The lightning flashed, the thunder rumbled and 2 inches of rain drenched Rutland and its immediate vicinity on the night of Saturday, August 16 and into the morning of Sunday, August 17. A rain cloud that seemed to materialize out of the clear, blue sky dropped another .1 of an inch of rain on the community at about 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 18. The rain was warm, came straight down, and was immediately absorbed by the thirsty earth. Much, if not most, of the wheat in this area had been harvested before the rains came on Saturday, and the general consensus among The Assembled Wise Men was that the corn and soybean crops have benefited mightily from the recent precipitation. Rainfall amounts dropped off sharply south of town, though, and the normal rain track along the hills reported only ½ to ¼ of an inch of precipitation in the past week. “Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick,” is the opinion of farmers with fields in that area, but crops there will need some additional timely rains to attain their full potential.
Wedding bells have been ringing in August, and 3 couples with ties to this community scheduled receptions, wedding ceremonies, or both, in Rutland this month. Katie Klubben, daughter of Brenda Smith of Rutland and Eric Klubben of Leonard ND, & Cassidy Black, a Lisbon native, were wed in a ceremony at the Smith Family’s vacation home on Clear Lake SD on Saturday, August 9, and held their reception and dance at the Rutland Town Hall that evening. Katie is employed as the Delicatessen manager at Hornbacher’s in Fargo. Cassidy works at Trail King manufacturing in West Fargo. The bride & groom are both 2006 graduates of Lisbon High School. They will be making their home in Fargo. Chelsea Rohrbach, daughter of Vaughan and Polly Rohrbach of Rutland, and Tyler Seelye of Oakes ND exchanged their vows at Nordland Lutheran Church in Rutland on Saturday, August 16, with Pastor Liesebet Gravley officiating. An outdoor ceremony in the Park near the Town Hall had been planned, but 2 inches of rain required “change 1 to plan A, and the ceremony was moved inside. The old saying is, “Wealthy is the Bride the rain falls on,” so the future looks good for Chelsea and Tyler. A wedding reception, supper and dance were held at the Rutland Town Hall following the ceremony. Chelsea is employed at Oakes Ready Mix in Oakes ND, and the groom is engaged in farming south of Ludden. The couple will be making their home on a farm near Ludden. This weekend, Samantha Hambeck, daughter of Diane Pherson of Grand Forks and the late Lenny Pherson of this community, and Josh Stenvold of Forman are planning to exchange vows on the ball diamond at Lou Sanderson Field on Saturday, August 23, with a reception and dance to follow at the Rutland Town Hall. The Rutland community extends its congratulations to all 3 of these young couples, along with best wishes to all of them for long and happy lives together. Read More