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FRIDAY - AUGUST 22, 2014
CROOKSTON DEVELOPMENT POLICY AND REVIEW COMMITTEE LOOKS AT BORROWING MORE MONEY FROM THE USDA
The City of Crookston Development
Policy and Review Committee met on Thursday and reviewed the intermediary
relending program (IRP). Over 85 businesses in Crookston have benefited from the
IRP loan program since it was started in 1982. The committee discussed borrowing
another $800,000 from the USDA, which has to be matched by the city with
$150,000. “The council requested that the committee meet and come up with a
recommendation on borrowing money from the USDA for the IRP loan fund,” said
Angel Hoeffner, Crookston Finance Director. “It has been used in the community
for local businesses and more money is needed to continue the program. The city
has to match the request of $800,000 with $150,000 and if they are not
comfortable with that request, the council has to decide what they are
There are 11 active loans at the present time which are all current in their payments. The committee elected Brian Frisk as their chairman and Brad Brekken as the vice chairman. The committees recommendation will now go to the city council for final approval.
PRINCETON REVIEW NAMES UMC ONE OF 159 COLLEGES AS BEST IN THE MIDWEST
The Princeton Review, an education services company widely known for its test prep programs and college and graduate school guides, named the University of Minnesota Crookston as one of 159 colleges in their "Best in the Midwest” for 2015. This recognition marks the eighth consecutive year the campus has been included as a Best in the Midwest. Results are posted in the website feature, "2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region" at www.princetonreview.com/best-regional-colleges.aspx.
The Princeton Review editors narrowed their choices based on institutional data the Company collected directly from several hundred colleges in each region, staff visits to schools over the years, and the opinions college counselors and advisors whose recommendations the Company invites.
For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues -- from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their science lab facilities -- and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.
The Princeton Review also rates the schools on its "2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region" list in six categories. The rating scores (on a scale of 60 to 99) appear on the school profiles, and are tallied from institutional data the Company obtained from the colleges in 2013-14 and/or its student survey data.
About The Princeton Review
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POLK COUNTY CHILD SUPPORT COLLECTIONS RANKS 13TH IN THE STATE
August is child support awareness
month proclaimed by Governor Mark Dayton. Governor Dayton wants all Minnesotans
to look to the future of the state and children and work together to ensure
Sylvia Nelson, supervisor of the Polk County Child Support Enforcement Unit explained the program to collect child support payments for children from parents. “We make collections in the county at the rate of 79 percent which ranks us at 13th in the state of Minnesota,” said Nelson. Polk County collected $4,001,238.00 in 2013 with 1,942 open cases of which 1,812 were court ordered.
$4,993,562.00 in collections were disbursed in 2013 with an average of $2,756 disbursed per case. Suspending drivers licenses is used to help get payments collected. “The workers work very hard to get the payments collected and we have 209 cases are in the drivers licenses suspension program,” said Nelson.
66 percent of the program is funded by the federal government.
THURSDAY - AUGUST 21, 2014
CROOKSTON SCHOOL DISTRICT TEST SCORES HAVE A LOT OF ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
Test scores have been the topic of
discussion after the Grand Forks Herald did a story on area school district test
scores and the scores weren’t good for Crookston. “We did not place where we
wanted and we need to pick up the gauntlet and for whatever reasons,” said
Crookston Schools Superintendent Chris Bates. “We are still working to improve
ourselves and make ourselves better than the last year.”
Teaching to the tests or not is a question being asked. “I think sometimes the phrase testing to the test gives a bad rap providing we are testing what kids really need to know we should teach to the test,” said Bates. “We have to ask if we are testing the kids skills that they need. The state is trying to do better and we are also as we collect more data all the time. It can become overwhelming and it can show one thing or another thing with another set of data, but we want our kids to do better and the new principals have it as a top priority.” Bates said they have placed common prep at Highland School and the High School where teachers can work together in small groups and will improve the test scores from where they have been.”
Graduation rates were lower than most would expect and like, but part of the reason for low graduation rates in the area is because they are calculated in a unique manner by the state according. “Typically when we talk about graduation rates you take the number of seniors who started the year and then at the end you may have one or two that don’t graduate, it would be about 98 percent,” said Crookston High School Principal Eric Bubna. “But the state looks at the number of freshmen who came to school and then the number of those that graduates, so if a student starts in ninth grade and then moves to another state or district they could disappear off the radar because they moved. The district looks at students who start the year and those who there at the end of the year while the state looks at ninth graders and the number who walk across the stage.” The counting is complicated by the state and the district has no control if a student leaves so the system the state uses is hard to understand.
CROOKSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BEAUTIFICATION AWARDS HANDED OUT
The Crookston Chamber of Commerce Beautification committee handed out the 2014 beautification awards to the four winners of this year contest. They are pictured below.
