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THURSDAY - OCTOBER 23,  2014

MEET THE CANDIDATES FORUM HELD LAST NIGHT

The Meet the Candidates Forum sponsored by the Crookston Chamber of Commerce and the University of Minnesota Crookston was held Wednesday night at Kiehle Auditorium, with candidates for Crookston school board, Crookston city council, mayor of Crookston, Polk County commissioners and House District 1B candidates.


CROOKSTON SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES

School Board candidates Patti Dillabough and Tim Dufault answered questions about enrollment, priorities for the school district and the mentoring program for new teachers. School board candidate Adrianne Winger was not in attendance due to parent teacher conferences for her children.

                  Patty Dillabough and Tim Dufault at the forum held at UMC Wednesday evening

 

CROOKSTON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES

Nine candidates for the Crookston City Council were in agreement for more economic development and housing programs as a way to grow the tax base. Will Enlow candidate for Ward 4 wants more beautification of the city, while at large incumbent Bob Quanrud said the city needs to maintain what we have and work with all the codes and mandates. Travis Oliver, candidate for the at large slot said the council needs a younger voice.  Ward 4 incumbent Hector Santellanes was not at the forum because he was traveling for work, but did have a video of his opening and closing statements.

The nine Crookston City Council candidates, Dana Johnson, Steve Erickson, Will Enlow, Adam Herberg, Dennis Regan, Tom Vedbraaten, Travis Oliver, Bob Quanrud and Hector Santellanes on video.


 

CROOKSTON MAYOR CANDIDATES

Mayor Candidates, Dale Stainbrook, Jerry Perrson and Gary Wilhite were asked about the splash park and letting residents have chickens in their back yard. Perrson said they need to be a team and be more professional while growing the city population. Stainbrook wants a quality of life to attract people to live in Crookston like trails for walking and biking, events on the river and take advantage of UMC. Willhite said building relationships are important to get such projects as the splash park and the downtown square developed. Willhite praised and thanked Mayor Dave Genereux, who was in attendance, for his 27 years of service to the city on the council and as Mayor.

                                                 The Crookston Mayor Candidates during the meet the candidates forum at UMC



HOUSE DISTRICT 1B CANDIDATES

House District 1B candidates Representative Deb Kiel and Eric Bergeson of Fertile were part of the candidates forum and talked about what they are hearing in the district as they campaign.
Bergeson said there are a lot of concerns. “One thing I am hearing is about financial stress of the younger middle class people which surprised me, and a lot of people are taking care of elderly relatives as they can find a place for them or can’t afford it,” said Bergeson who wants to work on the labor shortage for elder care. “There is a wage disparity between Minnesota and North Dakota and the lack of legislation to help nursing homes so I want to work on that right away.”
Representative Kiel said taxes and jobs are a big topic of discussion. “We want to be viable in the district and taxes don’t go to high, take care of the schools, a lot of people don’t mind taking care of a neighbor, but we have gone overboard and need to help them to a job so they can be self sufficient rather than helping everyone on a level that doesn’t get them anywhere,” said Kiel. “I really want to work on career and tech education connecting them with the colleges to get students to see a job at an early age also connect with the businesses to get students pointed in the right direction.” Kiel said there has to be renovations in the way nursing homes are managed and take care of the road and bridge needs in the district.
Representative Kiel and Eric Bergeson will debate at a forum on Wednesday, October 29 at 7:00 at the Crookston High School sponsored by the Coalition of Minnesota Cities.


                            The House District 1B candidates at the meet the candidates forum at UMC

 

 

WORK CONTINUES ON THE SIXTH STREET SLIDE ALONG THE RED LAKE RIVER IN CROOKSTON

The site of the Sixth Street slide along the Red Lake River and below Highway 2 is humming with activity as semi trucks are hauling in machine parts for a huge crane to make the necessary repairs. Paul Konickson, project engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation said work will pick up next week. “Part of the tracks are here and more will be coming in the next few days from California,” said Konickson. “They will put the machine together and get it operational, and a spot for the slurry and the weather needs to hold for about the next four weeks so things don’t freeze up.”
The dirt taken out is in a temporary area at the former Elk River property and Red Lake Builders will be disposing of the dirt.
“It is a wait and see next week to see what place they are digging and will go back on the site to be a flatter one to four slope,” said Konickson. The project should wrap up for the winter by the end of November. The project will not be finished until next spring.


