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New Clay County Government Center Open

MOORHEAD – Clay County relocated to the new Government Center March 29th.  

Eight Departments have moved from the Courthouse into the Government Center.

Services provided in the facility will include Assessor, Recorder, Auditor, Treasurer, Planning & Zoning, GIS, Human Resources, and Central Administration offices.

Renovations to the 18,851 square foot building created two public lobbies which will allow for adequate socially distancing, with multiple individualized customer service windows to ensure a safe environment for citizens and staff.  

Services offered at the Government Center include: Real Estate Recording & Research, Birth & Death Records, Marriage Licenses, Marriage Certificates, Notary Filing, Marriage Credentials Filing, Property Tax Payment, Building Permits, and to Review Property Information. Clay County residents will have access to all departments without an appointment from 8am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Ensuring easy access to the Government Center, the 3510 12th Avenue South location in Moorhead is on an arterial street close to 34th ST S and has easy access to HWY 10 and I-94.  Additionally, Mat Bus route 9 passes immediately in front of the building providing access to those who use public transit.  

Moorhead Officer Receives Lifesaving Award

MOORHEAD – On the afternoon of February 19, 2021, Officer Zimmel responded to a South Moorhead apartment for a report of a female possibly not breathing and turning purple. When Officer Zimmel arrived on the scene, he found the victim was not breathing and did not have a pulse. Officer Zimmel immediately began administering CPR. A short time later, the victim regained a pulse and was breathing. Members of the Moorhead Fire Department and F-M Ambulance arrived on the scene and took over care.  It was later determined the female had ingested heroin before the medical issues started.

Officer Zimmel had a substantial role during the call for service by taking crucial steps in resuscitating the victim. For his quick response and immediate actions, Chief Monroe has awarded Officer Zimmel the Moorhead Police Department’s Lifesaving Award.

Curbside Brush Pick Up Returns

MOORHEAD – The City of Moorhead Forestry Department is gearing up for the early spring weather. Just as a reminder, the brush chipping service will start on May 3rd, with the City of Moorhead Forestry crew chipping branch piles on the same day as resident’s recycling day. Until May 3rd, residents can call in and request a pickup, or haul branches and brush to the City of Moorhead Compost site. The site is closed until May 3rd, but Forestry can arrange for a drop-off Monday-Friday from 8am-4:00pm if residents call ahead to the Public Works Facility at (218) 299-5422. 

Please visit for more information on brush chipping and pickup service. As a reminder, once the Compost site is open, there will be free wood chips for the public to take from the brush pickup service. The chips are great for flower beds and other landscaping needs.

Call to request brush pickup anytime by emailing Forestry or by calling 218.299.5422.

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