Monday, February 20, 2017

Kids 12 and under eat free at the Hotdish Cook-off and Family Fun Night, February 23, from 5 to 8pm at the American Legion.  Proceeds go to help restore the old Cathedral into a Community Center.  Tickets are $7 in advance and can be bought at the Chamber, or online on the Facebook site, "Crookston Cathedral."  Samples of hotdishes from local restaurants will be served from 5 to 7pm and lots of family board games will be provided and the fun goes on until 8pm.  You are the judge at this event, and award plaques will be given to the restaurants winning first, second, third, and most healthy hotdish.  Hotdishes and Community Centers are an American tradition and we hope to make this an annual competition, so tell your friends, bring your families, and help us make the "Young at Hart Center" in the old Cathedral a reality!

Join your friends at the Eagles on Monday, February 20th for Burger Night starting at 5:30 p.m., and smear at 7:00 p.m.

Altru Clinic in Crookston will host Living Well with Diabetes: a team based support group for patients/families on Monday, February 20th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in its conference room.  This month’s session is focused on Emotional/Mental Health & Diabetes, presented Alanna Strom, from Northwestern Mental Health Center. 

The Catholic Daughters Court Bishop Schenk #2010 will meet Monday, February 20th at St. Peter’s in Gentilly. We will begin with a light meal at 5:30 followed by the meeting at 6:00. Crookston members will meet in the East parking lot of the Cathedral at 4:45 to ride share. If you have any questions, please call Jean LaJesse at 281-6706 or Margee Keller at 281-6421. Also, if you have not paid your dues, please submit them to Dolores Zammert.

Garbage Collection for Monday, February 20th (Presidents’ Day) will be collected on Tuesday, February 21st.  Tuesday’s garbage collection will remain the same.  

The Polk County Transfer Station will be open only 7 a.m. to noon on Presidents' Day, there will be no aluminum can buy-back today.

City Hall will be closed on Monday, February 20th in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Eagles Aerie will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21 at the Eagles.

Crookston Design Squad is a series of community education classes that will be held February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, and April 4 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at CHS Room A173. This class is geared toward for students in grades 6-8, with the objective of building a glider that can fly the furthest.  Participants will work in teams to design, build, and test glider models.  Using a computer simulation, participants will create and test their ideas. Once a design has been decided, participants will print out and build their glider model to test in flight. For more information call Barb Jorgenson at 281-5078

On Wednesday, February 22nd, Glacial Ridge NWR staff will hold a public scoping meeting related to the planned update of the Refuge's Hunting Plan. Glacial Ridge NWR's original Hunt Plan was completed in 2005. We want the public's input on what they envision as the future of hunting on America's 545th national wildlife refuge. In informal "open house" meeting will take place in the Sunset Room of the Crookston Library from 4:30pm - 7:30pm on February 22nd. For more information, contact Refuge Manager, Gregg Knutsen at 218-687-2229 x16 or

The Golden Link is showing the movie, “Dark Horse” on Wednesday, February 22nd at 1:00 p.m.

RiverView Health’s monthly Type 2 diabetes support group will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 22nd  from 5-6:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 1 of RiverView Health, 323 S. Minnesota Street, Crookston. The group is led by RiverView Dietitian Darcey Larsen, RD LD, and Health Coach Kelsey Billing, RN, BSN.  The Type 2 meetings are free and open to anyone with Type 2 diabetes and their family members. New members are always welcome. In 2017 the group will meet on the following Wednesdays:  February 22, March 22, April 26, May 24, June 28, July 26, August 23, September 27,  and October 25. For more information, call Larsen at 281-9589.

