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The Rooster Crows – July 28, 2017

The Rainfall this past week has been of the “hit and miss” variety, mostly miss with just enough hit to keep the crop, and hope, alive. The thunderstorm that rolled through on Friday night and early Saturday morning, July 21 & 22, left about ¼ inch in Rutland, .4 at the Mike Anderson farm northeast of town, .7 at Kurt Breker’s farm 1 mile south of Cayuga and 1½ inch at the Harvey Bergstrom farm 2½ miles south of Cayuga. Cam Gulleson reports that he checked a rain gauge 4 miles east of Rutland that had 1.75 inch of rain in it on Saturday morning, while Harvey Bergstrom reported that there was no rain at all on the fields he farms in Shuman Township 2 miles north of Cayuga. The quarter of an inch here in Rutland brought the total for the week of July 14-21 up to somewhere between .9 and even 1 inch, depending on whose rain gauge was checked. Just remember that an inch of rain is the equivalent of approximately 12 inches of snow, so be happy that it’s July and not January.

Steve & DeeAnn (Breker) Paulson of Austin TX were visitors in the Rutland and Cayuga communities during the week of July 15-22. The Paulsons visited friends and family here throughout the week, and departed for their home in the Lone Star State on Saturday, July 22, in the company of their great-nephew, 7-year-old Drew Kiefer of Dallas TX. Drew had been visiting at the home of his grandparents, Cliff & Janny (Breker) Kiefer, for a couple of weeks. DeeAnn’s fellow students from her days at RHS and SCHS remember her musical ability, and her willingness to put that ability to work. During her Sophomore and Junior years at RHS she was the de facto head of the school’s music program and leader of the Rutland High School Band. She translated her musical talent into a successful career as a music teacher in schools from Hankinson ND to Austin TX, where she & Steve still make their home. Steve, a native of Hankinson, had a successful career as an engineer for the 3M Company.

Several boys from Rutland have been playing Babe Ruth American Legion baseball at Lidgerwood this Summer, and on Friday, July 21, the Lidgerwood team captured the District Championship by defeating the team from Casselton in a hard-fought contest. Boys from the Rutland community on the team include: Gaven Christianson; Landon Lysne; Austin Willprecht; Fletcher Willprecht; and, Logan Wyum. The boys will be playing in the North Dakota State Babe Ruth Tournament in Thompson ND on Friday & Saturday, July 28 & 29. The Rutland community extends congratulations to the Lidgerwood team & coaching staff; and to Gaven, Landon, Austin, Fletcher & Logan on their achievement, and thanks them for keeping the baseball tradition of the Rutland Roosters alive and well.

Candidates with ties to Rutland made a clean sweep of the first 3 places at the Miss Sargent County Pageant held on Sunday, July 23, at the Sargent County Fair. Miss Rutland 2017, Pacey Grosgebauer, became part of the reigning Miss Sargent County’s court with the title of Second Runner-up at the Pageant’s conclusion. Miss Grosgebauer is the 16-year-old daughter of John & Dana Grosgebauer and makes her home with her parents in Gwinner.  In true Rutland spirit, she took the initiative to actively seek the Miss Rutland title and to represent this community in the Miss Sargent County competition. She will be a Junior at North Sargent High School this Fall, where she participates in Volleyball, golf, basketball, FFA, FCCLA, SADD, speech, One-Act play, National Honor Society and choir. During the talent competition on Sunday evening, Miss Grosgebauer sang “How Far I’ll Go,” a theme song from the animated children’s movie “Moana.” She is already making plans to further her education after graduating from NSHS in 2019 by pursuing a career in dentistry. Miss Rutland 2017 states that she intends to be involved in activities here, and that she plans to be in the Uff-Da Day Parade on Sunday, October 1, as well as participating in other community events throughout the year. Selected to reign as Miss Sargent County 2017 was Miss Forman, Alisha Zirnhelt, who served as Miss Rutland back in 2016; and, selected as First Runner-up was Miss Stirum, Grace Mathias of that community. Miss Zirnhelt is a great-great granddaughter of the late Harry & Hilda Nundahl of Rutland, and a great-granddaughter of Quentin & Doris (Nundahl) Hoistad of this community. Miss Mathias is a great-granddaughter of the late Harry & Hilda Nundahl of Rutland, and a granddaughter of James & Judy (Nundahl) Kleingarn of rural Milnor, formerly Cayuga. The parents of the 2 girls are Clint & Patsy Zirnhelt, Forman, and Chris & Marcia Mathias, Stirum. The Rutland community extends congratulations to all 3 of these young ladies, particularly to Miss Rutland 2017, for their achievements.

