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TUESDAY - MAY 24,  2016

CROOKSTON SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES THREE NEW TEACHERS

The Crookston School Board met on Monday and approved employment agreements with three new teachers. Andrea Adrian as special education teacher at the high school, Hunter Kopff for high school chemistry and Dave Emanuel as the Indian Education Coordinator.   Josh Hardy was approved as the head boys hockey coach. 
“I really commend the principals and supervisors, they did a great job on hiring, we start early and try to get applicants and we are excited for the people we have hired,” said Superintendent Chris Bates.  “We are sitting pretty well right now, we got a chemistry teacher who happened to be looking in the area and now we need a vocational instructor, Principal (Eric) Bubna has met with someone so we are getting close which is a good feeling.”
Jacalyn Coauette retired after 24 years as a paraprofessional, Jenna Reese resigned as the chemistry teacher and Kay Hegge resigned as a bus driver. 
Francine Olson, a Parent Educator and Maria Argueta were terminated and their teaching contracts were not renewed as they are probationary teachers. Board chairman Frank Fee said this is a annual process and does not reflect on their teaching abilities.   Donations from KROX for track meet sponsorship and awards were accepted along with $600 from Dee, Incorporated for the purchase of tents for Itasca camping trips.

 

 

CROOKSTON SCHOOL BOARD IMPLEMENTING NEW PROCESS TO EVALUATE THE SUPERINTENDENT

The Crookston School Board has started a new process to evaluate the superintendent and one of the steps is goals set by the superintendent.   School Board chairman Frank Fee said they are doing a different evaluation for the superintendent this year recommended by the Minnesota School Board Association and the first item is to have the superintendent give the board some goals that they can keep track of and evaluate.  “Mr. Bates gave goals on school climate, he is going to set up committees and go to each school building quarterly and meet with the principal and staff members to get comments to be up to date,” said Fee.  “Student achievement is a goal about test scores, work environment where everyone collaborates and then fiscal responsibility so those goals will be evaluated in November and next spring will be a final evaluation and give the report to the public so this was the first step.”

Washington School Principal Denice Oliver is looking to hire two new kindergarten teachers. Stacy Jensen moved to Fargo with her husband and another teacher will be on a one year leave of absence. “We are filling those positions for next year and we are looking for more kindergarten students,” said Oliver. “We have about 84 on the list and know there are more out there so we would love to hear from anyone with a student who is ready for kindergarten, they can stop in for a visit.”

 

 

CROOKSTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING STARTS WITH HONORING SEVERAL PEOPLE AND APPROVAL OF TAX ABATEMENT FOR HOUSING

The Crookston City Council met on Monday with Mayor Gary Willhite giving a certificate of appreciation to Dick Widseth, who was an engineer with Widseth, Smith Nolting Engineering firm in Crookston and brought good water quality to the city residents many years ago.  Widseth gave the city council and Mayor Harold Thomforde praise for their support on the process in getting quality water to Crookston.  “We started with bad water from the river which was a lousy supply and we worked on how we could change it to well water east of Crookston,” said Widseth.  “A good council and mayor was necessary to get things like good water done, they were the reason it happened, not engineering.  We went east and put in a test well and pumped for a long time, took samples and it was good so we do not have to worry about a problem like Flint, Michigan.”

Mayor Willhite had a certificate of appreciation for Marv and Diane Bachmeier for their many years of work in the community as they leave for Plymouth, Minnesota to be closer to their children. 
The mayor proclaimed one vegetable, one community growing season for 2016 with the tomato as the preferred vegetable for people to plant. 

The council approved a resolution of support for the 30 unit multi-family housing development project grant which will be sent in by mid-June. 
A public hearing will be held in June on the vacation of an alley in Norcross Addition.   A public hearing was held for the Northridge Assets LLC 41 unit apartment project where they requested a five year tax abatement.  There were no comments at the hearing and the council approved the five year tax abatement.

 

 

 

CROOKSTON WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE APPROVES WATER TOWER RENOVATION AND LOGOS

The Crookston Ways and Means Committee met after the council meeting and approved the renovation of the north water tower with three logos on the tank.  “The coding on these water towers paint on the outside and inside generally has a life span of 20-25 years,” said Public Works Director Pat Kelly.  “We have it inspected on a routine basis and it has come to the point where the coatings on the interior are failing and there are some structural failings also so we need to keep it up.  Water tower replacement costs are in the one to two million dollar range, so maintaining the city assets is important and the council approved the logos of UMC and Welcome to Crookston.”
Cost of the Water tower renovation is $417,000 and the three logos will cost $16,000.


 


CROOKSTON WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE APPROVES MOVING FORWARD ON TOWNHOME GRANT APPLICATION

The Crookston Ways and Means Committee approved a report for the grant for the Agassiz Townhomes project to be submitted in mid-June.  City Administrator Shannon Stassen explains the work done on the grant.  “The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency was looking for an area plan that would be around Agassiz Townhomes as well as single family homes and the other apartment project,” said Stassen.  “The high school and sports center is within walking distance as well as UMC so we showed it is an excellent site for their development and we hope to hear this fall on the grant.”

The committee agreed to move forward on a uniform housing standard for the city which deals with home maintenance and improvements.

 

 

 

MONDAY - MAY 23,  2016

CROOKSTON SCHOOL BOARD TO MEET AT 5:00 PM TODAY

The Crookston School Board will meet at 5:00 p.m. today (Monday) in the Crookston choir/orchestra room. 
Personnel items on the agenda include a retirement letter from Jacalyn Coauette a paraprofessional at the high school, resignation letters from Jenna Reese a chemistry teacher at the high school and Kay Hegge a bus driver. 
Approval of Josh Hardy as the head boys hockey coach is expected.  Employment of Andrea Adrian as a special education teacher, Hunter Kopff as the chemistry teacher at the high school, Dave Emanuel as the Indian Education Coordinator are up for approval. 
There will be a resolutions terminating and non-renewal of the teaching contracts for Francine Olson and Maria Argueta as probationary teachers are to be considered.
The main agenda has approval of staff development bylaws for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. 
Bremer Insurance will be approved as the property and casualty insurance carrier for three years through June 30, 2019. 
Approval of goals for Superintendent Chris Bates for 2016-2017 will be done.  Donations will be accepted from KROX Radio for track meet sponsorship and awards and from Dee, Inc for a donation of $600 for purchase of tents for Itasca camping trip.  Administrative reports from high school principal Eric Bubna, Special Services director Kathy Stronstad, Denice Oliver for ECFE, Community Ed and Washington School and from Superintendent Chris Bates.  Visitors are welcome to express their concerns at the beginning or the end of the meeting.

