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Morning headlines: Clay County's only COVID-19 testing site can't keep up, commissioners asking for help

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COVID-19 testing site in Moorhead, referred to as The Vault.
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MOORHEAD —Clay County commissioners have sent a letter to Governor Tim Walz, asking for help in expanding the hours and testing capabilities of its only community COVID-19 testing site in Moorhead.

The omicron variant is running rampant in the region. On top of that, public health leaders in North Dakota are asking certain Minnesota residents to stay on their side of the river when they get tested.

Clay County's only mass public testing site is the old Thomas Edison School. It was supposed to close at the end of December, but due to rising cases, it will remain open until at least the spring. Full story here.

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Moorhead CVS scheduled to close in February, joining other recent pharmacy closures

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Moorhead CVS scheduled to close in February, 2022.

MOORHEAD — The CVS Pharmacy located at 822 30th Ave. S. in Moorhead is set to close by the end of next month.

The official closing date is set for Friday, Feb. 25, a company official confirmed to InForum Tuesday, Jan. 18.

The decision to close was a “difficult business decision,” CVS Pharmacy’s manager of retail communications Matt Blanchette said in an emailed statement. “The closure of this store is not a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our employees,” the statement continued. “In fact, our colleagues will be given the opportunity to transition into comparable roles at other CVS locations nearby.” Full story here.

New private school set to open in Fargo this fall

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Architectural design of Capstone Classical Academy.
Special to The Forum

FARGO — A new private school plans to launch in the metro area later this year, touting a "classical Christian program."

Capstone Classical Academy is private, religious and tuition-based, a brainchild of local business-minded people and educators.

With the first day of classes set to begin on Aug. 23, the school will focus on Pre-K-6 grades, according to the company’s website. Area residents involved in the school’s founding are “actively pursuing acquisition of property in southwest Fargo for a building site,” according to the school’s website. Full story here.

Marcus Theatres adds vaccine-only showings at West Acres Cinema

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FARGO — Marcus Theatres’s West Acres Cinema will begin offering movie showings for vaccinated viewers only beginning Friday, Jan. 21.

The vaccine-only screenings will be offered for two titles each day. The shows will be specifically marked on both the Marcus Theatres website and app. Kicking off the vaccine-only showings will be "Scream" at 4:50 p.m. and 7:50 p.m. on Friday and "Redeeming Love" at 4:10 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. on Friday. Unvaccinated guests can still attend other screenings. Full story here.

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