                            The crews working on the landslide area along Sixth Street in Crookston

 

 

CHEDA EXECUTIVE BOARD APPROVES FIVE YEAR OAK COURT HOUSING FROGRAM

The executive board of the Crookston Housing and Economic Development Authority held a special meeting on Wednesday to meet the deadline on a certificate of compliance for HUD. A five year plan for the Oak Court Federal Housing program for 2015 was approved by the executive board to be submitted to the Federal Housing Agency. The plan runs through 2019.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 22,  2014

UMC AND CROOKSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HOST A MEET THE CANDIDATES FORUM TONIGHT

Voters will have an opportunity to learn more about the candidates running for the District 593 School Board, Crookston City Council, Mayoral Candidates, Polk County Candidates, and Minnesota House District 1B at a Forum on Wednesday, October 22.  The Meet the Candidates Forum, jointly sponsored by Crookston Area Chamber and University of Minnesota, Crookston, (UMC) will be held in Kiehle Auditorium on UMC’s campus and will also be aired live on KROX Radio (1260 AM) and online at www.kroxam.com.
The forum, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will include five moderated segments.   Candidates within each group will make an opening statement before answering written questions submitted by the audience.  Each candidate will also have an opportunity to address prospective voters with a closing statement. The School Board Candidates will lead off at 6:35 p.m., followed by the City Council candidates at 7:10 p.m., the Mayoral candidates at 7:45 p.m., County Commissioner candidates at 8:20 p.m., and ending with the Legislative candidates. The forum will conclude by 9:30 p.m.

Three candidates vying for the three open seats on the School Board will take the stage first. School Board candidates are Tim Dufault, Patty Dillabough, and Adrianne Winger. 

The second part of the forum will include the candidates on the Crookston City Council. Ward 2: Dana Johnson and Steve Erickson, Ward 4: Hector Santellanes, Dennis Regan, Adam Herberg, and Will Enlow, Ward 6: Tom Vedbratten. Each ward consists of one position. Two individuals have filed for one “At Large” position on the council—Bob Quanrud and Travis Oliver.

The third part of the forum will include Mayoral candidates Gary Willhite, Dale Stainbrook, and Jerry Joseph Perrson.

The fourth category of the forum will include the county candidates. Commissioner candidates are Warren Strandell, District 2, running unopposed and Joan K. Lee and Kerry Winkelmann, running for the seat in District 4.

House District 1B candidates Representative Deb Kiel and Eric Bergeson will be featured in the final phase of the Forum.

The Chamber and UMC are coordinating plans for the Meet the Candidates Forum, which is free and open to the public.  

 

 

CROOKSTON PARK BOARD LOOKS AT IMPROVEMENTS AT THE DOWNTOWN SQUARE

The Crookston Park Board had a visual presentation at their meeting on Monday about making the downtown square more attractive and useful. “Eric Castle has been so gracious in helping us look at the future layout of the town square. The council had the vision of putting a building on the site that is used by the Farmer’s Market and other special events with a goal to continue to enhance the site with other groups,” said Crookston City Administrator Shannon Stassen. “The Rotary stepped up with the Peace Pole, so we are looking at other things. Eric Castle and his class at UMC has come with research on with a computer animated picture on what it could look like with trees, shrubbery, signage and potentially a gazebo.” The park board appreciated the ideas offered and will discuss any plans for the site.

 

 

CROOKSTON SPORTS CENTER TASK FORCE LOOKS AT HIRING AN EVENT COORDINATOR

The Crookston Sports Center task force has worked on ideas to make the center more cost effective and get more events to support the facility. Crookston City Administrator Shannon Stassen said they are making changes to enhance the center. “The task force has been around for a long time and we met again in June to look at ideas on increasing revenue at the sports center and reducing costs which is a big challenge,” said Stassen. “We put some ideas in place to control the costs and then plan for events. One idea is to fund an events coordinator to work with the Blue Line Club, figure skaters, curling group and others to bring in more events to help the bottom line for the CSC and fill the motels, hotels and restaurants in town to add to the quality of life, so we are looking at ways to fund that position.”

 

 

RIVERVIEW HEALTH TO OFFER FLU SHOT CLINICS OCTOBER 29 AND NOVEMBER 12

With the cold weather creeping closer and flu season just around the corner, RiverView Health’s North Clinic in Crookston will hold influenza immunization clinics on October 29 and November 12 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  No appointments will be taken and patients will be seen on a first come, first serve basis. The patient's insurance will be billed for the vaccination, so please be prepared to share your insurance information. For more information or questions on the RiverView influenza immunization clinics, please call RiverView Clinic at218-281-9595.

 

 

STEVE ERICKSON IS RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL IN WARD 2

The November election is less than three weeks away and the candidates are working hard to get elected. Steve Erickson is running in Ward 2 against incumbent Dana Johnson, who is seeking another term.
Erickson said it has been something I have always wanted to do. “I worked on the railroad for about 20 years and was on the road so wasn’t home to serve, now is a good time, my kids are out of high school and in college so it is a fit time to give a whirl,” said Erickson. “I have my own business Erickson Embroidery, (which I have owned for over seven years) and feel I would have time to contribute to the city. I want to help with UMC as it is a huge asset for Crookston and we need to utilize it more,” said Erickson. “We need to get more businesses in Crookston and work on keeping UMC students here after graduation.”
Erickson is married to Laurie, a teacher at Cathedral School and they have two children, Nate and Riley.

