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The Rooster Crows – September 1, 2017

Friday, September 1, is the beginning of “Meteorological Autumn,” according to professional meteorologists who have nothing better to do with their time than to try to confuse the populace about the calendar. September 1, they say, is the date when the gradual slide from the heat of mid-Summer to the cold of mid-Winter begins, regardless of the fact that the Autumnal Equinox, the “real” end of Summer and beginning of Autumn does not occur until Friday, September 22, according to Siri, the smart-aleck know-it-all who resides in most of our so-called “smart” phones. So, brace yourself. You may not notice the shift on September 1, but it is occurring. The late Clayton McLaen observed, “In North Dakota there are two seasons: Winter; and, getting ready for Winter.” The next 2 months of warm days, cool nights and dry air might make a North Dakotan think about kicking back and relaxing, but the real message is “Get Ready! It’s coming!”

Mike McLaren & Julie Asfeld of Sterling Colorado visited in Rutland at the home of Julie’s grandmother, Renee Cramton on Wednesday, August 23. Mr. McLaren is employed as a prison guard at the Colorado State Penitentiary in Sterling, and Julie works at Home Depot in the same city. Julie had been a frequent visitor at Grandma’s house in Rutland when she was a young girl, and Mike had never visited this part of the country before, so they decided to drive up and take a look. Mike was particularly impressed by the Coteau des Prairies Lodge, as well as by the Coteau des Prairies Hills. While they were driving up to Rutland on Monday, August 21, they crossed the track of the total Solar Eclipse in Nebraska, and report that there were traffic jams in places that normally don’t see more than 2 farm pickups a day, and that some farmers were renting out pasture sites to eclipse viewers on a per square foot basis. Mike & Julie planned to depart Rutland on Thursday, August 24, to spend some time in Julie’s old home town, Brown’s Valley MN, before heading down to Brookings SD to visit Renee’s sister, and then start back on the road to Sterling. Mr. McLaren states that the Colorado prison system has seen some big changes in recent years, with inmates now provided with computers and encouraged to use Net Flicks and other entertainment sites in order to get them accustomed to life on the outside. They will know whether the experiment worked in 10 to 20 years, Mike says. Mike & Julie are planning a return trip to Rutland for Uff-Da Day, if not this year, then next year, for sure.

Speaking of Uff-Da Day,One of the Uff-Da Day attractions this year will be a display of prints from the Haldor Anderson Photography Studio that operated in Milnor during the early years of the 20th Century. The prints were made from the original glass plate negatives that are being preserved in the archives of the Sargent County Historical Society’s Museum in Forman. Dr. Gerald Parker of Casselton, a frequent Rutland visitor and a student of Sargent County history, has used his digital scanning machine to make digital copies of the plates that can be stored in a computer and retrieved for viewing and printing. The original glass plate negatives will remain in the archives of the County Museum, but, once scanning is completed, the entire collection will be available for viewing on the Museum’s internet web site at On Uff-Da Day, Sunday, October 1, the prints will be on display at 301 First Street, the oldest house in Rutland, built by Great Northern Railway Agent Robert Bagley in 1887, following the railroad’s arrival in Rutland in October of 1886. The people and structures depicted on the glass plate negatives were not identified when the plates were rescued from the wrecking ball, and it is hoped that those who view the prints will be able to provide identifications and context for some of them.

