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WEDNESDAY - DECEMBER 2, 2015
RIVERVIEW HEALTH AUXILIARY WILL HOST AN ANGEL TREE DECEMBER 8-10
Auxiliary will be hosting an Angel Tree on December 8, 9 and 10 from 9:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m. The tree is located in the main lobby by the Limited Addition Gift
Shop door. The tree is covered by angels displaying the needs of Care Center
residents and Adult Day Services participants in Crookston. These are community
members who are no longer able to participate in community holiday activities as
they wish. The Angel Tree provides us an opportunity to give back to these
people who have given so much in their lifetimes.
Everyone is invited to stop by and pick an angel from the tree. On the back of the angel is the number of a resident along with their wish list of items ranging in price from $5 to $15. You may then sign out that angel and go purchase something from the gift suggestions. After you have purchased the gift you bring it back to the Limited Addition Gift Shop by December 15. You can wrap it if you would like or it will be wrapped and later delivered for opening on Christmas Eve.
By picking an angel you will be bringing much joy to a resident who may or may not receive a present otherwise. You will also experience the true meaning of Christmas.
UMC STUDENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS WILL HOST SANTA LAND DECEMBER 5
University of Minnesota Crookston student clubs and organizations will host
activities for children during the annual Santa Land on Saturday, December 5,
from noon to 3:00 p.m. in Sargeant Student Center on the University of Minnesota
Crookston campus. Cookies and cider will be provided. The event is free and no
parking permits are required.
In addition to the many activities, attendees will have the opportunity for photos with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and their helpful elves. The event is sponsored by the Crookston Student Association.
CROOKSTON SPECIAL OLYMPICS LOOKING FOR BASKETBALL PLAYERS
Come out and join
Crookston Special Olympics basketball Tuesday, December 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the
Crookston National Guard Armory. Practices will be held every Tuesday and
Thursday from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Armory. To be eligible for Special
Olympics you must be at least 8-years-old and have an intellectual disability or
closely related developmental disability. All athletes must have a physical
every three years and turn in a form completed by their physician. Paperwork
will be handed out at the first practice, if needed.
If you or someone you know is interested in joining the team, please plan to attend the Tuesday practice, or contact volunteer coordinators Bill and Holly Anderson at 218-988-2010.
MNDOT OFFERS WINTER DRIVING TIPS
With winter weather throughout the state, the Minnesota Department of
Transportation is ready to make highways safe for the traveling public. “Winter
weather will affect every part in the state at some time, and our 1,800 fulltime
and backup drivers are trained and have effective technology to do their jobs,”
said Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “Our goal is to return roads to normal driving
conditions as quickly as possible after a winter event.”
Crews in the Twin Cities metro area and around the state began pre-treating roadways where appropriate in anticipation of winter conditions this holiday weekend. Across the state, MnDOT maintenance crews are ensuring plows and other equipment are in good working order.
MnDOT works year-round on training staff, making sure sand and supplies are adequate and improving its technology, but the agency is also asking that the traveling public be prepared for winter driving.
“Minnesotans know that weather conditions can change quickly, so knowing what the driving conditions are before heading out will help them make smart decisions about whether or not they want to travel,” Zelle said.
MnDOT urges motorists to use the 511 traveler information system website and phone app to plan their travel. The system provides road and winter driving conditions for the entire state and links to National Weather Service information. The system is available at www.511mn.org or by dialing 511. Motorists can also download the free 511 app on their smartphones and other mobile devices.
For safe winter driving, MnDOT asks motorists to take responsibility to:
· Avoid distractions; stay off cell phones and mobile devices.
· Don’t crowd the plow. Stay back at least five car lengths, and preferably 10, from the snow plow.
· Obey the law by turning on headlights and wearing seat belts.
· Turn off cruise control.
· Make sure vehicles are in good operating condition for winter driving.
For more winter driving information, visit www.mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html
TUESDAY - DECEMBER 1, 2015
TOYS FOR TOTS IN CROOKSTON IS BACK FOR A 37TH YEAR
Toys for Tots is a charity sponsored by the employees of the City of Crookston
for needy children in the city. Karen Radke, of the Crookston Water Department,
is one of the organizers and said this is the 37th year of the program. “City
workers along with many others work on this big project by collecting money from
donors and then we shop and Santa makes deliveries on Christmas Eve morning to
those children who are participating,” said Radke. “The shopping is done by the
firefighters auxiliary, firefighters and others who assist. Shopping is done
locally and the wrapping is mostly done by the seniors at the Golden Link Senior
Center so it takes a large group of people to pull this all together.” Residents
can help by bringing cash donations to the water department at city hall and
then age appropriate gifts for the children are purchased. “Right now we have
$2,070.00 in donations so far, which is wonderful and the goal is $5,000,” said
Radke. “Some organizations have donated books also that will go to the right
Sign up for the toys can be done by calling city hall at 281-1232 with the names and addresses of the children. “Families will have to be home on Christmas Eve morning for delivery, and children birth to 14 years of age are eligible.”
Donations can be sent to 124 North
Broadway, Crookston, MN 56716 or brought to the Water Dept. during business
hours at 124 North Broadway.
Donations through – November 30, 2015
Order of Eastern Star $ 50.00
Crookston Noon Day Lions $100.00
GFWC Woman’s Club $ 25.00
Crookston Area Public Employees Local 1353 $100.00
Sisters in Spirit $ 50.00
Lynn Thoen $ 25.00
Fitzgerald, Reynolds & Harbott Law $100.00
OtterTail Power Co. $ 50.00
American Crystal Sugar Company $250.00
Anonymous $ 20.00
In memory of Barney Selzler by Wendell & Penny Johnson $ 50.00
Walmart $ 1250.00
Total this deposit $2070.00
Cash donations are greatly appreciated and preferred which allow the volunteers to purchase age and gender specific gifts for each child. Books, toy and gift wrap donations have also been received.
CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC DEPARTMENT TO PRESENT THE 16TH ANNUAL CLASSIC NOEL ON SUNDAY
The Crookston High School orchestra and band will host the 16th annual Classic Noel on Sunday evening with the meal in the Crookston High School Commons and the concert at the Crookston High School Auditorium. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:00 and concert at 7:30. Chicken Kiev is being served with rice, baked potato, salad, mixed vegetables and ice cream dessert with Paul Gregg and the Irishman’s Shanty catering. Tickets are $20 and available at Crookston Floral, Montague’s Flower Shop and the high school. Tickets are available at the door for the concert only for $4.00.
Highland School will have their concert on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
and the Crookston Marching Band will have a fundraiser on Saturday, December 5
at the Crookston National Guard Armory as part of the craft fair and money
raised will go towards new marching band uniforms.
For more information on the Crookston School District music department, listen to Focus on Education on Saturday at 8:45 a.m. on KROX Radio.
CROOKSTON INMOTION STEERS ITSELF DOWNTOWN
After nearly four years from its initiation, the
group and many key drivers have accomplished some pretty big tasks. Original
‘Destiny Drivers’ including (1) Building Houses and Creating Homes (2)
Sustainability as a Guiding Principle and (3) Downtown Revitalization, among
many other initiatives, have got some great traction from the original
Since that time, about 30 new housing units have been added, nearly 20 of which have been downtown. Crookston has also become a GreenStep city, added community gardens, and started an Active Living and Trails Committee that looks forward to new trails and connectivity through the community. The Crookston Campus Community Connection (C4), another committee formed out of the Crookston InMotion initiative, just recently had its public forum on the UMC campus to discuss thoughts on becoming more a college town. And now with some more traction and drive, the group would like to tackle another vital piece from the process and invite the community to be a part of the discussion.
Local businesses and community members are invited to two upcoming meetings to kick off a series in forming a Downtown Development Advisory Group in Crookston. The first will be a free lunch at Draft’s Sports Bar & Grill at Noon on December 1 for one hour. The second will be December 3 at 4:00 p.m. where appetizers will be served. A special guest speaker, Johnathan Holth, Co-owner of The Toasted Frog in Grand Forks, Bismarck, and Fargo, among other community business, will be presenting and speaking about how the Grand Forks Downtown Development Association began.
Initial meetings are made possible by the Creating Crookston Community Fund which awarded the Downtown Development group a grant in August 2015.
If there are any further questions, the Chamber Office can be reached at 218-281-4320.
GONZALES MAKES ANOTHER COURT APPEARANCE, HEARING CONTINUED TO JANUARY 19
Daniel Gonzales, Jr., 18 of Crookston, appeared in district court Monday morning
for a continuance of the omnibus hearing. Judge Tamara Yon was presiding with
Public Defender Eric Gudmundson serving as the attorney for Gonzales.
Gudmundson asked for a continuance as the discovery is not complete and more
needs to be done before the case can be presented. Judge Yon agreed as she said
the case was very serious and complicated. The hearing will be continued until
January 19 at 9:00 a.m.
Gonzales has been charged with murder in the second degree-intentional in the death of Juan Manuel Morales, 18 of Crookston who died on July 9 from his injuries after being shot. Gonzales remains confined at Tri County Corrections with no bail or bond set at this time.
POLK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING BREAK IN AT RURAL CROOKSTON HOME
On Thursday, November 26 the Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to a burglary call at 27180 237th Ave. SW in rural Crookston in Crookston Township. Upon arrival the residence and surrounding area was searched by Polk County Deputies. No suspect was located and the incident is under investigation. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office. No further information is being released at this time.
MONDAY - NOVEMBER 30, 2015
KROX RADIO WILL START THE NORTH POLE REPORT AND CHRISTMAS FANTASY PROGRAM ON DECEMBER 1
The Christmas Fantasy radio program will start on Tuesday, December 1 at 4:08 p.m. right after the North Pole Report at 4:05 PM. Christmas Fantasy will air every Monday - Friday at 4:08 PM. On Saturdays it will air at 11:00 AM and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. through December 24. Listen to two longstanding traditions on KROX Radio during the Christmas season! Listen to KROX on 1260 AM, 105.7 FM, online at www.kroxam.com or on the free KROX App from the ITunes or Google Play app stores. KROX will also have area high school band/choir/orchestra Christmas concerts later this month. For the schedule click here.
CROOKSTON DRIVER EDUCATION INFORMATIONAL MEETING TO BE HELD DECEMBER 2
An informational meeting for Crookston Driver Education students is set for Wednesday, December 2 at 3:15 p.m. in the Crookston high school auditorium. Any students interested in the class will need to be at least 15 years of age no later than February 1, 2016. Driver Education is a mandated curriculum by the state and the students cannot miss class or they will be dropped and enrolled in the next available session. Fee for Driver Education is $325.00 which includes classroom and 6 hours behind the wheel instruction. The fee must be paid in full on or before the first day of class. No refunds once the class begins. Students from Fisher may contact Chris Trostad directly in place of attending the meeting. The class will begin early in the week, the third week of December. A registration form is on KROX website. Return form to the Crookston High School office or e-mail form to firstname.lastname@example.org or Call Trostad at 218-280-2256.
NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE TO HOST TREE CUTTING EVENT DECEMBER 5 AND 6
The Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association will again be hosting a "cut your own" tree cutting event for the upcoming holiday season. This year's event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6 at Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge. Trees can be cut from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day. The location of this event is at the site of the former Lee Nursery.
To get there, head west of Mentor on Hwy 45 for 5.5 miles. Turn left (south) on Hwy 32 and go approximately four miles. Turn right (west) on 360th St. SE and go approximately 0.5 mile. The Rydell and Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge’s (NWR) Facebook page shows the site on a map, and we will have signs on site to direct you. It is important to remember to dress for the weather. The refuge will have an unheated shelter available so that participants may get out of the wind and enjoy a cup of hot cider. Trees can be cut with hand saws only (no chain saws.) Bring your own or we will have some available. As with past holiday tree cutting events at Rydell NWR, the purpose of this activity is habitat-based. As a part of a prairie-restoration emphasis, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff work to remove non-native trees on Glacial Ridge NWR, including the conifers we love to decorate each December. Free-will donations are accepted by Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association. This is also an excellent opportunity to renew your family membership to the Friends group, and learn more about volunteering for various projects at the refuges. For more information call 218-687-2229.
