Administrative Professionals Week is April 21-25, and your administrative professional will have a chance to win flowers for a year. Montague’s Flower Shop and KROX know how important your administrative professional is to your business, so give them the recognition they deserve. Nominate them as Montague’s Administrative Professional of the Week.  Just drop off, mail, or fax your entries to KROX, then be listening on Wednesday, April 23 at noon. The winner will receive flowers from Montague’s Flower Shop once a month for a year with best wishes from Montague’s Flower Shop and KROX Radio.  Drop off or mail your entry to KROX, 208 South Main, Crookston, MN. 56716, fax to (218)281-5036, or email it to




Another computer virus has popped up and could cause problems for many computer users.  KROX has received the following information from Will Enlow at Enlow Computing Services in Crookston.  if you have any virus issues contact Enlow Computing Services at 281-9964.

What is Hearth Bleed and how can it affect my website?

Hearth Bleed is a vulnerability in SSL (Secure Socket Layer) a way to transmit encrypted data securely over the internet and is used to send personal information to servers (like your username and password etc.). The vulnerability allows hackers to steal this protected information.

What are some mayor website that have been affected?
If your website has been affected, there is no reason for panic as even the biggest websites in the world have been among them are Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Gmail, Yahoo, GoDaddy, Dropbox, Minecraft and many many more (most of these companies have since then fixed the security vulnerability)

What should I do if I have a registered account on an affected website?
Once the security vulnerability has been fixed (you can use the tool mentioned above) it is crucial that you create a new password and change it, make sure to create a completely new password and not one used previously as there is a big chance that it got exposed on other websites you have used it.

The catastrophic Heartbleed security bug that has already bitten Yahoo Mail, the Canada Revenue Agency, and other public websites also poses a formidable threat to end-user applications and devices, including millions of Android handsets, security researchers warn. Handsets running version 4.1.1 of Google's mobile operating system are vulnerable to attacks that might pluck passwords, the contents of personal messages, and other private information out of device memory. Some versions of Android 4.2.2 that have been customized by the carriers or hardware manufacturers have also been found to be susceptible.

It now appears that the “Heartbleed” security problem affects not just websites, but also the networking equipment that connects homes and businesses to the Internet.  A defect in the security technology used by many websites and equipment makers have put millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information at risk. The extent of the damage caused by Heartbleed isn’t known. The threat went undetected for more than two years, and it’s difficult to tell if any attacks resulted from it because they don’t leave behind distinct footprints.

Here’s a look at what consumers and businesses should know about Heartbleed and its effects on networking devices.

How is networking equipment affected?
Just like websites, the software used to run some networking equipment — such as routers, switches and firewalls — also uses the variant of SSL/TLS known as OpenSSL. OpenSSL is the set of tools that has the Heartbleed vulnerability.
As with a website, hackers could potentially use the bug as a way to breach a system and gather and steal passwords and other sensitive information.

What can you do?
Security experts continue to advise people and businesses to change their passwords, but that won’t be enough unless the company that created the software in question has put the needed fixes in place. When it comes to devices, this could take a while. Although websites can be fixed relatively quickly by installing a software update, device makers will have to check each product to see if it needs to be fixed.

Both Cisco Systems Inc. and Juniper Networks Inc. continue to advise customers through their websites on which product is still vulnerable, fixed and unaffected. Owners may need to install software updates for products that are “fixed.”  As a result, businesses and consumers need to check the websites for devices that they think could have problems. They must be diligent about installing any software updates they receive.  The bug could potentially affect any home device that’s connected to the Internet, including something as simple as a Wi-Fi-enabled Blu-ray player and recent advances in home automation, such as smart thermostats, security and lighting systems. “We simply don’t know the extent of this and it could affect those kinds of devices in the home,”

To test to see if the website you are going to has been fixed click here.




TUESDAY - APRIL 15,  2014


The snow storms this winter has caused the Crookston School District to make some changes to the schedule and one of the biggest changes will affect Easter break this weekend. There will be no school in Crookston on Good Friday, but there will be school on Easter Monday. “We have two extra days that should have been made up, but there was no time in the calendar so the staff will have summer make up days as they have to pack up and move and repack so they will have two days of flexible time to clear the rooms so the construction can start,” said Crookston Superintendent Chris Bates. Eleven applications were received for the Crookston High School Counselor position and the district interviewed four people for the job. “We could have hired anyone of them,” said Bates. “We want to find the best one that will fit so we are in the selection part of the job to replace Jackie Robertson who is retiring.”

The school board approved a leave of absence for Tom Bakken Dryden, Northern Lights Academy Instructor for the next school year at their meeting on Monday. Andrea Ingersoll, third grade teacher was also approved for a leave of absence, which will be from the middle of October, 2014 to around January 5, 2015.
A donation of $1,500 from Midcontinent Foundation was accepted to be used for the purchase of IPads for the special education department.

