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The Rooster Crows – May 13, 2016

Well, it rained most of the day on Tuesday, May 10, but it was what the late Oscar Hoflen used to call a “dry rain,” one that you could be out in all day and never get wet.  Roger Pearson reports that his rain gauge registered .006 of an inch on Wednesday morning, and he was reading it with his glasses on, too.  Mother Nature has once again been more than generous in bestowing the gift of wind upon us, though, and Monday, May 9, was another of those screen door slamming, shingle lifting, siding prying wind events that have been all too common in the Spring of 2016.  Well, this too shall pass.  To paraphrase Duane Lillestol, “It’s almost always calm after the wind stops blowing.”

A pair of Rutland sunbirds, Orvis & Alphie Pearson, flew home to their summer roost on Thursday, April 28, following several months at their winter home in Mesa AZ.  The Pearsons are set to enjoy the summer on their farm home east of Rutland.  Welcome home, Orvis & Alphie!

Janice Christensen observed her birthday on Wednesday, May 4, in the dining room at the Lariat Bar with coffee, cake, conversation and the company of many friends, both old and new.  Janice’s age is classified, but when she was born FDR was in the second year of his third term as President, JFK was a Lieutenant j.g. in the U. S. Navy and the great American naval victory at Midway was still a month into the future.  Her many friends in Rutland wish Janice a “Happy Birthday!” and many more.  A couple of other birthdays noted this past week included: Wendy Jacobson on Saturday, May 7; and Pastor Curt Larson on Mothers’ Day, Sunday, May 8.

Friends in this community were saddened on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 4, 2016, when word was received here that Rutland native Rolene (Crandall) Wacha had passed away at her home near Battle Lake MN after a lingering illness.  She had attained the age of 73 years 11 months and 6 days at the time of her death.  Rolene Nyla Crandall was born on May 28, 1942, to Arnam and Ione (Pherson) Crandall at the family’s farm home near Veblen, SD. Rolene and her twin brother, Roland, grew up on the Crandall’s Tewaukon Township farm 10 miles southeast of Rutland, and began their elementary school education in the nearby country school.  The Crandall kids attended Rutland High School, and graduated as members of RHS Class of ’60.  The 21-member Class of 1960 was the largest class to graduate from Rutland High.  Rolene attended business college in Fargo, ND and worked a short time for the Shirley-Ohnstad Company in Fargo. She and Larry Wacha were married on July 25, 1964, at Lidgerwood ND. Their first home was in Milnor, where Rolene was employed by RSR Rural Electric Co-op. The Wachas moved to Lidgerwood, and then to Horace ND in 1972. There she worked at West Fargo State Bank before starting with the West Fargo School District, where she worked as food service manager for 28 years. Rolene and Larry also lived in Wyndmere, ND and Fargo before settling in West Fargo. She retired in 2010 and they moved to Battle Lake in 2013.  Rolene loved the lake, spending time in the sun and the social side with family and friends. She also enjoyed playing cards, dice, shopping and was part of the Horace Homemakers.  Rolene’s friends from High School days remember her as an excellent dancer, who moved with ease and grace on the dance floor.  She is survived by her husband of nearly 52 years, Larry Wacha of Battle Lake MN; by three children: Ronda (David) Nicolai of Milnor; Darren (Katherine) Wacha of Minot; and, Brent (Robin) Wacha of Fargo ND; by 7 grandchildren; by two brothers, DarWayne Crandall of Cayuga; and, Roland Crandall of Lidgerwood; and by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents.  Visitation was from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, 2016, with a prayer service following at the West Funeral Home in West Fargo ND.  The funeral service was at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 9, at Horace Lutheran Church in Horace ND.  Burial was in the Horace Lutheran Cemetery.  West Funeral Home of West Fargo ND was in charge of arrangements.  The Rutland community extends condolences to the family and friends of Rolene Wacha, a loyal friend who faced life with steadfast good humor.

Phil Tveten arrived in Rutland on Thursday, May 5, for a visit at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Wendy & Calvin Jacobson.  Phil, a U. S. Navy veteran of the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and several other WWII battles in the Pacific, managed the grain elevator at Langdon for many years, until his retirement back in the 1980’s.  Phil makes his home in Arizona these days, but has been a frequent visitor to Rutland, and has many friends in this community.  His arrival in Rutland was just in time to help one of his 3 favorite daughters, Wendy, celebrate her birthday on Saturday, May 7.   Welcome home, Phil, and thank you for your service to country, community and family.

