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FRIDAY - OCTOBER 9, 2015
TRI-VALLEY'S MARY JOHNSON RECEIVES CHAMPION OF CHILD SAFETY AWARD
Mary Johnson, Head Start Assistant Program Design Manager at Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc., was presented with the 2015 Champion of Child Safety award on September 24, in Vadnais Heights, Minn. during the seventh annual Minnesota Childhood Injury Summit. Mary was acknowledged for her many accomplishments and long-term dedication in helping protect children from unintentional injuries, with a particular focus on child passenger safety. Mary leads Head Start’s transportation committee, provides CPR, First Aid, and CARS training to our staff and parents, all in order to ensure Tri-Valley Head Start services are top-notch! Mary is based out of the Tri-Valley Administrative Office in Apple Valley, Minn. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor! Many thanks for your continued leadership in helping to keep children and staff safe in our Head Start programs!
Mary Johnson with her award
CROOKSTON EARLY CHILDHOOD SUMMIT RECEIVES GRANT FROM OTTO BREMER FOUNDATION
The Crookston Early Childhood Summit recently received a $25,000 grant from the
Otto Bremer Foundation.
Jacqueline Cournia (Personal Banker Bremer) Denice Oliver (Early Childhood Summit Committee Member), Finn, Shyuh, Peyton, Jaron, Monica Parenteau (Early Childhood Summit Committee Member), and Brenda Crane (Early Childhood Summit Committee Member)
THURSDAY - OCTOBER 8, 2015
POLK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE RESPONDS TO SMALL EXPLOSION IN BELTRAMI
The Polk County Sheriff's Office, Beltrami Fire Department and the Polk County EMS were called to a small explosion at the Beltrami Ag Services grainery on Wednesday morning. Two male employees ages 47 and 42 were transported to RiverView Health in Crookston for injuries by private vehicles prior to the emergency responders arrival. The Beltrami Fire Department got the fire under control and secured the scene. The cause of the explosion is not known at this time.
FIRE PREVENTION WEEK CONTINUES WITH
REMINDER ON KITCHEN FIRE SAFETY
Fire Prevention week continues through Saturday with Crookston firefighters talking about ways to prevent fires. Fires in the kitchen are usually where fires start in the home and Firefighter Brian Halos has ideas on preventing kitchen fires. “Ever year cooking equipment is involved in over 100,000 fires and they usually occur because of unattended cooking,” stated Halos. “Some tips for safe cooking include reminding people to stay in the kitchen, use back burners, and keep the handles over the stove and not over the side. Don’t let kids and pet play near the stove and keep the floor clean. If you cook with gas be careful of loose clothing and long hair reaching over the stove. Keep anything that can burn away from the stove, keep an oven mitt near the stove so you can cover the fire in the pan and do not pour water on a fire on a stove!”
Fire risks also extend to other parts of the kitchen. “An oven being used should not be left unattended. If there is a fire, keep the door closed and shut the oven off. If it does not go out, call the fire department,” explained Halos. “Microwaves can also start a fire. Make sure you plug them into an outlet and not an extension cord. Use only microwave safe containers and be careful when removing the items from the microwave. Do not use metal or aluminum foil in the microwave and keep it shut if there is a fire. If you do burn yourself, run your hand or arm under cool water for several minutes.”
Crookston Fire Department is also telling people how to use fire extinguishers, “It is the first line of defense. When using the fire extinguisher, make sure the fire isn’t any larger than a trash can as a fire extinguisher only lasts for about 20 seconds,” explained Crookston Fire Chief Tim Froeber. “The powder doesn’t last long. Keep your back to the exit when using a fire extinguisher. We will have fire extinguisher training at the Open House on Saturday.”
The Crookston Fire Department will have an Open House on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Crookston Fire Hall with activities for all ages.
MERGER FINALIZED BETWEEN DREES, RISKEY & VALLAGER AND BRADY, MARTZ & ASSOCIATES
The merger of Drees, Riskey and Vallager with Brady, Martz & Associates, certified public accountants, was finalized on October 1, 2015. Kim Durbin is a partner in the firm and works in the Crookston office. Durbin said they are still getting the technology in order for the merger. “The name change is part of the merger which we have been working on since December, 2014 where we committed to merge the two offices as of October 1 with over 200 employees in Minot, Bismarck, Thief River Falls, Grand Forks, Dickinson, and Crookston,” said Durbin. “I will remain in Crookston running the daily needs of the office and we will be partly managed by the Grand Forks office which includes Mark Miller of Crookston, who is the overall partner in charge of the whole office affairs. Our services will remain the same with all employees in place and they will work with the same clients. We are now networked with a broader base of resources and specializing in different areas of the complex issues involving taxes and auditing. The resources will better serve the clients as we move forward with new rule and regulations.”
The firm will operate as Brady, Martz & Associates. They have provided accounting services for over 85 years. Clients served in the Crookston office up to this point will continue to be served out of the Crookston office.
WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 7, 2015
RIVERVIEW HEALTH TO HOST CPR CLASSES ON THURSDAY
October 8 RiverView Health in Crookston is offering a free CPR program
specifically geared for the general public. This two and one-half hour course
contains basic information about what to do in life-threatening situations, and
is designed for all ages to participate. The skills that will be taught in the
program are those that can be used to save the life of a loved one, a friend or
neighbor. The courses are being made available to the public at no charge,
thanks to grant funds made available by the Crookston American Legion Post 20.
RiverView is also hosting a HeartSaver CPR Course as a part of its American Heart Association (AHA) Community Training Center. The course is being held at 6:30 PM in Meeting Room 4 at RiverView. The program is required for day care providers and others needing certification. The course includes the Heartsaver card and book for $45.
The classes are a part of RiverView’s American Heart Association (AHA) Community Training Center offerings. The class will be held on Thursday from 6:30 to 9 PM in Meeting Room 4 at RiverView. No test or card is issued and participants will receive the Family and Friends CPR book.
Contracted Community Training Centers (CTCs) and their affiliated sites are the only facilities permitted to offer AHA courses to the public and professionals through their affiliated instructors and programs. To register or for more information on this class or other courses offered through the CTC, contact RiverView Education at 218-281-9405 or 1-800-743-6551, extension 9405. See our web site: www.riverviewhealth.org.
The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.
POLK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS GET A VISIT FROM MRCC'S DAN LARSON
Polk County Commissioners met on Tuesday and had a quick visit from Dan Larson, executive director of the Minnesota Rural Counties Caucus (MRCC). Polk County Board Chairman Warren Strandell said roads are a big concern in rural counties and Larson is working on a project to inform legislators about the problems. MRCC was organized about 20 years ago and Polk County was one of the original members. Larson updated the board on a video he is making on the condition of the Polk County roads and what beet traffic and other traffic does to the roads. “It will be shown to legislators especially the metro legislators as the issues are different,” said Strandell. “The cities legislators move people and for us it is moving product with heavy loads in the spring and fall and the roads were not built for the bigger truck loads and heavier traffic so we need to get the message out.”
