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Hens Do Crow – November 11, 2016

On Wednesday, November 2, Jake Erickson had a little help to relocate four seed storage bins from a site west of the Rutland Elevator to a new location at Jake’s Feed & Seed’s new facility at the intersection of East Front Street and Bagley Street.  The bins are mounted on skids to facilitate moving them, but even with the skids, a move of more than a block to the east was not accomplished without moans and groans of protest from the corrugated metal bins that were clearly audible all over town. Jake Erickson, owner of the business, utilized a 3-man crew: his Dad, Larry Erickson; his uncle, Mike Kulzer; and, himself; to get the task completed.  Otter Tail Power’s 3 phase electric lines were just barely high enough to allow the bins to pass beneath them. Larry pulled the bins from the former location to the new site using a farm tractor, then Jake and Mike, each in a Bobcat skid steer loader, performed a skillfully choreographed Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers routine with the Bobcats to maneuver the bins onto the concrete base that Jake had prepared several weeks earlier.  Jake was in the Fred Astaire role and Mike was in the Ginger Rogers task, doing everything that Jake did, except backwards.  Mike decided to forgo Ginger’s high heels. “When you get to be over 60,” said Mike, “Your neck doesn’t let you look backwards like you used to.”  Jake’s crew did an excellent job, and the bins are now on site, ready for business at Jake’s Feed & Seed in Rutland.

Several ladies have been congregating at the Rutland Senior Citizens Center on Tuesday mornings to roll out lefse for sale for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  They will be rolling more at least once a week until mid-December.  If you don’t have the time to make your own, just call the Rutland Senior Center at 724-4074 to place your order and get your name on the list.  They say they will continue to roll it out until they have no more orders to fill or their supplies run out.

Correction:  The house at 210 Anthony Street previously owned by Bradley & Rebecca Christensen was acquired by George & Trilby Lawrenson.  Last week it was incorrectly reported that the house had been purchased by Ms. Lawrenson, individually.  That was not the case.  Our apologies to the Lawrensons for the error. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – November 4, 2016

If it’s not cool and damp it’s warm and windy.  Although the 2½ inches, or more, of rain that soaked the area last week seemed to soak right in or run right off, it took fields several days to dry up enough to allow for a resumption of harvest activities.  That situation reversed itself on Monday, October 31, though, when Mother Nature provided a high temperature of 74 degrees at about 3:00 that afternoon, and a gale force wind to blow your troubles away.  Mother Nature saved her best treats for late in the afternoon and early in the evening, when the wind went down and all of the little, and some not so little, ghouls, ghosts and goblins were out on their “Tricks or Treats” routes in shirtsleeve weather.  Tuesday, November 1, was 20 degrees cooler, but with little or no wind, was a more comfortable day.

The Bill & Melissa Hoflen house at 126 First Street North had new roofing installed last week.  Kevin Maly of Forman did the work of replacing the old, wind damaged asphalt shingles with the new metal roofing material.  The improvement makes the Hoflen house an attractive greeting for arrivals entering the city from the north.  Bill reports that he and Melissa are also working on some interior improvements, as well as on the addition of a garage to the property.  Congratulations to Bill, Melissa and Dane for keeping Rutland looking good.

Cayuga native Randy Kiefer stopped in Rutland on the afternoon of Saturday, October 29, and called on old friends here.  Randy is the youngest son of the late George “Pete” and Verna Kiefer of Cayuga.  He currently resides in Irvine CA, and has been visiting at the home of his sister and brother-in-law, Pam & Keith Hoistad, northwest of Milnor.  Randy is still an enthusiastic cyclist and reports that he and his cousin, Cayuga native Don Isensee, now of Perham MN, and a friend, Dick Reis of Fargo, spent a week riding mountain bikes in the area around Kalispell and Whitefish MT back in early September.  Randy has a more grueling trek planned for this coming March, when he will be riding a specially equipped snow bicycle across Greenland with 9 other cyclists.  According to Randy, the bikes will have balloon tires with a snow and ice tread that are approximately 3” in diameter.  The tour, as it is now planned, will take the group from the east coast of Greenland to the west coast of the snow-covered island, with a substantial portion of their trail being above the Arctic Circle.  Randy, a lean and fit member of Sargent Central’s Class of 1967, has made many endurance bike rides throughout North America and Europe and states that he intends to continue cycling until the chain breaks.  Randy reports that he will be visiting in this area until he returns to his home in California on Thursday, November 10. Read More »

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Rutland City Council Agenda

City of Rutland,  November 7, 2016, Meeting Agenda (subject to change)

  1. Approval of agenda
  2. Approval of minutes: October 3, 2016
  3. Public comments, if any
  4. New business
    1. Gaming Permit: Approve Gaming Permit #217, Rutland-Cayuga RFD for a gun raffle board with the drawing to be held November 18, 2016 at The Lariat Bar.
    2. Sidewalk Estimates
    3. Hall Exterior Repair Estimates
    4. Arthur Street Culvert Drainage
    5. ND DOT Transportation Alternatives Program Grant Application
  5. Old/Unfinished Business
    1. Map Digitization Progress
    2. City Engineer Selection
  6. Financial Report
    1. October Cash Balances Report
    2. October Revenue and Expenditure Reports
    3. Presentation and Approval of Bills
    4. Collections/Delinquents Report
    5. Auditor Report
  7. Communications from the Mayor
  8. Announcements
  9. Adjournment

