Forum staff reports
FARGO — The Health, Tech and Trades Career Expo will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Fargodome. The free expo is open to area ninth graders to show students what types of jobs are available in the trades and in the health and technology fields. Students will be able to explore these fields through hands-on activities with various exhibitors. For more information, visit httcareerexpo.com or contact Summer Hammond at 701-232-5846 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
WEST FARGO — The Alzheimer's Association will hold a free presentation titled "The Dementia and Driving Dilemma" from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 30, at West Fargo Public Library, 109 3rd St. E. No registration is required for this free event. Attendees will learn how to address some of the issues around driving and individuals with dementia. Information regarding driving assessments and other resources will be available.
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.
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.
FARGO — Drivers on Main Avenue near downtown Fargo will face detours and likely delays through Thanksgiving weekend because of emergency sewer repair work. A block-long section of Main Avenue will be closed between University Drive and 14th Street South until Sunday, Nov. 26, according to the city's Engineering Department. Traffic will be detoured to First Avenue South and First Avenue North. Motorists can still access Main Avenue businesses that do not have alternative side street access from University Drive.
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.