SUNDAY - AUGUST 19,  2018


The Little Miss and Junior Miss Crookston Committee recently presented a donation to Anita Gust and Christel Vigness of Bio Girls. 

Nicole Lindo, Kelly Chandler, Little Miss Crookston 2017-Mady Knutson, Anita Gust, Christel Vigness, Junior Miss Crookston 2017-Kaylie Clausen, Andrea Clausen, Kay Oien, and Erin Thode. (Not pictured committee member: Cathie Janorschke)




The Summer Arts Safari along with the Crookston Community Theatre presented Dinosaurs Before Dark on Friday and Saturday.  Third through ninth grade students presented the play and did a great job with the production.  Some picture taken by Stacey Lanctot are below-

             The cast and crew took a group picture.  Picture by Stacey Lanctot

Some of the cast showing off their acting skills during the play.  Picture by Stacey Lanctot





Crookston Police Officer Justin Roue tries out a magic trick

The Crookston Building Center Build a Bear area was a big hit

The pony rides and bouncy houses were also a popular destination on Saturday

The vendor street fair had a street full of vendors and people

The Nature Connection was informative and interesting with big crowds




FRIDAY - AUGUST 17,  2018


Thea Oman is crowned Miss Crookston  2nd Runner Up Jessica Willets, Miss Crookston Thea Oman, 1st Runner Up Muira MacRae

The Miss Crookston Scholarship Pageant was held Friday night at the Crookston High School with the theme, “Hats Off”.   2017 Miss Crookston, Aleece Durbin, crowned the new 2018 Miss Crookston, Thea Oman and winner of the talent, Evening Gown and On-Stage Presence competition; and daughter of Andy and Lynnea Oman.  The first runner-up was Muira MacRae, daughter of Colleen and Ian MacRae and winner of the Interview competition and the People’s Choice award. The second runner-up was Jessica Willets, daughter of Doug and Wendy Willits. 
The American Legion Auxiliary Freedom Award went to Rachel Hefta, daughter of Greg and Lori Hefta.  The Miss Congeniality award went to Hannah Street, daughter of Jon and Lisa Street.   Austin Sommerfeld was the Master of Ceremonies. JeanAnn Bienek is the Miss Crookston Pageant Director and committee members include Adrianne Winger, Lisa Anderson, Judy Meyer, Lindsay Erdman and Renee Tate.  Debbie Fontaine choreographed the production number.  Steve and Joe Krueger were in charge of the lights and sounds and Bo Brorby of KJAD Productions was the videographer.  The contestant interview host was the Crookston Inn.  Over three thousand dollars in educational scholarships were awarded. And two-thousand-two-hundred and fifty dollars in UMC scholarships were awarded.  Other pageant contestants were: Gina Visness, daughter of Danny and Debra Visness.

Gina Visness, Jessica Willits, Thea Oman, Muira MacRae, Rachel Hefta, Hannah Street

PAST MISS CROOKSTONS                                                          

2017  Aleece Durbin
2016  Morgan Kresl                 2015 Marietta Geist               2014  Madison Crane
2013  Carly Welter                  2000    Andrea Martin            1967   Georgia Rude
2012  Mikayla Hensrud          1999    Therese Noel               1966    Constance Broden
2011  Kelsey Kaml                 1998    Sara Brorson               1965    Leann Juve     
2010  Michelle Stahlecker      1997    Ann Gregg                  1964    Sue Bakke                  
2009   Kristen Remick            1996    Alyson Gilbert             1963    Lolly Dewar   
2008   Danie Wavra                1995    Michelle Larson           1962    Ruby Mathies 
2007   Taylor Davis                1994    Jessica Sayler              1954    Jacqueline Schipper    
2006   Alex Thompson           1993    Paula Olson                 19??     Kelsey Homvik
2005   Taushia Brooks            1992    Carmen Kriebech        1948    Rosita Ellingson
2004    Alex Dorman              1991    Myra Odom                 1947    Frances Ristau
2003    Katie Bakken              1990    Heather Williams        1946    Audrey Neff  
2002    Bethany Meier            1985    Kristi Nelson               1938    Loretta Burgess
2001    Katie Proulx                1984    Kristi Palmer               1936    Marie Olson






The Crookston Fire Department and Police Departments team up to serve the community a pancake breakfast on the Friday morning of Ox Cart Days.  They usually get close to 1,000 or more people that attend the free-will breakfast.  This year was more of the same with a steady stream of people over the four hours of the breakfast.

                    Tables were full on one side of the Crookston Fire Station

        Brian Halos was busy making pancakes for the breakfast





The Polk, Norman and Mahnomen County Public Health offices offer free Healthy Home Assessments and Environmental Intervention services.  The assessment is free of charge regardless of income and it was started with the Minnesota Department of Health and Housing and Urban Development to look at families that had children with asthma to see if they could get the home healthier for them, so they wouldn’t miss school as frequently.  As the program rolled out, they realized a bigger and broader need.  Tracy Johnson of Norman County Public Health said they seven areas of home safety. “We look for moisture that could lead to mold, so we try to keep it dry.  We will do an assessment on the basement and areas in the home that are more inclined to have mold building up under the kitchen sink and things like that,” said Johnson. “People might have lived in a home like that their whole life and not know how to start the cleanup process, so I go in with cleaning supplies and show them how to get things clean in a safe way.”  Johnson said you don’t want to use a broom to clean up in your house because that increases the dust floating around your house, so they suggest damp mopping instead.
Looking for pests and making sure the home is safe is another part of the healthy home inspection. “Mice, bedbugs, roaches, or infestation of any sort,” said Johnson. “We look for weak flooring, rails that are loose, poor lighting and we talk about keeping it contaminant free.  We recommend removing potpourri and plug-ins that increase the scents in the air because that can trigger upper respiratory issues, putting locks on the cleaning supplies door, keeping the house ventilated and we check for radon and keeping the house well maintained.”
Polk, Norman and Mahnomen County Public Health offices offer free radon testing kits and they are easy to use. 
“Anybody, no matter how rich or poor you are can get a healthy homes assessment,” said Johnson. “Everybody deserves a healthy home and the inspections are non-judgmental.  Everybody has an issue in their home and we help the home owner know what isn’t safe and how to take care of it.”
To contact Polk County Public Health, call 218-281-3385.  Norman County Public Health is 218-784-5425 and Mahnomen County Public Health is 218-935-2527.





On Friday, August 17, North Country Food Bank will be conducting the Great Corn Giveaway simultaneously in East Grand Forks and Crookston.  The public is welcome to stop by and pick up delicious sweet corn at the Hardware Hank parking lots in East Grand Forks and Crookston between Noon and 6:00 p.m. on Friday.  Volunteers are also needed to help pick the sweet corn just outside of East Grand Forks beginning at 8:00 a.m. on August 17.
North Country has partnered with Thorson Farming of East Grand Forks and CHS Ag Services to hold this event to help raise awareness about North Country’s work fighting hunger throughout northwest Minnesota and Grand Forks, ND.  Thorson Farming provided several acres of land for growing the sweet corn just outside of East Grand Forks, and CHS Ag Services provided the corn seed, as well as the tractor and planter to plant the corn.  “My sons and I are very grateful to be able to farm in the heart of the Red River Valley, and wanted to do something to give back,” said John Thorson of Thorson Farming.  “There are people right here in our community who don’t know when they will get to eat their next meal.  This is why we wanted to be involved in this project – to help make sure everybody knows about and helps support the work North Country is doing every day to make sure no children, senior citizens, veterans, families and friends in our community have to wonder how they will put dinner on the table tonight, “ said Thorson. 
This event was made possible by the generous donations of Thorson Farming, CHS Ag Services, Hardware Hank and Bulldog Designs.  For more details and directions for volunteering, or about picking up corn to take home, please contact Susie Novak at (701) 739-0224.

About North Country Food Bank, Inc.
North Country Food Bank, Inc. distributes over 9 million pounds of food annually to more than 220 hunger-relief agencies in a dedicated partnership to end hunger in northwest and west central Minnesota, and Grand Forks, North Dakota.  North Country was established in 1983, and has served communities in northwest and west central Minnesota for more than 35 years.  For more information about North Country Food Bank, please visit or call 218-281-7356.




Long drives, scenic bike rides and evening walks. They are all part of summer in Minnesota, but if you’re an impaired driver, pedestrian or bicyclist, your summer days may abruptly end.
Crashes involving alcohol continue to change Minnesotans lives forever. From 2012-2016, there were 138 people who lost their lives in drunk driving crashes during the summer months, the deadliest season. While drunk driving continues to be a leading factor in traffic fatalities, impaired bicyclists and pedestrians also play a role in lives that are changed forever with 414 alcohol-related serious injuries during the same timeframe.

To help keep the roads safe, the Crookston, East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls Police Departments, along with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, will be participating with law enforcement statewide in an extra DWI enforcement campaign starting Aug. 17 and running through Sept. 2.   
Officers, deputies and troopers from more than 300 agencies will be working overtime with funding provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety coordinates the extra enforcement and education effort. “We all need to take responsibility for our own actions,” said East Grand Forks Police Chief Mike Hedlund. “If you are a driver, line up a sober ride. If you’ve been drinking, stay off your bicycle as your judgment can be impaired. If you’ve been drinking and are walking to a destination, make sure a sober friend is walking with you. One bad choice can lead to a lifetime of heartache.”

