Bulletin Board  – Monday, December 9, 2019

City of Crookston crews will conduct downtown snow removal on East/West streets beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday night/Tuesday morning barring unforeseen heavy snowfall or other emergency. Snow removal on North/South streets will take place beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning barring unforeseen heavy snowfall or other emergency. Vehicles on these streets will be towed if not moved.

Toys for Tots is a charity sponsored by the employees of the City of Crookston for needy children in the city.  Cash donations are greatly appreciated and preferred which allows the volunteers to purchase age and gender-specific gifts for each child.  Books, toys and gift wrap donations have also been received. Donations can be sent or brought to the Water Department during business hours at 124 North Broadway.

The Crookston Lions will meet today at 12:00 p.m. at Crookston Inn.

The Golden Link will have cards today at 12:45 p.m., greeting cards and Toys for Tots Christmas wrapping at 1:00 p.m. and Collectors Club at 6:30 p.m. 

The Crookston Public Library has a Harry Potter Escape Room planned tonight with two sessions.  Session 1: 5:00 to 5:45 p.m. Session 2: 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. Find the clues and solve the codes to escape Azkaban.  For teens and adults. Limited to 8 spots per session. Please sign up by calling the library. 

The Crookston Eagles will have $6 burger baskets tonight from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. and a smear tournament at 7:00 p.m. 

ECFE’s Mixed Monday event for tonight is Daddy and Me for birth to 5 year olds and will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Washington School. Registration is not required. 

The Crookston School Board will meet tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the choir and orchestra room. 

The City of Crookston Truth in Taxation meeting will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall. 

Knights of Columbus Council #1216 will have their December meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Clubroom. All members encouraged to attend.

Crookston City Council will meet tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber. The Ways and Means committee will meet immediately following.

The Polk County Commissioners will meet Tuesday, December 10 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Room at the Polk County Government Center. A budget hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m.

The Golden Link will have an Entertainment Committee meeting Tuesday, December 10 at 9:30 a.m., Red Hats Christmas at noon, cards at 12:45 p.m. and Debby’s Canasta at 6:00 p.m. 

The free ECFE Unplug and Play for ages birth to kindergarten will be Tuesday, December 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Washington School gym. A variety of equipment will be available for children and their parents to enjoy and explore together.  

Crookston VFW Post 1902 and the Auxiliary will meet Tuesday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the VFW.

Crookston Chapter No. 137, Order of the Eastern Star will meet Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00 pm.  The meeting will be preceded by a Pizza Supper at 6:15. This will be the final meeting until March of 2020.  Every member is invited to attend.

The Fisher American Legion and SAL meetings will be Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. 

Concert Pianist Brayden Drevlow from Thief River Falls will debut his personal arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet at in the Evergreen Hall Lobby at UMC Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m.  Hot cocoa and cookies will be served. This event is free and open to the community. 

Crookston Community Education will have a Kids N Canvas Holiday Art Class for kids ages 6-13 on Saturday, December 14 from 10:30-noon at the Washington Elementary Cafeteria. Instructor is Jolene Beiswenger.  Kids will paint a wooden Christmas stocking door hanger, wrapping paper will be available if they want to wrap it as a gift. Aprons will be provided, but please wear paint clothes. Cost is $20 and you must sign up by Wednesday, December 11th. To register, call 281-5078. 

Crookston Public Schools will have early dismissal on Wednesday, December 11. 

The Golden Link will have comfort bears Wednesday, December 11 at 9:00 a.m., cribbage at 9:30 a.m., and men’s cards at 10:00 a.m. 

The Crookston Chamber Executive Board will meet Wednesday, December 11 at 8:00 a.m. at the Chamber Office.

The Crookston Public Library will have a What’s on Wednesday event on December 11 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Recreate your selfie as a Minecraft character.  Geared for children ages 7-12. 

The Fertile Public Library will host a free early out activity featuring science, technology, and art on Wednesday, December 11 at 2:30 p.m. Children in grades K-8 are invited to explore Platonic Solids and make Tetrahedrons with library staff.  Children ages 10 and under should be accompanied by an adult. 

The Crookston Eagles will have swing dance lessons Wednesday, December 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

The Fisher American Legion Wednesday Night Special for December 11 is a BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich and Baked Beans for $8. 

The Crookston Cub Scouts are having a hat and mitten drive for the Community Food Boxes.  They will be collecting through December 12 at Cathedral, TLC Family Hair Care, Trinity Lutheran, Hardware Hank, Crookston True Value, and Rejuv Salon & Spa. 

The Golden Link will have foot care Thursday, December 12 at 9:00 a.m. and cards at 12:45 p.m. 

