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HAMC studies options for new hospital

Upkeep costs for aging hospital infrastructure and missed opportunities for Medicare reimbursements make a strong case for a new Heart of America Medical Center, according to information provided by CEO Erik Christenson. Christenson said a steering committee would meet April 7 to “suggest ...

Tax director reports few changes for Rugby properties

Pierce County Director of Tax Equalization Kelsey Siegler reported few changes in land values and property tax rates in a report delivered to the Rugby City Council at a special meeting April 5. One of the few changes she reported was the calculation method of agricultural land ...

Frigaard takes JDA executive director position

Karl Frigaard, a Minnesota business professional with North Dakota roots, has taken the helm as executive director for the Rugby Job Development Authority. Board members for the JDA voted unanimously at a March 26 special meeting to hire Frigaard after reviewing his credentials and holding ...

Council lends support to natural gas study

The Rugby City Council gave its support at its April meeting to a plan by energy firm Dakota Natural Gas for a feasibility study to bring natural gas to the community. Cody Chilson, the firm’s vice president of operations, and Greg Palmer, president of the firm, presented their proposal to ...

Rugby High to host Region 4 speech competition

Despite a shortened season and restrictions on competition, Rugby High School speech team members are “excited to be out there and going to meets,” according to coach Dana Thoreson. The team hosts the Region 4 Class B Championships this year at Rugby High School April 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 ...

County commissioners issue emergency declaration, burn ban

The Pierce County Commissioners voted to issue an emergency declaration and burn ban effective April 6, according to a statement issued by Kelsey Siegler, county emergency manager. The order by the commission bans “the use of fireworks, recreational burning, garbage/pit burning, burning ...

Firefighters see busy week

Rugby volunteer firefighters saw a busy week in early April when they responded to four fires throughout Pierce County. “In the last week, we’ve been to one Monday, one Thursday, one Friday and then again on Monday. So, four in one week,” said Derek Bush, fire department ...

Raising funds for upcoming softball season

After a year away from the softball diamond, the Rugby Lady Panthers hosted a community fish fry March 26 to raise funds for their team and connect with their community. “We’re raising money for equipment and all the stuff we need for the season,” said Panthers Head Coach Miriah Yoder. ...

New ambulance comes to HAMC

Heart of America Medical Center will put a new ambulance into service shortly thanks to donations by area residents and grants from several public and private organizations. The largest portion of funds came from a USDA Community Facilities Program Grant, a part of the agency’s rural ...

Lafferty joins Rugby PD

Travis Lafferty, the newest officer with the Rugby Police Department, began his first solo shift the afternoon of Monday, March 29. “I just got off the field training, so I will be on my own here starting today,” Lafferty said. His first task of the day was to patrol the area near ...