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The Rooster Crows – October 20, 2017

Mother Nature provided soybean harvesters with a break on Saturday, October 14, when half an inch of rain fell on Rutland and vicinity. Ron Narum reported that the rain water had become hard water by Sunday morning, when he found that it was frozen in the bottom of the gauge as the result of another hard frost that morning. As usual, the rain gauges of neighbors Roger Pearson and Norbert Kulzer failed to agree, with Roger’s gauge indicating .4 of an inch while Norbert’s gauge registered .5 of an inch. Norbert reported that Sunday, October 15, was the last official reading from his rain gauge for the year, as it has been taken in to avoid damage from freezing moisture. Saturday’s rain and Sunday’s frost followed several autumn days that featured sunshine, warm days, cool nights and good weather for threshing soybeans. The forecast indicates more weather conditions of that type ahead. The leaves on the maple trees in Norbert & Beverly Kulzer’s yard are changing color, from gold to flaming red, and are a magnificent sight.

Mike Walstead reports that he has completed the soybean harvest on his Rutland Township farmland, and that he was pleasantly surprised by the results. The yield, he reported was much better than was expected after a summer of drought, high winds and drifting Dicamba herbicide. Despite these adversities, yields ranging from 35 to 65 bushels per acre have been reported throughout Sargent County, with most landing in the 40-45 bushel per acre range. Pretty good for a tough year. The damage from Dicamba drift to the soybean crop in this area, although many fields were affected, does not appear to be as extensive, or expensive, as was first feared. In some cases, fields of conventional soybeans which had been “bumped” by Dicamba actually outperformed neighboring fields that had not been hit by the chemical. Dicamba is a commercial herbicide that contains chemicals normally fatal to soybeans, but, when used on varieties of beans that have been developed with Dicamba resistant characteristics, it is extremely effective at controlling weeds and maximizing yields. The herbicide has a disturbing tendency to rise up and drift on warm summer days, though, with potentially disastrous effects for nearby crops that have no resistance to it. Dicamba is made by Monsanto, an international mega-corporation which has, of course, denied all responsibility for any of the damage that may have been caused by its product while claiming 100% of the credit for all of its good qualities. Some things never change.

Rutland Mayor Ron Narum has been traveling abroad this month, making a Good Will visit to our neighbors in the Canadian Province of Saskatchewan from Wednesday, October 4, through Tuesday, October 10, over the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. Ron accompanied his cousin, Orville Nelson, and several of Orville’s children and grandchildren to the small town of MacNutt, just north of the US-Canadian border, and northwest of the Port of Entry at Dunseith ND. According to Ron, MacNutt is about the size of Cayuga, population 65 in 2011, with a few businesses, including: the MacNutt Hotel with bar, beverage room and restaurant; service station; Village Office; Post Office; credit union; c-store; public library; community hall; curling rink & skating rink; public park with playground, picnic area and horseshoe courts; and, a grain elevator that is owned by a local farmer. MacNutt also has an internet web site, and the web manager can be contacted by e-mail at macnutt2013@hotmail.com. The area around MacNutt is mostly hills, gullys, trees and pastures, Ron reports, with numerous small farms and ranches raising a lot of cattle. The land north of MacNutt is mostly cropland, with canola and soybeans being the main crops. Ron was informed by some of the local farmers that soybeans are relatively new to that area, having been raised in marketable quantities for only the last 3 or 4 years. The reason for the trip was to observe Canadian Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 9, with Ms. Hazel Minchuk, who had resided with the Orville & Lilah Nelson family on their Rutland Township farm back in the mid-1970’s as a Foreign Exchange Student. She is now the owner & manager of the MacNutt Hotel/bar in MacNutt, and had invited her North Dakota friends to be her guests for the weekend. Ron states that he spent the entire weekend in a bar, and never had a drink. Well, is that bragging, complaining, or just stating a fact? All concerned report a very enjoyable time celebrating their first Thanksgiving holiday of 2017 with an old friend and neighbor in Canada. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – October 13, 2017

Light rains, heavy dews and cool weather had stymied attempts to get the soybean harvest going until Thursday, October 5, when sunshine, dry air and a nice breeze produced ideal conditions for threshing out that bean crop. Yield reports are good to excellent, with a few outstandings being reported as well. There was one report of a local producer giving his corn a try, but at 38% moisture, he decided to let it dry on the stalk for a while longer. Jake Erickson pulled into one of his bean fields, a 35-acre parcel on the east side of Rutland, with his 9610 John Deere combine shortly after 3:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon, October 6, and was all done before sundown, shortly before 7:00 p.m. The big Harvest Moon provided plenty of light for those who kept harvesting into the night, too.

