The Crookston Eagles Club will have a free children’s easter party today from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Children’s Dental Services is hosting a clinic on March 25 and 26 from 10:00 a.m. to  4:00 p.m. at the Polk County Public Health office located at 816 Marin Avenue in Crookston.  They offer dental hygiene services to people of all ages, accept Medical Assistance, and offer reduced-cost care under an income-based sliding scale. To schedule an appointment, call 612-746-1530 or 866-543-6009.

The Bray-Gentilly Mutual Insurance Annual meeting will take place on Monday, March 25, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Hilaire Community Hall, St. Hilaire, MN. The purpose of the meeting is to present the annual report, elect members to the board of directors, and transact other business that may be brought before the board.

The Golden Link Senior Center will host the Lion’s Club meeting and lunch on Monday, March 25, at 12:00 p.m., followed by a Sit, Stand, and Dance class at 2:00 p.m.

The Crookston Public School Board will meet on Monday, at 5:00 p.m. at Crookston High School.

The Crookston City Council will meet on Monday, at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall council chambers.

The Crookston Eagles Club will have $8 burger baskets from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The University of Minnesota Crookston Campus will have its International Dinner Series featuring different menus from various countries. This event will take place on March 25.  The dinners will be served at 6:00 p.m. at the Bede Ballroom. Tickets are $25 for adults, under 18 are $20. $10  per UMC students who don’t have a meal plan.   The series ticket package for all 3 dinners is $75 for adults and $60 for those under 18. $30 for UMC students who do not have a meal plan. A limited number of tickets are available; get yours today by going to z.umn.edu/MIC2024Dinners. If you have questions, contact Rae French at rfrench@crk.umn.edu or 218-281-8339.

ECFE will host March Musical Madness on Monday,  March 25, from 6:00-7:00 PM at  Highland School. Come and enjoy the music!

Adults and teens are invited to join Fertile Public Library staff for a needle felting workshop. Attendees will learn how to needle-felt a decorated egg. The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is offered free of charge with all supplies provided. The Fertile Public Library is located at 101 Mill St. S. and can be reached by calling 218-945-6137.

The Golden Link Senior Center will have Pinochle, and Recycled Cards, on Tuesday, March 26, at 1:00 p.m., followed by SAIL class at 2:30 p.m.

Join the Reading By the Red Book Club at the Crookston Public Library on Tuesday, March 26, at 6:00 pm. They will be discussing “The Secret Book of Flora Lea.” Tuesday, April 23, at 6:00 pm, will be Books and Brews at Drafts discussing “Solito” by Javier Zamora.

RiverView Health will offer a free public health presentation at noon Wednesday, March 27, titled “Spine Care for Farmers: Occupational Health in the Farming Community.” The presentation will be held in the RiverView Health Conference room. Josie Huot, UND Occupational Therapy Doctoral student, will present on low back and neck pain among the farming population.  Registration is required; please leave a message at 281.9745 with your name and number of guests attending.  RiverView will provide coffee and water. You can purchase lunch or snack items at Holte’s Café located just inside the main doors.

The Golden Link Senior Center will have Men’s Cards, on Wednesday, March 27, at 8:00 a.m., followed by Cribbage at 10:00 a.m., and Bridge at 12:30 p.m.

The Red Lake Electric Cooperative will have its Annual  Meeting for members on Wednesday, March 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the Legacy Event Center in Thief River Falls. The meeting agenda includes the year 2023 in review, financial reports, and election of directors. Door prizes will be awarded, and a lunch will be served.

Join the Fertile Public Library to hear a presentation by Kaleb Smith, Fisheries Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife. Kaleb will share what the day-in-the-life is like as a fisheries specialist, as well as what the Fisheries Program does. Attendees are encouraged to bring their best Minnesota fish questions to ask Kaleb after his presentation. The program is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, at 2 p.m. at the Fertile Public Library, 101 Mill St. South.

The Golden Link Senior Center will have Foot Care on Thursday, March 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., followed by Smear at 1:00 p.m., and SAIL class at 2:30 p.m.

The Crookston Public Library will have Storytime for ages 0 through 6 on Thursday, March 28, from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Crookston City Hall will be closed by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 29, in observance of Good Friday. The city garbage collection for Friday, March 29, will be collected as normal.

“Recovery for Everyday People.” Rev. Gretchen Enoch will host a six-session class using the 12 Steps of Recovery with the Bible to bring healing and wholeness to all people. Monday nights starting April 1, 2024, at Trinity Lutheran Church. The cost for materials is $20. Scholarships are available upon request. Call 812.639.7816 to register. A ministry of the Northern Lights Ministry Collaborative. 

Kindergarten Round-Up will be on Thursday, April 10, at Washington School in Crookston. This is for families who have a child who will be five years old by September 1, 2024. If you have a child who is eligible for Kindergarten and has not been contacted, please call Washington School at 281-2762.

