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LIBRARIES ANNOUNCE “EXPRESS YOURSELF” SUMMER READING CHALLENGE 

MOORHEAD – Lake Agassiz Regional Library is bringing an art and expression-themed Summer Library Experience to youth and adults of all ages in communities in Becker, Clay, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Norman, Polk, and Wilkin counties. Beginning June 1, participants can read to win prizes as well as attend programs designed to inspire creativity.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to stop by their local library or LINK Site  to pick up a reading log. Information about the program and event lists are available at larl.org/explore.

The program will be offered from June 1-July 31 at libraries and LINK Sites in the following communities: Ada, Bagley, Barnesville, Breckenridge, Climax, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, Fertile, Fosston, Hawley, Mahnomen, McIntosh and Moorhead. LARL’s LINK sites are found in Cormorant, Frazee, Gonvick, Halstad, Hendrum, Lake Park, Rothsay, Twin Valley and Ulen. 

Local events include the Moorhead Public Library’s annual Pet Show on June 1 at 6:30 p.m. with weekly programs held weekly on Thursdays at 2 p.m. Both the Moorhead and Hawley Libraries will host educational children’s concerts performed by musician and composer Gaelynn Lea, offered free-of-charge thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. Lea will perform on Wednesday, June 7 at 3 p.m. at the Hawley Public Library and Thursday, June 8 at 2 p.m. at the Moorhead Public Library. More information is available at larl.org and a full list of programs can be found at larl.org/explore.

MN DIRECT TAX REBATE PAYMENTS

Last week, Governor Tim Walz signed legislation that directs the Minnesota Department of Revenue to distribute direct tax rebate payments. These payments are: 

$520 for married joint filers who had a 2021 adjusted gross income of $150,000 or less 

$260 for all other filers who had a 2021 adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less 

An additional $260 per dependent, up to three dependents, for filers who had a 2021 adjusted gross income at or below the thresholds above 

You do not have to apply for this payment. Revenue will use tax year 2021 individual income tax or 2021 property tax refund returns to determine eligibility and distribute these tax rebate payments. We will reduce rebate amounts for part-year residents based on the percentage of the year they lived in Minnesota.  We anticipate sending out these payments in early fall.  

More information can be found here: www.revenue.state.mn.us/

MSUM’S OCEANARIUM CELEBRATES WORLD OCEANS DAY JUNE 8

MOORHEAD – Minnesota State University Moorhead will celebrate the expansion of its Oceanarium on World Oceans Day, Thursday, June 8.  

The Oceanarium is an interactive, investigative marine laboratory that features more than 50 species of sea life. Visitors can handle horseshoe crabs, get up close and personal with stingrays and learn about the importance of oceans and their creatures. The Oceanarium is located in the lower level of Langseth Hall, 600 11th St. S., Moorhead.  

An open house with tours will run from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 8, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Parking is available in the R-4 lot directly north of Langseth Hall and any general lot. Light refreshments will be served.  

Also, to commemorate World Oceans Day, the Red River Zoo will donate half of its gate admission to the Oceanarium on June 8. Donations to support the MSUM Oceanarium can be made online at https://donate.mnstate.edu/oceanarium.  

For more information about the Oceanarium, visit mnstate.edu/oceanarium. 

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