UMC MUSIC-THEATRE DEPARTMENT TO PRESENT A ONE ACT OPERA "AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS" DECEMBER 2, 3, AND 4
The University of
Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Music-Theater Department will present the one-act
opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday,
December 2, 3, and 4 at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Kiehle Auditorium. Admission to
this one-act show is $5 for adults and $3 for students and children. UMC
students are admitted free with their U-card. For more information, contact
George French, director of music and theater, at 218-281-8266.
The story revolves around a poor, disabled boy named Amahl and his widowed mother who decide the only way to survive is to go begging from door to door. Amahl answers a knock on the door and there stands the three kings following the star who have stopped for rest. The shepherds come down from the hills to bring food and gifts as Amahl’s mother has “nothing to offer them.” They sing and dance for them before the kings need to leave. But, before they leave, a miracle occurs and Amahl follows the kings as they search for the new born child.
Cast members include: Amahl played by Georgie French of Crookston; Mother is played by Heidi Shol, a sophomore from Crookston; King 1 is played by Eli LaCoursiere, a post-secondary enrollment student from Red Lake Falls; King 2 is played by Shane Boehne, a freshman from Henderson; King 3 is played by David Melichar, a sophomore from Richfield.
FISHER TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH WAGON RIDES, COOKIE DECORATING AND CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING DECEMBER 2
Celebrate the season in Fisher on Wednesday, December 2 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. They will have free horse drawn wagon rides, cookie decorating, apple cider, all at the Fisher Emergency center. They will have a community Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. at 3rd Street North in Fisher. The event is sponsored by the Fisher Chamber of Commerce and the Fisher Area Community fund and the City of Fisher.
HAPPY JOE'S MAKES ANNUAL DONATION TO RIVERVIEW HEALTH FOUNDATION
again, Happy Joe’s, Crookston, has made an annual donation to the RiverView
Happy Joe’s Head Coach Sam Shafer echoed Bruun’s sentiments: “Giving to Riverview Health is important for our community. The programs and services RiverView offers help our loved ones, friends and neighbors every day. Helping to support these services means we are supporting our customers, as well.''
For more information on this program or any other program through the RiverView Health Foundation, contact Bruun at 218-281-9249 or e-mail him at email@example.com.
Happy Joe’s new manager Sam Shafer (right) hands RiverView Foundation Director Kent Bruun a check as part of the “Friends for Life’’ program.
FISHER SCHOOL ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER HONOR ROLL STUDENTS
The Fisher School recently announced their first quarter A and B honor roll students. To see the list of students click here.
FRIDAY - NOVEMBER 27, 2015
POLK COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH RECEIVES AN INCREASE IN GRANT FUNDING FOR 2016
Polk County Public Health will receive an increase in funding for 2016, one of increases was in the local public health grant with a total of $253,243 for Polk, Norman, and Mahnomen counties. “It addresses the local needs which we determine what those priorities are based on our local assessments and the needs of our citizens. “We primarily use them for preparedness planning, responding to cases of TB, and other infectious diseases and environmental needs and other priorities in the community,” said Polk County Public Health Director Sarah Reese. “Our Polk, Norman and Mahnomen Health Board receives a planning and performance management system every year, so we submit documentation on the national standards and for the most part we are leading our base standards, which is quite an accomplishment for the department. We have some improvements to make like most organizations, we are doing those things but don’t have the documentation so we are improving in those areas as we address community needs that are brought to us, so everything is included in those measures.”
MARILYN KUCHAN WINS THE KROX RADIO 51ST ANNUAL SHOPPING SPREE
KROX Radio recently held our 51st Annual Shopping Spree drawing on Monday, November 23. This years winner was Marilyn Kuchan, whose name was drawn from the Crookston Eagles #873. She received $970 worth of gift certificates from the twenty-four participating businesses.
KROX's Steve Krueger with the shopping spree winner, Marilyn Kuchan
The consolation winners won $10 gift certificates from the place they registered.
B & E Meats—Curt Anderson
Brandner Printing and Office Supplies—Wayne Abrahamson
Christian Brothers Ford—Lynn Samuelson
Crooks Club and Bottle Shop—Ann Suobda
Crookston Eagles 873—Marilyn Kuchan
Crookston Hardware Hank and Rental—Jordan Riendeau
Crookston Inn and Convention Center--Sandy Morgan
Crookston Paint and Glass—Anita Brekken
Eagle Thrifty White Pharmacy—Marsha Sawyer
Erickson Embroidery and Design—Fran Chandler
Erickson Smokehouse Bar and Grill—Wendy Clark
Fertile Hardware Hank—Jon Christianson
Four Seasons Clothing—Kim Fiero
HN Quality Plumbing—Jerry Nelson
Hunter’s Outlet—Daniel Swartzentruber
Mireault’s Home Furnishings—Emily Quam
Ness Café of Erskine—Thea Oertwich
Northern Lumber—Eric Rudnik
Proulx Refrigeration, Heating and Appliance—Rick Abeld
Snow Sled Bar and Grill—Bonnie Christian
Taco John’s—Richard Genereux
Willow and Ivy—Wanda Proulx
HIGHLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RECEIVES AN ANNUAL LOCAL GOVERNMENT INNOVATION AWARD
Highland Elementary School in Crookston was selected as one of five schools, by
the University of Minnesota
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
for a local government innovative award for their collaboration with the
Crookston United Way to provide an after school reading program to help close
the achievement gap.
The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota named 24 projects as recipients of its ninth annual Local Government Innovation Awards, organized in partnership with the Bush Foundation and co-sponsored by the League of Minnesota Cities, the Association of Minnesota Counties, MN Association of Townships, and the Minnesota School Board Association. The awards recognize projects in four different categories, and name one overall award winner in each: cities, counties, schools, and townships. “Every year, we see more and more creative ways that governments are figuring out how to save money but still deliver the same high quality of services,” says Jay Kiedrowski, senior fellow at the Humphrey School’s Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center. “I think that these awards are helping to raise the bar for delivering excellent government services, and that’s very exciting.”
