Tuesday, September 25, 2017

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 Crookston Men's Christian Fellowship meets Tuesday noon, September 26th at Wesleyan Methodist Church.  Presenter is Pastor Elise Pokel who serves Trinity Lutheran and First Presbyterian churches.  Lunch is by free will offering, all guests, men and women, are welcome.

The Spinecrackers Book Club will discuss “A Painted House” by John Grisham tonight at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to join this informal discussion.

Homecoming Week at Climax-Shelly School is Monday, September 25th -Saturday, September 30th. Today is Old vs. Young –dress like someone older or younger than you, with a Lip Sync Competition during 3rd hour. Wednesday is Athletes vs. Mathletes– dress like your favorite athlete or mathelete. A 7th hour-Mathletes vs. Athletes competition will be held in the gym. Fisher Coronation and Bonfire is in Fisher at 8:00 p.m. Thursday is Student/Teacher Swap—dress like your favorite teacher/student. Friday is Spirit Day-wear your colors black/purple/silver/white, with a Pep Fest Wagon Parade and games from 1:00-2:30.Winners of the wagon parade will get root beer floats during 8th hour. Homecoming Court will be announced at half time of the 7:00 p.m. football game at East Grand Forks. The Saturday Homecoming Dance is from 9:00-12:00 at the Climax School, with the Undertakers as DJ. Cost is $10 per person.

Crookston Chapter #137, Order of the Eastern Star will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m.  The meeting will be preceded by a dinner at 6:30.  Our District Instructor will be present for the meeting.

A Two Year Limited Short Call Substitute Teacher Workshop has been scheduled for today and September 27th, 2017. Anyone with a four year college degree (doesn’t have to be in teaching) could be eligible. Contact for more information

Hop on T.H.E. Bus to Itasca State Park for a Fall Leaf Tour on Wednesday, September 27th. This trip is for riders in Polk, Norman, Clearwater, Red Lake and Mahnomen Counties. Take a tour around Itasca’s beautiful trails. There will be opportunities to get off the bus and walk a few trails, and stop at the visitor’s center. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy at the park. The bus will arrive at the park at 10:00 a.m. and leave at 1:00 p.m. Only $10 round trip. Call 1-800-201-3432 to reserve your seat today.

The Golden Link has a foot care clinic at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27th.

What kind of medical care would you want if you were too ill or hurt to express your wishes? While thinking about such scenarios isn’t fun, it is necessary. And the only way for others to know your wishes is to make them clear in an advance directive. Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to spell out your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. They give you a way to tell your wishes to family, friends, and health care professionals and to avoid confusion later on. If you would like more information on these important documents, attend RiverView Health’s next noon health luncheon, “Advance Directives and Why You Need One’’ on Wednesday, Sept. 27th. Dawn Jackson, director of RiverView’s Health Information Management Department, will share the reasons for needing an advance directive and the difference between living wills, advance directives and power of attorney. The luncheon will be held in Meeting Room #1 of RiverView Health, 323 S. Minnesota Street, Crookston. 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. Call Holly Anderson at 218-281-9745 for additional information and to pre-register.

RiverView Health’s monthly Type 2 diabetes support group will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 27th from 5-6pm in Meeting Room 1 of RiverView Health, 323 S. Minnesota Street, Crookston. 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. The final meeting of 2017 will be held Oct. 25th. For more information, call Larsen at 281-9589.  

The Crookston City Council and Department Heads Bus Tour is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27th at 4:30 p.m.

The Wednesday, September 27th event at the Crookston Public Library with cookbook author Beatrice Ojakangas has been CANCELLED.

Wesley United Methodist Church, 701 Eickhof Blvd., will have their last Summer Salad Lunch from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 28th.

Crookston Eagle has Bar Bingo on Thursday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m.

Picture day for grades 7-11 at Crookston High School is Friday, September 29th beginning at 8:15 am.  Packets have been distributed to students. Extra packets are available in the CHS office OR you may check out the Lifetouch website at

Registrations for Leadership Crookston are due by Friday, September 29th. Wednesday, October 4th is the kick-off date for the eight-session program designed to enhance awareness of the Crookston business community while also helping you individually learn skills to build skills and knowledge both personally and professionally to allow you to be more effective at work and in our community. You will contribute to your organization and community by creating connections with other community leaders, building networks, identifying and discussing current community concerns, and by preparing you to assume the leadership roles of tomorrow.  The class will meet from 8:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. on October 4th and 18th, and November 1st, 15th and 29th, December 13th and 27th and January 10th. Cost is $299 per person for Chamber members, and $495 for non-members.