Barbara (Nelson) Rick of Fergus Falls MN visited in Rutland, at the home of her mother, Lois Nelson, on Mothers’ Day, Sunday, May 8.  Barb states that she likes to get back to home ground in Rutland as often as possible.

James Brakke was home for a visit on Thursday and Friday, May 5 & 6.  James recently completed a year of pharmacy rotations, training in several locations, including: Portland OR; Los Angeles CA; Forman, Lisbon & Fargo ND; Phoenix AZ; and, Minneapolis MN.  He will be graduating from NDSU with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree on the morning of Friday, May 13.  James has a job lined up in the Walmart Pharmacy in New Richmond WI, beginning in June.  For the time being, he plans to make his home in Stillwater MN.  He is a 2010 graduate of Sargent Central High School.  His parents are the late Michelle (Garot) Brakke, Jesse Brakke & Marcia Brakke of this community.  His many friends in Rutland extend their congratulations to James on this achievement.

Have you ever taken a high dive into a bathtub?  “It only hurts when I laugh,” was Ione Pherson’s comment following an accidental dive into the tub in her home on the morning of Monday, May 9.  Ione reports that she was stacking some towels on a high shelf in the bathroom of her house at 104 Second Street, and stepped up onto the lid of the toilet stool in order to get the towels where they were supposed to go.  A small stepstool, kept in the bathroom for the assistance of Ione’s younger grandchildren, was on the floor near the toilet stool, and when Ione stepped down, her foot hit the edge of the step stool which promptly flipped over, sending Ione toppling off to the side.  She stuck out her arm to brace herself against the wall, but the direction of her fall was into the combination tub/shower stall, so there was no wall to brace against.  Ione states that she landed on her ribs on the edge of the tub.  The pain assured her that the fall had not been immediately fatal.  At first she thought that some ribs might have been broken, then she figured it was probably just bruised muscles, but by Tuesday morning she was thinking that there might be some cracked ribs, too.  As gun rights proponents are fond of pointing out, more people in the U. S. are killed and injured by falls in bathtubs each year than are killed or injured, either accidentally or intentionally, by gunshot wounds.  That might be an argument for restricting access to both guns and tubs to those who are trained in their proper use, but that’s a topic for another day.  Of course, most bathtub injuries are not the result of people diving into the tub from the toilet stool, either.  Ione also wishes the record to show that the tub was undamaged by the impact.  Bathtub high diving is an event not likely to be featured in the 2016 Olympics.  However, if tub diving ever does become a competitive event, they might consider filling the tub with water.

The Rutland Community Club met at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 9, in the Rutland Town Hall.  The treasurer’s report showed approximately $19,000.00 available for community projects.  Marcia Brakke reported on the Ole & Lena Live performance that will be presented at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, in the Rutland Town Hall.  Marcia stated that there will also be some performances by local talent during breaks in the performance.  Members present authorized the committee to offer free admission to residents of the Four Seasons Healthcare Center who wish to attend the show.  A donation of $100.00 to the Penny Beckstrom Benefit that will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, in the Rutland Town Hall was authorized.  An appropriation of $1,800 for the purchase of 3 refrigerators for apartments in Rutland Housing’s 6-plex apartment house at 204 Dakota Street was also approved.  The annual pot luck dinner on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, following the Memorial Day Program in the Town Hall, was also discussed.  Action group #2 will be in charge in the kitchen, and Community Club President Rachel Olson will be appointing a chairperson for the event.  Rachel is also coordinating the selection of Miss Rutland 2016 to participate in the Miss Sargent County Pageant later this Summer.  Miss Rutland will be selected in June.  The next meeting of the Rutland Community Club is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 13, in the Rutland Town Hall.  Board members of the RCC are: Rachel Olson, President; Bonnie Anderson, Vice-President; Lori McLaen, Secretary; Paul Anderson, Treasurer; and Marcia Brakke, Uff-Da Day Chairperson and All-Around cheerleader.

Rutland was visited by Three Wise Men from The East on the morning of Wednesday, May 11.  Stopping in at the Lariat for breakfast, coffee and conversation were: Bill Woytassek of Detroit Lakes MN; Dean Nundahl of Mankato MN; and Mike Kulzer of Fargo.  “We can move away,” says Mike, “but we always want to come back.”  All 3 of the Wise Men have farming interests, as well as many old friends, in this community, and they are always welcome in their old home town, “Especially when they pick up the tab for coffee,” says Norbert Kulzer.  Before heading out for the day, Dean stepped into the Lariat’s dining room for hugs from the community’s Assembled Matriarchs.

