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The Rooster Crows – July 29, 2016

To last week’s description of those hazy, lazy, crazy days of Summer can also be added hot and muggy, as the temperature soared into the upper 90’s with a humidity percentage to match.  It was bound to come along if we waited long enough, but Winter’s “Wind Chill Index” now has a corresponding “Heat Index” for use in the Summer.  If you weren’t already uncomfortable enough just looking at the thermometer, the Heat Index combines the actual air temperature and the actual relative humidity reading to let a person know that it “feels” hotter than it really is, just as Winter’s Wind Chill “feels” colder than it really is.  Last Friday, July 22, the Heat Index was up to 108 degrees, and flirting with 110.  There’s no need to worry though, as 6 months from now the Wind Chill will be 30 degrees below Zero, and when 110 above is averaged with 30 below Zero the average is 40 degrees above, not great, but tolerable on a sunny day.  Remember to think about that when you are facing that northwest wind on January 29, 2017.  If you spend the winter in Arizona, just disregard the above, as the Arizona Tourism Bureau tells us that the heat in the Sunshine State is a “dry heat” that never gets uncomfortable, even when the doorknob is so hot that it blisters your hand.  And, you are permitted to wear a parka and complain about the cold when the temperature drops below 60 degrees above, too.  Well, we all have our burdens to bear.

The thunderstorm that rumbled and rattled across Sargent County just after Midnight and into the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 28, presented Rutland with .53 of an inch of rain, according to Paul Anderson’s electronic precipitation measuring device at 309 Gay Street.  Silver Lake Park Manager Dennis Goltz reports that the rain gauge at his Weber Township farmstead showed an even inch of rain on Wednesday morning.  The corn has tasseled, the beans are growing and the wheat harvest is beginning to wind down, so the rain was most welcome.

The Rutland community has another new citizen, descended from a long line of Rutland community pioneers.  Silvan Stephan Carlson was born to Bryce and Casie Carlson at 1:52 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016 at a Fargo hospital.  He tipped the scales at 8 pounds 8 ounces and stood 22 inches tall in his bare feet on arrival.  His ancestry is rooted in the Carlson, Jacobson, Colby, Stenvold, Hawkenson, Westra, Vold and Larson clans, so he is bound to become a man to reckon with.  Silvan joins his older brother, Corbin, in the Carlsons’ farm home just 1 mile east of Rutland’s Main Street.  Welcome to Rutland, Silvan.  You’re just in time for the 8th Annual Rutland Rib Fest that’s coming up on Saturday, August 13!

Speaking of Main Street, it has been busy the past couple of weeks as the 2016 wheat crop was being harvested.  Reports are that yields have been averaging in the 60 to 70 bushels per acre range, with both protein and test weight running high.  Rodney Erickson, owner and manager of the Rutland Elevator, reports that test weights of 63 pounds to the bushel are not unusual this year, and that some wheat has been delivered that had a test weight of 65 pounds to the bushel.  The standard weight for wheat is 60 pounds to the bushel, so this year’s crop is very good quality, according to Rodney.  The Wheaton-Dumont Co-op is buying the grain that is delivered to Rutland, and Rodney states that the wheat is being shipped on the Co-op’s semis from Rutland to Campbell MN, where it is loaded onto unit trains for shipment to markets within the U. S. and to ports for export.  After September 1, Rodney states that the grain delivered to Rutland will be hauled to the new Wheaton-Dumont Co-op/United Grain Company grain terminal and unit train loading facility in Britton, South Dakota, only 30 miles down the road.  The Rutland Elevator got back into the grain handling business again back in September of 2015, after a 19-year hiatus, so this is the first year that the Elevator has been open throughout the wheat harvest season.  Rodney states that the Rutland Elevator established a new record for this facility by handling more than 45,000 bushels of wheat in 1 day, on Monday, July 25.  In his spare time, Rodney is flying his spray plane, applying agricultural chemicals to crops in this region.  Rodney’s Wild Rice Air Ag was flying with Bear Creek Aviation of Oakes on Tuesday, July 26, spraying potato fields in the Oakes area, until they got rained out by a steady drizzle that afternoon.  Jake Erickson and Cody Runyan keep operations going at the Rutland Elevator when Rodney is flying.

Jim Marquette, Kyle Marquette and Randy Pearson have been working on the interior of the new Jake’s Feed & Seed building at 205 Front Street East, installing interior walls, insulation and drywall in the structure.  One block west and a block and a half south, Jerry Sapa and the Kevin Maly crew have been installing new windows, exterior doors and siding at Rutland Housing’s 4-plex apartment house at 207 First Street.  The apartment house was built in 1971, and the first residents moved in on January 1, 1972.  With its new metal roofing, windows, doors and siding, and a new heating and air conditioning system installed earlier this year, the apartment house should be ready to provide housing for its residents for another 45 years.  Current residents are: Steve Preble; Francis Maly; Joe Malstrom; and, Leonard Heinen.  Back in 1971, construction of the apartment house was financed with a low-interest loan from the USDA’s Farmers Home Administration.  The contractor on the project was Henry Martinsen of Milnor, later the owner and operator of Martinsen’s Hardware and Martinsen’s Home Center in Forman.  Jim Marquette, then a youthful 26-year-old, was one of the carpenters who built and finished the structure.  Some of the nails being pulled out for today’s renovation work were driven in by Jim 45 years ago.  Reports are that he drove them in to stay.

