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FRIDAY - FEBRUARY 24,  2017

 

SEVEN SENIORS TO COMPETE FOR MR CHS TITLE

Blake Kawlewski, Charles Eickhof, Chris Wavra, Easton Meyer, Luke Froeber and Ryan Swenson will vie on Sunday, February 26th for the Mr. CHS title. The competition will kick off at 2:00 p.m. in the CHS Auditorium. Tickets are $5.00 at the door.

 

 

Crookston Kiwanis Honor “Terrific Kids”  for February

 These students are selected by their Teachers on the basis of grades, citizenship, a positive attitude toward schoolwork and other students. 

                                      

 Giovanni Torres (pictured with Amber Sannes)       Brook Simpkins, Krystyna Freeman, Nathan Johanneck, Nashalie Tellez, Susan Garmen and Kerri Brantner

  

CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL ANNOUNCES THE FIRST SEMESTER HONOR ROLLS

The Crookston High School has released the first semester A and B honor rolls.  We have the A Honor roll students below and a link to the B Honor roll students.  Congratulations to all students on the list!

“A” HONOR ROLL:

Grade 12: Callie Boucher, Ashlyn Buss, Heather Chaput, Ethan Christopherson, Tyler Conklin, Michelle Cuno, Kennedy Cwikla, Thomas Cymbaluk, Brita Fagerlund, Megan Frisk, Matthew Garmen, Benjamin Halos, Matthew Kozitka, Brady Love, Mathia Morlan, Mitchell Olson, Logan Prudhomme, Kendall Wahouske, Christopher Wavra, Jake Widseth

Grade 11: Denissa Brekken, Merran Dingmann, Aleece Durbin, Madeline Everett, Bailey Folkers, Clair Frydenlund, Chelsey Homme, Sarah Pahlen, Carlie Reading, Zachary Sanders, Allison Tiedemann, Katelyn Wagner

Grade 10: Caden Bruley, Elysa Christensen, Rachel Hefta, Brock Heppner, Jaden Lubarski, Maria Olson, Thea Oman, Rujirat Ernie Srisahat, Hannah Street

Grade 9: Benjamin Andringa, Cassidy Baatz, Mirza Baig, Isaiah Barlow, Benjamin Brantner, Kasey Cwikla, Zoe Everett, Katherine Geist, Ashlyn Genereux, Emily Gillette, Kathryn Halos, Audrey Harbott, Eliza Meyer, Michelle Pahlen, Sarah Ryan, Madison Salentine, Sophia Sanders, Lily Sandman, Sophia Steiner, Dayen Sundquist, Gretchen Theis, Walker Winjum

Grade 8: Shelby Aamot, Gavin Anderson, Emma Borowicz, Amber Cymbaluk, Emily Funk, Danielle Haake, Victoria Proulx, Haley Reading, Ella Weber, Anke Wiersma

Grade 7: Morgen Arguelles, Emily Balboa, Aleah Bienek, Ainsley Boucher, Bailey Cameron, Jenna Coauette, Olivia Forgit, Vanessa Hazelton, Isabelle Herberg, Madison Hoiland, Olivia Huck, Brianna Kelly, Breanna Kressin, Justin Lindgren, Hannah Loraas, Grace Miller, Amelia Overgaard, Angelica Perala, Amanda Schultz, Quinn Siegle, Rylee Solheim, Alexia Threatt, Hayden Winjum

CLICK HERE FOR THE CHS B HONOR ROLL STUDENTS

 

 

Spring truck weight restrictions start for north-central frost zone

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will start spring truck weight restrictions in the north-central frost zone Saturday, February 25. Spring load restrictions are already in place in the south, southeast, central and metro frost zones. Road restriction maps showing the locations of weight-restricted routes and those state highways open to maximum 10-ton axle weights are listed at www.mndot.gov/loadlimits. Click on “seasonal load limits,” and then “spring load restrictions.” Also available is a text list of the restricted segments and exceptions to the map. Overweight permits for more than 80,000 pound gross vehicle weight will continue and new permits will be issued if all axle and group weights are legal. Full-summer overweight permits can be issued during the spring load restriction period only on interstate through movements. Middle-range overweight permits become available within each frost zone when spring load restrictions are lifted. Full-summer overweight permits become available two to three weeks after spring load restrictions are lifted. Ending dates for spring load restrictions are variable and based on how weather is affecting roadway strength. For questions about over legal weight and size heavy haul trucking, call 651-296-6000 or email ofcvopermits.dot@state.mn.us.  For questions about enforcement, call 651-405-6196 (select option 3, option 3). MnDOT will report dates on its 24-hour automated message center at 1‑800‑723‑6543 for the U.S. and Canada, and locally at 651‑366‑5400 for the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

