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The Rooster Crows – October 13, 2017

Light rains, heavy dews and cool weather had stymied attempts to get the soybean harvest going until Thursday, October 5, when sunshine, dry air and a nice breeze produced ideal conditions for threshing out that bean crop. Yield reports are good to excellent, with a few outstandings being reported as well. There was one report of a local producer giving his corn a try, but at 38% moisture, he decided to let it dry on the stalk for a while longer. Jake Erickson pulled into one of his bean fields, a 35-acre parcel on the east side of Rutland, with his 9610 John Deere combine shortly after 3:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon, October 6, and was all done before sundown, shortly before 7:00 p.m. The big Harvest Moon provided plenty of light for those who kept harvesting into the night, too.

The first hard frost of the season hit Rutland and vicinity on the morning of Tuesday, October 10, when the temperature skidded to a low of 29 degrees. It may have been the first, but it won’t be the last. Stand by!

The Rutland City Council met at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 2, in the Rutland Town Hall, with Mayor Ron Narum; Auditor Debbie Banish; and, Aldermen Rodney Erickson, Delores Lysne and Bert Siemieniewski present. Alderman Mike Mahrer was absent. Also present was Rutland resident Bill Anderson. The City’s financial report showed all funds to be in the black. The Council approved gaming permit #224 for the Little Old Ladies of Sargent County Relay for Life team to conduct a cash raffle board on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. The Council also approved the purchase of 2,000 gallons of propane gas for heating the Town Hall from Economy Propane of Oakes at the rate of $1.19 per gallon for a total of $2,380.00. The City’s 2018 Budget was discussed. Auditor Banish reported that The property valuations have been received from the County Auditor for 2017. Property valuation in the City of Rutland is $271,622.00, which means that each mill levied brings in 271.62 in property tax revenue.  A 1 mill tax levy equals $1.00 of revenue for each $1,000.00 of taxable valuation. The City’s mill levy in 2016 was at 105.03. As a Home Rule City, Rutland is not subject to the NDCC limitation of 105 mills; however, the preliminary budget did have to be reduced to keep the final amount within guidelines. For the 2018 Budget, Rutland City will levy 112 mills that will bring in approximately $30,000.00 in general property tax revenue. The City’s total 2018 Budget provides for revenues and expenditures in all funds, including revenue funds such as water, sewer service & garbage collection; special assessment funds; and, other special funds; in excess of $100,000.00. On a roll call vote, the Council approved the 2018 budget by a vote of 2-1, with Aldermen Lysne and Siemieniewski voting in favor, Alderman Erickson voting “No,” and Alderman Mahrer absent and not voting. Council members next took up the issue of the City Planning/Zoning Commission. City residents have been notified of the vacancies on the City Planning Commission through flyers posted in town, email messages sent to residents, and posting on the City website. Individuals who have contacted the City Office stating their willingness to serve on that Commission are: Bill Anderson and Shannon Mehrer. The Commission is to be composed of 5 appointed members, 1 of whom must be a resident of the City’s “extra-territorial jurisdiction” area. Council members will continue to contact qualified individuals about accepting appointment to the Commission. After reviewing the City’s bills and authorizing payment, the Council adjourned. The next meeting of the Rutland City Council is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 6, in the Rutland Town Hall. All meetings of the Rutland City Council are open to the public, and local residents are encouraged to sit in on the proceedings.

County Auditor Pam Maloney of Rutland and County Commissioner Bill Anderson of Rutland were among the Sargent County officials who attended the Annual Conference of the North Dakota Association of Counties and the North Dakota County Commissioners Association in Bismarck from Sunday, October 8, through Tuesday, October 10. Other Sargent County officials attending the conference were: Commissioner Sherry Hosford of Forman; Commissioner Jason Arth of Milnor; Commissioner David Jacobson of Forman; Treasurer/Recorder/Clerk of Court Alison Toepke of Forman; Emergency Management Director Sandra Hanson of Forman; and, Director of Tax Equalization Denise Ferderer of Milnor. During the conference officials from North Dakota’s 53 counties exchanged views on issues of common concern; adopted numerous resolutions setting forth the positions and goals of North Dakota’s counties on numerous issues, including: consistent, adequate funding for local roads; Social Services funding; support for the NDSU Extension Service; title to lands utilized for legal drains; providing rehabilitation for mentally ill and addicted prisoners in county jails, and a number of others. Officials also attended seminars on numerous topics, including: sources of funding for local roads; assessment of property for tax purposes; prison reform in North Dakota, and the State’s shift of costs to counties and cities; wetlands mitigation; managing crisis at the county level; interaction of officials & employees with the public and each other; a uniform system for overload permits on County & township roads; and, many others. The seminars were conducted by county government leaders, State officials; and, by representatives of industry groups such as the Association of General Contractors; Transportation Council; Soybean Growers; and, others. A highlight of the conference was the Keynote Address delivered by North Dakota native and nationally known entertainer Cat Perkins. Ms. Perkins had appeared on the TV show “The Voice,” and finished in 4th place at the end of the competition. She said that some fans consoled her by saying that she should have finished in the #1 spot, but she said that #4 is pretty good when it is considered that the program started out with 648,000 talented people auditioning for the show. Her core principles are embodied in 3 “C’s”, Courage; Conquer and, Commend. Have the courage to face your fears, the will to conquer them and the ability to commend yourself when you have done the best you can. She concluded her speech with a performance of her theme song, “Fearless,” which includes the line, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” Ms. Cat Perkins has performed on 2 occasions at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge southeast of Rutland. She has overcome great difficulties in her own life and career, and is a person of whom her fellow North Dakotans may justifiably be proud. Among the officers elected during the conference was Sargent County Commissioner Sherry Hosford, re-elected to a second term on the North Dakota County Commissioners Association Board of Directors. The supper meeting on Monday evening concluded with a performance by the “Dueling Pianos” team of Dave & Ted, who had toned down much of the content of their show to the comfort level of a group of staid and stodgy County & State officials that included the Chief Justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court. By the end of their interactive show, Dave & Ted had the entire crowd of several hundred on their feet, arm in arm, singing “Lean On Me,” as they brought officials from diverse locations and backgrounds together throughout the evening. All in all, those who attended concluded that the conference imparted a great deal of valuable information that can be applied to improve services here in Sargent County.

