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Officer Awarded Medal of Valor

MOORHEAD – This past August officers were dispatched to a disturbance call for multiple individuals attempting to force their way into an apartment, with one individual possessing a handgun. Upon arrival, Officer Zimmel witnessed a male place a firearm in his front waistband. Officer Zimmel attempted to get the suspect to comply with verbal commands; however, he disobeyed and turned to conceal the removal of his firearm from his waistband. Without hesitation, Officer Zimmel grabbed the male’s left arm and pushed him into the wall to disrupt his ability to gain access to the firearm. The male resisted physically and pulled out his gun; however, he lost control, dropping it onto the ground. Officer Zimmel took the male to the floor in a direction away from the firearm and transmitted information out on his portable radio allowing responding officers to understand the gravity of the situation. The male continued to physically fight and reach for his front waistband in search of the gun. After other responding units arrived on the scene, a taser was used to get the male into custody without injury to the suspect or officers.

Chief Monroe has awarded Officer Eric Zimmel the Medal of Valor for his actions that displayed unusual thoroughness, conscientiousness, determination, and initiative involving a substantial risk to his own life.


MOORHEAD – Community members are invited to enhance their collections of houseplants with a little help from the Moorhead Public Library on Saturday, October 16.  The library will host a plant swap from 2-5 p.m., allowing anyone who is interested to bring in a fledgling or fully-grown houseplant and swap it for a different plant at the library. 

The Moorhead Public Library is located at 118 5th Ave. S., and will also display a selection of the library’s collection of resources devoted to plant propagation. 

This program is offered free-of-charge. Supplies are limited.


MOORHEAD – The Moorhead Human Rights Commission is seeking nominations for 2021 Human Rights Awards. Nominations are due by November 1, 2021. A recognition for award recipients will be on December 13, 2021. Please consider nominating an organization or individual serving the Moorhead area that has made outstanding contributions to human rights in the areas of workplace, education, civic/community, non-profit, or youth service.


MOORHEAD – The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County will host two free, live digital lectures in October exploring different aspects of local history in the Red River Valley. Both will be made available with ASL interpretation on Zoom and Facebook Live.  

On Tuesday, October 12, architectural historian and State Historical Society of North Dakota president Steve Martens will deliver a lecture titled “Practically Like Being Homeschooled: A History of Woodland School.” Rollag’s District 3 “Woodland” School was the first and last rural school in Clay County, Minnesota, opening in 1896 and closing in 1961. As a result, its history offers a valuable perspective of rural education in the Red River Valley. Martens will share research he conducted for HCSCC to determine the school’s eligibility for listing on the National Register of Historical Places. His presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.  

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, longtime development director of the New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment Darci Asche will deliver a lecture titled “What is a Refugee?” Asche will discuss the history and rhetoric of the current global refugee crisis, exploring who refugees are, why they flee their homes, and how our communities in the Red River Valley have responded to their plight. Her lecture is offered in conjunction with HCSCC’s exhibition of “Forced To Flee,” and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Audience members may register for the Zoom webcast or join the presentations on Facebook Live. HCSCC includes links to both of those options on A moderated question-and-answer session will be held at the end of each lecture.


Soroptimist International of Red River Valley is excited to announce its 2021 Live Your Dream Awards program.  The club will award cash grants of $1000 to three women who are providing primary financial support to family member(s) while attending undergraduate educational or training programs at trade schools, technical college, community college or university. The awards can be used for any cost associated with attending school, including daycare. In 2020 our first place application won the North Central region award of $5000.

If you or someone you know qualifies for this award, please apply online now at or get more information at our Facebook page:  Soroptimist international of Red River Valley. Complete applications are due by November 15, 2021.

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