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The Rooster Crows – July 31, 2015

Thunder, lightning, wind and rain.  It could have been a scene from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, with the spirits of murdered Kings stalking the ramparts and witches chanting “…boil and bubble, toil and trouble…” as they were sprinkling “eye of frog and tongue of newt” into their bubbling cauldrons, but it was reality, not theater, in Rutland, North Dakota, just before 3:00 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday, July 28.  The wind direction switched from east to west in the midst of the rainstorm, but no major wind damage was reported.  Anyone with a window open received plenty of water on the floor, though.  Calvin Jacobson reported that the wind took the screen off the window on the west side of his garage, and blew in enough rain to make the floor plenty wet.  Cal says that his rain gauge indicated .8 of an inch of rain, but he’s not too sure about accuracy as he had moved the gauge the last time he mowed the lawn, and it was leaning against the house wall.  John Buskohl states that his gauge in Milnor showed half an inch of rain, but the gauge was vertical and the rain came horizontal, so he’s not sure just how accurate that measurement was, either.  Dale McLaen and Alan Olstad both reported 1 inch of precipitation at their locations northwest and north of Rutland.  Tom Wyum, whose rain gauge is almost far enough out of town to qualify for “expert” status, reported a precipitation measurement of 1 inch in southwestern Shuman Township on Tuesday morning.  Paul Anderson’s rain gauge, a block south and almost ½ block east of Calvin’s, indicated .8 inch of rain on Tuesday morning.    Rainfall amounts were less to the south, west and east, though, as Joe Breker reported .3 of an inch at his Tewaukon Township farm, Bill Smith reported slightly less than ¼ inch at his farm 2 miles south of Forman, and Janet Kiefer reported .3 of an inch at her home in Cayuga.  The wind blew leaves from the trees, but otherwise appeared to have done no major damage around town.  Right now, crop prospects in the Rutland area, and across Sargent County, look good.  The rains have been timely, and, for the most part, in moderate amounts that can soak into the soil and be available for growing plants, but not so much as to cause flooding and crop damage.  Spring wheat harvest is likely to begin within the week, and unverified reports of winter wheat yields in Weber Township indicate an excellent crop of more than 70 bushels per acre.

Richard “Dick” Bergman, a member of RHS Class of ’53, stopped in for dinner at the Rutland Café on Friday, July 17, accompanied by 6 of his 8 grandchildren.  Dick reports that he and his wife, Nancy (Vie) Bergman, had recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in her home community of Guelph ND.  Guelph, old-timers will remember, was one of the stations on the Great Northern Railway’s “Forbes Line,” that originated in Rutland and terminated with a “Y” turn-around at Forbes ND.  Some of the stations along that line were: Rutland; Belle Plain; Brookland; Straubville; Port Emma; Guelph; Silverleaf; Ellendale; and, Forbes.  Dick grew up on the Bergman family farm 2 miles north and 1 mile west of Cayuga, attended elementary school at Ransom #2, about ½ mile south of the Roy Anderson farm, and high school in Rutland.  Dick and Nancy worked for Wycliffe Bible Translators for many years, translating the Bible into many of the dialects spoken in Africa.  They served for many years in Nigeria and in Sudan, as well as shorter stints in Senegal and Cameroun.  Currently, Dick reports that he owns and operates a used car business in the area near Duncan TX, a suburb of Dallas, where he and Nancy now reside.  Texas State Law requires that a used car dealer have a phone number and a car lot, and Dick has them, although he says that he has never had a car on the lot and has never plugged in the phone.  All of his business is done on order, primarily for repeat customers, or for customers who have been referred to him by current clients.  Dick says that his customers are primarily Christian workers returning to America from Africa and Asia.  Dick states that his customers tell him what they want, and he finds it for them.  “Satisfaction is guaranteed or they get their money back,” says Dick.  “99% of used car dealers give the rest of us a bad name.”  Now, that’s saying something! Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – July 24, 2015