Rodney Erickson reports that he is anticipating the first loads of the 2017 wheat crop to be hauled in to Wheaton-Dumont Co-op’s Rutland Elevator station sometime during the July 28-30 weekend. There are not as many wheat acres this year, states Rodney, but the crop around Rutland looks good, and the price is holding up, too, as much of the wheat crop to the south and west has been ravaged by drought, and the crop to the north of this area has been damaged and diminished by too much wet weather. Rodney reports that his aerial application service, Wild Rice Air Ag, has been busy applying agricultural chemicals and performing aerial seeding of cover crops in recent weeks. There are different levers in the aircraft that control each function, and Rodney says that he has to be careful to pull the right one at the right time to make sure that the right product gets applied in the right location. There is no ejection seat lever in his spray plane, Rodney explains, so he doesn’t have to worry about that one. Cover crops being aerial seeded into standing corn include: rye; turnips; and, radishes; among others. Give Rodney a call at 701-367-5243 for the straight scoop on grain marketing, aerial spraying, cover crop seeding and Rockin’ Rodney’s DJ Service.

Harvey Bergstrom reports that the Mayville variety of Spring Wheat that he planted this Spring looks as if it will be ready to cut by Friday, July 28, give or take a day or two. He says that one of his neighbors had the combine out and took a sample in a wheat field west of Cayuga on Monday, July 24, but that field was not quite ready to go, yet. Harvey says that he took some time to practice on the concertina last weekend, so he’s now rested, relaxed and ready to get his combine rolling.

Rick Bosse stopped in at The Lariat Bar for coffee and conversation on the morning of Tuesday, July 12, and reported that he, his spouse, Sherry, and a friend, Roger McLaen, had just returned from a 12-day trip to see some sights and enjoy some cooler, drier air in the mountains of Montana, Alberta, British Columbia and Idaho. They made the first stretch of their trip, from Sargent County to Whitefish MT, in a pickup truck pulling a trailer that contained their motorcycles. Their route took them across northern Montana on “The Highline,” U. S. Highway #2, to Whitefish where they parked the pickup and trailer, unloaded the cycles and headed for a tour of Glacier Park. After taking the “Going To the Sun” highway through the Park, they crossed into Canada, to the Waterton Park just north of the international boundary. From there they headed to the Canadian National Park at Banff, up to Jasper and then over to the Columbia Ice Fields and British Columbia. Rick said that at one point, right after they had started out on their motorcycles, they got stuck in a traffic jam on Highway #2 with the temperature at 102 above on the pavement. A few days later they were at the Columbia Ice Field, where the temperature was a chilly 28 above. They turned south in British Columbia, crossed back into Idaho and rode into Coeur d’Alene before heading back east to Whitefish where the cycles were put back into the trailer and they headed for home. Stories of the severe drought in eastern Montana are not exaggerated, according to Rick. On the way home, they took a diagonal route across Montana through Jordan to Glendive and the junction with I-94. At Jordan, they drove through an area that was being ravaged by a huge fire that burned through nearly 200,000 acres of grasslands and was not even close to being contained. “The firefighters and the fire were right by the road when we went through,” he said, “and they closed the highway right after we got past the fire.” Cattlemen were hard pressed to get their livestock rounded up and out of harm’s way, Rick stated, but even though they saved their cattle, they lost all of their pasture and hay. The 3 travelers returned home on Sunday, July 23, and started planning their next adventure, wherever that may take them.

