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Planning and zoning committee reviews proposed Dollar General store request

Updates on planned construction of a Dollar General store on N.D. Highway 3 in Rugby went before the Rugby planning and zoning committee at city hall the evening of Dec. 14. Steinke said the store chain had contacted her “over a year ago” to find suitable property for their Rugby ...

School board reviews winter sports schedule, 2021 calendar

The Rugby Public School Board heard updates on a plan by the North Dakota High School Activities Association to resume the winter sports season at their regular meeting Dec. 8 in the Rugby High School library. The suspension on winter sports placed by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum in ...

Mobile food pantry rolls into Rugby

No time of year is easy for those facing hunger, but a global pandemic has made this year’s holiday season especially difficult for many area families, say staff from the Great Plains Food Bank. The Great Plains Food Bank’s mobile pantry rolled into Rugby Wednesday, Dec. 9. About 15 ...

City council revisits rec complex issues

The Rugby City Council held a special meeting Dec. 14 at city hall to discuss an issue they hope will be settled by softball season next year. After expressing disappointment in a drain tile project resulting in several rolls of dead sod and what council members at various times referred to ...

Correctional center reports COVID case uptick

A spokesperson for the Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center in Rugby announced an “uptick” in COVID-19 cases in the facility Dec. 15. “We have seen a recent uptick in positive cases in the jail for COVID,” Mike Graner, administrator for the facility announced. ...

HAMC Auxiliary holds 28th annual Tree of Giving lighting ceremony

The Heart of America Medical Center Auxiliary set strings of multicolored lights aglow on their Tree of Giving the evening of Dec. 3, kicking off a season of “caring and sharing for health care.” HAMC Marketing Director Darcie Rose welcomed a small group of hospital auxiliary members to ...

Pierce County commissioners elect 2021 officers

Pierce County commissioners elected David Migler and Ashley Berg as chair and vice-chair for the 2021 term in their regular meeting held Dec. 1. Migler, who serves as the current board chair, represents Pierce County District 5, while Berg represents Pierce County District 3. The board ...

Council focuses on rec complex issues

The Rugby Recreation Complex took the spotlight at the regular monthly meeting for the Rugby City Council Monday, Dec. 7 at city hall. Austin Harles of MBF Drain Tile Systems, LLC, attended the meeting by phone to describe drain tile work he placed underground at the baseball diamonds at the ...

Fire, water damage leaves Rugby family homeless

A Rugby family was left homeless after a fire in a residential section of Rugby the evening of Friday, Dec. 4. The fire, described as “minor” by Rugby Volunteer Fire Department Chief Derek Bush, broke out just after 9 p.m. in the 300 block of Fourth Street Southeast. Bush said the ...

Blessums placed on all-state volleyball team

Two Rugby High School seniors have been named to the North Dakota High School Coaches’ Association 2020 Class B All State Volleyball Team. Brooke and Sarah Blessum, cousins who participate in multiple sports including volleyball, received the honor for the second time in their career, ...