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Published May 30, 2010, 12:05 PM

ND town's central claim misses mark

RUGBY, N.D. (AP) — Roadmaps, postcards, T-shirts and a towering stone obelisk tout Rugby as the center of North America.

RUGBY, N.D. (AP) — Roadmaps, postcards, T-shirts and a towering stone obelisk tout Rugby as the center of North America.

But some believe the town's decades-long claim as the continental bull's-eye misses the mark by miles.

The debate began more than 80 years ago when a respected federal mathematician stuck a pin in a cardboard map of the continent and recorded the coordinates of where it balanced on his finger.

The National Geodetic Survey in Maryland says that even with advanced technology there is no method to get a precise location since the continent is always changing.

Rugby has trademarked the title. But Balta Mayor Mike Jundt says that town has more of a right to claim the continent's central mark. And the town of Orrin might be even closer.

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