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The Rooster Crows – November 27, 2015

For the first 2 weeks of November Mother Nature provided 2 more weeks of October, with daytime highs into the 60’s and cool, clear, frost free nights.  On Tuesday, November 17, though, she realized the error of her ways, and sent in a cold front that plunged the temperature from the 60’s to the teens in the space of a week.  Early winter has arrived.  The cold front that swept the mild weather out last week brought with it about .3 of an inch of rain and a few snow flurries, but no accumulations of ice or snow in Sargent County, at least not yet.

The lengthy Autumn of 2015 has allowed almost everyone to get their Fall work done.  The Wyum Brothers: Steve; Mike; and, Mark; wrapped up corn harvest activities on Saturday, November 21, completing the harvest season on fields which they farm near Leonard ND.  It’s good to be done, but, being done is a two-edged sword, as “when you’re done, there ain’t no more.”

The 2015 rifle season for whitetail Deer ended at sundown on Sunday, November 22, with many local hunters filling the freezer with venison, and a substantial number searching for new recipes for that old post-season standby, deer tag soup.  The Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge was opened for pheasant hunting on the morning of Monday, November 23, and a number of ringneck hunters stopped in at the Rutland Café for a late breakfast after an early hunt at sunrise.  Most reported that they had plenty of shooting, and a few even reported that they had managed to do some hitting.  The cooler weather has also stirred the walleye populations in local lakes into action, and anglers have been bringing in some nice catches of walleyes from area waters.  Lake Tewaukon to the southeast and Buffalo Lake to the north have both been reported as off and on hot spots for walleyes.  Inquiries about fishing success on Kraft Lake in northwestern Sargent County have been met with silence, prompting some speculation that when fishermen aren’t talking, it’s because they’re busy catching.  There’s only one way to find out for sure, though, and that’s to get out there and go after those fish.

Kathy Brakke reports that the first day of her annual Open House at The Old Parsonage, on Sunday, November 22, drew in an enthusiastic crowd of pre-Christmas shoppers.  Those who attended the open house were also invited to Kathy’s home for coffee, hot cider, lefse and other treats.  The second session of the open house is scheduled for the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 26.  The Old Parsonage is situated in the former Baptist Church parsonage at 217 First Street, and features antiques, collectables and other items of interest that have been consigned for sale by individuals who have too many, or too much, of a good thing.

Pastor Curt Larson & wife, Renee, departed for winter quarters  at Mesa, Arizona, on Thursday, November 19.  Pastor Larson has been serving the Nordland and Trinity Lutheran Congregations in Rutland and Havana since August, when intern pastor Erik Karlson left to complete his seminary studies in St. Paul.  Curt drove his pickup truck, towing the couple’s travel trailer, and Renee piloted her Mustang convertible for the voyage south.  The Larsons plan to return when the song of the meadowlarks is heard in the Spring.  Serving as interim pastor at Nordland and Trinity until then is Pastor Robert Ohnstad of Aberdeen SD.  Pastor Ohnstad will be conducting Sunday services at both churches, as well as performing other pastoral duties during the Winter months.  Pastor Ohnstad’s cellular phone # is 605-204-0508, and his home phone # is 605-262-0698, in case of an emergency.

Norbert & Beverly Kulzer; Dianna Anderson; Mike, Jill & Audrey Anderson; Mike & Diane Kulzer; and, Bonnie Anderson; were among the crowd of more than 100 family and friends who attended the 65th wedding anniversary celebration for long-time Cayuga residents Jim & Mary Breker at Sheyenne Crossing in West Fargo on Saturday, November 21.  The couple were married at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Cayuga back in November of 1950, and farmed south of Cayuga until moving into town about 20 years ago.  The Brekers moved to Sheyenne Crossing earlier this year.  Mary was “The Avon Lady” in Rutland and Cayuga for many years.  The Brekers’ many friends in the Rutland community extend congratulations to them on the occasion of their 65th anniversary, and best wishes for many more.