 

 

POLK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS RENEW CONTRACT WITH HALSTAD TELEPHONE COMPANY FOR INTERNET

Polk County Commissioners met on Tuesday and heard from Al Bauer of McIntosh about poor construction on a project on County State Aid Highway 41. He said the completion of the ditch work was unsatisfactory as the slopes were to steep.
Polk County Highway Engineer Rich Sanders reported that the project was built to specifications and is complete. The commissioners agreed to take a look at the project and get back to Bauer.
The commissioners approved several agreements including the Clay County Electronic Data Hosting agreement for the server for 2015 at a one time cost of $5,000 and $7,500 yearly. An agreement with Next Chapter for the CaseWorks computer program, licensure, services and travel or $180,013 and a hardware and Sharepoint licenses cost at $20,805.
The 2015 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) employment and training agreement was signed with the counties of Marshall, Kittson, Pennington, Roseau and Red Lake for $28,400.
The Polk County Sheriff has applied for a federal boating safety supplemental equipment grant for $22,000.
Polk County renewed the contract with Halstad Telephone Company to provide the Ethernet service to the county networks for five years. The contract has six agreements totaling $9,680.00 a month of $116,160.00 annually. County operations are dependent upon these services.
Commissioners approved replacing a custodial position which will be vacated on October 31, 2014.

 

 

TUESDAY - OCTOBER 21,  2014

CROOKSTON PARK BOARD TOLD SPLASH PARK AT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OWNED POOL WOULD BE A GOOD SPOT

The Crookston Park Board met on Monday and had a presentation from Crookston City administrator Shannon Stassen on the splash park and its possible location by the swimming pool which is owned by the Crookston School District.
Stassen said the location would be in good proximity to downtown. “For some time we have been locations for the splash park and we know that getting a site in place would help with fundraising,” said Stassen. “There are a lot of benefits to have it by the pool as it would be downtown by central park and near the downtown square. Some challenges are liability, the city would have to own the land and maybe the city should look closer at involvement in the pool. We are asking for a group to get together and do more research about the pool and the splash park.” The Crookston School District operates the pool and insurance has to be worked out as the city would have to own it so there are items to be worked out.”

The park board heard a presentation on the location of more housing near Hoven Lane which was forfeited to the city back in 1970 to be used as a park. This would have to be changed to develop homes on part of the property. “We have talked about housing strategy for a long time and Hoven Lane would be a place without costs of infrastructure as it is in place now so it is worthwhile to look at Hoven Lane which is now considered a park,” said Stassen. “We would have to go through a process to get the land back. The park on the end of Hoven Lane would remain a park, but there could still be four lots for housing so more work has to be done.”
The residents in the Hoven Lane area would be asked for input on changing the use of the property.
The locker room remodeling at the Crookston Sports Center has been completed. JJ’s Body Shop has signed a six month lease with the sports center to have a boot camp for students fitness programs.

 


 

DENNIS REGAN ONE OF FOUR RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL IN WARD 4

There are four candidates running for the fourth ward in Crookston, Incumbent Hector Santellanes, Dennis Regan, Adam Herberg, and Will Enlow. Regan said it was time to get involved. “My son is in college and I have a little spare time and would like to get involved in the changes Crookston is going through,” said Regan. “We have a good administrator and good people on board, they have good ideas. There are good businesses and the Crookston Sports Center brings a lot of people to the city.” Regan said he has spent a lot of time at the arena and heard good comments from people from North Dakota, Canada, and all over Minnesota. “They like the facility and have a good time in Crookston,” added Regan, who is a native of Crookston. “I lived here all my life, my mom is a half a block away,” said Regan. “My wife is Debbie and we have been married 33 years and she works at Noah Insurance. My son Curtis is at UND.” Regan has worked on the railroad for 28 years and then at the hospital for 10 years and now full time at UMC for six and a half years and also part time in the print shop at the hospital.

 

 

 

KROX TURKEY SHOOT TO START ON NOVEMBER 3, GET REGISTRATIONS IN

The KROX Turkey Shoot Starts Monday, November 3. Now’s the time to send in your entry with your name, address and a phone number on it where you can be reached at during the day for your chance to become a Turkey Shoot contestant when KROX comes a calling throughout the day.  Mail the postcard to KROX Turkey Shoot, P.O. Box 620, Crookston, Minnesota, 56716. Email it to us at krox@rrv.net , fax it to us at 281-5036, or drop it by the KROX offices at 208 South Main in Crookston. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number where you can be reached at the easiest. You could win a twenty dollar Hugo’s gift card to be used toward a purchase of an Our Family frozen turkey from Hugo’s in Crookston or a consolation prize of a Happy Joe’s Little Joe’s pizza. Send in your entry today for the KROX Turkey Shoot that starts Monday, November 3 on KROX radio.

