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CVB launches year-long raffle for monument maintenance

By Sue Sitter - | Oct 31, 2020

Sue Sitter/PCT The Northern Lights Tower stands near Rugby’s visitors center kiosk at the entrance to the Prairie Village Museum.

Multicolored raffle tickets are now on sale in area businesses and the Rugby Convention and Visitors Bureau office to raise money for maintenance on two familiar local landmarks.

The raffle will raise money for needed repairs on Rugby’s Geographical Center obelisk which is nearly 90 years old, and electrical work on the Northern Lights Tower located in front of the Prairie Village Museum.

Chamber and Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Laurie Odden said the year-long 50/50 raffle sale will feature a different ticket color each month. “This month, they’re pink,” Odden said of the raffle tickets.

“We have a 50/50 raffle going on to save the monuments,” Odden explained. This is on behalf of the Convention and Visitors Bureau and our purpose is to raise money to work on the Northern Lights Tower to get the lights working in there, and work on the Geographical Center Monument. “There is a crack in the base that’s going to need to be fixed,” she said of the obelisk standing near the corner of N.D. Highway 3 and U.S. 2. “This is a project where we don’t know what it’s going to cost to be fixed,” Odden said.

Odden said the raffle, which began Oct. 1, has a year-long permit from the City of Rugby. “We might take a break for a month here or there, but we do have a permit for a year,” she said. “Tickets are available at the Chamber office, which is in the Prairie Village Museum building, at Main Street Boutique, No Dak Insurance, La Bella Vita Salon and at Hangovers Bottle Shop,” Odden added.

“It was the idea of a Chamber president Leah Harper,” Odden said of the raffle. “She had the idea and took this on as her project, and we’re just helping her with it.”

Tickets cost $1 each.

“Drawings are every Friday at noon,” Odden added, noting the drawings will be streamed live on Facebook. “The winning ticket number will be posted on Facebook and we’ll announce the numbers on Rugby Broadcasters radio every Monday morning at 8:45 when the Chamber has ‘Tell Me Something Good,'” she added.

“Since this is a 50/50 raffle, the prize will be half of the money we raise each week,” Odden said.

“Last week, we brought in $320, so we raised $160,” Odden said of the money raised by the raffle so far. “It’s a start. Most people around here really care about the monument and Northern Lights Tower so, like I said, it’s some money to get them back in good shape again.”

“I get so many questions about the Northern Lights Tower,” Odden added. I have a couple of electricians looking into how much it’s going to cost to get the lights back working again.”

Odden said the raffle seems successful so far. “We’re kind of excited how it’s going,” she said.

Odden added other community events in the works to promote Rugby include Christmas in a Small Town, which kicks off the local holiday shopping season Nov. 5-7.

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