Commissioners approved a contract for the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) for $37,296.00 for the counties of Polk, Kittson, Roseau, Marshall, Pennington and Red Lake for training and employment.
A special assessment for Red Lake Watershed Ditch Number 15 in the Angus and Euclid area was approved for $1,877,930.72.
The commissioners approved changing life insurance carriers from USable to OCHS Life through Mn.Life which will save $22,000 annually.
The commissioners approved payment to Olson Construction of Fertile of $3,795.00 for labor and materials for the public health project in McIntosh.
POLK COUNTY INCINERATOR GETS A VISIT FROM THE MINNESOTA HOUSE AND SENATE INVESTMENT COMMITTEE
The Polk County Incinerator in Fosston has been visited by the Minnesota House and Senate Investment Committees to look at projects that are asking for bonding money. “We had testified in front of them at the last session so now they could see the project. The Senate committee came last week when they had a last minute change so they stopped by to see the facility operate to help them understand what we were trying to accomplish,” said Jon Steiner, Director of Environmental Services for Polk County. “They had good questions when they broke into small groups and listened to the staff explain the operations.”
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CROOKSTON CROWNS HOMECOMING ROYALTY
Homecoming royalty were crowned during coronation on Tuesday, October 6, 2015,
at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Crowned were Queen Karcyn Pleune, a
senior from Borup; and King Brett Carlson, a senior from Deer River.
Homecoming royalty also included Alexis Khoshaba, a senior from Vancouver, B.C., Canada; Stan Harvey, a junior from Long Prairie; Kristi Larson, a senior from New Ulm; Austin Strukel, a senior from Virginia; Keith Yorek, a senior from Little Falls; Trina Weisel, a junior from Alexandria; Kevin Larson, a senior from New Ulm; and Traeyn Stomberg, a junior from Menahga.
Back row, left to right: Stan Harvey, Austin Strukel, Keith Yorek, Kevin Larson. Middle row: Trina Weisel, Alexis Khoshaba, Kristi Larson, Tareyn Stomberg.
Seated, left to right: Queen Karcyn Pleune and King Brett Carlson
PRESCRIBED FIRES TO BE HELD ALONG HIGHWAY 59 AND 75
Local residents, motorists and others in Kittson, Marshall and Polk counties may
see smoke from roadside prescribed fires this fall. Traffic should not be
affected and all roadways and trails will remain open.
The prescribed fires are used to improve native vegetation and weed control; they will be done as weather conditions allow in the following locations:
· Highway 59 from Halma to Lake Bronson
· Highway 75 from Crookston to Stephen
Trained crews control and conduct the fires within the state right of way during
optimal weather conditions to ensure safety and effectiveness. For more
information on MnDOT’s prescribed fire vegetation management program, visit
The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to always drive with caution and slow down in work zones. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.
TUESDAY - OCTOBER 6, 2015
CROOKSTON CHAMBER AND FARMERS MARKET CORN STALK JAMBOREE TO BE HELD SATURDAY
The Crookston Chamber of Commerce and Crookston Farmers Market will hold their annual Corn Stalk Jamboree at the downtown square from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday in Crookston. “It is the last market of the season so we are having the Corn Stalk Jamboree in the downtown square, along with the Farmer’s Market will be other vendors selling decorations, crafts and other wares,” said Sandy Kegler, marketing and tourism coordinator for the Crookston Chamber. “We will have live music from the Valley Fiddlers, kids games thanks to the Bremer Bank, Crookston National Bank, Agassiz Federal Credit Union and American Federal Bank. There will be quarters in the hay stalk for the kids to find and we will be serving homemade vegetable soup with fresh bread for a free will donation.”
UMC HAULS IN A BOUNTY OF PRODUCE FROM THE CAMPUS GARDEN
Last spring the campus planted the Allen and Freda Pedersen Garden on campus to
provide fresh produce to dining services at the University of Minnesota
Crookston. This fall a total of 7,187.65 pounds of produce and 1,245 ears of
sweet corn were harvested from the campus garden. A new 24 by 72
high tunnel, located just east of the campus greenhouses, already has rows of
plants showing from the fall planting. A high tunnel is a kind of greenhouse
that allows the extension of the growing season up to five to six weeks in both
spring and autumn. High tunnels are typically unheated, so they aren't operated
in the winter. Most of the cost for the high tunnel was provided by Sodexo,
under the direction of Doug Pedrick in conjunction with Peter Phaiah.
Construction of the high tunnel was coordinated by Dan Svedarsky and Rick Abrahamson with assistance from the facilities crew of the Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC), student workers, and a private construction crew from Bagley that specializes in high tunnel construction. Recently‐retired Extension Specialist Terry Nennich, a regional expert on high tunnels, assisted with the project as well. The project is a cooperative effort between the NWROC and the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department with day‐to‐day operations directed by Rick Abrahamson, a new horticulture faculty member.
Rick Abrahamson, a lecturer in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department shows the rows that have come up in the high tunnel on campus.
SMALL GRAINS INSTITUTE COMMITTEE AWARDS GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
The Small Grains Institute Committee is comprised
of 10 members from the farm community, industry and extension. The 2 day event
focus is on educational programs featuring leading edge topics and a farm
equipment show held each February at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North
Dakota. Since its inception in 1990, the SGI’s
mission has been to help educate and provide information to the small grain
growers in our region. The continued growth and success of the International
Crop Expo has allowed the SGI to establish a fund that will provide financial
support for programs and/or meetings that coincide with that mission.
A grant committee has been formed to help this process along. Serving on the grant committee for this current year are: Fred Parnow, Crookston; Joel Ransom; Fargo, Don Yutrzenka; Argyle and Lorri Ann Hartel; Red Lake Falls.
The Small Grains Institute Committee is proud to announce that they distributed grants to the following recipients in 2015:
ND Grain Growers Assn $500.00
ND Barley Council $500.00
Organic Crop Improvement Assn MN #1 $500.00
MN Assn of Wheat Growers $1000.00
MN Barley Growers Assn $1000.00
MN/ND Agri-Women $1000.00
The committee is also proud that scholarships have
been awarded to an Ag student with the University of Minnesota – Crookston and
North Dakota State University for $1,000.00 each. This program was established
with the two Universities in 2014. The 2016 grant
application deadline will be Friday, December 4, 2015. Programs should be
completed on or before 12/31/16. Upon receiving the applications, they will be
reviewed and awarded no later than December 31, 2015.
