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The Rooster Crows – February 3, 2017

The last few days of January were surprisingly mild, and the January Thaw came back for a repeat visit from Sunday, January 29 through Tuesday, January 31, with the temperature pushing all the way up to 41 degrees above zero on Monday, January 30.  By the time this column is published the Groundhog will have had his day, and his say, and we will all know whether Winter will last for another 6 weeks or whether its term will end in another 42 days.  Only the Groundhog and Mike Kulzer know for sure.

Anglers continue to pull fish through the ice on area lakes and sloughs.  Ice fishing houses are present on both the Olson Slough on the south side of Highway #11, a mile west of the Rutland corner, and on the Crappie Crossing Slough on the north side of Highway #11 between Rutland and Forman.  Fishing success is also still being reported from Buffalo Lake about 6 miles north of Rutland and on Walstead Lake, about 6 miles west of town.  Jerry Dill of Stirum, owner and operator of Dilly’s Bar & Grill, reports that the fishing action has been good on Kraft Lake in the northwestern corner of Sargent County.  According to Jerry, he caught his limit of walleyes on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, January 22, 23 & 24, but was not able to catch a single “keeper” on Wednesday, January 25, even though 9 little ones did take his minnows.  Despite the warmer weather, the ice remains strong, at 30 inches thick, or more, on most bodies of water throughout the area.  Those venturing out on the ice are cautioned, though, that the ice may have weakened at any spot where melt water has been running.  Mr. Dill wishes to remind all that the Cogswell Gun Club is hosting a Fishing Tournament on Kraft Lake on Sunday, February 5, and that he still has tickets available.  Give Jerry a call at 678-2116.  He’s got Buffalo Supper tickets, too.

Southeast Judicial District Presiding Judge Dan Narum, a Rutland native, called on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 25, with the information that a National Archives exhibit on the Bill of Rights to the U. S. Constitution will be coming to Sargent County in the near future.  Karen Kringlie of Fargo, Juvenile Services Supervisor for the State Court System, had arranged for the exhibit to be shown in the East Central and Southeast Judicial Districts, Judge Narum stated, and arrangements will be made to have it in Sargent County at some time during the next 3 months.  The traveling exhibit was put together by the National Archives Service to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the adoption of the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution, usually referred to as The Bill of Rights.  When Judge Narum called, he was in Raton, New Mexico, having just completed a successful elk hunt in the mountains of northern New Mexico accompanied by his 7-year-old son, Asher.  The hunt was a carefully controlled effort by the New Mexico Game & Fish Department to manage the size of the elk herd in that region.  He stated that he, Asher and their guide spotted 17 magnificent bull elk before a cow elk presented itself as a target for the Judge’s rifle.  Both he and Asher were somewhat disappointed that the hunt, which could have lasted a week, was over in less than an hour.  However, while waiting for their elk to be processed Dan and Asher did some touring and sight-seeing in the area around Raton, visited the new courthouse and law enforcement center along with some of the historic sites of Colfax County, which was once a large mining center.  Dan and Asher also heard the story of one enterprising pioneer who, all by himself, with the help of 2 dogs, herded 900 sheep all the way from New Mexico to California back in the 1800’s, sold the sheep and returned to Raton where he purchased the property in the mountain pass between Trinidad, Colorado, and Raton New Mexico, on the old Santa Fe Trail.  After acquiring the property, he put a large chain across the pass and charged a fee for everyone and everything that traveled through the pass, amassing a fortune that would have amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars in today’s money.  There is no chain, and no fee, to slow traffic through the pass these days, however.  All you need is a vehicle that will make it over the mountains.  Dan and Asher expected to be back at their home in Lamoure by Friday, January 27.

The late Arden Anderson, a native of this community, used to describe the personal achievements of others as an example of “the cream rising to the top.”  Now, another Rutland native, Curtis Bradbury, has reached a level of achievement that is not an example of the cream, but of the ice, rising to the top.  Curtis has, for the 3rd time in the past 7 years, won the title of North Dakota State Champion in the winter sport of Curling.  Following is a brief account obtained from Mr. Bradbury: “The Dakota Territory club state curling championship was held in Devils Lake ND during the weekend of Friday, January 20, through Sunday, January 22. After starting 3-0, then slipping to 3-2, the Smith Rink of Bismarck, skipped by Tucker Smith, and with Dan Buresh throwing vice, Curt Bradbury throwing second and Roger Smith throwing lead, won their sixth game to earn a ticket to the Dakota Territory club state championship game. The game was tight through 4 ends before the Smith rink started to open up a lead. The Russ Heier rink of Bismarck conceded the game after 9 ends. The Smith rink will represent the Dakota Territory region in the United States Curling Association club national event in Fairbanks, Alaska, during the week of March 4 through 11, 2017.  Bradbury grew up in Rutland and has held the state champion curling title in 2010, 2012 and 2017.”  For those who may not be familiar with it, Curling is a sport that originated in Scotland and is quite popular across Canada and in areas of the United States that are adjacent to Canada.  It is a perfect sport for the Scots, as it is played with large rocks on ice, both of which used to be free until the sport achieved popularity.  The other major pieces of equipment used in Curling are a pair of overshoes and a broom, both of which were in common usage when the sport developed.  As it is now played, the sport requires agility, coordination, endurance, strength and a knowledge of the laws of physics.  Curtis’ many friends in Rutland extend hearty congratulations on his 3rd State Title, and best wishes for success at the National Tournament in March.  Keep cool, Curt!

