Thursday, December 8, 2016.

The days of the RiverView Health Auxiliary’s Angel Tree have been rescheduled to December 8th and 9th.  Located in the main lobby of RiverView Health, the tree is covered with angels displaying the needs of Care Center residents and Adult Day Services participants in Crookston.  Everyone is invited pick an angel from the tree.  On the back of the angel is a wish list of items ranging in price from $5 to $15.  After you have purchased the gift you bring it back to the Limited Addition Gift Shop.  By picking an angel you will be bringing much joy to a resident who may or may not receive a present otherwise. You will also experience the true meaning of Christmas!

The 4th Annual Parade of Trees at the Climax Community Center will be today from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 10 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. and Monday, December 12 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. For more info call or text Jean Vatnesdal at 218-791-3962.

Climax Food Shelf dates will be today and Thursday, December 22nd. Please come to the back of the Climax Library between 3:00-5:00 p.m.

The Crookston American Legion Auxiliary will hold their meeting today at 5:30 in the back room at the Irishman’s Shanty. There will be a very short meeting; guest speaker is Paula Lundgren, whom we sponsored to attend a Female Veteran’s Spa Weekend this fall. Dinner will be on your own. 

RiverView Health’s CPR course will be today at 6:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 4. Cost for those needing certification is $45. The course is free for those not needing certification, thanks to grant funds made available by the Crookston American Legion Post 20.

Bar Bingo will be held tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Eagles.

Sign up now for these Crookston Community Education Classes:

December 10th, 10-11:30 a.m., Gallery on the Go Holiday for Ages 6-13.  Class Fee-$20.

The Dec 10th Gallery to Go adult class @ Cofe' from 5:30-7:30 p.m. has been cancelled

For more info and to register, call 281-5078

The Blue Christmas worship service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 9th at Wesley United Methodist Church. All are welcome to observe this time of music, scripture, stories, silent reflection and healing prayer.

If you know of someone who needs a Holiday Food Basket, or if you need one yourself, names will be taken through Friday, December 9th.  To request a basket, please call 281-4276 between 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and 1:00-5:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday beginning November 29th to December 9th. Please DO NOT leave a voice message as there is other information we need to obtain in addition to your name. Monetary gifts are always needed and can be dropped off in the church office or mailed to P.O. Box 598, Crookston, MN. Please remember to designate your gift to “Holiday Food Baskets.” Basket assembly will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 16th at the Crookston National Guard Armory, and delivery beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 17th. Last year Christmas care food baskets were provided to over 775 individuals in 225 families in our local community.

The Grand Theatre will have their 11th Annual free movie for kids on Saturday, December 10th at 10:00 a.m. Register to win prizes, too!

Take in some UMC basketball this weekend! The Golden Eagles Women v. Moorhead State at Friday, December 9th at 6:00 p.m., and the Men play at 8:00 p.m. Take part in the Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest by wearing your favorite holiday sweater for a chance to win a $10 Draft's gift card. Winners will be drawn throughout the games.

Santa is coming to Nielsville Saturday, December 10 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Nielsville Fire Hall. Take part in sleigh rides by Keith, and pictures with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves.

Enjoy some holiday spirit during three special musical events in December.  The U of M Crookston Choir will perform on Saturday, December 10, at 2 p.m. at the Hafslo Chapel at the Polk County Museum. There will be a free-will offering taken to support choir activities.  The concert is co-sponsored by the U of M Crookston Music-Theater Department and the Polk County Historical Society. The Choir is under the direction of Associate Professor George French.

A holiday dance with the University of Minnesota Crookston Jazz Band, a concert by the Community Band and a performance by the U of M Crookston Choir will be held December 10 and 11. The U of M Crookston Jazz Band will host a Holiday Dance on Saturday, December 10 in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. The dance begins immediately following the Golden Eagle Men's Basketball game (approximately 8 to 10 p.m.). The Jazz Band is directed by TJ Chapman.

On Saturday, December 10th the Golden Eagles play Northern State, with the Women playing at 4:00 p.m., and the Men at 6:00 p.m. Saturday is Kid’s Day: kids 12 and under receive free admission!

The U of M Crookston Community Band Fall Concert will be held on Sunday, December 11 in the Kiehle Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The Community Band is under the direction of TJ Chapman.

The 2nd Annual “Let There Be Peace on Earth” concert will be at Trinity Lutheran Church on Sunday, December 11th at 3:00 p.m. The event features the Greater Crookston Area Men’s and Women’s Choruses presenting “Appalachian Winter,” under the direction of Jim Kent. First Presbyterian Church Bells of Praise will also perform seasonal music.

St. Joseph Parish Center, 112 Edward Ave NW, in Red Lake Falls will participate in The Compassionate Friends 20th Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, December 11th. It will feature a short service with readings, music, candle lighting and camaraderie. No registration is required and all are welcome.  If you have questions, however, call Mary Jo Schmitz at 253-4160 or Kathy Stich at 253-2272.

The Lions Christmas party at the Eagles has been rescheduled for Monday, December 12th.

