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The Rooster Crows – January 27, 2017

The January Thaw that arrived on Wednesday, January 18, made its departure on Tuesday, January 24, but it didn’t slam the door on its way out, so there’s a chance that it might be coming back.  The temperature pushed up to near 40, but couldn’t make the breakthrough needed to really get rid of some ice.  Ground Hog’s Day is coming up next week, on Thursday, February 2, and that old ground hog never fails to give an accurate prediction of what remains of winter.

Friday the 13th is an “unlucky” day in popular lore, and sometimes, if it wasn’t for bad luck, we’d have no luck at all.  That was the situation that rural mail carrier Daniel Pearson found himself in on Friday, January 13.  Dan carries mail out of the Forman Post Office on the Forman-Havana route.  For several years in the past he was the substitute and interim mail carrier on the Rutland-Cayuga route.  As he was making his rounds that Friday, a lug nut broke and a wheel fell off his regular, usually reliable, mail route vehicle, a Dodge Caravan mini-van.  The mail must be delivered, at least that’s still the creed of the rural mail carriers, so Dan called his wife, Trish, and asked her to bring out another vehicle.  Trish came to the rescue with the second of the Pearsons’ 2 Dodge Caravan mini-vans.  Dan got the mail transferred from one rig to the other, made arrangements to have the disabled vehicle towed home and started out again.  All was going well until Dan turned south on the Weber Township road near the Ron Sitz farm southwest of Silver Lake.  The road was still covered with ice from the Christmas Day rain, and the south facing slope was getting just enough heat from the sun to make its surface slick as glass.  Dan’s vehicle slid off the icy road surface and into the road ditch where it flipped over and spun around on its top with the load of mail bouncing around inside like peas in a can.  When the vehicle came to rest it was upside down and pointing in the direction from whence it had come.  If there was one bit of good luck, it was that the accident occurred at a slow speed and Dan was not seriously injured, although he did emerge somewhat bruised and battered by the experience.  Dan reports that he had his seatbelt fastened so he didn’t bounce around much, but he says that it is somewhat disorienting when you and your vehicle are both upside down in the road ditch.  “It happened pretty quick,” he said, “I was driving down the road and the next thing I knew it was all over.”  The driver’s side of the van was buried in the snow, but the passenger side was clear, and Dan was surprised to find that the power windows still worked, too.  He managed to get out of his seatbelt, crawl out of the van through the front passenger side window and call for assistance on his cell phone.  This time, though, Dan didn’t go back to delivering mail until Tuesday, January 17.  Dan states that he considers Friday the 13th to be his lucky day, because he didn’t get hurt, even though he went through 2 vehicles in one day.  Dan is a “glass half full” kind of guy, and his many friends here are pleased that he was not injured and is back on the job.  The Dodge mini-van was not so fortunate, though, as it was “totaled” by the experience. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – January 20, 2017

January embraced the northern plains in her icy beauty, including sub-zero temperatures, clear skies and magnificent displays of Winter’s wonders last week.  On the night of Thursday, January 12, A huge, silvery full moon, assisted by billions of stars glittering like diamonds in the clear winter sky,  illuminated the snow covered prairie as the temperature dropped to -18 and coyotes sang in mournful praise of the scene.  The wind was calm, the air was crisp and the snow squeaked beneath the shoes of anyone who might be out for a stroll.  Winter in North Dakota.  You gotta love it!

Sonja Christensen reports that, as of Monday, January 16, 45 teams had pre-registered for Rutland’s 22nd annual Rudy Anderson Memorial Pinochle Tournament.  The tournament will be held on Saturday, February 4, in the Rutland Town Hall, with the Rutland Community Club on hand to serve lunch (that’s a snack with coffee out here in the country) and dinner (that’s the Noon meal out here, too) to tournament participants as well as to members of the public who may stop in to kibitz and experience the thrill and excitement of a well run, well played pinochle tournament.  Sonja says that she is looking forward to those Rutland scalloped potatoes at Noon on the 4th.  Anyone who would like to pre-register for the Tournament, or to obtain more information about the Rudy Anderson Memorial Pinochle Tournament can check out Rutland’s internet web site at, or give Co-chairpersons Sonja Christensen or Bryce Carlson a call at 701-642-6793 or 701-724-3435.  Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – January 13, 2017

Temperature readings of -17 on the morning of Thursday, January 5, and again on Saturday, January 7, reminded all who reside out here on the northern plains of just how “crisp” fresh air can be.  We are into that portion of the Winter when 20 above is considered to be a warm day, but is almost invariably accompanied by snow and wind.  Such was the case on Tuesday, January 10, when a slight warm up brought with it another 4 to 6 inches of new snow and enough wind to build snow drifts in farmyards and city streets while making driving difficult for those who found travel to be necessary to their physical, financial or emotional well being.

