Sunday, May 27, 2018

Poppy Day in Euclid will be today from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the One and Only. Poppies will be distributed and coffee and rolls will be served.

No Home Delivered Meals on Monday May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.

Crookston Public Schools are closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.

Crookston Eagles will be closed on Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day.

Crookston City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. Garbage/Twigs & Branches will be collected on Tuesday, May 29. Tuesday’s garbage collection will remain the same.

The Golden Link will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.

Crookston Chamber of Commerce will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.

Polk County Transfer Station will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. Regular hours will resume at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29.

The schedule for Memorial Day services on Monday, May 28 in Crookston includes: 7:45 a.m. Bus leaves from the VFW Post 1902; 8:20 a.m. Halfslo Lutheran Church Cemetery; 9:00 a.m. St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Gentilly; 10:00 a.m. Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, Flag Raising at entrance to follow ceremony; 11:00 a.m. Sampson Bridge – Naval Ceremony; 11:50 a.m. Sand Hill Lutheran Church Cemetery, Climax; 12:30 p.m. Crookston Military Walkway; 1:15 p.m. Participants lunch at VFW. Please contact Jamie Cassavant at 289-0865 with any questions.

The Fisher Memorial Day Program will be held on Monday, May 28 at 10:00 a.m. at the Fisher Public School Auditorium. Approximate times for the cemetery visits are Greenwood Cemetery at 10:35 a.m., Fisher Lutheran Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. and Bygland Lutheran Cemetery at 11:25 a.m. Join them for a lunch at the Fisher American Legion Club from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The lunch is sponsored by the Fisher American Legion Post 242 and the Legion Auxiliary.

Fisher American Legion will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. The Auxiliary will serve a Memorial Day Luncheon from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Memorial exercises in Euclid will be held on Memorial Day, May 28. Prairie View at 9:00 a.m., St. Paul’s Cemetery at 9:25 a.m. and at St. Dorothy’s Cemetery in Dorothy at 10:30 a.m.  Memorial Day services will be presented by the Euclid American Legion and Auxiliary members.

The Sand Hill Memorial Day program will be held on Monday, May 28, at 10:30 at the Sand Hill Lutheran Church.  Guest speaker will be Bill Tweten from Fargo, ND. The Crookston Honor Guard ceremony will take place after program followed by lunch. Sand Hill is located on Hwy 220, 7 miles north of Climax, 34145 State Hwy 220 SW, Climax. Everyone is welcome.

Rodnes Church, rural Erskine, will host their Annual Memorial Day Dinner on Monday, May 28 with serving 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Menu will include variety of hotdishes, salads, dessert, bread, pickles and coffee.  Free will offering.  All are welcome.

The annual Title I review meeting for parents will be held on Tuesday, May 29 at 1 pm at Highland School in the Title I room.  Please contact Sara Geist with any questions 218-281-5600 ext. 2445.

District 593 will hold a Retirement Reception for Superintendent Chris Bates, Patty Lubinski and Mary Jo Wallace on Tuesday, May 29 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Crookston High School Commons. The public is invited.

Crookston School Board will meet at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29 in the Choir/Orchestra Room at Crookston High School. Please note the date change from the regular Monday meeting due to the Memorial Day holiday.

Spinecrackers meets at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29. Join us as we discuss The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck.

Crookston City Council will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The Ways & Means Committee will meet immediately following the City Council meeting in the same location.

On Wednesday, May 30 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. the Fertile Sand Hills master planning team will be hosting the first of three cookouts to gather community input on usage and improvements to the Fertile Sand Hills Recreation Area.  We will be grilling out at the Fertile Sand Hills Nature Center, walking and exploring the Sand Hills, and gathering information and ideas through a set interactive design activities with participants. All are invited.

