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MONDAY - NOVEMBER 24,  2014

CROOKSTON WOODCARVER NAMES WOODCARVER OF THE YEAR

The Woodcarving Illustrated magazine has named a Crookston resident, Rick Jensen, the Woodcarver of the year 2014.  Jensen is known across the country for his carving cottonwood bark into whimsical bark houses which appear at carving shows and competitions across the country. Jensen is now in demand to teach at shows and classes showing his techniques for bark carving which has become popular throughout the country.   Jensen started carving at seven years of age when his father gave him a pocketknife starting with sticks and moving on to decorative pieces and then took time out for family life and education. After serving in the Vietnam War he came back to carving in 1984.  "I had many teachers in the carving society which affected my style and I now work with other carvers at seminars demonstrating for people and telling stories and answering questions," said Jensen.
He has written a book with Jack Williams called Illustrated Guide to Carving Tree Bark.  Other carvers say he reinvents himself every year going from the houses to tree houses and boat houses to get a new twist.  Jensen sees potential in bark houses after three decades of carving as he combines them with other small pieces to create a large carving.   The Woodcarver Illustrated magazine has been giving out the award as Woodcarver of the year since 2001.

(Picture from Woodcarving Illustrated)




CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL ENVIRONTHON TEAM GETTING READY FOR COMPETITION IN MARCH

Crooksotn High School Science teacher, Wes Hanson, is the advisor for the Environthon team which will get started in March. Environthon is an opportunity for students to work outside the classroom on environmental topics as they work as a team and explore issues and current events on the environmental level,” said Hanson. Guthrie Dingmann is a member of the Envirothon team. “I felt like I had to get involved as my dad is a biology teacher at the college (UMC)," said Dingmann. "I really wanted to do something and I gave it a shot and liked it, learned a lot. I’m not a farmer’s kid, but I learned a lot about cover crops." Alex McGregor said her teachers got her involved in Environthon. “Both teachers talked to me so I decided it was a good thing to do," said McGregor. "I was on a team and ended up being an alternate for state and worked with an alternate from Park Rapid, so it was a good experience. My research was on forestry and learned how trees and humans interact."


 

WINTER TRUCK LOAD INCREASES BEGIN TODAY IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA

Winter truck load increases will begin Monday, November 24, on unrestricted highways in the north and north central frost zones, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Vehicles will be allowed to operate up to 10 percent over the standard legal maximum loads on unrestricted highways during the winter load Increase period. However, trucks must comply with current registration weight laws and not exceed registered gross weight tolerances.
Drivers should check with local agencies prior to increasing any weights on city, county and township routes. The sign erected on the roadway governs the load limit in effect. A winter weight increase permit is required to take advantage of the 10 percent weight increase on interstate highways only; a permit is not required for state trunk highways.
For questions about legal weight/size trucking, call: Minnesota Department of Public Safety - State Patrol - Commercial Vehicle Enforcement; 651-405-6196 (select option 3, option 3).
For questions about over legal weight/size ‘heavy haul’ trucking, call: Minnesota Department of Transportation, Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations - Oversize/Weight Permits, 651-296-6000 or email: ofcvopermits.dot@state.mn.us. 
The start and end dates for winter load increases are based on how weather is affecting roadway strength. These dates are established by monitoring roadway strength as weather conditions change. Therefore, the ending date for winter load Increases is variable and drivers must check for updates throughout the year. Vehicle operators are required to check with MnDOT for the exact start and end dates.
All changes are made with a minimum three-day notice.

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION OFFERS TIPS TO STORE GRAIN IN COLD

Grain Storage Problems with Sudden Cold

The drastic temperature drop over the past weeks may create some grain storage and drying problems. To address this concern, this week’s tip comes from Dr. Ken Hellevang, NDSU Extension Engineer. Following is his response to the most common concerns during this sudden cold snap. 
The basic issue is with the sudden change in air temps and how to best manage the operation of aeration fans on bins to cool grain without freezing the bin. According to Ken, the kernels will not freeze together if the corn moisture content is below 24%. There is extensive experience with cooling corn to well below freezing and the corn still being able to flow normally. The acceptable moisture content decreases with more foreign material in the corn. He recommends the corn moisture be less than 24% to hold it until outdoor temperatures are above freezing and at or below 21% to hold corn until spring.
Some people are recommending that wet corn be not be cooled below freezing because ice crystals will form in the void spaces between the corn with the moisture coming from the corn. Based on Ken’s extensive experience, this is not problem.
Frosting will occur when moist air comes in contact with a surface at a temperature below freezing. It typically occurs when air from warm corn comes in contact with a cold bin roof and roof vent during aeration. It can occur with corn at temperatures below freezing when warmer air comes through the cold corn. This could occur if the corn at the top of the bin was cold and warm air from corn below is moved through the cold corn as the bin is cooled using aeration. Normally this will occur only in a shallow layer of corn at the top of the bin and only for a period of time until that corn has been warmed by the warm aeration air coming from the warm corn. 
The amount of frost accumulation expected in the corn increases as the corn gets colder and layer of corn gets thicker. Since corn is a good insulator, the cold layer is normally expected to be fairly thin and the warm aeration air removes the frost.
If the corn is warmer than the bin steel, condensation in the form of frost will occur on the bin roof and bin vents. The rapid drop in outdoor temperature makes this very likely. Cooling the corn in small steps reduces this potential. The general goal is to cool the corn to just below freezing, so operate the fans only when outdoor air temperature is above 20 degrees. 
Corn at 22 percent moisture has an estimated allowable storage life of about 60 days at 40 degrees and 30 days at 50 degrees. Cool corn at recommended moisture contents can wait for cooling until appropriate temperatures exist. Ideally the aeration air temperature would be 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the corn. If it is extremely cold, it is best to not run the fan and wait for an appropriate air temperature.
For more information, contact me at 800-450-2465 or stordahl@umn.edu.  This article was provided by Ken Hallevang, NDSU.

