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The Rooster Crows – November 20, 2015

Members of Rutland’s Bergman-Evenson Post #215 played a prominent role in the Veterans Day observance at the Sargent Central Activities Center in Forman on Tuesday, November 10. Four members of the Post: Tom Manley; Doug Olstad; Ted Lee; and, Roger Pearson made up the Color Guard that presented the American Flag at the beginning of the program, and Post member Shelly Pherson, a Technical Sergeant in the North Dakota Air Guard and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, spoke on the importance of education, community and service. The program, in which the entire school participated, was well attended and well received. Congratulations and thanks are due to the faculty and staff at Sargent Central, particularly Kim Mahrer, Vicki Weber, Kaia Mahrer and Nathan McAmis, for arranging the event and organizing the program.

A cold front swept across North Dakota during the night of November 10-11, bringing a cold northwest wind and a thermometer reading down into the 30’s for Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11. Among those from Rutland who attended the Veterans Day ceremony on the Courthouse grounds were Bill Anderson and Roger Pearson. Roger was pressed into service as Bugler, to play “Taps” after the ceremonial detail under the command of Tom Manley had fired 3 volleys in honor of those who had served. Roger played “Taps” so perfectly that it could have been a recording. Well, all right, it was a recording, but he did pretty well to figure out how to press the “Play” button on the bugle after a very brief course of instruction. If Roger’s old band instructor at RHS, Augustine “Gus” Schildberger, had possessed such instruments he could have made musicians of all of his students. A brief program in the Forman City Hall followed the outdoor ceremony. Wallace Herman of Havana, a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of RHS/SCHS Class of ’64, spoke on “A Day In The Life Of An Infantryman In Vietnam,” and had several exhibits, including the last pair of boots he wore in Vietnam, to illustrate his points. Wallace’s talk was thoughtful as well as humorous. A lunch served by the ladies of the Forman American Legion Auxiliary followed the program. The County’s Veterans Day observance almost did not occur, due to an old American military tradition, a classic SNAFU. There was a mix-up over who was to do what to organize the observance, and as a result, as of Monday, November 9, nothing had been done. However, Bill Smith, a member of the Havana American Legion Post and the Legion’s 10th District Commander, and the ladies of the Forman Auxiliary Unit stepped forward at the last minute, organized the program and carried it off. A salute and a pat on the back are due to Commander Smith and the Forman Auxiliary ladies for a job well done.

Veterans Day observances ended in Rutland with a soup and sandwich supper for local veterans, served by the members of Bergman-Evenson Unit #215 of the American Legion Auxiliary at the Nordland Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. The Auxiliary ladies had prepared several different home-made soups and sandwiches that were enjoyed by all. Auxiliary President Joan Lee was MC for the event, and introduced a brief program that included a duet by Tia Gerrits and Teddie Lee, granddaughters of Donald & Yvonne Johnson and Ted & Joan Lee of this community, and a reading by Auxiliary member Sonja Christensen. The Auxiliary Unit had sponsored a Veterans Day Poster Contest at Sargent Central this year, and 10 posters were on display. Diane Smith explained that this was the 2nd year that the Auxiliary Unit had sponsored the poster contest, and that participation had tripled, from 3 posters in 2014 to 10 in 2015.

It wasn’t the 30 point buck of deer hunting lore, but it was a 13 point whitetail buck shot by legendary local outdoorsman and deerslayer, Mike Kulzer, on Friday, November 13th, on land he farms southeast of Rutland. The big buck had 6 points on one side and 7 on the other, reports Mike, and his mind was occupied by concerns other than cover and concealment when Mike brought him down. This buck was not the first male animal to be laid low by an attraction to the opposite sex, said Mike, and he is not likely to be the last. Mike said that his wife, Diane, told him it was OK for him to say that. Although Friday the 13th is usually associated with bad luck, it turned out to be Mike’s lucky day. Not so for the big buck, though. Whether luck is good or bad, it seems, depends on your perspective. Mike shot the big buck from a deer stand that he built earlier this Fall, and his deer was the third one taken at this site during the first week of the season.

