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31ST ANNUAL WOODLAND & HIGH PLAINS POWWOW

MOORHEAD – The 31st annual celebration of the Woodlands & High Plains Traditional Powwow, sponsored by Concordia, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State), North Dakota State University and North Dakota State College of Science, will be held Noon to 10 p.m., Saturday, April 2, in Memorial Auditorium on the campus of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. This year’s theme is “Generational Resilience.”

This annual event is one of the most popular cultural events in the Fargo-Moorhead area with more than 3,000 spectators and 200 dancers expected. This traditional powwow is an opportunity for people from all ages and backgrounds to celebrate and recognize Native American tradition and culture, honor American Indian graduates, and provide our community with a sense of pride in the American Indian heritage. The powwow was canceled the two previous years due to COVID-19.

The powwow will feature many styles of dance and drum songs from the area tribes, including Naamikaagejig (the ones who dance with a purpose for the people); Old Style Jingle Dress Special, sponsored by the Goodwin-Williams family; the Potato Dance, sponsored by the Powwow Committee; and Men’s Fancy sponsored by Alexa Gabbard.

The emcee is Mickey Hodges, member of White Earth Nation in Minnesota, and the arena director is Mike Gabbard. The Spiritual Advisor is Willard Yellowbird and the Honor Guard is the White Earth Veterans.

Admission for the event will be free for children five and under; $3 for children ages six to 17 and adults 55+; $5 for adults 18-54. College students (from Concordia College, M State, MSUM, NDSU and NDSCS) are admitted free with a valid student ID.

INVESTIGATION LEADS TO LARGE FENTANYL DRUG SEIZURE

Two Moorhead residents face felony drugs charges for illegal drug distribution.

Moorhead Police Drug Investigators received information that two Moorhead residents routinely transported dangerous illegal drugs from Chicago to Moorhead.

On Friday, March 18, 2022, with the assistance of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol, the suspect vehicle was stopped on I-94 in Clay County as it traveled back from the Chicago area. During the traffic stop, the two suspects provided the officers with small bags containing what is believed to be powdered fentanyl, with a total weight of 50 grams, and has a street value of approximately $15,000.

Street drugs containing fentanyl have been the primary cause of the significant increase in accidental overdoses in our metro area. Moorhead Police responded to seven overdoses this year and sixty-three in 2021. These numbers have significantly increased in recent years, and several go unreported to the police due to field treatment from bystanders for overdoses.

Marcellus Beasley, age 53, and Hannah Haaland, age 29, both of Moorhead, MN, were booked into the Clay County Correctional Facility. Charges were forwarded to the Clay County Attorney’s Office for First Degree Felony Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

REGIONAL LIBRARY/COMMUNITY CENTER LISTENING SESSIONS SCHEDULED

MOORHEAD – What would you like to see included in Moorhead’s new regional library and community center? Citizen input is key to envisioning what this amazing place can be.

The Moorhead City Council approved placing a question on the November 2022 ballot asking citizens to consider a city sales tax to fund the regional library and community center. It is hoped this project will become a “cultural anchor” for Moorhead’s downtown and a public resource for generations to come.

Two open house-style community input sessions will be held in April so your ideas and insights can be heard.

Tuesday, April 5, 4-7 pm, Moorhead Center Mall

Tuesday, April 19, 4-7 pm, Moorhead Center Mall

A short presentation on the project will be held every 30 minutes. You will also have the opportunity to visit multiple stations to learn more and share your ideas.

HEROS SPRING CLEAN-UP/CLEAN-OUT DONATION DRIVE

FARGO – HERO, Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization invites the public for their spring Clean-up/Clean-out Donation Drive March 28th -April 1st

HERO is hosting its 1st Annual BIG SPRING CLEAN-UP/CLEAN-OUT Donation Drive and asking the region to donate back.

For over 26 years, HERO has helped individuals who are overwhelmed by the cost of healthcare. Perhaps a sudden change in health status such as, an accident, difficult illness, injury, or economic circumstances- HERO fills the gap for medical equipment and supplies to all individuals. HERO accomplishes this goal with the help of others. 

For 25 years HERO has existed, so no individual goes without the medical products needed to preserve their independence, dignity, and health. HERO provides affordable healthcare equipment and supplies for all through the collection and distribution of donated materials.

To learn more visit www.herofargo.org or call 701-212-1921.

LIBRARIES TO OFFER LALO’S LUNCHBOX COMEDY AND THEATER SHOWS 

MOORHEAD – Don’t miss a series of engaging sketch comedy, theater and puppet shows featuring sing-alongs perfect for children ages three and up. Libraries throughout the region invite children and their caregivers to join Lalo, a fun-loving shopkeeper with a magical lunchbox, and his friends as they handle unpredictable food erupting out of Lalo’s Lunchbox. These zany shows will teach kids about healthy foods and being kind to others and are offered free-of-charge thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. All are welcome to join the fun! 

The following Lake Agassiz Regional Library locations will host shows in the area:

Hawley Public Library on Thursday, April 7 at 1 PM. 

Moorhead Public Library on Saturday, April 9 at 10 AM. 

Barnesville Public Library at the Barnesville Hope Lutheran Church, 807 5th St SE., on Monday, April 11 at 9:30 AM. 

Rothsay LINK Site at the Rothsay Public School, 2040 County Rd 52, Rothsay, on Monday, April 11 at 1:30 PM.

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