 

 

VEDA OLSON WINS THE KROX RADIO "UMC YOU PICK THE SCORE" CONTEST

The winner of the KROX Radio "UMC You Pick the Score" contest was Veda Olson of Crookston. She picked the University of Mary to beat UMC by a 14 to 7 score. The final score was Mary 17 - UMC 10.  Veda received $10 gift certificates from the following: All Seasons Lube Center and Car Wash, B & E Meats, Crafty Granny, Crookston American Legion, Crookston Eagles 873, Crookston Dairy Queen, Erickson Embroidery and Design, Four Seasons Clothing, Happy Joe’s Pizza, Irishman’s Shanty, Ness Café in Erskine, Oak Pit Grill, Wish Upon a Star, and the University of Minnesota Crookston Bookstore. She also receives a $20 gift certificate from Crookston Hardware Hank, Eagle Thrifty White Drug, and Hugo’s, a free breakfast skillet and a homemade pie from R.B.J.’s Restaurant, a pair of Rider jeans from Fleet Supply, a large one item pizza from Mugoo’s Pizza, and KROX added $66 as a bonus, a dollar for each year KROX has been in business.


Phil Olson accepts the prizes on behalf of his wife, Veda.

 

 

MONDAY - OCTOBER 20,  2014

CLEAN UP WEEK IS NEXT WEEK IN CROOKSTON

October 27 – October 31 is Fall Clean-Up Week in Crookston.  Clean-up items will be picked up only on your regular garbage pickup day and must be placed on the street boulevard.  Please note: Compost material - grass clippings, lawn or garden waste - WILL NOT have to be in City compost bags for this week only.  Cleanup items should be separated into the following piles:  Garbage, clothing, cardboard, etc.; Appliances; Branches and yard waste; Furniture, metal items, demolition, etc. and Tires.  Placing these items out in separate piles will help speed the clean-up process.
As required by State Law, all video display devices (TV’s, computer monitors, etc.) cannot be land filled.  Therefore, these items will not be collected during clean-up.  These devices may be disposed of at Polk County Environmental Services (Transfer Station).
Concrete, batteries, partially full paint cans, other chemicals, or large amounts of demolition debris will not be accepted.  Branches must be cut in four foot lengths and bundled.
Items should be placed on boulevards no more than 72 hours prior to your collection day. Remember, Fall Clean-Up Week is October 27 – October 31 in Crookston.

 

 

RIVERVIEW HEALTH TO OFFER PEDIATRIC FIRST AID CLASS NOVEMBER 1

A Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED class will be offered at RiverView Health on Saturday, November 1 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
According to Wendy Oanes, American Heart Association (AHA) training coordinator, the class is designed for those involved in child care that have a duty to respond to a first aid emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements. This audience includes child care workers, camp counselors, those working for youth organizations and coaches for children’s sports organizations. The course is also ideal for parents, grandparents, babysitters, and guardians.
This course will cover the following items:
-The four steps of Pediatric First Aid
-Illnesses and Injuries
-Child and Infant Safety Checklist
-How Children Act and Tips for Interacting with them
-CPR AED and Choking

The cost of the class is $60, which includes a book and AHA certification card. The class will be led by instructor Brian Rystad, and will take place in Meeting Room 4, which is on the south side of RiverView Health in Crookston. For easiest access, arrive through either the main RiverView entrance or through the Rehab entrance. Students will be given an hour break for lunch on their own.  Registration for the class is required. To register or for more information, call 218-281-9405.

 

 

CROOKSTON CITY COUNCIL MEMBER TOM VEDBRAATEN UNOPPOSED IN WARD 6 RACE

Tom Vedbraaten, Crookston council member representing Ward 6 is running for another term and he is unopposed for the position. Vedbraaten has been on the council for 12 years at the end of this term. “I’ve enjoyed it and done a lot of things. When I worked for the post office I got to see my constituents often and they could express their concerns,” said Vedbraaten. “I hope we can keep maintaining what we have and grow the city the way we have been doing. I retired from the Post Office in April and now work security at UMC.”

 

 

ABBY PARR NAMED CROOKSTON ROTARY STUDENT OF THE MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER

The Crookston Rotary club honored Abby Parr as the Crookston High School Student of the Month for September.

Family: Parents Larry and Kathy Parr, siblings Amanda and Tim
Plans after high school/college: “I plan to attend Northland Tech in East Grand Forks for nursing.”
Areas of involvement in clubs or organizations: Leo Club, Volleyball, Hockey, Golf, Orchestra, Apostle at Cathedral Church
Honors and awards: Lettered in volleyball, hockey, and golf; captain of the volleyball and golf teams; All-Conference golf; first runner-up in Miss Crookston Pageant
Comments: “I would like to say thank you to Crookston Rotary for the honor of being named student of the month.”


