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The Rooster Crows – October 20, 2017

Mother Nature provided soybean harvesters with a break on Saturday, October 14, when half an inch of rain fell on Rutland and vicinity. Ron Narum reported that the rain water had become hard water by Sunday morning, when he found that it was frozen in the bottom of the gauge as the result of another hard frost that morning. As usual, the rain gauges of neighbors Roger Pearson and Norbert Kulzer failed to agree, with Roger’s gauge indicating .4 of an inch while Norbert’s gauge registered .5 of an inch. Norbert reported that Sunday, October 15, was the last official reading from his rain gauge for the year, as it has been taken in to avoid damage from freezing moisture. Saturday’s rain and Sunday’s frost followed several autumn days that featured sunshine, warm days, cool nights and good weather for threshing soybeans. The forecast indicates more weather conditions of that type ahead. The leaves on the maple trees in Norbert & Beverly Kulzer’s yard are changing color, from gold to flaming red, and are a magnificent sight.

Mike Walstead reports that he has completed the soybean harvest on his Rutland Township farmland, and that he was pleasantly surprised by the results. The yield, he reported was much better than was expected after a summer of drought, high winds and drifting Dicamba herbicide. Despite these adversities, yields ranging from 35 to 65 bushels per acre have been reported throughout Sargent County, with most landing in the 40-45 bushel per acre range. Pretty good for a tough year. The damage from Dicamba drift to the soybean crop in this area, although many fields were affected, does not appear to be as extensive, or expensive, as was first feared. In some cases, fields of conventional soybeans which had been “bumped” by Dicamba actually outperformed neighboring fields that had not been hit by the chemical. Dicamba is a commercial herbicide that contains chemicals normally fatal to soybeans, but, when used on varieties of beans that have been developed with Dicamba resistant characteristics, it is extremely effective at controlling weeds and maximizing yields. The herbicide has a disturbing tendency to rise up and drift on warm summer days, though, with potentially disastrous effects for nearby crops that have no resistance to it. Dicamba is made by Monsanto, an international mega-corporation which has, of course, denied all responsibility for any of the damage that may have been caused by its product while claiming 100% of the credit for all of its good qualities. Some things never change.

Rutland Mayor Ron Narum has been traveling abroad this month, making a Good Will visit to our neighbors in the Canadian Province of Saskatchewan from Wednesday, October 4, through Tuesday, October 10, over the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. Ron accompanied his cousin, Orville Nelson, and several of Orville’s children and grandchildren to the small town of MacNutt, just north of the US-Canadian border, and northwest of the Port of Entry at Dunseith ND. According to Ron, MacNutt is about the size of Cayuga, population 65 in 2011, with a few businesses, including: the MacNutt Hotel with bar, beverage room and restaurant; service station; Village Office; Post Office; credit union; c-store; public library; community hall; curling rink & skating rink; public park with playground, picnic area and horseshoe courts; and, a grain elevator that is owned by a local farmer. MacNutt also has an internet web site, and the web manager can be contacted by e-mail at The area around MacNutt is mostly hills, gullys, trees and pastures, Ron reports, with numerous small farms and ranches raising a lot of cattle. The land north of MacNutt is mostly cropland, with canola and soybeans being the main crops. Ron was informed by some of the local farmers that soybeans are relatively new to that area, having been raised in marketable quantities for only the last 3 or 4 years. The reason for the trip was to observe Canadian Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 9, with Ms. Hazel Minchuk, who had resided with the Orville & Lilah Nelson family on their Rutland Township farm back in the mid-1970’s as a Foreign Exchange Student. She is now the owner & manager of the MacNutt Hotel/bar in MacNutt, and had invited her North Dakota friends to be her guests for the weekend. Ron states that he spent the entire weekend in a bar, and never had a drink. Well, is that bragging, complaining, or just stating a fact? All concerned report a very enjoyable time celebrating their first Thanksgiving holiday of 2017 with an old friend and neighbor in Canada.

