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Hens Do Crow! – November 18, 2016

Paul Anderson departed Rutland on the afternoon of Thursday, November 3, bound for Sun City West AZ where he visited at the home of his mother-in-law, Etha Quinlan, in Sun City West until Sunday afternoon. Paul and an old friend from college days at UND, Don Hynek (a Stanley, ND native), drove out to Punkin Center AZ, about 100 miles northeast of Phoenix, for the annual gathering of “The Arizona Hunt Club,” a group composed primarily of North Dakota natives who were friends and fraternity brothers at UND back in the 60’s and early 70’s. On Sunday evening the usual members of the group were joined by the family of the late Orval O’Neil, a Cogswell native who had passed away earlier this year. Orv’s friends and family conducted a Memorial Service to celebrate his life, placed an engraved stone commemorating his life in the desert he loved, and reminisced about his life and times around the campfire until late in the evening. In addition to being friends and hunting companions, Paul and Orv had worked together at the Bobcat Company, formerly The Melroe Co., for many years.  Members of the group include: Rutland native Paul “Andy” Anderson; Cayuga native Don “Ike” Isensee; Cavalier native Lynn “Crowbait” Hartje; Cavalier native Rodger “Wally” Kemp; Stanley native Don “Handsome Harley” Hynek; Elgin ND native Bart “The Rooster” Thompson; Manassas VA farmer & cattleman Ian “Ab” Abernathy; Dover, Delaware native Dr. Perry “Doc” Mitchell; Winslow AZ native Alvin “Chef Al” Hogsett; Cincinnati Ohio native Bruce “Shoeless” Turner; Dr. Wayne “The Professor” Fox of Flagstaff AZ; Ron “Ronbo” Thompson of Durango CO; Mike “The Young One” Poole of Redland CA; and, Bill “Bill” Anderson of Rutland ND.  This was the 42nd annual gathering at Punkin Center for the original members Rodger Kemp, Lynn Hartje, and Bart Thompson. The group enjoyed a week of desert quail hunting, comradeship, and fine cuisine prepared over the coals of a mesquite campfire each evening. The weather this year was near perfection, with daytime temperatures in the 80’s and nighttime lows in the 40’s.  The sky was clear both day and night, with the nearly full moon, in the “Waxing Gibbous” stage according to Shoeless, illuminating the desert landscape.  Miles away from city smog and lights, the sky was filled with brilliant stars.  Paul and Don Hynek drove back to Sun City West on Saturday morning, and Paul flew back to Fargo on Sunday, November 13, arriving back in Rutland late on Sunday afternoon.  He reports that the hunting was hit and miss, mostly miss, but that it was a great week out in the desert of Arizona.

Bill Anderson also participated in the annual gathering of The Arizona Hunt Club, departing Rutland on the evening of Saturday, November 5, and returning late in the evening of Saturday, November 12.  When he arrived at the Fargo Airport at about 4:00 a.m. Sunday morning, Bill was greeted by Forman native Dan Stenvold, longtime Mayor of Park River ND and President of the North Dakota Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America.  Dan and a friend, Leah Stolkowski, were heading out on a vacation trip to Jamaica.  After a brief visit near their departure gates, the Sargent County natives took off in separate directions. Bill arrived in Phoenix around noon and was greeted by old friends Don Isensee, Bart Thompson, Bruce Turner and Ian Abernathy. The 5 drove up to Punkin Center AZ where they joined the other members of the group for a week of quail hunting and camaraderie in the Arizona desert. They also celebrated the 241st birthday of the United States Marine Corps on the evening of Thursday, November 10, with appropriate toasts and a rousing rendition of “The Marine Corps Hymn” around the campfire, and took in the Punkin Center Veterans Day Pancake & Sausage Breakfast on Friday, November 11.  The Punkin Center community also observes Veterans Day with a program and a parade.  Bill bade farewell to his companions and headed back to Rutland on the morning of Saturday, November 12.  He reports a very enjoyable week with old friends.

A large crowd gathered at Sargent Central School on Thursday, November 10, for the School’s 2016 Veteran’s Day Program. Presentation of the Flags was conducted by members of the Rutland American Legion Bergman-Evenson Post #215. The program included K-12 students performing various musical compositions and introduction of the 27 area Veterans present representing four of the five branches of the Armed Forces. The program was followed by a reception with beverages and cookies made by the Family and Consumer Science Class at Sargent Central and a good time was had by all.

The Rutland American Legion Bergman-Evenson Post #215 held the flag retirement ceremony on Veteran’s Day afternoon and in the evening about twenty-five area Veterans and their spouses attended the Rutland American Legion Auxiliary’s Soup and Sandwich Supper. Thomas Mehrer sang the National Anthem and Brian and Lyndsee Hanson Pherson’s twins led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Veterans present at the meeting judged the seven Sargent Central student entries in the Poppy Poster contest and the winners will be announced after they are contacted by the Auxiliary President, Diane Smith.

The Rutland Community Club (RCC) met on November 14 to wrap up Uffda Day and to plan Santa Day, Saturday, December 17, with Santa arriving at approximately 5:00 p.m. Bingo and a soup and sandwich supper will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Rutland Raiders 4-H Club will hold their annual bake sale that evening and sleigh rides will be available and the tree lighting will also be held. Watch for further details on Santa Day. The RCC also discussed Fun Night and will be seeking help from parents to plan activities and crafts for the February event. Bill Anderson and Delores Lysne were appointed as the RCC Nominating Committee to seek candidates for terms that will be expiring this year. If you are interested in serving on the RCC Board, please contact one of them before they come to arm wrestle you for this opportunity.

The Old Parsonage will be open on Sunday, Nov 20, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. for the Holiday Open House and Kathy Brakke will also have lefse, coffee and goodies – and prizes – at her house for shoppers who need a break. They will also be open on Thanksgiving afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. for shoppers to compare their deals and to visit. The Old Parsonage is decorated for Christmas so be sure to stop in for deals!

That’s it for the news from Rutland this week. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and stay warm!

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