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FRIDAY - JULY 20,  2018

REGIONAL CORRECTIONS BOARD APPROVES PURCHASE OF ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD SYSTEM

The Regional Corrections Board of Directors met Monday morning and approved the purchase of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) System for inmate medical records. “The Electronic Health Record is definitely the best practice. It increases efficiency, reduces duplication of charting, reduces a lot of charting errors, and is very timely: it’s available to staff, nursing staff, and to the providers who are on-site," said Sarah Reese, Polk County Public Health Director, who addressed the Board on the need to update the facility’s medical records system, citing some of the advantages of EHR systems, including increases in efficiency, fewer duplications and errors, and enhanced security and privacy of data. "We explored PHdoc, as well as Securus EHR systems. PHdoc doesn’t have the corrections infrastructure we are looking for, so Securus is a good product in that regard. We also checked out various agencies across the state who have similar settings as us, in terms of size and number of inmates, and visited on-site with them. We have had several demos by Securus, and have looked at the pros and cons internally, and have concluded that Securus will be a great system for us. As with any new platform, we anticipate some hiccups along the way, as well as a learning curve, but their technician seems very responsive, and this platform looks like it will meet our needs as well as it has met the needs of other like entities,” she said.

Reese said that similar EHR systems are in place in Scott County and Anoka County, and that she and her staff have gone on-site to both facilities to see first-hand how their systems work.

Tri-County Corrections Center Executive Director, Andy Larson, said that Securus Technologies, the same company that provides the facility’s phone and visiting system, has a correctional-specific platform that they have reviewed several times in the past three years. Larson said when they first looked into the Securus EHR system in 2015, the cost was too prohibitive, at $130,000, but that as with all technologies, advances and cloud-based backup systems have lowered the cost significantly. Their current bid from Securus Technologies includes an initial cost for setup, development and implementation of $23,000, with a yearly licensing fee of $3.00 per average daily inmate population. Since Securus Technologies already provides the phone system, a modest call rate increase for inmate phone service was offered as an option to offset the initial cost of the system.

Reese detailed an additional advantage an EHR system would provide, saying, “Within the nursing practice, paper charting is an extreme liability for us, and for the County. That’s the primary reason that this issue is hot on my radar. We are in a different time and place now, and need to ensure that all of those records are accurate, easily and easily accessible. From an efficiency standpoint, EHR systems ensure that, when you are charting as you go, you are getting the right, best information in the moment, that is easily accessible for the nurse who might be there tomorrow. It also reduces the likelihood of a person saying one thing, then a few hours later, saying another thing. The liability perspective is very important to me, as well.”

The six County Commissioners comprising the Regional Corrections Board: Steve Bommersbach and Steve Jacobson from Norman County, Warren Strandell and Don Diedrich from Polk County, and Dave Sorensen and Ron Weiss from Red Lake County, approved the purchase of the Electronic Health Records system, which will be purchased and implemented as soon as possible.

 

 

CITY OF CROOKSTON TO SEALCOAT SEVERAL STREETS STARTING JULY 24

The City of Crookston will sealcoat several streets in town beginning Tuesday, July 24 weather permitting. The public is asked to park vehicles off the street and at least 15 feet from the streets that will be sealcoated.  The streets are listed below.
- All of Bessie St.
- Russell St (between Lincoln Ave and Washington Ave)
- 5th St (between Elm St. and Broadway)
-Alexander St (between Summit Ave and Central Ave)
- Eickhof Blvd (between Prairie Rose and N End)
- Radisson Rd  (between Sherman St and N Cul-de-sac)
- Locken Blvd  (between Sunset Ave and Memorial Dr)
- N Minnesota St (between Pleasant Ave and Stuart Ave)
- S Central Ave (between S Minnesota St and RR Tracks)
- N Main St (between 6th St and 8th St)
- Pleasant Ave (between Sargent St and Wilcken St)

 

 

THURSDAY - JULY 19,  2018

CROOKSTON PARK BOARD TOURS HIGHLAND COMPLEX AS PART OF THEIR MEETING

The Crookston Park Board met on Monday afternoon at the Highland Park complex and held their meeting at the Lions Picnic shelter. 
The agenda was light, and the board discussed the Highland Park and the horse shoe pit area.  It is barely used and the question was asked if they should take pits out and put something else in.  Crookston Park and Rec Director, Scott Riopelle and Supervisor, Scot Butt, said it is up to the board and it is a discussion they can have. 
Butt said they had a successful 10U and 12U baseball tournament in June and several teams said they were going to be back and would tell other teams. 
The board was told there have been several improvements at the park at the softball/youth baseball diamonds and the staff has started to cut the edges of several of the fields and they have taken the grass out of most of the infield of the diamonds and replaced it with dirt (Agri lime).  They will continue to work on improving the fields and would like to straighten and level off all the fences around the fields.
After the short meeting, the Park Board members toured the park and took in the Lions Club fountain dedication.

