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Study: Moorhead power plant should be used

Library, museum among ideas...

Power plant

Library, museum among ideas

A group studying possible new uses for Moorhead's outdated power plant told city council members Monday that the public is overwhelmingly in favor of preserving the structure.

"They (residents) believe it is an important part of the city and that it should remain public in ownership," said Mark Chekola, chairman of the Moorhead Power Plant Study Group.

Based on feedback that included comments gathered during an open house earlier this month, Chekola outlined a number of possible future uses for the structure.

The ideas include:


- A library

- A community or teen center

- An arts performance center

- A museum.

Chekola said the committee's next step will be to explore the options, or a combination of them, and work at creating images of what they might look like if realized.

He said a second open house is planned, possibly some time in May.

The committee hopes to have a final recommendation ready for the council's review by late fall or early winter 2009.

State officials earlier informed the city that if a plan on how to reuse the building was in place by Feb. 1, the city could expect $1.4 million it could put toward the cost of removing hazardous materials from the site.


City officials said Monday it appeared the deadline would not be met, but they added state officials have told the city it may apply for grant funds in the future if Moorhead decides on a new use for the power plant.

In other business Monday, the council presented police officer Scott Kostohryz with the Police Department's Life Saving Award for rescuing a man from a burning house Jan. 8.

Mail carrier Dave Stabnow was given a citizen recognition award for alerting police when he saw black smoke coming from the roof of the house at 1108 20th St. N.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555

I'm a reporter and a photographer and sometimes I create videos to go with my stories.

I graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead and in my time with The Forum I have covered a number of beats, from cops and courts to business and education.

I've also written about UFOs, ghosts, dinosaur bones and the planet Pluto.

You may reach me by phone at 701-241-5555, or by email at dolson@forumcomm.com
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