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The Rooster Crows – November 14, 2014

Mother Nature shed a few tears over the election of Tuesday, November 4, but not many.  A light rain on the morning of Wednesday, November 5 left .4 of an inch of precipitation in the rain gauge at the Mark & Kathy Wyum farm northeast of Rutland.  That light rain was only a preamble, though, as 4 inches of wet, heavy snow and a temperature reading down to 15 above on Monday, November 10, along with a 30 mph wind, got the new work week off to a frigid, slippery start.  According to the weather experts, the cold weather, 15 to 20 degrees below normal across the northern plains, was caused by the largest low pressure system ever measured in the northern Pacific Ocean moving arctic air out of the Polar regions and as far south as Texas, wherever that might be.  The cold is expected to last through the week, and possibly until March or April, depending on the weather.

The members of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of the American Legion met at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, in the American Legion Hall.  Post Commander Larry Christensen reported that Post #215 will present a check in the amount of $2,163.00 to Service Dogs for America as a result of the pancake & sausage breakfast held on Sunday, October 19.  The Post’s next pancake & sausage breakfast/brunch is scheduled for Sunday, February 8, in the Rutland Town Hall.  By then the Ground Hog will have made his appearance, and we will know just how long we can expect this winter to last.  Ted Lee reported that the Rutland Veterans’ Memorial Committee is still looking for a suitable American Eagle for the top of the Veterans’ Memorial.  Members also discussed the American Flag Retirement Ceremony and Veterans’ Day activities planned for Tuesday, November 11.

Rev. Amy Swenson of Hector MN was a Rutland visitor on Friday and Saturday, November 7 & 8.  Pastor Swenson is the fiancé of Pastor Erik Karlson who serves the Nordland and Trinity Lutheran congregations in Rutland and Havana.  Pastor Swenson graduated from Luther Seminary in St. Paul last May, and the Lutheran congregation at Hector is her first call.  Pastor Swenson and Pastor Karlson are planning an October 2015 wedding in St. Paul. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – November 7, 2014

Harvest of the 2014 corn crop is heading for the goal line, as dry weather has allowed combines to keep rolling non-stop.  Denny Pherson reported on Saturday, November 1, that the Pherson Custom Combining crew is nearly done harvesting corn around Rutland, and that they will soon be sending the firms Gleaners to the Havana and Oakes areas. Where several thousand acres of corn are still waiting to be cut.  Yield reports range from fair to excellent, with some fields producing average production of 180 bushels to the acre.  The fact that many country elevators are still holding large quantities of the 2013 corn crop in storage has forced some local producers to build more bins for on-farm storage.  Woytassek Farms: Bill & Mary; Jerry & Patty; and, Andrew & Katy; recently installed 4 new bins at the Bill & Mary Woytassek farmstead just east of town.  Three of the bins have a capacity of 60,000 bushels, each, and the fourth holds about 27,000 bushels.  Years ago, most country elevators didn’t have more than 40,000 bushels of storage capacity in the entire facility.  These days, most farms have 4 or 5 times that amount, and some have a lot more.  Every silver lining has its cloud, though, and 2014’s good production results are offset by the low price currently prevailing.  On the bright side, the cost of gasoline and diesel fuel is at its lowest level in more than a decade.

Dressed up in costumes consisting of old military gear and uniforms, the ladies of Rutland’s American Legion Auxiliary hit the “Trick or Treat” trail on the evening of Wednesday, October 29, seeking donations to benefit the region’s homeless veterans.  Joanne Harris, one of the Auxiliary members who was out knocking on doors furnished the following report: “Just a quick note to let you know how wonderfully successful our “trick or treating” for the homeless veterans turned out!  The people of this area are so absolutely generous it blows my mind!  We received over $500.00 in cash donations, and 2-3 large (trash bag size) bags of useful clothing plus 10-12 grocery bags full of personal grooming products, food & drinks, etc.  It was almost overwhelming!  And, everyone seemed to enjoy seeing us dressed up in our military attire!”  Congratulations to the ladies of the American Legion Auxiliary on a job well done. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – October 31, 2014

Mother Nature made short work of another previously predicted week of Indian Summer, bringing the pleasant interlude to an abrupt end on Monday, October 27, drawing colder air, complete with wind and some rain showers to boot, in from the Canadian hinterlands.  Tuesday brought a high temperature in the low 40’s and predictions of snow flurries as the mercury was forecast to sink below the freeze line on Tuesday night.  The onset of colder, wetter weather had local waterfowl hunters smiling, even as the brows of local farmers, working furiously to get the 2014 corn crop harvested, were furrowed with concern and frustration.  The smiles of waterfowl hunters are understandable.  Any group that gets up at 4:30 a.m. in order to sit out in a muddy blind in the midst of a drizzly rain, enduring cold and wet conditions with icicles hanging off their noses, waiting for an opportunity to expend $20.00 worth of ammunition on $2.00 worth of duck, and then, at the conclusion of a successful hunt, to spend several hours removing innards and picking feathers from their quarry, just has to feel real good when it’s finally over.  The furrowed brows of farmers, though, are much like a communicable disease, in that they are quickly spread to local bankers and farm implement dealers.  A good morning or two of duck or goose hunting, though, will have them all as smiling and happy, as the late Dennis Narum used to say, “almost as much as if they were in their right mind.”  Well, winter is coming on, after all, and we might as well learn to be happy in our shared tribulations.

