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The Rooster Crows – December 1, 2017

Thanksgiving is in the past, and the Christmas season is now upon us.  One sure sign of the season was the appearance of the Rutland Community Christmas Tree on Main Street on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 28.  A crew of local lumberjacks consisting of Roger Pearson, Larry Christensen, Paul Anderson, Doug Speaker, Jameson Biel, Joe Breker, Patty Breker and Cher Spieker gathered near the Coteau des Prairies Lodge on the Breker Farm in Tewaukon Township at about 10:30 on Tuesday morning, selected the appropriate tree, a 20’ tall blue spruce, from the grove of mature evergreens at the Joe & Patty Breker farmstead,  cut the tree, loaded it onto Doug Spieker’s trailer and hauled it to town.  Also assisting in the procedure were Lodge guests Scott & Katie Exum of Jacksonville AL.  The tree was deposited at the corner of First & Arthur Streets, ready for decorating on Wednesday, November 29.  Local businessman Rodney Erickson is ready to provide the lift equipment needed to stand the tree upright, and to get the lights and decorations evenly distributed from top to bottom as soon as the wind lets up long enough to allow the job to get done.  The official Community tree lighting ceremony will be held on the evening of Saturday, December 9, at the close of Santa Claus Day festivities in Rutland.  Another tree of similar size was cut to be installed in the Great Room of the Coteau des Prairies Lodge, as the centerpiece of that establishment’s Christmas decorations, at the same time that the Rutland Community Christmas Tree was felled.

Bob Sundlie of Troy Ohio was a Rutland visitor from Thursday, November 16, until Tuesday, November 21. Bob headquartered at the home of his brother, Chuck Sundlie, and resided at the Bradbury house, 419 Cooper Street, during his stay here.  He made several visits to the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon to visit his Dad, Leif Sundlie, during his stay in the old home town.

Matt & Nicole Cramton of Ramsey MN, accompanied by Nicole’s mother, Shirley LeFebvre of Andover MN and Mark & Kim Cramton of Fargo, were Thanksgiving weekend Rutland visitors at the home of Renee Cramton.  Nicole, Kim, Shirley and Renee stopped in at The Old Parsonage to do some Christmas shopping during their visit in Rutland.

Paul Anderson traveled out to Seattle WA via Delta Airlines on Thursday, November 23, to spend the Thanksgiving holiday at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Katie & Josh Elfering.  Paul reports that Katie & Josh have recently purchased a new home in Seattle that is on 3 levels and has a patio deck on the roof.  “It’s definitely a house for young people,” says Paul.  Also joining the Elferings for Thanksgiving were Betsy Anderson of Lincoln NE, and Katie & Betsy’s maternal grandmother, Etha Quinlan of Sun City West AZ.  Katie is currently employed by the marketing division of the Microsoft corporation, and Josh is employed as a micro-biologist in the Seattle area.

Marcia Brakke, accompanied by her father, Leonard Heinen, departed Rutland early in the morning of Tuesday, November 21, bound for Livingston MT to spend Thanksgiving with Marcia’s son and daughter-in-law, Joe & Nicole Rosenwald, and their children, Becca & Mason.  They were joined for the holiday by Marcia’s sister & brother-in-law, Margot and Alan Ganske of Park City UT, and by Margot’s son, Josh Taggatz of Livingston.  Marcia and Leonard returned to Rutland on the evening of Saturday, November 25, and they report that driving conditions, except for the wind, were very good.

Harvey Bergstrom was an unexpected Thanksgiving Day dinner guest at Essentia Hospital in Fargo on Thursday, November 23, after suffering a heart attack at his farm home south of Cayuga on the evening of Wednesday, November 22.  Harvey reports that he was just sitting down to supper on Wednesday evening when he began to feel ill and experienced pain in his left arm.  Harvey’s wife, Judy, drove him to the Emergency Room at St. Francis Hospital at Breckenridge where a heart attack was immediately diagnosed, and Harvey was sent on to Essentia in Fargo by ambulance.  Three stints and a pacemaker were installed, Harvey reported, and he returned home on Saturday, November 25, to continue recuperating under Judy’s supervision.  He expects that practicing on the accordion and the concertina will be his primary activity for a while.  Harvey’s many friends here wish him a speedy recovery, and a quick return to his usual robust good health.

Two well known and popular characters in the Rutland community celebrated birthdays at the Lariat Bar last week.  A party honoring Darlene Huckell, spouse of the Grand Gobbler of the Coteau des Prairies Hills, Jim Huckell, was held in the dining room of the Lariat on the evening of Tuesday, November 21.  A surprise birthday party in honor of Mike Mahrer, spouse of the Prairie Kurler, Kayla Mahrer, was held in the Lariat on the evening of Saturday, November 25.  Both Darlene and Mike are now over 21 years of age, and proud of it, too.

Santa Claus is coming to town!  That’s the word from the Rutland Community Club.  The word is that Mr. Claus has accepted Rutland’s invitation to participate in the community’s 72nd annual Santa Claus Day on the afternoon and early evening of Saturday, December 9, with event activities centered at the Rutland Town Hall scheduled to commence at 4:30 p.m.  Santa will be arriving to discuss Christmas gift lists, pose for pictures and to distribute Christmas turkeys donated by Rutland businesses to the lucky winners.  He will also be handing out bags of treats to the youngsters in the crowd.  There will be craft projects for the kids and a soup & sandwich supper for all.  Everyone is invited.  Naughty or nice, Santa wants to visit with you on Saturday, December 9, in Rutland.

The Nordland Lutheran Church Sunday School’s Christmas program will be held during the worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 10.  The program will be followed by a pot-luck holiday dinner in the Nordland Fellowship Hall.  Everyone is invited to the program and to the dinner, according to interim Pastor Michael Buller.  Pastor Buller has been providing Sunday worship service assistance to the Nordland and Trinity Lutheran Congregations of Rutland and Havana since Sunday, November 5.  He and his wife currently reside at Abercrombie ND, and they are expecting their second child to arrive during the Christmas season.

Meanwhile, on the national scene: the President is busy twittering insults, blowing up deals and insulting native American World War II heroes; Russia consolidates its grip on the Middle East; North Korea continues to develop nuclear weapons and the intercontinental ballistic missiles on which to launch them at US; and, Republicans in Congress are getting ready to pass a tax bill that will raise taxes on 87 million Americans earning less than $75,000 per year, knock 13 million off their healthcare, give huge tax breaks to billionaires and big corporations and punch a $1.5 trillion hole through the budget deficit.  Just another week in Washington.  As of Friday, December 1, there will be 45 weeks down and 163 to go until January 20, 2021.  Lord have mercy!

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 out there in cyberspace, too.  Remember to utilize your local Post Office for all of your Christmas packages and mailings, and don’t forget 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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