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Women to learn about engines large and small
MOORHEAD – Women who want to learn more about maintaining engines – from lawn mowers to large farm machines – can learn from trained technicians Saturday in two workshops co-sponsored by RDO Equipment and Doubting Thomas Farms.
The two-hour morning session focuses on lawn mower tips: how to sharpen blades, check and change the oil, and more. Beginning at 1, the afternoon session takes a close look at maintaining large Ag equipment, with an overview of the inner workings of combines.
Sessions are taught by Makenzie Lako and Emma Westman of RDO, along with Melany and Noreen Thomas. All tools and machines are provided. The sessions take place in RDO’s heated facility at 2960 34th St. S., Moorhead.
To register, call Moorhead Community Education, 218-284-3400. Cost is $14 for Moorhead School District residents.

FMWF Chamber names new CEO
MOORHEAD – The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber is excited to announce Shannon Full as the new president and CEO of the organization.
“Shannon brings a passion for building and sustaining prosperous communities,” said Sandi Piatz, chair of The Chamber’s Chamber Board of Directors. “This passion inspired the board, and we’re thrilled to see what innovative and effective initiatives Shannon will use to lead The Chamber and the entire Fargo Moorhead West Fargo community forward.”
Full brings with her over 20 years of Chamber experience from four states when she begins the role in December. She is currently the president and CEO of TwinWest Chamber of Commerce in Plymouth, Minnesota, and was recruited by an executive search firm to fill the position. Full replaces Craig Whitney, who passed away after a battle with cancer last December.
Full is an experienced relationship and community-builder. Many of her other chamber positions represented multiple communities. Full is a pro-business advocate, and has specific experience with talent and workforce development, economic development, special events, membership sales and growing organizations.
Full will begin her new role in December 2020. Full and her family are excited to join the FMWF community.

2020 Mayor for a Day Essay Contest
MOORHEAD – The League of Minnesota Cities is holding its annual essay contest to find out what our cities would look like if kids were in charge.
The contest is open to Minnesotans who will be in the fourth, fifth, or sixth grades this school year. Entries for the 2020 Mayor for a Day essay contest must be handwritten and postmarked by December 7. Three winners will be chosen from entries across the state of Minnesota and awarded $100, and will have their essays published in the League’s Minnesota Cities magazine. Winners only will be notified in early January, 2021.
This year’s essay question is: Cities provide a variety of services and programs that make our lives better, including parks & recreation, street maintenance, water and sewer, libraries, police, fire, and more! If you were mayor for a day, what would you do to make one of the services that your city provides even better?
Moorhead students can access submission forms at

Libraries Announce Virtual Presentation
MOORHEAD – Lake Agassiz Regional Library will host a virtual event featuring the mystery of the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, Minnesota. Fans of true crime will enjoy a virtual presentation by reporter Joe Kimball, author of “Secrets of the Congdon Mansion,” a first-hand account of Minnesota’s most infamous murder case. Kimball will discuss his experiences covering the story from start to finish as a reporter for the Star Tribune and will give inside details about the victims, investigators and perpetrators, bringing the tale to life.
This event is made possible with funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The event will be held live on the Lake Agassiz Regional Library Facebook Page on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7 PM. The virtual event can be viewed at free-of-charge.

MnFIRE Awarded Grant to Train All 22,000 Minnesota Firefighters on the “Big Three” Health Risk
The Minnesota Firefighter Initiative (MnFIRE) has received a $400,000 grant from the Fire Service Advisory Committee (FSAC) that will allow the statewide advocacy organization to train all 22,000 Minnesota firefighters to become “MnFIRE Aware” of their occupational health risks by June 30, 2021. The training, taught by firefighters and other health experts, teaches firefighters how to protect themselves from the three problems most commonly experienced by those in the fire service – cardiac, emotional trauma and cancer – so they can continue to protect others.
MnFIRE is the statewide advocacy organization that equips firefighters and the people who care about them with resources to address the growing health crisis in the Minnesota fire service. Already the organization has trained more than 8,000 firefighters statewide.
In addition to the awareness training, there will be deep-dive sessions on cardiac, emotional trauma and cancer – further educating firefighters on how to prevent the health risks from destroying their and their peers’ lives.
“Now, more than ever, our firefighters need to be aware of their risk when it comes to cardiovascular disease, emotional trauma and cancer,” says George Esbensen, MnFIRE president. “This grant will allow us to extend our awareness program to every firehouse in the state and equip firefighters with even deeper knowledge and tools they need to protect their health. We can’t thank the Fire Service Advisory Committee enough for committing to helping us protect our state’s firefighters.”

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