Area Briefs

CLEANUP DAYS ARE COMING IN MAY

MOORHEAD – One of Moorhead’s favorite times of the year is almost here…Cleanup Days! In early May, furniture, household goods, and appliances will be collected at single-family residence curbs on your scheduled garbage day beginning at 5 am at no additional cost.

Cleanup Days will be the OPPOSITE week from your recycling week:

If you are Recycling A, Cleanup Days are May 2-6 (including Oakport neighborhood on May 3).

If you are Recycling B, Cleanup Days are May 9-13.

No recycling bins out on Cleanup Days.

Excess garbage set out before Cleanup Days will be collected for a fee.

Apartments are not eligible for curbside pickup, but residents may bring excess garbage to the transfer station at the times noted below free of charge with proof of residency.

Cleanup Days require a huge amount of effort, coordination and cooperation. Please follow these guidelines:

Tires will NOT be collected. Homeowners will need to dispose of them at retail tire stores.

Separate appliances, furniture, brush, household garbage, metal, etc. into piles; different trucks collect specific items.

Use disposable containers such as cardboard boxes (no loose garbage please).

Do not set items out more than one day early.

During Cleanup Days, crews will not return to pick up garbage set out after your garbage day.

Two appliances per household will be picked up free of charge. Remove refrigerator and freezer doors for safety.

Do not place food or waste inside appliances.

No commercial waste will be accepted.

Keep your garbage tote at least 4 feet away from Cleanup Days items.

Empty propane tanks will also be collected (valves do not need to be removed).

If you would like to get a jump on spring cleanup, bring furniture, household goods, and excess garbage to the Solid Waste Transfer Station from April 25 – May 13 during normal business hours, free of charge. (This also applies to apartments.) Fees will apply for demolition/construction materials; proof of Moorhead residency required (i.e. driver’s license).

Crews will not collect the following items curbside (disposal info below):

Demolition/construction materials (lumber, concrete, sheet rock, fencing material, windows, doors, asphalt shingles, etc.; fees apply); take items to:

Clay Demolition Debris Landfill, 4 miles east of Glyndon on Hwy 10; 218.498.2430

Moorhead Transfer Station, 2727 Hwy 10 E, Moorhead; 218.299.5465

 Residential electronics (computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals, TVs, fluorescent bulbs, LED bulbs, cell phones, rechargeable batteries, and holiday light strings accepted for no fee from Clay County residents at 1300 15 Avenue N every Tuesday evening from 4-6 pm year-round. Call 218.299.7329 with questions.

May 2, 4, 9, 11 from 8 am-4 pm

May 3, 10 from 4-6 pm

May 7 from 8 am-noon

Regular hours (4-6 pm every Tuesday) resume May 12

Household chemicals (paints, stains, etc.) are accepted for no fee from Clay County residents at the Clay County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 2729 Hwy 10 E, Moorhead, every Monday and Wednesday from 8 am-4 pm. The facility is also open the first Saturday each month from April to October from 8 am-noon. Call 218.299.5077 with questions. Special Cleanup Days hours:

May 2, 4, 9, 11 from 8 am-4 pm

May 7 from 8 am-noon

 If you have any additional questions, please call the Public Works Department at 218.299.5347.

MATBUS CELEBRATES EARTH WEEK APRIL 18-23

FARGO/ MOORHEAD – MATBUS invites the community to celebrate Earth Week April 18-23 and encourages individuals to participate in the Get Your “Can” on the Bus promotion. MATBUS invites people to ride for free by donating one aluminum can on-board fixed route vehicles. Proceeds from the recycling of collected cans will be donated to the Homeward Animal Shelter. This promotion is not valid on MAT Paratransit.

Public transportation plays an integral role in protecting our environment. Did you know that one MATBUS bus full of people removes up to 50 cars from the road? That’s a line of cars approximately four city blocks long. Riding public transportation instead of using a personal vehicle is one of the most effective ways for citizens to reduce their individual carbon footprints.

Community Events:

      Party for the Planet: April 23 at the Red River Zoo from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

      Get Your ‘Can’ on the Bus: April 18-23

DRUG SEIZURE DISRUPTS LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, Moorhead Police Detectives, working with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Minnesota State Patrol, conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 94 in Clay County. Investigators obtained specific information showing the suspects were frequently traveling to the Minneapolis area to pick up a shipment of drugs to distribute in our community. During the vehicle search, a Moorhead Police Canine located several large quantities of drugs. Officers found approximately two pounds of suspected methamphetamine, 222 suspected fentanyl pills, and approximately two pounds of suspected marijuana. The street value of the drugs seized is estimated to be $20,000.

David Keen, Jr, and Samantha Riggles were booked into the Clay County Correctional Facility. The Moorhead Police Department submitted long-form complaints to the Clay County Attorney’s Office for each to be charged with two counts of First Degree Controlled Substance Distribution and one count of Fifth Degree Controlled Substance Distribution.

The investigation is the second significant seizure that disrupted the distribution of drugs into our community within the last month. In March, two individuals were arrested after investigators intercepted a shipment of powdered fentanyl transported on Interstate 94, in Clay County, with a street value of $15,000, en route to the Fargo Moorhead area for distribution.

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