The first hard frost of the season hit Rutland and vicinity on the morning of Tuesday, October 10, when the temperature skidded to a low of 29 degrees. It may have been the first, but it won’t be the last. Stand by!

The Rutland City Council met at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 2, in the Rutland Town Hall, with Mayor Ron Narum; Auditor Debbie Banish; and, Aldermen Rodney Erickson, Delores Lysne and Bert Siemieniewski present. Alderman Mike Mahrer was absent. Also present was Rutland resident Bill Anderson. The City’s financial report showed all funds to be in the black. The Council approved gaming permit #224 for the Little Old Ladies of Sargent County Relay for Life team to conduct a cash raffle board on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. The Council also approved the purchase of 2,000 gallons of propane gas for heating the Town Hall from Economy Propane of Oakes at the rate of $1.19 per gallon for a total of $2,380.00. The City’s 2018 Budget was discussed. Auditor Banish reported that The property valuations have been received from the County Auditor for 2017. Property valuation in the City of Rutland is $271,622.00, which means that each mill levied brings in 271.62 in property tax revenue.  A 1 mill tax levy equals $1.00 of revenue for each $1,000.00 of taxable valuation. The City’s mill levy in 2016 was at 105.03. As a Home Rule City, Rutland is not subject to the NDCC limitation of 105 mills; however, the preliminary budget did have to be reduced to keep the final amount within guidelines. For the 2018 Budget, Rutland City will levy 112 mills that will bring in approximately $30,000.00 in general property tax revenue. The City’s total 2018 Budget provides for revenues and expenditures in all funds, including revenue funds such as water, sewer service & garbage collection; special assessment funds; and, other special funds; in excess of $100,000.00. On a roll call vote, the Council approved the 2018 budget by a vote of 2-1, with Aldermen Lysne and Siemieniewski voting in favor, Alderman Erickson voting “No,” and Alderman Mahrer absent and not voting. Council members next took up the issue of the City Planning/Zoning Commission. City residents have been notified of the vacancies on the City Planning Commission through flyers posted in town, email messages sent to residents, and posting on the City website. Individuals who have contacted the City Office stating their willingness to serve on that Commission are: Bill Anderson and Shannon Mehrer. The Commission is to be composed of 5 appointed members, 1 of whom must be a resident of the City’s “extra-territorial jurisdiction” area. Council members will continue to contact qualified individuals about accepting appointment to the Commission. After reviewing the City’s bills and authorizing payment, the Council adjourned. The next meeting of the Rutland City Council is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 6, in the Rutland Town Hall. All meetings of the Rutland City Council are open to the public, and local residents are encouraged to sit in on the proceedings. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – October 6, 2017

