33rd Annual Uffda Day

Rutland is busy already with Uffda Day preparation.  Lefse is rolling off the grills and more will be produced in August.  Plan to spend a fun time in Rutland on Sunday, October 1, 2017! This is our 33rd Annual Event.

If you don’t know what Uffda Day is, then here’s the answer!


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The Old Parsonage News

October 2016

The Old Parsonage at Rutland ND will be open Friday, Oct 14, from 4-7; Sat., Oct 15  from 10-4; and Sun., Oct, 16, from 1-3.  We have a lot of Halloween items this month. There are some really good ones.

Does anyone remember recipes from previous generations? Yes, I’m old enough to remember my grandma and mother saying: Butter the size of an egg (1/4 cup or 2 ounces), Butter the size of a walnut (1 tablespoon), and Butter the size of a hazelnut (1 teaspoon). Baking powder or soda was measured by the heaping spoonful (which meant that the top was to be rounded up as much as the bottom of the spoon), but spices were measured by the level spoonful.  Cooks of the day just knew these things! Measurements were made by eye, by hand, and by intuition.  A pinch, a dash, a fistful or handful, might be common in these recipes.

Preheat oven to 325.  Generously butter a 10 ½ cast iron griddle pan.

1 cup flour
1/4 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1 ½ t ground ginger
½ cup butter
1/4  cup sugar
1/4  cup dark brown sugar
1 egg Icing 2/3 cup powdered sugar and 5 t milk
1 T molasses
1 t vanilla extract

Make cookie: In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ginger and set aside.

In a medium bowl and mixer, cream butter, sugar and brown sugar together. Add egg, molasses and vanilla; mix until smooth.

Add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix until smooth. Spoon mixture on prepared griddle pan. Lightly butter hands and flatten mixture so that it touches the edges of the pan. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool in pan.

Prepare icing in small bowl, combine powdered sugar and milk; mix until smooth. Drizzle mixture over center of cookie. Spread icing out in smooth layer.  Let dry for 10 minutes.

Makes one 10 1/2″ Cookie

See you this weekend,

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Small Town Experience by Marcia Brakke

If you have lived in Rutland, North Dakota, small town America, all of your life or nearly all of it, I imagine that the day to day events can become ordinary or even dull. But on August 30, 2016, we had an “anything but ordinary” event that will not soon be forgotten.

I have recently moved to Rutland, just 4.5 years ago. So for me every day living here is far from ordinary. It is stepping back in time to a community where everybody knows everybody and the way of life embodies simplicity and purity that take my breath away.  I hope I never take any of it for granted.

That Tuesday began as another “ordinary” lefse-making day. We make lefse in Rutland every August and September for “Uffda Day” held the first Sunday in October. Uffda Day is a festival started 32 years ago celebrating the town’s Scandinavian heritage. Approximately 4000 lefse are hand-made at the town hall for the event each year. The dough is made the day before and then stored in a cooler overnight. Early in the morning, Larry, Doug and Paul add the flour to the dough and then roll the dough by hand into 320 balls approximately ¼ cup size. Then the lefse rollers, turners and packagers take over to complete the process. The lefse are packed away in a freezer ready to be sold on Uffda Day. They sell like “hot cakes.” We had just finished making lefse on that day. It was a good sized group, about 15 of us, mostly women of all ages and a spattering of men. We left the hall and walked in to the sunshine laughing and talking, covered in flour, some of us wearing more flour than others. Just to the side of the hall is our town’s war monument erected to honor all the men and women of Rutland who have served in the armed forces. A man stood looking at the memorial. A life-time town resident and lefse maker, Yvonne, recognized that he was a stranger and called to him, “That’s a good looking monument, isn’t it?”

From that moment forward the events developed as if we were in a movie. It was surreal.  The stranger agreed that indeed it was a fine looking monument. He told us that he was there from Rutland, Vermont and that for a long time he had wanted to visit Rutland, North Dakota and that today here he was. We learned more about him as we gathered around him and quickly showered him with Uffda Day t-shirts and fresh lefse. His name was Bob Laird and he was on his way home from delivering his son to college for another year at Montana State in Bozeman. He lingered, all of us sharing information with each other. Bob told us he is a math professor at the University of Vermont in Burlington. For a long time he has read the Rooster Crows published weekly in the local newspaper “Sargent County Teller.”Bob reads The Rooster Crows on the town’s website. The Rooster Crows editorial/article tells all about Rutland’s events from how much rainfall and how high the corn is to Rutland’s resident’s travels and experiences with a good bit of history thrown in. All of this is told in a Mark Twain fashion by the one and only Bill Anderson, county commissioner and retired lawyer (among many other titles). He brings to life small town America that is nostalgic and poignant and laugh out loud rich. The article has been appearing in the paper as long as anyone can remember and quietly documents the town’s history week by week.

Bob said to us, “You sound like a close knit community.” He asked if the author of the Rooster Crows could give him a call so they could have a chat. Bob asked more questions and eventually decided to stay longer.  He found his way to the Lodge just south of town where he spent the night and experienced more down home hospitality from Joe Breker, proprietor. It was arranged for Bob to meet Bill Anderson the next morning for coffee at the only place in town still serving breakfast, the Lariat Bar. Word spread fast and soon Bob found himself surrounded by other Rutland citizens eager to get in on the fun.

