Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The city of Crookston will be collecting tree branches and limbs today. Put branches and limbs on the boulevard. You are NOT required to cut branches into 4-ft. lengths. Also, the city burn-site has been opened to help with the disposal of trees, branches and limbs. You WILL NEED a four-wheel drive vehicle in the burn-site.

Farmers should report structural damage to buildings, Quonsets, bins, grain dryers, etc, to the Farm Service Agency.  Reports will be forwarded to the State Office who, in turn, reports to Washington. Call 281-2809 ext 2. 

Foot Care starts at 8:30 a.m. today at the Golden Link. Call 281-3072 to make an appointment.

West Polk County Farm Bureau Association Annual Meeting is today at the Crookston American Legion with social at 6:00, meal at 6:30 with special speakers from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Insurance and entertainment from Spencer Dobson a stand-up comedian. 

Stroke Support group meets 3:00 Wednesday in meeting room 4 at RiverView Health.  For more info call 281-9438.

MnDOT will hold an open house 5:00 p.m. Wednesday at Crookston City Hall to explain the Crookston slide project. Questions and comments from the public are encouraged.

Free tax preparation at the Golden Link is 9:00 to 2:00 Wednesday and Friday.  First come, first served. Taxpayers should bring their 2014 Real Estate Tax Statement or 2014 Certificate of Rent Paid and the 2014 Tax return.

AA, Alanon and Alateen meet 8:00 tonight at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

CHEDA Regular Board meeting is 7:00 am Thursday at Valley Technology Park.

The Crookston Chamber and Visitors Bureau, Crookston Fire Department and Otter Tail Power's Third Annual Fireman’s Water Fights Thursday has been cancelled.

Theater Storytelling Workshop at the Golden Link is 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday this week. Professional actors and teachers will help you record the stories of your life. Classes are fun and free. All are welcome to work at their own pace.

Bike and Build, a national non-profit committed to supporting affordable housing, will present a short program 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Crookston.  Bike and Build is bicycling through the United States and stopping in Crookston Thursday to help side a habitat home on Wilson Avenue with Crookston Habitat for Humanity volunteers. 

RiverView Health is offering Sports physicals at RiverView’s North Clinic in Crookston on July 22, 29 and Aug. 5th from 5 pm to 7 pm. To make an appointment, please call 218-281-9595.

Sod House Theater’s outdoor performance of  “Peer Gynt” is 7:00 p.m. Friday  and  1:00 p.m. Saturday on the University of Minnesota Crookston campus. Event is free and open to all.

Red Lake Falls Summerfest 2014 is Friday through Sunday in Red Lake Falls. Many activities for the whole family, dances, Little Miss Summerfest Pageant, Flea Market, Vendor Shows, Classic Car Show,  Lion’s 5k/10k run/walk, softball slam, motorcycle run, parade, bingo and much more.

Sports Physicals are being offered for school athletes every three years usually in the 7th grade and tenth grade. Altru Clinic in Crookston is offering the exams at a reduced cost of $30 starting on Thursday, July 24 and Tuesday, July 29 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Students should bring their completed Minnesota High School League health history form and the $30 at the time of the exam. To schedule an appointment at Altru Clinic 281-9100. Altru clinic donates the $30 fee back to the school’s athletic department.  Staff from the physical therapy department will be performing comprehensive musculoskeletal screening for each student.

Sandhill River Golf Course in Fertile is hosting a golf benefit for Pathways on Saturday, July 26th with registration at 12:30.  $60 fee for each golfer.  Door prizes, gift, and meal.  Call 945-3535 to register.

Crookston Parks and Recreation’s tenth annual Take a Kid Fishing Day for boys and girls 9 to 15 years old is Friday, August 1st. They will be going to Polk County park on Maple Lake with lunch provided by the Polk County Farm Bureau.  Kids must register but the event is FREE.  Adult supervision.  Register and fill out a permission slip at City Hall by July 31st .

Rydell National Wildlife Refuge trails are closed to the public during the trail improvement project now through August 3.  Heavy equipment will be working on the trails.

Crookston varsity football practice will start Aug 4th at 8:00 am at the Crookston High School. Equipment handout will be Aug 1st from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the blue shed.

The 4th Annual Little Miss Crookston Pageant and Junior Miss Crookston is looking for contestants.  Entry fee is $30. Contact Erin Thode for rules and applications at 218-280-7711 or The pageant is Sunday, August 10th.

DNR firearms safety training at the Crookston Gun Club starts on August 26 at 7 p.m.  This training is for anyone 11 and older,  Youth hunters and those planning on hunting out of state are required to have a firearm safety training certificate,  For information and registration contact Steve Videen at 218-289-2115.

The Crookston Swimming pool remains closed due to construction and repairs.

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