This Soo Line Railroad station was founded in 1906 in Section 5-150-80, Otis Township just southeast of the border point shared by McLean, Ward, and McHenry counties. The post office was established December 1, 1906 with Edwin J. Burgess as Postmaster. The village incorporated in 1909, and by 1910 reported a population of 141, with a doctor, newspaper, and many other luxuries often missing in new townsites. Since that time, however, RUSO has been in decline, and had just 12 residents in 1980. The post office, Zip Code 58778, remains open. The name is said to be a Russian word meaning south of us, while others say it was coined from SOuth RUssia, the homeland of many area settlers.(1, 2, 18, 28, 33, 40, 52, 79)

Source: North Dakota Place Names Page 168

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