MN Department of Agriculture has made changes to the Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule/Groundwater Protection Rule. All farmers should plan to attend to learn about the changes and potential for this rule to impact your farm during the New Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule informational regulation meetings on Wednesday, May 30 at 8:00 a.m. at Northland College in Thief River Falls, and/or at Minnesota State College, Fergus Falls at 7:00 p.m. Details can be found at htt://www.mda.state.mn.us/ - click on Groundwater Protection Rule. Or find information at www.smallgrains.org  Brought to you by the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers.

Senator Mark Johnson, Representative Dan Fabian, and Representative Deb Kiel, have announced four upcoming town hall meetings: Thief River Falls on Wednesday, May 30 from 10:30-11:30 in the City Hall Council Chambers, 405 Third Street East; Warren on Wednesday, May 30 from 1-2:00 p.m. in the Community Center, 110 W. Johnson Avenue; Roseau on Thursday, May 31 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Roseau City Center City Council Chambers, Suite 2301, 121 Center Street East; and Hallock on Thursday, May 31 from 1-2:00 p.m. at the Hallock Senior Center, Main Dining Room, 210 2nd St. SW.  For more information, or if you have questions, you can contact their offices. Sen. Johnson can be reached at 651-296-5782. Rep. Fabian can be reached at 651-296-9635. Rep. Kiel can be reached at 651-296-5091.

 UMC/Northwest Research and Outreach Center retirees and/or spouses or friends will meet on Wednesday, May 30 at 1:30 p.m. at the Golden Link for refreshments and conversation.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

RiverView Celiac Support Group meeting is rescheduled to Wednesday, May 30 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in Meeting Room 2.

Crookston Chamber will hold a “Shake It Up” event on Wednesday, May 30 from 5-7:00 p.m. in the Whistlestop Lounge at the Crookston Inn. Learn how to make and sample four delicious “Chamber-tinis” for $25 wristband. Lavosh and deep-fried pickles will also be furnished. Wristbands may be purchased at the Crookston Chamber office, from a Chamber Board member, or at the event.

Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, May 30 is a Reuben Sandwich for $7.50.

Students interested in taking Driver Education this summer need to stop in the High School Office to pick up a registration form.  Students need to be 15 years of age by October 31, 2018.  The cost is $325 and needs to be paid on the first day of class.  Registration forms are due back no later than Friday, May 25, 2018 at 3:30 pm in the High School office.  Driver Education is open to students currently enrolled in Crookston Public Schools.  The first day of class will be Thursday, May 31, 2018.

Crookston Eagles has Bar Bingo at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 31.

Erskine’s 63rd Annual Water Carnival is May 31June 1, 2, & 3. With Midwest Rides, street dances Friday and Saturday, airboat rides, L.A. Racing Pig Show, bike giveaways, fireworks Saturday, Classic Car, tractor and bike show, parade on Sunday and much more. For a complete list of activities and times, Google City of Erskine and click on calendar of events.

Polk County will hold two Household Hazardous Waste Collection events; the first at the Fertile Fairgrounds on Friday, June 1 from 3-6pm, and the second collection at the East Shore Beach Area of Maple Lake off County Highway 10 on Saturday, June 2 from 9am-12noon. Bring all those paints, cleaners and automotive supplies that you’ve kept for years and Polk County will dispose of them properly.  The Polk County Transfer Station accepts household hazardous waste Monday - Friday from 7-5:30 year round. For more information on what will be accepted and how to package your wastes for safe transport, please call either Polk County Environmental Services at 1-800-482-6804 or the Northwest MN Household Hazardous Waste facility at 1-800-637-2090.

The Tri City Northstars Semi Pro Football team will be playing a game in Crookston on June 2 at Ed Widseth Field.

Crookston Eagles has Bar Bingo starting at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 2.

The 113th Annual Meeting of Garden Valley Technologies will be Tuesday, June 5 at the Win-E-Mac Auditorium in Erskine. Registration will be at 8:30 a.m., entertainment at 9:00 a.m. and meeting at 10:30 a.m. Directors for Districts 3, 6, and 9 will be elected. 2017 Operations reports will be presented, vote on by-laws amendment and GV products and services will be on display. A hot meal will be served plus attendance gifts and door prizes.

