Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Buy your tickets now for the Crookston Eagles Annual New Year’s Eve Champagne Dinner. Cost is $25 per person for the prime rib or walleye supper, with entertainment to follow. Get your reservations in early to get the dinner time slot that works for you, stop in or call 281-3881.

The American Legion Auxiliary Nels T Wold Unit 20 invites the community to go shopping for our Veterans.  The St Cloud Veterans Administration Health Care System is in dire need of NEW clothing for Veterans receiving care at their site. The distribution room needs: T-shirts size M/L/XL and up; boxer briefs size M/L/XL and up; coats, hooded sweatshirts, sweat pants, and jeans in all sizes. The VFW has agreed to be the collection site, and will take donations until Thursday, December 14th.  No used items will be accepted.  Thank you for your support.

The Golden Link will have a foot care clinic at 9:00 a.m. today.

The final CHS Northwest Grain Annual meeting will be at 10:00 a.m. today in the Imperial Room at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. A lunch will follow.

Tri-Valley Opportunity Council and Rebecca Schueller Training & Consulting are pleased to announce Grantwriting Readiness:  A Workshop to Build Agency Capacity scheduled for today, or again on Thurs., Dec. 14, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council main offices. Your registration fee of $150.00 per person, or $225.00 for a 2-person team from the same agency, includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and all materials. To register, contact

Dave Boyer will perform a concert of Christmas season music tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Hope Evangelical Covenant Church, 1601 17th Ave., S. in Grand Forks. All proceeds from the free will offering collected will benefit the Northlands Rescue Mission.

The Fisher American Legion & SAL will meet tonight 7:00 p.m.

Crookston Chapter No. 137, Order of the Eastern Star will meet tonight at the Masonic Lodge at 7:30 p.m. A Pizza supper will precede the meeting at 6:30.  Members are reminded to bring cookies to share for the members and for our shut-ins.

The Golden Link Annual Christmas Party will be held on Wednesday, December 13th, and will feature a dinner of Swedish meatballs, potatoes, veggies, salad and dessert. Free bingo will follow the meal, with prizes for everyone. The party is open to all members. Call 281-3072 to register.

Wednesday, December 13th is 2W/RE day at Crookston Public Schools. Classes dismiss at noon.

Crookston Eagles is hosting a Meatball Dinner on Wednesday, December 13th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This is a fundraiser for CHS students traveling to Europe.

A JO (Junior Olympic) Volleyball Parent Meeting for 5th through 11 grade, for the upcoming February to May spring season will be held on Wednesday, December 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the CHS Commons. Parents need to attend to fill out paperwork and get information on tryouts.

The Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, December 13th is Beef Stew for $6.00.

A Defensive Drivers Refresher Course will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 14th at State Farm Office, 423 N Main St, in Crookston. Cost is $10, and the instructor is Suzie Coauette. Call 281-3643 to register.

Order your fruit baskets now during Crookston’s Troop #41 Boy Scout Holiday Fruit Basket Sale! Small baskets are $20, large baskets are $30. Baskets can be picked up at Trinity Lutheran Church Friday, December 22nd from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Basket delivery will be Saturday, December 23rd after 10:00 a.m.  Free delivery in Crookston city limits.  To order, call Myron at 218-280-7262.

Rydell and Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) will be hosting their 3rd Annual Christmas Bird Count on Thursday, December 14th. Participants should meet at the Rydell NWR Visitor Center at 8:00am for coffee and a brief meeting. Bring binoculars and a bird book if you have them. If not, we’ll have some on hand for visitor use. Counting will take place within a 15-mile diameter circle that stretches from Erskine west to the center of Glacial Ridge NWR. Participants can count from a vehicle or on foot, depending on their preference and the weather conditions that day. If you have questions or need more information on the count, call Ben Walker at 218-687-2229 x12.

The American Legion Auxiliary Nels T Wold, Unit 20 will meet Thursday, December 14th at 5:30 in Meeting Room #2 at RiverView Health.  Please use the north entrance, and it is the first door on the left.  This is also the last day to leave donations for the St. Cloud Veterans Administration Health Care System. 

Each month RiverView Health offers two CPR classes: one for those needing certification and the other for those just seeking knowledge. The next classes will be held Thursday, December 14th at 6 pm in the Minnesota Room of RiverView Health, 323 S. Minnesota Street, Crookston. RiverView’s HeartSaver CPR AED class is offered for those needing certification. The cost of the course is $45, this includes the HeartSaver CPR AED eCard and book. This class is 4 hours long with a test at the end of the session. The other CPR class offered at RiverView monthly is the Friends and Family course for those that do not need certification. No test or card is issued for this course. Each participant receives a Friends and Family CPR book. This course is free of charge thanks to the generous support of the Crookston American Legion Post 20. The course contains basic information about what to do in life-threatening situations, and is designed for participants of all ages. This class is 4 hours long. Registration is required by calling 800-743-6551 extension 9405 or 218-281-9405.