Crookston Rotary President Krista Proulx (left) presents Abby Parr with the award.

 

 

 

FRIDAY - OCTOBER 17,  2014

KROX STARTS OUR POLITICAL INTERVIEWS WITH JERRY PERSSON

The November election is coming soon and there are many candidates running for positions in Crookston. There are three candidates running for mayor, they are Dale Stainbrook, Gary Willhite and Jerry Perrson. KROX will by interviewing all the candidates for all the offices and have those interviews online over the next couple of weeks.

Today we start with Jerry Perrson, a newcomer to the election process, who said the time is right for him to run for Crookston Mayor. “There was a time when I was at Furniture City and Crookston Mayor Doug Oman was my neighbor and told me to run for mayor, but my children were young and now they are grown and it is time to step up and run to make things happen,” said Persson. “I am looking to make things happen in development, to work together with UMC, the school district and city council. I grew up here and graduated from high school and attended UMC.”
Perrson is looking at specific projects he would like to work on. “There are some things I want to work on with CHEDA and make them advance,” said Persson. “I believe in the farm community and it’s importance to the town so we should bring it together for the town. I married Teresa Brekken and we raised our family here, built a house with a Crookston tax incentive project. I am in business with my son in law doing construction and we are doing well.”

A meet the candidates forum will be held on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium at UMC hosted by the Crookston Chamber and UMC. The public is invited to the forum to ask questions of the candidates.

 

 

FISHER AREA COMMUNITY FUND INVITES GRANT APPLICATIONS IN SUPPORT OF CHARITABLE, EDUCATIONAL AND PUBLIC PROJECTS

The Fisher Area Community Fund invites grant applications in support of charitable, educational and public purpose projects that will enhance or improve the quality of life for residents and/or visitors of the Fisher area. The Fisher Area Community Fund will consider grant applications of $500 to $5,000 with a total amount available for 2014 grants of $5,000.
Grants will be considered from any nonprofit organization or public agency whose project addresses one of the following topics:  education, economic development, healthcare, environment and recreation, cultural and community service and benefits the residents of the Fisher area.
Special consideration will be given to a project that collaborates with others, provides a long-term impact and has the ability to use the grant funds by December 31, 2014.
Applications are available at the Fisher City Office or you may call/email Amy Theis at (218) 891-2207 or fishcity@rrv.net for a copy to be sent to you.  The Fisher City Office is open Monday – Friday, 8:15 AM – 2:15 PM and is located in the Fisher Public School at 313 Park Avenue, Suite 111 in Fisher, MN.
Fisher Area Community Fund grant applications must be received by 2:00pm on October 31, 2014.  Mail or deliver one copy to the Fisher Area Community Fund, PO Box 158, Fisher, MN  56723.  Completed applications may also be dropped off at the Fisher City Office, 313 Park Avenue, Suite 111, Fisher, MN  56723.  Grants will be awarded in November, 2014.
For questions about the application, contact Amy at 218-891-2207 or fishcity@rrv.net.
The Fisher Area Community Fund is a Community Fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to invest resources, create opportunities, and promote philanthropy to make the region a better place to live and work.

 

 

POLK COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELLNESS COALITION HOSTS TRAINING WORKSHOPS

Polk County Public Health and Polk County Wellness Coalition hosted training workshops on “Simple Steps Toward Building A Healthier Community” on Thursday. Deacon Dzierzawski provided the training on how to engage in meaningful work, involve others and overcome barriers. “One of the things we know about community and health is dependent upon individual decisions backed up by community actions like creating a space for walking and family activities or providing an area at work for a 10 to 15 minute walk around which would contribute to the health of the individual but the overall community,” said Dzierzawski. “The decisions that you make are you doing everything in moderation which is good, everything from drinking, to not smoking, eating and exercise, and how does the community encourage. Those that chose higher taxes on tobacco has reduced consumption in the entire community, walking and biking affect obesity and diabetes and we know the schools and restaurants are giving people better choices like fruit and vegetables.”
People are getting more self sustaining when it comes to their health in this part of the country. “We rely less on the grocery stores with the farmer’s market to make food healthier, and mom and pop grocery stores to make healthier foods more accessible,” said Dzierzawski.

 

 

 

THURSDAY - OCTOBER 16,  2014

UMC AND CROOKSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HOST A MEET THE CANDIDATES FORUM ON OCTOBER 22

Voters will have an opportunity to learn more about the candidates running for the District 593 School Board, Crookston City Council, Mayoral Candidates, Polk County Candidates, and Minnesota House District 1B at a Forum on Wednesday, October 22.  The Meet the Candidates Forum, jointly sponsored by Crookston Area Chamber and University of Minnesota, Crookston, (UMC) will be held in Kiehle Auditorium on UMC’s campus and will also be aired live on KROX Radio (1260 AM) and online at www.kroxam.com.
The forum, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will include five moderated segments.   Candidates within each group will make an opening statement before answering written questions submitted by the audience.  Each candidate will also have an opportunity to address prospective voters with a closing statement. The School Board Candidates will lead off at 6:35 p.m., followed by the City Council candidates at 7:10 p.m., the Mayoral candidates at 7:45 p.m., County Commissioner candidates at 8:20 p.m., and ending with the Legislative candidates. The forum will conclude by 9:30 p.m.

