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The Rooster Crows – May 26, 2017

Cooler weather settled in on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 19, 20 & 21, with the mercury dropping down into the 30’s on Saturday & Sunday mornings, and not climbing above 50 all day on Saturday.  The cold front did bring some rain with it, though, a gift from above that most found to be welcome.  In Rutland, Paul Anderson’s electronic gauge at 309 Gay Street recorded .52 of an inch in Sunday’s day long drizzle while Roger Pearson’s conventional gauge a block down the street, at 409 Gay Street, measured an even ½ inch.  Lyle Erickson reports that his farm thermometer 1 mile east of town registered a temperature of 36 degrees above Zero shortly after Midnight on the morning of Sunday, May 21, and a reading of 39 above at about 5:30, indicating that it is unlikely that anything froze in this area.  The wind blew, proving once again to one and all that we do still live in North Dakota.  The sprinkles, mists and drizzles of Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, May 21, 22 & 23, kept things wet, but didn’t produce much in the way of measurable precipitation.  Quoting the late Oscar Hoflen, Norbert Kulzer reported that 3 days of damp weather produced “…about as much as a white hen can p–.”  According to Oscar, that wasn’t much.

Many in this area have nearly completed, or have completed, the planting of the 2017 grain crop, whether wheat, corn or soybeans, or some combination of 2 or more.  Randy Pearson reports that he, son Chris and son-in-law Tyler Speich had completed Spring planting operations as of Thursday, May 18, and that he is now back in the construction business with Jim & Kyle Marquette of this community.  Randy states that they are now working on a new addition to the Mike & Wava Arth home north of Cayuga, and that they will begin work on a new home to be constructed just northwest of Milnor for Mr & Mrs. Brian Metzen as the next project on their schedule.

Janet Bradbury departed Rutland at about 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17, bound for the Warren Ranch near Rapid City SD.  She reported back to friends here at about 2:30 that afternoon that she had arrived safely at her destination.  Janet expects to be back and forth between her home in Rutland and the ranch near Rapid City throughout the summer.  On the evening of Wednesday, May 17, Janet sent the following message to friends here, “Got here about 1 pm mountain time. Brother Tom and wife, Brenda, came shortly thereafter bearing lasagna, so I’m well fed. No water yet but it should come on later tonight or tomorrow morning. Tom drew a couple jugs of water while it was flowing so no problem there.  Took some time and a phone call to get internet service.  Wish I had a picture of the 8 deer, at least 6 bucks in velvet, that I’m watching in the spillway of the dam now, but it’s too dark for a photo. Grass is green and needs to be mowed.  Thanks to you all.  Janet”

The members of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of the American Legion met at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, in the American Legion Hall/Rutland Fitness Center.  The financial report indicated that approximately $3,000.00 was available for Post projects.  Recruitment of new members was discussed, and a list of eligible non-members in the community was compiled by the Adjutant.  Members voted to pay the first year’s membership dues for any new member recruited for the 2018 membership year which will commence on July 1.  The Adjutant discussed membership recognition pins to be awarded during the Memorial Day program on Monday, May 29.  This year 4 members will receive 45 year pins.  Commander Christensen discussed some landscaping that is needed around the Legion Hall and some repairs that are needed on the building’s exterior stucco.  Members approved up to $150.00 for the landscaping.  An estimate for repair of the stucco will be obtained.  Members also approved a donation of $200.00 to Jacob Mehrer of this community to assist with expenses of participating in the Ambassadors of Music tour of Europe this coming Summer.  Jacob is the son of Shannon & Hilary Mehrer of this community, and is a Junior at Sargent Central High School.  He will also be representing Post #215 at North Dakota Boys State in June.  Post members concluded the meeting with a discussion of the schedule for Memorial Day events.  The Ceremonial Detail will assemble at 9:30 a.m. in Calvin Jacobson’s garage to draw rifles and ammunition.  Shortly after 10:00 a.m. the Detail will depart for the Nordland Cemetery 2½ miles east southeast of Rutland to conduct military memorial rites at 10:15. At 10:30 the Detail will conduct military memorial rites at The Rutland Cemetery on the east edge of town.  At 11:00 a.m. the annual Memorial Day Program will be presented in the Rutland Town Hall with Commander, soon to be Captain, Mike Harris USN, as the guest speaker.  The program will be followed by the traditional community pot-luck dinner, also at the Town Hall.  The next meeting of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 will be held at the call of the Commander.  Current officers of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 are: Commander, Larry Christensen; Vice-Commander, Tom Manley; Adjutant, Doug Olstad; Chaplain, Ted Lee; and, Sergeant At Arms, Calvin Jacobson.