If you know of any group who would be eligible and would like to apply – please contact Lorri Ann Hartel at 218-253-4391 or 218-686-6144 or email email@example.com.
UMC TEAMBACKERS DONATE OVER $18,500 IN SUPPORT OF ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS
Members of the UMC Teambacker Executive Board presented a check to Stephanie
Helgeson, athletic director and Garret Kollin, development officer
recently. The check represents the proceeds of the Justin Knebel Fishing
tourney, the proceeds of the annual Teambacker Golf Classic, and the Hallock
Golf tourney raising a total of more than $18,500 in support of athletic
scholarships. Anyone interested in joining UMC Teambackers or for information,
contact Kollin at 218-281-8436.
Alysa Tulibaski, secretary of Teambackers; Stephanie Helgeson, athletic director, Matt Hann, the Teambacker treasurer, Adam Maruska, president of UMC Teambackers; and Garret Kollin, development officer.
MNDOT SAYS FALL IS THE DEADLIEST TIME OF YEAR FOR PEDESTRIANS
The death of a St. Paul
woman in a pedestrian crash last week is a reminder that as the days get shorter
and the nights longer, motorists and pedestrians should watch out for one
another. The fall months are the deadliest months for pedestrians, according to
the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Last year, 17 pedestrians were killed and 837 were injured. This year so far, 23 pedestrians were killed and 655 were injured. “With more hours of darkness in the fall, pedestrians are more difficult to see,” said Sue Groth, MnDOT state traffic engineer. “Motorists and pedestrians are equally at fault when we look at our crash data. That means that both groups need to know and obey the laws.”
The crosswalk law
includes these highlights:
· Motorists should stop for crossing pedestrians at marked crosswalks and at all intersections without crosswalks or stop lights.
· Pedestrians must obey traffic signs and signals at all intersections that have them.
· Vehicles stopped for pedestrians can proceed once the pedestrian has completely crossed the lane in front of the stopped vehicle.
· Pedestrians shouldn’t enter a crosswalk if a vehicle is approaching and it is impossible for the driver to stop. There is no defined distance that a pedestrian must abide by before entering the crosswalk; common sense should be used.
For the full crosswalk
law, go to: www.mndot.gov/sharetheroad/ped/crosswalklaw.html.
Because the sun rises later and sets earlier, there are more pedestrians
before and after daylight hours, increasing the risk of crashes. Children are
going to or getting out of school or walking to their bus stop, and adults are
walking to or home from work. About 30
percent of pedestrian crashes happen during the weekday rush hour driving time,
defined as 6 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. One out of every four pedestrian fatal
crashes occurred between the hours of 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.
Male pedestrians are more likely than females to be killed or injured. Males accounted for 76 percent of all pedestrian fatalities and 52 percent of all injuries in 2014. The most cited contributing factors to all pedestrian crashes is driver failure to yield and driver distraction or inattention.
MONDAY - OCTOBER 5, 2015
CROOKSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT IS CELEBRATING NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
This week, October 4 – 10, is National Fire Prevention Week and the Crookston
Fire Department wants people to make sure their alarms are working. The theme of
prevention week is “Hear the Beep, Where You Sleep. The Crookston Fire
Department will have their annual open house on Saturday, October 10 from 10:00
a.m. to 1:00 p.m. They will have the ladder truck bucket rides, thermal imager
demonstrations, tours, kids will be able to spray the fire hose and try on
firefighting gear. There will also be door prizes, refreshments, Sparky the
fire dog will make an appearance, and people can sign up for a free safety
inspection in their home and learn how to use a fire extinguisher. “Make sure
you have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms functioning in the bedrooms or
close by. We want people to hear them when they are sleeping,” said Shane
Heldstab of the Crookston Fire Department. “It is time to change the batteries
also, the time change is November 1 so change the clocks and the batteries when
daylight savings time ends.” Crookston Firefighter Robert Magsam, wants
residents to have an escape plan for their home. “Working detectors are
necessary, but an escape plan for your home is necessary. Work places and
schools have plans in place so should your home,” said Magsam. “They have
drills and families should have drills to get out of each room in two ways. We
talk to the kids in the community about fire drills in their home so they should
be practiced in case of a fire.”
Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., when most people are asleep? Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!
Fireman Bob Magsam prepared students for fire prevention week by visiting Cathedral School to teach the students about fire safety.
NORTH DAKOTA AND MINNESOTA AGRI-WOMEN TO PRESENT THE 33RD ANNUAL HARVEST OF KNOWLEDGE ON OCTOBER 30
The North Dakota Agri-Women and Minnesota Agri-Women will present the 33rd
annual Harvest of Knowledge on Friday, October 30 at the Ramada Inn in Grand
Forks. Teresa Lewis will talk about inspiration, Betsy Jensen of Stephen will
talk marketing, and Dr. William Haug, Jr., of Grand Forks will talk on
flexibility at all ages. “After lunch we will have a panel on beef and dairy
from farm to table as many people are removed from the farm and don’t understand
the new technology and research,” said Donna Ulseth is chairman of the
committee. “A meat inspector will be part of the panel, last of the day are
Susan Humble and Paula Kallinen of Grand Forks talking with Repurposing for the
Shabby Chic look. If you have an old farm home like we had our daughter took an
old window and recycled it.”
People can register by calling Ulseth at 218-926-5651 or stop at KROX for an application. The will also take registrations on October 30 at 8:00 a.m. for $35 which includes, coffee at the break, and a noon meal.
UMC STUDENTS AND FACULTY AND THEIR STAFF HELP BUD CAP OVER 4,000 SEEDLINGS AT ITASCA STATE PARK
On Saturday, September 26, 32 students from the University of Minnesota
Crookston helped with bud capping approximately 4000-5000 red, white, and jack
pine seedlings on 23 acres near the north entrance to Itasca State Park near the
Mary Gibbs Headwaters Center.
There were 47 people involved in the project including 1 staff person from the Department of Natural Resources, 5 Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteers, 32 students from the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC), and nine members of UMC faculty, staff, or their affiliates.
National Public Lands Day was coordinated and sponsored by the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program that provided lunch and a t-shirt to all participants. The University of Minnesota provided transportation for the students and faculty. There were 13 sites across Minnesota that participated in the event and hosted 301 volunteers who recorded 1533 hours of volunteer service valued at $37,267.
Volunteers helped restore a monarch way-station, bud capped pine trees, hand-collected seeds, removed invasive species, staffed information booths, made bee boxes, and many other activities on this national day of service.
