Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Crookston High School Hall of Fame Induction festivities are today at the Crookston High School, with a social time at 2:00 p.m. and ceremony at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Crookston High School office for $12. Inductees will be the 1974 Crookston High School Boy's Track team that won a state championship along with Jenny (Boll) Christopherson, one of the best girl's student-athletes to come through CHS. Also to be honored in the Legends Hall of Fame will be Bill Reynolds of Crookston, and the late Tubby Daniels.

Crookston Ox Cart Run will be held on Saturday, August 19th with registration at 8:00 a.m. at the Carnegie Library. Little Tykes race starts at 8:30 and 5K and 10K starts at 9:00 a.m.

Celebrate Ox Cart Days at the Carnegie today featuring the works of local watercolorists and photographers, including high school artists. There will also be a display of historic firefighter memorabilia. 2018 calendars displaying historic homes in Crookston will be on sale.  The Carnegie will be open August 17th and 18th from 10 am until 5 pm, and on the 19th from 10 am until 3 pm.  Admission is free. Donations will be accepted to benefit restoration of the Carnegie Building in the form of a high school class competition.

Summer Arts Safari and the Crookston Community Theatre will present Disney’s The Lion King Jr. today at 11:00 a.m. at UMC Kiehle Auditorium.

Crookston Eagles has Bar Bingo at 3:30 p.m. today.

There are openings for 3 year olds in Washington School's School Readiness Program. The hours will be Monday-Thursday from 8-11.   To register, contact Barb Jorgenson at 218-281-5078 as soon as possible.

Cathedral School offers educational opportunities for students in grades Prekindergarten through Sixth grade with registration continuing through the start of school August 30, 2017.  There are openings in all grade levels including Kindergarten Readiness and Prekindergarten.  The school’s Open House is August 28 at 5:30pm and includes a meal.  Contact the school office at 218 281 1835 for more information or visit the website at

The Rescue Tour of Dave Anderson and Roger Walck will perform at the 8:30 am worship service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston on Sunday, August 20th and also at the 10:30 a.m. worship service at Trinity Point on Maple Lake.

The North Star MN Chapter of Compassionate Friends will have a “Walk to Remember” on Sunday, August 20th at the Sportsman’s Park in Red Lake Falls.  Attendees are invited to bring a picture of their loved one to display and a thoughtful message to send with their balloon.  Arrive by 5:00 PM and a short walk will begin at 5:15 to where the balloons will be released.  Participants will be provided a free picnic lunch. Contact Mary Jo Schmitz, at 218-253-4160 or Kathy Stich at 218-253-2272 to learn more or for more information on the national organization visit

Altru Clinic in Crookston is set to host Living Well with Diabetes: a team based support group for patients/families on Monday, August 21 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in its conference room.  This month’s focus is on Technology & Applications with Jana Sherry presenting. Call 281.9100 to register.  There is no charge for this session.

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.

The UMC Campus & Community Part-Time Job Expo will be Monday, August 21st from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the UMC Wellness Center. The event goal is to connect students with part-time employment and to connect employers with eager student employees. Contact Aaron Meyer, Director of Career Development at 218-281-8585 or email him at

Crookston School Board will have a Special Meeting on Monday, August 21st at 8:00 a.m. in the District Office Conference Room.

Crookston Park Board will meet on Monday, August 21st at 4:15 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room.

RiverView’s Celiac Support Group will meet Monday, Aug. 21st in Meeting Room 2 of RiverView Health, 323 South Minnesota Street, Crookston, at 5:30 pm. The group meets the third Monday of each month, March-November. New members are welcome at any time. Future meeting dates are Monday, September 18th, Monday, October 16th, and Monday, November 20th. For more information on the Celiac Support Group, please call Darcey Larsen at 218-281-9589.

The Golden Link has a foot care clinic at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 22nd.

RiverView Health’s monthly Type 2 diabetes support group will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 23rd 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 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.               

Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, August 23rd is Chicken and Coleslaw for $6.00

The AARP Driver Safety Class will be Thursday, August 24th at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Link Center in Crookston. The one day, 8 hour defensive driving class is for drivers age 55 and older. Lunch will be available at the Link or bring your own. To register, call 281-3072.

Experienced Americans Jack and Kathy Peterson will be honored at a reception at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, August 25th at the Golden Link. There will be a short program at 2:00 p.m.

