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The Rooster Crows – May 5, 2017

Tractors and planters were off and running on the morning of Monday, May 1, as the race to get the 2017 corn and soybean crops planted got under way.  Mike Anderson, Mark Wyum, Kurt Breker, Harvey Bergstrom and as many others as had fields ready to go, intended to be in the field, taking advantage of the first favorable conditions in several weeks.  At this point, soil moisture looks good, but some heat would be welcome.  Paul Anderson was in Bismarck from the afternoon of Friday, April 28 through the morning of Sunday, April 30, and reports that the only planting operations he observed were in the area near Steele ND, about 40 miles east of Bismarck, but Mac Pherson reported that there were a large number of planters in the field in Richland County, near Wahpeton, on Sunday morning.  Roger Zetocha reports that fields on his farm near Stirum, in the northwestern quadrant of Sargent County, were still too cold and wet for planting as of the afternoon of Monday, May 1.

From Thursday, April 13, through Thursday, April 27, a display commemorating the 225th Anniversary of the first 10 Amendments, The Bill Of Rights, to The United States Constitution, stood in the rotunda of the Sargent County Courthouse in Forman.  The display had originally been scheduled to  appear only in the Cass, Barnes & Stutsman County Courthouses, but Sargent County Recorder/Treasurer/ Clerk of Court Alison Toepke and Southeast Judicial District Presiding Judge Dan Narum arranged to have the exhibit on display in the smaller counties as well.  On Thursday, April 27, the Senior High School History classes from North Sargent High School in Gwinner and from Sargent Central High School in Forman visited the County Courthouse, viewed the Bill of Rights exhibit; had a question and answer session about The Bill of Rights and the American Judicial system with Judge Narum; and, toured the various offices in the Courthouse with Ms. Toepke. The students also had the opportunity to visit with several elected and appointed County officials during their Courthouse tour.  Congratulations and thanks to County Treasurer/Recorder/Clerk of Court Toepke and to Judge Narum for bringing this display honoring one of the cornerstones of American democracy to the people of Sargent County.

Rutland’s Quilting Cousins headed for home on Sunday, April 23 and Monday, April 24, at the conclusion of a 5 day quilting spree at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge.  The cousins included: Kathy Brakke of Rutland; Marcia Brakke of Rutland; Kate Parker of Blaine MN; Christine Tauer of Cedar MN; Margot Ganske of San Diego CA; Darby Sebree of Los Angeles CA; Victoria Christianson of Denver CO; Noreen Okubo of Denver CO; Kathy Olson of North Branch MN; and, Mary Ann Parker of Casselton ND.  They have already reserved their rooms at the Lodge for next years gathering.