Dean Nundahl was planning to accompany Paul Kiefer on a fishing excursion to Lake Tewaukon on Wednesday morning.  Paul, and Dean’s cousin, Roger Pearson, have been having good luck fishing for walleyes on Lake Tewaukon recently, and Dean wanted to see if he could make the fish quit biting.  Silver Lake Park Manager Dennis Goltz reports that anglers have been having good success with northerns on that lake, and that a couple of 10 pounders were brought in earlier in the week.  Helen Banish of Cayuga was in Rutland on Tuesday, May 10, and reported that she and Jim Seidleck had caught their limit of crappies up at Dead Colt Creek, southeast of Lisbon, this past weekend.  No one ever caught a fish while sitting on a bar stool complaining that the fish aren’t biting.

Bonnie Temple of this community will be bringing her 45-year career in teaching to a close at the end of the current school term.  A graduate of Page High School, Bonnie earned her teaching degree from Valley City State Teachers College in 1971, and began her career as a teacher in the Belcourt ND Elementary School that Fall.  She later taught at Larimore ND, at her home town of Page, and at Tower City ND before she, her husband, Dale, and the 4 Temple kids moved to Rutland in 1997.  She went to work as a Teacher’s Aid at Sargent Central, and closed out her career as Central’s Second Grade teacher.  Bonnie’s peers in the teaching field, as well as her former and present students, all regard her as an excellent example of what a teaching professional should be.  She considers herself to be a “softie,” but what does she know? Since moving to Rutland, Bonnie has also been employed as a bookkeeping assistant by Bernard Mahrer Construction, Inc. at times when school was not in session.  Her positive attitude and cheerful nature brighten the world around her, and make gravel customers look forward to paying their bills.  A reception in Bonnie’s honor, sponsored by family, friends and fellow teachers, will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, in the dining room of the Lariat Bar in Rutland.  Everyone is welcome.  Bonnie’s many friends in the Rutland community extend congratulations and best wishes to her on her retirement, as well as their thanks for her dedication to the welfare of her students and the teaching profession.

Hey!  Are you looking for a job with a lot of hard work, long hours and low pay?  Didn’t think so.  If you’re looking for an employment opportunity with a lot of variety, the opportunity to attend exciting events and meet interesting people, and the chance to perform a useful service for the community, all while getting paid almost as well as a bell-hop at Trump Towers, then you should contact the Sargent County Teller at 427-9472, or the Ransom County Gazette at 683-4128 and let them know that you are interested in becoming a member of the Fourth Estate. Reporters are being sought to cover events in Sargent County , and the rest of the world, too, if you can provide your own transportation.  Freedom of the press is one of the essential liberties guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States , so be a patriot and be a part of history by becoming a reporter for The Teller.

The second full weekend of the month is the weekend for The Old Parsonage at 217 First Street in Rutland to be open for business during the Summer and Autumn seasons.   Hours this weekend will be 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 Brakke and Mary Ann Thornberg have been busy stocking the shelves and arranging The Old Parsonage’s substantial inventory of antiques, collectables and just plain old interesting and useful items for the discriminating shopper.  The Old Parsonage is also open by appointment.  Call Kathy at 724-3467 or 680-9831 to arrange a visit.

The Rutland Community Club will be presenting “Ole And Lena’s Family Reunion” at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, in the Rutland Town Hall.  Professional actors Mike & Julie Bateson of Cannon Falls MN, will portray the legendary Norwegian couple as they cope with a family reunion arranged by Lena’s snooty city cousin, Mildred, without telling Ole or Lena of her plan.  Mildred had been advised by her psychologist to get back to her roots, so she has scheduled the family reunion to be held at the Gustafson farm, and Lena is thrilled while Ole wants no part of it.  Ole and his buddy, Sven, cook up schemes to get out of the reunion, while Lena is determined that Ole will be there, and like it, too.  The Bateson’s production company, “Ole And Lena, Live!” has a repertoire of several plays and programs.  Back in March of 2015 they performed “Ole And Lena’s 50th Anniversary” to a packed house at the Rutland Town Hall.  If you’re looking for laughs, the Rutland Town Hall is the place to be at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.  Local talent will also be on display, with musical performances during breaks in the Ole & Lena production.  The show is also sponsored by several local businesses.  You’ve heard about Ole and Lena for years.  This is your chance to see them, live!

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.

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, 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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  1. bob wahlund
    Posted July 21, 2017 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Would like info of the date of birth and date of death of dale krutsinger and shirley sitts peterson. If possible.

  2. Rutland Admin
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    We suggest contacting the Sargent County Museum which has an obituary database to see if they can provide you with the information. Those names do not show in the Rutland or Nordland Lutheran Church list from findagrave. or 701-724-3194

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