 

 

 

AREA TEACHER EXPLORES THE ART OF STORYTELLING WITH MAGIC AND MUSIC

On Wednesday, July 18 at the Crookston Public Library, Highland teacher Kari Heppner entertained kids and adult with her show, “The Art of Storytelling.” The show is a part of the of the Lake Agassiz Regional Library systems, EXPLORE! Summer Library Experience.
During the, nearly hour long, show, Heppner performed the children’s stories, MORTIMER and PURPLE, GREEN AND YELLOW both by the author Robert Munsch, as well performing the riddle of a red house with no door and two stars inside.  The audience was delighted and intrigued with the answer.
Heppner’s show incorporates the elements magic, music and rhyme to engage the audience. At one point bringing a brave young audience member to help her with the magic milk trick. We will leave it a mystery if anyone became a milk mess because of the trick.
When asked about the use of magic during her performance, Heppner said magic “helps to support critical thinking skills” by encouraging the audience to research and explore magic and how it is accomplished.
The Lake Agassiz Regional Library systems EXPLORE! Program continues for the summer with the “Explore the World of Owls” experience at the Crookston Public Library on Wednesday, July 25 at 2:00 p.m.  More information can be found at www.larl.org.


         Kari Heppner entertains the crowd during "The Art of Storytelling" show at the Crookston Public Library

 

 

CATHEDRAL SCHOOL INSTALLS NEW ACCESS CONTROL DOORS, COMMITTEE LOOKING FOR DONATIONS


The Safety Concerns Committee of Cathedral Parish wish to express their gratitude for the generous gift of a $1000.00 from the Longtin Agency, for the fundraising support of Ann Longtin and for the work of Officer Donald Rasicot as the community of Crookston’s new School Resource Officer.
The Committee was established in 2014 
to help review and implement policies and provide resources to promote the safety and wellbeing of everyone on the Cathedral School, the Sunrise Center and Parish campus.
The gift helped the Parish to have new access control doors installed in the main entrance of the school and Sunrise Center.
The Committee is seeking further donations from the community to aid in completing other safety related project.

 

 


CROOKSTON AREA MEN'S CHOIR PERFORMS AT THE POLK COUNTY FAIR


The Crookston Area Men’s Chorus, directed by George French, sang Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the Gospel tent at the West Polk County Fair in Fertile.  Also on the program were solos by Liz Thompson.  (Pictured above - left to right) Matt Proulx, Glen Torkelson, Marvin Magnuson, Larry Johnson, Larry Brekken, Gerald Lindsey, Mike Proulx, Duane Anderson, and Jerry Fenno.  (Picture by Lucile Torkelson)

 

 

 

 

NORTHWEST MINNESOTA AG LENDERS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AUGUST 15 AT UMC

The Third Annual NW Minnesota Ag Lenders Conference, an educational agricultural lenders workshop, will be taught at Youngquist Auditorium at the University of Minnesota, Crookston Campus on August 15.
The speakers and topics will include: Rob Holcomb, University of Minnesota Extension, on the updated tax law and its implications to the agricultural industry; Joleen Hadrich, University of Minnesota, on the characteristics of successful farms; Adnan Akyuz, North Dakota State University Climatologist,  on climate change and the opportunities and risks it poses to agricultural communities in the northern plains; Nathan J Hulinsky, University of Minnesota Extension, on land rent in NW Minnesota and farm profitability numbers of 2017.
This conference will help lenders develop a more in-depth understanding of the agricultural industry trends moving forward.  
The conference in set for August 15 at the Youngquist Auditorium on the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus.  Doors open at 8:30 AM with the program starting at 9:00 AM. Registration fee is $65 per person before August 1, $80 per person after.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Registration is open.  To register, please visit
: https://z.umn.edu/2018NWLenders  For more information on the workshop, please call or e-mail Nathan Hulinsky, 218-236-2009 or huli0013@umn.edu.    

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY - JULY 18,  2018

TRIAD TASTE OF ITALY DINNER FUNDRAISER TO BE HELD TONIGHT

The Crookston Police Department and Golden Link Senior Center are teaming up for the TRIAD Taste of Italy dinner and bake sale fundraise that will be held tonight (Wednesday, July 18) from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Golden Link Senior Center.
The free-will meal will be spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, tossed lettuce salad and ice cream and it will be served by Crookston Police officers.  “We have a great cook in the kitchen, Mercy (M. Petersen) is cooking again for us,” said Crookston Police Chief Paul Biermaier. “Her sauce, you don’t buy off the shelf, it is homemade stuff it is good.” 
TRIAD stands for The Right Information And Direction and was developed for seniors and law enforcement to work together. “TRIAD has been around for many, many years and it started out in Crookston about 10 to 15 years ago,” said Chief Biermaier.  “It is basically an organization for law enforcement and seniors to work together, to get together for us to give them the right information and direction.  For example, in recent times, fraud, scam things, but it is also to touch base with our seniors about any other kind of issue they have going on or questions they have.”
Money raised from the dinner will go to several different things, including the File For Life. “For the most part, money will go to our activities that vary a little bit, including the annual conference,” said Chief Biermaier. “The File of Life is something that was started several years ago.  It is basically a red packet that is magnetic and it goes on the fridge and we are in partnership with Polk County Public Health and they do a real good job of getting those filled out.  The cards have the contact information of relatives, medications, any other issues they have health wise so when fire, EMS, or police go to their house for whatever reason, we can go to the fridge and pull that and see if they have it on there and we have a lot of the questions already answered.”
The public is invited to the dinner tonight (Wednesday, July 18) from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Golden Link Senior Center.


