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The Rooster Crows – October 27, 2017

Well, it couldn’t last forever.  The weather had been lingering in Indian Summer for the first 3 weeks of October, but hit that tipping point this week when it finally let go of any emotional attachment to Summer and resigned itself to the inevitable march into Winter.  Winter hasn’t set in just yet, but the chill in the morning air and the frost on the windshields of un-garaged vehicles has left no doubt that, despite Global Warming, the prairies will not be spared Winter’s frigid embrace this year, either.  Paul Anderson noted that the morning of Tuesday, October 24, was the first morning of Autumn 2017 when it was necessary to dig the ice scraper out of its hiding place among the other items in storage under the front seat of his pickup before driving up to The Lariat for morning coffee.  Roger Pearson stated that the digital thermometer in his pickup registered 31 degrees at 8:30 on Tuesday morning, not yet arctic temperatures, but not tropical, either.  We ain’t seen nothin’ yet, though.

Large trucks and semi’s have been hauling corn to the Wheaton-Dumont Co-op’s Rutland Elevator facility this week, with yields and quality both reported to be in the excellent to outstanding category.  New, drought resistant varieties of corn are being credited with the better than expected results.  Rodney Erickson, owner of the Rutland Elevator and Manager of Wheaton-Dumont’s grain operations here, states that the moisture content of most of the incoming corn is in the 17% to 18% range, with a few loads running slightly higher or lower.  Corn should be at 15% or lower to store well, so some “shrink” is taken for the moisture content, but Rodney states that the moisture has dropped considerably Since mid-October, and is continuing to improve as harvest progresses.  The Rutland Elevator set another 1-day record for the amount of grain handled on Tuesday, October 24, Rodney reports, and Wheaton-Dumont had 10 semi’s engaged in transporting corn from the Rutland Elevator to the Co-op’s unit train loading facility in Britton SD on the morning of Wednesday, October 25.  The Co-op’s semi’s can haul about 72,000 bushels per day from Rutland to Britton.  The improvements Rodney has made to the Rutland Elevator facility during the past year, particularly increasing the speed and capacity of the facility’s 2 elevating legs, has greatly enhanced the Elevator’s ability to take in grain and to load it out.  The rebuilt, remodeled and renovated Rutland Elevator, built new in 1946, is proving to be a valuable asset for local producers and for the Wheaton-Dumont Co-op.

Gary Thornberg and the eldest of his 4 daughters, Peggy Braun of Wheaton MN, were Rutland visitors on Tuesday, October 24.  Peggy and her husband, Curt, farm near Wheaton MN, and Peggy reports that corn harvest is in full swing on the Braun farm, with results similar to those being reported locally.

The Rutland Community Club’s “Freezer Meals” project held its first ever session on the evening of Wednesday, October 18, in the kitchen of the Rutland Town Hall, with Community Club Director Katy McLaen coordinating the action.  The following report was received from Katy: “It was great!  There were 11 kitchen collaborators, including me.  Everyone left with 5 meals.  We even made a few extras.  It was a wonderful evening!  We made tatertot hotdish, chili, spaghetti hotdish, meatloaf with mashed potatoes, and Mexican chicken.  They worked in partners to each make enough of one dish for everyone.  There was lots of buzz about doing it again.  I would say keep your ears open for another date this winter.”  Thanks to Katy for the report, and for organizing the event.  Katy is also in charge of the Community Club’s “Kids In The Kitchen” project, which has sessions for kids aged 7 through 12 and 13 through 18 scheduled for November 5, 12 and 19, also in the kitchen of the Rutland Town Hall.  Contact Katy at 724-3656 for more information.  Current officers and directors of the Rutland Community Club are: Rachel Olson, President; Bonnie Anderson, Vice-President; Andrea Erickson, Secretary; Hal Nelson, Treasurer; Marcia Brakke, Director; and, Katy McLaen, Director.

Kyle Pherson of River Falls WI was a visitor at the home of his father, Mac Pherson, this past weekend.  Kyle is remembered for his community participation and for his All-Star performances in community theatrical productions when he made his home here several years ago.  He is currently involved in developing application software for use with cellular telephones and computers, according to Mac.