A panel of judges considered nearly 80 submissions for their creativity, sustainability, and collaboration. The overall winners of the four categories will receive a $5,000 grant from the Bush Foundation to continue their work and a professionally produced video to use for marketing and awareness. All 24 awardees will be formally recognized at an awards ceremony and reception Thursday, December 10, at 4:00 p.m. at the Humphrey School. The award winners are below.
· Rochester Public Library BookBike—City of Rochester (overall category winner)
· wRight Choice—Wright County (overall category winner)
· Pine Island Community Planning Team—Pine Island (overall category winner)
· Minnesota partnership for Collaborative Curriculum—Plymouth (overall category winner)
· Closing the Achievement Gap—Crookston Public Schools
· Kandiyohi County CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities)—Grove City Area School District
· Growing Young Stewards: A School and Community Partnership—Rockford Area Schools
· Courses that Count: Partnering to Reduce Remedial Coursework—White Bear Lake Area Schools
· Collaborative Cross-Site Mobile MakerSpaces—Wayzata School District
RYDELL AND GLACIAL RIDGE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE THANKS THE 2015 VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR
Volunteers are an essential component in accomplishing the environmental education and habitat projects that the Rydell and Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuges do each year. The hard-working folks help the refuges with everything from staffing and preparing for the school groups that visit each May to placing prairie chicken blinds and surveying their breeding grounds. Continuing their tradition of recognizing volunteers who have helped the refuges, with especially large or long-term tasks, the staff of Rydell and Glacial Ridge have named Kristi Thorfinnson and Dean Radke as this year’s Volunteers of the Year. Their names will join those in the Rydell Visitor Center, which show the continued support that the refuges enjoy from the community. The refuges appreciate all the help and support they receive from their volunteers and all of the public who visit and use the refuges. Please consider becoming a volunteer if you aren’t already, and say “congrats” to our 2015 award winners!
Laurie Fairchild, refuge staff, presenting Kristi Thorfinnson with her plaque; Dean Radke was not available for photo.
CROOKSTON KIWANIS HONOR HIGHLAND SCHOOL STUDENTS
A Student from each fifth grade class at Highland School, is recognized each month through the Kiwanis’s Terrific Kids Program. These students are selected by their teachers on the basis of demonstration of grades, citizenship, a positive attitude toward schoolwork and other students.
Terrific Kids front row; Reyna Balboa, Samantha Rezac, Fallon Johnson, Anna Funk
Fifth Grade Teachers; Jeff Perreault, Kerri Brantner, Susan Garmen, Josh Rudbeck, Amber Sannes
THURSDAY - NOVEMBER 26, 2015
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM EVERYBODY AT KROX RADIO!!
WEDNESDAY - NOVEMBER 25, 2015
THE POLK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP TO FIND AN ESCAPED JUVENILE
The Polk County Sheriff’s office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating an escaped juvenile. On Monday, November 23, at 3:14 p.m. a 17 year old black male identified as Demarcus Jahari Brown (5’10 and 140 pounds with black hair and brown eyes) escaped from custody while being transported from the Grand Forks Juvenile Detention Center back to Polk County for a court hearing for fifth degree controlled substance. Brown is believed to be wearing a light blue light jacket with black jeans and was handcuffed in front. Brown was last seen at the River Cinema Movie Theatre in East Grand Forks at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Monday. Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Brown is encouraged to call their local law enforcement or call the Polk County Sheriff’s office at 218-281-0431.
ANNUAL REVIEW OF CITY ADMINISTRATOR, SHANNON STASSEN, VERY POSITIVE
The Crookston Ways and Means committee held a closed session on Monday to have a
performance evaluation of the city administrator Shannon Stassen. “The annual
evaluation was good. The council is involved and most of their reports were
excellent in leadership, fiscal management, supervision of about 40 employees
that work for the city, setting priorities and communication were in the overall
evaluation,” said Crookston Mayor Gary Willhite. “The reports were on the
positive side like customer service, things he has done for quality of life in
Crookston, improving relationships with UMC, time commitment with early mornings
and after 5:00 p.m. meetings. There can always be improvement in communications
with the public including myself, there are some things we can do also, In the
beginning of the year Shannon shared about 30 things he wanted to do which is a
Willhite added that we all want more done on housing with ways to assist the business climate in town which is a job for all of us.”
POLK COUNTY DIRECTOR OF ASSESSMENT TAKING A FEW QUESTIONS ON PROPERTY TAXES
Rob Wagner, Director of Polk County Assessment Services is responding to the tax statements recently mailed out to the county residents. Wagner said they haven’t had many calls. “The Truth in Taxation statements are out and what we have seen generally are not to concerning. Just the normal increases, however value changed on several parcels from last year to this year, so we have a number of parcels that have substantial increases which is due to the change in value more than anything else,” said Wagner. “At this point in time the valuation on the statement went through the board of appeals last year and the county cannot change the value at this time. The only recourse at this time and point is tax court.”
FISHER SCHOOL STUDENTS OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER ANNOUNCED
The Fisher School students of the month for October are Sophia Holen, daughter of Althea Holen; Keith Rosga, son of Robin Rosga; and Evan Wurden, son of Sheila and Jon Wurden
TUESDAY - NOVEMBER 24, 2015
CROOKSTON SCHOOL BOARD TOURS THE BUS GARAGE, A NEW GARAGE IS BADLY NEEDED
The Crookston School Board met on Monday and after the meeting the school board
and district staff toured the bus garage, which has many problems. “I think the
members saw what we all knew and it is in need of replacement,” said Fee. “The
new school buses don’t fit and are scraping the beams that go across, we don’t
get all the bells and whistles on the buses as we cannot get them in the
garage. It is not a good environment for the buses as something will happen
with the wind or whatever, the board members are on board that something has to
be done, how and what, is something we will look at in the future.”