Crookston Police Department's Darin Selzler and Don Rasicot serving at the 2016 TRIAD dinner

 

 

POLK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVE CERTIFICATE OF SUPPORT FOR RIVERVIEW HEALTH

The Polk County Commissioners met on Tuesday and approved a certificate of support for RiverView Health to apply for a USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Application for new construction at the hospital. Carrie Michalski, CEO at RiverView Health told the board that planning has been ongoing. “We have been planning for 18 months as to how we can replace the older facility on the campus which was built in 1951 and that is where our hospital inpatient beds are, so we are getting near the end of planning,” said Michalski. “Working on the project feasibility and one of the avenues considered is financing with the USDA loan and they want to see the support of the local city and county government, so we requested the board for support, which I am happy to report they were supportive of the loan application which we will submit in August and we will get the news in October about the loan.” Construction costs are estimated in the $39 million range for the 70,000-foot replacement building. The board accepted a bid of $370,578.00 from Lyle Wilkens Inc. for a source separated organic materials compost pad.

 

 

 

TERRI ON THE TOWN MAKES A VISIT TO NAPA/CROOKSTON WELDING AND MACHINE

Crookston Chamber of Commerce CEO, Terri Hegge, recently visited NAPA/Crookston Welding and Machine on her Terri on the Town Tour.  “I was very impressed by all the services they offer. Their 18 employees, many of which have worked there for years, bring trade skills that are in high demand. Here is just a short list of the many services they offer, Automotive & Agricultural Parts, Complete Welding & Machine Shop Services, Electric Motor Sales & Repair, Metal Fabrications, Electro Fusion Sales & Rental. They also buy copper, brass, batteries, aluminum, iron and much more. Mike Nelson has been working in this family business for over 14 years and is part owner,” said Heggie about her visit. “Kristi Nelson has been around for many years and has spent the last four years using her business skills in the office and if I may add, running a "tight ship".”
Heggie said Diane Altringer was helping out in the office which allowed her a few moments to hear some of the history of NAPA/Crookston Welding and Machine.
Larry Altringer and Orin Halvorson began the business on Marin Avenue almost 53 years ago. After two years they moved to the present-day location. 30 years ago they took on NAPA Auto Parts. Diane has seen many changes through the years and the hard work put in has built a very successful business. “You could refer to Crookston Welding and Machine as a "family" business whether the staff are relatives or not,” added Heggie.
Don't forget to stop by for their Crazy Day sale on July 19 at Crookston Welding and Machine Inc. at 712 Highway 75 South or call 281-6911 or email croxweld@midconetwork.com


Some of the employees at NAPA/Crookston Welding and Machine in Crookston (Pictures by Terri Heggie)

 

 

THE FFA INTENSE CONFERENCE MAKES A STOP IN CROOKSTON ON THE UMC CAMPUS

The FFA INTENSE conference takes high school students in grades 10 to 12 on the road and exposes them to agricultural college and career opportunities. Students were in attendance from across Minnesota and the Crookston and the University of Minnesota Crookston campus was the second stop on their tour of college campuses around the state. The students arrived Monday evening and spent a night in a residence hall where they had an opening session and a welcome by Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause and Mr. Mark Jirik, director of the Northern Crops Institute. 
Professor Lyle Westrom kicked off the morning's activities and students had the option to attend two of the five sessions available. Staff from Admissions gave them tours of the campus.  Following lunch, the students​​ headed back on the bus for their next stop in Willmar.


Members of the FFA INTENSE program

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY - JULY 17,  2018

CROOKSTON SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES FIVE CENT INCREASE IN MEALS FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR

The Crookston School Board met on Monday afternoon to establish Superintendent goals for new Superintendent Jeremy Olson.  The meeting was the final chapter in the hiring process of Olson and it was facilitated by Sandy Gundlach of the Minnesota School Board Association.  The three-and-a-half-hour meeting was a good and productive one, according to Crookston School board chair, Frank Fee. “We had a great discussion with the new superintendent,” said Fee. “We don’t have the goals set in stone yet, but we have talked student achievement, finance, enrollment, Pirate Pride, communication, visibility and things like that.”  In December they will conduct a mid-year evaluation of superintendent Olson and in May or June they will have another review.

The second school board meeting of the day was the regular school board meeting.  The board heard from Alan Dragseth in the public forum portion to start the meeting.  Dragseth heard they were working on the sidewalk in the front of the high school and was wondering if there was anything they could do about shortening the walking distance from the parking lot to the main entrance as it can be long for the elderly, especially in the winter.  He said he understands they just redid the parking lot and added jokingly that they should put that in the notes for 20 years from now when they redo the parking lot.  Dragseth also asked the board if they knew anything about Crookston School District land being transferred from the district to the Climax-Shelly District.  Superintendent Olson said he would contact Dragseth and they would try to get more information on the subject. 

One of the topics on the main agenda was the increase of Crookston School District breakfast and lunch prices by five cents per meal instead of the Federal Government’s suggestion of 10 cents per meal.  “Each year we have to fill out a paid lunch equity tool, which is required by the USDA and all public school districts need to fill that out.  Ours is about 28 cents below the national average and with that, the max we can raise is 10 cents, so we are recommending to only raise five cents to be less of a burden on families and just do it across the board, for lunch and breakfast prices,” said Crookston Food Service Director Anna Brekken. “I looked at other school districts in the area and we are in the middle or at the lower end with the surrounding towns, so I hope a five cent increase will be too much of an impact."
 The five cent increase will help cover rising food costs. "With the requirements with whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables, obviously those increase every year as well as low sodium products and hopefully it will help us break even,” said Brekken. “We don’t want to make money, but we don’t want to lose money either.”
Superintendent Olson commented that it is important for all families to fill out free and reduced lunch forms because it could help the Crookston School District to the tune of $1,500 for a free meal student and $750 for a reduced meal student. “We would love to see everyone in the school district to apply for free and reduced prices.  Even if you think you are way over or even just a little bit over we try to work with you,” said Brekken. “It’s not only a benefit for yourself or the food service program, it is a benefit for the school district as a whole.  It is a benefit for applying for grants for the district and we are trying to put a big push this year.”  

