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The Rooster Crows – September 30, 2016

Combines have been moving at top speed as local farmers were threshing out the 2016 soybean crop this past week.  On Monday morning the Gulleson Brothers were at work on the old Brown Farm 2½ miles east of town, while Jake Erickson and his Dad, Larry, were at work on the bean field on the east side of town, between the railroad track and the cemetery.  Reports are that yields are generally good to excellent, between 40 and 50 bushels to the acre.  Cameron Gulleson states that the sunflowers which they had growing on the old Torgerson Place, 4 miles south of town, also yielded well.  These sunflowers were of the high oleic type, which produce an oil that is in high demand for commercial cooking as it does not break down in high temperatures.  Sunflowers were a big crop in this area back in the 70’s and 80’s, but insect and disease problems with sunflowers made other crops a better bet over the past 25 years.  Cameron states that the producer needs to have a contract to market sunflowers these days, and that the Cargill plant in Moorhead is one of the processors that were in the market for the 2016 season.

Bob Larson of Economy Propane of Oakes was in Rutland on Thursday, September 22, delivering propane to customers in this community.  The price of propane has come down quite a bit from the highs of a few years ago, and is now 85 cents per gallon, less than ½ of what it was only a couple of seasons ago.  Mr. Larson stated that Economy Propane has quite a few customers in the Rutland area, and that he likes to get around when the weather is nice to meet his customers.

Propane isn’t the only item that has declined in price recently.  Gasoline is now less than half of what it cost in 2014, and diesel fuel has followed suit.  Information recently released by the Census Bureau indicates that the median income for American families rose by 5.2%, $2,800 per household, in 2015, the biggest jump since records have been kept, and 3.5 million Americans lifted themselves out of poverty in 2015, the largest number to do so since 1968.  With energy costs down, family income up, unemployment down, the longest sustained period of job growth in the nation’s history still in progress, inflation nearly non-existent, interest rates at record lows, the rate of violent crime only half of what it was 25 years ago and, poverty on the decline, everyone should be happy, right?  Wrong!  Half of America thinks that the country is heading in the wrong direction.  The other half thinks that the direction is right but the improvements are not occurring fast enough.  Half of the country thinks that the glass is half empty, and the other half thinks that it is half full.  In about 6 weeks, Americans will decide whether the wrong direction-half empty gang or the right direction-too slow-half full crowd will govern the nation for the next 4 years.  Stay tuned.

Rutland native John Hoflen, who has been residing in Arizona for the past few years, reports that he and his wife, Sharon, have decided to forsake the sunny southwest in favor of the more invigorating climate of their native North Dakota.  John recently forwarded the following message: “We made it back to Bismarck!  Got in Friday night.  (Friday, September 16) Unpacking at least a million boxes!!  New address is 1164 Santa Fe Ave, Bismarck, ND  58504-8122.  New email address is  Phone number is the same.  701-400-2067.”  The Hoflen’s many friends in this community extend to them a hearty “Welcome Home!”  John has informed family members here that he intends to be in Rutland for Uff-Da Day on Sunday, October 2, and he has already volunteered for potato peeling and bread slicing duties.

The members of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of the American Legion met at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, at the Legion Hall/Rutland Fitness Center at the call of Post Commander Larry Christensen.  The Adjutant’s report indicated that the 2016 dues have not yet been received from several members, and that the Post currently has adequate funds to fund all obligations and operations.  Members discussed the District #10 meeting which is coming up on Saturday, October 1, in Wahpeton.  Tom Manley, a member of Post #215, is currently serving as District Commander for District #10.  Post members decided to postpone, indefinitely, the spaghetti supper that had originally been planned for Saturday, October 8, due to scheduling conflicts.  The Post will continue with plans for a pancake and sausage breakfast on Super Bowl Sunday, 2017.  Commander Christensen reported that the Post’s Color Guard will be leading the Uff-Da Day Parade in Rutland on Sunday, October 2.  Post members allocated $500.00 from the treasury to assist a young couple in the community with additional expenses they had incurred as a result of their children’s medical care.  The next meeting of Post #215 will be at the call of the Commander, and when he calls, you had better come a’runnin’!  At least that’s what he says.

A large number of Rutland residents traveled up to Fargo on Saturday, September 24 to attend the wedding of two popular young people of this community.  Miss Samantha Ihringer became the bride of Mr. Kevin Gillespie in a ceremony at Olivet Lutheran Church on Saturday afternoon.  The ceremony was followed by a wedding reception at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Fargo.  The groom is employed by the Gulleson Farm & Ranch of Rutland, and the bride is an Admissions Officer for the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. Both are also members of the North Dakota National Guard, and are veterans of overseas deployments.  They will be making their home at 221 Gay Street in Rutland.  This community congratulates Samantha & Kevin on their marriage, and extends to them best wishes for many happy years together.

