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The Rooster Crows – February 2, 2018

Ground Hog Day is on Friday, February 2, and we will find out if either Punxatawney Phil or Rutland Rasputin will emerge from their winter slumbers to crawl out to look for a shadow. Regardless of what those 2 prognosticating ground hogs find, the following day, Saturday, February 3, will find Rutland swarming with pinochle players. The 23rd Annual Rudy Anderson Memorial Pinochle Tournament is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, according to tournament co-chairperson Sonja Christensen, and what “Sonja Sez,” Sonja means. Sixty-three teams were pre-registered as of Monday, January 29, Sonja reported. Among those registered to play are defending champions from the 2017 tourney, Rutland natives Ed Christensen of Bismarck ND and Harvey Preble of Eagan MN; Rutland native Joel Hoistad and his spouse, Sandy, of Wahpeton; and, Rutland native George Resler, a member of RHS & LHS Class of ’64, now residing in Wahpeton; and, many more. Kibitzers are invited to come on in to observe the play, but are warned to keep their opinions to themselves until tournament play has been completed. The tournament is sponsored by the Rutland Community Club, and Club members will be serving a forenoon and afternoon lunch, as well as a dinner of Rutland scalloped potatoes with ham at Noon.

The Board of Directors of Rutland Housing, Inc. met at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, in the Rutland Town Hall to review the corporation’s financial status and progress on the corporation’s on-going repair and renovation program. Manager/Treasurer Bert Siemieniewski reported that the corporation’s books for 2017 had been reviewed by Ptacek Financial Services of Oakes, and that the records show that the corporation had a successful year. The contractors working on the renovation of Apartment #4 in the 6-plex at 204 Dakota Street have experienced some delays, but the contractors are making progress, Bert reported. The Board set 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2018, in the Rutland Town Hall as the time, date and location of Rutland Housing’s annual meeting. Rutland Housing, Inc. was established by the Rutland Community Club back in 1971, so it belongs to the people of the Rutland community. Everyone in the Rutland community is invited to attend the meeting, receive a copy of the corporation’s annual financial report and participate in the business meeting. Current officers and directors are: Delores Lysne, President; Bill Anderson, Vice-President; Carolyn Christensen, Secretary; and, Bert Siemieniewski, Manager/Treasurer. For additional information about Rutland Housing and the availability of apartment units, give Bert a call at 724-3553.

Friends here were saddened on the evening of Sunday, January 28, when word was received that life long Cayuga area farmer, Jim Breker, had passed away that day at Eventide Sheyenne Crossings in West Fargo ND. Jim, better known as J. R., had attained the age of 86 years 4 months and 10 days at the time of his death. James Richard “J.R.” Breker was born September 18, 1931, on the farm later known as the Eddie & Elenora Nickeson place, in Ransom Township, about 7 miles southeast of Rutland, the son of Theodore and Regina (Kulzer) Breker. He was a life long member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Cayuga. The family later moved to the farm 1 ½ miles southeast of Cayuga that is still owned and operated by his son. Jim attended grade school at Cayuga Public School, and graduated from Lidgerwood High School in the Class of 1949. Jim was a good student and an enthusiastic athlete. His Lidgerwood High Lettermen’s jacket and sweater were proudly displayed in the Breker home. On November 28, 1950 he was united in marriage to Mary Clare Kiefer at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in a double wedding ceremony with his older brother, Melvin, and Mary’s sister, Lois. Together, Jim & Mary shared over 67 years of marriage. J.R. invested his entire life in the family farm as a grain, dairy and beef farmer. For many years he operated a custom hay stack moving business. He worked on several projects in the Lake Tewaukon Refuge area and helped build the Cayuga Hall in the mid-1950’s. He was also a school bus driver for the Cayuga School District during the 57-58 school year. J.R. served on the Sargent Central school board from July 1969 to June of 1975 where he enjoyed working with Superintendent Chester Larson, and with fellow school board members Rudy Anderson, Emil Bandaret and others to achieve some positive results for local students and taxpayers. He also served as a volunteer on the Cayuga, now the Cayuga-Rutland, fire department. His church duties at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic church in Cayuga included Eucharist Minister, church council and church maintenance. J.R. loved hunting and going for drives on Sunday afternoon. He had a great sense of humor and was known to have played a joke or two on friends and family, especially when he was in the company of his good friend and neighbor, Clifford Lawrence. Jim was a frequent Rutland visitor, and enjoyed a stop at the Rutland Café for coffee and conversation, and occasionally socializing with old friends at The Lariat. In later years, after their son, Kurt, took over the farm operation, Jim and Mary traveled extensively throughout the United states, and also overseas to Germany where they visited cousins on both the Breker and the Kiefer sides of the family. J. R. appreciated the simple pleasures of farm life, and always enjoyed a good meal of meat, mashed potatoes and gravy along with a steaming hot bowl of any kind of soup. He is survived by: his wife, Mary, West Fargo; his 5 daughters Jane Speich, West Fargo, Sandy Floyd, Champlin MN, Deb Hanson, Menifee CA, Beth Stroehl, Lidgerwood ND and Sue Dinger, Minneapolis MN; 1 son, Kurt Breker, who resides on the family farm at Cayuga; ten grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; and, by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Regina Breker; and, by his brother, Melvin Breker. Visitation will be Friday, February 2, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. followed by a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Cayuga. Visitation will continue on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 9:30 to 10:30 am followed by the funeral mass at 10:30 a.m., also at the church in Cayuga with Fr. Philip Chacko officiating. Pallbearers are: Steven Speich, Mike Zich, Justin Floyd, Jason Floyd, Doug Hanson & Jeremy Stroehl. Organist will be Janet Kiefer. Condolences may be sent to Mary Breker at Eventide Sheyenne Crossings, 225 13th Ave. W., West Fargo, ND 58078. The Rutland community extends its sympathy to the family and friends of J. R. Breker, a man of good humor, good intentions and good works who contributed much to his community, church and family.

