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Chamber welcomes several businesses

By Sue Sitter - | Dec 26, 2020

Sue Sitter/PCT Rugby Chamber of Commerce board member Josh Mattson, left, poses with Granary Grill owner Kimberly Lemieux, Laurie Odden, chamber executive director, and Steve Nelson, chamber member and owner of Highway 2 Collision Center.

December saw a flurry of activity at the Rugby Chamber of Commerce as Executive Director Laurie Odden welcomed several businesses located on U.S. Highway 2 in Rugby to the organization.

Rugby’s Home of Economy store received its official welcome to the chamber Dec. 16. Odden said store officials told her they still hope for a spring grand opening celebration. The chain is famous for events at which the public is treated to samples of meat, including alligator, cooked on Traeger-brand grills.

The chamber also welcomed High Plains Equipment to its rolls Dec. 16. The farm equipment and implement dealer opened in the former Northern Equipment building on U.S. Highway 2 in October.

Other Highway 2 businesses to join the chamber include Highway 2 Collision Center, the Granary Grill and Hangovers Bottle Shop.

The Granary Grill and Hangovers Bottle Shop received their welcomes Dec. 18.

Submitted Photo High Plains Equipment employees pose with Rugby Chamber of Commerce board members. From left in the front row are employees Gerry Jacobson, Sara Schmaltz, Ron Burgard and chamber board member Tricia Jundt. Back row, from left are: Joe Tuchscherer, Karl Koehmstedt and Dave Laughridge of High Plains Equipment, John Swanseth, High Plains Equipment general manager, and Josh Mattson, Rugby Chamber of Commerce board member.

Granary Grill owner Kimberly Lemieux owns the cafe, located at the Rugby Livestock Auction.

“We’re open Sundays and Mondays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but on sale days, I’m here until the last worker eats,” she said.

“This time of year is busy,” Lemieux added, referring to an increase of livestock sales in the winter.

The Granary Grill offers several varieties of hamburgers and sandwiches along with daily soup and dinner specials. Dinner specials come with coffee, bread and dessert. The cafe’s desserts include treats such as kuchen bars and gingerbread cookies.

Hangovers Bottle Shop owner Kate Halvorson said her store offers “lots of varieties of wine in all price ranges.”

Submitted Photo Home of Economy employees pose with chamber members. Front row, from left are: Tricia Jundt, chamber board member, Home of Economy members Tara Dupuis, Nevada Peterson, Morgan Bundy, June Burgard and Patricia Parson. Back row from left are: Troy Duchscher, Rugby store manager, store employees Ron Jordan, Nick Schaan, Kathy Nelson and chamber board member Josh Mattson.

“We have quite a few North Dakota-brewed beers and craft beers,” she added. “We’ve increased our stock between liquor and wine and beer.”

Halvorson said she also special-orders products on request.

“We don’t require people to buy case quantities, either,” she said. Some of the special-ordered products stocked in the store have sparked interest from other customers as well, she noted.

The interior of Hangovers features a new coat of paint to match the fun moose graphics on the store’s signage.

Hangovers Bottle Shop is in the former location of Gryphon Liquors.

Sue Sitter/PCT Rugby Chamber of Commerce board member Josh Mattson, left, poses with Hangovers Bottle Shop employee Kirstan Wangler, owner Kate Halvorson, and Laurie Odden, chamber executive director.

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