Rutland featured by North Dakota Tourism

North Dakota Tourism has a special section on its website which is designated for promoting ‘group travel’ opportunities in North Dakota. Each month they feature a new community. This month, they are featuring our very own Rutland! We are honored that they included Coteau des Prairies Lodge on their list of ‘hidden gems’ found in the Rutland area. It is also fun that they mentioned Quality Handcrafted Furniture, which is our friends Alan and Dorreen Olstad, who made our beautiful rustic pine flooring. And of course, they listed the wonderful Rutland General Store, whose hearty breakfasts and lunches have been a staple for hungry lodge construction workers for the last year and a half.

Below is the post from the North Dakota Tourism website:

North Dakota Community Snapshots
Discover hidden gems, personalities, facts and special events in our North Dakota communities. Each month a new community will be featured with fun-filled highlights which can be easily added to an itinerary.


Rutland is in Sargent County in southeastern North Dakota. It was founded in 1887 and sprang up on land donated by Albert H. Stewart. It was known as Stewart until he and a railroad construction crew renamed the town in memory of their home in Vermont. The 2010 Census listed 163 residents, many descendants of Norwegian and Swedish settlers. Top employers in Rutland are Bernard Mahrer Construction, Pherson Custom Combining and Gulleson Brothers Combining.

•Hidden Gems: For quality handcrafted-furniture and uniquely designed jewelry, visit the Quality Handcrafted Furniture Store ( … The Rutland General Store is no ordinary general store, but a café and unique quilting store. Quilting classes are offered on Friday. It has a large variety of quilting supplies and offers monthly specials. ( … The Coteau des Prairie Lodge with a grand view of the surrounding area has opened for business and has 11 rooms, each with a specifi c theme. The Coteau des Prairie has already hosted a wedding, the Sargent County Relay for Life event and Christmas with Santa. ( … The Great Northern Depot and Museum houses a collection of artifacts, photos and documentation of the town’s history and people.

•Did you know: The first business was established in November of 1886 when John Prindeville set up a saloon out of a tent. His brother, Dennis, joined him later and set up a barber shop. … Rutland was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1982 for cooking and eating the World’s Largest Hamburger. It weighed 3,591 pounds.

•Personalities: Leif Sundlie was inducted into the North Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame for his record of 22 strikeouts in a North Dakota State Tournament.

•Special Events: Uffda Day, October 6, 2013. Annual event has a 5-K run/walk, lefse, krumkake and other Norwegian goodies and a traditional Norwegian dinner. Also a car show, parade, kids’ games and craft fair. For more information on special events and fun in Rutland, please contact or visit

Click here to visit the North Dakota Tourism Group Travel web page.