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Celebrate Fourth of July 2017 at MSUM!


Looking for a way to celebrate the Fourth of July this year? Come to Minnesota State University Moorhead for some fireworks and fun! The Moorhead Business Association has raised funds to continue this day of celebration and MSUM is honored to be able to host this night of fun. The event begins at 8:30pm and will go until around 11:00pm. This year, there will be a special performance by Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome. This is a classic rock, horn band out of Fargo that plays songs by Chicago, Blues Brothers, Phil Collins, Earth Wind and Fire, plus so many more! A fireworks display will follow the performance and begin at 10:30p.

This event is located at Nemzek Stadium on the Minnesota State University Moorhead campus. Admission is FREE! Don’t miss out on this fun filled evening!



Frostival 2017

It’s almost that time of year again for the annual weekend of Frostival! Frostival 2017 will be taking place the weekend of January 27-28, 2017. Frostival is an event celebrating the cool of winter in one of the coolest places around. It takes place in many different locations in Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo.

Frostival has lots of events taking place this year, starting off with an opening kickoff on Friday, January 27th. The opening kickoff is an outdoor celebration from 6-9 P.M. with live music, food vendors, beer garden, fire pits, s’mores, carriage rides, cocoa and more.

Below is the complete schedule for festivities happening this  Frostival 2017.

Friday, January 27, 2017

6:00PM-9:00PM Opening Kickoff Downtown Fargo

Saturday, January 28, 2017


8:30AM-12:00PM Cardboard Sled Races Mickelson Sledding Hill
8:00AM -4:00PM “Ice Bowl” Disc Golf Tournament Woodlawn Park
8:00AM -5:00PM Kickball Tournament MB Johnson Park
9:00AM-finish Golf Tournament (shotgun start) Elmwood Park
9:00AM-finish Cross Country Ski Race Edgewood Golf Course
10:00AM-2:00PM Kids Winter Boot Camp Rustad Recreation Center
10:00AM-4:30PM Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe rentals Hjemkomst Center
10:00AM-4:30PM Snow Sculptures Hjemkomst Center
10:00AM-4:30PM Snow Fort Making Hjemkomst Center
10:00AM-4:30PM Geocache with River Keepers Hjemkomst Center
10:30AM-finish Sled Parade Hjemkomst Center
11:00AM-finish Snowga Island Park
11:00AM-finish Volleyball Tournament Fargo Billiards & Gastropub
11:00AM-10:00PM Base Camp Downtown Fargo
12:00PM Chili Feed Hjemkomst Center
12:00PM-2:00PM Winter Bird Festival Forest River
12:00PM-3:30PM Softball Tournament Mickelson Fields
 1:30PM-3:30PM  Fun Run  Riverwood Park
 2:00PM-4:00PM  Winter Rocks Skating Event  Downtown on Ice Rink
2:00PM-finish Snowshoe Races Hjemkomst Center
 6:30PM-9:00PM  Frozen Fantasy Family Dance  Avalon Event Center

2017 Event Map Coming Soon

So grab your friends and family and come out of your warm house to enjoy lots of winter fun! For more information go to the official website at







Winter Sickness Prevention


You aren’t doomed to get the sniffles or the flu every winter. There are steps and precautions that you can take to keep yourself and the people around you safe.


  • Vaccinate! We cannot stress how important it is for you to get yourself vaccinated. If you don’t want to do it for yourself, do it for those that can’t. In order to prevent the flu from spreading, approximately 85% of the population at a minimum needs to be vaccinated. Get vaccinated for the people that have adverse reactions or conditions that prevent them from helping get that critical mass up.
  • Wash your hands often, making sure to do so before eating or cooking.
  • Sleep in. Not getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night hurts your immune system and makes you more susceptible to infections.
  • GIGO. Garbage in, garbage out. Eat healthy, balanced meals to get the best performance and protection.
  • Exercising. Getting active can actually stimulate the immune system and help build a better defense line.


Already sick?

  •  Gargling salt water can help a sore throat and a humidifier may help a stuffed nose
  • Limit your contact with other people. Cover your mouth when you sneeze and cough. Don’t share drinks or food with other people.
  • Drink water. Be hydrated and get your rest. While doing so avoid coffee and alcohol, which will dehydrate you.
  • See a doctor. By starting a treatment early, you can be decreasing the time you will have the cold and lessen symptoms so you can get back at it.


National Impaired Driving Prevention Month


In 2012, President Barack Obama designated December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Impaired driving includes distracted driving, drugged driving, and drunk driving.

