Mother Nature gave the entire region a Christmas gift consisting of 60 mph winds out of the southeast and heavy rains on Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day. By 2:00 on Monday morning, December 26, though, she had changed her mind and took all of the air she had moved to the northwest on Sunday, back to the southeast with a northwest wind that was nearly equal in velocity to the winds of the previous day. The temperature was up to 35 above zero early on Monday morning, but had dropped to 15 above by 11:00 a.m., turning roads, streets and sidewalks into a continuous skating rink. Sargent County was spared the 8 to 12 inches of new snow that was dumped on much of North Dakota, though, so the roads remained open, if drivers could keep their vehicles from sliding off the icy road surfaces. As of
January December 30, there are only 82 days left until the First Day of Spring, so things are looking up!
This community was saddened on the morning of Thursday, December 22, when word was received here that Rutland native Mark Bauman had departed this life earlier that day at St. Gerard’s Nursing Home in Hankinson ND, after a lengthy illness. He had attained the age of 65 years, 3 months and 15 days at the time of his death. Earl Mark Bauman was born on September 7, 1951, at the Meyers Maternity Hospital in Rutland, the youngest of the 4 children of Robert and Harriet Ingeborg “Imbur” (Hoffman) Bauman. The family lived on the Ransom Township farm east of Rutland that had been homesteaded by Mark’s maternal great-grandparents, Fred & Ingeborg Ahrlin, back in the days of Dakota Territory. Mark’s father died in 1953, when Mark was less than 2 years old, and the family moved into Rutland, where his mother taught school. The Rutland Fire Hall now occupies the lot at 109 Bagley Street on which the Bauman family’s home was located. At age 4 Mark contracted polio and had to lay in bed for 6 weeks. His grandparents, Harry & Lydia (Ahrlin) Hoffman, stayed with him in Rutland and helped him recover. He was always a willing worker, and began a lawn mowing service when he was still in Grade School. He also worked for several farmers in the community, doing every farm job from milking cows to driving trucks and everything in between, and earned a reputation as a reliable, hard working young man. Mark attended Elementary School in Rutland, and graduated from Sargent Central High School as a member of the SCHS Class of 1969. Mark earned good grades in every subject except Deportment, where his active and energetic nature occasionally earned him a session in the Principal’s office. After he graduated from high school, Mark enrolled at the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, where he studied mechanics, metalworking and welding. After completing his course of study at NDSSS, Mark was employed as a welder by the WilRich Company at Wahpeton. Two years later he secured employment as a welder at Melroe Manufacturing’s skid-steer loader and farm equipment factory, now the Bobcat factory, in Gwinner. He continued his employment there, working in welding, assembly and quality control, as well as running the paint line, until his retirement in 2013. Mark was a loyal and dependable employee. The only time he missed work was when he had surgery to replace both of his knee joints at the same time, and he was under doctor’s orders to stay off concrete floors for several weeks. In 1975 Mark married Diane “De-De” Bauer. They lived in Rutland during their life together, first at 316 Gay Street, in the house now owned by Jason Smykowski, and later next door at 322 Gay Street, in the house now owned by Cheryl Baker, and were divorced after 2½ decades of marriage. When he wasn’t working or sleeping, Mark was hunting and fishing. His 2 boys, Mark Jr. and Travis, grew up accompanying their Dad on hunting and fishing excursions throughout southeastern North Dakota. He also enjoyed his Schmidt beer, or, “Schmidties” as he referred to them. Over the years, Mark acquired quite a collection of hunting and fishing equipment, but he was not a collector. When Mark acquired a piece of equipment, whether it was a rifle, shotgun, fishing rod or bow, he acquired it to use it, and he did. He reloaded most of his own ammunition, and even salvaged lead from old plumbing and wheel weights to cast his own bullets. In 1982 Mark organized and supervised the pioneer black powder shooting demonstration and competition for Rutland’s Pride Of The Prairie Centennial Celebration. Mark utilized all of the game he hunted and the fish he caught. Nothing went to waste, not meat, hide, horn, fur, fin or feather. Mark was also a gardener with a green thumb. He could raise tomatoes and cucumbers in places where others couldn’t even raise rocks. He canned and preserved his own produce, and kept himself in vegetables throughout most of the year. Mark was a member of Nordland Lutheran Church, the Rutland Sportsmen’s Club and the United Steel Workers Union. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. Mark is survived by two sons: Earl Mark Bauman Jr. (Tiffany) of Lidgerwood; and, Travis Bauman (NeTia) of Fergus Falls MN; by 1 sister, Kathleen Brakke of Rutland; by 2 brothers, Robert Bauman of Portland OR; and, Ronald “Red” Bauman of Fergus Falls MN; by 3 granddaughters; and, by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. At his direction, there will be no funeral service. The family held a brief memorial service and celebration of Mark’s life at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27, at the Frank Funeral Home in Lidgerwood. His cremains will be interred in the Rutland Cemetery, near the graves of his parents, grandparents and other family members in a private ceremony at a later date. The Rutland community extends its condolences to the family and friends of Mark Bauman, a good and loyal friend who marched to the beat of his own drummer. Read More