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The Rooster Crows – December 22, 2017

Mild weather was Mother Nature’s pre-Christmas gift to the region, with temperatures up into the 30’s and 40’s at the beginning of the week. The Weatherman, though, he’s always our hero, has informed all that by Christmas Eve the temp will be Zero. Well, this is still North Dakota, and this is December, after all.  Thursday, December 21, was the Winter Solstice, and from then on the days get brighter and longer. According to Siri, the little know-it-all who resides in a lot of cellular phones, Winter will depart these parts on March 19, 2018, 2 days after St. Patrick’s Day. Ain’t that the “Luck o’ the Irish?!”

This past week the Rutland community has welcomed another new citizen, Miss Henlee Ann Maly, who was born to Jesse and Bobby Jo (Chesley) Maly at 4:39 p.m. on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at Sanford Hospital in Fargo. Henlee tipped the scale at 7 pounds 7 ounces, and stood 19½ inches tall in her bare feet.  Little Miss Maly made her debut in public with a visit to Nordland Lutheran Church in Rutland on the morning of Sunday, December 17, in the company of her parents. Welcome to Rutland, Henlee, and Merry Christmas, too.

With the headlines coming out of California concerning the devastating fires there, it’s easy to overlook the fact that nearly the entire country west of the Mississippi has been experiencing drought and high fire danger this year. On Wednesday, December 13, a message was received from Janet Bradbury with a report on the wildfire afflicting the Black Hills and nearby territory.

“…Winds about 60 mph gusts, however, are causing the flames to zip right through the Ponderosa pines south of here. Fire started Monday morning (December 11) near Legion Lake Lodge and has now spread to 47,000 acres southeast toward Fairburn and Buffalo Gap. Newscasts have not made it clear whether the 47,000 acres encompasses the exterior boundaries only or if there are acreages of trees within that boundary which have not burned. If the entire burn was in Custer State Park it would have burned about two-thirds of the entire park. By advancing southeast the conflagration skimmed past the Custer State Park Visitor Center and State Game Lodge which are about 7 miles east of Sylvan Lake Lodge on Hwy 16A. The historic State Game Lodge is known as the summer White House of Calvin Coolidge, where he composed one of the shortest political messages in history, “I do not choose to run for president in 1928.” Anyway, firefighters called in a Colorado Incident Management Team to protect structures…we’ll assume other equally qualified Colorado firefighters are joining the local firefighters to protect Lame Johnny Road, people and livestock in that area. The fire has escaped Custer State Park and is now in Wind Cave National Park. I don’t know if it has reached Highway 79 yet but I had a meeting in Rapid City this morning and when I returned a sign was posted that Highway 79 was closed south of Hermosa. From the ranch I see billowing clouds to the southwest but I stifled my “nose for news” and did not venture down to see the blackened hillsides in person. The smell is that of about 45,000 wood-burning stoves going at once. On another note, I wish you each a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays…As for me, I’m looking forward to 8 days from now when that annual day arrives which proclaims that hours of light during the 24-hour day will begin to increase! Yay for the winter solstice!  Although at this time we can’t complain with more 50-60-degree days than thirty-below-zero days. We do need moisture but I’m hoping for warm April showers.  Best thoughts to you and yours!  Janet Bradbury”

Thanks to Janet for the report, and for the Holiday Greetings. The Winter Solstice she wrote about is now history, having occurred on Thursday, December 21, but that’s the advantage of a weekly publication – there’s no breaking news, just news.

Kelly (Anderson) Hawkinson, daughter of the late Harvey O. Anderson, a Rutland native, reports that the fire danger has finally been abated in northwestern Montana. According to Kelly, Maria’s Pass, where the main line of the BN-SF Railway and U. S. Highway #2 go through the mountains on the south edge of Glacier National Park, experienced a 50-inch snowfall on Monday, December 18, with the Flathead Valley, on the west side of the Rocky Mountain range, getting 12 inches of snow at the same time. Well, they need the moisture, and they have the equipment to handle the snow, so more power to them!

Sherman & Evangeline Vold of Kidder SD were Rutland visitors on Sunday, December 17. The Volds had attended a birthday party for their great-grandson, Corbin Carlson, at the Bryce & Casee Carlson home, and then took a sight-seeing tour around Evangeline’s old home town before heading for home. Evangeline is one of the daughters of the late Earl & Helen Larson, and she resided in the Rutland community for much of her childhood. The Volds farmed in the Kidder area for many years, and Sherman had an auctioneering business with his late brother, Roland, for much of that time, as well. They extend Seasons Greetings to their many friends in this community.

