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MOORHEAD – Minnesota State University Moorhead will host new students at its Admitted Student Day Friday, Jan. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom.  

Students will have the opportunity to hear from current students, MSUM faculty and staff representing services like Financial Aid, Academic Support, Diversity and Inclusion, Housing and Dining, and Accessibility Resources, among others. Students will get help finishing up their admitted student checklist before returning to campus for student orientation, advising and registration.  

Students can also attend academic open houses, residence hall tours, a student resource fair and enjoy lunch in the student union.  

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MOORHEAD – Join the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County on Saturday, January 8 to Celebrate St. Distaff Day from 10am -3pm at the Hjemkomst Center. Otherwise known as Rok Day, in pre-industrial Europe many of the agricultural and household chores that marked the turning of the seasons attached themselves to Saints’ days. All across Europe, for example, people slaughtered animals and celebrated the harvest on St. Martin’s Day. In England, folk tradition carried this tendency one step further, inventing St. Distaff’s Day to mark women’s return to work after the Christmas holiday.   

Bring your wheel, spindle, cards, weaving, bobbin lace, or any project you are working on.   

The Fiber Arts Guild will have a beef stew and veggie chili potluck. Bring your own beverage and favorite snack or side to go with it, or bring your own lunch.  

According to The Free Dictionary, “St. Distaff’s Day traditionally fell on January 7, the day after Epiphany.  On this day, folk tradition advised women to return to the daily chores they had put aside during the twelve days of Christmas.  Before the invention of factory-made cloth, the task of spinning constituted perhaps the most representative of all female chores. Women of all ages, ranks, and incomes spun thread. Thus, English folk tradition commemorated women’s return to work on the day after Epiphany by inventing a joke holiday called St. Distaff’s Day. There never was a saint named Distaff. The word “distaff” refers to one of the principal tools women used in spinning, a rod upon which flax or wool was tied and out of which thread was pulled. This tool was also known as a ‘rok,’ hence the day was also known as ‘Rok Day.’”    

Regular admission to the museum will be charged. Adults $10, Seniors and College Students $9, youth $8, children under five free. HCSCC members always get in free.


Due to driver shortages, all MATBUS fixed routes and MATBUS Paratransit services will end at 9:45 p.m. starting Monday, January 10, 2022. This is a temporary reduction in hours from the current service end time of 11:15 p.m.

Temporary timetable changes will also begin on January 10 for the following Fargo routes: 11, 13, 14, 15, 32W, 33 and NDSU TapRide. This is in addition to previous temporary changes to Route 2 and Fargo Industrial Park TapRide. For full details on these changes — and to view the temporary timetables — visit

These service changes will allow MATBUS to provide more reliable service for riders, while also allowing for time to recruit and train additional drivers. Driver shortages are a nationwide concern in public transit, requiring service changes in transit agencies of every size.

These temporary MATBUS changes will be in effect until further notice, though they are expected to last through May 2022 at the earliest. MATBUS staff will continue to monitor driver staffing, and will give the public notice before reinstating service, which may occur gradually.

Any future service changes will be communicated to the public through the MATBUS website (, social media platforms, and local news outlets. MATBUS riders are also encouraged to sign up for Rider Alerts on the MATBUS website, which will allow them to receive direct emails about future announcements.

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