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The Rooster Crows – August 18, 2017

The weatherman must have read the advertising slogan on a box of Morton’s Salt this past Saturday and Sunday, August 12 & 13, “When It Rains, It Pours!”  The rain started at about 3:00 on Saturday afternoon and settled in for a steady rain until about 9:30 on Sunday morning.  When it stopped, Paul Anderson’s electronic rain gauge registered 3.25 inches of precipitation, the biggest rainfall all year.  Neighbors to the south, though, believe that when you break a drought there should be no doubt, and over 6 inches of rain was reported from Havana all the way along the north slope of the Coteau des Prairies hills, an area that has gotten short changed in the rainfall department throughout the Summer, until now.  The rain was very welcome, and no complaints were heard from any quarters.  Lyle Erickson reported on Sunday morning that, “My corn is smiling from ear to ear.”  Lyle had a smile to match.  More rain arrived in the form of drizzles, mists and sprinkles that started on the evening of Tuesday, August 15, and continued on into Wednesday morning.  No official rainfall amounts were available as of 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, but the unofficial reports, also known as guesses, were that another .1 to .2 had been received.  The Assembled Wise Men are of the opinion that North Dakota is like dehydrated prosperity.  All you have to do is add water!

Norbert Kulzer checked in at Sanford Hospital in Fargo on Monday, August 6, after the respiratory ailment that has plagued him all Summer flared up again.  He received continuous treatment until Thursday afternoon, August 10, when he was released and headed for home. Norbert reported that he feels better, but the doctors at Sanford told him that he might feel the effects of the ailment, and of the treatment, for the next 4 to 6 weeks.  His many friends here extend him a hearty “Welcome Home!”  The discussions of The Assembled Wise Men are not nearly as stimulating when the head Wise Man is among the missing.

Janet Bradbury; her daughter & son in law, Carrie & Mark Springer of Bismarck; and, grandchildren, Samantha & Nathan Springer; were in residence in Rutland from Thursday, August 3 to Sunday August 6. Janet furnished the following report of her whirlwind visit to Bradbury Estate East: “Well once again we had a whirlwind working weekend in Rutland. Someday we will have a social weekend after we get all our junk thrown or distributed.  I was pleased to see that the corn across from our house was the tallest and darkest green between Rutland and Rapid City. Looks like a good crop there. Both drives were uneventful except when I got just east of exit 84 between Wall and Rapid City, on the way back to the ranch. Traffic was bumper to bumper with 50% motorcycles all at 80 mph. Worked fine until a little black cloud came over and dumped so much water that the white road lines were not visible. I pulled off on the shoulder with my flashers on and when I could see the other side of the road there was a pickup in the median which had been pulling two large motorcycle hauling vans. The pickup was on its wheels but the trailers were tipped over. Traffic was so heavy I and several others that had pulled off the road had to wait about 15 minutes for a break in the traffic so we could drive on. About five minutes later the road and pastures were dry, dry, dry again. It’s a Dakota thing.  Got home and the rural water was off so I am well but not clean. Water should be back on tomorrow.  Hoping you are all doing well in Rutland. It looked like the Uff-da Day group at the City Hall was getting ready for the big event.  Well, not sure next time I will be in Rutland. Seems like the high 90s hung on a long long time this year so these 70-80 degree days are very pleasant.”  Thanks to Janet for the report.

Rutland native Patricia Gast, now a resident of Mankato MN, recently posted the following message on Rutland’s internet web site at “Thank you for the very nice article on my sister, Jeanne (Gast) Kessel.  She was a sweet and loving sister, and an inspiration to all of us as she courageously dealt with health issues, especially over the last ten years.  We will miss her dearly.  Your tribute to her is very much appreciated by the family.  I am so glad Bud was able to see the veterans’ monument at Rutland last week with Cecelia and Jeanne’s husband and son.  My husband and I were there with Cecelia to see it a couple of years ago.  We were very impressed with the nice job done by the community to honor Rutland’s vets.  Well done!!!”  Thanks to Pat for the message, and for the comments about Rutland’s Veterans’ Memorial Monument.