Labor Day – No Time Off for Law Enforcement
Unfortunately, the Labor Day period continues to be a working holiday for troopers, officers and deputies who are finding drunk drivers behind the wheel. The holiday period is the third worst for drunk drivers when it comes to DWIs per hour at 3.8 (Halloween is the worst at 4 per hour).
Law enforcement officers consistently arrest more than 400 people for drunk driving during the long holiday weekend, and about 25,000 are arrested each year.    

Labor Day DWI Arrests (Friday – Tuesday)
Year - DWI's
2013 - 482
2014 - 442
2015 - 501
2016 - 421
2017 - 444
Total - 2,290

DWI Arrests Year-Round
Year - DWI's
2013 - 26,014
2014 - 25,392
2015 - 25,374
2016 - 24,059
2017 - 24,862
Total - 125,701

DWI Consequences
· Loss of license for up to a year, thousands of dollars in costs and possible jail time.
· Repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level, must use ignition interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges or face at least one year without a driver’s license.
· First-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above are required to use interlock for one year.
· Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges.

Speak Up and Plan a Sober Ride
- Plan for a safe ride — designate a sober driver, use a safe, alternative transportation option, or stay at the location of the celebration.
- Speak up – Offer to be a designated driver or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere. If you see an impaired person about to get behind the wheel, get them a safe ride home.
- Buckle up — the best defense against a drunk driver.
- Report drunk driving — call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior.

The enhanced DWI enforcement campaign is a component of the state’s Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) program. The Minnesota departments of Public Safety, Transportation and Health collaborate on improving traffic safety for all. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes – education, enforcement, engineering, and emergency medical and trauma response.

 Driving While Impaired (DWI) is a violation for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
 Alcohol-related: any evidence of alcohol detected in a driver, pedestrian or bicyclist.
 Impaired-related: any driver, pedestrian or bicyclist with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or above.
 Drunk-driving-related: any driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or above.





It isn’t necessary to go to the ocean to find a sponge. In the sunlight dappled waters of a Minnesota stream or lake, a freshwater sponge might be thriving.
The idea of freshwater sponges living in lakes and streams in Minnesota may come as a surprise to many, but these simplest-of-all animals have been filtering the waters of the northland for millennia and their presence has often been overlooked. What makes the study of these animals significant is their possible connection to the health of freshwater ecosystems in the state.
Since spring 2016, four faculty members—two biologists and two chemists—at the University of Minnesota Crookston
(UMC) have been focused on these non-moving invertebrates living at the bottom of bodies of water and what their presence might mean to Minnesota waters.

The work of UMC faculty members Karl Anderson, Anthony Schroeder, Venuopgal Mukku, and Timothy Dudley, along with a number of undergraduate students, could lead to the discovery of new species. But most important is the contribution they are making to the DNA sequencing of freshwater sponges and to a greater understanding of these simple organisms and their role in the evolutionary cycle. A more complete picture of the relationship of sponges to water quality and their presence as a bio-indicator of a healthy ecosystem could also result from the research.
Biologists Anderson and Schroeder are on the front line collecting specimens, labeling, documenting, and conducting immediate testing on site. Once they have a specimen, measuring up to an inch square along with a separate sample of the water, they record location, PH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, and conductivity readings. They also note anything else in the surroundings such as the existence of zebra mussels for example.
The last documented study on Minnesota’s freshwater sponges took place in the summer of 1970 when a University of Minnesota graduate student began collecting sponge specimens in Itasca State Park. Today, scientists using technology unavailable in the 1970s are generating new data that could reveal a great deal more about the sponges and their environment.
The samples collected are stored on ice until they are taken back to the lab usually within 24 to 36 hours. Then, the samples are separated: some for storage and archiving and others prepared for genetic analysis, using molecular biology and other modern research techniques.
The remaining material is freeze dried to remove water. With the water removed, the resulting chemical residue is in turn studied by chemists Venuopgal Mukku and Tim Dudley who determine the makeup of the residue and what it might tell them about the habitat. They also test to see if what is filtered by the sponge is sequestered in their cells. One important potential consequence of chemical absorption by sponges is the ability of those chemicals to move up the food chain.

Sponges, which belong to the phylum Porifera meaning pore bearer, obtain food from the flow of water passing through them. They grow in locations exposed to sunlight with protection from natural predators like caddisflies and crayfish.
There have been about 200 species of freshwater sponges identified worldwide and 32 of those are in North America. There is reason to believe that genetic analysis could reveal new sponge species in Minnesota along with the two previously recorded.
For undergraduates at
UMC, the study is an opportunity to develop skills in biology and chemistry and to work across majors in the areas of science, communication, and others making this research an interdisciplinary effort.

Calling Citizen-Scientists
Beyond the classroom, citizen-scientists are encouraged to report locations of sponges by sending the information to
or calling 218-281-8240. There has already been significant interest and reporting by citizen-scientists across the state.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has been helpful in recommending locations for sponge investigation and recreational divers have provided information on sponges in lakes where they dive, along with those who have been walking along a stream or lake and noted their presence.
Support for the project has come for Office of Academic and Student Affairs, Math, Science, and Technology Department at
UMC as well as funding from Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR), and donations from Cabela’s.

Visit the Minnesota Freshwater Sponge Project website located at

Michaela Lano, Trevor Long, and Karl Anderson search the waters near the dam in Thief River Falls. (Pictures by UMC)






The 2018 Ox Cart Days medallion was found within a couple of hours of the unveiling of the first clue.  Mary Jo and Kathryn Halos found the medallion by a tree at the Dairy Queen.
The clue was
"We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun.  Ox Cart Days is the tail end of this season.  Crowning a new queen might be the reason."

Kathryn and Mary Jo Halos with the medallion




The Eighth Annual Crookston Veterans Ceremony honored seven Crookston area veterans at the University of Minnesota Crookston’s Bede Ballroom on Wednesday afternoon.  The event is sponsored by the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee.  Linus Desrosier, Trevor Desrosier, Lenny Fuller, Seth Goehring, Mark Peterson, William Rasmussen, and Roberta Schipper were honored with an award and a Quilt of Valor. 

Linus Desrosier, Trevor Desrosier, Seth Goehring, Birdie Schipper, Mark Peterson, Bill Rasmussen, and Lenny Fuller.

KROX asked the Veterans what the honor meant to them -

Trevor Desrosier
said – “I am very thankful.  I guess I didn’t expect it and thank you to everybody that put it together.  I am still serving now.  I was on the NCR detail last year and that was pretty awesome, getting to work to directly support the branches of government, that is amazing the opportunity is very rare.”

Birdie Schipper said – “It means a lot to me, it is humbling and it is just a great honor. I had the opportunity to enlist recruits and make sure the kids were taken care of.  This was a surprise.”

Mark Peterson said – “I am very honored and not growing up in this community and having somebody nominate you out of the blue is an unreal feeling.  Retirement was a highlight and making it home safe is a blessing and to be all over the world and see the different countries and the freedoms we have.”

Lenny Fuller said – “It is an honor, a real honor and humbling.  Meeting a lot of people and training a lot of people and I love everybody.  I don’t even have words for this honor, it is pretty cool.”

Seth Goehring said – “It is a great honor and I am humbled.  I was floored and couldn’t believe it.  My highlight is all the relationships with all the men and women I have served with.  It is a big family and have run into various soldiers I have served with.”

Bill Rasmussen said – “This is a very big honor and I am humbled by it.  My highlight is when I became an instructor and I was instructing young soldiers that were moving up their career and some of them passed me by and that was great to see.  I like the way they ran the program and to hear what the other Veterans have done.”

Linus Desrosier said – “This was kind of a surprise and the blanket was an even bigger surprise.  One highlight was to be able to race around the countryside and it was a pleasure and fun.  If people here were able to understand what people in other countries are going through, they wouldn’t complain.”

For more information on the seven honorees, click here.





Dan and Vicki Svedarsky came to Crookston in the fall of 1969 when Dan accepted a position to start a natural resources program at the University of Minnesota Crookston campus. Along with his University appointment, Dan has been involved in many community driven efforts, often in a leadership role. Dan currently serves on the Downtown Crookston Development Partnership Board. He also served as part of Crookston InMotion Community Stewardship Initiative, Downtown Redevelopment Committee, GreenStep Cities committee and many others.
Vicki and Dan arrived with son Alex and would later add son Andy and daughter Amanda. Alex operates a Fitness Center in San Jose, Cost Rica; Andy is in international business dealing with petroleum distribution system and sidelines as a Golden Plump producer in Eleva, Wisconsin; and Amanda is a human resources manager with Prime Therapeutics in Minneapolis. Dan and Vicki point to their three children and families as their proudest accomplishments over their long careers. Both Dan and Vicki have kept full work schedules along with family responsibilities and their church.
In the early 1970’s Vicki began teaching Home Economics at Crookston Central High School to help support the family as Dan took a part-time leave to study prairie chickens as part of a graduate program at the University of North Dakota (UND). After Dan completed his studies, Vicki then pursued a Master’s Degree in Counseling at UND. With her counseling credentials, Vicki transitioned into counseling for several years which included a stint at Thief River Falls and finished up that career at UMC. The Svedarskys have always been a team in the best sense of the word as they supported each other in their work in education and in service with the Crookston community.
Dan recently retired after 49 years from the University in which he served in numerous roles of teaching, research, and service. He is a certified wildlife biologist and researcher with the Northwest Research and Outreach Center. In his capacity as a wildlife biologist, Svedarsky was elected National President of The Wildlife Society, the primary international professional organization for wildlife professors, managers, and biologists. In his role with the wildlife profession and conservation research, Svedarsky has given technical presentations across the U.S. and Canada and in New Zealand, South Africa, Germany, Scotland, Germany, Costa Rica, Japan, and Finland.
As the founding Director of the Center for Sustainability at UMC, Svedarsky has been the Crookston campus advocate for sustainability issues. Principal among these include the campus Nature Nook, Shaver Butterfly Garden, Peterson Vegetable Garden, Heritage Hall Raingarden, and the High Tunnel greenhouse. Over the years, he founded the Red River Valley Natural History Area and has been involved in the development of several degree programs and numerous courses in wildlife management and natural resources. He has advised hundreds of students and served as a peer mentor. Likewise, Vicki has mentored hundreds of students and colleagues over her long career.
He was a 2010 recipient of the University of Minnesota President's Award for Outstanding Service and a 1997 recipient of the Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. Svedarsky was recognized with the 2008 Torch and Shield Award, an award recognizing leadership in the development of UMC, the Northwest Research and Outreach Center, and Extension.
While not traveling to follow grandkid activities, Vicki and Dan are at home at their prairie farm outside of Crookston where they grow vegetables and engage in formal and informal consulting in their respective fields. Dan retains an office at the Crookston campus as an Emeritus Professor.





