The first weakening of what has been the unrelenting, icy grip of winter started on the morning of Wednesday, February 12, the 205th birthday of our 16th President, “Honest Abe” Lincoln, when the day started out with the temperature above zero. Although the forecasters are predicting a return to icy cold for a day or two, there are even a few predictions of temperatures climbing to above the freezing mark before we get to the birthday of that other President who could not tell a lie, our 1st, George Washington, on February 22. General Washington will be 282 on his big day. Being the efficient modern Americans that we are, though, we observe both Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays on the same day, this year exactly in between the two, on Monday, February 17. In Sargent County that day, which also happens to be the birthday of former Rutland Postmaster Izetta Colvin, we will celebrate with a huge banquet featuring “Buffalo Roast” prepared and served by members of the Cogswell Gun Club at the Cogswell Community Center. Izetta has often pointed out that she is one of the few Americans who has the honor of being “born between two Presidents,” but the Presidents, gentlemen both, would conclude that the honor was all theirs.
In Rutland, this weekend is dedicated to the heart, however, with a Valentine’s Day Dinner at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge being prepared and served in cooperation with The Rutland General Store on the evening of Friday, February 14, and a “Steak & Torsk Valentine’s Day Special” at the Lariat Bar that same evening. If the old saying that, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” is true, then romance will surely be working its way through the digestive tract this weekend. The dinner at the Lodge, a 7-course gourmet spread, is reservations only, and the Lodge is also offering a special weekend room rate along with a complementary bottle of champagne for Valentine’s Day weekend guests. No reservations are required at the Lariat Bar, but it is recommended that Valentine’s Day diners bring a hearty appetite, says proprietor Bradley Christensen. Read More