Tuesday, August 22, 2017


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

There are openings for 3 year olds in Washington School's School Readiness Program. The hours will be Monday-Thursday from 8-11.   To register, contact Barb Jorgenson at 218-281-5078 as soon as possible.

Buy your tickets now for the Crookston Entertainment Series 2017-2018. Student tickets are $15, adults are $40. Tickets are now on sale from local ticket sellers and at Montague’s Flower Shop in Crookston.

Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday is Chicken and Coleslaw for $6.00

RiverView Health’s monthly Type 2 diabetes support group will meet on Wednesday from 5-6 pm in Meeting Room 1 of RiverView Health, 323 S. Minnesota Street, Crookston. The group is led by RiverView Dietitian Darcey Larsen, RD LD, and Health Coach Kelsey Billing, RN, BSN. The meetings are free and open to anyone with Type 2 diabetes and their family members. New members are always welcome. For more information, call Larsen at 281-9589.              

The AARP Driver Safety Class will be Thursday, August 24 at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Link Center in Crookston. The one day, 8 hour defensive driving class is for drivers age 55 and older. Lunch will be available at the Link or bring your own. To register, call 281-3072.

Crookston Eagles has Bar Bingo on Thursday, August 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Experienced Americans Jack and Kathy Peterson will be honored at a reception at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, August 25 at the Golden Link. There will be a short program at 2:00 p.m.

The 36th Chautauqua and French-Canadian Metis Festival will be August 25, 26 and 27 at the Huot Old Crossing and Treaty Park.  Enjoy all of the French Festival food specialties, entertainment, bonfire, hayride, Mass at the Shrine, Afran Supper, silent auction, artists and artisans, children’s activities, demonstrations and dance at TNJ’s in Red Lake Falls. For a complete schedule visit

Through August 25, a Back to School supply project is being sponsored by the Catholic Daughters Court Bishop Schenk for the Cathedral Elementary School and the other local Crookston schools. This drive is in conjunction with Care and Share, the Salvation Army and the Crookston Rotary Bus project. Items needed are glue, notebooks, crayons, backpacks, mittens, socks, pencils, tissues, other clothing, etc. Supplies can be left in special containers in the gathering spaces at Cathedral, Northern Sky Bank, St Peter’s in Gentilly, and St Mary’s in Euclid. If you have any questions or pickup is needed, please contact Jean LaJesse at 281-6706.

The Crookston Pirates Special Olympics will have a Walk-A-Thon and a 5K on Friday, August 25th from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Crookston High School Parking Lot. Money raised will be used for the Minnesota Spring Games in 2018. If you would like to sponsor and athlete, call Anna Buegler at 280-2552 or Kim Hassel at 277-0399.

Crookston Eagles has Bar Bingo on Saturday, August 26 at 3:30 p.m., followed by dinner of Prime Rib ($17) or Walleye ($14) from 6-7:00 p.m. Take outs are available.

The Crookston City Council will meet on Monday, August 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. The Ways & Means Committee will meet immediately following the Council meeting in the Conference Room at City Hall.

The RiverView Auxiliary will be hosting a Collective Goods Sale on Tuesday, August 29 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Wednesday, August 30 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm in Heritage Hallway at RiverView.  There will be books, electronics, home goods, kids’ gifts and more!  Be sure to come and check it out!

CHS 7th Grade Orientation (for all seventh graders) will be held on Wednesday, August 30 from 10:15 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The free orientation day gives students a chance to participate in fun group games, receive their class schedule and hear about the expectations as a seventh grader. Check in is at 10:15 a.m., student and parent welcome from 10:30-10:45 a.m., parent-only meeting and tour from 10:45-11:15 a.m., and orientation day runs from 10:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Contact Leah Kent at 281-2144 with questions, or email her at

The CHS New Student Welcome will be held on Wednesday, August 30 from 2-3:00 p.m., in the Counseling Office at Crookston High School. Contact Leah Kent at 281-2144 with questions, or email her at

The Golden Link will be showing the movie “Beauty and the Beast” on Wednesday, August 30 at 1:30 p.m. There is no charge.

UMC retirees meet at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30 at the Golden Link.

Wesley United Methodist Church, 701 Eickhof Blvd., will have Summer Salad Lunches from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. the last Thursday of the month, August 31st and September 28th.

Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, August 30 is a Reuben Sandwich for $7.25.

Crookston will be the site of one of ten town halls meetings scheduled to offer Minnesotans an opportunity to discuss the water quality challenges facing their communities and our state, learn from experts, and engage with policymakers. The town hall meetings will be attended by key members of Governor Dayton’s Cabinet who want to hear from Minnesotans about ways to improve the state’s water quality at the local level. The Crookston Water Quality Town Hall will be held on Tuesday, September 5th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration opens at 6:00 p.m. in Bede Ballroom in the Sargent Student Center at UMC. No advance registration is necessary. A complete list of dates and locations is available online at

Villa St. Vincent/The SUMIT’s sixth Annual Glow Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, September 9 at Minakwa Golf Course. It will be an evening of fun, fellowship and philanthropy. Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a shot gun start at 4:00 p.m. The first 9 holes will be golfed in the daylight, with the second 9 holes golfed in the dark. A maximum of 20, 4-person teams will be accepted. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to upgrade and enhance the Villa’s current security system. Sponsors may contact Cindy Hulst, Foundation Director at 281-9713, or by email at

The Red River History Museum in Shelly will be open from 7-9:00 p.m. every Tuesday through the summer. 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 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.

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 through August 10. 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. If you have question about the meals, contact Anna Brekken at 281-5313, extension 7 or email  

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.

A Two Year Limited Short Call Substitute Teacher Workshop has been scheduled for September 26 & 27. 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.

Rydell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will again be hosting a special Mentored Youth Deer Hunt for kids age 12-15, in cooperation with the Minnesota DNR and the Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association, on October 28-29th.  Rydell is the only NWR in Minnesota that offers this special "mentored" deer hunting opportunity. A total of 15 youth will be allowed to participate in this hunt. Participating youth will be required to hunt with a parent, guardian, or mentor. They will be allowed to harvest one deer of either sex on the Refuge. One requirement for youth hunt participants is that they attend a mandatory orientation session. This will be held at Rydell NWR on Sunday, October 22nd, from 10:00am - 1:00pm. Applications can be completed at any DNR license agent or online at For more information on this unique hunting opportunity, go to and click on "youth deer hunts", or contact Gregg Knutsen, Refuge Manager, at 218-687-2229 x16 /

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 UMC Kiehle Auditorium and is directed by Joyce Johnson.

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