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MOORHEAD AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL TEAM MEETING/ PANCAKE FUNDRAISER

MOORHEAD – All prospective players and parents are invited to an informational meeting with new Legion head coaches this Sunday, April 16th at 5:00 PM.  Items to be discussed include team formation and summer schedule. The meeting will take place at the Moorhead American Legion – 303 30th St N, Moorhead, MN.

A pancake breakfast fundraiser will be held Sunday as well from 9:00 am – Noon. Free-will donation. 

www.moorheadleagionbaseball.com.

UNITED HEARTS FOR HAITI SPONSORS CHILI COOK-OFF

United Hearts for Haiti, the local volunteer organization that builds schools and offers vocational training on the impoverished island, is sponsoring a chili cook-off to raise funds for their projects.

The cook-off  takes place Saturday, April 22 at Bridgepoint Community Church, 121 17th Ave. N. Hearty helpings of contestants’ best cooking is available from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. A donation of $10 is suggested.

The chili event supports the nonprofit founded by Rev. Paul Aladin in 2008. It has brought area volunteers to the Train and Sustain Trade School it build in Cavaillon, a town of 56,000 southwest of Port au Prince, where they train both students and the school’s staff for jobs in sewing, baking, welding, construction and computer operation.

For more information on both the cook-off and the United Hearts program, call Aladin at 701-540-1383.

AFFINITY PLUS AND MSUM BRING POLAR PLUNGE FUNDRAISER TO MOORHEAD

Proceeds to Benefit Special Olympics Minnesota

MOORHEAD – Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union (Affinity Plus) is partnering with Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) to host the community’s first ever Polar Plunge event, taking place April 20 on the MSUM campus. Affinity Plus is offering the first 200 plungers who sign up using promo code AFFINITYPLUS a $25 donation toward their $75 fundraising minimum, and all donations raised from the plunge will support Special Olympics Minnesota.

Instead of jumping into a frozen lake, participants in the first ever Moorhead Polar Plunge will jump into a custom-designed mobile plunge unit called the Plungester, located outside of Nemzek Hall from 4:30 to 6 p.m. MSUM students and community members alike are welcome to take the plunge, enjoying a live DJ and competing in contests for best splash, dress to impress and people’s choice.   

“It’s been long overdue to have a plunge event in Moorhead, and we’re so excited to team up with MSUM to finally make it happen,” said Roz Johnson, branch leader for Affinity Plus Moorhead. “It’s the 25th anniversary of the Polar Plunge, so what better way for Affinity Plus to celebrate than to offer our community a $25 head start on their fundraising efforts for an amazing organization?”

In addition to the 25th anniversary of the Polar Plunge, Special Olympics Minnesota is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. 

“So many communities show up year after year to do this fun, invigorating challenge and raise money to support inclusivity in Minnesota,” said Wayne Brendemuhl, who together with his wife, Diane Brendemuhl, lead the Moorhead Chapter of Special Olympics. “We’re so excited to add Moorhead to the list!”

To register and learn more about this year’s Polar Plunge, please visit www.plungemn.org/AffinityPlus.

MSU MOORHEAD HOSTS 32ND ANNUAL WOODLANDS AND HIGH PLAINS POWWOW APRIL 15  

MOORHEAD – The 32nd annual Woodlands and High Plains Powwow (WHPP) will be held Saturday, April 15, in Nemzek Fieldhouse on the Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) campus. This year’s theme is “Together We Thrive.” The WHPP is sponsored by MSUM, Concordia College, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, and North Dakota State University.    

The powwow will feature many styles of dance and drum songs from area tribes, including Jingle Dress Special, Potato Dance Special, Head Male and Head Female Dancer Special and Two Spirit/LGBT Special.  

Grand entries are at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and a community meal will be served during the 5 p.m. break. The doors will open to the public at noon. This year’s head female dancer will be NDSU student and current Miss He Sapa Win 2022-23 Taylor Campbell, and the head male dancer is Tim Gabbard, a sophomore at Moorhead High School.  

