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Clay County Business Relief Program Applications Open Now through January 24

MOORHEAD – On December 16th, 2020 Governor Walz signed legislation establishing a $216 million-dollar Small Business Relief Package for Minnesota businesses affected by COVID-19.   The legislation provided three categories of funding, with $114.8 million dollars to be distributed to counties based on population.  Clay County has received $1,274,738.02.

On January 12th, 2021, the Clay County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the Clay County Business Relief Program. The guidelines of this program were established through collaboration with Clay County and City representatives with a goal in providing financial assistance to business owners who have experienced financial hardship as a direct result of Executive Order 20-99.  

All applications are subject to meeting grant criteria. The program is not first-come, first-served and will not be distributed through a lottery system. Grant amounts will be based on a business’s ability to show need and the number of applications which meet the criteria.

Applications will be accepted online starting Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 thru January 24th @ 11:59pm. Complete guidelines, eligibility requirements, and application information can be accessed through the County website

For additional questions or clarifications, please email or leave a message at 218-299-7820.

Outdoor Skating Rinks & Warming Houses Open

MOORHEAD – Seven locations include a lighted general skating rink, hockey rink, and a heated shelter for changing skates and warming up. These locations include Hansmann, Lamb, Morningside, Ridgewood, Riverview Estates, South, and Village Green parks. General rinks (no lights/warming houses) can also be found at Alm and Voll parks. 

Warming houses will open daily, beginning January 11, from 4-8 pm, Monday-Friday, and from 1-8 pm, Saturday and Sunday, through February 28 (weather permitting). Warming houses will be open from 1-8 pm on January 18 and February 15.

Masks are required for those ages 6 and up when using warming houses. A maximum of 8 people are allowed inside all warming houses at one time. Please practice proper social distancing guidelines when using a warming house. 

NEW THIS YEAR: Snowshoes are available for onsite use at Ridgewood and Riverview Estates Parks at no charge. A driver’s license or photo ID will be required for deposit. Supplies and sizes are limited. Please check with your warming house attendant for further details.

Warming houses will close if the temperature is -10° or below, the wind chill is -30° or below, or the ice is deemed unsafe/unskatable.

Moorhead Man Responsible for Weekend Stabbing Identified

MOORHEAD – Juan Pablo Brown, age 27, of Moorhead, is being held at the Clay County Jail accused of stabbing a woman with who he had a relationship, on Sunday, January 10, 2020, in South Moorhead. The woman is still hospitalized.

Brown is currently being held on the following charges: 1st Degree Attempted Murder, 1st Degree Assault, 3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, and Felony Domestic Assault.

Holiday observed, City Services closed

MOORHEAD – City Offices will be closed Monday, January 18 to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

If Monday is your garbage collection day it will be collected on Tuesday, January 19. 

The Garbage Transfer Station will be also be closed on Monday, January 18.

COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

MOORHEAD – Initial priority COVID-19 vaccination implementation is underway in Minnesota and Clay County. 

Minnesota is currently vaccinating individuals in Phase 1a Priority Group 1, which includes certain Hospital Personnel, Long Term Care Facility Residents and Personnel, Emergency Medical Services Personnel, COVID-19 Testers, and COVID-19 Community Vaccinators. Individuals who are currently eligible to receive the vaccine will be contacted by their place of work or place of residence if living in a congregate care facility.

As vaccination of the initial priority groups is completed, additional information will be announced. Please check for updates, or follow @ClayCountyPublicHealth on Facebook. Clay County Public Health can also be reached at 218.299.5220.

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