Saturday, February 24, 2018

Crookston High School will be hosting the Section 8A Individual Wrestling Tournament again today. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. today for tournament fans.

UMC is hosting the Western Minnesota Regional Science Fair today, with registration and set-up at 8:00 a.m., judging from 9:30-10:30 a.m., and open public viewing of exhibits from 10:30-11:15 a.m., all in the Wellness Center on campus. An awards ceremony will take place at 3:00 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. Minnesota Science Fairs are for youth in grades 4-12.

Crookston Eagles has Bar Bingo today at 3:30 p.m., followed by dinner of Turkey and Dressing ($11) or Shrimp ($14) from 6-7:00 p.m. Take outs are available.

It’s a celebration of Chinese culture, language, games, and a meal featuring authentic Chinese cuisine taking place today at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Events begin in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center at 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. All activities and performances are free and the meal is available for $8.75 per person. Activities begin at 4 p.m. including calligraphy, chess, mask painting, traditional clothing, and Asian snacks.  A dinner will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Brown Dining Room and feature egg drop soup (jidantang), lo mien (chaomian), stir fry (gaijiaofan), and fried rice (chaofan). To conclude the evening, there will be performances, games, and door prizes to be given away throughout the evening.

Wrap up a month of Fitness Fever with free swimming at the Crookston Community Pool on Sunday, February 25th from 12-3:00 p.m. Tri Valley offers free transportation to all of the FFF events. Please call 800-201-3432 by 4:30 p.m. on the Friday before the event to schedule a pickup and return trip home.

The Golden Link’s Annual Membership Meal and Casino Night has been rescheduled to Sunday, February 25th starting at 2:30 p.m. at the Golden Link.

The McDonald School of Irish and International Dance will perform at the Carnegie Building, 120 N. Ash Street, on Sunday, February 25th at 3:30 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public.

University of Minnesota Crookston will be hosting a Legislative Kickoff Event on Monday, February 26th from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Bede Ballroom in the Sargeant Student Center. The event will contain a video message from President Kaler, share information about the University/UMC capital request, and give information on how to become an effective advocate to share the statewide impact of the University of Minnesota. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Please rsvp at the following link:

Crookston School Board will meet at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 26th in the Choir/Orchestra room at Crookston High School.

Crookston Eagles has $6 Burger Baskets from 5:30-7:00 p.m, followed by a Smear Tournament at 7:00 p.m.

Crookston City Council will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 26th in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The Ways & Means Committee will meet immediately following the Council Meeting in the same location.

The Polk County Health Department will address Opioid Abuse Awareness at the Crookston Public Library on Monday, February 26th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn how this issue is affecting our region, and ways individuals can work on preventing this from increasing. Learn the proper way to dispose of your unused prescriptions, as well as how to share awareness on this issue with others.

All-District Band Concert will be held on on Monday, February 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at Crookston High School.

The RiverView Auxiliary is hosting a Blanket and Sheet Sale on Tuesday, February 27th from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm and Wednesday, February 28th from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm in Heritage Hallway at RiverView.   There will be blankets, sheets and much more for sale.  Be sure to come and check it out!  Proceeds benefit Auxiliary projects for the year.

UMC’s Black History Month events will conclude on Tuesday, February 27th with a dinner featuring African/African American food in Brown Dining Hall from 4:30-6:30 p.m., followed by a theater presentation at 6:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium, showcasing Spoken Word, Steppers, African/African American Music from various genres, Tributes to Black/African Historical Figures and Celebrities, Tribal/Modern Dance, and Gospel Music.

Crookston Wedding Expo will be held from 5-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27th at the Crookston Eagles Club. Brides and grooms can register for a Bridal Package giveaway. For more information on the vendors, see crookston wedding expo on Facebook.

Highland Family Night will be held on Tuesday, February 27th from 5:30-7:15 p.m. at Highland School.  Doors open for registration at 5:15 p.m., and a free meal will be served from 5:30-6:00 p.m. From 6-7:00 p.m. each family will have the opportunity to rotate to three different education sessions. Door prizes will be awarded at 7:15 p.m. – must be present to win!

The CHS Girls Hockey Banquet will be held on Tuesday, February 27th at 6:00pm at Trinity Lutheran Church.

The Spinecrackers Book Club will meet on Tuesday, February 27th from 6:30-8:00 at the Crookston Public Library. Join us to discuss A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. This novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

“Women and Heart Disease” is the topic for the health luncheon on Wednesday, February 28th from noon-1:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 1 at RiverView Health. Dr. Sherine Talaat, Internal Medicine will be the speaker. There is no charge for the event, but pre-registration is required by calling Holly Adnerson at 218-281-9745. A box lunch can be purchased for $3, but must be ordered at the time of pre-registration.

The Construction Trades House project will have an open house on Wednesday, February 28th from 4-6:00 p.m. Cookies from the Beginning Foods class will be served, along with coffee and hot chocolate. This is open to the community, but parents of the Construction Trades students are especially encouraged to attend.

Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, February 28th is Chicken Wings & Coleslaw for $6.00.

