Area Briefs


MOORHEAD – The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will begin geotechnical exploration and drilling along 11 St, Center Ave, Main Ave and 1 Ave in Moorhead this month. The work will take place on public rights of way and several adjacent private properties. Motorists can expect daily lane closures as crews begin drilling and should expect congestion in the area. 

This required work is part of the project development process for the 11 St railroad grade separation project. Crews will be collecting bore samples to test soil conditions and structure for future construction.

MnDOT urges motorists to slow down in work zones and never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones.


MOORHEAD – The City of Moorhead Forestry Department’s bi-weekly brush chipping service that picks up branches on recycling day ends on October 1 for the year. However, residents still have the option to call in and request a pickup, or haul branches and brush to the City of Moorhead Compost site. To request a branch pickup, residents can call the Public Works Facility at 218.299.5422.

The compost site is open Monday-Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 11:45 am until November 19. Please visit for more information on brush chipping and pickup service. Also, until the compost site closes, free woodchips are available for the public. The chips are great for flower beds and other landscaping needs.


MOORHEAD – Idris Haji-Mohamed, age 26, of Rochester, MN, is in custody for the September 10 murder of Abdi Abdi.

On Monday, September 13, 2021, law enforcement officers from the Rochester Police Department, The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension took Idris Haji-Mohamed into custody without incident in Rochester, MN. He is currently held on Felony 2nd Degree Murder charges in the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center, awaiting extradition to the Clay County Correctional Facility.

The investigation is still very active. The relationship between the suspect and victim is unknown; however, we believe this was not a random act of violence. No further information is available.

The victim of the September 10, 2021, homicide at 17 Street and 30 Avenue South has been identified as Abdi Mohamed Abdi, age 32, of Fargo, ND. Abdi’s preliminary autopsy states he died from gunshot wounds he received during the incident.



MOORHEAD – Congratulations to the administrator/moderators of the Moorhead = Fantastic Facebook group! On Monday, September 13, the Moorhead City Council and Mayor Shelly Carlson presented group administrator Mara Morken and moderators Chris Orth and Marsha Drewlow Wichmann with the MoorHeart award.

Moorhead = Fantastic has more than 3,900 members and is growing daily. The group focuses on creating a positive place where members can share important information about Moorhead and also help each other answer questions and solve issues. Topics include:

Moorhead-specific events

Ideas or dreams for the community

Solution/answer seeking

Interesting articles relating to Moorhead

Volunteer/donation opportunities


The group doesn’t allow rants for the sake of complaining, public shaming of people or businesses, political postings, or behavior that might make users uncomfortable.

Mara, Chris, and Marcia have created a place where people can have proactive, positive conversations about the Moorhead community. 

The MoorHeart award is an opportunity to recognize individuals who go above and beyond to demonstrate community within our City by their actions and service. Former Mayor Johnathan Judd received the first MoorHeart award in February 2021. A team of volunteers from city boards and commissions selects award recipients.

Information on nominating individuals/organizations for the MoorHeart award can be found at (Search for Moorheart Award.) Contributions large and small are worthy of nomination!


MOORHEAD – A Red River Water Pageant, the Canoe Parade connects participants and spectators to the river that has shaped the Fargo Moorhead area with a procession of decorated vessels.

Sunday, Sept 19 at 2:00 pm the parade route is a down-and-back paddle from Hjemkomst Center at 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead to Riverfront Park at 210 8th St N, Moorhead. Vessels will turn around at the pedestrian bridge and return to the launch site.

The parade can be viewed from the river trails at Hjemkomst Center at 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead, RiverHaven Event Center at 700 1st Ave N, Moorhead, and Riverfront Park at 210 8th St N, Moorhead.


MOORHEAD – The Moorhead Public Library has scheduled a free-of-charge fall lawn and garden care workshop hosted by extension educator Randy Nelson. Attendees can expect to learn best practices, tips and tricks for preparing your lawn and garden for cold weather. The workshop will be held Monday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Moorhead Public Library, 118 5th St. S. 

The Moorhead Library will also host a plant swap on Saturday, October 16 from 2-5 p.m., allowing community members to bring in a fledgling or fully-grown houseplant of your own to swap with others in the community or take home a giveaway plant from the library – no swap required. Supplies limited.

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