Area Briefs


MOORHEAD – Beginning Tuesday June 1st, 2021, new applicants for Real or Enhanced Identification or Driver’s License need an appointment.  Please visit the website to make an appointment at

Seeking to create a better service experience, DMV staff has doubled the number of appointment time slots to meet the increase in demand.   By requiring an appointment for Real and Enhanced IDs, residents can anticipate reduced wait times for other DMV services.

Minnesota residents who are renewing a driver’s license or ID with no changes do not require an appointment.  Renewals with no changes can be completed on a walk-in basis. 

Other services, including vehicle licenses, plates, tabs, DNR licenses, and disability services are also available via walk-in only.

The Clay County Department of Motor Vehicles is located inside Moorhead Center Mall, 420 Center Ave Moorhead.  Hours are Monday to Friday 8 AM to 4 PM.


MOORHEAD – The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County’s regular board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 16, at 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Hjemkomst Center’s Elm Room.

HCSCC board meetings are regularly held at the Hjemkomst Center at 4:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month and they are open to the public.

For further information, please contact HCSCC executive director Maureen Kelly Jonason at or (218) 299-5511, ext. 6732.


Beginning Tuesday, June 1, Essentia Health will administer all COVID-19 vaccinations at three centralized locations.

Vaccinations now be available between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the following locations:

Essentia Health-South University Clinic, located at 1702 S University Drive, Fargo

Essentia Health-32nd Avenue Clinic, located at 3000 32nd Avenue, Fargo

Essentia Health-Moorhead, Clinic, located at 801 Belsly Boulevard, Moorhead

Vaccinations are available to anyone age 12 and older. You do not need to be a patient of Essentia Health to receive a vaccination. Anyone under the age of 18 must have parent or legal guardian consent to be eligible for the shot. Parents or guardians can print and sign this consent form or they can accompany their child to the clinic.  

Both walk-ins and scheduled appointments will be available. Patients and non-patients can make an appointment through Essentia’s MyChart patient portal or by calling (833) 494-0836.

All three vaccines currently available in the U.S. — Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — are remarkably effective at preventing COVID infections, and all three are almost 100% effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths.


MOORHEAD – In an effort to provide opportunities to paddle the Red River safely within Fargo-Moorhead, Moorhead Parks and Recreation and River Keepers have teamed up again to offer a variety of River Paddling Excursions and Canoe/Kayak Rentals at Hjemkomst Landing.  

Red River Paddling Excursion Information:

* History of the Red River on June 16 & August 4 will be led by Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County

* Animals on the Red River on July 21 will be led by Red River Zoo

* Trees of the Red River on August 18 will be led by City of Moorhead Forestry

Cost is $10/person if providing own vessel $15/person if needing canoe or kayak rental (available on a first come, first serve basis); ages 5 and under are free .  Register at or call 218.299.5340.

Canoe/Kayak Rentals at Hjemkomst Landing:

We will be open June 1-September 11 on Tuesdays 5:00-8:00 p.m. Saturdays 11:00a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Sundays 12:00-6:00 p.m.  Rentals are on a first come first served basis.  Cost is $10/vessel/hour.


 MOORHEAD – Moorhead Parks and Recreation is excited to announce the 8th Annual Moorhead Farmers Market. Throughout the summer you will be able to enjoy fresh, locally grown produce, jams, salsa, meats, hand-crafted items, plants, dog treats and more!

 Tuesdays: June 1-September 28

Time: 3:00-6:00 pm

Location: Moorhead Ace Hardware, 20 6th St S

 The Moorhead Farmers Market accepts SNAP benefits that allow individuals an opportunity to shop local with their SNAP/EBT Cards. Using these benefits at the Market comes with an added perk of Double Bucks that allows shoppers to double their benefits up to $10 for SNAP eligible foods. The SNAP program at the Moorhead Farmers Market is run by First Presbyterian Church and is funded by Essentia Health with contributions from PartnerSHIP 4 Health, and Hunger Solutions.

The Power of Produce (PoP) Club will also be back this summer but with an exciting twist. This year kids ages 4-12, and individuals 55+ are eligible to receive $2 worth of token (while funding lasts) to spend on produce items. Participants can register onsite or online! Funding from Essentia Health and the University of MN Extension allow us to offer these programs.

Interested in being a vendor? Contact Moorhead Parks and Recreation: 218.299.5340 or

 The Moorhead Farmers Market is sponsored by American Crystal Sugar Company and Lemke Home Improvements. The Moorhead Farmers Market and Moorhead Parks and Recreation is a member of the Minnesota Farmers Market Association and Minnesota Grown. For more information visit:

HCSCC Issues Statement on Hjemkomst Center Changes

MOORHEAD – The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, the organization that directs the museum at the Hjemkomst Center, will go through some changes in the coming months. HCSCC has been a long-time partner with the City of Moorhead at the Hjemkomst Center, and the city has benefited from the hundreds of thousands of attendees over the years who have enjoyed exhibitions, festivals, and interpretation of the Hjemkomst Viking ship and Moorhead’s Stave Church.

HCSCC has been most accommodating with the City in relinquishing Heritage Hall, where all of its major exhibitions have been held, and working with Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre so they can use it for their productions. Because of this change, HCSCC will have a smaller footprint in the building which will affect the types of exhibitions and activities it can provide to the community.

HCSCC’s traveling exhibitions will now move down to the third floor, and HCSCC’s local history exhibitions will be housed on the fourth floor (basement level). The third-floor atrium space will now be used for receptions and presentations.

HCSCC will continue to host Pangea—Cultivate Our Cultures and the Scandinavian Hjemkomst & Midwest Viking Festivals in the future, albeit in a smaller space than before, since part of the Auditorium is currently being used by Moorhead City Hall for Council Meetings, due to its technology resources.

Because of this smaller space, the public will see more digital history and virtual presentations in the future, which many museums are utilizing. HCSCC will continue to provide interpretive tours, panels, and audio/video resources for the Hjemkomst Ship and Stave Church, as they have since 2009.

“We welcome the FMCT folks to the Hjemkomst Center,” says Executive Director Maureen Kelly Jonason. “We look forward to working with them on upcoming special events, including Pangea — Cultivate Our Cultures, which will bring local performances from cultures around the world to the new FMCT community stage on Saturday, November 13.”

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