Friends here were surprised and saddened last week when it was learned that long-time Rutland resident Richard Bradbury had died peacefully at his home here on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the age of 72 years and 20 days.  Richard and his wife of nearly 50 years, Janet, had owned and published The Teller, Sargent County’s official newspaper, at Milnor, ND, for 34 years, from July 15, 1973, to October 15, 2007. Richard Harrington Bradbury was born April 5, 1945, in Aberdeen SD, the eldest child of Theophilus and Maxine Dorothy (Harrington) Bradbury. He grew up and attended school in several South Dakota communities. Richard graduated from Faulkton High School with valedictory honors in 1963. In 1967, he graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. His newspaper career had begun as a printer’s devil at the Faulkton Record newspaper when he was in fourth grade, and he learned the printer’s trade during high school, using the old fashioned letterpress equipment. He worked summers during college at the Winner Advocate and Tripp County Journal, Winner SD; the Volga Tribune, Volga SD; and the Miner County Pioneer, Howard SD.  Richard and the love of his life, Janet Warren, met while both were journalism students at SDSU in Brookings SD, and were united in marriage on August 26, 1967, in Rapid City SD. From June 1968 to February 1970, Richard and Janet served in the Peace Corps, in Truk District, Trust Territory of the Pacific, where he was first a teacher of English as a second language, and then advisor of a weekly independent newspaper, the Marianas Star on Saipan. He also worked in the government print shop and publicized the first Micronesian Olympics. From March of 1970 until July of 1973, Richard edited the Madison Daily Leader of Madison SD. Richard & Janet then purchased The Teller in Milnor, and the Bradbury family moved up to North Dakota. They first resided in the apartment above The Teller Office on Milnor’s Main Street, then on a farmstead southwest of Milnor, and in 1980 they purchased the house at 419 Cooper Street in Rutland that has been the family’s home for the past 37 years. The Teller was printed using the offset method back in 1973, and during Richard’s tenure computerized typesetting changed the newspaper office from one in which equipment filled a room to one in which equipment filled only the corner of a desktop. He promoted Sargent County through the pages of The Teller, as well as through donations to community development corporations, business clubs, golf associations, sportsmen’s clubs, and professional groups. Richard was a lifetime member of the Milnor Volunteer Fire Department and a charter member of numerous community organizations in Sargent County. He was a director of the North Dakota Newspaper Association and served as president from 1990-1991. In addition, he also chaired the North Dakota Better Newspaper Contest for 20 years. Sports were a big part of Richard’s life, as evidenced by his participation in baseball, track, football, basketball, bowling, horseshoes, fishing, hunting and golf. Over the course of his life, Richard hit five documented hole-in-one golf shots in Sargent County, four in Forman and one in Milnor. He sponsored The Cousin Floyd Golf Tournament for many years, and participated in nearly every golf tournament played in the area during the past 44 years. His Faulkton High School track record of 2:02.7 in the 880 still stands.  Dwayne Baldwin points out that Richard was vulnerable on the horseshoe court, however, and could occasionally be beaten when he played in the Silver Lake Horseshoe League, unless there was money riding on the outcome of the contest. Richard served as one of the co-chairpersons of the 2015 & 2016 Uff-Da Day organizing committees in Rutland, and he was a member of the 2017 Uff-Da Day committee at the time of his death.  Survivors include his wife, Janet, of Rutland ND and Rapid City SD; two children: Curtis, Bismarck; and, Karri (Mark) Springer, Bismarck; two grandchildren: Samantha Jean Springer; and, Nathan Bradbury Springer; his soon-to-be daughter-in-law, Marlene Niemann, and her daughters, Brandi and Victoria; 3 sisters and 1 brother: Kathleen (Dean) Srelk, Chicago IL; Marileen (Darell) Tilberg, Oneida SD; Cyndi Bradbury, Reedsburg WI; Randy (Denice) Bradbury, Kennewick WA; and their families; and by a host of friends throughout Sargent County and across the United States. Richard also cherished the friendship of his young neighbor and helper, Aden.  Preceding him in death were his parents.  The funeral for Richard Bradbury was at 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 1, 2017, at Nordland Lutheran Church in Rutland. Intern Pastor Nicholas Rhode officiated at the service. Kathleen Brakke was the pianist for the service, and vocalists were Mark Wyum and Michael Wyum, accompanied by Phyllis Wyum. Casket Bearers were friends and golfing comrades: Chris Nundahl; Rod Kramer; Travis Paeper; Randy Bergh; Lee Isakson; Dale McLaen; and, Todd Thompson. The honorary casket bearers were his Thursday lunch companions, the ROMEO’s (Retired Old Men Eating Out). Visitation was from 5-7:00 Sunday at the church, concluding with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service and time for sharing.  The Price Funeral Chapel of Forman and Britton was in charge of arrangements. Interment was in the Rutland Cemetery.  Immediately following the graveside service, the casket bearers teed up and hit a 21 golf ball salute in Richard’s memory. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to one of the following: Forman Public Library, 347 Main Street, Forman ND 58032; Satre Memorial Library, 528 5th Street, Milnor ND 58060; Rutland Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Ann Erickson, Treasurer, 13894 94th Street SE, Rutland ND 58067; Milnor Volunteer Fire Department, Box 145, Milnor ND 58060; or, any volunteer fire department of the donor’s choice. The Rutland community extends its sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Richard Bradbury; R. Harrington Bradbury III, Millionaire; Ye Olde Editor; the Old Curmudgeon; and, Cousin Floyd; a man of good humor, sharp wit, keen insight and many talents. In this life, we are not apt to meet his like again.

Ted Lee reports that he and Rodney Erickson, with the assistance of Rodney’s bucket lift, got Rasha, the brass eagle, installed at the top of the Rutland Veterans’ Memorial at 119 Gay Street, between the Rutland Town Hall and The American Legion Hall/Rutland Fitness Center, on the afternoon of Friday, April 28.  The eagle is solid brass, reports Ted, and quite heavy. The eagle’s wings are spread as if it is flying. It has a 30 inch wingspan, is 24 inches tall, and is about 11 inches from beak to tail. The Veterans’ Memorial Committee had been searching for a suitable eagle for the top of the monument for more than 2 years when Ted & his wife, Joan, found this eagle at the Royal Crescent Jewelry Shop in Old Scottsdale AZ while on vacation this past Winter. The shop’s proprietor, a patriotic American named Rasha, gave the Lee’s a substantial discount on the price of the eagle when she found out that it was intended to grace the pinnacle of the Veterans’ Memorial. Ted enlisted the aid of Shannon Mehrer of Dakota Precision Technology to affix the eagle to the top cap of the monument. The Rutland community welcomes Rasha, the eagle, to its new perch, and extends thanks to Ted, Joan, Rodney and Shannon for getting it secured to its place of honor.