The UMC students, and staff that helped bud cap over 4,000 red, white, and jack pine seedlings at Itasca State Park
REPRESENTATIVE DEB KIEL AND 43 REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVES CHALLENGE U.S. EPA OVER CLEAN POWER PLAN
On Tuesday, September 29,
2015, Representative Deb Kiel (R-Crookston) and 43 Republican state representatives
from the Minnesota House sent a letter to Attorney General Lori Swanson and
Governor Mark Dayton, asking them to add Minnesota to a growing coalition of
states challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a federal
court over the Clean Power Plan.
The plan, which mandates Minnesota reduce utility carbon emissions by over 40 percent by 2030, greatly expands the scope of federal authority and will impact the availability of affordable energy for families, businesses and communities across the state. Furthermore, the implementation of this new rule could lead to closures of coal-fired power plants, further increasing energy costs and creating substantial job loss. "Folks in Greater Minnesota are set to see significant increases to their energy bills when this overreaching, burdensome plan is put into effect," said Rep. Kiel. "President Obama and the EPA have crafted an expensive new plan that will have little, if any measurable impact on our environment, but what we will be able to measure is the number of jobs lost when coal-fired power plants close, the taxpayer dollars spent to implement these new requirements, and the additional dollars that will be added to the energy bills of hardworking Minnesotans. I am hopeful the Attorney General and Governor Dayton will stand up for our interests and join other states across the nation challenging this power plan in a federal court."
The full letter reads as follows:
Dear Attorney General
We write to encourage you to add Minnesota to the growing coalition of states challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a federal court regarding the Clean Power Plan, issued under the agency's 111(d) rulemaking authority. Not only will this significantly expanded scope of federal power under EPA rulemaking undermine state regulatory authority, but it will also impact the availability of affordable energy for families, businesses and communities statewide. Additionally, there is a possibility that the implementation of the Clean Power Plan could lead to the closure of coal-fired power plants in our state, creating significant job loss and increased energy costs. These price increases will most greatly affect those who can least afford it including people with low or fixed incomes, the elderly, local schools and nursing homes.
As you may be aware, the EPA has assigned to Minnesota a utility sector carbon reduction mandate of over 40 percent by the year 2030, well above the national average of 32 percent. Our state already has spent billions of dollars over the past decade to reduce pollution and increase energy efficiency. The federal government is now punishing Minnesotans for our early action related to clean and affordable power by not recognizing our state's past leadership and innovation.
Furthermore, the EPA conceded there will be no measurable environmental benefit from the Clean Power Plan which calls to question the validity of implementing these expensive, overreaching new federal requirements when there is little expected positive environmental results.
The EPA issued its final rule on August 3, 2015. We now respectfully ask that you take action on behalf of the state of Minnesota and join the growing list of states challenging the EPA's Clean Power Plan. By joining as a plaintiff, Minnesota will be a strong voice for state regulatory authority, protect Minnesota jobs and energy reliability, and hopefully help stop the alarming expansion of federal power over state energy policy.
The letter was signed by
Deb Kiel, Dan Fabian, House Speaker Kurt Daudt, Majority Leader Joyce Peppin, Pat Garofalo, Bud Nornes, Sondra Erickson, Tony Cornish, Steve Drazkowski, Tim Sanders, Peggy Scott, Paul Torkelson, Bob Barrett, Mary Franson, Glenn Gruenhagen, Joe McDonald, Duane Quam, Joe Schomacker, Chris Swedzinski, Dave Hancock, Steve Green, Jerry Hertaus, Brian Johnson, Ron Kresha, Jim Newberger, Marion O'Neill, Cindy Pugh, Mark Uglem, Anna Wills, Tama Theis, Jeff Backer, Dave Baker, Peggy Bennett, Brian Daniels, Kelly Fenton, Josh Heintzeman, Jon Koznick, Eric Lucero, Dale Lueck, Tim Miller, Roz Peterson, Jason Rarick, Bob Vogel and Abigail Whelan.
NINTH DISTRICT AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY JUNIORS HAVE FUN DAY IN CROOKSTON
The Crookston American Legion Auxiliary hosted the Annual American Legion
Auxiliary Junior Fun Day in Crookston last month. Eight girls and six adults
participated, traveling from Warren, Moorhead and Crookston. The day included
two service projects. The first stop was the Food Bank in Crookston. The
girls, ages five to 13 packed 480 bags for the back pack program in 45 minutes.
The second stop was the Care and Share where the girls were given a tour by
Executive Director Susan Shirek and treated to lunch. Their project there was
to make up bed kits for new arrivals.
The Junior American Legion Auxiliary is part of the American Legion Auxiliary whose members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military and their families both here and abroad. Auxiliary volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. To learn more about the Auxiliary’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.
Russell Tate of the North Country Food Bank explains the process of packing backpacks to the District 9 American Legion Auxiliary Juniors and Chaperones.
FRIDAY - OCTOBER 2, 2015
CROOKSTON SCHOOL DISTRICT ENCOURAGING FAMILIES TO APPLY FOR FREE AND REDUCED MEALS
The Crookston School District is still taking applications for the free and
reduced lunch program and they encourage everybody to apply, even if you don’t
think you will be able to get it. “We are still taking applications for free
and reduced lunch, the more we get it is better for getting grants and other
money to help the district,” said Crookston School District Food Service
Director Anna Brekken. “It helps the school and families when they qualify.”
Parents are welcome to stop in for lunch with their children any day of the
The Crookston Schools summer lunch program was a huge success after serving a total of 4,084 meals in 44 days. 3,907 were first meals to students, and 115 were second meals to students. 52 were to paying adults. “Lots of volunteers helped out, Tri Valley bus service transported 644 students to get meals, United Way gave us a couple of grants,” said Brekken. “Tom Amiot, a foster grandparent helped out every day and it was awesome to see him, Trinity Lutheran Church organized a number of volunteers and 13 year old students volunteered to help us out to serve meals.” Brekken said she was happy how the first year turned out, and offering a free meal to any student from zero to 18 years of age was great for all the kids to get a good healthy meal. “Hopefully we can do it again next year,” added Brekken.
BISHOP HOEPPNER TALKS ABOUT HIS VISIT PHILADELPHIA TO SEE THE POPE
Bishop Michael Hoeppner of the Crookston Catholic Diocese has returned from
taking part in the celebration with Pope Francis in Washington, D.C. and
Philadelphia. Bishop Hoeppner said the trip was fantastic. “I was sitting
to a person on the plane coming home and he asked what was a memorable moment
and I just said to be in the presence of the Holy Father whom everyone
recognizes, who speaks for God, is close to God, brings God to us in person,”
said Bishop Hoeppner. “He is so positive, enthusiastic and personable so to be
in the crowd was fantastic.”
