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What makes Moorhead special?

Sugar and Spuds and everything nice! Moorhead is a community of 38,000 within a metro area of more than 200,000. This makes us a great place for new residents looking for a hometown feel with access to all the city conveniences. We are headquarters to national corporations like American Crystal Sugar, yet small enough to have just one public high school to cheer for (Go Spuds!). Education is really what sets Moorhead apart—early education, top-notch public and private K-12, dynamic community education and top-rated colleges and a university. Wow.

What is there to do in Moorhead?

Sports and rec
Check out the bike trails in the summer; cross-country skiing in the winter, and fitness programs year round. The meandering Red River has trails connecting to several parks, more than 25 neighborhood and regional parks in all. Plus, there are bridges just for bikes and walkers at different places along the river that also connect to Fargo parks. Golf, swim, skate, or hang out with your pooch at the dog park. Opportunities are really endless. Follow the Moorhead High Spuds, MSUM Dragons, or Concordia Cobbers on a court, field, or rink year round.
Check out Moorhead's many parks and rec programs. Moorhead Parks and Recreation map.

Sports and recreation programs start in pre-school at the neighborhood level; there are active associations for soccer, baseball, softball, and horseshoes. Pick-up hockey games are common at any of the dozen outdoor neighborhood rinks in the winter, and kids can get ice time in at hockey and figure skating camps in the summer at the Sports Center or Moorhead Youth Hockey Arena.

Arts and culture
Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College bring world-renowned performers and speakers to their campuses, plus the Bluestem Center for the Arts is located in Moorhead. Bluestem is home to the Trollwood Performing Arts School, a unique youth development organization providing high quality performing arts education, exceptional community entertainment, and an appreciation for diversity. Bluestem's outdoor amphitheater along the Red River in south Moorhead also hosts concerts and events of national acclaim. Sheryl Crow, Garrison Keillor, the Moody Blues and Alice Cooper are some of the eclectic group of performers who have graced this stage. Visual arts also include the Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center and the Rourke Art Museum with amazing collections of local artifacts, Midwestern exhibits and artists of international distinction.

And more nearby
You've probably heard of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes—there are dozens of them within 30 to 60 miles of Moorhead. Then there's the Fargodome, the Red Hawks Stadium, and the Plains Art Museum. Moorhead and our surrounding metro area have a lot to offer.

What about senior activities?

Moorhead has a very active Senior Connections located at the Hjemkomst Center. Social, educational, and recreational programs are offered for people 55 and older on weekdays, with occasional evening and weekend programs.

How about restaurants and shopping?

Moorhead has some of the best fine dining restaurants in the FM area; Sarello's and John Alexanders, are a couple of the choices. There are several other independent and franchise restaurants in Moorhead. You don't have to live in Moorhead very long before you're almost certain to see your friends or neighbors at the Dairy Queen and Tastee Freez—they are quite the neighborhood gathering places. Moorhead Center Mall has retail shopping and services. Plus, Moorhead has no sales tax on clothing or shoes. And should you need to stop at City Hall, it's attached to the mall.

Which school will my kids attend?

Moorhead's public school system includes three elementary schools (K-Grade 5), one middle school (Grades 6-8), and one high school (Grades 9-12). Here are the boundaries for the elementary schools. Moorhead offers Spanish immersion education beginning in kindergarten; all students enrolled in this program attend Ellen Hopkins Elementary.

There are also private school options in Moorhead, St. Joseph's Catholic School (K-Grade 6), Park Christian (K-Grade 12), and Red River Valley Academy (preschool-Grade 6).

Is there all-day kindergarten in Moorhead?

Moorhead Area Public Schools now offers free all-day every-day kindergarten. Half-day kindergarten and the K-5 Spanish Immersion Program offered at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School are other options for families.

Free all-day kindergarten will be available at Robert Asp Elementary, Ellen Hopkins Elementary and Probstfield Center for Education. (S.G. Reinertsen Elementary students have been attending kindergarten at Probstfield Center for Education for several years.) Depending upon enrollment and available space at each school, separate kindergarten attendance areas may be established and some Robert Asp and Ellen Hopkins students may attend kindergarten at Probstfield Center for Education

What are my choices for medical care?

Sanford Health offers an integrated healthcare system. Sanford has a medical clinic in Moorhead and has announced plans to build a new clinic in Moorhead soon. Sanford Hospital in Fargo has been named a top 100 hospital nationally and a Top 100 Heart Hospital. Essentia Health constructed a new clinic in south Moorhead in 2010 and offers a multispecialty hospital and clinic that serves Moorhead located in south Fargo. The metro area is also served by a Veteran's Administration Hospital. There are more than 1,000 inpatient beds in the metro area.

Is Moorhead safe?

Moorhead and the surrounding area enjoy low crime rates compared to communities of similar size in other parts of the country. The Moorhead Police Department operates with an integrated community policing philosophy and the latest technology to keep crime rates low. Several partnerships contribute to this success, including innovative programs like the Moorhead Police Volunteer program and School Resource Officers.

Is there bus service in Moorhead?

There is mass transit for the general public with 25 fixed routes throughout the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo-Dilworth metro area, operating Monday through Saturday. There are additional services for seniors and persons who are unable to ride the MATBUS fixed route system. Free school bus service is available to students living one mile or more from their assigned public school.

What airlines serve Moorhead?

Hector International Airport (located in Fargo) is serviced by Delta, United Express, American Eagle, and Allegiant Air. There is non-stop service to Minneapolis, LA, Chicago and five other cities. In addition to the commercial airport, Moorhead Municipal Airport, a general aviation airport with public and private hangar options, is located just six miles east of the City. Hangar space is available for rent.

Who provides Moorhead's utilities?

Unlike many communities in our metro area, Moorhead's major utilities are publicly-owned. Water and electricity are managed by Moorhead Public Service (MPS), and trash and recycling are also direct municipal services. All are coordinated on one monthly utility bill. And, we've got some bragging rights: Moorhead's water has been voted "Best in Glass" by the Minnesota Section of the American Water Works Association—twice in recent competitions, and in 2013, the American Public Power Association awarded MPS "Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®)," a distinction awarded to less than 10 percent of public power utilities nationwide. Moorhead's electric rates are the lowest in the region.

How does flooding impact Moorhead?

You may have heard news of floods on the Red River affecting Moorhead and Fargo, and if you've lived in the area for a while, you may have even volunteered in our past flood efforts. Moorhead's flood risk has been reduced to an all-time low due to the significant investments financed by the City and the State of Minnesota. Since 2009, the City has acquired more than 200 properties most vulnerable to river flooding and constructed numerous floodwalls and other infrastructure improvements along the river corridor to protect the community as a whole. Moorhead's extensive mitigation efforts consisting of property acquisition, floodwalls, levees, sanitary sewer improvements, and storm water gates and pump stations have dramatically reduced the temporary protective measures needed to protect private property and public infrastructure. It's important to note that flood insurance is not required for any residential building lot in any of the new construction subdivisions in Moorhead. All residential building lots in Moorhead are flood-protected.

Does Moorhead recycle?

Yes. There is curbside pickup biweekly for single-family homes and drop-off locations for apartment residents to recycle. Recycling containers are available at City Hall.


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