The University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships will host an exciting day of information and networking with growers, farmers markets, and community connections in NW Minnesota on Wednesday, February 28th in Bede Ballroom on the UMC campus. There is no charge to attend. The morning session will begin at 9:00 a.m., with speakers from the Minnesota Farmers Market Association and Minnesota Grown. A discussion of the Food Safety Modernization Act along with rural grocery collaborations will follow. There will also be a sharing of success stories from around the NW region on One Vegetable One Community and Power of Produce (PoP) Club 101. The afternoon session will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a variety of in depth breakout sessions that will dig deeper into the morning session highlights. Lunch is available in Brown Dining on campus between the morning and afternoon sessions - $5 lunch for workshop attendees.

Crookston Township Regular Monthly Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 1st at 6:30 am at Valley Technology Park with Board of Audit Meeting to follow.

Crookston Eagles has Bar Bingo at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1st.

The local unit of the Crookston American Legion Auxiliary will again sponsor two girls to attend the 72nd Annual Minnesota Girls State Session at Bethel University, St Paul from June 10-16, 2018. Girls who are currently high school juniors are eligible to be a candidate to attend. If you are interested or would like more information please contact the Crookston High School Guidance office or the American Legion Girls State Chairperson Margee Keller at 218-349-4566 or email at The deadline to apply is March 20, 2018.

The following American Legion Auxiliary scholarship applications are now available at the Crookston High School Guidance Office or Margee Keller, local Scholarship Chairperson. Area school students eligible for some also. See deadlines below:

                Scholarship for Non-Traditional Student – Deadline March 1, 2018

            Children of Warriors National President Scholarship- Deadline March 1, 2018

            Dept of MN Scholarship – Deadline March 5, 2018

            Local Auxiliary Scholarship – Deadline March 10, 2018

            Past Presidents Parley Health Care Scholarship – Deadline March 15, 2018


For those requiring signatures of the local president – please contact Sharon Lanctot at 218-289-7358. These scholarships are being offered by the national, state and local level of the Crookston American Legion Auxiliary. If you have any questions, please contact Margee Keller at 218-349-4566 or

The evening of Friday, March 2nd the Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association will be hosting a Candlelight Ski and Owl Prowl event at Rydell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) near Erskine, MN. The timing of this event coincides with a full moon, hopefully good snow conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures! The Rydell NWR Visitor Center will be open throughout the event which will run from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Although all five of Rydell NWR’s trails will be open for cross country skiing or snowshoeing, Golden Pond and Church Lake trails will be groomed and lighted for this event. Even though luminaries will be distributed along these two trails, we recommend that visitors bring along a headlamp, if they have one, just in case it’s cloudy and there is minimal moonlight. As visitors traverse the trails, multiple owl calling stations will be set up where the calls of several owl species (e.g., saw whet, barred, great horned) will be projected into the woods to try and generate a response. Who-who-who knows what you might hear! We will have several pairs of adult and child size skis, as well as snowshoes, available for visitors to use. Please call to check on size availability and reserve a pair anytime after mid-morning Monday, February 26. If you have questions or want to reserve equipment, call Lisa Wiersma at 218-687-2229 x10. If temperatures are below zero or wind chills are in the double-digits below zero, the event will be cancelled and potentially rescheduled at a later date. Please check our Facebook page ( for event updates.

The Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fry will be held every Friday night through March 23, from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Cathedral Church in Crookston.  An Adult’s Walleye Meal is $13. Children’s meal is $8 and an extra fillet is $6. A gluten-free option of baked walleye is also available. Meals to go are an extra dollar. Desserts are one dollar. Call 218-277-0794.

Buy your tickets for the Camp Confidence Extravaganza to be held on Saturday, March 3rd at the Crookston Eagles. Tickets price of $50 includes a rib and chicken dinner, and a $50 Reeds Sporting Goods gift certificate. The Sporting Extravaganza starts at 5:00 p.m., followed by Dinner at 7:00 p.m. General/Gun/Cash/Ladies Raffles will be held throughout the evening. Tickets are available at the Crookston Eagles.

Crookston Eagles has Bar Bingo at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 3rd.

Crookston High School PAC (Parents, Athletes & Coaches) Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 5th in the CHS Auditorium.

The annual International Dinner Series starts on Monday, March 5th at 6:00 p.m. in the Bede Ballroom at UMC. Cost for adults is $20 & students $15. The theme is “I am Hmong – So Where Am I Really From?” with a menu featuring Garlic Fried Chicken, Khao Pool and Taro Sweet Soup. Save by purchasing the series tickets (four meals/evenings) are $75 for adults/$65 for youth. Contact Rae French at 281-8339 or

The final Annual Meeting of CHS Mid Valley Gran will be held on Tuesday, March 6th at 10:00 a.m. at the Eagles Hall in Crookston. The division consolidated with CHS Northwest Grain under the name CHS Northland Grain, which took effect September 1, 2017. Door prizes and lunch will follow the meeting.

