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The Rooster Crows – January 26, 2018

Somewhere the Sun is shining; Somewhere children laugh and shout; But there is no joy in Snussvill; ‘Cause the Vikings got blown out! From the thrill of victory over the New Orleans Saints on January 14, Minnesota Vikings football fans had to endure the agony of defeat at the hands, or, rather, the wings and talons, of the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, January 21. Well, it’s only NFL football, after all, an entertainment spectacle in which grown men are paid millions of dollars to play a kid’s game That is far less valuable to society than the roto-rooter service that keeps the sewer system working. So, the next time you’re thinking of throwing a shoe at the TV set after a bone-headed play by your favorite team, just ask yourself, “How important is it, anyway?” Of course, had the Vikings won, the game would have possessed much greater significance to the future of American civilization. Just ask any Vikings fan.

Anyone driving past the west end of Lake Tewaukon, on County Road #12, this past Summer and Fall noticed the construction work that was in progress at the site of the Tewaukon Refuge Headquarters. Kent Sundseth, Manager of the Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge, reports that the new Tewaukon Refuge Headquarters Building is now operational. Consideration of proposals to replace the old Headquarters Building, built in the mid-1960’s, began a little over 2 years ago, in 2015, the process prompted by health & safety concerns for both Refuge workers and the public, and a mobile, temporary headquarters facility was moved in, adjacent to the old structure, just prior to the commencement of demolition and construction work on May 10, 2017. The new building is essentially the same size, approximately 3,400 square feet of floor space, as the previous structure, in accordance with Fish & Wildlife Service agency policy, however it makes much more efficient use of that space. The plan is to have space for 7 people working from the new Headquarters Building starting the 18th & 19th of January. The new structure has a dual heat system using electric hydronic in-floor heat and forced air. Both use propane as the fuel source. The main contractor was Northern Management Services out of Idaho which used local sub contractors from Fargo, Oakes and Rutland to supply materials, expertise and labor. Calvin Jacobson and his crew from Jacobson Plumbing, Heating & Excavating of Rutland performed the excavation, plumbing and heating work. The new building has new exhibit space, but refuge personnel still need to develop the exhibits. Funding availability will dictate how quickly that need is met. A large portion of the Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge, including the Headquarters site, is situated within the boundaries of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Reservation, and that part of the demolition and construction process requiring excavation required close consultation with the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribe. That consultation and cooperation went very well, said Manager Sundseth, and a few artifacts of interest were found. Refuge personnel plan to have some kind of an open house this summer. Potentially in June or July, stated Manager Sundseth. Congratulations to Manager Kent Sundseth and the staff at Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge on the completion and opening of the new Headquarters building, a significant improvement for employees and the public, alike.

John Buskohl and the crew of Buskohl Construction, Dillon Odegard and Spencer Schutt, have been back in town this week, doing more work on “The Bagley House” at 301 First Street. The old wood siding that would no longer hold paint has been taken off and will be replaced with white vinyl siding over ¼” of Styrofoam insulation and Tyvec building wrap. The Buskohl crew had previously replaced several windows in the house, as well as the front door. A new window in the kitchen will be installed in conjunction with the new siding. The former owner, Paul Anderson, had installed metal roofing on the house a few years ago. The property was purchased by The Old Parsonage LLC, a business owned and operated by Kathy Brakke of this community, late last Summer. Interior painting has been completed, and some plumbing upgrades as well as a new heating and air-conditioning system are also in the plans, states Kathy. Kathy intends to have The Bagley House available for short term rental this coming Spring. Some of the previous owners & occupants of the house include: Robert Bagley, builder of the house in 1887; the Burke family; the Ole & Julia Anderson family; the Herman Nordine family; the Percy & Edith Nockelby family; James & Mae Hom; James & Betty Elphinstone; the Alwood & Linda Huckell family; Mark & Vicki Weber & family; Marie Kosbab; the Wade Klusner family; Andy & Sheila Harris; and, Paul & Sue Anderson. The work being done is another significant improvement to the appearance of Rutland’s Main Street.

United Blood Services of Fargo will be conducting its first 2018 blood drive in Rutland from Noon to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 8, 2018, in the Rutland Town Hall, according to local organizing committee member Janet Kiefer. Potential donors are being called to schedule donation time appointments but can get a jump on the process by giving Janet a call at 724-3504 or 724-4074; or, by calling Sheila Wyum at 724-3025; to select a time that is convenient for them. Or, just stop in at the Rutland Town Hall between Noon and 6:00 p.m. on February 8, and the volunteer workers at the desk will find a space for you on the schedule. This is your chance to give the gift of life to someone, possibly someone you know, so step up, roll up your sleeve and donate a Pint for those who need it worse than you do. That’s from Noon to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 8, at the Rutland Town Hall.

Upcoming events in Rutland include, but are not limited to: Ground Hog’s Day on Friday, February 2, all day long in Rutland, and in the rest of the country, too; Rudy Anderson Memorial Pinochle Tournament with play commencing at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, in the Rutland Town Hall, with forenoon & afternoon lunch and a dinner of Rutland scalloped potatoes served by the Rutland Community Club at Noon; American Legion biscuits & gravy Super Bowl Sunday Breakfast/Brunch from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 4, in the Rutland Town Hall; Rutland City Council meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 5, in the Rutland Town Hall; Rutland Community Development Corporation Annual Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 5, in the Rutland Seniors Center; United Blood Services Blood Drive from Noon to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 8, in the Rutland Town Hall; Rutland Sportsmen’s Club meeting on the evening of Thursday, February 1, in the dining room of The Lariat Bar; Rutland Community Club’s Family Fun Night starting at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 11, in the Rutland Town Hall; and, Rutland Community Club meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 12, in the Rutland Town Hall.

Meanwhile, on the national scene, the Federal Government shut down for 3 days over the weekend, from Midnight on Friday to late Monday afternoon. The fight that resulted in a Monday off for Federal workers was brought on by demands of Democrats in the U. S. Senate that the plight of 800,000 undocumented immigrants who had been brought to this country as children and had known no other homeland be addressed in a short-term funding bill needed to keep the Federal Government in operation because the Senate hadn’t gotten its work done in the first place. In the end, the undocumented immigrants got nothing but a promise and a smile from the Senate’s GOP Leader, Mitch McConnell. Watching Sen. McConnell smile is somewhat like watching a crocodile smile, a vision that quickly reminds one of the transitory nature of life. One of the late-night comedians made the comment, “Isn’t it great to live in a country where the disclosure that the current President of the United States paid $130,000 in blackmail to a Louisiana porn star to keep her from disclosing details of an illicit extra-marital affair with the President, is only the 4th biggest story in the evening news.” Despite his small hands, the President has been able to juggle 3 wives and several other affairs, some romantic, some commercial and some merely abusive, all the way to the White House. Quite a feat for a 71-year-old who is praised by the Evangelical Right as a “moral man”. As of Friday, January 26, there are 53 weeks down and only 155 remaining until January 20, 2018. And the President keeps on tweeting.

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 www.rutlandnd.Com, and stop by the Rutland blog and Facebook page while you’re traveling around in Cyberspace, 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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