No rain, yet, and both the State and Federal income tax returns are due on the 15th of April. On the bright side, though, the mercury is finally scheduled to be climbing out of the 20’s and up into the 70’s by Friday, the 15th, and the weather forecast does indicate “possible scattered showers” for Saturday. Meanwhile, optimism reigns supreme in the farm fields of Sargent County, as local farmers have been planting wheat, and getting ready to plant corn and soybeans in preparation for the rain that is bound to show up one of these days. The Gulleson brothers have even put in 200 acres of barley, a crop that used to be a staple on local farms, but which is now a specialty. Old sayings such as, “If it doesn’t rain again, it will be the longest dry spell we have ever had,” and, “Every day that it doesn’t rain is one day closer to the day that it will,” are being heard in sidewalk conversations, and those old sayings are as true today as they ever were. Another old saying that looks as if it will be tested this year is, “Plant in the dust and your bins will bust!” Sure hope that Grandpa was right with that one.
Ione Pherson brought the Community Club’s new electric abelskiver pans up to the kitchen of the Lariat Bar for a test run on the morning of Wednesday, April 6. Ione, Debbie Banish, Dianna Anderson, Janice Christensen, Debbie Liermark, Rebecca Christensen and Bev Kulzer made a couple of batches of abelskivers with the new pans, and they looked real good. A taste-testing crew consisting of Norbert Kulzer, Paul Anderson, Mike Kulzer, Roger Pearson, Kurt Breker, Mac Pherson, Dale McLaen, Gary Thornberg and Bill Anderson tried out the the product, and deemed the abelskivers to be of excellent quality in both taste and texture. Norbert was of the opinion that the addition of chokecherry syrup would have made the dining experience sublime, but it’s just not the season for chokecherries yet. Wait until Uff-Da Day, on Sunday, October 2, for the real thing.
Nineteen students from Sargent Central were among the first in North Dakota to participate in the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League on Tuesday, April 5, at the Rutland Sportsmen’s Club’s John Narum Memorial Trap & Rifle Range just north of Silver Lake. Kean Nelson, a member of Sargent Central’s faculty and a member of the Rutland Sportsmen’s Club, is the head coach of the pilot program, and he is assisted by 6 assistant coaches in mentoring the 19 students, both boys and girls, in the fine points of clay target shooting. At the Sportsmen’s Club’s annual meeting in February, Club members had allocated up to $3,500 to support the High School program, and volunteered the use of the Club’s trap range facilities at no charge to program participants. According to Club secretary/treasurer Travis Paeper, the cost of the program for this year will be $11,000. Program costs include ammunition, shooters’ vests, salaries and other fees. Other organizations supporting the program financially include: the Sargent County Chapter of Pheasants Forever; the Sargent Central Boosters Club; and, the Wild Turkey Federation. Sargent Central is furnishing a bus to transport participating students back and forth between the High School and the Trap Range, and Trent Nelson, a Sargent Central bus driver and a member of the Sportsmen’s Club, has volunteered his time to serve as driver for the program. The use of the bus for student transportation is the only taxpayer expense involved in the program. Students participate in a statewide league, but do all of their clay target shooting at their home range, with their coach logging in their scores electronically after each session. The regular league season will continue through May, states secretary/treasurer Paeper, and will be followed by a State tournament that will be held in Cass County, near Horace, during the month of June. According to Coach Kean Nelson, there are 23 high school teams participating in the League this season, and the public can check up on their scores on line at ndclaytarget.com. According to Travis Paeper, the Clay Target League is a pilot program in North Dakota this year. If it works out and there is sufficient interest and participation, the program will be expanded to additional High Schools in the County in 2017. Read More