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Commissioners hear HACTC updates, mull courthouse repairs at July meeting

Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center saw more inmates and a profit of more than $35,000 in June, according to a report presented to Pierce County Commissioners July 6. Jail Administrator Mike Graner presented the report at the county commissioners’ regular July meeting held in ...

School board reviews fiscal year end, policies

School policies will be gathered together and posted on the Rugby Public School District’s website for easy access, according to information shared by Superintendent Mike McNeff with the school board at their regular meeting July 13. Policies and budget items took up much of the discussion ...

Two Rugby residents among new DCB nursing program class members

Two Rugby residents are among 57 new practical and registered nursing students enrolled in Dakota College at Bottineau’s nursing program. Amanda Cole, who works as an LPN at Heart of America Medical Center, has enrolled in DCB’s registered nursing program. Cole, who lives in Rugby, is one ...

Council talks infrastructure, Ward 1 vacancy

Infrastructure and city buildings again took up much of the discussion at the Rugby City Council’s regular meeting July 6 at city hall. Engineer Jim Olson of Grand Forks firm AE2S updated the council on sewer and water infrastructure proposed for a section of town near 2 12 Avenue and Sixth ...

As hospital plans for new building, focus turns to building employee culture

The term “building” takes up lots of discussions in the offices at Heart of America Medical Center lately. After setting plans in motion to build a new medical center, CEO Erik Christenson has turned his focus to building an employee culture to make it complete. He’s also turned to ...

Rugby man uninjured in Grand Forks fatal multi-vehicle crash

A Rugby man and two Devils Lake women were among 17 people involved in a multi-vehicle fatal crash west of Grand Forks the morning of Friday, July 2. Karl Koehmstedt, Rugby, who was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pulling a trailer, suffered no injuries in the crash. Devils Lake residents ...

Sheriff’s office reports more than 50 calls for June

The Pierce County Sheriff’s office stayed busy in June, answering a total of 56 calls during the month, according to a statement released by Sheriff Josh Siegler. Deputies responded to five fire calls, three traffic accidents and 13 calls to assist other agencies, according to Siegler’s ...

Blood drives see ‘good turnouts’

The Vitalant mobile blood collection station stopped in Rugby for a second time in a week July 1 to meet a critical need for blood in North Dakota communities. Vitalant staff had parked their blood mobile June 24 outside of Main Street Boutique in Rugby to collect blood in a drive organized ...

Drought-driven selling, buying pace shows no signs of slowdown

Editor’s note: This is a follow up to a story published last week about Rugby Livestock Auction and the flood of cattle being sold. A hectic pace of buying and selling at the Rugby Livestock Auction shows no signs it will slow down soon, according to Auction owner Cliff Mattson and buyer ...

New kinds of fun greet 2021 Pierce County fairgoers

The whoosh of fans pumping air into giant inflatables replaced the whir of carnival rides at the 2021 Pierce County Fair June 24-27, but visitors didn’t seem to mind. Dallas Hager, who attended the fair with his children, said there had been plenty to do between the bounce houses, ...