Chuck Sundlie returned to his home here on Sunday, September 25, at the conclusion of a week long vacation trip to the home of his sister and brother-in-law, Debbie & Jim Fust, at Park City, Montana.  Chuck enjoyed his vacation by playing some golf and riding his 4-wheeler in the mountains near Park City and Bozeman.

Rutland native James Brakke set up the Uff-Da Day Facebook page earlier this year at the request of the Uff-Da Day committee.  As of Monday, September 26, the Uff-Da Day Facebook page has had more than 6,000 “likes” from folks who have visited the page on line and are now receiving messages and photos posted on the page.  James, who now resides in Stillwater MN, and his sister, Claire Brakke, who is now a student at UND in Grand Forks, have been conducting an on-line, informal, non-scientific poll concerning Rutland’s Uff-Da Day cuisine.  The following report was received from Claire on Monday: “Looks like so far we have 143 votes for Lefse; 50 for Uffda Taco; 50 for sandbakkels, rosettes, and krumkake; 35 for scalloped potatoes with ham; 34 for Rommegrot; 26 for abelskivers; 15 for MaryAnn’s Pioneer House homemade buns baked in the wood & corncob fired cook stove; and, 14 for bratwursts.”  That’s 367 votes so far, and the poll is still open on the Uff-Da Day Facebook page.  Go on line, take a look, and cast your vote for your favorite item on the Uff-Da Day menu.

Uff-Da Day 2016 chairperson Marcia Brakke states that she has been very impressed by the willingness of local youth to pitch in and help with preparations for the event.  In addition to all of the kids from the Rutland, Cayuga, Havana and Forman communities who have helped out with various projects, once again the Family & Consumer Science (FCS) class from Lidgerwood High School, under the direction of their teacher, Mrs. Donald Dathe of Geneseo, have also come over to help with lefse, sandbakkels and krumkake production.  Led by Miss Hannah Ciesynski, Brandon Bottchen, Alex Witt and Alexander Woytassek came over to help make sandbakkels during the evening session on September 20, and those 4 were joined by Mason Buehre for the evening krumkake production session on Thursday, September 22. All 5 are Freshmen at Lidgerwood High School.  Hannah will be assisting her Dad, Brian Ciesynski, during the Pedal Tractor Pull competition on Main Street following the Uff-Da Day Parade on Sunday, October 2.

Good food and good company aren’t all that will be available in the Rutland Town Hall on Uff-Da Day, states Richard Bradbury, one of the coordinators of Uff-Da Day activities.  There will also be some “darned good music,” according to Mr. B.  The schedule for music at the Town Hall is: 11:00 to 11:45 Lois Hoistad with her accordion; 11:45 to 12:00 Brad and his Dad from Fargo playing the spoons; 12:00 to 1:00 Harvey Bergstrom with his Accordion; 1:30 to 2:00 NorSweDane Dancers; and, 2:00 to 3:00 Earl Fust Family Band.  There will be a break in the music from 1:00 to 1:30 so participants will have the time to take in the Uff-Da Day Parade.

The competition is lining up for the Finnish Wife Carrying Race competition that will start at 3:00 p.m. on Uff-Da Day, Sunday, October 2.  The first names on the list are Leif Nelson of Havana, and his passenger, Brunhilda.  First Prize is the “wife’s” weight in beer.  Brunhilda isn’t very big, but she doesn’t drink beer, so Leif will get every ounce in the event that they are the winners.  The Wife Carrying Race will be held on the lots at the northeast corner of Gay and Bagley Streets, just ½ a block east of the Rutland Town Hall, and just south of the Uff-Da Taco stand in the Rutland Fire Hall.  There is a sign-up sheet posted in the Lariat Bar.  For additional information give Marcia a call at 763-221-7862.

If you wait long enough, life seems to make a full circle.  This weekend, on Saturday, October 1, Perry Grammond and Deeann Schoon will be married at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge southeast of Rutland.  Perry Grammond is the youngest son of Theresa Grammond of Zap ND and the late Edgar “Fudd” Grammond, a Sargent County native and former resident of Forman and Rutland.  Perry’s Dad was a member of the SCHS Class of 1968. The ceremony site, The Coteau des Prairies Lodge, sits on the hill that is just above the coulee where the Grammond Farm was once situated, the site where many generations of the Grammond family, including Perry’s great-grandparents and grandparents made their home, and where Perry’s Dad spent his first few years of life.  Perry and Deeann will be making their home in Mandan ND, where both are employed.  The Rutland community welcomes the Grammond and Schoon families this weekend, and congratulates Perry & Deeann for coming back home to solemnize their vows and begin their life together.  Best wishes to the newlyweds!

Well, that’s the news from Rutland for this week.  Everyone is invited to the little city that can for Uff-Da Day XXXII on Sunday, October 2, 2016.  For additional information about what’s happening in Rutland, check out the community’s internet web site at, and stop by 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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  1. Teresa Grammond
    Posted October 5, 2016 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Thanks Bill for the writings about Perry and Deeann. I agree with you about how life makes a full circle. the Lodge was the perfect place for the wedding!
    I enjoy all your articles.

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