The Crookston High School gymnasium has had a couple upgrades over the summer and two of the three will be easy to notice. 
The first improvement that most people won’t notice is a new half circle painted by the baskets.  Charges won’t be allowed in between the half circle and the basket when the basketball seasons start.
The most visible change will be the new scoreboards on each end of the gym.  “Last year we were struggling with our board with replacing light bulbs all the time and being 21 years old already we found a way to get a new board with help from sponsors, people came through along with the school,” said Crookston High School Activities Director Greg Garmen. “We ended up with a nice new board, pretty comparable to what we had, the LED technology is new and should be brighter.  It is a nice addition.”
The other visible difference is artwork that was painted on the walls to let people know where to sit when they attend volleyball, basketball and wrestling.  “After a game last year, we had some issues where people didn’t know where to sit so I have been talking with Gary Stegman that we need to put something up,” said Garmen. “He being the visual artist spiced it up and what he put up there looks pretty good.  He put four different pictures and words up there and it looks pretty good, so we thank him for that and we thank our custodial staff for putting the scoreboard up.”
Fall sports are a couple of days into their season and Garmen said it is going well so far. “The weather has been great for everybody outdoors,” said Garmen. “Everything has gone well and we have pretty good numbers so far and if you’re a parent listening or a kid not doing anything, we offer a lot and they can pick something and go play.”




Fall semester classes begin Tuesday, August 21 at the University of Minnesota Crookston but the campus is already buzzing with the return of student-athletes for the beginning of their fall practice schedule. Activities are underway in preparation for welcome back-week for faculty and staff which began on Monday, August 13.
Along with approximately 15 new faculty and staff, the campus welcomes the new Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs John Hoffman. He comes to the U of M Crookston from California State University, Fullerton and replaces Vice Chancellor Barbara Keinath who is retiring after serving in the role since 2013. A farewell for Keinath is planned for mid-September.
Two majors and a minor have been added to the portfolio of academic offerings at the University of Minnesota Crookston including a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Agricultural Communication along with an online B.S. in English, and an English minor online. The agricultural communication program blends agriculture, communication, and liberal education courses that prepare students for a wide variety of career choices. The major in English offered on campus since early 2015 will be available online giving students greater flexibility.
A new laboratory referred to as the University of Minnesota Crookston Center for Collaborative Research (UMC-CCR) opens officially on August 14 during welcome-back week and will offer faculty and students greater opportunities for research and access to equipment previously unavailable on the Crookston campus. Research projects like the study of freshwater sponges in Minnesota streams and lakes, along with many others, will be advanced by the access the new lab provides.
Dual admissions programs are in place following the signing of agreements with Northland Community and Technical College and a recently signed agreement with Red Lake Nation College to benefit students and allow for collaboration between faculty at both institutions and opportunities for program development
Looking further ahead, Homecoming 2018 will take place September 28 and 29. The theme for this year’s activities is “There’s No Place Like Homecoming.” Plan to attend the Alumni Awards Celebration on Friday, September 28 honoring Athletic Hall of Fame inductees Chancellor Emeritus Charles H. Casey; Ken Bond 1996; and Derrick Sanders 1996. Outstanding Alumni honorees include Nancy Capistran 1971, 1992, and 2001; Peggy Lee Hilton 1968; and Wayne Freimund 1981. For reservations, contact Rose Ulseth at 218-281-8439. To view homecoming activities, visit

Community Advisors for 2018 have been preparing for the arrival of students.





The University of Minnesota Crookston Ice Cream Social was held on Wednesday afternoon on a perfect day for ice cream.  The social had one of the largest crowds (if not the largest crowd) in the events history and everybody in attendance enjoyed strawberry, vanilla and chocolate ice cream.  We have some pictures from the event below.

                          A large line waits for ice cream at the UMC ice cream social

          People enjoying music by University of Minnesota Crookston's George French





The Crookston Lions are working on their float in preparation for the Ox Cart Days Parade on Saturday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m.  Construction crew pictured include (left to right) Lions Tom Anderson, Dale Knotek, John Vik, project chairman Brian Frisk, and Wayne Swanson.  Not pictured were Lions Kristi Morris Leas and Duane Anderson.





The Ox Cart Days Medallion Hunt will begin Wednesday, August 15 with the first clue read at 4:45 p.m. at the Ice Cream Social at UMC. After the first clue is read, a new clue will come out daily at 2 p.m. in the Crookston Daily Times newspaper, on KROX Radio/, and on Facebook until it is found.
Mark Ecklund has been the Medallion Hunt clue writer and coin hider for years. The medallion is a gold coin (pictured below) about the size of a half-dollar that says 2018 Ox Cart Days on it. If you find it, bring it to the Crookston Times office or send them a message on Facebook to win a prize package of $200 cash and UMC swag. The Medallion Hunt is sponsored by the Crookston Daily Times and University of Minnesota Crookston Admissions Office. 

To see the clues and for more medallion hunt information, click here.





20 girls competed in the Little Miss and Junior Miss Crookston Pageant on Tuesday evening at the Crookston High School Auditorium. 
Kayelynn Volker was crowned Little Miss Crookston and Brynn Olson was crowned Junior Miss Crookston. Volker is seven years old and the daughter of Myles and Nicole Volker.  Olson is 12 years old and the daughter of Terry and Stacy Olson of Thief River Falls.

Kayelynn Volker is crowned Little Miss and Brynn Olson is crowned Jr. Miss Crookston

Little Miss Crookston winners -
Little Miss Crookston – Kayelynn Volker
First runner-up – Graceyn Kvasager
Second runner-up – Teagan Fanfulik
On stage question – Brynna Kopecky
Talent – Kayelynn Volker
Formal wear – Graceyn Kvasager
People’s Choice – Addison Schiller

2nd runner-up Teagan Fanfulik, Little Miss Crookston Kayelynn Volker and 1st runner-up Graceyn Kvasager

Junior Miss Crookston winners -
Junior Miss Crookston – Brynn Olson
First runner-up – Emily Bowman
Second runner-up – Carley Knutson
On stage question – Shayla Azure
Talent – Brynn Olson
Formal wear – Brynn Olson
People’s Choice – Shayla Azure

2nd runner-up Carley Knutson, Jr. Miss Crookston Brynn Olson, and 1st runner-up Emily Bowman





Five people filed to run for Crookston Mayor and six people filed for the Crookston City Council At-large as the highlights on the last day to file to run for office. 

The people that have filed for Mayor and  City Council are listed below -
Mayor - Clayton Briggs, Dale Stainbrook, Dana Johnson, Guy Martin, and Dean Adams
City Council Ward 2 - Incumbent Steve Erickson
City Council Ward 4 - Don Cavalier and Sharon Lewis
City Council Ward 6 - Cindy Gjerswold
City Council at Large - Kelly Shea, Dylane Klatt, Joe Kresl, Tom Vedbraaten, Neal Benoit, Trent Brekken

The General Election will be Tuesday, November 6.




One person, Marcia Meine, filed to run for Crookston School Board on the final day of filing and six people will be running for three spots on the board.  Incumbents Adrianne Winger, Tim Dufault, and Patty Dillabough are running for re-election and Katya Zepeda, Jim McBride and Marcia Meine all filed.  The General Election will be Tuesday, November 6.





Beginning Monday, August 20, motorists in Crookston will encounter a detour of the Highway 75 bypass, between County Road 9 and Highway 2. The road will be closed as crews conduct bridge repairs, shoulder reconstruction, concrete repairs and paving.
Traffic will be detoured onto Highway 2 and old Highway 75, and local access will be maintained for residents and businesses along the project area. Increased truck traffic, especially trucks hauling sugar beets, is expected on city and county roads throughout the duration of the project.
PCiRoads, LLC is the prime contractor for the $3.86 million project, which is expected to last through the end of September. Upon completion, motorists will experience a smoother, longer lasting road and bridge.
MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, and reminds them to slow down in the work zone and never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones. For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.





The Crookston Ways and Means Committee met twice on Monday evening. The first meeting was to discuss the budget for the Building Department and Technology Department. The committee is meeting every Monday to discuss the budgets of different departments.

