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The Rooster Crows – January 19, 2018

Mr. Case Keenum, Quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings football team, and the entire Minnesota Vikings team, demonstrated on Sunday, January 14, that miracles do, indeed, happen. Mr. Keenum fulfilled the dream of every adolescent boy who has ever held a football in his hands, by throwing a pass to score the game winning touchdown with virtually no time remaining on the game clock. It was a magnificent throw that lifted the spirits and gave hope to ice bound northerners from Montana to Wisconsin and from Canada to Oklahoma City. It even inspired one Rutland resident to pen a football version of the final lines to the venerable poem “Casey At The Bat.” Here are the lines hastily written by Paul Anderson: “Somewhere the sun is shining; Somewhere children laugh and shout; But it’s quiet in the Big Easy; Cause the Vikings knocked ‘m out!!!!” It was a sweet win. It was a wonderful win. It was what other teams have done to the Vikings for the past 57 years. The only way that it could be any better would be for Mr. Keenum and the Vikings to do the same thing on Super Bowl Sunday, February 4, but they have to get by the Philadelphia Eagles next weekend first. Perhaps this is the time for the Vikings to declare that the season is over, and to crown themselves Champions. After the last second of last Sunday’s game, it just doesn’t get any better than that.

Rob Wyum, Cam Gulleson, Kevin Gillespie and Darren Ptacek of this community were in the Vikings’ Stadium to witness the game winning pass and to experience the record breaking decibel level of the roar raised by a stadium full of Vikings fans long denied such a victory. According to Cameron, the word is out that a new record for the Guinness Book of World Records was set for the most people saying “Holy Crow!” or something like that, in unison. Even the President couldn’t top that one.

Anyone who wants to throw the game winning touchdown pass in the final seconds of a crucial football game, or to just have a good day, needs to start out that day with a good breakfast, one that will increase strength, boost confidence and encourage quick thinking. Well, you’re in luck! Just such a breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, February 4, in the Rutland Town Hall. Larry Christensen, Commander of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of the American Legion, reminds all that a championship breakfast of biscuits & gravy; sausage; scrambled eggs; juice; and, coffee; prepared and served by cooks who know what they’re doing, is on the menu. “It’s not only good, but it’s good for you, too!” states Larry. Stop in at the Rutland Town Hall on Sunday, February 4, before church, after church and before the big game, for a breakfast that will get you through the big day.

Word has been received here that Rutland native Jenene Sundlie passed away at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis MN on December 28, 2017 after a brief illness. She had attained the age of 78 years, 5 months and 14 days at the time of her death. Jenene was born July 14, 1939 to Clarence “Stub” and Matilda (Saunders) Sundlie, on her parents’ farm in Tewaukon Township. In the 1940’s she moved to Rutland with her parents, where her father was employed as a mechanic by Hoflen Garage, the local Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge truck and Allis-Chalmers farm equipment dealer. Jenene attended school in Rutland, and graduated as a member of the RHS Class of 1957. She moved to Minneapolis shortly after graduating from High School, found employment in the clerical field and retired after 31 years at Wells Fargo Bank of Minneapolis MN. She is survived by: 1 son, Daniel Sundlie of Minneapolis; by 4 grandchildren; by 2 sisters: Orrine Riddle of Rutland; and, Darlene McLaen of Britton SD; 1 brother, Clarence “Stub” Sundlie Jr. of Fargo; and by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral and interment plans are pending as of this writing. The Rutland community extends condolences to the family and friends of Jenene Sundlie, an independent spirit who looked life in the eye, and lived it her way.

