- Area Events -
A benefit for Clayton Thompson will be held on Friday, April 25th from 4-10pm at the West Fargo VFW. There will be food, music, and a guest speaker, along with door prizes, a silent auction and meat raffles. The benefit will help the Thompson family pay medical expenses, as Clayton was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, which had spread to the liver. Those who want to make a donation may do so by making checks payable to “Clayton Thompson Benefit” and mail them to Capital Credit Union, 4900 13th Ave. S. Suite 5, Fargo, ND 58103. Online donations may also be made at www.dakmed.org/lendahand. Click on “donate” and select Clayton Thompson Benefit. To donate silent auction items, contact Brian Boer, Jane Rudlang or Garry Johnson.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness will sponsor a QPR suicide prevention class on Friday, April 25th from 3-4pm at the Crookston Public Library, 110 N. Ash Street. It is a free one-hour presentation sponsored by NAMI Minnesota that covers three steps to help prevent suicide: question, persuade and refer. For more information contact Genna at 1-888-NAMI-Helps.
A group of ladies from the area have committed to running 12 events in 12 months in 2014 and this month they are inviting all who are interested to join in a very special running event, created to honor one of their members, Sara Dally. On Saturday, April 26, Sara Dally will marry Kurt Philion! Since the couple met at a 5K event it seemed only fitting that these two runners begin their new life together with an early morning 5K (3.1 miles) jog. The 5K is a free event and everyone is invited to join us in jump starting Sara and Kurt’s big day! If you are interested in joining us, we will leave from Kingo Church on Saturday, April 26th at 6:30 am. A route will be marked and refreshments will be provided at the finish! Participants are encouraged but not required to incorporate some type of wedding attire…perhaps that bridesmaids dress you were assured you could wear again? Be creative…have fun…that’s what this day is all about. The sun is sure to be shining and the birds are sure to be sings as we make our way through the streets of Fosston. For more information on this event and to RSVP please contact Amy at 218-431-0212, or Stacy at 218-686-3512.
Big Rig Show April 26th at Sauk Centre. Here's your chance to see and climb on all of your favorite 'Big Rigs,' with fire trucks, garbage trucks, school buses, army machinery, and semi-trucks. Held at the Sauk Centre Civic Arena.
A benefit pancake supper for Richard Prestegord will be held on Sunday, April 27th from 5-7pm at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hillsboro. Freewill donations will be accepted to defray Richard’s medical costs as he battles throat cancer.
KEM Shrine Circus April 25-27 at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. The 2014 KEM Shrine Circus offers three rings of amazing stunts and fetes by clowns, acrobats, a dynamic singing ringmaster, Bengal Tigers, brown bears, grizzlies and elephants! Magical Illusion, the Flat Out Freestyle Motor Show, and Spanish Webs will further astound the entire family.
Norman County Household Hazardous Waste collection will be held on Thursday, May 1st from 2-5pm at the Norman County Highway Department, North of Ada on Hwy 9.

Items accepted: latex and oil based paint; stains and varnishes; epoxy and glues; adhesives; roofing tars; paint thinners and strippers; fuels; pesticides; solvent-containing cleaners, polishes, and waxes; drain and oven cleaners; spot removers; aerosols; degreasers, carburetor cleaner, weed killer, insect killer, rodent bait, bug sprays, fertilizer-weed killer, moth balls, lighter fluid, turpentine, fire extinguishers, furniture stripper, wood preservatives, driveway sealer, glue with solvents, concrete cleaner, nail polish remover, silver polish, poisons, aerosol cans with products, photographic chemicals, as well as most product labeled as dangerous, flammable, combustible, poison, corrosive; etc.

Items NOT accepted: Business and farm waste; batteries; motor oil; oil filters; tires; pharmaceuticals; and explosives. All Ag pesticides must be brought to the collection in non – leaking containers.

Norman County Residents Only Questions: call 784-5493

There will be a fluorescent light bulb collection on May 1st, 2014. The collection will be held at the old creamery lot located on the corner of West Main Street and Second Ave West. The hours of the collection will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. They will be collecting fluorescent light bulbs and ballasts, batteries for cars, hearing aids, cell phones, watches, and rechargeable & non-rechargeable batteries. This collection is for Norman County Residents only. This collection is sponsored by the Norman County Environmental Services Office and paid for with dollars collected from the Garbage Assessment on your tax statement. If you have any questions on this, you can contact Al’s Disposal at 784-4090.
Appliances or white goods can be disposed of by residents free of charge. Bring your items to the Norman County Landfill on May 1-3 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Saturday during the rest of the season. Acceptable items include refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers, hot water heaters, furnaces, microwaves, grills, lawnmowers, dehumidifiers, items with Freon, or any scrap metal, etc.

SPECIAL NOTE: Remove all fluorescent light bulbs and ballasts, also any food items from appliances before disposal. Computer monitors and televisions are not accepted.

There is free curbside pick-up again this year for these items only. You must contact Jason #218-443-6584 for this service. Please clean out food or any other items that may be in the appliances prior to pick up.

