Monday, May 29, 2017

The Miss Crookston Scholarship pageant will be held Friday August 18th 2017 at the High School Auditorium.  Any ladies that are finishing their Junior year or Seniors are invited to sign up. There is a signup sheet in the school office or you can call Jean Ann Bienek at 218-289-5400 for more information. The new Miss Crookston Pageant Committee is looking forward to this year’s pageant!  We will be holding an informational meeting on June 15th more details to come.   

City of Crookston Garbage Collection for today (Memorial Day Holiday) will be collected on Tuesday, May 30th.  Tuesday’s garbage collection will remain the same. 

Polk County Transfer Station and the Buying of Pop Cans will be closed today for Memorial Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, May 30th.

Crookston Eagles will be closed today for Memorial Day.

Rodnes Lutheran Church, rural Erskine, will host their Annual Memorial Day Dinner today with serving to begin at 11 a.m.  They will be serving hot dishes, salads, desserts, etc., with a free will offering.  All are welcome.

The Crookston Veterans Council which includes the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, DAV and DAV Auxiliary, VFW and VFW Auxiliary members would like to invite Crookston area residents to join us in remembrance of our nation’s fallen heroes. They invite you to pause today to remember those who have fought for our freedoms. They participate rain or shine in honor of all our veterans, military and their families. Our military serve rain or shine so they honor them by doing the same. The schedule for services is as follows: 7:45 a.m. bus leaves from the VFW POST 1902, 121 North Main Street, 8:20 a.m. Hafslo Cemetery, 9:00 a.m. Gentilly Cemetery, 10:00 a.m. Oakdale Cemetery, 11.00 a.m. Sampson Bridge – Naval Ceremony, 11:50 a.m. Sand Hill Church Cemetery, Climax, 12:30 p.m. Crookston Military Walkway.  If you would like to participate in the services by marching, please contact: Jamie Cassavant at 289-0865

The Euclid American Legion Auxiliary will be holding Memorial Day services at the Prairie View Cemetery at 9 a.m., the St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery at 9:30, and St. Dorothy's Cemetery in Dorothy at 11.

Fisher American Legion will host a Memorial Day Program today beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Fisher Public School Auditorium. Lunch will be served at the Fisher American Legion Club from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Approximate time of the cemetery visits is: 10:35 a.m.  Greenwood Cemetery, 11:00 a.m.  Fisher Lutheran Cemetery, 11:25 a.m.  Bygland Lutheran Cemetery

Memorial Day Services today in Red Lake Falls will take place in Riverside Park beginning at 11:00 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the services will be held at the American Legion Post Building.

Memorial Day Services today in Fertile will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the new school gym.

Fisher American Legion will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today (Memorial Day). The Auxiliary Memorial Day Luncheon is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Summer camps for adults and youth interested in riding horses will be held in the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) located on the north side of the University of Minnesota Crookston campus. An Adult Horse Riding Clinic will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, June 6, 14, 20, and 27 in UTOC. Learn more from instructor Nicky Overgaard, about rider position exercises, horse training, trail riding exercises, horse control, and lateral work. For information on the Adult Horse Riding Clinic or the Youth Intermediate Horse Riding Clinic, contact Nicky Overgaard at or call 218-289-4469. To register online for the camps, visit

C.S.A.H. 19 from C.S.A.H. 20 to TH 75 at Euclid, MN will be closed to through traffic beginning Tuesday, May 30th. The closure will allow the Contractor to replace several center line culverts on C.S.A.H. 19. Traffic will be detoured 3.0 miles north to C.S.A.H. 21. This portion of C.S.A.H. 19 will be closed for approximately 6-8 weeks. For more information contact the Polk County Highway Department at 281-3952.

C.S.A.H. 53 at C.S.A.H. 11 (1.0 mile east of Gentilly, MN) will be closed to through traffic beginning Tuesday, May 30th. The closure will allow the Contractor to realign C.S.A.H. 53 at C.S.A.H. 11. The intersection will be closed for approximately 4 weeks. For more information contact the Polk County Highway Department at 281-3952.

Crookston Gun Club board and membership meetings will be Tuesday, May 30th at 7 p.m. at the Club House.

The Noon Day Lions are sponsoring a Blood Drive on Wednesday, May 31st from 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church. For an appointment contact Chuck Larson at 281-6848, or go to, sponsor code: crookston

Callie Boucher will direct a play “Baggage” by Christian Kiley on Wednesday, May 31st at 5:30 p.m. at the Crookston High School Auditorium. Free will donation.

Fisher American Legion has Western Burgers for $6.50 and Burger Night Special on Wednesday, May 31st.

The public is invited to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, June 1 to learn more about this summer’s detour for construction projects on Highway 75 in Nielsville and Highways 75 and 220 in Climax.

 The open house will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Climax Community Center, 105 West Broadway, Climax. The meeting will be held as an open house with no formal presentation and everyone is welcome to come when convenient. Representatives of the project team will be on hand to discuss the project details and answer questions. The project is scheduled to begin on June 12 and is expected to be complete by mid-September. Along with concrete resurfacing in Nielsville and Climax, the project includes improvements to pedestrian accessibility, lighting and drainage.

