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2015: Year in Review

By Staff | Jan 1, 2016

Rugby won the 2015 State Class B Boys Basketball tournament.

As we welcome 2016, let’s take a look back at some of the top stories from 2015.


New county sheriff Josh Siegler gives his first report to the Board of County Commissioners.

Hired auditor Keri A. Pedersen pulls application, citing personal reasons.

City Council hears no protests on annexing more than 178 acres of land.

Chuck Longie is sworn in as Ward 4 Councilman.

4-H Shooting Sports program begins with archery, air rifle.

Area Bison fans hit Frisco, Texas, for the FCS Championship game.

Rugby Chamber of Commerce welcomes KAT Accounting.

RHS Speech team holds meet at home.

Rugby Eagles hosts 20th “almost annual” Fishing Derby.

Heart of America Community Service Program discusses joint powers agreement.

Law Enforcement Center board meets, discusses possible equipment upgrades

Amtrak’s “Empire Builder” route on schedule for the first time since April 2014

N.D. native Debra Marquart holds writing workshops at the Heart of America Library

Rugby wrestler Reid Mundahl wins Pat Leier Memorial Trophy at Linton Holiday Wrestling Tournament.

3rd Street Station’s dart team wins award at a tournament in Minot.


RHS Advanced Art students create murals to decorate high school

Community raises $3,600 for the Seykora family, of Towner, during the Rugby-TGU Boys basketball game.

Ted & Tamera Mertz plan to build RV park near Antelope Lake.

City council approves special election to fill vacant Ward 4 seat.

3rd Street Station joins Chamber of Commerce.

Benchmark Electronics announces it will close the Dunseith plant at the end of the year; closure affects 20 area families.

Girls basketball wins first district title since 2012, beats Velva 52-40.

Mundahl, Devon Berg and Riley Zachmeier take individual titles at Region III wrestling in Kenmare.

Berg takes 5th, Mundahl 7th at state tournament.

Rugby resident Micah Scott nominated for award at N.D. Music Awards.

Pierce County Fair fundraiser brings in 250 people, over $29,000.


N.D. Dept. of Corrections finds Heart of America Correctional & Treatment Center to be 100 percent in compliance.

Boys basketball team are district, region and state champions.

Girls basketball team falls to Bishop Ryan at regionals.

NDSU Concert Choir stops in Rugby

Winter cheerleaders are state champions

Little Flower Catholic Church gets a new look with a complete renovation.


Area 8th graders attend R-COOL Scrubs Camp at the Heart of America Medical Center.

Rugby Jaycees sponsor Easter Egg hunt at the Prairie Village Museum.

Chamber of Commerce welcomes Rancho Grande Mexican Restaurant.

Brad Heidlebaugh named “Mr. Basketball”, Class B Senior Athlete of the Year, State Tournament MVP, All-State team, a bronze member of All-State Academic Team.

Job Development Authority Director SyAnn Graber resigns.

Track team wins at home.

Boys golf takes 3rd at Garrison.

Rugby Elevator, Envision show continued growth.

Northern Equipment, Highway 2 Collision Center become victim to thefts.

RHS art students attend N.D. Student Art Show; senior Jessica Blessum wins Traveling Award.


The Rugby Volunteer Fire Department begins moving into their new fire hall.

White Drug Pharmacist Kyle DeMontigny becomes president of N.D. Pharmacists Association; Kristina Larson receives Pharmacists Mutual Distinguished Young Pharmacy Technician award.

Chuck Longie announces candidacy for Ward 4 spot.

Improvements, renovations begin at Rugby train station.

County procures new motorgrader.

Girls golf wins at Garrison meet, regional tournament.

County undergoes salary study.

Track team dominates at regional meet.

Rugby EMS Director Ken Reed travels to Ghana to teach EMT courses.

RHS students compete at State Music Festival.

Rugby celebrates Memorial Day.

Wolford’s Hannah Walsh competes in Junior Olympic Pistol Championship


Music in the Park begins 20th season, goes through August.

FFA Range Judging team takes 9th in National Range in Oklahoma City.

