Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This week (April 24th-28th) is Spring Clean-Up Week in Crookston. Clean-up items will be picked up only on your regular garbage pickup day and must be placed on the street boulevard.

Villa St. Vincent is hosting a Book/Gift Fair to defray costs for an Adjust-a-Sink in the Beauty Shop today from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the front entry. Shop for a cause …. So much more than just books!

The Golden Link will be showing the movie, “Keeping Up With The Joneses” today at 1:30 p.m. The movie, along with coffee, lemonade and cookies are free of charge. The evening meal at 5:30 p.m. features chicken, baked potatoes, tossed salad and fruit for $6.00. All meals come with milk, bread and dessert, and can be made to go.

RiverView Health’s monthly Type 2 diabetes support group will meet today from 5-6:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 1 of RiverView Health, 323 S. Minnesota Street, and again on May 24, June 28, July 26, August 23, September 27, and October 25. The group is led by RiverView Dietitian Darcey Larsen, RD LD, and Health Coach Kelsey Billing, RN, BSN.  The Type 2 meetings are free and open to anyone with Type 2 diabetes and their family members. New members are always welcome. For more information, call Larsen at 281-9589.

The Crookston Park and Rec men’s softball meeting is tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the back room of the Irishman’s Shanty.

The UMC Music-Theater Department will present “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon Wednesday and Thursday, April 26th and 27th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 30th at 3:00 p.m. at the UMC Kiehle Auditorium. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children/students. There’s a $10 family maximum. UMC students are free with I.D. card.

Crookston Adult Basic Education classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 AM to Noon, and 12:30 to 3:30 PM. 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.

Crookston Eagles is hosting the Riverview Auxiliary luncheon at noon on Thursday, April 27th. Bar Bingo begins at 7:00 p.m.

RiverView Health will offer “Asthma Basics’’ at its Thursday, April 27th health luncheon. Join RiverView’s Respiratory Care Coordinator Mary Ann Boushee, RRT, CPFT, AE-C, and Dallas Aune, RRT, as they share causes, symptoms, triggers and medications related to asthma. The luncheon will be held in Meeting Room #1 of RiverView Health, 323 S. Minnesota Street, beginning at noon. Meeting Room #1 is located near the RiverView Clinic entrance on the north side of the building and across from the elevators on first floor. All men and women interested in improving their health are invited to attend. Each luncheon starts a few minutes past noon and luncheons are kept under one hour so those needing to return to work can attend. Pre-registration is required. A boxed lunch can be purchased for $3, but must be ordered while pre-registering for the event. Call Holly Anderson at 218-281-9745 for additional information and to pre-register.

The First Annual Grand Forks “Get Down 2 Get On Up” fundraiser for Step House & Stable Days Youth Ranch nonprofits will be held on Thursday, April 27th in the Muddy Rivers Ballroom in Grand Forks.  Family Focus Time is from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., and 21+ from 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. The evening will include silent and live auctions and live music. Tickets are $10 for individuals, and $25 for a family pass. For more information see Facebook @GFGetDown, Messenger, or contact us at!

The United Way of Crookston will hold a Spring Fling on Thursday, April 27th from 5-7:00 p.m. in the Bede Ballroom at UMC. Free ice cream sundaes will be served, and entertainment provided by the Valley Fiddlers.

The Crookston Gun Club will hold a meeting Thursday April 27th at 7:00 pm at the Crookston Gun Club House. All board members and members are encouraged to attend.

Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to Storytime at the Crookston Public Library. Each week, we’ll explore a different theme through stories, songs, finger plays, flannel board stories and/or a craft. No pre-registration is required, but we ask childcare providers and other groups to call ahead to ensure there will be adequate supplies. Storytime is held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

The Golden Link will hold a Pancake and Sausage breakfast on Friday, April 28th from 8:30-10:00 a.m. with a free will offering. No rolls will be served on this day.

The Climax School spring play, “American Idle” will be presented on Friday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 29th at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 30th at 2:00 p.m. in the Climax School auditorium.

The Kem Shrine Circus will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 28th, 29th and 30th at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. Show times are at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Friday, 10:00 a.m., 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Friday, April 28th is the registration deadline for Safety Town, which will be held on June 5-9 from 8:30-11:30am at Washington School.  Safety is a comprehensive safety education program for children who are age eligible to enter kindergarten in 2017.  It is a one week, 15-hour summer program that introduces children to the following safety issues:  home safety, how and when to dial 911, farm safety, bus safety, bicycle safety, playground safety, water safety, boat safety, fire safety, animal safety, and pedestrian safety.   Please register at the Community Education office.  There is a $20 fee payable to Safety Town. 

Teambacker Fun Nite with a Twist is scheduled for Friday, April 28, 2017, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Crookston Eagles Club. In support of student-athletic scholarships at the University of Minnesota Crookston, the evening will include entertainment by Crazy Keys Dueling Pianos along with a silent auction, food, and games at the Crookston Eagles Club. Tickets for Fun Nite are $50 per person, and are available by contacting the U of M Crookston Office of Development & Alumni Relations at 218-281-8436, or from any Teambacker member. The number of tickets is limited.