Presentation of a Public Institution or Church - Evangelical Covenant Church- Youth Director Alex Melin and Pastor Tim Bhajjan - special thanks to Jerry and Becky Rude and Theresa Helgeson
Lifetime Achievement Award- Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception- Emmagail Frantz and Trishia Ramstad- special thanks to Michelle Beeghly
Presentation of a Landscaped Business- Polk County DAC - Michael Tate (Ron's Lawncare) Deb Dubuque, Jo Bittner and Logan Prudhomme (Ron's Lawn Care)
Presentation of a Storefront Business- Shear Sisters- Kari Trudeau, T Durbin, Deb Altepeter and Tiffany Fee (Scored 100% in all the rounds of judging and as a reward they get 100 candy bars)
UMC STUDENTS TO GET NEW LAPTOPS THIS YEAR, 59 NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WITH 35 FROM BRAZIL
Fall semester classes at the University of Minnesota Crookston begin Tuesday, August 26, 2014, and faculty and staff are on campus this week participating in a number of workshops and activities in anticipation of the arrival of students and the beginning of the semester.
The new laptops arrived earlier in August and are ready for students. Staff in the HelpDesk have loaded the 1,150 HP EliteBook 840 G1 Notebook PCs, which boast an Intel i5-4200U (1.6GHz w/turbo, 3MB cache) processor as well as a touch screen. Over the past several years, the campus has experimented with convertible tablet computers (2-in-1 devices) through pilot programs where many of the faculty and some staff members have participated. Technology Support Services continues to expand its pilot testing of various convertible and detachable tablet designs.
Pathway to Nursing
Recently, Chancellor Fred Wood and Vice Chancellor Barbara Keinath met with Connie Delaney, Ph.D., R.N., professor and dean of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing in Minneapolis. The meeting ended with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the U of M Crookston and the U of M School of Nursing (UMSN) on the Twin Cities campus. The purpose of the MOU is to develop a framework of cooperation or a “pathway to nursing” which would allow qualified UM Crookston graduates to enroll in the Master of Nursing program at the UMSN.U of M Crookston students would complete a series of required coursework that would prepare them for the Master of Nursing program. The two institutions would work collaboratively in the recruitment and advising of students preparing for the UMSN program. UMC faculty and staff would coordinate with the Office of Student and Career Advancement Services there. Ideally, students going on to study in the Master of Nursing program would return to rural Minnesota to complete clinical training. The program is an innovative response to an impending shortage of nurses. It also addresses the increased level of educational preparedness expected from nurses now entering this career field.
Faculty and staff from the U of M School of Nursing are planning to visit the Crookston campus to further discuss the program on October 23, and both institutions will continue to work on the process throughout the academic year.
Of the 59 new international students on campus this fall, 35 of them are from Brazil. For one academic year, these students, funded through the Brazilian government, are studying mainly in the animal science pre-vet program area, but all of them are studying within the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, known as STEM. They will be joining two students from Brazil who have been on campus this summer.
The Allan and Freda Pedersen Garden has been providing fresh produce to the campus since mid-August and student-athletes have already enjoyed some of the harvest. The garden is a cooperative project between the University and community with a host of collaborators including the Office of Student Affairs, Office of Academic Affairs, Sodexo Dining Services, Center for Sustainability, and Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. U of M Extension provided guidance though Terry Nennich, a fruit and vegetable specialist, and Todd Cymbaluk, a local gardener and agriculturalist, provided technical expertise.
WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 20, 2014
CROOKSTON SCHOOL DISTRICT TO HOLD REGISTRATION DAY ON THURSDAY, WASHINGTON SCHOOL WORK CLOSE TO COMPLETION
Back to School Registration day for the Crookston
School District is Thursday at the Crookston High School commons from 7:00 a.m.
to 7:00 p.m. Denice Oliver, the Washington School Principal said they are ready
to get started and asks parents to get their children registered on Thursday.
“Registration is for all students on Thursday,” said Oliver. “It gives parents
the opportunity to get all the paperwork done before the first day of school,
get transportation done, get immunizations for kindergarten, early childhood or
early readiness children. It is just a great time to get it all done.”
All the necessary paperwork will be at the tables for the parents for each school. Registration can be done online at the Crookston School district website at www.crookston.k12.mn.us.
Renovations at Washington School are getting close to completion. “We are in good shape, the roofing is still taking place, windows are installed, the security system is ready, and we got the certificate that teachers could get in their classroom on Monday so they are getting ready for the year,” said Oliver. “We have a full staff with no changes for the first time in many years so we are ready to get started.”
Early childhood programs, school readiness and the pathway programs are at Washington and will get started on September15. Parents of those programs can register on Thursday. “We have adopted a new reading curriculum that provides material for the teachers and gives them the tools for kindergarten through sixth grade, called Benchmark Literacy for reading, writing and phonics, with all the materials available online also,” said Oliver. ”We have new technology in each classroom with a projector to use white boards for the whole class can enjoy the book. We also have document cameras which will allow teachers to project documents on the board and screen for the children to see for study instruction.”
