Area Briefs


MOORHEAD – Effective immediately, Moorhead Public Service (MPS) is implementing Stage 2 mandatory water use restrictions for residents of both Moorhead and Dilworth. Due to Minnesota’s continued and widespread drought conditions, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has implemented the next provision in the Minnesota Statewide Drought Plan, indicating Minnesota is now in a Drought Restriction Phase. 

A Drought Restriction Phase means each Minnesota public water supplier must implement further water use restrictions in accordance with their Water Supply Plan. MPS is implementing Stage 2 mandatory watering restrictions in compliance with this designation.

MPS is implementing watering restrictions that limit all outdoor non-essential use to one (1) day per week, and only between the hours of 8:00 pm to 8:00 am. This includes all areas within Moorhead and Dilworth. One (1) day per week restrictions are based upon garbage pickup schedules. All residents in Moorhead have garbage pickup scheduled on one day per week; outdoor water use is limited to that day only. All residents within the city of Dilworth have a Tuesday garbage pickup schedule; outdoor water use is limited to that day only.

Watering during daylight hours, especially during high temperatures, causes most of the water to evaporate. Significant water use reduction is achievable by restricting non-essential outdoor water use, especially lawn irrigation, power washing buildings, washing cars, and filling swimming pools.

This Stage 2 Mandatory Watering Restrictions does not curtail or reduce water needs for commercial or industrial use for business purposes. This Mandate is designated for non-essential outdoor use such as lawn irrigation.

The following uses are exempt from the watering restrictions:

Hand watering of gardens and flowers

Hand watering of newly-planted trees and shrubs

Watering existing newly-sodded or seeded lawns laid prior to this restriction. (Note: It is recommended that any new sod or seed installation be delayed until the fall, or when drought conditions subside.)


Any person found violating the watering restrictions may be subject to fines.

At this time, Moorhead and Dilworth have a sufficient supply of water to meet current demands. MPS’ Water Division staff is implementing these restrictions to comply with Minnesota DNR mandates and to ensure efficient use of our water resources. MPS will continue to provide updated information as needed.

For more information on Minnesota’s drought conditions, please visit:

For more information on water conservation, please visit:


MOORHEAD – September 18 from 1-4 PM Moorhead Business Association (MBA)  and title sponsor Fix it Forward Auto Care is continuing the Bridge Bash tradition in a huge way! Radio FM Media will host as Bridge Bash Media Sponsor. The MBA has announced a new location this year at Hjemkomst and Viking Ship Park 202 1st Ave N Moorhead.

Live music, hosted by Wicked Good Time, entertainment from James Bergman, FM Aerial & Movement Arts, Art with Riverzen-Kim Jore, hooping instruction and performance by Honeysuckle Hooping, Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre (Cast of Young Frankenstein), live concrete carving with Team SnoKraft of Mothership Workshop, free kayaks and canoes rentals from River Keepers, Herbie the Photo Camper from Gathered Boutique Rentals and Events, business vendors, food trucks (eats and drinks to purchase) and so much more! This event is totally FREE for students in our community and the first 300 students will receive a swag bag. Nature of the North has also donated prizes for giveaways every 15 minutes throughout the event.

Check out the Facebook event for up-to-date details; Fix it Forward Bridge Bash.


MOORHEAD – Ames Construction is planning to complete night-time excavation work on the SE Main|20 St|21 St underpass project August 24-26.  This work will be similar to a previous period of nighttime construction that was completed in June 2019.  The work will consist of excavation and hauling only.

The truck routes are planned along the previously approved haul routes of 21 St to Highway 10 and SE Main Ave to 12 Ave S to 34 St S to Highway 10. Ames will also plan the work so the trucks are almost always driving forward and will use alternative beepers to minimize the construction noise.

Additional night construction is expected in late October or early November.

City Hall returns to masking

MOORHEAD – The masks are on again in Moorhead’s City Hall and other city-owned facilities, including the Hjemkomst Center.

City manager Dan Mahli announced the change in policy at Monday’s city council meeting.

The return to masking was prompted by the change in Clay County’s CDC risk level from moderate to high. “We are following the CDC, Minnesota Department of Health and Clay County Public Health guidelines,” he notes.

Under the city policy, fully vaccinated individuals as well as those without the vaccine are asked to mask up in the public buildings. Masks will be offered to those who don’t bring their own. Plexiglass barriers and hand sanitation stations are also in use to prevent infections, along with signs reminding visitors and staff of the policies.

No penalties have been set for failing to wear masks.


MOORHEAD – Omar Taha Yaseen, age 30, will be residing in the 1600 block of 4 Avenue North, Moorhead.

Offense: Omar Yaseen engaged in sexual contact with an unknown female teenager. Contact included sexual touching. Yaseen provided teenager with drugs to gain compliance.

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