The Coteau des Prairies Lodge has invited everyone to attend a Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 23. Here’s the invitation posted by the Lodge: “Every year we put a lot of effort into making the lodge festive for Christmas. It is a popular place for families and business groups to hold holiday parties. This year, because we want to make sure everybody who wants to visit the lodge for the holidays can do so, we are having a special open house on Saturday, December 23rd. Everyone is welcome. Doors open at 2:30 pm. The lodge is decked to the rafters, so to speak, but the holiday feature we are particularly proud of is our 22-foot-tall Christmas tree. Harvested here on the Breker farm, as always, our Christmas tree finds its home in the great room through a process of careful selection and physics defying engineering. Making our Christmas tree shine is as easy as one – two – three (see above). Come and take your picture with our Christmas tree!  Ole’s Office will be open so alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase. We will also be providing complimentary treats, coffee and hot cocoa.  he lodge will be totally open for visitors to roam and relax. Find a nice cozy spot and spend some time with family and maybe make some new friends! We hope to see you on Saturday, the 23rd!” Thanks to the Lodge for the article, and for the invitation.

Kathy Brakke reminds those who are looking for a special gift at the last minute that The Old Parsonage at 217 First Street in Rutland is scheduled to be open from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 22, and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 23.  The Old Parsonage can also be open by appointment.  Just give Kathy a call at 680-9831 to schedule a unique shopping experience.

Shawn Klein, Manager of the Sargent County Bank’s Rutland Station, reports that the Christmas Open House held last Friday, December 15, was very well attended. Shawn states that a large number of Bank patrons stopped by to enjoy an assortment of cookies from Rosie’s at Gwinner, along with coffee and hot cider, and to sign up for Christmas door prizes. Door prize winners were: Paul Anderson; Lenny Runyan; Norbert Kulzer; Lori Nesta; Mitch Mahrer; and, Bill Anderson. Paul Anderson was the big winner, taking home a cool Million, well, a Million Dollar candy bar, anyway. On behalf of the Sargent County Bank, Shawn extends Christmas and New Years to patrons and friends, and thanks to all who stopped by during the open house.

Madeline Baker has been visiting in Rutland at the home of her mother, Cheryl Mattson, at 322 Gay Street, this week. Miss Baker is a Junior at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where she is pursuing degrees in Political Science and English with a Minor in Women’s Studies. She is planning to enroll in law school after earning her undergraduate degrees.  In addition to enjoying her Mom’s hospitality during the Christmas break, she is also studying to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) this coming Spring.

Claire Brakke has been visiting at the Ransom Township home of Jesse & Marcia Brakke since Monday, December 18. Claire is a Senior at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where she has been pursuing a degree in the field of Occupational Therapy. Also visiting at the Brakke home were Alex Markovich of Grand Forks and his brother, Preston Markovich, of Chicago IL.  Alex has made several visits to Rutland in the past, including Uff-Da Days XXXII & XXXIII, and he has developed an appreciation for abelskievers, rommegrot and lefse.  his was Preston’s first visit to North Dakota, and he was impressed by the wide-open spaces and the vastness of the prairie country.  Scheduled to arrive by the weekend are Marcia’s sisters and brothers-in-law, Margot & Alan Ganske of Park City UT and Christine & Lyle Tauer of Elk River MN.

Lest the reason for celebrating Christmas be forgotten, Christmas Eve Church services on Sunday, December 24, in this community are scheduled as follows: Trinity Lutheran Church, Havana, 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 24; and, Nordland Lutheran Church, Rutland, 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 24.  Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Cayuga, will conduct Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 25, Christmas Day.

Meanwhile, on the national scene, the GOP tax plan has passed the House and the Senate and is on its way to the Oval Office to become the law of the land. Stand by to be “trickled” on.  According to the experts, 83% of the cuts will go to the top 1% of incomes in the country, and 17% of the cuts will go to the lower 99% of incomes. The lower income 99%, however, will get 100% of the $1.5 trillion in additional deficits that will be added to the National Debt. Pretty good deal, right?  As frosting on the cake, cuts to individual taxes will end in 2025, the year after the nation’s current President will complete his 2nd term if, as he assumes, he is re-elected. Everyone knows what happens when you assume, though, so he could be 4 years off the mark.  As of Friday, December 22, there will be 47 weeks down, and only 161 weeks remaining until January 20, 2021. One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result.  Ronald Reagan tried trickle down economics in 1981, and it did not work; George w. Bush and the GOP Congress tried trickle down economics again, in 2001 and 2004, and it did not work; now, The Donald and the GOP Congress are trying trickle down economics again. It’s bound to work one of these days!  Let’s just keep slamming our heads against the stone wall to see how long it takes.

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 Rutland Facebook page 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!  Merry Christmas to all!

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