POLK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ARE TOLD THE COUNTY HAS A SHORTAGE OF RENTAL HOUSING
Polk County Commissioners met on
Tuesday and approved the advertisement and replacement of two registered nurses
for Polk County Public Health.
Lee Meier and Mark Finstad brought the commissioners up to date on activities of the Northwest Minnesota Multi County Housing and Redevelopment Authority in Mentor. The HRA gets funding from the county through a levy. Mark Finstad is vice chairman of the HRA board and said rental housing is the biggest need in the county. “I am the chairman of the Economic Development Authority in Fosston and there is a shortage of rental housing in are area and HRA has built a spec home in Fosston so we are helping in that way, but the lack of rental housing is the biggest problem,” said Finstad. “The HRA housing is completely full right now so that is an area we have to address in the future by constructing rental properties. There are a lot of jobs which is good but housing is needed to go with the jobs.”
Finstad said rental housing will continue to be a top priority for the HRA. “We will face the challenge of filling housing throughout the county with entry level housing for the workforce that is not ready to buy a house yet,” said Finstad. “There are houses for sale but rental housing is full which means the economy is doing well.”
Polk County received Housing Assistance payments of $778,447.00 in the past year.
POLK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HEAR FROM STATE FAIR BOUND 4H'ERS
The Minnesota State Fair starts on Thursday and that means 35 Polk County 4-H’ers are preparing to exhibit their animals and demonstrations. Two Polk County 4-H’ers spoke to the Polk County Commissioners on Tuesday about their projects and a recent citizenship trip to Washington D. C.
Hannah Rolf, of McIntosh will be a
senior at Win-E-Mac High School this fall and has returned from the Washington
D.C. trip with a lot of memories. “It was a lot of fun and a learning experience
at all the memorials, saw all the people that died at World War II and those
that died from 9-11 at the pentagon,” said Rolf. “The favorite was Arlington
Cemetery and the least favorite was the Holocaust museum.” I’m getting ready for
the state fair I am taking a Junior two year old registered Holstein milking cow
and I show Saturday, this will be my third year at the state fair.”
Mary Welin, of Fosston will be a senior at Fosston High School and said the Washington D.C. trip was very educational. “Mount Vernon and Arlington Cemetery were my favorites, I am bringing back lots of ideas and I am going to volunteer at the nursing home which is part of the action plan,” said Welin. “I learned more about the government and met kids from many other states.” Welin heads for the state fair where she will show a registered red angus breeding junior year heifer for the third year.
Nick Donarski of Fisher and Jean Balstad of Fosston also went to Washington D.C. The trip cost was $1,400 with the County 4-H federation paying half and the 4-H’ers paying the other half.
Kristie Johnson is the 4-H program coordinator for the county and will be attending the state fair with the students. “We have two different groups heading for the fair, the livestock are on their way and will stay until Sunday and the other 27 kids will go on the 28th and stay till the end,” said Johnson. Projects include demonstrations, vet science, photography, crafts and a wide range of projects. “A lot of first time 4-H’ers will get their first experience, as they get to stay in the 4-H Hilton and meeting all the people,” said Johnson, who has missed the state fair only twice in her life, once for college orientation and when she was one year old. The commissioners are pleased with how the 4-H program has grown across the county and wished them all good luck at the fair.
CROOKSTON PIRATE FINE ARTS BOOSTERS KICKING OFF THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR FUND DRIVE
The Crookston Pirate Fine
Arts Boosters (PFAB) is kicking off the fund drive for the 2014-2015 school
year. Community support of the fine arts programs in our schools has been
outstanding, with over $14,000
distributed to the fine arts programs in the Crookston public schools this past
year. The amount gifted to these programs has steadily grown over the past
years. As a part of supporting fine arts programs they are currently looking at
the needs of the auditorium, i.e. lighting, etc. You can see where over
$14,000 was used to help the fine arts in the Crookston School District.
If you are interested in donating to the Crookston Pirate Fine Arts you can
for the form.
The following programs were funded in the Fall of 2013.
Junior High Art - $500 (Paint and brushes, glazes and printing ink)
High School Art - $1,662 (Lockerbie pottery wheel, painting supplies)
Theater - $1,500 (Musical scripts and royalties, accompanist, light technician)
Band - $2,500 (Guest clinician, curriculum development resources, headset microphone, set of 4 Pbone – model of trombone used in pep and marching band.)
