The sun was shining and the winds were favorable for the Sargent County Relay for Life in Milnor on Friday, June 20. The event drew hundreds of county residents, family and friends in the fight against cancer. The Rutland Rockets served up a lot of scalloped potatoes and ham and the brownies and ice cream were also a popular item during the heat of the day. The silent auction alone raised over $5,000 for the event and at last count the tally was nearing $88,000 with donations still coming in. The books will be closed on the 2014 funding effort in August so if you missed it there is still time to contribute. Rutland Rockets Chair Pam Maloney would gladly accept more donations for this fundraising event.
Mr. Dick Johnson of Hot Sulphur Springs CO was a Rutland visitor on Saturday and Sunday, June 21 & 22. While in the community, Mr. Johnson got together with several of his cousins: Paul Anderson of Rutland; Beverly Schons of Fargo; Sonja Christensen of Wahpeton; Marilyn Anderson of Wahpeton; Bill Anderson of Rutland; and, Joanne Harris of Rutland; for an impromptu family reunion at The Rutland General Store where reminiscences and root beer floats were the order of the day on Saturday afternoon. The cousins are descendants of Swedish immigrants John and Maria Peterson who homesteaded in Rutland Township with their three children: John; Emma; and, Julia; back in 1887. Mr. Johnson stopped in Rutland while heading back home to Colorado after nearly a month of visiting old friends in western North Dakota and at his old hometown of Drayton, and a weeklong fishing trip on the Ontario side of Lake Of The Woods with friends from school days in Drayton back in the 1950′s. During his visit here, Mr. Johnson stayed at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge on Saturday night and he rates the accommodations as “First Class.” He plans to be back in Rutland at about the same time next year. Mr. Johnson’s grandfather, Ole B. Johnson, served as Sargent County’s Clerk of Court for about 20 years during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th decades of the 20th Century. His father, Chaude Johnson, was President of the State Bank in Drayton for many years. Dicks career has been in newspaper journalism and publishing. His great-uncle, the late Albert Johnson, once owned the Sargent County News in Forman, and his uncle, the late Omar “Bub” Johnson, at various times, owned both the Sargent County News at Forman and the Sargent County Teller at Milnor.
The Rutland Raiders 4-H Club, along with other 4-H-ers from the County, heeded the call to action at the Sargent County Fairgrounds on Sunday, June 22, to help get ready for the Fair. Panels and railroad ties were removed from the horse arena and rocks were picked, the barns were cleaned, the auditorium floors were scrubbed, signs posted, and the Exhibit building floors were swept. Brightly colored trash cans will adorn the Fairgrounds thanks to several kids who spray painted them in various colors and designs. The 4-H members have already submitted their project lists for the Fair – what are you entering in the Fair? Bring your sweetheart for a fun weekend at the Fair and make sure to get to the Rodeo or the bands. There is surely something for everyone so mark your calendar for this year’s Sargent County Fair on July 25, 26, and 27. Read More