Old friends here were surprised to learn of the sudden death of Rutland native, Wayne Thomas, on Wednesday, January 3, at his home in Fargo. Wayne had attained the age of 78 years, 4 months and 9 days at the time of his death. Wayne Dennis Thomas was born in Havana, ND on August 25th, 1939, to Frankie and Annie (Lehman) Thomas. Wayne attended school in Rutland, ND and grew up on the family farm in Ransom Township, between Rutland & Cayuga. In 1956, when he was still a teenager, Wayne started working for William Collins & Sons Construction Company, then was employed by FM Asphalt for some time, and retired in the Fall of 2015, at the age of 76, after working with the Aggregate Co. He was a dedicated construction worker for 59 years. Wayne met his future wife, Arlene Allard, at Stone Café in Bottineau ND in 1960, while he was in town working on road construction. He and Arlene were married on March 15th, 1962, in Bottineau, ND. Wayne enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, working on his cars, and attending car shows. Anyone who had a car story, had a good friend in Wayne. He was always ready to help anyone in need, and always had a friendly word and a smile to share. While his parents were living, Wayne was a frequent visitor in his home community, and was most recently in Rutland for Uff-Da Day XXXIII in October of 2017. Wayne is survived by: his wife of 55 years, Arlene Thomas; 3 daughters: Robin Barnes; Ronda Thomas; and, Rori Carnes; 3 granddaughters; and, by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frankie and Annie Thomas. The funeral for Wayne Thomas was at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at the Bolger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo. The Rutland community extends its condolences to the family and friends of Wayne Thomas, a friend to all who needed a friend.

Last week it was reported here that a baby boy had been born to Mike & Jill Anderson of this community on the morning of Wednesday, January 10, but the new baby’s Grandma, Dianna Anderson, had no information other than those essentials at that time. By Thursday, January 11, however, Grandma was fully armed with statistics and pictures. Her newest grandson is named Miles Larry Richard Anderson, he tipped the scales at 6 pounds, and stood 19 inches tall in his bare feet when he was born. He will be making his home on the Anderson family farm in Ransom Township with his parents and his big sister, Audrey. Welcome to Rutland, Miles. The Assembled Matriarchs at morning coffee all think that you’re cute. As for the Assembled Wise Men, well, they’re all pretty sure that you’ll grow up to be a good-looking guy. Hang in there!

Friends here were saddened on Monday, January 8, 2018, when a longtime member of the Rutland community, June A. Pherson, passed away at Four Seasons Healthcare Center in Forman at the age of 80 years, 6 months and 23 days. June Alice Lien was born June 16, 1937 in Redwood City CA to Bertram Morris and Laura Cecilia (Rein) Lien. June moved with her family to the Veblen SD area where they made their home on several farms. She attended rural schools in Marshall County, and graduated from Veblen High School in 1955. While attending high school, June also worked at a local café and at a movie theater, and helped area families with babysitting. On October 15, 1955 June was united in marriage with Dennis Wayne Pherson in Webster, SD. The first 9 years of their marriage they lived in a mobile home on the same Tewaukon Township farm as Dennis’ parents, Percy & Edith Pherson. During all of the years of their marriage, June was an integral part of the Phersons’ livestock, grain and Custom Harvesting farm business. For many years she accompanied the custom crew from Oklahoma to Canada, providing the meals, making sure that the laundry got done, caring for children, running for parts and taking care of anything else that needed taking care of. In 1964, June and Dennis bought their farm east of Rutland, on the NE¼ of Section 27 in Ransom Township, where they farmed and raised their family. For many years the Pherson Purebred Simmental Sale was held on the farm, and prospective buyers stopped in for3 reasons: to buy a bull; to shoot the bull; and, to be treated to a terrific beef dinner prepared and served by June. Dennis passed away on January 5, 2007. June remained on the farm for a few years before moving to an apartment in Rutland, and eventually made her home at Four Seasons Healthcare Center in Forman. June was an active member of Nordland Lutheran Church in Rutland. She also was active in the homemaker’s club, The Friendly Garden Club, the Rutland Community Club, school activities and in the social life of a rural community. She enjoyed having coffee with her friends and neighbors, in the farm kitchen or at the counter in the Rutland Cafe. Attending auction sales with friends was a favorite activity. Joanne Harris remembers the first meeting of the Friendly Garden Club she attended after moving back to Rutland, when June and a friend, Mary Ann Thornberg, came charging in wearing bib overalls, checked plaid shirts and straw hats, carrying a variety of gardening tools to give the lesson for the evening. Also, many will recall the life-sized cornstalk and straw mannequin sculptures that June, along with family members, made to decorate the corner of First and Arthur Streets for Uff-Da Day for many years. Hired hands and harvest crews, who were treated like family at the Pherson farm, can attest to June’s talents in the kitchen. In addition to being a hard working farm wife and mother, June enjoyed gardening, tending her flowers, working with craft projects, quilting, and travelling, especially if there was a casino along the route. Dennis & June were graceful partners on the dance floor, and enjoyed dancing to the music of Harold Johnson; Albert Mikesh; amd, other old-time bands that played at Rutland, Cayuga, the Ranch at Sisseton and other local dance halls. June loved and cared for a number of dogs and cats during her years on the farm. Survivors include four children: Dennis Pherson of Rutland; Melody Pherson of Rutland; Richard Pherson of Rutland; Debra Stenvold of Lidgerwood; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three sisters: Betty Jane Attaway of Mt. Vernon KY; Jackie Schumacher of Wichita KS; LuAnn Myhre of Aberdeen SD; and, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Preceding her in death were: her parents; her husband; 1 son, Lenny Joe Pherson, on July 22, 2010; and, four brothers: Eldor Lien; Willis Lien; DeWayne Lien; and, James Lien. Visitation was from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2018, at Nordland Lutheran Church in Rutland, concluding with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service. The funeral for June Pherson was at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Nordland Lutheran Church in Rutland, with the Rev. Ivy Schulz of Gwinner officiating. Interment was in the Rutland Cemetery. the Price Funeral Chapel of Forman & Britton was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be directed to the family in care of Deb Stenvold, 193rd Ave. NE, Lidgerwood ND 58053. The Rutland community extends its condolences to the family and friends of June Pherson, a dedicated, hard-working farm wife, mother, household manager and community worker who gave her all for her family, church and community.

