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Tests Show Coliform Bacteria in City Water

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER: Tests Show Coliform Bacteria in City of Rutland Water

Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation. Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

We routinely monitor the presence of drinking water contaminants. We took five (5) samples for coliform bacteria during September 2015. Of those samples, two (2) showed the presence of coliform bacteria. The standard is that no more than one (1) sample per month may do so.

What should I do?

  • You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.
  • If you have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, are pregnant, or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your health care providers about this drinking water. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

What does this mean?

This is not an emergency. If it had been you would have been notified within 24 hours. Total coliform bacteria are generally not harmful themselves. Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other potentially-harmful, bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems.

Usually, coliforms are a sign that there could be a problem with the treatment or distribution system (pipes). Whenever we detect coliform bacteria in any sample, we do follow-up testing to see if other bacteria of greater concern, such as fecal coliform or E. coli are present. We did not find any of these bacteria in our subsequent testing. If we had, we would have notified you immediately.  However, we are still finding coliforms in the drinking water.

What is being done?

We are still detecting coliform bacteria and are monitoring and testing the water. The original samples may have been tainted.  We anticipate resolving the problem with the next month.

For more information, please contact: City of Rutland at 701-724-3081 or Mayor Narum at 701-724-3908

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Sargent County District Health Flu Shots

The Sargent County District Health office will be providing Flu shots in Rutland on Thursday, October 1, 2015, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.  They are offering the injectable or nasal versions of the flu vaccine and are visiting other areas in the County.  Dates and locations are shown below.

SC Dist Health flu shots

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The Rooster Crows – September 18, 2015

The last full week of Summer 2015 supplied warm and sunny Summer weather to Rutland and vicinity.  Soybean fields are ripening fast in the dry conditions, and combines are rolling, threshing out a bean crop that is generally in the “good” to “very good” category when it comes to yield.  Mike Walstead reports that he has harvested a couple of fields in Rutland Township that yielded in the 30 to 40 bushel per acre range, but he had to leave the low spots because the plants were still too green to cut, and, presumably the pods are still filling on those plants.

The early season on giant Canadian geese ended on Tuesday, September 15, and has received disappointing reviews from hunters in this area.  It appeared that local farmers had been successful in their efforts to control local populations of the big birds by addling eggs in the nest and by using other control measures last Spring.  Although the giant Canadian goose is a magnificent game bird, it can be very destructive of crops in the Spring of the year, and large populations of them are seen as pests very similar to the Biblical hordes of locusts that plagued farmers prior to the development of effective pesticides.  For waterfowl hunting enthusiasts, though, the giant Canadian goose is a prize worth getting up early for, being eaten alive by mosquitoes and crawling through mud to put into the game bag.  Conservationists have a double success when it comes to giant Canadian geese, a species that was thought to be extinct back in the early 1950’s, until a few nesting pairs were discovered in south central North Dakota.  During the next half century, the breed was painstakingly, and slowly, re-established in its native range across the upper Great Plains.  When the high water of the late 1990’s and first decade of the 21st Century sparked a population explosion that threatened to turn the birds into a nuisance and a pest species, conservationists, landowners, farmers, hunters, the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the North Dakota Department of Game & Fish worked together, for the most part, to come up with effective methods for controlling the population while still maintaining the birds across their native range.  We don’t always have a lot to cheer about on the conservation side of the ledger, but this is one effort that all can claim as a success.  The regular North Dakota waterfowl season opens, for North Dakota residents, on Saturday, September 26, and for non-residents on Saturday, October 3.  The 2015 North Dakota pheasant season is set to open on Saturday, October 10, and combine operators are reporting that they are seeing broods of pheasants that range from nearly fully colored to recently hatched in fields around Rutland.

Frank & Ann Sebree, who make their Summer home in north Georgia and their Winter home in Florida, arrived in Rutland on Saturday, September 5, after spending 2 days looking over the big steam threshers show at Rollag MN in the company of Dr. Gerald Parker, one of the steam engine experts at Rollag, and also a frequent visitor in this community.   The Sebrees are the in-laws of Rutland native Darby (Brakke) Sebree, who now resides in Los Angeles CA.  Frank is a 30 year veteran of the U. S. Air Force.  After spending 5 days visiting with friends in the Rutland community, the Sebrees pointed their motor home southeast and departed for Georgia via Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee on the morning of Thursday, September 10.  During his Air Force career, Mr. Sebree served at many bases, including tours of duty at Great Falls MT and at Minot ND, and states that, although he enjoyed his time at those duty stations, he has no desire to spend another winter season on the northern plains.  Frank is a native of Kentucky, and Mrs. Sebree is a native of Wales, in the United Kingdom. Read More »

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City Council Minutes – July 6, 2015

Rutland City Council,  Regular Meeting Minutes,  July 6, 2015, Rutland Town Hall

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Mayor Ronald Narum with Council Members Brad Christensen, Michael Mahrer and Bert Siemieniewski present.  Absent – Rodney Erickson. City Attorney Bill Anderson and Auditor Deborah Banish were also present. Others Present: Residents Carolyn Christensen, Renee Cramton, Delores Lysne, Pam Maloney; and, Nathan Berseth, Crossroads Community Advisors.

The Council reviewed and approved the agenda as submitted (Siemieniewski/Christensen. Motion carried).

The Council reviewed and approved the June 1, 2015 minutes as submitted. (Siemieniewski/Mahrer. Motion carried. Absent – Erickson).

Public Comments

Dust Control on Cooper Street: Carolyn Christensen addressed the Council regarding the gravel dust on Cooper Street and asked the City to consider applying dust control.

City Attorney Anderson noted that the North ½ out to the east end of the Cemetery is within City limits and the South half is County Road. The City and County need to work together on this project.  The County is not doing any dust control application this year.

The Council discussed applying mag chloride yet this year to help with the issue. Mahrer will obtain costs for the application and will communicate with the County Street Supervisor about cost sharing. Read More »

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City Council Vacancy

The Rutland City Council is seeking a City resident to fill the current vacancy on the Rutland City Council.  The current term expires June 2016.  Individuals interested in serving on the City Council are asked to submit a letter or statement of interest by noon, Monday, October 5, 2015. The City Council will review the application letters and appoint an individual to the position at its next monthly meeting on October 5, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.

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