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MOORHEAD AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS CONTINUES SUMMER MEALS PROGRAM 

MOORHEAD – As part of its efforts to ensure children have access to healthy meals during the summer months, Moorhead Area Public Schools is pleased to announce continuation of the summer meals program. Starting on May 31, all children 18 and under can receive breakfast and lunch free of charge at several school and park locations. 

All meals are required to be eaten on-site. Please contact the Food and Nutrition Services office at 218-284-3325 or foodnutrition@moorheadschools.org if your student has dietary restrictions.

HCSCC OFFERS FREE ADMISSION FOR MOTHERS ON MOTHERS’ DAY

MOORHEAD – The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County (HCSCC) will offer free museum admission at the Hjemkomst Center to mothers on Mothers’ Day (Sunday, May 14) Noon – 5pm.

 Current exhibitions at HCSCC include Ralph’s Corner Bar, Through Television’s Lens: The WDAY TV Negative Collection, Downtown Moorhead: 150 Years of Change, and Ihdago Manipi.

MSU MOORHEAD ELEMENTARY INCLUSIVE EDUCATION ADDS ONLINE OPTION  

MOORHEAD – Minnesota State University Moorhead is adding an online option for its undergraduate Elementary Inclusive Education degree. Previously, the program was only available on-campus.  

The new online delivery method opens the door for students who are employed full time. Students also have the flexibility to choose from 6, 9 or 12-plus credit hours and can complete their field experience in their own community.  

“The new online track will make our Elementary Inclusive Education program more accessible for those who are placebound or schedule bound. Paraprofessionals, working adults or those who live in rural areas can more easily pursue their dream of becoming an elementary teacher,” said Ok-Hee Lee, Ph.D., dean of MSUM’s College of Education and Human Services.  

The Elementary Inclusive Education program teaches future educators to be prepared for diverse elementary classrooms. The program comes with the option to receive the Academic Behavior Strategist (ABS) Special Education licensure, which allows candidates to work as special education teachers in K-12 settings. The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  

Learn more about the new online option at www.mnstate.edu/elementary-education.

OAKPORT CLEANUP DAY IS MAY 16

MOORHEAD – Cleanup Days in Moorhead are in full swing. While the City’s hard-working sanitation crews have been picking up discarded items, treasure hunters have been sailing the streets all week to discover those items that they can’t live without.

Oakport neighborhood will be May 16, the same as its recycling day. NOTE: For some Oakport addresses, the City’s online Cleanup Day address finder has been showing May 9 as the pickup day. If you live in Oakport, your Cleanup Day is May 16.

Please sort appliances, furniture, household garbage, metal, etc. into piles; different trucks collect specific items.

Use disposable containers such as cardboard boxes (no loose garbage please). Organizing your materials makes things go much smoother for sanitation crews.

HCSCC ANNOUNCES ANNUAL MEETING  

MOORHEAD – The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County announces its annual meeting will take place Thurs. June 1 at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead at 6pm. A pasta buffet dinner will be followed by a short business meeting, the election of new board members, presentation of the Clay County Heritage Award, and a historical presentation by Markus Krueger.  

This year’s award winner is Marisa Bengtson-Loerzel. Bengtson-Loerzel is being recognized for her efforts to commemorate the life and achievements of Clay County-born aviatrix Florence Klingensmith with first a mural on Main Avenue in Moorhead and then the naming of the Moorhead airport the  Florence Klingensmith Field. The Clay County Heritage Award celebrates the efforts of an individual, group, or organization in fulfilling the HCSCC mission “to collect, preserve, interpret, and share the history and culture of Clay County, MN.”  

Following the award, HCSCC historian Markus Krueger will present on “Clay County: 1872.” Cost for the evening is $40 per person. Pre-registration is required by May 17 at https://www.hcscconline.org/events.html.

The event will not be shared online. For assistance registering, call Emily Kulzer at 218-299-5511, Ext. 6737.  

MORE THAN 800 MSUM STUDENTS TO GRADUATE MAY 12  

   MOORHEAD – Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to more than 800 students, including 185 graduate students, during its spring commencement program Friday, May 12, in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse.   

The 10 a.m. ceremony will include undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Business, Analytics & Communications and the College of Science, Health & the Environment. The 10 a.m. student speaker will be Sami Farrell, a political science graduate from Sioux Falls, S.D.  

The 2 p.m. ceremony will include undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Arts & Humanities and the College of Education & Human Services. The student speaker will be Sejla Dervisic, a history and political science graduate from Fargo, N.D.  

Stephanie Ballard will be the commencement speaker at both ceremonies. She is a 2014 elementary inclusive education graduate who earned special education licensures in specific learning disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders.

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