The mercury plummeted below the zero mark for 5 mornings in a row, from Friday, January 8, to Tuesday, January 12, when it bottomed out at 10 below. Temperatures bounced back up into the 20’s on Wednesday, January 13, but another plunge, this one as deep as 20 to 30 below zero, is predicted for the coming weekend. This is still North Dakota, and it is January, after all.
Steve Lervik of Dickinson, State Director of the Multi-Family Housing program for the U. S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency, and Michelle Laske of the Agency’s Valley City office, met with the Board of Directors of Rutland Housing Inc. at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, at Rutland Housing’s office in the 6-plex at 204 Dakota Street. Mr. Lervik reviewed management issues with the Board, and approved the appointment of Board member Bert Siemieniewski to serve as interim manager of Rutland Housing’s 3 apartment houses in Rutland. Mr. Lervik and Ms. Laske also checked on progress that is being made on the replacement of the heating systems in Units #1 & #2, the 4-plexes that are situated at 207 First Street and 316 Ross Street. Mr. Lervik commended the Board for keeping the bills paid and the corporation going through a rough period. Now that a manager has been approved, Rutland Housing will again be able to process applications from prospective tenants and to file reports using Rural Developments electronic data filing system. This was Mr. Lervik’s first visit to Rutland, and he stated that he is looking forward to working with Rutland Housing in the future. Rutland Housing, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that was formed by the Rutland community back in 1971, to provide housing for low income and elderly residents of the community. The original Directors were: Norbert Kulzer; Earl Anderson; Aldon Donaldson; Rudy Anderson; and, Skip Sjothun. Current members of the Board of Directors are: Delores Lysne, President; Bill Anderson, Vice-President; Carolyn Christensen, Secretary; and, Bert Siemieniewski, Treasurer.
The Laurie Greene Benefit that will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, in the Rutland Town Hall is ready for a big day, according to Shawna Bergh, Laurie’s daughter and one of the organizers of the event. Laurie has been battling cancer, and the purpose of the benefit is to help with some of the extra expenses that are not covered by insurance. Laurie has been undergoing a series of chemotherapy treatments to combat the cancer. The benefit will begin at 3:00 with a bake sale, raffles and silent auction. At 5:00 a free-will dinner of turkey, dressing, and all the trimmings will be served, while the auction, raffles and other activities will continue until the 7:00 p.m. conclusion. Laurie and her husband, Craig Greene, formerly resided at 115 Forest Street, in the house now owned and occupied by Shawna and Nate Bergh. Laurie & Craig currently reside in Havana, and Craig is employed at the Bobcat factory in Gwinner. Read More