Area Briefs

MOORHEAD – The Clay County Board of Commissioners has approved a 2nd round of funding to the Clay County C.A.R.E.S Act Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. The second round of grants are for businesses located anywhere in Clay County that have 20 – 50 employees and have experienced financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is funded by the Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund, established through Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (C.A.R.E.S Act). Grants of up to $10,000 will be available. All applications are subject to meeting grant criteria. The program is not first-come, first-served and will not be distributed through a lottery system. Grant amounts may be revised based on number of applications received.
Applications will be accepted online starting October 1st @ 9:00 am thru October 15th@ 11:59 pm. Complete guidelines, eligibility requirements, and application information can be accessed through the County website
For additional questions or clarifications, please email or leave a message at 218-299-7820.

Pumpkin Party Pick-Up
MOORHEAD – Celebrate Halloween this year with Moorhead Parks and Recreation’s Pumpkin Party Pick-Up. On Thursday, October 15, kids ages 13 and under can stop by Memorial Park between 3 pm and 6 pm to grab a pumpkin, some paint, and goodies. Participants are asked to take the pumpkin home and create a masterpiece.
Once your pumpkin creation is complete, send us a photo of your submission for a chance to win some great prizes that include gift cards and of course, candy! Submissions must be received by Halloween, October 31, and winners will be announced on November 2.
Please wear face masks (the health kind, not the Halloween kind) when picking up the pumpkins and supplies. We also ask that you maintain a safe social distance between families and follow the marked path and directions. Supplies are limited and will be first come-first serve.
Photo Contest Submissions:
1. Paint pumpkin and take a photo of you in your costume with your masterpiece
2. Send the photo with the attached form to
The Pumpkin Party Pick-Up replaces Moorhead’s traditional Haunted Mall event due to COVID-19 public health restrictions on large group gatherings. Enjoy the Pumpkin Party Pick-Up and we look forward to seeing all of the ghouls, witches, and goblins again in 2021.

COVID-19 testing October 1 in Moorhead
MOORHEAD – The Minnesota Department of Health is partnering with local public health officials to offer free COVID-19 testing the week of September 28 in Bemidji, Bloomington, Maplewood, Marshall, Moorhead, and Thief River Falls.
Testing will be free, available to anyone who wants to be tested whether they have symptoms or not, and will not require insurance. Today’s event is part of a four-week push to provide increased access to “no barrier” COVID-19 testing following increased levels of community spread statewide. The Minnesota National Guard will continue providing logistical support for a number of these events.
Free testing: Thursday, October 1, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Moorhead Armory 1002 15th Avenue North.

MOORHEAD – Due to Covid-19, all in-person AARP meetings have been canceled by the AARP national office for the rest of 2020. Moorhead AARP normally meets 8 times a year at the Moorhead Senior Center. Programming is scheduled to resume in March 2021, depending on the pandemic.

Virtual Diversity Job Fair
MOORHEAD – This virtual event will begin on Oct 12, 10am and go all the way through Oct 26.
Job descriptions and employer interactions in the following languages: Somali, Swahili, Kurdish, and Arabic.
Find the event on Facebook or go to
Brought to you by: Moorhead Business Association, Rural MN CEP, ND Job Service, Afro American Development Corporation, Lakes and Prairies Community Action Partnership and JobsHQ!

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