Look at them beans, Ma!  We are now a month into Summer, 2015, with the effects of heat, humidity and long hours of daylight being evidenced by soybean, corn and wheat fields that are showing a great deal of promise.  Corn that was barely knee high on the 21st of June was standing 6 to 7 feet tall and forming ears, usually 2 on each stalk, by the 21st of July; soybean plants are waist high in many fields, with pods filling; and the spring wheat fields have taken on the golden hue of the harvest season, with reports that some winter wheat fields have already been cut, threshed and hauled to market.  Rutland and vicinity received a welcome rain on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 15.  Paul Anderson’s rain gauge recorded .6 of an inch, while .7 of an inch showed up at Cam Gulleson’s, just across the street, which was justified because Cam is a farmer and needed it more.   An inch of precipitation was recorded at Jesse Brakke’s farmstead in Ransom Township, and there were some reports that areas north of Cayuga were hammered with a deluge of more than 4 inches of rain  that resulted in some flooded township roads and some crop damage, too.  John Buskohl reported that Milnor received a 3 inch drenching from the storm, and 3.2 inches of rain were reported at the Randy & Sherry Pearson farm in Shuman Township.  Some areas have reported as much as 6 inches of rain from the storm, more than most thought was necessary.  The heavy rain, and the accompanying high wind in some areas left ripening wheat fields lodged, a condition which could hamper harvest activities in a few weeks.   Another Rainstorm, this one a real thunder boomer, on the afternoon of Friday, July 17, dropped another .75 of an inch on Rutland, according to Chuck Sundlie’s gauge at 409 Cooper Street.  The storm at Rutland featured a continuous Thunder and lightning sound and light show that lasted for well over an hour, but the accompanying Tornadoes, high winds and hail went south of the State Line.  Britton, South Dakota, and areas to the east were reportedly hammered by baseball size hail stones.  Rick Bosse reported that the car driven by his wife, Sherry, was pounded full of dents by the hailstones as it was parked near the bank in Britton.

Word was received here last Saturday that Rutland native Marcella (Ochalla) Fiala had departed this life on Friday, July 17, in Robbinsdale MN.  She was 91 years 6 months and 12 days old at the time of her death.  Marcella “Marcy” Ochalla was born on January 5, 1924, to Adam and Eve (Pezalla) Ochalla in Cayuga, North Dakota.  The family moved a few miles west, to Rutland, North Dakota, when Adam became the mail carrier on the rural route here.  Marcella graduated from Rutland High School as a member of the Class of 1941.  Following high school, she attended nursing school and obtained certification as a Registered Nurse.  She married Vincent Fiala and they made their home in North Minneapolis/Robbinsdale throughout most of their life together. Marcy served as an RN at North Memorial Hospital for many years.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Vincent Fiala; by her parents, Adam and Eve Ochalla; and, by a grandson, Jared Fiala.  Marcella is survived by 2 daughters: Ann Sebby; and, Debbie Fiala; by 4 sons: Bob (Pat); Dick (Mary); Jim (Cindy); and, Paul (Patsy); by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she cherished and loved dearly; and, by numerous friends, relatives and in-laws.  Visitation was on Monday, July 20, from 5:00 to 8:00p.m. at Gearty-Delmore Robbinsdale Chapel, 3888 W. Broadway in Robbinsdale, with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.  The funeral for Marcella Fiala will be held on Tuesday, July 28at 10:00 am at Church of the Sacred Heart, 4087 W. Broadway in Robbinsdale.  The Rutland community extends its condolences to the family and friends of Marcy Fiala, a dedicated healthcare professional whose skill and compassion eased the suffering of many. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – July 17, 2015

Heat and humidity gave Rutland and vicinity the feel of an open air sauna last weekend, with the mercury pushing into the 90’s and humidity to match.  Lightning flashed and thunder rumbled through the region on Saturday morning, but only managed to squeeze out a tenth of an inch of rain, according to Paul Anderson’s rain gauge in his backyard at 309 Gay Street.  Dale McLaen recorded .2 of an inch at his shop, a mile and a half north of town, Jesse Brakke ‘s electronic rain gauge measured .4 of an inch between Rutland and Cayuga, and Joe Breker’s farm 4 miles south and 2½ miles east of Rutland registered.3 of an inch.  The heat and humidity prompted a growth spurt by both the corn and the soybean crops, and the wheat fields, which had been a gold tinged green at the beginning of the weekend were noticeably more gold than green by Monday afternoon.  We’re not going to put a jinx on this year’s crop by bragging about it, though, because, as everyone knows, “It’s not as good as it looks from the road.”  It never is.

“A brown bean is a clean bean,” states local farmer Mike Anderson.  Mike made that statement after Jesse Brakke had inquired as to the health of the soybean plants in one of Mike’s Ransom Township fields.  The plants had been a healthy green, but had suddenly taken on a decidedly brown hue, with curled up leaves adding to the concern of a casual observer.  Mike stated that he had just had the field sprayed for weed control, and, although the varieties of beans now being planted are “Roundup Ready” and herbicide tolerant, the powerful herbicide used does have an impact on them, making the plants look quite unhealthy for a few days.  The beans snap back, though, and are not only green and healthy, but also weed free in a few days.  So, the next time you notice a brown and sickly looking soybean field along the road this time of year, just think, “A brown bean is a clean bean,” and you’ll feel better, even before the beans do.