Tri-Valley is accepting reservations for rides to the Holiday Train in Thief River Falls on December 12th. Round trip cost is $10. The Holiday Train event time is 7:45-8:15 p.m. Please bring a canned item to donate to the local food bank. Call 1-800-201-3432 then dial 4 to reserve your ride.

It’s Toddler Time is a free class for ages 12-36 months and will be held on December 12th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Washington School. Toddlers and parents are invited to this fun and FREE monthly class.  For more info and to register, call 281-5078.

Knights of Columbus #1216 will meet on Monday December 12th , 7p.m. at the Cathedral Clubroom. Lunch will be served at 6:30 p.m. Christmas Party details will be discussed.

The deadline to sign up to participate in the Rydell and Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuges (NWR)  2nd Annual Christmas Bird Count is Tuesday, December 13th. Meet at the Rydell NWR Visitor Center at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 15th. People new to birding will be teamed up with experienced birders to search areas by vehicle and/or on foot. The 15-mile wide count circle includes portions of both Rydell and Glacial Ridge NWRs, as well as the towns of Mentor and Erskine. If you do not have your own binoculars and/or bird guides, they can loan them to you for the count.  A midday potluck lunch will be provided, courtesy of the Refuge staff.  Plan to meet back at the Visitor Center around noon to “fuel up” and to tally the morning sightings. Sign up by emailing Lisa Wiersma at or call Rydell NWR at 218-687-2229, extension 10

The deadline for payment and registration forms for the Climax-Shelly Ski Trip is Tuesday, December 13. Forms can be found on the school web page. The Ski Trip for grades 7-12 is scheduled for Tuesday, December 20th

The Villa’s Annual “Light Up a Life” tree lighting ceremony and reading of names has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 14 at 5:00 p.m. at the Villa St. Vincent new entrance. Your gift of $5.00/name will light a bulb on the tree this holiday season. Consider donating in memory or in honor of someone special; donation envelopes are available at the Villa or The Summit.

The Minnesota Canola Council will have their Winter Meeting on Wednesday, December 14 at the Roseau Community Center. For more info or to register visit

The RiverView Auxiliary Jewelry is Fun Sale will be on Thursday, December 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday, December 16th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Jewelry and accessories will be $5.00 each.  Other items such as toys, games, books and Christmas items will be $7.99 each.  Please come and check out this sale as there is something for everyone!

Pop in and Play is a free class on December 17th from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Washington School. Ages: Birth to Kindergarten Entrance. Pop in and play in the gym every third Saturday!  For more info and to register, call 281-5078

The Children’s Christmas party at the Eagles has been rescheduled to Sunday, December 18th from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Santa is coming to the Shelly Community Center on Saturday, December 17th from 4:00-5:00 p.m., followed by singing of Christmas carols and a soup supper.

You’re invited to the Corner Bar in Climax for a New Year’s Eve Dinner, featuring a steak, shrimp or steak and shrimp dinner from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Although walk-ins are welcome, reservations are appreciated by calling 218-857-3525

A Live Nativity Service will be held on Saturday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m. in the UTOC Center at UMC. Come experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Christmas story and Jesus’ birth! See Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, angels, live animals, wise men & shepherds and more!

The Crookston Sports Center is offering six reserved premium parking spaces for the calendar year of 2017.  The spaces will be reserved for $200.00 apiece.  Anyone interested in one of these spaces should go to City Hall at 124 N. Broadway and give your name, number and address, along with a post dated check for $200.00. The cutoff date for taking names and checks is Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. A drawing from these names will be made on Wednesday, December 21, at 4:00 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room.  Mayor Gary Willhite will be doing the drawing. The checks of those whose names were not drawn will be returned to the owners.  

A Memorial Blood Drive in honor of Cheryl Steinbrink will be held on Thursday, December 29th, 12-6:00 p.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. For an appointment, contact Jenn at 218-368-6920, or go to, sponsor code: crookston

Early Childhood Screening will be held on January 9, 10, and 12 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1214 University Avenue, next to Washington School for children who are 3 years old by 1/1/17 or 4 & 5 year olds who have not  been screened.  Screening is a simple check of how children are doing to identify possible learning or health concerns to get the needed help before they start school.  Screening is free.  Call 281-5078 for a screening appointment or for more information.  *Minnesota law requires all children be screened before entering school.

Women's Basketball Scrimmages for any women out of High School are on Sundays at 4p.m. @ CHS.  For more information, contact Leah Kent at or at CHS 218-281-2144

Due to the holiday season, there will be no Men's Basketball until January.  Men's basketball will resume on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Participants who have not already registered will be required to register and pay their fee before participating, and must be 18 years of age and out of high school. Class Fee is $15. Register at the Community Education Office located at Washington School or call 281-5078 for more information.

The next Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament is scheduled for February 4, 2017, at Zippel Bay Resort in Williams, Minn. Upcoming golf tournaments include the Mark Olsonawski Golf Tournament on June 22, 2017, at Two Rivers Golf Course in Hallock, Minn., and the UMC Teambackers Golf Classic on July 14, 2017, at Minakwa Golf Course in Crookston, Minn.

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