Paul Anderson; Duane & Sharon Lock; Pam Gulleson; Sheila Wyum; Cam Gulleson; Kathy Wyum; Bert Siemieniewski; Delores Lysne; and, Bill Anderson; of this community were among those who met with U. S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp at the 26th District Democratic-NPL fund-raiser held in Lidgerwood on the evening of Monday, November 23.  KFGO Radio talk show host, and former State Senator, Joel Heitkamp, served as M.C. for the event which was held in the meeting room at the Lidgerwood Museum.  A light supper of “Sloppy Joe” barbecue sandwiches prepared by Roz Amerman and Mona Kelsh and their husbands, Rep. Bill Amerman & Rep. Jerry Kelsh, with chips and bars brought in by local activists, was enjoyed by those in attendance.  After recognizing State & District Party officials, members of Sen. Heitkamp’s staff, and local officeholders, Mr. Heitkamp introduced State Sen. Jim Dotzenrod of Wyndmere; Representative Bill Amerman of Forman and Representative Jerry Kelsh of Fullerton, who  each spoke briefly on the upcoming campaign, as well as on issues that will have to be addressed during the 2017 Legislative Session.  Following an introduction by her brother, Senator Heitkamp addressed the group, speaking first about the veterans issues and the recognition that had been given to each of the North Dakotans whose lives had been sacrificed during the War in Vietnam.  During the past year, Sen. Heitkamp gave a series of speeches in the U. S. Senate in which each of those North Dakotans was recognized for their service, and for their sacrifice.  Among those recognized were the late Cleo Levang of Forman and the late Danny Hanson of Stirum, the only Sargent County residents to lose their lives in Vietnam.  Senator Heitkamp then talked about matters in the Middle East, particularly Syria, and the issue of Syrian refugees coming to America.  According to the Senator, the recent hysteria experienced by certain persons vying for the GOP Presidential nomination is simply fear-mongering of the lowest order.  Syrian refugees are subjected to a rigorous, 2 year long vetting process prior to being allowed into the U. S., and, so far, fewer than 2,200 of the more than 4 million refugees who have fled Syria have been admitted to the U. S.  By contrast, Germany has accepted more than 700,000 Syrian refugees.  The practice that should be examined, and possibly tightened up, she said, is the current practice of allowing travelers from certain countries, most of them in western Europe, to enter the U. S. without first having to undergo a background check and obtain a visa.  More than 20 million people enter the U. S. each year in this way, and it is an open doorway for those who may wish to create trouble.  She pointed out that this was the method by which the 9/11 terrorists had gained access to the U. S. back in 2001.  America should continue to be a refuge for those fleeing oppression and war, and its policies should be based on reasoned consideration of facts and alternatives, not on irrational fears exploited by political demagogues for short term advantage.  Senator Heitkamp stated that she has also begun work on the next Farm Bill, even though the current Bill has only been in effect for 1½ years.  “You can’t get started on this too early,” she said, especially when taking into consideration that current House Speaker Ryan, and others in Congressional leadership, made a run at eliminating Multi-Peril Crop Insurance from the current bill and attacked many other key provisions that provide stability for American agriculture.  The groundwork needs to get done early, she asserted, and American farmers need to recognize who is working for their interests in the U. S. Congress.  Senator Heitkamp has been working with both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate to protect and advance the interests of North Dakota agriculture, the State’s #1 industry.  Senator Heitkamp also pointed out that, although the GOP is frequently identified as the Party that pays attention to the economy, an analysis of the most recent 40 years under Democratic Presidents and the most recent 40 years under Republican Presidents reveals that a $100,000 investment would be worth $130,000 after 40 years of Republican administration, and would be worth more than $1 million after 40 years of Democratic administration.  Following the Senator’s address, a pie auction fund-raiser was conducted by auctioneer Ron Braaten of Lisbon.  According to 26th District Chairman Paul Anderson, a free-will offering for the supper and the sail of 18 pies raised more than $3,000 for the 2016 campaign.  According to Co-Vice Chairman Cam Gulleson, a $30 slice of a Democratic NPL pie is worth every penny, and everybody gets a slice, too!

Delores Lysne reports that Rutland Housing Inc. has received word from USDA-Rural Development that funds have been released to proceed with replacement of the heating systems in the apartment houses at 207 First Street and at 316 Ross Street.  Additionally, Steve Lervik, Director of Multi-Family Housing for Rural Development, has approved a bid submitted for completion of the work, and the bid has been accepted by Rutland Housing’s board of directors.  According to Delores, the contractor expects to begin work on the 2 projects in the very near future.

Paul Anderson departed Rutland on Tuesday, November 24, bound for Chicago IL to observe Thanksgiving at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Katie & Josh Elfering.  Paul stated that he expects to be back in Rutland on Monday, November 30.

Well, that’s the news from Rutland for this week.  For additional 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 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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