The Golden Link will host a Flu Shot Clinic on Thursday, September 28th from 1-3:00 p.m. Medicare and private insurance normally covers the cost, but for all others, the cost is $27.99. All ages are welcome.

Hop on T.H.E. Bus to Itasca State Park for a Fall Leaf Tour on Friday, September 29th. This trip is for riders in Pennington, Marshall and Kittson Counties.Take a tour around Itasca’s beautiful trails. There will be opportunities to get off the bus and walk a few trails, and stop at the visitor’s center. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy at the park. The bus will arrive at the park at 10:00 a.m. and leave at 1:00 p.m. Only $10 round trip. Call 1-800-201-3432 to reserve your seat today.

Crookston Eagles has Bar Bingo starting at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 30th, followed by dinner of Potato Dumplings ($10) or Walleye ($14) from 6-7:00 p.m., with take outs available. The UMC Homecoming Dance will be from 9-1:00.

Openings are still available in the afternoon 4 year olds School Readiness classes. Transportation is provided.  Please call Barb at 281-5078 for more information.

The 3rd Annual 'Next Step Night' College and Career Readiness night is scheduled for Sunday, October 1st from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This is for any student and parents/guardians 9-12 to come and choose 4 different sessions about college and career readiness. More details and session options to come.

Fisher American Legion will be open on Sunday, October 1st from 11:30-4:00 p.m. for the Vikings football game.

Altru Clinic in Crookston is set to host its monthly Community Wellness Connection on Monday, October 2 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 Cardiovascular Disease Part II.  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.   

PACER Center is pleased to present a free workshop for parents of children with disabilities on Monday, Oct. 2nd, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Tri-Valley Transit Facility, 1345 Fairfax Avenue, Crookston. Titled “Challenging Behaviors and School Success: The Role of Special Education,” the workshop will offer tips and information on addressing behavior concerns in school. To register for this free workshop, call 800-537-2237, or visit

Fisher American Legion Auxiliary meets on Tuesday, October 3rd at 7:00 p.m.

The Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, October 4th is a Hot Turkey Sandwich for $6.50.

Men's Basketball will begin Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - May 30, 2018 at Highland School from 8:00pm-9:30pm.   Please register at the Community Education Office at Washington School to make $15 registration payment and complete registration form. Checks can be made payable to Community Education.  Players must be 18 years old and beyond high school sports eligibility. All players must register prior to playing.  No one will be allowed to play before registering.  

Families will love Dream of Owls, a puppet show featuring the In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre on Thursday, October 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Crookston Public Library.

United Way of Crookston will be holding their 18th Annual Soup and Chili Cook-off on Thursday, October 5th from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Crookston High School Commons.

On Sunday, October 8th St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Parish Fellowship Committee will be showing the movie “Martin Luther … The Idea That Changed the World.” A free soup supper will be provided at 5:00 p.m., followed by a free showing of the movie at 6:00 p.m. Come learn more about Martin Luther as we prepare to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  All are welcome.

The Kids at Castle event for Monday, October 9th is “Boo Run Run,” from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Castle Park. Dress up in your favorite costume and hit the Castle Park Trails for a fun family run, with surprises along the way!

The Fisher American Legion and SAL will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10th.

Wednesday, October 11th is 2W/RE day for Crookston Public Schools.

Food enthusiasts are invited to discover real food - the indigenous American fruits and vegetables, the wild and foraged ingredients, game, and fish familiar to Native Americans in our area. Sean Sherman, the Oglala Lakota chef and founder of the Sioux Chef, will visit the Crookston Public Library on Wednesday, October 11th at 1:30 p.m., to describe wild foods, how they’re processed, and how they’re used by the indigenous community.

The Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, October 11th is Beef Stew for $6.00

The Polk County Retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 13th in the back room at RBJ’s. Please come!

A Veteran Resource Information Fair will be held on Saturday, October 14th from 10:00-3:00 p.m. at the Crookston VFW Post 1902.

Fisher American Legion will be open on Sunday, October 15th from 11:30-4:00 p.m. for the Vikings football game.

The Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, October 18th is a Patty Melt for $6.50.