 

 

CROOKSTON CITY COUNCIL TO MEET TONIGHT AT 7:00 PM

The Crookston City Council will meet on Monday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Crookston City Hall Council Chambers. 
The consent agenda includes amending a resolution to support a 30 unit multi-family housing development in the City of Crookston.  There will be a resolution request and calling for a public hearing on the vacation of an alley in Norcross Addition.  A resolution to accept the gift of land at lots one and two of block F in the McDonald’s addition, and a request from Wal-Mart to sell fireworks.
A public hearing on the five year tax abatement for Northridge Assets, LLC.  They are looking at building the apartment complex north of Draft’s Sports Bar and Grill.  After the public hearing, the council will be asked to approve the abatement.
There will be mayoral proclamations of One Vegetable, One Community Growing season for 2016 and Allen Pederson Day on May 19.  Marv and Diane Bachmeier will be presented with a certificate of appreciation.
The Crookston Ways and Means committee will meet after the city council meeting.  The public is invited to both meetings.

 

 

MICHAEL MOORE ENDORSED BY THE DFL CONVENTION TO RUN FOR DISTRICT 1B, WILL OPPOSE DEB KIEL

Michael Moore of Mentor was endorsed at the DFL convention to run in the District 1B House of Representative race against Republican Representative Deb Kiel of Crookston.  “I decided to do it as I noticed that there are things the district needs that are not getting accomplished and I have a pretty good track record in working with communities and businesses in the area and I just feel that we need better representation,” said Moore.  “There is a drastic need for qualified employees with all the businesses in the area looking for workers in the newspaper and websites. There are a lot of employment opportunities and businesses that want to grow that are not going to be able to do so and will leave the area.”  Moore said we need more training opportunities and solutions to bring people to the area that want jobs and he doesn’t see any solutions and no one being creative.
Moore has a background in economic development and said that will help him create jobs in northwest Minnesota.  “I was the economic development director for Thief River Falls for several years during their major growth and  I am consulting with Red Lake Falls and Kittson County at the present time,” said Moore, who owns two newspapers, the Thirteen Towns in  Fosston and the Kittson County Enterprise in Hallock. “I have been elected to offices and serve on boards including the RiverView Health Board and Foundation which are important to the area working in health care and I believe I have the background necessary to govern.”

 

 

 

RIVERVIEW HEALTH NOON LUNCHEON TO DISCUSS STROKE: SIGNS, RISK FACTORS AND PREVENTION

National Stroke Awareness Month takes place in May every year. A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel or artery, or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When a stroke occurs, it kills brain cells in the area surrounding where the clot or breakage occurs.
According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability, but many people do not realize how educating themselves and others can help reduce the incidence of stroke. In that effort, RiverView Health will offer “Stroke: Signs, Risk Factors and Prevention’’ at its May 24 health luncheon.
Dr. Saravana Balaraman will present on the topic at the Tuesday event. Dr. Balaraman is a family practice/OB physician at RiverView and also works in the Emergency Department where he often cares for those suffering from stroke.
While someone dies every four minutes from stroke in the United States, according to the National Stroke Association, 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. Attend the May 24th health luncheon for information on how you can ward off stroke.

Health Luncheon Details
The luncheon will be held in Meeting Room #1 beginning at noon. Meeting Room #1 is located near the RiverView Clinic entrance on the north side of the hospital and across from the elevators on first floor.
The luncheon series is in its 18th year of sponsorship by RiverView Health. All men and women interested in improving their health are invited to attend. Each luncheon starts a few minutes past noon and luncheons are kept under one hour so those needing to return to work can attend. Pre-registration is required. A boxed lunch can be purchased for $3, but must be ordered while pre-registering for the event. Call Holly Anderson at 218-281-9745 for additional information and to pre-register.

 

 

 

CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS HONORED

Some Crookston High School juniors and seniors were recently honored as National Honor Society inductees and sustaining members.


Seniors, left to right: Alex MacGregor, Jordan Bengston, Precious Adams, Patrick Deng, Claire Dufault, Alyssa Fee, Nicole Goosen, Anna Hajostek with sustaining members: Marietta Geist, Charles Brantner, Haley Roed, Elisa Samuelson, Zach Lutz, Alyssa Goelzer, Kyle Stegman, Brooke Gornowicz, Gunther Dingmann, Alyssa Schultz, Robert Tiedemann, Brooke Bergeron and Timothy Cymbaluk. Not pictured: Marie Sandman.



Juniors, left to right: Chris Wavra, Heidi Swanson, Isabel Rodriguez, Elise Tangquist, Brita Fagerlund, Anna Miller, Megan Frisk, and Morgan Kresl.

 

 

 

POLK COUNTY AND STATE AUTHORITIES TO CONDUCT ANOTHER CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN THROUGH JUNE 5

Three seconds — that’s all it takes to put on a seat belt. For 91 motorists in 2015, not taking those three seconds cost them their lives. Wearing your seat belt is not optional, it’s the law.  To continue enforcing the law and reminding motorists that seat belts save lives, the Crookston and East Grand Forks Police Departments and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, along with more than 300 law enforcement agencies across the state, will be participating in the statewide Click It or Ticket campaign May 23 – June 5. The extra enforcement and education campaign is coordinated by the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.

Protect Yourself from Dangerous Drivers
Even the safest drivers in the world are not immune from others causing them to crash, and not wearing a seat belt can prove tragic.
·       In the last five years (2011 – 2015), 527 unbelted motorists lost their lives and 1,035 people suffered life-changing injuries.
·       Of the 1,379 motorists who lost their lives in the last five years (2011 – 2015), only 51 percent of them were known to be belted.
·       In 2015, 77 percent of vehicle occupants who were ejected or partially ejected and died were not wearing a seat belt. “If you are involved in a crash and are thrown from the vehicle, the likelihood of survival is slim,” said East Grand Forks Police Chief Mike Hedlund. “Protect yourself from dangerous drivers on the road by wearing your seat belt. It could save your life.”

Speak Up about Buckling Up
If you are the driver, take control of your vehicle and those riding with you by refusing to start your engine until every passenger in your car is belted. If you are a passenger and see the driver unbelted, speak up and make sure the driver’s seat belt is secure. In the event of a crash, a person not wearing a belt can become a projectile who can possibly injure other belted motorists. 