Rutland native Dan Narum & his wife, Caroline, of Lamoure, along with their son, Asher, and daughter, Ellery, stopped in Rutland on the afternoon of Saturday, August 5, to take a look at the inventory of The Old Parsonage, and to visit old friends Bill Anderson & Kathy Brakke.  Judge Narum and family had been out at Silver Lake for a reunion of the Colby family.  Dan’s mother was the late Joyce (Colby) Narum, and his maternal grandparents were the late Ted & Winnie Colby.  During their Rutland visit, the Narums stopped in at 116 Dakota Street, where Dan lived with his parents, the late Dennis & Joyce Narum, when he was growing up.  Asher & Ellery enjoyed inspecting their Dad’s old room.  Dan is currently serving as the Presiding Judge of North Dakota’s Southeast Judicial District, with chambers in Ellendale.  He has primary responsibility for cases in several southeastern counties, including Sargent.  The Narums make their home in Lamoure, where they indulge their enthusiasm for horses, hunting and other hobbies.

The Rutland General Store and Café Auction Sale on Saturday, August 12, drew a crowd that was a little smaller than anticipated, possibly due to the threatening weather, but what the bidders lacked in numbers they more than made up in the passion and intensity of their bidding.  Jan Vold of Vold Auction & Realty of Britton SD was the lead auctioneer, and the Vold firm also clerked the sale. A group of youngsters from GA Lutheran Church in Gwinner did a land office business at the lunch counter.  At 11:00 a.m. bidding started on the two Main Street buildings: The Rutland General Store building; and, the Rutland Café building. The auctioneer first solicited bids to sell both structures together, as a single unit, and then took bids on the 2 buildings separately.  In neither instance was the reserve price set by the owner, Gretchen Vann, reached, and there was “No Sale” on the buildings.  Anyone interested in either or both buildings should contact the Vold Auction & Realty firm in Britton for more information. When the rain began in mid-afternoon, the auctioneers and the bidders just kept right on selling and buying.  At last report, no one and nothing had melted as a result of being rained upon.  Ms. Vann is currently making her home with her mother and brother, Toos & Klaas Vanderwolf, in Forman. She is currently employed on the staff of the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon.

Among those who were in Rutland on Saturday, August 12, were sisters Kathy (Ryan) Lee and Sonja (Ryan) Medhaug, natives of Veblen SD.  The 2 had come to Rutland to take in the Rutland Rib Fest, but discovered that they were a week early. They had so much fun at The Rutland General Store auction sale, though, visiting old friends and checking out interesting items, that they decided to come back on Saturday, August 19 to get in on the Junkfest, rummage sale, ribs and music, too.  The sisters are natives of Veblen SD, where Sonja still makes her home.  Kathy’s husband was the late Rick Lee of Rutland, and she has made her home in Oakes since she and Rick moved there in 1970.

Lefse Lena and her crew are continuing to roll out Uff-Da Day Lefse at a good clip, according to Uff-Da Day XXXIII Chairperson Marcia Brakke.  As of Tuesday evening, August 15, the total number of lefse rolled, fried, flipped and packaged stood at 1,946, including the 543 that had been made that day, and not counting the “mistakes” that had to be eaten on the spot by the lefse makers and their helpers. Marcia reports that a number of new lefse makers have joined in this year and have been having a good time. Jenny Gulleson and Samantha Gillespie rolled lefse for the first time on Tuesday evening, and drew “oohs and aahs” from the more experienced lefse makers for their perfectly circular lefse rounds, Marcia stated. Anyone who wants to get in on the fun can contact Marcia at 763-221-7862, or be at the Rutland Town Hall kitchen at 9:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. on any Tuesday or Thursday through the Month of August. Uff-Da Day, the 33rd annual, will be on Sunday, October 1, this year.

Mike Pyle of The Lariat Bar here reports that, as of Tuesday, August 15, 8 rib chefs have preregistered for Rutland’s 9th annual Rib Fest on Saturday, August 19.  Ribbers from Aberdeen and Fargo, as well as several from the local area, are among the competitors who have signed up and are prepared to strut their stuff at the barbecue grill.  Judging will be conducted and ribs will be served at 3:00, states Mike, and the serving will continue until the ribs are gone.  There will also be vendors with sweet corn, baked potatoes, mini-doughnuts and other good stuff.  According to Mike, there will be music on Main Street from 1:00 p.m. until Midnight. The Lariat Bar has sponsored the Rutland Rib Fest since 2009.

