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Super String Day with Midori scheduled at Horizon Middle School

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Greeted at the airport by approximately 70 seventh-grade orchestra students from Horizon Middle School, classical music star Midori arrived in Fargo-Moorhead Feb. 10 for a weeklong residency.

During her week in Fargo-Moorhead, Midori will teach young and adult violinists in public master classes, coach ensembles, address the community in public forums, and perform as a soloist with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra and FM Area Youth Symphonies.

As part of Midori’s residency, a Super String Day, which will be Feb. 13 at Horizon Middle School, has been organized with workshops for young string musicians from throughout North Dakota and Minnesota. The final concert for Super String Day will be at 3 p.m. It will include performances by Super String Day participants — both the Junior and Senior High Orchestras — a performance by Midori, and a grand finale by the combined mass orchestra. The concert will be webcast live at

The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra and the F-M Area Youth Symphonies were selected by the Midori Foundation as one of only two orchestras in the nation to receive a weeklong residency by this world-famous violinist and educator. Additional information is available at

Horizon Middle School presents Disney’s “Geppetto & Son”

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

From the creator of “Wicked,” comes a new version of the classic Disney cartoon, “Pinocchio.” Horizon Middle School presents “Geppetto & Son” on Feb. 25-28.

Geppeto delights all the kids in town with his creations, but he longs for a son of his own. When the Blue Fairy turns his puppet into a living, breathing boy, his creator learns that being a parent is harder than he thought!

The play features the songs “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “Got No Strings” with new music by award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz.

Performances are Feb. 25, 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. at the Moorhead High School auditorium, 2300 4th Ave. S. The Feb. 27 performance will be sign-interpreted for the deaf. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets go on sale Feb. 16. Call 218-284-2345 to purchase tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Dan Bacon named Minnesota’s transportation administrator of the year

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

During the height of the 2009 Red River Valley flood, Dan Bacon worked around the clock as part of the team that helped save the City of Moorhead. Bacon, director of property services and transportation for the Moorhead Area Public Schools, has been named the 2009-10 Transportation Administrator of the Year by the Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportation. He was nominated for both his work in the district as well as for his efforts in the community during the 2009 flood fight.

Read the full article on the district’s Web site at