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THE MEADOWS AND VILLAGE GREEN GOLF COURSES CLOSING SOON

MOORHEAD – Get a few more rounds of golf in as The Meadows and Village Green announce closing dates.

As in previous years, Moorhead Parks and Recreation rotates the closing of its two golf courses. This year, The Meadows golf course will be open through Sunday, October 30.

Village Green golf course may remain open longer as weather permits. Thank you for a great season, and see you next year!

TRY MATBUS WEEK, OCTOBER 24-29

MATBUS Week, which takes place October 24-29, is a fun and interactive opportunity for residents of the Fargo-Moorhead community to experience all of the benefits that MATBUS has to offer. There will be several special offers and events during the week to encourage residents to try out MATBUS services and join passengers who take nearly 2 million rides per year in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Monday-Friday (October 24-28): Discounted fares

Cash only bus fare will be reduced ($1 for adults, 50 cents for youth, elderly, and disabled). Promotional fares will apply to fixed-route buses only and do not include MAT Paratransit.

Wednesday, October 26: Warm-Up Wednesday

From 8 am-1 pm, while supplies last, there will be a self-serve station of free coffee and hot cider at the Ground Transportation Center. Limit one per person.

Friday, October 28: Customer Appreciation Day

From 11 am-7 pm, MATBUS staff will be giving out free freshly popped popcorn and bottled water at the Ground Transportation Center. Limit one bag of popcorn and one drink per person.

Saturday, October 29: Fare Free

Bus fare will be free all day on Saturday. Promotional fares will apply to fixed-route buses only and do not include MAT Paratransit.

If you have never ridden with MATBUS, check out matbus.com, including the “How to Ride” video, or call 701.232.7500, option 1. Consider planning your trip on Google Maps or using the MATBUS mobile app.

VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON DRAWING CLASSES FOR KIDS SCHEDULED NOV. 3

MOORHEAD – Lake Agassiz Regional Library is bringing back a fan-favorite drawing instructor in a virtual event offered on November 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Award-winning cartoonist Rick Stromoski will return virtually to offer another fun drawing class. Rick will show you how to draw Minnesotan monsters, creatures, goblins, ghosts and all things spooky. The drawing class can be accessed using a link at larl.org/drawmonsters. 

Those wishing to participate in-person are invited to in-person watch and draw parties with drawing supplies hosted by the following libraries:

Ada Event Center

Fertile Public Library

Mahnomen Public Library

Detroit Lakes Public Library

Halstad LINK Site

These programs are offered free-of-charge thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

INPUT NEEDED FOR 2023 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN FOR HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

MOORHEAD – The City of Moorhead will soon be preparing its 2023 Annual Action Plan for Housing and Community Development. This plan is used to allocate Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, which are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to promote affordable housing and economic opportunities for low-to-moderate income persons. 2023 will be Year 4 of a 5-year Consolidated Plan (2020-2024) that sets strategies and goals for CDBG resources. The 5-year plan may be viewed on the Community Development Block Grant page.

Comments, ideas, or concerns regarding housing and community development may be shared at cityofmoorhead.com website. If you would like to provide input by mail, please send to: City of Moorhead, CDBG Program, 500 Center Ave, Moorhead MN 56560.

8 ST TO BE CLOSED BETWEEN 2 AV N AND CENTER AVE

MOORHEAD – Tuesday, October 25, portions of 8 St N were closed for a brick sewer re-lining project. Also, several blocks of 8 St N and Center Ave will have one lane of traffic in each direction:

8 St will be closed between 2 Ave N and Center Ave, however the intersection of 8 St N and 1 Ave N will allow east/west traffic

8 St from Center Ave to Main Ave will have one lane of traffic in each direction

Center Ave between 8 St and 9 St will also have one lane of traffic in each direction

Drivers should expect delays in the area and find alternate routes, if possible. Trucks will be required to detour on Main Ave to 11 St N; for all other vehicles, 11 St N will be the best alternate route. This work is expected to last approximately 1 month, weather permitting.

FMWF CHAMBER LAUNCHES VOTEFMWF WEBSITE

MOORHEAD – The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber, in partnership with VoteFMWF, has released the VoteFMWF.org website for the 2022 general election.

VoteFMWF is a non-partisan website created by a group of volunteers in an effort to provide resources for FMWF voters during election seasons. The founding group members are recent alumni of The Chamber’s 2022 Leadership FMWF class, where they developed VoteFMWF as a Community Change Initiative. The VoteFMWF group and The Chamber will continue this initiative into the future to address a need for a non-partisan, community-wide, ‘all-in-one’ voting website for the community.

“As voters prepare for the 2022 election, it is critical to keep our community informed, engaged and active in the election process,” remarked Chamber President and CEO Shannon Full. “Our team was thrilled to help support this motivated group of young professionals in their vision to further the scope of this site.”

“Our mission is to increase civic engagement, bolster awareness of the candidates and their platforms, and ensure the voting process is easy and accessible to all members in our local communities,” mentioned VoteFMWF Spokesperson Thomas Stromme. “Last spring, our group saw a need for an all-encompassing and user-friendly election resource for our region. We hope that with The Chamber’s further assistance, we can continue this for years to come.”

Moorhead Library to Host Information Sessions on New Regional Library/Community Center  

MOORHEAD – Attend an information session to hear more about the upcoming opportunity to approve a 0.5 percent local option sales tax to be used to fund a new Community Center/ Library in downtown Moorhead. 

On November 8, Moorhead voters will have the opportunity to approve a 0.5 percent local option sales tax to be used to fund a new Regional Library/Community Center in downtown Moorhead. On November 3 the Moorhead Public Library will host three information sessions for the public to learn about the project and the ballot question. The three sessions will be held on Thursday, November 3 at 12:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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