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LANE CLOSURES ON 21 ST S AT SE MAIN

MOORHEAD – Through October 9, alternating lanes of 21 St S at SE Main will be restricted for street repairs. One northbound lane will be initially closed during repairs; when that work is complete, one southbound lane will be restricted for additional work. During this time, the traffic signal will be in four-way flashing mode. Work is anticipated to take two weeks, weather permitting. 

MOORHEAD POLICE OFFICERS UNION MAKES ENDORSEMENTS OF CANDIDATES

MOORHEAD – Tuesday, the Moorhead Police Officers union, representing all rank-and-file Moorhead Police Officers, announced its endorsement of the following candidates for mayor and city council:

• Mayor – Shelly Carlson

• Ward 1 – Ryan Nelson

• Ward 2 – Eileen Johnson

• Ward 3 – Deborah White

• Ward 4 – Chuck Hendrickson

All candidates were invited to meet with our membership and answer questions of concern for our members.  We were very impressed with all candidates and thank them for their time and their desire to serve our community.  

The candidates we are endorsing understand and prioritize public safety to keep our community safe.  We are confident each candidate will promote smart and collaborative public safety proposals.  

OVER 3,700 STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN MINNESOTA STATE HIGH SCHOOL CLAY TARGET LEAGUE 

MINNESOTA – The Fall Season is underway for 3,712 student athletes participating in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League (MNSHSCTL) fall program, which is part of the USA Clay Target League. The athletes are competing on 175 high school teams statewide.

“The League continues to break records each year,” said John Nelson, President of the USACTL, “The high demand for outdoor activities that are an alternative to traditional sports proves that young people want to get outside and enjoy safe and fun activities with their peers. Thanks to the efforts of volunteer coaches and parents, these teams are possible”

The students’ six-week season began with a practice week to get them warmed up and to record reserve scores in case of weather or other issues. Weekly competition began on September 25th, and top scoring teams and athletes will be recognized at the completion of fall competition in October.

“Athletes of all types are able to participate in clay target shooting,” said Nelson, “The League has a ‘no benchwarmers’ philosophy, and the League’s True Team® scoring system is designed so that everyone’s score matters, not just the top athletes on a team.”

Visit http://mnclaytarget.com for more information.

COMMUNITY ACTION REPORT RELEASED

Washington DC — The National Community Action Partnership (NCAP) released a summary report of the Community Action Network’s nationwide response to the COVID-19 pandemic, affecting communities across America. The network of local Community Action Agencies (CAAs) administers approximately $14 billion in financial resources into local communities in a typical year, providing full transparency and accountability for those resources and ensuring they achieve maximum impact in their communities.

“Hundreds of CAAs across the country collaborated with each other and adapted how they deliver vital services in their communities,” said Dalitso S. Sulamoyo, chair of the NCAP Board of Directors. “Pandemic recovery has been a period of fluidity, and we have been beacons of support. Agencies removed barriers and made their services easier to access by the people they serve.”

Locally, Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership (CAPLP) adapted services by delivering materials and technology to Head Start family homes to continue visits and teaching via Zoom. Our CAPLP Early Head Start and Head Start programs kept families engaged and maintained 89% attendance throughout COVD-19. Homebuyer Education and Financial Freedom classes were shifted to a virtual option and our community rallied to help us deliver food boxes to the doorsteps of seniors throughout Clay County. The Child Care Connection team worked with collaborative partners to deliver personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies to early childhood educators to help keep their doors open. They filled and delivered 469 orders to child care providers throughout COVID-19.

“We served 899 households with COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) and distributed $1,102,985 from August 22, 2020-February 28, 2021. These payments were for past due rent, utilities, and mortgage payments to help keep people in their homes during the early days of the pandemic,” said Emma Schmit, CAPLP Housing Director. “We continued to operate throughout the entire pandemic and worked to keep our staff and clients as safe as possible. We became creative in finding ways to view apartments, providing our clients who did not have phones with phones or phone cards so they wouldn’t be cut off during isolation and dropped off necessary food and supplies to people while they were sick or in isolation. We pivoted to taking on multiple new programs in very short amount of time because we saw the need in our community.”

View full report here:

 https://communityactionpartnership.com/wp-content/uploads/covidreport_EN/index.html#/

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