MONDAY - OCTOBER 24,  2016


The Crookston School Board will meet on Monday, October 24 at 5:00 p.m. in the Crookston High School choir/orchestra room. 
Personnel items on the agenda are to approve additional employment with Mary Jo Wallace as Highland Elementary Administrative Assistant, approve employment with Sheila Champagne as ECFE Aide at Washington Elementary School, and approve a leave of absence request from Kristin Isaacson from September 21, 2016 through December 12, 2016.
The main agenda calls for the board to approve the district calendar for school years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, approve fundraising requests for school year 2016-2017, and approve taking three referendum questions to the community.

The board will also accept a grant from Otto Bremer Trust in the amount of $25,000 for Community Education-Early Childhood, as well as a donation from Enbridge/Lauren Walter of Oak Pit Grill in the amount of $500 to be used for the athletic department.

The meeting will wrap up with reports from Crookston High School Principal Eric Bubna, Highland School Principal Chris Trostad, Special Services Director Kathy Stronstad, and superintendent Chris Bates.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 14 at 5:00 p.m.




The Crookston City Council will meet on Monday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. at Crookston City Hall.
Items on the consent agenda are resolutions to approve bills and disbursements in the amount of $199,547.93.  They will look at entering into an agreement for shared use of real property with Crookston Firefighters Association, to adopt the three-year capital improvement plan for street projects for 2017-2019.  
The council will ask for preparation of preliminary engineer’s report for 2017 street improvements, and for a hearing on proposed assessment for unpaid water and sewer charges and charges for current services.

There will also be four public hearings. 
1. The first public hearing is for the Great Plains Natural Gas company franchise. 
The other three public hearings are for proposed assessments on three different road projects. 
-The first on Radisson Road from Sherman Street to approximately 300 feet north of Stephen’s Drive.
-The second on Locken Boulevard from Memorial Drive to Sunset Avenue.
-The third on West Robert Street from Main Street to Sampson’s Addition Bridge.

Items on the regular agenda are a second reading and final passage of ordinance No. 65 granting a franchise to Great Plains Natural Gas Company.  There are also resolutions to adopt the three road projects that were listed above.

The Crookston Ways and Means Committee will meet immediately following the City Council meeting in the city hall conference room.




Madison Crane has a heart for children. She likes working with them and involving them in hands-on projects. The sophomore and Crookston, Minn., native took her interest in children into consideration when she choosing a major at the University of Minnesota Crookston initially enrolling in the elementary education major. But over time, something changed.  “I realized I wanted to work for children even more than working with them,” Crane explains. “And, that is when I decided to change my major to business. Someday I would like to be a camp director and learning about business operations made sense.”
She masters time management like a professional without holding back on getting involved. Her work study position in Golden Eagle Athletics has her busy shooting photos and taking stats. She serves as secretary for the Crookston Student Association, works at the Evergreen Grill, and is a member of the Student Orientation Staff and the Honors Program.
More importantly, Crane’s management skills are an absolute necessity when it comes to her own health.  She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she as a two-year-old. Growing up, her parents, Brenda and Dan, played a significant role in managing her diabetes as one might imagine. But, 11 years ago, she attended Camp Sioux for the first time as a young camper. The last four years she has served as a counselor at the camp designed for kids with diabetes. It was at Camp Sioux that Crane learned she wasn’t alone and the weeks at camp instilled in her independence and her “no-limits” approach to everything she does.
“I hope to work for the American Diabetes Association one day,” Crane says. “I want to share the stories of what opportunities like camp do for kids, create partnerships, and help bring in the dollars necessary to benefit kids who are just like me.
“I have had the incredible opportunity as a counselor to watch eight and nine year olds come to camp shy and reserved and leave independent and thriving. It is one of the greatest experiences anyone can have.”
Meanwhile, Crane is busy pursuing her business degree particularly enjoying introductory courses in entrepreneurship and criminal justice.
Growing up in Crookston and graduating from Crookston High School made Crane consider leaving her hometown to attend college elsewhere. However, Crane says she knew 10 minutes into her tour of UMC what her decision would be. “I knew this was the place for me,” she says. “I would encourage any local student to make sure to visit the Crookston campus as part of a college search; you will find an open caring environment and a strong sense of family right here.”