 

 

 

THURSDAY - FEBRUARY 23,  2017

CROOKSTON ARTIST SERIES CONTINUES ON MONDAY WITH RUSSIAN QUATRO

The third concert of the season for the Crookston Civic Music League Entertainment Series will feature the spectacular ensemble, Russian Quattro. Their performance will take place Monday, February 27, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Crookston High School Auditorium.
Russian Quattro was formed by two of the members of the fabulous Rastrelli Cello Quartet which did three highly successful tours in the Midwest between 2007 and 2012. Kira Kraftzoff, who is the leader of Rastrelli, and Sergio Drabkin, who did all of the arrangements for Rastrelli, have put together this group which includes them and two violinists--Michael Makarov and Vladislav Pesin. This combination of instruments will produce a sound like a typical string quartet, but it will involve improvisation and technical abilities by the two new violinists that would exceed the usual string quartet sound. Kira will also mix in his cello as a third solo and improvisation instrument.

This singularly unique ensemble will thrill its audiences with their performing of non-traditional “between the genres” compositions.   Their widely varied program mixes works by Tchaikovsky, Bach, and Dvorak to George Gershwin, Dave Brubeck, Leroy Anderson, and Glenn Miller. This is a program that truly provides something for everyone!

“Riveting...very entertaining...wild cheers...These four musicians could sound like a classical symphony one moment and play ragtime, jazz, klezmer, or even a polka the next.” The Barrie Examiner, Ontario, Canada

“The concert played by the four thorough bred Russian virtuosi...brought the audience an evening of such complete enjoyment, that the intensity of the bravos was nearly as impressive as the richly varied performance.” Frankfort

For further information, contact Elaine Metzger at 281-2681 or Alvern Wentzel at 281-7873. Admission is by season ticket only.  Anyone needing a ride to the performance should call THE BUS 281-0700

 

 

RIVERVIEW HEALTH AWARDS BONUSES TO EMPLOYEES

Improvements in efficiency, investments in quality and advancements in patient safety led to a successful 2016 for RiverView Health.   In addition, business grew 8.2 percent, employee turnover fell by 9 percent, resulting in a total margin of 7.9 percent. That achievement is largely due to RiverView’s commitment to employ trusted, dedicated professionals who serve our patients with compassion, empathy and respect. Hard work pays off, and this week many RiverView employees will be rewarded for carrying out RiverView’s mission of delivering a healthcare experience that consistently exceeds patients’ expectations.
For the third year in a row, incentive compensation bonuses are being given to employees who met or exceeded performance goals that attributed to RiverView’s successful year. A total of 183 employees from 16 different departments will share in $264,000 in compensation bonuses.
“RiverView has a highly qualified team that works together to exceed the expectations of our patients and our community on a daily basis,’’ stated RiverView President/CEO Carrie Michalski.  “Our team is accountable to the outcomes we achieve and continuously strives to improve patient experiences while delivering care in a way that is mindful of cost and finite resources.  In our culture we continually set goals and reward our team when both organizational and service line goals are met.  The incentives we are privileged to distribute this week are well deserved and reflective of the phenomenal results our team achieved over the year.’’

 

 

POLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WARNS THE PUBLIC OF RECENT SCAMS

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) wants to make the public aware of a couple of scams that are going around. One of the scams involves Facebook. The PCSO received a report of a citizen getting a friends request from a name they knew. During a conversation with this person through Facebook Messenger, there was a discussion about a federal grant that they received. They were given a name and contact number for this person to apply for this grant and get $20,000. This ended up being a fake account pretending to be somebody they knew.
The other scam is one that the PCSO has sent out before. This scam involves getting a call from what they say is a jail, law enforcement agency, or an attorney’s office, saying that their relative was recently arrested and they need so much money to assist them in getting out.
People who get calls like this are urged to check into this story. Call your friend or your relative and find out if this story is true. DO NOT send any monetary funds until you contact your local law enforcement for assistance.
If you have any questions, please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 218-281-0431.

