Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Crookston Water Department will be flushing dead end hydrants through the end of October. Customers may notice a temporary decrease in water pressure.

The Haunted Trail in Fertile is open every Saturday in October from Dusk to Midnight. Admission is $10 per person. Watch for signs on Hwy 32 on the south end of Fertile. Haunted Trails is a fundraiser for Agassiz Environmental Learning Center, a non-profit (501C3).

Don’t miss the mandatory orientation session for the Mentored Youth Deer Hunt will be held at Rydell NWR today from 10:00am - 1:00pm. The Mentored Youth Deer Hunt for kids age 12-15, will be held on October 28-29th. For more information contact Gregg Knutsen, Refuge Manager, at 218-687-2229 x16 /

Trinity Lutheran Church, Beltrami, MN, 3rd Annual Ham & Potato Dumpling Supper will be held today  from 4-7:00 pm. Free will donation. Take outs and pre-packaged dumplings available. Also, check out the Bake Sale with a quilt raffle drawing at 7 pm.

Fisher American Legion will be open today from 11:30-4:00 p.m. for the Vikings football game.

Red Lake Falls Knights of Columbus Council # 10732 is having a Steak Fry at St. Joseph RLF Holy Family Center today. The Social begins at 5:00 pm, with Dinner at 6:00 pm. Cost is $10/person. Please RSVP to: Warren Malwitz at 218-253-2305 or

The Winter Activities PAC (Parent-Athlete-Coach) meeting will be Monday, October 23rd at 6:00pm at the Crookston High School Auditorium. This meeting is for all participants/parents who plan on being involved in the following activities this winter:  boys and girls basketball, boys and girls hockey, wrestling, dance team, speech, one act play and knowledge bowl. For those participants/parents that did not attend the fall PAC meeting please report to the Crookston High School auditorium at 6:00pm for the large group meeting with Activities Director Mr. Garmen. For those participants/parents that attended the fall PAC meeting, report at 6:30 for your specific activity meeting.

Crookston City Council will meet on Monday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. The Ways & Means Committee will meet immediately following the City Council meeting in the Conference Room at City Hall.

Crookston Masonic Lodge No 141 will meet on Monday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m.

October 23rd – October 27th is Fall Clean-Up Week in Crookston. Clean-up items will be picked up only on your regular garbage pickup day and must be placed on the street boulevard. Please note: Compost material - grass clippings, lawn or garden waste - WILL NOT have to be in City compost bags for this week only.  Cleanup items should be separated into the following piles:  Garbage, clothing, cardboard, etc.; Appliances; Branches and yard waste; Furniture, metal items, demolition, etc. and Tires. Placing these items out in separate piles will help speed the clean-up process. In awareness of clean up week in Crookston, Polk County Public Health advises to not bring furniture, mattresses, box springs, or bed frames found on the street into your home in order to prevent the spread of bed bugs.   As required by State Law, all video display devices (TV’s, computer monitors, etc.) cannot be land filled.  Therefore, these items will not be collected during clean-up.  These devices may be disposed of at Polk County Environmental Services (Transfer Station). Concrete, batteries, partially full paint cans, other chemicals, or large amounts of demolition debris will not be accepted.  Branches must be cut in four foot lengths and bundled. Items should be placed on boulevards no more than 72 hours prior to your collection day.

Teddy Bear Clinic will be held for ages birth to 5 years old on Monday, October 23rd from 6:30-7:30pm at Riverview Health.  Bring your teddy bear and meet at the Main entrance where you will tour the hospital. Please call Barb at 218-281-5078 to register.

The Golden Link has a Foot Care Clinic on Tuesday, October 24th at 9:00 a.m.

