Evolution of Minnesota State University Moorhead
In 1885, Solomon G. Comstock introduced legislation to begin Moorhead Normal School. The legislation passed and the new school was opened in 1888, with Livingston Lord as the first president. From that early beginning to present the school has evolved under five different names:
Moorhead Normal School - 1888-1889
Moorhead State Teachers College - 1899-1941
Moorhead State College - 1941-1968
Moorhead State University - 1968-1994
Minnesota State University Moorhead - 1994-present
Ben's Hometown of Moorhead
"basics of the town."
Moorhead is a town of about 32000 people, in NW Minnesota. It borders the city of Fargo, ND, and the two are kind of "twin cities" known as Fargo-Moorhead (not to be confused with the other Twin Cities a few hours away.)
I've lived here my whole life. It's an alright place to live. There's the standard establishments for any mid-sized town; the local schools, the bars, the Americanized Chinese restaurants, a couple of used-CD stores. Because it's a college town (there's a private college called Concordia where I attend and a state college, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, plus NDSU across the river), that makes it a bit more interesting. There's one problem i've noticed, however; any type of store/restaurant that is interesting and neat, is to be found in Fargo.
There are a few interesting historical places: The Hjomekomst Center, the Comstock House, things like that. But again, not to put my town down, but most of the interesting historical places are in Fargo as well.
Still, I do prefer living in Moorhead, for whatever reason.
One of the things that this area is known for is that it frequently is ranked high on lists that rate places to live. I'd like to say i agree, I just haven't lived in many other places to know the difference.
Anyway, one factor, I believe, is the social atmosphere. People generally are nice and kind-hearted around here (generally). It's very much a small town atmosphere.
The cost of living is pretty decent. Gas prices, for example, are lower here than in many other places in the country (I know that's not saying much during these times), such as NY and CA. Housing is rather reasonable,as are other costs.
Schools are good. Minnesota generally has a good school system. North Dakota does too, but the teachers aren't paid all that well.
To wrap up the reasons people move here, many problems in the big cities such as pollution and crime are less prevalent here. Not to say there isn't crime, but it's not something that makes one be nervous while driving around (or even walking around, IMO).
The one downside, that everyone knows, is the climate. During the winter it gets awfuly cold, yet it gets terribly hot in the summer. I've gotten used to it, so I don't view it as a big problem, but every now and again there is a storm which is so bad it shuts things down. Soon after that a flood occurs. You may have heard about the big winter/flood of 1997 (It made international headlines, for some reason).
So that kind of stuff happens, but we deal with it.