The Clay County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously today to ban smoking on almost all county-owned property, with just a single exception for smoking in cars.

The change, which is scheduled to go into effect on April 1, 2015, pending implementation of signage, bans smoking at at county-owned, leased and rented buildings and grounds; prohibits smoking in county-owned, leased or rented vehicles; and prohibits tobacco-related litter on all county property.

County employees and those doing business with the county are still able to smoke in privately-owned cars while on county property, the lone exemption in the ban.

With the change, designated smoking areas on county property will be removed, while tobacco use at county-sponsored events will adhere to the rules of each venue, according to

Clay County located in western Minnesota and is part of the Fargo, N.D.-Minn. metropolitan area, with its county seat of Moorhead just over a mile east of Fargo. It has just over 60,000 residents.


Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.