 

 

POLK COUNTY WAITING TO HEAR THE RESULT OF THE ENBRIDGE TAX APPEAL

Polk County is involved in tax court with Enbridge pipeline company as they have appealed their tax valuation.  Enbridge is the biggest tax payer in Polk County so the commissioners are keeping a close eye on the appeal. “They have done this at the tax court of appeals.  The state sets the evaluation and if the appeal is won by the utility the county has to pay back property taxes  so we are filing some discussions to see how it will impact the county and other counties,” said Polk County Administrator Chuck Whiting.  “Enbridge has won in the past so we are expecting to be notified that we have to make payments back to 2012.  We are working on legislation with Representative Kiel and Senator Johnson and others to put a limit on county exposure, as to the refund.”

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY - FEBRUARY 22,  2017

CROOKSTON'S AINSLEY BOUCHER WINS THE REGIONAL SPELLING BEE, ADVANCES TO THE NATIONAL BEE

Ainsley Boucher, a seventh grader at Crookston High School, won the multi-regional spelling bee in Fergus Falls on Tuesday.  Boucher studied a lot while preparing for the spelling bee.  “I usually just have someone read the word to me, and I spell it back to them,” said Boucher. “My mom helps me look up the pronunciation of the words, so I know which ones they’re talking about.” With the win, she will be competing in the National Competition in Washington D.C. in May.  She will get two airline tickets and six nights in a hotel and $600 spending money as a reward for advancing to the “big show.”
Since 1925, children across America have participated in school, local and regional bees with the hope of making it to the Scripps National Spelling bee in Washington D.C.  An estimated 11 million students join in the experience all across American.  The competition will run May 28 through June 4.

Some of the rounds of the National Spelling Bee is broadcast on ESPN.


                    Ainsley Boucher

 

 

MR. CHS CONTEST TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26

The Mr. CHS competition will be held on Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m. in the Crookston High School auditorium. Seven seniors are vying for the title this year: Easton Meyer, Chris Wavra, Luke Froeber, Charles Eickhof, Blake Kawlewski, Jake Widseth and Ryan Swenson. “Mr. CHS is kind of the senior boys’ answer to Miss Crookston, which is a popular pageant for the senior girls each summer. The boys in the senior class get together and have a little fun with it: they have kind of a pageant-type atmosphere, everyone demonstrates a talent, we have an opening number, like a dance, that they all do together, we have formal wear, and a question and answer segment," said Crookston Student Council Advisor, Robbe Nessler.  "It’s a competition we’ve traditionally had a little fun with here at CHS. We’ll have Gary Stegman (art teacher at CHS) as the emcee, which we’re pleased about, because we know he’ll make it fun. Hopefully all the guys have been working on their talents, and we’ll be practicing that throughout the week. It’s an opportunity to come together, celebrate the boys in the senior class, and it’s just one of the things they’ll do as a group to have a little fun toward the end of their senior year."
Rather than being “crowned,” Mr. CHS is “belted,” with a custom-made keepsake. “Instead of a crown, like Miss Crookston, the winner of Mr. CHS gets a really nice weightlifting belt," said Easton Meyer.  "Mike Geffre (metals teacher at CHS) makes this really awesome Mr. CHS logo that sits on top of it. It’s a pretty big deal.”
Tickets to the Mr. CHS competition are just $5. Come out for a fun afternoon and support these seven candidates. Proceeds from the ticket sales go toward prom expenses.

 

 


THE CONSTRUCTION OF THREE NEW JAILS IN THE AREA COULD HURT THE JAIL IN CROOKSTON

Polk County Commissioners met on Tuesday and had a report on three new jails that will be constructed over the next two years and how that will affect the population of Tri County Community Corrections jail. Becker County in Detroit Lakes is planning to build a 180 bed jail to replace their 40 bed jail after they have been spending about $600,000 a year elsewhere, Clay County in Moorhead is going to build a 218 bed jail and that will take about 40 inmates out of other jails of which Polk County gets about 20, and Pennington County is building a 100 bed jail. “They have been sending us prisoners now, so this will affect are per diem guests,” said Polk County Commissioner Warren Strandell, chairman of the Corrections Board.  “There will still be some state and federal prisoners coming to Crookston along with our local population in the three counties.”   
The work on the Kennedy Bridge in Grand Forks/East Grand Forks has been awarded to Zenith of Waukeska, Wisconsin for $15.6 million. “The work is to start this summer on the demolition of the south half of the bridge and construction on the new pier on the west end of the bridge which has been the real problem,” said Strandell. “In 2018 they will demolish the north half and replace the deck and some work on the lane on the north side of the bridge to be completed in 2019.  There will be some closures that will put pressure on the Sorlie Bridge which will be an adjustment.”