Fisher American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5.

The Crookston Township Board will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Valley Technology Park, 510 County Road 71, Crookston. All town citizens and landowners may attend. The Board is asking for input on how the residents of Crookston Township would like to see their township grow, and what land use controls should be adopted and administered.

The 16th annual Festival of Tables will be held in Red Lake Falls at the Lafayette High School cafeteria on June 6.  You may begin viewing tables and purchase tickets for the basket auction at 10:30.  Seating for the salad lunch will be at 11:45.  Tickets are again $10 and may be purchased at Headquarters (Phone 253-4223) in Red Lake Falls, or you may phone Linda Hoffman at 253-2566 to have tickets set aside.  Festival of Tables is a fundraiser attended by both men and women featuring 40 different salads, prizes and baskets to win and beautiful tables to enjoy. This year all monies from the ticket sales will be given to Red Lake Falls Senior Dining site.  Festival of tables is a project of the women of the First Presbyterian Church in Red Lake Falls Assisted by RLF Lions and Thrivent.  

Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, June 6 is a Hot Turkey Sandwich for $7.00

Fisher American Legion and SAL will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 8.

Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, June 13 is Jumbo Shrimp & Fries for $7.00

The 37th Annual FCA Texas Scramble Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 16 at Minakwa Golf Course. Entry fee is $55. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. For information contact Ed Amiot, Jay Amiot or Ardell Knutsvig. 

Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, June 20 is a Chef Salad for $7.00

ATV Safety training class will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 23 at Titan Machinery, Crookston, for students 11 years old and older. Must preregister, as space is limited, and participants must complete online training course before taking the hands-on course. To preregister or for questions call Ted Luckow at (218) 289-3542.

Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, June 27 is Meatball Sandwich and fries for $7.00

The ramp located at the front entrance of Altru Clinic in Crookston is currently under construction for approximately 5-7 weeks, however patients and visitors can still use the entrance. Wheelchair-bound patients utilizing THE BUS are encouraged to use the RiverView entrance. The Altru staff is willing to assist in any way possible to make this transition smooth, and thank you for your patience during this construction period that will ultimately result in an upgraded patient access to the building. 

Crookston Area Businesses: If you are interested in presenting at our 'Next Step Night' (a college and career night) in October on your business and the careers available, please contact Leah Zimmerman at CHS leahkent@isd593.org

Women's Softball Teams needed for summer league. Contact Crookston Parks and Rec office at 281-1242 if you are interested.

There are a number of UMC Crookston Football Players who are staying this summer and are looking for work in town. If your business has any openings for this spring and summer and you are looking to hire someone please contact Jared Hottle at hottl002@crk.umn.edu or at 515-664-1131 with the information.

The City of Crookston will begin twice monthly recycling collection, on a six month trial basis, beginning in May.  The second collection will start the third Monday of each month and occur on your normal garbage collection day that week.  All other recycling rules will remain in effect.  After the six month trial, the Council will evaluate the effectiveness of the second collection

If you are interested in volunteering in a fun, social community-focused atmosphere, we would love for you to spend time with us at the Crookston Area Chamber and Visitor’s Bureau! We are looking for Senior volunteers to tend to our reception area while greeting visitors who stop in to chat or look for information. Volunteer hours are flexible from a couple hours to a few hours based on your schedule. Please contact Terri Heggie, Executive Director at 218.281.4320 or stop by the office! 107 West 2nd Street right in the heart of Crookston.

City of Crookston’s Twigs and Branch Collection:  Branch and twig collection will be held the second and fourth Mondays of each month running May through October.  Place the materials on your curbside.  Branches must be cut in four-foot lengths and bundled in order for the crews to take them away.  Any branches or tree trunks not cut to this length and bundled will be left for the owner to haul away.  Twigs may be in boxes or bags. Individuals removing their diseased elm trees should call City Hall to schedule pickup.

