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MOORHEAD – A reunion of the original staff of the Minnesota State University Moorhead campus newspaper, The Advocate, will be held next month during MSUM Homecoming to recognize the paper’s 50 years of publishing.

Two Fargo-Moorhead residents, Jeff Burrill and Nancy Edmonds Hanson, are among those who will be honored by their peers during the reunion. Others include Carl Griffin, Minneapolis; Barbara La Valleur, Edina; and B.A. Schoen, Baldwin, New York.

Turbulent Times

In the family of Fargo-Moorhead campus newspapers, the Minnesota State University Moorhead Advocate is the baby. By far.

North Dakota State University’s Spectrum began publishing in 1896; Concordia College’s Concordian in 1920.

The Advocate is not the first newspaper on the MSUM campus, but it has been published for the longest period.  It followed the MiSTiC, begun in 1925. The MiSTiC name came from the college’s acronym, then Moorhead State Teachers College.

Fargo-Moorhead did not escape the campus unrest occurring across the nation in the late 1960s. Coverage of the Vietnam War, among other issues, got The MiSTiC shut down in 1969. An underground paper dubbed The Mystic was attempted but hurt by financial uncertainty. 

By 1971, it was clear that a college needs a newspaper, and The Advocate was born on Sept. 23, 1971. 

Reunion Events

Burrill and Hanspn, along with the others, will be recognized at a program set for 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in Room 105 of the Comstock Memorial Union. Information regarding other reunion events and how to register can be found at  or search Facebook for The Advocate 50+ Anniversary Reunion.

All original Advocate staffers and other friends of the Advocate are welcome to participate. All events are free, but reservations are appreciated.


MOORHEAD  – The Friends of the Moorhead Public Library have scheduled a sale of used books at the Moorhead Public Library September 15-17.

The sale will be held in the lower level of the Moorhead Public Library, 118 5th St. S., from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 15 and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17.

Items will be individually priced on Thursday and Friday and will be sold for $5 per bag on Saturday. 

All proceeds will be used to support the library.


FARGO – The Fargo Public Library’s annual “Design a Bookmark Contest” kicks off Thursday, Sept. 1, and runs through Sept. 30 and artist of all ages are encouraged to take part. Entry forms and rules for the contest are available at any Fargo Public Library location. Forms and guidelines will also be available at Please note: No late submissions will be accepted.

For the children’s portion of the contest, three winners will be selected, one from each age group: five years old and under, six to eight years old, and nine to 12 years old. Children can submit up to three designs and all entries will be displayed in the Children’s Department at the downtown Main Library.

For the teen contest and the adult contest, two winners will be selected. Teens and adults can submit up to two designs and all entries will be displayed at the Dr. James Carlson Library.

Library staff will vote to determine the winners of the contests and winners will be announced in October. Winning bookmark entries will be printed and distributed at library locations and events.


BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a non-commercial, backyard flock in Cass County, North Dakota. The detection triggers the suspension of poultry/bird events across the state. If no new cases emerge in 30 days, the suspension will be automatically lifted.

The State Board of Animal Health and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture are working closely with USDA-APHIS and local officials in the response. The premises has been quarantined and the flock is being depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease. Birds from the flock will not enter the food system. Owners of domestic birds in a 10 km zone around the affected farm are being instructed to prevent contact between domestic poultry and wild birds and to monitor their flocks closely for illness to prevent the spread of HPAI.

“While we hoped there would not be additional cases this fall, due to the extensive involvement wild birds played in the spread of disease this year, we knew it was possible,” State Veterinarian Dr. Ethan Andress said. “The suspension of poultry/bird events is a precaution to reduce the risk of further spread of avian influenza to North Dakota birds.”

There is no immediate public health concern due to this finding. The risk to people from HPAI is low despite the disease often being fatal for birds.

FREE Car Washes THIS Weekend at Tommy’s Express in Moorhead

National car wash franchise Tommy’s Express is pleased to announce its newest location in Moorhead will be opening this week! And BOTH Moorhead locations will be washing cars for FREE starting Friday, September 9th. Guests stopping by either Moorhead location will receive their best wash FREE (a $19.00 value).

This is the national franchise’s seventh location in Minnesota and the second in Moorhead. The car wash is located on the corner of 32nd Ave South and 8th Street South, across the street from Exchange Station Pawn Shop and next door to Nick’s Auto Sales. Free washes will be provided through the end of business day on Sunday, September 11th at 9 pm at the US-10 and 8th Street locations.

Future Moorhead customers should expect quick service even at peak hours, three-minute travel down the car wash tunnel, an excellent menu of products and services with free floor mat washers and vacuum stations located on-site. TOMMY CLUB unlimited wash memberships are available for purchase via the Tommy’s Express app, allowing member vehicles to automatically be admitted to the wash via a proprietary license plate reader system. Unlimited Club members can wash as often as they wish at any location for as little as $23.99 per month and enjoy their FIRST MONTH FREE when downloading the Tommy’s Express app on their smartphone.

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