Transportation director Rick Niemela talked about the condition of the bus
garage. “The bus garage is over 100 years old and we have outgrown it in height
and length so we showed the school board the problems and need to look toward
the future so we can continue to operate,” said Niemela. “The buses have gotten
taller for safety and comfort and that limits what we can buy and we need to put
specialized suspension on the get them into the garage work on them.”
At the start of the meeting the school board heard from Crookston Pirate Wrestlers Zack Lutz and Jesse Vasquez who thanked the school board for installing a water fountain near the wrestling room.
The board approved a leave of absence for Highland School teacher Amber Sannes for eight weeks starting about March 24, 2016 through about May 16, 2016.
The board accepted donations for the electrical project at the high school soccer field and tennis courts. “The soccer field, tennis courts, and practice football fields by the high school will be getting electricity thanks to citizens and businesses who have put in a lot of money so they can run the scoreboard and equipment,” said Crookston Schoolboard Chairman Frank Fee. “Donations were received from Nate Lubarski at the Crookston United Insurance, Erik and Judie Kanten, Dr. Baig and his wife, the Crookston Tennis Association and Otter Tail Power Company and Dave Nicholls did the labor for installation. That is how you get things done in the community when people chip in and they see something that they want and that the school cannot fork out the money. They are concerned about the school and community and we appreciate that.”
The board renewed a three year agreement with School Messenger through November, 2018 at a cost of $8,000. This is the company that coordinates the school closing and such messages to the district resident. A grant of $28,000 was received by the district from the State of Minnesota for the World’s Best Workforce Indian Education to support Native American students.
The Crookston swimming pool is open with temporary heat as the old boiler is being removed and the installation has begun for the new boiler.
CROOKSTON CITY COUNCIL APPROVES VARIANCE AND LIQUOR LICENSES
The Crookston City Council met on Tuesday evening and heard from the Mayor of
the Day winners. Mayor Gary Willhite shared the gavel with Ava Lopez who had
the best hand written essay on what they would do if they were the Mayor for the
Day. Lopez is a fifth grader at Highland School and her teacher is Dan Halland.
There were 67 students who wrote essays. Second place went to Ethan Boll and
third place to Halley Winjum.
The city council approved a payment of $45,729.20 to Spruce Valley Corporation for 2015 street improvements. A variance was approved for Jim Urness to build a garage in Carmen Addition when the set back was reduced to two feet instead of 15 feet.
2016 liquor licenses were approved.
Ava Lopez with Mayor Gary Willhite
COUNCILMAN JORGENS SAYS CITY IS SPENDING MORE WITHOUT MORE MONEY COMING IN
The Crookston Ways and Means Committee (Crookston City Council and staff) met after the council meeting and reviewed the budget for 2016. Discussion included the costs at the library and giving funds to the Crookston Housing and Economic Development Association. Councilman Tom Jorgens voted against the five percent increase in the budget and explained why. “I am troubled with the budget, we are entering a time when in next several years where we have an unsustainable situation as expenses are rising and revenues are static,” said Jorgens. “We need to begin to downsize and adjust the budget and that is not reflected, we are spending more money each year, the revenues from the state and from property taxes are not changing the way they need to so that is where I am at.” City Finance Director Angel Weasner provided the budget numbers for the City of Crookston with the general fund at $5,117,136.00 and the overall budget is $10,598,000.00. “We have are truth in taxation hearing at 6:30 p.m. at city hall on December 14 and then the council will approve the budget and five year capital improvement plan,” said Weasner. “The five percent increase will be set at the council meeting with one council member opposed. The tax statements are out and the city portion has gone down and we are aware the market values went up which affects it, but everyone I have spoken with had a reduction in the city tax.”
CROOKSTON CITY COUNCILMAN STEVE ERICKSON SAYS PARK BOARD IS FLOUNDERING, NEEDS TO BE CHANGED
The Crookston Ways and Means Committee discussed the role of the Park Board after Councilman Steve Erickson said the Park board was floundering. “I think we got a good grasp on what needs to be changed, just going through the charter would be helpful,” said Erickson. “It is hard for members of the park board to do their job when it says they make budgets and that is done at the city council and they need to review and examine so we will get together and make changes.” Erickson wants the role of the Park Board updated as the present charter is 16 years old. Park Board Chairman Don Cavalier suggested that the board, staff and council members have a discussion and come up with a plan for the future. Councilman Jorgens said the Park and Recreation budget had increased more than 10 percent which was disputed by others as items were removed the year before and now needed to be done. The board, staff and council will get together and make a plan for the future in the next month.
CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL GEOGRAPHY STUDENTS DO WELL IN STATEWIDE COMPETITION
The past week was Geography Awareness Week and the state of Minnesota hosted a competition between registered schools where students virtually made their way down the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca to St. Paul. Students earned miles by taking a daily quiz, reflecting and writing their thoughts about different maps, posting pictures on social media sites of different parts aspects of life in Minnesota, and by playing different games including a fishing game where students learned more about fish in Minnesota.
There were two different categories with a competition between 5th-8th grade classes and 9th-12th grade classes. With prizes going to the top two competitors and the top two classes in each division. Crookston High School had a strong showing with Mr. Moe's classes and individuals finishing towards the top of the competition.
In the 5th-8th grade competition the Crookston Bald Eagles (Mr. Moe’s fourth period class) finished in 10th place. While Luis Meyo finished 2nd overall in the state with 397 miles-(the winner had 399) with Caleb Sannes finishing in 12th place and Gretchen Theis finishing 13th place.
In the 9th-12th grade competition, the Crookston Raccoons (Mr. Moe’s first period) finished in 2nd place. Individually Jaden Lubarski won the competition with 371 Miles. Chelsey Homme finished 8th Place, Olivia Kendrick 15th Place, Maria Olson-18th, Jada Dillabough-22nd, and Hannah Street-25th place.
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION TALKS CRANBERRIES
Cranberry, the Thanksgiving Fruit
I’m not sure if Thanksgiving has an official fruit, but if it did, it would
likely be the cranberry. This indigenous colorful fruit has graced the holiday
dinner table as a tangy condiment, perhaps since the very first Thanksgiving.
