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The Rooster Crows – December 30, 2016

Mother Nature gave the entire region a Christmas gift consisting of 60 mph winds out of the southeast and heavy rains on Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day.  By 2:00 on Monday morning, December 26, though, she had changed her mind and took all of the air she had moved to the northwest on Sunday, back to the southeast with a northwest wind that was nearly equal in velocity to the winds of the previous day.  The temperature was up to 35 above zero early on Monday morning, but had dropped to 15 above by 11:00 a.m., turning roads, streets and sidewalks into a continuous skating rink.  Sargent County was spared the 8 to 12 inches of new snow that was dumped on much of North Dakota, though, so the roads remained open, if drivers could keep their vehicles from sliding off the icy road surfaces.  As of January December 30, there are only 82 days left until the First Day of Spring, so things are looking up!

This community was saddened on the morning of Thursday, December 22, when word was received here that Rutland native Mark Bauman had departed this life earlier that day at St. Gerard’s Nursing Home in Hankinson ND, after a lengthy illness. He had attained the age of 65 years, 3 months and 15 days at the time of his death. Earl Mark Bauman was born on September 7, 1951, at the Meyers Maternity Hospital in Rutland, the youngest of the 4 children of Robert and Harriet Ingeborg “Imbur” (Hoffman) Bauman. The family lived on the Ransom Township farm east of Rutland that had been homesteaded by Mark’s maternal great-grandparents, Fred & Ingeborg Ahrlin, back in the days of Dakota Territory. Mark’s father died in 1953, when Mark was less than 2 years old, and the family moved into Rutland, where his mother taught school. The Rutland Fire Hall now occupies the lot at 109 Bagley Street on which the Bauman family’s home was located.  At age 4 Mark contracted polio and had to lay in bed for 6 weeks. His grandparents, Harry & Lydia (Ahrlin) Hoffman, stayed with him in Rutland and helped him recover. He was always a willing worker, and began a lawn mowing service when he was still in Grade School.  He also worked for several farmers in the community, doing every farm job from milking cows to driving trucks and everything in between, and earned a reputation as a reliable, hard working young man.  Mark attended Elementary School in Rutland, and graduated from Sargent Central High School as a member of the SCHS Class of 1969.  Mark earned good grades in every subject except Deportment, where his active and energetic nature occasionally earned him a session in the Principal’s office. After he graduated from high school, Mark enrolled at the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, where he studied mechanics, metalworking and welding.  After completing his course of study at NDSSS, Mark was employed as a welder by the WilRich Company at Wahpeton.  Two years later he secured employment as a welder at Melroe Manufacturing’s skid-steer loader and farm equipment factory, now the Bobcat factory, in Gwinner.  He continued his employment there, working in welding, assembly and quality control, as well as running the paint line, until his retirement in 2013. Mark was a loyal and dependable employee.  The only time he missed work was when he had surgery to replace both of his knee joints at the same time, and he was under doctor’s orders to stay off concrete floors for several weeks.  In 1975 Mark married Diane “De-De” Bauer. They lived in Rutland during their life together, first at 316 Gay Street, in the house now owned by Jason Smykowski, and later next door at 322 Gay Street, in the house now owned by Cheryl Baker, and were divorced after 2½ decades of marriage. When he wasn’t working or sleeping, Mark was hunting and fishing.  His 2 boys, Mark Jr. and Travis, grew up accompanying their Dad on hunting and fishing excursions throughout southeastern North Dakota.  He also enjoyed his Schmidt beer, or, “Schmidties” as he referred to them.  Over the years, Mark acquired quite a collection of hunting and fishing equipment, but he was not a collector. When Mark acquired a piece of equipment, whether it was a rifle, shotgun, fishing rod or bow, he acquired it to use it, and he did.  He reloaded most of his own ammunition, and even salvaged lead from old plumbing and wheel weights to cast his own bullets. In 1982 Mark organized and supervised the pioneer black powder shooting demonstration and competition for Rutland’s Pride Of The Prairie Centennial Celebration.  Mark utilized all of the game he hunted and the fish he caught. Nothing went to waste, not meat, hide, horn, fur, fin or feather.  Mark was also a gardener with a green thumb.  He could raise tomatoes and cucumbers in places where others couldn’t even raise rocks. He canned and preserved his own produce, and kept himself in vegetables throughout most of the year.  Mark was a member of Nordland Lutheran Church, the Rutland Sportsmen’s Club and the United Steel Workers Union. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.  Mark is survived by two sons: Earl Mark Bauman Jr. (Tiffany) of Lidgerwood; and, Travis Bauman (NeTia) of Fergus Falls MN; by 1 sister, Kathleen Brakke of Rutland; by 2 brothers, Robert Bauman of Portland OR; and, Ronald “Red” Bauman of Fergus Falls MN; by 3 granddaughters; and, by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  At his direction, there will be no funeral service.  The family held a brief memorial service and celebration of Mark’s life at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27, at the Frank Funeral Home in Lidgerwood. His cremains will be interred in the Rutland Cemetery, near the graves of his parents, grandparents and other family members in a private ceremony at a later date.  The Rutland community extends its condolences to the family and friends of Mark Bauman, a good and loyal friend who marched to the beat of his own drummer.

