Forum staff reports
FARGO — Downtown's Xcel Energy Holiday Lights Parade will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, according to the Downtown Community Partnership. Parade floats will start at Center Avenue and Eighth Street North in Moorhead, work their way west across the Red River to Fargo's NP Avenue, turn north on Broadway and end at Sixth Avenue North in Fargo. Participants are being asked to decorate their floats to fit the "Wrapped Up in the Holidays" theme. Judges will award hundreds of dollars in prizes for the best ones.
NORMAL, Ill. -- North Dakota State put the finishing touches on a 10-1 regular season with an old school-kind of victory Saturday afternoon, Nov. 18. It gave the Bison the Missouri Valley Football Conference title by themselves.
FARGO — The Household Hazardous Waste Facility will accept Christmas lights to be recycled from now until Jan. 31. Residents can drop off lights at no charge at the waste facility, 606 43 1/2 St. N., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Strings of lights, including newer LED lights and older styles with small screw-in lights, can be recycled. Rope lights cannot be recycled.
Fargo hospitals Brianna Clark and Nicolaus Barrera, both Fargo, daughter, Sanford Medical Center, Wednesday, Nov. 15 Brittany and Michael Dawson, Fargo, son, Sanford Medical Center, Wednesday, Nov. 15 Amanda and Jordan Geffre, Oakes, N.D., daughter, Essentia Health, Wednesday, Nov. 15 Katie Kemper and Tracy Jerald, both Barnesville, Minn., daughter, Sanford Medical Center, Tuesday, Nov. 14 Crystal Nelson and Jeff Schneider, both Moorhead, son, Sanford Medical Center, Tuesday, Nov. 14
FARGO — North Dakota's Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force will meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, in Bismarck and via video conference sites across the state. Advocates, parents and interested individuals can take part in the video conference in the Random Room at Southeast Human Service Center, 2624 9th Ave. S., Fargo. The meeting will discuss the task force's ongoing planning and review of services for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families. The meeting agenda is available at nd.gov/dhs/info/publicnotice/index.html.
MOORHEAD — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will hold a free class on grassroots advocacy for mental health advocates in the community from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the Sarah Comstock Room at the Moorhead Public Library. The class is meant to help advocates understand how past legislative success can be used to continue to build the mental health system. Participants will look at the realities of working in their county, including working with the county's local mental health advisory councils.
MOORHEAD — Over 150 members of the area's food community will gather from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, at Trollwood Performing Arts School, 801 50th Ave. S., to discuss the future of food. The event will include the presentation of the first-ever Cass Clay Food Champion award and will offer a chance to build support for the newly created Cass Clay Food Action Network. Additionally, Cass Clay Food Partners and the Minnesota Food Charter Network will provide updates to attendees.
MOORHEAD — The annual lighting of the Moorhead holiday tree will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Moorhead Center Mall. Moorhead High School carolers will sing holiday music, and hot chocolate and cookies will be offered. The tree lighting precedes the Xcel Energy Holiday Lights Parade, which starts at 6:30 p.m.
BISMARCK—The license for a pharmacist from Oakes has been suspended after he admitted improper insurance billings for prescriptions he filled. Michael A. Spiese, who owns Oakes Drug, submitted fraudulent billings for prescriptions. Beginning Oct. 1, his license was suspended for 24 months, with 21 months suspended, and he will be on probation for five years. Spiese, who first obtained his license in 1990, also agreed to pay a $15,000 fine.
MOORHEAD — The Red River Valley Lacrosse Association is hosting a free event for those wanting to try out the sport. The event will be from 4-6 p.m. today, Nov. 17, at the Moorhead High School Fieldhouse. All equipment will be provided. Players and coaches will be on hand to answer questions and participate in scrimmages. For more information, call Matt Gilbertson, president of the Moorhead Lacrosse Boosters, at 218-329-1364.