Also, a trailer will be at the compost site for appliance drop off on May 1-16.

The Norman County Environmental Services Office will be holding a “Brown Goods” collection on May 1-3, 2014. This event will be held at the Norman County Demolition Landfill site at 3291 County Highway 19 during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during these three days only. The landfill is located five miles west on County Highway #19 from State Highway #32 or seven miles east on County Highway #19 from State Highway #9. It is located on the south side of the highway. The entrance is no longer through the Sid Jackson residence, but is located just east of their driveway. Just turn in the driveway with the big sign by it. “Brown Goods” includes the following items: televisions, computers, computer monitors, printers, VCRs, stereo equipment, small electrical appliances, and microwave ovens. These items will be taken at no charge during this special collection.

What are not included in this collection are “White Goods”, which are defined as appliances which contain refrigerants and/or mercury switches such as: washers, dryers, freezers, and refrigerators, etc.. These items will now be taken at no charge during this special collection.

This collection is for Norman County Residents only. If you have any questions on this collection, please contact the Norman County Environmental Services Office at 784-5493 or Glen Visser at 218-415-0190

Lake Agassiz Regional Library will host a used book sale in the lower level of the Moorhead Public Library, 118 5th St. S., on Thursday, May 1 through Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Hundreds of materials will be available for purchase, including many adult fiction and nonfiction books, movies, audiovisual items, and children’s materials. Customers may fill a bag with items for five dollars. Proceeds of the sale will be used to support Lake Agassiz Regional Library. For more information on this and other programs, call the Lake Agassiz Regional Library at (218) 233-3757 or go online at www.larl.org
Dave Bennett, Manager for Rydell and Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuges, has retired after 38 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Dave has worked with many in the local communities on shared natural resource accomplishments. Everyone is invited to join in celebrating Dave’s career on Saturday, May 3rd, from 5pm to 9m at the Black Cat in Thief River Falls. Please contact Trina Brennan if you plan to attend, at 218-687-2229 x16. Hope to see you there!
The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, celebrating its 75th anniversary, presents "Stirring Celebrations!" featuring Mahler's 2nd Symphony "Resurrection," one of the most powerful and stirring pieces in the history of music. Held at the Sanford Center on Sunday, May 4th.
Al’s Disposal will conduct a collection of demolition material at no cost to City of Ada residents. Bring items to the Compost Site located on West Main Street North on Friday, May 2nd & 9th between the hours of 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. & Saturday, May 3rd & 10th from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to dispose of unwanted items. Acceptable and Unacceptable items are identified in the table below.

Separate your items into these separate piles when dropping off:
Pile #1 – Untreated lumber, plaster / sheetrock (small quantities). No more than 1-2 yards; toilets, sinks, bathtubs, shower stalls, tarpaper and shingles (also no more than 1-2 yards); PVC plastic (small quantities).
Pile #2 – Small amounts of metal and steel items, lawn chairs, and lawn mowers – push mowers only, small appliances, toasters, electric frying pans, etc., barbecue grills, windows and doors, microwaves.
Pile #3 – Mattresses, box springs, couches, furniture.
Pile #4 – Household garbage, paper and cardboard products, old clothes, etc., plastic items, small wood items with no metal parts, wooden windows and doors with no metal parts, (please put in bags, boxes or garbage containers). A crew from Al’s Disposal will be on – site to help insure proper separation of items.

UNACCEPTABLE DEMOLITION ITEMS Leaves and yard waste, Ashes, Animal and kennel remains, Tires & batteries, Used motor oil and filters, Liquids, Paint & caulking tube containers, Vehicle Parts, Hazardous & Industrial waste, Machinery, Glues, adhesives or sealants, Treated lumber, Steel, fuel oil or petroleum tanks, Appliances or white goods, Fluorescent light bulbs, light fixtures with ballasts, televisions or any computer equipment, Any items not listed under acceptable shall be considered unacceptable.

In cooperation with the Frazee Veterinary Clinic, the City of Ada will be sponsoring a shot clinic for City of Ada residents in order to obtain the necessary vaccinations for their dogs and / or cats. If you need to contact Dr. Lindemann, call 218-847-2922. The clinic will be held on Thursday, June 5th, at the Ada Public Works Building from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Vaccinations that will be available are: Dog Rabies, Cat Rabies, Dog Distemper, Cat Distemper, Dog Lyme disease*, Cat Leukemia*, (*If first time given, a booster is required in 2-3 weeks.) Bordetella. Heartworm / tick screening / testing available/ Heart guard Plus. Credit Cards: VISA, MasterCard, Discover

NOTICE TO CITY OF ADA PET OWNERS: City Ordinance requires dogs and cats that are 6 months of age or older to be licensed. The license period is from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. The license fee is $3.00 for each neutered / spayed dog or cat and $5.00 for each unneutered / unsprayed dog or cat. A statement from a veterinarian showing that the operation for neutering or spaying was performed is require to be eligible to receive the reduced license fee rate. Also, proof of rabies vaccination is required. City staff will be present to issue the licenses.

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