Three candidates vying for the three open seats on the School Board will take the stage first. School Board candidates are Tim Dufault, Patty Dillabough, and Adrianne Winger. 

The second part of the forum will include the candidates on the Crookston City Council. Ward 2: Dana Johnson and Steve Erickson, Ward 4: Hector Santellanes, Dennis Regan, Adam Herberg, and Will Enlow, Ward 6: Tom Vedbratten. Each ward consists of one position. Two individuals have filed for one “At Large” position on the council—Bob Quanrud and Travis Oliver.

The third part of the forum will include Mayoral candidates Gary Willhite, Dale Stainbrook, and Jerry Joseph Perrson.

The fourth category of the forum will include the county candidates. Commissioner candidates are Warren Strandell, District 2, running unopposed and Joan K. Lee and Kerry Winkelmann, running for the seat in District 4.

House District 1B candidates Representative Deb Kiel and Eric Bergeson will be featured in the final phase of the Forum.

The Chamber and UMC are coordinating plans for the Meet the Candidates Forum, which is free and open to the public.   For more information, call the Chamber at 281-4320 or email mburke@visitcrookston.com.

 

 

POLK COUNTY AND NORTH DAKOTA HAVE JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT

The Northwest Minnesota Drug Task Force is now working with North Dakota to be able to go across the border and make drug related arrests if needed. “There is a joint powers agreement between us. It is for all police officers duties if are officers need to go to North Dakota and assist,” said Crookston Police Chief Paul Biermaier. “We have the same authority as them and vice versa if they have to come here, primarily it is happening with drug task forces. It is working well for the drug task force. Drugs know no boundaries, state lines, rivers, national lines with Canada, it is a huge operation which is working well.”

 

 

UMC HOLDS HOMECOMING CORONATION, KING IS KEVIN BUNDE AND THE QUEEN IS MIKALA GUIDINGER

Coronation was held at the University of Minnesota Crookston on Wednesday, October 15 in celebration of Homecoming 2014. Crowned king and queen were seniors Kevin Bunde (Parkers Prairie) and Mikala Guidinger (Rochester). 


Back row, left to right, are Marcus Cheatham, a senior from Stockton, Calif.; Justin Goodroad,  a senior from Lindstrom; Tomas Parker, a senior from Pequot Lakes; Tyler Lowthian, a senior from Richfield.
Middle row: Natalie Tym, a senior from Bristol, Wis.; Ebony Livingston, a senior from Brooklyn Park; Joanie Melichar, a senior from Richfield; and Laura Gabrielson. a senior from Orr.
Front row: Queen Mikala Guidinger and King Kevin Bunde.

 

 

 

 

FERTILE-BELTRAMI FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA ATTEND WORLD DAIRY EXPO

The Fertile-Beltrami Future Farmers of America Chapter is growing, according to advisor Whitney Rupprecht who took several students to the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. Rupprecht said the students enjoyed the trip, which was a good learning experience. “Last year was my first year starting out with five members and grew to 36 and now we have 82,” said Rupprecht. “Those who take my classes are FFA members even if they are not from the farm so they get to learn.” Last year the FFA students went to the national convention in Kentucky and thought they would change it up and go to the World Dairy Expo and contests in Madison. The students learned about judging cattle and cheese and learned how to show cattle in the show ring to broaden their horizon in the dairy business.


Front row is Advisor Whitney Rupprecht, Mckenzie Desrosier, Jadyn Riveria, Jacinda Sannes, Carter Olson.
Back row: Tony Leiser, Nolan Pinske and Adam Riddle.

 

 

 

UMC HUNT SEAT TEAM HAS STRONG SHOWING AT WISCONSIN RIVER FALLS SHOW

The University of Minnesota Crookston hunt seat equestrian team put together a pair of strong shows at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls last weekend. The pair of shows featured UMC, UW-River Falls, North Dakota State University, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Cloud State University, University of Minnesota and Lakehead University. 

Saturday’s competition under judge Greg Sheedy was a great showing of rides for the Golden Eagles as the team rode in competition exactly how they had been practicing. Sable Bettencourt (Jr.) came in third in Equitation Over Fences and Sam Kramer also came in third in Novice Equitation Over Fences.

Anna Ojczyk was third in Equitation Over Fences and second on the flat. Karcyn Pleune was second in Walk Trot Canter. The placing’s did not show exactly how strong UMC rode on the day.

