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HCSCC reopens Hjemkomst Center

MOORHEAD – The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County reopened their museum in the Hjemkomst Center on Monday, June 15, with updated museum hours and safety guidelines. The move follows a three-month closure prompted by COVID-19 that went into effect on Tuesday, March 17. The museum will now be open every day of the week from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visitors will be required to wear masks, maintain the recommended social distance of 6 feet, and accommodate new museum, gallery, and tour capacities.

HCSCC has followed state and professional guidelines in order to reopen safely, and their new museum guidelines and COVID-19 preparedness plan are both publicly available online.

“We are delighted to reopen with the top safety protocols in place. We have found our earliest visitors friendly and cooperative — wearing their masks, keeping their distance, and sanitizing as advised — as we work to fulfill our mission to bring local history and art to the public during this tumultuous year,” HCSCC Executive Director Maureen Kelly Jonason said. “A knowledge of history is maybe more important now than ever,” she added.  

Author Terry Shoptaugh to Give Virtual Talk

MOORHEAD – Local author Terry Shoptaugh will give a virtual reading and presentation about his latest book, “Sons of the Wild Jackass” on Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. Shoptaugh’s presentation is offered in partnership with Lake Agassiz Regional Library and will take place on the library’s Facebook page at 

Shoptaugh will relate incidents in the early years of North Dakota’s Nonpartisan League (NPL), a farmers’ movement that flourished in the early 20th century and influenced subsequent advances in agricultural organizations, as well as NPL activities in Minnesota. This event is offered virtually and is made possible by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Essentia Health receives Healthcare Hero Award

FARGO – Essentia has received the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Trailblazer Award for its nation-leading efforts to improve access to virtual care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 crisis encouraged Essentia Health teams to provide an opportunity for patients to receive care from their health care provider virtually using a phone, tablet, laptop or PC from the comfort of their home a full month ahead of a planned launch. Virtual visits launched March 18, prompted by a need to keep patients and staff safe from the virus.

“We literally went from zero to about 3,000 virtual visits per day in less than three weeks and we ramped up more quickly and have done more volume than just about anyone in the country,” says Essentia CEO David Herman, MD.

MSUM Waives Application Fee as Part of Minnesota State Week

MOORHEAD – Minnesota State University Moorhead will waive its $20 application fee as part of Virtual Minnesota State Week June 22-June 26.

The MSUM campus is open to showcase the university by creating personalized visits that meet students’ needs, whether it’s an on-campus or virtual visit. When students visit and apply during this week, the application fee will be waived.

MSU Moorhead is a comprehensive university offering more than 150 majors, emphases and options, 15 graduate degree programs, 40 certificate programs, and 31 areas of teacher licensure preparation.

Moorhead Police asking for information regarding Richard Stephen homicide 

MOORHEAD – The homicide investigation of Richard Stephen remains active and ongoing. The assault took place at 1615 20 Street South on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, and was reported to police during the early morning of Thursday, June 4, 2020. The Moorhead Police Department is attempting to identify others who may have witnessed, had been involved in the assault, or have further information regarding the events of that evening.

The public is asked to contact the Moorhead Police Department if they can provide information are asked to call 218.299.5120 to speak with an on-duty supervisor.

Callers can remain anonymous.

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