Since 1991, United Blood Services of North Dakota has conducted two blood drives in Rutland each year, one during the month of February, and one during the month of June.  This year, 2017, there will be no February blood drive in Rutland.  Due to staffing shortages, United Blood Services has found it necessary to postpone several remote location blood drives this Winter, and Rutland’s was one of those put on the cancelled list.  A blood drive in June is still on the schedule, however, so don’t roll your sleeve down just yet.  The following information was obtained via e-mail from Ms. Fern Elofson, UBS Donor Recruitment Representative, 3231 S 11th Street, Fargo ND 58104: “Here is a little bit of information regarding our need to postpone Rutland’s February blood drive.  Please let me know if you need any more information or have any questions.  Even though we needed to cancel Rutland’s February blood drive due to our temporary shortage of staff, it does not mean we are not in need of donors.  We encourage donors to help us continue to meet the needs of our area hospitals by finding a nearby blood drive to support.   There are currently scheduled blood drives in Gwinner, February 13th at Gustaf Adolf Lutheran Church from 11:30 – 6:00 and Forman on April 11th at City Hall from 11:30 – 6:00.  Those who donate whole blood at Gwinner on February 13th would also be eligible to donate in Forman on April 11th!  Also, if you download our mobile app, you can use that to search for blood drives in your area.  United Blood Services may be contacted directly at (701-365-8927; by Fax (701)235-0485; Toll Free 1-800-917-4929; and at the internet web site,  Donors can save lives and time by completing the United Blood Services online health history questionnaire the same day as their blood donation.”  So, there you have it.  Contact United Blood Services to schedule your donation time, roll up your sleeve and give the gift of life to a friend or neighbor you may, or may not, have met.

The Pinochle practice and refresher session held in the dining room of The Lariat Bar on the evening of Wednesday, January 25, had 12 enthusiastic participants learning the rules, language and tactics of the game, reports Marcia Brakke, organizer of the sessions, as well as one of the students studying the art and science of pinochle.  The January 25 session was the 2nd of 3 scheduled to be held prior to the 22nd Rudy Anderson Memorial Pinochle Tournament that will be held at the Rutland Town Hall on Saturday, February 4.  Marcia states that there is one more practice session scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, February 1, at The Lariat.

Sonja Christensen, Co-chairperson of the Rudy Anderson Memorial Pinochle Tournament, reports that 59 teams were pre-registered as of 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 1.  Sonja says that there is still room for up to 3 more teams, so any pinochle enthusiasts who would like to participate should contact her at 701-642-6793 or Co-chairperson Bryce Carlson at 701-724-3435.  Tournament participants will begin reporting in at the Rutland Town Hall as of 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, and play is scheduled to commence at precisely 9:00 o’clock.  The Rutland Community Club will be serving forenoon and afternoon lunch, as well as a Noon dinner featuring Rutland scalloped potatoes with ham.  Kibitzers are welcome, states Sonja.

The Super Bowl Sunday Pancake & Sausage Breakfast/Brunch sponsored by Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of the American Legion and scheduled to commence at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 5, in the Rutland Town Hall is geared up to give football fans the strength to get through the big game.  According to Post Commander Larry Christensen, diners will be treated with pancakes made with the Post’s secret recipe; patriotic pork link sausages; eggs any way they like them, as long as it’s fried; juice and coffee.  Cakes will be hot off the griddle from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., or all of the hungry are fed, whichever occurs first, according to Larry.  The price is right, a free will donation to support the Post’s activities in the community.  The American Legion Auxiliary will be sponsoring a sale of home baked goods to take home, as well, in conjunction with the pancake breakfast.  Everyone is invited to stop in at the Rutland Town Hall on Sunday, February 5, for good food, good company and a good time.

Back on January 18, Paul Anderson and Nicholas Rohde mixed up the ingredients for a batch of homemade beer and put it in the pantry of Paul’s house to allow the yeast, malting barley and hops to do their thing.  By Wednesday, February 1, the 2 brewmeisters estimated that the process was complete and the time was right to put the brew into bottles.  If the beer produced turns out to have been a good batch, the 2 intend to consume it at their leisure.  If it isn’t so good, they will share it with their friends.  Nicholas grew up in southern Minnesota, near Rochester, and his family has a long tradition of brewing their own beer.  In addition to this foray into the art of brewing, Paul has been an enthusiastic grape grower and wine producer for several years, and currently has a small vineyard, Oleo Acres Vineyard, in Rutland, and is a partner with Kurt Breker in a larger operation, Shortfoot Creek Vineyard, south of Cayuga.  If you come across a bottle of Rutland Rooster or Cayuga Coyote Red, you will know where it came from.  Paul and Nicholas have not yet given their brewing operation a name, but Divine Dynamite has been suggested.

Meanwhile, the madness continues in Bismarck and Washington.  North Dakota’s Governor and Legislature are in the process of giving tax breaks to oil companies, imposing taxes on nursing home residents, authorizing pistol packing primary teachers in the State’s public schools and dismantling North Dakota’s higher education system.  It’s tough to beat that performance, but out in the nation’s capitol, the President and Congress are preparing to plunge the nation’s healthcare system into chaos, in the process of turning the country’s national security, intelligence and law enforcement arms into partisan political tools, alienating America’s allies abroad and abdicating America’s role as a world leader to the Chinese and the Russians.  The President abruptly terminated U. S. participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, costing American corn and soybean producers $5 billion in lost sales.  There have been so many disasters in the first 2 weeks of the Trump Presidency that a day without a complete catastrophe makes headlines.  “He’s fulfilling campaign promises,” his spokesmen say.  But, back during the campaign, everyone thought that his campaign promises were just crazy statements made to grab headlines.  Well, we were wrong!  So far, Mr. Trump’s administration has been a good example of that old saying, “Be careful what you wish for.  You just might get it.”

Well, that’s the news from Rutland for this week.  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!  Later.

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