The board accepted the resignation of Hailey Karas, special education instructor, who lives in East Grand Forks and took a job close to home.  The board approved employment of Gina Gunderson as the ECFE Parent Educator at Washington School, Kristy Fitzgerald as a speech language pathologist, and the employment of Brooklyn Anderson as a long-term substitute at Washington School as a first grade teacher.  Anderson will take Stacy Olson’s spot while she is on a leave of absence.
The board approved membership in the Minnesota School Board Association at the cost of $5,400.

The board approved the long-term facilities maintenance plan (10 year plan), which is required once a year by the Minnesota Department of Education.  “The highlights are planning some roofing, maintenance of little things like tile, flooring and so forth,” said Superintendent Olson.  “A lot of it is boring building stuff, but it is things if you push down the road and can turn expensive.  We don’t want large ticket items to pop up.”

The district received bad news on the sidewalk project in front of the high school when the company told them on Monday that the project will cost more money because more work on the base work underneath the concrete needs to be done.  The crew working on it said they will need to pull out the dirt and put some gravel in to shore up the base of the concrete and no cost estimate has been given yet.

The main agenda included the designation of the official financial institutions - 
The payroll account will be at Northern Sky Bank, the financial account is with Bremer Bank, and the lock box account will be with Bremer Bank.
They will designate the investment authority as Jeremy Olson, Superintendent; Laura Lyczewski, business manager; Nancy Nottestad, fiscal services director.
The designation of official signatories - 
Financial operations - Frank Fee, school board chair; Adrianne Winger, school board clerk; Tim Dufault, school board treasurer; Jeremy Olson, superintendent; Laura Lyczewski, business manager; and Nancy Nottestad, fiscal services director.  
Crookston High School Activity fund - Eric Bubna, principal; Robin Reitmeier, administrative assistant; Nancy Nottestad, financial services director; Laura Lyczewski, business manager.
Highland School Student activity fund - Chris Trostad, principal; Jana Hodgson, administrative assistant; Nancy Nottestad, fiscal services director; Laura Lyczewski, business manager.
They will designate personnel to lease, purchase and contract for budgeted goods and services - Jeremy Olson, and Laura Lyczewski.

The board approved the formation of a long-range planning committee, they approved student handbooks for the upcoming school year for Crookston High School, Highland Elementary, Washington Elementary, School Readiness, and ECFE.  School Board Chair Fee said they handbooks could be changed after the policy committee meets and makes some changes. 
The last item on the main agenda is the approval of membership of the Minnesota State High School League for the upcoming school year.
The board will be asked to accept a donation from the Crookston Pirate Boosters in the amount of $1,500 for the upcoming Hall of Fame banquet and a donation of $2,800 from Independence Plus, Inc. to go towards expenses for the Europe Trip.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for August 13 at 5:00 p.m.


The Crookston School Board with Superintendent Jeremy Olson during his first meeting in his new job

 


 

CROOKSTON LIONS CLUB DEDICATES MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN AT HIGHLAND PARK

Members of the Crookston Lions Club, along with friends and family of Lion Norm Arneson gathered at the Highland Park Complex Monday evening celebrate the dedication of a new water fountain, aptly in the shape of a lion, adjacent to the Splash Park and Lion’s picnic shelter.
Crookston Lion’s Club President, Angel Weasner remarked, “Norm Arneson was a huge part of our Crookston Lions Club. 63 years ago he had become a member, and we wanted to make sure we recognized him in the best way possible. Because he was a Washington School Principal for many years, and influenced so many young children, we thought this Lion’s Fountain was the perfect way to memorialize him.”
Lion’s Club Vice President, Steve Krueger, introduced the Arneson family members present, and thanked them for their father’s generosity to the Crookston community. “In August of 2016, Norm and Loretta celebrated 65 years of marriage, surrounded by family and friends," said Krueger. "Their children, Charlotte, Nancy, and Scott, along with their families, are here for this very special occasion. (Clark was unable to be here today.) When Norm and Loretta passed away in 2017, the Arneson family designated that memorials go the Crookston Lions Club, with the hope that they would be used for something lasting. After considering various ideas, the Board agreed that, with the tie-in between Lions and children, the lion drinking fountain would be a great choice to Lion Norm. His daughter Nancy commented, upon hearing the proposal, “Norman would absolutely love this.” And I think Norm would be smiling down on us today at the dedication of this beautiful drinking fountain.”
Mayor Wayne Melbye was also on hand to celebrate the occasion, saying, “It was wonderful to have the Arneson family here representing, and the Lions Club, who made the donation in Norm Arneson’s name. This water fountain is quite a piece of art for the kids, and for the big kids, too. It’s a great location for it; I hadn’t been up here to the park for a little while, but things are looking great.”
Norm Arneson was a long-time principal at Washington Elementary School and a 63-year member of the Crookston Lions Club. He passed away on May 16, 2017, and his wife Loretta 3 days later. The Arneson family’s memorials, combined with Crookston Lions fundraising and a Crookston Park & Rec grant, made the purchase of the Lion Fountain possible.

