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DRIVER FROM MOORHEAD ACCIDENT DIES

MOORHEAD – Monday evening April 4 officers responded to the area of 34 Street South and Interstate 94 for a report of an injury accident. A single vehicle had left the roadway, rolled over and came to a rest on its roof in standing water.  The lone occupant was removed by witnesses on scene.

Steven Wear, age 72, from Fargo, ND, was pulled from the vehicle by a witness.  Wear was transported by ambulance to Sanford Health. The Moorhead Police was later notified that Wear died.  His body has been transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner office for an autopsy.  The crash is still under investigation.

CONCORDIA LAUNCHES COMPETITIVE ESPORTS PROGRAM

MOORHEAD – Concordia College is excited to announce it will be offering varsity esports and will be joining the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), the largest association of varsity esports programs in North America.

“We said if we’re going to do it, let’s do it right,” said Lisa Sethre-Hofstad, vice president for Student Development and Campus Life. “The equipment is going to be high-end. The coach will be a paid employee. We’re not tiptoeing into this. There’s a lot of enthusiasm and anticipation.”

Competitive gaming has exploded in popularity to become a billion-dollar industry while challenging the cultural norms of traditional sports. 

“I’m excited that a new group of students is going to be embraced and supported,” said James Jehlik, associate director of Academic and User Technology Services, who is helping oversee esports development. “They’ll experience valuable life lessons such as how to win, how to lose, and all the good things that come with team sports. And they can put that into their gaming passion.”

Through the NACE membership, the college will stream games for fans on Twitch with the potential for non-players to fill supporting roles, such as announcers, chat moderators, and camera operators.

The initial titles will be League of Legends and Rocket League, with competition expected to begin in January 2023.

The lower level of Park Region Hall will be renovated to house 18 gaming computers. The space is planned to be available for student use at the start of the fall 2022 semester.

Additional details will be announced as the program develops.

FARGO LIBRARY’S ‘NORTHERN FOCUS’ PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT SEEKS SUBMISSIONS

FARGO – The Fargo Public Library is seeking submissions for its third annual Northern Focus photography project for adults and teens age 13 and older. Submissions will be accepted online only through May 31, 2022 at https://fargolibrary.wufoo.com/forms/northern-focus-2022/. All rules and guidelines for the project are available on the library’s “Northern Narratives & Northern Focus” webpage. For more information about the Northern Focus photography project, contact Nicole H. at 701.476.5974 or the Main Library Information Desk at 701.241.1492.

Be mindful when parking near MATBUS passenger shelters

MATBUS is asking residents to pay attention to the No Parking signs at bus stops — especially at passenger bus shelters.

Passengers using wheelchairs require the bus to stop at designated concrete loading pads in front of shelters. When cars are parked too close to the shelter, the bus can not reach the loading zone. This makes it difficult for passengers to access the bus. Blocked loading zones can also delay the bus, making it less dependable for other passengers.

All Moorhead MATBUS stop signs have a No Parking symbol, and many have additional No Parking signs nearby. A 35-foot bus needs space equivalent to about three parked cars to safely access the bus stop.

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