The 36th Chautauqua and French-Canadian Metis Festival will be August 25, 26 and 27 at the Huot Old Crossing and Treaty Park.  Enjoy all of the French Festival food specialties, entertainment,  bonfire, hayride, Mass at the Shrine, Afran Supper, silent auction, artists and artisans, children’s activities, demonstrations  and dance at TNJ’s in Red Lake Falls. For a complete schedule visit

Through August 25th, a Back to School supply project is being sponsored by the Catholic Daughters Court Bishop Schenk for the Cathedral Elementary School and the other local Crookston schools. This drive is in conjunction with Care and Share, the Salvation Army and the Crookston Rotary Bus project. Items needed are glue, notebooks, crayons, backpacks, mittens, socks, pencils, tissues, other clothing, etc. Supplies can be left in special containers in the gathering spaces at Cathedral, Northern Sky Bank, St Peter’s in Gentilly, and St Mary’s in Euclid. If you have any questions or pickup is needed, please contact Jean LaJesse at 281-6706.

The Crookston Pirates Special Olympics will have a Walk-A-Thon and a 5K on Friday, August 25th from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Crookston High School Parking Lot. Money raised will be used for the Minnesota Spring Games in 2018. If you would like to sponsor and athlete, call Anna Buegler at 280-2552 or Kim Hassel at 277-0399.

The Crookston City Council will meet on Monday, August 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. The Ways & Means Committee will meet immediately following the Council meeting in the Conference Room at City Hall.

CHS 7th Grade Orientation (for all 7th graders) will be held on Wednesday, August 30th from 8:30 a.m. until noon. The free orientation day gives students a chance to participate in fun group games, receive their class schedule and hear about the expectations as a 7th grader. Contact Leah Kent at 281-2144 with questions, or email her at

The CHS New Student Welcome will be held on Wednesday, August 30th from 2-3:00 p.m., in the Counseling Office at Crookston High School. Contact Leah Kent at 281-2144 with questions, or email her at

The Golden Link will be showing the movie “Beauty and the Beast” on Wednesday, August 30th at 1:30 p.m. There is no charge.

UMC retirees meet at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30th at the Golden Link.

Wesley United Methodist Church, 701 Eickhof Blvd., will have Summer Salad Lunches from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. the last Thursday of the month, August 31st and September 28th.

Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, August 30th is a Reuben Sandwich for $7.25.

Crookston will be the site of one of ten town halls meetings scheduled to offer Minnesotans an opportunity to discuss the water quality challenges facing their communities and our state, learn from experts, and engage with policymakers. The town hall meetings will be attended by key members of Governor Dayton’s Cabinet who want to hear from Minnesotans about ways to improve the state’s water quality at the local level. The Crookston Water Quality Town Hall will be held on Tuesday, September 5th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration opens at 6:00 p.m. in Bede Ballroom in the Sargent Student Center at UMC. No advance registration is necessary. A complete list of dates and locations is available online at

The Red River History Museum in Shelly will be open from 7-9:00 p.m. every Tuesday through the summer. For special appointments to tour the museum, call Wayne DeYoung at 218-886-8686 or Joann Rude at 218-886-8175. Watch for special events to be held throughout the summer.

Children and their caregivers can enjoy Storytime every Friday 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.

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. The Refuge Visitor Center will be open Wednesday-Sunday, from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.  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.

Eat United is serving free lunch for all youth ages 0-18 at the Highland Park Complex in the Lion’s Shelter from 11:30-12:30 Monday through Thursday through August 10th. Adults 19 years and older can eat for $4.00 a meal. Free rides will be provided by T.H.E. Bus. 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 

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.

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

This summer, kids of all ages are invited to track their reading progress and earn prizes as well as attend free events at their local libraries. All Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) locations will offer the Summer Reading Program, which is centered around the idea of “building a better world.”  To sign up, visit a LARL library location near you, or

The Polk County Museum is now open for the summer season. They will be open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. from now until the Sunday after Labor Day.

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.

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.  Rydell is the only NWR in Minnesota that offers this special "mentored" deer hunting opportunity. A total of 15 youth will be allowed to participate in this hunt. Participating youth will be required to hunt with a parent, guardian, or mentor. They will be allowed to harvest one deer of either sex on the Refuge. One requirement for youth hunt participants is that they attend a mandatory orientation session. This will be held at Rydell NWR on Sunday, October 22nd, from 10:00am - 1:00pm. Applications can be completed at any DNR license agent or online at 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 /

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.

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