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MOORHEAD –  Several citizens of Clay County along with Edwin Hahn, candidate for Legislative District 04A, filed an Election Contest on November 30, 2020. The eligible voters are contesting Secretary of State Steve Simon, Clay County Auditor-Treasurer Lori Johnson, and Heather Keeler, DFL candidate. (Case no. 14-CV-20-4033).

The Contestants report there were many election irregularities, including:

• Abnormal trends in election data

• No reported rejections of any ballots in Legislative District 04A.

• Nearly two million accepted absentee ballots were not witnessed.

• Clay County’s Ballot Boards in Legislative District 04A failed to utilize election judges of different major political parties as required by Minn. Stat. § 203B.121, subd. 2(a).

• Clay County’s Ballot Boards failed to allow bipartisan review of the absentee return envelopes to determine if they should be accepted or rejected.

• Clay County’s Ballot Boards processed absentee ballots differently, with regard to acceptance or rejection, because there was no witness requirement to verify the person who cast the ballot was in fact the registered voter.

• Clay County performed its post-election review (PER) contrary to Minnesota Election Law, initially restricting the number of observers and not allowing meaningful access.

• Clay County failed to present the absentee ballot envelopes and applications during the PER.

The Contestants are requesting the court allow them to inspect all applications, registrations, balloting materials, machines, processes, voter rolls, and many other key elements of the election.

17 St N Corridor Study – Please share your thoughts

MOORHEAD – Metro COG and the City of Moorhead are seeking public input on the 17 St N Corridor Study. Nearly 200 people completed surveys in phase 1 of the study. 

Top priorities for the 17 St N Corridor? The survey says: 

Add roadway/pedestrian lighting

Connect the sidewalk network

Develop safer pedestrian crossings

Add landscaping and street trees

Maintain on-street parking for residents

Next steps: Please participate in an online public input opportunity now through Monday, December 21, or attend a virtual open house on Zoom Video Communications on Wednesday, December 16 from 4 to 5 pm.

Members of the community can learn more about the proposed 17 St N corridor alternatives, sign up for the virtual open house event, take a survey on which alternatives or portions thereof they prefer, and provide additional feedback.

Live Nativity December 11-13

MOORHEAD – Harvest Hope Farm will be hosting a LIVE NATIVITY December 11-13th.  Hours are Friday December 11th 5-7pm, Saturday December 12th 3-5pm and Sunday December 13th 3-5pm.  Masks are required and social distancing will be in effect.

Take a short drive to Harvest Hope Farm, just north of Moorhead to visit the Live Nativity and help prepare for the Christmas Season. 

The live nativity will be in the barn with real animals while listening to the Christmas story. This is a short walking distance from the parking area.  Music and hot chocolate can be enjoyed while waiting your turn and picture spaces are available.

A small gift will be provided to the first 100 vehicles.  Suggested donation: $10.00/vehicle.

Harvest Hope Farm participates in medical science research for Huntington’s Disease through the breeding of their “special” sheep and in cooperation with Glycoscience Research and Shepherd’s Gift for GM1

Learn more about Harvest Hope Farm at or follow on Facebook and Instagram @harvesthopefarm. 

Email: for directions/ questions. 

Free walk-in mental health clinic extended by 3 weeks

MOORHEAD – Clay County, Minnesota, residents have three additional weeks to access a free, walk-in mental health clinic at The Village Family Service Center in Moorhead. The weekly clinic, originally scheduled to end Dec. 9, will now continue through Dec. 30.

Thanks to Clay County CARES funding, any Clay County individual whose mental health has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic is welcome to access a free mental health screening, referrals to services, and other resources and supports. The walk-in clinic is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at The Village, 815 37th Ave. S., Moorhead, or via Zoom by calling 701-451-4811.

Minnesota’s medical cannabis program adds to list of qualifying medical conditions

The Minnesota Department of Health will add sickle cell disease and chronic vocal or motor tic disorder to its list of qualifying medical conditions for participation in the state’s medical cannabis program.

Under state law, the new qualifying conditions will take effect in August 2021.

As in past years, MDH conducted a formal petitioning process to solicit public input on potential qualifying conditions and delivery methods for medicine. Throughout June and July, Minnesotans submitted petitions. Following that, the process then moved into a public comment period and a public review panel.

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