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The Rooster Crows – May 6, 2016

No rain this week, at least not through Noon on Wednesday, May 4, but Mother Nature has made up for the shortage of precipitation with an abundance of wind.  On both Saturday, April 30, and Tuesday, May 2, the wind blew at gale force, or stronger.  Saturday, April 30, was Community Clean Up Day, and the east southeast wind obliged by moving everything that was not tied down toward the City’s inert materials landfill on the northwest corner of town.  Mayor Narum reported that a large amount of refuse, trash and junk was delivered to the landfill site, some to be burned and buried, and some to be recycled.

Some observers of events meteorological expostulated that the high winds on Saturday and Tuesday emanated from the State of Indiana, where Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz were exchanging barrages of insults while campaigning for Indiana’s delegates to the 2016 GOP Convention that will be held in Cleveland later this year.  Once again the Donald, a “pathological liar,” according to Sen Cruz, trounced his rival, “Lying Ted,” by a substantial margin, apparently nailing down his right to the Republican Presidential nomination.  Former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders have, for the most part, eschewed personal insults in favor of debating such topics as economic opportunity, reforming the financial system, foreign policy and campaign financing, making their campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination a dull affair, indeed.  Although Sen. Sanders won a majority of the votes in the Indiana Democratic Primary, the delegates are awarded on a proportional basis, so, at this point, it looks as if Hillary will be the Democratic candidate, but Republicans are still hoping to see the FBI lead her away in handcuffs.  Well, in the past 25 years they have accused her of everything from murder to jaywalking, and they are pretty sure that she is guilty of something.  After all, if she wasn’t guilty, would they have made all of those admittedly unfounded allegations?  Well, let’s see – they’ve been lying about her for the past quarter of a century, but this time they’re telling the truth.  If anyone believes that, they might be interested in purchasing a bridge in Brooklyn, too.

John and Joanne Harris of this community have received word that their eldest son, Mike, was notified on Tuesday, April 26, that he has been promoted to the rank of Captain in the United States Navy.  Mike had enlisted in the Navy in 1987, and after serving as an enlisted sailor for several years enrolled in the Navy Officer Candidate program at Iowa State University.  Since receiving his commission as an Ensign in 1995, Mike has progressed steadily through the ranks to his promotion to Captain last week.  For the past 2 years Mike and his wife, Sally, have been stationed at the U. S. Naval base on Okinawa, Japan.  Their next duty station will be at the San Diego Navy Base in southern California.  According to Mike’s parents, he and Sally are planning to be in Rutland on Tuesday, May 24th, and a reception in Mike’s honor will be held in the dining room of the Lariat Bar that evening.  “Everyone is welcome,” states John.  The Rutland community extends its congratulations to Captain Mike Harris, USN, on his recent promotion.  The rank of Captain in the Navy is the equivalent of the rank of Colonel in the Air Force, Army and Marines.  Next step, Admiral!

Attorneys Bill Anderson of Rutland, LeeAnn Even of Cogswell, Jayne Pfau of Forman and Lyle Bopp of Cogswell traveled together to the Griggs County Courthouse in Cooperstown ND on the afternoon of Friday, April 29, to attend the annual meeting of the Southeast Judicial District Bar Association (SEJDBA).  The four constitute the entire membership of the Sargent County Bar, and according to District Court Judge Brad Cruff of Wahpeton, it should be pointed out that Sargent County was the only County in the District to have 100% attendance at the meeting.  Sargent County’s attorneys have judicial leave to boast about this fact, stated Judge Cruff.  District Court Judge Dan Narum, a Rutland native, is the Presiding Judge of the Southeast Judicial District, but was presiding over a trial in Jamestown on Friday and was unable to attend the meeting.  Attorneys at the meeting discussed some issues with the electronic filing of documents; electronic signatures on documents; locating judges to sign documents in emergency situations; and issuing search warrants electronically.  The attorneys of the District selected attorney Tim Othmar of Jamestown to receive the Community Service Award at the State Bar Convention in June.  Deputy Court Administrator Chris Iverson of Valley City spoke on progress that has been made in the transition to the new electronic document filing, storage and retrieval system now being implemented in the North Dakota Court System, and on some of the problems encountered during the transition.  According to Ms. Iverson, North Dakota is leading the nation in the transition to an electronic system.  The next meeting of the SEJDBA will be held in April of 2017 in Jamestown.

