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Saturday, February 24, 2017

Remember to make plans to take in the Mr. CHS contest, scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 26th in the CHS Auditorium. 7 CHS seniors are vying for the coveted “belt” and title this year. Tickets are just $5.00 at the door.

The Oxcart Days committee is offering pre-sales of 40-lb bags of water softener salt from Ampride, from now until March 17th. Your order will be delivered to your house on April 8th and carried downstairs, or to whatever location you specify.  (We will be tying in with UMC students for Global Youth Service Day, and will also have at least 40 UMC football players lined up to help with deliveries.)  There’s a minimum of 5 bags/order, and deliveries will be made within a 5 mile radius of Crookston. Forms are at Ampride, or at crookstonoxcartdays@gmail.com. Proceeds from the sales go to support Oxcart Days activities.

Crookston Public School Students interested in taking Driver Education this spring need to complete a registration form and return it to the High School office no later than 3:30 on March 3, 2017. Driver Education is open to student enrolled in Crookston Public Schools. The cost is $325 and includes classroom and behind the wheel instruction. The first class session will be Friday, March 10 at 4:30 pm in the Library and Highland School. Should you have questions please contact Mr. Trostad at 281-5600. Registration forms are also available online at www.crookston.k12.mn.us

The Crookston Kiwanis are having a Tulip Sale. Purchase a tulip bunch for $10. A tulip arrangement is $15. Delivery is available for an additional $4. Tulips must be picked up at Montague’s Flower shop on Thursday, April 13th between 8:00 and 5:30.To order call 218-280-2854.

The Golden Link Senior Center of Crookston is seeking applications for the annual Lil Snyder Scholarship for students interested in a career in the field of healthcare. To be eligible for the $500 scholarship, the applicant must be: 1) a resident of Polk County; 2) pursuing an education in the field of healthcare; and 3) enrolling in an area institution of higher education (Northland Community and Technical College at East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls, the University of Minnesota Crookston, and the University of North Dakota.) The late Lil Snyder was instrumental in initiating the Polk County Nursing Service and other health-related organizations.  She was an RN in the Armed Services and contributed many hours and energy in promoting healthcare throughout northwestern Minnesota. The required application form and guidelines are available at the Golden Link Center, 324 N Main in Crookston, and also at high schools within Polk County. The application deadline is April 15th.

Villa St. Vincent was awarded grant funding through the Minnesota Department of Health-Office of Rural Health for a practical nurse scholarship worth $10,000 at Northland Community and Technical College. You can pick up applications from Cassie Aamoth, Housing Manager by the main SUMMIT entrance, until Friday, March 3rd.  This opportunity is open to anyone interested in pursuing a practical nursing education. The recipient will need to work 16 hours a week in assisted living during school, and stay with the Villa for 3 years after completing their education.

The Crookston Lions are hosting a Trivia Night at the American Legion tonight at 7:00 p.m.. Cost is $10 per person, and proceeds go to help fund local Lions projects.

There will be no Bingo or Aerie Dinner at the Eagles tonight, due to the Camp Confidence Dinner and Extravaganza scheduled for that day.  

Get your tickets now for the 3rd Annual Crookston Eagles Camp Confidence Extravaganza to be held on Saturday, February 25th. Only 200 tickets are available at $50 each. In return you get a $50 Reeds Gift Card to be used either online or at Reeds Sporting Goods in Walker, MN, and dinner. Cocktail hour & raffle sales begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Crookston Eagles Club, and chicken and ribs will be served at 7:00 p.m. The raffle includes a large variety of sporting goods & rifles. There is a separate gun raffle, ladies’ raffle and cash raffle. Reeds will have a licensed federal firearms representative at the Eagles so you can take your guns home with you that night! Close to $20,000 in raffle prizes! Tickets are available at the Crookston Eagles Club. Camp Confidence hosts people with disabilities from all over the state including Crookston and area kids. If you would like to read more about Camp Confidence, please check out their Facebook page.

The Crookston School Board meeting will be held on Monday, February 27th at 5:00 p.m. in the Crookston High School Choir/Orchestra room. The meeting is open to the public.

Crookston City Council will meet on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers.

Crookston Ways & Means Committee will meet on Monday, February 27, 2017 immediately following the City Council at City Hall in the Conference Room.

Wind up February Fitness Fever on a high note at the UMC Wellness Center on Sunday, February 26th, from 1-3:00 p.m. Free use of the spin bikes, obstacle course, walking track, and Tae Kwon Do class will be available. Parking is available in the Kiehle parking lot. Tri-Valley is offering free transportation to all of the Fitness Fever events. Please call 1-800-201-3432 by 4:30 p.m. on the Friday before the event to schedule. The final return trip home from the event will be at 2:30 p.m.

