Area Briefs


MOORHEAD – The Moorhead Public Library will welcome representatives from One Vegetable, One Community on June 16 from 2-3 p.m. The group will share about gardening and growing zucchinis, as well as a gardening-themed Storytime. The One Vegetable, One Community event will be offered free-of-charge for youth of all ages at the Moorhead Public Library, 118 5th St. S.

One Vegetable, One Community unites our communities by encouraging gardeners of all levels to plant, grow, cook, and/or share a featured vegetable of the year. The program starts conversations about food and how communities support healthy lives. More information about the program can be found by visiting the One Vegetable, One Community Facebook page.

This event is offered as part of the 2021 Tales & Trails Summer Library Experience, inviting youth to read to win great prizes, as well as attend outdoor events in celebration of the tales and trails of the region. Those interested in participating are encouraged to stop by their local library or LINK Site or track their reading virtually using the Beanstack app (download the app at Information about the program and event lists are available at


MOORHEAD – Chat with Mayor Shelly Carlson and Ward 3 Council members at Gooseberry Park this Thursday, June 10 from 6 – 7pm. 

Take advantage of the opportunity to express your thoughts about Moorhead.


The Minnesota State Capitol Building will reopen to the public on Thursday, June 10 with regular weekday hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Weekend hours will resume at a later date.

The building will remain open beyond regular hours as needed to accommodate House of Representatives and Senate floor sessions as well as any legislative hearings conducted in Capitol hearing rooms.

With the reopening, the public will once again be able to reserve space in the Capitol for meetings and events. Events will continue to be permitted on the Upper Mall, Lower Mall, and Leif Erikson Park. Information for holding public rallies and special events within Capitol Complex buildings and grounds can be found at

The Minnesota Historical Society Information Desk on the Capitol’s First Floor will be open and providing information for self-guided tours. Guided tours are expected to resume later this summer. More information about the Minnesota State Capitol Historical Site can be found at:


MOORHEAD – Moorhead Area Public Schools and the YMCA are partnering to provide summer meal access for all children ages 1-18. Beginning June 7 through August 13, eligible children may receive one meal pickup per day. Parents, guardians or students must be present to receive meals and may only pick up the meals at one site as scheduled below. Special diet meals are available by contacting the Food Services Department.

Moorhead Area Public Schools      

Breakfast/Lunch served Monday-Thursday

Two days of meals will be provided each Thursday.

No meals week of July 5-9, 2021


Belsley Park • 3500 12th St S • 10-10:15 AM

Northeast Park • 1817 8th Ave N • 10-10:25 AM

Queens Park • 3201 20th St S • 10:30-11 AM

Arrowhead Park • 2600 6th Ave N • 10:40-11 AM

Allyson Park • 4320 3rd St S • 11:15-11:30 AM

Bennett Park • 302 17th St S • 11-11:30 AM

Romkey Park • 900 19th St S • 11:45 AM-12 PM

SG Reinertson • 1201 40th Ave S Door #13 • 12:15-12:30 PM

Dorothy Dodds Elementary • 4400 24th Ave S Main Door• 12:15-12:00 PM

Horizon East Middle School • 3601 12th Ave S Door #22 • 12-12:30 PM

Moorhead High School • 2300 4th Ave S Door #1 • 12-12:30 PM


Lunch/Breakfast provided Monday and Thursday

Three days of meals provided Monday

Four days of meals provided on Thursday


Ellen Hopkins Elementary • 2020 11th St S Main Door • 11-11:30 AM

Robert Asp Elementary • 910 11th St N Main Door • 12-12:30 PM


MOORHEAD – Two nursing students at Minnesota State University Moorhead were recently honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s mission to express gratitude to nursing students from programs that recognize them for the extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care they provide to patients and their families. 

The DAISY Foundation expanded its flagship brand, the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, to academic institutions to recognize nursing students who inspire compassionate care. “Recognizing and celebrating nursing students for the above-and-beyond care and compassion they show to patients and their families will be a strong reminder that nursing is not all about tasks and technology,” said Bonnie Barnes, CEO and Co-Founder of the DAISY Foundation. 

The first two MSUM DAISY Award winners were selected and recognized this spring. The DAISY Student Nurse of the Year winner from MSUM’s RN to BSN program is Sheila Ripplinger. Ripplinger is the director of nursing at Maryhill Manor in Enderlin, N.D., and was nominated by Matthew Ahrndt. 

Heather Betts is the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE) pre-licensure BSN program DAISY Student Nurse of the Year winner. Betts is a junior who was nominated by Abby Griffin, a nurse at Essentia Health who worked with Bets during one of her clinicals. Betts is a graduate of Millard West High School in Omaha, Neb. She lives in Fargo.    

A committee at MSU Moorhead chose award recipients from both programs. Each honoree received a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. 

The award is in part supported by the MSUM Foundation and the DAISY Foundation to recognize nursing student excellence. For more information about the DAISY Award at MSUM, visit 

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