 “Communication Through The Generations,” is planned for Tuesday, October 24th at 5:15 p.m. in the Bede Ballroom at UMC. The hands-on workshop will use Marshall Rosenberg’s process of Nonviolent Communication to experience language and actions that are efficient, compassionate and effective. Participants will learn to see relationships in a whole new light, notice unmet needs that may contribute to conflict, and learn new way to foster win/win communication. Students free, adults $10, couples $15. To register, call 218-281-4853 or email

There will be a Europe Trip Parent Meeting on Tuesday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m. in the Crookston High School Auditorium.

Crookston Chapter No. 137, Order of the Eastern Star will meet Tuesday, October 24th at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge.  The meeting will be preceded by a Soup supper at 6:30 p.m.

Parent-Teacher conferences for Crookston High School students and their parents will be held on Wednesday, October 25 from 4 to 7:30 pm and on Thursday, October 26 from 8 am to 11 am, noon to 4 pm and 5 to 7:30 pm.  All conferences are on a walk-in basis, no appointments are necessary.  There is no school on Thursday the 26th or Friday the 27th.  Please call 281-2144 if you have any questions.

Wednesday, October 25th is also College App Day. A FAFSA night is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Crookston High School Auditorium.

If you have an athlete that will be playing CYBA this year, please plan to attend the Parent & Coaches meeting on Wednesday, October 25th at 7:30pm at the high school commons. The Crookston Youth Basketball Association (CYBA) season for Kindergarten through 6th grade will begin the week of November 6th.  Please visit our website to register your players at

The Crookston School Board will hold a Working Session to discuss the Preliminary Audit at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 25th in the District Office Conference Room.

The Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, October 25th is Chicken with Coleslaw for $6.00.

A public meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25th at the Community Center in Warren to introduce the community to a city-wide thermal imaging survey project. Please attend to earn more about this project and how you will benefit.

The Agassiz Townhomes Groundbreaking Ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 26th at 8:30 a.m., at 1600 North Broadway (corner of Broadway and Fisher Avenue.) All are invited to attend.

The Crookston Chamber is hosting a four-week interactive course series today called Adaptive Leadership Learning. Participants will learn the necessary life skills that foster the best leadership. The four sessions held each Thursday consecutively through November 9th (today, November 2nd and 9th) will take participants through their mission & purpose, development of people and communication skills, and learning how to inspire action in others. Each session will be over the lunch hour from 11:45am – 1:00pm at the Cobblestone Hotel & Suites, led by Tim Denney with Level 5 Services. Lunch will be catered by Wonderful Life Foods. This is a great session for all of those who lead by influence regardless of their roles in an organization with the goal to gather, connect, educate, empower, encourage and support individuals and progress in our community as current and emerging leaders. “Effective leaders understand that influence, not power, position, or personality, is the key function of the successful leadership.” Cost: $65 for YP Members, $80 for Non-YP Members. Lunch & all materials included. Register online at or get in touch with Amanda Lien at amlien@visit or at or 218-281-4320.

RiverView Physical Therapist Lindsey Ebertowski, DPT will explain pelvic rehabilitation, in a free luncheon on Thursday, October 26th in Meeting Room #1 of RiverView Health, located near the RiverView Clinic entrance on the north side of the building and across from the elevators on first floor. Ebertowski offers pelvic floor therapies in RiverView Clinics in Crookston and East Grand Forks. At the luncheon, she will share information on treatments ranging from exercise, manual therapies, behavioral strategies, education and functional retraining. The luncheon series is in its 19th year of sponsorship by RiverView Health. All men and women interested in improving their health are invited to attend. Each luncheon starts a few minutes past noon and luncheons are kept under one hour so those needing to return to work can attend. 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.

Crookston Eagles has Bar Bingo on Thursday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m.

Crookston Community Theatre’s fall production of “Jake's Women,” a comedy by Neil Simon, will be performed October 27, 28, 29 and 30, at 7:30 p.m. in UMC Kiehle Auditorium and is directed by Joyce Johnson.