FRIDAY - OCTOBER 21,  2016


The 2016 Alumni Awards Celebration was held on Friday, October 14, 2016, in Bede Ballroom with a social, program, and awards presentation. Outstanding Alumni honored this year were Ron Dvergsten 1979; Natasha Anderson 1995; Kelly Swanson 1994. Inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame were Cathy (Behr) Helin 2004, basketball; and the 1992-93 Trojan Hockey Team. The Abbey award was presented to Charly (Reinert) Stansbery 2006.
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations presented a young alumni award to recognize the achievement of alumni who have graduated within the past 15 years.  This year’s recipient is Charly (Reinert) Stansbery, equine industries management and veterinary science graduate from Tracy. Stansbery is the second recipient of The Abbey alumni award.

Jeff Jeanson 1993, representing the 1192-93 Trojan Hockey team, Cathy (Behr) Helin 2004; Charly (Reinert) Stansbery 2006; Natasha Anderson 1995; Kelly Swanson 1994; and Ron Dvergsten 1979.

Abbey Award                         
Charly (Reinert) Stansbery, D.V.M. has been practicing at the Enderlin Veterinary Clinic since May 2011. She arrived at the clinic in Enderlin following her graduation from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.  She completed her undergraduate degree in equine industries management at the University of Minnesota Crookston in 2006. Originally from Tracy, Minn., she completed an internship as an undergraduate with the internationally recognized Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center located in Versailles. While pursuing her doctorate, she was a customer service representative for the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center. Reinert enjoys all aspects of mixed animal practice often working with dogs, cats, and horses, although, she is just as at home with cattle and other livestock.  She owns and operates her own clinic, Red Barn Veterinary Clinic in Sheldon, North Dakota. Her special interests include ultrasound, preventative medicine, and dentistry, both equine and small animal.  ​

Outstanding Alumni
Ron Dvergsten 
graduated in 1979 with an associate degree in diversified agriculture and went on to complete his Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University in agricultural education in 1981. After graduation he worked as a vocational agriculture instructor at the Crookston High School and then, at Farm Credit Services as a loan officer before moving to Northland College to teach and serve as the Farm Business Management (FBM) program advisor.  Dvergsten is executive director and area coordinator for the Northwest Minnesota Dairy Team, and serves on the board of directors for American State Bank of Grygla. From 2009-14, He was co-chair of the Leadership Council for Management Education for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. In 2014, Dvergsten was recognized with the Outstanding Teacher Award by the Minnesota Association of Agriculture Educators and a recipient of the Honorary American FFA Degree.

Natasha Anderson earned her associate degree in equine science in 1995 and went on to earn both her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Business Administration from Colorado Technical University. She has worked in economic development for the University of South Dakota, as director for a nonprofit animal shelter, and in marketing in the private sector. As the current executive director of HorsePower in Sioux Falls, S.D., Anderson manages all aspects of the nonprofit organization providing equestrian programs for people with physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges.  She is a member of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International and serves as the representative for Region 6. She served as president of Junior Achievement in Vermillion, S.D., in 2014-15 and taught 8th Grade Junior Achievement in 2013-14. Anderson is currently completing her doctorate in political science with an emphasis in non-profit/public administration at the University of South Dakota with anticipated graduation in 2017.

Kelly Swanson, Ph.D., attended the University of Minnesota Crookston from 1992-94 majoring in animal science. He went on to North Dakota State University to complete his bachelor’s degree in 1997 and then attended the University of Illinois where he earned his master’s degree and doctorate in field of nutritional sciences. Swanson is currently a professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Illinois with a 50 percent time teaching and 50 percent time research appointment in the areas of animal and human nutrition. He has a number of professional affiliations where he has served in leadership roles including treasurer, chair-elect, chair, and post-chair for Experimental Animal Nutrition RIS at The American Society of Nutrition. Swanson also served as vice-chair and chair of the Companion and Exotic Animal Steering Committee of the American Society of Animal Science. Swanson is the author of six book chapters, 133 peer reviewed journal publications, 52 conference proceedings and 192 abstracts at scientific conferences.