The American Bishops met with Pope Francis in Washington and he spoke to them about being shepherds, and came with affection and spiritual closeness to offer encouragement to everyone. “He thanked us for shepherding the church and to be committed to life and support of families as he was at the World of Families meeting also,” said Bishop Hoeppner. “He appreciated our efforts in educating young people, he offered no plan, as the plan is the gospel, it was very uplifting and positive.” Bishop Hoeppner participated in the closing Mass in Philadelphia, right and left of the stage. “Bishops get a good seat,” said Bishop Hoeppner. “Pope Francis met with the Little Sisters of the Poor with a theme of religious liberty to be about the work of bringing Christ to the world. He talked about the mission of encounter and bringing Jesus to people where ever they are, if they have strayed or whatever bring it to people who are seeking God.” Bishop Hoeppner met Pope Francis in September, 2015 when his class celebrated 40 years of being a priest and 10 of them are bishops. Bishop Hoeppner is putting together the homilies of the seven masses and will be speaking throughout the diocese.
CROOKSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY TO HOST THE MUSICAL GROUP, ROSE ENSEMBLE
The Crookston Public
Library, a branch of the Lake Agassiz Regional Library, is pleased to announce a
performance showcasing the rich musical and cultural history of the Hawaiian
Islands from celebrated musical group Rose Ensemble.
Audiences will enjoy experiencing the traditions of Hawaii on this journey through an unexpected musical heritage – one steeped in tradition, transformed by worldwide influences and reborn through the struggle to carry the past into the present. The public is welcome to attend this event at the Crookston Public Library (110 N. Ash St.) on Wednesday, October 7 at 1:00 p.m. For more information, contact the library at (218)-281-4522.
The Crookston Public Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library, which is a consolidated public library system comprised of 13 branch libraries and nine LINK sites serving the residents of seven counties in northwest Minnesota. More information is available at www.larl.org.
MNDOT TO CONDUCT AERIAL MAPPING THROUGHOUT NORTHWEST MINNESOTA THIS MONTH
The Minnesota Department of Transportation will conduct aerial mapping of
several locations in northern Minnesota this fall. This work must be conducted
after the leaves have fallen off of the trees and before any snow has fallen.
Weather permitting; work will begin in early October in the following locations:
· Erskine- Highway 2
· Halstad- Highway 75
· Northome- Highway 1
· Saint Hilaire- Highway 32
· Warren- Highway 1/75
· Warroad- Highway 11
The mapping will create a record of existing infrastructure and landscape along
MnDOT right of way for transportation planning and operations. To take the
photos, crews place an “X” on the ground as a reference point for the aerial
photographer. “Crews paint large white ‘X’ targets on paved surfaces” said Dan
Domeier, MnDOT Land Surveyor. “For unpaved locations they use a wood panel
target. A survey crew then records the coordinate position and elevation of
these targets, and provides that information to the aerial photography company.”
The wood panel targets are temporary and will be removed when the photography is completed. MnDOT requests that landowners not remove or disturb the targets until the photography is completed.
If a target must be moved, please contact MnDOT District 2 survey staff at 218-755-6533 or by email at Daniel.Domeier@state.mn.us.
UMC CELEBRATES THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SARGEANT STUDENT CENTER
On Wednesday, September 30, a celebration took place marking the 10th anniversary of the Sargeant Student Center. Chancellor Emeritus Don Sargeant and Mary Beth Sargeant for whom the building was named were special guests at the celebration. A brief program recognized the importance of the student center to the campus. Lisa Samuelson, director of the Sargeant Student Center, welcomed guests, Professor Mark Huglen, who served on the building’s planning committee shared some memories, and Chancellor Fred Wood gave remarks and introduced Chancellor Emeritus Don Sargeant.
UMC Chancellor Fred Wood, Mary Beth Sargeant, Chancellor Emeritus Don Sargeant, Professor Mark Huglen, and Director of the Sargeant Student Center Lisa Samuelson.
THURSDAY - OCTOBER 1, 2015
CROOKSTON UNITED WAY SOUP AND CHILI COOK OFF AND CHOCOLATE EXTRAVAGANZA
The weather’s changing, the air is crisper, the beet trucks are out and United
Way of Crookston is gearing up for the 16th annual Soup & Chili
Cook-off and Chocolate Extravaganza. The fun will take place at the Crookston
High School on Thursday, October 8 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the commons area.
Local chefs, business owners and neighbors who just love to cook, will be offering up their favorite recipes. In addition to soup and chili, there will be music and chocolate. This year YOU get to be the only judges of the soup and chili entrants!
The soup and chili cook-off marks the 2016 campaign kick-off for the United Way of Crookston. All donations and proceeds go toward our 2016 goal to fund health and human service agencies in our community.
United Way Board member, Tyman Hayashi; United Way Chair, Nell DeBoer; and Sam Huglen, Sodexo Foods. (Picture by the Crookston United Way)
MINNESOTA SENATE CAPITAL INVESTMENT COMMITTEE VISITS CROOKSTON
The Minnesota Senate Capital Investment Committee was in the Red River Valley
this week and on Wednesday they stopped at the North Country Food Bank in
Crookston, which is asking for $3 million in bonding money to go with the $3
million they expect to raise for a new facility in Crookston, and the bridge at
Nielsville. Senator Bev Scalze of Little Canada is vice chairman of the
committee said it was a learning experience. “This was so interesting to see
the food bank and the short comings and see what they are able to do with their
limited access. They can’t repackage the food and there are so many needs,”
said Scalze. “I live eight miles north of the state capitol, but I grew up in
Baudette so it was interesting to listen on how food from this bank goes to
Baudette which is isolated, so many people need food and people are stepping up
to help.” The Nielsville bridge will need cooperation from North Dakota. “The
stop at the Nielsville Bridge was interesting, we are trying to be able to
coordinate with North Dakota in some fashion so that they can participate in the
project,” said Scalze.
Senator David Senjem of Rochester said help is needed for the bridge at Nielsville. “It’s always interesting to get out and the Nielsville bridge is an important issue economically especially this time of the year when they are moving crops,” said Senjem. “The food bank does a fantastic job and I completely understand their need for a better facility for what they do and how they do it is obvious and they need to expand so we will have to help them.”
Senator LeRoy Stumpf of Plummer is chairman of the Senate Capital Investment Committee and said the Nielsville bridge was being inspected. “They have the road blocked and barricaded so there no traffic going across right now. The North Dakota Department of Transportation was there doing core samples today, hopefully after the testing and collecting of information they will give us some options on what we can do next,” said Stumpf. “The farmers have to go either north or south to get to pilers and potato houses.”
