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US Economy needs Congress to act on aid

Many sectors of the U.S. economy continue a slow but steady recovery from the COVID-19 slowdown. By the end of September, the unemployment rate had dropped to 7.9%, down from 8.4% in August. But as we and many others have warned, some businesses — and millions of their employees — ...

Guidelines for who gets vaccine first needed now

Though there is some dispute over how soon a COVID-19 vaccine will be available to the general public, it appears a few million doses may be ready before the end of this year. There is general agreement they should go to the most vulnerable among us. That is older people with pre-existing ...

COVID-19 not over yet

Remember just a few months ago when some disease analysts who had been predicting COVID-19 would kill 200,000 Americans were being ridiculed by some people? For a time, it appeared the pandemic would claim fewer than 100,000 lives in our country. But on Sunday, the tally had topped 194,000. ...

If you plan to vote by mail this year, allow plenty of time

Concern over use of mail-in ballots for the November general election is building. Critics of the process fall into two categories: those who worry about vote fraud and those who insist many Americans may be “disenfranchised” by the system. Indeed, fraud is something of a concern — but ...

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Sadness and Pride

Dale G. Niewoehner, Former Mayor It was 58 years ago that Rugby saw its last murder. It was that sad cold winter morning in 1963 that Rugby Police Office Frank Peterson was murdered in the alley. We should be sad about this, but also proud that we hold this long record. We hope to keep ...

Vaccines, masks save lives as COVID cases climb

As we once again see a surge of COVID-19 on the horizon, the medical staff at Heart of America Medical Center would like to share our thoughts with the members of our community. We know that COVID-19 measures have become very sensitive issues. Community members ask us every day to share ...

Kind words work in any type of weather

Dale G. Niewoehner, Former Mayor We are enduring a hot spell in our region that brings a lot of feelings to merchants and farmers of the region. But it is not too hot to say a kind work or do a small good deed for your family, friend, and even a stranger in our community. Say hello. Help ...

Renewables power economic opportunity

Laurie Odden, Executive Director, Rugby Chamber of Commerce; Kelvey Vander Hart, Strategic Elements It is no secret that North Dakota is a rural state, which is a blessing for our 760,000 residents, and ensuring the economic success and sustainability of our state involves wind power ...

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Irene Viola Hager

June 10, 1922-Aug. 31, 2021 Irene Viola Hager, 99, died at the Heart of Amer- ica Medical Center on Au- gust 31, 2021. Irene was born on June 10, 1922, in the family farmhouse about 5 miles East of Wol- ford, ND, the youngest child of Even Evenson Haugen and Hannah ...

Thanksgiving in the military

Our national Thanksgiving holiday will be celebrated this coming week. Military personnel serving around the world will be giving thanks in many ways as well. We need to remember all these serving today in our armed forces and be thankful for all they are doing for us. Major holidays such as ...

Apple Cobbler Got Them in Deep Trouble

“America was founded on Christian principles,” it has been claimed. Very few dare contradict this claim because people think you have to be an atheist to doubt it. Being an inquiring soul believing in truth, I thought the claim needed examining so I put my 29-book document of Christian ...

Facts are enough to defeat Measure #1

For a variety of reasons, Measure #1 doubling the size of the Board of Higher Education is a bad idea. Four management organizations say that eight-member boards are more effective, more efficient than 15-member boards. The North Dakota Board of Higher Education is presently the right size for ...