Area Briefs


MOORHEAD – Preliminary autopsy results have positively identified the seven victims found deceased on Saturday evening. The preliminary autopsy has ruled out any obvious trauma as the cause of death; however, the blood samples from the victims have been transported to a lab for further investigatory examination.

When a definitive cause of death is received from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office, the surviving family will be notified, followed by a public release of the information.

The four adults and three children found inside the residence at 4403 13th Street South on Saturday, December 18th were currently living at the location. 

They have been identified as:

Belin Hernandez, age 37

Marleny Pinto, age 34

Breylin Hernandez, age 16

Mike Hernandez, age 7

Marbely Hernandez, age 5

Eldor Hernandez Castillo, age 32

Mariela Guzman Pinto, age 19


MOORHEAD – The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County (HCSCC) will close the museum at the Hjemkomst Center over the holiday season on the following dates: Friday, December 24; Saturday, December 25; and Saturday, January 1. Regular museum hours and admission apply outside of these dates.  

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MOORHEAD – Concordia College President Dr. William Craft announced he will retire after the end of his second presidential term, on June 30, 2023. 

“President Craft has been an exemplary leader for our college,” said Concordia’s Board of Regents Chair Mary Ranum. “He has championed Concordia’s commitment to faith and learning, to diversity and environmental sustainability, and to citizenship and work readiness in the liberal arts tradition.” 

Under President Craft’s stewardship, Concordia completed the most ambitious, comprehensive fundraising campaign in college history. Concordia’s endowment has more than doubled over the last decade, increasing support for scholarships and for academic programs. During Dr. Craft’s tenure, Concordia has experienced a renewal of the College’s teaching, learning, and recreational facilities with renovation and new construction of the Grant Center for the Offutt School of Business, the Integrated Science Center, the Jake Christiansen Athletic Complex, and the Center for Student Success. President Craft strengthened Concordia for the challenges of the 21st century with the repricing of Concordia’s tuition, the move to a Three Schools/One College organizational framework, and by shepherding the defining gift for the Sanford Heimarck School of Health Professions. 

“Working in mission for this good and great college has been, and always will be, the highest honor of my professional life,” said Dr. Craft. “I am forever grateful for the opportunity to work alongside our remarkable students, faculty, and staff. Anne and I remain all-in for Concordia for the next 18 months and every day after.”   

Ranum thanked Dr. Craft and his wife, Anne, for their devoted service and expressed deep gratitude for Dr. Craft’s invaluable and far-sighted contributions that have positioned the college to thrive in the decades to come, educating new generations of students to influence the affairs of the world.

Concordia’s Board of Regents has already begun the work of seeking Concordia’s next president.


City of Moorhead Offices:

Closed December 24 and December 27; re-opening December 28.

Closed December 31; re-opening January 3.


Routes for Thursday, December 23 and Friday, December 24 will BOTH be collected on December 23. Garbage/recycling pickup will be picked up as usual December 27-29.

Routes for Thursday, December 30 and Friday, December 31 will BOTH be collected on December 30. Normal garbage/recycling pickup will resume on Monday, January 3.

Please be aware the shift in route schedules may cause early or delayed collection; set your trash out by 4 am to ensure it is collected.

The City of Moorhead Garbage Transfer Station will be closed December 24-25, re-opening December 27. The transfer station will also be closed December 31-January 1, re-opening January 3.


On December 24, MATBUS service (fixed route and MAT Paratransit) will end by 5:15 pm, and the Ground Transportation Center will close at 5:30 pm. On December 25, there will be no bus services, and the Ground Transportation Center will be closed.

On January 1, there will be no MATBUS service (fixed route and MAT Paratransit), and all offices and the Ground Transportation Center are closed.

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