Choir/Orchestra - $2,500 (16 channel mixing console with case, microphones and cables)
Choir - $750 (Smart music (accompaniments for contest literature that includes an assessment tool), awards, music)
Washington Elementary Music - $400 (Portable microphone system)
Highland Elementary Music - $2,500 (Rhythmically Moving and Gameplan music curriculums. (Gameplan follows the training of Carl Orff, a method of teaching elementary music), Bass xylophone
Auditorium - $1,250 (Stage monitor, wireless microphone, light bulb replacements)
Total awarded $13,562
Scholarships Awarded Summer 2014
1. International Music Camp Voice $100
2. International Music Camp Strings 100
3. Dance Etc. Studio Dance 100
4. Just for Kix Dance 100
Artist in the Schools Fall 2013
Charlie Maguire, singer/song writer Washington Elementary first grade - $300
UMC AND DUKE STAFF COLLABORATE ON RESEARCH PROJECTS
long-term collaboration between researchers at the University of Minnesota
Crookston and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, has produced a number
of major publications in the past months as well as a fourth publication at the
end of 2013. U of M Crookston co-authors and contributors are Alvin Killough,
Ph.D., associate professor of psychology in the Liberal Arts & Education
Department, and Eryn Killough, teaching specialist in UMC's English as a Second
Language program. Eryn is also a graduate student completing her Masters' degree
in education at University of Minnesota Duluth.
One publication was a review, summary, and exploration of educational literature focused on processes particularly in the United States that produce disparities in educational outcomes. Based on a historical context of inequity and social and cultural preferences, the authors present education as a microcosm of the larger American system. The paper is distinguished from many previous papers in its identification of problems in the current educational system, but then follows with a series of concrete recommendations for those problems. Lead by Alvin Killough and flanked by a second Minnesota researcher, Eryn Killough, the paper can be found at: Killough, A., Killough, E., Edwards, C.L., Burnett, J. (2014). Beyond America's White Hegemony: In Response to a Rapidly Emerging Global Multi-Cultural Learning Community. International Journal of Science, Commerce, and Humanities, 2(5), 93-110.
A second project focused on the important role of perception in the risk for the development of depression among chronically ill Black adults. The idea was to derive a deeper understanding of the ways that subpopulations cope with chronic disease-related pain and thereby inform the development of models that better target individual and clinic resource utilizations. That paper can be found at: Edwards, C.L., Killough, A., Wood, M., Doyle, T., Feliu, M., Barker, C.S., Uppal, P., DeCastro, L., Wellington, C., Whitfield, K.E., O'Garo, K.N., Morgan, K., Alesii, L.Y.E., Byrd, G.S., McCabe, M., Goli, V., Keys, A., Hill, L., Collins-McNeil, J., Trambadia, J., Guinyard, D., Muhammad, M., McDonald, P., Schmechel, D., Robinson. E. (2014). Emotional Reactions to Pain Predict Psychological Distress in Adult Patients with Sickle Cell Disease. International Journal of Psychiatry and Medicine, 47(1), 1-16.
A third project, represented by a published paper focused on treating pain and psychopathology in an African woman afflicted with HIV, also united the expertise of University of Minnesota researchers. In a manner not done previously, the lead researcher suggested that the paper identified "culture" as a primary influence on patient's presentation for care, diagnosis, treatment, and expectations for clinical outcomes." Using a case presentation format, researchers from Duke and Crookston conceptualized cultural influences on psychological and medical outcomes, and based on their previous work with health in an African population and ongoing collaborations, reportedly were committed to a continuation of this line of research. The full article can be found at: Edwards, C.L., Bryson, W.J., McCabe, M., Trambadia, J., Scott, D., Muhammad, M., Killough, A., Sudhakar, S., Keys, A., Feliu, M., McNeil, J., Barker, C.S., Wood, M., Reif, R., Hill, L., O'Garo, K.G.N., Bulthuis, C., Peasant, C., Kidd, A.C., Robinson, E.,Treatment of PTSD in an HIV-Positive Rwandan Woman with a Recent Stroke: A Case Report on The Role of Culture, Norms, and Expectations for Psychotherapy.Research, 1, 980.
A fourth project, published in late 2013, critically reviews research from a systematic examination of articles published in PubMed between 1995 and 2013 concerning smoking patterns specific to immigrants of African descent in the U.S. given expected migration patterns to the U.S. and Minnesota. The paper is distinguished from many previous papers in two ways. First, it is one of the few attempts to bridge the gaps in scientific literature given the comparatively lack of research directed specifically to immigrants of African descent in the U.S. Second it promotes an acknowledgment of the inadequacy of the contemporary research given the complication of the too often use of the term ―"Black" in research to subsume culturally diverse groups of Africans recently living in the U.S. and emigrating to Minnesota. Lead by Alvin Killough and again flanked by a second Minnesota researcher, Eryn Killough, the full paper can be found at: Killough, A., Killough, E., Hill, L.K., Edwards, C.L. (2013). Exploring the cultural context of tobacco use for prevention among ethnic groups of African descent. International Journal of Science, Commerce, and Humanities, 1(8), 121-147.
