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Police Officer Receives Life-Saving Award

MOORHEAD – This past July Officers were dispatched to a medical emergency for a woman in cardiac arrest inside her south Moorhead apartment. Officer Brett Kvam was first to arrive on the scene while the victim was unresponsive, lying on a couch. Officer Kvam immediately recognized the woman did not have a pulse and was not breathing adequately. He quickly moved her to the floor and began CPR. As other responders arrived, the woman regained her pulse. 

The Moorhead Fire Department and Sanford Ambulance arrived and took over patient care.

Author Hudda Ibrahim (“From Somalia to Snow”) to Present at Moorhead Library

MOORHEAD – Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) has scheduled two in-person author presentations in celebration of its 60th anniversary featuring St.Cloud author Hudda Ibrahim.  She will discuss her books, “From Somalia to Snow” and “What Color is My Hijab?” in presentations on September 21. Ibrahim will present at 3 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave., and at 6:30 p.m. at the Moorhead Public Library, 118 5th St. S. 

The author will seek to answer common questions, including why many Somali immigrants have made their home in Minnesota, and share about her culture. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about her work and experiences. The presentation in Moorhead will feature comments from Matuor Alier, Director of Equity and Inclusion for Moorhead Area Public Schools and the presentation in Detroit Lakes is being held in partnership with the library’s Book Club.

HCSCC Opens “Ihdago Manipi,” Clay County Sesquicentennial Exhibition

MOORHEAD – The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County opens their new major exhibition, “Ihdago Manipi: Clay County at 150,” at the Hjemkomst Center on Friday, September 10.

The sesquicentennial exhibition explores the dramatic transformations that occurred in the early years of Clay County, including the arrival of railroads, Yankees, and immigrants; the dispossession of indigenous Dakota, Ojibwe, and Métis communities; an agricultural and ecological revolution; and the foundations for the coming 150 years of American life in towns and farms on the edge of the Minnesota prairie.

The exhibition opening follows several years of research and development that coincided with an eventful 18 months for HCSCC. In addition to months of quarantine and multiple museum closures brought by COVID-19, HCSCC also faced the effects of a requirement by the City of Moorhead to vacate the Hjemkomst Center’s Heritage Hall, which resulted in an exhibition redesign and program revisions. However, these delays also allowed for further research and collaboration among the exhibition team, who constructed much of “Ihdago Manipi” online via Zoom and Google Docs and Sheets.

As the title suggests, “Ihdago Manipi” digs into the indigenous chapters of Clay County’s history as a borderland between Dakota and Ojibwe farmlands and hunting grounds and a transportation hub for Métis hunters and traders. HCSCC was aided in this effort by the contributions an advisory committee of indigenous scholars, including Lise Erdrich, Kade Ferris, Gwen Westerman, and Glenn Wasicuna, who worked with the team online. Their participation was financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Culture Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society. Wasicuna also provided the title, which comes from a Dakota phrase, “makoce kin ihdago manipi,” and roughly translates to, “They leave a mark as they come through here.”  

 “Ihdago Manipi: Clay County at 150” will be on exhibition at the Hjemkomst Center through December 31, 2023.  

A brief program, including a digital tour of the exhibition and remarks from the exhibition team, will be shared via Zoom and Facebook Live on Friday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m. 

Hmong, Karen, Somali, Spanish fishing regulations are here

The MN DNR is now offering the state’s fishing regulations translated in Hmong, Karen, Somali and Spanish. Previously, they had only been available in English.

The DNR made the translated regulation booklets available in the four languages that, besides English, are most commonly spoken in Minnesota households. The translated booklets are available in digital format on the DNR website, and in print at locations where they are likely to be in demand, including at select DNR offices and license vendors and in some Minnesota state parks.

People also can request free, mailed copies of the English, Hmong, Karen, Somali or Spanish regulation booklets by calling 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 or emailing info.dnr@state.mn.us. DNR’s Info Center offers live interpretation in more than 200 languages for those who do not speak English as a first language, and in alternative formats for individuals with disabilities. For TTY/TDD communication contact us through the Minnesota Relay Service at 711 or 800-627-3529.

Moorhead Labor Day Schedule/Changes

City of Moorhead offices will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 6 and reopen on Tuesday, September 7.

Garbage/Recycling: Monday (September 6) garbage and recycling routes will be collected on Tuesday. All other routes from Tuesday through Friday will be collected on their regularly scheduled day. Please be aware the shift in route schedules may cause early or delayed collection this week; set your trash out by 4 am to ensure it is collected. The City of Moorhead Garbage Transfer Station will also be closed on September 6.

MATBUS: There will be no MATBUS or MAT Paratransit service on September 6; the Ground Transportation Center will also be closed. Services will resume September 7.

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