The Highland Elementary 5th/6th Grade Choir, 5th/6th Grade Orchestra, and 6th Grade Band Concert will be Thursday, December 12 at 1:30 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. 

Choice Therapy will have a Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 12 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at 1728 North Front in Crookston. There will be refreshments, door prizes, a free gift, crafts and photos with Santa. 

Northern Sky Bank will host a Holiday Open House on Thursday and Friday, December 12 and 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00. Everyone is invited to stop in and enjoy refreshments and visit with the staff. 

RiverView Health will host a four hour CPR class at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, December 12 at the RiverView Home Care Building located at 721 South Minnesota Street. Cost is $45 for those needing certification and free for those not needing certification. For more information or to register, call 218-281-9405.

The Crookston Public Schools School Readiness Winter Party will be Thursday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m. 

The Crookston Eagles will have the Driftbusters Membership Supper Thursday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m. 

The Fisher American Legion will have a chamber meeting Thursday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. 

The Golden Link will have coffee and rolls Friday, December 13 at 8:30 a.m., cribbage at 9:30 a.m., cards at 12:45 p.m., and exercise class at 2:00 p.m. 

The Crookston Eagles will have bar bingo and meat raffles Friday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m., $500 must go. The kitchen will be open from 5:30 to 7:30 serving a $7 Special Mashed Potato Bowl, $5 Chicken Strips, Egg Rolls, Onion Rings, Mozzarella Sticks, Jalapeno Poppers, Mac & Cheese Egg Rolls, Mini Corndogs, and a $3 French Fry Basket. 

Area farmers are invited for coffee, conversation, and community support events held Saturday, December 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Brekken Farms, 28383 255th Ave SW in Crookston.  And from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Adams Family Farm, 20817 430th Ave SW, just south of East Grand Forks. The events offer a venue for the farming community to come together and support each other after a challenging harvest.  The events are organized by Northwestern Mental Health Center, Brenda Mack Consulting, H.O.P.E. Coalition, CHS, Inc., Adams Family Farms, and Brekken Family Farms. 

Crookston Community Education will have a Kids N Canvas Holiday Art Class for kids ages 6-13 on Saturday, December 14 from 10:30-noon at the Washington Elementary Cafeteria.   

The Crookston Eagles will have bar bingo Saturday, December 14 at 3:00 p.m., $400 must go.  Dinner will be served from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. with choice of Potato Dumplings for $10 or Walleye for $15.  Takeout is available. 

The Crookston Eagles will have a free Children’s Christmas Party Sunday, December 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. There will be crafts, cookies, games, and pictures with Santa.  Local Author Becky Cymbaluk will be signing her new book ‘Super Kena – A Girls Made Fierce with Hearing Aids’. Also enter for a chance to win a balloon sculpture and pick up your free bookmark or coloring sheet. 

The Crookston Lions will meet Monday, December 16 at 12:00 p.m. at Crookston Inn.

The Golden Link will have cards Monday, December 16 at 12:45 p.m., and Toys for Tots Christmas Wrapping at 1:00 p.m. 

The Crookston Park Board will meet Monday, December 16 at 4:45 p.m. at City Hall.

CHEDA will have a board meeting Tuesday, December 17 at 7:00 a.m. at Valley Technology Park.

The Polk County Commissioners will meet Tuesday, December 17 at 9:30 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Room at the Polk County Government Center. 

Hospice of the Red River Valley’s support group Grief Journeys for Adults will meet Tuesday, December 17 from 10:30 a.m. – noon at the Crookston Public Library.  This support group is for adults 18 years and older who have experienced a loss through death. 

The Golden Link will have cards Tuesday, December 17 at 12:45 p.m. 

Affordable Land Rent Seminars will be hosted by the University of Minnesota Extension on Thursday, December 17.  The first will be from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in UMC’s Youngquist Auditorium. The second from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Joe DiMaggio’s Restaurant in Red Lake Falls.  Topics will include local historical and projected farmland rental rate trends, current farm land values and sales, and a worksheet to help determine a fair and profitable rental agreement.  No pre-registration is necessary. 

The Crookston Public Library will have Cookie Decorating Tuesday, December 17 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Get in the holiday spirit and join library staff for a winter-themed storytime, followed by decorating cookies.  All ages are welcome, hot cocoa provided. 

RiverView Recovery Center is inviting the public to a presentation by Nate Espinoza about addiction.  As a pastor, and a person who identifies with long-term recovery, he understands the power of addiction. His message resonates well with those still struggling with the disease, as well as those who may thankfully find themselves in recovery.  The presentation will be Tuesday, December 17 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Crookston Care and Share. 

