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City Engineer

The City of Rutland is soliciting proposals for a City Engineer.  Proposals are due by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2016. Click here for details.

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Zoning Board Meeting

The Rutland Zoning Board will meet Thursday, September 8, at 8:00 a.m. in the Rutland Hall to consider several building permit applications. The meeting is open to the public.

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The Rooster Crows – September 2, 2016

The month of August closed out on a pleasant note, with the last 2 days of the month giving residents of Rutland and the rest of Sargent County a taste of what can be expected during September.  Mother Nature did provide an example of what she is capable of in August, though, on Monday, the 29th, when she pushed the temperature up into the 90’s while providing humidity to match.  Demonstrations like that make us look forward to Autumn, at least for a day or two.

Soybean fields are beginning to turn color, and it is expected that the first beans of the 2016 crop will be delivered to local elevators in the next couple of weeks, at least that’s according to the optimists among the Assembled Wise Men at the morning coffee and conversation session at the Lariat.  Rodney Erickson reports that the Rutland Elevator/Wheaton-Dumont Co-op was not taking any new grain on Wednesday, August 31, in order to clear the books and begin the second year of operations with a clean slate on September 1.  Since taking delivery of the first load of wheat at the newly renovated Rutland Elevator facility on September 9, 2015, Rodney reports that more than 1.4 million bushels of wheat, soybeans and corn have been purchased by Wheaton-Dumont Co-op and delivered to unit train loading terminals in Minnesota.  As of September 1, 2016, all grain purchased at the Rutland Elevator will be delivered to the brand new Wheaton-Dumont Co-op/United Grain Company unit train loading facility in Britton SD, a one-way distance of only 35 miles as compared to about 70 miles, or more, to the Minnesota terminals.  Congratulations to Wheaton-Dumont Co-op and to Rodney Erickson on a successful first year of operations at the Rutland Elevator, and thanks to Rodney for the investment of time, effort and resources that resurrected the Rutland Elevator to commercial life, AND made it a vital part of the community once again. Read More »

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Uffda Day Parade

The 32nd Annual Uffda Day Fall Festival is coming up in Rutland on Sunday, October 2, 2016.  Again this year, in addition to the other Uffda Day events and activities, there will be a parade and you are invited to help make this year’s Uff-Da Day Parade one of the best in the event’s 32-year history. This year, the parade coordinators are hoping to better organize a bigger and better parade. Groups and individuals who want to participate in the parade are asked to complete the entry form. Click here for the form and additional information.  Get your entry in soon!

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The Rooster Crows – August 26, 2016

“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it,” the old timers used to say, and, except for ongoing attempts at hail suppression in some parts of the country, that continues to be the case.  Another thunderstorm rumbled, rattled and rolled across Sargent County at about 8:30 on the morning of Thursday, August 18, depositing another .9 of an inch of rain on Rutland in the process.  A few more showers over the next couple of days brought the total up to about 1.1 inch by Monday morning.  Paul Anderson reports that his Accu-Rite electronic rain gauge recorded 2 inches of precipitation in June, most of it coming in showers of 1 or 2 tenths at a time, and approximately 10 inches of rainfall from the 1st of July to the 21st of August.  After a Spring drought, moisture conditions are now reported to be adequate to abundant throughout this part of the State.  The Old Farmers’ Almanac is predicting snow and cold for the coming Winter.  What else is new?