A community discussion will be held on Wednesday, February 22nd from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Crookston High School to increase the awareness of the topic of opioid use/abuse and build on our community efforts to address this reality in our region. This FREE community forum will feature FADED, a 45-minute local documentary produced by MeiLi Smith that follows four families impacted by prescription drugs, heroin and synthetic fentanyl. This viewing will be followed by presentations from panel experts and a time for questions and a community conversation with our experts representing the courts, healthcare, mental health, public health and law enforcement. Please spread the word to your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors and fellow community members. (Some language and content may not be suitable for all ages; however we are encouraging parents to attend with their junior high/senior high youth.) 

Dart League plays at the Eagles beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22nd.

Join your friends on Wednesday, February 22nd for Burger Night specials or chicken wings with coleslaw at the Fisher American Legion.

The following adult Chinese cooking classes will be held at the high school room D110: Thursday, February 23, 2017 6-8pm - Fish-flavored shredded beef & sweet dumplings/glutinous rice dumplings 

Thursday, March 23, 2017 6-8pm - Steamed prawns with garlic fans & sweet potato in hot toffee

Thursday, April 20, 2017 6-8pm - Steamed spareribs with rice flour & chinese salad 

Thursday, May 18, 2017 6-8pm - Steamed glutinous rice meatballs & scrambled egg with tomato

Please bring your own container (steamer if needed).  Please call Barb at 281-5078 to register.

Join your friends at the Eagles at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 23rd for Bar Bingo.

The RiverView Auxiliary is hosting a blood drive at RiverView Health on Friday, February 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Meeting Room #4.  Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.  If you donate blood during the month of February, United Blood Services will enter you in a drawing to win a $500 travel voucher! Please consider donating and saving a life. To schedule an appointment contact Kari Moe at 281-9211 or

The Crookston Lions are hosting a Trivia Night at the American Legion on Saturday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m.. Cost is $10 per person, and proceeds go to help fund local Lions projects.

There will be no Bingo or Aerie Dinner at the Eagles on Saturday, February 25th, due to the Camp Confidence Dinner and Extravaganza scheduled for that day.  

Get your tickets now for the 3rd Annual Crookston Eagles Camp Confidence Extravaganza to be held on Saturday, February 25th. Only 200 tickets are available at $50 each. In return you get a $50 Reeds Gift Card to be used either online or at Reeds Sporting Goods in Walker, MN, and dinner. Cocktail hour & raffle sales begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Crookston Eagles Club, and chicken and ribs will be served at 7:00 p.m. The raffle includes a large variety of sporting goods & rifles. There is a separate gun raffle, ladies’ raffle and cash raffle. Reeds will have a licensed federal firearms representative at the Eagles so you can take your guns home with you that night! Close to $20,000 in raffle prizes! Tickets are available at the Crookston Eagles Club. Camp Confidence hosts people with disabilities from all over the state including Crookston and area kids. If you would like to read more about Camp Confidence, please check out their Facebook page.

Wind up February Fitness Fever on a high note at the UMC Wellness Center on Sunday, February 26th, from 1-3:00 p.m. Free use of the spin bikes, obstacle course, walking track, and Tae Kwon Do class will be available. Parking is available in the Kiehle parking lot. Tri-Valley is offering free transportation to all of the Fitness Fever events. Please call 1-800-201-3432 by 4:30 p.m. on the Friday before the event to schedule. The final return trip home from the event will be at 2:30 p.m.

Join your friends at the Eagles on Monday, February 27th for afternoon smear and Burger Night starting at 5:30 p.m.

The Golden Link is hosting a day trip to the Shooting Star Casino on Tuesday, February 28th. Cost is $25. Call 281-3072 for more information.

The annual Extension Drainage Design Workshop will be held at the Grand Forks County Office Building in Grand Forks, ND March 2 – 3. The 2-day workshop starts at 8:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. on day two. The workshop will focus on planning and design of agricultural tile drainage systems to meet both profitability and environmental objectives. The course content is taught in a hands-on manner with lots of discussion time.