Members of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of the American Legion met at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30, at the Legion Hall/Rutland Fitness Center at 123 Gay Street in Rutland. The meeting was called to order by Post Commander Larry Christensen. Doug Olstad delivered the Adjutant’s report indicating that the Post is in its best financial condition in many years, and that progress is being made in collecting 2018 dues. Post membership is currently at its highest level since the mid-1970’s. The members voted to donate $1,000 to the Legion Auxiliary to assist the Unit fulfill its pledge of$5,000 to the City to help pay for the new sidewalk in front of the Rutland Veterans Memorial. Members also voted to purchase 30 baseball style American Legion caps for the membership. The caps will have the American Legion emblem embroidered on the front, with “Post #215” embroidered above the emblem and “Rutland, North Dakota” embroidered below the emblem. The caps will be navy blue in color. Commander Christensen then reviewed plans and preparations for the Post’s Biscuits & Gravy Super Bowl Breakfast/Brunch that will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, February 4, in the Rutland Town Hall. Post Vice Commander Tom Manley delivered a report on the Department of North Dakota’s Winter Conference that was held in Mandan recently. In addition to meeting one of the leading candidates for National Commander at next Summer’s National Convention in Minneapolis, Tome also participated in leadership seminars on membership, Boys State, Legion scholarships, observance of the American Legion’s Centennial on November 11, 2018 and the Legion Oratorical Contest, among others. Tom also discussed the Post’s new Facebook page at Post 215. The Facebook page features a photo of Rutland’s Veterans Memorial. Post members also adopted a resolution thanking the Rutland Sportsmen’s Club for a generous contribution from the Club’s gaming fund. The next meeting of Post #215 members will be at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 4, in the kitchen of the Rutland Town Hall to finalize preparations for the Post’s Biscuits & Gravy Super Bowl Breakfast/Brunch on Super Bowl Sunday. The menu features: biscuits; gravy; sausage; scrambled eggs; juice; and, coffee. Officers of the Rutland Legion Post are: Larry Christensen, Commander; Tom Manley, Vice-Commander; Douglas Olstad, Adjutant; Theodore Lee, Chaplain; and, Calvin Jacobson, Sergeant At Arms.

Perry Score, tax accountant with Wagner Accounting of Wahpeton, will be at the Rutland Station of The Sargent County Bank on February 5th, 7th and 9th. Anyone in need of assistance with the preparation of their 2018 tax returns can Call 642-2882 and visit with Holly to arrange an appointment.

The 26th District Democratic-NPL Convention will be convening at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, at the Community Center on Main Street in Milnor, according to District Vice-Chairman Cameron Gulleson of Rutland. The Convention will take up issues of importance to the people of the 26th District, select delegates to the State Convention and conduct any other business which those in attendance think appropriate, states Cameron. Check out the 26th District’s ad in The Teller, its internet web site and Facebook page for additional information.

Meanwhile, on the national scene, the President delivered the annual State Of The Union Address to the nation on Tuesday, January 30th, informing the nation that everything is better than it has ever been, and that it is getting better. He has accomplished more in the past year than all of the Presidents who preceded him, from Washington through Obama, had accomplished since 1789. He is responsible for the current economic growth, despite the fact that the economy has been growing steadily since 2009, 7 years before he took office, and he has done more for the American automobile industry than Leland Olds, Henry Ford and Walter Chrysler, combined. The American people are indeed fortunate to have the most stable genius to ever occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as our President, he has informed them, and, if they don’t believe it, they should just ask his friend, Vladimir Putin. Despite all of this, there are still some doubters, though. As of Friday, February 2, there are 54 weeks down and 154 weeks remaining until January 20, 2021. If the speech sounded reasonable, wait for the tweets.

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 Rutland’s internet web site at, and stop by the Rutland blog and 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! Later.

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