The Climax-Shelly School Elementary and High School Christmas Concert will be held on Thursday, December 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the school. All students are encouraged to dress in fun, festive clothing, so pull out your ugly sweaters, fun winter dresses and Christmas ties. The 1st-6th graders will also be putting on “The Great Big Holiday Bake Off.”

Crookston Eagles has Bar Bingo starting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 14th.

Helpers are needed at the Crookston National Guard Armory on Friday, December 15th at 6:00 p.m. to pack Crookston Christmas Food baskets and on Saturday, December 16th starting at 8:30 a.m. to begin delivery.

From now through Friday, December 15th, the East Grand Forks Police and Fire Departments, in association with Polk County Social Services and the Iron Pig’s Motorcycle Club, are asking for new, unwrapped gifts for kids 16 years and younger. All gifts will be distributed to children in the East Grand Forks community. Donations may be dropped off at the EGF Police Department or the EGF Fire Department. Cash or check donations are also accepted at both locations. Any donation this holiday season is greatly appreciated!

The Fisher American Legion is serving Ribeye Steak, Walleye or Shrimp Dinner choices on Friday, December 15th.

Saturday, December 16th is the date set for the 46th annual Crookston Christmas Bird Count. The birders will meet at RBJ’s Restaurant at 7:00 am on Saturday the 16th for breakfast and prepare the groups for the morning counting, then gather for lunch at Arby’s at noon to compare sightings and divide Crookston for the afternoon count. There is no charge to participate. If you want more information or have an interest in helping with the count, please contact Tom Feiro, volunteer compiler, at 281-5515 (home) or 218-521-0223 (cell).

Pop in and play in the gym every third Saturday! “Pop in and Play,” for kids ages birth to Kindergarten entrance, will be held on Saturday, December 16th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Washington School Ages: You and your child can come and play in the gym using equipment designed for young children. Come expecting to have lots of fun making wonderful memories with your child. This class is free.

Crookston Eagles has Bar Bingo at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 16th. There will be no dinner that evening, due to a private party.

Crookston’s Community Stable Services will be held on Saturday, December 16th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 17th at 2:00 p.m. at the UMC UTOC Indoor Arena. It is a nondenominational service and is a creative reenactment of the Christmas Story with live animals, actors and artists, Community Choir, Bell Choir and music ensembles. A free will offering will be taken to cover expenses. Tri-Valley will offer free rides from the UMC parking lot to the UTOC doors for the service.

The Crookston Eagles Kids Christmas Party will be held from 1-3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 17th at the Eagles. All kids are invited to come and see Santa, play games and make crafts.

Join your friends in Red Lake Falls for the Historic Train Lighting & “Holly Dazzle” Event on Sunday, December 17th from 5-7:00 p.m. Train Lighting will be at the Gazebo/Riverside Park Area at 5:30 p.m., and BBQs, chips, cookies, hot chocolate and more will be available at the American Legion from 5:30-7:00. While you’re there, check out the drawings for Christmas Baskets, Tools, Gas Cards, Decorations and other surprises. Santa will be there for the kids, too!

The Fisher American Legion will be open on Sunday, December 17th from 11:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the Vikings football game.

The Itasca State Park Winter Bird Count will be held on Monday, December 18, 2017, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Lobby between 7:30 and 8 a.m. for assignment of count areas. The entire program is held outdoors. Dress warmly for outdoor winter conditions. Bring your lunch if staying for the entire day. The group will gather at the visitor center at Noon for a lunch break. For questions and further details, call 218-699-7259. If weather is bad, the alternate date will be Tuesday, December 19. Check with the park to confirm.


Stop by RiverView Clinic Red Lake Falls for some holiday cheer Monday, Dec. 18th from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Visit with the staff, enjoy goodies and sign up for a door prize. Happy holidays from RiverView Clinic Red Lake Falls!

The final Toys for Tots Christmas gift wrapping date is Monday, December 18th at 1:00 p.m. at the Golden Link.

RiverView Rehab Services will offer free developmental screenings for children birth through age six on Monday, Dec. 18th from 4-6 pm, at RiverView Clinic East Grand Forks, 1428 Central Ave. NE. Developmental screenings are simple and easy checkups. Physical, occupational, and speech therapists will screen all areas of development, including but not limited to Gross Motor Skills, Speech/Language, Self Help Skills, Fine Motor Skills, and Social Skills. Flu shots will also be available at the screening, and a Sensory Santa will be on hand for children who prefer a quieter visit with Old Saint Nick. To schedule an appointment for a free screening, call 218-773-1390.

The Golden Link will be showing the free movie, “Elf,” on Wednesday, December 20th at 1:30 p.m. Popcorn, cookies and beverages will be available.

The Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, December 20th is a Patty Melt for $6.50

Climax Food Shelf will be open on Thursday, December 21st. Please come to the back of the Climax Library from 3-5:00 p.m.