The 35th Annual Harvest of Knowledge Agri-Women’s Conference will be held on Friday, October 27th at the Grand Forks Ramada Inn. There will be five guest speakers discussing various ag topics. Presented by Minnesota and North Dakota Agri-Women.  For more information contact Karen Landman at 701-326-4523 or Donna Ulseth at 218-280-1335.

The 7th Annual Girls Night Out Vendor and Craft Event will be Friday, October 27th from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Climax Community Center. There will be food, fun, fashion, door prizes and silent auction with karaoke to follow the event at the Corner Bar.  Snacks will be served and a variety of drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Climax Fire and Rescue Department.

Join your friends at the Blue Line Club’s Crookston Comedy Night on Friday, October 27th at the Crookston Eagles Club, featuring comedian Jamie Blanchard, with Wayne Burfeind as his opening act. The evening starts with a Social Gathering from 5-6:00 p.m., followed by dinner of Steak or Chicken (grilled by B&E Meats), baked potato, corn, salad and a roll. The comedy show begins at 9:00 p.m. Dinner and show tickets ($25) are limited, and must be purchased in advance from the Blue Line Club office, Eagles Club, or B&E Meats. For questions, call Kristy at 470-0423. Proceeds go to support Crookston Youth Hockey.

There will be a Gallery on the Go – Ghostly Graveyard painting class for ages 6-13 on Saturday, October 28th from 10:00-11:30am at Washington School.  Class Fee is $20.   To register, please call Barb at 218-281-5078.

Crookston Eagles has Bar Bingo starting at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 28th, followed by Dinner of Meatballs ($11) or Shrimp ($14). Take outs are available. Plan to stay for the annual Beet Beat Party and Halloween Party featuring “The Late Night” band playing from 9:30-1:30. There is a $5 cover charge if you are NOT in a costume, but no cover charge if you are in costume. Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place costumes. Join the fun!

The Fisher American Legion’s Halloween Party will be held on Sunday, October 28th, with costume judging and prizes awarded at 11:00 p.m.

Rydell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will be closed to the general public during the Mentored Youth Deer Hunt on Saturday, October 28th and Sunday, October 29th. Signs will be posted at Refuge entry points. Additionally, despite misinformation printed in the 2017 Minnesota DNR Hunting and Trapping Regulation Handbook, there will not be any deer hunting allowed on Rydell NWR during the general gun deer season and the Refuge trails will be open for other public use. For more information or if you have questions, contact Gregg Knutsen, Refuge Manager, at 218-687-2229 x16 or

The 30th Annual Crookston Community Halloween Party is planned for Sunday October 29th from2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Crookston National Guard Armory.  All trick and treaters fourth grade and younger accompanied by a responsible adult are invited to attend and encouraged to wear a costume.  Please bring a canned food item to help kick off the Crookston High School LEO Club’s annual food drive.  Remember, October 29th from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Crookston National Guard Armory.   

On Sunday, October 29, the “500th Anniversary of the Reformation” will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Crookston.  The event begins at 4 p.m. with a hymn festival, choir anthems, and a dramatization of Martin Luther by Pastor Gordon Syverson of Fosston, MN. At 5 p.m. a homemade German dinner will be served featuring Beef Sauerbraten and all the accompaniments. All are welcome to the hymn festival and the dinner. For more information, please call the church office, 218-281-3638.

The annual Cathedral Harvest Festival and Dinner is Sunday, October 29th, serving from 11 am-2:00 pm. with take-outs available. The menu is the famous Knights of Columbus Fish Fry with an option of baked ham, and potatoes, vegetables, all the fixings, pies and crisps. Activities for children of all ages, and booths which include a Country Store, candy booth, Cookie Walk and much more.  Bid on a variety of items at the Silent Auction.  Call 281-1735 for more details.

Crookston School Board will meet on Monday, October 30th at 5:00 p.m. in the Choir/Orchestra Room at Crookston High School.

