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Moorhead deaths 7 people
Police were called to a residence in south Moorhead Saturday, Dec. 18, where seven people were found dead.

MOORHEAD - Police say seven people are now confirmed dead in an incident at a home on the intersection of 13th Street and 44th Avenue, just south of S.G. Reinertsen Elementary School.

Captain Deric Swenson of the Moorhead Police Department said the investigation continues into the unattended deaths first reported to police at 7:41 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18.

All of the victims have been transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office, where autopsies are still active to determine a cause of death.


The victims include four adults and three children. The Moorhead Area School District was provided information regarding the victims to help prepare for student assistance regarding the deaths. Full story here.

City of Fargo releases holiday schedules

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FARGO, N.D. – The City of Fargo offices, Fargo Cass Public Health, Fargo Public Library, MATBUS routes and garbage & recycling collections will be impacted by the Christmas holiday. The following closures and service changes will be in effect on Friday, December 24 and Saturday, December 25.

Friday, December 24:

  • City offices and Fargo Cass Public Health: Closed
  • Fargo Public Library (all branches): Closed
  • MATBUS: Fixed route and MAT Paratransit routes will stop running at 5:15 p.m.
  • Sanitary Landfill and Household Hazardous Waste Facility: Regular hours

Saturday, December 25:

  • City offices and Fargo Cass Public Health: Closed
  • Fargo Public Library (all branches): Closed
  • MATBUS: No services
  • Sanitary Landfill and Household Hazardous Waste Facility: Closed

Garbage and recycling collection schedules will be modified the week of December 20. Monday, December 20 routes will be collected on schedule. December 21-24 routes (Tuesday through Friday) will be collected one day early. For example, Tuesday, December 21 routes will be collected Monday, December 20.For more information on garbage and recycling collection impacts, please visit

Red River diversion project has 4 staff members, army of consultant employees

Construction workers are dwarfed by the massive inner structure of a dam wall
Concrete is poured for a dam wall on July 27 at the Red River inlet structure south of Horace, North Dakota, as part of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project.
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FARGO — The Metro Flood Diversion Authority operates with a skeletal staff of four employees — but they’re assisted by a small army of about 200 others who are working behind the scenes on the $3.2 billion flood-control project.

Joel Paulsen, the Diversion Authority’s executive director, is joined by a director of engineering, director of lands and compliance and an executive assistant, all of whom occupy former city of Fargo offices in the Civic Auditorium.

Less visibly, that group is bolstered by a variety of consulting firms who help run the day-to-day workings of the massive project, which will include a 30-mile diversion channel, two control structures, an inlet structure, a 22-mile embankment and 19 bridges. Full story here.


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