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Council wraps up 2020 with special meeting

The Rugby City Council held a special meeting at noon on Dec. 23, 2020, in city hall to wrap up unfinished business before the new year. The council voted 4-2 to pay Recreation Manager Jamie Wald $7,200 for work she performed on a part-time basis in 2020. Council members Frank LaRocque, Dave ...

Local retailer ends 40 years in business

A familiar business in downtown Rugby quietly closed its doors for the last time Christmas Eve. Fashion and Flair Outlet, formerly known as Borth’s Clothing Store, ended 40 years of service to Rugby residents after what owner DyVonne Zinck said was “a lot of praying.” Zinck, who worked ...

Chamber welcomes several businesses

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 ...

Community volunteers give food pantry help for the holidays

The Rugby Armory buzzed with activity Dec. 19 as volunteers streamed into the Pierce County Food Pantry to pick up 100 turkeys and boxes of trimmings to deliver to area households for the Christmas season. Sounds of high school basketball players practicing for a big game drifted out of the ...

Rugby High students receive cash prizes in oratorical contest

Two Rugby High School freshmen received cash prizes after competing in the American Legion High School Oratorical Contest held at Rugby’s First Lutheran Church on Saturday, Dec. 19. Madison Corum and Haley Mayer, both sponsored by the Clarence Larson Post #23 of the American Legion in ...

Project Joy continues tradition for Rugby families

A decades-long Christmas tradition continued in Rugby Dec. 15 when the Rugby Lions and other organizations brought joy to area families facing tough times for the holidays. Organizer Lila Harstad said the Lions have spearheaded the project since the 1990s. Former Tribune Editor Mark Carlson, ...

CVB honors volunteer gardeners

Although frost covered the shrubs and dormant flowerbeds at the Northern Lights Tower, Diane Dufner and Angie Busch happily talked gardening when they received recognition for their work on the area Dec. 11 at the Rugby Chamber of Commerce office. Dufner has made the flowerbeds surrounding ...

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 ...