Area Briefs

CITY OF MOORHEAD AND PARTNERS TO BREAK GROUND ON NEW COMMUNITY CENTER AND PUBLIC LIBRARY
MOORHEAD – The City of Moorhead, in collaboration with Lake Agassiz Regional Library, McGough Construction, JLG Architects and Miller Hull, is thrilled to invite the public to the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Moorhead Community Center and Public Library. The event will take place on Wednesday, June 5 at 3 pm, at 411 Center Ave, Moorhead (Corner of 5 St and Center Avenue, former US Bank Building lot across from Moorhead Center Mall) marking the commencement of a transformative project set to be completed in 2026.
The state-of-the-art community center and 21st century public library promises to serve as a cultural anchor for a revitalized downtown Moorhead. Spaces for learning, business, play, and exercise, will cater to the diverse needs of the community for generations to come.
Modern Design and Amenities: gathering spaces, reading nooks, upper level, full-view walking loop, indoor playground, general and children’s library areas, along with a center for entrepreneurship for co-working and collaborating.
Strategic Location: excellent access to public transit, connections to other amenities, and existing infrastructure.
Community Hub: flexible spaces for gathering, creating, co-working, collaborating, and playing, based on extensive community feedback from a growing community.
In addition to offering access to thousands of books, periodicals, and other materials, the Moorhead Public Library is a vital community gathering space providing access to technology, information, culture, and entertainment. This new facility will continue to support job seekers, families, individuals, and community groups, offering resources and experiences that enhance and improve lives.
“We are delighted that the day is finally here and are so excited to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new Moorhead Library and Community Center,” said Megan Krueger, director of the Moorhead Public Library. “The new facility will be a welcome opportunity to offer enhanced services and resources to community members of all ages.”
Currently, the Moorhead Public Library welcomes over 500 visitors daily and serves a community of approximately 44,500 residents. The existing building, which dates back to 1962 and was last remodeled in 1988, is no longer adequate to meet the needs of this dynamic and evolving community. The new facility will address these challenges, offering a warm and vibrant space for residents to gather, no matter the weather.
The Moorhead Public Library, a branch of the Lake Agassiz Regional Library, has been a proud cornerstone of the community since 1906. As part of a system that serves seven northwest Minnesota counties, the new library and community center will continue this legacy of service and community engagement.
Join us on June 5 to celebrate the beginning of this exciting new chapter for Moorhead. For more information, visit Yes56560.com and stay updated on the latest developments and public engagement events.

SERVICE ALERT: MEMORIAL DAY SCHEDULE CHANGES
MOORHEAD – City of Moorhead offices will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 27 and reopen on Tuesday, May 28.
Garbage/Recycling: Monday (May 27) garbage and recycling routes will be collected on Tuesday. All other routes from Tuesday through Friday will be collected on their regularly scheduled day. Please be aware the shift in route schedules may cause early or delayed collection this week; set your trash out by 4 am to ensure it is collected.
MATBUS: There will be no MATBUS or MAT Paratransit service on May 27; the Ground Transportation Center will also be closed. Services will resume May 28.

RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO CHECK THEIR SPRINKLER SYSTEMS
4th Ave N and 30th St N areas
MOORHEAD – A contractor for the City of Moorhead has replaced curb and gutter in this area over the last week. Curb removal and replacement involved work in the boulevard extending approximately 2 feet behind the curb and may have impacted in-place sprinkler systems located in the construction zone and within City right-of-way. If residents have sprinkler systems within the City right-of-way, it is recommended to have the system checked by a landscaping company to see if any damage has been done to the system.
Sprinkler systems in City right-of-way are there permissively, therefore, if sprinkler heads or lines within the construction limits and in City right-of-way are damaged, the City will not be liable nor reimburse the cost of repair of sprinklers damaged.

FISH FOR FREE
JUNE 1-2 IN ND
NDGF
North Dakota residents who want to give fishing a try can fish for free June 1-2.
That is the state’s free fishing weekend, when all residents 16 and older can fish any North Dakota water without a license. Residents 15 and younger do not need a fishing license at any time of year.
The weekend provides a great opportunity to try fishing for the first time or take someone new.
Information on regulations, where to fish and what equipment is needed is available on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website at gf.nd.gov.

MOORHEAD PARKS AND RECREATION TO CELEBRATE OPENING OF INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND
Moorhead Parks and Recreation is thrilled to announce the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the highly anticipated Inclusive Playground at Southside Regional Park (Next to the Miracle Field), 2000 40 Ave S, Moorhead on Thursday, May 30, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm.
This innovative addition to our community offers a welcoming space where individuals of all abilities can come together for fun and recreation.
Location: Southside Regional Park (Next to the Miracle Field), 2000 40 Ave S, Moorhead
The Inclusive Playground features a specially designed rubber surface, landscaping, and sidewalks, making it accessible for individuals using wheelchairs and those with mobility challenges. Additionally, the park boasts a variety of amenities, including swings, a teeter-totter, and more, all carefully crafted to promote inclusivity and accessibility.
Key features include rubber surface for ease of wheelchair access and a variety of play equipment suitable for individuals of all abilities. One of only two such playgrounds in the entire region.
While the playground is set to be a regional draw, fundraising efforts are still underway to erect a perimeter fence, ensuring a safe and secure environment for all visitors.
Situated adjacent to the Miracle Field, the Inclusive Playground at Southside Regional Park represents a significant step towards creating a fully inclusive recreational space in Moorhead. Just as the Miracle Field has revolutionized baseball for athletes with mobility challenges, the Inclusive Playground aims to foster a sense of belonging and camaraderie among community members of all abilities.
Join us in celebrating this momentous occasion and the realization of our vision for an inclusive and accessible community playground.

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