Lauren Kulzer and Brooke Kulzer of Brookings SD drove up to Rutland on Friday, October 20, to spend a weekend with their grandparents, Norbert & Beverly Kulzer.  Lauren is currently in her Junior year in the College of Nursing at South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings, and Brooke is a Freshman there as well, pursuing a degree in bio-chemistry.  The 2 girls are the daughters of Stephen & Ann Kulzer, who reside at Hartford SD, near Sioux Falls, with the girls’ younger brother, Will, and the family dog, Indy.  Lauren & Brooke headed back to Brookings on Sunday afternoon carrying a good supply of baked goods from Grandma’s kitchen to sustain them in their studies until Thanksgiving.

Kevin Maly and Evan Maly of M & S Construction began work on Rutland Housing’s 6-plex apartment house at 204 Dakota Street on Monday, October 23.  The current improvement project will replace the exterior entrance doors on the east and west sides of the building, as well as the building’s exterior siding.  The new siding will be Smart Siding, the same type that was installed on Rutland Housing’s 4-plex at 217 First Street back in 2016.  This project is the latest in a series of improvements that have been made to Rutland Housing’s 3 apartment houses in the past 3 years.  Improvements include replacement of, or upgrades to: heating systems; electrical systems; windows; doors; siding; and, roofing.  Current officers & directors of Rutland Housing, inc. are: Delores Lysne, President; Bill Anderson, Vice-President; Carolyn Christensen, Secretary; and, Bert Siemieniewski, Treasurer/Manager.  For additional information about Rutland Housing give Bert Siemieniewski a call at 724-3553.  Two apartments are currently available for immediate occupancy.

The members of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of the American Legion will be serving a Pancake, Egg & Sausage Breakfast/Brunch from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 29, in the Rutland Town Hall.  The price of a good breakfast is a free will donation.  The event is a fund raiser to support the Post’s programs and activities in the community, which include: North Dakota Boy’s State; International Music Camp; ceremonial details for community events and veterans’ funerals; and, many others.  Everyone is invited, and welcome to attend.  “You can’t beat our pancakes,” says Post Commander Larry Christensen, “but you sure can eat them!”

Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, will be observed in Sargent County with a ceremony at the County’s Veterans Memorial Monument on the Courthouse grounds in Forman.  County Commissioner Sherry Hosford, a member of the Forman American Legion Auxiliary, has furnished the following information: “The Forman Legion and auxiliary are planning Veteran’s Day activities on Saturday, November 11 at 11 am at the Courthouse grounds and in the Forman City Hall. Our guest speaker is Kenny Wiederholt, Gwinner. We will gather at the courthouse monument at 11 am and then to City hall for the program followed by a free will lunch served by the Forman Auxiliary. Former 10th District Legion Commander Bill Smith, a member of the Havana American Legion Post, has invited the county legion members for this event. There will be an article in the County paper prior to the 11th.”  Thanks to Sherry for the information.  In Rutland, Veterans Day will be observed with a Flag Retirement Ceremony on the grounds of the American Legion Hall at 123 Gay Street, conducted by members of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of Rutland at 4:00 p.m.; and, by a soup & sandwich supper and a Veterans Day Program for veterans in the Rutland Community presented at 6:00 p.m. in the Nordland Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall by the members of Unit #215 of the American Legion Auxiliary.  All veterans of the U. S. and Allied military forces in the Rutland community are invited to the evening event, according to Auxiliary member Carolyn Christensen.

Meanwhile, on the international scene, as our President leads America on a global retreat from alliances, treaties, agreements and obligations, the leader of China asserted China’s growing influence on the world stage in the Great Hall of the People at the beginning of this week.  Back at home, the President and the Republican Chairmen of the Senate Military Affairs and Foreign Relations Committees continue their feud, and the GOP Junior Senator from Arizona has described the President’s conduct in office as “…irresponsible, outrageous and undignified.”  As of Friday, October 27, there are 40 weeks down and 168 to go until January 20, 2021.  The President does have a tax plan on the table that will add $1.5 Trillion to the budget deficit and increase the National Debt to $30 Trillion while giving huge tax breaks to billionaires, though, so things can’t be all bad.

Well, that’s the news from Rutland and vicinity for this week.  For additional information about what’s happening 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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