County Road Supervisor Sparky Engquist stopped in Rutland on the morning of Wednesday, October 11, and informed residents here that the nasty dip in County Road #10 about 1 mile north of town was going to be repaired that day. Bituminous Paving Co. has a hot-mix plant set up in Bernard Mahrer Construction Co.’s gravel pit south of Havana, and the road department would be obtaining hot-mix paving materials there to have some patching done to repair paved road surfaces prior to Winter’s arrival. Supervisor Engquist also stated that the County’s Road Crew was at work applying new gravel and the binding agent Base One to County #12, from the end of the pavement 2 miles south of Cayuga past the intersection with County #5 at the west end of Lake Tewaukon. According to Mr. Engquist, the work is progressing well.

Marcia Brakke reports that the preliminary report on Uff-Da Day XXXIII that was delivered to the Rutland Community Club at its regular monthly meeting on Monday, October 9, showed that gross revenue was down, slightly, from the record set at Uff-Da Day XXXII in 2016, but was higher than 2015, which had been the record year prior to 2016. All in all, despite the downpour with which the day began, many enthusiastic friends came to observe and participate, anyway, knowing that the Sun always shines on Rutland, even when it’s raining. Marcia also stated that during the excitement of the day, a number of packages of lefse, with each package containing 3 lefse, were overlooked in a freezer and not discovered until after the Uff-Da Day crowd had gone home. Anyone who would like to purchase some Uff-Da Day lefse at $4.00 per package should give Marcia a call at 763-221-7862. This lefse won’t last long, so don’t delay. Marcia also reported that Katy McLaen had informed the Community Club that 11 individuals had signed up for the “5 Freezer Meals” project she is heading up at the Town Hall on Wednesday, October 18, and that she is also proceeding with preparations for the Community Club’s “Kids In The Kitchen” project later this month. The Rutland Community Club meets monthly, on the 2nd Monday of each month, in the Rutland Town Hall, and its next meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 13. Current officers & directors of the RCC are: Rachel Olson, President; Bonnie Anderson, Vice-President; Andrea Erickson, Secretary; Hal Nelson, Treasurer; Katy McLaen, Director; and, Marcia Brakke, Director.

Larry Christensen, Commander of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of The American Legion in Rutland, reports that preparations are on schedule for the Post’s Pancake, Egg & Sausage Breakfast/Brunch that will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 29, in the Rutland Town Hall. Commander Christensen points out that the pancakes will be made with the Post’s Secret Recipe that gives shy people the strength to go out and do what needs to be done; that the eggs will be fixed any way you want them, as long as you want them fried; and, that the sausages are made of pure pork supplied by patriotic porkers corn fed right here in the USA! The cost of this delightful repast will be a Free Will Donation, a price that can’t be beat. Commander Christensen states that he’s looking forward to seeing you all in Rutland on Sunday, October 29. Don’t disappoint him!

Meanwhile, on the national scene, the President has challenged the Secretary of State to a contest of IQ’s; the Republican Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has described the Trump White House as “an Adult Day Care Center”; and, the Dictator of North Korea says that his nuclear missiles are bigger and more potent than those flaunted by the President. As that great American philosopher, Charley Brown, said on more than one occasion, “Good grief!” As of Friday, October 13, there are 38 weeks down and 170 weeks to go until January 20, 2021. When it comes to Reality TV, we’ll stick with Cat Perkins.

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 & Rutland Facebook pages while you’re at it, too. There are no Russian ads on Rutland’s Facebook pages, only good old American straight talk. 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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