Bob Laird left us that morning but has promised to visit again, next time bringing his wife. We are all still talking about his unexpected visit and how we hope he can return on Uffda Day at which time we will put him in the lead car of the Uffda Day parade. Thank you for stopping to visit us, Bob Laird. You made our day and you made our week. But this story is also about Rutland, North Dakota, a small town where ordinary people still come together as our ancestors did to roll lefse or put on a town play or any number of different activities while at the same time nurturing life-long friendships. Bob Laird gets us.  In our simplicity and ordinary days lie the essence and goodness of life. It just doesn’t get any better!

See you down the road, Bob Laird. You are no longer a stranger.

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The Old Parsonage Newsletter – September 2015

The Old Parsonage at Rutland ND will be open Friday September 11, from 4-7, Saturday, September 12, from 10-4 and Sunday, September 13, from 12-4 .

Lots of Halloween items available now.  Just think how quickly the summer has gone.  And Uffda Day will be here in another 3 weeks!  We are looking forward to the lefse and goodies that go along with it.

My friend, Beverly Kulzer, has made these wonderful cookies over the years.  Thought you would enjoy the recipe:


1 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup shortening
1 tsp soda
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup sugar 5 cups flour (start at 4½)
2 beaten eggs

This is an old recipe so there are no instructions.  Just put it together!

Years ago women were expected to make 3 meals and 2 lunches each day.  Especially during harvest, when it would be taken to the field to the workers.  My grandma didn’t drive but she would go out and wave her towel and yell.  Grandpa would come and get the goodies for lunch.  Most of the time the men came in for the main meals.  It gave the horses a rest and the men, too.  Just think how much cooking and baking this was.  And besides that she milked the cows and took care of the chickens!  And somehow she managed to sit a few times during the day and crochet or knit.

Hope to see you the second weekend in September!  Or you can call me any time and I will open.   Kathy

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The Old Parsonage Newsletter – August 2015

The Old Parsonage at Rutland ND will be open Fri. 14, from 4-7, Sat. 15, from 10-4 and Sun 16, from 12-4.
We don’t care if it’s hot anymore as we have air conditioning at the Old Parsonage now.  It sure feels good this time of the year!   Mary Ann and I are busy changing things around again.  We sure like to do that!   It’s fun to have it different a few times a year so we know what we have.
My Grandma had a large loom that sat in an alcove on the south end of the house.  When she wove rugs she could see us outside in 3 directions.  Not that we got into anything!  The rail road was close to the house so she watched out for us. Once in awhile the conductor would throw us a candy bar.  We had to share it or Grandma would let us know about it! She taught me how to weave and that was great fun.  She did lots of rugs and sold a lot of them.  She never wasted any time.  She took care of the cows and chickens and did 3 meals and 2 lunches every day, but managed to quilt or sew whenever she could.
RICE MUSH by Mary Ann Thornberg
½ cup rice ½ tsp salt
1 cup water ½ cup sugar
3 cups milk
In heavy pan, cook rice and water until water is absorbed. Add milk, salt and sugar. Cook over low heat for about an hour. Stir occasionally.  Serve with milk and cinnamon.
Hope to see you the second weekend in August!  Or you can call me any time and I will open.   Kathy
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Veterans Memorial Dedication

Veterans Memorial Invitation front & backThe Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of the Rutland American Legion and the Rutland American Legion Auxiliary will host the dedication of the Veterans Memorial on  Flag Day, Sunday, June 14, 2015, starting at 2:00 p.m.  Several speakers and music will be at the event.  Come and help commemorate our service men and women from the Rutland area.

Click on the invitation for further information.  Pictures of the Rutland Veterans Memorial can be seen at lower right of the page.  Click on the photos to view them.

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The Old Parsonage Newsletter – May 2015

The Old Parsonage at Rutland ND will be open Friday, May 8, from 4-7, Sat., May 9, from 10-4 and May 10, from 12-4. On Friday, May 8, we have a guest on our porch! “Donna’s Bloomers” will be there selling her flowers and plants. We hope the weather stays good so we can enjoy the afternoon.

It’s finally getting a little warmer, but we need rain! Guess there’s nothing we can do about it! I remember how exciting it was to see rain. My brothers and I got to run outside and get soaked. We ran from our house to Grandma’s. She would always have cookies or cake for us. Then back out into the rain and head home. In other words, we messed up two places!

I’m looking forward to getting the Parsonage porch decorated. We have some new ideas if the weather gives us a few days. It’s always fun to try something different. Hope we have it ready by May 8.

We have been fortunate to get a lot of different things in this month. We are very happy that you think of us. We wouldn’t last long if we didn’t have the help. Thank you so much for dropping things off.

My grandmother did a lot of cooking and I was lucky enough to get some of her recipes. This one is Oven Pancakes:
1 1/4 cups milk
2 eggs
3/4 cup flour
Beat well. Add butter & salt to taste. Pour in greased pan size 10X10 and put in oven at 350% until done. Serve with whipped cream and lingon berries or cranberries.

Hope to see you the second weekend in May! Kathy

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