Alvin and Eryn Killough with Chancellor Fred Wood
TUESDAY - AUGUST 19, 2014
CROOKSTON CITY COUNCIL HOLDS STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION TO SET PRIORITIES FOR 2015, HOUSING , MARKETING AND PARTNERSHIPS TOP THE LIST
The Crookston City Council held a
strategic planning session on Monday evening to set priorities as they plan the
budget for 2015. City Administrator Shannon Stassen presented a list of
priorities for the council to study and partnerships with businesses, UMC and
the school district are at the top of the list. “It is very important that we
partner with the community businesses and one of the main things that the
council members and staff agree makes Crookston unique is the University of
Minnesota Crookston so partnering with them and the school district is vitally
important in going forward so that is a strategy we need to employ,” said
Internships with area companies will benefit everyone and it was suggested that city staff get involved with the school district.
Marketing the city is a priority so a plan needs to be developed. “After being at the chamber and having a marketing campaign there are things we can do externally to Grand Forks and Thief River Falls and area communities to let them know what we have going for us,” said Stassen. “We have the advantage of a small town and advantages of a large community as well, so we have a unique combination we have going for us.” Stassen also said the city has to do internal marketing to spread the word to residents to help spread the word.
Promoting wellness is a core value for the community so the city works with Polk County Public Health to get programs in place. Housing for the city workforce is another top priority. “Housing is a key to keeping a labor force, we need to continue on. Getting apartments in spaces that are available downtown so we need to get them on line and retail will be helped at the same time,” said Stassen.
The council will continue working on the budget for 2015 as they want to keep the levy that same as 2014.
UMC STARTS CLASSES ON TUESDAY AUGUST 26, FALL SPORTS TEAMS HAVE ALREADY STARTED PRACTICE
University of Minnesota Crookston
students are arriving this week for practices, orientation and meetings as the
campus gets ready for the first day of classes on Tuesday, August 26. “Overall
(online and on campus) enrollment looks like it may be a hair higher than last
year considering the huge graduation class last spring, which was the largest in
the campus history,” said UMC Chancellor Dr. Fred Wood. “The faculty, staff and
community all have a role in recruitment and retention with the Golden Eagles
and M’s in the windows and the community does a good job of welcome the
students.” Many students are already on campus with the football, soccer
and volleyball teams already holding their first practices over the past week.
Renovations on facilities and underground infrastructure are close to completion. “We have a lot of facility changes, roof work, survey for electrical infrastructure on campus where the legislature provided $2.5 million specifically for the Crookston campus,” said Chancellor Wood. “Fiber cable has been laid out for broadband so everything is wired, interior painting, the grounds are incredibly beautiful and the garden in honor of Freda and Alan Pedersen producing vegetables.”
Boring samples have been done for the wellness center and a ceremonial ground breaking will be held on September 22 with President Kaler, and other dignitaries. Real construction will begin in the spring with the opening in the fall of 2016.”
LOCATION FOR THE CROOKSTON SPLASH PARK STILL UP IN THE AIR AFTER THE PARK BOARD MEETING
Construction of a 500 square foot
splash park was discussed at the Crookston Park Board meeting on Monday, with
the main concern being the location of the park. “We came up with a couple
of options and then today the swimming pool was brought up as changes have
occurred at the pool along with renovations,” said Scott Riopelle, Crookston
Park and Recreation director. “We need to have conversations with the school
district and the splash park committee.”
Castle Park and Highland Complex were the main locations until council member Wayne Melbye asked to look at locating the splash park by the swimming pool which the board agreed to do as they will talk to the school board. The splash park committee has raised over $48,000 needed to get to their goal of $50,000.
The plan with the splash park is to have the committee raise the money for three years of operation so the city has no cost. “The committee has enough raised for the 500 foot splash park versus a larger one,” said Riopelle. “The operating costs have not been raised and the city does not want those costs.”
The park board also reviewed the budget for 2015, which is close to $1.3 million and 1.13 percent less than 2014. “We are trying to come in lower and save money and still maintain and offer the same services, capital improvements were deferred for a year so we can still maintain the parks so the community has usage of them,” added Riopelle.
Riopelle also said the ice will be back in the Crookston Sports Center on September 5.
FARMERS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTRIBUTE $2,500 TO THEIR FAVORITE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION
Farmers now have the opportunity to contribute $3.3 million to organizations in
their communities. To honor and support the tradition of service organizations
in rural America, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program is partnering
with farmers to direct $2,500 donations to individual nonprofit organizations.
The program, which kicks off its fifth year on August 1, benefits 1,324 counties
across 40 states.
Organizations that received funding in the past include fire departments, food pantries, community groups, and youth service programs like FFA and 4-H. In the smaller, rural communities where this program operates, a donation like this can make the difference in dozens of lives. The results include better-equipped volunteer fire departments, food pantries stocked with more fresh produce, improved meeting halls and fair grounds, and opportunities for youth leadership development.
