If any city resident has been wondering about the parades of cars with kids waving from windows, and horns honking please don't be alarmed. This is simply the new, social distancing way of celebrating birthdays. It's great to see not only the smiles on the birthday kid's face but the residents standing out on front steps waving in support.
The city also would like to thank everyone who has picked up trash around town the last few weeks. Whether it was for Earth Day or out of quarantine boredom and seeing a need, we have noticed and are very grateful.
At the city we get a lot of questions about the status of the grocery store. I'm happy to report that we're seeing some excellent momentum towards getting the store back open. During normal times this type of endeavor is often slow, but COVID-19 has added further challenges to making progress.. There is a group of very dedicated folks who have been spending a lot of time on making decisions the past few weeks, and they look forward to sharing good news soon.
This week Sargent County residents were saddened to hear of the passing of Rutland mayor Ronnie Narum. Ronnie was one of the most dedicated community members I've ever met. I had the pleasure of interviewing him for the Sargent County Teller a few times and served with him on the Sargent County Job Development Authority. He was also a big part of the establishment and continued success of the Sargent County Museum. We extend our condolences to his family, friends, and the community of Rutland.
While we look forward to when things can go "back to normal" , during this time of the abnormal we are thankful for hearts on windows, eyes that smile above masks, rainbow-hued chalk art on sidewalks, curbside service, and friendly waves as we walk around town. We're a Forever Hometown no matter the circumstances.
Forman Economic Development Coordinator