 
Members of the Norm & Loretta Arneson family were on hand to assist in the unveiling, dedication and inaugural first drink from the Lion's Fountain at Highland Park

 

 

 

RYDELL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE TO HOST A YOUTH FISHING DAY JULY 21

Rydell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and the Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association will be hosting their 3rd Annual Youth Fishing Day at Rydell NWR on Saturday, July 21, from 9:00am - 1:00pm. This free event is targeted towards youth age 15 or younger.
Anglers age 16 and older must possess a valid Minnesota DNR fishing license to fish on the Refuge. A limited amount of fishing tackle (rods and reels) will be available, or youth anglers are welcome to bring their own. Bait will be provided, free of charge. The fish won’t be the only ones eating for free lunch will be provided for all participants.
The event will also include a fish cleaning demonstration and a casting seminar and contest.
Certificates will be given to participants who catch their first fish, as well as for the biggest fish of each species and the winner of the casting contest. Other surprise prizes will be awarded to participants as well!
Fishing within Rydell NWR is only allowed from shore on Tamarac Lake. Shuttles will transport participants from the Refuge Visitor Center to Tamarac Lake and back.
Pre-registration is required. Please call or email one of the below contacts no later than Thursday, July 19 to sign up for the event.
All participants should check in at the Refuge Visitor Center on the day of the event. Rydell NWR is located 3 miles south of Highway 2, between Mentor and Erskine, at 17788 349th Street SE.
For more information, please contact Gregg Knutsen, Refuge Manager, at 218-687-2229 x16/gregg_knutsen@fws.gov or Lisa Wiersma, Administrative Support, at 218-687-2229 x10 /lisa_wiersma@fws.gov.

 

 

 

MONDAY, JULY 16,  2018

CROOKSTON SCHOOL BOARD TO MEET TWICE MONDAY

The Crookston School Board will have two meetings on Monday.  The first meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. and will be a working session to establish Superintendent goals in the District Administrative Office and no action will be taken at the meeting.

The second meeting will be the regular school board meeting at 5:00 p.m. in Crookston High School Choir/Orchestra room.   
The agenda includes the following personnel items - the acceptance of a resignation letter from Hailey Karas, special education instructor.  They will also approve employment of Gina Gunderson as the ECFE Parent Educator at Washington School, approve employment of Kristy Fitzgerald as a speech language pathologist, and the employment of Brooklyn Anderson as a long term substitute at Washington School as a first grade teacher.
The main agenda includes the designation of the official financial institutions -
The payroll account will be at Northern Sky Bank, the financial account is with Bremer Bank, and the lock box account will be with Bremer Bank.
They will designate the investment authority as Jeremy Olson, Superintendent; Laura Lyczewski, business manager; Nancy Nottestad, fiscal services director.
The designation of official signatories -
Financial operations - Frank Fee, school board chair; Adrianne Winger, school board clerk; Tim Dufault, school board treasurer; Jeremy Olson, superintendent; Laura Lyczewski, business manager; and Nancy Nottestad, fiscal services director. 
Crookston High School Activity fund - Eric Bubna, principal; Robin Reitmeier, administrative assistant; Nancy Nottestad, financial services director; Laura Lyczewski, business manager.
Highland School Student activity fund - Chris Trostad, principal; Jana Hodgson, administrative assistant; Nancy Nottestad, fiscal services director; Laura Lyczewski, business manager.
They will designate personnel to lease, purchase and contract for budgeted goods and services - Jeremy Olson, and Laura Lyczewski.
The board will approve membership in the Minnesota School Board Association, approve long-term facilities maintenance plan (10 year plan), approve an increase in school lunch prices, formation of a long range planning committee, approve student handbooks for the upcoming school year for Crookston High School, Highland Elementary, Washington Elementary, School Readiness, and ECFE.  The last item on the main agenda is the approval of membership of the Minnesota State High School League for the upcoming school year.
The board will be asked to accept a donation from the Crookston Pirate Boosters in the amount of $1,500 for the upcoming Hall of Fame banquet and a donation of $2,800 from Independence Plus, Inc. to go towards expenses for the Europe Trip.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for August 13 at 5:00 p.m.
 

 

 

 

CROOKSTON POLICE MAKE ARREST IN HOUSE FIRE THAT LOOKS TO HAVE BEEN SET BY OWNER

On Thursday July 12, at approximately 12:20 AM, the Crookston Fire Department, Police Department and Crookston Ambulance were dispatched to 110 Lincoln Ave. for a reported house fire. During the incident the owner of the residence; Robert Holmes age 65, was acting disorderly and was obstructing the legal process. He was placed under arrest for those offenses and transported to the Northwest Regional Correctional Center. The State Fire Marshal was notified and as a result of the initial investigation it appears the fire was intentionally started by Holmes. The investigation is on-going, additional charges are possible at a later time; pending a complete review of the incident.

 

 

 

ERSKINE MAN LEADS AUTHORITIES ON CHASE, ARRESTED AFTER TWO HOURS

On July 14 at approximately 1:17 a.m., the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance on North Vance Avenue in the City of Erskine.  A distraught male left the area in a motor vehicle.
Deputies located the vehicle in Erskine and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver then fled in the vehicle and deputies initiated a pursuit. During the pursuit, the driver drove into a cornfield in Lessor Township.
Deputies established a perimeter until additional law enforcement assistance arrived to begin conducting a search of the area.
At approximately 3:33 a.m., Brian E Murray (age 49) of Erskine surrendered to a Polk County deputy without incident. He was placed under arrest and transported to Riverview Hospital and later to the Northwest Regional Correction Center.  Mr. Murray will be held until he is able to appear in court in Polk County.
The Essentia Ambulance Service, Minnesota State Patrol, Red Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office UAV team also responded to this incident.