Obama chose this month specifically, because December seems particularly suited to this observation because traffic fatalities that involve impaired drivers increase significantly during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday periods.

In an average year, 30 million Americans drive drunk and 10 million Americans drive impaired by illicit drugs. On average, 25 people were killed in an alcohol-impaired driving crashes per day during December 2010.

Young adults are among those at greatest risk for driving impaired. During December 2010, drivers from the ages 21-34 were alcohol impaired and involved in fatal crashes at a higher percentage than any other age group.

Here are some tips to ensure everyone’s safety this holiday season:

  • Designate a sober driver BEFORE celebrations begin
  • Never serve alcohol to those under the age of 21
  • If you have been drinking, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public safety.
  • You may be a safe driver but that doesn’t protect you entirely from accidents, be aware of your surroundings including other drivers.
  • If you see an impaired driver, call law enforcement. It’s better to ruin their night than their life.
  • If you see someone leaving a celebration impaired, take their keys. Don’t let them leave until they have made different driving arrangements.
  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride with a driver who is impaired, take the driver’s keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

This month’s goal is to raise awareness about the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, to ensure a happy, healthy life for everybody.

Every American can play a role in reducing the frequency of these accidents by speaking out and warning others of the dangers associated with impaired driving.

Happy Holidays & Drive Safe!






Healthy Holiday Eating

Christmas Bauble CutleryIt that time of the year when family, food and fun times all meet. While getting lost in the time, it’s easy to not pay attention to what your eating. Contrary to popular belief, you won’t gain five pounds from the holidays and over eating. In fact, most people only gain 1 to 2 pounds over the weeks before and after Christmas. That may not sound like a lot, but this extra weight usually stays with the carrier for life. If this weight is allowed to accumulate from year-to-year, it can result in being overweight or obese.

Here are some ways to avoid unintentionally sabotaging yourself during the holidays this year.

  • Skip the appetizers. It’s easy to sit by a bowl and munch while you talk to someone, but most of the food that makes a quick snack are going to be loaded with calories.
  • The eye knows best. While piling up your plate, try to avoid any dishes that have a sauce or cream on them and anything that looks fried. Instead go for food that is prepared to be eaten all by itself.
  • Eat more food? Before you go to the party, have a quick snack. Vegetables and fruits are low in calories and will have you feeling less hungry when you get to the party, helping you avoid overeating.
  • Simple substitutes. If you are the cook, you can be sneaky and help everyone out. Substituting one ingredient for another can shave off calories and still keep the same flavor. Use applesauce instead of oil or use more veggies than bread in stuffing. Refrigerate creams and gravies to skim the fat off the top. Try removing the skin on any turkey or chicken served.
  • Cutting weight. Don’t try to lose weight during the holidays, instead try and maintain your current weight. Not seeing results can hurt your mindset and make you more likely to ditch any restraint or dieting plan.
  • Socialize. The goal of the holidays isn’t to eat, it’s to meet up with family. Try doing other activities with them instead of eating. Games and crafts go over well because almost everyone can participate.




Tips and Tricks for Halloween 2016!


Halloween is the time when we think about the things that go bump in the night. Don’t let that stop you though, Trick-or-Treating can be a fun time for everyone! There are certain things that you can do to help make sure you and your witches and ghosts stay safe.

Arts and Crafts

Bright is better. If possible try and work reflective tape, glow sticks or flashlights into your child’s costume. It will help you pick your child out of a crowd and visible in the dark.

Masks can be fun, but only if you can see. The eye holes on some masks can block your view and pose a safety risk. Test the mask to see if your peripheral vision is obstructed, you may need to cut the holes larger.

Carving pumpkins is fun, but the knifes and blades can be dangerous if not handled properly. Carving should be done by an adult to cut down the risks of an accident. Try something different by letting your kids color and put glitter on the pumpkins instead

Walking Safety

Kids should have an adult with them at all times. If your kid is under 12, they should have some kind of adult supervision for the night. Have your child carry a cellphone on them for the off-handed chance that you get separated.

Feed your family before you go out for the night. This will help for when you tell them to not eat any candy before you can inspect it. You don’t know what they might be getting. The treats might have expired or been opened to the elements and be unsafe to eat.

Street Smarts

Kids tend to walk on the curb and run across streets while they are out Trick-or-Treating. While you’re driving, drive slower than the posted speed limit. This gives you more time to stop if a kid runs across the road.