Mike Kulzer was in Rutland on Thursday & Friday, May 18 & 19, and stopped in at The Lariat Bar on Friday for coffee and conversation.  The talk was mostly about progress that was being made planting the 2017 crop, and about how high priced farm inputs seem to be at the present time.  Mike stated that, in his opinion, times are always tight, but the innovative guys make it through, even though it make take a while to tie up all of the loose ends.  He gave as an example an experience he had that started about 16 or 17 years ago, when he was operating Kulzer Feed & Seed out of the Rutland Elevator.  It was getting close to the end of the corn planting season, Mike said, when one of his customers, an old friend, called and asked that he deliver a pallet of corn seed out to the field.  Mike just happened to have a pallet of the type of seed the fellow wanted, so he loaded it in his truck and headed out to the field.  When he got there, the customer told him, “Before you unload that seed, I have to tell you that I don’t have any money and can’t pay a cent right now, but I really need that seed to get this crop planted.”  He then offered to trade a late 70’s Allis Chalmers Model 7060 tractor for the pallet of seed.  At about 170 horsepower, the 7060 was big power 40 years ago, back when it was new, although it is small by the standards of today’s farm tractors.  Mike thought it over, figured that a sale for something was better than no sale at all, and made the deal.  Mike took the tractor home and used it in his farm operation until just last year.  On Thursday, May 18, Mike reports that he sold the Allis-Chalmers 7060 to Bryce Carlson, who plans to use it as a loader tractor, finally getting the cash for that pallet of seed he sold 16 or 17 years ago.  The fellow who bought that corn seed is still farming, too, reports Mike, so taking that chance on a good customer worked out well for everyone involved.  It just took a while to find the right customer for that tractor, and to get that last loose end tied up.

The funeral service for former Rutland resident Laurie Greene was held at Nordland Lutheran Church here at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, with Pastor Nicholas Rohde officiating.  A lunch prepared by members of the Nordland Congregation was served following the service.  Laurie Lee Knoch was born on January 1, 1958, to Lawrence Edward and JoAnn Mary (Falk) Knoch in South St. Paul MN.  She grew up and attended school there, graduating from Tartan High in the Class of 1976, the Bicentennial Class.  On January 15, 1979, Laurie and Richard McKinney were married at Watertown MN.  They had 2 children, Michael and Shauna, and were together for 17 years.  In 1997 Laurie met Craig Greene, and they were married on June 21, 2000, in Las Vegas NV.  In 2004 Craig & Laurie purchased the house at 115 Forest Street in Rutland from Greg Donaldson and moved to this community.  Laurie always kept herself gainfully employed.  In Minnesota, she had worked for Public Television and for Northwest Airlines.  After moving to North Dakota Laurie worked at the Rutland General Store, and then operated the Farmers Inn Café at Havana with her daughter, Shauna, until she was afflicted with cancer in 2010.  Laurie & Craig had sold there home in Rutland to Laurie’s daughter, Shauna, and moved to Havana while she was running the Farmers Inn.  They resided there until Laurie’s death.  She passed away on Monday, May 15, in the Palliative Care Unit of Sanford Hospital in Fargo after a 7-year battle with breast cancer.  Laurie was always a good natured, caring and cheerful person.  She was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence Knoch, and by her mother, JoAnn (Falk-Knoch) Converse.  She is survived by: her husband, Craig Greene of Havana; 1 son, Michael McKinney; 1 daughter, Shawna Bergh of Rutland; 1 step-daughter, Sarah Ballinger of Havana; 1 sister, Kathy Knoch; 1 brother, Ted Falk; her step-father, Bud Converse; and, by 7 grandchildren, 1 nephew and a host of friends.  The Rutland Community extends its sympathy to the family and friends of Laurie Greene, a friend and neighbor who was always ready with a smile and a kind word.