It’s the Law
Minnesota law states that drivers and passengers in all seating positions must be buckled up or seated in the correct child restraint. Officers will stop and ticket unbelted drivers or passengers. Seat belts must be worn correctly — low and snug across the hips, and shoulder straps should never be tucked under an arm or behind the back. 

Minnesota Child Car Seat Law and Steps
In Minnesota, all children must be in a child restraint until they are 4’9” tall, or at least age 8, whichever comes first.
Rear-facing child seats - Newborns to at least 1 year and 20 pounds; recommended up to age 2. It is safest to keep a child rear-facing as long as possible.
Forward-facing seats - Age 2 until around age 4. It's preferable to keep children in a harnessed restraint until they reach the maximum weight limit.
Booster seats - Use after outgrowing a forward-facing harnessed restraint; safest to remain in a booster until 4 feet 9 inches tall, or at least age 8, whichever comes first.
Seat belts - Use when children can sit with their back against the vehicle seat and have their knees bent comfortably over the edge with their feet touching the floor.

Toward Zero Deaths
The Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement and education is a component of the state’s Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) program. 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 trauma response.

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY - MAY 22,  2016


          The stolen UND Police car in the ditch by the University of Minnesota Crookston

 

 

FRIDAY - MAY 20,  2016

CROOKSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BEAUTIFICATION COMMITTEE READY FOR ANOTHER SUMMER

The Chamber Beautification Committee is ready for another busy season of the Beautification Awards Program and are excited to announce a partnership with SNAP, U of M Extension, Polk County Public Health, and D & D Thomforde Garden Center to bring you: One Vegetable, One Community.
At our Chamber office, we regularly hear comments from visitors to our city about the beauty, charm and cleanliness – a perspective of an outsider we truly appreciate in cherishing our surroundings. Among other partners that make this program possible, the incredible work and support at the City of Crookston is sincerely appreciated as we beautify our city. This year along with additional partners above, we are excited to launch OVOC and encourage all individuals and businesses planting this year to include in their gardens and designs the vegetable of summer.
This year’s vegetable is the tomato and can look beautiful incorporated into flower displays whether it is the pot outside your business, your adopted planter on the corners downtown, or the garden at your home.

The Beautification Awards Program begins in June with three rounds of judging being conducted throughout the summer months and one winner in each category receiving an award. Categories include Presentation of a Landscaped Business, Public Institution or Church, and Storefront. Judging will incorporate the vegetable of the summer as part of the judges score as well as landscaped and non-landscaped business criteria. Please get in touch with the Chamber officer if you would like further information. A reminder that creativity and the “wow’ factor goes a long way, and incorporation into One Vegetable, One Community is encouraged. The first judging round will take place on June 7th.
This annual event emphasizes the beautification and physical improvements of commercial and public institution properties throughout the city of Crookston in addition to the cohesiveness of a more healthful community and all are invited to participate.
Additional Beautification Committee projects include the flower baskets, adopt-a-planters, Main Street Courtyard, City Entrance Signs, Groveland Gardens, and other seasonal events. We are always looking for individuals to be a part of the group. Please get in touch to find out more.

 

 

CROOKSTON WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ROBBING TWO GRAND FORKS BANKS

A Crookston woman accused of robbing a pair of Grand Forks banks within two weeks last fall has pleaded guilty in federal court. Thirty-nine-year-old Charlene Corona, also known as Charlene Espinoza, faced two counts of bank robbery and pleaded guilty to both on Tuesday. Authorities say Corona used a knife to rob a Bremer Bank on September 30 and a handgun to hold up the Citizen Community Credit Union on October 12. She faces up to 40 years in prison, half a million dollars in fines and restitution. A sentencing date was not immediately set.

 

 

 

CROOKSTON ONE VEGETABLE ONE COMMUNITY TRYING TO GET THE COMMUNITY TO THINK AND EAT HEALTHY

One Vegetable One Community (OVOC) strives to unite the community by encouraging gardeners to plant, grow, cook, and/or share a single vegetable. The aim is to see the vegetable of the year growing in kitchen gardens, community and school gardens, containers on front porches, in front of businesses, faith-based organizations, and government buildings. Through sharing growing, preparation, cooking, and storing information, OVOC starts a conversation in the community about food, nutrition and how a community can support healthier choices.. 
The 2016 Crookston OVOC Program features tomatoes. This year, tomato plants will be placed in public places throughout the Crookston Community. OVOC starter kits have free seedling, growing tips, and cooking ideas.  Gardeners are asked to complete a brief contact information card in return for a free kit. Gardeners are also encouraged to join the conversation by sharing their ideas and experiences on the Crookston Chamber Facebook Page where they can post pictures, recipes, and growing tips; We want to see pictures of your gardens, your projects and any recipes with your home-grown tomatoes! For more information, contact Megan at 218-281-8688 Kirsten at 218-281-3385, or Amanda at 218-281-4320.

 

 

BROWN BEAR SPOTTED ONE MILE EAST OF CROOKSTON THURSDAY AFTERNOON


A brown
bear was spotted one mile east of the Crookston Sports Center on County Road 11 by a grove of trees by the green house along the road.  Ross Heier of the Minnesota DNR office in Crookston said there have been more bear in the area due to a higher reproduction rate in the area and other factors. 

 

 

NORTHWEST SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCES TOP AGGIE RECIPIENTS

The Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA) Alumni Association announces its 2016 Top Aggie recipients. The Northwest School was the predecessor of the University of Minnesota Crookston and all alumni of the Northwest School are invited back for a day of activities celebrating their history on the campus on Saturday, June 25.  
The Top Aggie award is the highest recognition given by the NWSA Alumni Association. Three alumni were selected for the honor by the NWSA Alumni Board: Clayton Engelstad 1948, Fertile (posthumously); Barbara (Hylland) Lunsetter 1956, Middle River; and Stanley Overgaard 1965, Dalton. The Top Aggies will be recognized during a luncheon held at noon in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.
The alumni reunion, first held in 1918, brings back alumni from the Northwest School of Agriculture, a residential high school located on what is now the University of Minnesota Crookston campus. The NWSA opened its doors in 1906 and graduated its first class of 8 students in 1909. The first Top Aggie award was given to Herschel Lysaker, a member of the staff at the Northwest School, in 1970 and it has been awarded annually since that time. The reunion brings back more than 150 alumni for a day filled with reminiscing and reconnecting with classmates and friends. Following the Top Aggie Luncheon, alumni hold class meetings and take class photos, enjoy bus tours of campus, and a social and barbecue supper close out the day. For more information on the reunion, contact Sue Dwyer at 218-281-8401.

