The “January Thaw” that arrived back on the 14th of January has provided the people of North Dakota with a 2 week vacation from Winter without the hassle of leaving home. While the eastern U. S. has been shivering and shaking through a tough winter, battling ice, snow and blizzards, the usually frozen center of the country, from Canada to Mexico, has been enjoying sunny days and temperatures 20 to 30 degrees above normal. In Rutland, any snow on the streets that had been missed by Mayor Narum and the City’s snowplow has been cleared by Mother Nature. The forecast is for a return to winter conditions on Saturday, January 31, but, with January behind us, can Spring be far ahead? Watch the Ground Hog on February 2. If he sees his shadow, we have 6 more weeks of winter ahead, and, if he doesn’t see his shadow, winter’s end will arrive in only 42 days. Well, why would anyone trust a Ground Hog, anyway?
A group that included Mark Breker of Rutland, Neil Hornseth of Veblen SD, Shane Kadoun of Milnor, Alex Breker of Washburn and Abra Duval of Oakes in its number, drove up to Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Friday, January 16, for a weekend of ice fishing on Lake Winnipeg. According to Mark, each angler could bring either 4 or 6 walleyes back with them when they returned to the USA, depending on the type of license they had purchased. The fishing was good, Mark reported, and they caught a number of walleyes that were 28” or longer. Shane Kadoun hauled in the largest walleye, a 32 inch lunker that weighed over 12 pounds, states Mark. The group returned home on Monday, January 19, full of fish and fishing stories. Mark has been ice fishing on Lake Winnipeg several times in the past few years, and reports that the fishing is always good, even when the catching isn’t.
Josh and Brianne Nelson of this community have purchased the house at 210 Gay Street, long known as “the Sjothun house,” from Kyle & Kaia Mahrer. They expect to be moved into their new home by the beginning of March. Previous owners of this home include: Bill & Annie Lubke; Lowell & Phyllis Sjothun; Mr. & Mrs. Leland Evenson; Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Miller; and, John Johnson. The house was originally built by “Lumber John” Johnson, then manager of the John R. Jones Lumber Yard in Rutland, back in 1909, with the intention that it would be home for him and his fiancé after they wed. When the intended Mrs. Johnson was killed in a carriage accident, however, Mr. Johnson could not bear to move into the new dwelling, and sold it to Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Miller, owners of the Rutland Hardware Store. The Millers owned the house until the 1940’s, when it was purchased by the Leland Evenson family. Lowell & Phyllis Sjothun purchased the home in 1948, and made it the Sjothun family residence for more than half a century, until 1999, when Phyllis Sjothun sold the house to Bill & Annie Lubke. Kyle & Kaia Mahrer acquired the house in 2011. They and their 3 children now reside at 318 First Street. Read More