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The Rooster Crows – September 22, 2017

Lefse and rommegrot, Takk Skal De Ha! Get ‘em on Uff-Da Day in Rutland! Ya! Ya! Ya! Uff-Da Day preparations continued this week as 2 sessions were held in the Rutland Town Hall kitchen on Tuesday, September 19, to make krumkake, the thin, crispy, rolled pastries that can be eaten plain, or filled with whipped cream, strawberries and other good stuff. During the morning session, Rebecca Dathe and 7 of her Lidgerwood High School Family Living students were on hand to give the old pros a helping hand, and to master the art of krumkake making themselves. According to Marcia Brakke, 1,400 krumkake were produced during the 2 sessions. Sandkaker, also called sandbakkels and sand cakes, will be produced on Monday, September 25, in the Town Hall kitchen. Uff-Da Day XXXIII is on Sunday, October 1, in Rutland. The Uff-Da Day Committee has released the following schedule of activities for the day: 7:30 to 9 AM Coffee and Rolls at Main Street location; 8 AM 5K Walk/Run, commencing at the City Maintenance Building at 315 First Street; 10 AM Craft Booths open throughout the day; 10:00 am, Display of early 20th Century photographs from the Haldor Anderson Photography Studio of Milnor, throughout the day at the Bagley House, 301 First Street; 11 AM Pioneer Demonstrations and Sale of Scandinavian Foods that include Lefse, Rommegrot and Abelskievers commence; 11 AM Scandinavian dinner at Rutland City Hall, featuring Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and Scandinavian Goodies; 1 PM Parade commences at intersection of Dakota & Gay Streets; 1:45 Nickel Scramble Main Street; 2 PM Minute-to-Win It Contests on Main Street, sign up at event; 3 PM Finnish Wife Carrying Race at course adjacent to Bagley & Gay Streets, register in advance at 763-221-7862, or sign up at the course before the race.

And the rains came, with a roar of wind and a hammering downpour at about 9:00 p.m. on the evening of Tuesday, September 19. Rain had been in the forecast since Thursday, the 14th, but despite the weatherman’s best efforts, only .1 of an inch was squeezed out of a passing cloud on Friday, the 15th. Tuesday, the 19th, though, was a different day. It started out humid and windy, with a southeast wind that just got stronger and more humid as the day wore on, until it could hold back no more and let loose with a downpour that settled the dust, cleared the air and washed the spider webs out of the downspouts. Jesse Brakke reported that approximately 1 inch of rain had fallen at his Ransom Township farmstead between Rutland and Cayuga by 10:00 p.m. Around the coffee table on Wednesday morning, Paul Anderson reported that his electronic rain gauge at 309 Gay Street recorded 1.75 inch of rain between 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday and 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, while Roger Pearson reported that his gauge one block east, at 409 Gay Street, showed 1.5 inch on Wednesday morning. Some hail accompanied the 1.5 inch of rain that fell at the Mark Wyum farm 2 miles northeast of town, although not enough to do much damage Mark was hoping. Jim Lunneborg reported 1.5 inch of rain at his Shuman Township farmstead, and Rick Bosse stated that his rain gauge at Brampton showed 1.3 inch on Wednesday morning. With soybean harvest just getting started, the rain was not welcome in some quarters, but most agree that it was badly needed to replenish soil moisture and to wash the smoke of Montana’s forest fires out of the air.

Rick Bosse also reported that his weekend trip to Kansas City to watch North Dakota’s Carson Wentz lead the Philadelphia Eagles against the Kansas City Chiefs was a great experience, even if the Eagles did lose by a score of 27-20. Wentz had a good game, Rick stated, despite the fact that the Chiefs had more players in the Eagles backfield than did the Eagles on most offensive plays. Rick says that it takes time and money to go to a pro football game, but then, what have we got them for, anyway?