The Compassionate Friends of North Star will meet Tuesday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Charles Room at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Red Lake Falls.  All TCF members have lost a child, sibling or grandchild and continue to travel the long road this life-changing journey. Contact Mary Jo Schmitz 253-4160 or Kathy Stich 253-2272.  

The Crookston Planning Commission will meet Tuesday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.

Crookston Township will have a regular board meeting Wednesday, December 18 at 6:30 a.m. at Valley Technology Park.

The Golden Link will have a Board of Directors meeting Wednesday, December 18 at 9:00 a.m., cribbage at 9:30 a.m., and men’s cards at 10:00 a.m. 

The RiverView Health Diabetes Support Group, led by Darcey Larson, will be held Wednesday, December 18 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m in Meeting Room 2. For more information, call 218-281-9589.

The Crookston Baseball Association will meet Wednesday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Crookston Eagles.

The Fisher American Legion Wednesday Night Special for December 18 is a Hot Turkey Dinner with Stuffing for $8. 

RiverView Health will have a Collective Goods Sale on Wednesday and Thursday, December 18 and 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday, December 20 from 8:00 to 3:00 in Meeting Room 1. 

Crookston Boy Scout Troop #41 is doing a Holiday Fruit Basket Sale.  Small baskets are $20, medium baskets are $30, and large baskets are $40.  The baskets can be delivered within Crookston City Limits on Thursday, December 19 after 10:00 a.m. or picked up.  Basket pick up and same day orders will be Thursday, December 19 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church.  To order call/text Christi at 218-289-1696.

The Golden Link will have a TRIAD meeting Thursday, December 19 at 10:00 a.m., and free blood pressure checks at 11:30 a.m. 

The Climax Parish Food Shelf will be open Thursday, December 19 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The Golden Link will have coffee and rolls Friday, December 20 at 8:30 a.m., cribbage at 9:30 a.m., cards at 12:45 p.m., and an exercise class at 2:00 p.m. 

A Cakes and Carols Pancake Brunch Event for a Guatemala Mission Trip will be held at the Fertile Community Center on Sunday, December 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Free will donation. 

Winter Break begins December 23 for Crookston Public Schools. 

The Crookston Chamber Board of Directors will meet Monday, December 23 at 7:00 a.m. at Valley Technology Park.

The Crookston Lions will meet Monday, December 23 at 12:00 p.m. at Crookston Inn.

The Golden Link will have cards Monday, December 23 at 12:45 p.m., greeting cards at 1:00 p.m., and an exercise class at 2:00 p.m. 

Crookston City Council will meet Monday, December 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber. The Ways and Means committee will meet immediately following.

The Golden Link will be closed Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25. 

The Fisher American Legion will be closed Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25. 

Crookston City Hall will be closed Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25.

The Golden Link will have foot care Thursday, December 26 at 9:00 a.m., and cards at 12:45 p.m. 

The Golden Link will have coffee and roles Friday, December 27 at 8:30 a.m., and cribbage at 9:30 a.m. 

ECFE Pop In and Play,  for ages birth to kindergarten entrance, will be December 28  from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Washington School. Come play in the gym using equipment designed for young children. Class is free. 

The Crookston Lions will meet Monday, December 30 at 12:00 p.m. at Crookston Inn.

The Golden Link will have cards Monday, December 30 at 12:45 p.m. and an exercise class at 2:00 p.m. 

The Crookston Public Library will have a Harry Potter Breakout Puzzle Monday, December 30 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.  The sorcerer’s stone is missing. Solve the clues and find the codes to break into the locked box in this escape room style game.  For ages 7-12. 

Classes will resume at Crookston Public Schools on Thursday, January 2. 

Crookston Public Schools Early Childhood Screening will be held January 6 and 7.  The screening is a quick and simple check of how children are doing between the ages of three and four years. Children born before January 1, 2017, who have not yet been screened, will be eligible. If you didn’t not receive information about setting up an appointment for screening,  call 281-5078. 

There will be a Baby Sign and Early Literacy class for parents and caregivers of children ages birth to 2 years and 11 months on Tuesday, January 6  from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Crookston Public Library. Participants will learn basic baby signs and literacy tips to develop language through reading books. This is a free, one time class. Contact Lori Morgan at 218-281-5078. 

The free ECFE Unplug and Play for ages birth to kindergarten will be Tuesday, January 7 from 5:30 to 6:30 at Washington School gym. A variety of equipment will be available for children and their parents to enjoy and explore together.  

Crookston Public Schools will have early dismissal on Wednesday, January 8. 