 

 

FRIDAY - NOVEMBER 21,  2014

CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMEN FIND A CHANGE UP IN HEALTH

Freshmen at Crookston  High School have a change in their health curriculum this year, according to health teacher and Dean of Students Josh Hardy. “We are doing a new thing for health this year in ninth grade instead of a semester of health they will receive four full days of health each year until they are seniors which is 16 days of health , 8 hours each day, which is about 128 hours in place of a semester long class, doing things like this allows us to bring people in from the community,” said Hardy.  “Mental health was the theme for the day this week with specialists like Travis Knutson from the Northwest Mental Health Center, Jill Carlson our school psychologist,  Leah Kent our counselor, Bethany Brandvold from Polk County Public Health, Kay Williams who does Yoga at UND and I participated also. The students rotated through and got presentations and creative health things and the students seemed to have a good day with the girls liking the yoga more than the boys but I was pleased with the first time experience.”
Hardy is  will be getting health specialists from throughout the state to participate in their monthly Health Fair.



CROOKSTON CITY TASK FORCE WILL MEET ON TUESDAY MORNING, CITY COUNCIL WILL HAVE REGULAR MEETING ON MONDAY NIGHT

The Crookston Sports Center Task Force meets on Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. in the  Crookston City Council Chambers in the Crookston City Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss ice rental fees for the spring and summer ice at the sports center which is rented by the Crookston Blue Line Club.

The Crookston City Council will have their regular meeting on Monday, November 24 at 7:00 PM in the council chambers. For the council meeting agenda, click here. Immediately following the council meeting, the Crookston Ways and Means committee meet.

The ways and means agenda:
1. Approve/Amend meeting reports from October 27, 2014 and November 10, 2014
2.  Request for an extension on Barrette Street Lot
3.  Create new Internal Service Fund
4.  Budget Discussion
5.  Other
Both meetings are open to the public.

 


CROOKSTON SCHOOL BOARD WILL HEAR ABOUT THE FINAL AUDIT FOR 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR AND BE ASKED TO APPROVE IT

The Crookston School will hear about the final audit for the past school year from Kim Durbin, CPA at Drees, Riskey and Vallager in Crookston. The board will also be asked to approve the audit. Other agenda items include approving contracts for the past year through 2017 for the custodial staff and also Transportation Director, Rick Niemela for the past year through 2017.  The board will accept over $1,700 from businesses and citizens for a volleyball system at Highland and $6,400 from the Crookston Youth Basketball Association (CYBA) going toward the gym floor at the high school and for the Crookston Girls and Boys basketball programs. For the full agenda, click here.
The board meeting starts at 5:00 PM and is open to the public. There are two points at the board meeting citizens can address the board, immediately after the opening and just before the close.


 

MINNESOTA CROP IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION TO HOLD ANNUAL MEETING IN JANUARY

The 2015 Minnesota Crop Improvement Association (MCIA) Annual Meeting will be held January 13 and 14 at the Bigwood Event Center in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. An informative program, industry trade show and Awards Banquet has been planned for seed producers and processors.

Meeting highlights include:
-Awards Banquet, January 13 will feature Dr. Jim Orf as he reflects on his career of over 30 years as soybean breeder at the University of Minnesota.  From the broad usage of publically developed varieties, the adoption of bio-technology and growth of food grade soybeans - his career spans a period of dramatic change in the soybean seed industry.

-How Will Sequencing the Soybean Genome Impact Plant Breeding?
presented by Dr. Robert Stupar of the University of Minnesota.  Learn how advancements in genomics research will yield major benefits for plant breeders and variety improvement. 
-Barley Breeding at the University of Minnesota by Dr. Kevin Smith.  The University of Minnesota has a long history of releasing highly regarded 6-row malting barley varieties.  Hear what’s next for this program with two- row and winter barley.
-University of Minnesota - CFANS and MAES Update, Dr. Brian Buhr.  Hear about exciting initiatives and changes at the University from the new Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) and Director of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES).