Avoid the tech. You shouldn’t be on your phone anyways, but it’s even more important that you are focusing on the road tonight of all nights.

The most popular times for Trick-or-Treating is from 5:30 to 9:30, so it’s important that you drive with your headlights on. Pay attention to any hazard lights you see, that car is most likely dropping some kids off.

World Heart Day 2016 is September 29!


Each year, Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is responsible for 17.5 million deaths, making it the number one cause of death. No wonder the World Heart Federation came together to create their World Heart Day platform! The main idea is to “Power Your Life.” There are four parts to this idea:

  1. Know your risk. It is important to know your blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and Body Mass Index (BMI). Knowing these will give you and your doctor the information you need in order to create a plan to have a healthy heart.
  2. Fuel your heart. Sometimes just a couple diet changes can work tremendously in improving heart health. Limiting prepackaged foods, alcohol, and sugar will make a big difference. It is also important to incorporate fruits and vegetable into your meal every day.
  3. Move your heart. Aerobic, strengthening, and stretching exercises are all recommended for good heart health. 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity five times a week is the preferred amount of exercise.
  4. Love your heart. One of the best things to do for good heart health is to avoid smoking. Benefits of quitting smoking begin the second you stop!

This link provides great information about heart health and awareness!

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Labor Day 9/5- No Classes!

Many people associate Labor Day with a day off, and that is exactly what this holiday is all about! It is a day for workers to sit back and be proud of the hard work they put into our country. It is also a time to think about those workers who do not get the day off for our protection and care, such as police officers and healthcare providers.

The very first Labor Day was celebrated back on September 5, 1882, but it was only celebrated in New York City. As the years went on, this idea spread throughout the country. During those years, Labor Day was assigned to the first Monday in September. Soon after, it became a legal holiday in the U.S. and District of Columbia on June 28, 1894.

Nobody really knows who the exact person that came up with this idea is, but is has narrowed down to two men, Peter McGuire and Mathew Maguire. Fortunately, we don’t need to know whose idea it was in order to celebrate this holiday. So remember, there are no classes on Monday, September 5th! Enjoy the day off and have a great 3-day weekend!



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National Book Lovers Day 2016


August 9th is National Book Lovers Day! This is the day to celebrate all the bookworms across the country. Today is the day to pick out a good book, head to your favorite reading spot, and dive in. Whether the book be fiction or non-fiction, pick it up and start reading. Whether you prefer the feel and smell of an old fashioned book printed on paper and tightly bound, an audio book, or an e-book, it is time to start reading. Although no one really knows how this day came to be it has long since been celebrated by people all over the country. The best way to honor the day….? Read a Book!! If it’s an old favorite or a first time read take some time to enjoy that book!

If you’re in search of a good book check out the recommendations below for those in the healthcare field!

Cooked: An Inner City Nursing Memoir by Carol Karels

How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman

Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul: Stories to Celebrate, Honor and Inspire the Nursing Profession by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Nancy Mitchell-Autio

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

The Cost of Hope: The Story of a Marriage, a Family, and the Quest for Life by Amanda Bennett


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Independence Day Celebration!

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The annual 4th of July celebration at MSUM will continue, but with a few big changes. The Independence Day fireworks show will continue with funding raised by the public. The Moorhead Business Association (MBA) has led fundraising campaigns and collected donations from the community to continue with the summer holiday celebration. The event will still take place at the university with the fireworks display on Scheel’s Field at Nemezek Hall on the MSUM campus. The university will host the event although it can no longer fund it.  Many local businesses have  come forward with donations and have committed volunteer time to help the event run smoothly. the MBA has organized a committee to plan this years celebration and has already begun efforts in the hopes that the fireworks display will continue to be an annual event. The fireworks display starts at 9:00pm followed by a concert in Nemzek stadium that will kick off at 10:30. The Executive Director of the MBA, David Hunstad, says this display will be the biggest the community has seen in years. Volunteers will play a large role in the success of this event. The MBA will rely on this community to help with the event. In previous years Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) paid staff and faculty to work the event. Money saved on this front was spent on increasing the number of fireworks for the display! As of June 25th the MBA has raised $45,000 from 27 donors in the community. This is the same amount MSUM budgets to host the event! Many of the businesses that donated have already pledged their support for the yearly celebration to continue. Although MSUM can no longer fund the event the university pledges its support and is very thankful that the event will continue. President Blackhurst has stated that the show does not align with university missions and does not involve many students because they are away for the summer. MSUM is still excited to be hosting the event and looks forward to the tradition being carried on!


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