“The Sun always shines on Rutland, even when it’s raining!” the old-timers used to say, and by 9:00 in the morning on Sunday, October 1, Uff-Da Day, the sunshine was coming down by the buckets full. About .85 of an inch by 10:00, according to most local rain gauges, except for Roger Pearson’s. Roger’s gauge showed .7 of an inch, resuming its differences with Norbert Kulzer’s gauge after only 1 brief week of amicable agreement. A few brave souls ran the Uff-Da Day 5k Run/Walk in the downpour, combining the race and the post-race shower into one operation.  Anna Fuka of Lidgerwood led Craig Snell of Fargo and Andrea Knight across the finish line. The rain was tapering off by 10:00, and by 10:30 was gone, just in time for most of the other Uff-Da Day activities to get rolling. The cool damp weather diminished enthusiasm a little at the beginning, but as the temperature increased so did the crowd size.  By the time the Uff-Da Day Parade started at 1:00 p.m. Main Street was once again lined with a large crowd of happy onlookers. The Color Guard from Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of the American Legion, composed of: Larry Christensen; Theodore Lee; Andrew Harris; and, Douglas Olstad;   preceded a parade that included fire-fighters; first responders; real Vikings and their ship; beautiful young ladies including Miss Sargent County Alisha Zirnhelt, Miss Stirum Grace Mathias, Miss Rutland Pacey Grosgebauer, and Miss Lefse Gabi Christianson; classic cars; antique tractors; and even a Group of German protesters; through town. The car show organized by Dave & Pat Bladow once again featured a magnificent display of antique, classic and modern autos.  The crowd kept craft vendors, food stands at the Town Hall, Fire Hall and Senior’s Center jumping while music-makers, including: Harvey Bergstrom; Lois Hoistad; Thomas Mehrer; and, Earl Fust; among others; entertained throughout the day.  By the time Marcus Mahrer and Kala Enderson won the Finnish Wife Carrying Race with a time of 20.2 seconds, the afternoon was quite pleasant. According to Community Club workers Hal Nelson and Paul Anderson, crowd size was down a little from the record attendance of Uff-Da Day XXXII in 2016, and was about the same as the second-best year, Uff-Da Day XXXI back in 2015.  All in all, Uff-Da Day XXXIII in 2017 can be recorded as another successful event for the people of the Rutland community, no matter where they may live.  Uff-Da Day Chairperson Marcia Brakke expressed her thanks to all those who helped make Uff-Da Day XXXIII a fun and successful event.

Jerry & Mary Ann Parker of Casselton ND arrived in Rutland on Friday, September 29, and parked their travel trailer in the Rutland RV Park. Their son, Ken, of Minneapolis also came up to enjoy Uff-Da Day in Rutland. Jerry had made prints from the glass plate negatives of the Haldor Anderson Photography Studio that had operated in Milnor during the early days of the 20th Century, and had the prints on display in The Bagley House, at 301 First Street, for Uff-Da Day. The identities of the subjects of the photographs had been lost long ago, and the hope was that some of the photos might be identified during Uff-Da Day. That hope was realized as many of those who stopped in to view the collection were able to recognize grandparents, parents and siblings in the photographs. Many of these glass plate negatives have already been scanned and uploaded to the internet web site of the Sargent County Museum for viewing by all who might be interested.  Gerry is also working with the Lidgerwood Museum to get the more than 5,000 glass plate negatives of the Gertson Photography Studio scanned and available for viewing on the internet. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – September 29, 2017

Mother Nature bestowed another 3.1 inches of rain on Rutland and vicinity from Friday, September 22 through Sunday, September 24, according to Paul Anderson’s electronic precipitation measuring device at 309 Gay Street. One block to the east, the pre-electronic age rain gauges of Roger Pearson and Norbert Kulzer both held 3 inches when the rain stopped on Sunday afternoon. The 2 gauges are almost never in agreement, even though they are only a few feet apart, so the consensus of the Assembled Wise Men is that last weekend’s identical readings must mean that they are either both right, or both wrong, a matter for endless conjecture and discussion. Harvey Bergstrom reported that the gauge on his farm 3 miles south of Cayuga recorded 3.1 inches of rain for the weekend. Tuesday’s sprinkles, mists and drizzles added another .45 of an inch to the week’s total. The moisture has stymied soybean harvest efforts, but no one is complaining about the rain, yet.

The last regularly scheduled pastry production session prior to Uff-Da Day on Sunday, October 1, was held with a whoop, a holler and a “Ya, sure, you betcha!” at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 25, when 15 bakers, some experts and some novices, gathered in the kitchen of the Rutland Town Hall to make the last batches of sandkaker, also called sand cakes and sandbakkels. According to Marcia Brakke, that last session produced more than 500 of the pastries that are made with flour, butter, sugar and a little vanilla extract. In America, they are often consumed “as is,” like a pie-crust shaped sugar cookie, but in Norway, Sweden and the other Scandinavian countries, they are often filled with whipped cream and berries to be served to guests with strong coffee. In Scandinavia, coffee is served in small cups, but strong enough to almost bend the spoon when stirring it. Sandkaker, along with lefse, rommegrot, krumkake, rosettes and abelskievers are among the treats awaiting visitors to Rutland on Sunday, October 1. The Uff-Da Day Committee has provided the following schedule of events for the day: 7:30 to 9 AM Coffee and Rolls at a location on or near Main Street; 8 AM 5K Walk/Run, commencing at the City Maintenance Building at 315 First Street; 10 AM Craft Booths open throughout the day; 10:00 am, Display of early 20th Century photographs from the Haldor Anderson Photography Studio of Milnor, throughout the day at the Bagley House, 301 First Street; 11 AM Pioneer Demonstrations and Sale of Scandinavian Foods that include Lefse, Romegrot and Abelskievers commence; 11 AM Scandinavian dinner at Rutland City Hall, featuring Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and Scandinavian Goodies; 1 PM Parade commences at the intersection of Dakota & Gay Streets; 1:45 Nickel Scramble on Main Street; 2 PM Minute-to-Win It Contests on Main Street, sign up at the event; 3 PM Finnish Wife Carrying Race at course adjacent to Bagley & Gay Streets, register in advance at 763-221-7862, or sign up at the course before the race. Food sales, craft vendors, demonstrations and other events and activities continue throughout the day. Velkommen til Rutland I Uff-Da Dagen XXXIII, Sundag, 1 Oktober. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – September 22, 2017

