Area Briefs

Meadows and Village Green golf courses are open

MOORHEAD – The Meadows and Village Green public golf courses opened on Saturday, March 20. Tee times can be booked online or by calling 218.299.PUTT (7888).

Before your first round, purchase your season pass online or get out and enjoy the driving range.

The Meadows and Village Green will continue to follow all guidelines issued by the State of Minnesota and the CDC as it relates to Covid-19 and public golf courses.

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Child Foster Care Homes Needed in Clay County

Clay County is looking for individuals interested in providing weekend, short-term and long-term care to children in need. Foster families are provided with financial support for the basic needs of a child such as food, clothing, and other expenses.  Health and dental coverage are also provided to each child in care.  There is a high demand for homes for children of all ages; including sibling groups as it is important to keep siblings together when being placed outside of their parental home.    

If you are interested in receiving more information about being a foster parent, please contact Gail Burnside 218-299-7654 or email – search Family Foster Care Licensing.

Virtual Coffee with Mayor Carlson

MOORHEAD – Mayor Carlson invites residents in Ward 4 to share ideas, ask questions, and talk about concerns. Virtual space will be limited, so please register today and share with your Moorhead family and friends.

Register at for a link to join on Thursday, April 15 from 6 – 7:00pm. 

Ward 4 council members Chuck Hendrickson and Steve Lindaas will also be in attendance.

M State planning for return to on-campus instruction

MOORHEAD – With COVID-19 vaccination rates increasing and pandemic restrictions easing, Minnesota State Community and Technical College is making plans for the return of students to its four campuses for fall 2021.

“Our staff and faculty have been incredibly creative and resourceful in successfully providing virtual and limited in-person instruction and assistance to our students over the past year and, although we’re proud of our endeavors, we’re eager to return to in-person instruction and services,” M State President Carrie Brimhall said. “Offering a full college experience for our students with on-campus classes, performances, athletics, student clubs, organizations and activities and in-person services is exciting and important to us.”

M State previously announced plans to restart its normal fall athletics schedule, which will mean the resumption of football, volleyball and golf, plus the new sport of trap shooting for men and women.

Minnesota Income Tax Filing and Payment Grace Period to May 17

ST. PAUL – In following with the IRS, the Minnesota Department of Revenue has announced a grace period for taxpayers filing their annual Minnesota Individual Income Tax return for tax year 2020. Those taxpayers now have until May 17, 2021, to file and make their payments without any penalty or interest.

“This grace period for the individual tax filing and payment deadline provides timely relief to Minnesota families,” said Governor Tim Walz. “As we work to get through the COVID-19 pandemic together, my Administration will do everything we can to ease the burden on Minnesotans.”

Minnesota is allowing additional time for making 2020 state individual income tax filings and payments to May 17, 2021, without any penalty and interest being applied.

This grace period does not include individual estimated tax payments.

“As Minnesota continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will again provide a grace period for filing and paying 2020 individual income taxes,” said Revenue Commissioner Robert Doty. “You do not have to wait until May 17, 2021, to file your return. The sooner a return is filed, the sooner the department can review and process the return.”

Fargo Mask Mandate Allowed to Expire 

FARGO – The City Commission allowed the current community-wide mask mandate to expire on March 22. While the community will still be requested to utilize face coverings, it will no longer be comprehensively mandated in Fargo. Social distancing, hand washing and other COVID-19 mitigation strategies are still strongly encouraged.

The City of Fargo will continue its activation of Green Operations throughout its facilities until further notice and the Mayoral emergency declaration remains in full effect. Green operations include the requirement for members of the public to wear masks within all City facilities. Temporary employment policies are in place to require City employees to wear face masks while working.

Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney remarked, “Our community is making great progress in COVID-19 vaccinations. However, we are not yet out of the woods and I am making a simple request to our residents – please continue to wear a mask. This is about science, not politics; masks work. The government is not mandating you to wear a mask at this time, but I am asking you to choose to do so in consideration of others. If conditions deteriorate, we will be prepared to reconsider a potential reinstatement of the mandate.”

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