Tis the season for influenza, and all of the aches, pains and misery that goes with it. But why endure all of that when there’s a shot for it? Sargent County Health District Administrator Brenda Peterson reports that 28 flu vaccinations were administered in Rutland on the morning of Wednesday, October 4, at the clinic held at the Rutland Seniors Center. The following information was furnished by Ms. Peterson: “We have held 6 flu clinics so far. The first flu clinic of 2017 was held on October 2nd in Forman at the Health Unit, and District Health Nurse Joyce Chapin vaccinated 35 people that day. The 2nd clinic was in Rutland on October 4th with 28 shots administered. The next clinic was in Forman again on October 6th with 38 shots given. Milnor’s clinic was on October 11th with 25 shots. Gwinner was on the 12th with 23 shots. Cogswell was on the 16th with 10 shots. Approximately 159 shots have been given at the clinics so far. We have also had walk ins and others schedule appointments for their shots. We have 2 clinics left on our schedule. The next clinic will be held on Wednesday, October 18, from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. at the Havana Café. The last scheduled clinic is on November 2nd in Forman from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Joyce is also going into each of the schools and has gone to some businesses as requested and able. She will be at Sargent Central on October 25, Milnor School on October 26, and North Sargent on October 30th. Vaccine is available by appointment at the Sargent County District Health Unit. Give us a call at 724-3725. We do need to have a nurse here to give the shot. Joyce does home visits on Tuesdays and is out for different clinics or presentations at different times, so it works best to call and see when she can fit you in. We do take walk ins but if Joyce isn’t here or she is with someone you will have to wait or come back. We have received all of the flu vaccine that we ordered for the year so have lots on hand.” Thanks to Brenda for the information. On Wednesday, October 18, Brenda reported that 14 flu shots had been administered at the Havana Café clinic by Nurse Joyce Chapin that morning. Ms. Cindy Klapperich, Family & Consumer Science Agent with the Sargent County Extension Service, has also been conducting hand washing clinics in conjunction with the County’s flu vaccination clinics, and reports that participation and results have been excellent. According to Ms. Klapperich, statistics show that proper hand washing can prevent a substantial percentage of respiratory and digestive tract illnesses. So, let’s all wash our hands, get our flu shots and stay well throughout the coming winter.

The shotgun toting trio of Dan Carlisle; Bill Spears; and, John Nelson; of Wadena Minnesota were hunting pheasants in the Rutland area on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, October 10-12. The 3 are regulars in this community at this time of the year. Dan was a UND Law School classmate of Bill Anderson of this community from 1985 to 1988, and has been hunting in this area since the early 90’s. Bill Spears is a semi-retired dealer in previously owned motor vehicles, and says that he has too much fun wheeling & dealing to retire completely. John Nelson is a farmer who moved to Wadena after retiring from a military career in the Navy CB’s and the U. S. Air Force as a construction specialist. John is a veteran of both the Korean War and the War in Vietnam. They report that they had a very good time visiting old friends from Lidgerwood to Cogswell, and that they got some shooting, bagged some birds, and gave themselves and John’s dog, a German Shorthair, a good workout.

On the afternoon of Wednesday, October 11, a crew from the Sargent County Road Department put a hot-mix patch on the deep dip on County Road #10 about a mile north of town that has aggravated drivers for the past couple of years. With that hazard now mitigated, though, there are now several smaller bumps being noticed that hadn’t been bothersome before. Some days you just can’t win.

Rutland native Robert Bauman, now a resident of Portland OR, arrived here on Wednesday, October 11. Rob flew from Portland to Fargo, via Denver CO, on United Airlines. He is residing at the Jesse & Marcia Brakke farm in Ransom Township during his visit, near the site of the Ahrlin/Hoffman farmstead on which he spent much of his childhood. He plans to be visiting family & friends in this area for about 2 weeks, he stated. Rob is a member of RHS Class of ’61. He traveled out to the West Coast shortly after graduating from high school, and found employment in Portland, first in the landscaping business, and later with the firm of Van Waters & Rogers, a major distributor of agricultural and industrial chemicals in the United States. He retired in 2008. Rob and his wife, Elsie, continue to make their home in Portland, near the homes of their 4 children.

Larry Christensen reminds all that preparations are on schedule for the 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 by the members of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of the American Legion. The cost will be a Free Will Donation, a price that can’t be beat. Larry states that everyone is welcome.
There’s going to be singing in the kitchen at the Rutland Town Hall on 3 Sundays in November, November 5, 12 & 19, as Katy McLaen and the Rutland Community Club host 3 sessions of “Kids In The Kitchen. There will be 2 sessions on each Sunday, one from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. for kids ages 7-12; and one from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for kids 13-18. All of the pots & pans, ingredients, cooking instructions and music will be furnished by the RCC under the direction of Katy McLaen. Cost per participant will be $5.00 for all 3 sessions. “Everybody’s havin’ fun singing in the kitchen, banging on the pots and pans!” Call Katy McLaen at 724-3656 for information about “Kids In The Kitchen” at the Rutland Town Hall on the 5th, 12th and 19th of November.

Meanwhile, on the national scene, the nation’s President and Commander in Chief, a guy whose family physician certified him as unfit for service back in the bad old days of the Vietnam War, has complained that making phone calls to the families of American soldiers killed in the line of duty is a tough job. Well, it should be a tough job. It should be tough enough to make any President think twice before sending America’s sons and daughters into harms way, or catapulting the world into a nuclear conflict with nations ruled by madmen. As of Friday, October 20, there are 39 weeks down and 169 weeks to go until January 20, 2021. We can hope that this President, who has never had a tough job until this one, will begin to put the national interest ahead of his personal piques and prejudices. Don’t hold your breath.

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 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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