Applications are still being taken for principal and athletic director at the high school. “There are nine or 10 applicants for athletic director so far,” said Bates. “For the principal position, Administrative Assistant Marilyn Wahouske called NDSU, UND, Moorhead State and the St Cloud State education department to find out if they have high potential people in the classroom that might be available for a position of principal so we are hoping to get candidates from those calls.”




The Crookston School Board met on Monday and approved a resolution for the issuance of general obligation school building bonds. Patty Heminover, Vice President of Springsted, Incorporated, said they were pleased with the bond sale. “We sold $6,015,000 in building bonds and the great news was we had five bidders with the winner Robert W. Baird & Company with an interest rate of 2.98 percent over the life of the bonds,” said Heminover. “The other bids ranged from 3.02 percent to 3.39 percent, so the difference between the high and low was a $400,000 difference in savings to the district.” The interest rate was less at this sale than the one in December. “We split the bond issues for a couple of reasons,” said Heminover. “We issued a bond sale of $7.8 million in December and then the $6 million today, as the district did not need all the money so it saves them interest and the taxpayers money. The fact is when the district is issuing less than $10 million in bonds in one year, they are called bank qualified and we get more bidders at less interest. So it is less for everyone, we have another bond sale in a few months of just over $1million for the parking lot project.”
The Moody rating for the district was an A3 rating , which is very good.
The enrollment figures for the future of the district are giving them a good rating and the influx of state money will help with the district fund balance, which is looked at by the bond bidders. Crookston Superintendent Chris Bates said the district taxpayers should be pleased with the interest rate of the bond sale. “When you do a project like this you make promises to the community and you want to keep them,” said Bates. “The financial planners we work with build in a cushion and this came in at the low end so the taxpayers will pay less than a quarter million in interest and the district will get the same amount of money to work with on the project.”





The Crookston City Council approved a resolution appointing City Administrator Shannon Stassen as the responsible authority to administer requirements needed by the state. “We have it written in our policies and procedures that the administrator is responsible for data on the personnel and in doing research with the attorney and League of Minnesota Cities we are required to state an actual person,” said Stassen. “So, it says my name instead of administrator for bookkeeping purposes.”  The Crookston City Council also discussed some zoning changes and we will have more on that story on Wednesday.




The Crookston Ways and Means Committee met after the Crookston City Council meeting and approved the purchase of a lawn mower needed for mowing the dikes and using funds from the Special Service District. They will also look at reducing the acres mowed throughout the city which is estimated to be 220 acres.

The committee heard from Chris Boike, Crookston Library Director, about security concerns, which has led the Friends of the Library to approve the purchase of six cameras to be installed in the library area . Phillip Barton, Crookston technology director will do the installation with help from volunteers. Cost of the cameras will be $1,600 and paid by the Friends of the Library.

The city contract with the Crookston Blue Line Club for the concession stand revenue at the Crookston Sports Center has been reviewed and some changes made. “We see the Blue Line Club as a critical partner with the city at the Sports Center and it was stated in the contract when it was first drawn up that it would be reviewed in a year or two,” said Stassen. “We tweaked a few changes and will give it to the Blue Line Club for their review. We want to move on the getting more revenue at the center with bigger events.” Councilman Wayne Melbye said a 10 percent payment to the city is appropriate as the profits at the concession stand are not large.

The Ways and Means Committee heard about progress on a recreational vehicle park in Crookston to be located in Castle Park. A developer is ready to get the project underway. “For a number of years the city has been looking at putting a camp ground at Castle Park and applied for a grant for the project which was not approved,” said Stassen. “So a developer has come along for the project which would be for profit and get the land on the tax rolls and give us a camp ground.” Public input will be requested at a meeting on Monday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. at city hall so questions and concerns can be noted in a dialogue. “American Crystal Sugar is looking for a campground for their workers who come in the Fall with tourists filling it up in the summer,” said Stassen. “It would be a win for everyone so the committee approved moving forward with the developer.”

The Downtown Rehab Program with Northwest Minnesota Multi County is near completion and more apartments are needed so the committee agreed to move forward with recommendations from the housing study. “We are going to take a comprehensive look and look at gap financing, the banks do work with the developers and but sometimes gaps need to be filled,” said Stassen. “We will be applying for another grant for the rehab program that would help business and make sure we have adequate parking for any new apartments.”

The committee approved extending the frontage road in the Draft’s Bar and Grill area to speed up development.  A street project to repair four blocks of Euclid Avenue and South Main Street is in place in there are sidewalks on part of the area so Public Works Director Pat Kelly wants to know if the sidewalks should remain or be removed. Alderman Dale Stainbrook will contact the homeowners and get their input before a decision is made.




Polk County is celebrating the second full week of April (April 13-19) as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.  This week, sponsored by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and was officially designated by Congress in the early 1990’s, is celebrated annually to honor the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to the world’s citizens.
Last year the Polk County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received over 11,000 911 calls and 23,000 general calls for service.