For more information contact MCIA at 800-510-6242 or visit our website at www.mncia.org. For over 100 years MCIA has provided programs and services to meet the needs of an ever changing agricultural world.  These include certification and quality assurance services for seed, forage and mulch, identity preserved grains and sod.  MCIA Organic is a USDA accredited Organic Certification Agency providing local service to a wide variety of producers and processors.  The MCIA foundation seed program works closely with the University of Minnesota plant breeders increasing and marketing new crop varieties.  In addition MCIA provides customized auditing and assessment services for seed and IP grains.  MCIA operates from facilities on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus with field staff located throughout Minnesota.  

 

 

OTTERTAIL POWER OFFERS TIPS FOR THE PUBLIC TO KEEP HOUSEGUESTS SAFE DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Celebrations, family gatherings, and houseguests traditionally increase in number during the winter holiday season. Unfortunately, statistics show that incidents of home fires and accidents typically increase this time of year as well. While festive decorations and savory food may seem like the most important aspects of holiday entertaining, be sure to give careful thought to the safety of your guests.
Otter Tail Power Company offers these tips to help ensure that your home is safe for the holiday season.

Fire safety
-Make sure your stairs, hallways, and entries are properly lighted and keep them free of clutter and other objects that could hinder escape during a fire emergency.
-Use nightlights in hallways and bathrooms.

Decorating safety
-If your Christmas tree is real, be sure to keep it watered. If a bulb gets too hot or there is a short in the wiring, a watered tree is less likely to catch fire.
-Consider LED holiday lights instead of incandescent light strings. LED lights are safer because they are cool to the touch when lit and resist breaking. They also use less electricity so more strings to be connected together, and they can last 50 times longer than incandescent lights.
-Avoid overloading electrical outlets, which can overheat and cause fires. Use no more than three standard-size sets of incandescent lights per single extension cord or outlet.
-Discard decorations with worn or frayed electrical cords, broken or cracked sockets, damaged plugs, or loose connections.
-Make sure extension cords are in good repair and are properly sized for the electrical load. Extension cords used with outdoor decorations must be rated for outdoor use.
-To reduce the chance of electrical shock, use a fiberglass ladder when putting up and taking down holiday lights, and be sure to stay clear of overhead electrical wires.
-Fasten outdoor lights securely to protect them from wind damage. Never yank, kink, or bend electrical cords or hang them from nails. Don’t nail or staple through electrical cords. Cracking the insulation around the wiring could lead to shock or electrical fire.
-Use only weatherproof electrical devices outdoors. And protect them from moisture, especially at connections to extension cords or to additional light strings or other electrical decorations.
-Make sure electrical decorations bear labels indicating that they have been tested by independent agencies, such as Underwriters Laboratories. A green UL label rates them for indoor use only. A red UL label indicates that they are suitable for outdoor and indoor use.
-Turn off and unplug all electrical decorations before leaving home or going to sleep.

Keep young visitors in mind
-Install tamper-resistant receptacles to prevent electrical shocks and burns, or use safety covers on all unused outlets that are accessible to children.
-Never allow children to play with electrical decorations or cords.

“It’s important to keep safety in mind while preparing for this exciting and extremely busy time of year,” says Otter Tail Power Company Safety Services Manager Eric Hamm. “We remind everyone to exercise good judgment. A proactive approach to safety will help you give the gift of safety to your family and friends this holiday season.”

 

 

 

THURSDAY - NOVEMBER 20,  2014

UMC TO HOST RENEE RONGEN ON DECEMBER 1

Be the Entrepreneur of Your Life” is the presentation topic of popular speaker and author Renee Rongen on Monday, December 1, at the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC). Rongen’s presentation begins at 6:00 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. All are welcome and admission is free.
With messages transcending the barriers of age, gender, and occupation, Rongen’s entertaining, engaging and energetic style, coupled with customized rich content moves audiences to act, live, and work differently.  
Rongen’s presentation is sponsored by the Business Department and Communication program at UMC along with Concerts and Lectures and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES). For more information, contact Megan Pederson at 218-281-8573.

Background on Reneé Rongen
Rongen is an award winning humorous and inspirational speaker, author, and business consultant.  She engages her audience with her “legacy living” philosophy.  Her comedic timing coupled with Rongen’s acclaimed gift as master story teller make her the perfect fit for organizations who want to inspire and grow their culture to be the best in the industry. 
In addition to her speaking, she is an accomplished author of several popular books. Her newest work titled Fundamentally Female, released in October 2012, was included in the Oscar and Golden Globe swag bags for all female nominees. A second book in the Fundamentally Female series entitled I’m a Girl…That’s Why is set for release in 2015.