 

UMC STAFF BUSY PLANTING FLOWERS BEAUTIFYING THE CAMPUS

University of Minnesota Crookston campus staff members have been planting flowers all over campus this past week. The public is invited to check out the grounds as they complete the planting next week to see what is in store for visitors this summer. 


Front row, left to right: Victoria Teskey, a senior natural resources major from Williston, N.D.;  Ashlee Humble, a junior accounting major from Rosemount; Jasmine Vorlicek, a junior management major from Elk River; Becca Sanders; and Nicole Volker.
Back row: Jerry Rude; Kevin Williams, a senior communication major from Houston Texas; Dalvin Richardson, a junior management major from Surprise, Ariz.; Zach Schnell, a sophomore management major from Superior, Wis.; Greg Benoit; and Neal Vraa.

 

 

POLK COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES COUNTY ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

The Polk County Highway Department has released the county roads that will be under Construction during the 2016 construction season.  They are listed below-

CSAH 20        Bituminous Overlay and Aggregate Shoulders located from CSAH 21 at Sherack to Polk/Marshall County line.
CSAH 34/36   Grade Widening and Bituminous Overlay located from 200th Avenue SW to south city limits of Erskine.
CSAH 65        Stabilized Aggregate Base located from TH 220, 3.0 miles north of East Grand Forks, MN to CSAH 20.
CSAH 67        Stabilized Aggregate Base located from CSAH 20, 8.0 miles north of Sherack to 6.0 miles east.
CSAH 68        Bituminous Overlay and Aggregate Shoulders located from CSAH 23 to Polk/Marshall County line.
CR 206           Bituminous Overlay and Aggregate Shoulders located from CSAH 34 to TH 59, 4.0 miles north of Winger.
CR 212           Stabilized Aggregate Base located from CSAH 11, 3.0 miles NW of Gentilly, MN to Polk/Red Lake County line.
CR 214           Bituminous Overlay and Aggregate Shoulders located from CSAH 45 to TH 2 in Crookston.

The public is asked to avoid these construction projects by utilizing alternate routes of travel if at all possible.  The traveling public’s cooperation during this construction will be appreciated. Anyone desiring further information should contact the Polk County Highway Department in Crookston at 281-3952.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY - MAY 19,  2016

VILLA ST. VINCENT HOLDS A RIBBON CUTTING FOR THE NEW DRIVE IN ENTRANCE

The Villa St. Vincent held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday to show off the new drive in entrance on the south side of the building that allows vehicles to drive up and get riders out of the weather elements.   Villa St. Vincent staff, board members and community members participated in the ribbon cutting.  “We did the ribbon cutting for the extra area we added on to the wellness center and for the drive through entry,” said Villa St. Vincent CEO and Administrator Judy Hulst. “Buses, ambulance and others can drive into the garage and avoid the snow and rain while they pick up and drop off residents.  We raised the money with the foundation which has been very busy so we raised a good portion of the cost.”
The Villa St. Vincent will dedicate June Shaver’s Wellness center on Tuesday, May 24 at 1:00 p.m.  The community is welcome to attend.


     The ribbon cutting at the Villa St. Vincent Drive in entry on Wednesday

 

CROOKSTON SCHOOL DISTRICT AND TEACHERS UNION NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE, PROGRESS BEING MADE

The Crookston School District negotiations committee met with the Crookston Education Association (teachers union) negotiations committee on Wednesday for further discussion on the teacher contracts.  School Board member and chairman of the committee Tim Dufault said progress is being made. “It went good, we had a productive meeting, we exchanged a set of offers, made some progress but we’re still not there,” said Dufault.   “We will meet again the first week of June and hopefully we can wrap it up.”
The Crookston School Board meets on Monday at 5:00 p.m. in the Crookston High School Choir/Orchestra room.

 

 

AFTER SIX FILED TO RUN FOR THREE POLK COUNTY COMMISSIONER SPOTS, NOBODY FILES ON WEDNESDAY

There were no new filings in Polk County as of early Thursday morning, according to Michelle Cote, county recorder. Filings for county commissioners in District 1, 3 and 5 are open until May 30 at 5:00 p.m. in the Polk County Taxpayer Service Center at the Government Center in Crookston. 
Filings so far are Wayne Melbye and Jerry Jacobson for County Commissioner in District 1. 
Dean Adams and Gary Willhite in District 3.
Incumbent Don Diedrich and Donald Casmey in District 5. 
Al Bauer has filed for East Soil and Water Supervisor in District 3.

 

 

 

CATHEDRAL SCHOOL FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADERS GET UNIQUE HISTORY LESSONS


The Cathedral School fifth graders went to the Polk County Museum on Tuesday, May 3for a day filled with history and fun. Their clothes for day reflected the era of the one-room schoolhouse.  It was a fun and enjoyable way for the fifth grade to learn about an era long ago.


Mrs. Connie Hannesson visited Cathedral School and did a presentation to the sixth grade Social Class portraying Mrs. Sarah Jane Steele Sibley, the wife of the first Governor of Minnesota. 
Hannesson shared Minnesota history from the time before Minnesota became a state up until the death of Henry Sibling in 1891. She shared her knowledge of the 
fur-trading era, the US-Dakota war, immigration, and much more through the eyes of Mrs. Sarah Jane Sibley.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY - MAY 18,  2016

SIX PEOPLE HAVE FILED TO RUN FOR POLK COUNTY COMMISSIONER, INCLUDING MAYOR WILLHITE AND COUNCIL MEMBER WAYNE MELBYE

Filings for Polk County Commission and Soil and Water Districts opened on Tuesday and it was a busy day in the office of county recorder according to Michelle Cote.  There are three commissioner seats up for election in district 1, 3 and 5. 
There were two filings for District 1 with Crookston City Council member Wayne Melbye and Jerry Jacobson of Fertile.
There are two filings for District 3 with Dean Adams and Crookston Mayor Gary Willhite.
There were two filings for District 5 with present commissioner Don Deidrich and Donald Casmey of East Grand Forks. 
Filings close on May 31 at 5:00 p.m. and people can go to the Polk County Taxpayer Center at the Government Center to file with a fee of $50 for commissioner and $20 for soil and water supervisor.  “We give them information when they file, if we have more than three candidates that file for a district we will have a primary ballot to bring them down to two for the general election in November,” said Cote.
Al Bauer has filed for a position on District 3 of the East Polk Soil and Water.