 

 

POLK COUNTY FAIR CHOCOLATE CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The Polk County Fair in Fertile has announced the Chocolate Contest winners from Wednesday’s competition. 

Adult division winners-
1st - Jean Chisholm of Fertile with S'more Pie
2nd - Rachel Johnson of Fertile with a Flourless Chocolate Cake
3rd - Erica Netland of Crookston with a Chocolate Cake. 

Youth division winners -
1st -Emily Boucher of Crookston with Amazing Chocolate Mousse Brownies
2nd - Britta Sorenson of Fertile with Irresistible Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Brownies
3rd - Kaitlin DeBoer of Crookston with a Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cupcakes.


Youth winners from left to right - Kaitlin DeBoer, Britta Sorenson, and Emily Boucher

 

 

 

ST. PAUL'S LUTHERAN CHURCH TO HOST HEAVENLY HARP CONCERT JULY 18

St. Paul's Lutheran Church is inviting the public to a Heavenly Harp concert Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Enjoy inspiring and peaceful music featuring harp, piano and vocals along with wonderful stories of God’s presence and provision. No ticket fees: a free will offering will be accepted.  CDs and DVDs will be available and author, Karin Gunderson, will be signing her book, “Encounters with Heaven~ Stories of God’s Surprising Presence.”  

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY - JULY 13,  2018

KROX CRAZY AUCTIONS TO BE HELD ON CRAZY DAYS (JULY 19)

KROX Radio will hold our annual Crazy Auctions as part of the Crookston Chamber of Commerce Crazy Days on Thursday, July 19 and we will have two auctions again this year.  The first auction will be held at 9:30 a.m. and the second will be held at 5:00 p.m., both under of the canopy at Tri-Valley Opportunity council in downtown Crookston.
We will have over $30,000 worth of merchandise and gift certificates from area businesses.
Some of the items up for auction are a Pit Boss wood pellet grill, a $500 Bergan Travel gift certificate, five TV's ranging from 55 inch to 32 inch, adult and kids bikes, grills, an auto start, tools, toys, and thousands and thousands of dollars of gift certificates. 


A Pit Boss Wood Pellet grill from Crookston Hardware Hank

For more on the auction items, including pictures, click here.



 

CROOKSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT CONDUCTING ARSON INVESTIGATION

On Thursday July 12, at approximately 12:20 AM, the Crookston Fire Department, Police Department and Crookston Ambulance were dispatched to 110 Lincoln Ave. for a reported house fire. During the incident the owner of the residence; Robert Holmes age 65, was acting disorderly and was obstructing the legal process. He was placed under arrest for those offenses and transported to the Northwest Regional Correctional Center. The State Fire Marshal was notified and as a result of the initial investigation it appears the fire was intentionally started by Holmes. The investigation is on-going, additional charges are possible at a later time; pending a complete review of the incident.



 

ALFONSO RODRIGUEZ'S LAWYERS FILE PAPERS ARGUING CAUSE OF DRU SJODIN'S DEATH

Alfonso Rodriguez Jr.’s lawyers have filed papers in U.S. District Court in Fargo that claim evidence in possession of the defense proves that Dru Sjodin didn’t die in the manner alleged by the government at trial and there was no rape.  Instead, papers state Sjodin likely died from asphyxiation after a struggle and attempted rape in Rodriguez’s car.  Prosecutors at his 2006 trial told jurors that Sjodin was raped and her throat was slashed at least twice.
A federal judge set a hearing date for January 28, 2019 to consider claims by Rodriguez’s attorneys that his conviction and death sentence should be set aside because jurors at his trial heard false testimony. Judge Ralph Erickson allotted 10 days for the hearing at a meeting earlier this week. A hearing is set for August 20 to consider claims by the defense that Rodriguez is not mentally competent to be executed.

 

 

PUBLIC INVITED TO THE LION FOUNTAIN DEDICATION ON MONDAY

The public is invited to attend the dedication of the “Norman Arneson Memorial Drinking Fountain” at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 16.  The Lion Fountain has been installed at Highland Park, near the Splash Park and the Lions Picnic Shelter.  Norm Arneson was a long-time principal at Washington Elementary School and a 63-year member of the Crookston Lions Club.  Members of the Arneson family will be present and participate in the dedication ceremony.
Li
on Norman passed away on May 16, 2017, and his wife Loretta
passed three days later.  The Arneson family designated memorials to the Crookston Lions Club.   Those memorial gifts, along with Crookston Lions fundraising and a Crookston Park & Rec grant, made the purchase of the Lion Fountain possible.  The Fountain, which is in the shape of a lion, was specially constructed by Avalon Studios of Baxter, Minnesota. 

 

 

 

THEATER EXPERIENCE FOR CHILDREN PLANNED AT THE CLIMAX PUBLIC LIBRARY

Auditions are scheduled for a summer children’s performance of “Peter Pan” at the Climax Public Library, as part of EXPLORE!, the library’s Summer Library Experience. Auditions and rehearsals will be held each morning of the week of July 16-20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A dress rehearsal is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., July 19, with the performance of the play taking place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 20. This youth experience is offered free of charge.
The EXPLORE! Summer Library Experience invites kids, teens
, and adults to explore their imaginations and communities with activities, projects and reading challenges from June-August. To learn more, visit a library location or
www.larl.org/explore.

