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Hens Do Crow – February 9, 2018

Falling snow and cold temperatures kept eight of the 64 registered teams away from the 23rd annual Anderson Pinochle Tourney but 56 teams arrived on Saturday, February 3 to show their skill in handling those 48 cards of a pinochle deck. When the last card was played and ready to be packed away, it became apparent that good skills and lots of luck run in certain families as Becky Chapin and Brenda Peterson of Forman turned in a score of 1736. Close behind were Becky’s parents, Benita and Roger Ziegler, also of Forman, who scored 27 points less —1709.  Another family team of Emil Frederick and his daughter Sheila Anderson found that Golden Hand of a double rope, helping them to come in at 5th place. Other local participants who placed were Laura Olsen, Diane Stein, Bryce Carlson, Marshall Thol, Eunice Thorson, Sandy Hanson, Turk Nelson, and Caleb Nelson. Noted participants were Stella Bell, Roger McLaen, and Norman Preble who have played in all 23 tourneys while Roger and Benita Ziegler and Sandy Fliehs have made appearances 22 times. A former resident of Forman, Ruth Larson and her partner Bev McRoberts, came up with a very unusual hand of double kings, bringing 80 points to add to their score. Jason Hayen, formerly of Cogswell, came from Oklahoma to be a partner to his mother Kathy. Saturday, February 2, 2019 is marked for the 24th tournament to be held at the Rutland Town Hall. Check with the Ziegler family in how to deal those cards.

Sunday, February 4th, Rutland was again the place to be when the Rutland American Legion Post #215 served a biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs and sausage breakfast. There is always a learning curve when something new is tried and unfortunately the scrambled eggs and sausage were in short supply for the latecomers to the breakfast. The freewill breakfast proved profitable based on preliminary figures before expenses. The Auxiliary freewill bake sale was also a success based on a preliminary count of $350.00. This year’s Legion breakfast proceeds with be donated to the Legion Auxiliary which, along with bake sale proceeds, has been designated for the City’s sidewalk replacement project between the Hall and the Legion building.

The City Council had a quick meeting on Monday February 5 focusing on the tax-forfeited property which the City recently acquired from the County. The Council’s investment in the property totals $4689.63 which includes the property clean-up and county and other jurisdiction taxes that were payable at the time of purchase by the City. The Council directed the City Auditor to publicize the sale of the property with a minimum bid of $4700.00. More information on the bid process and deadlines will be on the City’s website, publicized in The Teller and be available on flyers posted in town. Interested individuals can also contact the City Office at 701-724-3081.

The annual meeting of the Rutland Community Development Corporation (RCDC) was held on Monday, February 5, at the Rutland Senior Citizens Center. Directors and shareholders met and discussed old business of the loan with the bar. Discussion then focused on finding a location that would be open for breakfast and noon meals in Rutland. RCDC shareholders are completely in favor of the board putting money into any opportunity that may arise. Bryce Carlson and Jill Anderson will continue for another term and they will be joined by Samantha Gillespie who is a new director. After the shareholders meeting, elections took place. The RCDC Board includes Bryce Carlson – President, Jill Anderson – Vice President, Katie McLaen -Secretary, Sam Gillespie – Treasurer, Jake Erickson – Director, Rodney Erickson – Director, and Calvin Jacobson – Director.

Pam and Bill Gulleson are once again proud grandparents and this time it’s a girl! Dylan Marie Gulleson was born Friday, February 2, topping the scales over 9 lbs. and 22 inches. Proud parents Cam and Jenny Gulleson are home again with Dylan and all are doing well. Dylan is Cam and Jenny’s first baby and Bill and Pam’s third grandchild. Their son Lance and his wife Natalie have two little boys. Congratulations to all on the addition of the little princess.

This weekend head to the Rutland Hall on Sunday for the Rutland Community Club’s Family Fun Night from 4 to 6 p.m. Games for the young and old alike are planned according to organizer Katie McLaen including a cake walk, bingo, putting green and other activities. Come to watch the fun and visit while enjoying a freewill meal.

After nearly 30 years of dedicated service to the Wild Rice Soil Conservation District (WRSCD), Bonnie Anderson is retiring. In her honor the WRSCD will be holding an open house for her at the Forman Field Office from 1-4 PM on her last day, Friday, February 16th. For those of you who have had a chance to work with Bonnie, you know how special of a person she really is. Whether you have known Bonnie for a short time or closer to 30 years, you can see the dedication, determination, and love that she has for everything she does and the people she works with. If you can’t make it during the day to say farewell, or even if you do, there will also be a farewell party that evening in Rutland, in the back room of The Lariat Bar, starting at 7:30 p.m.  Come and share stories and have some laughs, give her our warmest wishes, and bid her a wonderful retirement.

Well, that’s the news from Rutland for this week. For additional information about what’s going on in the little city that can, stop by the community’s internet web site at, and check out the Rutland Facebook page while you’re at it, too.

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