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By Staff | Nov 24, 2017

Hospital association to hold annual meeting

The Good Samaritan Hospital Association will hold its annual meeting Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in the W.R. Fox Auditorium at the Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby.

HAMC CEO Patrick Branco will discuss the need for a facility renovation. Chief of Professional Services Erik Christenson and Chief Nursing Officer Julie Baustad will discuss the new chemotherapy suite. Dr. Dustin Hager will discuss new providers and the new clinic added to the service area, and Chelsey Wyatt will discuss new specialty services.

Positions on the board representing Leeds (Chris Bubach) and Dunseith (Pat Heggen) are up for reelection.

The meeting is open to all community members, and association member churches are entitled to three voting representatives at the meeting.

Food bank program coming to Rugby

The Great Plains Food Bank will set up a pop-up perishable food program Thursday, Nov. 30, in Rugby.

The program will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the north side of U.S. Highway 2 in the parking lot one-quarter mile west of the Envision Convenience Store.

Those in need of food assistance can attend and receive fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, shelf-stable items and other items at no cost.

Individuals attending the food program are to bring boxes or go-bags to collect their items.

The Great Plains Food Bank partners with 215 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and other charitable food programs in communities across North Dakota and Clay County, Minn.

Big Pauly’s wins employer of year award

Rugby’s Big Pauly’s Pizza was recognized by the Department of Human Services as a regional recipient for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation “Employer of the Year,” for 2017.

This award honors businesses who look past disabilities. The business focuses on the strengths and abilities of the people they employ. Arlyss Rude has worked at Big Pauly’s Pizza for almost a year. Her disabilities comes from a combination of health issues.

“Because she is with us daily, she does feel like family,” said owner Paul Urias. “We couldn’t have asked for a better friend as well as an employee.”

The job suits Rude too. “I do a little bit of everything at Big Pauly’s,” she said. ” I love it.”

– Tribune Staff Report

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