Weather conditions have been dry and dusty through most of the harvest, but relief arrived in the form of a general rain on Friday, October 23. At 8:30 on Friday morning Norbert Kulzer reported .65 of an inch in his rain gauge at 415 Gay Street, Paul Anderson reported .75 of an inch a block west, at 309 Gay Street; and, Jim Lunneborg reported that his gauge showed between .65 and .7 of an inch at his farm in Shuman Township. The rain continued, off and on, throughout the day, and by 10:00 p.m. John Harris Acurite electronic weather station at 122 Ross Street showed precisely 1.73” of precipitation for the day while Roger Pearson’s rain gauge at 409 Gay Street, the kind you have to walk out into the backyard to check, registered 1.75 inch of rain, A gift that was badly needed and much appreciated. A cold front rode into town on a brisk northwest wind on Wednesday, October 28, dropping the daytime high into the 30’s for the first time in several months, a premonition of things to come. The weekend forecast is calling for a return to mild temperatures for several more days, but Winter, like prosperity, is just around the corner.
Margot Ganske of San Diego CA visited in Rutland at the home of her father, Leonard Heinen, from Monday, October 19 through Friday, October 23. Mr. Heinen resides in the apartment house at 207 First Street. On Thursday evening Mrs. Ganske joined her twin sister Marcia Brakke, Jesse Brakke, James Brakke, Bill Anderson and Kathy Brakke at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge to honor Leonard on the occasion of his 95th birthday. Leonard, better known as Lenny, is a peppy 95-year-old who enjoys a good time out with family and friends.