Sunday’s competition under judge Pam Whitfield started with a second-place finish from Emily Steeley and a third from Bettencourt in Open Equitation Over Fences. Ojczyk picked up a win in Novice Equitation Over Fences and Kramer earned third. Bettencourt came back to take third in Open Equitation on the Flat and Rhiannon Nicoll placed second in the Novice division.

Ojcyzk won Novice Equitation on the Flat after winning over fences, claiming the High Point Rider title. Paige Clark and Margaret Knowles closed out the day with a second and a third in Walk Trot Canter. The team would finish second on the day behind North Dakota State.



 

 

 

WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 15,  2014

GOVERNOR MARK DAYTON VISITS CROOKSTON FOR NW MN COUNCIL OF COLLABORATIVE ANNUAL MEETING

The Northwest Minnesota Council of Collaboratives held their annual meeting this morning at the University of Minnesota Crookston with Governor Mark Dayton speaking on Early Childhood Education. The Council of Collaboratives has been in existence for 14 years and received over $23 million to invest in children and families. “Funding for the ECFE programs has been reduced over the last few years,” said Governor Dayton. “County program and LGA and funding social services have been reduced and the needs keep growing, we will know more in November about the funding, we need to reach out to the children and their families to give them successful lives.”
There is a gap in funding between the federal and state government. “Every state has gap funding. ECFE and all day kindergarten are all important to be able to compete on level field and be successful,” said Dayton. “It is important and we keep working on it in spite of resistance as we know the child’s brain develops Early has a profound affect on their life.”
Governor Dayton was asked about getting more rail cars to ship the crops and if he could help with the permitting process for the Sandpiper oil line. “It is serious situation I had my seventh meeting yesterday and we have a massive overload on the rail due to the Bakken Oil where 70 percent of it travels through Minnesota to the east coast. we are dealing with the backlog of last year’s crop and tomorrow I will be meeting with the Burlington Northern executives to press them hard for a response for coal, oil and propane and grain,” said Dayton. “We are working closely with the railroads and the Agriculture Commissioner to get this problem solved. As for the Sandpiper, the public utilities commission is responsible for the permitting process and they have a process to follow, find the route and look at alternative routes as some areas are sensitive and inaccessible so a spill be serious for the environment in northern Minnesota. They have to do it right because it will operate for 50 to 100 years.”


    Governor Mark Dayton with UMC Chancellor Dr. Fred Wood

 

 

UMC CHANCELLOR WOOD ATTENDS BOARD OF REGENTS MEETING, U OF M TO HELP UMC STUDENTS LOOKING TO GO INTO MED SCHOOL

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents met last week and UMC was high on the agenda and the discussion included the flat tuition which helps the students. “Tuition was held flat and we are supportive as we see to much debt which is about $16,000 per student, with the increase of the Pell grants, low income students are paying a little less,” said UMC Chancellor Dr. Fred Wood.
Another change is coming in the facilities area. “We are trying to get facilities dollars in the base budget so we can get into deferred maintenance which we have on campus,” said Dr. Wood.

Staff from the Nursing and Med School will be coming to UMC to work on a pipeline for students between the two campuses. “Healthy Minnesota will be plugged into the pipeline for students to come here and then go on the professional school and finish their master’s degree and finish their clinical in the area so they can return to their home area,” said Wood.

 

 

CROOKSTON CITY COUNCIL APPROVES THREE YEAR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

The Crookston City Council approved the three year capital improvement plan for street projects for 2015-2017 at their meeting on Monday. “We reviewed the three year street improvement plan, the council looks at the plan and goes forward,” said Public Works Director Pat Kelly. “We are calling for the engineers report so we have it next year and get plans drawn up for the work.”
Public Hearings were set for October 27 for projects in the area of Euclid Avenue, 3rd Avenue South, and Lowell Street for next summer.

The Crookston Ways and Means Committee approved assessments for future street construction. “For street construction and improvement like overlays and reconstruction we set an assessment policy about five years ago,” said Kelly. “The rates have not changed, but the costs have significantly increased so we try to stay ahead. We assess about 20 percent of the project and the city picks up the 80 percent so we have realigned the rates to get closer to the goal.”
The assessments will go to city council for final approval.

 

 

AREA STUDENTS INTERESTED IN DRIVER EDUCATION NEED TO SIGN UP BEFORE OCTOBER 24

Students interested in taking Driver Education this fall need to stop in the office at Crookston High School to pick up a Driver Education Registration form or download the form by clicking here.  Students that will be 15 years old or older as of January 31, 2015 are eligible to attend.  Registration forms are due in the Crookston High School office no later than Friday, October 24.  The first day of class be held on Friday, October 24th at 5:00 pm in the commons at Crookston High School.  The second day of class will be Saturday, October 25 at 8:00 a.m.