 

 

CHEDA TOURS GLENMORE PROPERTY AND FOURNET BUILDING, APARTMENTS BY DRAFTS HOPING TO BREAK GROUND IN JUNE

The Crookston  Housing and Economic Development Authority (CHEDA) met on Tuesday and took a tour of the former Glenmore facility east of Crookston on Highway 2 and the Fournet Building (Four Seasons Clothing building) in downtown Crookston.  CHEDA executive director Craig Hoiseth said it was a learning tour to look at future uses for the buildings. “The Glenmore facility is an impressive place, the conversation was about creative ideas on what to do with the building,” said Hoiseth.  “We toured the Forney Building as many CHEDA members and council members had never been on the second floor and the first floor is vacant due to a retirement, so we looked at the space to see if there is anything we can do to revitalize both of the buildings.”

The Northridge Apartment Development to be built by Draft’s Sports Bar and Grill will get a city loan. “They are getting close to their 41 plex and they are trying to put together their financing,” said Hoiseth.  “The CHEDA board agreed to a $100,000 loan to create the last bridge to bring it across the finish line.”  Northridge Developers plan to break ground in June on the project.
The Polk County Commissioners set a public hearing on the tax abatement request for five years on the Northridge project for June 7.


                       What the apartments north of Drafts Sports Bar and Grill could look like


The proposed plans for the new apartment complex north of Drafts Sports Bar and Grill 

The application for Agassiz Townhomes project is due in by mid-June. Jason Carlson of Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Shannon Stassen of the City of Crookston, and Hoiseth have been having meetings with business owners and managers and had good results.  “We think we will be able to increase our point scores with local contributions and the CHEDA board voted to put in vouchers dedicated to the project for 10 years which will increase our points also,” said Hoiseth.  Discussion on the workforce housing project with the school district continues for next year as the construction trades teacher Doug Lee is leaving so plans have to been made soon.

 

 

POLK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS RECEIVE AN UPDATE ON RENOVATION PROJECTS, COUNTY GETS $70,000 LESS IN GRAVEL TAX REVENUE THAN 2014

Polk County has many renovation projects coming to completion and Scott Sosalla of Architectural Resources of Hibbing have done the engineering work on the projects and updated the commissioners on the work.  Public Health has moved into the Justice Center and have a couple of punch list items to complete next week.  Window issues, from when the building was built, have been fixed for about $10,000 dollars with caulking and weep holes.  “We have some Government Center heating controls to put in after bids in June and construction in July,” said Polk County Commissioner Craig Buness.  “The security system at the Justice Center was updated and in the renovation we found that wallpaper acted as the second barrier so we will have to do something there and we will work in the server room to move all the servers and get all the updates in place.” The new projects have been budgeted at $300,000.

Commissioners received the gravel tax report for 2015 at their meeting on Tuesday which brought $175,863.54 to the county which was collected from 1,078,021 tons or 65,861 yards of gravel.   10 Townships and the city of Trail received $71,004.91 from the tax with the reserve fund for pit restoration getting $25,060.55 and county roads and bridges received $71,004.91.   The county collected $254,861.00 in 2014.

 

 

POLK COUNTY COUNTY ENGINEER RICH SANDERS LOBBYING THE LEGISLATURE FOR TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

Transportation funding is a hot topic with the Minnesota legislature this session and rural counties have a big stake in what the funding will be in the future.  Polk County Highway Engineer Rich Sanders has been lobbying the legislature and the lobbyist for the Minnesota Rural Caucus sat down and came up with proposals for funding for Greater Minnesota and Polk County. “We sent them off to the Governor, senate and house legislators, the Governor came out with his proposal on Monday which pretty much mirrored our proposals of tab fees with no gas tax, and a five cent gas tax and a minor tab fee increase,” said Sanders.  “We were hoping for $500 to 600 million in funding and the Governor came out with $600 million which was higher than ours which was good and the general fund dollars was less than what we were proposing.”  In 1956 when the county road system was set up it was funded with a gas tax, tab fees and motor vehicle sales tax, now this is no longer a good system according to some parties so they are trying to fund it with general fund money which is hard to do. “This year we have a surplus next year we could have a deficit so we are hoping we  can get a gas tax increase or tab fee increase as they are constitutionally dedicated for roads and bridges and cannot be used for anything else and that would benefit Polk County roads, township roads and city roads.”

 

 

 

TUESDAY - MAY 17,  2016

A NATIONAL POLICE WEEK MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD IN GRAND FORKS TODAY AT 2:00 PM

This is National Police Week and the Nation will have memorial services for those who have died in the line of duty. The Memorial Service for the Crookston/East Grand Forks/Grand Forks area is on today at 2:00 p.m. with 19 local state and federal agencies including the Canadian RCMP on the Grand Forks County Courthouse Lawn downtown.  Keynote Speaker is Fargo Chief of Police David Todd.  The roll call will be done by Bob Rost, Grand Forks County Sheriff and Mike Hedlund, East Grand Forks Chief of Police.  Crookston Police officer Don Rasicot will be part of the memorial wreath placement. There will be a 21 gun salute by a multi agency honor guard.  Flag Folding will be done by the 319th Security Forces Squadron at the Air Force Base.  Musicians are the Winnipeg Police Department Pipes and Drums Band.   Chaplain John Rieth of the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Department will give the benediction. 

 

 

CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL ENVIRONTHON TEAM FINISHES SIXTH AT STATE

The Minnesota State Envirothon competition was held on Monday at Lake Bronson State Park and the Crookston team of Zach Lutz, Easton Meyer, Guthrie Dingmann, Charles Brantner and Sam Larson finished sixth place out of 26 teams.  “I've had the privilege to work with this group for the past three years and it has been very enjoyable. I'm confident they have learned a great deal about the environment and they showed that today by placing 6th place in the state,” said Environthon Coach and Crookston High School Science teacher Wes Hanson. “It's the highest finish Crookston has had since I've been involved with the program. I'm very proud of this group for their efforts and achievements.”


