Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Crookston JO Volleyball SPRING (March-May) Registration Night is tonight from 6-6:30 p.m., at Crookston High School, for Girls 5th through 11th grade. There will be a parent meeting and then registration following. This meeting is very important for you to attend. This year the 5th-11th grade are becoming sanctioned through North Country Region Volleyball and that paperwork needs to be completed ASAP for your daughter to participate in the spring. (It will be explained at the meeting what “sanctioned” means.) Also we need to determine the number of teams, which we will do based on numbers of participants. Information regarding practice and tournaments will be discussed this evening. This evening it will be discussed on how this works with other activities. Cost is $125.00 (plus $35.00 sanction fee) Family maximum of $200.00

A Crookston Public Schools Negotiations Committee Meeting with the Instructional Assistants will be held today at 3:30 p.m. in the District Office Conference Room Crookston High School No action will be taken at this meeting.

A Tri-Cities meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. tonight in the Imperial Room of the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls.

Eagles Auxiliary meets tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Eagles.

Dart League plays at the Eagles starting at 7:00 p.m. tonight.

The Fisher American Legion has Burger Night Specials and Prime Rib Sandwiches available tonight.

A Crookston Public Schools Policy Committee Meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 19th in the District Office Conference Room Crookston High School No action will be taken at this meeting.

The AARP Driver Safety Class will be held on Thursday, January 19th starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Link Center in Crookston. This is the 4-hour defensive driving refresher course for all drivers age 55 and older. Please call the Golden Link at 281-3072 to register.

A Defensive Driving refresher course is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 19th, at the State Farm Andy Oman Office 423 N Main St. Cost is $10, and the instructor is Suzie Coauette.

Bar Bingo will be played at the Eagles on Thursday, January 19th, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The Crookston Gun Club is holding their board and membership meeting on Thursday January 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the back meeting room at RBJ's. Discussion items will be office positions, the upcoming spring
banquet, updating email, and scoring program. All members are welcome to attend.

The next upcoming Chamber Membership Mixer will feature the Crookston Inn & Convention Center and their new menu as well as hors d’oeuvres, beer & wine. The event will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in North Shore Room on Thursday, January 19th. The Mixers are a ‘business after hours’ type networking event that is free and open to all chamber members and the community with a mission to foster a strong business network and an opportunity to connect.

A Chamber Membership Mixer will be held on Thursday, January 19th, 5:00 p.m. at the Crookston Inn & Convention Center.

Friday, January 20th is the deadline for local businesses to submit their information to be included in the visitor’s welcome packets Crookston's local figure skating club and the Convention and Visitor's Bureau are creating for the 2017 Midwestern & Pacific Coast Synchronized Sectional Championships. Teams from the Pacific Coast and Midwest will be staying in Crookston and using the CSC Arena for practice. They will be in Crookston January 25th thru 29th.  Please contact Stephanie Harbott at 281-4168 or the Crookston CVB office at 281-4320.

The Eagles will be closed for bar upgrades on Friday and Saturday, January 20th and 21st.

Climax Food Shelf, at the back of the Climax Library, will be open 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21st 

The annual Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest will be held at the Lafayette High School gym in Red Lake Falls on Sunday January 22.  The contest is open to all boys and girls ages 9-14.  The gym will be open at 12:30 for practice with the contest beginning at 1:00. A brief awards ceremony will follow.  Winners will receive a trophy and advance to the District Competition. 2nd and 3rd place medals will also be awarded. For a registration form, contact the school office in Plummer, Oklee, or Red Lake Falls, Hughes or Lafayette.  You can also fill out a form the day of the contest. For more information, call Steve Philion at 253-2499

Parks & Rec dance pictures can be picked up now at City Hall.

Christmas Trees will be collected by City crews through January. Place trees on the boulevard for collection.  No metal tree stands.

The CHS Drama Department will be performing “Ladies of the Tower,” a one act play by Tim Kelly. The performance will be held in the CHS auditorium on Monday, January 23rd at 5:30 p.m. Freewill donations will be accepted at the door.

The Crookston Mens Christian Fellowship will meet at noon, Tuesday Jan. 24 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

The speaker will be Allen Pederson.  Meal is by free will offering.

The University of Minnesota Crookston is hosting the 15th Annual Winter Job and Internship Fair on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Bede Ballroom in the Sargeant Student Center. Admission is free and no parking permits will be required during the job fair. Meet with representatives from more than 30 companies. The employers in attendance include: Altru Health, CHS Inc., Digi-Key, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, New Flyer, Peace Corps, U.S. Army, Wells Fargo, and many more. To view the complete list of prospective employers, visit The Annual Winter Job and Internship Fair is hosted by the Office of Career Development Department at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

The Fisher American Legion has Burger Night Specials and Reuben Sandwiches available on Wednesday, January 25th.

The Young Professionals will also meet next Thursday, January 26th for their after work Social event sponsored by Northern Sky Bank. Any and all are invited to attend these socials as local leaders hear from others about their career path and have the opportunity to meet and connect. Vice President Adam Maruska and Assistant Vice President Matt Hahn will present at the next event held at RBJ’s Restaurant from 5:30-7:00 pm.

Join the Lake Agassiz Regional Library for Hot Reads for Cold Nights, a winter reading program for adults. Read or listen to four or more books for a chance to win prizes! It's easy to join the fun! Pick up an entry form at your local library or participate online. Hot Reads for Cold Nights launched will run through February.

“An Introduction to Bird Identification: Birding by the Book and the App” workshop will be held on Thursday, January 26th at 6:30 p.m. at the Godel Memorial Library in Warren. Heidi Hughes, author of the Expert’s Guide to Backyard Birdfeeding, will talk about birdwatching and show you some of her favorite bird ID books and apps. If you have one, bring your favorite bird ID book – and your favorite app (on your laptop, tablet or smart phone). This program is free for adults and young people 14 years and older. Godel Memorial Library is at 314 East Johnson Ave in Warren. Call 218-745-5465 with any questions.

