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The Rooster Crows – April 29, 2016

Last week this column began with a quote from Duane Lillestol of Wyndmere, “It always rains after a long dry spell.”  This week we’ll turn that around with, “It always dries up after a long wet spell.”  The rains have kept coming, with a real thunderstorm, complete with lightning flashes, booming thunder, high wind and heavy rain, on Sunday, April 24.  When rain gauges were checked on Monday morning, Norbert Kulzer’s at 415 Gay Street registered 1.6” for the weekend, while his next door neighbor, Roger Pearson’s gauge at 409 Gay Street was showing 1.7” in his gauge.  The rain wasn’t done yet, however, and by the morning of Tuesday, April 26, both Norbert and Roger had recorded another .2” in their gauges, to bring the 4 day total up to nearly 2 inches.  Silver Lake Park Manager Dennis Goltz reported that the gauge out at the Park, 5 miles southwest of Rutland, had 4 inches of water in it on Monday morning, but Dennis isn’t sure if that is an accurate measurement or if a certain plumber may be up to old tricks.  Dennis also reports that the water service in the Park’s campground has now been turned on for the season and that the new drain tile installed to drain excess storm water from the camping area on the north side appears to be working very well.  The tile drain was installed by Jacobson Plumbing, Heating & Excavating of Rutland.

In addition to a rain gauge for measuring precipitation, Roger Pearson also possesses a scale to weigh the fish he catches.  On Friday, April 15, that scale weighed a 9.63 pound, 29-inch walleye that Roger had caught off the point at Lake Tewaukon.  Photos of Roger and the huge walleye were taken by Helen Banish, who was fishing nearby at the time and witnessed the catch.  A report has been received that another Rutland angler, Greg Donaldson, recently landed a 42-inch-long Great Northern Pike at Lake Tewaukon, too.  According to Roger, the secret to successful fishing is to be where the fish are at when they’re ready to bite, and to use the bait that they want to bite on.  It’s as simple as that!

The report of the April 14 Spring meeting of the 10th District of the American Legion was missing some important information.  The report should have stated that a “Welcome” to the assembled members of the American Legion and Auxiliary was delivered by Unit #215 President Joan Lee, right after Post #215 Commander Larry Christensen made his welcoming remarks.  The report should also have shown that 32 members of the American Legion Auxiliary, representing 10 of the Auxiliary Units in the District, were present for the Spring meeting.  Both 10th District Commander Bill Smith and Post #215 Commander Larry Christensen thanked the members of Rutland ’s Auxiliary Unit for all they had done to prepare for the Spring meeting, and for the excellent lunch which they served at the conclusion of the April 14th event.  Apologies are extended for the omission. Read More »

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Council Agenda – May 2, 2016

City of Rutland, May 2, 2016, Meeting Agenda (subject to change)

  1. Call to Order
  2. Additions to/Approval of agenda
  3. Approval of April 4 and April 12, 2016 minutes
  4. Public comments – Written and/or in person, if any
    1. Siren/Fire Whistle – request to change/reduce times blown
    2. City Lot Use Restrictions – inquiry regarding agricultural use
  5. New business
    1. Pest Control in City Buildings – Council Member Siemieniewski
    2. Trailer on Commercial Lot – Council Member Siemieniewski
    3. Bostrom House – Council Member Siemieniewski
    4. Wireless Service for City Hall and RV Park
    5. City Hall Loan
  1. Old/Unfinished Business
    1. Boulevard Trees – Update
    2. Culverts – Update
    3. City Public Works Assistant: Approve the job description for the part-time, as needed Public Works Assistant dated April 4, 2016.
    4. City Auditor Position Description: Approve the City Auditor job description dated April 4, 2016.
  1. Financial Report
    1. April Cash Balances Report
    2. April 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 Meeting:  June 6, 2016

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The Rooster Crows – April 22, 2016

Duane Lillestol of Wyndmere called last week to remind all of the old saying that “It always rains after a long dry spell,” and darned if it didn’t.  Owners of rain gauges around Rutland reported .25 of an inch of rain on Saturday & Sunday, April 16 & 17, while those a few miles north reported .4 of an inch in their measuring devices over the same period.  Another inch of rain, give or take a tenth, slowly soaked the area on Monday and Tuesday, April 18 & 19.  Norbert Kulzer states that his rain gauge at 415 Gay Street indicated 1.15 inch for the 4-day period, while Paul Anderson’s gauge at 309 Gay Street showed 1.2” and Nick McLaen’s gauge 2 miles north of town also registered 1.2”.  No complaints have been heard, yet, but there is an occasional sidelong glance out the window, accompanied by a mumbled, “Wonder if this is ever going to quit so we can get something done.”  The weather changes, but a farmer’s response to it remains remarkably consistent.

Norbert & Beverly Kulzer departed Rutland, bound for Brandon SD on Wednesday, April 13.  The Kulzers had scheduled a visit with their grandson, Jonas Kulzer, age 15, while his parents, Stan & Karen Kulzer, are on a vacation trip to New York City.  Norbert & Bev returned to Rutland on Monday, April 18.

Former Rutland citizens Bill & Mary Woytassek, now residents of Detroit Lakes MN, were in Rutland during the week of April 11-17 while Bill was assisting son Jerry and grandson Andrew get the 2016 planting done.  Mary reports that they have their travel trailer set up at the farm, and are enjoying a vacation visit with old friends in Rutland. Read More »

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It’s Coming……


Cleanup day is Saturday, April 30.  Residents are encouraged to clean up, clean off, and clean out their properties.  The Rutland Municipal Waste Site (aka “landfill”) will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to dispose of grass, leaves or yard waste.  Residents can also take their appliances to the Site for disposal.

WE WILL NOT TAKE – tires, batteries, scrap metal, or electronics.


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Relay for Life Fundraiser


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