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The Rooster Crows – December 9, 2016

The wind blew, the snow flew, the temperature plummeted and Old Man Winter asserted his dominance over the northern plains, including Rutland, the community upon which the sun always shines, once again.  That Rutland sunshine looked an awful lot like low hanging clouds and blowing snow on Tuesday, December 6, though, and Sargent Central even sent students home from school early.  The thermometer registered 10 degrees above zero on the morning of Wednesday, December 7, and the first below zero readings for the season are predicted for the morning of Friday, December 9.  No one, not even The Old Farmer’s Almanack or the National Weather Service, can tell us what the weather will be like for the rest of the Winter, but, if it’s similar to what it was on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, we ain’t a’gonna like it.  For those who always say that they need some winter weather before they can get into the holiday spirit, though, the past few days means, “Merry Christmas!”

The Rutland City Council met at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 5, in the Rutland Town Hall with Mayor Ron Narum; Auditor Debbie Banish; and, Aldermen Rodney Erickson, Delores Lysne, Mike Mahrer and Bertha Siemieniewski; present.  Also in attendance were City Engineer Jarod Klabunde of Moore Engineering, Fargo; Calvin Jacobson of Jacobson Plumbing, Heating & Excavating; Bryce Carlson of Rutland Community Development Corporation; and, Bill Anderson, Rutland resident.  The City’s financial report indicated that all funds are in the black.  City Engineer Klabunde discussed the Local Transportation Alternatives Program (LTAP) grant application that has been prepared for submission to the North Dakota Department of Transportation, seeking a grant to finance the construction and reconstruction of sidewalks on Main Street and on the first block of Gay Street past the Rutland Town Hall.  The City has applied for this grant in 2013, 2014 & 2015, and has been close to obtaining the grant in each of the previous 3 years, but has not been chosen, yet.  If obtained, the grant would provide about 80% of the cost of the contemplated sidewalk improvement project, and the City would be responsible for the remainder of the costs, which could be paid by special assessment levied on property benefited by the improvement.  The Council approved the submission of the application to the North Dakota Department of Transportation for consideration.  Calvin Jacobson discussed the extension of Arthur Street across the Drain #8 drainage ditch and into the property owned by Dennis McLaen west of the legal drain, and a disagreement that he is having with the Sargent County Water Resource Board over payment of the bill for work completed to date.  At this point, the City has received no documentation from anyone, so no action was taken.  Alderman Rodney Erickson reported on the information he has obtained concerning the installation of exterior security cameras at the Town Hall.  Alderman Erickson is planning to obtain additional information for consideration by the Council at the January meeting.  The Council approved a contract securing the services of the State Health Department to check on water quality in the City’s municipal water system.  Alderman Delores Lysne discussed the maintenance and repair needs of some City owned buildings, including The Rutland Depot Museum, the Pioneer House and the old country school house.  The Council also reviewed a letter from Diane Pherson requesting that a special assessment for lot cleanup at 114 Bagley Street be removed.  The assessment has already been certified to Sargent County for collection with the 2016 taxes, though, so the Council will take the matter under advisement for 2017.  The Council also adopted a resolution recommending the re-appointment of Mayor Ron Narum to another 3-year term on the Sargent County Jobs Development Authority (JDA) Board.  Ron has served on that board since Sept. 5, 2000, when he was appointed as the representative of the County’s cities that have populations of less than 500.  The Council set its regular meeting times and dates for 2017 at 5:00 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, except when that day is a holiday, in which case the Council will meet on the second Monday.  After reviewing the City’s bills and approving payment, the Council adjourned.  The next meeting of the Rutland City Council is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 9, in the Rutland Town Hall.  All meetings of the Rutland City Council are open to the public, and citizens of the City are encouraged to attend.

Joanne Harris reports that John Harris is once again on the upswing and gaining strength after a post-surgery setback at Sanford Hospital in Fargo.  Except for a brief visit home on November 23, John has been a hospital patient since Friday, November 18, and, although his condition is now improving, it is expected that he will remain hospitalized for several more weeks.  His many friends here have sent many cards wishing him a quick recovery and return home.

Rutland’s Community Christmas Tree is usually in place at the corner of First and Arthur Streets by the first weekend in December, but this year the Christmas Tree stand was still empty as of Wednesday, December 7.  That situation won’t last for long, though, as the recent blast of arctic cold has now frozen the ground enough to support the equipment used for cutting and transporting the tree.  The Community Christmas Tree has been supplied by the Doug & Cher Spieker and Joe & Patty Breker families for the past several years.  Joe & Doug have informed friends that they plan to have the tree down and delivered to its holiday site by week’s end.  The plan is to have the tree in its stand, decorated and ready to be lit up before Santa Claus hits town on Saturday, December 17.

