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MOORHEAD – The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County will host a presentation about the history and cultural significance of the Ojibwe jingle dress by Indigenous Legacy on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 1pm in the Oak Room of the Hjemkomst Center.  

This event includes a dance demonstration by local Ojibwe dancers Joy Annette, Anna Sheppard, and Chantel Sheppard, live drumming and singing, as well as a Q & A session at the end.

Indigenous Legacy is a fiscal year 2023 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

While this event is free, admission to the museum to see the exhibits will be charged. For more information, see  


The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has opened registration for businesses currently selling hemp-derived cannabinoid products in Minnesota. The registration form is available online now and there is no fee to register.

Hemp-derived cannabinoid products are defined as products derived from hemp and containing no more than 0.3% THC (dry weight). Minnesota’s adult-use cannabis law signed by Governor Tim Walz on May 30 requires retailers and manufacturers of hemp-derived cannabinoid products to register with the State of Minnesota by Oct. 1. This includes those selling directly to consumers, such as breweries that make hemp THC beverages, as well as out-of-state manufacturers that sell online or to businesses in Minnesota.

Once the registration is complete, a registration certificate will be sent to the business owner by email. Information supplied during the registration process will be visible on the registration certificate and on the MDH website. All registered businesses are encouraged to retain a copy of the email as proof of registration.  

If a change in ownership or contact information occurs, the business owner must contact MDH to update the registration. Additional details are available on the website.

Businesses not currently selling products but intending to do so in the future and businesses that open after Oct. 1 must register before they sell any hemp-derived cannabinoid product. 

A separate licensing process for all adult-use cannabis and lower-potency hemp businesses will be available in the future when regulation of these products moves to the new Office of Cannabis Management.

For more details about the registration process, visit the Edible Cannabinoid Products website.


A bill passed by the Minnesota Legislature this year allows adopted people born in Minnesota who are age 18 or older to request and receive non-certified copies of their original birth records beginning July 1, 2024.

To begin implementing the new law, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has made a new form available on its website. It will allow people who placed children for adoption to indicate a preference on being contacted by the adopted person.

Birth records show the names of birth parents, the adopted person’s name at birth, the place of birth and additional details. Currently, original birth records are sealed, and birth parents may submit an affidavit of disclosure or non-disclosure to provide or restrict an adopted person’s access to their original birth record. With this change in the law, all such affidavits on file will expire on June 30, 2024, and adopted people age 18 and older can access their original birth records. Birth records may also be requested by people related to the adoptee, or their legal representatives, if an adoptee is deceased.

The contact preference form that is now available can be used for both past and future adoptions. People who have placed a child for adoption in Minnesota and would like to have information on file with the original birth record as to whether they would like to be contacted should fill out the form.

The completed forms will be attached to original birth records and provided to adoptees who request their records once they are available next year. Regardless of the contact preference expressed by birth parents, adopted people will still be eligible to receive a non-certified copy of their original birth records and may choose to initiate contact.

More information about the change, along with the birth parent contact preference form, is available on MDH’s Birth Records and Adoption webpage.

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