The workshop is intended for those interested in a more complete understanding of the planning and design principles and practices for drainage and water table management systems, including:  farmers, landowners, consultants, drainage contractors, government agency staff and water resource managers. Planning topics include: legal aspects, basics of drainable soils, agronomic perspectives, doing your own tiling, land evaluation tools, wetlands, and conservation drainage concepts and techniques. The design topics begin with basic design considerations and progress through individual small team projects, with several hands-on problem-solving examples covering basic design and layout principles, water flow calculations, drain spacing, sizing, and grades. Participants are encouraged to bring information for their own fields, and any computers they are using for design, so they can work on their own projects during exercises. Registration for the workshops is now available at:  The registration price is $300, and is limited to about 50 participants. Due to seating limitations, on-site registration will not be available on the day of the event.

Make plans to attend the series of International Dinners held in Bede Ballroom at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 20, 27 and April 5th.  The March 6 event is “Life Happens Here in Bangladesh.” Imran will speak about business relationships, the culture and will surprise you with unknown enterprises. UMC students help prepare the authentic meals, and the UMC Music Department will be featured at each event. Cost for the March meals is $20/adult, $15/student individual tickets. The series ticket cost is $80/adult and $60/student.

The Crookston Gun Show will be held Saturday March 18th from 9:00 to 5:00 and Sunday, March 19th from 9:00 to 3:30 at the Crookston National Guard Armory. Admission is $5. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult are free.

Plan to attend the Kiwanis’ celebration of their new chartered club at the high school for 7th & 8th grade students on Thursday, March 23rd at 5:30 p.m. in the CHS Commons. A short program along with the Kiwanis sponsored CHS Helping Hands Builders Club banner will be presented along with membership pins. The meal will include a sloppy joe supper with cake. Students, parents, Kiwanis members and area leaders are invited to the event. 

There will be a Weekend Scuba Class instructed by Mick's Scuba for ages 10 - Adult on Friday, April 7 (6-10pm), Saturday, April 8 (8am-8pm), and Sunday, April 9 (8am-4pm) at the Crookston Pool, 320 E. 4th Street.  Registration fee is $195 (made payable to Community Ed).   Students will need to purchase the student crew pack for $85.  Call Barb at the Community Education office at 218-281-5078 for details.

DNR Hunter Safety Training classes will be held at the Crookston Gun Club in May. Youth hunters and those planning on hunting out of state are required to have a Firearm Safety Training Certificate. Register early, there’s a limit of 36 students per class. For more information and registration, contact Steve Videen at 218-289-2115.

The Monday, March 20th International Dinner, set for 6:00 p.m. in Bede Ballroom at UMC, will feature “South Africa the Rainbow Nation.” There is more to the country than lions and elephants! Learn more about this diverse area of the world. Speakers for the event are Scott Pearce and Diane Cilengi. UMC students help prepare the authentic meals, and the UMC Music Department will be featured at each event. Cost for the March meals is $20/adult, $15/student individual tickets. The series ticket cost is $80/adult and $60/student.

The Monday, March 27th International Dinner, set for 6:00 p.m. in the Bede Ballroom at UMC, will feature “Mongolia, Land of the Eternal Blue Sky.” Join in learning about “ger,” nomadic culture and how horses are part of this amazing culture. Presenter is Urangoo Battulga. UMC students help prepare the authentic meals, and the UMC Music Department will be featured at each event. Cost for the March meals is $20/adult, $15/student individual tickets. The series ticket cost is $80/adult and $60/student.

The Multicultural International Club at UMC invites you to experience an unforgettable event at the final International Dinner, set for 6:00 p.m. in Bede Ballroom on Monday, April 5th. Bells, cultural dances, vocals and instrumentalists from all over the world will showcase their talent for the greater community. UMC students help prepare the authentic meals, and the UMC Music Department will be featured at each event. Join us at 5:00 p.m. for demonstrations, table displays and entertainment as students dazzle their way into your hearts. Cost for the final series meal is $25/adult, $20/student individual tickets.

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