The commissioners approved the hiring of a human resource intern for a six month period to complete some special projects.  

Commissioner Joan Lee was appointed to the Water Resource Advisory Committee.

 

 

 

RIVERVIEW HEALTH LUNCHEON TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, THE TOPIC IS VERTIGO

Have you ever felt that the environment was moving around you when it was still, or that your body was in motion when you were in fact stationary?  This feeling is the description of vertigo, a commonly diagnosed vestibular disorder.
The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that process the sensory information involved with controlling balance and eye movements. If disease or injury damages these processing areas, vestibular disorders, like vertigo, can result. Vestibular disorders can also result from or be worsened by genetic or environmental conditions, or occur for unknown reasons.
Fortunately, there is help for vertigo. Attend RiverView Health’s Tuesday, Feb. 28th health luncheon to hear RiverView Physical Therapist Lindsey Ebertowski explain the pathologies that cause vertigo and potential treatments of the disorder.

Luncheon Details
The luncheon will be held in Meeting Room #1 of RiverView Health, 323 S. Minnesota Street, beginning at noon. 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.
The luncheon series is in its 19th year of sponsorship by RiverView Health. All men and women interested in improving their health are invited to attend. Each luncheon starts a few minutes past noon and luncheons are kept under one hour so those needing to return to work can attend. 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.

 

 

UMC WESTERN EQUESTRIAN TEAM HAS A GOOD SHOWING IN THEIR HOME COMPETITION

The University of Minnesota Crookston western equestrian team had a pair of nice showings at their home meet this past weekend. The Golden Eagles took home High Point Team honors after an impressive day in the show pen Saturday. On Sunday, UMC hosted the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Regionals. The Golden Eagles had two riders, Cathy Ackroyd (Sr., Spirit Lake, Iowa) and Madeline Drayna (Fr., Milaca) advance to the IHSA Western Semifinals March 25-26 at the Showplex at Hamburg Fairgrounds in Hamburg, N.Y. The show will be hosted by State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY-Oswego).
On Saturday, Ackroyd started things out on a strong note for Minnesota Crookston as she placed third in the Reining and first in her section of Open Horsemanship. Hannah Van Dyke (Sr., Edgerton) had a beautiful ride on the day as she finished first in her section of Advanced Horsemanship. Katelynn Robertson (So., Roseau) was faced with a tough draw but finished strong with a second-place finish in her section of Advanced Horsemanship. Drayna, Anna Johnson (So., Sebeka) and EmmaRae Nelson (Fr., Thief River Falls) all held their own in each of their sections of Novice Horsemanship. Nelson had a flawless ride to win her section, Drayna finished second and Johnson fourth. 
 
Intermediate riders Whitney Weidenborner (Fr., Bemidji) and Shayla Marthaler (Fr., Osakis) also had very successful rides in each of their sections. Weidenborner finished first and Marthaler third. Jayde Proffitt (Fr., Winsted) rounded out the day with a well-deserved first place finish in a large class of Beginner Horsemanship riders.   “I could not have been happier with my team’s performance during Saturday’s show,” said Head Coach Kayla Krueger. “UMC was a force to reckon with in dominating our home arena. Next year is looking extremely promising for this young team of equestrians. Their talent is starting to blossom with each of them peaking at just the right time.
UMC would have six riders qualify for IHSA Regionals as the Golden Eagles had a very successful showing. Ackroyd qualified in both the Reining and Open Horsemanship. She just missed the semifinal qualification point in the Reining as she placed third. However, she dominated in Open Horsemanship to win her class. She will move on to the IHSA Semifinals to compete in Open Horsemanship. Skyla Knudtson (So., Blooming Prairie) also just missed the semifinal qualification as she placed a well-rode third in Beginner Horsemanship. Van Dyke and Robertson both made the finals in Novice Horsemanship. Van Dyke would finish sixth and Robertson third. Intermediate qualifiers, Johnson, Drayna and Nelson all made the final round in a very large and competitive three sections of Intermediate Horsemanship. Johnson finished fifth and Drayna second. Drayna will also move on to the IHSA Seminals in Hamburg, N.Y. March 25-26.