West Polk Soil and Water Conservation District has partnered with RMB Environmental Labs to provide a convenient and reliable way for anyone in the public to test your water to ensure your water is safe from bacteria, nitrates, arsenic, lead, fluoride and secondary contaminants. The easy process begins with picking up a water testing kit at the West Polk Soil & Water Conservation District office at 528 Strander Avenue in Crookston, then collecting your water sample and returning it to the SWCD office the same day with payment. Average costs are only $12-27 per test. Free courier service. Results are typically sent within 2-3 business days. Kits can be picked up anytime between 8am and 4:30pm Monday-Friday. Samples need to be dropped back off at the office before 10:00 a.m. Monday-Thursday.

Please note: Altru in Fertile is now open MondayWednesday and Friday.

The new Polk County Sheriff’s Office East Sub-Station is located at 223 N. Omland Ave. Suite A, in Fosston. Contact phone number for Polk County Dispatch will still be 218-435-6611. This office will be utilized by Patrol, Investigations and Administration throughout the day and night. The Fosston contract Deputies will still be working their day shifts out of the Fosston City Hall Sheriff’s Office. There is a phone in the front lobby at the new office to call directly to Polk County Dispatch. If you have an emergency, call 911.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will now be utilizing an auto-attendant system to direct incoming non-emergency calls. The auto-attendant will be used Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. only. Incoming calls to the Sheriff’s Office after 4:30 p.m., on weekends and holidays, will go directly to dispatch. When you dial 218-281-0431 you will hear a menu of three options to pick from. Your call will be forwarded based on the option you select. Should you encounter any problems with your daytime calls into the Sheriff’s Office, please do not hesitate to contact Polk County Sheriff Barb Erdman or Chief Deputy Jim Tadman.

Children and their caregivers can enjoy Storytime every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Crookston Library. Explore a different theme through stories, songs, finger plays, flannel board stories and/or a craft. Childcare providers and other groups are asked to call ahead to ensure there will be adequate supplies.

Crookston Adult Basic Education classes are held every Monday from 9:00 a.m.-noon and 12:30 p.m.-5:30Thursday from 9 a.m.-Noon, and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Stop in at the classroom at 2015 Sahlstrom Drive (in the DEED office next to the former Cherry Berry restaurant) or call today (218-277-7334) to get started.

Baby Bounce is held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Crookston Public Library. The program is geared for children through age two.

Parents of pre-kindergarten children, including infants, are invited to join 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, a new program encouraging parents to read to their children 1,000 times before they enter kindergarten. To participate: visit a LARL library location to sign up for the program, pick up reading logs and a book bag, begin reading!, when you complete a log, bring it to the library for a sticker, and when you’ve read all 1,000 books, visit the library to celebrate completing the program. The program runs about a half hour followed by playtime and chatting with other caregivers. To learn more about 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, call 281-4522.

RSVP of the RRV is offering thirty-one volunteer-led exercise classes for seniors to improve balance and strength, remain independent and have more energy. The classes will be held for one hour twice a week. Call RSVP at 281-8289 for more information.

Altru Clinic in Crookston now offers a walk-in clinic and early morning hours, Monday through Friday beginning at 7 a.m. No appointments necessary. The walk-in clinic and early morning hours will provide care for minor illnesses and injury such as flu, strep throat, sprains, strains, seasonal allergies, and more. Patients of all ages can now conveniently walk-in beginning at 7 a.m. to receive the care they need, close to home. Patients can still call for an appointment during daytime hours of Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call 218.281.9100 or visit altru.org/crookston.

Twigs and Branch Collection:  Branch and twig collection will be held the second and fourth Mondays of each month running May through October.  Place the materials on your curbside.  Branches must be cut in four-foot lengths and bundled in order for the crews to take them away.  Any branches or tree trunks not cut to this length and bundled will be left for the owner to haul away.  Twigs may be in boxes or bags. Individuals removing their diseased elm trees should call City Hall to schedule pickup.

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