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Charly Haley, Published May 09 2013

NDSU photography students showcase Moorhead history

MOORHEAD – North Dakota State University’s photography students are teaming up with Moorhead Public Service today to showcase the history of Moorhead’s old power plant.

The project, “Power of History: Remixed,” will feature a series of photographs of the historic building from 16 Photo I students and eight Advanced Photo students.

From 8 to 10 p.m., the students’ images will be projected on the exterior of the plant.

The plant will be demolished later this year, said Bill Schwandt of Moorhead Public Service.

“It’s a nice way for people to pay homage to this landmark before it’s gone,” said Su Legatt, NDSU photography instructor.

Legatt said she has taken her photo students on field trips through many Moorhead Public Service facilities, which is how they captured the photos that will be on display.

“The students enjoy just getting out of the classroom and seeing new things,” she said.

The images will be accompanied with music supplied by deejays from the local “Scratch Dungeon” troupe.

There will a print photography exhibit put on by the advanced photo students. Photo I students will be passing out postcards with a “green tip” on the back, Legatt said.

Legatt and Schwandt are both looking forward to the event as a way to expose the community to a piece of Moorhead’s history through art.

“It’s our chance to connect with the community in a unique way,” Legatt said. “As you walk through the (old power plant) building, you are walking back in time.”

Her students were grateful to be able to capture that history through their cameras, she said.

Schwandt also said the community should enjoy being outside the power plant for the event.

“It’s a really pretty area. It’s a great area to watch the sunset,” he said. “It should just be a fun evening.”

If You Go

•What: “Power of History: Remixed” photography


•When: 8 to 10 p.m. today

•Where: The old Moorhead city power plant at the corner of Sixth Avenue South and Elm Street.

•Info: The event is free, open to the public and appropriate for all ages. There will be music and free refreshments.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Charly Haley at (701) 235-7311