 

 

 

AGASSIZ ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER HEADED TO FERTILE PUBLIC LIBRARY JULY 20

The Agassiz Environmental Learning Center will pay a visit to the Fertile Public Library to help kids learn to explore the great outdoors. The Agassiz Environmental Learning Center combines the best of nature, conservation education, outdoor recreation and environmental education. Its staff will bring their knowledge to local youth as part of the Fertile Public Library’s Summer Library Experience, which is centered around the theme of Exploration. This event is offered free of charge and is scheduled Friday, July 20 at 10 a.m.
Kids, teens and adults are encouraged “explore” their community, through EXPLORE! The Summer Library Experience, which encourages everyone to track their reading and take on challenges.
The Fertile Public Library is a location of Lake Agassiz Regional Library, which is a consolidated library system comprised of 13 branch libraries and nine library LINK sites serving the residents of seven counties in northwest Minnesota. More information is available at 
www.larl.org, and the library’s app, LARL Mobile, is available in the iTunes and Google Play stores for free download.

 

 

 

GRAND FORKS WOMAN DIES FROM A POSSIBLE DROWNING

On July 11, at approximately 8:57 pm, Grand Forks Police Department officers responded to a call of a possible drowning at a north Grand Forks residence.  Upon arrival, the adult female victim was unresponsive.  Lifesaving measures were attempted on scene, and she was transported to Altru for additional lifesaving measures, but she did not survive.  The Grand Forks Police Department is grateful for the assistance of the Grand Forks Fire Department and Altru Ambulance during this incident.
Victim information is being withheld at this time, pending family notifications.
There was no apparent danger to the general public, and this incident remains under active investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact us at:
Call:                701-787-8000
Electronic:     Submit a tip via the Grand Forks Police Department’s Facebook or website
App:               Submit a tip via the Tip411 app

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY - JULY 12,  2018

THE 118TH POLK COUNTY FAIR TO OFFER FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT

The Polk County Fair kicked off the 118th annual fair on Wednesday afternoon and continues through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Fertile.  There will be some new things at this year’s fair with a chance for you to show off your dog’s skills.  “We are having the Dock Dogs.  There is a large pool of water, 27,000 gallons of water are going to be put into a big pool and they have a large dock area and the dogs will be competing for the longest jump, highest jump and those kind of things,” said fair secretary Mike Moore. “That will take place on Saturday and Sunday.”
The popular Baja Races will be back again this year with the state championship on Saturday. “The Baja Race was created here (at the Polk County Fair), we have been running the Baja Race for a long time and this year we are going to have the state championship on Saturday night.  We will run the various features, the pickups, vans, the eight cylinders, four cylinders and the six cylinders so that is going to be a pretty amazing event,” said Moore. “The first Baja Race is Friday night with pickups, vans and eight cylinders and Saturday at 1:00 in the afternoon for the four cylinders and the six cylinders and the state championship on Saturday night at 6:30 with the C, B and A features.  It is going to be a pretty amazing event and you have to compete in one of the other two events to get into the championship so it will be a pretty amazing show on Saturday night.”
There will be a lot of food and Todd Armstrong will have the midway.  “There is a total of about 40 vendors that will be here for food, it is pretty amazing,” said Moore. “It is going to be an unbelievable carnival this year, Todd Armstrong is using the Polk County Fair as the showcase.  He is bidding on three other fairs, one in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, one in Aberdeen, South Dakota and also the North Dakota State Fair and he has invited those fair boards to come look at his equipment and his operation.  He is using the Polk County Fair as the showcase and we are pretty honored to have the opportunity.”
The fair schedule and ticket information is available at www.polkcountyfairfertilemn.com and KROX will be broadcasting live from the fair Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

 

 

 

KIDS 18 AND UNDER CAN SIGN UP FOR FREE PRODUCE VOUCHERS AT THE CROOKSTON MARKETPLACE

The Crookston Marketplace theme this Thursday is the Power of Produce Club.  The marketplace will be celebrating the first day the $2 produce vouchers can be used.  Below is more information on the PoP Club from a story KROX ran earlier this month.

The University of Minnesota Extension, RiverView Health, Polk County Public Health and the Statewide health improvement partnership have teamed up to offer the Power of Produce (PoP) Club at the Crookston Marketplace every Thursday from 4 to 8:00 p.m.  “The University of Minnesota Extension, particularly Megan Hruby is awesome.  We work together a lot and try to augment our funding and our programs we have to seamlessly serve the communities as best we can,” said Kirsten Faglerund of Polk County Public Health. “The University of Minnesota Extension is the actual grantee for the majority of the funding and RiverView Healthcare has also donated some money toward this and we also had opportunities for people to sign up to help with running the program through the summer.”
You can register for the PoP club every Thursday at the Crookston Marketplace at the Downtown Square and the program will start Thursday, July 12.  “The PoP program actually started at an Oregon Farmers Market in 2011,” said Megan Hruby of the University of Minnesota Extension. “People from Minnesota caught wind of it and they wanted to replicate it in our state.  It started in the metro area at the farmers markets there and now we have it in Crookston.”
The PoP Club is a farmers markets incentive program for children offered at farmers markets throughout the nation, including Crookston. Each week, children ages 0 to 18 receive $2 in vouchers to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers market.  The University of Minnesota Extension office in Crookston received a grant of $1,500 and RiverView Health added $250 to help the program.  Over 75 kids signed up at the first Crookston Marketplace last week.  “Families are asked to come to the market to sign up their kids.  It is a quick little sign up that asks basic information and that way we can also keep track of the days the kids visit the market,” said Hruby. “They sign up and after that, they can come to the PoP booth each market, tell us their names and we mark it down.  It is really simple.”
Hruby said you don’t have to spend the vouchers the day you get them.  “They don’t have to spend it that day they get the voucher,” said Hruby.  “You can accumulate it over time and get a big purchase at the end or the middle or whatever they are looking for.”
The intent of the PoP Club is to engage children at farmers markets and empower them to make healthful food choices. It also aims to increase family participation at farmers markets, increase vendor revenue, and build healthier communities.  The PoP program will go until the voucher money runs out.  “It will run every farmers market until funds run out starting July 12,” said Fagerlund. “There is no income guidelines and we want everybody at the market shopping, having a good time.  This is a good example of the community pulling together to create a different culture and having conversations about where our food comes from, healthy eating and local foods.  We will have a lot of different partners with service organizations and businesses having the opportunity to help us out each week and if anybody is interested you can contact us for more information.”
To contact Megan Hruby, call 218-281-8688 or email jans0221@umn.edu.
To contact Kirsten Fagerlund, call 218-289-4032 or email Kirsten.Fagerlund@co.polk.mn.us.