 

 

 

TUESDAY - FEBRUARY 21,  2017

SNOWFEST IS THIS WEEK AT CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL WITH A DANCE AND MR. CHS CONTEST

This week is Snowfest week at Crookston High School and the student body has voted on the days of the week. Today (Tuesday) is Pajama Day, Wednesday is Beach Day, Thursday is Decades Day (students dress up in the fashions of their favorite decade) and Friday is Camouflage/flannel/denim day.
Six students from each class will be selected with a King and Queen being crowned in the senior class and a prince and princess will be crowned for the juniors, sophomores and freshman. The royalty will reign over the Snowfest dance on Saturday, February 25 from 9:00 to Midnight. Dance admission is $10 per person.
The Snowfest week will wrap up with the 18th annual Mr. CHS competition on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the Crookston High School Auditorium. Admission is $5.00.  The contestants for the Mr. CHS belt are
Easton Meyer, Chris Wavra, Luke Froeber, Ryan Swenson, Chris Wavra, Charles Eickhof, and Jake Widseth.

 

 

OX CART DAYS COMMITTEE PREPARING FOR AUGUST, LOOKING TO RAISE MORE MONEY

The Oxcart Days Committee met again on February 16 to update the members on new events, updates to the website, and to go over the details for a new fundraiser. “The website (http://www.crookstonoxcartdays.com) has all of the events listed on there, and we are adding and adding when we can,” said Ox Cart Days Committee Chair, Nell DeBoer.  “We are going to bring back the popular airboat guy, although we probably will not have him in the park on Saturday, just because of all the stuff we have going on down there. But he’ll be in the park on Thursday and Friday afternoons, and possibly back in the park on Sunday. I think that’ll be fun – we’re very excited about that.”
The website is designed to be the “go-to” site to keep people updated on all sorts of events going on during the 4-day festival, including reunion information. “Absolutely. We posted the Class of ’67 reunion, and we have their go-to information listed, along with a link to their Facebook page, phone numbers and email addresses,” said DeBoer. “So, all their information is being shared on our website. If you have a reunion coming up over Oxcart Days weekend, we want to hear from you.”
DeBoer said button sales and sponsorships have been essential in covering costs of the event to date, especially the substantial cost of the headliner band. “The Chris Hawkey Band has been paid in full, due to everyone’s generosity, we’ve done very well with the button sales, we’ve also done very well with sponsorships so far.  We do need more sponsors to pitch in – it’s a big event and costs a lot of money to bring something this big into town,” said DeBoer.  “We will never turn you down, so dig deep, if you can. But we have done very well so far. The Chris Hawkey Band was our biggest expense so far, so we wanted to make sure he got paid off right away.  We’re taking that number and adding to our sponsorship and adding to our bottom line.”
The Ox Cart Days Committee will be working with Wayne Melbye and Ampride/Crookston Fuel Company to sell water softener salt.  “We are offering pre-sales of bags of salt from Ampride from now until March 17, and on April 8 it will be delivered to your house and carried downstairs, or wherever location you like,” said DeBoer.  “We are tying in with Global Youth Service Day, and the UMC students, we’ll have at least 40 football players lined up, and Lisa Loegering and her kids as well, so it’ll be a fun event. Hopefully people will order up a lot, and then won’t have to carry the bags inside themselves. There’s a minimum of five bags per order, and within a five-mile radius of Crookston.”  If somebody has a huge order they would consider going a little further. Order forms are at Ampride, or you can get them by sending an email to crookstonoxcartdays@gmail.com.
The committee is still looking to fill some openings with an activity and they are looking for ideas.  “There are still some openings; we’re looking for a few more things on Saturday. I put the word out that we are looking for some more people for Crookston’s Got Talent, and didn’t get a lot of responses. We’re looking for local people who might donate a half-hour of time: they can sing, dance, juggle,” said DeBoer. “We would like to have something going on – music preferably in the background, throughout the day in the park on Saturday. If anybody is interested in doing that, we’d love to showcase your talent.  Other than that, I think we are doing tremendously. We signed the contract for the Pig Races, so he’ll be coming into town that Saturday – there’s just tons and tons of stuff going on.  It should be very, very fun. That’s at 2 o’clock in the park on Saturday.”
Ox Cart Days admission to most events will be by the Ox Cart Days button and DeBoer added,  “We’re selling a lot of buttons, and that is your ticket to most of the events for Oxcart Days.”  Ox Cart Days will run August 17-20, 2017.

