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2nd Annual Spring Fling

Spring Fling 2015 Don’t forget about the 2nd Annual Spring Fling at The Lariat Bar on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, from 6 to 9 p.m. Several vendors and a taco bar ($8.00). Admission is a free-will offering to the Sargent County Relay for Life.

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Sargent County Burn Ban

As per the Governor’s Executive Order 2015 – 02   Dated   April 1st  2015

Today Monday April 13, 2015:  Sargent County is rated as  “VERY HIGH”  along with the south & mid central, the south eastern, and the north eastern portion of the state.

“Governor Jack Dalrymple declared a fire emergency on April 1, 2015 for the state in response to dry conditions, unseasonably high temperatures and high winds. In his executive order, Dalrymple issued a burn ban for areas in the North Dakota Fire Danger Rating designated as “High,” “Very High,” or “Extreme,” and/or when a Red Flag Warning has been issued for an area. Burning will be allowed in designated areas with a “Low” or “Moderate” Fire Danger Rating if approved by the local fire response authority that has jurisdiction over the area.

The order is in effect through April 15, APRIL 30, 2015. This includes but not limited to contained fires ex: garbage pits, camp fires, yard fire pits, Grass fires; slew grass.

Please help to spread the word and work with the property owners that are making requests.  Questions can be referred to the Fire District Chief Cam Gulleson 308-0167;  the County Sheriff Department; or Sandra Hanson, Sargent County Emergency Manager, 701-724-6241  ext:113

We need to work together to make sure people are not intentionally dis-obeying the ban. First Offense of a burn ban is a Class B misdemeanor: up to 30 days in jail and $1,500.00 fine.

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The Rooster Crows – April 10, 2015

The weather roller coaster has continued its wild ride this past week, propelled by 45 mph winds on Thursday, April 2, and the temperature plunging from the upper 60’s to the lower teens before heading back up, again.  Cooler weather moved in for Easter weekend, but the frost was out enough that gardeners could get their potatoes planted on Good Friday without using a pickax or dynamite to loosen the soil.

With the ice gone from most bodies of water in this area, some local anglers have been out trying their luck.  Those who have happened to be in the right place at the right time and have wrinkled their nose just right have been bringing in some nice stringers of walleyes and northerns.  Depending on the day, the time of day and the weather, walleyes have reportedly been biting on Sprague Lake and Lake Tewaukon, while the northerns have been cooperative on Consolidated Lake in Rutland Township.  Greg Donaldson reports that the high wind on Thursday, April 2, riled up the water and cooled down the catching for a while, and its likely that fishing action will be slow until the water clears.

Rutland’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt hopped into action at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, in the Rutland Town Hall. Jeanne Leinen, one of the organizers of the event, reports that 65 children, accompanied by about 130 parents & grandparents, crowded into the Hall to register for prizes and hunt for Easter eggs. Jeanne states that 700 plastic eggs, each entitling the finder to either a toy or a candy treat, had been hidden for kids to find in 36 nesting boxes and at other locations in the Hall.  Adults who were there with children and grandchildren were treated to Coffee, punch & goodies, Jeanne reports.  Among the children who went home with bigger prizes were: 0-2 year olds -Jemma Schuster, pull along toy dog; Celia Olson, 2 bear rocker; 2-4 year old-Cohen Jenson, Thomas the Train Tricycle; 2-5 year old boys-Cain Donovan, boy’s tent w/flashlight; Jarald Erickson, Viewmaster; Carl McLaen, Water Blaster Gun; 2-5 year old girls-Maddy Erickson, girl’s tent w/flashlight; Rylee Roney, Princess gown costume with tiara; Hana Dockter, Bride’s gown costume with tiara; 5-8 year old boys-Weston Dockter,  boy’s Bike; 5-8 year old girls-Bryann Spieker, girl’s bike; 9-12 year olds-Josie Hamilton, $5.00; Tony Banish, $10.00; and, Madison Schwae, $25.00.   The adult prize, an Easter flower vase, was won by Orrine Riddle.  A giant, but cuddly and friendly, Easter Rabbit that bore a strong resemblance to Jerry & Jeanne’s son-in-law, Jim Brown, was also on hand to visit with kids and pose for pictures with them.  Shari (Leinen) Brown states, “He’s just the cutest little Easter Bunny!”, but she admits that she may be biased.  Jerry & Jeanne Leinen of this community, along with members of their family, have sponsored, organized and hosted Rutland’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt for more than a decade, and the event has become a community tradition, creating good memories for children of all ages.  Jeanne says that she has some new ideas for next year, too, so don’t miss it. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – April 3, 2015

It looked like winter on the evening of Friday, March 27, with wet, heavy snow being driven by a hard wind covering the area with slush.  The hundreds of thousands of snow geese and their blue brethren were not discouraged, though, and raised a mighty chorus of song as they flew from field to field, oblivious of the hunters who sought to do their patriotic duty by thinning the flock.  Huge flocks of geese surrounded Rutland on all sides as the sun set on Friday evening, singing their song of spring in the midst of winter’s final gale.  Spring temperatures returned with the weekend, though, with the mercury climbing up into the 50’s on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and into the 60’s on Tuesday, March 31.  Half an inch of hard rain pelted the area on the morning of Sunday, March 29, before giving way to 35 to 40 mph winds in the afternoon.  Starting this Wednesday it will be “April Showers Bring May Flowers” and spring’s work will be in full swing, and that’s no April Fool’s joke, either.  The Gulleson Brothers took advantage of Tuesday’s warm and sunny disposition to plant wheat on the old Brown Farm 2½ miles east of town.

Stephanie Juelfs of this community was at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, South Carolina, to witness the graduation of her daughter, Madison Juelfs, from Marine Corps Boot Camp on Friday, March 13.  According to Stephanie, the Marine Corps training definitely has Madison in fighting trim.  While in Basic Training, Madison earned the Marine Corps Expert Rifleman Badge, which means that she can shoot the eye out of a gnat at 500 yards.  Every Marine is a rifleman first, and the Expert Rifleman’s Badge is a mark of distinction among the best of the best.  Following graduation from Basic Training, Madison was home for a week, then headed back to the East Coast to report in at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, for infantry training.  At the completion of infantry training, the Marine Corps has issued orders for Stephanie to report to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, for Military Police training.  The Rutland community extends its congratulations to Madison on her success thus far, and thanks her for her service to Corps and country.  OOOOO-RAH! Read More »

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