Monday, October 30th is the deadline for entries for Crookston Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1902 and Auxiliary’s Voice of Democracy audio essay contest in this area. The annual contest is designed to foster patriotism by giving students in grades nine through 12 and home schooled the opportunity to voice their opinion about their personal obligations as an American and address their responsibility to our country. Contestants write and record an essay on the theme “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” Recorded scripts must be at least three minutes but no longer than five minutes. Scripts must be recorded on audio cassette tape or CD only.  A typed, double spaced copy of the speech must accompany the essay. The essays will be judged and the winning tape sent to district competition. Local winners will receive cash awards. Every student who competes in the VOD, whether they place or not, is eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Crookston VFW Post. Tapes can be turned in at the Crookston VFW Club or contact Twylla Altepeter, Voice of Democracy Chairman, at The Fertile Journal, 945-6120, or evenings at 281-6582. Call Jamie Cassavant at 218-281-2047 or Pam DeLage at 218-281-5546 for more information.

Monday, October 30th is the deadline for entries for Crookston Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1902 and Auxiliary’s Patriot's Pen Essay Contest in this area. The annual contest gives sixth, seventh and eighth graders the opportunity to express their opinion on a patriotic theme and improve their writing skills, while they compete for awards. Students must write a 300-400 word essay on the theme “America’s Gift to My Generation.” All essays should be typed with no color, graphics or poetry. Quotations may be used sparingly if plainly identified wherever used.  Contestants cannot identify themselves, their school, city or state in their essay. Entries should be judged on the basis of their essay alone and contestants are not required to present their essay orally. Deadline for entries is October 30. The winning essay will be sent to district competition. Local winners will receive cash awards. Essays can be turned in at the Crookston VFW Club or contact Twylla Altepeter, Voice of Democracy Chairman, at The Fertile Journal, 945-6120, or evenings at 281-6582. Call Jamie Cassavant at 218-281-2047 or Pam DeLage at 218-281-5546 for more information.

The Crookston Eagles invites all children to the Children’s Halloween Party, Tuesday, October 31st from 5:00 to 7:00. There’ll be games with prizes, treats, free hotdogs and chips for children under 12, for children over the age of 12 a hot dog and chips are $1.

Crookston High School Leo Club will hold a Halloween Night Food Drive on Tuesday, October 31st. Canned goods will be collected for the Crookston Food Shelf. The Leo Club kids will identify themselves. If they miss your house, call Linda Morgan at 281-2144, and they will pick it up!

RiverView Clinic Fertile will be holding flu shot clinics Wednesday, November 1st and Thursday, November 2nd from 9 am-5 pm each day. Those who wish to have their insurance billed will be asked to present their insurance card. The cost of the flu shot is covered by Medicare and Medicaid, so individuals with those insurances are asked to present their insurance cards at the time of the shot as well. Appointments are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 218-945-6695.

On Wednesday, November 1stInvisible Asians author Kim Park Nelson will visit the library to share the stories of more than 60 Korean-American adoptees. The event is brought to the community through funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Admission is free.

The 57th Annual Fall Choral Festival will be held at the Crookston High School on Tuesday, November 1st. Choirs participating in the afternoon/evening event include East Grand Forks Senior High, Climax and Crookston. The choirs will perform both individually and together at a public concert at 7:00 p.m. in the CHS auditorium under the direction of Dean Jilek, Director of Choirs at the University of North Dakota. Concert admission is $4.00/adult and $3.00/student.

Make your registrations now for the Women’s Weekend Staycation on November 3-5th, at the Crookston Inn & Convention Center. Cost is based on room occupancy: $230 single, $175 double, $165 triple, or $155 quad, and includes food, lodging and entertainment. Register at  For more information and updates, find us on Facebook: Women’s Weekend Staycation.

Wednesday, November 8th is 2W Day and RE Day at Crookston Public Schools. Classes will dismiss early.