Zach Lutz, Easton Meyer, Guthrie Dingmann, Charles Brantner, Sam Larson (Picture by Coach Hanson)

 

 

CROOKSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS OFFERING CLASSES FOR BUSINESSES, ENTREPRENEURS AND YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

The Chamber edUcation Series is excited to debut with their first ever session – Entrepreneurial Growth: Money Smart for Small Business for aspiring and existing entrepreneurs in partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension and the FDIC. Whether you are thinking of starting a business, currently manage one, or whether you work from your kitchen table, a small storefront, warehouse or cubicle, these Professional & Business Development sessions are designed to help get you to the next level. The kickoff for Money Smart for Small Business and first session “Is Owning a Business Right for You?” starts June 2, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in Kiehle Hall, Room 116 on the University of Minnesota Crookston Campus. The 13 sessions are of practical topics for Businesses, Entrepreneurs, & Young Professionals and will continue June through November 2016. The full schedule can be found on www.visitcrookston.com/committee-events and RSVPS are required through the Crookston Chamber Office. Please email amlien@visitcrookston.com or call 281-4320. RSVPS can also be made at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entrepreneurial-growth-money-smart-for-small-business-tickets-25417314873

The Chamber edUcation Series sessions are intended to provide Chamber members with opportunities for practical up-to-date information and training on topics of interest to business and emerging business in the Crookston area. In addition, the series provides members, who may be experts in these topics, the opportunity to make connections with other members and increase their impact in the community.

 

 

CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL POPS AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The Crookston High School has announced their final Pride of Pirates (POPS) award winners. The goal of the POPS program is to recognize students in our high school for their efforts in the school environment.  Faculty members are encouraged to nominate students who display impressive growth in the areas of respect, decency, and responsibility.  POPS winners receive a certificate and are treated to lunch at a Crookston restaurant.
Students receiving the award are -
Jordan Bengtson, Emma Boll, Aaliyah Brewster, Natalie Burch, Ashlyn Buss, Brady Butt, Heather Chaput, Elysa Christensen, Thalia Corona, Joey Doda, Kelsey Durbin, Dylan Fontaine, Lizzy Fontaine, Emily Funk, Marietta Geist, April Gomez, Hannah Hanshaw, Audrey Harbott, Devin Helming, Miguez Jimenez, Dean Kostrzewski, Zach Lutz, Luis Meyo, Shaun Nelson, Cody Olson, Victor Ramirez, Krysta Roesch, Alyssa Spillum, and Jared Theis.

 

 

RIVERVIEW HEALTH ANNOUNCES THEIR 5K RUN/WALK WINNERS

RiverView Health held their 9th annual 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, May 14.  There were a total of 40 runners and walkers on the chilly and windy morning.  The top male finisher was Carter Coauette with a time of 24:21 and the top female finisher was Elizabeth Crane with a time of 24:24.  For the second year there was a ½ mile Kid’s Fun Run.  A total of 10 kids ran in the race.  The following businesses helped sponsor the 5k Run/Walk Andy Oman State Farm Insurance, Berry Burst, Brault Construction, CHS Ag Services, Crookston Paint and Glass, Crookston Running Club, Crookston Valley Co-op, Drafts, Happy Joe’s, New Horizon Foods, RBJ’s, ReJuv, RiverView Health, Scheel’s, and SunOpta.  A special thanks to the following RiverView Employees and their family members that helped with the event Nichole Beauchane, Kalie Crayton, Cindy Donarksi, Adam Erickson, Diane Erickson, Kathryn Erickson, April Grunhovd, Lori Hefta, Laura Heller, Darcey Larsen, Carmen Mendez, Kari Moe, Alecia Perry, Lori Silcox, Deb Sonju, Betty Stroot, Jami Revier, Kim Volker, and Mary Lou Wittmann.  The RiverView HEALTH Committee would like to thank the sponsors and everyone who participated in the 5k.

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF PARTICIPANTS AND TIMES CLICK HERE

 

 

 

MONDAY - MAY 16, 2016

TWO NATURAL GAS SERVICE LINES HAVE BEEN STRUCK BY CREWS IN CROOKSTON TODAY

A main natural gas line was hit by an excavator on North Nelson Street today in Crookston and homes on North Nelson will be without gas service this afternoon.  The gas line has been shut down and Great Plains Natural Gas is in process of repairing line.  12 or 13 homes in the area are affected.  The Crookston Police, Crookston Fire Department and Crookston Area Ambulance were on the scene before the gas service was shut off. The repairs on North Nelson should be completed around 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. tonight (Monday), which is longer than first anticipated becasue another gas line was struck at the University of Minnesota Crookston and crews are on the scene to cap the leak before they get back to North Nelson.

 

 

KIP FONTAINE RECEIVES SENATE DISTRICT 1 DEMOCRATIC ENDORSEMENT

At its endorsing convention held on May 14, 2016, in Newfolden, Minnesota, Senate District 1 Democrats endorsed Kip Fontaine of Mentor to succeed Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, D-Plummer, as their Senate candidate in the November election.  Sen. Stumpf announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election. “Northwestern Minnesota has been fortunate to have a leader of Sen. Stumpf’s stature and reputation serving and representing us in St. Paul,” said Fontaine. “I look forward to continuing his legacy and advocating for, among other things, education, small business development, transportation, quality housing, and good incomes for families in the district.”
Fontaine has been a longtime resident of the area, growing up in Red Lake Falls and graduating from Lafayette High School. Upon graduation from the University of Minnesota Law School, Fontaine was appointed an Assistant Polk County Attorney in Crookston where he served until January of 1993.  Fontaine was then appointed Clearwater County Attorney in Bagley, being elected and re-elected from 1994 to 2006. In 2007 he was hired by the Minnesota Public Defender's Office as the Managing Attorney in Thief River Falls. He currently manages the public defender's offices in Thief River Falls and Crookston. Fontaine practices law and makes court appearances in all of the county seats in District 1.
He and his wife Sheila have been married for nearly 29 years, and have three children, Karli, Keaton, and Kael. They have made their home in Mentor, Minnesota, on the grounds of the former Ulland’s Campground, a family-run business started by Fontaine’s grandparents in 1964.
Fontaine is an active member of his community in civic and volunteer roles. He is a member and Deacon at Maple Lake Lutheran Church in rural Mentor. Fontaine served on the board at the Northwest Minnesota Foundation from 1995-2005, the last three years as board chair. During his time on on the board, NWMF developed strategies to highlight the assets and qualities that make NW Minnesota a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
In his bid for the senate seat, Fontaine hopes to build on the assets that Northwest Minnesotans have worked hard to develop as a region. “I will work for good jobs with quality pay, strong education systems, quality healthcare access, a good transportation system, and enjoyment of our most obvious asset—our great outdoors.”


