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The Rooster Crows – November 24, 2017

Weather!  When there’s nothing else to discuss, folks can always talk about the weather.  There’s nothing that can be done about it, but talking about it diverts attention from finding real solutions for real problems, and relieves some of the guilt felt for putting off real work to worry about nonsense.  That being said, the weather has been on another roller coaster ride for the past few weeks, with highs sliding into the 20’s one day, and jumping into the 50’s the next.  This week the high was 47 on Sunday, the 19th, 51 on Monday the 20th, and 27 on Tuesday, the 21st.  Relax, though, because the mercury is predicted to hit 53 again by Friday, the 24th.  Is it global warming, global cooling, or just the normal confusion that accompanies weather conditions at the end of one season and the beginning of the next?  According to ancient myth, the legendary King Arthur of Camelot was advised by a sorcerer, Merlin, who traveled backward through time.  Merlin, it was said, remembered the future, imagined the past and didn’t have a clue about the present.  Reports from the Weather Bureau, and the White House, indicate that nothing has changed.

The 2017 North Dakota deer gun season completed its first week on Sunday, November 19, with a number of local hunters reporting success during the first 8½ days of the hunt.  Some of the marksmen from this community who have bagged there deer include: Jim Huckell; Bill Huckell; Jared Huckell with a monster whitetail buck that sported a 5X5 rack with a 23 inch spread; Jesse Brakke; Norbert Kulzer; Bryce Carlson; Mike Kulzer; and Amber Kulzer who bagged a non-typical buck with a large 4 point antler on one side and a small 3 point antler on the other.  Chuck Sundlie took a nice buck with a 5X3 non-typical rack of antlers with bow and arrow on the morning of Tuesday, November 14, while hunting near the Wyum farms northeast of town.  With a week to go until the end of the season, those hunters who still have their tags can still hope for the legendary “Tirty Point Buck” to stroll into their gunsights. Read More »

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Hens Do Crow – November 17, 2017

The November 5-6, 2017, WDAY Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., included one of Rutland’s own residents, Gwen Young. Gwen joined the Army in 1941 after graduating from Rutland High School.  She eventually worked as a stenographer in General Eisenhower’s Allied Command Headquarters in Algiers, Africa. Gwen flew with 89 fellow veterans to D.C. where they visited Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln, Korean, Vietnam and World War II memorials and the national archives. It was a whirlwind 36-hour trip, but it was an emotional experience for all the veterans that helped make Veterans Day 2017 even more meaningful.

Sargent Central School Students hosted a Veteran’s Day Program on Thursday, November 9th attended by twenty-one veterans, men and women, and their families and friends. Roger Pearson, Larry Christensen, Ted Lee and Tom Manley of the Rutland American Legion, Bergman-Evenson Post #215, served as the Color Guard. The large crowd gathered for the event were entertained by musical talent, poems, and readings by Sargent Central students.  Following the program, guests and their families enjoyed cookies and lemonade provided by the Family and Consumer Science classes.

Saturday, November 11, was Veterans Day and there were several programs in the area. In Rutland, eight people attended the flag retirement ceremony held at the Bergman-Evenson Post #215. That evening, thirty-two individuals, veterans and their family, attended the Rutland American Legion Auxiliary #215 Soup and Sandwich supper. Homemade soup, sandwiches and bars are always enjoyed as well as the time spent with fellow veterans. The Auxiliary held the raffle for the beautiful quilt donated by Kathy Brakke. Post Commander Larry Christensen drew the winner from hundreds of tickets and the lucky winner of the quilt was Gwen Young who is spending the winter in Arizona. The Auxiliary sold tickets as a fundraiser/contribution to the City for the recently installed sidewalk on the North side of Gay Street. Read More »

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Hens Do Crow – November 10, 2017


On Saturday, October 21, Larry and Carolyn Christensen attended the marriage of their grandson, Levi Jablonsky, to Toni Diegel. Levi is the son of Rick and Shannon Jablonsky, formerly of Forman and currently living in Barnesville, MN. Toni is the daughter of Troy Diegel of Forman and Deanna Diegel of Fargo. The 4:30 p.m. private ceremony took place at the Coteau des Prairie Lodge south of Rutland with Levi’s cousin, Julian Jacobson, as the officiant. Attendants were Mike Leinen and Traci Diegel. Levi’s maternal grandmother, Carolyn Christensen, and paternal grandparents, Richard and Donna Jablonsky, gave personal reflections as did Toni’s grandmother, Carol Hallett. Music for the ceremony was performed by Orv Dahlen, who is a life-long friend of Toni’s grandfather, Bob Hallett. A reception and dance was held for approximately 100 guests. Those traveling from afar were Russ and Cassie Jablonsky of Medford, WI; Brittany and Jim Simpson of Washington, DC; Richard and Donna Jablonsky from Dickinson, ND; Megan and Nathan Means from Columbia, MO; Brent, Jana, Barrett and Brayden Campbell of Nisswa, MN; Ryan and Amy Hallett and children Gavin, Taylor and Kinley from Argusville, MN; and Orv and Reta Dahlen from Long Prairie, MN. The bride and groom live in Fargo where they recently purchased a home. Levi is employed at True North. Toni attends North Dakota State University full time and will graduate in May. She also is employed part time at Easter Seals and Learn ‘n More Childcare.