A large contingent from Rutland drove over to Havana on the evening of Saturday, December 24, to attend the combined Trinity-Nordland Christmas Eve Service at Trinity Lutheran Church there. The church sanctuary and basement were filled to capacity for the service which consisted primarily of congregational singing and Christmas music, as well as the Christmas story from the Gospel of St. Luke. Elaine O’Brien provided the piano and organ accompaniment, and Pastor Nicholas Rohde also provided accompaniment on the violin. At one point a floor joist readjusted itself to the unaccustomed weight of a totally full house with a resounding jolt, but that was as close as Pastor Rohde got to conducting an earth shaking service that brought down the house.  The light of many candles brilliantly illuminated the interior of the church as the congregation sang “Silent Night” to conclude the service.

Silver Lake was Sargent County’s ice-fishing hot spot over the Christmas holiday, as anglers report good catches of walleyes, northern pike, crappies and perch. Anglers have also been setting up their portable houses on Consolidated Lake and Walstead’s Lake in Rutland Township, on Sprague Lake and on Buffalo Lake, with varying degrees of success being reported from all locations.  Alan Ganske even came all the way from San Diego CA just to try his luck fishing through the ice at Buffalo Lake on Tuesday, December 27, and reported at least 1 walleye had been caught before 2:00 that afternoon. Alan and his wife, Margot, have been visiting at the home of Margot’s sister and brother-in-law, Marcia & Jesse Brakke, since Monday, December 26.

Norbert & Beverly Kulzer drove down to Brandon & Hartford SD, near Sioux Falls, on Saturday, December 24, to spend the Christmas holidays with their children & grandchildren.  Norbert reports that Stan & Karen Kulzer, their sons Nick, Noah & Jonas; and, Stephen & Ann Kulzer, their daughters Lauren and Brooke, and son, Will, are all doing well. He also states that the Sioux Falls area appears to have more snow on the ground than is present in Sargent County, even after the heavy rains that hit Sioux Falls on Christmas Day. It was 42 above when the Kulzers began the drive home on Monday, December 26, but the temperature steadily dropped as the wind velocity increased on the northbound trek. Norbert states that the roads were ice covered from Watertown north, and it was “white knuckle driving” as they traveled through the Summit SD area where several semi-trailers had been blown off the road and overturned by the gale force northwest wind.  Some of the trailers had apparently been overturned on the day before by the gale force southeast wind that hammered the area on Christmas Day.  “It sure feels good to get home,” says Norbert.

Rutland’s icy streets claimed one victim on the morning of Tuesday, December 27, when the Waste Management garbage truck that had been driving west on Anthony Street turned south on Bagley and just slid right off the street into the snowbank on the west side of the street, just south of the house at 304 Bagley. A wrecker was summoned to extricate the heavy truck from its predicament, and the driver was able to complete the remainder of his route without difficulty, but with a great deal of caution. Rutland Alderman Mike Mahrer, who holds the Street Portfolio on the Rutland City Council, stated on Tuesday afternoon that he is making arrangements to have sand and de-icer applied to the streets for safety purposes.

Claire Brakke and Alex Markovitch of Grand Forks arrived at the Jesse & Marcia Brakke home on the evening of Sunday, December 18. They spent Monday fishing on Buffalo Lake, where they managed to catch 1 walleye. Alex departed Rutland on Tuesday, December 20, bound for Chicago IL to spend Christmas at the home of his parents. Claire had better luck fishing later in the week, bringing in several large walleyes and northern pike. She visited at the home of her grandparents, Kathy Brakke & Bill Anderson, on Monday and Tuesday, December 26 & 27.  Claire & Alex will be returning to resume classes at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks on January 9, 2017. Claire is a Junior pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy, and Alex is a Senior working on a degree in Aviation.

The sign that had been posted on the front door of the Lariat Bar a couple of weeks ago, announcing that the business would be closed after December 31 has been taken down, replaced by the “Open For Business” sign. Mike Pyle and Jeremy Becker who have been operating The Lariat Bar & Grill since the beginning of July, have worked out differences with the former owners, and The Lariat will remain in business, right where it has been since prohibition ended in 1933, for the foreseeable future. The many loyal patrons of The Lariat Bar & Grill extend their thanks to all concerned for the good news.

Some upcoming events in Rutland include: New Year’s Eve specials at The Lariat Bar on December 31, 2016; Rutland City Council meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2017, in the Rutland Town Hall; Rutland Community Club meeting following the meeting of the City Council on Monday, January 9, in the Rutland Town Hall; and, the 22nd Annual Rudy Anderson Memorial Pinochle Tournament on Saturday, February 4, in the Rutland Town Hall.

Well, that’s the news from Rutland for this year.  For additional information about what’s going on in the little city that can, stop by the community’s internet web site at, and check out the Rutland blog and Facebook page 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!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!  See you next year.  Later.

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