Spring Clean-Up Week in Crookston will be April 15 through 19. Single-family dwelling items will be picked up only on your regular garbage pickup day, and they must be placed on the street boulevard by 7:00 a.m. and not more than 24 hours prior to your collection day. Yard Waste Collection will be the week of April 22.

The Celebrate the Young Child Collaborative invites you to come PLAY together at their CYC Family Festival on Tuesday, April 16, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Crookston High School.  Many hands-on stations will be available, along with information booths and a light meal.

The Wild Rice Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting of the Members will be held on Thursday, April 18, at the Shooting Star Event Center in Mahnomen. Registration opens at 4:30 p.m. with a plated dinner served at 5:00 p.m. Entertainment by Blu Kanu from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. The business portion of the meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. Members can sign up to win prizes.

The Downtown Crookston Development Partnership will present its final Broadway at the Grand on Thursday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m. at the Grand Theatre. They will be showing Into the Woods, and concessions will be available as well. 

A Veteran’s Benefit Fair will be held on Friday, April 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Crookston National Guard Armory. Many vendors will be on hand.

Yard Waste & Branch Collection in Crookston will be collected the week of April 22nd. All residents will need to have their yard waste and branches out by Monday as City crews will begin picking up on Monday and collect until they’ve been through the route. (This may only take a couple of days, not the entire week.) Place the materials on your curbside. Branches must be cut in four-foot lengths and bundled in order for the crews to take them away. Bagged yard waste must not exceed 30 pounds. per bag. Any branches or tree trunks not cut to this length and bundled will be left for the owner to haul away. Twigs may be in boxes or bags. Individuals removing their diseased elm trees should call City Hall to schedule pickup. Please note that yard waste is defined as leaves, grass, and other compostable material and will NOT be required to be in the clear City of Crookston bags during this week only.

The Benedictine Living Community in Crookston Is having an Adult Prom Fundraiser on Friday, May 3, at the Crookston Eagles. Tickets are $50 per person and include your meal with a choice of New York strip steak or walleye and a drink ticket. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 and dance to follow with Big Papa’s DJ. A prom king and queen will be crowned. Tickets can be purchased at the Benedictine Living Community office from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 218-281-3424.

Washington School School Readiness and ECFE families, along with Washington staff and families, will celebrate together at a fun End of the Year Picnic on Monday, May 13, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Washington School.  This event offers great food and family fun.  In the event of rain, activities will be held inside.

The Mark Olsonawski Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, June 6, in Hallock at Two Rivers Golf Course, and the UMC Teambacker Golf Classic on  Friday, June 14, at Minakwa Golf Course in Crookston. UMC Teambackers host both tournaments and raise funds for Golden Eagle Athletics. To learn more or register a team, use these links: https://z.umn.edu/olsonawski24 and https://z.umn.edu/umcgolf24.

The Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston will host a Rhubarb Festival on Thursday, June 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


The Crookston March pool hours Monday through Friday are – lap swim  6:00 to 9:00 a.m., aqua aerobics 9:00 to 10:00, homeschool open swim 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Fridays only, and open swim 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, open swim from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., birthday party slots from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., call 218-1242 for reservations.  Closed on Sundays. Costs are: Open swim $5 a person, aqua aerobics $5 a person, lap swim $5 a person, and aqua and lap swim membership is $36 a month.

The application period is now open for many healthcare scholarships through the RiverView Foundation. Applications for the following scholarships are due to the Foundation office by noon on April 15, 2024. Bishop Afonya Healthcare Scholarship, Lenertz Family Healthcare Scholarship, June E. Shaver Healthcare Scholarship, Richard Maves Healthcare Scholarship, Lynette “Pud’’ Joseph Healthcare Scholarship, RiverView/Glenmore Foundation Scholarship, and Rongen Family Healthcare Scholarship. Guidelines and applications are available online at https://www.riverviewhealth.org/foundation/scholarships/, by calling the Foundation office at 281-9249, emailing Foundation Director Randy Schoenborn at rschoenborn@riverviewhealth.org, or by stopping at the Foundation office located at 721 S. Minnesota Street, Crookston.

Buy your tickets now for the 16th Annual Crookston High School Triple A Academics, Arts, and Athletics Senior Recognition Banquet, which will be on Monday, April 29, at 6:00 p.m. in the CHS Commons. Tickets must be purchased by Monday, April 22, and can be purchased at the Crookston High School, KROX, or Wonderful Life Foods. The cost of tickets is $17. Make checks payable to Triple-A. If you have any special dietary needs, please contact Irishman’s Shanty at 281-9912. Sponsored by Crookston Rotary, Crookston Lions, Pirate Fine Arts Boosters, and Pirate Boosters.

