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Representing Rutland, Delores Lysne accepted the "TREE CITY USA" Trees Award at the Trees Bowl and Awards Ceremony held in Fargo on September 10, 2022. The Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the US Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters, sponsors the Tree City USA program. Communities engaged in Tree City USA show a commitment to the planting and care of trees that result in healthy, sustainable community forests, which improve the quality of life for everyone. The NDSU-North Dakota Forest Service administers this program in North Dakota.

Rutland’s journey to becoming a Tree City USA began with a small planting project to provide shade at the community ballpark. With the help of volunteers and a dedicated Park Board, the city has completed additional projects to remove declining trees and replace with a diversity of shade trees to beautify this vibrant community that describes itself as being “in the middle of nowhere but is in the middle of everything. . .”

During the awards ceremony, NDSU President David Cook and State Forester Thomas Claeys presented each winner with a special certificate. The award winners were also recognized on the field during the half-time activities at the NDSU football game in the Fargodome.

The photograph is shown in the website slideshow.