Rutland natives Pat & Dave Kulzer have reported from their home in the Swan Valley of northwestern Montana that a general rain finally fell in that region on the morning of Sunday, September 17, slowing some of the big fires that have plagued that region of the country since June, and clearing the air for the first time in several weeks. The Kulzers are planning to take advantage of the improved visibility to make a break for Rutland and Uff-Da Day next week.

A crew of volunteer workers from the Bobcat factory at Gwinner was at work painting the Rutland Depot Museum on Wednesday, September 13. The Bobcat Company encourages its employees to volunteer some time to community service projects, and the Bobcat volunteers have helped out in Rutland on several occasions. The volunteer workers were: Pat Bladow; Dawn Turchin; Justin Lee; Ian Miller; John Woytassek; and, Chuck Sundlie. The City of Rutland supplied the paint and the brushes. Prior to the new coat of paint being applied, the buildings to be painted were pressure washed by Larry Christensen. Dale McLaen lent the City the use of his scaffolding; and, Alan Olstad and Dale McLaen provided the use of their airless spray painter for the project. Wednesday was warm, but the air was calm, so it was a good day to use a spray painter. On Thursday morning, September 14, Chuck Sundlie; Roger Pearson; Paul Anderson; Dick Meyers; and, Ron Narum; disassembled the scaffolding and returned it and the spray painter to Dale McLaen’s shop. Mayor Ron Narum replaced the Great Northern Railway emblems on the north & south peaks of the Depot on Saturday, September 16. The emblems had originally been painted by Tim Anderson of Forman, and Tim had volunteered his time, talent and paint to renew the emblems and complete the refurbishing of the Depot’s exterior. The Depot Museum is now back to the gray color that characterized the buildings of the Great Northern Railway back in the days when coal was king and steam powered American transportation and industry. The painting crew also gave the Museum’s one-room Country School a new coat of white paint, brightening the structure up prior to Uff-Da Day on Sunday, October 1.

Cheryl Madsen, assisted by Stephanie Juelfs, Nate Bergh and Shawna Bergh, has put a new coat of paint on her home at 322 Gay Street, including the detached garage and storage building, this past week. The buildings had been red at one time, but prior to Cheryl’s purchase of the property a year and a half ago the red had faded to pink. Cheryl had the buildings primed with white primer, and then given a finish coat that is an attractive shade of moss green, complemented by the brown shingles on the structures. Thanks to Cheryl for this improvement to the appearance of our community. Previous owners of this property were: Mark & Diane Bauman; Edgar & Hilda Narum; Roman & Myrtle Kulzer; and, Ole & Alma Holen.

Josh & Brianne Nelson have been working on significant improvements to their home at 210 Gay Street in Rutland this Summer, including repairs to the siding, new roofing and interior remodeling to make the house handicapped accessible. The Nelson’s home was built back in 1907 by John R. “Lumber John” Johnson. Other owners of the residence include Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Miller; Mr. & Mrs. Leland Evenson; Lowell & Phyllis Sjothun; Bill & Ann Lubke; and, Kyle & Kaia Mahrer. Josh & Brianne are to be commended for the improvements they have made to the utility and appearance of their home.