On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the Fosston Law Enforcement Center located at 220 E. 1st St.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Crookston Eagles has Bingo starting at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 29th, followed by dinner of meatballs ($11) or shrimp ($14) from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Take outs are available. Stay to dance to Silverado, who will be playing from 9:30-1:30.

The Climax Lutheran Women Fundraiser will be on Saturday, April 29th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Climax Lutheran Church. The menu includes spaghetti, assorted salads, toast, and beverage for $5 per plate, $3 for ages 8 and under.

The Crookston Public Library is hosting a bus trip to Duluth on April 29th. They will visit the Glensheen Mansion and Duluth Depot. Admission and transportation are free of charge, courtesy of the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the library. Call 281-4522 to reserve your seat today!

Climax Lutheran Women Fundraiser will be on Saturday, April 29th from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Climax Lutheran Church. Spaghetti, assorted salads, toast, and beverage will be served for $5 per plate, $3 for ages 8 and under.

The Tabor Smelt Fry will be Saturday, April 29th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Tabor Hall. Serving all you can eat smelt or pollock, baked potato, salad, baked beans, onion rings, dinner rolls, and beverage. Pie will be available. Free beer for those of legal age. Adult are $12, under the age of twelve, $5 and preschool are free. Sponsored by Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Tabor.

It’s that time of year again, time to think spring! The Crookston Chamber and Visitor’s Bureau is sponsoring the Adopt-A-Basket Program in Crookston for the 9th year. Our goal this year is 81 hanging flower baskets. If you would like to adopt a basket, you may choose this opportunity to memorialize or honor a loved one and show our community pride. The cost to adopt a basket is $65.00, which includes the plant costs and maintenance (fertilizer, labor for daily watering, etc.). You may also purchase a small plaque to be put on the light pole with the names of the donor and their loved one for an additional $10.00. To participate in the program contact the Crookston Chamber/CVB at 218-281-4320 or

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.

UMC Aviation Club will hold their annual Fly-in Drive-in Breakfast on Sunday, April 30th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Crookston Municipal Airport. They will be serving pancakes, eggs, sausages, coffee and orange juice. Cost is $5, children under 6 are free. EAA will be providing free airplane rides for kids 8-17 starting at 9:00 a.m.

Climax Lutheran Church will be honoring graduates, confirmands and new members following the 9:45 a.m. service on April 30th. Please join us for cake and fellowship with the honorees.

DNR Hunter Safety Training classes will be held from 7-9:00 p.m. at the Crookston Gun Club starting on Tuesday, May 9th (bring parent.) Classes continue May 11, 12, 16, 18, 19 and 20th (field day and test.) DNR Hunter Safety Training is for anyone age 11 or older. Youth hunters and those planning on hunting out of state are required to have a Firearm Safety Training Certificate. For more information and registration, contact Steve Videen at 218-289-2115.

The Triple A (Academics, Arts, and Athletics) Senior Recognition Banquet will be Monday, May 1st at 6:00 p.m. in the Crookston High School Commons.  Tickets are $13 and can be purchased at the Crookston High School, KROX and Montague’s Flower Shop. Sponsored by the Crookston Rotary, Crookston Kiwanis, Crookston Noon Day Lions, Pirate Fine Arts Booster, and Pirate Boosters.

Altru Clinic in Crookston will host its monthly Community Wellness Connection on Monday, May  1 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in its conference room.  This month’s 30 minute presentation followed by a question and answer session is focused on What Do Your Labs Mean?  Presenters include Dr. Makarem, Internal Medicine. Call 281.9100 to register (minimum of 6)  There is no charge for this session.  Attendance for Part I is not required.   

Villa St Vincent Auxiliary will meet on Monday May 1st at 2:30pm to first put May Day baskets together than the regular meeting at 3:15pm in the Villa Library.

On Monday, May 1 at 6:00 p.m., the library’s Recipe Swap group will meet. Those looking for new recipes to try will enjoy this group, where each member brings a dish to share based on the theme. The May theme is potato side dishes. No cost or registration is required.

Polk County Emergency Management, in conjunction with local fire departments and the National Weather Service, will provide a program called SKYWARN (also referred to as Storm Spotter.) The training sessions will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. on May 1st at the Embassy Community Center in Fosston; on May 2nd at the Knutson Community Center in Fertile; and on May 3rd in the Kiehle Auditorium at UMC in Crookston. For more information call 218-470-8263.