Mayor Ron Narum had a new street sweeping attachment on the City’s Bobcat skid-steer loader on the morning of Friday, November 13, and was busy sweeping the accumulated dirt and debris out of the gutters, giving the demonstration attachment a real workout. “It worked pretty good,” reported the Mayor. The attachment is a rotary broom that sweeps the dirt and debris into the Bobcat’s bucket so it can be unloaded at a more convenient location. Bryce Carlson of this community works in the marketing department at Bobcat, and had obtained the demonstrator model for the City to try out. Mayor Narum stated that the City will be discussing price with the local Bobcat dealer, and a new broom that sweeps clean may soon be added to the City’s equipment inventory.

Local snowbirds have been gradually departing Rutland for their winter roosts, and The Old Curmudgeon, R. Harrington Bradbury III, Millionaire, took off for the front porch at the Warren Ranch near Rapid City SD early on the morning of Thursday, November 12. Janet reports that he arrived at his migratory destination that evening, none the worse for wear. Mr. Bradbury intends to remain in winter quarters until Spring arrives or the golf balls start flying, whichever occurs first.

Rutland natives James & Debbie Fust of Park City MT visited in the old home town on the morning of Saturday, November 14. The Fusts have been visiting in Sargent County and at the home of Debbie’s parents, Leif & Phyllis Sundlie in Lisbon, since Tuesday, November 10, and were planning to depart for their home in Park City on Monday, November 16. James reported on an interesting experience that he had while assisting his brother, Earl, load and transport 2 old cows and a bull to the sale barn at Sisseton SD last week. James stated that he and Earl got the 3 head rounded up and loaded into Earl’s livestock trailer without a great deal of difficulty, and were headed southeast in short order. At Claire City SD, though, they had some trouble. The water pump on the pickup truck they were using to pull the trailer went out. They pulled to a halt right across the street from the Claire City CENEX Station. Earl got out of the pickup to walk over to the Station to check on the availability of repairs and, as he did so, he turned to James and said, “If you see a pickup pulling a stock trailer coming from the south, step out into the road and flag him down. Maybe we will need some help getting these cattle to Sisseton.” Sure enough, Earl had no sooner entered the CENEX Station than James spotted a pickup pulling a stock trailer coming into Claire City from the south. James stepped out into the road and flagged the driver down. The rig was being driven by Mike Nelson, a rancher from northwest of Veblen, and he had just delivered a load of livestock to the sale barn at Sisseton, so his trailer was empty. After a little bit of haggling, Earl & Mike agreed upon a freight rate, Mike backed his trailer up to Earl’s trailer, the sliding rear doors of both trailers were opened and Earl’s cattle walked into Mike’s Trailer. Earl & James piled into Mike’s pickup, and they turned around, headed for Sisseton once more. Earl James and Mike had never met before, but it turned out that Mike did know Earl’s eldest son, Jimmy Fust. The cattle were soon unloaded at the sale barn, and the trio headed back for Claire City once again. Earl had given Jimmy a call, and he met them there, where they hooked a chain from Jimmy’s pickup to Earl’s, and pulled the defunct vehicle up to a repair shop in Lidgerwood. Then Jimmy gave Earl and James a ride back to Rutland. When they got back to headquarters, James checked the time and was amazed to find that they had accomplished all of that before Noon, leaving half a day for additional adventures. James stated that he had retired from his job as a truck driver for the U. S. Postal Service in Montana a couple of years ago, but he didn’t recall that events had moved quite that fast at the USPS.

An American Legion Flag Retirement Ceremony was conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 15, on the grounds of the American Legion Hall at 123 Gay Street in Rutland. Present for the ceremony were Post Commander Larry Christensen; Post Vice-Commander Tom Manley; Post Adjutant and Acting Chaplain John Harris; Roger Pearson; Andy Harris; and, Bill Anderson. Also present were Auxiliary members Joanne Harris; Carolyn Christensen; and, Bev Kulzer. Several dozen no longer serviceable American Flags were respectfully retired with the appropriate ceremony, and were consigned to the flames. The Flag Retirement Ceremony had originally been scheduled for Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, but had been postponed due to the high wind. Post members decided to take advantage of Sunday’s warm and sunny weather to get the job done.

