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County waterways positive for blue-green algae

Two Pierce County lakes have tested positive for toxic blue-green algae, and officials with the North Dakota State University Extension are on the lookout for more. Tests by the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality on Buffalo Lake and Antelope Lake, located in southern Pierce ...

Commissioners review proposed public health budget

Pierce County Commissioners reviewed a budget submitted by Lake Region District Health Unit Administrator Allen McKay July 19 at a special session in the Pierce County Courthouse. McKay outlined the budget, which includes revenues from mill levies in Benson, Eddy, Pierce and Ramsey Counties. ...

Commissioners mull 2022 budget

Pierce County Commissioners met early the morning of July 19 to pore over proposed budgets for all county departments. Salary raises took up most of the commissioners’ attention as they discussed developing the county’s 2022 budget. The board did not vote on any budget matters at the ...

JDA talks budget, building repurpose ideas

After their regular meeting scheduled for July 14 failed to result in a quorum, the Rugby JDA Board of Directors met July 20 at the JDA office instead. Members reviewed a preliminary budget to be sent to the Rugby City Council for approval at their regular meeting Aug. 3. Rugby Mayor Sue ...

Rugby shoppers beat the heat with Crazy Days fun, bargains

Temperatures in the 90s couldn’t keep many shoppers away from Rugby’s Crazy Days held at Rugby stores from Highway 2 to the downtown area Thursday, July 15. Shoppers enjoyed snow cones, cotton candy and bargains galore at the annual event, sponsored by the Rugby Chamber of ...

DISTRICT COURT

– Brent William Jones, Grand Forks, pleaded guilty to an A misdemeanor charge of failure to appear as a witness or to produce information July 12 before Northeast District Judge Michael Hurly. Hurly ordered Jones to pay $325 in total court fees. – Christopher James Longie, Belcourt, ...

New steeple, new look for Tunbridge Lutheran Church

The weathered exterior of the 107-year-old Tunbridge Lutheran Church, near Rugby, has slowly given way to a sharper appearance over the past two years thanks to work sponsored by a group of Pierce County residents. A bright, white coating on the clapboard structure now replaces the flakes of ...

Missionary couple makes Rugby their temporary home

Charles and Dianne Clark call themselves “long-term visitors” to Rugby. “We’re not tourists, but not permanent residents,” Charles explained. The Clarks arrived in Rugby recently from Idaho, where they had retired after living in Indianapolis for 28 years. While in Idaho, the couple ...

Planning and zoning committee denies property variance

The City of Rugby Planning and Zoning Committee denied a variance request for a residential fence at their regular meeting the evening of July 12 at city hall. Duane Veach presented his request to build an eight-foot high fence around his backyard to the committee. City ordinances place the ...

Schmaltz takes precinct 2 seat on school board

Although Nick Schmaltz sat at his first official meeting for 2021 as a member of the Rugby Public School Board July 13, he said he noticed lots of familiar things. “I’ve served on the board in the past for nine years,” he said. Schmaltz, who represents precinct 2 southwest of Rugby, ...