University of Mary senior and RHS grad Aaron Teigen finishes academic career, track season strong.

City changes look of council chambers, council faces citizens.

Assessors from Vanguard Appraisals begin making rounds.

Rob Hovland plays the role of Fagin in Village Arts’ production of “Oliver!”, the role his father Tilman played in 1971.

Prairie Village Museum moves caboose to “critical” list, promotes fundraiser to save and repair it.

RHS teacher Kevin Leier takes 30 students on educational trip to Peru.

SMACKDAB Summer Solstice run stops in Rugby.


Norsemen Motorcycle Club puts on 5th annual “Bikers Fighting Diabetes” run.

Village Arts presented grant, wraps up production of “Oliver!”

County puts a burn ban in place.

FFA Chapter brings home champions, awards from State Competition.

Pierce County Fair holds successful demolition derby.

Classic cars and drivers stop in Rugby as part of cruise.

Newly-elected Ward 4 councilman Longie is sworn in.


County considers becoming a “Vote by Mail” county.

Ryan Taylor, of Towner, appointed USDA Rural Development director

LEC board learns tax levies no longer in place due to S.B. 2144.

Second street dance takes place in Balta.

High winds cause power outages, downed lift station.

Lyric Theater gets new chairs.

Area students attend STEM camp at Rugby High School.

Larry Desjarlais sues county, former HACTC employees for injuries sustained in escape attempt.

Rugby Public School District razes purchased property at 3rd and 3rd, intends to use it as extra playground.

Miss Rugby, Geographical Center crowned at pageant.

Geographical Center Day draws a crowd of 600.

Dave Trottier ends Rugby radio career.

Police arrest two following traffic stop, probation compliance check.


Pizza Hut in Rugby closes indefinitely.

Daryl Kuhnhenn Memorial Ride celebrates fourth year.

Board of County Commissioners learns HACTC in compliance with Prison Rape Elimination Act standards.

City discusses preliminary budget, spars with county over LEC rent.

HAMC CEO Jeff Lingerfelt resigns.

City proposes a 21 percent increase in real estate taxes, increases in basic service costs: water treatment $16, sewer $9, storm water $3, landfill $0.50, maintenance $4.


Rugby fireman Dave Schneibel, Sr., inducted into Firefighter Hall of Hame.

City holds hearing on budget, proposed tax increase.

7th graders participate in Eco-Ed days.

City, county approve budgets.

Rugby water recognized by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Area murder remains unsolved for 100 years.

RHS Football season ends with loss to Larimore, team is 3-5 on the season.


Boys take 2nd, girls 11th at State Cross Country.

RHS Volleyball takes second district title.

Amtrak invests in accessibility projects at the Rugby train depot.

Emergency operations exercise held in Rugby.

City and county discuss extraterritorial jurisdiction, revisit LEC rent issue.

North Prairie (Rolette-Wolford-Rolla) falls to Richland Colts in state 9-Man football championship.

RHS One-Act play team wins regional championship.

Ordinance Committee discusses changes to be made to city beer, liquor sales and licensing.

JDA hires Joseph T. Pelt as executive director.

RHS Cheer team are fall champions.

RHS students donate to, assemble boxes for Pierce County Food Pantry.

Fritels are honored at 2015 Harvest Bowl.


County votes to approve salary study results; accepts Coleen Stutrud’s resignation from clerk of court.

Parade of Lights goes down Rugby’s Main Avenue.

Pierce County Fair takes first prize in photography at North Dakota, South Dakota convention.

Voellers recognized by Soil Conservation District for farming excellence.

Farm Credit Services hires, recognizes five new employees.

RHS Girls basketball wins CNDC tournament.

Boys basketball falls to St. John, takes second at CNDC tournament.

HAMC Auxiliary recognized for volunteerism.

Rugby police arrest two on felony charges.

Towner man arrested after injury crash.

Esmond-born political figure “Buckshot” Hoffner dies.

City council accepts second reading of beer, liquor ordinances.

– Tribune Staff Report

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