Snow, cold, and other 4 letter words were in the air as Rutland and the rest of Southeastern North Dakota awoke on the morning of Tuesday, October 29, to find a blanket of white, wet snow covering the landscape. That makes the months of June, July, August, and September the only snow free months so far in 2013. Snowmobiling, skiing, and snow-boarding enthusiasts have been digging out the garage and storage shed to find the equipment that was on top of the pile only 4 months ago. “Unsettled” is perhaps the best word to describe the weather of the past week, even though the temperature does seem to be steadily settling a little lower every morning. Friday, October 25, saw a morning low of 26 degrees that was followed by an afternoon high of 61. The mercury hit the 26 degree mark on Monday morning, too, but only managed to eke out an additional 11 degrees by 4:00 in the afternoon. The rains did stop for a few days, though, giving harvesters a chance to get back into action. Joe Breker reported that he would have harvest action completed in another 3 or 4 days, if the weather would cooperate and give him 3 or 4 good days to get the work done.
Dan Carlisle, John Nelson, and Bill Spears of Wadena MN, accompanied by Dan Kuffler of Scottsdale AZ were Rutland visitors on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, October 22, 23 & 24. The four have been frequent visitors to Rutland at this time of the year, usually looking for pheasants. For Dan, Dan, John & Bill though, the annual trip has become as much a social event as a hunting trip, presenting the opportunities to renew old friendships and visit some favorite watering holes. On Wednesday, October 23, the four even spent the better part of a day helping Jesse & Marcia Brakke hang drywall in their new Ransom Township farm home. Dan Carlisle, an attorney in Wadena, was a law school classmate of local lawyer Bill Anderson at the University of North Dakota during 1985-88; John Nelson farms near Wadena, and he is a U. S. Navy CB veteran of the Korean War and a U. S. Air Force veteran of the war in Vietnam, where he served as a Master Sergeant in a “Red Horse” Construction Battalion; Bill Spears is an auto dealer in Wadena; and, Dan Kuffler is a childhood friend of Dan Carlisle’s who is now a businessman in Scottsdale. The four men were Wednesday evening dinner guests at the Bill Anderson & Kathy Brakke home along with Jesse & Marcia Brakke, Claire Brakke and Paul Anderson. Although the pheasants proved to be elusive, the 4 hunters report that good companions and good times are always abundant in this community.
Toni Hajek consulted her doughnut file at the Rutland General Store & Café on Wednesday, October 23, and made 2 batches of doughnuts using 2 different recipes. Toni submitted her efforts to the Assembled Wise Men for comment and critique. There was some disagreement as to the amount of vanilla and nutmeg that should or should not have been included in the recipe, but all agreed that fresh, homemade doughnuts, regardless of the amount of vanilla and nutmeg in the recipe, were better than no doughnuts at all. That’s one reason why they’re called the Wise Men. Read More