 

MNDOT ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO GET THEIR MAILBOXES READY FOR THE SEASON

With winter weather here, the Minnesota Department of Transportation encourages residents to get their mailboxes ready for the season. During winter, residents are responsible for the care and replacement of a damaged mailbox unless it was directly hit by a snowplow. Minnesota Statute 169.072 cities that mailboxes along state highways need to conform to location and breakaway standards. These standards are available at the following web page: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/stateaid/trafficsafety/safety/mailboxes.pdf

Often when damage occurs, it is the result of mailboxes not conforming to these requirements. This is often caused by rusting mailboxes or posts that do not stand up to the snow thrown by plows. Please note the following reminders about mailboxes along state highways:
-Mailbox reflectors and driveway markers should be blue or clear. Motorists may confuse red and orange reflectors with vehicle tail lights, which could draw them toward the mailbox when visibility is limited.
-Mailboxes with damaged or worn latches should be replaced. Wind and heavy snow can cause a mailbox door to fall open if the latch isn’t working properly.
-Newspaper holders, chains and other types of ornamental displays under the mailbox add to its size and weight and do not leave much room for plow clearance.

MnDOT follows up on all mailbox damage complaints and appreciates cooperation from mailbox owners when investigating damages. Mailbox damage found to be caused by a direct snowplow collision will be repaired by MnDOT. Repairs may take time due to snow removal and other regular maintenance activities.

 

 

WEDNESDAY - NOVEMBER 19, 2014

VILLA ST. VINCENT RECEIVES $100,000 GIFT FROM JUNE SHAVER’S ESTATE

Today was a big day for the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston after they received a $100,000 donation from the estate of June Shaver who recently passed away.   Annette Hegg of Crookston is the executor of the will of June Shaver and presented the Villa St. Vincent Foundation with the check.  “June was a very caring person, always thought of the patients first when I worked with her at the clinic for 30 some years," said Hegg. "She never put patients second, she had a love for older people and was very community minded. Education was a priority for young people and she wanted them to go to college, preferable UMC. When she gave the donation I tried to get her do it publicly but she wanted nothing to do with that so this is the way she wanted it done.”   Hegg presented the check to Lori Wagner, Villa St. Vincent Foundation Director; Jackie Brekken, foundation chair; Allan Dragseth, chair of the major gift committee; and Allen Pedersen (Major gift committee member and legacy member.  “ June Shaver was a resident at our assisted living and she learned to love it," said Lori Wagner. "At first it was hard, but she loved the other residents and wanted to leave an impact and legacy as she has done everywhere else in the community. We asked for a gift to finish the entry and drive up, so she gave us the $100,000 IRA upon her death. We miss her very much.”
The new heated entrance and drive through at the Villa St. Vincent will be finished with Shaver’s gift of $100,000.


 Lori Wagner, Jackie Brekken, Annette Hegg, Allan Dragseth, Allen Pedersen

 





POLK COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MET TUESDAY IN CROOKSTON

The Polk County Commissioners met on Tuesday and held a public hearing on the Union Lake Sarah Improvement District’s proposed amendment to include user fees, special assessments or ad valorem tax, which is tax based on the value of real estate or personal property and usually is imposed at the time of a transaction. The improvement district is proposing that 17 percent of the budget should be charged to campground and resort owners based on the number of camper pads. The biggest campground on the lake belongs to Jack Bailey and he told the commissioners he objects to the new fees, but understands the need for the money to help with lake projects.  The commissioners approved the changes. 

Commissioner Warren Strandell, who is also chairman of the Tri-County Community Corrections Center said there are some changes coming due to the resignation of director Phil Greer. “With Phil Greer taking a new job at the end of the year the task is to find a new executive director so the board has a big decision to make," said Strandell. "I would think we would use a firm like Springsted Consulting who helped us find a replacement for Greer,  so a decision will be made soon.”
The corrections center continues to have a lot of inmates with 195 prisoners one day in October.  They have a license for 200. "That is the highest we can go," said Strandell. "Of that group 91 were paying customers bringing $145,290.00 in which helps the operations budget.”

The commissioners signed an agreement with the Minnesota Department of  Employment and Economic Security for employment and training services through a grant of $547,484.00.

Michelle Cote, Director of Property Records said three more PILT (Payments in lieu of taxes) payments were received from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife for 2011amounting to $29,552.00, along with two from the Northwest Multi County Housing HUD units for 2013-2014 for $10,398.42 and for non HUD unites for 2013-2014 for $3,963.46 for total of $43,913.88.

Kent Johnson, Polk County Social Services director had three resignations to report. Case aid Heather Parrish,  Julie Schaff and Kimberly Larson with eligibility. The board approved to hire replacements.  Celeste Morris submitted a retirement letter as Clerk Typist Cashier IV in the finance department.  They will advertise for a replacement. They have a maintenance position open and the commissioners will advertise for two-half time positions.

The Polk County Commissioners awarded a septic loan to Roger and Geraldine Dahl  for a  system fix up at a cost of $6,697.80 to be repaid over the next 10 years.

