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City Elections

City Election candidates can start their paperwork!

The nominating petition is available on the North Dakota Secretary of State’s webpage at

Candidates are required to collect signatures equal in number to 10 percent of the electors who voted for that office in the last city election but not more than 300 signatures may be required. For the City of Rutland, there were 62 voters in the last election. A minimum of seven signatures will be required.

Candidates are also required to complete a statement of interests. That form is also available on the North Dakota Secretary of State’s webpage at

There will be two positions on the City Council and two on the Park Board.

The deadline for filing with the Rutland City Auditor’s office is 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 9, 2018.

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The Rooster Crows – January 5, 2018

Poor old 2017 dragged itself out, bruised, battered, beaten and bamboozled, after being saddled with the mistakes, mishaps and missteps of its predecessor. 2018 bounced in at the stroke of Midnight on New Year’s Eve, clean, confident and cheerful, as yet unmarked by the fury of nature or the cruelty and stupidity of mankind, and now it will have its chance to defend truth, justice and the American way. The New Year inherited the long-handled union suit, coveralls, snow paks and parka that 2017 discarded as it shuffled off the stage, and it needed them as the year started out at 20 below, although that was a marked improvement over the last 2 days endured by 2017, at -25 and -24, respectively. At least the dreaded, and much misunderstood, wind Chill never got colder than 50 below, proving that the weather is not as bad as it could have been, a condition that passes for a nice day in January. Well, the late Dave Hoflen of this community used to say that, “North Dakota has had 2 good years – 1914, and next year!” Next year is now here, and there are better times a’comin’! Just you wait and see.

The big tractor-trailer rigs of Wheaton-Dumont Co-op have been hauling out the large pile of corn on the south side of town for the past 2 weeks, and finished up the project on Wednesday, January 3. Several hundred thousand bushels of corn (Rodney Erickson, Manager of Wheaton-Dumont Co-op’s Rutland Elevator facility, says only that the pile contained “somewhere between 1 thousand and 1 million bushels.”) had been stockpiled just south of Ron Narum’s property at 422 First Street back in October and November, when the corn was being hauled in faster than it could be hauled out. Wheaton-Dumont began hauling the corn to its large grain terminal complex and unit train loading facility in Britton SD on Thursday, December 21, with a frontend loader scooping the corn from the pile to load it into the semi trailers. There were 4 semis hauling on the 21st and 22nd, each making 4 to 5 round trips per day. On Tuesday, December 26, though, the Co-op got serious, and had 17 semis, each holding approximately 1,000 bushels, each making 4 to 5 round trips per day, moving the corn to Britton. Hauling ceased for the year on Friday, December 29, but resumed with vigor on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 2 & 3. Based on the number of semis hauling and the number of trips per day, A conservative estimate of the amount of corn in the pile is 500,000 bushels, which is, as Rodney stated, “somewhere between 1 thousand and 1 million bushels.” Read More »

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City Council Agenda

City of Rutland, January 8, 2018, Tentative Meeting Agenda

  1. Approval of December minutes
  2. Public comments, if any (Members of the public are welcome to speak to the Council at this time. Limited to three minutes or as the Chair permits).
  3. New business
    1. Depository Designation: The City Council is required by law, in January of even-numbered years, to designate depositories of public funds which meet the pledge of security requirements. Action: That the Rutland City Council designate the Sargent County Bank as the depository for City of Rutland funds.
    2. Records Disposal: According to North Dakota Century Code 54-46-12, cities must dispose of records that have met their retention requirement. The process is to be completed by June 30, 2018 and certification of disposal is to be submitted to the State. The list of items disposed/destroyed will be presented in June. Action: Authorize the City Auditor to proceed with records disposal in accordance with NDCC 54-46-12 with a final disposal record presented to the Council.
  4. Old/Unfinished Business
  5. Financial Report
    1. December 2017 Cash Balances Report
    2. December Revenue and Expenditure Reports
    3. Presentation and approval of bills
    4. Collections/Delinquents Report
    5. Auditor Report
    6. Communications from the Mayor
    7. Announcements

Next City Council Meeting, Monday, February 5, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

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The Rooster Crows – December 29, 2017

A “White Christmas” was assured in Rutland and vicinity with the snow that began falling on Friday, December 22 and continued into Sunday, December 24. The strains of Bing Crosby crooning Irving Berlin’s classic line, “I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas,” could almost be heard as sub-zero temperatures on Christmas Day and on Tuesday, December 26, made sure that the snow would be around for a while. The weatherman is predicting 30 below before the end of the week, but, what does he know, anyway?

The sub-zero thermometer readings over the Christmas weekend prompted some discussions of temperature extremes on the northern plains, including a report that back in 1918 a Chinook wind blew into North Dakota out of Montana raising the temperature from 33 below to 50 above in 2 hours. To generate that much hot air the Montana Legislature must have been in session. That information jogged a reminiscence of a story about Montana’s Chinook winds told by one of Rutland’s “Old-Timers,” the late Stellan Ahrlin. Back in 1915, Stellan, along with his parents, K. O. & Britta Ahrlin, and his little sister, Arla, had moved from Rutland to the vicinity of Opine, Montana, up along the “High Line,” where they had taken up homesteads, hoping to strike it rich raising flax on newly broken prairie sod. Stellan recounted that on one bitterly cold winter day he and his Dad had harnessed their driving team, hitched the team to the bob-sleigh and headed west to Opine to pick up some supplies. The snow was deep, and frozen so hard that it nearly struck sparks from the irons on the bob-sleighs runners, Stellan had stated. While Stellan and K. O. were loading supplies into the box on the bob-sleigh at the Opine General Store, a Chinook wind began to blow in from the west, and the temperature began to climb. The two Swedes from Rutland figured that they had better get back to the homestead before the snow softened, making it difficult for the horses to pull the sleigh, so they started off at a brisk trot. But, according to Stellan, the wind velocity increased and the temperature climbed at a rapid rate. Before long, they had the team on a dead run, but the Chinook was outpacing them, melting the snow so fast that, by the time they reached home, the front runners of the bob-sleigh were still in snow, but the rear runners were in the mud. Well, that was Stellan’s story, and who was around back then who can argue with him now? As the late Ray Erickson used to say, “It’s my story, and I’ll tell it the way I want to. When it’s your story, you can tell it your way.” Can’t argue with that! Read More »

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