Villa St. Vincent is putting out the red carpet by sponsoring a fashion show on Friday, January 27th at the Crookston National Guard Armory. Social hour will be from 6-7:00 p.m. and will include hors d’oeuvres & a cash bar. The fashion show, “Attire to Inspire” begins @ 7:00 p.m. Local & area businesses will be modeling their fashionable/chic, clothing, merchandise & creative designs. Ticket prices: $25.00 in advance; $30.00 at the door. Proceeds will be used to create a spa-like atmosphere in the resident whirlpool bathing areas of the Villa.  Tickets may be purchased from 8:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. @ the Villa’s Business Office (located inside The SUMMIT main entrance), Montagues, Wonderful Life Foods, Erickson Embroidery/2nd Street Boutique & Rejuv’.

The University of Minnesota Crookston will host the 42nd annual Ag Arama on Friday and Saturday, January 27-28, 2017. This year’s Ag Arama is dedicated to Associate Professor Margot Rudstrom and the theme for the weekend is “Better in Boots.” Most of the Ag Arama activities take place on Saturday, January 28, in the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) located on the north edge of the campus. Everyone is invited to attend. Contests in agronomy, animal science, horticulture, agricultural business, and natural resources highlight the weekend. Coronation of the Ag Arama royalty takes place at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the presentation of specialty awards and the sweepstakes presentation. An alumni social will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Crookston Eagles followed by the Ag Arama Dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. also at the Crookston Eagles. Live music will be provided by Levi Pelzer. Admission is $10. Ag Arama is planned and operated by a committee of students advised by Terrill Bradford and Brenda Miller, who both teach in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department.

UMC will be hosting an Alumni Basketball Weekend January 27th-28th. All alumni and coaches are invited to warm up for the weekend on Friday evening watching a double header against Minnesota State University- Mankato. The women’s game begins at 6 p.m. and men’s at 8 p.m.  On Saturday,  pre-game social will be held at the Evergreen Grill from 2:30-4 p.m. Following the social is a double header against Concordia St. Paul with the women playing at 4 p.m. and the men at 6 p.m. Basketball alumni will be recognized during half time of each of the games. To conclude the weekend, a post-game social will be held at I.C Muggs, 1500 University Ave.

Save the date and plan to fill the weekend with memories and cheer on Golden Eagle Basketball. There will be a bookstore discount during the weekend and a commemorative gift for all returning alumni basketball players and coaches. For more information, contact Derek Martin in the alumni office at 218-281-8436.

Wandering Vine Ministries is offering an Enneagram Workshop on Saturday, January 28th from 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. Reverend Greg Isaacson will be the facilitator. Fee is $30 which includes the Workshop, one-hour Introductory Class with three options of attending on January 15, 17 or 22, the On-Line Inventory and lunch on the day of the workshop. The Enneagram is a personality type inventory used to raise self-awareness and God-awareness. You will learn about unhealthy stressors and ways to move into more positive choices and directions. For more information, call 281-4853.

A pancake fundraiser for Declan Leehan will be held on Saturday, January 28th from 8-10:00 a.m. at the Ground Round in Grand Forks. Declan is a 17-month old boy who was recently diagnosed with AT/RT, a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer. Tickets can be purchased at the Ground Round the morning of the fundraiser for $10. Declan is the son of Drew and Lyndsey Leehan, and grandson to Ken and Rachel Van Eps.

You are invited to a pancake breakfast on Sunday, January 29th to support Cathedral School. Breakfast will kick off Catholic Schools week and will be held in the Cathedral dining room from 9-11:30 a.m, with a free will offering. All are welcome to attend.

It’s Cathedral School Mardi Gras time! Get your tickets for the school's largest fundraiser to be held on Saturday Feb. 4th.  A night out of games, chances to win money & prizes with meal and drinks included. Call the school office at 281-1835.

Beat the winter blues by roller skating at the Climax Community Center from 1-3 p.m. February 5th and March 5th. 4-H will have concessions available.

Come out and meet some of Crookston’s Community Heroes In Action at the Crookston Public Library on Tuesday, February 7th from 6-7:30 p.m. Meet some of Crookston’s Community Heroes, take part in fun activities, and talk to and learn about these local heroes.

The Polk County Museum is selling two different picture themed calendars as a fundraiser. The Museum calendar has pictures of small villages and the Carnegie calendar has Carnegie related pictures. Cost is $15 each and can be purchased at Montague’s Flower Shop, Crookston Floral and the Crookston Chamber of Commerce.  Proceeds will go to the Polk County Museum and the restoration of the Carnegie Building.

Women's Basketball Scrimmages for any women out of high school are on Sundays at 4p.m. @ CHS.  For more information, contact Leah Kent at or at CHS 218-281-2144

The next Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament is scheduled for February 4, 2017, at Zippel Bay Resort in Williams, Minn. Upcoming golf tournaments include the Mark Olsonawski Golf Tournament on June 22, 2017, at Two Rivers Golf Course in Hallock, MN, and the UMC Teambackers Golf Classic on July 14, 2017, at Minakwa Golf Course in Crookston, Minn.

February 14th is the deadline to register your reservation for the Annual Crookston-Area Reunion at View Point Resort/Terrace Green, 650 North Hawes Road, Mesa, AZ. Cost is $22 per person for reservations received by Feb. 14th. Please mail reply, email address and check to Leigh Murphy, 17433 E. Via Del Oro, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268. Call 507-254-1258 with questions.

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