The committee also visited the University of Minnesota Crookston for a tour of facilities needing funding for renovations.
UMC PREPARING FOR HOMECOMING WITH THE THEME OF A GOLD TIE AFFAIR
In true maroon and gold
spirit, the University of Minnesota Crookston is preparing for "A Gold Tie
Affair,” a theme that will run through all the activities taking place during
homecoming week, October 5-11.
Student activities begin Monday, October 5. Highlights include coronation on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium, Powder Puff Football on Thursday, October 8 at 12:30 p.m. on the Campus Mall, and a homecoming bonfire on Friday evening in parking lot D beginning at 8:30 p.m.
The 2015 Alumni Awards Celebration will be held on Friday, October 9 in Bede Ballroom with a social at 6 and dinner at 6:30 with the program and awards presentation to follow; Outstanding alumni to be honored this year are Ryan Bakken 1970; Stephanie Helgeson ex. 1991; and Angela (Foss) Sundell 1988; Gary Wagner 1975. Being inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame are Bob Landry 1983, hockey (posthumously); Jason Lindquist 1998, football; and Justin Schreiber 2004, football.
For the first time in history, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations will present a Young Alumni Award to recognize the achievement of alumni who have graduated within the past 15 years. This year’s recipient is Wemimo Abbey 2013, business management graduate from Lagos, Nigeria.
Make reservations for the Alumni Awards Celebration by calling Rose Ulseth at 281-8439 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $20.
Following the Alumni Awards Celebration, alumni are invited to gather for a social at Drafts Bar & Grill, 925 Fisher Ave, Crookston.
On Saturday, October 10, the annual Homecoming Parade is at 11:00 a.m. around the Campus Mall and the community is invited to enter and attend. Grand marshal for the parade is Wemimo Abbey, the 2015 Young Alumni Award recipient, and his family. Contact Rose Ulseth at 218-281-8439 for details. Athletic competition kicks into high gear over the weekend as Golden Eagle Soccer takes on University of Sioux Falls at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 10. Along with Golden Eagle Soccer, there will be football at 1:00 p.m. in the homecoming game vs. Bemidji State University. Athletic competition concludes on Sunday, October 11 when Soccer takes on Southwest Minnesota State University.
Prior to the kick off of Golden Eagle Football, everyone is invited to the Teambacker Tailgate in Parking Lot E. Following the game, an alumni social will be held at I.C. Muggs, 1500 University Ave, Crookston.
Members of the homecoming committee sport the homecoming sunglasses and t-shirts for a "Gold Tie Affair."
REPRESENTATIVE KIEL ENCOURAGES AREA BUSINESSES TO APPLY FOR THE JOB TRAINING INCENTIVE PROGRAM
Representative Deb Kiel (R-Crookston) authored
legislation that created new job training grants for Greater Minnesota and is
encouraging businesses to apply for those grants through the Job Training
Incentive Program, which is handled by the Minnesota Department of Employment
and Economic Development (DEED). New or expanding businesses in Greater
Minnesota can apply for grants of up to $100,000 to train workers in new jobs.
"I authored this legislation for Greater Minnesota businesses and for the
workers in our community looking for better paying job opportunities," Kiel
said. "I was proud to sponsor this bipartisan legislation last session and am
hopeful that local businesses will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.
Northwest Minnesota is a great place to live and work!" Applications will
be accepted beginning October 15th, and awarded on a first-come-first-serve
basis to eligible businesses. $900,000 in total funding is available through
June 30, 2016, with an additional $900,000 available starting next July.
According to DEED, eligible businesses must be located outside the seven-county Metro Area, and funding may be used "to pay direct training costs, including wages for on-the-job training." Businesses must add at least three new permanent jobs, and pay must be equal to at least the average weekly wage for the county in which the jobs are located.
DEED will be hosting an informational session in Detroit Lakes, MN on Wednesday October 14th from 11AM to noon at the City Council Chambers (1025 Roosevelt Ave). More information can be found on the DEED website at www.mn.gov/deed. Questions about the program can also be directed to email@example.com.
UMC TO HOST COMMON CORE OF ALL RELIGION EVENT ON OCTOBER 2
A day-long interfaith event "Common Core of All
Religions" will be held in observance of the International Day of Non-Violence
on Friday, October 2, In Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. The event is
free and open to the public, and it aims to help attendees discover the basic
common tenets of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and various
denominations of Christianity. From 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. a poster session will be
At 1:10 p.m. a formal welcome and presentation will begin. At 1:30 p.m. Rory Dickson, Ph.D., of the University of Winnipeg will present the lecture "Islam, Pluralism and Religions Common Core.
At 2:30 p.m. a moderated panel discussion will feature a number of representatives from various religions and sects. Members of the moderated panel discussion include:
Buddhism: Sri Yeshi Topgyal, Diamond Way Buddhist Center, Twin Cities.
Hinduism: Pundit Jignesh Joshi, Hindu Temple of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Islam: Dr. Nabil Suleiman, Associate Professor, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.
Sikhism: Dr. Ranjit Riar, Lecturer, UMC
Christianity: Pastor James Schaar, Lecturer, UMC; Mr. Trey Everett, Campus Ministry, U of M Crookston; Msgr. Rutherford Cardinal Johnson, Lecturer, U of M Crookston; Rev. Michelle Miller, United Methodist Church, Crookston.
The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. More: http://www.un.org/en/events/nonviolenceday.
WEDNESDAY - SEPTEMBER 30
CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL SUSPENDS 13 FOOTBALL PLAYERS FROM GAME ON FRIDAY DUE TO TEAM VIOLATIONS
Below is an official release from the Crookston School District -
Unfortunately, 13 players will not be allowed to play in the football game on Friday due to a violation of team rules. While we will not discuss the details, we would like to assure the community that there was no chemical violations, physical assault, or hazing related to this incident. It was an issue of students not conducting themselves in the manner we expect of our student athletes. While these students did make some poor choices, we are proud of the way they have handled themselves in the aftermath by being honest and forthright. We do not expect our students to be perfect, but we do expect them to admit their mistakes, serve their consequences and move on. We are proud to say these boys have done so.
Mr. Bubna (Principal) and Mr. Garmen (Activities Director)
MONSIGNOR ROGER GRUNDHAUS RETURNS FROM THE POPE VISIT
Monsignor Roger Grundhaus has returned from Philadelphia where he saw Pope
Francis and participated in the mass. He attended the World Meeting of Families
where the Pope came to participate. “I represented the diocese as a chaplain
for the 10 people that attended at the WMOF which started on Tuesday and the
Pope came on Saturday,” said Grundhaus. “Over 100 countries were represented and
everyone was happy with the many speakers of different faiths and many with a
great sense of humor. When the crowd broke out we had breakout sessions, but the
halls were packed so I missed the session, Saturday was entertainment and it
took two and a half hours to get through security and we stood on the street to
see the Popemobile and there were screens for us to watch the activities.”
