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Hens Do Crow – November 11, 2016

On Wednesday, November 2, Jake Erickson had a little help to relocate four seed storage bins from a site west of the Rutland Elevator to a new location at Jake’s Feed & Seed’s new facility at the intersection of East Front Street and Bagley Street.  The bins are mounted on skids to facilitate moving them, but even with the skids, a move of more than a block to the east was not accomplished without moans and groans of protest from the corrugated metal bins that were clearly audible all over town. Jake Erickson, owner of the business, utilized a 3-man crew: his Dad, Larry Erickson; his uncle, Mike Kulzer; and, himself; to get the task completed.  Otter Tail Power’s 3 phase electric lines were just barely high enough to allow the bins to pass beneath them. Larry pulled the bins from the former location to the new site using a farm tractor, then Jake and Mike, each in a Bobcat skid steer loader, performed a skillfully choreographed Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers routine with the Bobcats to maneuver the bins onto the concrete base that Jake had prepared several weeks earlier.  Jake was in the Fred Astaire role and Mike was in the Ginger Rogers task, doing everything that Jake did, except backwards.  Mike decided to forgo Ginger’s high heels. “When you get to be over 60,” said Mike, “Your neck doesn’t let you look backwards like you used to.”  Jake’s crew did an excellent job, and the bins are now on site, ready for business at Jake’s Feed & Seed in Rutland.

Several ladies have been congregating at the Rutland Senior Citizens Center on Tuesday mornings to roll out lefse for sale for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  They will be rolling more at least once a week until mid-December.  If you don’t have the time to make your own, just call the Rutland Senior Center at 724-4074 to place your order and get your name on the list.  They say they will continue to roll it out until they have no more orders to fill or their supplies run out.

Correction:  The house at 210 Anthony Street previously owned by Bradley & Rebecca Christensen was acquired by George & Trilby Lawrenson.  Last week it was incorrectly reported that the house had been purchased by Ms. Lawrenson, individually.  That was not the case.  Our apologies to the Lawrensons for the error.

The Rutland City Council met on November 7 to discuss several items including the need for sidewalk replacement on Gay Street between the Hall and the Legion building.  Estimates had been solicited from several cement layers but none were received. The City Auditor will solicit estimates again early next year with the plan to proceed with that sidewalk project in 2017 once funding can be determined. The State Department of Transportation will accept grant applications by the end of December for Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding.  The City authorized the City Auditor to submit another proposal for 2018 TAP funds for sidewalk installation and repair for First Street from Front to Cooper and Gay Street from First to Bagley. The Auditor reported that the map digitization process is finished and the City now has electronic maps for the streets, water and sewer system and other areas of the City which will be useful in applying for the TAP grant and other purposes. The next Council meeting will be December 5, at 5:00 p.m.

Members of the Rutland American Legion Berman-Evenson Post #215 presented the colors at the Sargent Central School Veteran’s Day program on Thursday, November 10, and area Veterans in attendance were recognized as part of the day’s program which included tributes to Veterans.

November 11, 1918, 11:00 a.m., the Armistice signed by the Allies and Germany went into effect ending “the war to end all wars.” In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”  The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

On May 13, 1938, an Act of Congress made the 11th of November of each year a legal holiday to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and thereafter to be celebrated as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history and after American forces fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of veteran service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the June 1, 1954 approval of the legislation, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. The observance on November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Veterans Day activities in Rutland include the American Legion Bergman-Evenson Post 215 Flag Retirement Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. followed by a soup and sandwich supper for Veterans hosted by the Rutland American Legion Auxiliary.

The election is over and now the ‘civil war’ has commenced during the transition from one President to the next.  Our Country is still standing and we will see what happens next during the days and weeks that follow.

Well, that’s enough for this week from Rutland. If you’ve got your deer for the season, bring your “dear” over to Rutland to celebrate!

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