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School board mulls COVID policy changes

The Rugby Public School Board reviewed and made small changes to their Safe Return to In-Person Continuity of Services Plan at their regular meeting held Sept. 14 at Rugby High School. Superintendent Mike McNeff told the board the changes would be posted on the district’s Facebook page ...

Rugby PD reports active August to public safety committee

Rugby police officers responded to 55 calls in the month of August, according to a report presented to the city’s public safety committee Wednesday, Sept. 15 at city hall. The public safety committee was one of four city committees to meet that day. Rugby Police Chief John Rose reported ...

Courtyard Apartments celebrate grand re-opening

State and local government officials joined community members Sept. 16 for an open house to celebrate the grand re-opening of Courtyard Apartments, an affordable housing complex in Rugby. Residents of the complex sat in a common meeting room in one of the complex’s buildings to listen to ...

Veterans, first responders gather to remember 9/11

A small group of veterans from Rugby’s Clarence Larson Post 23 gathered at Memorial Hall with Pierce County Sheriff Josh Siegler, Rugby Police Chief John Rose and Rugby residents to remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. With a slight chill in the Saturday morning air, ...

Kuhnhenn Memorial Ride continues tradition of giving for 10th year

As participants met up at the Rugby Eagles for the 10th annual Daryl Kuhnhenn Memorial Ride the morning of Sept. 11, Kuhnhenn’s son, Ben, said he thought his dad would approve of the date. “He was a Vietnam vet, commander of the American Legion and commander of the VFW when it was still ...

Commissioners present 2022 budget proposal at public hearing

The Pierce County Board of Commissioners presented a proposed budget for 2022 at a hearing held at 10 a.m. Sept. 14 at the county courthouse. The budget proposes a 10-mill increase for the county general fund, primarily to pay for repairs to the courthouse dome and elevator, according to ...

Lotvedt takes Ward 1 council seat

The Rugby City Council voted to place construction firm owner Neil Lotvedt in a vacant seat on the council Sept. 7 Lotvedt took the Ward 1 vacancy left by former council member Jackie Albrecht, who resigned in July. Albrecht’s term expires in June of 2022, when voters from the ward will ...

Commissioners approve windmill lighting system variance

A variance for a new aircraft detection lighting system for a northern Pierce County wind farm received a nod from Pierce County commissioners at their regular meeting held Sept. 7 at the Pierce County Courthouse. Commissioners listened to representatives for SWCA Environmental Consultants, ...

Library hosts tribute to service members who never came home

Visitors to the Heart of America Public Library will see a unique display during the first few weeks of September near the elevator. A single chair sits against a dining table covered with a white tablecloth under a place setting for one. It’s a lonely sight in a public building, and ...

Haaland Estates resident keeps watch over unique crop of pumpkins

A productive pumpkin patch outside of Haaland Estates resident Shirley Walsh’s window brings back fond memories for her. Walsh, who farmed with her husband near Mylo for many years said, “We always had a garden on the farm. We grew squash and pumpkins and whatever you could plant.” ...