Kids were in the kitchen on Sunday, November 5th. The Rutland Community Club hosted the first of a Sunday series for youth age 7-12 and a group of 13-18-year old teens. According to the organizer, Katie McLaen, 17 kids participated and had a great time making monkey bread and smoothies. Kids in the Kitchen will take place on 11/12 & 11/19 again. Sessions are sold out. Sorry kids, next time! Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – November 3, 2017

The first blast of Winter hit Rutland on the morning of Thursday, October 26, with all of those dreaded 4-letter words: cold; rain; snow; and, wind; being heard in abundance. There were no accumulations of snow, but a few patches of ice, coupled with sustained winds of 40 mph and gusts up to 60, that contributed a little danger to the discomfort of the occasion. Fifteen degrees greeted those who were out and about on Saturday morning, October 28, followed by a 16-degree reading on Tuesday, October 31, providing a chilling experience for all of the ghosts and goblins out on the Tricks or Treats route on Halloween evening, although the mercury had climbed up to 30 by suppertime. The weather change did slow down, but not halt, harvest activities in the area, as Rutland’s Main Street continues to be busy with farm semi’s hauling corn through town to the Rutland Elevator, and the semis of the Wheaton-Dumont Co-op continuing to haul the corn out of town, to the Co-op’s unit train loading facility in Britton SD.

Stephen Kulzer and son, Will, of Hartford SD were weekend visitors at the home of Stephen’s parents, Norbert & Beverly Kulzer from Friday, October 27 through Sunday, October 29. Stephen and Will, accompanied by their dog, Indy, braved wind and cold to go waterfowl hunting during their time here and went home with several ducks and geese for the dinner table. On Sunday morning they stopped in at the Rutland Town Hall to enjoy some pancakes & sausage prepared by the local American Legion Post, and to visit with many old friends and neighbors. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – October 27, 2017

Well, it couldn’t last forever.  The weather had been lingering in Indian Summer for the first 3 weeks of October, but hit that tipping point this week when it finally let go of any emotional attachment to Summer and resigned itself to the inevitable march into Winter.  Winter hasn’t set in just yet, but the chill in the morning air and the frost on the windshields of un-garaged vehicles has left no doubt that, despite Global Warming, the prairies will not be spared Winter’s frigid embrace this year, either.  Paul Anderson noted that the morning of Tuesday, October 24, was the first morning of Autumn 2017 when it was necessary to dig the ice scraper out of its hiding place among the other items in storage under the front seat of his pickup before driving up to The Lariat for morning coffee.  Roger Pearson stated that the digital thermometer in his pickup registered 31 degrees at 8:30 on Tuesday morning, not yet arctic temperatures, but not tropical, either.  We ain’t seen nothin’ yet, though.

Large trucks and semi’s have been hauling corn to the Wheaton-Dumont Co-op’s Rutland Elevator facility this week, with yields and quality both reported to be in the excellent to outstanding category.  New, drought resistant varieties of corn are being credited with the better than expected results.  Rodney Erickson, owner of the Rutland Elevator and Manager of Wheaton-Dumont’s grain operations here, states that the moisture content of most of the incoming corn is in the 17% to 18% range, with a few loads running slightly higher or lower.  Corn should be at 15% or lower to store well, so some “shrink” is taken for the moisture content, but Rodney states that the moisture has dropped considerably Since mid-October, and is continuing to improve as harvest progresses.  The Rutland Elevator set another 1-day record for the amount of grain handled on Tuesday, October 24, Rodney reports, and Wheaton-Dumont had 10 semi’s engaged in transporting corn from the Rutland Elevator to the Co-op’s unit train loading facility in Britton SD on the morning of Wednesday, October 25.  The Co-op’s semi’s can haul about 72,000 bushels per day from Rutland to Britton.  The improvements Rodney has made to the Rutland Elevator facility during the past year, particularly increasing the speed and capacity of the facility’s 2 elevating legs, has greatly enhanced the Elevator’s ability to take in grain and to load it out.  The rebuilt, remodeled and renovated Rutland Elevator, built new in 1946, is proving to be a valuable asset for local producers and for the Wheaton-Dumont Co-op. Read More »

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