As of Monday, January 15, 53 teams have pre-registered for the 23rd annual Rudy Anderson Memorial Pinochle Tournament to be held at the Rutland Town Hall in Rutland on Saturday, February 3, according to Tourney Co-Chairperson Sonja Christensen, North Dakota’s First Lady Of Pinochle. The tournament target is to have 60 teams on hand and ready to play at start time, although more teams can be accommodated. Play is scheduled to commence at 9:00 a.m., sharp, Sonja says. The tournament is sponsored by the Rutland Community Club, and Community Club members will be serving forenoon and afternoon lunch as well as a Noon dinner of Rutland scalloped potatoes to players and the public. Bryce Carlson of Rutland is the other Co-Chairperson of the event. The entry fee for a team is $40.00, and anyone interested in getting in on the premier pinochle tournament in this region of the country should contact Sonja Christensen at 1645 11th St N #2, Wahpeton, ND 58075, Land Line #701-642-6793, Cell Phone #701-899-1463, e-mail address:; or, call Bryce Carlson of Rutland at 724-3017.

Rutland Community Development Corporation President Bryce Carlson has informed shareholders that the RCDC annual meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 5, at the Rutland Seniors’ Center. Bryce stated that RCDC will be sending out mailers, with self-addressed return envelopes for a share drive. Everyone is asked to bring a pan of bars or other snack of their choosing. Those attending the annual meeting will receive the corporation’s annual financial report, discuss plans for current and future economic and business development in the Rutland community; and, will elect 2 members to the corporation’s Board of Directors. Directors whose terms are expiring are: Rodney Erickson; and, Katherine McLaen. Both are expected to be candidates for reelection. Current members of the RCDC Board are: Bryce Carlson; Rodney Erickson; Jake Erickson; Jill Anderson; Katherine McLaen; Josh Nelson; and, Calvin Jacobson.

Meanwhile, on the national scene, the President has once again stuck his foot in his mouth. The experience left him with a real bad taste, though, as before he stuck his foot in his mouth he had stepped into a real s—t hole of his own making when he insulted the people and nations of the Caribbean, Central America and Africa. There are some who ask, “Who is this guy?” and, “What is this guy?” but Americans know who he is and what he is. The world, too, knows who he is and what he is. The real question for Americans is: “Who, and what, are we?” Do we want the words, the opinions and the actions of this President to be what people around the world hear and see when they think of America and Americans? In the words of Patrick Henry, “Forbid it, Almighty God!” As of Friday, January 19, 2018, there are 52 weeks down, and 156 long weeks to go until January 20, 2021. Americans will have their chance to speak their minds about what they think of this President this coming November. The whole world is waiting, and watching.

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 blog and Facebook page while you’re at it, too. Remember to patronize your local Post Office, 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! The good news is that California Congressman Issa, the guy who abused his position in Congress to take a wrecking bar and sledge hammer to the U. S. Postal Service, is retiring from Congress at the end of this year, and is likely to be replaced by someone who is in their right mind. Things are looking up! Later.


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