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Rugby First Lutheran Church welcomes Associate Pastor Monson

First Lutheran Church ordained and welcomed their new associate pastor, Connie Monson, Sunday, Aug. 1. Monson, who comes to Rugby from Georgia, said she’s spent most of her life in the Upper Midwest and Washington State. “I grew up in Minneapolis primarily and I went to high school ...

One dead in crash involving Pierce County jail van

One person is dead and three are injured after a prisoner transport van belonging to Heart of America Correctional and Treatment center collided with another vehicle at a highway intersection in rural Sheridan County Aug. 4. A statement released by the North Dakota Highway Patrol said the ...

New RPD officer enjoying small town life

With one week as a Rugby police officer behind him, Sean Hurly says he’s enjoying the change from life in a big city to the friendliness of a small town. Hurly began his new career as a patrol officer in Rugby July 27. His brother, Michael, serves as a district court judge in Pierce ...

Commissioners mull corrections staffing concerns

Pierce County commissioners reviewed law enforcement and budget matters at their regular monthly meeting, held Aug. 3 at the Pierce County Courthouse. Commissioners listened as Pierce County Sheriff Josh Siegler gave a report on calls his department responded to in July. Siegler said the ...

Rugby Lions bring hamburger picnic, Too Old to Stand band to music lovers

The smell of grilling burgers welcomed a large crowd to the Rugby Lions’ Annual Hamburger Picnic, held July 28 as part of the club’s Music in the Park series at Rugby’s Ellery Park. The Rugby Lions have hosted musical acts in the park nearly every summer for the past 25 years. The ...

Finance committee approves preliminary budget

City of Rugby Finance Committee members Gary Kraft and Wayne Trottier reviewed a preliminary budget for 2022 in a special meeting at city hall July 29. City Auditor Jennifer Stewart outlined transfers in, transfers out and requested levies for city accounts. The preliminary budget ...

Rugby’s Thoreson, ND students travel to DC for ALA Girls Nation

For the seventh year in a row, a local advocate for North Dakota’s American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls State program participated in Girls Nation, a weeklong exercise in hands-on government held in Washington D.C. Dana Thoreson, a teacher and speech coach at Rugby schools, traveled to the ...

City council passes preliminary budget

The Rugby City Council passed a preliminary budget for 2022 by a 5-1 vote August 2 at city hall. Council members Matt Lunde, Gary Kraft, Joel Berg, Maurus Brossart and Frank LaRocque cast aye votes on the budget, amended to include funds for the park board initially cut in the proposed ...

Residents kick up heels at Balta Street Dance

Youngsters, young-at-heart seniors and others of all ages kicked up their heels at the Annual Balta Street Dance held the evening of July 31. Residents blocked off the intersection of Main Street and Second Avenue for the event. Attendees parked their cars as far away as Lublin Street or ...

Local bank, Banzai bring financial literacy to area students

As communities see a need for youth to learn money management, First International Bank and Trust in Rugby and other locations is teaming up with Banzai, a program to teach financial literacy in local schools. Rugby First International Bank President Tanner Johnson is the father of three Rugby ...