AmericInn by Wyndham in Crookston recently received $27,935 from the CARES Act Small Business grants from the City of Crookston and the money was used to add new automatic sliding doors.

General Manager Cory Dallager said they used those funds to put in new automatic doors to help limit the spear of COVID-19. “Our project was to be new automatic sliding glass doors in,” said Dallager. “We knew the grant money was there and wanted to put it to put towards the doors right away. With the COVID stuff, you don’t have to touch the door. It is touchless and kind of helps not spread COVID. It’s one of the things we used the City of Crookston grant for. We’d like to thank the City of Crookston for getting us the grant money. That was a nice thing and helped the improvements of our property as well.”

Dallager said nearly all of the grant went to the doors. “Right now, it’s just the doors,” said Dallager. “That covered the portion of the doors. It was $27,000 we got from the City of Crookston from the grant fund. It was a good chunk with the electrician doing the work too.”

Dallager also expressed optimism that rooms will start to fill up with the approval of the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project, which he believes will help businesses across Crookston. “Hopefully, the business keeps on getting busy with the pipeline approved to come through,” said Dallager. “We’re starting to get some more business from that and hopefully, it continues on for the next couple of months. It’s starting to slowly fill up. Every day I’m getting calls about rooms and everything in the area is starting to fill up I am hearing. Hopefully, it brings more business to our town, fills up Crookston, and gives the restaurants and stores business in town.”