The Rutland Community Club met at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16, in the Rutland Town Hall. Club members voted to allocate up to $4,500 to assist the City of Rutland with the purchase of a street sweeper broom attachment for the City’s Bobcat loader, and discussed plans for Santa Claus’ upcoming pre-Christmas visit to Rutland on Saturday, December 19. General discussions were also engaged in concerning plans for Uff-Da Day 2016 and the Community Club’s annual supper and play scheduled for the 3rd Saturday in March next year. The next meeting of the Rutland Community Club is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 14, in the Rutland Town Hall.

Wenzman Seeds of Wadena MN and the local Wenzman Seeds dealer, Jake’s Feed & Seed of Rutland, hosted an open house for customers and patrons in the dining room at the Lariat Bar in Rutland on the evening of Tuesday, November 17. Those in attendance had their choice of rib-eye steak, sirloin steak, steak tips or walley plus salad and baked potato for the supper meal, and also a full list of beverages for their enjoyment. The Wenzman representatives on hand presented several newly developed varieties of soybean and corn seed to the more than 2 dozen producers present for the event, and took orders for delivery of seed in the Spring of 2016. According to Jake Erickson, owner of Jake’s Feed & Seed, growers who plant Wenzman seed hybrids featuring AgReliant genetics this coming Spring can look forward to superior crop yields and quality when harvest rolls around next Fall. Mike Kulzer and Norbert Kulzer report that they both had the steak tips for supper at the open house, as they are getting to the age at which they should be getting used to someone else cutting their meat into small pieces for them, anyway.

When those Wenzman seed varieties produce those big yields next Fall, Rodney Erickson states that the Wheaton-Dumont Co-op’s Rutland Elevator station is the place to market them. Rodney reports that the goal of 800,000 bushels for the first year of operations has already nearly been reached, less than 3 months after Wheaton-Dumont began purchasing grain at the Rutland Elevator. As of Monday, November 16, more than 700,000 bushels of wheat, soybeans and corn had been purchased by the Co-op at Rodney’s Rutland facility. Right now, the Co-op is offering a free “price later” option on wheat, soybeans and corn hauled to Rutland. Additionally, a reduction in the Co-op’s bases has allowed it to be offering the best price in the region for wheat delivered to Rutland. For additional information about Wheaton-Dumont’s pricing options and marketing services, give Rodney a call at 724-3345 or 701-367-5243, or check out the Co-op’s internet web site at

Paul Anderson of Rutland, Chairman of the 26th District Democratic-NPL Party, invites all to join him and U. S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp at an event in Lidgerwood on the evening of Monday, November 23, at the Lidgerwood Museum. According to Paul, activities will commence with barbecues and beans at 6:00 p.m. and will proceed to a program at which Senator Heitkamp will be the featured speaker. The event will conclude with a fund-raising pie auction conducted by auctioneer Ron Braaten of Lisbon. Senator Heitkamp’s brother, KFGO Radio talk show host Joel Heitkamp, will be MC at the event, states Paul.

Kathy Brakke and Mary Ann Thornberg have been hard at work for the past several weeks, preparing for the annual Open House at The Old Parsonage at 217 First Street and at Kathy’s home at 116 Dakota Street. As has been the practice for many years, the Open House will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Sunday, November 22; and, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26. Those who attend the open house will also be treated to coffee, hot cider, lefse and other treats at Kathy’s home. “Everyone is invited,” says Kathy. The Old Parsonage is open on Friday, Saturday & Sunday of the first full weekend of the month from May through December, and at other times by appointment. For a visit to the Old Parsonage by appointment, call Kathy at 724-3467. The Old Parsonage is where Mrs. Santa Claus shops to acquire interesting gifts for family and friends.

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, and check out the Rutland blog and Facebook page while you’re at it, too. Don’t forget to patronize your local Post Office, and remember 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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