The second meeting was after the Crookston City Council meeting and the first topic of discussion was a projector system for the City Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall. Information Technology Department Head, Philip Barton, as requested by the City Council, had an estimate of costs for a new projector system at $3,140. The cost were projected maximum's and there would be extra cost for an electrician. "We determined the most cost effective scenario for the level of usage that we will see and maximize usefulness in that particular room, which is a tough room to handle projection," said Barton. "For this scenario we are coming up with hardware cost just a little over $3,000 and there would be some necessary electrical work, so we are trying to keep it frugal and come up with a reasonable solution."
Barton said the flat, white walls will be used as the projection screen and if needed they can use a special paint if the walls don't work. Barton said he stayed on the frugal side because the projection system won't be used a lot. "We don't want to drop $20,000 on something that's only going to get used a couple times a year," said Barton. "Our current use case is, we see heavy use cases when there are a lot of public hearings near the end of the year and the really big one is the finance director's Truth and Taxation hearing and things related to that. Maybe we see usage of it about five times per year."

The Downtown Crookston Development Project committee was on the agenda, but when KROX talked to members of the committee earlier in the day (for an upcoming story) they said they knew nothing about it until they saw it on the agenda. The DCDP was pulled from the agenda and will be on the next meetings agenda to discuss 2019 project recommendations.

Instead of the DCDP, Crookston Park and Rec Director Scott Riopelle told the committee that they had received two bids to fix the concrete work at the Crookston Sports Center east entrance (main entry for players and parents). The concrete has heaved and the entry is uneven causing a safety concern for people using the entrance. Crookston Concrete was the low bidder at $13,175 and the money will come from the arena fund. "On the east end of the arena we have had some heaving. It raises and lowers throughout the season and we talked about grinding down the concrete, but that doesn't work if it moves in both directions," said Riopelle. "They will remove the existing product, put in some drainage on the one side, we will do some sub-work below the concrete taking out some old fill and putting in some new and putting in a couple layers of insulation as well. It is very wet out there and we needed to do something for the safety of the people that use the facility and we think we will have a good product in the end."

The committee unanimously approved the Business Subsidy Policy. The policy was crafted by city staff, the city attorney and the Crookston Housing and Economic Development Authority director. The city doesn't have a policy and it is required for large subsidies that are provided to businesses at $150,000 or more.

The Water/Wastewater resolution passed unanimously, but not without lengthy discussion. The resolution is to give a large business moving to town a break on their water bill if they reach a certain level. Councilman Steve Erickson questions the parameters with no wiggle room and thought the required size of the business was too large and should be lowered. Councilman Jake Fee said if they have to approve each individual business they should start with lower requirements. Erickson added the city should be proactive on getting any business we can into town. After the discussion it was decided to move forward with the resolution.

The Code of Conduct policy has been a sticking point with most council members and Councilman Erickson said the charter takes care of it and with a new council coming in January, they should leave it and let the new council decide if they want it. Fee said they could add a couple items to the charter at the December meeting if they wanted. The council allowed the policy to be dropped and will not be discussed the rest of the year.




TUESDAY - AUGUST 14,  2018


The State of Minnesota has seen a large number of primary voters choosing the absentee voting method, but for Crookston residents that want to vote in person there are two polling places in town.  We have listed them below-
Wards 1, 2, and 6 votes at St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Wards 3, 4, and 5 vote at First Presbyterian Church
To view the Crookston Ward map, click here.




Guy Martin was the only person to file for a City of Crookston race on Monday and after filing for Mayor, there will be a four person race with one day left to file.

The people that have filed for Mayor and  City Council are listed below -
Mayor - Clayton Briggs, Dale Stainbrook, Dana Johnson, and Guy Martin
City Council Ward 2 - Incumbent Steve Erickson
City Council Ward 4 - Don Cavalier and Sharon Lewis
City Council Ward 6 - Cindy Gjerswold
City Council at Large - Kelly Shea

Crookston citizens interested in running for the five openings can file at Crookston City Hall through Tuesday, August 14.  Hours at City Hall are Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is a filing fee of $2 and the state requires all filers have a phone number.

Mayor - Incumbent Wayne Melbye (Has said he will not run for another term)
Ward 2 - Steve Erickson
Ward 4 - Dennis Regan
Ward 6 - Tom Vedbraaten
At Large - Bob Quanrud (Has said he will not run again)

All Candidates
- must be eligible to vote in Minnesota
- must have not filed for another office at the upcoming primary or general election
- must be 21 years of age or more upon assuming office
- must have maintained residence in their district* for at least 30 days before the general election.




The Crookston School Board met on Monday evening at the Crookston High School Choir/Orchestra room.
The meeting led off with a presentation from Shelly Thomforde, Amy Follette and Maddie Everett and the
ir experience on the Europe Trip this summer. Thomforde said there was 28 students on the trip and 26 of them were females. They split into five groups that they called families and Thomforde added that she was proud of how the kids behaved and how well they treated each other and other people.
While on the trip Everett and Follette said they had bus and river tours to see all the sites from Paris to Normandy to England. The saw the Palace of Versailles, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and museums. In Normandy, they saw the Cain Memorial museum, Omaha Beach, a cemetery for American soldiers, war
sites and picturesque Normandy towns. They took a Ferry to England and stopped at Canterbury Cathedral, Hampton Court, Tower Bridge, the Imperial War museum, London Tower, Great Scotland Yard and more.
Everett said the trip was amazing. "My favorite place we visited was Normandy because it was just tiny French villages on the French coast and they were all super picturesque and looked just like they did in the 1940's and it was interesting to be in the area," said Everett. "My favorite historical sight was the Tower of London in London because so much crazy history happened there. So many imprisonments and beheadings and King Henry the VIII and all of his wives and Crookston High School did a play on it and I was in it and that was a blast."
Follette said her favorite things was the war museums. "When we were in Normandy we went to the Ca
en Museum. It was all about Word War II and it hit home to me on how real the war was and the effects of the war and how everybody was affected," said Follette. "We went to the Palace of Versailles and it was crazy were the treaty was signed. It was such a blast every second you were awake."
Both girls said they would do the trip again if they had a chance.

After the presentation, the board approved the current bills and approved the employment agreement with Linda Morgan as Youth Services Director, Travis Oliver as the Industrial Technology Instructor and will be part-time because he will have to student teach to finish his teaching licensure, Ramona Erickson as a Kindergarten aide and Lynnae Larson as a long term sub at Washington School. The board also approved the resignation from Chris Reynolds as a Title Aide at Highland School. The last item of approval was the list of fall coaches for the district. School Boardmember Adrianne Winger abstained as she was one of the coaches on the list, but the rest of the board approved the list.
The board moved to the main agenda where they approved the milk bid from Deans Foods and the bread bid from Pan O'Gold. They also approved the Crookston School District Goals. They had four goals -
1. Build positive relationships and trust
2. To provide leadership to ensure the effective management of the school district finances
3. Continue efforts to retain and grow student enrollment through marketing the school
4. Focus on Pirate pride and a positive view of the Crookston School District

Crookston School Board Chair Frank Fee explains the goals. "It was a little over a month ago we had a meeting with the Minnesota School Board Association and we set goals for the school district and they would be what we evaluate the new superintendent on and we passed them tonight," said Fee. "There are many things that come under those four categories and each school board meeting, Dr. Olson will address his report towards those specific goals."
They will evaluate Superintendent Olson halfway through the school year and again at the end of the year.
Superintendent Jeremy Olson said he wanted to establish metrics on the goals and he will bring them to the board at their next meeting for approval. Olson also talked about the long range planning for the district. He said he is looking into a bus garage, looking at working with the City of Crookston on the future of the pool and who would benefit the most from the ownership of the facility, referendum planning, enrollment and getting a committee together and build Pirate pride.
The next Crookston School meeting will be held on Monday, August 27 at 5:00 p.m.

Amy Follette and Maddie Everett had a great recap of their Europe Trip




The Crookston City Council will meet on Monday evening and pulled the a resolution to approve change order 1 on the Crookston Airport fuel system installation project from the consent agenda. After they pulled the fuel system, they approved the agenda including a resolution to approve City of Crookston bills and disbursements in the amount of $381,953.60; a resolution approving partial payment #1 to Davidson Construction for 2018 Street Improvements, and two dance permits for Ox Cart Days. The council had a public hearing on the 5th Avenue South street construction project and nobody was in attendance to speak so the council approved the project. During discussion, Councilman Tom Vedbraaten asked when the project will be done. Rich Clauson of Widseth Smith Nolting, said it should be done this year and he will check with the company now that the council gave the approval to move forward with the project.
The council approved the fireworks for Ox Cart Days and when it came back to the topic of the Crookston Airport fuel system, Councilman Vedbraaten asked if there was some kind of warranty on the work they did previously. Mayor Wayne Melbye said he would like if they could contact Crookston Airport Manager, Lowell Miller and Blake Carlson, the architect on the project to come and explain the reason for the change order. The council agreed.
At the Crookston City Council meeting, Crookston Park and Rec Director, Scott Riopelle, said they have installed a 60 foot flag poll at the park on Sixth Street and people will notice the addition to town. "The project is because of a donation from Kirk Lukow," said Riopelle. "It is a 60 foot flag pole and the plan was to erect it tomorrow and Otter Tail Power came and put it up today and the lighting should be trenched in by the end of this week and within the next two weeks, when you come in from the North, it is visible being 60 feet in the air and being 12 by 18 foot flag."