A Blue Christmas Service will be Thursday, December 21st at 7:00 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church in Crookston, presented as a ministry of Wesley United Methodist and First Presbyterian Church. This is a service of healing and hope for those for whom the Christmas Season can be a struggle and for those who support them. Leaders are Pastors Michelle Miller and Elise Pokel and MaryJane-Kurpius Brock.

Crookston Public Schools will be closed for Christmas Vacation December 22nd – January 1st.

Alumni of CHS, Cathedral and The Mount are invited to take part in the Hockey Alumni Scrimmages on Saturday, December 23rd at the Crookston Sports Center. Cost is $10, which includes a social and dance (Johnny Holm Band) at the Eagles Club from 9:00 pm – 1:00 am. Register online at, or mail checks (payable to “Pirate Hockey”) to Steve Biermaier, P.O. Box 496, Crookston, MN 56716. Proceeds go toward the CHS Pirate Hockey Program.

A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held on Sunday, December 24th at Wesley United Methodist Church in Crookston. All are welcome.

The Fisher American Legion will be closed on Monday, December 25th for Christmas.

The Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, December 27th is Chicken Wings and Coleslaw for $6.00

The Fisher American Legion will be open on Sunday, December 31st from 11:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the Vikings football game.

The State of Minnesota encourages families to go through screening before entering Kindergarten.  Who should attend?  Children who are 3 years old by January 1, 2018 or 4 and 5 year olds who have not been screened before should come to screening.  Screening days are Monday, January 8th, Tuesday, January 9th, or Thursday, January 11th from 8-4 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.   Please call 281-5078 to register.

The 2018 Annual Knights of Columbus free throw championship contest will be held on Sunday, January 14th at the Crookston High School gym. The contest is for boys and girls ages 9 to 14 years old. Students from Crookston and surrounding communities are encouraged to participate. Registration will be on the day of shooting from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and shooting to start at 1:00 p.m. There is no cost to participate. Participation certificates and first place medallions will be handed out after competition. The first place winners will then go on to participate in the district level. The place and time of the district level competition will be announced after the local free throw contest. The Knights of Columbus Local council 1216 in Crookston will run the competition.

The Golden Link Annual Membership Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17th. If you would like to serve on the Board of Directors, or know someone who is interested, please contact Rand Hughes (President) at 281-6264. Dues must be paid to attend the meeting.

Please note: Altru in Fertile will now be closed on Mondays instead of on Wednesdays.

The new Polk County Sheriff’s Office East Sub-Station is located at 223 N. Omland Ave. Suite A, in Fosston. Contact phone number for Polk County Dispatch will still be 218-435-6611. This office will be utilized by Patrol, Investigations and Administration throughout the day and night. The Fosston contract Deputies will still be working their day shifts out of the Fosston City Hall Sheriff’s Office. There is a phone in the front lobby at the new office to call directly to Polk County Dispatch. If you have an emergency, call 911.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will now be utilizing an auto-attendant system to direct incoming non-emergency calls. The auto-attendant will be used Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. only. Incoming calls to the Sheriff’s Office after 4:30 p.m., on weekends and holidays, will go directly to dispatch. When you dial 218-281-0431 you will hear a menu of three options to pick from. Your call will be forwarded based on the option you select. Should you encounter any problems with your daytime calls into the Sheriff’s Office, please do not hesitate to contact Polk County Sheriff Barb Erdman or Chief Deputy Jim Tadman.

Children and their caregivers can enjoy Storytime every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Crookston Library. Explore a different theme through stories, songs, finger plays, flannel board stories and/or a craft. Childcare providers and other groups are asked to call ahead to ensure there will be adequate supplies.

Crookston Adult Basic Education classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to Noon, and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Stop in at the classroom at 2015 Sahlstrom Drive (in the DEED office next to the former Cherry Berry restaurant) or call today (218-277-7334) to get started.

Baby Bounce is held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Crookston Public Library. The program is geared for children through age two.

Parents of pre-kindergarten children, including infants, are invited to join 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, a new program encouraging parents to read to their children 1,000 times before they enter kindergarten. To participate: visit a LARL library location to sign up for the program, pick up reading logs and a book bag, begin reading!, when you complete a log, bring it to the library for a sticker, and when you’ve read all 1,000 books, visit the library to celebrate completing the program. The program runs about a half hour followed by playtime and chatting with other caregivers. To learn more about 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, call 281-4522.

RSVP of the RRV is offering 31 volunteer-led exercise classes for seniors to improve balance and strength, remain independent and have more energy. The classes will be held for one hour twice a week. Call RSVP at 281-8289 for more information.

Altru Clinic in Crookston now offers a walk-in clinic and early morning hours, Monday through Friday beginning at 7 a.m. No appointments necessary. The walk-in clinic and early morning hours will provide care for minor illnesses and injury such as flu, strep throat, sprains, strains, seasonal allergies, and more. Patients of all ages can now conveniently walk-in beginning at 7 a.m. to receive the care they need, close to home. Patients can still call for an appointment during daytime hours of Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call 218.281.9100 or visit


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