Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Knife River Materials has begun working on street improvement projects in Crookston, including the following: S Main St. from 3rd Ave. to Old TH 75; S Front St. from 3rd Ave. to Newton Ave.; N Broadway from E 6th St. to E 7th St.; N Broadway from 4th Ave. N to 6th Ave. N; Campbell Road from Fairfax Ave. to Adams St.; Twin Drive from Campbell Rd. to Adams St.; Johnson Place from Radisson Rd. to N Front St.; and Mult-Use Trail Construction from S Main St. to TH 2 E. Work on these streets will be off-again, on again and may be closed to thru traffic depending on the type of work being done. Please try to avoid these areas while street work is being done.

CSAH 19 will remain closed to traffic today at the intersection of CSAH 19 and CSAH 20, 3.0 miles south or CSAH 21 at Sherack. The closure will allow a contractor to replace a centerline culvert. Call the Polk County Highway Department at 281-3952 for more information.

The Crookston School Board will meet today at 5:00 p.m. in the Choir/Orchestra Room at Crookston High School.

“Rally for the Cure” today at Minakwa Golf Club. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m., with a 5:30 shotgun start. 4-person scramble – bring your own team or be placed on a team. Cost is $30 per person, plus a $15 green fee for non-members. Please call and pre-register at 281-1774. If you’d like to rent a cart, please reserve one when you call to register. Limited to the first 72 golfers.

An Adult Horse Riding Clinic Summer camps for adults and youth interested in riding horses will be held today from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) located on the north side of the University of Minnesota Crookston campus. Contact Nicky Overgaard at 218-289-4469 for more information.

For pointers on keeping your ticker in tip top condition, attend the RiverView Health luncheon at noon today to hear Wanda Sorum, RiverView Cardiopulmonary coordinator share the benefits of RiverView’s Cardiac Rehab program. The luncheon will be held in Meeting Room #1, located near the RiverView Clinic entrance on the north side of the building and across from the elevators on first floor. Pre-registration is required. A boxed lunch can be purchased for $3, but must be ordered while pre-registering for the event. Call Holly Anderson at 218-281-9745 for additional information and to pre-register.

The Crookston Gun Club will hold a meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. Discussion of float for parade, trap shooting tournament during Ox Cart days and other items open for discussion.

The Golden Link will be showing the movie, “The Founder” on Wednesday, June 28th at 1:30 p.m. The movies are always free, with popcorn and other goodies available.

Retired UMC/Northwest Experiment Station employees and their spouses are invited for coffee at the Golden Link on Wednesday, June 28, at 1:30 p.m.

RiverView Health’s monthly Type 2 diabetes support group will meet on Wednesday, June 28th from 5-6pm in Meeting Room 1 of RiverView Health. 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. Future meeting nights are Wednesdays: July 26, August 23, September 27, and October 25. For more information, call Larsen at 281-9589.

The Crookston Retailers Group (CRG) will meet and network to discuss important topics and plan upcoming promotions on Wednesday, June 28th at 5:00 p.m. at the Back When Bakery (former Legion building). Please RSVP as light snacks will be provided. The Crookston Retailers Group serves as a resource for Crookston Retailers and focuses on assisting them with issues and ideas specifically related to small retail businesses. The group’s sole intent is promoting the retail sector in our community and uses a pool of membership dollars to purchase advertisements for particular promotions throughout the year. The CRG will meet every other month to network, learn from each other, share resources and ideas, and plan promotions.

The Northwest Minnesota Council of Collaboratives and Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. are excited to announce that Ben Winchester and Christopher Ingraham will give a presentation focusing on the “Brain Gain” and an hour focusing on rural economic development and housing on Wednesday, June 28th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Kiehl Auditorium on the University of Minnesota Crookston campus. The presentation is a free-of-charge community event. Call Mitch at 281-5832 for more information.

The Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, June 28th is a Reuben Sandwich for $6.50.

Crookston Eagles has Bar Bingo on Thursday, June 29th starting at 7:00 p.m.

Wesley United Methodist Church is holding Summer Salad Lunches from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. the last Thursday of the month, June through September, with take outs available. Please join us at 701 Eickhof Boulevard on Thursday, June 29th, July 27th, August 31st and September 28th.