Registrations are now being taken for the following ECFE classes:  Oh, the Places We'll Go, Mixed Age Magic, Books Alive,  Toddler Time,  Unplug & Play, Pop in and Play, Music in Me, and Teen Parenting.  Please call Barb for more information and to register at 218-281-5078.

Openings are still available in the afternoon 4 year olds School Readiness classes. Transportation is provided.  Please call Barb at 281-5078 for more information.

Adults are welcome to discuss good books and drink good brew with the Crookston Public Library’s Books & Brews book club, which meets and discusses a book at Drafts Sports Bar and Grill (925 Fisher Ave, Crookston). Drafts will offer special prices on brews. Participants are responsible for the cost of their own food and drinks. The Books & Brews Club will be meeting on the third Tuesday of every other month.

The Golden Link’s annual Halloween Party will be held on Wednesday, November 1st at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will include baked ham, baked potatoes, candied carrots, jello salad, bread and pumpkin pie. Prizes for the best costumes. Please make your reservations by Friday, October 27th.

Highland School PTO will host Turkey Bingo on Thursday, November 2nd . Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 6:00 p.m. Cards are $4 each.

The Climax-Shelly School’s Volleyball Banquet is scheduled for Thursday, November 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at Fisher School.

The Annual Deer Hunters Meatball Supper, sponsored by Grace Lutheran Church, will be held on Saturday, November 4th, from 5-8:00 p.m. at the Erskine Community Center. A free will contribution will be gathered, with proceeds going toward the Grace Lutheran Church Building Fund. Everyone is welcome.

RiverView Health Auxiliary will be holding a Mitten Drive in the form of a Mitten Tree, through Monday, November 6.  The Mitten Tree is located in the front lobby of RiverView Health.  The public is invited to “trim” the tree with their donations of children’s winter mittens, gloves or hats.  Please no scarves. The mittens, gloves and hats received will be distributed in November to the area schools and given to children who need them.  RiverView Health Auxiliary thanks you for your support in warming hearts and hands this season through this important service project.

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, November 9th at 6:00 p.m. Both classes are held the second Thursday of each month in the Minnesota Room of RiverView Health, 323 S. Minnesota Street, Crookston. Registration is required. To register or for more information, call 800-743-6551 extension 9405 or 218-281-9405.

Fisher School will host a Veterans Day Program on Friday, November 10th at 10:30 am in the Fisher Gymnasium. We encourage our Pre K – 12th grade children to invite a family member, friend or neighbor that has served our country to take part in this event. By inviting Veterans to come to the school to share their stories, we hope to connect generations while helping our young people learn about the past. We ask that Veterans arrive at the school by 10:15 am so we can ready them for the ceremony which will honor them.

The Climax-Shelly School’s Football Banquet is scheduled for Monday, November 13th at 6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart School.

Marion Blumenthal Lazan, the author of Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story and the subject of a PBS documentary, Marion’s Triumph, will speak at Fisher Public School on Monday, November 13th at 1:00 PM. Marion Blumenthal Lazan’s story is one of horror and hardship, but also one of courage, hope and the will to survive. She represents one of the last surviving direct links to one of the most horrific periods in world history. Marion Blumenthal Lazan’s presentation is free and open to the public.

The Golden Link’s Annual Craft Show and Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, November 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Vendor cost is $10 for a 6-foot table and two chairs.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of the Red River Valley will be conducting a Training to become a Handyman Volunteer at the Golden Link Senior Center on Tuesda,y November 28th from 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm. Make a difference in a senior’s life! 

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.

The Valley Corn Maize is back! K & D Krueger Farms & Sons corn maze is 4.5 miles long, with games you can play to help you navigate your way through the maze, using paper and pen, or your smartphone. Other family activities include a cannon blaster, a corn box, a rat race, tether ball and a spider web rope climb for the little tykes. Food items are available at the concession stand. Open from 4-8 p.m. every weekend from Labor Day through October 22nd. For more information, including hours and admission fees visit

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.

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.

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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