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The Rooster Crows – April 15, 2016

No rain, yet, and both the State and Federal income tax returns are due on the 15th of April.  On the bright side, though, the mercury is finally scheduled to be climbing out of the 20’s and up into the 70’s by Friday, the 15th, and the weather forecast does indicate “possible scattered showers” for Saturday.  Meanwhile, optimism reigns supreme in the farm fields of Sargent County, as local farmers have been planting wheat, and getting ready to plant corn and soybeans in preparation for the rain that is bound to show up one of these days.  The Gulleson brothers have even put in 200 acres of barley, a crop that used to be a staple on local farms, but which is now a specialty.  Old sayings such as, “If it doesn’t rain again, it will be the longest dry spell we have ever had,” and, “Every day that it doesn’t rain is one day closer to the day that it will,” are being heard in sidewalk conversations, and those old sayings are as true today as they ever were.  Another old saying that looks as if it will be tested this year is, “Plant in the dust and your bins will bust!”  Sure hope that Grandpa was right with that one.

Ione Pherson brought the Community Club’s new electric abelskiver pans up to the kitchen of the Lariat Bar for a test run on the morning of Wednesday, April 6.  Ione, Debbie Banish, Dianna Anderson, Janice Christensen, Debbie Liermark, Rebecca Christensen and Bev Kulzer made a couple of batches of abelskivers with the new pans, and they looked real good.  A taste-testing crew consisting of Norbert Kulzer, Paul Anderson, Mike Kulzer, Roger Pearson, Kurt Breker, Mac Pherson, Dale McLaen, Gary Thornberg and Bill Anderson tried out the the product, and deemed the abelskivers to be of excellent quality in both taste and texture.  Norbert was of the opinion that the addition of chokecherry syrup would have made the dining experience sublime, but it’s just not the season for chokecherries yet.  Wait until Uff-Da Day, on Sunday, October 2, for the real thing.

Nineteen students from Sargent Central were among the first in North Dakota to participate in the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League on Tuesday, April 5, at the Rutland Sportsmen’s Club’s John Narum Memorial Trap & Rifle Range just north of Silver Lake.  Kean Nelson, a member of Sargent Central’s faculty and a member of the Rutland Sportsmen’s Club, is the head coach of the pilot program, and he is assisted by 6 assistant coaches in mentoring the 19 students, both boys and girls, in the fine points of clay target shooting.  At the Sportsmen’s Club’s annual meeting in February, Club members had allocated up to $3,500 to support the High School program, and volunteered the use of the Club’s trap range facilities at no charge to program participants.  According to Club secretary/treasurer Travis Paeper, the cost of the program for this year will be $11,000.  Program costs include ammunition, shooters’ vests, salaries and other fees.  Other organizations supporting the program financially include: the Sargent County Chapter of Pheasants Forever; the Sargent Central Boosters Club; and, the Wild Turkey Federation.  Sargent Central is furnishing a bus to transport participating students back and forth between the High School and the Trap Range, and Trent Nelson, a Sargent Central bus driver and a member of the Sportsmen’s Club, has volunteered his time to serve as driver for the program.  The use of the bus for student transportation is the only taxpayer expense involved in the program.  Students participate in a statewide league, but do all of their clay target shooting at their home range, with their coach logging in their scores electronically after each session.  The regular league season will continue through May, states secretary/treasurer Paeper, and will be followed by a State tournament that will be held in Cass County, near Horace, during the month of June.  According to Coach Kean Nelson, there are 23 high school teams participating in the League this season, and the public can check up on their scores on line at  According to Travis Paeper, the Clay Target League is a pilot program in North Dakota this year.  If it works out and there is sufficient interest and participation, the program will be expanded to additional High Schools in the County in 2017. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – April 8, 2016

It has been a dry Spring, so far, and following on the heels of an open Winter, there are some concerns being expressed about crop prospects for the 2016 crop year.  The dry weather is a blessing for those in whose hearts hope springs eternal, however, as many local farmers have been taking advantage of the weather to get their Spring Wheat planted.  “You can’t harvest a crop if you don’t plant one,” is the comment heard.  Rain is a possibility, as was demonstrated on the evening of Tuesday, March 29, and the morning of Wednesday, March 30, when a general rain dampened the area.  Norbert Kulzer’s rain gauge, the official precipitation measuring device at 415 Gay Street, recorded .4 of an inch by Wednesday morning, and Norbert figures that there might be more to come before the year is over.

The 45th Annual Meeting of Rutland Housing, Inc., was held at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, in the Rutland Town Hall.  The board of directors reported that, after several months of rough going, the corporation has been able to move ahead with some long overdue improvements to the apartment houses that it owns in Rutland.  New heating units have been installed in Unit #1, at 207 First Street, and in Unit #2, at 316 Ross Street, and estimates have been received for new roofing and exterior doors on units #1 & #2, as well as for new siding on Unit #1.  Despite a problem in Rural Development’s Regional Finance Office in Tennessee that has delayed rental subsidy payments since last July, the board has stabilized the corporation’s finances, with both the reserve fund and the operating fund in better shape than they were at the 2015 Annual Meeting.  Bert Siemieniewski, who serves as manager/treasurer for Rutland Housing, reported that two new tenants have recently been approved for occupancy, and there is presently only 1 apartment available to rent.  Delores Lysne was re-elected to a 3-year term on the board of directors.  There is still one vacancy on the board.  Current officers are: Delores Lysne, president; Bill Anderson, vice-president; Carolyn Christensen, Secretary; and, Bertha Siemieniewski, manager/treasurer.  The board of directors of Rutland Housing, Inc., meets regularly on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.  The next meeting is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, in the Rutland Town Hall.