Lefse and rommegrot, Takk Skal De Ha! Get ‘em on Uff-Da Day in Rutland! Ya! Ya! Ya! Uff-Da Day preparations continued this week as 2 sessions were held in the Rutland Town Hall kitchen on Tuesday, September 19, to make krumkake, the thin, crispy, rolled pastries that can be eaten plain, or filled with whipped cream, strawberries and other good stuff. During the morning session, Rebecca Dathe and 7 of her Lidgerwood High School Family Living students were on hand to give the old pros a helping hand, and to master the art of krumkake making themselves. According to Marcia Brakke, 1,400 krumkake were produced during the 2 sessions. Sandkaker, also called sandbakkels and sand cakes, will be produced on Monday, September 25, in the Town Hall kitchen. Uff-Da Day XXXIII is on Sunday, October 1, in Rutland. The Uff-Da Day Committee has released the following schedule of activities for the day: 7:30 to 9 AM Coffee and Rolls at Main Street location; 8 AM 5K Walk/Run, commencing at the City Maintenance Building at 315 First Street; 10 AM Craft Booths open throughout the day; 10:00 am, Display of early 20th Century photographs from the Haldor Anderson Photography Studio of Milnor, throughout the day at the Bagley House, 301 First Street; 11 AM Pioneer Demonstrations and Sale of Scandinavian Foods that include Lefse, Rommegrot and Abelskievers commence; 11 AM Scandinavian dinner at Rutland City Hall, featuring Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and Scandinavian Goodies; 1 PM Parade commences at intersection of Dakota & Gay Streets; 1:45 Nickel Scramble Main Street; 2 PM Minute-to-Win It Contests on Main Street, sign up at event; 3 PM Finnish Wife Carrying Race at course adjacent to Bagley & Gay Streets, register in advance at 763-221-7862, or sign up at the course before the race.

And the rains came, with a roar of wind and a hammering downpour at about 9:00 p.m. on the evening of Tuesday, September 19. Rain had been in the forecast since Thursday, the 14th, but despite the weatherman’s best efforts, only .1 of an inch was squeezed out of a passing cloud on Friday, the 15th. Tuesday, the 19th, though, was a different day. It started out humid and windy, with a southeast wind that just got stronger and more humid as the day wore on, until it could hold back no more and let loose with a downpour that settled the dust, cleared the air and washed the spider webs out of the downspouts. Jesse Brakke reported that approximately 1 inch of rain had fallen at his Ransom Township farmstead between Rutland and Cayuga by 10:00 p.m. Around the coffee table on Wednesday morning, Paul Anderson reported that his electronic rain gauge at 309 Gay Street recorded 1.75 inch of rain between 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday and 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, while Roger Pearson reported that his gauge one block east, at 409 Gay Street, showed 1.5 inch on Wednesday morning. Some hail accompanied the 1.5 inch of rain that fell at the Mark Wyum farm 2 miles northeast of town, although not enough to do much damage Mark was hoping. Jim Lunneborg reported 1.5 inch of rain at his Shuman Township farmstead, and Rick Bosse stated that his rain gauge at Brampton showed 1.3 inch on Wednesday morning. With soybean harvest just getting started, the rain was not welcome in some quarters, but most agree that it was badly needed to replenish soil moisture and to wash the smoke of Montana’s forest fires out of the air. Read More »

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