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The Rooster Crows – July 7, 2017

Independence Day preparations began on Friday, June 30, with Larry Christensen and Roger Pearson putting up the American Flags on Main Street. That patriotic display appeared to be the “Abandon Ship” signal for many who took advantage of a 4 day weekend to head off for parts unknown. A tour of Sargent County on July 4 revealed that the County Park at Silver Lake had the largest, and liveliest, population in the County. According to Park Manager Sue Schweitzer, every camping spot that had an electrical and water hookup had a camper trailer in it for the long weekend. Fireworks displays were plentiful, but reports of irresponsible and inconsiderate use of these explosive devices were way down from last year’s total. Occasionally behavior does improve, and Ms. Schweitzer commends this year’s Park participants for being considerate of the rights of others.

Bill & Mary Woytassek were Rutland visitors on the evening of Thursday, June 29, and the morning of Friday, June 30, residing in their spacious travel trailer in the Rutland RV Park. Mary stopped in at The Lariat for morning coffee with the Assembled Matriarchs on Friday morning, and reported that she and Bill would be joining their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at Roy Lake State Park, just across the border into South Dakota, later that day. The entire Woytassek family was planning to enjoy the Independence Day Holiday with Grandma & Grandpa at Roy Lake, she stated.

As of Saturday, July 1, there were 183 days left of 2017, and, although Summer is only 10 days along, already signs of the impending harvest season are beginning to appear. Kurt Breker reported that some Spring Wheat fields near Cayuga are beginning to take on the greenish-golden hue that is the first sign of maturity. Kurt stated that fields that are turning had been planted to the Mayville variety of Spring Wheat, while those fields planted with the Prosper variety were still as green as grass as of the 1st day of July. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – June 30, 2017

Diners enjoying the Summer Beer Dinner at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge on the evening of Wednesday, June 21, had a bird’s eye view of the thunderstorm that rolled across the prairie a few miles to the north at about 7:00 p.m.   The storm dropped about .2 of an inch of rain on Rutland and vicinity.  It isn’t much, but it’s better than the treatment that the western part of North Dakota is getting from the weatherman this year.  Customers near Mott ND for whom Cam & Jenny Gulleson have harvested for the past several years have already canceled harvest plans, with the intention of cutting this year’s wheat crop, what little there is of it, for hay.  Conditions may not be ideal here, but Sargent County is a garden spot when compared to much of the State.

Lidgerwood native Don Wohlwend, now of Stanwood WA, near the city of Everett WA, stopped in Rutland on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 21, for a visit with an old friend and business associate, Paul Anderson of this community. Mr. Wohlwend had owned a company that made attachments for use with skid-steer loaders, and sold hydraulic breaker attachments to Bobcat, formerly Melroe, for many years.  Paul was in product development for the Bobcat company at the time, and had been involved in working out the supply arrangement with Mr. Wohlwend’s company.  Don’s company was later sold to Stanley Tools, which still manufactures the same breaker, with updates and improvements. Mr. Wohlwend’s spouse, Arlene (Asche) Wohlwend had passed away about 6 months ago, and a memorial service had been planned for Saturday, June 24, in conjunction with the Asche family reunion in Milnor. Don & Arlene had, over the years, collected and restored numerous classic and antique automobiles, including several Corvettes and a Packard once owned by actor Clark Gable. He reports that he has been reducing his collection in recent years, however.  He related that the old Packard automobiles used to have a clear glass sediment bowl in the fuel line into which contaminants such as dirt and water could settle before the fuel went to the carburetor.  On one Packard, Don had installed an electric fuel pump and fuel filter, bypassing the sediment bowl.  He had left the sediment bowl in place, though, and had put a large artificial cricket into it, a sight that startled many who wanted to check out the big 12-cylinder engine under the hood.  Don later sold that particular Packard to a collector who was a purist and did not see the humor in the sediment bowl cricket, and immediately had the car “de-bugged.” Before Don departed Rutland, Paul presented him with a bottle of “Rutland Rooster Red,” a wine produced from grapes grown in Paul’s “Oleo Acres” vineyard.  Don planned to drive back to Seattle this week in a brand-new Corvette, and according to a nephew-in-law, Sparky Engquist, he did just that.  Happy trails, Don. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – June 23, 2017

Since the big storms of Tuesday, June 13 a series of smaller thunder boomers has rolled across Sargent County, none of them doing much, but each of them adding a little more moisture to the weekly total. As of Monday, June 19, the coffee table consensus of the Assembled Wise Men was that another .25 of an inch of precipitation had been added to the total, and the cooler temperatures were helping to keep crops green and growing.  The prices of corn and crude oil were down last week, and the price of wheat was up.  According to the Assembled Wise Men, we will know the real significance of that information in about 100 years.  Stay tuned.