Paul Anderson returned from a long weekend in Iowa on Monday, July 24, and reported that wheat harvest has begun in eastern South Dakota. Wheat was being swathed along I-29 between Watertown and Brookings he said, and it appeared that there had been ample rainfall in that part of South Dakota. Paul had accompanied his daughter, Betsy, of Lincoln NE, and mother-in-law, Etha Quinlan of Sun City West AZ, to a reunion of Etha’s family in southern Iowa. Southern Iowa appeared to be dry, he reported, but the northern part of that State had corn and soybean fields that appeared to be in good shape.

Jim & Ione Lunneborg of this community drove down to Hutchinson MN for the big Allis-Chalmers exposition this past weekend, July 22 & 23. Jim reports that, as usual, he did not win the Allis Chalmers tractor that is raffled off at the conclusion of the show. This year the First Prize was an Allis-Chalmers D-10 tractor that was built about 60 years ago, or $4,000 if the winner already had all of the AC tractors needed, or desired. According to Jim, the winner usually lives several hundred miles from Hutchinson, in Nebraska, or Illinois, or some other foreign land, but this year the lucky ticket holder resided only 3 miles from Hutchinson, close enough to drive his prize home. The Allis-Chalmers show in Hutchinson is held each year on the 4th weekend of July.

The Rutland Roosters Men’s Slowpitch Softball team took on the Bobcat Interns in a double-header at Lou Sanderson Field on the evening of Tuesday, July 25. The Roosters dominated both contests, posting a 15-0 win in game #1 and claiming the second by a score of 17-3, according to veteran observer Roger Pearson. Tuesday’s games were the last regular season league contests before the State Tournament next month. Congratulations to the Rutland Roosters on another successful season!

Uff-Da Day XXXIII lefse production began with 2 sessions on Tuesday, July 25, at the Rutland Town Hall. At the conclusion of session #2 on day #1 the lefse count stood at 294. The next sessions are scheduled for: August 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 24, 29 & 31. Starting times are 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day. Call Marcia Brakke at 763-221-7862 to sign up, or to get your questions answered. Lefse – the stuff that dreams are made of, it’s not just for Thanksgiving and Christmas any more!

Some upcoming events in Rutland include: Rutland City Council meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 7, in the Rutland Town Hall; Rutland General Store & Café Auction Sale on Saturday, August 12, on Gay Street, between the store building and the Sargent County Bank’s Rutland Station; Rutland Community Club meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 14, in the Rutland Town Hall; Relay For Life Junkfest & Rummage Sale on Saturday, August 19, at the Rutland Town Hall & other locations around town; Rutland Rib Fest, beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, on Rutland’s Main Street; the 20th Annual Rutland Sportsmen’s Club’s Youth Day from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, at the John Narum Memorial Trap & Rifle Range ½ mile north of Silver Lake, or 3 miles west and 1½ mile south of Rutland; and, Rutland’s 33rd Annual Uff-Da Day on Sunday, October 1, in Rutland.

Meanwhile, in the Nation’s Capitol, it’s 27 weeks down, and only 181 to go until January 20, 2021. Mr. Trump can’t seem to make up his mind whether he is hosting “The Apprentice” or starring in “Survivor,” but he continues to play all forms of the national media, including this one, like a fiddle. “I don’t care what the Fargo Fool’um writes about me, as long as they spell my name right,” North Dakota’s late U. S. Senator Bill Langer used to say, and the Donald operates on the same principle, with a lot more forms of media to manipulate. Well, it’s going to be a wild party while it lasts, and the people of America may be sick, sober and sorry when it’s over, but think of the fun we’ll have had! Ya, you bet!

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 www.rutlandnd.com, and stop by 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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