 

 

 

RIVERVIEW FOUNDATION RECEIVES DONATION FROM THRIFTY WHITE PHARMACY

The RiverView Foundation recently received a donation from Thrifty White Pharmacy designated to support numerous needs at RiverView Health. This is the ninth year of sustained support from Thrifty White according to RiverView Foundation Director Kent Bruun.  “Back in 2010 Thrifty White Drug committed to provide sustained annual financial support towards a medical fund for the purchase of equipment and service enhancements at RiverView,’’ Bruun stated. “Thrifty White Pharmacy management continues to work with the Foundation to identify meaningful RiverView projects to support in an effort to create a healthier community.’’

This year’s donation is designated to the following initiatives:
· Richard Maves’ RiverView Foundation Healthcare Scholarship
· Major sponsorship of the RiverView Foundation’s Golf Classic supporting the Inpatient Replacement Project
· RiverView’s addiction services
· RehaCom – a computer based program to help individuals who have suffered stroke, TBI, concussion, as well as ADHD or cognitive delays

"Thrifty White is thrilled to partner with RiverView Health to provide services that support the health and wellbeing of our community,’’ shared Kendra Forister, PharmD, Crookston Thrifty White Pharmacy manager. “These endeavors align with Thrifty White's commitment to providing exceptional service and healthy outcomes for our patients."
For more information on these projects or any others through the RiverView Foundation, contact Bruun at 218-281-9249 or
kbruun@riverviewhealth.org.


Kendra Forister, Crookston Thrifty White Pharmacy manger; Scott Wing, Thief River Falls Thrifty White Pharmacy senior store manager; and Kent Bruun, RiverView Foundation director.

 

 

 

REPRESENTATIVES DEB KIEL AND DAN FABIAN ENCOURAGE FARMERS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF DISASTER RECOVERY LOAN

Rep. Deb Kiel, R-Crookston, and Rep. Dan Fabian, R-Roseau are encouraging farmers impacted by recent storms to take advantage of the Disaster Recovery Loan Program.  According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), zero-percent loans will be available to assist farmers with flood-related clean-up, repair, and replacement costs that are not covered by insurance. The program is administered through the Minnesota Rural Finance Authority.

"Minnesotans always come together to help each other out after natural disasters and other hardships—I hope farmers who have been impacted by the recent storms and flooding will look into and take full advantage of this program as they work to clean up and get back on their feet," Rep. Kiel said.

"Our offices are prepared to assist in any way we can as we recover from these terrible storms," added Rep. Fabian. "We know this is a challenging time for many of our farmers and those who rely on the agriculture industry, and we want you to know we're here for you and want to help."

Governor Dayton declared a state of emergency last week in the Red Lake Nation and 36 counties: Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Cass, Clearwater, Cottonwood, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Jackson, Kittson, Lake, Lyon, Mahnomen, Martin, Mille Lacs, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Stearns, Stevens, St. Louis, Waseca, and Watonwan.

According to the department, "loans can be used to help clean up farm operations, repair or replace farm structures, and replace seed, other crop inputs, feed, and livestock" or to repair and restore farm real estate that was damaged by flooding." The loan program will be available for farmers through existing agricultural lenders, with the RFA loans limited to 45% of the principal up to a maximum of $200,000.
Three counties (Kittson, Red Lake, and Polk) located in Senate District 1 were included in the emergency declaration.
Constituents are encouraged to contact the Rural Finance Authority for more information by calling 651-201-6004, or by visiting www.mda.state.mn.us/agfinance. Rep. Fabian's office can be reached by calling 651-296-9635, or by email at rep.dan.fabian@house.mn.  Rep. Kiel's office can be reached by calling 651-296-5091 or by email at rep.deb.kiel@house.mn.

 

 

 

CROOKSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY TO HOST STORYTELLING EXPERIENCE JULY 18

A local teacher is teaching kids how storytelling awakens exploration. Kari Heppner will lead a captivating storytelling experience at the Crookston Public Library. “Explore the Art of Storytelling” is scheduled 2-3 p.m., Wednesday, July 18 at the Crookston Public Library, 110 N. Ash St. This event is offered free of charge.
This event is part of the library’s Summer Library Experience. This program invites kids, teens and adults to explore their imaginations and communities with activities, projects and reading challenges from June-August. To learn more, visit a library location or 
www.larl.org/explore.

 

 
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