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.”