Athletic Hall of Fame
Cathy (Behr) Helin
 graduated from the University of Minnesota Crookston in 2004 but not before she had made a name for herself as a member of Golden Eagle Women’s Basketball. She was captain of the team from 2002-04 and one of only six individuals in program history to earn All-NSIC First Team honors. She was Female Student Athlete of the Year in 2003 and holds a number of team records including second all-time in steals with 174 and second all-time with 70 steals in a single season. Helin is eighth all-time in career scoring with 1,060 points. She also ranks third in all-time career offensive rebounds and fifth in all-time career defensive rebounds. During her time as a student, Helin served as president of the Student Athlete Advisory Council and later served as the assistant athletic director in Golden Eagle Athletics. Currently, Helin is the assistant varsity girls’ basketball coach as well as the junior varsity girls’ basketball coach at BOLD High School in Olivia, Minn., and works as the business manager at Northern Plumbing and Heating in Olivia.

The 1992-93 Trojan Hockey Team, coached by Scott Oliver, went 24-3 on the season with an unblemished 12-0 mark in conference play. The team became the national champions in March 1993 when they swept the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament and defeated Erie Community College in the title game at the tournament held in Bottineau, N.D.  It was the Trojans second trip to the title game in as many years. Ryan Driedger scored the game-winning goal to seal the championship win for the Trojans. Pete Nordell was named Most Valuable Player, and Scott Elder, Ryan Driedger and Jeff Malawski , along with Nordell, were named to the All-Tournament Team.  Coach Oliver was selected as Tournament Coach of the Year. Malawski and Driedger were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006 and 2012 respectively.





About 17 people from Argyle, Euclid, Crookston and Alvarado came to hear Ellen McKinnon speak last week at the Crookston American Legion.  “We received many donations of items, gift cards and cash.  Everything collected was divided between the Supportive Services for Veteran Families and the Minnesota Assisted Council for Veterans,” said Sharon Lanctot.  “On behalf of the American Legion Auxiliary, Nels T Wold Unit 20 in Crookston I would like to thank all those that attended and or supported our Homeless Veteran Project.” 

Some of the attendees of the event listen to Ellen McKinnon (Picture by Sharon Lanctot)





The Business Department Distinguished Speaker Series will host Brandon Robinson, Esq., an attorney who will be giving a presentation to the campus and community on cybersecurity - legal issues, protecting yourself and your business on Tuesday, October 25, at 12 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Parking is free and recommended in Lot A.
Robinson is a partner in Balch & Bingham's Privacy & Data Security Practice Group and Energy Section. He counsels clients in a wide variety of industries on cybersecurity and data privacy issues to assist them in proactively managing risks while maintaining innovative customer service in terms of data breach management and response, compliance with federal, state, and sectoral privacy laws and regulations, and the review and drafting of contracts with vendors and other third parties. He also provides counsel and advice on various data privacy- and cybersecurity-related policy and compliance issues regarding personally identifiable information (PII) and other sensitive information, data breach response, big data, Internet-connected devices and the Internet of Things (IoT), having worked with a number of federal agencies, including NIST and the U.S. Department of Energy, in developing industry wide cybersecurity and data privacy standards and best practices.
Robinson's expertise in this area has been featured in numerous publications such as Law 360, Inside Counsel, Corporate Counsel, Money Management Executive and the Wall Street Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at @BrandonNRobinso for data privacy and security news and trends. 
This event is sponsored by the UMC Business Department.