 

 

 

TRI-VALLEY OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL HANDS OUT STARFISH AWARDS

Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs held its annual recognition luncheon at the Crookston Eagles Club on Wednesday, October 8. The event acknowledged the hard work and dedication provided by so many generous individuals. All volunteers were recognized from new enrollees to those who have provided an outstanding 23 years of service volunteering 15 hours or more per week. In total, the volunteers accounted for over 421 years of combined experience. Last program year, Tri-Valley Senior Programs provided 72,399 hours of volunteer service working with over 800 children and 30 senior clients.

The Starfish Award was given to individuals who have been nominated by teachers or others the volunteers work with. This year there were seven recipients of this award from the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs. The award is based off the story of an old man who walked up a shore littered with thousands of starfish.  It goes:  A young man was picking the starfish up and flinging them back into the ocean. “Why do you bother?” the old man scoffed. “You’re not saving enough to make a difference. The young man picked up another starfish and sent it spinning back into the water. “Made a difference to that one,” he said.
Recipients of the Starfish Award were Joe McKenna (Senior Companion/5 yrs), Rosemary Naeseth (Senior Companion/2 yrs), Lucille Skogstad (Senior Companion/7 yrs), Mary Thorstad (Foster Grandparent/15 yrs), Betty Floan (Foster Grandparent/14 yrs), Gabe Amon (Foster Grandparent/11 yrs), and Imogene (Jeanie) Jacobson (Foster Grandparent/23 yrs).
Prior to the meal, Andy Wells, President of Wells Technology spoke to the group about pursuing and achieving your dreams. As a child, Wells lived from the land with his family in a one-room house on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. By the age of 45, Wells felt it was his time to make a difference. Therefore, to live his dream, he invested his life savings of $1,300 to start a new business called Wells Technology that would do manufacturing for customers and create jobs in his community. During recent years Wells has received numerous prestigious awards in recognition of his leadership in building a better America where dreams do come true. Visit http://www.wellstech.com/index.html for more information.
For more information on how to become a Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion or how to receive Senior Companion Services call Heidi, Jeanette, or Jessica at 218-281-5832.


Joe McKenna, Rosemary Naeseth, Mary Thorstad, Lucille Skogstad, Betty Floan, Gabe Amon, Jeanie Jacobson.

 

 

OTTER TAIL POWER COMPANY CUSTOMERS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PAPERLESS BILLING

Otter Tail Power Company customers are taking advantage of an opportunity to reduce the amount of paper they receive via mail and, at the same time, benefit regional organizations that serve children, farmers, wildlife, and the hungry. By enrolling in the company’s upgraded ePay program, customers agree to receive electronic billing statements instead of paper. Otter Tail Power Company committed to donate $3 for each new ePay enrollment to help support a different regional nonprofit organization each quarter for a year.
Receiving a $4,800 donation, representing ePay enrollments for the second quarter of the company’s promotion, is Farm Rescue, based in Jamestown, North Dakota. This donation will help Farm Rescue provide emergency assistance for area farmers. "We are very thankful for the financial support Otter Tail Power Company has provided Farm Rescue through the ePay campaign. This is in addition to the company's generous annual sponsorship," said Bill Gross, Farm Rescue founder and president. "Farm Rescue will use the funds to provide planting, harvesting, and haying assistance to farm families who have experienced a major injury, illness, or natural disaster within the Otter Tail Power Company service area. Otter Tail Power Company clearly is taking action in the best interest of rural communities and our environment."

North Dakota’s International Music Camp received the first donation from Otter Tail Power Company’s ePay campaign. The organizations that will receive donations resulting from future ePay enrollments are
-October through December - The Wild Turkey Federation in South Dakota to support wildlife habitats
-January through March - North Country Food Bank in Crookston, Minnesota, to enhance distributions to area food shelves

Otter Tail Power Company has offered its free ePay program for about a decade, and many customers take advantage of paying their electric bills online. This upgraded program, hosted by a third-party service provider, features up to 30 months of online bill history, offers payment options, and permits families, roommates, and businesses to share account access to manage their accounts securely anytime and from anywhere. And customers can sign up to receive text or email alerts to keep them informed about the status of their billing and payments. “We want to thank the almost 1,600 customers who enrolled in ePay this past quarter, making this Farm Rescue donation possible,” said Senior Market Planning Specialist Theresa Drexler. “We think that more of our customers will enjoy the ease of online account management and the improvements we’ve made to our ePay program. And by enrolling soon they’ll see a portion of the costs associated with producing and mailing paper statements put to better use to benefit other great nonprofit organizations in our region.”


Farm Rescue volunteers combine a wheat field near Tioga, North Dakota. Based in Jamestown, North Dakota, Farm Rescue helps farmers in the region who need emergency assistance with planting, haying, or harvesting. Otter Tail Power Company donated $4,800 to Farm Rescue as the result of new customer enrollments in the company’s ePay paperless billing program during the three-month period July through September. Following each of the next two quarters of this company promotion, two additional regional causes will benefit.

 

 

 

 

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