Thursday, July 31 , 2014

Crookston city crews would appreciate if residents would not park their vehicles in front of the brush/branch piles from 7:30 A.M. to 5 P.M. to allow for proper cleanup.

Trinity Lutheran Church’s Annual Senior Citizens Picnic at Trinity Point is 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. today. Tri-Valley Bus pick-up begins at 9:00 a.m. at: The Summit, Broadway Apartments, Nimens-Espegaard Apartments, Golden Link, Oak Court and Summerfield Apartments on Woodland Ave. The last stop is at the Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot at the East entrance.

Wesley United Methodist Church’s Salad Luncheon is 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today. Take-outs available, call 281-3393.

RiverView Health’s Noon Luncheon is noon today in meeting room one. Topic is “Pediatric Immunizations” with Meghan Updike. Buy a bag lunch for $3. Register by calling 281-9745.

Open House Retirement celebration for Karen Boll will be at Erickson Dental 4:00 to 6:00 today.

Bar Bingo is at 7:00 tonight at the Crookston Eagles.

Crookston Parks and Rec’s 10th  annual Take a Kid Fishing Day for boys and girls 9 to 15 years old is Friday. They will go to Polk County Park on Maple Lake. Lunch provided by the Polk County Farm Bureau.  Kids must register. Event is FREE.  Adult supervision.  Register and fill out a permission slip at City Hall by July 31st .

Recovery Worship, an ecumenical service focused on the community faith, is 7:00 p.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church with Tim Denney of the Northwestern Mental Health Center sharing the message. All are welcome.  Stay for coffee and goodies and fellowship.

Altru Clinic in Crookston hosts Community Wellness connection on Monday, August 4 from 5:30 to 6:30 in the conference room at the clinic.  A 30 minute presentation on vaccines-myths vs facts followed by questions by Dr. Makarem of internal medicine.  Register by calling 281-9100 for the free presentation.

Polk County Soybean and Corn Growers Association and the University of Minnesota Extension will host the 2014 Soybean-Corn Plot Tours 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 5th in Sherack. Go to the MN Soybean website at or MN Wheat website at for more locations and field directions.

RiverView Health is offering Sports physicals at RiverView’s North Clinic Aug. 5th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm. To make an appointment, please call 218-281-9595.

The Crookston City Burn and Compost site is open through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Friday from 8 to 12 and Saturday 9 to 3.  The site will be manned by city staff.

Crookston City crews have been busy cleaning up large trees and branches from boulevards. Please place any remaining small twigs and branches in boxes or bags to allow for easier and more timely collection.

St. Peter’s Catholic Church Centennial Committee is having a “General Church Cleaning”.  Anyone available to help clean, be at the church at 9:00 am Saturday.

Marilyn LeBlanc 80th-birthday open house will be Saturday 3-6 p.m. at the farm. All are welcome. No gifts please. 

Lou Nelson’s 90th-birthday open house will be Sunday 2-4 pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 1214 University Ave., Crookston.

Rydell National Wildlife Refuge trails are closed to the public during the trail improvement project now through August 3.  Heavy equipment will be working on the trails.

Crookston varsity football practice will start Aug 4th at 8:00 am at the Crookston High School. Equipment handout will be Aug 1st from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the blue shed.

Filings for the Crookston City Council are open and will close on Tuesday, August 12th . Filing fee is $2 at city hall.  Positions open to apply for are mayor and  council members Hector Santellanes, Dana Johnson, Tom Vedbraaten  and at large member Bob Quanrud for Wards 2,4, and 6 and the at large position.   Terms are for four years.

Filings for the Crookston School District are open and will close on Tuesday, August 12. Three members are up for election for a four year term.  They are Keith Bakken, Tim Dufault and Adrianne Winger.  Filing fee is $2 at the district office at door ten on the east side of the high school.

Filings for the city of Fisher are open for a two year term of Mayor, two city council members for 4 year term and special election for one city council member two year term.  Filings close on August 12 and can be done at the office at the high school for a $2 fee.

Polk County Historical Society will host “Minnesota On the Map”, a traveling exhibit at the Carnegie Building on Ash Street in Crookston on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 until September 29.  Free and open to all.

RiverView Health will host a first aid training course on Thursday, August 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. in meeting room 4.  Cost of class for book and card is $45.  Register by calling 281-9405.

City of Crookston is looking for property owners in Ward 4 who are interested in rehabilitating their home, commercial or residential rental properties through a grant rehab program.   If there is sufficient interest the city will submit an application to the Small Cities Development Program. Call Tina Trostad at 281-1232 at city hall for a form.

Crookston Parks and Recreation is looking for current and potential curlers interested in being part of their second season. Call 281-1242 or e-mail and give them your name and e-mail address.

The 4th Annual Little Miss Crookston Pageant and Junior Miss Crookston is looking for contestants.  Entry fee is $30. Contact Erin Thode for rules and applications at 218-280-7711 or The pageant is Sunday, August 10th.

Crookston Public Schools “Welcome back to School” registration date has been changed from August 14 to Thursday, August 21 due to the construction project at the high school.  Hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the high school commons area.

DNR firearms safety training at the Crookston Gun Club starts on August 26 at 7 p.m.  This training is for anyone 11 and older,  Youth hunters and those planning on hunting out of state are required to have a firearm safety training certificate,  For information and registration contact Steve Videen at 218-289-2115.

St. Hilaire railroad crossing detour has begun on County Road 3 adjacent to Highway 32. You will experience a detour of the St. Hilaire railroad crossing through the week. Motorists will be directed onto County Highway 12 and then east to Highway 7, then south on Highway 32 to St. Hilaire.

Back to School supply project sponsored by the Catholic Daughters for the Cathedral Elementary school and other local Crookston schools.  The drive is in conjunction with the Salvation Army, Crookston Rotary bus project, Care and Share, etc.  Items needs are durable backpacks, big erasers, markers, crayons, highlighters, school glue, school boxes,  glue sticks, dry erase markers, scissors, colored pencils,  pencil sharpeners,  300 count tissues,  socks, t-shirts and underwear.  Cash donations can be sent to Box 454 Crookston or leave supplies in containers at the Cathedral, St. Peter’s in Gentilly, St. Mary’s in Euclid and Crookston National Bank starting August 1.  Anyone can participate and if you have questions or pickup is needed contact Margee Keller at 281-6421 or Jean Lajesse at 281-6706.

The Crookston Swimming pool remains closed due to construction and repairs.


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