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City working to regain geographical center trademark

By Staff | Oct 7, 2016

Last week, the city of Rugby found out it lost its trademark as the Geographical Center of North America.

At a regular meeting of the Rugby City Council Monday evening, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shelley Block said she met with Pierce County States’ Attorney Galen Mack, who is looking to consult with a trademark attorney.

“We’re working on this,” Block said.

Hanson’s Bar in Robinson, a town of about 40 people in Kidder County, bought the trademark for the geographical center, filing in July 2015 and being registered on Aug. 30 of this year.

Rugby’s most recent trademark-which included a logo with the phrase in it- was filed in February 1997, registered in December 1998 and was listed as “Dead” in July 2009 according to a trademark database for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Rugby Mayor Arland Geiszler said the trademark was supposed to be renewed every five years, but it fell through the cracks.

“The trademark did not expire 20 years ago,” said Geiszler in response to news reports saying the trademark expired then. “Robinson’s kind of having chuckles.”

The geographical center of North America was determined to be in Pierce County in the 1930s.

Other actions

– The council discussed the use of flourosilicic acid in the city’s water treatment plant, which is used to add fluoride to the city’s water. Ward 3 Councilman Tim Bartsch, Sr., said it is something to be aware of in the future as the substance creates a corrosive atmosphere at the plant.

– The council approved a motion to close city buildings on Nov. 24 and 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

– The council approved a raffle permit for the Pierce County Soil Conservation District to be held on Nov. 18 at Dakota Farms, and for a 2 a.m. closing for I.C. Dubbles, who is hosting a band on Oct. 29.

– City Auditor Jennifer Stewart received the oath of office. Stewart began working as the auditor two weeks ago.

– The council met with Liz Bonney, of the Lake Region District Health Unit, to discuss server training.

– The council approved the September meeting minutes, bills, financial statements and Municipal Judge’s report.

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