Minnesota Housing, Crookston Housing & Economic Development Authority (CHEDA), the City of Crookston, and Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc., announced today that the Minnesota Housing board has approved the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit application for Agassiz Townhomes in Crookston (The architectural drawing is above). Agassiz Townhomes will serve Crookston’s lower income workforce, addressing a need of many employers and allowing more workers to live in the community.  “In 2015, we hosted a Housing and Community Dialogue in Crookston and learned about your area’s unique housing needs. Just more than a year later, we’re pleased to invest in a project that will give 30 families a safe, affordable place to call home. Agassiz Townhomes is a great example of the public, private and nonprofit sectors collaborating to build a stronger community,” said Mary Tingerthal, Minnesota Housing Commissioner.
The need for affordable housing to obtain employment continues to grow in the Crookston area. There is currently a vacancy rate of just 0.7 percent for Low-Income Housing Tax Credit properties in the area. To address that situation, Agassiz Townhomes will add 30 rental units to the community, each two or three bedrooms. Four of the units will be for long-term homeless households, with supportive services provided by Tri-Valley Opportunity Council. To qualify, households must have incomes at or below 60 percent of the area median income. “I am extremely pleased that the strong commitment made by the community of Crookston has been rewarded with a project that addresses a need identified in the latest housing study.  Agassiz Townhomes would not move forward without the contributions of the City of Crookston, CHEDA, our private business partners, Otto Bremer Trust, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, and the Tri-Valley Board of Directors. The technical assistance provided by Three Rivers Community Action was also invaluable,” states Tri-Valley CEO Jason Carlson. “I thank Minnesota Housing for their interest in addressing Crookston’s housing needs.  Minnesota Housing’s willingness to visit Greater Minnesota communities to learn about housing on the local level is commendable,” Carlson adds.
The project will receive $667,154 in nine percent Housing Tax Credits, which will produce an estimated $6,402,871 in syndication proceeds. The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program is the largest source of affordable rental housing financing in the United States. The federal government allocates tax credits to Minnesota Housing, which then awards those tax credits to affordable housing developers on a competitive basis. The developers sell the tax credits to investors, who use them to lower their federal tax liability. The developer uses the equity from the sale to build the housing. Buildings must remain affordable for at least 30 years.
Minnesota Housing is the state’s housing finance agency and collaborates with partners around the state to create, preserve and finance affordable housing. This funding was part of Minnesota Housing’s annual selections for single family and multifamily affordable housing. Each project was chosen through a Consolidated Request for Proposal process where developers and administrators can apply for a variety of financing sources through one common application.
This year, $80 million in funding will create and preserve 1,831 affordable housing units throughout the state. These investments leverage private and local resources to support $300 million in affordable housing development, and support more than 2,800 jobs. Individuals can view a catalog of funded developments, maps and a detailed breakdown of all funding selections at

Area business owners met at the Irishman’s Shanty in Crookston earlier this year for an informational meeting on the Agassiz Townhomes. (Picture by Tri-Valley)




The KROX Turkey Shoot Starts Monday, October 31. Now’s the time to send in your entry with your name, address and a phone number on it where you can be easily reached at during the day for your chance to become a Turkey Shoot contestant.   
Mail your postcard entry to KROX Turkey Shoot, P.O. Box 620, Crookston, Minnesota, 56716.
Email it to us at 
Fax it to us at 281-5036
Or drop it by the KROX studios at 208 South Main in Crookston.
Be sure to include your name, address and phone number where you can be reached at the easiest. You could win a twenty dollar Hugo’s gift card to be used toward a purchase of an Our Family frozen turkey from Hugo’s in Crookston or a consolation prize of a Happy Joe’s Little Joe’s pizza. Send in your entry today and be ready when the KROX Turkey Shoot that starts Monday, October 31.




Members of the local community are invited to join in a conversation “Partnering with Law Enforcement to Cultivate Peace in Our Community” along with students, faculty, and staff at the University of Minnesota Crookston on Monday, October 24, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.
A number of local law enforcement officers are scheduled to attend to take part in the conversation. Among those are Crookston Police Chief Paul Beirmaier and Polk County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jim Tadman, along with several others.
The event is part of a series of discussions about diversity on campus sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Programs. Refreshments will be served. Additional sponsors include the Criminal Justice Program and the PEACE (People for Equality, Acceptance, and Civility for Everyone) Alliance, a student organization on campus.
For more information, contact Lorna Hollowell, director, Diversity and Multicultural Programs, at or 218-281-8580.






The Polk County Commissioners approved a new Veterans Service Officer during their Board meeting on Tuesday.  “This is an important position for us.  As everybody probably knows, Les Goodwin passed away last July. We have gone through our hiring process and we’ve had two sets of interviews.  We’ve utilized one of the Legion Commanders here in Crookston, a representative from the VA, and staff,” said Polk County Administrator Chuck Whiting.  “Today, we proposed to appoint Kurt Ellefson as the Polk County Veterans Service Officer.  Kurt is familiar to us, as he works over at Tri-County Community Corrections and he is also working on an as needed basis as a VSO for Red Lake County, so we are excited to have him come in.”  The board approved and Ellefson will start the job on November 2.
Whiting also presented to the board the status of the 2017 budget.  “We are kind of in the final stages and the last dozen or so decisions that get made.  The board spent about 45 minutes here today talking about where they want to end up,” said Whiting.  “The target is a 3% levy and we still have about $50,000 worth of reductions to make to hit that goal.  I am confident that we will.  There are a few decisions that are still out there and some recalculating of wage numbers, and once we have those done we should be good to go here in November.”
The next Polk County Commissioners meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25 at 8:00 a.m.




