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Recycle your pumpkins
MOORHEAD – Clay County and the Plastic Bag Task Force has begun the annual pumpkin recycling program Take Back Jack! This program will run from November 1st through the 14th.
Please omit candles, painted pumpkins, plastic bags, or trash in the bins as they cannot be composted.
Collection bins have been set up at Moorhead recycling drop off sites and city recycling centers throughout the county. Participation was great last year at all drop off sites.
MSU Moorhead will Transition to Online Course Delivery Following Thanksgiving Break
MOORHEAD – On Wednesday, Oct. 28, Minnesota State University Moorhead President Anne Blackhurst announced that the campus will change course delivery following the Thanksgiving break. The campus will remain open and course delivery will move to completely online.
In her message to students and employees, President Blackhurst wrote: “The health and safety of our campus community is my highest priority. The high COVID-19 case rates in Minnesota and North Dakota, combined with the likelihood that students will be traveling to and from communities with high infection rates, puts not only our campus community but also the surrounding communities at risk. This is especially true given that many students will again be traveling during the semester break, just a few short weeks after the Thanksgiving holiday.”
The University does not expect this decision to change plans for spring semester. Classes for spring semester will resume on January 11, 2021.

Drunk Driver Arrested After Causing Property Damage, Failing to Stop for Officers
MOORHEAD – Sunday afternoon, Moorhead Police Officers responded to a report of an impaired driver in the area of 40 Avenue and 8 Street South. As officers attempted to approach the suspect in the Azool Hornbacher’s parking lot, he fled in his vehicle. The vehicle was not pursued, but a short time later, additional calls of a reckless driver involving the same vehicle description were received, including the suspect causing damage to a fence in the 2100 block of 40 Avenue South, near the Moorhead Parks Soccer Complex.
Officers later located the vehicle near 8 Street and 30 Avenue South. When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, it fled westbound onto I-94 toward Fargo. The vehicle had sustained previous tire damage causing it to enter the North ditch of I-94 between the Red River Bridge and University Drive in Fargo.
Derek Berg, age 28, of Ogema, MN, was taken into custody by the North Dakota Highway Patrol and is currently held at the Cass County Jail for DWI. A long-form complaint will be requested from the Clay County Attorney’s Office for the offenses of Fleeing a Police Officer in a motor vehicle, criminal damage to property, and reckless driving.

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