Round 1 of the judging for the annual Chamber Beautification Awards will be on Thursday, June 29th at 5:00 p.m. Beautification committee members/judges will meet at the Chamber office to split up the businesses to be judged.

A Youth Intermediate Horse Riding Clinic will run Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. through June 29th in UTOC. Students will learn from instructor Nicky Overgaard about rider position exercises, ground work trail, riding exercises, horse control, and lateral work. For information on the Adult Horse Riding Clinic or the Youth Intermediate Horse Riding Clinic, contact Nicky Overgaard at or call 218-289-4469. To register online for the camps, visit

Crookston Eagles has been reserved for a wedding reception on Friday, June 29th.

Crookston Eagles has Bar Bingo starting at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 30th, followed by a meal of BBQ Ribs ($13) or Walleye ($14) from 6-7:00 p.m. Take outs are available.

The Golden Link’s Annual Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, June 25th, with bingo from 2-4:00 p.m., and a meal of hamburgers or brats, potatoes, baked beans and watermelon for $6.00 beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Do you truly believe that chocolate makes every day a better day? To prove your point, we invite you to prepare your most incredible, chocolate masterpiece and enter the Polk County Fair Chocolate Contest. Entries must be submitted by 6:30 p.m. in the Open Class Foods Building on Wednesday, July 5th. Judging begins at 7:00 p.m. on the Hanson Free Stage. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 winners in both adult and youth categories.  Adult prizes: 1st place - $75.00, 2nd place - $50.00, 3rd place - $40.00. Youth prizes: 1st place - $25.00, 2nd place - $20.00, 3rd place - $15.00. For more details and entry criteria, visit the Polk County Fair website at or call Nancy Grunhovd at (218) 945-6266, or Diane Littlefield at (218) 280-2290.

Recovery Worship ~ a Journey of Grace invites you to an ecumenical Recovery Worship service on July 6th.  Come at 6:00 pm, potluck supper will begin at 6:30 pm. Barbecues and lemonade will be provided. Please bring your favorite dish to share. Contact Pr. Jo at 218-280-8684 or with any questions.

The Overtones Gospel Quartet will perform at the Trinity Point Service on Maple Lake, Sunday, July 9th at 10:30 a.m.

“Kids at Castle” event for Monday, July 10th is Rhythm of Nature. Come to make your own instrument, and experience creating music individually and with a group. 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Castle Park. For more information call Kirsten at 281-3385.

Defensive Drivers Refresher Course will be offered on Thursday, July 13th at 1:00 p.m. at Oman State Farm Insurance Office cost $10.  Instructor will be Suzie Coauette. Call 218-281-3643 to register.

Climax Food Shelf will be open Thursday, July 13th. Please come to the back of the Climax Library between 3-5:00 p.m. The next food shelf date this summer is Thursday, August 10th.

RiverView’s Celiac Support Group meets the third Monday of each month, March-November. New members are welcome at any time. The group is hosted by RiverView Dietitian Darcey Larsen and RiverView Gastroenterologist Dr. Basit Baig of the RiverView Specialty Clinic. For more information on the Celiac Support Group, please call Larsen at 218-281-9589. Monday, July 17th is the next meeting date, with future meeting dates on Monday, August 21st, Monday, September 18th, Monday, October 16th, and Monday, November 20th.

Youth Day Horseback Riding Camp will be held on Tuesday, July 18th for 11 to 17 year olds. The day camps, held in UTOC, are a great way to learn about horses. The day will be filled with learning about horse grooming, riding, and care. The day camps will be led by instructors Lindsey McNeill and U of M Crookston students. The day camps are limited to 8 participants per camp. For more information on the Youth Day Horseback Riding camps, contact Lindsey McNeill at or call 832-567-5132.

The Northwest Research and Outreach Center’s annual Crops and Soils Day is scheduled for Wednesday, July 19th, at the North Farm, one mile north of the UMC campus on Highway 75 north. Registration starts at 7:45 a.m. Small Grains tours start at 8:15 a.m. A complimentary lunch will be served at noon. Registration for the afternoon Sugar Beet tours is at 12:15 p.m., with tours starting at 12:45 p.m.