                       Senator LeRoy Stumpf with Kip Fontaine

 

 

RIVERVIEW HEALTH ADDS ANOTHER DOCTOR

RiverView Health is pleased to welcome Dr. Ram Paneru to its staff as an emergency department (ED) physician. Dr. Paneru joins fellow ED staff members Drs. Balaraman, Fashoro and May.
Dr. Paneru is a board certified family practitioner with experience as an emergency department physician. He has worked part-time in RiverView’s Emergency Department since 2013.
A native of Nepal, Dr. Paneru attended medical school at B.P. Koirala Institute of Health and Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal, and completed a general surgery residency at Harlem Hospital Center, Columbia University, NY, and a family medicine residency at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, NY.
Dr. Paneru practiced medicine for five years in Nepal prior to moving to the United States. He worked in Jackson, MN, for three years as a primary care and ED provider, in Grand Forks at Aurora Clinic, and then took the opportunity to work in various emergency departments throughout Minnesota and North Dakota.  “I feel privileged and very excited to be a part of RiverView Health as a full time employee,’’ he stated of his new position. “It is a pleasure to be able to serve Crookston and the neighboring communities.’’
For any questions on services offered at RiverView Health, call 218-281-9200 or 800-743-6551.

 

 

 

UMC HANDS OUT FACULTY AND STAFF AWARDS

Celebrating excellence and service by faculty and staff, UMC Faculty and Staff Day was held Tuesday, May 10, in Bede Ballroom. Hosting the event were Chancellor Fred Wood and Albert Sims, head of the Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC) 
Retirements were recognized by both the campus and the NWROC and included Mike Altepeter, Anne Burke, Jim Cameron, Don Cavalier, Cindy Driscoll, Don Medal, Christo Robberts, Barbara Cournia, and Rusty Remick.
Years of Service were highlighted by four individuals who have been working on campus and at the NWROC for 40 years. They are Jim Cameron from the Northwest Research and Outreach Center, Don Cavalier from Career Development and Counseling Services, Patti Tiedemann from University Relations, and Val Uttermark from the Registrar’s Office. Don Medal from Technology Support Services was recognized for his 30 years of service.

In addition to recognizing years of service milestones and retirements, the program included the following award presentation:
Distinguished Teaching Award - Paul Aakre, assistant professor in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department

Distinguished Faculty Service Award – Alvin Killough, associate professor, Liberal Arts & Education Department
Distinguished Civil Service/Bargaining Unit Award - Dale Martinson (Posthumously), security guard, security services
Distinguished Professional and Administrative (P&A) Award - Amber Bailey, graphic/multimedia designer and webmaster
Outstanding Community Service Award - Brian Dingmann, associate professor, Math, Science & Technology Departmen
Access Achievement Award - Ashley Stopa, teaching specialist, Math, Science & Technology Department
Builder of Diversity Award - John Normandin, infrastructure analyst, media services
RSVP Boomerang Award – Kristina Gray, teaching specialist, Liberal Arts & Education Department

 

 

 

HIGHWAY 9 SOUTH OF ADA TO HAVE A DETOUR FOR BRIDGE REPLACEMENT STARTING MAY 23

Motorists on Highway 9 south of Ada will experience a detour beginning May 23 as crews replace the bridge over the Wild Rice River.
The detour follows Norman County Road 24 located three miles east of Ada to County Road 39 near Borup. It is expected to last about four months, weather permitting.
An open house will take place May 19 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Ada Public Works building, 900 West Main St., Ada. Everyone is welcome to come when convenient to view the project timeline, detour and anticipated traffic impacts. There will not be a formal presentation, but representatives from MnDOT and the project contractor will be on hand to answer questions.
Redstone Construction is the contractor for the $2.6 million project, which will create a higher clearance over the river to reduce flooding impacts and ensure a safer roadway for motorists in the region.
MnDOT urges motorists to follow these recommendations in work zones: stay alert; watch for signs, equipment and workers; minimize distractions, such as using cell phones, eating or drinking; avoid tailgating; follow posted speed limits and directional signs; and stay in one lane while driving through the work zone.
For real-time traffic and travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.mndot.gov.

 

 

 

SATURDAY - MAY 14,  2016

REPRESENTATIVE DEB KIEL GIVES ANOTHER CAPITAL UPDATE

Rep. Debra Kiel 01B - Legislative Update

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Here is an update from the Capitol.

Taxes, Transportation and Negotiations
We are nearing the end of the legislative session, with smaller bills passing the House and Senate and larger bills like taxes, transportation and supplemental omnibus bills being negotiated in conference committees.
My top two priorities this session remain a middle class tax relief bill for folks in Northwest Minnesota and a comprehensive, sustainable transportation plan that funds our road and bridge improvements without a harmful gas tax increase.
Governor Dayton informed legislators that he wants to come up with his own transportation compromise plan that he will release early next week. My hope is that any plan the governor releases does not include a new gas tax—something a majority of folks in Northwest Minnesota and across the state oppose.
The legislature adjourns on May 23, and I am hopeful we can come to agreements on these important issues soon. I will keep you updated as we head into the final stretch. If you have any input on bills being debated at the Capitol, please don't hesitate to contact me. I welcome your thoughts and ideas on these important issues.

Lands Bill
On Wednesday, the House passed the Lands bill, legislation I am carrying that facilitates the sale of land owned by state government and the DNR that would be better in the hands of the private sector. What's more, for Northwest Minnesota, my bill contain a provision for the Klondike flood retention project for the Two Rivers Watershed District in Kittson and Roseau counties.
The Lands bill passed off the House Floor with strong bipartisan support 99-28. The bill will now be negotiated with the Senate.

If I can ever assist you or your family on a matter of state government, please don’t hesitate to contact my office. I am here to serve you!

Deb Kiel
District 1B

 

 

 

FRIDAY - MAY 13,  2016

CITY OF CROOKSTON HAS A NEW SEWER TRUCK

The City of Crookston has a new sewer equipment truck in their fleet that will make sewer cleaning more efficient. Mitch Weasner is a city waste water worker and cleans the collection systems around town with the truck and maintain the lift stations with his class D waste water license through the state of Minnesota.  “We have a brand new Jet Rodder to help clean the collector systems, which is nice because the last truck was old and weak and was not doing the job it was supposed to,” said Weasner. “There are some people in town who found out how the truck works as I accidentally burped some toilets here and there and I talked to the company to make sure we don’t do any property damage so we think we have it under control.”  There is plenty of work for the truck as they clean about a quarter of the system a year.  Last year it was the northeast corner and this year they will work from Main Street west to Golf Terrace and from Fisher Avenue to 6th Street. “Eventually we will do half the town each year,” said Weasner. “We have a giant problem with what they call flushable wipes which can get caught on every little nook or cranny and they can back up 100,000 gallons of water flushing down the system in a day’s time.”  The department had the money for the truck which was about $240,000 delivered. It was a special order built with the options that suit the city needs.  The city has been saving the money for 12 years to get a new truck. 