The council asked Crookston Public Works Director Pat Kelly if they were going to spray for mosquitoes and he said they will spray on Wednesday night when most activities are inside.  We will have news from the Ways and Means committee meeting on Wednesday.





University Relations at the University of Minnesota Crookston will host the annual Ox Cart Days Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, August 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Peterson Gazebo on the Campus Mall (rain site: Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center).
Members of the campus and the Crookston communities are invited to enjoy free ice cream while listening to live music by Associate Professor George French.
At 4:45 p.m. the first clue for the 2018 Ox Cart Days Medallion Hunt will be announced. The UMC Bookstore will be open until 5 p.m. and will have special T‐shirts on sale for only $8.99. Discounted tickets for the Minnesota State Fair will be available to purchase at the Bookstore.
KROX’s Steve Krueger will be reporting live from the UMC Ice Cream Social from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.





Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. staff attended the Minnesota Community Action Partnership (MinnCAP) Annual Training Conference held on July 31 August 2 at the Rivers Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. Staff took part in legislative general sessions, listened to speakers on various topics, and took part in several educational breakout sessions.
In conjunction with the annual training conference, 25 Year Honorees were recognized for their dedicated service and commitment to Community Action. Tri-Valleys Cindy Boudreaux (Health Services Manager) was honored for her 25 years of work with Tri-Valley in Crookston.
Cindy started her Head Start experience as a Head Start child where she was introduced to new and exciting things she had never seen before. For the past 25 years, Cindy has undeniably impacted countless children and families through her work.
Cindy has been instrumental in providing high quality, innovative health services and health education to children and parents. Her team provides CPR training, educates Pregnant Women and performs Child and Teen check-ups, which generates income for the program. Admirably, while doing this, Cindy is a strong advocate for families and staff, displaying empathy and compassion in everything she does.

Arnie Anderson (MinnCAP Executive Director), Cindy Boudreaux, and Francie Mathes (Office of Economic Opportunity)





MONDAY - AUGUST 13,  2018


Former Crookston City Council member Dana Johnson filed to run for Mayor on Friday to make it a three-way race for Mayor as of Friday evening.

The people that have filed for City Council are listed below by ward.
Mayor - Clayton Briggs, Dale Stainbrook, and Dana Johnson
City Council Ward 2 - Incumbent Steve Erickson
City Council Ward 4 - Don Cavalier and Sharon Lewis
City Council Ward 6 - Cindy Gjerswold
City Council at Large - Kelly Shea

Crookston citizens interested in running for the five openings can file at Crookston City Hall through Tuesday, August 14.  Hours at City Hall are Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is a filing fee of $2 and the state requires all filers have a phone number.

Mayor - Incumbent Wayne Melbye (Has said he will not run for another term)
Ward 2 - Steve Erickson
Ward 4 - Dennis Regan
Ward 6 - Tom Vedbraaten
At Large - Bob Quanrud (Has said he will not run again)

All Candidates
- must be eligible to vote in Minnesota
- must have not filed for another office at the upcoming primary or general election
- must be 21 years of age or more upon assuming office
- must have maintained residence in their district* for at least 30 days before the general election.





The Crookston School Board and Superintendent Jeremy Olson met last week to discuss the long-term plan for the Crookston School District.  Both sides thought it was a good discussion about the future of the school district.  “We started looking at the operating referendum, pool referendum and those things we will encounter down the road,” said Olson. “We started talking about the what-ifs with our pool facility and what it looks like down the road, looking at buildings and maintenance down the road and we looked at the referendum strategy and whether or not we wanted to go a year early, so we had discussions about that.”
The meeting was productive and the board gave Olson “marching orders.”  “One being the bus garage and pulling some information as far as what does that looks like, seeking input and what is our strategy moving forward with our bus garage,” said Olson. “I think everyone probably agrees that we should be looking at that down the road since I am worried about it falling in the next couple of years.”
Olson said they have to figure out how to get a new bus garage. “We are going to be looking at what do we do with an architect down the road,” said Olson. “Is this something that is viable to bring to the tax payers, when are we bringing it to the taxpayers and what kind of dollar amount are we looking at and what type of building.”





The Crookston School Board will meet on Monday, August 13 at 5:00 p.m. at the Crookston High School Choir/Orchestra room. 
The feature presentation will be a summary of the 2018 Europe Trip presented by Shelly Thomforde, Amy Follette, and Maddie Everett.
Personnel items include the approval of employment with Linda Morgan as Youth Services Director, Travis Oliver as Industrial Technology Instructor, Ramona Erickson as a Kindergarten Aide at Washington School, Lynnae Larson as a long-term substitute at Washington School, approve the fall coaches and accept a letter of resignation from Chris Reynolds as Title Aide at Highland School.

The main agenda includes the approval of milk and bread bids, district goals and a Europe Trip in 2020.
The board will be asked to accept a $450 donation from the Washington PTO for School Readiness and ECFE programs. 
The board will get a report from Superintendent Jeremy Olson to wrap up the meeting.
The public is welcome to speak at the beginning or the end of the meetings.

The next regular school board meeting will be Monday, August 27 at 5:00 p.m.





The Crookston City Council will meet on Monday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Crookston City Hall Council Chambers. 
The consent agenda includes a resolution to approve City of Crookston bills and disbursements in the amount of $381,953.60; a resolution to approve change order #1 on the Crookston Airport fuel system installation project; a resolution approving partial payment #1 to Davidson Construction for 2018 Street Improvements.
The council will also be asked to approve two Ox Cart Days dance permits for Junk FM and a DJ for the Teen Dance.  There will be a public hearing to hear comments on Improvement of 5th Avenue South.
The regular agenda has a resolution ordering improvement and preparation of plans and specifications.

The Crookston Ways and Means Committee will meet before and after the City Council meeting.
Before the meeting, at 6:00 p.m., the committee will look over the Building Official and Information Technology budgets.  After the council meeting the Crookston Ways and Means Committee will meet again.  They will discuss council chambers projectors and Downtown Crookston Development project recommendations.  They will also look combining the Finance Director and City Clerk positions, the business subsidy policy, a water/wastewater resolution and code of conduct.




One group from the 2017 Class that could not make last year’s Crookston High School Hall of Fame Induction because of an accident to one of their members and four new members of the Crookston High School Hall of Fame Class and two members of the “Legends Hall of Fame” will be inducted into the Crookston High School Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 18 at 3:00 PM during Ox Cart Days.
The 2017 group was The Soles who were an A Cappella musical group that had their start at Crookston High School in the late 1990’s.  The Soles were Eric Patenaude, Kevin Taylor, Brent Thorson and Eric Barnum.

The 2018 group includes:
Ron Thompson,
was a teacher, coach and long-time sports official, for over 31 years in Crookston.  He also taught drivers training for many years.
Len Devos
was a three-sport letter winner at Crookston Central High School in the early 1970’s.  He was a co-captain of the 1974 State Championship Track Team, placing third in both shot and discus.
Carol Anderson Barrett and Elaine Anderson Phillips
are sisters who will be inducted together in this year’s class.  Carol is a composer whose works have been recorded and performed world-wide.  Elaine has published books and essays and is a recognized lecturer.
Charles Potter
was a classroom teacher, principal and superintendent in the Crookston Public Schools in the 1960’s and 1970’s.  He was considered to be an educator innovator by his peers. 

The two new members of the “Crookston High School Legends Hall of Fame” are Henry “Hank” Hulst and Bill Taylor.
Hank Hulst
was the first 1,000 point scorer in boys’ basketball history.  He also held the State of Minnesota scoring record of 47 points in one game for a number of years.
Bill Taylor
was a four-sport letter winner in the late 1950’s.  He was quarterback of the first undefeated football team and the first Individual State Champion when he won the high jump at the state tournament in 1959.




Five area organizations recently completed a two year intensive training program called Vital Nonprofits. The mission of Vital Nonprofits is to invest and build the long term sustainability of the region’s nonprofit organizations through targeted and intensive training, assessment, technical assistance, peer learning and coaching opportunities. This training was provided by the Northwest Minnesota Foundation through workshops and assistance from high quality consultants.
The five organizations that were selected to participate in the program were the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area, Clear Waters Life Center, Thief River Falls Area Community Theater, Care and Share of Crookston, and the Northwoods Battered Women’s Shelter. “These organizations committed to a long-term process of improving their daily operations,” says Nate Dorr, Senior Program Officer at Northwest Minnesota Foundation. “They invested significant time to plan for the future, develop better financial management and communication practices, and address their staffing needs. The end result is better services in our communities.”
The Northwest Minnesota Foundation is a public charitable nonprofit community foundation serving 12 northwestern Minnesota counties with a mission to invest resources, facilitate collaboration, and promote philanthropy to make the region a better place to live and work. Learn more at

       Representatives of the five organizations that received the training from the NWMF.



FRIDAY - AUGUST 10, 2018


Don Cavalier and Sharon Lewis filed for City Council Ward 4 on Thursday.  They are the first two that have filed for Ward 4.

The people that have filed for City Council are listed below by ward.
Mayor - Clayton Briggs and Dale Stainbrook
City Council Ward 2 - Incumbent Steve Erickson
City Council Ward 4 - Don Cavalier and Sharon Lewis
City Council Ward 6 - Cindy Gjerswold
City Council at Large - Kelly Shea

Crookston citizens interested in running for the five openings can file at Crookston City Hall through August 14, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  City Hall will be open until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14 only.  There is a filing fee of $2 and the state requires all filers have a phone number.

