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The Rooster Crows – July 21, 2017

The “Death By Drought” sentence was commuted, temporarily, when a life saving rain arrived in the nick of time on the morning of Tuesday, July 18. Paul Anderson’s electronic rain gauge in his backyard at 309 Gay Street recorded .45 of an inch, and Jesse Brakke’s electronic gauge along Highway #11 between Rutland & Cayuga indicated .6 of an inch. Mike walstead stated that the rain gauge on his farm in Rutland Township showed just a little over .45 of an inch, but Mike said, I need rain so bad that I’m calling it half an inch!” The same rainstorm dropped 1½ inch of rain at Wahpeton, but only .35 of an inch at the farm of Sargent County Highway Engineer Jesse Sedler near Great Bend. The rain does fall on the just and the unjust, alike, but not always in the same amount.

Rodney Erickson reports that he was up in the Devils Lake region of North Dakota recently, performing aerial application of ag-chemicals to farm fields near Leeds and Lakota. Rodney states that there is a marked contrast between the excessively Wet conditions in northeast North Dakota & northwest Minnesota, and the drought that has been afflicting the rest of the region. He reports that Devils Lake, after receding from its high water line and giving back some farmland in recent years, put it all back under water this past Spring as the result of heavy snow last winter and big rains this spring. There are some who draw comfort from the fact that, although it’s too wet in the northeast and too dry in the southeast, on the average it’s just right!

Mrs. Betty Lou Rohde of Webster SD, grandmother of intern Pastor Nicholas Rohde, visited in Rutland on Sunday, July 9, and attended the Sunday morning service at Nordland Lutheran Church here, where she observed her grandson in action. Mrs. Rohde thought that her grandson did just fine, as did all in attendance.

Dr. Gerald Parker of Casselton arrived in Rutland on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 12, and set up housekeeping in the Rutland RV Park. Dr. Parker has been a frequent Rutland visitor over the years, and is well known to most in this community. Among his other activities on this trip, Dr. Parker is involved in assisting the Sargent County Museum scan old, glass photographic negatives into digital format so the photos can be posted on the Museum’s web site for viewing by all. At present, Dr. Parker is working on a collection of approximately 600 negative plates from the community of Milnor. It is believed that the plates are 90 to 130 years old. Only one of the individual photographs has been positively identified so far, that being a photograph of Dr. William Walter King, Milnor physician, father of the late Walter King, longtime attorney in Forman, who is still remembered by many. Dr. Parker has also contacted the Lidgerwood Museum, which has a collection of several thousand photographic plates from the studio of the late Fred W. Gertson of Lidgerwood. Mr. Gertson had photo studios in several communities in the area, including Rutland, during the early years of the 20th Century. When he finishes the project for the Sargent County Museum, Dr. Parker intends to start on the plates in Lidgerwood. It appears that approximately half of those may be identified, he says. Dr. Parker returned to his home in Casselton on Sunday, July 16, but states that he intends to be back in a few weeks to continue the scanning project. He estimates that he has scanned about one-third of the Milnor collection so far.

Miss Taryn Cunningham of Ely MN became the bride of Mr. Jake Erickson of Rutland on Saturday, July 15, at a ceremony in the Bride’s home community. A large delegation from Rutland made the trek to Ely to attend the ceremony and the reception that followed. The newlyweds will be making their home on the Erickson farm southeast of Rutland. The farm was originally homesteaded by Jake’s great-great grandfather, August Erickson, back in the early 1880’s. Taryn is employed as a pharmacist at Sisseton SD. Jake is the 5th generation of Ericksons on the family farm, and he also operates a feed & seed business in Rutland. The Rutland community extends congratulations to Jake & Taryn Erickson on the occasion of their marriage, and best wishes for a long and happy life together, too.

Members of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of the American Legion met at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, in the American Legion Hall/Rutland Fitness Center. According to Post Commander Larry Christensen, the members discussed upcoming Post activities for the next several months. First up on the agenda was approval of a plan to conduct a series of “Meat Raffle” fund raisers throughout the late Summer and Fall. Next, the Post will be serving a pancake & sausage breakfast/brunch in the Rutland Town Hall on Sunday, October 15; and, after that, Post members will be serving a biscuits and gravy breakfast on the morning of Super Bowl Sunday, February 4, 2018. Post members also allocated $200.00 to sponsor Vice-Commander Tom Manley on the American Legion’s “Legacy Run” fund-raising motorcycle rally held in conjunction with this year’s upcoming National Convention of the American Legion. The next meeting of American Legion Post #215 will be held at the call of the Commander. 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.

Here we are, 3 quarters of the way through July, and Uff-Da Day, Sunday, October 1, is only 9 weeks down the road. Uff-Da Day chairperson Marcia Brakke recently supplied information about the lefse making schedule for the 2017 event. “…dates for lefse making at the Rutland town hall are: July 25, August 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 24, 29 & 31. Starting times are 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day. We need rollers, turners and packagers. Just show up with any amount of experience, or with no experience at all, if you want to learn. Call Marcia at 763-221-7862 to sign up, or to get your questions answered. See you there!” This will be Uff-Da Day XXXIII.

The Sargent County Fair is being held this weekend, from Friday, July 21, through Sunday, July 23, at the Sargent County Fairgrounds at Forman. The County Fair is the culmination of a lot of effort by the Fair Board, 4-H kids, Extension Service staff and many volunteers. This year’s Fair, in addition to the exhibits and livestock, has a rodeo, music, good food and many other events for children and adults of all ages. The Fair will conclude with the “Miss Sargent County” pageant on Sunday evening, but there will be a lot of entertainment and excitement preceding that grand finale, states County Commissioner and Fair Board member Jason Arth. Try it! You’ll like it!

Meanwhile, on the national scene, 26 weeks down, and only 182 to go.

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 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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  1. Posted August 25, 2017 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Impressive collection of memories from the old days!
    Knut H. Schanke told me of the website, he knows I “work” in one museum in the same field here in Norway.
    The website below is our local museum, runs with no official support, by membership only.
    Sorry, but the txt is in Norwegian.
    All the best!

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