If you find yourself tossing and turning most nights, unable to fall asleep, you're not alone: as many as 30 to 35 percent of adults complain of some type of insomnia, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Insomnia is the most common sleep complaint.  It is more prevalent in groups such as older adults, women, people under stress and people with certain medical and mental health problems such as depression.  The effects of insomnia can negatively impact nearly every aspect of your life, from work performance, to impairing decision-making and can even damage relationships.  In most cases people with insomnia report a worse overall quality of life.
If you’d like to work toward a solution for your insomnia, attend RiverView Health’s Monday, October. 24th Health Luncheon “Is Insomnia keeping you up at Night?’’. Lori Cayler, registered polysomnographic technologist, and Megan Scott, licensed acupuncturist, will define insomnia, help get to the root of why you suffer with it and offer tips on making lifestyle changes to help you get a better night’s sleep. Also learn relaxation and meditation techniques to help you manage insomnia.  A tour of RiverView’s Sleep Lab will also be given after the presentation for those interested.
This presentation will be held from noon to 1:00 p.m. on October 24 and again from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Both presentations will be held in Meeting Room 1 of RiverView Health, 323 S. Minnesota Street, Crookston.
Meeting Room #1 is located near the RiverView Clinic entrance on the north side of the building and across from the elevators on first floor.
The luncheon series is in its 18th year of sponsorship by RiverView Health. All men and women interested in improving their health are invited to attend. Pre-registration is required. A boxed lunch can be purchased for $3 for the noon luncheon, but must be ordered while pre-registering for the event. Call Holly Anderson at 218-281-9745 for additional information and to pre-register. When registering for this luncheon, please state which presentation you would like to attend.




The Crookston Pirate Girls Soccer team took time out of their day to read to students at Highland School a couple of weeks ago.

Members of the Pirate Girls Soccer team at Highland School

Members and coaches of the University of Minnesota Crookston Men’s Basketball team spent time at Cathedral School on October 6 and 13, reading books with the third and fourth grade students. 

Pictured with Mrs. Webster’s
third grade class are student-athletes Connor Gamble, Benjamin Rounds, Gabrys Sadaunykas, and Aaron Hollcraft.




In its sunset, now it is time to rally around a game changing downtown project, the old Cathedral. The Board of the Prairie Skyline Foundation is choosing to follow, the successful "Splash Park Ladies," Shirley Sedden Iverson and Ann Longtin, by offering four unique fundraising events per year. Earlier this past April, Kim Samuelson hosted and matched a French Toast Fundraiser at RBJ's. This summer we offered face-painting and lemonade during Ox Cart Days. On  Friday October 21,  is our first Zombie Fun Run at 4:00pm at the Red Barn in the Town Square.

We invite individuals and companies to ask their employees to fundraise and send a team entry! If you compete, you can display your logo/advertising sign at the Red Barn and send people to cheer on your Team.  Rules are simple and the entry form can be picked up at the Chamber and is available on
1.  You must sign a Waiver of Liability, find sponsors, and turn in your Entry/Pledge Form.
2.  Raise at least $25 for the Zombie Fun Run.
3.  Register to win contests for Best Zombie, Best Costume, Best Zombie Walk.                                                  
4. Complete the ½ mile tour of Historic Downtown Crookston by showing off your own style of Zombie Walk.
5. Dress in a Zombie Costume, dress warm, and bring an umbrella for rain!  Make it fun by dressing in Zombie themes. '80s, Rock and Roll, and perhaps even Vegan Zombies.
6) No -Zombie Clowns or any Types of Clowns, this time, sadly, in respect for current events.
7) Please think about who you bring on the walk. We want everyone to have a good time. So please, no scaredy cats. Just let them hear about your walk instead.