The Crookston Blue Line Club will be offering the following programs this spring: The Crookston Blue Line Club is partnering with Nissa Brekken and Mike Enright this spring for Power Skating for Mite/8U through Bantams. MITE/8U Power Skating will be Tuesdays, March 12-April 23, from 6:30 to 7:00 a.m. Squirt/10U, Peewee/12U, and Bantam Power Skating will be Wednesdays, March 12-April 24, from 6:15 to 7:00 a.m. Cost is $75 for Mite/8U and $100 for Squirt/10U, Peewee/ 12U and Bantams. 3v3 Stanley Cup, Wednesdays, March 27-April 24 from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. for Squirts/10U, Peewee/12U and Bantams, BHS and GHS from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Cost is $75, register and pay online, goalies are free. Go to crookstonbluelinehockey.com for registration. The deadline to register is Sunday, March 24. 

The Knights of Columbus Fish Fry suppers will be on Friday nights from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Church through Friday, March 22nd. It will be dine-in or drive-thru.  The menu is deep-fried walleye, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, cole slaw, and roll. Desserts will be for sale and served by service groups.  Drive thru will serve a cookie. Adult Walleye meal is $17, and extra walleye fillet is $8.00.

DNR Hunter Safety Traning for ages 11 and older will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays beginning May 7. The classes will be held at the Crookston Gun Club. To register, contact Youth Activities Coordinator Steve Videen at 218-289-2115 or by email at stevevideen@yahoo.com

The Driftbusters Snowmobile Club has a $500 scholarship available to children of all club members who have successfully completed snowmobile safety training and submitted the application form. Applications are available at the Crookston High School or by emailing joelleb21@yahoo.com. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2024 to be eligible.  

The 2024 Crookston Firefighters Association Memorial Scholarship Award is now taking applications. This scholarship is for a graduating high school senior residing in Crookston or one of the townships served by the Crookston Firefighters Association. Applicants must plan to attend a 2-year community college or a 4-year college or university. Applications must be received by April 15, 2024. Applications can be downloaded at www.crookstonfirefightersassociation.org. Please submit questions to firereserve@crookston.mn.us.

The Crookston Eagles Auxiliary #873 awards a $500 scholarship annually. Applications are available at the Crookston High School or by contacting Sheila Menard at 218-289-3212 or by email at crookstoneaglesauxiliary.873@gmail.com. Applicants must have a relative who is a member of the Crookston Auxiliary but does not need to attend school in Crookston. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2024.

As the Crookston Care and Share expands its women’s dormitories are in need of twin bed frames, dressers, lamps, and end tables. Donate: call 218-281-2644.

The Crookston Squadron Civil Air Patrol meets every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Call 218-281-3954 for more information.

Parents of children are invited to register their children for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The program provides one book every month to your child for FREE from when you enroll until they turn five. Crookston Public School manages the program, and you can register at www.ImaginationLibrary.com.

The Crookston Care and Share is now accepting donations of Women’s, Men’s, and children’s clothing, toiletries, and other everyday items. Donations may be dropped off at the Care and Share Center at 220 East Third Street or call 281-2644. The Donation Room is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Fridays from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Polk County Public Health and ECFE will host a Newborn Baby Talk event for parents with babies newborn to 12 weeks every Tuesday from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the Crookston Public Library. There will be 2-12 week sessions. January 9-March 26, and April 2-June 18. A public health nurse, parent educator, and lactation specialist will be available to answer questions about your newborn and provide support and information on your journey of parenting. A facilitated discussion will cover feeding, attachment, sleep, development, family changes, and returning to work. You can have your baby weighed too.

Every Tuesday (except for Federal Holidays), The Crookston Public Library will host New Born Baby Talk from 9:30 am. to 11:00 a.m. This is for parents with babies 0-12 weeks old. A public health nurse, parent educator, and lactation specialist will be available to answer questions about your newborn and provide support and information on your new journey of parenting.

The Crookston Public Library’s Books & Brews Book Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of every other month at 6:00 p.m. at Drafts Sports Bar and Grill. They will discuss books and enjoy beverages. Appetizers are provided by the Friends of the Crookston Public Library; participants are responsible for the cost of their food and drinks. All are welcome.

The Crookston Public Library’s Reading by the Red Book Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of every other month at 6:00 p.m. They will discuss books and enjoy beverages.

The Crookston Public Library will have StoryTime every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The Golden Link is serving noon lunch Monday through Friday. All are welcome to dine in between the hours of 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Crookston Friends of the Library meet on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

The Crookston Library Board meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:15 p.m.

The Cove Youth Center in Crookston is open Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Students and parents should call ahead to check the availability of the youth center at 218-470-0149.

The Crookston Care and Share Center’s Donation and New Hope Food Shelf will be open every Monday and Wednesday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and every Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. For more information or to donate, call 218-277-0000.

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