What is Celiac's Disease? What are the symptoms? How is it diagnosed? How is it treated? In recognition of National Celiac Disease Awareness Month, Mary Bratrud from Riverview Health will be at the Crookston Public Library to answer these questions and more. All are welcome to attend this event at the Crookston Public Library on Tuesday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, May 2nd to Pr. Karla Mickelson, interim pastor, Trinity Lutheran and First Presbyterian churches, 281-4276, to take part in an 8-week study of the book of Acts, beginning on Tuesday, May 9th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.  As a sequel to the Gospel of Luke, the book of Acts describes the growth and activities of the early church. Using this book as a template, let us explore how the early church developed and functioned, how it expanded and addressed the needs of their communities and how that activity may influence our own ministries together. Lay leaders and pastors are encouraged to attend. This event is free of charge and open to all!

The Recipe Swap will meet the first Monday of each month at 6 PM. at the Crookston Library.  Everyone brings a dish to share based on the theme. May's theme is potato side dishes. Share recipes, discuss cookbooks, and learn from each other's culinary successes and failures. No cost or registration required.

The Annual Board Meeting of the Prairie Skyline Foundation (old Cathedral) will be held Wednesday, May 3rd in the Sunroom of the Crookston Library from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Topics include donating a log cabin, an Empathy Toy, and volunteers for the Polk County Fair raffle and information booth. Members and potential members are welcome!   Refreshments will be homemade!

The RiverView Auxiliary will have the ever-popular Purse Sale on Thursday, May 4th from 9:00 am to 6:00pm and Friday, May 5th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in Heritage Hallway at RiverView Health.  Proceeds benefit Auxiliary projects for the year.

Climax Food Shelf will be open on Thursday, May 4th. Please come to the back of the Climax Library between 3:00-5:00 p.m.

RiverView Health in Crookston will host an education course for individuals interested in basic first aid. The program, developed by the American Heart Association, is open to the general public. Participants in this First Aid Course will learn to provide first aid for acute injuries and sudden illnesses such as burns, bites, poisoning, and seizures. This course is excellent for day care providers, school employees and parents. The four-hour class will be held on Thursday, May 4th from 6 pm to 10 pm in the Minnesota Room at RiverView Health, 323 S. Minnesota Street.  The cost of the class, including the book and card, is $45. To register or for more information on this class, call 218-281-9405 or 1-800-743-6551, extension 9405.

The NW Minnesota Arts Council is holding a public hearing on their Biennial Plan on May 4th at 4:00 p.m. at the NW Minnesota Arts Council office at 109 South Minnesota Street in Warren. Every two years they are required to present a new plan to the public that describes the programs and services they intend to provide in the region. The Plan will be available on their website from April 13th until May 4th for comment. Public comments are welcome. For questions call Mara at 218-745-9111 or email

The Crookston VFW is serving Chicken Wings and Fries starting at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5th.

Saturday, May 6th is “Clean Up Day” for the cities of Climax and Nielsville. Please have items out by 7:30 a.m. Do not include cardboard boxes, and do not mix furniture, yard waste or tires in with regular garbage. For questions call Regional Sanitation at 281-281-6441.

Learn about mental illnesses, the impact of negative attitudes and five things each of us can do to make Minnesota a better place for people who experience a mental illness. This one-hour workshop is for any community or organization interested in learning about mental illnesses and helping to change attitudes towards mental illnesses. The workshop will be held in Red Lake Falls on Tuesday May 9th at 11:00 am - 11:45 am, in the Red Lake Falls Community Center, 107 Champagne Avenue. For more information, contact Briana at 651-645-2948 ext. 128 or

Baby Bounce is held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Crookston Public Library. The program is geared for children through age two.

The RiverView Care Center will be hosting several free community events for those interested in learning more about dementia. The events will be held at RiverView Health, 323 S. Minnesota Street, in the Minnesota Room, formerly known as Meeting Room 4. Please use the Rehab entrance on the south side of the building. All meetings will be held from 6 to 7:30 pm. May 22nd – Effective Communication Strategies: This session is designed to provide practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia. The goals of the program are for participants to better understand the changes in communication that occur with the disease progression and how they manifest in the person with dementia, and to be able to identify ways to connect at each stage of the disease. The sessions will be led by Kendra Lund with the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information on any of these sessions, call Kalie Crayton, RiverView Care Center activities director and Social Services designee, at 281-9458.

The RiverView Care Center will be hosting several free community events for those interested in learning more about dementia. The events will be held at RiverView Health, 323 S. Minnesota Street, in the Minnesota Room, formerly known as Meeting Room 4. Please use the Rehab entrance on the south side of the building. All meetings will be held from 6 to 7:30 pm. June 19th – Legal and Financial Planning: Learn about the important legal and financial decisions necessary when planning the future for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Topics include useful strategies, power of attorney, health care directives and conservatorship as well as an overview of medical assistance and Medicare options, laws regarding estate planning, and available assistance programs. The sessions will be led by Kendra Lund with the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information on any of these sessions, call Kalie Crayton, RiverView Care Center activities director and Social Services designee, at 281-9458.

Climax Food Shelf will be open on Thursday, May 18th. Please come to the back of the Climax Library between 3:00-5:00 p.m.

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