Cranberries are a unique fruit. They can grow and survive only under a very special combination of factors. These factors include acid peat soil, an adequate fresh water supply, and a growing season that extends from April to November. Cranberries grow on low-lying vines in beds layered with sand, peat, gravel and clay. These beds are commonly known as bogs or marshes and were originally created by glacial deposits. Commercial bogs use a system of wetlands, uplands, ditches, flumes, ponds and other water bodies that provide a natural habitat for a variety of plant and animal life.
There are two basic types of cranberries grown. The North American cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpon, is the standard for fresh cranberries and the cranberry juice cocktail. The European variety, which is grown in parts of central Europe, Finland and Germany, is known as Vaccinium oxycoccus. The European type is smaller fruit with anthocyanin pigment profiles similar to that of the North American variety. The European variety, however, has a different acid profile in terms of the percentages of quinic, malic and citric acid levels present. In Europe, this fruit is commonly known as lingonberry or English mossberry.
Lingonberries are a common Scandinavian condiment served as a sauce, jam or jelly. Lingonberry, though closely related to the cranberry, grows quite differently. These fruits are produced on low-growing evergreen shrubs throughout Scandinavia's alpine forests. The tart red berries are much smaller and juicier than their cousin the cranberry. Indeed, Lingonberry jelly is always a special treat in our home.
Cranberry is grown much differently from most other crops. Considered a Native
American wetland fruit, it grows on trailing vines like a strawberry. The vines
thrive on the special combination of soils and water properties found in
wetlands. Cranberries grow in beds layered with sand, peat and gravel. These
beds are commonly known as bogs or marshes and were originally formed as a
result of glacial deposits.
Once the bed is prepared for planting, cranberry cuttings are spread on the sand at the rate of about two tons of vines per acre. After the vines are spread, they are pushed into the sand with a straight dull disk. The bed surface is then firmed with a cultipacker. The vines are then sprinkle-irrigated two or three times per day for several weeks. Within a few weeks the cuttings produce roots and new vine growth begins. It takes about four years to produce a good crop of fruit from a new bed, and up to six years before a new bed is in full production. Cranberry production is a long-term, expensive investment.
The harvest method for cranberries varies according to how the fruit will be used. Fresh fruit are harvested with a picking machine. Such machines have tines that comb through the vines and catch the fruit that are then lifted onto a conveyor then into a bin. After harvest, fruit for fresh use is dried in boxes with slatted bottoms and stored in refrigerated buildings. Later fruit are sorted and packaged for retail sale.
Fruit that is destined for processing into juice, sauce or sweetened dried cranberries is wet harvested. For wet harvesting, beds are flooded with eight to ten inches of water. A machine with a circular beater mounted on the front is driven through the bed to remove berries from the vines. Alternatively a “slipper” is drawn through a bed to remove fruit from the vines. The berries float to the water’s surface are corralled into a corner, and then conveyed or pumped out of the bed to a waiting truck and delivered to a processing plant.
As you enjoy your cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving, appreciate the toil by cranberry farmers that provide this colorful fruit that has been a constant at Thanksgiving meals since the Pilgrims first shared their bounty in 1621 with Wampanoag Indians in Plymouth, an event regarded as America’s “first Thanksgiving.”
Happy Thanksgiving, and remember to give thanks for all the blessings bestowed
upon your family over this past year!
For more information, contact Jim Stordahl at 800-450-2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sources: The Cranberry Institute and History Channel.
MONDAY - NOVEMBER 23, 2015
CROOKSTON SCHOOL BOARD TO MEET TODAY
The Crookston School Board will meet at 5:00 p.m. today in the Crookston High
School choir/orchestra room.
The agenda includes a leave of absence request for Amber Sannes for eight weeks beginning approximately March 24 through approximately May 16, 2016.
Acceptance of grants and donations for the electricity project at the Crookston High School soccer fields and tennis courts from Crookston United Insurance for $1,500, Erik and Judie Kanten $1,500, Mirza and Refugio Baig $500, the Crookston Tennis Association $1,000 and Dave Nicholls and Ottertail Power Company for the labor on the installation of soccer field scoreboard.
A three year renewal agreement with School Messenger from December 1, 2015 through November 30, 2018 is up for approval.
There will be administrative reports from high school principal Eric Bubna, special services director Kathy Stronstad, Highland School Principal Chris Trostad, Denice Oliver ECFE, Community Ed and Washington Principal and superintendent Chris Bates.
Visitors may share their concerns at the beginning of the meeting or at the end of the meeting. The meeting is open to the public.
CROOKSTON CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT
The Crookston City Council meets at 7:00 this evening in the Crookston City Hall
The consent agenda has a resolution to approve partial payment to Spruce Valley for 2015 street improvements. An application for a variance to reduce the required side street setback from 15 feet to two feet on Lot 8 Block 10 in Carmen Addition is up for approval.
2016 liquor license renewals are up for approval.
A public hearing will be set for consider tax abatement of city property tax for parcels qualifying for the housing incentive program.
The regular agenda will have the introduction of an ordinance amending city code Chapter 152, entitled zoning by revising the provision relating to the establishment of the official zoning map. The meeting is open to the public.
The Crookston Ways and Means Committee will meet following the council meeting with the final portion of the meeting to be closed to discuss the city administrator’s annual performance review.
MINNESOTA DEED GIVES GRANT TO HALSTAD TELEPHONE TO INSTALL INTERNET TO GENTILLY TOWNSHIP
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, (DEED) is funding 15 projects in Greater Minnesota for broadband internet with $11 million. Receiving grants in the KROX area are Halstad Telephone Company to build infrastructure in Gentilly Township in Polk County to provide high speed internet to 114 households, 20 businesses and one community anchor institution with $424,460.00. Total project cost is $931,000 with Halstad Telephone providing the remaining $504,540.00 for the project. The project will enable more effective agricultural management teleworking opportunities.
CDC ADVISES PARENTS ABOUT COLDS, FLU AND ANTIBIOTICS
The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) has news for parents this cold and flu season: antibiotics
don’t work for a cold or the flu. Antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses, and
colds, flu and most sore throats are caused by viruses. It’s a long-documented
medical fact that antibiotics don’t touch viruses. However according to public
opinion research, there is a perception that antibiotics cure everything, and
when we go to the doctor with the sniffles we expect to get a prescription.