There were many motivational speakers for the 15 to 18,000 people at the convention where the Pope came on Saturday evening. “I was one of 1,500 priests and I could not see over the bishops,” said Grunhaus. “I did get to distribute communion to the crowd at the mass but it was hard to see over everything.”
Monsignor Grunhause talked about the Pope’s message. “The Pope consistently was simple and advocated for the poor and he sees that his role with the movers and shakers and getting them to pay attention, he made a pitch to pay attention to the poor,” said Grundhaus. “He pays attention to children and the disabled and is concerned about the underdog. The Pope visited a prison and we watched on a screen where he assured them that we all had things we regretted and asked them to reflect on their lives. He was grateful for the throne they had made for him in the prison workshop.”
Monsignor Grundhaus was asked if the message will last with the people. “Sometimes we are cynical and things will get back to normal, but I think he has caught the attention of the Catholics and the world at large as many people were not catholic,” said Grundhaus. “It occurs to me that Jesus said the Kingdom of God is with in you. If we are going to make a difference in the world we have to start with ourselves and work the way up. In the 60’s and 70’s during the Civil Rights movement we wanted to change the laws to enable the blacks to have some parity with the rest of the population, legislation was enacted, but it did not change the hearts of people and we still discriminate in our hearts, hopefully if we change in our hearts and make the message come from our hearts and make the community and world a place of faith.”
FERTILE'S BRANDON VOJE COMPETING AT THE NATIONAL FFA CONVENTION
Brandon Voje, 18 of Fertile will be going to the National Future Farmers of
America Convention in Louisville, Kentucky at the end of October.
Voje filled out a 20 page application about his forage production hay crop for the regional level and won and then won at the state level and moved on to the top five at the national FFA level this summer. He will have two main interviews on the application and radio and television interviews at the national convention and then be ranked from 1 to 5.
Voje graduated from Fertile Beltrami High school last spring. His Parents are Tammy and Steve Voje. He is working on the farm with plans to take it over in the future. 28 other FFA students in Fertile will be going to the National Convention with their advisor Whitney Rupprecht.
TUESDAY - SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
CITY OF CROOKSTON FALL CLEAN UP WEEK TO BE HELD THE LAST WEEK OF OCTOBER
The week of October 26
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
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. Remember, Fall Clean-Up Week is October 26 – October 30 in Crookston.
CROOKSTON CITY COUNCIL ANNOUNCES WINNING BIDDER TO FARM THE LAGOON LAND, HONORS THIS IS SEW BROADWAY
The Crookston City Council met on Monday evening and learned of the retirement
of Dan Swenson from the Public Works Department. Swenson will retire on October
30 and has been working for the city since 1992.
Edward Helgeson was the top bidder for the 96 acres of lagoon farm land and will farm the land from 2016 to 2018. Helgeson will pay the city $5,500 each year to farm the land.
Mayor Gary Willhite and the council recognized Jenny Walz and Robin Steinbrink for the five years of ownership and operation of This is Sew Broadway. Willhite praised the store front, website and the classes being offered.
Robin Steinbrink and Jen Walz at the city council meeting
CROOKSTON WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE FINDS OUT MORE ABOUT THE SPECIAL OPERATIONS GROUP
The Crookston Ways and Means Committee had a presentation from Crookston Police
Chief Paul Biermaier at their meeting on Monday evening. Biermaier talked on the
Special Operations Group (SOG) where they participate in several operations with
the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks Police Departments, Sheriff’s Departments
from Polk and Grand Forks County. “We are talking about the Grand Forks
Regional Special Operations Group with different teams like SWAT, crisis
negotiations, and bomb squad,” said Chief Biermaier. “We have three officers
joining the group after Grand Forks asked if we wanted to partner with them.
They have the equipment, plan, team and systems in place, it was a huge offer
from them to join. They got grants to get the top notch equipment and it is
amazing to see what is at our disposal if we ever need it. We are not in a
crisis situation, but we want to plan for the future as you never know what will
Being a partner will cost the Crookston Police Department about $2,500. In return they work and get training in the areas of SWAT, bomb, crisis negotiations, rescue and recovery, an unmanned aerial system and K-9. Several vehicles are part of the operation like a command truck, humvee, bomb squad trucks, trailers and negotiations team bus along with communication systems.
The ways and means committee had a presentation from Sarah Reese, Polk County Public Health Director about how city government can positively impact the community’s health with the projects on housing, healthcare, transportation, technology, and how they invest in the resources.
City staff is working on a property maintenance code with the Planning Commission with the object to improve ways to keep the city cleaner and work with repeat offenders who violate city codes.
SPLASH PARK GETS ANOTHER BIG DONATION
Crookston Mayor Gary WIllhite announced at the Ways and Means Committee this
week that Construction Engineers of Grand Forks with John Eickhof the owner,
will donate the concrete needed for the Splash Park under construction now at
Highland Complex. This could be a savings of over $20,000 for the project.
Mayor Willhite announced that he will participate in a What Would You Do if You Were Mayor for a Day? essay contest sponsored by the League of Minnesota Cities. “We have applications on the city website and I will drop them off at Highland, Cathedral and Our Saviors Schools for fourth, fifth and sixth graders,” said Willhite. “The league is offering three $100 prizes for the best essays, which have to be hand written on what you would do if you were a mayor for the day what would you do to get people more involved in city government.” Willhite decided to get involved and make a Crookston essay contest. “I will get judges and pick a local essay winner and I will treat the class to lunch at Happy Joe’s or something like that,” said Willhite.
SISTER SHAWN CARRUTH ELECTED THE NEXT SISTERS OF SAINT BENEDICT, MOUNT SAINT BENEDICT MONASTERY PRIORESS
September 24 the Sisters of Saint Benedict, Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, in
Crookston elected Sister Shawn Carruth as their next prioress. She will be
installed on January 13, 2016. At that point, Sister Shawn will be the superior
of the monastic community.
Sister Shawn was born in Benson, MN, the oldest of Milton and Frances Carruth’s three children, and she was baptized Mary Louise. She attended the Benson Public Schools and Saint Francis Catholic School as a youngster and Mount Saint Benedict Academy in Crookston as a high school student, graduating in 1960.
Mary Louise entered the Benedictine Sisters on January 2, 1960, and as a novice, she was given the name Sister Shawn. She made final monastic profession on July 11, 1966.