Join your friends at the Eagles on Monday, February 27th for afternoon smear and Burger Night starting at 5:30 p.m.

Crookston Masonic Lodge No. 141 will meet Monday Feb 27 at 7:30 pm at the Masonic Hall.

For a ride to the Crookston Artist Series “Russian Quattro” please call THE BUS at 281-0700.  The concert is Monday, February 27th at 7:30 in the High School Auditorium.

Early Childhood “Build a Wood Project” for birth to five years will be Monday, February 27, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Washington School Gym. Bring an adult, a Phillips screwdriver and a hammer to build a wall shelf. Cost is $5. Register early, 281-5078.

The Crookston Men's Christian Fellowship meets at noon Tuesday February 28 at the Irishman's Shanty. The speaker will be Lonnie Quigley-Chapman, on staff at Valley Christian Fellowship.

The Golden Link is hosting a day trip to the Shooting Star Casino on Tuesday, February 28th. Cost is $25. Call 281-3072 for more information.

RiverView Health’s  Luncheon will be noon Tuesday, February 28 in meeting room one. It will focus on “Vertigo” with RiverView’s Physical Therapist, Lindsey Ebertowksi, who will explain what causes vertigo and potential treatments. Pre-registration is required, call 281-9745. A bag lunch is available for $3.

Plan to attend the Black Student Association's Annual Night of Expression to be held Tuesday, February 28, 2017, beginning at 4:30-6:30 p.m. with a meal and cultural/arts display. At 6:30 p.m., activities move to the Kiehle Auditorium for an evening of entertainment. The cost is $12 per person or $75 for a table of 8 people. Children ages five and under are free. Guests may purchase a meal in Brown Dining Room and dine in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, where a cultural/arts display will be on exhibit. To reserve your ticket, contact Lorna Hollowell at 218-281-8580. The theme of this year’s event is "Blacks in Arts and Entertainment and All that Jazz." Scheduled performers include the Robbinsdale Cooper Step Team, Afro Fusion, Praise Feet, Guadalupe Crawford, as well as UMC students, faculty, and staff. The event is sponsored by BSA, the Black History Month Committee, and Diversity & Multicultural Programs. The event is part of Black History Month and sponsored by the Black Student Association, the Black History Month Committee, and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Programs.

The Crookston Men's Christian Fellowship meets at noon Tuesday February 28 at the Irishman's Shanty.  The speaker will be Lonnie Quigley-Chapman, on staff at Valley Christian Fellowship.

Recovery Worship ~ a journey of grace along with Wesley United Methodist Church and Trinity Lutheran Church all of Crookston invite you to an ecumenical service, with Holy Communion and the imposition of ashes will be offered, on Thursday, March 2nd at the Novel Cup Resource Room, 101 West Main, Crookston at 7:00 pm.  Jennifer Messelt from the Hospice of the Red River Valley will be sharing "Our Journey through Grief." Coffee, goodies, and fellowship will follow.

The annual Extension Drainage Design Workshop will be held at the Grand Forks County Office Building in Grand Forks, ND March 2 – 3. The 2-day workshop starts at 8:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. on day two. The workshop will focus on planning and design of agricultural tile drainage systems to meet both profitability and environmental objectives. The course content is taught in a hands-on manner with lots of discussion time. The workshop is intended for those interested in a more complete understanding of the planning and design principles and practices for drainage and water table management systems, including:  farmers, landowners, consultants, drainage contractors, government agency staff and water resource managers. Planning topics include: legal aspects, basics of drainable soils, agronomic perspectives, doing your own tiling, land evaluation tools, wetlands, and conservation drainage concepts and techniques. The design topics begin with basic design considerations and progress through individual small team projects, with several hands-on problem-solving examples covering basic design and layout principles, water flow calculations, drain spacing, sizing, and grades. Participants are encouraged to bring information for their own fields, and any computers they are using for design, so they can work on their own projects during exercises. Registration for the workshops is now available at:  https://www.regonline.com/2017DrainDesign.  The registration price is $300, and is limited to about 50 participants. Due to seating limitations, on-site registration will not be available on the day of the event.

The Crookston Figure Skating Club, in cooperation with the Crookston Park and Recreation Department will present Dreams on Ice 2017 “Animal Adventures” on 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 4th and 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 5th at the Crookston Sports Center. Adult admission is $5, Students $2, and Preschoolers are free. Family weekend passes are $20.