Mayor - Incumbent Wayne Melbye (Has said he will not run for another term)
Ward 2 - Steve Erickson
Ward 4 - Dennis Regan
Ward 6 - Tom Vedbraaten
At Large - Bob Quanrud (Has said he will not run again)

All Candidates
- must be eligible to vote in Minnesota
- must have not filed for another office at the upcoming primary or general election
- must be 21 years of age or more upon assuming office
- must have maintained residence in their district* for at least 30 days before the general election.





A Kids at Castle event is coming up on Monday, August 13 where families will be asked to “Discover and Uncover Castle Park.”  There are plenty of reasons to join community members of all ages to rediscover Castle Park in Crookston.  Much of the greatness of Castle Park is in the minds of those that experience it. “We really encourage kids of all ages to interact with nature and just explore and have fun,” said Kirsten Fagerlund of Polk County Public Health. “That said, this Monday we will make mud pies and explore the trails. Water is on now at Castle Park thanks to the Super Bowl grant! Let the mud fly.”
The Kids at Castle event will be from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.





Altru Health System will hold its annual Cherished Children Memorial Service at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 14 on the front grounds of Altru Hospital. This event seeks to support families who have lost a child by any means, at any stage of life.
This year, our theme is “Keeping the Memory Alive: Honoring and Remembering Our Children”. The event will feature parents who have lost a child and music provided by “Higher Ground Band”. Participating organizations include: TEARS Suicide Prevention, Camp Good Mourning, Grand Forks Library, Altru’s Bereavment, Camp Good Grief, Community Support Groups and Altru’s Pet Therapy volunteers. We will also provide a children’s tent for ages five and up. This tent will include activities such as music, stories and crafts.
This event is free and open to the public. All booths and activities start at 6:30 p.m., with the formal program beginning at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the program. For more information, call Rachel Dauksavage, 701-780-5257.





University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) and Red Lake Nation College (RLNC) announced a new comprehensive Dual Admissions agreement. The agreement establishes a cooperative academic relationship between the two institutions. RLNC president Dan King and UMC Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause signed the new memorandum of agreement on Tuesday, August 7, providing access and opportunity for students from both institutions.
The agreement offers academically qualified RLNC students dual admission to UMC with the goal of working toward a bachelor’s degree through UMC. The agreement establishes this as the “Azhoogan Program,” incorporating the Ojibwe word for “bridge.” The agreement also will enable UMC students to transfer credits back to RLNC in order to fully utilize a reverse transfer program allowing them to combine credits previously earned at RLNC with those earned at UMC and apply them towards the award of an AA or AAS degree from RLNC.
UMC Chancellor Holz-Clause said, “This dual admission partnership provides a real benefit to students and allows opportunities for program development. It also encourages greater collaboration between faculty from both Red Lake Nation College and UMC.”
Selected courses at RLNC--especially those that lead to RLNC’s A.A. in Liberal Education--will be a part of the Azhoogan Program and related transfer agreement with the U of M Crookston. Among the bachelor’s degree programs at the U of M Crookston that best match the priorities and coursework at RLNC are Horticulture, Natural Resources, Business, and Agricultural Business, but RLNC students may choose to pursue their academic interests in any academic program.
Additionally, faculty from both institutions will be provided opportunities for sharing and jointly developing and aligning curriculum to advance the quality and efficiency of the program. Programs offered as dual admission options will be pre-approved by program faculty and possess specific credit-hour and course requirements.

Standing, left to right, RLNC Vice President of Operations and Academic Affairs Mandy Schram; RLNC President Dan King; U of M Crookston Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause; Barbara Keinath, outgoing vice chancellor for academic and student affairs; and John Hoffman, incoming vice chancellor for academic and student affairs.






The Crookston School Board election will now have five people for three spots after Adrianne Winger (incumbent) and Katya Zepeda filed on Wednesday.  The two join incumbents Tim Dufault and Patty Dillabough along with Jim McBride.

Filing will close August 14. Candidates may file for office at the school district office located in the Crookston High School at 402 Fisher Avenue, 7
:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Thursday's (summer hours).
Candidates must be 21 and must be a resident of the district for 30 days before the election. Filing fee is $2. The School Board election does not have a primary.




Cindy Gjerswold filed to run for Crookston City Council in Ward 6 on Wednesday.  She is the first to file for the Ward 6 spot. 
The Mayor race has two city councilman, Clayton Briggs and Dale Stainbrook file as of Wednesday.

The people that have filed for City Council are listed below by ward.
City Council Ward 2 - Incumbent Steve Erickson
City Council Ward 4 - Nobody has filed yet
City Council Ward 6 - Cindy Gjerswold
City Council at Large - Kelly Shea

Crookston citizens interested in running for the five openings can file at Crookston City Hall through August 14, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  City Hall will be open until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14 only.  There is a filing fee of $2 and the state requires all filers have a phone number.

Mayor - Incumbent Wayne Melbye (Has said he will not run for another term)
Ward 2 - Steve Erickson
Ward 4 - Dennis Regan
Ward 6 - Tom Vedbraaten
At Large - Bob Quanrud (Has said he will not run again)

All Candidates
- must be eligible to vote in Minnesota
- must have not filed for another office at the upcoming primary or general election
- must be 21 years of age or more upon assuming office
- must have maintained residence in their district* for at least 30 days before the general election




The largest Ox Cart Days Festival is less than a week away and Crookston is preparing for the biggest festival in its history.  There are 85 events on the schedule starting Tuesday, August 14 through Sunday, August 19.  We had a chance to catch up with Nell DeBoer of the Crookston Ox Cart Days Festival and she said they will have plenty of musical entertainment throughout the festival and there will be something for everybody. The schedule of musical entertainment is below –

Thursday, August 16
Downtown Horns - 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Downtown Square

Friday, August 17
Tim Eggebraaten – 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Downtown Square Stage

Saturday, August 18
4 Wheel Drive – 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Downtown Square Stage
Junk FM Street Dance – 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Ash Street/Downtown Square

Sunday, August 19
Cathy Erickson Polka Band – 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Highland Park Complex
Lost River Band – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church

“We will have a lot of other musical entertainment with the lip sync contest, Miss Crookston, Junior Miss Crookston, the teen dance and more,” said DeBoer. “You will be able to get your fix of musical entertainment at Ox Cart Days this year.  We will sell buttons at all the Uniquely Crookston businesses, Hugo’s, the Crookston Chamber and at the Ox Cart Days events.”   To view the full schedule of events, go to and click on the schedule.




Melody Hedden, Family and Community Services Manager at Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. (Head Start, Child & Family Programs) in Crookston recently completed training at University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) Head Start Management Fellows Program. She was one of 38 graduates from UCLA’s intensive leadership program. “The Head Start Management Fellows Program played a vital role in moving me from a “shouldn’t have been to a look at me now.” I was a Head Start child who transitioned into a Head Start parent and later a Head Start staff person,” states Hedden. “Head Start has been loyal in supporting and encouraging my professional development, which led to applying to the fellowship program. Through the classes at UCLA, I developed and sharpened skills that will be vital in supporting children and families,” Hedden adds.
Throughout the program, participants are taught how to lead effectively and deliver developmental services in changing environments, secure funding, implement programs and network with other Head Start executives across the nation. Since the program’s inception, 1,560 executives have graduated with enhanced management and leadership abilities.
Designed from a strategic planning perspective, the UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program provides a unique opportunity for Head Start executives to participate in a 12-day, intensive leadership and management development training session at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Since 1991, the program has trained over 1,400 Head Start directors and managers who provide comprehensive services to nearly 1 million economically disadvantaged children and their families each day.





The winning team - American Crystal included Wes Hanson, Crystal Hanson, Aaron Meyer, Jess Hanson, and Wade Hanson.

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Teambacker Golf Classic Altru Cup was held Friday, July 20 at Minakwa Golf Course. The 28th annual golf scramble raised more than $12,000 for the Bill & Mary Tyrrell Scholarship which benefits UMC student-athletes.
A total of 19 teams participated in a day celebrating Bill Tyrrell, and his late wife Mary, who tirelessly supported student-athletes and the Crookston campus.
The winning team, sponsored by American Crystal Sugar included Wade Hanson, Jess Hanson, Wes Hanson, Crystal Hanson, and Aaron Meyer. Bremer Bank team of Scott Sanders, Mark Bruggeman, Trent Fischer, Rich Clauson, and Derrick Seaver finished runner-up.
Placing third was Ampride/Crookston Times team of Don Forney, Wayne Melbye, Bruce Hanson, Seth Hanson, and Barry Bergan. Teambackers would like to extend a special thanks to Bill Tyrrell for participating in this year’s tournament.
Special thank you to Altru Clinic and Altru Health System for being the tournament's presenting sponsor and thanks to the many volunteers and loyal sponsors who helped make the tournament a success.
Mark your calendar for next year's Teambacker Golf Classic Altru Cup slated for Friday, July 19, 2019.

Derek Martin, associate development officer accepts a check from members of the winning team: Crystal Hanson, and Aaron Meyer.






Tuesday was the busiest day for people filing to run for Mayor and Crookston City Council in the first week of filing. 
Crookston City Councilman, Dale Stainbrook, has filed to run for Mayor and will be running against fellow councilman Clayton Briggs. 
Ward 2 Councilman, Steve Erickson, has filed to run for re-election in Ward 2. 
Currently, one other person has filed with Kelly Shea filing for the Council at Large spot. 
Nobody has filed for the City Council spots in Ward 4 or Ward 6. 
Filing runs until Tuesday, August 14 at 5:00 p.m.

