Drive-By Reception At City Hall From 4-6 For Milo Rust

CHADRON – The city of Chadron today is celebrating this past Monday’s retirement of long-time Public Works Director Milo Rust this afternoon, but City Manager Greg Yanker says coronavirus rules mean it can’t be the traditional cake and coffee gathering in the city council chambers.

Yanker says they’re instead following the lead of many graduations and other special events over the past couple months and making it a drive-by reception on Main Street in front of City Hall from 4:00-6:00.

Yanker says those who can’t drive by today are encouraged to send cards to Milo at home, 426 North Morehead Street.

Milo Rust joined the city of Chadron in 1983 as Street Superintendent and was promoted to Public Works Director 2 years later. He says one of his most satisfying accomplishment was the urban forestry project to replace the many trees devastated in the massive June 1986 hail storm.

The other accomplishment that tops his personal list is actually a string of city improvements that started with an intensive study of the city’s storm water management system that eventually led to major upgrades and the conversion of Highway 20 through Chadron from asphalt to concrete.

Rust says he looks back fondly on a number of other projects that were possible because of the city, its employees, its residents, and others .

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Milo plans to spend a lot of his now free time fishing, starting this week – which is just fine with his wife, Chadron City Clerk Donna Rust. She started working for the city in 1973 and Milo says she isn’t ready to retire and probably won’t be for at least a couple years.

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