The Prairie Skyline Foundation has been quietly promoting the old Cathedral's reuse as a Community Center with Art, called the "Young at HArt Center."   It's a larger project than the Splash Park, but not near as big as the Crookston Sports Center. An architect has estimated it will take about 2.1 million to rehabilitate it, inside and out. It will have a small theatre, working arts stations, and movable seating for 500, The Board is working on the first $100,000 of the project which will include repairs to the steeples and the front steps. Complete architectural drawings for the first phase of restoration are now complete thanks to a Minnesota Legacy grant.
The case for a Community Center was built out of a passion for hands on fun that encourages creativity and curiosity in children.  We have a  deep appreciation for the Early Childhood Initiative and Kids at Castle and their many wonderful  projects, and Crookston Community Theatre and the Civic Music League to name just a few of the great advantages of living in Crookston. Now imagine parking cell phones, no computers, and simply gathering to hang out and play in an indoor, heated, inspiring place in the center of downtown.  We can invite art therapy, music therapy, and encourage a great place for our families, visitors, our schools and visiting schools that lack art and music education may find it here by play. 
Talk about a signature project that will bring new life to downtown! Please support us!
THANK YOU to our many donors from the bottom of our hearts. 
Sincerely, Kay Hegge, and Cynthia Ansbacher, Board Members  218-289-1246





October 24 - 28 is Fall Clean-Up Week in Crookston.  Clean-up items will be picked up only on your regular garbage pickup day and must be placed on the street boulevard.  Please note: Compost material - grass clippings, lawn or garden waste - WILL NOT have to be in City compost bags for this week only.  Cleanup items should be separated into the following piles:  Garbage, clothing, cardboard, etc.; Appliances; Branches and yard waste; Furniture, metal items, demolition, etc. and Tires.  Placing these items out in separate piles will help speed the clean-up process.  In awareness of clean up week in Crookston, Polk County Public Health advises to not bring furniture, mattresses, box springs, or bed frames found on the street into your home in order to prevent the spread of bed bugs.
As required by State Law, all video display devices (TV’s, computer monitors, etc.) cannot be land filled.  Therefore, these items will not be collected during clean-up.  These devices may be disposed of at Polk County Environmental Services (Transfer Station).
Concrete, batteries, partially full paint cans, other chemicals, or large amounts of demolition debris will not be accepted.  Branches must be cut in four foot lengths and bundled.
Items should be placed on boulevards no more than 72 hours prior to your collection day. Remember, Fall Clean-Up Week is October 24 - 28 in Crookston.




The Crookston Park Board met on Monday afternoon at Crookston City Hall.  Park Director Scott Riopelle gave a presentation on a curriculum to aid in the development of kids in the hockey program.  “We did a presentation on hockey development which is the basics from the very beginning level up through the Bantam level.  Everything becomes age appropriate how we teach the kids, so we are trying to get the coaches on board and we would like to get the parents on board,” said Riopelle.  “For example, we want to make sure we attain all of the skills necessary for the Squirts age before we move on to Peewees.  We can’t hold them back because of age, but we can hopefully make sure kids master those specific skills. There is a lot more to the game than just that but if you have a really strong base, it will help us in the long run with our program.  Hopefully it will get us going with more numbers in the program and let the kids have fun.”
Riopelle also recommended that registration moves to an all online format because other cities have had success with that format. “We would like to push for total online registration in the spring.  We will most likely still have a Fun-Finder or something of that sort to hand out, but in order to register you would have to go through and do it all online,” said Riopelle.  “We could still answer questions at anytime, or course.  The online registration has seemed to help people such as East Grand Forks and other communities that have gone that way.  EGF did it last spring for their summer programs and said they had more people register than they have in the past.  We also wouldn’t have to be the police and try and have people come forward and sign up for our program because we missed somebody.”
The board moved to support the process of total online registration, with the goal to be ready for spring activities.  The board also agreed to move their next regular meeting to Monday, November 14 at 4:15 p.m.