Crookston citizens interested in running for the five openings can file at Crookston City Hall through August 14, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  City Hall will be open until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14 only.  There is a filing fee of $2 and the state requires all filers have a phone number.

Mayor - Incumbent Wayne Melbye (Has said he will not run for another term)
Ward 2 - Steve Erickson
Ward 4 - Dennis Regan
Ward 6 - Tom Vedbraaten
At Large - Bob Quanrud (Has said he will not run again)

All Candidates
- must be eligible to vote in Minnesota
- must have not filed for another office at the upcoming primary or general election
- must be 21 years of age or more upon assuming office
- must have maintained residence in their district* for at least 30 days before the general election





The annual Miss Crookston Scholarship Pageant will be held on Friday, August 17 during the Ox Cart Days Festival.  Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets will go on sale August 15-17 at Montague’s Flower Shop and they will be available at the door.
There are six contestants for the title of Miss Crookston 2018 –

Gina Visness - will perform a skit. Parents are Debra and Danny Visness and her sponsor is Crookston McDonalds.
Rachel Hefta - will dancing. Parents are Greg and Lori Hefta, sponsor is Riverview Health.
Muira MacRae - will perform a Music Comedy. Her parents are Ian and Colleen MacRae, sponsored by Greenberg Realty: Shirley Iverson.
Thea Oman - will play piano. Her parents are Andy and Lynnea Oman, sponsored by Andy Oman State Farm.
Hannah Street - will roller skate. Her parents are Jon and Lisa Street, she is sponsored by Renu Dental. 
Jessica Willits - will act and sing. Her parents are Doug and Wendy Willits, she is sponsored by Bremer Bank.

                The six contestants for Miss Crookston 2018





19 Little Miss Crookston contestants took part in a team-bonding painting party lead by “A Creative You” with Terri Heggie. These talented young gals are preparing for the 2018 Little Miss Crookston Pageant which will take place at the Crookston High School at 5:30 on Tuesday August 14
. Also, in the picture are committee members, Kelly Chandler, Kay Oien, Cathie Janorschke, Erin Thode, Nicole Lindo and Andrea Clauson 





The Crookston Chamber of Commerce will have the annual Leadership Crookston class with seven sessions, starting August 22 and running September 5 and 19, October 3, 17 and 31 and November 14 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon each day. 
Since 1987, over 500 community members have benefited from attending Leadership Crookston.  “Registration is now open,” said Crookston Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.  “The theme this year is ‘Your Community, Your Leadership, and Your Chamber and Developing the Leader from Within,’ We will be getting out and seeing what is in the community.”  The seven-session program is designed to enhance awareness of the Crookston business community while also helping you learn skills to build skills and knowledge, both personally and professionally to be more effective at work and in our community.  “We are having seven sessions and we are changing it up this year and starting earlier in the year and ending before the holidays, before the winter weather comes in,” said Heggie. “This can be for people new to the community and people that have been here for a while.”
There is a link on the Chamber website (, stop by the office at 107 West 2nd Street, or click here.  “We would like the registrations to come in as soon as possible,” said Heggie. “We would like you to join the others that have already registered.”
The price for Crookston Chamber of Commerce members is $299 and non-chamber members is $495. 
If you have any questions, contact Heggie at 218-281-4320 or email





Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Volunteers rocked UMC’s Brown Dining Room on August 1, 2018, during the annual volunteer recognition banquet.  Nearly 200 RSVP volunteers and station managers were honored at the event.  “Rockin around the Clock” was the appropriate theme as volunteers throughout the seven county region tallied 65,246 hours of service during the past year.  The value of these unpaid volunteer service hours is nearly $1,600,000… a load of bread to Minnesota counties, cities and the State.
Attendees were welcomed by the sounds of the Best Hits of the 1950’s and enjoyed a fifties diner style meal, complete with cherry topped milkshakes in old fashioned cups.  Door prizes were distributed to those cool enough to tackle activities from that era, including hoola hoop, bubble blowing, hankee-folding and hand jive contests.
RSVP Director, Tammy Frohlich assured volunteers that they are making “Happy Days” for the 5000+ recipients of RSVP services, including Handyman, Groceries to Go, Home Delivered Meals, Food Shelves and Stay Active and Independent for Life senior programs.

A variety of special themed awards were given, along with the presentation of the prestigious President’s Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Service Award to five outstanding volunteers.  These five have each contributed more than 4000 hours of volunteer service, exemplifying the American spirit of kindness and selflessness:
Helen Bergland of Roseau… 4,065 hrs.
Gertrude Hoglin of Roseau… 4,363 hrs.
Jane Smith of Roseau… 4,436 hrs.
Dennis Taus of Climax… 4,657 hrs.
Elmyrna Kaupang of Winger, 4,406 hrs.

Chart-topper themed awards include:
Pat Hanson
of Middle River, the Stacked Award for the greatest number of placements and hours.
Eleanore Hanson
of Oklee, the American Bandstand Award for 27 years of RSVP service .
Mike and Lori Sorteberg,
the Fonze Award, for getting “Aaa’s” from handyman clients.
The Golden Link of Crookston,
the Dee Jay Award for keeping things running smoothly.
Deland Swanson
of Karlstad, the Hand Jive Award for 180 hours delivering meals.
Stuart Halvorson
of Roseau, the Hand Jive Award for 244 hours delivering meals.
Irene Rosten
of Oklee, Making the Scene Award for good action in the first year of service.
Ruth Dietel
of Fosston, Making the Scene Award for good action in the first year of service.
Sharon Knutson and Ada Food Shelf, 
Happy Days Award for making happy days for the hungry.
Lois Barth
of Warroad, the Diamonds are Not a Girl’s Best Friend Award for creating an atmosphere of caring in her SAIL exercise class.
Donna Malarky
of Crookston, the Burnin Rubber Award for serving 4 clients and 222 hours of Groceries to Go.
Halstad SAIL class trainers Bev Dietz, Mary Trandem, Kathy Michelson and Deb McGinty of Halstad,
the Made in the Shade Award for guaranteed success with the exercise class.

RSVP connects volunteers age 55 and over with meaningful service opportunities that impact individuals and communities.  RSVP of the Red River Valley Volunteers put their skills, talents, and life experiences into motion for others. To volunteer, please contact Tammy Frohlich at 281-281-8289 or  RSVP is a Senior Corp program, administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering, service and civic engagement.  CNCS engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corp programs and leads the nation’s volunteer and service efforts.  For more information, visit

Tammy Frohlich, RSVP Director; Elymyrna Kaupang, Winger (President's lifetime achievement award); Jennifer Erdmann, RSVP Coordinator

  Some of the RSVP awards banquet attendees





The Crookston Nite to Unite was attended by a steady stream of people on Tuesday night at Central Park.  There was a steady stream of hundreds and hundreds of people throughout the evening.  Over 30 bike packages were given away, several agencies and law enforcement entities were in attendance and fun was had by everyone that attended.  Some pictures are below -

                       Nite to Unite-goers waiting for the distribution of prizes at the end of the night






The Crookston Public Schools Back to School Registration day will be held on Thursday, August 9 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Crookston High School Commons.  The registration day is for pre-school through 12th grade students and information packets will be handed out to all families.  
Families can pay breakfast and lunch fees, purchase activity tickets and credit cards will be accepted.   Printable forms are available online at the recently redone school district website   “We have a brand new website at the same address, with a whole new look,” said Crookston School District Office Manager Marilyn Wahouske. “When you get to the home page you go to the right of the page to family resources and to the drop-down menu “school registration form.”  There are transportation and school lunch forms available and you can print them off and fill them out before you come on Thursday.”  Or the direct link is available at
The Crookston School District is offering free elementary child care on school day mornings from 6:45 a.m. until school starts and after school until 5:30 p.m.  The care is available to pre-kindergarten through sixth grade students attending Crookston Public Schools. 
New families, school readiness and Kindergarten students can register and meet school personnel and receive information about the Crookston School District.  “We will have a school nurse and special ed there to answer any questions families might have,” said Wahouske. “If you have preschool age children you should come and get your questions answered for that.”
KROX will be broadcasting live with interviews from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from Back to School Registration day.




On Monday, August at approximately 11:04 a.m., the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a report of possible explosives found at the Marvin Sorgaard residence in the City of Lengby.  Mr. Sorgaard passed away in early July and family members were cleaning the property when they came across several small items of explosive ordnance.  All of the items were legally obtained and Mr. Sorgaard was known to provide blasting services to farmers in the past.  Most of the items appeared to be older.
The Grand Forks Regional Bomb Squad was called to assist and disposed of the items they could on site.  The rest of the items of interest were seized and taken by the Grand Forks Regional Bomb Squad to be safely disposed of.  There was not a large amount of ordnance located and no one was hurt during this incident.
Assisting agencies for this incident included the Grand Forks Regional Bomb Squad and Fosston Fire Department.





Motorists can expect lane closures and delays on Highway 2 between Fosston and Bagley, as crews reconstruct the roadway. Highway 2 has been reduced to one lane in both directions from four miles east of Fosston to Polk County Road 4.
By mid-August, eastbound lanes will be closed and traffic will be switched to the westbound lanes. The existing curvature of the roadway is sharp, making it difficult for motorists to safely navigate during icy or wet road conditions. Reconstruction of the highway will flatten the curve and improve roadway safety. In addition to the curve realignment, crews will also replace culverts and pavement.
Davidson Construction, Inc., is the primary contractor for the $2.4 million project, which is expected to last through mid-October.
MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, and reminds them to slow down in the work zone and never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones.
For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.





