Area Briefs – March 9, 2023


MOORHEAD – Concordia College is launching a new author residency program to celebrate reading, the rich relationships between author and audience, and the world of ideas, imagination, and discovery. The first event will be Thursday, March 16, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. in the Centrum, Knutson Campus Center. Host John Ydstie ’74 will moderate a conversation with award-winning science authors Ed Yong, “An Immense World,” and Suzanne Simard, “Finding the Mother Tree.”

“We are very excited to bring these influential authors to the Fargo Moorhead community,” said Laura Probst, Concordia’s library director. “Through their writing we have new lenses to view the marvel of the world and the interconnectedness of our environment.” 

The event is open to the public free of charge with a reception and book signing to follow.


MOORHEAD- The Chamber is announcing its official move from its current office within the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead to a temporary location within the Cass County Electric Cooperative building in Fargo. The Chamber and the City of Moorhead have enjoyed a productive partnership for over two decades, working closely together to bolster the regional economy and foster business growth. The Chamber’s upcoming move marks another chapter, one that is founded on continued collaboration and regionalism.

With over 1,980 members now, The Chamber’s growing reach, impact, initiatives and goals require a larger physical location. “Let me begin by saying, The Chamber is extremely grateful to the City of Moorhead for their support and continued partnership,” said Chamber President & CEO Shannon Full. “The need for The Chamber to relocate is due to the great progress we are making as a region, and our need for a larger space as we increase our capacity.” 

Moorhead Mayor Shelly Carlson said, “The partnership between the City of Moorhead and The Chamber is strong, and we wish The Chamber the best in its service to businesses and communities in the region.” Additionally, Moorhead City Manager Dan Mahli said, “The City of Moorhead appreciates the 25 years that it was able to lease space in the Hjemkomst Center to The Chamber.”  

“Our board and staff are extremely grateful to Cass County Electric Cooperative for their continued investment in The Chamber and their willingness to partner on this creative solution. As we look to the future, we are excited to build upon the strong foundation that we have laid as a regional organization,” remarked Shannon Full. “The Chamber is committed to serving our entire region and membership, and we will do so, regardless of our physical location.”


FARGO – The Downtown Community Partnership (DCP) is proud to announce plans for the 26th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Since 1996, the parade has united the community and celebrated the unofficial beginning of spring with some Irish flare. 

This year’s parade, set to kick off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 11th. We are proud to announce Jefferson Lines as our presenting sponsor for another year.

The parade begins in Moorhead on Center Avenue before making its way across the bridge to NP Ave in Downtown Fargo. The route then turns north on Broadway and ends at 4th Avenue North.

The DCP has proudly hosted the FM St. Patrick’s Parade since 2019. The parade has historically attracted more than 10,000 attendees to enjoy festive entourages of bands, equestrians, Irish dancers, bagpipes, civic clubs, and multicultural groups. The DCP is committed to keeping the legacy of this wonderful community event thriving with insight and stories from original planning members.

The DCP encourages participants, businesses, visitors and residents to celebrate by wearing green, using shamrocks and playing music to continue making this a memorable experience for area residents. After the parade, the DCP welcomes everyone to explore and discover all of the unique businesses in the Fargo-Moorhead Downtown communities.

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