The commissioners were given information on a social host ordinance being proposed by Polk County Public Health in the county and cities. The City of Crookston already has a social host ordinance.  “We just want to remind the commissioners that Crookston enacted an ordinance in 2009 and we plan to go into East Grand Forks as they have their own police department.  Both the police chief and Sheriff Barb Erdman are in favor of the ordinance and getting it in other communities," said Sue Thompson of Polk County Public Health. "The ordinance actually holds the individual who provides the environment for underage drinking to occur regardless as to who provided the alcohol. An example is if I allowed my son’s friends over to drink even if I did not provide the alcohol, I would civilly or criminally  be libel under the social host ordinance.”
The social host ordinance has 102 cities on board and  23 counties in Minnesota and several states in the country.

 



COMMISSIONER ELECT ATTENDS THE POLK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS BOARD MEETING

Joan Lee, of McIntosh, who was recently elected to serve as a Polk County Commissioner for District 4 was at the Commissioners board meeting this week to gather information and start the learning process on being a board member.  “I’m very excited and very honored to have this opportunity to serve on the board,  I’m burning a trail for women also,” said Lee. “I was born and raised on a dairy farm at Princeton, Minnesota. My husband Mark and I were married in 1986 and we moved to McIntosh to take over his parent’s farm in 1989. It was a dairy farm so in 2006 we transitioned it to organic and this fall we sold the dairy herd, so we have young stock and cropland. This job will fit in as I will have the time to do the work.”
Lee’s family includes three grown children. “They were raised on the farm, Rebecca graduated from the University of Minnesota and is an inventory analyst at the corporate office of Gander Mountain in St. Paul, son Joseph also graduated from U of M and is a mechanical engineer for Polaris at their office in Wyoming, Minnesota and recently was in Poland helping set up a new plant," said Lee. "Samantha is a student of U of M Carlson school, majoring in marketing and will intern with Polaris this summer in Edina."
Lee will be sworn in at the meeting in January replacing Warren Affeldt who has retired.

 


CROOKSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ISLAND PARTY COMING THIS WEEKEND

Friday night, November 21 is the Crookston Chamber of Commerce Celebration Island community dinner and auction at the Crookston Inn.  Sandy Kegler from the Crookston Chamber said the celebration has many baskets for the silent auction.  “The baskets include donated items from business and chamber members like the birthday bash, swimming parties, balloons from Crookston Floral, days at the beach, vouchers from travel agencies," said Kegler. "There is a pet basket, wake up and smell the coffee basket and the big special is a UMC basket.”  
Beer and wine tasting starts it off at 6:00 PM in the new remodeled banquet room at the Crookston Inn. "This is the one fundraiser of the year for the chamber," said Kegler. "Dinner starts at 6:45 with the silent auction going on, there will be games, a live DJ and dancing through the night and the high school dance line will perform."  Tickets are available at the Crookston Chamber office, Willow and Ivy, Four Seasons Clothing and Rejuv Salon and Spa at a cost of $35.



 

CROOKSTON AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY REMINDS THE PUBLIC THAT THIS WEEK IS AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK

The Theme of American Education Week this year is “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.” Our schools represent a major investment in our community. Teachers, school administration and support staff are one of the most important parts of our community’s leadership and represent the best possible avenue of improving the quality of life in our Country. They can’t do it alone. This year’s theme should remind each of us that all of us have a duty and a responsibility to see that our children are prepared to take up the roles of citizens and leaders in the years to come.
The American Legion, The National Education Association and the Office of Education first observed American Education Week during December 4 -10, 1921. The Congress of Parents and Teachers (PTA) and the National School Board Association joined as co-sponsors in 1938. It is with great pride that the Crookston American Legion Nels T Wold Post 20, Sons of the American Legion and Auxiliary offer our support and gratitude to all employees of School District 593, Cathedral Grade School and Our Savior’s Lutheran School.

Crookston American Legion Auxiliary
Nels T Wold Unit 20




CROOKSTON EAGLES ANNOUNCE WINNERS FROM THE AUXILIARY RAFFLE


The Crookston Eagles Auxiliary announced the winners of their raffle drawings that were held on Sunday, November 16.
$500.00 Gift Certificate from Bergan's Travel - LaVonne Merten
$431 Sportsman's Lodge Ice Fishing for two in Baudette - Phil Olson
Rejuv Salon and Spa gift certificate for $65 -  Boone. 
2- $25.00  B and E Meats gift certificates - John Haggerty and Mike Melbye
$25 Ampride Gas Card - Mary Jo Jobe
$25  Holiday Gas Card - Ellen Beggs
$25 handcrafted throw - Jack Bone
$20 Monday Burger Basket  for 4 - Sam Melbye
$10 Eagle’s Drink card - Roger Odeggard.