Among those from Rutland who were attending political conventions last weekend were: Paul Anderson, Chairman of the 26th District Democratic-NPL Party; Cameron Gulleson; Zach Temple; Kyla Kinsler, Chairperson of Region 7, which is comprised of the Legislative Districts in southeastern North Dakota; Kevin Gillespie; and Bill Anderson; all part of the 26th District’s 21-member delegation to the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Convention in Bismarck.  Pam Gulleson of Rutland, the Democratic-NPL’s 2012 candidate for the U. S. House of Representatives, also attended the Convention, but this time as an observer rather than as a participant.  The Convention adopted the Party’s 2016 platform and resolutions, and nominated candidates for Governor & Lt. Governor, U. S. Senate, U. S. House of Representatives and other statewide offices that will be on the ballot this Fall.  Delegates to the Democratic-NPL Convention also observed the 100th anniversary of the Non-Partisan League’s first election victories back in 1916, and the 60th anniversary of the alliance between the Non-Partisan League and the North Dakota Democratic Party, which was forged in 1956.  Institutions and services established by the League, such as The Bank of North Dakota; the State Mill & Elevator; Worker’s Compensation; The people’s right to initiative, referendum and recall; and others; are still cornerstones of North Dakota State government.  Some other Rutland natives who were delegates to the Bismarck Convention included Sonja (Anderson) Christensen and Corrine (Narum) Romereim of Wahpeton, both delegates from District #25.  Sonja & Corrine were also accompanied by Sonja’s sister in law, Marilyn Anderson, also of Wahpeton and a District #25 delegate.  Sargent County has been an NPL stronghold since 1916, and its voters have also predominantly supported the principles, programs and candidates of the Democratic-NPL Party for the past 60 years, with only a few lapses in judgment occurring along the way. Read More »

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Ladies Spring Fling

Mark your calendar for the Little Old Ladies of Sargent County Spring Fling event in April.  Support the Sargent County Relay for Life!

Spring Fling

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The Rooster Crows – April 1, 2016

Youthful participants, parents and grandparents filled the Rutland Town Hall and spilled out onto the sidewalk in anticipation of Rutland’s annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, according to Jeanne Leinen, one of the events prime movers and shakers.   Sixty children were registered for the drawings, Jeanne reported, and approximately 75 adults were on hand to witness the action.  It took just 5 minutes for the kids, ranging in age from toddlers up to 11 years old, to gather 1,027 eggs, and to clear 3 tables of prizes & games.  Grand prize winners were: Pop & Go Thomas The Train, 1 each to Phoebi Thomas, Lisbon, and Charli Anderson, Forman; Good Dinosaur Ride-on, Piper Nielsen, Fisher MN; Easter Bunny Story Teller Rabbit, Jagger Justesen, Forman; My Sweet Love Doll, Julia Mahrer, Rutland; Lalaloopsy Doll, Lydia Anderson, Forman; Ninja Turtle with storage in shell, Max Hamilton, Rutland; Tonka Police Car, Liam Gray Hawk, Havana; Football, Cale Boehrns, West Fargo; Tonka Helicopter, Carl McLaen, Rutland; Tonka Fire Engine, XAnder Saunder, Cayuga; Tonka Garbage Truck, Kyler Pherson, Rutland; Robot, Cohen Jenson, Wyndmere; Red Wagon, Paisley Pherson, Rutland; Chalk Spray Gun, Aubree Justesen, Forman; Boy’s Bike, Nathan Springer, Bismarck; Girl’s Bike, Samantha Springer, Bismarck; $5.00 William Kromschroeder, Fisher MN; $10.00 Cruise Millette, Hancock MN; and, $25.00 Haylee Belcourt, Fisher MN.  From the first ever “Rotten Egg basket drawing for adults, Sebastian Kromschroeder of Fisher MN won the $50.00 cash prize.  Jeanne reports that $104.17 was collected for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  Congratulations and thanks to Jerry & Jeanne Leinen and their family for another successful community event.

Paul Anderson departed Rutland on Monday, March 21, bound for the Phoenix AZ suburb of Sun City West, where he spent the Easter holiday visiting at the home of his mother-in-law, Etha Quinlan.  Paul’s youngest daughter, Betsy Anderson of Philadelphia MS, also flew out to Phoenix to spend Easter with her Grandmother and Dad.  Paul returned to Rutland on the evening of Sunday, March 27. Read More »

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City Council Agenda for April 4, 2016

City of Rutland —  April 4, 2016  Meeting Agenda (Subject to Change)

  1. Call to Order
  2. Additions to/Approval of agenda
  3. Approval of March 7 and 14, 2016 minutes
  4. Public comments, if any
  5. New Business
    1. Gaming Permits: Action: Approve Gaming Permit #214 for the Wild Rice Antique Tractor & Plowing Association raffle on October 2, 2016 and Gaming Permit #215 for the American Legion Auxiliary Bergman-Evenson Unit #215 for a quilt raffle on November 7, 2016.
    2. City of Rutland Position Descriptions: Draft position descriptions will be presented for discussion for a Public Works Supervisor, Public Works Assistant (current vacancy), the City Auditor, and Janitor
    3. Boulevard Trees
    4. Culvert & Parking Lot – East end of Town
  1. Old/Unfinished Business
    1. City Sewer Position
  1. Financial Report
    1. March Cash Balances Report
    2. March Revenue and Expenditure Reports
    3. Presentation and approval of bills
    4. Collections/Delinquents Report
    5. Auditor Report
  1. Communications from the Mayor
  2. Announcements
  3. Adjournment

Next City Council Meetings:  Board of Equalization April 12, 2016, 5:00 p.m. and monthly meeting on May 2, 2016

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