Old friends here were saddened last week when word was received that Quentin Hoistad, a lifelong member of the Rutland community, had passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at the Oakes Community Hospital in Oakes ND. He had attained the age of 85 years 10 months and 21 days at the time of his death. Quentin Wayne Hoistad was born October 2, 1931 on the Hoistad family farm in Weber Township, 4 miles south and 1 mile west of Rutland ND, to John Antone and Mabel Carrie (Larson) Hoistad. Quentin was the middle child of the 11 Hoistad children. He was a lifelong member of Nordland Lutheran Church in Rutland. As a youngster, he attended elementary school in Havana and graduated from Havana High School in 1950. After receiving his education, Quentin started farming with his father. Farming would become his lifelong career. Over the years, he developed a dislike for horses, primarily, he said, because his father used to buy wild broncos, have the boys train them to perform work on the farm, and then sell the trained horses to other farmers, replacing them with more wild ones for the boys to break. Quentin always loved his cattle, though, and raised Polled Herefords for many years. On June 28, 1953, Quentin was united in marriage with Doris Nundahl at Nordland Lutheran Church in Rutland. They made their home on the farm 1½ mile west of Rutland that they had purchased from Bill & Maggie Nolan, and brought up their family there. Quentin favored Allis-Chalmers tractors & equipment; Gleaner combines; Plymouth & Chrysler cars; and, Dodge pickups & trucks. In addition to his farming, Quentin also found time to serve his community. He served on a number of local boards, including: Rutland Farmers Shipping Association; Rutland Community Club; Rutland Community Development Corporation; Nordland Church Council; Rutland Township Board of Supervisors; Sargent County Park Board; and, others. He was an active member of the Sargent County Historical Society, the Lake Region Wildlife Improvement Club, and of the Rutland Sportsmen’s Club.  Quentin was very proud of his 28 years of service on the Sargent County Park Board. He was the driving force behind the completion of the Silver Lake Park Pavilion in 2011, and enjoyed visiting with folks who were camping, fishing or just relaxing at the Park. When not farming, Quentin enjoyed bowling, softball and hunting, as well as participating in community theatrical productions. No one who saw it can forget Quentin’s hilarious portrayal of the hillbilly announcer from radio station KORN in one of Rutland’s “Hee-Haw” productions. Another of Quentin’s unforgettable public appearances was when he put on stilts, a top hat and a red, white & blue suit to stride down Main Street as a long-legged Uncle Sam in the Rutland Centennial Celebration Parade back in 1982. In the winter months he loved to go trapping, and sometimes had nearly 1,000 muskrat pelts stretched on boards in the basement of the Hoistad farm house, much to the chagrin of a teenage daughter Cheryl. He was well known to have a story or joke ready to share with friends and family, and even though the joke may have been heard before, Quentin enjoyed telling it so much that his listeners couldn’t help laughing along with him. Playing cards was a favorite pastime of his, especially a good game of pinochle. In May of 2014, Quentin became a resident of Four Seasons Healthcare Center in Forman, and made it his home until last week. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Doris Hoistad of Rutland; his three children: Cheryl Zirnhelt of Forman; Harris Hoistad of Estelline SD; Wayne Hoistad of Maple Lake MN; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four siblings: Urban Hoistad of Forman; Virgil Hoistad of Moorhead MN; Jean Haugtvedt of Fargo ND; Marlene Maeser of Victoria MN; and by a multitude of nieces, nephews and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, a great-granddaughter, and six of his siblings: Alda Koehler; Einar Hoistad; Audrey Pearson; John Hoistad; Jane Nuhring; and, Judy Zaharee. The funeral for Quentin Hoistad was at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 28, 2017, at Nordland Lutheran Church in Rutland, with Rev. Curtis Larson officiating. Interment was in the Nordland Cemetery, 2 miles east and ½ mile south of Rutland. The Price Funeral Chapel of Forman & Britton was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be directed to the family in care of Doris Hoistad, 315 Ross Street, Apt. #1, Rutland ND 58067. The Rutland community extends its sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Quentin Hoistad, a good friend who loved his family, contributed to his community, and enjoyed farming the good earth of Sargent County.

