Area Briefs

MAIN AVE BETWEEN 6 ST AND 8 ST CLOSED
MOORHEAD – Main Ave between 6 St and 8 St is closed as crews finish the final section of the Brick Sewer Re-Lining project.
Main Ave traffic will be detoured to Center Ave via 5 St and 8 St.
M&H, Rigels and Ace Hardware can still be accessed via 6 St.
The UPS Store can be accessed from the south using 7 St.
Papa John’s and Essentia may still be accessed from Main Ave.
Pizza Hut and additional businesses in the 7th & Main Plaza can also be accessed from the south using 7 St.
The work is expected to last into November. Motorists should expect delays in the area and seek alternative routes, if possible.

CONCORDIA COLLEGE CELEBRATES THE INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT COLIN IRVINE SUNDAY, OCT. 15
MOORHEAD – The public is invited to join Concordia College in the momentous occasion of inaugurating its 12th president, Dr. Colin Irvine, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, in Memorial Auditorium. The ceremony marks the beginning of a new era of leadership and innovation for the college.
Distinguished guests, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the community will gather to witness the formal investiture of President Irvine, who brings a wealth of experience and a visionary approach to higher education.
The inauguration ceremony will feature keynote addresses, worship service readings, and performances by the college’s talented band and choir students.
The installation will be performed by Mary Ranum, chair of Concordia College’s Board of Regents; the Rev. Tessa Moon Leiseth, bishop of the Eastern North Dakota Synod of the ELCA; and the Rev. William Tesch, bishop of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA and member of the Concordia College’s Board of Regents.
Interested guests can RSVP and learn more at ConcordiaCollege.edu/Inauguration.

LOCAL UFO HISTORY PRESENTATION SCHEDULED AT MOORHEAD LIBRARY OCT. 26
MOORHEAD – In 1897 and 1947, Fargo-Moorhead-area locals spotted unidentified flying objects in our skies. Was it aliens? Mad scientists? Military secrets? Pop culture mass hysteria? Discover the truth with a free presentation by local historian Markus Krueger scheduled at the Moorhead Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Krueger, program director for the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, will tell the story of an airship spotted in the skies above Barnesville in 1897, as well as the 1947 flying saucer dogfight which took place above Fargo.
The Moorhead Public Library is located at 118 5th St. S., in Moorhead and the program is offered free-of-charge.

INVESTIGATE THE UNEXPLAINED AT BONANZAVILLE
West Fargo – October 13th, 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th explore the unexplained at Bonanzaville! Visitors, staff, and volunteers alike report phenomena at Bonanzaville that cannot be easily explained. These tours allow guests to move beyond museum barriers with experienced guides in teams of 6 to 8 and discover for yourself. EMF detectors, infrared temperature readers, and voice boxes are provided for each group. Attendees can also bring in their own approved equipment.
This year Midwest Haunts and Paranormal Investigators of North Dakota join Bonanzaville as guides during several sessions. Free drinks and munchies during social hours have been added to the experience, allowing guests to share their findings.

WEST FARGO POLICE DEPARTMENT’S ANNUAL PINK PATCH PROJECT
West Fargo – The West Fargo Police Department has launched the annual Pink Patch Project, in partnership with Sandy’s Donuts, to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During the month of October, the commemorative patches and challenge coins are available for purchase for $10 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the West Fargo Police Department lobby (800 4th Ave. E.). Patches are also available at the West Fargo Sandy’s Donuts (301 Main Ave. W.) during business hours.
This year’s Pink Patch Project also includes the addition of three West Fargo Police Department Pink Patch stickers. The stickers are available for purchase for $5 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the West Fargo Police Department lobby (800 4th Ave. E.).
All proceeds from the sale will go to the Edith Sanford Breast Center, which improves access to comprehensive breast care and facilitates collaboration between researchers, physicians and patients to advance a shared goal of finding cures.

CLAY COUNTY SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR WASTE SORT
MOORHEAD – Volunteers are needed Thursday, October 19th from 1:00pm- 4:00pm for a waste sort at the Clay County Resource Recovery Center, 2233 15th Ave N, Moorhead MN.
You are invited to participate in a waste sort of residential trash from 100 homes in Moorhead with curbside no-sort recycling service. We will sort through the trash, learn about the waste stream, record data, and witness the amount of recyclables and organics in the trash. We will gain valuable information about the amount of recyclables and organics being sent to the landfill. This sort will assist in measuring the effectiveness of the recycling program.
Volunteers will wear old clothes and closed-toed shoes. The County will provide personal protective gear. Training will begin at 12:45pm and sorting will start by 1:00 pm. We will be finished sorting at by 4:00.pm Volunteers are welcome to join us for any amount of time during the sort.
Clay County has held this sort of the trash from the same 100 houses annually beginning in 2017. Recyclables, plastic bags, food waste, and trash are separated and weighed to record the makeup of the trash. We compare the numbers from the sorts. We use the data to help assess successes and work areas in the diversion and recycling programs. Plastic bags numbers are also tracked separately to further the discussion regarding their use in our area. This important study will give us real numbers to report when discussing waste diversion, recycling, and disposal in the metro area.
Please contact Shannon at 218-299-7329 or shannon.thompson@claycountymn.gov on or before October 17th to volunteer.

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