Saturday, April 21, 2018

Grand March for the CHS Prom begins at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28th. Stop in the CHS Office to purchase your Grand March VIP Seating tickets for $25 – special parking, best view and snacks!

CHS students are selling Hugo’s Coupon Books for $10 each, as a fundraiser for their prom. There are still some available at the KROX studio or the CHS Office.

Crookston Eagles has Bar Bingo starting at 2:30 p.m. today. The Golden Ducks DU Banquet starts at 4:30 p.m.

Cathedral School Sixth Grade class is hosting a Spaghetti Supper today from 5:30-7:00pm in the Cathedral Dining Room.  A free-will offering will be accepted, to assist the students in raising funds for their end-of-year camping trip.

The U of M Crookston – Community Band, under the direction of TJ Chapman, and the Women’s Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of George French and featuring student conductor Christian Moreno Cova will perform in Kiehle Auditorium at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22. Cova is a sophomore majoring in business management from Cottage Grove, Minn.

Administrative Professionals Week is April 23-27, and your administrative professional will have a chance to win flowers once a month for a year! Montague’s Flower Shop in Crookston and KROX know how important your administrative professional is to your business, so give them the recognition they deserve! Nominate them as Montague’s Administrative Professional of the Week.  Just drop off, mail, email, or fax your entries to KROX. Please include their name, where they work, address and phone number of work location, then be listening on Wednesday, April 25, at noon, when the winner will be announced. The winner will receive flowers from Montague’s Flower Shop once a month for a year, all with best wishes from Montague’s Flower Shop and KROX Radio in Crookston.  Drop off or mail your entry to KROX, 208 South Main, Crookston, MN. 56716, fax to 281-5036, or email it to

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.

April 23rd – April 27th 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.  Please note: Compost material - grass clippings, lawn or garden waste - WILL NOT have to be in City compost bags for this week only.  Cleanup items should be separated into the following piles:  garbage, clothing, cardboard, etc.; appliances; branches and yard waste; furniture, metal items, demolition, etc. and tires.  Placing these items out in separate piles will help speed the clean-up process. Polk County Public Health advises to not bring furniture, mattresses, box springs, or bed frames found on the street into your home in order to prevent the spread of bed bugs.

Monday, April 23rd is the deadline to purchase tickets for the 10th Annual Crookston High School Triple A (academics, arts and athletics) Senior Recognition Banquet will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 30th in the CHS Commons. Tickets for parents, family members and friends may be purchased at Crookston High School, KROX and Montague’s. Ticket cost is $13. If you have any special dietary needs, please contact the Irishman’s Shanty at 281-9912.

A Closed School Board Negotiations Strategy Meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23rd in the District Office Conference Room at CHS.

A Negotiations Committee Meeting with the Principals will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 23rd in the District Office Conference Room at CHS.

The RiverView Health Auxiliary is hosting a blood drive on Monday, April 23rd from 8:00 am to 2:15 pm in the Minnesota Room at RiverView Health.  Please contact Kari Moe at 281-9211 or to schedule a time to donate and help save a life.

Crookston School Board will meet on Monday, April 23rd at 5:00 p.m. in the Choir/Orchestra Room at Crookston High School.

Crookston Eagles has $6 Burger Baskets from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 23rd, followed by a Smear Tournament at 7:00 p.m.

Crookston City Council will meet on Monday, April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The Ways & Means Committee will meet immediately following the Council meeting in the same location.

The Crookston High School Concert Choir will be performing their Spring Concert on Monday, April 23rd, at 7:30 pm in the CHS Auditorium. The concert will include some of the vocal contest performances from the past year.  Concert admission at the door: $5.00/ Adult and $4.00/Student.

The Golden Link has a Foot Care Clinic at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24th.

7th Annual Senior Wellness Day will be held at the Crookston Sports Center from 11am-1:30pm on Tuesday, April 24th. We will have speakers, information tables, and free lunch served at 12:30pm. 

Join your friends for the Golden Link’s Shooting Star Casino Day Trip on Tuesday, April 24th. Leave from the Link at 9:45 a.m. and return to the Link at 4:00 p.m. Cost is $25, and you will receive $5 off your meal, and $25 credit on your casino card. Register with Patty at 281-3072 and bring your card number and date of birth.

The final meeting of Crookston Men's Christian Fellowship will be at noon, Tuesday April 24th at Evangelical Covenant Church, 520 Fisher Avenue.  Presenter is Jerry Rude. The annual contribution to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes of Crookston High School and UMC will be presented to Ardell Knudsvig.