This community was saddened last week when word was received here that Edith Malpert, a lifelong member of the Rutland community, had passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Center in Oakes. Edith had attained the age of 96 years and 18 days at the time of her death. Edith Lynette McLaen was born August 26, 1921 on a farm one mile north of Rutland ND to Edward Erwin “Eddie E.” and Ida Olina (Moe) McLaen. As a youngster, she attended school in Rutland and graduated from Rutland High School as a member of the Class of 1939. After finishing high school, she helped at home and took a business course by correspondence. In April of 1942 Edith started working for R. J. Betting in the Sargent County Register of Deeds office, where she served as Deputy Registrar for 42 and a half years. The last ten years of her career also included responsibilities in the Clerk of Courts office and the County Judge office, as they were combined. Edith was a lifetime member of the Rutland Baptist Church. During her lifetime she had held many offices in the Church, and for several years was the leader of the Junior Baptist Youth Fellowship. She was a charter member of the Friendly Garden Club. Her membership in the American Legion Auxiliary began in 1941, and she was an active member for more than 75 years. In addition to her garden club and auxiliary activities, Edith was also a member of the Rutland Community Club, and assisted with many local activities. She had an endless supply of information about the history of the Rutland community, and the local characters who made it. Her mind was clear and her memory sharp, right up to her final days. From 1942 to 1949, Edith lived in Forman, with the remainder of her life being spent in Rutland. While living in Forman she served as the leader of the youth group at the Congregational Church and was an assistant Girl Scout Leader. Although Edith and Otto had no children, she was always interested in all of the children of their relatives, neighbors and friends. On September 27, 1969, she was united in marriage with Otto Malpert. They made Rutland their home all of their married life, first residing in the house at 222 Bagley Street, and then at 106 Ross Street. She loved music, art, reading, gardening, flowers, quilting, crossword puzzles and other kinds of puzzles. Family history was very important to her and she greatly enjoyed digging into her genealogy. Perhaps above all else, Edith enjoyed the simple pleasure of spending time and visiting with family and friends. Although she was an only child, she always had lots of friends and relatives to spend time with. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Otto Malpert of Oakes; by several nieces, nephews and their families; and by many friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Eddie & Ida McLaen. The funeral for Edith Malpert was at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 18, 2017, at the Nordland Lutheran Church in Rutland. Pastor Wayne Hutchins of the Baptist Church officiated. Interment was in the Rutland Cemetery. Price Funeral Chapel of Forman and Britton was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be directed to Otto Malpert, c/o Lawrence Malpert, 40920 106th St, Hecla SD 57446. The Rutland community extends its condolences to the family and friends of Edith Malpert, a steady and Cheerful friend who toiled in the vineyard until she was called to her rest.

Bert Siemieniewski, Manager of Rutland Housing’s 3 apartment houses in Rutland, informed the non-profit corporation’s Board on Wednesday, September 13, that the USDA’s Rural Housing division has approved the installation of new exterior doors and exterior siding on the 6-plex apartment house at 204 Dakota Street. Bert also reported that 5 of the 6 apartments now have tenants, and that one 2-bedroom apartment is still available. Rutland Housing also owns 2 4-plex apartment houses in Rutland that are fully occupied. Since 2015, the Board of Directors of Rutland Housing has stabilized the corporation’s finances, made extensive major improvements to the 3 apartment houses in Rutland, and attracted a number of new tenants to the community. Current members of the Board are: Delores Lysne, President; Bill Anderson, Vice-President; Carolyn Christensen, Secretary; and, Bert Siemieniewski, Treasurer & Manager. For more information about Rutland Housing’s apartments, contact Bert Siemieniewski at 724-3553.

The members of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of the American Legion met at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, at the Legion Hall/Rutland Fitness Center. The Adjutant’s report indicated that approximately $2,500 is currently available for the Post’s projects and activities in the community. A letter has been received from the Department of the Army asking for an inventory of the Post’s 1903 Springfield rifles, used for ceremonial details, and the Post Commander was authorized to return the requested information along with a request that the rifles currently on hand be retained by the Post. These rifles have been used and maintained by the Post since it was organized in 1946. A letter that had been received from the Lidgerwood Babe Ruth Baseball Program thanking Post #215 for its donation of money to the Lidgerwood team when it played in the State Tournament last Summer was read. Five boys from the Rutland community: Gaven Christianson; Logan Wyum; Landon Lysne; Austin Willprecht; and, Fletcher Willprecht; were members of the 2017 Lidgerwood Babe Ruth team. Commander Christensen reported that the Post’s membership drive has recruited 6 new members and 1 reinstatement so far, with a few more possible before the end of the year. Among the new and reinstated members are: Gwendolyn Young; Harold Young; Leonard Heinen; Richard Lysne; Mike Pyle; Rob Wyum; and, Andy Harris. Gwen and Leonard are both veterans of WWII. A Color Guard for the Uff-Da Day Parade on Sunday, October 1, was organized, with Tom Manley, Andy Harris, Doug Olstad & Larry Christensen tentatively named to the detail, subject to last minute changes in the event of bad knees, sore feet or other maladies. Preparations for the pancake & sausage breakfast/brunch scheduled for Sunday, October 15, were discussed. The Commander also reminded members of the “Biscuits & Gravy” breakfast planned for Super Bowl Sunday, February 4, 2018. The next meeting of the Rutland Legion Post will be at the call of the Commander. Officers of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 are: Larry Christensen, Commander; Tom Manley, Vice-Commander; Doug Olstad, Adjutant; Ted Lee, Chaplain; and, Calvin Jacobson, Sergeant At Arms.