Crookston Park and Rec Director Scott Riopelle goes through youth hockey skill development at the park board meeting




The Crookston United Way Annual Soup and Chili Cookoff and Chocolate Extravaganza was held at the Crookston High School Commons on Monday evening and a huge crowd of 267 packed the commons and enjoyed some great food and fellowship.  The committee handed out several awards and they are below -

Peoples Choice Amateur Winner - Chilled Peach Yogurt Soup (Crookston Home Delivered Meals)
Peoples Choice Professional Winner - Granny's Chicken and Dumpling Soup (Crookston Inn)

Judges Choice Amateur Winner - Chilled Peach Yogurt Soup (Crookston Home Delivered Meals)
Judges Choice Professional Winner - Granny's Chicken and Dumpling Soup (Crookston Inn)

Peoples Choice Amateur Winner - Back Crackin Chili (Biermaier Chiropractic Clinic)
Peoples Choice Professional Winner - White Chicken Chili (Drafts Sports Bar and Grill)

Judges Choice Amateur Winner - Darco's Beeracha Chili (Northern Lumber)
Judges Choice Professional Winner - Lloyds Chili (UMC/Sodexo)

Judges Choice for Chocolate - Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcake Bites (Wonderful Life Foods)





The winner of the KROX UMC You Pick the Score contest was Dale Halos.He picked the University of Mary to beat the University of Minnesota Crookston by a 24 to 12 score.  The actual score was Mary beating UMC 26-13. 
Dale receives $10 gift certificates from local businesses including Advanced Tire and Auto, All Seasons Lube Center and Car Wash, B & E Meats, Bridge Street Candle Company, Crookston Eagles #873, Crookston Dairy Queen, Erickson Embroidery and Design, Happy Joe’s Pizza, Minakwa Golf Course, Ness Café, and the University of Minnesota Crookston Bookstore.
Plus a $20 gift certificate from Crookston Hardware Hank, Crookston Inn and Convention Center, Eagle Thrifty White Pharmacy, Hugo’s, Irishman’s Shanty, and R.B.J.’s Restaurant. Plus a pair of jeans from Fleet Supply, a large one item pizza from Mugoo’s Pizza, and KROX added $68 as a bonus, a dollar for each year KROX has been in business. 



MONDAY - OCTOBER 17,  2016


There have been reports of various scams happening in the area, over the phone and through email. “Some of the most common ones are the phone call scams, usually where the grandchild calls saying they are sick or have been arrested.  Most of the time it is a blind call, but somehow the grandparent might slip and let the name out of the grandchild and now they have an in,” said Crookston Police Chief Paul Biermaier.  “There is also the lottery scams where they want you to send them a money order or they will send you a money order and want you to cash it, keep some, and send the rest on, but it is all a scam.  Some of the recent ones we have seen is the Federal Government’s College Student Tax.  It doesn’t exist, but people are threatened that they are going to be arrested if they don’t pay.
There are a few measures to take when you think you have been the victim of a potential scam.  “With most of this stuff, what people need to do is get on the internet and Google the phone number, the name of the lottery, or the person.  Many times, you will find that there are pages and pages of information that it is all a scam.  If somebody thinks they have been scammed and they want to report it to us, if they are out some money, we can take a look at it, but just to be upfront with it, a lot of times there is very little we can do with it,” said Chief Biermaier.  “The federal government is working on some of these scams and are making some headway but it is very difficult, especially when some of these scams go overseas.  We can report some of this stuff, but AARP and the Better Business Bureau have really good information on their websites.  AARP’s fraud watch lists all sorts of scams, so it is a good one for seniors to go to especially.”
A good rule of thumb is to use common sense and if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.  “Something we tell people over and over is simply do not give personal information on the phone or over email.  If you have any questions about it at all, just don’t do it,” said Chief Biermaier.  “For example, the IRS will never get a hold of you and tell you they are on their way to arrest you by phone or email.  They will always do it through the US mail service.  If you get an email that you think is a scam from some corporation, go on the internet, Google them, and call them using the number they provided on their website.  Do not reply to the email that you received, because it very well could be a phishing scam and they could be trying to get your personal information to try and steal your identity.”




On Saturday, October 15 the University of Minnesota Crookston held a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting for the new wellness center.  The celebration was part of the UMC Homecoming festivities.

Karen Hanson, Executive VP for Academic Affairs and Provost at University of MN, Deb Kiel, MN House of Representatives District 1B, David McMillan, Vice Chair of U of M Board of  Regents.  Ken Johnson, Otter Tail Power Company. Chancellor Fred Wood.  Alexmai Addo, Past President of UMC Student Association.  LeRoy Stumpf, MN Senate District 1.  Dalton Javner, Current President of UMC Student Association.