Since its inception in 2010, Grow Communities has invested more than $16 million in 6,000 nonprofit organizations across rural America. In Minnesota alone, Grow Communities has provided $827,500 to nonprofit organizations over the past five years.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of the America’s Farmers initiative. These programs, supported by the Monsanto Fund, have awarded over $22 million to rural communities since 2010. Connect with America’s Farmers on Facebook or @AmericasFarmers on Twitter. Join the #GrowCommunities conversation today. To enroll or learn more, visit www.AmericasFarmers.com, or call toll-free 877-267-3332.
About America’s Farmers
The America’s Farmers campaign highlights the importance of modern US Agriculture through communications and community outreach programs that partner with farmers to impact rural America. The outreach programs include:
-America’s Farmers Grow Communities supports rural America by offering farmers the chance to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organization.
-America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education supports rural education by offering farmers the chance to nominate local school districts, who can compete for a $10,000 or $25,000 merit-based grant to enhance math and science education.
-America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders gives students pursuing a career in agriculture the opportunity to earn a $1,500 scholarship towards their education.
-America’s Farmers Mom of the Year celebrates women in agriculture by offering the chance to be recognized as “National Farm Mom of the Year”.
To learn more, visit America’s Farmers at www.AmericasFarmers.com.
About the Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.MonsantoFund.org.
MONDAY - AUGUST 18, 2014
ANNUAL CHAUTAUQUA AND FRENCH-CANADIAN/METIS FESTIVAL WILL BE AUGUST 22-24
Chautauqua and French-Canadian/Metis Festival will be held August 22-24 near Red
Lake Falls. There will be
singing, dancing and storytelling at the Chautauqua and French-Canadian/Metis
Festival at Old
Crossing and Treaty Park with the festival
beginning on Friday, August 22, at 9:00
p.m. with a bonfire, singing and storytelling.
Michael Audette, Manitoba Fiddle Champion, is returning to the festival. Audette and his band will play Saturday and Sunday in the park and at a dance on Saturday night at The Spot in Red Lake Falls. French-Canadian culture and folklore will be celebrated by Ca Claque. The band and dancers from Manitoba will perform Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24. Author, teacher and storyteller Ted Stone will share tales of the Red
River Trail both afternoons.
Saturday, Aug. 23 –
11:00 a.m. French food specialties
12:30 p.m. – Welcome by AFRAN President Virgil Benoit
1 p.m. – Fiddler Michael Audette and Band
2 p.m. – Ca Claque singers, dancers, musicians
3:15 p.m. – Ted Stone, storyteller, author, speaker
4 p.m. – Artists and artisan highlights
5 p.m. – Mass at the Shrine of our Blessed Mother
6 p.m. – AFRAN Supper ($10 donation suggested)
9 p.m. – Dance at The Spot in Red Lake Falls, music by Michael Audette and band
Sunday, Aug. 24 –
11:00 a.m. – French festival food specialties
12:30 p.m. – Welcome by AFRAN President Virgil Benoit
1 p.m. – Michael Audette and Band
2 p.m. – Ca Claque singers, dancers, musicians (pictured lower right)
3:15 p.m. – Ted Stone, storyteller, author, speaker
Silent auction bids close at 3:45 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
year’s Chautauqua will be better than ever. There will be the fine
entertainment so many count on as well as additions in the areas of artists
and artisans and education,” said Virgil Benoit of Huot, the
president of AFRAN (Association of the French of the
North), which presents the annual event. The name has been changed to French-Canadian/Metis Festival to emphasize the multi-cultural
heritage of the Red River Valley.
Throughout the weekend, there will be programs, arts and crafts displays and a silent auctions Saturday and Sunday. Food, including
French Festival specialties such a Tourtiere (meat pie) will be available. Admission is free and the public is welcome to all events in the park.
The Old Crossing and Treaty Park is on County Road 11 seven miles northeast of Gentilly or nine miles southwest of Red Lake Falls. All programs and activities at the park are appropriate for families.
Activities are free but donations are welcome to cover the costs of the festival.
This activity is funded, in part, by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature from the vote on November 4, 2008.
POLK COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH TO HOLD IMMUNIZATION CLINIC ON AUGUST 21
parents of school-age children. Has your child completed their necessary
back-to-school immunizations? On August 21, during the Crookston School District
registration day, Polk County Public Health staff will be available from 9:00 am
to Noon, and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Polk County Public Health Office, located
at 721 South Minnesota Street in Crookston, to immunize your child.
As a reminder and preparation for the immunization law changes taking effect on September 1, 2014, students entering seventh grade will be required to have documentation of Meningococcal and Tdap vaccination or a legal exemption. Polk County Public Health has a limited supply of free Meningococcal and Tdap vaccine. Available vaccine is on a first come, first serve basis. Additionally, other vaccines are available thru the Minnesota Vaccine for Children (MnVFC) program for eligible children up through the age of 18. Please call 218-281-3385 with any questions.
WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH TO HOLD ANIMAL BLESSING AUGUST 25
Animal Blessing for companion animals of any sort will be held outdoors at
Wesley United Methodist on Sunday afternoon, August 25 at 3:00 p.m. All people
and pets are welcome. If your pet cannot come, bring a collar or photo.
Memorial table & prayers for pets who have died. Be sure animals are leashed
or contained so they (and others) do not get hurt. Barrette Street and Eickhof
Boulevard. For more information, leave a message for
Pastor Michelle Miller at 281-3393.
"For many of us, our pets are an important part of our lives, and they provide us with love and companionship. They bless our lives, and forgive us when we don't necessarily even deserve it," said Pastor Miller. "To show our gratitude, and to celebrate their lives with us, we are planning a blessing for them. As we do this, we follow the example of St. Francis of Assisi, and we honor the depth and mystery of relationship among the different species of creation."
SATURDAY - AUGUST 16, 2014
MADISON CRANE CROWNED MISS CROOKSTON 2014
Madison Crane is surprised being crowned Miss Crookston 2014
The Miss Crookston Scholarship
Pageant was held Friday night at the Crookston High School with the theme,
“Happy.” 2013 Miss Crookston, Carly Welter, crowned the new 2014 Miss Crookston,
Madison Crane and winner of Miss Congeniality, Personal Interview, Evening Gown
and On Stage Presence; and daughter of Dan and Brenda Crane. The first runner-up
was Abby Parr, daughter of Larry and Kathy Parr and winner of the Talent
competition. The second runner-up was Taylor Perry, daughter of Chuck and Julie
The winner of the Kari Thompson Community Service Essay Award was Abby Parr. The American Legion Auxiliary Freedom Award went to Hallie Cardinal, daughter of Marc and Alisa Cardinal. The Happy Award went to Allison Reinhart, daughter of Paul and RaeAnne Reinhart. 2007 Miss Crookston, Taylor (Davis) Brule was the Mistresses of Ceremonies. Ann Graham is the Miss Crookston Pageant Director and committee members include Marilee Hanson, Dawn Johnston, Brenda Kaiser, Kristy Morris Leas, Dawn Skjei and Adrianne Winger. Mikayla Hensrud choreographed the production number. Chuck Lariviere was 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 U.M.C. scholarships were awarded. Other pageant contestants were: Mercades Haglund, daughter of Steven and Marcia; and Gabriela Ostgaard, daughter of the late Kent and Natalie.
PAST MISS CROOKSTONS
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 Miss Crookston Pageant contestants - Mercedes Haglund, Hallie Cardinal, Abby Parr, Madison Crane, Taylor Perry, Allison Reinhart, Gabriella Ostgaard
FOR MORE PICTURES CLICK HERE
OX CART DAYS TORCHLIGHT PARADE DISTRIBUTES A LOT OF CANDY TO THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE
The 2014 Ox Cart Days Torchlight parade was another
hit with the route lined with hundreds and likely thousands of people along
Central Avenue and Barrette Street. The winners of the parade were the
Best Theme: Crookston United Insurance
Best Light: American Federal Bank
Best Sports: Pirates Football
Best Musical: CHS Band
Most Creative: Riverview Hospital
Best Commercial: DigiKey
Most Entertaining: Bremer Bank
For pictures of most of the entries click on the link below.
FOR MORE PICTURES FROM THE PARADE CLICK HERE
10 TEAMS COMPETE IN RIVERVIEW HEALTH DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT
There were 10 teams competing in the RiverView Health Dodgeball tournament at the hot and muggy Crookston Sports Center on Saturday morning. The participants were working up a good sweat and everybody had fun from six year olds to over 30 year olds competing for the title.
The RiverView Health Dodgeball Adult Division Champions The Youth Division Champions
(Team pictures submitted by RiverView Health)
Ryan Melsa fires the dodgeball in the adult division Reggie Winjum with a throw in the kids division
FOR MORE DODGE BALL PICTURES CLICK HERE
OX CART DAYS VETERAN CEREMONY HONORS THREE
The fourth annual Veterans Recognition Ceremony was held Friday afternoon at UMC Kiehle Auditorium. They honored three veterans, Jim Sheridan, Robert (Bob) Young, and David Chafee.
FRIDAY - AUGUST 15, 2014
148 KIDS PARTICIPATE IN THE OX CART DAYS PEDAL PULL, KROX HAS A PICTURE OF EVERY PARTICIPANT
148 kids, ages four to 11, participated in the annual Ag Country Ox Cart Days Pedal Pull competition Thursday afternoon on Ash Street. Dakota Pedal Pull, who puts on the event, said this was by far their biggest event of the summer and they have been doing competitions all over Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. The previous top participant level was just over 130 people. The winners are listed below and all of the 148 participants are pictured in the link below.