Mac Pherson reports that fishing action at Buffalo Lake has slowed down, although some of Mac’s fishing companions have offered the opinion that Mac would have better luck fishing if he stayed awake to watch his lines, rather than snoozing in the corner.  Well, sometimes catching 40 winks does a fisherman more good than catching 5 walleyes.  Sometimes, but not often.  Reports from Silver Lake and Consolidated Lake in Rutland Township also indicate that fishing action has slowed down on those bodies of water, too, although, remarkably, those who spend quite a bit of time fishing are still catching a few fish.  Apparently, despite the recent election that “changed everything,” an angler still has to put a line in the water to catch a fish.  Amazing!

The members of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of the American Legion met at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, in the Rutland Legion Hall at the call of the Commander.  The first order of business was to elect a Post Adjutant to replace the late John M. Harris who had held the position for the past several years, until his death on December 28.  The Adjutant is the Post’s treasurer, and also keeps the records of the Post’s meetings and activities.  Douglas Olstad was nominated and was elected with a unanimous vote of those members present.  Mr. Olstad is a veteran of the Vietnam War where he served in combat with the U. S. Marines as a Navy Medical Corpsman.  In other business, the members reaffirmed their previous decision to hold a “Super Bowl Sunday Pancake & Sausage Breakfast” on the morning of Sunday, February 5, at the Rutland Town Hall; voted to contribute $100 toward the purchase of a NOAH Basketball Free Throw Practice System for the Sargent Central physical fitness program; and, decided to purchase a new bugle with electronic bugle call insert for ceremonial details at a total purchase price of approximately $530.00.  Commander Christensen informed the members that Mr. Terry Price, owner of Price Funeral Chapel of Britton and Forman, had pledged to assist with the purchase of the new electronic bugle by contributing half of the purchase price.  The new bugle will be programmed to play a multitude of military bugle calls, but will primarily be used to play “Taps” during military burial rites for local veterans.  The next meeting of the Post will be held at the call of the Commander following the February 5 pancake & sausage breakfast.  Current officers of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 are: Larry Christensen, Commander; Tom Manley, Vice-Commander; Douglas Olstad, Adjutant; Ted Lee, Chaplain; and, Calvin Jacobson, Sergeant At Arms. Read More »

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City Council Agenda January 9, 2017

1. Additions to/Approval of agenda

2.  Approval of minutes: December 5, 2016

3. Public comments, if any

4  New business

a. City Hall Exterior Security Camera (Mahrer/Erickson)
b. Rutland City Hall (Lysne)
c. Fund Transfer: Approve the transfer of $447.24 from the Emergency General Fund line item to the Emergency Reserve Fund effective December 30, 2016.
d. Enterprise Fund Transfer: The preliminary 2016 year-end balances show a shortfall of $541.36 in the Municipal Waste Site (MWS)/Garbage Fund due to increased cost to dispose of materials from the City MWS for labor and the roll off dumpsters. The Council may approve a Fund Transfer of up to 20% of the balance in an Enterprise Fund to the General Fund or other enterprise fund. Action: That the City Council authorize a transfer as of December 30, 2016, from the Water Fund to the Garbage Fund in amount of $1,000 and, further, that the MWS/Garbage Fund be monitored closely to determine if additional service charges should be established for dumping at the City MWS prior to July 2017.
e. Records Disposal: According to North Dakota Century Code 54-46-12, cities must dispose of records that have met their retention requirement. The process is to be completed by June 30, 2017 and certification of disposal is to be submitted to the State. Action: Authorize the City Auditor to proceed with records disposal in accordance with NDCC 54-46-12 with a final disposal record presented to the Council.

5. Old/Unfinished Business

6. Financial Report
a. December Cash Balances Report
b. December Revenue and Expenditure Reports
c. Presentation and Approval of Bills
d. Collections/Delinquents Report

7.  Auditor Report

8. Communications from the Mayor

9. Announcements

Agenda is subject to change.

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