Wedding bells were ringing for another of Rutland’s native sons and his bride on Saturday, August 26, in Bismarck. The following report of the event was received from the groom’s mother, Janet Bradbury: “Curtis W. and Marlene L. Bradbury were married Saturday evening, August 26, during an outdoor evening ceremony in Bismarck. Curt is the son of Janet L. and the late Richard H. Bradbury and brother of Karri (Mark) Springer. Marlene’s parents are Virgil and Sharon Raddatz. Bridesmaids were Marlene’s daughters, Victoria Niemann and Brandi Niemann. Best man was Curtis’ friend since childhood, Chris Nundahl, son of former Rutland community residents Dean and Carol Nundahl. Curt’s niece, Samantha Springer was among flower girls; and nephew Nathan Springer was among ring bearers. Officiant was Pastor Matt Thompson. Also attending were Christina and Cooper Nundahl; and, Paul and Michelle Kiefer. In addition numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins from the Bradbury family attended the wedding.” Thanks to Janet for the report. Some additional information includes the fact that the Bride sang a solo, “Better Place“ written by Rachel Platten & Sally Seltmann, at the beginning of the ceremony, and that August 26 would have been the 50th wedding anniversary for Curtis’s parents. The Rutland community extends congratulations to Curtis & Marlene on the occasion of their marriage, and best wishes for a long and happy life together.

Roger McLaen and Rick Bosse and wives accompanied 6 other couples on a motorcycle tour to the Black Hills and back last week. The group drove down to attend “Cool Deadwood Nights,” a music festival and car show of immense proportions. Both Roger & Rick reported that the music was great and the car show magnificent. During their time in Deadwood they also encountered some other Sargent County folks, including: Dan & Linda Jacobson, formerly of Forman and now residents of Fargo; Dave & Donna Eklund of rural Forman; and, Merrill “Sparky” & Marcia Engquist of rural Milnor.

Roger McLaen also reports that he drove down to Wyoming, where his younger brother, Stuart, is in the ranching and farming business, to view the total solar eclipse of Monday, August 21, from a vantage point on Stuart’s ranch. Roger stated that the experience was exhilarating. He has already made plans to travel to Texas to view the next total eclipse visible in the U. S. in 2024, provided that the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey since last Friday has subsided by then.

As of the evening of Tuesday, August 28, Lefse Lena and her helpers had produced 4,015 lefse for Uff-Da Day, including 332 made that evening, and not counting the “mistakes” that the production crew consumed on the spot. Uff-Da Day XXXIII Chairperson, Marcia Brakke, reports that13 Family Living students from Lidgerwood High School were the lefse making crew on Tuesday morning, under the supervision of their teacher, Rebecca Dathe. The students practiced rolling, turning and packaging lefse, and also learned how to make enough “mistakes” to keep up their strength during the session. According to Marcia, students and teachers had a great time, and the Lidgerwood kids are now experienced lefse makers, as well as honorary citizens of Rutland. Lefse Lena’s goal for 2017 is 4,500 lefse, and 2 sessions on Thursday, August 30, will provide the opportunity to meet, and possibly top, that goal. Way to go, Lena! You make us proud!

Meanwhile, on the national scene, the President flew to Corpus Christi TX on Tuesday to view hurricane recovery efforts there. The damage caused by Hurricane Harvey was The first disaster of his Presidency that the President had not brought on all by himself. The damage is astronomical, with tens of thousands of homes, businesses and public utilities damaged and destroyed, and millions of Texas residents turned into homeless, helpless and hopeless refugees by the devastation. There will be Federal assistance in the rescue and recovery effort, of course, but the disaster has sparked some political controversy. Back in 2012, most of the Texas Congressional delegation, at least the GOP part, led by the States 2 Republican Senators, Lucifer Cornyn and Beelzebub Cruz, opposed Federal assistance for the victims of Superstorm Sandy. The folks affected by that disaster were on the East Coast, mostly in New Jersey, New York & Connecticut. Now, though, Cornyn, Cruz and company are yelling for Federal assistance because the damage is in Texas. Back in 2012, Federal assistance was “Pork Barrel Spending,” according to Cornyn & Cruz. This time around, Federal assistance will be a “wise investment of Federal funds.” The difference between then and now is that pork barrel spending is what is done in another State or District, while any spending done in your State or District is a wise investment. Political hypocrisy is nothing new, and it is not confined to one Congressional District, State or political party, but Texas Republicans, led by Senators Cornyn & Cruz, have become the new masters of this dubious alchemy. As of Friday, September 1, there are 32 weeks down and 176 to go until January 20, 2021. Can we make it? You bet we can!

Well, 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 Rutland’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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