 

ST. PAUL'S LUTHERAN CHURCH FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE HOSTING A BUS TRIP TO THE CONCORDIA CHRISTMAS CONCERT

St. Paul’s Fellowship Committee has purchased 25 tickets and is hosting a bus trip to attend the annual Concordia Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 6 at 2:00 p.m. We will be leaving from the church parking lot at noon for the concert, followed by a stop at the Frying Pan in Moorhead for dinner on the way home. The bus ride is FREE and tickets for the concert can be purchased at the group rate of $11. Please make your check out to ST. PAUL’S FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE. They are collecting for the ticket(s) when you sign up at the church office. Tickets will be handed out as we board the bus. If you have any questions call Deb Magsam at 281-5429.

 

 

TUESDAY - NOVEMBER 18,  2014

CROOKSTON PARK AND REC GIVES FINANCIAL REPORT ON SUMMER ACTIVITIES, AND STARTS A WINTER ESCAPE PACKAGE

The Crookston Park Board met on Monday and had a report from Supervisor Scott Butt on the finances of the summer programs.   
The baseball program had 78 participants and cost $13,795.00 and after expenses the program made $107. 
The girls softball program had 65 participants at a cost of $7,150 and after expenses they had a gain of $180.  
The Club Kid program had 57 participants at a cost over $12,000 which led to a $4,000 loss in the program. 
The Park Board will look at changes and meet with the school personnel on their programs so there is no duplication. 
Park and Recreation Director Scott Riopoelle said the Curling program is growing with another open house planned for Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at the Crookston Sports Center. “The open house will have a learn to curl clinic with Andrew Johnson,” said Riopelle.  “The clinic last week was well attended so this is another opportunity for those interested, curling will start in early December and go through March for the evening league and the afternoon session will go to early March which is growing, we hope to have 16 teams in both leagues.”

A colorful map of all the parks in the city has been completed and is available. “UMC students and the Early Childhood group put together a map of the parks in town and all the unique things to do in the park for the different ages, people can check the map out and know what age children are right for which park,  it will be on line and available for handout,” said Riopelle.

A new program called Winter Escape is being planned for residents to get out and enjoy activities at the Crookston Sport Center.  Riopelle said, “We are trying something new this year during the cold winter with a program Winter Escape at the Crookston Sports Center where people can use the fitness area, skate on the rink, walk the track and go to the golf simulator for a half hour between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for four months from December through March for $100," said Riopelle.  "It should get people out of the house and get active with others.” Anyone interested should stop at city hall to get more information and sign up.

 

 

CITY OF CROOKSTON GETTING A NEW PHONE SYSTEM TO TIE DEPARTMENTS TOGETHER AND SAVE MONEY

The City of Crookston will have a new phone system tying all the departments together. “The prior phone systems throughout the city were installed in 2000 so they are fairly old and none of them are interconnected,” said Phillip Barton, City of Crookston Technology Director. “This is a very large project to get everyone on one phone system. So far we have city hall on the system, we will bring the fire and police departments on one by one, so when people call they are calling the city and will get routed to the person they need. It will take a considerable amount of time as it changes the way the calls are terminated as we are moving from a digital system that is separate from the computer system to one that will operate on top of the computer system so it is a rather large project.”
The project will not be completed until next summer and will lower the phone bill for the city.

 

 

 

RIVERVIEW HEALTH TO HOST THE NOVEMBER HEALTH LUNCHEON ON NOVEMBER 25

Medicine has come a long way. If you need proof, look no further than the Shingles vaccination, Zostavax. In a clinical trial involving thousands of adults 60 years old and older, Zostavax reduced the risk of Shingles by more than half.
If you do not know what Shingles is, count yourself lucky. Shingles is an acute, painful inflammation of the nerve ganglia, with a skin eruption often forming a girdle around the middle of the body. It is caused by the same virus as chickenpox. After you have chickenpox, the virus that caused it, called varicella, remains in your body. It's always inside you, lying dormant (or asleep) in your nerve cells. At some point later in life, your immune system may weaken, allowing the virus to resurface as Shingles. You may be feeling great, but if you've had chickenpox, the Shingles virus is already inside you. And your risk for Shingles increases as you get older.
RiverView Pharmacy Director Kristen Chisholm, PharmD, will explain the symptoms and treatment of Shingles at RiverView’s November 25 Health Luncheon, “Shingles Vaccination: What you need to Know.’’
The shingles vaccine is not recommended to treat active shingles or post-herpetic neuralgia (pain after the rash is gone) once it develops; so the time to arm yourself with knowledge about keeping the painful skin rash at bay is now.
The luncheon will be held in Meeting Room #1 beginning at noon. Meeting Room #1 is located near the RiverView Clinic entrance on the north side of the hospital and across from the elevators on first floor.
The luncheon series is in its sixteenth 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. The presentations are free and attendees can bring their own lunches or purchase a bag lunch for $3.00. Pre-registration is required. Call Holly Anderson at 218-281-9745 to reserve a seat.