The Compassionate Friends (TCF) of North Star MN is joining with other chapters across the country this summer, in a "Walk to Remember" their children, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, and other family members who have died. We are joining with bereaved families and friends, walking in unity in numerous states across the country to remember all children who died too soon, no matter their age or cause of death. The North Star MN Chapter Walk will be held August 12 at the Sportsman Park in Red Lake Falls. Attendees are invited to bring a picture of their loved one to display and a thoughtful message to send with their balloon. They should arrive by 4:45 PM, as the short walk will begin at 5:15 to where the balloons will be released. Following the walk, participants will be provided a free picnic lunch. Everyone is invited to join with family and friends who care that an important person is missing from our lives. As the world's largest self-help bereavement organization, The Compassionate Friends offers friendship, understanding, and hope to families that have experienced the death of a child at any age from any cause. There are more than 650 chapters in the United States, with a presence in at least 30 countries worldwide. For more information about the national organization as well as the Compassionate Friends of North Star MN, visit TCF's national website at You may also contact Mary Jo Schmitz at 218-253-4160 or Kathy Stich at 218-253-2272 for more information.





August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a time to remind everyone they need vaccines throughout their lives.
During pregnancy, you often think about baby names, nursery colors and prenatal vitamins. But you should also think about vaccines. Vaccines during pregnancy not only protect you against diseases, but you also pass some protection to your baby that will last through the first few months of life. Doctors and midwives routinely recommend two vaccines during pregnancy, the whooping cough vaccine (Tdap) and the flu shot.
To celebrate the importance of immunizations for a healthy start and throughout our lives, and to make sure everyone is protected with all the vaccines they need, Polk County Public Health is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM).
Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect a pregnant woman from the flu and prevent serious flu-related illness. And when you get a Tdap vaccine during pregnancy, you’ll pass antibodies to your baby, which will help protect your baby during those first months of life. Babies are most vulnerable to the devastating complications associated with whooping cough and flu in their first months. Pregnant women should talk to an ob-gyn or midwife about these important vaccines.
You can find more about the vaccines recommended during pregnancy at or by talking to a health care professional.




MONDAY - AUGUST 6,  2018


The Crookston School Board has three spots up for election as Patty Dillabough, Tim Dufault and Adrianne Winger's spots will expire at the end of the year.
Incumbent Patty Dillabough filed to run for school board on Monday and joined Tim Dufault and Jim McBride.

Filing will close August 14. Candidates may file for office at the school district office located in the Crookston High School at 402 Fisher Avenue, 7
:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Thursday's (summer hours).
Candidates must be 21 and must be a resident of the district for 30 days before the election. Filing fee is $2. The School Board election does not have a primary.




The City of Crookston will have four City Council and the Mayor position up for election on November 6.  The positions up for election are the Mayor and City Council spots in Ward 2, 4, 6 and one at large council position. 
Nobody filed on Monday and Crookston businessman Kelly Shea filed for City Council At-Large last week and Crookston City Councilman Clayton Briggs was the only person to file for Mayor on Tuesday.

Crookston citizens interested in running for the five openings can file at Crookston City Hall through August 14, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  City Hall will be open until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14 only.  There is a filing fee of $2 and the state requires all filers have a phone number.

Mayor - Incumbent Wayne Melbye (Has said he will not run for another term)
Ward 2 - Steve Erickson
Ward 4 - Dennis Regan
Ward 6 - Tom Vedbraaten
At Large - Bob Quanrud (Has said he will not run again)

All Candidates
- must be eligible to vote in Minnesota
- must have not filed for another office at the upcoming primary or general election
- must be 21 years of age or more upon assuming office
- must have maintained residence in their district* for at least 30 days before the general election




The Crookston Entertainment Series season ticket kickoff is today (August 6) and they will offer five fantastic shows this season.  All shows are at the Crookston High School Auditorium and concert admission is by season ticket only.  The shows this year are better than ever thanks extra money from the June Shaver estate.  “We try to focus on bringing in quality entertainment to Crookston and we are so fortunate to receive money from June Shaver and we have been able to raise the level of the type of programming we have here,” said Jim Kent of the Crookston Civic Music League. “This is Branson quality material.  Some of these folks have traveled around the world to perform.  One gal does nothing but Carol King, we have bandstand music and Charlie Albright is thoroughly entertaining and another was on America’s Got Talent.”
The cost for a season ticket for adults is $40 and a student is $15.  “You get five shows and you have to buy the series, but I am telling you that if you go to one show you will get your monies worth,” said Kent. “You can get tickets at Montague's Flower Shop and you can come to the first couple of shows and get them there.”

We highlight the shows below –

The Diamonds Bandstand Boogie – Monday, September 10 at 7:30 pm.

They feature songs performed on American Band Stand.  A Canadian vocal quartet, the Diamonds rose to prominence as a 1950’s sensation with 16 Billboard hit records and first place on Arther Godfrey’s “Talent Scouts.” They have continued to perform through the years with gradual changes in personnel.  Current singers include Jerry Siggins, lead; Gary Owens, baritone; Sean Sooter, tenor; and Jeff Dolan, bass.  The Diamond’s biggest hits were Lil Darlin and The Stroll.

California Guitar Trio – Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.

They have enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly crisscrosses genres.  The trio’s sound is a mix of rock, jazz classical, and world music.  They even throw in the occasional surf or spaghetti Western.  The group is comprised of Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya and Paul Richards.  In addition to dazzling musicianship and interplay, the group’s shows are full of captivating stories and humor that enable concert goers to feel as if they’re part of the music.

Tapestry – Friday, February 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Suzanne O’Davis is very fortunate to be known as one of the busiest and most talented musicians in Ontario.  Her career’s journey has taken her across the globe from the Middle East to Texas to Cuba performing as a keyboardist, vocalist, and tribute artist.  Suzanne channels the characteristics of Carole King at the piano, but her comfortable stage presentation really endears her to her audience.

Charlie Albright – Friday, March 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Hailed as “among the most gifted musicians of his generation” with a “dazzling natural keyboard affinity” (Washington Post), American pianist/composer/improviser Charlie Albright has been praised for his jaw-dropping technique and virtuosity meshed with a distinctive musicality. 
Albright was born in Centralia, Washington, and began piano lessons at the age of three.  He was accepted to Harvard College/New England Conservatory of Music joint program where he completed his Bachelor’s degree as a pre-med and economics major at Harvard in 2011 and his Master of Music degree in Piano performance in 2012.  He earned his Artist Diploma from Juilliard School of Music.

Sons of Serendip – Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Sons of Serendip is a musical group of friends who through a series of serendipitous events, came together in graduate school at Boston University.  Micah Christian (vocals), Cordaro Rodriguez (piano, guitar), Kendall Ramseur (cello, vocals), and Mason Morton (harp) have each been playing their instruments since childhood.  In 2014 they came together to begin a long beautiful journey of creating music that touches peoples hearts and appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.  Program highlights include Moon River by Andy Williams, How Will I Know by Whitney Houston, Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, Happy by Pharrell and Yesterday by Lennon/McCartney.

To find out how to purchase a season ticket or to donate to the Crookston Artist Series click here.





RiverView Recovery Center is at a record low for accounts receivable (AR) days with June’s reported AR days at 28.8. What does that mean? It means RiverView is receiving payment faster, leading to healthier operations. Jennifer Black is one of the valued team members working to improve those numbers every day for the Recovery Center. She also happens to be RiverView’s employee of the month for July.
Black, a native of St. Hilaire, has been the funding coordinator for RiverView Recovery for the past three years. She and husband Michael and son Peyton (8) reside in Red Lake Falls. In her free time, Jennifer likes to read, play volleyball and golf.
Of her EOM recognition she stated: “I am honored to be named employee of the month! I love working for RiverView Health, and feel blessed every day to work with the staff of Recovery and PFS. The teamwork here at RiverView is phenomenal!’’





The Crookston High School Class of 1998 20th reunion is scheduled for Ox Cart Days weekend, August 17-19.
On Friday, August 17, they will have registration, dinner a DJ with fun and festivities at the Crookston VFW. The dance will start at 9:00 p.m. and it is open to the public.
On Saturday, August 18, the Class of 1998 will have a parade entry and after the parade they will socialize.
On Sunday, August 19, there will be family fun at the Highland Complex at the Splash Park and picnic activities from Noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Highland Park com
For more information,
contact Erin (Tiedemann) LaPlante at (218) 280-8646 or email at  Visit the Class of 1998 Facebook page at and search for Crookston High School Class of 1998.





Knights of Columbus of the Crookston area made a donation of $1,000 to the Polk County Developmental Achievement Center after a successful “tootsie roll” campaign.  The DAC plans to put the money towards the purchase of a PAL lift.  The PAL lift will assist persons that are able to bare some weight to transfer with ease.   The DAC is located at 515 5th Ave South in Crookston and at 936 1st Ave NE in East Grand Forks.  The PCDAC provides services to persons with developmental disabilities.  The mission is to increase independence and quality of life through individualized programming. 

Paul Dubuque of the Knights of Columbus presents the check to Jo Bittner, Executive Director of the DAC




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