The Rutland City Council met at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 1, with Mayor Ron Narum; Auditor Deb Banish; and, Aldermen Rodney Erickson, Delores Lysne, Mike Mahrer and Bertha Siemieniewski present. Also present was local resident Bill Anderson. The City’s financial report showed all funds to be in the black. Building permits were approved to Tony & Lori Nesta for a yard fence at 103 Bagley Street, and to Mike Pyle for a yard fence at 311 Anthony Street. A building permit was approved for the construction of a new deck at the Brad & Heidi Siemieniewski home at 217 Arthur Street, with a penalty for late application; and, a demolition permit was approved for removal of the house from 104 First Street North by owners Wayne & Pam Maloney, provided that all special assessments have been paid. The Council decided to put the street broom attachment for the Bobcat up for sale, and to return any sale proceeds to the Rutland Community Club, which had provided the funds for its purchase. A great deal of material had been brought to the City’s inert material landfill on Community Cleanup Day, Saturday, April 29, but there was some criticism of the management of the landfill site, which was left unattended for several hours, with the result that materials were dumped helterskelter, and some material that should have been rejected was brought in.  Alderman Erickson expressed the concern that the landfill was becoming a drain on the City’s financial resources. Alderman Erickson also reported that he had met with County Tax Director and City Assessor Sandy Hanson concerning the valuation of the commercial property he owns in Rutland, and that several errors in the original appraisals were found. After reviewing the City’s bills, and approving payment, the Council adjourned. The next regular meeting of the Rutland City Council is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 5, at the Rutland Town Hall. All meetings of the Rutland City Council are open to the public, and local residents are encouraged to attend.

Mike Kulzer was in Rutland from Monday, May 1, through Wednesday, May 3, visiting friends here and looking after business and farming interests. Mike and Diane now reside in the big city, Fargo, but Mike has found that the road up there leads back here, too. “You can take the boy out of Rutland,” states Mike, “but you can’t take Rutland out of the boy!” During his visit to the old home town, Mike stayed in the efficiency apartment that his nephew, Jake Erickson, had constructed above the new office for Jake’s Feed & Seed at 205 Front Street East. “Everything is so nice and new that I’m almost afraid to use it,” states Mike. “Almost, but not quite.” On Tuesday, May 2, Mike accompanied his cousin, Jeff Breker, and another nephew, Jerry Woytassek, to the County Courthouse in Forman to meet with the County Commissioners concerning a rock crossing on the Wild Rice River in Tewaukon Township. Mike reports that the trio was well received by the Commissioners, and that they enjoyed a very informative conversation concerning crossings, bridges, rivers and the history of Sargent County.

The annual meeting of the Rutland Cemetery Association was held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, in the Community Room of the Sargent County Bank’s Rutland Station. The Association’s financial report indicated that there had been approximately $5,000 of income and $2,500 in expenses in 2016, and that the association now has a little more than $21,000 in its Perpetual Care Fund. Norbert Kulzer was re-elected to the Board of Directors, with his term ending in 2019; and, Chuck Sundlie and Paul Anderson were re-elected to the Board of Directors with their terms ending in 2020. Roger Pearson was elected to serve as Association President and Chairman of the Board for the coming year. Other officers of the Association are: Cassie Carlson, Director and Secretary/Treasurer; Greg Donaldson, Sexton; and, Richard Lysne, maintenance. Cassie distributed posters listing the Cemetery Association’s fees and the names of the Directors. The posters will be on display at the Cemetery and will be distributed to interested persons. Richard Lysne reported that he intended to have the Cemetery mowed prior to Mothers’ Day on May 14, and again by Memorial Day on May 29, weather permitting. The next meeting of the Rutland Cemetery Association is scheduled for late April or early May in 2018. The Association is responsible for the management and maintenance of The Rutland Cemetery, located on the east edge of town, on the north side of Cooper Street.

Kevin Maly began work installing new, metal roofing on the house at 321 Gay Street formerly owned by Richard Nelson and the late EllaLou Nelson on Monday, May 1. According to Hal Nelson, the house has been purchased by Ms. Maggie Schutt and Mr. Colton Kory, who intend to make it their home. Hal’s Dad, Richard Nelson, currently resides at the Four Seasons Healthcare Center in Forman. Some previous owners of the property include: Richard & EllaLou Nelson; Aldon & Lorraine Donaldson; Mildred & Otto Meyers; and, John & Minnie Jenson. Both Ms. Schutt and Mr. Kory are employed at the Bobcat factory in Gwinner. Welcome to Rutland, Maggie & Colton. In the words of the late Tollef Lee of this community, “We’re glad you met us!”

Meanwhile, on the national scene, the first acknowledged campaign ad of the 2020 Presidential Campaign was an ad touting the accomplishments of President Trump during his first 100 days in office that ran on Monday, May 1, in the State of Maine. It’s advertising, so it can’t be described as “fake news.”  Well, only 193 weeks to go until it’s over. It’s going to be great!  Believe me!

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 checking things out, 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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