                The new sewer truck fro the City of Crookston

 

STEPHEN LARSON AWARDED ADVOCACY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD BY LEGAL SERVICES OF NW MINNESOTA

Stephen Larson of Crookston, Minnesota has been awarded an Advocacy Achievement Award by Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota for his work as a Judicare attorney.
Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota serves low income and elderly residents of 22 northwestern Minnesota counties using offices in Moorhead, Alexandria, and Bemidji and the Judicare Panel, a group of 210 private attorneys throughout the region.
Legal Services selects one attorney or firm annually from each of four Minnesota State Bar Association Districts in the 22 counties to receive the Advocacy Achievement Award.  The award is given "In recognition of outstanding legal work making a difference to the disadvantaged."
Stephen grew up in Beltrami, Minnesota.  He attended law school at UND and graduated in 2011 magna cum laude.  Stephen has been practicing law since April of 2012 and is also licensed to practice in North Dakota.  He is married with three children and has worked at the Fitzgerald, Reynolds, Harbott, Knutson & Larson, PLLP. Law firm in Crookston since getting admitted to the Minnesota Bar. Stephen became partner at the firm on January 1, 2016. He has been a member of the Judicare panel since 2012.
The award will be presented at the annual 14th District Bar Meeting in Thief River Falls, Minnesota on May 20, 2016.

 

 

CROOKSTON SCHOOL BOARD NEGOTIATIONS COMMITTEE WRAPS UP A GOOD MEETING WITH THE TEACHERS UNION

The Crookston School Board negotiations committee and the Crookston Education Association (Crookston Teachers union) held a negotiating session on Thursday afternoon.  “We had a good meeting, both sides presented counter offers to each other, we went back and forth a couple of times and now we are taking a few days to look at the offer and scheduled a meeting for next week so things went along real good,” said School Board member and chairman of the negotiating committee Tim Dufault. Another meeting will be held next week.

 

 

PROGRESSIVE AGRICULTURE SAFETY DAY DRAWS 220 CHILDREN

220 sixth graders from Crookston, Fertile, Fisher, Win-E-Mac and Climax-Shelly gathered at the Crookston Sports center on April 22 to learn how to identify and deal with hazards on the farm. Crookston’s Progressive Agriculture Safety Day drew children for a daylong session on how to take responsibility for their own safety, respect parents’ safety rules and share safety tips with their family and friends, said Carrie Bergquist, coordinator of the event.
Hands-on experiences led by local community members taught Safety Day participants lifelong farm safety lessons on Grain Safety by Mark Gullickson - Farmer, Electrical Safety by Tom Houdek and Nathan Pazdernik – Wild Rice Electric, Sun Safety by Leah Reitmeier - Polk County Public Health, ATV Safety by Ralph Pester - Farmer, First Aid Safety by Bryan Minske - Crookston Area Ambulance, Lawn Mower Safety by Tim Kozel – Valley Plains Equipment, Fire Safety by Kent Ellingson - Crookston Fire Department, Seatbelt Safety by Don Rasicot - Crookston Police Department, Gun Safety by Brian Lundeen - Polk County Sheriff's Department and Animal Safety by Jeanie Andringa.
Bergquist said the Safety Day’s success is due in large part to the generous support of many local organizations and volunteers in addition to countless hours by the Safety Day committee which consists of Carol Coauette, Jean Johnson, Bernie Motherway and Dar Jerde. The following area businesses and organizations provided money, services or equipment to support the Safety Day:

AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Altru Cancer Center, Altru Clinic, Altru – Safe, Kids, American Crystal Sugar Company, American Federal Bank, American Legion, Post No. 20 – Crookston, American Legion Post 596 – Erskine, American State Bank - Erskine, Bremer Bank- Crookston, CHS Mid-Valley Grain – Crookston, Coauette Crop Services – Crookston, Crookston Ambulance Service, Crookston Council #1216 – Knights of Columbus, Crookston Classic Cruisers, Crookston Daily Times, Crookston Fire Department, Crookston Kiwanis Pioneer 100’s, Crookston Masonic Lodge – No. 141 A.F. & A.M., Crookston National Bank, Crookston Noon Day Lions, Crookston Police Benefit Association, Crookston Police Department, Crookston Public Schools, Crookston Sports Center, Crookston Valley Coop, DOT/ State of Minnesota, Erskine Echo, Fertile Journal, First National Bank of McIntosh, Greater Northwest EMS, J.D. or Faith A. Berg Insurance & Annuities – Fertile, Jeanie Andringa, Jerde Insurance - Crookston, KROX Radio, Crookston High School Leo Club, Mark Gullickson, McIntosh Times, National Child Safety Council, Noah Insurance Service, Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, Odine Smulan Insurance, Ralph Pester, Phil Thompson & Associates LLP, Polk County Environmental Services Center, Polk County Public Health, Polk County Sheriff Department, Progressive Agriculture, RBJ’s, Riverview Hospital, Sun Opta, TDS Fertilizer, Inc, Tireboss, Titan Machinery of Crookston and Winger, University of Minnesota, Valley Plains Equipment, and Wild Rice Electric.

 

 

MINNESOTA LETTER CARRIERS TO HELP STAMP OUT HUNGER WITH A FOOD DRIVE

Minnesota’s Letter carriers will be working to help restock local food shelves this weekend and they are asking residents to help.  The coordinators behind the 24th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive are asking people to leave bags of non perishable foods near their mailboxes so postal workers can deliver the donations to local food shelves. As one in nine Minnesotans continues to struggle with hunger, this weekend the state’s letter carriers will be working to help on Saturday by placing non perishable food next to their mailbox. The carriers will pick them up and get the donated items to local food banks. Samantha Hartwig, letter carrier for Region 7 is the food drive coordinator and says they hold the food drive in May to help stock food shelves for the summer, “School is out of session in about a month so a lot of families that rely on free and reduced lunches have lost their avenue to help feed their children when budgets are tight.”
The drive will help stock the food banks for about six months.  Last year the nationwide drive brought in about 71 million pounds of non perishable food. 
Some retired postal workers and local volunteers will be helping deliver the donations to local food agencies.

 

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