Two of Rutland’s most enthusiastic country music fans, Lori McLaen and Ione Pherson, drove up to Fargo on Thursday, October 23, to attend the  Dirks Bentley concert at the Fargo Dome.  For those who may not be familiar with Mr. Bentley, he is the artist who recorded the song “Home,” which is a tribute to American military personnel serving in harm’s way around the world.  The 2 Rutland girls, and about 6,000 other fans, also enjoyed the warm-up acts of 2 more rising stars in country music, Cassidy Pope and Randy Houser.  Lori reports that she and Ione had seats directly in front of the stage, and, even though they were several rows back, the amplifiers vibrated the bleacher seats, as well as the internal organs of audience members.  Mr. Bentley is noted for his deep voice, and the booming bass had everyone in synch with the beat, whether they wanted to be or not, according to Lori.  All in all, a very enjoyable concert, even if the ride home in the early hours of the morning did make for a short night’s sleep. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – October 24, 2014

Rutland has been enjoying Indian Summer this past week, and, according to the TV weather forecasters, we have at least another week of sunny days and warm temperatures ahead of us.  Local farmers are taking advantage of the mild weather to get the soybean harvest wrapped up, and to get rolling on corn.  According to one local producer, the warm, sunny days and a little wind, including the 40 mph gusts that assailed the area on Tuesday, October 21, are drying the corn down about ½ of 1 percent each day, saving many thousands of dollars in drying costs.  If the Indian Summer is the good news this Fall, the price of corn is its opposite number.  With a substantial amount of the 2013 corn harvest still clogging the pipeline, the market price of corn in 2014 is less than half of what it was a year ago.  A generation back, most farms in this area still had livestock, cattle and hogs, that could convert cheap corn into beef and pork, but only a few diversified farming/ranching operations remain.  Surely not enough to consume all of the corn currently ready to be harvested.  The 2008 Farm Bill, the one that former President Bush vetoed twice before his veto was over-ridden by the Democratically controlled Congress at that time, worked magnificently to allow the market to provide good prices for America’s grain producers along with ample supplies of food for America’s consumers and customers, but the new Farm Bill, weakened by the Tea Party in the House, just doesn’t have what it takes to get grain, and grain prices, moving again.  The Congressional Tea Party wing of the GOP, including North Dakota’s Congressman Kevin Cramer, worked hard to kill the Farm Bill in the session just past, but, failing at that, they did manage to weaken the Farm Programs ability to respond to, and dampen, the grain market’s cyclical effects on commodity prices.  A matter that is also of grave concern to North Dakotans right now is the current effort by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), led by our supposed ally, Saudi Arabia, to flood world markets with cheap oil, thus killing the oil boom in the Bakken that has fueled a major part of this State’s prosperity for the past 6 years.  OPEC did the same thing back in 1981, plunging the entire U. S. oil production sector, from Alaska all the way to Texas, into a depression from which it did not recover for more than 2 decades.  Back in 1981, then President Reagan and the GOP dominated U. S. Senate did nothing to protect America’s energy security, and even repealed the energy policies that had been adopted by the preceding administration.  Whether OPEC succeeds, again, remains to be seen, but you can bet that the “blue eyed Arabs” of North Dakota’s oil patch, the ones who rail against any kind of government regulations to protect the State’s health, environment and natural resources, will be howling for the protection of the Federal and State governments when profits get pinched by the OPEC assault.  Due to the increase in U. S. oil production in the past 5 years, the U. S. has gone from importing a majority of its petroleum needs to importing less than 20%, so we would be foolish not to protect our own energy security, but we have no such obligation to protect the obscenely wasteful and dangerous practices currently occurring in western North Dakota.  The wasteful flaring of billions of cubic feet of natural gas has to stop; the contamination of hundreds of acres of soil with salt water spills has to stop; the destruction of the social fabric of North Dakota’s communities has to stop; and, the oil companies doing business in North Dakota have to become responsible citizens of the State whose natural resources they are exploiting and depleting.  The party may be nearing an end.  It’s time to get the hangover remedies ready.  In the 1980’s, it took former Gov. Bud Sinner and an alliance of Democratic-NPL and progressive Republican legislators nearly a decade to nurse North Dakota back to fiscal health after that era’s boom turned to bust.  Progressive Republicans are now an extinct species in the North Dakota Legislature, Democratic-NPL legislators are a distinct minority, and North Dakota’s current Governor, Attorney General and Commissioner of Agriculture have shown no incliniation to take a leadership role in advocating for North Dakota, but Election Day is only a couple of weeks down the road and the people of North Dakota will, once again, have the opportunity to grasp the wheel and guide their own destiny, or to leave the future of the State in the hands of others.  It’s our choice to make, if we have the will, the courage and the determination to make it. Read More »

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