Ione Lunneborg reports that preparations are well underway for the Relay For Life “Fighting Cancer” Tractorcade that is scheduled to begin and end in Rutland on Saturday, June 3.  The tractorcade has been organized by Jim Lunneborg, himself a cancer survivor, every June since 2011.  The following information was recently received from Ione Lunneborg: “Coffee and world famous rolls will be served by the Rutland American Legion Auxiliary before the ride and during registration at the Rutland Senior Center. Coffee and bars will also be served at the Center upon return.  It’s the 7th Annual!! Hard to believe. Tractors from North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota are already registered. Our great nephew, Henry Lunneborg and his sister Abigail will be sounding the horn with their uncle for a 9am start.   The guys will also tour the museum in Forman along the route.  We are looking forward to another great event to raise money for Relay for Life.  Jim is still getting the all clear from his oncologist since his remission in November of 2010.”  Thanks to Ione for the information, and the Lunneborg family for organizing this fund-raising event.  Be on hand in Rutland on the morning of Saturday, June 3, for a display of antique and classic farm tractors that is impressive, to say the least.  Some of the tractors have been meticulously restored, and others will be running in original, as is, condition, but every one of them is the pride and joy of the owner.  This year’s route will take the caravan from Rutland to Silver Lake, then on to Forman for Noon lunch at the Golf Course, and back to Rutland for the concluding triumphant parade down Main Street.  Don’t miss it!

Memorial Day observances in Rutland on Monday, May 29, will commence with military rites at the Nordland Cemetery 2½ miles southeast of town, at 10:15 a.m., followed by military rites at the Rutland Cemetery on the east edge of town at 10:30 a.m.  A program organized by the American Legion Auxiliary, with Cmdr. Mike Harris USN as the guest speaker, will be at 11:00 a.m. in the Rutland Town Hall, and Rutland’s annual Memorial Day community pot-luck dinner will immediately follow the program, also in the Rutland Town Hall.  Everyone is invited to attend one, some or all of the Memorial Day activities in Rutland on Monday, May 29.

Katie McLaen reminds all of “The Community Block Party” that will take place in The Veterans Memorial Park adjacent to the Rutland Town Hall, at 119 Gay Street, commencing at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 1.  There will be food, music, games and fun for all ages, says Katie, and this event will be a good time for everyone in the community to get together, meet some of the new folks in town and just have a good time.  That’s 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, at the Veterans Memorial Park.  Events will move into the Town Hall in case of inclement weather, but right now the forecast is for warm weather, clear skies and a beautiful evening to be out in the Park.  The Community Block Party is sponsored by the Rutland Community Club.  Everything will be free of charge, and everyone, Katie emphasizes EVERYONE, is invited.  Officers and Directors of the Rutland Community Club are: President, Rachel Olson; Vice-President, Bonnie Anderson; Secretary, Andrea Erickson; Treasurer, Hal Nelson; Director, Katie McLaen; and, Director, Marcia Brakke.  See you at the Block Party!

The lilacs have been blooming for the past couple of weeks, filling the air with their delightful fragrance, and the plum, chokecherry and apple trees have all been blossoming this Spring.  There are numerous flowers to be found closer to the ground, too, among them are the ever-present dandelion, and the farmer’s bane, leafy spurge.  All of those pretty little yellow flowers that are seen in road ditches, pastures and drainage ditches are evidence that leafy spurge is still doing well in Sargent County.  Ron Narum, Chairman of the Sargent County Weed Control Board, states that the cavalry is on the way, though, in the form of Sargent County’s weed control team of Jeremy Becker and Shawna Bergh.  The County’s 2017 weed control effort is scheduled to commence on Tuesday, May 30, according to Ron.  In 2016, the County’s work was cut short by a collision that involved the County’s chemical application equipment, but everything is ready to go now, according to Ron.  The County Weed Control Board is currently short 1 member, due to the resignation of Nancy Glarum, formerly of Rutland, who is now a Minnesota resident.  Members of the Weed Control Board at the present time are: Chairman Ron Narum of Rutland; Wayne Sebens of Milnor; George Bishoff of Brampton; and, David Jacobson of Forman.  County Auditor Pam Maloney serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the County Weed Control Board.  Anyone wishing to contact the County’s Weed Control Department should call Pam at 724-6241, Extension #1, and she will get the message to the right place.  In addition to chemical weed control, Sargent County also utilizes natural methods, such as beetles that eat thistles and leafy spurge for lunch.

Speaking of thistles and leafy spurge, President Trump is out of the country this week, making friends, influencing people and practicing “The Art Of The Deal.”  Back home, though, the net is beginning to close around several of the Donald’s 2016 campaign operatives who were a little too cozy with the Russians.  The plot thickens!  Well, only 190 weeks to go in the Trump Chronicles, if the series lasts that long.

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 Uff-Da Day and Rutland Facebook pages while you’re at it, too.  Don’t forget 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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