 

UMC CHOIR AND JAZZ BAND, ALONG WITH CROOKSTON COMMUNITY BAND TO PERFORM ON SUNDAY

Enjoy the beautiful sounds of talented student, faculty, staff, and community musicians during the fall music concert at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The concert featuring the UMC Jazz Band, the UMC Choir, and the Crookston Community Band, will take place on Sunday, November 23, at 2:00 p.m. in the Kiehle Auditorium. There is no admission charge, but a freewill offering will be taken to support music programs on the Crookston campus.
The Crookston Community Band and UMC Jazz Band are under the direction of TJ Chapman, a lecturer at UMC, and the UMC Choir is directed by Associate Professor George French.

 

 

HALLOCK GETS $200,000 AND EAST GRAND FORKS GETS $150,000 TO UPGRADE ICE ARENA'S

The communities of Hallock and East Grand Forks will be receiving grant money to upgrade their ice rink facilities.  The money comes from the Mighty Ducks Grants and are administered by the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission.  According to the Commission there are two issues driving the upgrades happening across the state, including air quality issues associated with zambonis, and the use of Freon, or R-22 – an ingredient used to make ice that will no longer be imported by the U.S. Government beginning in the year 2020.  “Hockey and other ice sports are a way of life in Northern Minnesota, but these costly and necessary upgrades would be out of reach for small towns and school districts like Hallock if this grant money wasn’t available.  The city will receive $200,000 in Mighty Ducks grant money and we are all so grateful,” said Sen. LeRoy Stumpf (DFL-Plummer). 
According to the Commission, in addition to Hallock’s $200,000 grant the City of East Grand Forks was awarded $150,000 for ice rink upgrades.  About half of the state’s 240 ice arenas are affected by the ban of R-22, and many are considering the costly upgrades which can push $2 million in some areas.  The upgrades mean a complete overhaul to a more environmentally friendly system that uses ammonia or other chemicals as the refrigerant. 
In the 2014 Bonding Bill the state legislature provided $1.5 million to the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission for the Mighty Ducks Grant program.  The Commission appropriated this money to 11 different ice facilities across the state.  Sen. Stumpf is chair of the Senate Capital Investment Committee which puts together the Bonding Bill. 

 

 

 

FISHER SCHOOL ANNOUNCES THE OCTOBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

The Fisher School recently announced their October Students of the month.  They are Ryan Nalipinski, son of Tony and Tracy Nalipinski; Abbie Altepeter, daughter of Joe and Deb Altepeter; Xena Giauque, daughter of Rick Kromschroeder and Chrysti Sanders.


The October students of the month Ryan Nalipinski, Abbie Altepeter, Xena Giauque

 

 

MONDAY - NOVEMBER 17, 2014

ARDELL KNUDSVIG RECEIVES FIRST EVER CONCORDIA COLLEGE ALUMNI CALLED TO FAITHFULLY SERVE AWARD

The National Alumni board of Concordia College in Moorhead has created an award for alumni, "Called to Faithfully Serve" in keeping with the mission of the alumni, which is sending Christians into the world to serve their community.  Crookston's Ardell Knudsvig, a 1960 graduate of Concordia College, was named the first recipient of this award, which was presented to him on Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Knudsvig is a retired science teacher and coach, who was also active in the Crookston High School F.C.A.

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION OFFERS EDUCATION SEMINARS ON THE NEW FARM BILL

With the new farm bill, all farmers that participate in federal farm programs will need to decide which option best fits their farm. The first meetings were geared to dairy producers, now it’s time to focus on the crop production programs. Following is a press release with further details.
In December, University of Minnesota Extension and the Farm Service Agency will begin a series of 73 free education seminars to help crop producers understand decisions necessitated by the 2014 Farm Bill.
Crop producers have until March 31, 2015 to make decisions required by the farm bill, including the choice among three new risk management programs. They will be locked into a decision that lasts five years.
The seminars are offered in 72 counties and will be led by Extension educators and FSA; no registration is required. Details are available in county extension offices or by going to http://z.umn.edu/qjv. The farm bill repeals several previous programs, including direct payments for most crops. It covers the following crops grown in Minnesota: corn, soybeans, wheat, barley, canola, sunflowers, oats, sorghum, lentils, dry peas, garbanzo beans and flax.  “The new farm program is significantly different from the previous one and offers producers the choice of approaches to managing risk,” said Kevin Klair, University of Minnesota Extension economist and program leader at the University’s Center for Farm Financial Management. “This farm program is complex and making selections from the options will be challenging.  We encourage producers to attend an educational meeting, where we’ll cover national decision aid tools to run scenarios for their farm.”
Producers and landowners will need to work closely on program decisions, Klair added. For instance, yield updates and base acre reallocations are landowner decisions, he noted, while other program decisions are made by the farm operator. 
The farm bill designates the extension arm of land-grant universities nationwide as the education provider for producers. More farm bill information is available going to http://z.umn.edu/qpn. For more information, contact me at 800-450-2465 or stordahl@umn.edu.  Sources: Allison Sandve, UM Extension Communications
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OKLEE MAN APPEARS IN RED LAKE COUNTY DISTRICT COURT ON BURGLARY CHARGES

