Bright, sunny weather greeted more than ninety descendants at the Couteau des Prairie Lodge on Saturday, July 12, for the Anderson/Narum/Donaldson family reunion, an event that has been held on a regular basis since 1951. Family arrived from California, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas along with twelve relatives from Norway. The twelve Norwegians are cousins of several local residents including Bill Anderson, Chuck Anderson, Dick Anderson, Paul Anderson, Beverly Brezicka, Greg Donaldson, Joanne Harris, Barbara Hayen, Doris Hoistad, Milton McLaen, Orville Nelson, Orvis Pearson, and Roger Pearson to name a few. Irene Anderson, age 97, took the honors as eldest family member attending and 11 month old Celia Olson, daughter of Jeff and Rachel Olson of Rutland, was the youngest. The relatives gathered for a fun-filled day of visiting, food and entertainment. One of the highlights of the day was the performance of a play entitled “Parting,” written by Clifford Nelson and performed by a cast of cousins from both Norway and America. The play tells the story of the six children leaving Norway providing an understanding of the difficulties of “parting” and the emotions felt by those who chose to remain in the homeland. One hundred twenty five years ago, in March of 1889, Ole Anderson was the first to leave Norway, bound for Kirkhoven, Minnesota, on his way to North Dakota. Eventually his siblings followed and established homes in the Rutland area. Those siblings were Jonetta Olson Narum, Bernt Anderson, Otto Anderson, Netta Donaldson, and Josie Lauritzen. Gina Onsrud and Lene Odberg remained in Norway to farm, raise their families, and also care for their mother and her small farm in the Snertingdal area, north of Oslo, near Lake Mjosa, Norway’s largest lake. Clifford Nelson, brother of Orville Nelson, wrote the play in 1989 as a tribute to his grandmother Jonetta Narum, her parents and her siblings. Clifford, a graduate of Sargent Central High School, was a teacher in Montana until his untimely death in 1996. His legacy lives on in the plays he authored and in the school named for him and dedicated to his memory. A family history book written by Danene McLaen was shared and enjoyed by many. Roy Hildebrand and Doug Spieker also provided horse and wagon rides for the descendants and their family members at The Lodge. On Sunday, several family members attended services at Nordland Lutheran Church, participated in activities at the John Narum Memorial Trap & Rifle Range at the Rutland Sportsmans Club, and toured the Sargent County Museum in Forman. Some of the visitors will depart for Norway on July 17 while others will head to Iowa to meet host families from an event held two years ago. The next Anderson/Narum/Donaldson gathering will be held during the summer of 2016.
A large crowd of spectators gathered at Sanderson Field for the Rutland Park Board Men’s Slowpitch Softball Tournament on Saturday, July 12. Six teams were in the competition – Gwinner Green Wave, Britton, Eden, Oaks JVG, Havana and the hometown Rutland Roosters. The Rutland Roosters lost their first game to JVG but won the rest of their games leading them to the playoffs. JVG and the Roosters played for the championship last year and this year they again went head to head for the final game. The Roosters came through at the end winning the championship for the second year in a row. The Rutland Roosters now have a 28-4 season record with three league games left to play. The Roosters have another tournament this weekend, July 19, in Oakes, and the state tournament in Fargo on August 10. Congratulations to the Roosters for a season well played. Read More