Area Briefs

Reminder to Check Plumbing after extended shutdowns 

MOORHEAD – Moorhead Public Service’s (MPS’) water distribution system is safe and continues to be monitored and tested on a regular basis. As facilities re-open after an extended shutdown due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, business owners should conduct premise plumbing evaluations for water quality prior to re-opening. If your business or building experienced a prolonged shutdown or lack of normal water use, MPS stresses the importance of following the updated provisions within MPS’ recommended Flushing Plan for Businesses. 

Along with MPS’ flushing plan is the Environmental Protection Agency’s Checklist: “Restoring Water Quality in Buildings for Reopening.” Additional flushing information can be found in the Minnesota Department of Health’s document “Guidance for Building Owners and Managers During and after COVID-19.” While water quality throughout MPS’ distribution system is tested and monitored by dedicated MPS staff, water within a building’s premise plumbing is the responsibility of the building owner.

Cross-Country Ski Trails now Available

MOORHEAD – Trails in Moorhead have been groomed and are now ready for cross-country skiing. Fresh tracks now available at the following Moorhead Parks:

M.B. Johnson Park, Homestead Park, Riverfront/Memorial Park, Viking Ship Park, Woodlawn Park, Gooseberry Park and River Oaks Park.

Walkers, bikers, and snowshoers are asked to stay off trails that are groomed for cross-country skiing. If you need to cross a ski trail, please do so perpendicular to the trail and avoid stepping in the grooves of the classic ski track. Your cooperation is appreciated. Signage will be posted soon to help aid in designated ski trails.

Cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals have moved from M.B. Johnson Park to the Hjemkomst Center for use on the lighted trails at Viking Ship Park only.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions from the State of Minnesota, bathrooms and warming house areas are not allowed to be open at this time. One family will be allowed into the entrance of the Hjemkomst Center at a time to fill out rental forms, pay, and take their equipment outside. Masks must be worn while inside the building.

Starting Tuesday, January 12, restrictions will be lifted and the building will be open for bathrooms and warming areas. Tuesday and Thursday evenings will be added from 4:00-8:00 pm to the existing schedule. 

Reading Contest for Teens and Adults Available at LARL Locations

MOORHEAD – Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) welcomes 2021 by bringing back Book Blizzard, a reading contest that challenges adults to keep their reading resolutions.

To enter the contest, simply read or listen to four books – enter as many times as you wish. In 2021 LARL is celebrating 60 years of service to the community and celebrating by adding a virtual option allowing participants to track their reading and enter the contest using an app called Beanstack in addition to traditional paper reading logs.

Book Blizzard will launch on January 1, 2021 and will end February 28, 2021. To participate, visit a location to pick up a reading log or participate virtually using the Beanstack website or mobile app. Register for the virtual version of the contest today by visiting or by downloading the Beanstack mobile app available for Android or Apple devices.  

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