NALC Women of Grace have an auction sale on Wednesday, October 18th at 6:30 p.m. Pie and coffee served after the sale. Baked goods, produce, canned goods, handiwork, crafts, quilts and miscellaneous – something for everyone. Come and join the fun!

There will be no school for Crookston Public Schools on Thursday, October 19th and Friday, October 20th due to the Teachers Convention.

On Friday, October 20th at 11:00 a.m., the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will play at the Crookston Public Library. Admission is free.

You’re invited to Flamingos Flip & Flop for Cancer Awareness on Friday, October 20th from 5-9:00 p.m. at the Crookston Eagles Club. Join us for an evening of prize bingo, Gallery On The Go, games, Selfie Photo Booth, auctions, raffles, door prizes, Community Cook-Off, and Cake Decorating. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under, or $50/family. Your ticket purchase is tax deductible. Tri-Valley Bus will be giving free rides to/from the four Crookston motels to the Eagles from 5-10:00 p.m.

Fisher American Legion will be open on Sunday, October 22nd from 11:30-4:00 p.m. for the Vikings football game.

Rydell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will again be hosting a special Mentored Youth Deer Hunt for kids age 12-15, in cooperation with the Minnesota DNR and the Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association, on October 28-29th. A mandatory orientation session will be held at Rydell NWR on Sunday, October 22nd, from 10:00am - 1:00pm. For more information on this unique hunting opportunity, go to and click on "youth deer hunts", or contact Gregg Knutsen, Refuge Manager, at 218-687-2229 x16 /

Register by October 17th for a pizza and pop workshop, “Communication Through The Generations,” planned for Tuesday, October 24th at 5:15 p.m. in the Bede Ballroom at UMC. The hands-on workshop will use Marshall Rosenberg’s process of Nonviolent Communication to experience language and actions that are efficient, compassionate and effective. Participants will learn to see relationships in a whole new light, notice unmet needs that may contribute to conflict, and learn new way to foster win/win communication. Students free, adults $10, couples $15. To register, call 218-281-4853 or email

Parent-Teacher Conferences at Crookston High School will be on Wednesday, October 25th from 4-7:30 p.m. There will be NO SCHOOL on Thursday, October 26th due to Parent-Teacher Conferences, and no school on Friday, October 27th.

The Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, October 25th is Chicken with Coleslaw for $6.00.

Crookston Community Theatre’s fall production of “Jake's Women,” a comedy by Neil Simon, will be performed October 27, 28, 29 and 30, at UMC Kiehle Auditorium and is directed by Joyce Johnson.

The Fisher American Legion’s Halloween Party will be held on Sunday, October 28th, with costume judging and prizes awarded at 11:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, November 1st, Invisible Asians author Kim Park Nelson will visit the library to share the stories of more than 60 Korean-American adoptees. The event is brought to the community through funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Admission is free.

The Annual Deer Hunters Meatball Supper, sponsored by Grace Lutheran Church, will be held on Saturday, November 4th, from 5-8:00 p.m. at the Erskine Community Center. A free will contribution will be gathered, with proceeds going toward the Grace Lutheran Church Building Fund. Everyone is welcome.

The Crookston Rotary is having their 22nd Annual Rose Sale.  A dozen roses are $15, a professional arrangement add $7 and a delivery charge of $3 for in town order are available upon request. Orders will be taken at Northern Sky Bank, Bremer Bank (Annette Thompson) Riverview Gift Shop, Crookston Welding (Kristi Nelson) and from any Crookston Rotary member. Pick up will be on Thursday, October 5that Montague’s Flower Shop.

The Valley Corn Maize is back! K & D Krueger Farms & Sons corn maze is 4.5 miles long, with games you can play to help you navigate your way through the maze, using paper and pen, or your smartphone. Other family activities include a cannon blaster, a corn box, a rat race, tether ball and a spider web rope climb for the little tykes. Food items are available at the concession stand. Open from 4-8 p.m. every weekend from Labor Day through October 22nd. For more information, including hours and admission fees visit

Buy your tickets now for the Crookston Entertainment Series 2017-2018. Student tickets are $15, adults are $40. There are also contributor, benefactor and co-sponsor ticket selections. Tickets are now on sale from local ticket sellers and at Montague’s Flower Shop in Crookston.

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 Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 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 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.

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.

Twigs and Branch Collection for the City of Crookston 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.

RSVP of the RRV is offering 31 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.

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