The Rib Fest isn’t the only thing going on in Rutland on Saturday, August 19.  There are also a myriad of other events, commencing with: 8:00am-1:00pm-Coffee, rolls, sandwiches, salad and loaded nachos at the Senior Citizens Building (Relay for Life fundraiser); 8:00am-4:00pm, Citywide Garage Sales; from 10:00am to 4:00pm, (3rd Annual Relay for Life Fundraiser Free Will Donation Entry Fee) Junk Fest, in Greg Donaldson’s Rutland Oil Co. building and lot south of building; Vendor Show & sale, Erickson Building and SC Bank meeting room; Farmers Market on Gay Street between The Rutland General Store building and the Sargent County Bank’s Rutland Station; 10:00am til gone, a Scalloped potato dinner and Rummage Sale at City Hall (Relay for Life Fundraiser); Noon to 4pm, a Car, tractor, truck, motorcycle Show wil be on display on Main Street, from the Sargent County Bank down to The Old Parsonage, watch for signs, Trophies for Best in Show and People’s Choice; 4pm, a Pie and ice cream social at the Rutland Seniors Center on Main Street, Sponsored by Legion Auxiliary; 3pm til the cows come home, Rib Fest on Main Street; and, 1:00pm-12:00 Midnight, Live Music on main Street.  For more information about the 9th Annual Rutland Rib Fest, call Mike at The Lariat Bar, at 724-3610.   For more information about the Junkfest, Farmer’s Market or car/tractor/truck/motorcycle show, call Ione at 724-3612.”  It’s going to be a full day, but you can always sit on a bench by the Rutland Veterans Memorial to contemplate the past and meditate on the future if your feet get tired.

Visitors to the Silver Lake Park on Sunday afternoon, August 20, will find the Rutland Sportsmen’s Club’s 19th Annual Youth Day in full swing at the John Narum Memorial Trap & Rifle Range 3 miles west and 1½ mile south of Rutland.  The event is co-sponsored by the Rutland Sportsmen’s Club, the Sargent County Chapter of Pheasants Forever and the Windy Mound Chapter of the Wild Turkey Federation.  It is open to all youths, boys and girls, up through Seniors in High School.  Participants must be accompanied by a parent or some other responsible adult.  The boys and girls participating in Youth Day will get hands on training with shotguns, rifles, archery and fishing equipment in a supervised setting.  The youngsters will also be eligible for a number of prizes supplied by area businesses.  According to Travis, the event will begin at 1:00 on Sunday afternoon and will last until 4:00 p.m, or until the supply of kids and ammunition runs out, whichever occurs later.  Everything is free for the participating youths, with food and beverages available on the grounds.

There were two disasters in America this past week.  The first occurred in Charlottesville VA when a group of torch bearing, gun toting, swastika waving neo-Nazis, chanting racial epithets and ethnic slurs, clashed with a group protesting their presence in the city where Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia; and, the second occurred when President Donald Trump opened his mind on the subject, and exposed a moral wasteland, devoid of conscience, compassion or courage.  It was a chilling spectacle, to watch and listen to the President defend his decision to remain impartial in the struggle between good and evil, between hope and hate, between tolerance and intolerance.  Eighty years ago a lone member of the British Parliament, Winston Churchill, stood alone as he sounded the alarm bell to warn his countrymen, and the rest of the world, of the threat posed by the Nazi ideology then poised to engulf Europe in the conflagration of total war and the horror of the Holocaust.  When cautioned by colleagues that he should be impartial in his comments about those who opposed the Nazis and those who sympathized with them, Churchill’s response was, ” I decline utterly to be impartial between the fire brigade and the fire.”  This past week the alarm bells have been sounding in America.  Our President says that there is no moral difference between the neo-Nazis and racists among us and those who oppose them.  It is up to each American to decide whether or not they will be impartial between the fire brigade and the fire; to decide whether the alarm bells are the signal for them to stand with those who oppose racism, bigotry and intolerance, or whether the bells are the death knell of the American experiment in self government, individual liberty and the rule of law.  Impartiality, if it is an option, is siding with the fire.  As of Friday, August 18, there are 30 weeks down, and 178 weeks to go until January 20, 2021, if we last that long.

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 Rutland’s internet web site at, 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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