Taking antibiotics when they are not needed can do more harm than good. Widespread inappropriate use of antibiotics is fueling an increase in drug-resistant bacteria. Families and entire communities feel the impact when disease-causing germs become resistant to antibiotics. Taking antibiotics to treat a viral infection, such as a cold or flu, won’t fight the virus, make the patient feel any better, or yield a quicker recovery or keep others from getting sick. Instead it gives a boost to drug-resistant disease-causing bacteria. Almost every type of bacteria has become stronger and less responsive to antibiotic treatment when it is really needed. According to the CDC, antibiotic resistance is one of the world’s most pressing public health problems. You can lower this risk by talking to your doctor and using antibiotics appropriately during the cold and flu season.
So what should you do for colds and flu? Children and adults with viral infections recover when the illness has run its course. Colds caused by viruses may last for two weeks or longer. Some measures that can help a person with a cold or flu feel better include increasing fluid intake, using a cool mist vaporizer or saline nasal spray to relieve congestion, and soothing the throat with ice chips, sore throat spray or lozenges (for older children and adults).
What is the best way to stay healthy during cold and flu season? Wash your hands, cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, avoid contact with sick people, and stay home if you’re sick. And finally, a flu shot is your best prevention against the flu.
SOCIAL STUDIES CLASSES AT CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL TALKING ABOUT DEBATES, AND PARIS
Robbe Nessler, Crookston High School Social Studies teacher, says a discussion of current events like the debates and the crisis in Paris are part of his classroom studies to get the students engaged. “We talk about current events often in the classroom and I show clips from the debates and the kids enjoy it,” said Nessler. “I told the kids I would rather watch the debates than a football game, which I would not have said when I was a senior in high school. Now I want to be informed and I think seniors are realizing that they are close to being a part of this and that’s good as the voting turnout of that age group is very low.”
The news from Paris got the attention of the students. “We talked about it in all the classes, we watched Channel One, which focused on Paris on Monday. The kids had heard about it, but did not know the details so we had a discussion on why it would happen, like we did on the September 11 event which was my 16th birthday,” said Nessler. “The kids don’t remember that, but I reminded them that I did not know what was going on either, so I think it is important to talk about why someone would put so much work to do such a horrible thing. I don’t have all the answers, but I can show them what other people are saying and help them wrap their brains around it a little more.”
HIGHLAND SCHOOL FIFTH GRADERS WRITE ESSAYS ON WHAT THEY LIKE ABOUT THEIR SCHOOL
The fifth graders at Highland School in Crookston recently wrote essays on what they liked about their school. The teachers went through all the essays and selected four from each class and we have listed those essays on our website. We have included one below and the click on the link to see the rest of the essays.
My Favorite School
By Alexis Reinhart
Highland School in Crookston, MN, is a loving and caring school. I think it is
really safe, because it has an intercom to keep us safe.
Highland School offers a bunch of music programs. First, there is Choir where you sing in a concert, but you practice every week. Second, there are band and orchestra lessons if you want to learn how to play some instruments.
Highland School has a bunch of polite and caring staff. If I were to say how perfect all the staff is I would have seven pages worth of nice things. So I decided to say some nice things about the janitors. Their names are Ken, Cory, and John. They are so respectful and clean up the school every day even if they don’t feel like doing it. They pick up all of our junk and stuff that we leave behind. They stay so late that they are the last ones out of the school.
The other nice people in our building are the secretaries. Their names are Mary Jo and Jana. They are so busy every day with the announcements and paperwork and all sorts of stuff. They are the second to last staff out of the school because they have paperwork. If I had one chance to do their job I would be so lost.
The other great thing about Highland is that there is zero tolerance for bullying. Our principal, Mr. Trostad, came up with three rules. The first one is to do the right thing. The second one is to do everything to the best of our ability. The third one is to treat everyone with dignity and respect.
Highland School has a fundraiser called PTO Bingo. This helps raise money for all of the kids to go on field trips.
Highland School is the best school you could ever go to. Like I said, we have music programs, a caring staff, zero tolerance for bullying, and has a fundraiser. It is also a very respectful school.
TO SEE THE REST OF THE ESSAYS CLICK HERE
RIVERVIEW HEALTH THANK KROX FOR SUPPORT OF PHILANTHROPY DAY
The RiverView Foundation Board of Directors would
like to thank KROX for another great year of broadcasting RiverView’s
Philanthropy Day event on Monday, November 16. This year marked the twelfth year
KROX has broadcast live, on-site for this meaningful event filled with heartfelt
stories from RiverView patients and staff sharing testimonials of the
exceptional care they and their loved ones have received at RiverView Health.
RiverView’s first Philanthropy Day event was held November 15, 2004. Since then more than 250 interviews have been shared with KROX listeners regarding what local healthcare services mean to those members of the community. “Philanthropy Day is an important day for our organization,’’ said Foundation Director Kent Bruun. “The annual event is important in helping to create an increased awareness of services offered at RiverView Health and the important role of the Foundation. The Foundation Board and I want to thank Chris Fee, Frank Fee and KROX for the years of support they have given this event. Without them it would not happen.’’
The Foundation Board of Directors would also like to thank those who shared their stories with KROX’ listeners, as well as everyone who participated in the Community Health Fair.
Philanthropy Day is a great way to share all that we are thankful for at the Foundation. It is a great way to highlight the priority programs that provide the greatest benefits to the highest number of patients. We thank you for being a part of this important event, and for your continued support of the RiverView Health Foundation.
The RiverView Foundation Board of Directors
Kurt Heldstab – Chair, Ingrid Remick, Amy Ellingson, Christian Kiel, Machelle Engelstad, Trent Fischer, Dr. Kari Miller, Jodi Dragseth, Sue Westrom, and Jerry Lindsay
EARLY CHILDHOOD INITIATIVE MONTHLY ARTICLE
Raising a Thankful Child
By Julie A. Riess
As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, we may find ourselves reflecting more
often on how to raise a thankful child. At first glance, parents might think
about how to teach the social scripts of thank you. Should a 2-year-old be
forced to say thank you to Grandma for a gift? Should a 4-year-old sign a thank
you note for a birthday present? Should a 6-year-old show appreciation for a
large helping of spinach and cranberry sauce on his or her Thanksgiving plate?
