid pace, the birds are losing their hiding places, making it easier for hunters to count the ones that got away.  If upland game isn’t your thing, the North Dakota Fishing Season is still open, and a pair of local anglers report bringing in 2 nice walleyes apiece from one of their favorite secret fishing holes that is located about 6 miles north of Rutland.  They also report bringing in a couple of northerns that they considered to be too large to bring into the boat, so they turned those monster ‘gators loose for the spear fishing enthusiasts to bag this coming winter.  Another report, this one from Kraft Lake in the northwestern corner of Sargent County, relates that local businessman Jerry Dill tried out the fishing there with his track-hoe excavating machine, but found that a 16’ Lund has better flotation.  In early September Jerry reported catching walleyes off the end of his dock on the north shore of Kraft Lake, but didn’t state whether he was using the track-hoe bucket or a more conventional fishing rig.  The fish are out there, just waiting to bite, but you can’t catch them unless you’re out where the water is.

The members of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of the American Legion invite all to the Post’s Pancake & Sausage Breakfast/Brunch/Dinner from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 18, in the Rutland Town Hall.  The price is right, a free will donation.  The pancakes served will be made with the Post’s “secret recipe” that gives shy persons the strength to go out and do what needs to be done.  The menu will include: pancakes, all you can eat; link sausages; eggs, anyway you want them as long as it’s fried; juice; and, coffee.  The “Missing Man” place setting honoring America’s MIA/POW will be on display.  Funds raised will be used to support the Post’s activities in the community, including participation in Boys’ State.  The American Legion Auxiliary is sponsoring a raffle on the 18th for which one of Kathy Brakke’s hand-made quilts will be the prize.  Post Commander Larry Christensen says that he’s looking forward to seeing you in Rutland on Sunday, October 18.

The Rutland Community Club plans to hold its October meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 19, in the Rutland Town Hall, states board member Paul Anderson.

Well, that’s the news from Rutland for this week.  For additional information about what’s going on in the little city that can, stop by the community’s internet web site at www.rutlandnd.com, and check out the Rutland blog and Facebook page while you’re cruising through cyberspace, too.  Remember to patronize your local Post Office, and 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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