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The Rooster Crows – July 7, 2017

Independence Day preparations began on Friday, June 30, with Larry Christensen and Roger Pearson putting up the American Flags on Main Street. That patriotic display appeared to be the “Abandon Ship” signal for many who took advantage of a 4 day weekend to head off for parts unknown. A tour of Sargent County on July 4 revealed that the County Park at Silver Lake had the largest, and liveliest, population in the County. According to Park Manager Sue Schweitzer, every camping spot that had an electrical and water hookup had a camper trailer in it for the long weekend. Fireworks displays were plentiful, but reports of irresponsible and inconsiderate use of these explosive devices were way down from last year’s total. Occasionally behavior does improve, and Ms. Schweitzer commends this year’s Park participants for being considerate of the rights of others.

Bill & Mary Woytassek were Rutland visitors on the evening of Thursday, June 29, and the morning of Friday, June 30, residing in their spacious travel trailer in the Rutland RV Park. Mary stopped in at The Lariat for morning coffee with the Assembled Matriarchs on Friday morning, and reported that she and Bill would be joining their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at Roy Lake State Park, just across the border into South Dakota, later that day. The entire Woytassek family was planning to enjoy the Independence Day Holiday with Grandma & Grandpa at Roy Lake, she stated.

As of Saturday, July 1, there were 183 days left of 2017, and, although Summer is only 10 days along, already signs of the impending harvest season are beginning to appear. Kurt Breker reported that some Spring Wheat fields near Cayuga are beginning to take on the greenish-golden hue that is the first sign of maturity. Kurt stated that fields that are turning had been planted to the Mayville variety of Spring Wheat, while those fields planted with the Prosper variety were still as green as grass as of the 1st day of July.

Mark Wyum reports that cattlemen from western North Dakota have been shopping for hay in this area of the State. Mark’s son, Jordan Wyum, who raises grain and cattle in the Delamere and McLeod area, had a number of large round bales of last year’s alfalfa hay that he was willing to sell, but the cost of trucking the hay more than 300 miles scotched the deal. Jordan eventually sold the hay a little closer to home, Mark reports. Mac Pherson stated that he had been putting up hay along road ditches south and east of Lake Tewaukon recently, and found the ditch grass there to be good in both quality and quantity.

Randy Pearson reports that he and Sherry drove down to Sheldon, Iowa to attend the 60th Wedding Anniversary of some friends from their winter quarters neighborhood in Mesa AZ on Saturday, July 1. Randy reports that the bean and corn crops in Sargent County appear to be in better shape than those in southeastern South Dakota and western Iowa. Conditions there were too wet and cold early in the season, and have been too hot and dry in recent weeks for optimum crop development. Randy also reports that the rain shower of last Thursday, June 29, dropped about half an inch of rain in his area of Shuman Township, about half an inch more than the area right around Rutland received. In Rutland the shower amounted to what the late Oscar Hoflen would have described as “a 10-inch rain,” ten inches between the raindrops, that is.

Jeff & Patty Harren of Upsala MN were guests of Patty’s Dad, Dick Meyers on Friday & Saturday, June 30 & July 1, at Dick’s Summer Residence at the McLaen Farm northwest of Rutland. The Harren’s returned to their home at Upsala on Sunday, July 2. Dick reports that he was on his best behavior during Patty’s visit.

Back in the 1950’s and 60’s, two young boys from Milwaukee WI, Tom & Jim Strand, spent their summer vacations with their uncles, Victor & Hjalmer Strand, on the family farm east of Rutland. The farm is now owned and occupied by Lyle & Ann Erickson. The Strand boys did farm chores, chased milk cows and fed chickens for Uncle Hjalmer, rode on farm tractors with Uncle Vic and Martin Harles, and spent a lot of time in Rutland, hanging out, shooting pool at Rutland Rec and, mostly, playing baseball at Lou Sanderson Field, then known simply as “The Diamond.” On Sunday, July 2, the following message was received from Jim Strand. “…I am blessed. Joan (Jim’s spouse) retired from nursing end of April. Janelle (Jim & Joan’s daughter) became an RN this week, passing her state board. God is good! Brewers playing well. Going up to Madison today to celebrate (son) Jeff’s birthday, #36. Stay well…” Tom & Jim’s parents were the late Albert & Lucille Strand. Since Albert’s passing in 1995, the Strand boys have made several trips out to Rutland to participate in Uff-Da Day festivities, where they specialized in making abelskievers and conversation with old friends. Thanks for the update, Jim. Jim Strand’s e-mail address is:

