Area Briefs


MOORHEAD – Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM), in collaboration with HealthForce MN and Essentia Health, is hosting Scrubs Camp June 20-23. The four-day healthcare careers camp serves regional high school students interested in nursing, microbiology, mental health, athletic training and other disciplines. 

“Scrubs Camp is a great opportunity for students entering grades 9-12 to explore the different healthcare disciplines. The students work with expert instructors and local professionals,” said MSUM Youth Outreach Coordinator Sean Brandenburg.  

“Whether they eventually want to become a nurse, a psychiatrist or anything in between, Scrubs Camp helps them build the skills and the foundation they need to be successful in pursuing a healthcare career,” Brandenburg said.  

In addition to providing instructors, Essentia Health has provided a significant financial investment to help support Scrubs Camp. The investment has reduced the registration cost for all participants from $300 to $200. In addition, Essentia’s support will provide scholarships to cover the remaining registration cost for students with financial need.  

“This is a win-win-win. Scrubs Camp provides opportunities for the students to explore careers locally, for Essentia Health to meet our workforce demands, and for our community to be filled with passionate and talented professionals earning a living wage,” said Thomas Hill, Essentia Health West Community Relations Program Manager.  

“With so many different career options facing students, Scrubs Camp is critical to promote the incredibly wide variety of options in healthcare where professionals make a meaningful difference in the lives of everyone in our communities. We are very pleased to support this camp financially and host students on-site,” said Essentia Health Workforce Strategy Director Michelle Ufford.  

Registration is now open for the hands-on Scrubs Camp. More information about registration and scholarships are available at  

CDBG Public Meeting for 2022 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report 

MOORHEAD – The City of Moorhead has prepared the 2022 Report for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Performance and Evaluation Report. The CAPER summarizes the CDBG grant funds that were spent in the program year 2022 and reports on the accomplishments of the planned activities. The 2022 CDBG program year funds were 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. The City of Moorhead will hold this public meeting to discuss the report outcomes before submitting the report to HUD

Location:  The Hjemkomst Center Oak Room May 8th from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting. If you are unable to attend: comments, ideas, or concerns regarding housing and community development may also be shared at until May 12.


Public Health Alert for Ready-to-Eat Meat Soup Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that ready-to-eat meat soup products may have been prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions, which may result in the product spoiling prematurely. FSIS is issuing this public health alert to ensure that consumers are aware that these products should not be consumed. A recall was not requested because the products are no longer available for purchase.

The products bear establishment number “EST. 20173” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide and exported to Mexico.

American Outdoor Products Issues Allergy Alert

American Outdoor Products of Boulder, CO is voluntarily recalling its 4.6 ounce packages of Backpacker’s Pantry Blueberry Peach Crisp because the ingredient statement declares “Almonds”, but the “Contains” statement did not declare “Almond”.

The recalled Blueberry Peach Crisp was distributed nationwide in retail stores and through online orders.

TruVision Health Issues Recall

TruVision Health LLC of Draper, UT is recalling the dietary supplement products listed below because they contain the unapproved dietary ingredients hordenine and/or octodrine/DMHA (1,5-Dimethylhexylamine). 

Hordenine is possibly unsafe when taken by mouth and might cause stimulating side effects such as rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, jitteriness, nervousness, nausea, vomiting or insomnia.  These adverse events are more likely to occur in sensitive sub-populations of people such as pregnant women and consumers with cardiovascular disease.  Currently, hordenine is not an approved dietary ingredient in dietary supplements.

General Mills Issues Recall

General Mills of Minneapolis, MN announced a voluntary national recall of two-, five- and 10-pound bags of its Gold Medal Unbleached and Bleached All Purpose Flour with a “better if used by” date of March 27, 2024, and March 28, 2024. The recall is being issued for the potential presence of Salmonella Infantis.

This recall affects two date codes of Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour in the five- and ten pound bags and two date codes of Gold Medal Bleached All Purpose Flour in the two- and five-pound bags. All other types of Gold Medal Flour are not affected by this recall.


MOORHEAD – With cleanup week around the corner, now is a good time to donate that gently used bicycle to the Moorhead Police Athletics and Activities League. This summer our School Resource Officers will be distributing donated bikes, both new and used, to area kids who do not have one. This helps promote a healthy physical activity while also building trust and positive connections between law enforcement and youth. Moorhead PAL is a non-profit operated in conjunction with the Moorhead Police Department to foster positive relationships with the community and lower the juvenile crime rate. 

More information can be found at Those interested in donating a bike can email to arrange pickup.


Friends & Co is seeking compassionate volunteers to help staff a drop-in chat line called Coffee Talk, connecting older Minnesotans who are feeling socially isolated or lonely with friendly voices and conversation.

“Coffee Talk has been a vital resource for many older adults in our community, especially those who are homebound or have limited social connections,” said James Falvey, Friends & Co’s Executive Director. “We are looking for more volunteers to help us continue to provide this important service and resource.”

The Coffee Talk chat line is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Older Minnesotans looking to chat can call in and connect with a Coffee Talker ready to engage in friendly conversation. Volunteers are trained to answer calls, offer support and conversation, and connect callers to other resources and services as needed.

“We are looking for people who are compassionate, encouraging, and good listeners,” said Emma Lucchesi, Friends & Co’s Program Manager. “Volunteering as a weekly Coffee Talker is a great virtual and easy opportunity to make a difference in the lives of older adults in our state by helping them feel more connected and cared about.”

To volunteer for Coffee Talk, please contact Friends and Co’sProgram Manager Emma Lucchesi at or call 612-746-0746.

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