 

 

CROOKSTON PIRATE SPEECH TEAM FINISHES THIRD AT EAST GRAND FORKS

Nine speech teams met at East Grand Forks on Saturday, February 18, and the Crookston Pirate Speech Team returned with the 3rd place team trophy. Emily Gillette made it to a final round in both drama and prose, Linnea French was in the humor final round and Ben Brantner participated in the inform final round. Saturday's medal and ribbon winners and participants were:
Creative Expression: Merran Dingman: 5th
Dramatic Duo: Bailey Bradford and Blaine Asman: 5th
Dramatic Interpretation: Emily Gillette: 6th
Humorous Interpretation: Linnea French: 4th, George French: Red Ribbon Storytelling: Victoria Proulx: 4th, Bailey Bradford: 6th, Linnea French: Blue Ribbon
Prose: Emily Gillette: 5th, Muira MacRae: Red Ribbon
Informative: Ben Brantner: 2nd, Emma Sherman: Red Ribbon
Discussion: Muira MacRae: 3rd
Others Competing were Anna Huck and Emily Balboa
The Pirates will compete in Bemidji on Saturday, February 25.


The Crookston Pirate Speech team with their awards earned at East Grand Forks (Picture submitted by Olivia Huck)

 

 

 

MONDAY - FEBRUARY 20,  2017

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUES FLOOD WARNINGS

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks, ND has issued a Flood Warning for the following locations in Minnesota and North Dakota.  "Our snow cover has certainly changed in the last couple of days and with all the snow melt and frozen ground things aren't able to soak in," said Amanda Lee, of the National Weather Service.  "We're not talking huge impacts, but there could definitely be some minor impact and recreational impact.  As the water moves north and that could push the flood stage in East Grand Forks up to Oslo.  The warm temperatures today and tomorrow will melt more snow, but the weather should get colder later this week and that should help with the flooding, hopefully."

New flooding is forecast to occur at...
* Fargo on the Red River in Clay and Cass counties.
* East Grand Forks on the Red River in Polk and Grand Forks counties.
* Oslo on the Red River in Marshall, Walsh, Polk and Grand Forks counties.
At 10:15 AM Monday the stage was 10.9 feet.  Minor Flood Stage is 26.0 feet. For the next 7 days...Minor flooding is forecast.   The forecast calls for a rise above Flood Stage by Saturday mid-morning and continue to rise to near 29.2 feet by Monday morning. Additional rises are possible thereafter.
* Hawley on the Buffalo River in Clay County.
* Dilworth on the Buffalo River in Clay County.
* Mapleton (N.D) on the Maple River in Cass County.

The recent string of above average temperatures has resulted in most of the snow cover disappearing over much of the southern half of the Red River Valley. Due to this decrease in snow cover and precipitation expected today, Monday, some locations across the Red River Valley are beginning to depict a response in river levels.
Several forecast points along the southern half of the Red River Valley, in addition to its North Dakota and Minnesota tributaries, are expected to reach or exceed flood stage in the coming days.
However, note that there continues to be some level of uncertainty regarding the precipitation forecast and how much of this water will flow into the river system as temperatures remain mild through midweek.

The National Weather Service and Law enforcement pass along the following safety messages.
- Turn around, don't drown.
- Don`t travel through flooded areas!
- Persons in the warned area need to take steps to protect life and property. If necessary move to a higher and safer location.
- Persons living in the Red River Basin should monitor river levels while the river is in, or near, flood.

 

 

CITY OF CROOKSTON TO HAVE SEVEN ROAD/TRAIL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS THIS SUMMER

In their February 13 meeting, the Crookston City Council gave the green light on seven street projects for this summer. According to Public Works Director, Pat Kelly, that amounts to a busy construction season for street work this year in Crookston. “Every four years the City of Crookston gets somewhere in the neighborhood of $800,000 to use on some of our designated federal and state aid streets. And then we have our regular non-federal and non-state-aid projects that we are going to do, also," said Kelly. “The main project we are going to be doing is completely milling and overlaying South Main, from the Main and Broadway bridges all the way down to 3rd Avenue South. We’ll repair curb and gutters and replace the sidewalk with a 10’ wide walkway, to tie in with our other multi-purpose paths.”

Another federally-funded project will provide a multi-purpose walkway on the south end of town.  “One of our projects, beside just the streets, is to install a multi-purpose path along Fairfax Avenue, from Main Street all the way over to Highway 2; the Military Memorial Walkway," said Kelly.  "It’ll tie all that in, and will be a really nice loop for people to walk, and get some of the pedestrian traffic off Fairfax, because the county highway with 40 mph speed limit isn’t really where we want people to be. So that’s another nice project; the majority of it will be on the old railroad right-of-way on the south end of town. That’ll be for both walking and biking.”