Make plans to attend the series of International Dinners held in Bede Ballroom at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 20, 27 and April 5th.  The March 6 event is “Life Happens Here in Bangladesh.” Imran will speak about business relationships, the culture and will surprise you with unknown enterprises. UMC students help prepare the authentic meals, and the UMC Music Department will be featured at each event. Cost for the March meals is $20/adult, $15/student individual tickets. The series ticket cost is $80/adult and $60/student.

The Crookston Gun Show will be held Saturday March 18th from 9:00 to 5:00 and Sunday, March 19th from 9:00 to 3:30 at the Crookston National Guard Armory. Admission is $5. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult are free.

Friends and Family are invited to a Retirement Party for Pam Dufault on Saturday, March 18th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Golden Link in Crookston. Your presence is your gift.

RiverView Health’s monthly Type 2 diabetes support group will meet from 5-6:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 1 of RiverView Health, 323 S. Minnesota Street, Crookston on March 22, April 26, May 24, June 28, July 26, August 23, September 27,  and October 25. For more information, call Larsen at 281-9589.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.

Plan to attend the Kiwanis’ celebration of their new chartered club at the high school for 7th & 8th grade students on Thursday, March 23rd at 5:30 p.m. in the CHS Commons. A short program along with the Kiwanis sponsored CHS Helping Hands Builders Club banner will be presented along with membership pins. The meal will include a sloppy joe supper with cake. Students, parents, Kiwanis members and area leaders are invited to the event. 

Adult Chinese cooking class will be held Thursday, March 23, 2017 6-8pm - Steamed prawns with garlic fans & sweet potato in hot toffee are on the menu. Additional classes will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 6-8pm - Steamed spareribs with rice flour & chinese salad;  and Thursday, May 18, 2017 6-8pm - Steamed glutinous rice meatballs & scrambled egg with tomato. Please bring your own container (steamer if needed).  Please call Barb at 281-5078 to register.

There will be a Weekend Scuba Class instructed by Mick's Scuba for ages 10 - Adult on Friday, April 7 (6-10pm), Saturday, April 8 (8am-8pm), and Sunday, April 9 (8am-4pm) at the Crookston Pool, 320 E. 4th Street.  Registration fee is $195 (made payable to Community Ed).   Students will need to purchase the student crew pack for $85.  Call Barb at the Community Education office at 218-281-5078 for details.

The Golden Link Senior Center of Crookston is seeking applications for the annual Lil Snyder Scholarship for students interested in a career in the field of healthcare. To be eligible for the $500 scholarship, the applicant must be: 1) a resident of Polk County; 2) pursuing an education in the field of healthcare; and 3) enrolling in an area institution of higher education (Northland Community and Technical College at East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls, the University of Minnesota Crookston, and the University of North Dakota.) The late Lil Snyder was instrumental in initiating the Polk County Nursing Service and other health-related organizations. She was an RN in the Armed Services and contributed many hours and energy in promoting healthcare throughout northwestern Minnesota. The required application form and guidelines are available at the Golden Link Center, 324 N Main in Crookston, and also at high schools within Polk County. The application deadline is April 15, 2017. 

DNR Hunter Safety Training classes will be held at the Crookston Gun Club in May. Youth hunters and those planning on hunting out of state are required to have a Firearm Safety Training Certificate. Register early, there’s a limit of 36 students per class. For more information and registration, contact Steve Videen at 218-289-2115.

The Monday, March 20th International Dinner, set for 6:00 p.m. in Bede Ballroom at UMC, will feature “South Africa the Rainbow Nation.” There is more to the country than lions and elephants! Learn more about this diverse area of the world. Speakers for the event are Scott Pearce and Diane Cilengi. UMC students help prepare the authentic meals, and the UMC Music Department will be featured at each event. Cost for the March meals is $20/adult, $15/student individual tickets. The series ticket cost is $80/adult and $60/student.

The Monday, March 27th International Dinner, set for 6:00 p.m. in the Bede Ballroom at UMC, will feature “Mongolia, Land of the Eternal Blue Sky.” Join in learning about “ger,” nomadic culture and how horses are part of this amazing culture. Presenter is Urangoo Battulga. UMC students help prepare the authentic meals, and the UMC Music Department will be featured at each event. Cost for the March meals is $20/adult, $15/student individual tickets. The series ticket cost is $80/adult and $60/student.

The Multicultural International Club at UMC invites you to experience an unforgettable event at the final International Dinner, set for 6:00 p.m. in Bede Ballroom on Monday, April 5th. Bells, cultural dances, vocals and instrumentalists from all over the world will showcase their talent for the greater community. UMC students help prepare the authentic meals, and the UMC Music Department will be featured at each event. Join us at 5:00 p.m. for demonstrations, table displays and entertainment as students dazzle their way into your hearts. Cost for the final series meal is $25/adult, $20/student individual tickets.

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