Babies born at RiverView Health will sleep more safely thanks to a donation to the RiverView Foundation from Ann Longtin and Shirley Iverson.
The two women recently made a donation to purchase Halo SleepSacks for babies born at RiverView. A Halo SleepSack is a wearable blanket that replaces loose blankets in the crib that can cover a baby’s face and interfere with breathing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year in the United States there are about 3,500 Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID). These deaths occur among infants less than 1 year old and have no immediately obvious cause.
The three commonly reported types of SUID are:
·       Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). About 1,500 infants died of SIDS in 2014.
·       Unknown cause.
·       Accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has suggested the use of wearable blankets like the Halo.
The Foundation started the Halo SleepSack Program in 2011 with a donation from Eagle Thrifty White Drug. Since then, Longtin and Iverson have carried on the SleepSack crusade. Their 2012 Summer Hat Fundraiser brought in enough donations to purchase 200 SleepSacks alone.
Longtin’s own child, Hazel, was the recipient of one of the SleepSacks when she was born at RiverView in April to Longtin and Travis Oliver. “Having a newborn is an amazing thing, but it can be very scary when it comes to SIDS since it can happen to the healthiest of babies,’’ Longtin shared. “The Halo SleepSacks are a priceless gift that RiverView is able to provide and educate new mothers with.  I started using the SleepSack right away in the hospital. I used it every day at home until my daughter outgrew it. It gave me peace of mind while keeping my baby warm, safe, and secure while she slept.  My hope is to keep these precious babies safe and give these amazing mothers the peace of mind they want and need.’’
If you would like more information on the Halo SleepSack program or any other Foundation program, contact Foundation Director Kent Bruun at 218-281-9249 or

Shirley Iverson, Ann Longtin, RiverView Foundation Director Kent Bruun and RiverView OB Coordinator Nicole Johnson.




Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. Foster Grandparent Program held its annual recognition luncheon at the Crookston Eagles Club earlier this month. Heidi Simmons, Senior Programs Director began the event by welcoming the Foster Grandparents and guests to the banquet. Jason Carlson, Tri-Valley’s CEO then thanked all of the volunteers for the difference they are making in the lives of others in our communities.
Following the welcome, the “World of Difference Award” was given to individuals who have been nominated by professional staff at their volunteer site. This year there were five recipients of this award from the Foster Grandparent Program. The award is engraved with, “With the little things you do every day, your impact spreads far and wide. Your commitment to improving lives inspires and motivates us all… You make a world of difference.”
Recipients of the World of Difference Award were Grandpa Ron Evans who volunteers at Ulen-Hitterdal and has been a volunteer since 2006, Grandma Adeline Woinarowicz who volunteers at Warren-Alvarado-Oslo and has been a volunteer since 2004, Grandma Sharon Baity who volunteers at Adventist Christian School (Detroit Lakes) and has been a volunteer since 2004, Grandma Pearl Birkeland who volunteers at Fosston Elementary and has been a volunteer since 2003, and Shirley Strand who volunteers at Hawley Elementary and has been a volunteer since 2008.
Prior to the meal, the Foster Grandparents were able to work up an appetite with an hour of song and dance provided by the Cathy Erickson Band.
For more information on how to become a Foster Grandparent, Caring Companion or how to receive Caring Companion Services call Heidi, Jeanette, Jean, or Jessica at 218-281-5832.

Sharon Baity, Ron Evans and Adeline Woinarowicz




At 7:38 p.m. on Saturday, October 15 the Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to a one vehicle roll over at intersection of Polk County Road 19 and 20.  The driver of a 2014 Corvette was Josh, Johnson, 29 of Grand Forks.  He was the sole occupant of the car.  Johnson was transported by ambulance to Altru hospital with unknown injuries.




The Crookston Chamber of Commerce and Crookston Visitors Bureau, Farmer’s Market and Polk County Wellness Coalition asked Crookston schools to participate in the 2016 Scarecrow exhibit during the Cornstalk Jamboree on Saturday, October 8 in Crookston.
Several classes participated in the Scarecrow essay and you can click here to read all the stories.

A scarecrow at the Cornstalk Jamboree




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