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MOORHEAD – The 2023-24 school year marks the 150th Anniversary of Moorhead Area Public Schools. The district announced “Once A Spud, Always A Spud” as the school year theme to commemorate the milestone. For 150 years, Moorhead Area Public Schools have been welcoming students and creating a place where students thrive. Since its founding in 1873, approximately 30,000 young men and women have graduated from Moorhead High School. 

“As the world continues to change, Moorhead Area Public Schools remains true to its core commitment of developing the potential of every student to thrive in a changing world. Educational excellence provides a solid foundation for graduates to continue to learn, dream and achieve their goals throughout their lifetime. Graduates from MHS have impacted not only our city, state, region and country; they have changed the world for the better,” said Superintendent Dr. Brandon Lunak.

The historic opening of phase one of the new Moorhead High School building will take place in January, 2024. “The new facilities are catalysts for the education of the future which will set MHS students up to impact the world for the next 150 years. We have a rich heritage to celebrate. And we have a promising future in front of us,” said Lunak.

Moorhead Area Public Schools will be celebrating throughout the 2023-24 school year with a keepsake history book, special 150th limited edition merchandise and the following celebration events:

Saturday, September 30; 10 a.m. to noon–Moorhead High School Farewell Event

Sunday, December 17; 2 to 4 p.m.–New MHS Academic Wings Preview

Wednesday, December 27; after 7:30 p.m. basketball game–New MHS Gym Commissioning

More information can be found on the district’s 150th Anniversary website at


Legislative changes to the Minnesota Property Tax Refund program may benefit many homeowners under a new special program. The standard property tax refund program features larger maximum refunds this year, and a special refund program provides refunds to homeowners whose property taxes increased at least 6 percent (12 percent increase was required to qualify in past years). There is no income limit for the special rebate program.

The City of Moorhead Assessor’s Office estimates that 6,500 Moorhead residences may qualify for the special refund that did not in past years.

Homeowners and renters should file for a 2022 Minnesota Property Tax Refund before the August 15, 2023, deadline. If homeowners and renters did not file for their 2021 Minnesota Property Tax Refund last year, they can also still file before the August 15, 2023, deadline.

Here are some of the important changes this year:

Maximum refund for a renter has increased to $2,440

Maximum refund for a homeowner has increased to $3,140

If you have already filed your property tax refund, the State of Minnesota is updating its systems to automatically increase refunds on previously filed returns.

A homeowner or renter can receive a refund if property taxes went up more than 6% this year; income limit doesn’t apply.

 Information and tips: 

Find out if you qualify for a property tax refund. Both renters and homeowners that meet certain requirements may be eligible. There are renter refunds (with income requirements) and two types of homeowner refunds: regular and “special” for homeowners who had a 6% or more property tax increase. Visit Minnesota Department of Revenue to see if you qualify, or type ‘property tax refund’ into the Search box on the Department of Revenue website.

Include the right information. Renters must include the Certificate of Rent Paid form issued by their landlord in January. Homeowners should make sure to use the information from their property tax statements issued by their county each spring.

Senior citizens in need of property tax relief may qualify for the Property Tax Deferral for Senior Citizens, which allows them to defer a portion of the property taxes they owe each year. 

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