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Cayuga native Randy Kiefer visited in Rutland on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 28, calling on old friends Bill Anderson and Paul Anderson of this community.  Randy reported that he had been in North Dakota for the previous week, staying at the farm home of his sister and brother-in-law, Pam & Keith Hoistad, in Ransom County.  This past Summer, Randy had enjoyed an extended vacation in Europe that included a bicycle tour through the Pyrenees Mountains, along the border between France and Spain, from the Atlantic Coast to the Mediterranean Sea.  It was tough pedaling on those mountain roads, he stated.  His European tour also included attendance at a Kiefer Family Reunion in the ancestral homeland of southwestern Germany, near the borders with France and Switzerland.  Also attending the reunion in Germany were Bob & Dawn Kiefer of Minneapolis and Pam & Keith Hoistad of rural Milnor.  Randy stated that he intended to return to his home in Orange County, California, on Wednesday, November 4.  He and his cousin, Cayuga native Don Isensee, along with a friend, Dick Reis of Fargo, a group known to friends as “The Apple Dumpling Gang,” are planning another extended bicycle tour somewhere in North America for the Summer of 2016.  Randy is a 1967 graduate of Sargent Central High School, a 1971 graduate of NDSU, and has been a cycling enthusiast for more than 40 years.

Some late congratulations are due to the Rutland Raiders 4-H members who received awards at the Sargent County 4-H Awards and Recognition event held in Forman on October 25. Awards were presented to:  Renee Cramton (twenty-three-year leader); Deborah Banish (first year leader); Kaycee Hamilton (first-year member); Mollie Robbins (Junior Sheep Award); Josie Hamilton (Junior Healthy Lifestyle Education – FCS – Award); Abigail Erickson (Junior FCS Award; 1st place Jr. Community & Expressive Arts; Overall Junior FCS/HLE/EA Award); and, Emma Howey (Hippology High Point Award and Horse Judging Award).  Recipients of the 4-H Career Achievement Awards, earned once in a 4-H career based on review of cumulative records, were Tony Banish (Outstanding Junior Achievement Award) and Tyler Banish (Outstanding Senior Achievement Award).  Members were also recognized for their involvement in 4-H events and activities:  Hippology – Abby Erickson (Jr. Team) and Emma Howey (Sr. Team); 4-H Project Expo – Tony Banish, Addie Robbins and Mollie Robbins.  Congratulations to all members of the Rutland Raiders 4-H Club.  The Club meets again Sunday, November 15, 3:00 p.m., at the Nordland Lutheran Church Parish Hall.  New members are always welcome.

American Legion Auxiliary members Joan Lee, Joanne Harris, Carolyn Christensen, Pam Maloney and Ione Pherson donned costumes of old military gear and headed door to door on the evening of Thursday, October 29, on behalf of North Dakota’s homeless veterans on their second annual event.  Once again Rutland residents displayed amazing generosity.  Auxiliary Members express heartfelt gratitude for all the clothing, personal care items, food and money that was donated.  The group collected ten bags of clothing, three grocery bags of personal items, cash and even two frozen turkeys.  Pamela Maloney will transport the donations to the Gladys Ray Shelter as soon as her car is packed for the trip.

The Rutland City Council met on Monday, November 2, and welcomed new City Council Member Delores Lysne.   The Mayor and City Auditor reported on a meeting Moore Engineering representatives in October about City facilities and City needs. Moore Engineers commended the Mayor, and City, on maintaining the water, sewer and streets as they did not determine any urgent needs except for the sidewalk near the Hall. They will provide a written summary for the City on their findings. During the discussion, the City maps were reviewed and determined that digital conversion and laminating the maps would be useful. The Council discussed the cost proposal from Moore Engineering and postponed action until the City’s current engineer firm, Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson, respond to the Auditor’s request for a quote for the same service.  The Council reviewed the City Fees and Charges schedule and the Auditor presented information from the ND Century Code relating to minimum and maximum licensing rates for beer and liquor licenses. For beer licenses the minimum per NDCC 5-02-03 is $50 annually and the Council approved the change to comply with NDCC.  In other business, the Auditor reported that the Fire Chief will inspect the 211 Arthur Street Property to make a determination regarding “dangerous building” status.  Once the inspection is done, the Auditor will send notice to the property owner and proceed as needed to remedy the site.

Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11, and there will be several activities in the County.  The 10th District Commander, Bill Smith, will participate in a Veterans Day observance at Sargent Central on Tuesday, November 10, at 2:00 p.m. Area Veterans and interested individuals are welcome to attend the observance on Tuesday as there is no school on Wednesday. On Wednesday, the Rutland American Legion Bergman-Evenson Post #215 will hold the Flag Retirement Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. near the Veterans Memorial. The American Legion Auxiliary Annual Soup and Sandwich meal for area Veterans and their spouses will follow at 6:00 p.m. at the NLC Parish Hall.

Santa Claus will be coming to town on Saturday, December 19, according to Ione Pherson who has a direct hotline to Santa.  Doug and Cher Spieker are planning Santa Claus day activities, sponsored by the Rutland Community Club.  There will be fun and games and the annual tree lighting.  The Rutland Raiders 4-H Club will once again hold a free-will bake sale to help support Club activities.  The event will start at 5:00 p.m. with a light meal.  The time of Santa’s appearance is a secret for now so you better be good until he comes!

Upcoming events and meetings:  Harvest of Hope Relay for Life luncheon at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge on Saturday, November 7; North Dakota Farmers Union Sargent County Convention, Sunday, November 8, at the Rutland Senior Center; Rutland Community Club, Monday, November 9, 7:00 p.m. in the Rutland Town Hall; City Council meeting, Monday, December 7, 5:00 p.m. in the Town Hall.

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