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MOORHEAD – Join Concordia’s new president, Dr. Colin Irvine, for an evening of delicious corn on the cob and fun at the Cobber Corn Feed Wednesday, Aug. 16, in Moorhead. The annual event is open to alumni, students, friends, and perspective students, as well as the public. It will run from 5:30-8 p.m. near Prexy’s Pond at Concordia College.

The corn promises to be tasty and hot, and the best part, free! If you are looking for a little more food, concessions are available for purchase. In addition to great food, guests will enjoy music and conversation. To entertain the kids, there will be free inflatable obstacle courses, face painting, and photo opportunities with the mascot, Kernel Cobb. No RSVP is needed. Come join the fun!

Cobber Corn Feeds have become an annual tradition throughout the country. They allow Concordia students, alumni, and friends to renew friendships, make new acquaintances, and learn more about what is currently happening at the college. There will be 15 corn feeds this summer held in six states.

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MOORHEAD – Moorhead residents must use compostable/paper bags or reusable cans for curbside yard waste collection; yard waste in plastic bags will no longer be collected as of Sept 1.

The primary reasons for the change include alleviating the litter and costs of disposing clear plastic bags, minimizing maintenance and down time of the yard waste processing equipment, and eliminating contamination of the finished compost. The ultimate goal is to make the City’s composting service more efficient and sustainable.

Acceptable options for yard waste after September 1 include:  

Reusable cans (up to 32 gallons in size). Yard waste stickers are not required but can be picked up at the Resource Recovery Center (3322 15 Ave N), 3rd floor of City Hall, Public Works Offices (1300 15 Ave N), or the Public Works Shop (700 15 Ave N).  

Paper lawn bags

Compostable lawn bags that are BPI-Certified and ASTM D6400 standard compliant (with the BPI stamp on the bag)

Dropping off yard waste at the City compost site, or dumpsters at Woodlawn Point (418 Elm St), the Public Works Shop (700 15 Ave N), the Resource Recovery Center (3322 15 Ave N), or Southside Regional Park (corner of Parkview Drive and 23 St S).

BPI-Certified compostable or paper lawn bags can be purchased at Moorhead’s Ace Hardware, Menards, or online at various retailers. Reusable cans (about $25) can also be purchased at Moorhead’s Ace Hardware, Menards, Runnings and Target.

Each container or bag must not exceed 30 pounds, but there is no limit on the total number that may be picked up. If you have questions, please contact Public Works at 218.299.5347 or 218.299.5465.


MOORHEAD – Youth and their caregivers are invited to discover their inner scientist with an interactive event held at the Moorhead Public Library. In partnership with the Fargo-Moorhead Science Museum, the library will host a STEM Fair allowing participants to design and build block structures, tinker with a microscope and enjoy other fun and educational STEM-based activities that are sure to ignite curiosity. 

The program is open to participants of all ages but is geared for youth ages 3-13. The STEM Fair will be held at the Moorhead Public Library, 118 5th St. S., on Thursday, August 17 from 2-4 p.m. The program is offered free-of-charge.


The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Livestock Investment Grant. This annual grant opportunity is open to Minnesota livestock farmers and ranchers looking to improve their operations, supporting long-term development in Minnesota’s $8 billion livestock industry.

The MDA anticipates awarding approximately $1.5 million in fiscal year 2024 for Livestock Investment Grants using a competitive review process. Grant funds are available for equipment purchases and physical improvements used to help start, improve, or expand livestock operations in Minnesota. Reimbursable investments include but are not limited to buildings or facilities for producing livestock, watering systems, fencing, feed equipment, and waste management equipment used for raising livestock.

All principal operators of livestock farms in Minnesota are invited to apply, including those who have received grants in the past. Only one application will be accepted per farm. Preference will be given to applicants or farms that have not previously been awarded a grant.

Applicants may apply for up to 10% of their project’s total cost, with a minimum expense of $4,000 and a maximum expense of $250,000. Grant awards can range in size from $400 to $25,000. Only expenses incurred after the grant contract has been signed by all parties are eligible for reimbursement. The MDA expects to have contracts to grantees by early 2024.

Applications for the grant will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2023. Applicants must use the MDA’s online application portal to apply for the grant.

Additional information can be found on the AGRI Livestock Investment Grant webpage.

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