Admission for the event is $3 for elders (55+) and youth (ages 6-18); $5 for adults; and free for children under 5 and colleges students with ID.   

SPOKEN WORD POETRY PROGRAMS HOSTED BY MOORHEAD & HAWLEY LIBRARIES

MOORHEAD – Local libraries will host energetic spoken word poetry presentations featuring diverse voices from across Minnesota in April. These dynamic programs will feature artists performing poems which demonstrate the varied experiences of Minnesotans. Admission is free thanks to funding from the Minnesota Art & Cultural Heritage Fund. 

Presentations will be hosted by the Lake Agassiz Regional Library and will be held at the:

Garrick Theater (509 Front St., Hawley) on Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m.

This program will feature Fatima Camara, Donte Collins, Shane Hawley and Kevin Zepper as well as an open mic for community members interested in participating. 

Hjemkomst Center Stage (202 1st Ave N, Moorhead) on Saturday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m.

This program will feature Fatima Camara, Donte Collins, Shane Hawley, Joe Davis and Kevin Zepper

These programs may feature topics sensitive to some listeners.

MOORHEAD PUBLIC SERVICE RECOGNIZED FOR RELIABLE ELECTRIC SERVICE 

MOORHEAD – Moorhead Public Service (MPS) has received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2022. The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association (APPA), a trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities.

APPA helps electric utilities track power outage and restoration data through its subscription-based eReliability Tracker service. Once per year, APPA’s Reliability Team compares this data to national statistics tracked by the U.S. Energy Information Administration for all types of electric utilities.

“It’s encouraging to see year after year that public power’s track record for providing highly reliable service is backed up by data,” said APPA Director of Research and Development Paul Zummo. “These utilities are the best of the best when it comes to keeping the lights on. And these communities should be proud of their local power providers and appreciate the hard work that goes into earning this recognition.”

Nationwide, the average public power customer has their lights out for less than half the amount of time that customers of other types of utilities do.

“We are proud to receive this recognition. It is a testament to the hard work of all our staff to ensure that we keep Moorhead powered,” said Travis Schmidt, General Manager at MPS.

MOORHEAD CENTER MALL HOSTS SPRING FESTIVAL OF VENDORS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

50 vendors

3 Food vendors: Thai Orchid, Vic’s Bar and Grill and Saigon Cuisine

Entertainment on Saturday with Acapella Express, Annabelle – country, Chloe Marie – country

and the Michael Helm Jazz Trio

MOORHEAD MAN ARRESTED FOR ARSON

On Sunday, April 9, 2023, the Moorhead Police Department partnered with the Moorhead Fire Department and the MN Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate a suspicious fire in a multi-unit apartment building that occurred in the 900 block of 23 Avenue South. The fire occurred in the suspect’s apartment and caused extensive damage. No one was injured; however, the fire displaced all building residents. The American Red Cross is assisting the residents.

Sean Ahrenholz, 41 of Moorhead is suspected of starting his unit in the building on fire. He is currently in custody at the Clay County Correctional Facility. A long-form complaint will be forwarded to the Clay County Attorney’s Office requesting Felony First Degree Arson charges.

54RD ANNUAL HAWLEY ART SHOW & SALE

 HAWLEY – 2023 marks the 54rd year of the Hawley Art Show.  The show attracts artists from throughout Minnesota and North Dakota and is held at the Hawley Community Center, 418 Main St. E, Hawley, MN.

 This annual spring event has become a favorite among area artists and art lovers.  Artists may enter their artwork on April 15 and 16 from 1-5 pm. The Opening Night artist reception and first public unveiling of the show will be held Thursday evening, April 20 from 6:30-9 pm. Desserts and refreshments will be served. Other exhibition days are:  April 21, 1 pm-8 pm, April 22, 9 am-8 pm and April 23, 11 am to 4 pm. Many original works of art will be for sale. Admission to the show is free. 

Come join the fun by attending the show or entering a piece of art of your own.

For more info call or text: Sandy Maydole 218.329.9168, Jill Swanson 218.790.1403 or Kat Glad 701.388.0510

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