The following message was received this week from Mary Ruth Franzen of Wahpeton, a daughter of the late Donald Franzen, a Rutland native: “My east coast cousins (two of Marvin’s children and a spouse) and I had a great afternoon on April 9 touring Silver Lake, Rutland and Forman. We almost failed to notice the wind and chill.  Shawna (Bergh) was so pleasant and seemed quite comfortable with letting us look around the main floor of the house and the yard (at 115 Forrest Street). I hope as I sort old pictures that I’ll find a couple of the house and yard that she might enjoy having.  It was fun to see the fireplace in the front room. On several occasions I heard Grandpa (Carl Franzen) tell about what a time he had getting it finished. Apparently the bricklayer would start out well in the morning, then go home for lunch and not be seen until the next day or the day after. Grandpa finally insisted that he bring his lunch with him and eat at the work site. The job finally was accomplished and, I must say, resulted in a handsome fireplace.  I must verify with Shawna, but I believe she said they have pulled seven watering pipe systems from the north yard where Grandpa had multiple pools for flowers and fish. And the size of that north yard! A lot of garden!  Other stories come to mind and it was so much fun to be in the place they occurred. My cousins and I are grateful to you for having made that happen.  We were impressed with the Veterans’ Memorial. The surrounds and the memorial itself are very well done. Another of many examples of Rutland coming together and making things happen.  When we got to the main street, my cousins got so busy looking at and taking pictures of the grain elevators that it wasn’t until they’d returned home that they realized they hadn’t taken any pictures of the hardware/general merchandise and grocery store (the Franzen Building at 111 & 113 First Street). I sent them several to round out their “picture tour.”  The afternoon was most enjoyable. Our thanks to you for making it possible.  I did note that Milton McLean died. I believe Corrine (Narum-Romereim) told me before the news was in the papers. Dad would speak of Milton on any number of occasions. I don’t recall any stories right off the top of my head that involved Milton, but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t stories or that I won’t recall them at some unanticipated moment. When our elders go, they take so much with them and we are left with the few morsels we thought to remember.”  The Franzen family was prominent in Rutland during the first half of the 20th Century, and Mary Ruth’s father, Donald, always maintained his ties with old friends here.  Donald passed away at the age of 89 while in Missouri last December, and his remains were interred at Britton SD on April 9, 2016.

If you have ever had unexpected company drop in right at supper time, you might relate to this report sent out by Rutland native Pat Kulzer from the Kulzers’ home in the Swan Valley of western Montana: “I was making our dinner salad about 6:15 tonight (Wednesday, April 27) and looked out the kitchen window and what to my wondering eyes should appear but Mr. Grizzly Bear, eating his dinner salad of new grass and dandelions from our “lawn”, too.  Buddy (The Kulzers’ dog) was in the house with us having his dinner and didn’t give any indication there was a visitor near the door, which was standing open.  Dave fired two shots in the air to scare Mr. Griz off, then followed him and watched him meander down my walking trail and eventually go onto the public lands to our north.  I’ll probably start carrying the bear spray again.  Hoping you have pleasant dreams!”  Some guests are just more welcome than others.

The Rutland City Council met at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 2, in the Rutland Town Hall with Mayor Ron Narum; Auditor Debbie Banish; and, Aldermen Rodney Erickson, Delores Lysne and Bertha Siemieniewski present.  Alderman Mike Mahrer was absent.  The financial report showed all funds to be in the black.  The Council received a request from a Rutland resident asking that the City consider ending the practice of blowing the fire siren at Noon, 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. each day, as the sudden, loud noise is sometimes frightening to young children who may be in the Town Hall playground.  The Council will consult with the local Fire Department and the Sargent County Emergency Management Director prior to making any changes in the siren schedule.  The Council also received an inquiry concerning any restrictions which may apply to planting and growing agricultural crops on property within the City Limits.  At present there are none, and North Dakota State law makes it difficult to restrict or control agricultural activity within a city.  The Council authorized the Mayor to retain the services of Midwest Pest Control to eliminate and prevent any pest infestations in City Buildings.  The Council also authorized the Mayor to contact the owner of a storage facility recently placed on commercially zoned property on First Street concerning building permit requirements, as well as the exterior maintenance of the structure.  Alderwoman Siemieniewski inquired about the maintenance of the house located at 403 Cooper Street, and was informed that the owner had made repairs to the plumbing and interior of the structure.  The owner will be contacted about mowing the lawn.  Auditor Banish reported that she has contacted 2 potential suppliers of wireless internet Service for City Hall and the City’s RV Park.  The Council decided to pay off the remaining balance on the loan for City Hall improvements that had been obtained from the USDA’s Rural Development Agency.    Action needed for the removal of dead and dying boulevard Trees was discussed, as was the replacement of damaged and plugged culverts at several locations within the City.  Council members also discussed the proposed job descriptions for City employees, including the Auditor, but deferred action to a future meeting.  After reviewing and authorizing payment of the City’s bills, the Council adjourned.  The next meeting of the Rutland City Council is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 6, in the Rutland Town Hall.  The Rutland City Park Board also meets on the first Monday of each month, from April through October, at 7:00 p.m. in the Rutland Town Hall.  Hal Nelson, Barry Christianson, Larry Christensen, Jeff Olson and Hillary Mehrer are the members of the Rutland Park Board.