A continuation of work begun on South Front Street will also be completed this season, according to Kelly: “Also a federal job is south Front Street. We did watermain replacement there from 3rd Avenue to Newton last year. We put the first layer of asphalt down last fall, and anytime we dig water main or sewer, we like to try to let it sit for a winter to really consolidate better on a freeze/thaw. We get a better job for the final work. So for this project, we’ll be milling that whole street off, too, and do curb and gutter repairs, and overlaying that street, also.  The final one is we’re going to be milling and overlaying Broadway, along with some minor curb and gutter repairs, in front of the courthouse, from 6th to 7th Street. So that’ll kind of encompass our federal projects.”

Kelly said the main city project will be the combination of Campbell Road and Twin Drive.  “We’ll be milling and overlaying those two streets. On all our milling and overlaying projects we try to do some minor curb and gutter repairs, if they are sunk in or something," said Kelly.  "We’ll also do a block of Johnson Place on the northwest corner, from North Front Street to Radisson Road, so it’ll kind of tie in to the street work we did on Radisson Road last year. That block is in need of an overlay, so it seems like a good time to catch that now that the construction is completed there. The final street project is another overlay on Broadway, from 4th Avenue North to 6th Avenue North. It’ll be from the 5-way stop going north up to just before the Broadway apartments, right near that new lift station we put in last year.”

The construction season will be a relatively busy with an aggressive summer with a lot of overlays and the projects will begin when mother nature allows.  “As weather permits is a general rule: they kind of start after Memorial Day. Right now the council has authorized plans and specifications to be drawn up by Widseth Smith Nolting, so once those are set, we’ll put those out for bid, with anticipated bid opening in late March or early April. Load limits generally don’t go off in this neck of the woods until mid-May, so contractors usually mobilize the first week of June," said Kelly.  "Generally our completion date is mid- or the end of August; we try to have our projects wrapped up before school starts. You’ll notice a lot of things going on, but a good thing with these mill and overlay projects is that they’ll be relatively quick in each area, so it shouldn’t disrupt the traffic in most of these neighborhoods other than a few hours here and there when they’re milling and overlaying – it’s not going to be days on end with the streets torn up in front of you, so that’s always nice, too.”

 

 

 

WOJO'S RODEO CIRCUIT IS COMING TO CROOKSTON THIS FALL

Wojo’s Rodeo Circuit will be adding Crookston, MN to their current Minnesota circuit with a two day rodeo scheduled for September 15 & 16, 2017. Wojo’s Rodeo, based out of Greenbush, MN met with the Sports Tourism Collaboration last week and are pleased to announce this new event coming to Crookston’s Central Park this fall.
Wojo's Rodeo is a Northern, MN circuit which consists of local talent from many of our neighboring communities.  Their rodeos include riders from all ages and focuses on a family friendly rodeo experience. Owners Keith and Dana Wojciechowski, local rodeo circuit card holders Travis & Kristen Schwarz, Chris & Stacey Dufault and Casey & Laura Wangen, and representatives from the new Sports Tourism Initiative - the Crookston Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Crookston Parks and Recreation Department – are excited for this great opportunity to positively impact Crookston tourism and our business community. Look for more details on this event in the coming months.

 

 

 

CROOKSTON J.V. SPEECH TEAM HOSTS A MEET AND FINISHES SECOND

The Crookston Competitive Speech Team hosted a Junior Varsity Speech Meet on Valentine's Day here at the Crookston High School. The team wants to thank the teachers and staff for their help and use of their classrooms which made this meet possible. Teams competing in the meet were Dillworth-Glyndon-Felton, East Grand Forks, Hawley, Fosston, Red Lake County, and Ada. 
DGF received the 1st place team trophy, and the Crookston JV team won the 2nd place team trophy, to accomplish this, the team met one of their season goals of all team members receiving a ribbon or a medal. 

