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If you’re tired of the same old holiday music on your radio, local public radio station Ken’s FM 891 (KNNZ-FM) has scheduled one-of-a-kind programming for this area. Ken’s FM is an independent, locally owned and operated community public radio station covering Fargo-Moorhead and the lakes region of west central Minnesota with 100,000 watts. It is the only local radio station licensed to Hawley. Minnesota.

The special holiday music will kick off Saturday, Nov. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. when Jon Pike presents excerpts from The Band’s “Last Waltz,” the group’s final concert. The Band performed with Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, Joni Mitchell and others during that historic Thanksgiving concert.

On Dec. 3, 10 and 17, also from 5-7 p.m., Jon will present holiday music that includes traditional music, soul, rhythm and blues, indie, rock, punk and favorite Christmas soundtracks/

On Christmas Eve and again on Christmas Day, listen to Christmas classics performed on pipe organs, including Dick Liebert at the Radio City Music Hall Theatre organ, William Noel  at the John Hopkins Memorial Organ at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C., and Lyn Larson at the Paramount Theatre Organ in Wichita, Kansas. Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops Orchestra wind up the holiday program.

Ken’s FM is nonprofit listener- and sponsor-supported radio that presents local and regional music artists and music outside of the mainstream.


FARGO – The YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties is excited to launch our ‘Mini Food Pantries’. The mini pantry movement is a nationwide grassroots, crowdsourced solution to immediate and local needs. Whether a need for food or need to give, mini pantries help feed neighbors, nourishing neighborhoods. Our Y will be hosting three boxes around the community for our neighbors to give and take as they wish, including the following locations:

• Fercho YMCA, 400 1st Ave. S. Fargo, ND 58103

• Schlossman YMCA, 4243 19th Ave. S. Fargo, ND 58103

• West Fargo Early Learning Center, 109 3rd St. E. West Fargo, ND 58078

In the boxes, we will be collecting non-perishable foods and small seasonal items, like hats, mittens, and socks. To find out more, go to


FARGO – SkinCure Oncology, the world leader in providing a comprehensive model for the delivery of Image-Guided Superficial Radiotherapy (Image-Guided SRT), the most advanced non-surgical technology for the treatment of common skin cancers, announced last week the availability of the technology in North Dakota. That state’s first installation is at Fargo Center for Dermatology.

Image-Guided SRT is the only treatment for nonmelanoma skin cancer (basal and squamous cell carcinomas) that uses ultrasound images to help clinicians direct low-level X-ray energy to targeted areas of the skin, killing cancer cells. A study published in the peer-reviewed journal Oncology and Therapy showed that Image-Guided SRT produces a 99.3 percent cure rate, making it just as effective as traditional surgical treatment of skin cancer.


FARGO – The Fargo Public Library is hosting three upcoming open writing sessions as part of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The first “Write-In” session was scheduled for Saturday, November 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the downtown Main Library (101 4th St. N.). Additional sessions will be held at the Main Library on November 26 and December 3.

Participants are encouraged to attend one or all of the NaNoWriMo Write-In sessions to focus on a novel or other writing project they may be working on. Attendees are asked to bring pens, pencils, a notebook or a laptop, along with a snack to the Fercho Conference Room on the first floor of the downtown library. Writers can drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Teens and adults are encouraged to attend. No pre-registration is required for these free sessions. For details, contact Lori West at 701.476.5977.

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