The free ECFE Unplug and Play for ages birth to kindergarten will be Tuesday, January 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 at Washington School gym. A variety of equipment will be available for children and their parents to enjoy and explore together.  

Affordable Land Rent Seminars will be hosted by the University of Minnesota Extension on Wednesday, January 15.  The first will be from 1:300 to 3:00 p.m. in UMC’s Youngquist Auditorium. The second from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in UMC’s Bede Ballroom.  Topics will include local historical and projected farmland rental rate trends, current farm land values and sales, and a worksheet to help determine a fair and profitable rental agreement.  No pre-registration is necessary. 

There will be no school for Crookston Public Schools on Monday, January 20. 

Four out of five car seats are used incorrectly.  Could one of them be yours? Is your child’s safety seat on a recall list?  Come and we’ll check it out! Did you know that children up to 4’9” tall should be riding in a booster seat for the safest ride? Safe Kids, Altru Health System and Brost Chevrolet will partner to hold a car seat checkup Thursday, January 23 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Brost Chevrolet.  

.ECFE Pop In and Play,  for ages birth to kindergarten entrance, will be January 25  from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Washington School. Come play in the gym using equipment designed for young children. Class is free. 

The Crookston Civic Music League Entertainment Series will have a violinist Timothy Chooi concert on Thursday, January 30  at 7:00 at the Crookston High School Auditorium. Admission is by season ticket only. 

Buy your season ticket for the Crookston Civic Music League Entertainment Series 2019-2020. Concert admission is by season ticket only.  To print out a membership form click here- http://concertassociation.net/crookstonmn/membership_form.pdf  For more information on ticket prices and concert dates visit www.crookstoncivicmusicleague.com 

Due to the RiverView Health construction, the south entrance to the Altru Clinic parking lot will be closed effective until further notice. Please use Carroll Street to access the north entrance to the Altru Clinic parking lot.  Altru Clinic would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

It’s never too late to learn. Adult Basic Education hours are Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 218-277-7334 or email csander@nwservice.org.

The Golden Link serves home cooked from scratch lunch at noon on weekdays. All meals are $6 and come with veggies, bread, butter, milk, and dessert. Wine and beer can be purchased with your meal for $2 each. Please call before 10:00 a.m. for the noon meal. Call 281-3072

The Crookston Lions Club meets every Monday at noon at the Crookston Inn. 

The Crookston Public Library hosts baby bounce for ages birth to 2 years old the second and fourth Tuesday of every month October through May at 10:00 a.m. with songs, stories, flannel board, action poems for infants and toddlers plus their caregivers. Registration is not required.

Tai Chi Health will be offered every Monday (check the calendar on RiverView’s webpage at www.riverviewhealth.org for confirmation each week) from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the Education Room at the Home Care Building, 721 S. Minnesota St., Crookston. Please wear flat footwear and comfortable clothes. 

ECFE’s Unplug and Play for ages birth to Kindergarten entrance is held the first and second Tuesday of each month October through May from 5:30-6:30 at Washington School. A variety of equipment will be available. Class is free and registration is not required.

ECFE’s Pop In and Play for ages birth to Kindergarten entrance is the fourth Saturday of each month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. September through April at Washington School. Play in the gym using equipment designed for young children. Class is free and registration is not required. 

Fertile Library will host a knitting group each Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  All are welcome and the event is free of charge. 

The Crookston Public Library hosts WOW: What’s on Wednesday? the second Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. for children ages 7-12 with crafts, activities and more. 

JAM TIME, which stands for Jesus and Me, Together in Motion Every Day, is a new, non-denominational children’s ministry program to help kids dig into the Bible and grow their relationship with the Lord. The program will be Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Hope Church in Fertile, starting in October. All children, Pre-K through 6th grade, are invited to attend! Each night at JAM TIME, children will engage in a variety of small group and large group activities that reinforce a key Bible point and verse for the week. Join us for the kick-off event, “JAM Session”, on October 2nd! Learn more and print registration forms at hope4fertile.org/jamtime

Every Thursday at 10:30 a.m., preschool children and their caregivers are invited to Storytime at the Crookston Public Library. Each week, they’ll explore a different theme through stories, songs, finger plays, flannel board stories, and a craft. No pre-registration is required, but they ask childcare providers and other groups to call ahead to ensure there will be adequate supplies at 281-4522.

Riverview Health’s monthly Type 2 Diabetes Support Group meets the fourth Wednesday of every month from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at RiverView Health in Meeting Room 1.  The group is led by RiverView Dietitian Darcy Larson, RD, LD and Kelsey Billing, RN, BSN. The Type 2 meetings are open to anyone with Type 2 diabetes and their family members.  New members are always welcome.