Area Briefs

THEATER CAMP TO PRESENT DISNEY’S FROZEN JR.
MOORHEAD – Moorhead Community Education proudly announces the Middle School Theater Camp production of Disney’s Frozen JR. Performances will be held at the Horizon Middle School Performing Arts Center on June 12 and 13 at 2:00pm & 7:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and can be purchased at the door.
An enchanting modern classic from Disney, Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical. The production, which features 56 students in grades 5-8, brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show includes all of the memorable songs from the animated film, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production. Frozen JR. is a story of true love and acceptance between sisters and Princesses, Anna, played by Jocelyn Larson, and Elsa, played by Bentley Feia. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. The cast, music, choreography, costumes and set are loaded with magic, adventure and plenty of humor.
Frozen JR. also marks the last middle school production for long-time Horizon Middle School theater director Kelly Dubois-Gerchak. “We would like to thank Mrs. Dubois-Gerchak for her 34 year contribution to the middle school theater productions. Hundreds of students and spectators have witnessed the magic of theater, and have been moved by Kelly’s time and dedication to the program. We invite you to attend Frozen JR. to celebrate with Kelly on her final performance and thank her for her investment in students,” said Superintendent Dr. Brandon Lunak.

MSU MOORHEAD WAIVES APPLICATION FEE JUNE 24-28
MOORHEAD – Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) will waive its $20 application fee for campus visitors as part of Minnesota State Week June 24-June 28.
The MSUM campus is open to showcase the university by creating personalized visits that meet students’ needs, whether it’s one-on-one, small group or online conversations. Students and families are invited to learn about our excellent academic programs from staff and current students.
“Minnesota State Week is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn more about everything MSUM offers as the premier regional university in the area,” said Jamie Wepking, Assistant Director of Admissions.
MSU Moorhead is a comprehensive university offering more than 125 majors, emphases and options, 15 graduate degree programs, and 40 certificate programs.
Schedule your visit at mnstate.edu/visit.

GOVERNOR WALZ ANNOUNCES MOORHEAD AS GRANT RECIPIENT TO HIRE POLICE OFFICERS
MOORHEAD – Governor Walz has announced that 35 recipient law enforcement agencies will receive funding for a new Intensive Comprehensive Peace Officer Education and Training (ICPOET) Grant program. The funding will assist the City of Moorhead in welcoming individuals who currently have a two—or four-year degree to transition into a law enforcement career.
The City of Moorhead Police Department will receive grant funds to support 3 officers in this program. Those interested in applying can do so online. Those accepted will be notified in August of 2024 and begin training at Alexandria Technical & Community College October 1, 2024 – February 28, 2025. While there, these officers in training will receive housing, travel, meals and be paid for their time ($25/hr).
For questions or more details, contact Sgt. Joe Brannan at 218-299-5233.

WIC NUTRITION PROGRAM ANNOUNCES NEW QUALIFYING INCOME LEVELS
BISMARCK, ND – Income eligibility guidelines for the North Dakota Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, have increased based on changes in the federal poverty levels.
The change increases the amount of income families can earn and still qualify for the federally funded health and nutrition program. A family of four can now earn up to $4,810 each month and qualify. That is an increase of $185. WIC income eligibility guidelines vary by household size and are online at hhs.nd.gov/food-programs/WIC/eligible.
Individuals who are pregnant, have a new baby, or have children under age 5 may qualify for WIC if they meet income guidelines. WIC is available to working and non-working families. Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants are automatically income-eligible.
To find out more about WIC, visit hhs.nd.gov/food-programs/WIC. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

RESIDENTIAL BRUSH CHIPPING PROGRAM AVAILABLE THROUGH OCTOBER
FARGO – The City of Fargo’s ongoing seasonal program for residential brush chipping is available through October. Residents are asked to place brush on the boulevard by 7 a.m. on their scheduled recycling day.
Fargo residents can also haul their brush, logs and other tree debris to the Fargo Landfill at no charge throughout the year. The landfill is located at 4501 7th Ave. N. Operating hours for the landfill are 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Proof of residency is required.
For more information and program guidelines, residents are encouraged to contact the Forestry Department at 701.241.1465 or online at FargoND.gov/Forestry.

DOCUMENTARY SCREENING OF “BEYOND THE BRIDGE: A SOLUTION TO HOMELESSNESS”
FARGO – The City of Fargo and Fargo Cass Public Health will co-host a special documentary screening of “Beyond the Bridge: A Solution to Homelessness” on Tuesday, June 18, at 7 p.m. at the Fargo Theatre. A panel discussion is scheduled to immediately follow the screening and will feature James Mathy, Milwaukee County Housing Administrator and author of “Milwaukee County’s Plan to End Chronic Homelessness” and other local leaders. The documentary showcases how two large cities in America have managed to tackle homelessness, and includes commentary and interviews from service providers, those with lived experience and policymakers, all of whom were asked the question, “How can this country solve homelessness in a comprehensive way?” This unique event is open to the public and is a follow-up to the series of conversations that took place in February, facilitated by Mr. Mathy.

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