Robert Duncan Fox, age 21 of Oklee, plead guilty to two counts of 1st Degree Burglary in District Court in Red Lake Falls on November 3.  Fox was originally charged with four counts of 1st Degree Burglary, two counts of Misdemeanor Tampering with a Motor Vehicle and two counts of Misdemeanor Theft.  Per the plea agreement, several of these charges were dismissed. Mr. Fox is currently free on conditions set by the court and he will make his next court appearance on December 8, 2014 to be formally sentenced for these convictions.  The plea agreement states that he will be sentenced to 21 months of incarceration and all but 90 days of that sentence will be stayed.  He will be placed on supervised probation and undergo a chemical dependency evaluation.  He must abide by the terms of his probation, follow the recommendations of the chemical assessment and pay restitution to all of the affected crime victims or the time stayed will be vacated.  These convictions result from a series of break-ins at various residences in the city of Red Lake Falls during the summer of 2013.  These crimes were investigated by the Red Lake County Sheriff's Office.

 

 

KROX IS LOOKING FOR YOUR DEER HUNTING PICTURES

Did you or somebody you know shoot a buck this past weekend?  If they did email it to chrisjfee@yahoo.com or text them to 218-280-1516 and we will get it on our website.  We had a lot of pictures submitted last year and will do it again this year.


Zach Sanders, son of Laurie and Steve Sanders, not to be outdone by his sister Sophie, shot an 8 point buck this past weekend! Sophie (who shot a deer earlier- see picture by clicking on the link below) did however remind her brother that even though they both shot eight pointers, she did shoot a buck FIRST! 

   
 Chris Huffman with his eight point buck            Seth Goehring with a 10 point buck                  

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NW MINNESOTA FOUNDATION AND CRES TO HOLD AN ENTREPRENEURS' LUNCHEON

Are you interested in turning your idea into a great business? The IDEA Competition provides training, business coaching, and capital to participating entrepreneurs who want to turn an idea into a business. The Northwest Minnesota Foundation, along with the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES) at the University of Minnesota Crookston, are sponsoring an Entrepreneurs’ Luncheon on Monday, November 24, 2014, in the back room at RBJ’s Restaurant, 1601 University Ave, Crookston, Minn. The luncheon is an opportunity to network, learn more about the IDEA Competition, and the services provided by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and CRES.
The lunch is free for all attending. For more information about the sessions, contact Rachel Lundbohm, director, CRES, at 218-281-8595 or e-mail cres@tc.umn.edu.

Background
IDEA was launched through the efforts of several partners who pooled their experience, services, and knowledge to frame a program that would be effective for helping these new stars of our future. Funding for the program has been provided by the Blandin Foundation and the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, together with contributions from several other partners: 360º Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence, Arvig, Bemidji State University, Bremer Banks of Crookston and Warren, Headwaters Regional Development Commission,  Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation, Northwest Regional Development Commission, University of Minnesota, Crookston, and the Northwest Regional Small Business Development Center. To learn more, visit ideacompetition.org.
The Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies assists entrepreneurs in Northwestern Minnesota with the development and creation of their entrepreneurial enterprise. The services offered are based on the client's needs. The mission of CRES is to encourage entrepreneurship through educational leadership, applied research, and insightful consulting. It engages the students, faculty, and research facilities of the University of Minnesota Crookston in order to stimulate the entrepreneurial culture and strengthen the economic vitality of northwest Minnesota. For more information on CRES, visit umccres.org.

 

 

UMC HUNT SEAT EQUESTRIAN TEAM LEADS THE REGIONAL TEAM STANDINGS

The University of Minnesota Crookston hunt seat equestrian team is currently at the top of the regional team standings with 197 points. They currently lead the University of Minnesota by 10 points, while North Dakota State University is third with 180.
In addition, UMC’s Emily Steeley (Jr., Portsmouth, R.I.) leads the Cacchione Cup standings. Named for Mario “Marty” Cacchione, whose son Bob founded the IHSA in 1967 and still runs the organization to this day, the Cacchione Cup is presented every season at IHSA Nationals to the top hunter seat open rider. Every open rider who finishes the regular season with the most combined flat and fences points within their region advances directly to IHSA Nationals to compete for the cup.
Sable Bettencourt (Jr., Cloquet) is tied for fourth in the Cacchione Cup standings.
UMC already has had Margaret Knowles (Sr., Bloomington) qualify for regionals in Walk Trot. Sam Kramer (Sr., Corcoran) and Anna Ojczyk (Fr., White Bear Lake) have qualified in Novice Equitation on the Flat. Bettencourt has qualified for Intermediate Equitation on the Flat and Intermediate Equitation Over Fences. 

 

 

CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE, JIM SELE, TO SING WITH A GROUP ON THE PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION SHOW


Jim Sele, a Crookston High School graduate, sings with the Choral Arts Ensemble in Rochester, MN.  This weekend the group will be featured on the Prairie Home Companion show with Garrison Keillor (The set of the show is pictured above).

 

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