Area Briefs

MOORHEAD – The City of Moorhead has recently been made aware that some residents have received a text message claiming to be a survey from the City of Moorhead. Please be advised that this message is spam.
If you have received such a text, do not click on the link provided. Delete the message immediately to protect your personal information.

MOORHEAD – The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County is pleased to announce the opening of Quilt National ’23, a juried exhibit of 30 one-of-a-kind quilted masterpieces, on July 2, 2024, at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, OH, has organized this biennial competition for 45 years. Commenting on the innovation and diversity of Quilt National, Leah Magyary, Executive Director of The Dairy Barn Arts Center, says, “Throughout its history, Quilt National has showcased quilts that play with light, space, color, and technology, allowing new masterpieces to emerge and blossom. And we are not done yet- there is so much more for the quilting world to discover, and the more artists we invite to the table, the better we can progress towards untapped creativity.”
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MOORHEAD – The Moorhead Farmers Market is a great place to Get Fresh and Go Local. Open Tuesdays, June-September, the market offers fresh vegetables, fruit, baked goods, honey, jams, jellies, pet products, hand-crafted items and more. The market takes place downtown in Viking Ship Park. Enjoy live, local Music at the Market 4-6 pm. Stick around for free museum entry courtesy of the Historical Cultural Society of Clay County after 5 pm.
SNAP Benefits are accepted and tripled when claimed at the Moorhead Farmers Market. $10 in SNAP dollars get you $30 in tokens to spend on fresh market foods courtesy of Hunger Solutions of Minnesota. The Moorhead Farmers Market is also newly S/FMNP-authorized to serve WIC participants and low-income seniors.
Thanks to West Central Initiative and Network and Technology Solutions, Inc., Power of Produce Clubs are back at the Moorhead Farmers Market.

FARGO – The American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE24) is renowned for its competition to determine the nation’s best-tasting drinking water. The ACE24 draws over 10,000 water professionals from both the United States and around the globe. This year, The City of Fargo’s Regional Water Treatment Plant, along with 31 other state’s contest winners, participated in this prestigious event in Anaheim, California. In the national “People’s Choice” competition, conference attendees sample and rank the water in a blind taste test. Fargo’s water earned second place in the competition, marking The City’s first national best-taste award.
Water Utility Director Troy Hall credited the win to a collaborative effort among several departments at The City of Fargo, including Public Works, Engineering, Finance and Administration. “Our dedicated and diligent water treatment employees, alongside City staff members from various departments, have made this national recognition possible. Their hard work behind the scenes ensures our region enjoys some of the country’s best-tasting drinking water,” Hall said. He also acknowledged the support from elected City leaders for ongoing improvements to the water system. Hall played a key role in overseeing the construction of Fargo’s enhanced Water Treatment Plant, which became fully operational in 2019.

FARGO – The Fargo AirSho featuring the U. S. Navy Blue Angels aerial demonstration team will be on Saturday/Sunday July 27-28. Volunteers are needed to do concessions and will receive free parking, admission and food. Volunteers must be age 13 or older.
To volunteer please contact Gary H. Olson, e-mail: or call 218-790-5130.

MOORHEAD – The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Grants for Arts Projects award of $22,000. This grant will support a two-year hardanger fiddle-making apprenticeship that will allow up to four people to learn how to make hardanger fiddles from scratch under the tutelage of master luthier Robert “Bud” Larsen of Brainers, MN. In total, the NEA will award 1,135 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling more than $37 million as part of its second round of fiscal year 2024 grants.
Funds will pay Bud Larsen to travel to the community seven times of the next two years to teach workshops to local community members taking on the challenge. The grant also pays for all supplies needed to construct Hardanger fiddles. People who have a strong background in Norwegian culture and a commitment to the lengthy two-year process should contact Robert Larsen about becoming an apprentice in the future. The apprentices selected for this year are Markus Krueger and Emily Stevenson.

WAHPETON, N.D. – The North Dakota State College of Science has named 481 students to its spring 2024 President’s Honor List. The Honor List recognizes students who have achieved grade point averages of 3.5 or higher while taking at least 12 credits with letter grades. Area honorees include:
Moorhead: Samuel Case, John Deere Tech; Aiden Copeland, Welding Technology; Tomas Friedrich, Welding Technology; Chase Hoiland, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician; Glen Leeper, Electrical Technology; Lily Mathern, Liberal Arts Transfer; Carter Olson, Building Construction Technology; Zachery Taft, Electrical Technology
Glyndon: Logan Johnson, Welding Technology
Hawley: Madison Balsdon, Registered Nursing; Carl Ekre, Precision Machining Technology; Caidin Larson, Building Construction Technology
Dilworth: Francisco Salazar, Architectural Modeling & Design Technology
Borup: Katrina Quick, Agriculture
Barnesville: Gavin Grommesh, Precision Agriculture Technology; Brady Kroll, Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology; Abbey Nelson, Dental Assisting; Jacob Reep, Practical Nursing; Emmy Stanton, Liberal Arts Transfer

Service Alert: Independence Day Schedule Changes
City of Moorhead offices will be closed for Independence Day on Thursday, July 4 and reopen on Friday, July 5. Important service impacts:
Garbage/Recycling: Thursday (July 4) garbage and recycling routes will be collected on Friday. All routes on Monday – Wednesday and 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 4:00 am to ensure it is collected.
City Offices: City of Moorhead offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and will reopen on Friday, July 5.
MATBUS: There will be no MATBUS or MAT Paratransit service on July 4; the Ground Transportation Center will also be closed. Services will resume July 5.

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