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The Rooster Crows – August 29, 2014

Milton McLaen transferred his temporary headquarters from Sanford Hospital in Fargo to the Four Seasons Healthcare Center in Forman on Friday, August 15 for recuperation and therapy.  Milton is recovering from a painful infection in his left leg and is undergoing therapy aimed at getting him back on his feet.  He was back to the hospital, this time in Oakes, on Friday, August 22, though, for some more intensive repair work.  Milton reported by phone from the Oakes hospital on Tuesday, August 26, that he is feeling much improved and expects to be released from the hospital there in a few days.  Milton & Danene’s son, Warren McLaen of Phoenix AZ has been visiting in Rutland and Forman this week, and he has made a few acquisitions while in the area.  According to Milton, Warren purchased a new pickup truck from a dealer in Aberdeen, then drove to Rutland and loaded the piano which he had purchased from the First Baptist Church.  An old friend of Warren’s from school days, Milnor native Dion Nicolai, now a resident of Washington State, helped him load the piano and enjoyed that job so much that he will be accompanying Warren back to Phoenix to help him unload it, too.  Also being removed from the Baptist Church building this week are some of the rows of plush and comfortable theater seats that made Rutland’s Baptists the envy of Rutland’s Lutherans for more than 60 years.  Milton states that the seats were purchased, new, from the Chicago Seating Co. in 1953, and that he, Lloyd Susag and Carl Olson fastened the rows of seats to the floor of the church at that time.  “This is the first time those seats have been moved in 61 years,” Milton said.  The Baptist congregation here, consisting of 4 members: Milton McLaen; Violet (Olson) Wyum; Edith (McLaen) Malpert; and, Andrew Hoflen; held its final service and ceased operations on Sunday, July 6, and has been in the process of disposing of assets since then.  Anyone interested in acquiring some of the seating from the Church should contact Andrew Hoflen, states Milton.

Thunder, lightning and another .3 of an inch of rain blessed Rutland and vicinity between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 21.  A repeat performance on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 & 24, dropped another .8 of an inch of rain on this community.  The rains have been pretty general throughout the County, but there have been some streaks where their cups, or rain gauges, have overflowed.  Randy Pearson reports that his Shuman Township farm has received 6.75 inches of rain since the morning of Sunday, August 24.  According to Randy, you can get a combine stuck just about anywhere on his farm without even trying.  It is proposed that the new advertising slogan for one of the major manufacturers of farm equipment should be changed to, “Nothing Swims Like A Deere!”

Mike & Diane Kulzer returned to Rutland on Friday, August 15, after spending a week visiting at the home of their son and daughter-in-law, Chad & Angela Kulzer, in Minneapolis, and several days at Hinckley MN, about 70 miles northeast of St. Cloud, near the Minnesota-Wisconsin border.  Mike reports that the campground facilities operated by the casino at Hinckley are excellent.  Mike’s sister and brother-in-law, Mary & Bill Woytassek of this community, also spent several days relaxing at the Hinckley campground, states Mike.  Back in the 19th Century, Hinckley, then surrounded by native forest, logging camps and sawmills, was devastated by a huge forest fire that took more than 800 lives.  There was no danger of forest fire this year, though, Mike reports, as, “they are wetter there than we are here.”

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No Parking

City Streets will have crack sealing work on Wednesday, August 27, and/or Thursday, August 28 (weather permitting), so please have your vehicles off the street those two days so cracks can be sealed on your block. The County Highway, Main Street, is not included in the crack sealing. If you have questions, please contact Council Member Michael Mahrer.

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The Rooster Crows – August 22, 2014

The lightning flashed, the thunder rumbled and 2 inches of rain drenched Rutland and its immediate vicinity on the night of Saturday, August 16 and into the morning of Sunday, August 17.  A rain cloud that seemed to materialize out of the clear, blue sky dropped another .1 of an inch of rain on the community at about 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 18.  The rain was warm, came straight down, and was immediately absorbed by the thirsty earth.  Much, if not most, of the wheat in this area had been harvested before the rains came on Saturday, and the general consensus among The Assembled Wise Men was that the corn and soybean crops have benefited mightily from the recent precipitation.  Rainfall amounts dropped off sharply south of town, though, and the normal rain track along the hills reported only ½ to ¼ of an inch of precipitation in the past week.  “Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick,” is the opinion of farmers with fields in that area, but crops there will need some additional timely rains to attain their full potential.

