A jewel of a town
Charles & Dianne Clark, Rugby
Two weeks ago we arrived as newly assigned missionaries to serve in a place we had neither seen nor heard of before – Rugby, North Dakota. Happily, positive impressions immediately replaced our ignorance.
We have lived many different places in this great country – three Midwest states, each coast and several western states – and have enjoyed each experience. However, this town seems to present a greater sense of pride and respect than other locations. Neighborhoods are impressively clean, orderly and well-tended; parks, green spaces and schools are equally clean and inviting; retail establishments professional in appearance; with the flower displays on downtown streets an extra nice touch. And almost as impressive as what we see are sights not seen – vehicles being repaired curbside; trucks up on blocks waiting for new tires; boats and motorhomes cluttering the appearance of the street; or trash cluttering front lawns. At every turn pride of ownership, respect for property and attentiveness to being good neighbors are evident. Congrats to the Rugby citizenry for creating and maintaining an exemplary American town.
And speaking of the citizens, the friendliness of every person we have met is noteworthy and appreciated. Frankly, it’s a jewel of a town that is worth preserving just the way it is!
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