Sister Shawn’s early years as a Benedictine sister were spent as an elementary school teacher in Bemidji, Red Lake Falls and Mahtomedi. From 1972 to 1980 she taught French and religion at Mount Saint Benedict High School. She has also served as the director of ongoing formation for the monastic community.
Sister Shawn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and secondary education from Saint Catherine University in Saint Paul, MN, a Master of Arts degree in theology from the School of Theology, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN, and a PhD in religion with a concentration in New Testament from the Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, CA.
Sister Shawn is Professor Emerita of Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, having joined the faculty of Concordia’s religion department in 1989. She retired in 2013Sister Shawn also spent 10 summers working with a summer renewal program in Rome for English-speaking Benedictine women.
Sister Shawn is a well-published author and lecturer on New Testament and on monastic topics and has been active in the American Benedictine Academy, and she served on the Board of Directors and as President. In 2012, she received the Academy’s Egregia Award for dedication to scholarship and embodying Benedictine culture.
Sister Shawn is a sought-after lecturer on the New Testament, and a retreat director and succeeds Sister Jennifer Kehrwald as the superior of the Benedictine community.
Sisters raise their hands in blessing after Sister Shawn Carruth’s election.
Sisters gather around Sister Shawn Carruth to sing a song of praise after her election.
FISHER HIGH SCHOOL ANNOUNCES HOMECOMING COURT
The Fisher High School
2015 Homecoming court was on Friday morning at an assembly in the Fisher School
gymnasium. The court is Tori Byklum, Sierra Staff, Rachel Wagner, Adrianna
Vasek, Sophie Love, Seth Wagner, Ty Klein, Beau Byklum, Tom Sorenson and Seth
Perry. Each day this week is a special day with Charecter Day on Tuesday,
Color Day on Wednesday with Coronation at 1:30 p.m. and a bonfire at 7:30 p.m.
On Thursday students are asked to wear camo for camo day and Friday is spirit
day with the homecoming game against Fosston at 7:00 p.m. in Climax. The
dance is at the Climax Community Center from 9:00 to Midnight for grades 7-12
with a $5.00 entry fee.
(L-R) Tori Byklum, Seth Wagner, Sierra Staff, Ty Klein, Rachel Wagner, Beau Byklum, Adrianna Vasek, Tom Sorenson, and Sophie Love. Not pictured: Seth Perry.
MONDAY - SEPTEMBER 27, 2015
LOCAL AGENCIES RESPOND TO FATAL MOTORCYCLE/DEER ACCIDENT (UPDATED 10:30 A.M.)
The Minnesota Highway Patrol reported a fatal
accident on Saturday at 8:51 p.m. on Polk County Roads 13 and 57. The
Patrol is investigating a fatal motorcycle crash involving a deer.
The 2013 Harley Davidson Motorcycle driven by Corey Reitmeier 44 of Crookston
was westbound on Polk County Road 57 approaching County Road 13 when it struck a
deer that ran out in front of the motorcycle throwing both occupants. The
driver was brought to the hospital by ambulance and Wendy Reitmeier, the 43 year-old passenger, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The
case is under investigation.
Responding agencies included the Minnesota State Patrol, Polk County Sheriff's Office, Crookston Area Ambulance, and the Crookston Fire Department.
A fund has been set up for the Reitmeier family at Bremer Bank. Send checks to the "Reitmeier Family Fund" to Bremer Bank, 201 North Broadway Crookston, MN 56716.
The Patrol also reported a fatal accident on Friday at 7:05 a.m. on Polk County road 17 and 13 . The Ford Escort was eastbound on County Road 13 where it curved and the vehicle over corrected, caught the shoulder and ran off the road and rolled several times. Cody Piche, 19 of Erskine was deceased at the scene. Martin Kingbird, 33 of East Grand Forks had serious injuries.
CROOKSTON CITY COUNCIL TO MEET TONIGHT
The Crookston City Council meets tonight at 7:00 at the Crookston City Hall
council chambers. The consent agenda includes the monthly bills for approval,
a resolution to enter into a lagoon cash farm lease with Edward Helgeson for
farm seasons, 2016-2018. A resolution to not waive the monetary limits on
municipal tort liability will be considered.
The Crookston Ways and Means Committee will meet following the council meeting. The meetings are open to the public.
KROX WAS ABLE TO SNAP A SOME PICTURES OF THE ECLIPSE
The lunar eclipse from Sunday night. The start of the eclipse, about half way through the eclipse and the last one is of the "blood" moon
OUR SAVIORS LUTHERAN SCHOOL HAS RECEIVED ACCREDITATION FOR FIVE MORE YEARS
Our Savior’s Lutheran School recently received the good news that they have been accredited by the National Lutheran School Accreditation commission for another five years. This is the third cycle of accreditation for Our Savior’s. The accreditation was granted after a year-long self-study by the staff, board, church members, and school parents and a three-day team visit done by local and state education experts from both public and private education areas. The self-study and visiting team reports were reviewed by the accreditation commission in St. Louis this past summer. The school staff and visiting team have developed an action plan which the school will put into place to continue to improve their programs over the next four years. National Lutheran School Accreditation encourages, assists, and recognizes schools that provide quality Christian education and engage in continuous improvement.
Lisa Bohler, teacher; Muriel Starke, Accreditation Commissioner; Sandra Trittin, principal and teacher; and Emily Luckow, teacher. (not pictured is Rob Lutz, teacher)
CROOKSTON AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY APPOINTS OFFICERS
The Crookston American Legion Auxiliary, Nels T Wold Unit 20 held their annual Membership Dinner at the Crookston Post on Thursday evening, September 10th. The program for the evening included installation of the 2015-2016 Officers by Margee Keller, District 9 Junior Past President. New Officers are Sharon Lanctot, President, Jamie Cassavant, Secretary; Jean Tate, Treasurer; Elaine Metzger, Chaplain and June Mosher and Joyce Chesley, Members At Large. Elaine Metzger conducted a Memorial Service for members that passed away during the 2014-2015 membership year. Jamie Cassavant conducted a ceremony to honor POW and MIA Veterans and Margee Keller, Membership Chairman recognized 2 special ladies in attendance for their years of service to the American Legion Auxiliary, Mary Tuseth, 60 years and June Mosher, 65 years.
Ethan Lanctot and Jamie Cassavant set the table during the POW/MIA ceremony.
Elaine Metzger and Ella Lanctot conduct the Memorial Ceremony for Members who have passed away.
Mary Tuseth was honored for 60 years of service to American Legion Auxiliary and June Mosher was honored for 65 years of service to the American Legion Auxiliary.
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