Wedding bells have been ringing in August, and 3 couples with ties to this community scheduled receptions, wedding ceremonies, or both, in Rutland this month.  Katie Klubben, daughter of Brenda Smith of Rutland and Eric Klubben of Leonard ND, & Cassidy Black, a Lisbon native, were wed in a ceremony at the Smith Family’s vacation home on Clear Lake SD on Saturday, August 9, and held their reception and dance at the Rutland Town Hall that evening. Katie is employed as the Delicatessen manager at Hornbacher’s in Fargo.  Cassidy works at Trail King manufacturing in West Fargo.  The bride & groom are both 2006 graduates of Lisbon High School.  They will be making their home in Fargo.  Chelsea Rohrbach, daughter of Vaughan and Polly Rohrbach of Rutland, and Tyler Seelye of Oakes ND exchanged their vows at Nordland Lutheran Church in Rutland on Saturday, August 16, with Pastor Liesebet Gravley officiating.  An outdoor ceremony in the Park near the Town Hall had been planned, but 2 inches of rain required “change 1 to plan A, and the ceremony was moved inside.  The old saying is, “Wealthy is the Bride the rain falls on,” so the future looks good for Chelsea and Tyler.  A wedding reception, supper and dance were held at the Rutland Town Hall following the ceremony.  Chelsea is employed at Oakes Ready Mix in Oakes ND, and the groom is engaged in farming south of Ludden.  The couple will be making their home on a farm near Ludden.  This weekend, Samantha Hambeck, daughter of Diane Pherson of Grand Forks and the late Lenny Pherson of this community, and Josh Stenvold of Forman are planning to exchange vows on the ball diamond at Lou Sanderson Field on Saturday, August 23, with a reception and dance to follow at the Rutland Town Hall.  The Rutland community extends its congratulations to all 3 of these young couples, along with best wishes to all of them for long and happy lives together. Read More »

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Full Time EMT Needed

The Sargent County Ambulance Service located in Forman North Dakota is currently seeking Applications for the Position of a Full Time Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).     This position will work various shift schedules to include days, nights, weekends, and Holidays.  Shift scheduling is shared with the Fulltime Ambulance Coordinator and a Volunteer Squad.   This position will be filled immediately and a Second position will be advertised and opened up at a later date through the Sargent County Milnor Ambulance Squad.

Full Time Wage starting at $31,000.00 annually & benefit package pursuant to Sargent County’s Pay Plan is being offered.

Applicants must be a National Registered EMT.

Experience in the Field recommended but not required for application.

For more information please contact Marwood Klein, SC Ambulance Coordinator of Forman at (701) 370-0502 cell or email or visit; click menu; employment; for an application.   Applications are also available at the Sargent County Courthouse Emergency Management Office.   Deadline for application is September 15thth, 2014 by 5:00 pm.  Applications can be returned to the County Emergency Management office by mail at 355 Main ST S  Ste 3 Forman ND 58032; email to  or dropped off.   Sargent County is an equal opportunity employer.

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The Rooster Crows – August 15, 2014

The second week in August has been just about as nice as the first.  There was some rain, off and on, on Saturday, August 9, but it came straight down, with no wind and the .6 inch of precipitation that fell on Rutland was welcomed by local farmers and gardeners, alike.  After a late Spring that was characterized by high winds, cold temperatures and violent weather, the months of July and August have produced one of the most pleasant Summer seasons in recent memory – cool nights, warm days, plenty of sunshine, adequate rainfall and enough wind to remind us that we are still in North Dakota, without tearing the shingles off the roof or sending the barn door flying.  The corn and soybean fields that were looking sickly and puny back in June, have a healthy, robust appearance in mid-August.  Every silver lining has its cloud, though, and the potential for a very good crop that is now in the field has been noticed by the grain traders in Minneapolis, Chicago and elsewhere, keeping commodity markets on a downward slide in anticipation of a bumper crop ahead.

A Committal service for the mortal remains of Rutland native Ellis Sundlie, RHS Class of ’56, was held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, at the Rutland Cemetery with Pastor Liesebet Gravley officiating.  Mr. Sundlie’s family and a number of close friends were in attendance.  Military rites were performed by a detail from Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of The American Legion.  Ellis was the eldest son of the late A. C. “Slim” and Magdalene (Miller) Sundlie of this community.  He had passed away last spring at his home in Pahrump NV after a long battle with cancer.  Ellis and his wife, Cleone, had made their home in Salem OR for many years before moving to Nevada following retirement from the office equipment business.  Friends here remember him as an outstanding high school athlete, being a member of Rutland Rockets basketball teams that won back to back District Championships in 1955 and 1956, and as an all-star baseball player on high school and American Legion teams, as well as a couple of seasons on the Rutland Roosters amateur baseball team.  He is survived by his wife, Cleone (Mathieu) Sundlie of Pahrump NV, one son, one daughter, one brother, David Sundlie of Bismarck, by several nieces & nephews, and by many old friends in this community.  The Rutland community extends its sympathy to the family and friends of Ellis Sundlie, a baseball player from a baseball family in a baseball town, who has circled the bases and is now safe, at Home.

Kenny & Tanya Hamilton & family were on vacation at Battle Lake MN during the week of August 3-10.  Kenny reports that the weather was beautiful throughout the week.  Grandma & Grandpa, Sheila & Steve Wyum, joined the Hamiltons at the Lake on August 7 & 8. Read More »

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