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MOORHEAD – Minnesota State University Moorhead’s annual tri-state high school juried art exhibition runs through Jan. 28 in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The juried exhibit is part of the School of Art’s Art-a-Fair, culminating in art workshops Friday, Jan. 28.  

Guest artist to sculpt MSUM President Blackhurst  

This year’s special guest will be artist and educator Gerry Kulzer. Kulzer is a professional sculptor working in bronze and clay. He’s also Midwest Dairy’s official sculptor and is the official butter sculptor at Minnesota’s annual state fair. MSUM President Anne Blackhurst will sit for Kulzer at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on the Center for the Arts Hansen Theatre stage while he creates a clay sculpture.    

Additionally, a collaborative public art project will be in progress on Friday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the art annex. This year’s project will be two large-scale pixelated post-it note murals created by the attending students.  

Juried exhibit awards ceremony  

A panel of professors have juried the exhibition sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Fargo and will award over $1,000 in prize money at a ceremony Friday, Jan. 28 at 12 p.m. in the Hansen Theatre. Student winners will be announced in eight categories, including painting, drawing, 2D mixed media, printmaking, functional pottery and crafts, sculpture, photography and media arts. A best exhibit prize will also be given for the best North Dakota and Minnesota school.  

This year’s award ceremony will also feature the School of Art’s announcement of the “Art for Change” project, a school/community social justice partnership with Churches United for the Homeless. The School of Art received a $20,000 Lake Region Arts Council grant to work with diverse artists who will lead students, community members, volunteers, shelter staff and residents through the visioning and creating of five murals over 12 months.  

Art-a-fair workshops  

More than 300 students and teachers from high schools in three states will attend workshops from 10 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. by visual art, media art and music faculty, advanced students, regional arts organizations, and local artists. Students select from among 26 topics, including digital design, beginning wheel throwing, caricature art, sculpture, screen printing, advanced painting, body art, comics and illustration, art therapy, media art, music sessions, creative career possibilities and more.  

This event is funded by the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation, the MSUM Comstock Fund, and the Kiwanis Club of Fargo.  


MOORHEAD – Clay County GOP will host precinct caucuses on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm, as required by Minnesota Statute 202A.

Republicans from all precincts (cities and townships) within Clay County will meet at one location, the Courtyard by Marriott, 1080 28th Ave S., Moorhead.

Crucial decisions are made long before Election Day, starting with your precinct caucus. This year there will be a straw poll for governor. Join your friends and neighbors for an opportunity to make your voices heard on issues, offer resolutions to the GOP Party Platform and choose delegates and party leadership.

If you wish to confirm your precinct (voting district) go to: ; If you have any questions, please call Edwin Hahn, Clay County GOP Chair at 218-686-3970 or check our website, or go to our face-book page, Clay County Republican Party of Minnesota @ claymngop.


MOORHEAD – On Thursday, January 13, 2021, at approximately 3:40 pm, officers were dispatched to Travel Mart, 725 North Highway 75 North, Moorhead, for a report of an attempted aggravated robbery. The adult male victim stated he was in his vehicle at the gas pumps when the suspect entered his passenger side, displayed a handgun, and ordered the victim out of the vehicle. The victim was able to leave and enter the store, where he and the clerk were able to lock the entrance. The suspect approached the door while displaying the gun but soon exited the area in a vehicle he had arrived in initially.

A short time later, officers located the suspect vehicle traveling away from the area. A felony stop was conducted, and four adults were detained. During the investigation, the primary suspect was identified and a handgun was located in the area of the vehicle where the suspect was sitting. Three of the four individuals were transported to the Clay County Correctional Facility. Long-form complaints will be forwarded to the Clay County Attorney’s Office for the following charges:

Emmanuel Reynoza, age 28, no permanent address, Felony Second Degree Assault and Felony Aggravated Robbery.

Kyla Belgarde, age 25, Fargo, ND, Aiding and Abetting Felony Second Degree Assault and Aiding and Abetting Felony Aggravated Robbery.

Isaac Granados, Age 33, Chicago, IL, Felony Possession of Drugs.


MOORHEAD – The Village Family Service Center is starting a new 10-week therapy group where LGBTQ+ teens in the Fargo-Moorhead area can learn about identity, relationships, coping skills and more in an affirming, accepting and supportive culture.

Pride Teens will meet from 5:30 to 7 pm Tuesdays at The Village, 815 37th Ave. S., Moorhead, beginning Feb. 8. The group is open to youth ages 13 to 17 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and pansexual. Participants can also attend via Zoom.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Hannah Pederson will lead Pride Teens. Amanda Bushaw will co-facilitate. “We saw a need in our clients and community to better support LGBTQ+ youth,” Pederson said. “Our hope is teens who engage in our group will learn about themselves and others, develop a positive identity, and increase their ability to cope with unique struggles they may face in their home, school, community and relationships. Pride Teens will be a safe place to ask questions, be vulnerable, and be yourself.”

To register for Pride Teens, call (701) 451-4811. Insurance is accepted.

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