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CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY HOLIDAY SERVICE CHANGES
MOORHEAD – City of Moorhead offices will be closed for Christmas Eve (observed) on Friday, December 23 and Christmas Day (observed) on Monday, December 26 and reopen on Tuesday, December 27.
Important service impacts:
Garbage/Recycling: Friday, December 23 garbage/recycling will be picked up on Thursday, December 22; there will be no garbage/recycling pickup on Friday, December 23.
Monday, December 26 garbage/recycling routes will be collected on Tuesday, December 27. All other routes the week after Christmas will be collected on the regularly scheduled day.
Please be aware the changes may cause early or delayed collection; set your trash out by 4 am to ensure it is collected. The City of Moorhead Garbage Transfer Station will also be closed on December 23 and 26.
MATBUS: All service will end at 5:15 pm on Saturday, December 24, and the Ground Transportation Center will close at 5:30 pm. There will be no MAT Paratransit service Sunday, December 25. All services will resume December 26.

MINNESOTA LAUNCHES NEW COVID-19 TELEHEALTH TREATMENT PILOT PROGRAM
Partnership with Cue Health ensures Minnesotans can access COVID-19 care and therapeutics at no cost.
The State of Minnesota launched a new telehealth test-to-treat program today to ensure Minnesotans who have tested positive for COVID-19 have easy access to clinician care and therapeutic treatments that reduce their risk of serious illness or hospitalization.
Beginning immediately, Minnesotans who test positive for COVID-19, either with a home test or a positive test from a lab, can download the Cue Health app and sign up with their Minnesota address to have a virtual consultation with a licensed clinician who will evaluate them to determine if therapeutic treatment is a good option. If they are a good candidate for therapeutics, the clinician can issue that prescription to the patient’s local pharmacy. In some areas of the state, those prescription medications can be delivered to the person’s home. All services, including the consultation, medication and delivery, will come at no cost to the Minnesotans who use this service. This pilot program is available to all Minnesota residents.
“This pilot program is another tool in Minnesota’s toolbox for limiting the negative impacts of COVID-19,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm. “Minnesotans who test positive will be able to more easily access therapeutics that can help them get on the road to recovery. We know that accessing therapeutics within five days of developing symptoms of COVID-19 can greatly improve outcomes and help Minnesotans to avoid severe illness or hospitalization. We are continuing to find new and innovative ways to reduce barriers to access for those therapeutics.”
For more information on how to access this program and for instructions on downloading and getting started with the Cue Health App, please visit care.cuehealth.com/mn.

HANDI-WHEELS RECEIVES $10,000 DONATION
FARGO – Handi-Wheels Transportation, a door-to-door transit service for individuals that are disabled, elderly, and/or low-income, is excited to announce their appreciation of a $10,000 donation from Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC. (Noridian). The donation is one of the largest that Handi-Wheels has ever received.
The donation comes on the heels of Noridian’s 20th Anniversary since becoming an LLC. To celebrate, they donated $10,000 to three Fargo-Moorhead non-profits that align with their mission statement: Enable access to care. Eliminate barriers. Elevate people. Noridian is a Fargo-based company that provides back-office services to heathcare organizations across the nation, including Medicare and Medicaid claims processing.
“We are excited to make this contribution to Handi-Wheels as they provide a unique and necessary service in our community,” said Jon Bogenreif, Noridian’s CEO. “The service they provide aligns with the enable access to care piece of our mission statement. We’re lucky to have them in our community and look forward to their continued success.”

BENNETT PARK COOPERATIVE RECEIVES STATE FUNDS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE WORK
MOORHEAD – As part of $165.5 million in state-wide funding approved by Minnesota Housing, Bennett Park Cooperative in Moorhead will be able to address important infrastructure needs.
The 22-lot manufactured home community provides some of the lowest lot rents in the region, and the support from Minnesota Housing will allow the community to upgrade sewer pipes and water mains, reconstruct parking lots and roads and replace six abandoned homes to help improve the community’s livability. The project award is $2.6 million.
These investments will help Bennett Park stay a viable, affordable manufactured home community for years to come, according to Minnesota Housing.
“We’re so excited to get started,” said Evan, a board member and resident at Bennett Park. “The park needs a lot of improvements. Our roads are covered with potholes. If you live on the edges of the park, the water pressure is terrible. My hope is that someday people will drive by and say ‘Oh, that place is really nice.’”
Minnesota Housing put more funding toward manufactured home community investments than ever this year, with $9.5 million allocated. These funds can be used for infrastructure projects such as water and sewer upgrades, storm shelter construction or repairs, electrical work, and road and sidewalk improvements.
Minnesota Housing also announced $102,500 in affordability gap financing for five units through the Maple Court Homeownership Development Program, and $704,000 for the Cass Clay Community Land Trust as part of its 2022 selections.

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