Mayor Ron Narum had the City’s Bobcat skid-steer loader out early in the morning of Wednesday, June 14, Flag Day, clearing branches and other debris from the City’s streets and boulevards. In some cases, the large limbs and branches had been picked up and hauled to the landfill before local homeowners even knew that their streets and driveways had been obstructed by the storm’s debris. By 8:30 a.m. about the only evidence remaining were some smaller branches and the sweep marks made by large, leafy limbs as they were transported down the street. Congratulations to Mayor Narum and the City Dads & Moms for being on the ball and keeping Rutland neat and clean.

A report was received on the morning of Wednesday, June 14, that the barn on the Bonnie Anderson farm 3 miles north and 3½ miles east of Rutland had been blown down during the storm on the evening of Tuesday, June 13.  The barn was of the old style, with a big, tall hayloft.  It had not been used for livestock for quite a few years, and with the box stalls and milking stanchions that used to provide internal support removed, it just laid down like the tired old servant that it was, to rise no more against the prairie sky.  Prior to Bonnie and her late husband, Dick Anderson, acquiring the farm back in the 1960’s, the farm had been owned and occupied by Mr. & Mrs. Anton Anderson. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – June 16, 2017

Thunder; lightning; wind; and, rain!  Prayers were answered in the affirmative at about 5:00 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday, June 13, when the heavens opened and bestowed approximately 1 inch of rain on Rutland and vicinity.  This was in addition to the .1 to .15 of an inch that arrived on Sunday, June 11, just before Church. Paul Anderson’s electronic rain gauge at 309 Gay Street recorded 1.05 inch on Tuesday morning, while the gauges of neighbors Roger Pearson and Norbert Kulzer at 409 and 415 Gay Street, measured .9 and 1 inch, respectively.  Norbert reported that his gauge also contained a dead fly, and he’s not sure if the fly drank down the water in the gauge before expiring, or if it displaced enough water to push the measurement up to the 1 inch mark.  Those flies are kind of tricky. Mike Anderson reported .85 of an inch of rain at his farm northeast of Rutland, and Mike Wyum’s rain gauge measured an even .9, according to his brother, Mark.  Rick Bosse called in a report of 1.1 inch from his farm home near Brampton.  The general rain was just what crops needed, after the stress imposed by the heat and wind of the preceding weekend.  More thunderstorms were predicted for Tuesday evening and arrived on schedule, at about 7:30 p.m., just as a big unit train was passing through town. This storm hit like a speeding freight train, and brought wind that was even more violent than that provided for the morning show.  It even took down some large tree branches in town, just as a demonstration of strength. At about 8:15 p.m. the National Weather Service spotted some cloud rotation between Havana and Rutland, a sign that a tornado may be forming, so the tornado warning siren wailed in Rutland for several minutes until that threat ended with no tornado but a lot of adrenalin. According to Paul Anderson’s electronic precipitation measuring device, the evening storm produced .95 of an inch of rain, making a total of 2 inches for the day.  According to The Assembled Wise Men, it was a good rain that was badly needed, despite the damage inflicted by the other components of the storm.

Mac Pherson of this community reports that he accompanied Rick & Sherry Bosse on a fishing excursion to Kraft Lake, formerly Kraft Slough, near the Village of Crete in northwestern Sargent County on the evening of Monday, June 12, just as the weather was about to change, and tied into the walleyes in a big way. According to Mac, the trio first tried jigging rigs from a stationary boat, but had no luck, so they switched to trolling with spinners and found their prey in about 20 feet of water. Using some angleworms and some minnows as bait, they landed 10 nice walleyes before heading for home ahead of the rough weather. There are those who doubt the veracity of tales told by fishermen, but a good story is a good story. This tale told by an angler is as true as they get.  The proof is in the frying pan. Read More »

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Water Quality Report Available

The City of Rutland Water Quality Report is now available for review at Rutland City Hall and at the Rutland Post Office, the Rutland Senior Center, and at the Sargent County Bank. If you wish to have a print copy mailed directly to you, please call City Hall at 724-3081.

The Consumer Confidence Report is published annually and is available to the public by July 1st. This is a report of our community’s drinking water supply as required by the EPA and North Dakota Health Dept.

2016 Water Quality Report

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