Drama: Emily Gillette: 1st Place Medal, Anna Huck Red Ribbon
Extemporaneous Reading:  Katherine Geist: 1st Place Medal
Humorous Interpretation: Linnea French: 2nd Place Medal, George French:3rd Place Medal, Emily Balboa: Red Ribbon
Storytelling: Victoria Proulx: 2nd Place Medal, Linnea French: 3rd Place Medal
Prose: Emily Gillette: 1st Place Medal
Informative: Ben Brantner: 2nd Place Medal, Sophia Rezac: 3rd Place Medal, Emma Sherman: Blue Ribbon


The Crookston High School J.V. Speech team with their awards (Picture by Olivia Huck)

 

 

 

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is currently accepting nominations for “Of the Year” Awards

Three awards are given each year to recognize artists and arts advocates within our region who stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts. Often people serve in both roles. The Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500.00 and often goes to a local leader who lives in the area where the artist reception will be held. But anyone in our region is eligible to be nominated. The Artist of the Year award can be given to any discipline artist including visual, performing, or creative writing who are emerging or at a mid-way point in their artistic endeavors. It is a cash award of $500.00 to use however they see fit. Artists can only receive the Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award. This award is for $5,000.00 and can be a wonderful gift to those who have chosen a hard career path related to artistic expression. The nomination form is available on our website at: http://www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org/opportunities/artistawards/.
The deadline for nominations is always the last day of February each year. Please consider nominating someone who you view as a deserving candidate from our seven county service area in northwestern Minnesota. Persons who believe their nominee would qualify for this award and have questions should contact the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council office at (218) 745-9111 or email mara@nwrdc.org for more information. Again, the deadline for nominations is February 28, 2017.
Awards will be presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit Reception on Sunday, April 30 in Halstad at the Norman County West School.  
Funding for Northwest Star and Northwest Artist of the Year comes from The McKnight Foundation.  Funding for Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year comes from the Minnesota State Legislature.

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY - FEBRUARY 17,  2017

IT'S GIRL SCOUT COOKIE TIME

Girl Scouts from Troops 20065 and 20096 were busy spending a “no-school” day selling cookies at Shear Sisters salon this afternoon. The Girl Scout organization is celebrating 100 years of Girl ScoutS selling cookies by introducing two new cookie varieties: S’mores and Toffee-tastic. These tasty choices join the lineup of traditional delights: Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Do-si-dos, Savannah Smiles, Caramel deLites, Shortbread, Lemonades, Trios and Thanks-a-Lots.
The Girl Scouts annual cookie sale is geared to help girls learn five skills that are essential to leadership, to success, and to life: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world. All of the net revenue raised through the Girl Scout Cookie Program—100 percent of it— stays with the local council and troops, who may use the money earned to fund a project that will improve their community, or donate the money to a worthy cause. The girls selling cookies today at Shear Sisters are saving money to attend summer camps. The cookies will be available for purchase until March 2.


Grace Meiners, Duckessa Ramirez, Amelia Cordova,  and Dawn Cordova with their cookie display

 

 

CROOKSTON KIWANIS CLUB ADDS NEW MEMBERS

The Kiwanis Pioneer 100's club recently welcomed new members Nikk Caputo and Margo Bowerman.


President Shirley Iverson, Nikk Caputo, Margo Bowerman, and Secretary Cindy Braseth

 

 

MnDOT extends mowing permit application time frame and will revise permit requirements

Due to public concern regarding last fall’s mowing and baling permit announcement, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has extended the time frame for permit applications by those who want to mow and bale on state highway right of way adjacent to their land and has modified permitting requirements.
The agency has worked closely with farmers, lawmakers and agriculture advocacy groups to modify requirements to better serve those who mow while still adhering to the law. Landowners who want to mow on state highway right of way adjacent to their property now need to apply for a permit before the end of February to be considered ahead of others. All others who wish to mow on state right of way not adjacent to their property may apply for the permit after March 1.
The agency will also revise requirements such as:
· The amounts and type of insurance necessary
· The use of safety equipment mounted on mowing vehicles and worn by individuals mowing
· The amount of the permit deposit fee
· Permit reassignment and procedures
· How many miles a permit will cover 

After March 1, MnDOT will review and approve permit applications on a first-come, first-serve basis, including those already submitted. Landowners who have already received permits for mowing will receive an updated permit in the near future, so they do not need to re-apply. Last fall, MnDOT announced that it had adopted a statewide standard for mowing and baling in state highway right of way and had revised the permit application form. State law requires that MnDOT manage right of way mowing, which includes cutting in advance of baling. The updated permit will be available by Feb. 4 and can be found at: www.mndot.gov/mowing.  

 

 

 

CROOKSTON DRIVERS EDUCATION CLASS TO START MARCH 10

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 or by clicking the link below.
FOR THE SIGN UP FORM CLICK HERE

 

 
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