Next City Council Meeting: Monday, December 5, 2016

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The Rooster Crows – October 28, 2016

The wind blew, the rain came, and when it stopped early on the morning of Wednesday, October 26, Rutland and vicinity had received 2½ inches of precipitation, according to Paul Anderson’s electronic rain gauge at 309 Gay Street.  Kurt Breker reported that his gauge south of Cayuga contained 3.3 inches of rainwater on Wednesday morning, and Mike Harris reported that the gauge at his farm near Crete held 4.4 inches of precipitation when the deluge ceased.  The wind also stripped the leaves from many trees that still possessed them, piling the sodden leaves up in piles that stayed put once they were well soaked.  The rain was a Godsend for cover crops, pastures and hay land that had gone for several weeks without a significant drink.  A month from now, that rain would translate into 1 foot of snow for every inch of rain.  Count your blessings!

Several hundred thousand bushels of corn are now piled up in a huge, golden mountain on the west side of County Road #10, just south of Ron Narum’s residence.  When asked what the exact amount of bushels in the pile might be, Rodney Erickson states that it is, “somewhere between 1 bushel and 1 million bushels,” but he can’t get more specific than that, although he’s pretty sure that it’s more than 1 and less than a million.  Wheaton-Dumont has been piling the corn on the ground because its unit train loading facility at Tenney MN, on the main line of CP Rail, has not received a 110-car unit train in which to put it.  Rodney expects that the co-op will begin hauling the corn to its unit train loading facility at Graceville MN, which is on the BN-SF track, sometime in the first week or two of November.  The Rutland Elevator has been taking dry corn and trucking it to either Tenney or Graceville so that local farmers can keep their grain dryers in operation.

County Health Nurse Joyce Chapin reports that 18 persons received their flu prevention shots during the immunization clinic that was held at the Rutland Seniors Center from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, October 12.  That’s 10 fewer than the number who usually receive their flu shots at the Rutland clinic, according to Mrs. Chapin.  The County Health District does submit the vaccination claims to Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance programs, reports County Health District Director Brenda Peterson.  Nurse Chapin was in each of the County’s schools last week offering flu shots.  Anyone can call The District Office in Forman to make an appointment to get a shot, or they are also welcome to walk in, states Director Peterson.  The Sargent County Health District office is located on Main Street in Forman.  The phone number is 724-3725.  The Health District also has one more flu vaccination clinic scheduled to be held on November 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Health District’s Forman office.  “Right now there is a plentiful supply of flu vaccine on hand, and we do hope that County residents get vaccinated for flu prevention every year,” Director Peterson stated. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – October 21, 2016

The harvest of what is perhaps the biggest corn crop in the history of Sargent County is now in progress, and for some producers it is now in the process of winding down to the last few rows and ears of golden corn.  When asked about yield, local farmers will be heard to mumble, almost as if they don’t know if they can believe it themselves, “200,” or “240,” or even “250,” in hushed tones, not wanting to sound as if they are bragging.  This year, improved corn hybrids, coupled with Spring and Summer weather conditions that provided just the right amount of stress and just the right amount of moisture at just the right time to do the most good, have produced a bumper crop that has even the huge, new grain terminals gasping for air and turning trucks away.  Over the past weekend, it was reported that several semi loads of corn from the Oakes area were delivered to Wheaton-Dumont Co-op’s Rutland Elevator facility, as they had to wait in line for more than 3 hours to unload at Oakes, while Rodney Erickson was able to provide more expeditious service here in Rutland.  The semis could make the round trip from Oakes to Rutland and back in half the time it would have taken them to unload at one of the terminals in Oakes.  If you’re wondering why there’s dust in the air, another report is that one farm operation north of Forman, along County Road #1, hauled 63 semi loads of corn to town in 1 day, and that’s just one farm operation on one gravel road.  Well, this, too, shall pass. The bad thing about a harvest like this is that once it is complete, we are not likely to see another like it for quite some time.  Everybody has to suffer once in a while, though, and it’s a lot easier to suffer with 200 bushel corn to ease the pain.

Ted Lee reported that he helped his son, Nathan, wrap up his corn harvest on the evening of Saturday, October 15.  Ted states that the yield was very good, and that the yield monitor on the combine occasionally surprised itself in a few particularly good locations.  The Lee farming operation is primarily located in Tewaukon and Weber Townships.

Why is it that the wind always blows the fallen leaves from the yards of those who don’t care whether they’re there or not who the yards of those who are obsessive compulsive about raking up every leaf?  It may just be the natural redistribution of wealth, or it may just be chance.  The 30 mph wind that pounded Rutland on Sunday, October 16, redistributed leaves, boxelder bugs and anything else that wasn’t nailed down or tied up.  Monday night produced a very small amount of rain, but only enough to forestall combining by an hour or two on Tuesday, October 18.  Jason Arth stopped in at the Lariat Bar for breakfast on the morning of Wednesday, October 19, and reported that a thunderstorm brought his harvest operations southeast of Milnor to a halt late on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 18, when the rain poured down from one small cloud in an otherwise clear sky.  If you don’t like the weather around here, just wait a minute, or move a few feet. Read More »

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