This community was shocked and saddened on the morning of Friday, July 22, when it was learned that Bonnie Temple had unexpectedly passed away at her home in Rutland.  Bonnie Angel Odenbach was born in Minot ND on October 3, 1949, to Enoch and Pauline (Kummer) Odenbach. The Odenbach family, Bonnie, her parents and her brother, Gary, lived in several North Dakota communities during her childhood. She graduated from Page High School, Page ND, in 1967 and obtained her Education Degree at Valley City State University of North Dakota  in 1971.  During her teaching career that spanned 45 years, Bonnie taught at Elementary Schools in Belcourt, Larimore, Page and Tower City, North Dakota, and retired from her final teaching position at Sargent Central in Forman in May of 2016.  Bonnie and Dale R. Temple were married at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Page on September 25th, 1981, They were the parents of: one daughter, Sarah; and, three sons, Zachary, Aaron & Daniel. A stay at home wife and mother, a waitress, a teacher’s aide, a teacher and educator, a Sunday School teacher, a community planner, a bookkeeper, a teammate, a friend to all and a grandmother are just a few of the titles that Bonnie held during her time on this Earth.  When she wasn’t making someone else’s day a little brighter, she might be pursuing her interests in reading, gardening, completing arts and crafts, collecting recipes and cookbooks and traveling with family.  Bonnie, Dale and their family moved to Rutland in 1997, first residing at 215 Cooper Street, and then acquiring the house at 103 First Street North, where they lived at the time of Bonnie’s death.  During her 19 years in Rutland, Bonnie was an active member of Nordland Lutheran Church, and was a cheerful participant in many other activities in the Rutland Community.  Bonnie worked as a bookkeeping assistant for Bernard Mahrer Construction of Rutland during the summer months, where she was a valued and trusted employee.  In 1999, when her 50th birthday also happened to be on the same day as Uff-Da Day in Rutland, some of her friends prepared a parade float and took Bonnie away from her duties at the Uff-Da Taco stand to be an Honorary Parade Marshal of the 1999 Uff-Da Day Parade.  She was a good sport, and laughed all the way through the parade.  Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents and her brother.  She is survived by her husband, Dale, of Rutland; by her daughter, Sarah Theisen; by her sons, Zachary, Aaron and Daniel; by 3 grandchildren; by her sister-in-law Cathy Odenbach; and by numerous nieces, nephews and friends.  Visitation was from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, at Nordland Lutheran Church in Rutland, followed by a prayer service at 7:00.  The funeral and celebration of life of Bonnie Angel Temple was at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27, at Nordland Lutheran Church, with Pastor Curt Larson officiating.  Interment was at Nordland Cemetery near Rutland.  Price Funeral Chapel of Britton and Forman was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be directed to the family in care of Dale Temple, PO Box 174, Rutland ND 58067.  The Rutland community extends its condolences to the family and friends of Bonnie Temple, a good and cheerful neighbor who always brightened the world around her.

Travelers on North Dakota Highway #11 noticed a large house perched atop moving timbers and dollies parked at the section line intersection a mile west of the Rutland corner on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 20.  The house had been the home of Dale McLaen of this community for the past 14 years, but it had recently been purchased from him by Cameron & Jenny Gulleson, and was in the process of being moved to their farmstead 1½ mile east of Rutland.  On Thursday morning the house was moving east on #11, and then south on 139th AV SE, that’s the Ransom Township road 1 mile east of the Rutland corner.  After a brief stop near the driveway to the Steve & Sheila Wyum farm to repair a broken dolly wheel, the house resumed its journey and was sitting on its new foundation and basement by Thursday afternoon.  Dale provided the following information about the house:

    “So here’s the story on the house…I built the house mostly by myself and finished it in the late fall of 2002.  The design came primarily from an A-frame house I had drawn in Harvey Fode’s shop class in high school in the 70’s. I had always wanted to build my own house and for some reason my Mother still had those blueprints tucked away from back then so I used those as a starting point. Building materials, codes, and techniques had changed a lot since then so the plan had to be modified accordingly but the basic shape of the structure was the same.  The house took about 3 years total to build and only three days to move.  I also built the spiral stairway, much of the furniture, the metal railings for both lofts, and the wood stove. The exterior siding is Southern Yellow pine and the floors and ceilings are also all pine. It was the perfect house to sit and watch thunderstorms and snowstorms through the tall windows on the prow end, entertain guests, or just sit by the woodstove in the winter and relax.  I sold it to Cam and Jenny Gulleson for two reasons. 1. They wanted to buy a house and liked mine. 2. Now that I’ve mostly forgotten how much hard work it was to build the first one I have the itch to build something different.  And no, I’m not retiring, moving, or selling my business.  I’ve been in business here for 20 years and am just starting on the second 20.  Just selling one house so I can build another. Most likely a Mid Century Modern of some type.  Schmit Movers from Wyndmere did the moving. Schmits have moved a total of seven buildings and three grain bins onto the farm since 1963 and now they’ve moved one building off. Nick Schmit the second and his kids were doing the moving in the 60’s and now Nick the third, his brother Tony, and their sons are carrying on the family business.  That’s about it.

