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Townsite tied to history

Rob Kupec loves living in one of Moorhead's oldest neighborhoods. "There's a little more sense of community," said Kupec, 34, who lives at 515 9th St. S. "And the tree-lined streets are just beautiful." Squeezed between Concordia College and Minn...

Rob Kupec loves living in one of Moorhead's oldest neighborhoods.

"There's a little more sense of community," said Kupec, 34, who lives at 515 9th St. S. "And the tree-lined streets are just beautiful."

Squeezed between Concordia College and Minnesota State University Moorhead, the Townsite neighborhood offers tall elms, a mix of buildings, and 100-year-old homes.

Kupec's house, for instance, was built in 1919. Nearby Comstock House, a state historic site, was constructed in 1882. Other houses in the neighborhood are newer; some date to the 1950s.

Because the neighborhood pre-dates laws separating homes from businesses, it also has a greater mix of buildings than many other areas.

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There's a sprinkling of apartments, businesses on Eighth Street and Main Avenue, the Townsite Center offices, St. Joseph's School, and Prairie Home Cemetery.

Residents can drink chai at Noah Coffee Co., pray at three churches -- the First Congregational Church of Christ, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and St. John the Divine Episcopal Church -- or visit a frat house or two.

Residents are a mixed lot, too -- renting college students are mixed in with their professors, including Kupec's wife, Deb White.

"There aren't many neighborhoods with student housing next to a former (college) president's home next to public housing," Kupec said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Joy Anderson at (701) 241-5556

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