Orvis & Alphie Pearson; Larry & Carolyn Christensen; Violet Wyum; Steve & Sheila Wyum; Mike & Phyllis Wyum; Mark & Kathy Wyum; Bill Anderson; and, Paul Anderson; of this community were among those who traveled to Britton SD on Friday, August 19, to attend the funeral service for Rutland native Doris Olson.  Doris had passed away on Sunday, August 14, at Sanford-Wheaton Hospital of Wheaton MN.  She had attained the age of 85 years, 3 months and 10 days at the time of her death.  Doris Elaine Flados was born May 4, 1931 in Britton, SD to Oris Morgan and Alma (Sjothun) Flados. She spent her younger years in Rutland, ND where she grew up with her four sisters.  Doris’ Dad, Morgan, never met a musical instrument he didn’t like or couldn’t play, and he passed his talent and love for music on to his 5 daughters.  The Flados Sisters Quintet, composed of Betty, Margie, Doris, Lois and Kathy, sang for many church services and community events throughout the region.   Doris graduated from Rutland High School in the Class of 1948.  During Doris’ Senior year at RHS, in the Fall of 1947, construction of the new Rutland Town Hall was completed, and for the first time since the old Town Hall had burned in 1941, high school basketball would again be played in Rutland, and that meant that Rutland High needed a fight song.  Doris, along with Irma Berg, Gladys Hoflen, and other friends wrote the lyrics for the Rutland fight song, “Fight On You Rockets!” and adapted the lyrics to the music of “Minnesota Rouser.”  On October 10, 1948, Doris was united in marriage with Carl Bernard Olson in Rutland. Doris and Carl first made their home on the Olson farm northeast of Rutland, and moved to town in the mid-50’s, when Carl became the manager of thce local propane gas company.  They purchased “the Donaldson House” at 305 Gay Street and resided there until 1970.  Doris & Carl became the parents of JoAnn “Jodie,” Donna and Terry. While making their home in Rutland, Doris was active in the First Baptist Church of Rutland, PTA, Homemakers, Rutland Band Mothers, Rutland Community Club and other community activities. In 1970, the family moved to Britton, SD where Doris and Carl made their home until 2015.  When they moved, they couldn’t find a house in Britton that they liked as well as the house they owned in Rutland, so they hired a house mover, and the Donaldson House moved to Britton with them, where it is now known as the Olson House. Since 2015 Doris and Carl have resided in Rosholt, SD and Wheaton, MN.  During their years in Britton, Doris worked at Gulleson’s, Remily’s and Ken’s grocery stores. Even after retiring, Doris could often be found in the aisles of Ken’s, demonstrating food products. In Britton, she was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Hospital Auxiliary and the Prayer Rock Museum.  Doris freely shared her musical talents with others. Although she could read music, the printed page wasn’t necessary for Doris to play for hours on end. Many times she would write a list of names of songs on an index card, and then sit down and “play the card.” Doris and her daughter, Donna, often favored the Britton United Methodist church with rousing piano-organ duets. She also played for “sing-alongs” at Spruce Court and Wheatcrest Hills, as well as for a multitude of funerals, weddings and church services.  In addition to her music, Doris was an excellent cook and baker, as well as an artist at crocheting, embroidery and counted cross-stitch. She was well known for her stamped cards, and recipients considered them a treasure. Doris & Carl were frequent visitors in their old home town, and never missed a community event or school reunion in Rutland while their health allowed.  Preceding her in death were her parents; 1 daughter, JoAnn LeCrone; and, 3 sisters: Betty Elphinstone, Marjorie Pankow and Lois Case.  Left to celebrate her life are her husband, Carl Olson of Wheaton, MN; a daughter, Donna Olson of Fargo, ND; a son, Terry Olson of Rochester, MN; two grandchildren; a sister, Kathleen Thomas of Battle Lake, MN; a foreign exchange daughter, Marta Vera-Wenoker; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  The funeral for Doris Olson was at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 19, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Britton SD, with the Rev. Deb Mack officiating.  Burial was in the Rutland Cemetery at Rutland ND. Price Funeral Chapel of Britton was in charge of arrangements.  The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the Britton Area Foundation – Box 415 – Britton, SD 57430; or, the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011 – Washington, DC 20090-6011.  Condolences may be directed to the family in care of Donna Olson, 2701 12th St. South #13, Fargo ND 58103.  The Rutland community extends its sympathy to the family and friends of Doris Olson, a good friend who made life brighter by sharing her talents with all who knew her. Read More »

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