RiverView’s  Health Luncheon, “Throat Matters: Voice and Swallow Health’’ will be held on Tuesday, April 24th at noon,  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. RiverView Speech Pathologist Erin Joreb will present at the luncheon, sharing what speech therapy can do for those suffering with these issues, how to identify red flags for swallowing and voice issues and share how to apply safe swallowing and voice strategies to your daily life. Jore will also discuss when it may be appropriate to seek medical attention for these concerns. 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.

Crookston Chapter #137 Order of the Eastern Star will meet Tuesday, April 24th at 7:30 p.m.  The meeting will be preceded by a dinner at 6:30 p.m.  Members are reminded to bring a picture of themselves when they were younger.

Local health officials are calling for sexually active young people to get tested for sexually transmitted infections, also referred to as STIs during STI Testing Day in Minnesota on April 25th. Sexually active persons interested in getting free or low cost STI testing can go to either of the following locations in Crookston: Polk County Public Health, 816 Marin Avenue, 2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., or UMC Student Health (UMC Students, Staff, Faculty) at the Sargent Student Center Health Office 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Christian Brothers Ford will host a Retirement Open House for Ben Nelson on Wednesday, April 25th from 1-4:00 p.m. Stop out for coffee and cookies, and wish Ben the very best in his retirement!

The Golden Link will show the FREE movie “Daddy’s Home 2” at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25th. Popcorn, cookies and beverages will be available.

Crookston Fire Department will present a short program on Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25th (before the evening meal.) If you need help with your alarms, the fire department will set up an appointment to assist you with them at that time.

Registration Day for Crookston Summer Activities will be on Wednesday, April 25th from 5-7:00 p.m. at the Crookston Sports Center. Please enter at the “East” door. This is an opportunity to register children for summer program all at one time, and to purchase summer passes for the THE Bus public transportation. Food will be provided by the Crookston Blue Line Club, and will include hot dog, chips and pop for $5. For more information, please call Lori Morgan or Denice Oliver at 281-5078.

The CHS Speech Banquet will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25th in the CHS Commons.

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

Crookston Eagles has Bar Bingo starting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 26th.

Who will be Miss Crookston 2018? CHS Juniors and Seniors: plan on coming to an informational session with Pageant Director, Jean Ann Bienek at High School Commons during Prime Time on Friday, April 27th.  A sign up for those interested will also be located in the CHS office. 

Everyone is welcome to attend the UMC Teambacker Fun Night on Friday, April 27th at the Crookston Eagles Club. Social, registration and games begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by a Silent Auction and games at 6:15 p.m., and live entertainment by Four Wheel Drive at 8:30 p.m. Food, snacks and a cash bar will be available throughout the evening. Tickets are $50 per person, available at the Crookston Eagles, UMC Development Office, UMC Athletics offices, or by contacting Derek Martin at or 218-281-9436. Proceeds from the fundraiser support athletic scholarships at UMC.

The 72nd Annual Kem Shrine Circus will be at the Ralph Engelstad Arena on Friday, April 27th through Sunday, April 29th. Shows are at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Friday; 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, and at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The Golden Link will host an Egg Bake Breakfast from 8:30-10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 27th. There is a $5 suggested free will offering.

“Empowered to Connect” Conference will be held on Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, at Hope Evangelical Free Church in Fertile. This simulcast conference features two days of practical teaching to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children from hard places. Empowered to Connect has a specific focus on families of foster and adopted children, but the lessons are applicable for all parents, teachers, social workers - anyone serving children. Gain access to practical tools that help bring hope and healing to children who have experienced trauma. This conference has been called a life-changing experience. A simulcast of this conference will be shown at Hope Evangelical Free Church, Friday and Saturday, April 27-28. Become empowered to make a difference in your family and in your community. Lunch and refreshments provided both days. Register at (Up to 11 continuing education credits available for social workers, teachers, and other professionals.) Contact: Alyssa Johnson at 218-686-8082 or

Crookston Eagles is hosting the District #2 Eagles Convention at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 28th. Bar Bingo begins at 3:30 p.m., followed by dinner of Swiss Steak ($11) or Walleye ($14) from 6-7:00 p.m. Take outs are available.

Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Tabor will serve a Smelt Fry on Saturday, April 28th at the Tabort Church Hall, serving from 5-8:00 p.m. The menu includes “all you can eat Smelt,” baked potato, salad, baked beans, onion rings, dinner rolls and beverages of coffee, lemonade and free beer. For non-lovers of Smelt, we are also serving Pollack fish. There will also be a children’s menu of chicken strips and French fries. Cost for adults is $13, children under 12 years $5, and preschool kids are free. Tabor is located 8 miles west of Angus, on County Road 23. For more information call Don at 218-686-5459.

On Saturday, April 28th, the Jazz Band, under the direction of TJ Chapman, will perform with Edwards Trumpet Performing Artist Ronnie Ingle, professor of trumpet at the University of North Dakota (UND). The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. It is interesting to note that when TJ Chapman was a graduate student at UND, Ingle was his jazz band director.

The CHS AAA Banquet will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 30th in the CHS Commons.

RiverView Health Rehab Services will be holding “A Matter of Balance’’ classes for anyone who has fallen in the past, has restricted activities because of falling concerns or is worried about falls. The classes will teach skills in improving balance, flexibility and strength. This is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Eight, two-hour sessions will be led by certified coaches each Tuesday and Thursday, May 1st through 24th from 9 am to 11 am in the Activity Room at Fair Meadow Assisted Living, 300 Garfield Ave. SE, Fertile. During the sessions, participants will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home and exercise to increase strength and balance. The classes are taught by RiverView Occupational Therapist Madeline Graff and Physical Therapist Assistant LueRae Geihsler. The class is free, but class size is limited, so early registration is stressed. For more information, or to register, call RiverView’s Rehab Services Department at 218-281-9463.

Interested in the old Cathedral? Prairie Skyline Foundation's Annual Meeting will be Wednesday, May 2nd at 6 pm at the Crookston Library's SunRoom. Election of officers, and discussion of possible opening on OxCart Days, new fundraisers, and grant submissions. New and existing members welcome.  

Earl and Patsy Abrahamson are celebrating their 65th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, May 5th at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church from 2-4:00 p.m. (No gifts, please) Earl and Patsy were married May 9th, 1953.

Wednesday, May 9, the U of M Crookston will host the annual junior high music festival which historically hosts more than 200 junior high music students from many different schools across northwestern Minnesota.

RiverView Health will hold a 5K Walk/Run and Kids ½ Mile Fun Run on Saturday, May 12th.  Registration begins at 9:00 am at the Rehab entrance on the south side of RiverView Health in Crookston, MN.  The Kids Fun Run starts at 9:30 am and the 5k Walk/Run starts at 10:00 am.  This is a family friendly event.  There is no cost for the Kids Fun Run.  There is a $15.00 entry fee for 5k registrations postmarked May 2nd or before.  5k registration forms postmarked after May 2nd have a $20.00 entry fee.  All pre-registered 5k participants will receive a t-shirt.  Race day registration will be accepted as well, but you will not get a t-shirt. No pets, bikes or rollerblades will be allowed, but strollers are welcome.  Registration forms are available at  For more information, call 218-281-9211.

Wonderful Wellness Workshop. Herb Gardens 101 - Why plant an herb garden this spring? Come learn the culinary and health benefits of 7 common herbs. Connie Gilmore will show us how to enhance our cooking and our health! Wednesday, May 16th 5:15pm at Wonderful Life Foods, 115 North Main St

Verlyn Anderson will present, “The Significance of Syttende Mai in Norway’s History” from 1-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19th at the Carnegie Building (North Ash and 2nd Street) in Crookston. The event will feature the Men’s and Women’s Choruses, UMC Strings, and homemade lefse for sale. Wear your Norwegian costume!

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.

The Crookston Gun Club is offering DNR Hunting Safety Training classes in May, to be held at the Crookston Gun Club (1 mile north of UMC on Hwy. 75 & ¼ mile west). The classes are for anyone age 11 and older. Youth hunters and those planning on hunting out of state are required to have a Firearm Safety Training Certificate. The classes will be held from 7-9:00 p.m. on May 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18 and 19 (which is the field and test). Register early – limit of 36 students per class. For information and registration contact Steve Videen, Youth Activities Coordinator at 218-289-2115 or

Marc Wagner has donated the use of a trailer that has been placed by Service Pro and the Napa Crookston Welding Rental Equipment lot, to collect aluminum cans to help raise funds for the Highland Elementary School.  Please help out this worthy cause and drop your cans off at any time.

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 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.

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.

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

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