Kathy Brakke reports that the Old Parsonage, at 217 First Street in Rutland, will be open on Saturday, December 10, and on Saturday, December 17, from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  She states that The Old Parsonage’s holiday inventory contains many new and nearly new items that are priced at 10%, or less, of full retail, and she invites everyone to stop in and take a look.  There is bound to be at least 1 item there that someone you know just can’t do without.

Mark Bauman of this community remains a resident in the palliative care unit at St. Gerard’s Nursing Home in Hankinson, under the care of Hospice and the nursing home staff.  For Mark, every day spent hunting and fishing was a good day, but the good days have been few and far between for the past year and a half.  His many friends in Rutland extend their best wishes to Mark and his family.

The young people of Nordland Lutheran Church’s Sunday School will be presenting their Christmas Program at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 11 in the Church sanctuary.  A potluck dinner in the Nordland Fellowship Hall will follow the program.  Everyone is invited to attend the program and stay for dinner, according to Pastor Nicholas Rohde.

The Rutland Raiders 4-H Club will be holding its annual Christmas Bake Sale in conjunction with Santa Claus Day activities in Rutland, beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, in the Rutland Town Hall.  Santa himself is scheduled to arrive at the Town Hall at 5:00 p.m. to hand out gift bags of candy to the kids in attendance, and to listen to their Christmas requests.  There will also be horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides for all, depending on the snow; arts & crafts projects for the kids; cash BINGO for everyone; a soup & sandwich supper; the award of Christmas Turkeys donated by local businesses; and, the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree.  This is Santa’s 71st pre-Christmas visit in Rutland, and he has always come through with a “Merry Christmas to all!”  This year will be no exception.

Cameron Gulleson reports that the Appreciation & Recognition Reception in honor of former State Representatives Bill Amerman and Jerry Kelsh that had been planned for December 14 at the Springs Golf Course in Gwinner has been postponed to a later date, due to a healthcare concern in the Amerman family that has called Bill and Roz Amerman to the side of their son, Josh, in Denver CO.  The event will be rescheduled at a time that is agreeable to the Amerman family’s schedule.

Some upcoming events in Rutland include: Nordland Lutheran Church Sunday School Program & pot-luck dinner, commencing at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 11, at the Nordland Church Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall; Rutland Community Club meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 12, at the Rutland Town Hall; and, Rutland’s 71st Annual Santa Claus Day, commencing at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, in the Rutland Town Hall.

Seventy-five years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt described December 7, 1941, as “…a date which will live in infamy…” because of the “…unprovoked and dastardly…” attack upon the U. S. Navy’s Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, by the Empire of Japan.  Many U. S. ships were sunk, including just about the entire battleship contingent of the U. S. Pacific Fleet.  Additionally, American Army barracks and Air Corps bases were also seriously damaged.  Several thousand Americans, both military and civilian, were killed in the attack.  The Japanese thought that the attack would force the United States to accept Japanese domination of the Pacific Ocean and all of East Asia.  President Roosevelt, though, in his war message to Congress, assured the nation, and the world that, “…with faith in our Armed Forces, and with the unbounded determination of the American people, we shall gain the inevitable victory, so help us God!”  The rest is history.  A Rutland native, the late Hurlin Nordine, was a crewman on the USS Raleigh, a cruiser, that was among the ships sunk at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  As soon as he could, he volunteered for the Navy’s submarine service, stating, “If I’m going to be aboard a ship that is under water, I want to be in a ship that is built to be under water.”  He was assigned to the USS Pomfrey, a submarine which accrued one of the most distinguished battle records in the Pacific Fleet over the next3½ years, accomplishing such feats as rescuing downed U. S. aviators in Tokyo Bay, right under the nose of the Japanese Navy.  Phil Tveten, father of Wendy Jacobson of this community, and a frequent visitor to Rutland, was also a crewman on a ship that was sunk at Pearl Harbor.  He was assigned to another ship that was also later sunk in one of the ferocious naval battles during the early days of the war.  Phil is one of the few Pearl Harbor survivors still living, and he is now enjoying the winter sun in Arizona.  As we remember the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, we should remember, and give thanks for, all of those men and women whose lives were put on the line to secure our nation’s continued independence and freedom.  As Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander In Chief of U. S. forces in the Pacific, said of the Marines at Iwo Jima, “Uncommon valor was a common virtue.”  The same can be said of those who were there, at Pearl Harbor, on the day that America went to war.

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 stop by the Rutland blog and Facebook page while you’re at it, too.  Remember to patronize your local Post Office, and remember 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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