Roger McLaen retired from the custom harvesting business a couple of years ago after nearly 4 decades in the business.  Roger’s son, Chris, now farms between Caldwell and Wichita in the winter wheat growing area of Kansas, and when Chris called to tell his Dad that he could use a little help with the harvest, Roger responded to the call like an old-time fire horse responding to the alarm bell.  Roger headed south, and rounded up a couple of experienced locals, Dennis Nelson and Mike Walstead, to help out, too.  According to Mike, Dennis only had to remind Roger, “You’re not the boss any more,” a couple of times.  Roger reports that the winter wheat crop in Kansas varied from fair to “pretty good.”  Chris had accompanied Roger on the custom harvest run enough times to learn that when you need help, you call on a pro.  When asked if he misses the custom harvest run, Roger just smiles, and pours another cup of coffee. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – July 10, 2015

If the Federal Census had been held on Saturday, July 4, it is quite likely that the population of the County Park at Silver Lake would have edged out Rutland as the 4th largest city in Sargent County, and would have been nudging Forman for the #3 spot.  A veritable arsenal of skyrockets and other fireworks lit up the night sky over Silver Lake on the night of the 4th of July until well after midnight with “the bombs bursting in air and the rockets’ red glare” clearly heard and seen at Rutland, 5 miles distant.  Park Manager Dennis Goltz reports that 57 travel trailers and camper trailers were parked at Silver Lake on Saturday morning, filling the Park’s available sites to the maximum.  Dennis also reports that, after record numbers of campers in both May and June this year, the Park is well on its way to another record year, both in the number of people utilizing the Park’s camping and recreational facilities and in the amount of revenue generated from camping fees.  The Park has seen numerous improvements in recent years, including: new playground equipment and facilities; additional camping sites; a new swimming beach on the west side of the lake; new and rebuilt picnic shelters on both the north and west sides of the Lake; and, the Pioneers Pavilion on the north side of the lake.  Any Sargent County residents who have not visited their Park recently are cordially invited to stop out and take a look at this jewel in Sargent County’s crown, says Dennis.  The Park currently has 2 full time employees during the summer months, and one part-time employee who pitches in during periods of peak usage.  They are: Dennis Goltz, manager; Paula Hanson, assistant manager; and, Sue Schweitzer, Park assistant.  The County Park Board also sponsors the boat landing sites at Kraft Lake in the northwestern part of the County, near Crete, and at Buffalo Lake in Shuman Township, between Rutland & Milnor.  The Sargent County Park Board consists of the 5 elected County Commissioners: Mike Walstead of Forman; Sherry Hosford of Forman; Dave Jacobson of Forman; Jerry Waswick of Gwinner; and, Bill Anderson of Rutland; and 2 appointed members: James Peterson of Rutland; and, Gordon Phillips of Havana & Forman.  Funding for Park operations and facilities comes from property tax levy; grants; camper revenues; and, gifts.

Jim & Diana Garot of Oceanside CA arrived in Rutland on the evening of Friday, July 3.  The Garots had driven their motor home up the Pacific coast to Portland OR, then across the northern tier of States to North Dakota.  While in Portland, the Garots visited their grandson, James Brakke, who is interning at a Walgreens Pharmacy there.  James will also be interning at pharmacies in Los Angeles, Forman, Oakes, Phoenix AZ and Minneapolis during the 2015-16 college year, and will be receiving his Pharmacy Degree from NDSU this coming spring.  While in Rutland, the Garots visited with their granddaughter, Claire Brakke, and with many old friends in this area.  The Garots intend to depart for Des Moines IA on Thursday, July 9. Read More »

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City Council Minutes – June 1, 2015

Rutland City Council, Regular Meeting,  June 1, 2015 – 5:00 p.m., Sargent County Bank – Rutland
Approved July 6, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Mayor Ronald Narum with Council Members Brad Christensen, Rodney Erickson, Michael Mahrer and Bert Siemieniewski present.  City Attorney Bill Anderson and Auditor Deborah Banish were also present.

The Council reviewed and approved the agenda as submitted (Siemieniewski/Christensen. Motion carried).

The Council reviewed and approved the May 4, 2015 minutes as submitted. (Mahrer/Christensen. Motion carried unanimously).

Pet Licensing Ordinance: The Council reviewed the proposed changes to the pet licensing ordinance regarding the penalty for non-licensed pets.  The change would move the penalty from $10.00 a month starting August 1 to $50.00 per animal to be applied to the August utility bill. This is the second reading of the Ordinance change.

Christensen/Erickson moved approval of the change in penalty provision regarding pet licensing: If the fee is not paid before the 1st day of August a penalty of Fifty and No/100 Dollars ($50.00) for each unlicensed animal shall be added to the utility bill and shall be subject to all provisions of the utility billing including late fees. Motion carried unanimously. Read More »

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