Parents often have the best intentions of raising a thankful child as part of their parental job descriptions. We tend to use the social graces of please and thank you as one index of raising a “good kid.” Indeed, manners such as these are important tools for getting along and working together with others in our society.
Even young children can be taught to say please and thank you. Giving them prompts (“What do you say?”), withholding the requested item (“You can’t have the cookie unless I hear the magic words”), and modeling (“Could you please pass the juice?”) are ways to encourage learning these manners. But is learning to say thank you the same as being thankful?
Think about something in the past year for which you are thankful. Is it a person, place, or thing? an event? a state of being? Did you say thank you? How did you express your gratitude? Did it feel sincere or more like satisfying a social grace?
The development of morality is marked in part by the emergence of the moral
emotions such as shame, pride, guilt, embarrassment, and empathy. As these
emotions develop, they allow children to feel a response in relationship to
their own actions toward others. The emotional feedback contributes to that
sense of sincerity.
Our gut reactions may highlight a comparison of manners vs. morals. While both reflect an aspect of how we treat others, children can use manners just by learning a script. The problem in learning scripts for manners for a child too young or separated from meaning is that children satisfy the social grace without experiencing the emotional response or acting upon their own intent. For example, 4-year-old Beth runs to greet her grandmother. “Thanks, Grandma!” she says, grabbing the present out of her grandmother’s hand. She opens the box to find six pairs of white socks. Crestfallen, she says, “Thank you, Grandma, for my socks.” Beth’s first thanks is genuine appreciation for receiving a present, but her second thank you is the script that she is supposed to say.
Teaching manners is a fine art of modeling but not always the making of meaning.
Raising thankful children is a fine art of helping them make their own meaning.
Maybe it is a rumpled, crayon-scribbled card. Maybe it is a fresh bouquet of
dandelions (and a few other weeds) from the back yard or local park. Maybe it is
just a warm hug after a cold ice cream treat.
Children express some sense of thankfulness and desire to be appreciated all the time. It is our role as parents to model appreciation and reflect those genuine feelings back to the child. With a warm smile and a sincere voice, we can say, “Thank you for my beautiful card. I can tell you worked hard on it. You used so many different colors! It makes me feel really good and happy inside. I’m going to put it up right here on the refrigerator so our whole family can enjoy it.”
Thankfulness also emerges from children raised with the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Like adults, children need to be exposed to genuine appreciation and to feel appreciated.
Many years ago on our family vacation, my 8-year-old daughter saved some of her carnival money and schemed a way to buy me a small candle and matching stand. The gift brought tears to my eyes, and we both knew our appreciation was genuine. And yes, I said thank you.
FRIDAY - NOVEMBER 20, 2015
CROOKSTON FIREFIGHTERS ARE PREPARED FOR RAILWAY RELATED DISASTERS
The City of Crookston has train traffic through downtown, next to the high school and the University of Minnesota Crookston campus and safety is a concern of everyone and the city is prepared to handle an incident. “The train comes through town at various times of day and we have no control of that, there are about 10 to 13 trains every day, they go by our high occupied areas like downtown, the high school and UMC,” said Crookston Fire Chief Tim Froeber. “It crosses over the river and major highways so they are an inconvenience and could cut off areas of the town in an emergency, right now they are doing a major overhaul on the tracks, spending millions of dollars up to the Canadian border.” The trains haul lumber, cars, grain and hazardous materials through town, along with the semis that go through town and haul hazardous materials. “We practice and get ready for the operations of dealing with hazardous materials,” said Froeber. “All the firefighters are able to identify what materials are on the train or truck, they know what protective materials we need, evacuation sites and distances, health hazardous, we have technicians on the fire department that can remedy the problem and stop leaks. Life safety is the number one priority and get evacuation in place, which could be staying in your home with doors and windows closed.” Froeber said the state is helpful with a rule that all rail companies have to commit funds for training and purchasing resources needed in an emergency. In January the state will provide training in Crookston for the department, public works department, sheriff’s office, emergency service and anyone else that is in the safety area. The City of Crookston was built around the railroad. “It was needed to establish the city and we will do everything in our powers to keep the people safe in an emergency by keeping training up to date,” said Froeber. “The pipeline company has offered help and there is a HazMat team in Moorhead to help and mutual aide from area fire departments will be available to help with safety.”
CROOKSTON PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVES VARIANCE
Crookston Planning Commission held a short meeting this week to approve a
variance for Jim Urness and they updated the comprehensive plan. Urness is
moving a house to Euclid Avenue and the variance is to build a garage by the
house. “The variance request was for a garage was approved and will go to the
council for approval on the setback on Euclid Avenue,” said City Building
Inspector Matt Johnson.
KLJ is doing the comprehensive study for the city and wanted more time to finish the plan and will present the plan at the December meeting.
ST. PAUL'S LUTHERAN CHURCH TO HOST A BUS TRIP TO THE CONCORDIA CHRISTMAS CONCERT
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church's Fellowship Committee has purchased 25 tickets and is hosting a bus trip to attend the annual Concordia Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m. We will be loading the bus from the church parking lot at 11:30 A.M. 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 $15. Please make your check out to St. Paul’s Fellowship Committee. We are collecting for the ticket(s) when you sign up at the church office. Tickets will be handed out as we board the bus. Sign up in the church office. Phone: 281-3638. For questions please call Dale Knotek at 281-6680.
CROOKSTON FIREFIGHTERS AND THEIR FAMILIES HELP OUT AT NORTH COUNTRY FOOD BANK
Giving Back –The Crookston Firefighters and their families filled 560 “backpacks” and 890 food boxes at North County Food Bank Wednesday night. This is an annual event for the firefighters and they made quick work of the task with the 30 plus helpers.
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