Friends and family gathered at the Brian & Lindsey Pherson farm 3½ miles east of Rutland on the evening of Saturday, April 30, to celebrate the 60th birthday of Brian’s father, Dennis Pherson Jr. of this community.  Denny’s many friends in Rutland extend best wishes for a “Happy Birthday!” and many more.

The members of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of the American Legion met at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, in the Legion Hall/Rutland Fitness Center with Commander Larry Christensen presiding.  Members reviewed the 10th District Spring meeting that had been held in Rutland on Thursday, April 14, and concluded that all went well, as any mistakes or omissions are known only to members of the Post, and they will never tell.  A 3 member committee consisting of Doug Spieker, Doug Olstad and Roger Pearson was appointed to plan the Post’s next fund raising activity.  The preliminary plan is to serve a spaghetti & meatball dinner, complete with Doug Spieker’s patented “pepperoni spaghetti sauce,” with the plan subject to modification.  The date will be announced.  Members also authorized a donation to the Penny Beckstrom Benefit which will be held on Sunday, May 15, in the Rutland Town Hall . Commander Christensen reported that a ceremonial detail had been requested for the interment of Rutland native John W. Young, a veteran of the U. S. Army, on July 2, in the Rutland Cemetery .  Post Adjutant John Harris discussed the various awards that will be made to Post members on Memorial Day, including the presentation of “50 Year” pins to Norman Preble and Roger Pearson for 50 years of continuous membership in The American Legion.  Recruiting new members for the Post was also discussed.  When the matter of election of Post officers for the 2016-17 year was brought up, Doug Spieker asked, “Why fix it if it ain’t broke?” and introduced a motion for the unanimous re-election of the current slate of officers.  Post officers for the next year will be: Larry Christensen, Commander; Tom Manley, Vice-Commander; John Harris Adjutant; Ted Lee Post Chaplain; and, Calvin Jacobson, Sergeant At Arms.  The next meeting of Post #215 will be on Memorial Day, subject to an earlier call by the Commander.

Nathan Berseth of Wahpeton ND stopped in for breakfast at the Lariat Bar on the morning of Wednesday, May 4, following a 7:30 meeting of the Sargent County Jobs Development Authority at the Courthouse in Forman.  In addition to being an independent businessman and a Richland County Commissioner, Mr. Berseth is a consultant with Crossroads Community Advisors, a firm that works with communities, government agencies and private investors on economic development issues.  Among other activities, Mr. Berseth has been working with the Sargent County JDA and communities within the County to increase employment by providing incentives for the construction of new homes within the County.  At present, he reports that investors in 2 communities are actively exploring the construction of new spec homes.  The Sargent County JDA can provide up to 20% of the cost of construction of a new spec home, pursuant to a program approved by the JDA in 2015, states Mr. Berseth.  The remaining 80% of construction costs must be obtained from investors and other lenders.  For more information about the Sargent County JDA’s spec home program, contact Mr. Nathan Berseth, c/o Sargent County JDA, 355 Main Street South, Suite #3, Forman ND 58032, or call JDA secretary/treasurer Sandy Hanson at 724-6241, Extension #2.  Also attending Wednesday morning’s JDA meeting were board members Ron Narum and Bill Anderson of Rutland; Mark Bopp, Sandy Hanson and Mike Walstead of Forman; Terry Dusek and Carol Peterson of Milnor; and, Jerry Erickson of Gwinner.

The Rutland Community Club will be presenting the “Ole & Lena, Live!” show at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the Rutland Town Hall.  Professional actors Mike & Julie Bates of Cannon Falls MN will be making their second appearance in Rutland portraying the legendary Norwegian couple.  This year’s production is entitled “The Family Reunion.”  According to Marcia Brakke, one of the organizers of the event, the price of admission is $9.00 for adults and $6.00 for children.  Coffee and bars will be available during intermission.  You’ve heard about Ole & Lena for years, and now you can see them, live, in Rutland on Saturday, May 14.

A benefit for Penny Beckstrom of this community will be held on Sunday, May 15, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Rutland Town Hall.  Penny has been battling cancer for the past several months, and the benefit is to assist Penny and her family with those expenses not covered by insurance.  The event will begin with a “social” of coffee and bars at 10:30, to be followed by a Noon lunch of soup, salad and sandwiches from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  A silent auction of items donated for the benefit will commence at 11:00 a.m. and bidding will close at 1:30 p.m.  Donations may be sent to: The Penny Beckstrom Benefit, c/o Rutland Station-Sargent County Bank, PO Box 182, Rutland ND 58067; or, c/o Sargent County Bank, PO Box 9, Forman ND 58032.

Kathy Brakke reports that The Old Parsonage will be open for business from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13; from 10:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14; and, from Noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15.  Kathy reports that The Old Parsonage has a substantial inventory of antiques, collectables and just plain old interesting and useful items on hand for the discriminating shopper.

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 at www.rutlandnd.com, 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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