A Youth Intermediate Horse Riding Clinic will start on June 1 and run Thursdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. through June 29 in UTOC. Students will learn from instructor Nicky Overgaard about rider position exercises, ground work trail, riding exercises, horse control, and lateral work. For information on the Adult Horse Riding Clinic or the Youth Intermediate Horse Riding Clinic, contact Nicky Overgaard at or call 218-289-4469. To register online for the camps, visit

The Crookston Eagles has Bar Bingo starting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 1st

Recovery Worship ~ a journey of grace meets Thursday, June 1st at 7:00 pm in the Resource Room of the former Novel Cup, 101 West Robert Street in Crookston.  Trey Everett will be sharing reflections on some of his Holy Doodles.  Coffee, goodies, and conversations to wrap up the evening.  All are welcome to attend.  Recovery Worship is an ecumenical Christ-focused community of faith that is open to all.  We invite you to bring your own spiritual beliefs as together we worship and connect with others in the larger faith communities. 

The Downtown Crookston Development Partnership (DCDP) invites you to give your input on how to create a vibrant, walkable and vital downtown neighborhood at the Downtown Community Forum on Friday, June 2nd, 12:00-7:00 p.m. at the Fournet Building.

The public will get to see a historic downtown Crookston building that has been closed for decades. Developer Jeff Evers, owner of the historic Fournet Building, plans to host public tours of the building on Friday, June 2nd from 12-7:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 3rd from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Evers plans to renovate the building for office space, a restaurant and other shops.

Wondering what to do with all the old paints, cleaners, automotive supplies and chemicals you’ve kept for years in your home or garage? Polk County Environmental Services is holding two Household Hazardous Waste Collection events to dispose of them properly: on Friday, June 2nd from 3-6:00 p.m. at the Fertile Fairgrounds; and on Saturday, June 3rd from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at East Shore Beach on Maple Lake, off County Highway 10. For more information on what will be accepted and how to package your wastes for safe transport, please call Polk County Environmental Services at 800-482-6804.

The 18th Annual Small Town Saturday will be Saturday, June 3rd in Climax. Events run from 7:30 a.m. to midnight, and include something for everyone: a flag raising by the Crookston Civil Air Patrol, 10k bike/hike/run, fire truck rides, parade, car show, tractor pull, 3-on-3 basketball, dessert auction, firemen’s pork supper, talent show, music, bonfire, merry-go-ride, dunk tank, farm animal display, bounce house and face painting.

Wesley United Methodist Church is having a Goodwill Sale on Saturday, June 3rd from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Both large and small items will be available.

Crookston Eagles has Bar Bingo on Saturday, June 3rd, beginning at 3:30 p.m., followed by dinner of stuffed pork chop ($11) or walleye ($14) served from 6-7:00 p.m. Take outs are available.

The Land of Lakes Choirboys will be performing on Sunday, June 4th at Trinity Lutheran Church at 8:30 a.m., and also at Trinity Point (on Maple Lake near Mentor) at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to enjoy this special opportunity. There is no charge for the event.

2Annes Lakeside RV Park in Erskine will have an Open House, Saturday, June 3rd from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00  p.m. BBQ, chips, pickles and pop will be served and register for prizes. For more information call 218-521-0688.

C.S.A.H. 34 in Erskine, MN will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday, June 5th. The closure will allow the Contractor to reconstruct Vance Avenue from 2nd Street to TH 2. Construction should last from 4-6 weeks. For more information contact the Polk County Highway Department at 281-3952.

Safety Town will be 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.  Register and pay a $20 fee at the Community Education office. 

Villa St Vincent Auxiliary will be meeting on Monday June 5, 2017 at 3:15pm in the Villa Library.

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Bishop Schenk #2010 of Crookston, Euclid and Gentilly will have Welcoming of New Members Monday, June 5th at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. with a reception to follow. Family, friends and guests are welcome. If you have any questions, please call Jean LaJesse at 289-0463.

Garden Valley Telephone Company’s 112th Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 6th at the Win-E-Mac School Auditorium.  The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. Directors will be elected from selected districts. A gift will be presented to those in attendance, door prizes will be awarded and a hot meal will be served after the meeting.

Fisher American Legion Auxiliary will meet on Tuesday, June 6th at 7:00 p.m.

Refuge staff and the Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association invite you to visit Rydell National Wildlife Refuge while you are enjoying our beautiful northern Minnesota weather.  Beginning Wednesday June 7th, the Refuge Visitor Center will be open Wednesday-Sunday, from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.  Before June 7th the Visitor Center will be open, but days will vary depending on activities being held at the Refuge. We will be open on Memorial Day (Monday, May 29th).   There are many ways to enjoy the Refuge, including: birding, hiking, wildlife watching, bicycling, fishing, and photography, to name just a few.  Rydell NWR's trails are open from sun up to sundown.  The Refuge is located a few miles south of Hwy 2 on Polk County 210 between Mentor and Erskine, and you can find out more information by calling 218-687-2229 x21, visiting out website at, or liking our Facebook page.

Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, June 7th is a Hot Turkey Sandwich for $6.50.

Fisher American Legion & SAL will meet on Thursday, June 6th at 7:00 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston will have their Annual Rhubarb Festival on Thursday, June 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Menu includes Trinity Festival Chicken Salad, rhubarb salad, rolls, assorted rhubarb desserts, lemonade and coffee. $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-12. The Bake Sale opens at 10:30 and a new updated edition of Trinity’s Rhubarb Festival Cookbook will be for sale. Hosted by Trinity’s Women of the E.L.C.A.

Northwest Chapter of ABATE Spring Ride-In will be held June 9-10th in St Hillaire Municipal Park. Live Music Featuring Catalyst Friday and Saturday nights. Free primitive camping with showers and bathrooms on site. No hookups, but lots of room for RV’s. Tickets are $40 on Friday, $30 after 12 Noon on Saturday. Beer and beverages included with price of admission. Must be 21. Gates open at 6 on Fri. More info on Facebook.  

Rydell National Wildlife Refuge invites you to join them for their 25 Years Celebration on Sunday, June 11th from 1-4:00 p.m. The featured program is The Nature Connection, Bemidji, MN who will be bringing live animals for their educational show. Golf cart tours, kids activities and refreshments will also be included. The Refuge is located at 17788 349th St. SE, Erskine (watch for signage on Highway 2.) 218-687-2229 for more information. There is no charge for the event.

Crookston Campus Community Connection will meet on Tuesday, June 13th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

The Miss Crookston Scholarship pageant committee invites any ladies who are finishing their Junior year, or who are Seniors to sign up for the Miss Crookston Pageant. There is a signup sheet in the school office or you can call Jean Ann Bienek at 218-289-5400 for more information. An informational meeting will be held on June 15th, with more details. The Miss Crookston Scholarship pageant will be held Friday August 18th 2017 at the High School Auditorium.  The new Miss Crookston Pageant Committee is looking forward to this year’s pageant! 

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.

Eat United with free summer meals! A free lunch for all youth ages 0-18 will be served at the Highland Park Complex at the Lion’s Shelter from 11:30-12:30, June 12th through August 10th. Adults 19 years and older can eat for $4.00 a meal. They will be closed the week of July 3-6. Free rides will be provided by T.H.E. Bus. Look for the pick-up and drop-off signs in your neighborhood or call 281-0700 for more information where the bus pick-up and drop-off locations are. If you have question about the meals, contact Anna Brekken at 281-5313, extension 7 or email  The USDA Summer Food Service Program June 12th through August 10 is in partnership with the United Way of Crookston, Crookston Public Schools and Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. Transportation Programs. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, June 14th is a Shrimp Basket for $6.50.

The Shoe Angel Project would like to remind parents of future K-3rd graders to send in their post cards with shoe requests by Thursday, June 15th.  No late cards accepted this year due to new ordering process.  Call 281-3963 for more information.

The RiverView Care Center will be hosting free community events for those interested in learning more about dementia  in the Minnesota Room, formerly known as Meeting Room 4, in RiverView Health. Use the Rehab entrance on the south side of the building. June 19th from 6:00 to 7:30 it will be – 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, call Kalie Crayton at 281-9458.

The Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, June 21st is a Patty Melt for $6.50.

RiverView Health’s monthly Type 2 diabetes support group will meet on Wednesday, June 28th from 5-6pm in Meeting Room 1 of RiverView Health. 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. Future meeting nights are Wednesdays: July 26, August 23, September 27, and October 25. For more information, call Larsen at 281-9589.  

The Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, June 28th is a Reuben Sandwich for $6.50.

Children and their caregivers can enjoy Storytime every Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the library.

RiverView’s Celiac Support Group will meet Monday, June 19th in Meeting Room 2 at 5:30 pm. The group meets the third Monday of each month, March-November. New members are welcome at any time. The group is hosted by RiverView Dietitian Darcey Larsen and RiverView Gastroenterologist Dr. Basit Baig of the RiverView Specialty Clinic. For more information on the Celiac Support Group, please call Larsen at 218-281-9589. Future meeting dates are as follows: Monday, July 17th, Monday, August 21st, Monday, September 18th, Monday, October 16th, Monday, November 20th.

Youth Day Horseback Riding Camps will be available on June 28th for 7 to 10 year olds and July 18 for 11 to 17 year olds. The day camps, held in UTOC, are a great way to learn about horses. The day will be filled with learning about horse grooming, riding, and care. The day camps will be led by instructors Lindsey McNeill and U of M Crookston students. The day camps are limited to 8 participants per camp. For more information on the Youth Day Horseback Riding camps, contact Lindsey McNeill at or call 832-567-5132.

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.

Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to Storytime at the Crookston Public Library. Storytime is held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Each week, 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.

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.

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.

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.

A Two Year Limited Short Call Substitute Teacher Workshop has been scheduled for September 26 & 27th, 2017. Anyone with a four year college degree (doesn’t have to be in teaching) could be eligible. Contact for more information

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