Thanks to Dale for the information, and congratulations to Cameron & Jenny on the acquisition of their new home.  The house is now located on the farmstead formerly occupied by Cameron’s brother and sister-in-law, Cody & Hannah Gulleson, and by Cody’s & Cameron’s grandparents, the late Price & Milda Gulleson.  Cameron’s uncle and cousin, Mike Harris and Mason Harris of Crete, prepared the new foundation for the house and will be doing the finishing work.

Marcia Brakke, 2016 Uff-Da Day chairperson; Debbie Banish; Richard Bradbury; and, Bill Anderson; met at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 25, around a table in the Lariat Bar to set the tentative schedule for Uff-Da Day activities on Sunday, October 2, in Rutland.  The following schedule, subject to minor revisions, was approved:

8 AM 5 KM Uff Da Day Walk/Run Participants are asked to pre-register with Marcia at 763-221-7862; 10 AM Vendors/Crafters Open booths at various locations; 10 AM lefse making demonstrations with coffee & lefse hot off the griddle at Rutland Seniors’ Center; 11 AM Pioneer skills and craft Demonstrations start; 11 AM Dinner of scalloped potatoes with ham  and associated Scandinavian delights at Town Hall; 11 AM Pioneer House open featuring Maudie the cook baking home made buns on wood burning kitchen range; 11 AM inflatable Bounce Houses available for children; 1 PM Uff Da Day Parade. Participants may pre-register by calling Bill at 701-724-3467, or report to Lyle Erickson or Richard Lysne on Dakota Street prior to the start of the parade; 1:30 NorSweDanes Folk Dancers Town Hall Stage; 1:45 Nickel Scramble for groups: Pre-K and K, grades 1-3, and grades 4-6; 2 PM Pedal tractor Pull for children and adults on Main Street; 3 PM 2nd Annual Wife Carrying Contest, a Finnish Tradition. Participants may pre-register with Marcia at 763-221-7862. Contestants need to be at least 18 yrs old and one of the pair needs to be at least 21 yrs of age. Participants do not have to be married to each other, or married at all, for that matter.  First prize is the wife’s weight in beer.  Additional Uff-Da Day XXXII information is posted on Rutland’s internet web site at, as well as on the Uff-Da Day and Rutland Facebook pages.  Uff-Da Day XXXII is on Sunday, October 2, in Rutland, all day.  Don’t miss it!

Sargent County Road Supervisor Sparky Engquist stopped in Rutland on the morning of Tuesday, July 26.  Sparky reported that Mark Sand & Gravel had commenced work a week ago on the final stretch of paving on County Road #14, from Geneseo south to the State Line.  Portions of the road had been paved in 2014 and 2015.  Sargent County has also completed several other paving projects in recent years, Sparky states, with the bulk of the funding coming from Oil Extraction Tax revenue distributed to the States 53 counties.  With the decline in oil prices and the Legislature’s drastic cut in the Oil Extraction Tax rate, revenues are down substantially, so it is likely that the amount distributed to counties, townships and cities will be considerably less in the next few years.  Sparky also reported that applications of magnesium chloride for dust control on Sargent County’s gravel roads had commenced last Tuesday, July 19, with most County Road intersections and curves being treated.  Applications of mag-chloride are also made on County gravel roads adjacent to farmsteads.  Rural residents who live along Township roads may obtain applications of mag-chloride for dust control by contacting their Township Supervisors and arranging for the Township to have the work done.

Some upcoming events in Rutland include: Rutland City Council meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 1, at the Rutland Town Hall; Rutland Park Board meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 1, at Lou Sanderson Field if the weather is nice, otherwise at the Rutland Town Hall; Rutland Community Club meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 8, at the Rutland Town Hall; Rutland JunkFest group garage sale and rummage sale on the morning of Saturday, August 13, at various locations around town; Rutland Rockets’ Relay For Life fund-raiser rummage sale on the morning of Saturday, August 13, in the Rutland Town Hall; Rutland’s 8th Annual Rutland Rib-Fest on Saturday, August 13th, with ribs, music and friends from mid-afternoon to long after the sun goes down, on Main Street; Entertainment Unlimited’s Rutland Children’s Summer Theater performances on Friday and Saturday, August 19 & 20, in the Rutland Town Hall; and, Rutland Sportsmen’s Club’s Annual Youth Day on Sunday, August 21, at the John Narum Memorial Trap & Rifle Range, 4½ miles southwest of Rutland, just north of Silver Lake.

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 check out the Uff-Da Day and Rutland Facebook pages 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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