Pre-registration deadline is Monday, July 24th for the Minakwa 36th Annual Junior Golf Tournament scheduled for Monday, July 31st. Registration is at 8:00 a.m., with Shot Gun Start at 9:00 a.m. Boys 9-10 will play 9 holes, boys 11-12, 13-14, and 15-17 will play 18 holes. Registration for girls will determine age brackets. Prizes awarded for Boys and Girls Medalists with trophies and door prizes. $20 entry fee includes lunch. Call 281-1774 to pre-register. Sponsored by Noon Day Lions and Minakwa Golf Course.

The Red River History Museum in Shelly will be open from 7-9:00 p.m. every Tuesday through the summer, but closed on Tuesday, July 4th. For special appointments to tour the museum, call Wayne DeYoung at 218-886-8686 or Joann Rude at 218-886-8175. Watch for special events to be held throughout the summer.

Children and their caregivers can enjoy Storytime every Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the library.

The Golden Link is taking reservations for a trip to Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin to see the “Back to the 50’s” Fire Side Dinner Theater, Jim’s Apple Farm and the World’s Largest Candy Store, on July 12-14th. Cost is $450 per person, which includes transportation, all lodging, dinner and theater show. For more information, call Patty at 281-3072.

The Golden Link is taking reservations for a trip to Park Rapids, MN for a Paddle Boat Tour and Summerhill Farms BBQ Meal on August 17th. Cost is $95 per person, and will include a narrated history of the Mississippi Headwaters and wildlife interpretation of bald eagles, common loons, Indian and logging history. For more information, call Patty at 281-3072.

Refuge staff and the Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association invite you to visit Rydell National Wildlife Refuge while you are enjoying our beautiful northern Minnesota weather. The Refuge Visitor Center will be open Wednesday-Sunday, from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.  There are many ways to enjoy the Refuge, including: birding, hiking, wildlife watching, bicycling, fishing, and photography, to name just a few.  Rydell NWR's trails are open from sun up to sundown.  The Refuge is located a few miles south of Hwy 2 on Polk County 210 between Mentor and Erskine, and you can find out more information by calling 218-687-2229 x21, visiting out website at, or liking our Facebook page.

Eat United is serving free lunch for all youth ages 0-18 at the Highland Park Complex in the Lion’s Shelter from 11:30-12:30 Monday through Thursday. Closed July 3-6. Adults 19 years and older can eat for $4.00 a meal. Free rides will be provided by T.H.E. Bus. Call 281-0700 for more information where the bus pick-up and drop-off locations are. The program runs through August 10th. If you have question about the meals, contact Anna Brekken at 281-5313, extension 7 or email 

C.S.A.H. 19 from C.S.A.H. 20 to TH 75 at Euclid, MN will be closed to through traffic for approximately 6-8 weeks beginning May 29th. For more information contact the Polk County Highway Department at 281-3952.

C.S.A.H. 53 at C.S.A.H. 11 (1.0 mile east of Gentilly, MN) will be closed to through traffic for approximately 4 weeks beginning May 29th.The closure will allow the Contractor to realign C.S.A.H. 53 at C.S.A.H. 11. For more information contact the Polk County Highway Department at 281-3952.

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.

Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to Storytime at the Crookston Public Library. Storytime is held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Each week, explore a different theme through stories, songs, finger plays, flannel board stories and/or a craft. No pre-registration is required, but we ask childcare providers and other groups to call ahead to ensure there will be adequate supplies.

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.

Twigs and Branch Collection for the City of Crookston will be held the second and fourth Mondays of each month running May through October.  Place the materials on your curbside.  Branches must be cut in four-foot lengths and bundled in order for the crews to take them away.  Any branches or tree trunks not cut to this length and bundled will be left for the owner to haul away.  Twigs may be in boxes or bags. Individuals removing their diseased elm trees should call City Hall to schedule pickup.

A Two Year Limited Short Call Substitute Teacher Workshop has been scheduled for September 26 & 27th, 2017. Anyone with a four year college degree (doesn’t have to be in teaching) could be eligible. Contact for more information

This summer, kids of all ages are invited to track their reading progress and earn prizes as well as attend free events at their local libraries. All Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) locations will offer the Summer Reading Program, which is centered around the idea of “building a better world.”  To sign up, visit a LARL library location near you, or

The Polk County Museum is now open for the summer season. They will be open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. from now until the Sunday after Labor Day.

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.

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