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City committees discuss masks, armory, holiday concert and more

The Rugby City Council held its regular monthly committee meetings by phone or online Nov. 18. Committees holding meetings were public works, finance, public safety, buildings and recreation. Jay Kleven of engineering firm AE2S presented updates on the Rugby Armory to the Buildings ...

Delays, quality issues cause Finance Committee to question work on rec complex

Problems encountered with a drain project for the Rugby Recreation complex topped a list of matters reviewed by the City of Rugby Finance Committee in a virtual meeting held Nov. 18. Members of the Finance Committee expressed concern about timeliness and work quality on a drain tile project ...

Parade of Lights plans updated

Rugby Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Laurie Odden has released updated plans for Rugby’s annual Parade of Lights – 2020 style, to be held Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. Odden said the parade will follow a route that begins in the Rugby High School parking lot, where participants will line up ...

Charities receive more than $18,000 in donations from Kuhnhenn Memorial Ride

Thirty-five area organizations and charities received cash donations totaling more than $18,000 this year, thanks to the ninth annual Daryl Kuhnhenn Memorial Ride. More than 100 motorcycle riders participate in the early September event each year. Family and friends of Daryl Kuhnhenn, owner ...

Heilman receives Chamber customer service award

A familiar face at Rugby’s Coffee Cottage received special thanks for her service from the Rugby Chamber of Commerce Nov. 23. Server Laura Heilman, who greets customers every morning with a smile at tables or behind a display case of fresh pies expressed surprise when three Chamber board of ...

Valley City State signs Brooke Blessum

Valley City State University announced Nov. 20 the addition of Rugby High senior athlete Brooke Blessum to their volleyball and track roster for 2021. Blessum is the daughter of Alan and Karleen Blessum of Rugby. Blessum set records for both sports, which include the state title for the ...

Retailers see differences for 2020 Christmas

Although 2020 left an impact on this year’s Christmas in a Small Town, held Nov. 5 through 7, local retailers say they’re pleased overall with how the event turned out. Jessica Brossart of Market on Main said, “Christmas in a Small Town Thursday and Friday was really good. There were a ...

Museum offers safe holiday shopping options, more

Although the Prairie Village Museum has closed for the season, the museum’s office, gift shop and art gallery are open for browsing, fundraisers and safe, close-to-home Christmas shopping. Director Jennifer Willis said foot traffic at Prairie Village Museum suffered in the 2020 season due ...

Pierce County government offices, organizations address sharp COVID-19 rise

Pierce County saw its sharpest rise since March in COVID-19 cases the first week of November with 90 active positive infections and a death total that rose to four. Data from the North Dakota Department of Health put the 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases for Pierce County ...