Area Briefs

WRITING WORKSHOP SERIES

MOORHEAD – Writers are invited to join the Moorhead Public Library for a two-part series offering an overview of the many library resources available to help them level up their craft. Each session will feature an icebreaker writing prompt followed by a presentation by library staff on library resources and time for writing and brainstorming. The first session, scheduled Saturday, January 15 at 3 p.m., will offer an overview of the many free resources available for writers at the library. The second, to be held Saturday, February 19 at 3 p.m., will explore the online resources that can help writers bring their work from a draft to the finish line. 

The workshops will be held at the Moorhead Public Library which is located at 118 5th St. S. No registration is required and the programs will be offered free-of-charge.

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDENTS MAJORING IN THE AREA OF NATURAL RESOURCES

GLYNDON, MN – The Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society (MPCS) is offering a $1000 scholarship available to college students who have completed at least three semesters in the Natural Resources areas. This scholarship will be awarded directly to the student upon completion of at least their third semester to help allay the costs of college studies. Applicants can secure a copy of the scholarship application at www.prairiechickens.org or emailing Terrylydell@qualityci.us. The deadline to submit applications is March 4, 2022.

Civilization’s advancing pressure on our natural resources threatens our plants, wildlife and air and water systems. This calls for well-trained managers and scientists who can protect and enhance our great outdoors that we all depend on for healthy lives. This scholarship is aimed at helping develop natural resource managers and scientists. 

The Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society (MPCS) is a non-profit conservation organization with a primary goal of increasing public awareness of prairie chickens and their grassland habitat. The society works in close cooperation with state and federal agencies, land owners and other conservation groups. 

LAKE AGASSIZ REGIONAL LIBRARY TO CLOSE JANUARY 17 FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

MOORHEAD – All Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) branches and LINK sites will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, with regular hours of operation resuming Tuesday, January 18.

CITY OF MOORHEAD GARBAGE SERVICE CHANGE NOTICE

MOORHEAD – There will be no garbage pickup on Monday, January 17, 2022 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day).

Monday’s route (both garbage and recycling if this is your recycling week) will be picked up on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

Pickup will start at 4:00 am on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Please place your garbage out the night before to ensure pickup. Also, your garbage may be picked up later in the day due to the double route. 

Additionally, the City of Moorhead, Garbage Transfer Station will be closed on Monday, January 17.

CONCORDIA CELEBRATES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

 MOORHEAD – Concordia College invites the public to reflect on the life and influence of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 17. This year’s MLK Day theme is “Daring to Dream: The Radical Imagination of a New Generation.”

The theme calls upon the community to confront and acknowledge the amount of work that King called us to do that has yet to be completed in a way that produces equitable outcomes for all. While history books write as if King’s focus was primarily on the rights of Black Americans, he sought to recognize and address the intersections of all forms of oppression. Student Planning Committee co-chairs of MLK Day are Mattie Bogart ’23 and Alissa Edjacin ’24.

Keynote speakers include Payton Head, a rising community leader rooted in developing action-oriented cultures grounded in equity, inclusion, and opportunity; and Derecka Purnell, a human rights lawyer, writer, organizer, and author. Panelists include Chicago native now North Dakota resident Faith Dixon, an entrepreneur and founder of Faith4Hope, a nonprofit organization committed to helping low-income families; and Wess Philome, a community activist originally born in Little Haiti.

The day’s events begin with a chapel service at 9 a.m. in the Centrum, Knutson Campus Center; keynote addresses at 9:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium; and a panel discussion with panelists and keynote speakers at 2:30 p.m. in the Centrum. Concurrent sessions take place at 11 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.

For more information and to view the full MLK Day schedule, please visit: ConcordiaCollege.edu/mlk.

Masking and distancing will be required for all events.

MOORHEAD PREPARES FOR EMERALD ASH BORER WITH ASSISTANCE FROM MINNESOTA DNR

MOORHEAD – The City of Moorhead has received a $60,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to remove public ash trees in an effort to address the pending arrival of emerald ash borer (EAB) in our community.

EAB is a wood-boring beetle native to Asia. It was first detected in the United States in Michigan in 2002, and by 2009, EAB had been discovered in St. Paul, MN. This invasive beetle has been found in 35 states and 5 provinces, killing hundreds of millions of ash trees (Fraxinus sp). Ash species in Moorhead that belong to the genus Fraxinus and are susceptible to EAB include green ash, black ash, and white ash. Other tree species are not susceptible, including the many varieties of mountain ash. 

Ash trees comprise nearly 26% of the 26,500 trees in Moorhead’s urban forest. While EAB has not yet been found in Moorhead, it is confirmed to have advanced along the I-94 corridor as far north as Sauk Centre. EAB has also been found in many counties in southern Minnesota; Sioux Falls, SD; and Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Moorhead Forestry Division continues to inspect and monitor public ash trees within City limits for EAB infestation.

The DNR grant provides funds to hire professional contractors to remove approximately 175 existing boulevard and park ash trees that have significant structural defects or declining health. Public Works’ Forestry Division has been removing declining ash trees for several years at an average rate of 110 per year. This grant will more than double the annual removal rate. Upon removal of the identified ash trees, the City will plant replacement trees of varying species in 2022 as its matching commitment to the state grant.

The City of Moorhead has developed a long-term EAB management plan to prepare for the arrival of EAB. The management plan will recommend and implement the most effective and efficient practices to manage the urban forest for EAB.

Follow the City of Moorhead Facebook page this year for periodic photos on the EAB management project.

QUILT LEARNING WORKSHOP 

Quilters’ Guild of North Dakota announces a series of workshops called Back to the Basics. 

Starting this Saturday, January 15, anyone with a sewing machine and $5 is welcome to learn how to make a quilt.

The group’s mission is to spread the joy of quilting. Non-members are welcome.

When: 9 am to noon. Where: NDSCS, north of the Fargo dome on 19th Ave N. How: register on-line at ndquilts.com, or call 701-306-1691.

NEW VIDEO LOOKS AT 2021 HIGHLIGHTS, EXCITEMENT FOR 2022

MOORHEAD – Great things took place in Moorhead in 2021, and the city is looking forward to a bright and amazing 2022! Businesses are opening and expanding, population is growing, housing starts are up, and planning is under way to re-envision our downtown area!

Want a fun way to look at what’s going on in Moorhead? Check out this video that includes a great look at the new Career Academy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG5tl2he4TM

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