Friends and family here were shocked and saddened on Sunday, July 2, when news was received that Chris Seavert, a grandson of the late Rudy & Edna Anderson of this community, had passed away, suddenly and unexpectedly, earlier that day at Coteau des Prairies Hospital in Sisseton SD. Chris had been visiting at the Lake Traverse SD summer home of his mother & step-father, Judie and Steve Grohs, when he was stricken. He had attained the age of 44 years, 11 months and 1 day at the time of his death. Christopher Lee Seavert was born on July 30, 1972, to Ronald and Judith (Anderson) Seavert in Ivanhoe MN. His grandparents were Rudolph & Edna (Berndt) Anderson of Rutland and Lee & Angie (Bommersbach) Seavert of Forman. Chris grew up in Forman, and was a frequent visitor in Rutland during his youth. He was a child who had a special place in the hearts of his family members and friends. In recent years he had been employed in Wahpeton, where he made his home. Chris was preceded in death by: his father, Ronald Seavert; and, his grandparents. He is survived by his mother, Judie Seavert Grohs of Rosholt SD; 1 sister, Stephanie Watson of Rogers MN; 1 brother, Brady Seavert of Fargo; and, by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 7, at the Hughes Shelter in Chahinkapa Park, Wahpeton ND, with Chris’ cousin, Pastor Julie (Nelson) Johnson officiating. Interment will be in the Rutland Cemetery. The Vertin-Munson Funeral Home of Wahpeton is in charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Judie Seavert Grohs at 11556 Waldo Beach Road, Rosholt SD 57260. The Rutland community extends its sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Chris Seavert, a joyful soul who shared the light of happiness and friendship with all he touched.

Pastor Curt Larson filled in for Pastor Nicholas Rohde at Nordland Lutheran Church in Rutland and Trinity Lutheran Church in Havana on Sunday, July 2, while Pastor Rohde took a few days of vacation to spend time with family. Curt reports that he & Renee planned to be on the Oregon Trail by Thursday, July 6, bound for a family gathering with their children and grandchildren at a resort near Lincoln City OR, along Oregon’s Pacific Coast. Their plan is to be back home by July 19, and to then prepare for a 3-week trip to Norway and Sweden that is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 24. Their Scandinavian trip is being organized by the Carroll Juven tour service of Fargo. Renee is trying to track down some history on one of her great-grandmothers whose maiden name was Bye. Early records show that the Bye family resided in Tewaukon Township for a time, before settling in Forman. Anyone who has any relevant information is asked to give Renee a call.

Kaden Spieker of Fargo accompanied his Grandpa, Doug Spieker, to The Lariat Bar for morning coffee on Monday, July 3. Kaden reports that his Dad, Shane Spieker, a 22-year veteran of the North Dakota Army National Guard, and an 11-year veteran of the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, recently accepted a position with the Security detachment at the VA Medical Center in Fargo. Kaden’s Dad’s military and law enforcement experience will serve him well as he embarks on his new duties with the VA.

Some upcoming events in the Rutland Community include: Rutland City Council meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 10, in the Rutland Town Hall; Rutland Community Club meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 10, in the Rutland Town Hall; and, Rutland Sportsmen’s Club meeting on the evening of Thursday, July 13, at the John Narum Memorial Trap & Rifle Range 3 miles west & 1½ mile south of Rutland.

Meanwhile, on the international scene, The President of the United States will be in Europe this weekend. His first stop is Poland, one of the NATO allies he said the U. S. may not defend if it is attacked, and his second stop is Germany, the country that did attack Poland in 1939 and the NATO ally to which the President has abdicated leadership of the western alliance. The President’s third stop will be at the “G20” a meeting of the countries with the 20 largest economies in the world, where he is expected to meet with the guy who pulled the strings in America’s 2016 Presidential Election, the President of the Russian Federation. At this point, it’s not clear whether Mr. Trump will tell Mr. Putin to take a hike, or whether Mr. Putin will tell Mr. Trump where to go and what to do when he gets there. Perhaps a wrestling match will be arranged, with Mr. Trump labeled “Fox News,” and Mr. Putin wearing the “Pravda” brand. Everybody knows, though, that wrestling matches, unlike Presidential Elections, are rigged. Well, 24 weeks down, and only 184 weeks to go.

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 check out the Uff-Da Day and Rutland Facebook pages 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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