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Hens Do Crow – November 10, 2017


On Saturday, October 21, Larry and Carolyn Christensen attended the marriage of their grandson, Levi Jablonsky, to Toni Diegel. Levi is the son of Rick and Shannon Jablonsky, formerly of Forman and currently living in Barnesville, MN. Toni is the daughter of Troy Diegel of Forman and Deanna Diegel of Fargo. The 4:30 p.m. private ceremony took place at the Coteau des Prairie Lodge south of Rutland with Levi’s cousin, Julian Jacobson, as the officiant. Attendants were Mike Leinen and Traci Diegel. Levi’s maternal grandmother, Carolyn Christensen, and paternal grandparents, Richard and Donna Jablonsky, gave personal reflections as did Toni’s grandmother, Carol Hallett. Music for the ceremony was performed by Orv Dahlen, who is a life-long friend of Toni’s grandfather, Bob Hallett. A reception and dance was held for approximately 100 guests. Those traveling from afar were Russ and Cassie Jablonsky of Medford, WI; Brittany and Jim Simpson of Washington, DC; Richard and Donna Jablonsky from Dickinson, ND; Megan and Nathan Means from Columbia, MO; Brent, Jana, Barrett and Brayden Campbell of Nisswa, MN; Ryan and Amy Hallett and children Gavin, Taylor and Kinley from Argusville, MN; and Orv and Reta Dahlen from Long Prairie, MN. The bride and groom live in Fargo where they recently purchased a home. Levi is employed at True North. Toni attends North Dakota State University full time and will graduate in May. She also is employed part time at Easter Seals and Learn ‘n More Childcare.

Kids were in the kitchen on Sunday, November 5th. The Rutland Community Club hosted the first of a Sunday series for youth age 7-12 and a group of 13-18-year old teens. According to the organizer, Katie McLaen, 17 kids participated and had a great time making monkey bread and smoothies. Kids in the Kitchen will take place on 11/12 & 11/19 again. Sessions are sold out. Sorry kids, next time!

The Rutland City Council met Monday, November 6, with all members present. The City’s financial report showed all funds to be in the black. The Council reviewed current fees and charges for Hall rental, permits and licenses, and fees for disposal of large items at the Municipal Waste Site on a per item basis. That new fee was initiated in late 2016 and has been used to help defray a portion of the cost for the large roll-off needed for the spring City-wide cleanup. Three individuals, Bill Anderson, Shannon Mehrer and Richard “Mac” Pherson, were appointed to a new City Planning Commission. Two additional vacancies, including an extra-territorial representative, are still to be filled. This new Commission, which replaces the Zoning Board, will work with the Zoning Administrator to revise current city zoning ordinances with a goal of Council approval in Spring 2018. The City Council declined to consider a recommendation from the Zoning Board for a change in zoning. The next City Council meeting will be Monday, December4.

On Monday, November 6, a large group gathered at the Lariat Bar to attend a reception for Michael Harris who was in Rutland for a few days to see his mother, Joanne Harris, and to hunt some elusive pheasants before heading to his next assignment. Michael J. Harris was promoted to the rank of Captain in September and then received his orders. Captain Harris left Thursday morning to head to the United States Navy base in Sasebo, Japan, on the island of Kyushu, which is the third biggest island of Japan. He will be assigned command of the USS Green Bay, an amphibious transport dock, that is currently undergoing several maintenance projects and equipment repairs before its next deployment. Captain Harris stated that the deployment is anticipated to be about six-months. Congratulations to Captain Harris on his achievements in the service of our country.

The funeral for William Edward “Bill” Smith was held Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Forman. Bill passed away suddenly at his rural Forman home on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at the age of 72. He was born July 5th, 1945 in Britton, SD to Lowell and Shirley (Parrow) Smith. Bill graduated from Havana High in 1963 and enlisted in the South Dakota National Guard in 1962 following his high school graduation. Bill worked as a cook at The Coffee Bar Café and then as a parts man for Quality Chevrolet, Ellendale, ND, while attending Ellendale State Teachers College. He completed his college courses in Minnesota and Michigan. Bill started his 27-year career in the food business with International Milling Company (Multifoods). While with Multifoods, Bill opened a Bird Seed plant in Forman. He retired in 1991 to further pursue farming and other business interests including auctioneering and a short stint as a partner in the KAB Café, Forman. Bill was united in marriage to Judith Jerabek in 1968. They had four children: Kristen, Scott, Jacqueline and David. Judie and Bill divorced in 1981. Bill married Charlene Anderson on April 8, 1982. A son, LeeAllen, also became a part of the family. He was involved with the Jaycees, Lions Club, Forman Development, Forman Commercial Club, the American Legion and the ND Bowling Association. Bill served on many County Boards including 12 years as a County Commissioner. No matter where he went, Bill seemed to “never meet a stranger he didn’t know” always finding a connection with everyone he spoke to. If you were fortunate to have met Bill, it is quite likely you had a nickname. He was a humorous and compassionate man. He enjoyed talking with his kids and grandkids – no matter how few and far between the conversations were. A full obituary can be found at

This weekend we honor our Veterans with several events. The students and faculty of Sargent Central School, presented a program on Thursday, November 9, at the School Activity Center in Forman. Members of the Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of the American Legion attended and were part of the program. Other activities being held on Saturday, November 11, include: a ceremony in Forman starting at 11:00 a.m. at the Sargent County Veterans Monument on the Courthouse Grounds performed by a detail of veterans from the entire County, followed by a program and lunch in the Forman City Hall, presented by the Forman American Legion Post and American Legion Auxiliary; a Flag Retirement Ceremony at 4:00 p.m. at the Rutland American Legion Hall at 124 Gay Street in Rutland on Saturday, November 11, for the respectful retirement of soiled and damaged American Flags, performed by members of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 grounds; and, 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, a Veterans Day Program and a soup & sandwich supper for veterans in the Rutland community at the Nordland Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, presented by the Rutland American Legion Auxiliary Unit.

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