A gardener with a “green thumb” can grow just about anything, and Mavis Marquette of this community is a gardener with the greenest thumb around. On the morning of Friday, September 15, Mavis brought a stalk of celery from her garden in to the Rutland Station of the Sargent County Bank and presented it to her friend, Station Manager Shawn Klein. The stalk was immense, 26” in length according to Shawn’s measurement, and she placed it on display, in a vase, for the remainder of the day. Cindy Klapperich, Family & Consumer Science Agent in the Sargent County Extension Office at the Courthouse in Forman supplied the following information about celery: “I found references to celery listing lengths such as 7”, 8”, 12”, 14”, and 16”. Master Gardener Curt Larson stated, based on his experience, that 10-12” is common. In any case, it sounds like Mavis Marquette’s 26” stalk is one for the record books! A document from a Florida Extension FCS agent addressed the nutritional value of celery as follows: Celery has a very low-calorie content. One stalk, approximately 8 inches long has only 5 calories. It has 100 IU Vitamin A, the greener branches containing more than the lighter colored ones. Celery is also valuable for adding fiber to the diet. It is about 94% water, contains a trace of protein, 16 mg calcium, 4mg vitamin C, 2 g carbohydrate, approximately 50 mg sodium, and a trace of fat.” Thanks to Sargent County Family & Consumer Science Extension Agent Cindy Klapperich for the information, and congratulations to Mavis Marquette for her success in the garden.

Wedding bells were ringing in Rutland on Saturday, September 16, as Miss Allyson Peterson of Rutland and Tyler Stiegelmeir of Britton SD exchanged vows in a 5:00 p.m. ceremony at Nordland Lutheran Church. Pastor Curt Larson officiated. Allyson is the daughter of James & Launa (Johnson) Peterson of this community, and Tyler is the son of Kim & Cathy Stiegelmeir of Britton. Guests enjoyed a reception dinner & dance at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge southeast of Rutland following the ceremony. The newlyweds will be making their home in Britton, where the groom is engaged in farming on the Stiegelmeir family farm. The Rutland community extends its congratulations to Allyson and Tyler on their marriage, and best wishes for a long and happy life together.

Word was received here on the morning of Wednesday, September 20, that longtime Rutland area farmer, Arnold Banish, had passed away on Tuesday, September 19, at Four Seasons Healthcare Center in Forman. The Banish farm is situated in the northeastern corner of Tewaukon Township, along the banks of the Wild Rice River 2 miles south of Rutland. More information will be available next week.

Meanwhile, on the national scene, the President of the United States and the Dictator of North Korea have been yelling threats and insults at each other, and threatening dire consequences if the other doesn’t quit. “The President And The Dictator” could become a TV sitcom, something like “The Odd Couple.” If Mark Twain was still around, he could write a sequel to “The Prince And The Pauper.” There would be a little more humor in the situation if both weren’t armed with nuclear weapons. Well, as of Friday, September 22, the First Day of Autumn, there are 35 weeks down, and 173 to go until January 20, 2021. Don’t hold your breath.

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 the community’s internet web site at, and check out 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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