Mike Henke will be the featured speaker for The New Keys to Recruiting and Retention, sponsored by the Crookston Chamber of Commerce, on Wednesday, March 7th from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Cobblestone Hotel & Suites in Crookston. Hear solutions for increasing application flow and employee engagement, how to find applicants in times of low unemployment, and how much pay really matters. Cost to Chamber members is $25, to non-members $35, payable by cash or check at the event. Please RSVP by Monday, March 5 to the Crookston Chamber 218-281-4320 or

2018 Dreams on Ice “Sweet Treats,” presented by the Crookston Figure Skating Club and Crookston Park & Recreation, will be held on Saturday, March 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the Crookston Sports Center, and again on Sunday, March 11th at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students, and free for preschool kids. A family weekend wristband is also available for $25.

You’re invited to Celebrate the Young Child with the Magic School Bus at the Crookston Public Library on Tuesday, March 13th from 6-7:30 p.m. Are you ready to wonder, experiment, play, create, build and think? Join Ms. Frizzle as she takes you on a S.T.E.M. adventure, with Magic School Bus books for everyone.

Crookston Gun Show will be held on Saturday, March 17th from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 18th from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Admission is $5, children under 12 accompanied by a parent or guardian, free. Guns, ammo, coins, hunting and fishing equipment, and military items. Sponsored by the Crookston CVB and Crookston Gun Club.

The International Dinner Series on Monday, March 19th at 6:00 p.m. in the Bede Ballroom at UMC highlights “A Taste of Paradise – Cayman Style” featuring a menu of Caribbean Salad, Jerk Chicken with Rice & Beans, and Cassava Cake with Ice Cream. Cost for adults is $20 & students $15.

The International Dinner Series on Monday, March 26th at 6:00 p.m. in the Bede Ballroom at UMC highlights the “Legends & Culture of Zimbabwe” and features a menu of Coleslaw Salad, Oxtail Soup with Collard Greens, Yellow Rice and Ice Cream with Pumpkin Bread. Cost for adults is $20 & students $15.

The International Dinner Series concludes on Monday, April 4th at 6:00 p.m. in the Bede Ballroom at UMC. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students, and must be purchased in advance. Table displays will be set up from 5-6:00 p.m., and the menu will feature Scotch Eggs & Salad, Corn Brisket with Bubble & Squeak Potatoes & Cabbage, and Fresh Fruit Sabayon.

A Pancake Breakfast Benefit and Silent Auction for Lori (Wang) Youngdahl will be held on Sunday, April 15th from 10am-1pm at the Fertile Community Center. Lori was diagnosed in August of 2016 with Stage 2B Invasive Ductal Carcinoma of her left breast, and has now been diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer in her bones. Lori grew up in Fertile and currently lives in Clearwater, MN. Her mother, Lilah (Svedahl) Wang, is a Crookston native. Her family is in dire need to help pay for all the medical expenses and treatments. Please find it in your heart to attend her fundraiser, or if you are able to donate, there is an account set up at or checks can be mailed to Red River State Bank, attn. Lori Wang-Youngdahl, 114 N. Main St., Fertile, MN 56540

The UMC Teambackers will have their annual Fun Night on Friday, April 27 at the Crookston Eagles Club with Four Wheel Drive providing entertainment for the evening.  Make sure to mark April 27th on your calendar and more details about Fun Night will be coming out soon.

The Crookston Firefighters Fun Night Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 7th at the Crookston Eagles Hall. Social will be from 5:00 to 6:00, dinner from 6:00 to 7:00 with your choice of prime rib or walleye. The live band Sushi Roll will play from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. There will be raffles and door prizes throughout the evening. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from any fireman. Proceeds go to the Firefighters Association.

West Polk Soil and Water Conservation District has partnered with RMB Environmental Labs to provide a convenient and reliable way for anyone in the public to test your water to ensure your water is safe from bacteria, nitrates, arsenic, lead, fluoride and secondary contaminants. The easy process begins with picking up a water testing kit at the West Polk Soil & Water Conservation District office at 528 Strander Avenue in Crookston, then collecting your water sample and returning it to the SWCD office the same day with payment. Average costs are only $12-27 per test. Free courier service. Results are typically sent within 2-3 business days. Kits can be picked up anytime between 8am and 4:30pm Monday-Friday. Samples need to be dropped back off at the office before 10:00 a.m. Monday-Thursday.

The Crookston Gun Club is offering DNR Hunting Safety Training classes in May, to be held at the Crookston Gun Club (1 mile north of UMC on Hwy. 75 & ¼ mile west). The classes are for anyone age 11 and older. Youth hunters and those planning on hunting out of state are required to have a Firearm Safety Training Certificate. The classes will be held from 7-9:00 p.m. on May 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18 and 19 (which is the field and test). Register early – limit of 36 students per class. For information and registration contact Steve Videen, Youth Activities Coordinator at 218-289-2115 or

Marc Wagner has donated the use of a trailer that has been placed by Service Pro and the Napa Crookston Welding Rental Equipment lot, to collect aluminum cans to help raise funds for the Highland Elementary School.  Please help out this worthy cause and drop your cans off at any time.

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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