The late Clayton McLaen of this community used to say that, “North Dakota has 2 seasons: winter; and, getting ready for winter.” At this point in 2013, winter is cutting into our getting ready time, and is showing few signs of giving North Dakotans any reprieve. Eight inches of new snow on Thursday, April 11, blocked roads, closed schools early and left local snowbirds wondering why they had been in such a hurry to get back home. Thursday’s snow was followed by freezing sleet and drizzle on Friday, April 12, and a full-fledged blizzard bringing in another 10 inches of snow on the wings of a 40 mph wind on Sunday, April 14. The blizzard had subsided to a mere winter storm by Monday morning, but hung in there long enough to close schools, delay the mail and send a small army of snow shovelers to the chiropractor after clearing their driveways and sidewalks of snow possessing the weight and consistency of wet cement. On the bright side, though, there have been no complaints about flies and mosquitoes so far this spring, and Sargent County’s weed control officer, Dick Anderson, reports that weed control efforts have been 100% effective during the first 3½ months of the year.
Jack Brummond, the Sage of Weber Township, drove up for coffee and conversation with the Assembled Wise Men at The Rutland General Store’s Round Table on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 10, and he was in particularly good spirits, for two very good reasons. First, he was pleased with the fact that The Farmers’ Inn at Havana was in its second full week of operation under the management of Paula Ennis, and appears to be doing well, with Jack stopping in at least twice a day for coffee, cards and conversation; and, second, the Dow-Jones Industrial Average on the New York Stock Exchange was hitting new highs, up another 129 points on Wednesday, on the heels of a 43 point rise the day before. For Jack, it was like hitting the daily double, and, with the additional benefit of the accumulated wisdom of The Round Table tossed in for good measure, it was almost as good as going to the track and winning the trifecta. Jack was back in town on Tuesday, April 16, and reported that he was having memory problems. He complained that he could not remember what he had not said, and stated that he had to read The Sargent County Teller to find out what he has been talking about. Well, that’s part of the price, and one of the benefits, of celebrity, Jack.
This community was saddened on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 10, when word was received here that life-long Rutland resident Ella Lou (Baumer) Nelson had passed away at Four Seasons Healthcare Center in Forman. Read More