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By Staff | Aug 3, 2018

Harvey man dies in heavy equipment accident

A Harvey man died Tuesday after being crushed by heavy equipment at a gravel pit four miles south of Balta.

According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Troy Schimke, 62, was pronounced dead at the scene, suffering a fatal head injury after being pinned between the support beam of a piece of rock crushing equipment and a pay loader bucket.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Rugby Rural Fire Department and Heart of America Emergency Medical Services were responding agencies in the accident.

– Tribune Staff Report

LEC board meets

The City of Rugby-Pierce County Joint Law Enforcement Center board held a semi-annual meeting Monday evening at Rugby City Hall.

– The board approved financial reports. The wireless fund received 54.12 percent of its $30,000 in budgeted revenues and expended 9.61 percent of its $16,770.05 in budgeted expenditures as of June. The E9-1-1 System fund received 42.64 percent of its $21,000 in budgeted revenues and expended 47.16 percent of its $55,032.87 in budgeted expenditures. The general fund received 81.72 percent of its $1.809 million in budgeted revenues.

– The board approved the meeting agenda and January meeting minutes.

– Board member Gary Kraft asked about the statewide radio project. Sheriff Josh Siegler said the state is still pushing forward on a unilateral trunking system.

LEC board meetings are held on that last Mondays in January and July.

– Bryce Berginski, Tribune Reporter

JDA continues to study collaborations

The Rugby Job Development Authority held its regular monthly meeting on July 26 where members met to discuss a variety of topics.

In their special meeting held on July 16, members left with the task of coming up with ideas for possible places to move and ideas for collaboration with others in the Rugby area to put together resources in a useful way. Members came back agreeing that collaboration was important and should be considered more with the chosen groups. For possible places to move or whether to move or not, a long discussion ensued on the pros and cons of different areas and places.

A community poll that the JDA sent out showed a good reaction to a collaboration between the JDA, the chamber, and the CVB. It was split on where the joint facility should be placed, whether on the highway or downtown.

The JDA members had to vote for a new vice president with the recent resignation of their former one. No official vote was made, but a nomination was approved with the official decision to made at the next meeting after the nominee had been informed.

Other topics included approving minutes of previous meetings, approving the Treasurer’s Report, and accepting the 2019 budget.

-Shyanne Belzer for the Tribune

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