Two of the competitors in the four year old division of the Ag Country Pedal Pull held on Thursday afternoon
|4||Jared Pigeon||Grace Boll|
|5||Leo Romo||Riley Olson Austrange|
|6||Makoti Weber||Logan Brekken|
|7||Hunter Nicholls||Teagen Lubinski|
|8||Anthony Reading||Koda Donarski|
|9||Tucker Bolstad||Ethan Boll|
|10||Karissa Wagner||Zach Johnson|
|11||Amber Cymbaluk||Emma Boll|
FOR PICTURES OF ALL THE PARTICIPANTS CLICK HERE
RIVERVIEW BED RACES WON BY DEFENDING CHAMPS
The RiverView Health Bed Races were again the hit of the Ox Cart Days Festivities on Thursday with a huge crowd taking in the event on Ash Street. The defending champs, Four Guys with a Suit and Tie (Paul Bittner, Ian Johnson, Doug Larson, and Parker Nicholls) easily won all three of their races and were champs for the second straight year. Pictures of all five teams are below.
Parker Nicholls, Doug Larson, Ian Johnson, Paul Bittner and Carly Welter The Splashers finished runner up
RiverView Health had two teams participating in the bed races on Thursday night
The Altru team having fun trying to keep the scrubs on Another team sporting Crookston Reds jersey's
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CONFIRMS 13 E.COLI CASES WITH ONE IN POLK COUNTY
The Minnesota Department of Health
has confirmed several cases of E.coli O157.H7 in the state coming from an
association with the Zerebko Zoo Tran traveling petting zoo. Polk County has one
case after the petting zoo was at the Polk County Fair in Fertile. “13 cases
have been confirmed to be e-coli and one of them is in Polk County, the others
are in Nashwauk Festival, Rice County Fair and Olmsted County Fair, all in
July,” said Sarah Reese, Polk County Public Health Director. “The e-coli
bacteria is transferred through animals like goats, cattle or sheep, the DNA
fingerprint went back to the petting zoo that was a vendor at various county
fairs,” said Reese. “The 13 cases each ranged in age from 2 to 68 years and had
similar symptoms with diarrhea, bloody stools, and not feeling well. Some were
more severe affecting kidney function and being hospitalized. It takes about 2-5
days for exposure and they get the symptoms and runs its course in five to 10
Most animals and humans have different bacteria so it is important that when you are around a petting zoo or any animal you should wash your hands. “We are not saying don’t go to fairs or petting zoos,” said Reese. “Just wash your hands before eating or drinking something after petting an animal. Soap and water is the easiest way to stop bacteria.”
Children under five years, seniors, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions or a weak immune system are prone to serious complications of E-coli infections and should take care around animals.
THE CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL BAND HAS BEEN GETTING READY FOR THE PARADE ON SATURDAY
60 Crookston High School band
members will march in the Ox Cart Festival Torchlight Parade on Saturday at 7:00
p.m. Band Instructor Chris Gough said they have been preparing for the parade.
“This fall our class schedule will be a little different, the ninth graders will
be in their own band class, meeting for a half hour each day,” said Gough. “We
will work with them by themselves with the 10th through 12th
grades having their own class period same hour.”
Having Freshman in their separate class was done to accommodate a couple of changes in the overall schedule. “We have had lessons with all the seventh and eighth graders and beginning band students,” said Gough. “We had a week of marching band camp for the ninth through 12th graders working on marching and the music so we are excited to perform for the community.”
WEDNESDAY - JULY 23, 2014
WOODS ADDITION WITHOUT POWER FOR ONE MORE DAY
Crookston Fire Chief Tim Froeber and Otter Tail Power Company has informed KROX Radio that they will not be able to restore power in the Woods Addition Tuesday. Otter Tail Power plans to start working at 5 a.m. today (Wednesday). They apologize for any inconvenience and hope to have everything up and running today (Wednesday).
MORE STORM DAMAGE PICTURES SUBMITTED TO KROX RADIO
KROX Radio has received a lot of storm damage pictures and will be posting the ones we have received the past 24 hours below. You can click on the link to see more of the latest pictures.
Eight Ottertail Power trucks at the the corner of Holly Ave. and Hurlbut Street in he Woods Addition getting ready to turn the lines back on after approximately 22 hours without power. (Picture by Brandon Boetcher)
Christian Brothers Ford in Crookston had the front of the building and several cars damaged
FOR MORE SUBMITTED STORM PICTURES CLICK HERE
An R.V. trailer was picked up and rested against a storage facility!!!!
Proulx Refrigeration, Heating and Appliance's building was damaged by the storm and a view through the window of the building
17 railcars were blown over by the wind between Mid Valley Grain and American Crystal Land (Submitted picture)
Ampride Convenience Mart's canopy was hit by the high winds Monday night
A sidewalk is pushed up by roots of a tree that was blown to a slant in the Woods Addition
A big tree uprooted in the Woods Addition on Monday night
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