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MOORHEAD WASTEWATER OPERATIONS MANAGER ANDY BRADSHAW RECEIVES EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE AWARD FROM CGMC

ST. PAUL – Moorhead Wastewater Operations Manager Andy Bradshaw was recognized by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) July 29 during the Coalition’s summer conference in Alexandria for his excellence in service to Greater Minnesota.

The Excellence in Service Award is given annually to city leaders who demonstrate knowledge, leadership and active participation in CGMC program areas over the past year.

As an experienced municipal wastewater operator and president of the Minnesota Environmental Science and Economic Review Board (MESERB), Bradshaw has been a key resource for CGMC on all matters related to wastewater facilities. In recent years, he has been vocal about raising concerns about emerging pollutants, such as PFAS “forever chemicals,” and about how new water-quality regulations could impact cities. He provides a wastewater operator’s perspective as CGMC develops new legislation and he strives to find smart, cost-effective solutions that will keep our state’s waters clean without placing an undue burden on municipal facilities.

“Andy is invaluable resource for our organization,” said Greg Zylka, mayor of Little Falls and president of the CGMC. “He is proactive about alerting us to new water-quality concerns and works hard to get ahead of problems. His knowledge about wastewater operations makes him an ideal sounding board as the CGMC works to address environmental issues that impact our cities.”

MOORHEAD LIBRARY TO HOST IN-PERSON BOOK CLUBS

MOORHEAD – The Moorhead Public Library has resumed in-person book club meetings. The library is offering two book clubs this summer, one for teens and another focusing on popular, buzzy books that are culturally relevant.

The Pop Lit Book Club will meet at the Moorhead Public Library (118 5th St. S., Moorhead) on Tuesday, August 10 at 3 p.m. to discuss a gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of a 1970s rock group, their iconic lead singer, and the group’s infamous breakup. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid follows Daisy, a born beauty with a powerhouse voice who is coming-of-age in the late 1960’s, testing limits and exploring the thrills of rock and roll life in Los Angeles. When Daisy’s voice is starting to get serious attention, a producer introduces her to The Six and their leadman Billy Dunne. What comes next is legendary.

The Not Another Teen Book Club will meet Saturday, August 14 at 3 p.m. at the Gooseberry Mound Park (100 22nd Ave S., Moorhead) to discuss Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin, which features a witch and a witch hunter bound in holy matrimony. If they don’t kill each other, they may have to work together against an ever bigger threat.

Both book clubs are offered free-of-charge and are open to all.

EVENTIDE TO MANDATE EMPLOYEES TO BE VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19

MOORHESD – Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Eventide’s priority has been to ensure a safe home for residents and a safe workplace for employees. In a further effort to best limit risks for the vulnerable people they care for and to continue to ensure they protect employees, Eventide is requiring all employees to complete a COVID-19 vaccination series by October 1, 2021. Effective August 31, 2021, new employees will be required to have the COVID-19 vaccine as a part of the new hire process. While the official date of this effort is October 1, Eventide is strongly encouraging all staff to be vaccinated as soon as possible.

“With the rate of COVID-19 cases rising, much in part due to the highly contagious Delta variant, we believe we must act now to protect our residents and staff,” said Jon Riewer, president and CEO of Eventide Senior Living Communities. “We often receive requests from families and residents asking that only vaccinated staff provide care, and we believe that every person we serve deserves the peace of mind of knowing we have limited their risk as much as possible. We must continue to do everything we can to combat the virus and requiring employees be vaccinated is an important step.

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