MONDAY - APRIL 14, 2014


The Crookston City Council meets this evening at 7:00 in the Crookston City Council Chambers at city hall. The consent agenda includes a resolution to appoint Shannon Stassen as the responsible authority to administer the requirements for collection, storage and use and dissemination of data on individuals within the city.
The regular agenda has the second reading and final passage of Ordinance 55 amending city code 152 “Zoning” by changing a section Zoning Map District Boundaries.

The Crookston Ways and Means Committee meets following the council meeting. The meetings are open to the public.




The Crookston Early Childhood Summit is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15 at the Crookston High School Commons and Auditorium for parents and educators of young children, ages birth to first grade. A free meal of taco in a bag along with fresh fruit and dessert will start at 6:00 p.m., the presentation starts at 6:30 in the auditorium. Childcare is available and anyone interested in using childcare can call 281-2762 at Washington School to arrange childcare starting at 6:30.
Washington Principal Denice Oliver invites parents and educators to hear from Professor Ada Alden. “Alden is an early childhood family educator expert and has written books on positive parenting. She came to Crookston last fall and spoke to early childhood teachers, kindergarten teachers and day care providers,” said Oliver. “We invited her (Alden) back to speak with parents. She teaches at the U of Minnesota and St. Cloud State University, so parents and educators are invited to come for the evening.”
Professor Alden will be speaking on positive discipline. “Her book called the Red, Yellow, Green book on respectful discipline is the topic and she talks about empowering children to being independent and gaining self discipline and how parents can help them in their journey as a family,” said Oliver.
A free educational tool will be given to parents for their child, along with gift cards, drawings and prizes and a free copy of Ada Alden’s book.
Funding is through the Early Childhood Initiative and the Summit Committee. The event is free. For childcare call 281-2762.





An era that is fading into history will be highlighted in Uncle Sam’s New Deal with a traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center and will be at the Carnegie Building in Crookston throughout April and May.
The exhibit will be open every Monday and Thursday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. admission is free with the exhibit open house on Monday hosted by the Polk County Historical Society serving treats and beverages. The exhibit features photographs, interviews, film footage and interactive activity to illuminate the federal government’s role in reviving Minnesota communities 70 years ago. If anyone has depression glass or photos of WPA projects to share, bring them to the open house or contact Historical Society president Jerry Amiot at 289-8889 or Kristina Gray at 281-2663. The exhibit is funded through the Art and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Uncle Sam's New Deal banner hangs from the Carnegie Library



If you would like another way to get University of Minnesota Extension information, and you have a mindset for finding information on the internet, our new YouTube Video site may be of interest to you.  It can be accessed through the newly updated U of MN Extension Crops webpage at under "Social Media". 
One example on this new site is focused on soil compaction. The compaction videos were filmed at the “Tires, Traction and Compaction Field Day” held in September 2011 near Fergus Falls. Soil pits were dug to look at compaction in the soil after equipment had been run across plots under a variety of conditions. With this technology, you reap the benefits of that day by viewing these videos. The titles of 4 short video clips are:
1. Factors Contributing to Soil Compaction
2. Soil Structure – a Natural Defense against Compaction
3. Managing Vehicle Traffic to Reduce Compaction
4. How to Make Your Tires Perform at Their Best (A significant factor in managing compaction) 

Cover crops and soil health have been another hot topic of interest but it’s difficult to find good information. Indeed, there will be significant things to learn over the next few years as these topics are given greater attention. At the same time, there are opportunities to address issues in how to deal with basic things like tillage practices and equipment related to compaction that can make a lot of difference for soil health, productivity and profitability. 

More videos on a range of crops topics will be posted in the future.  You can subscribe to the channel to be notified of new postings by clicking on the "subscribe" button on the website.  
For weather related crop information… Extension Climatologist Mark Seeley posted a note recently that a team of Midwestern universities have pulled together a new web site to furnish climate data, data tools, and assessments useful to agricultural producers. The new web site is designated "U2U" (meaning useful to usable). You can easily find this site quickly by doing an Internet search for “useful to usable.” 
Seeley suggests that while we’re waiting to start of the 2014 growing season it may be a good time to browse and get familiar with the data and information tools at this web site. There are tools to help with nitrogen fertilizer management and irrigation scheduling among others. There are some sites that track growing degree days relate to development of some insect pests. 
If you’re not so interested in spending a lot of time looking at computer screen and fishing around to find things that may or may not actually be there – working with these resources might be a good task to share with someone else in the family. It might be good for some youngsters to find out there could be information and resources online that are actually relevant to real world things your family does on the farm. It might make for some good “working and learning together” time. 
This article was provided by Dan Martens, an educator with University of Minnesota Extension. For more information on this or other topics, contact me at 800-450-2465 or  



FRIDAY - APRIL 11,  2014


The Crookston School Board will hold their regular meeting on Monday at 5:00 p.m. in the Crookston High School choir/orchestra room. 
Personnel items on the agenda include a leave of absence request from Tom Bakken Dryden, Northern Lights Academy Instructor, for the 2014-2015 school year and a leave of absence request from Andrea Ingersoll, Highland School third grade teacher, from approximately the middle of October 2014 through January 5, 2015.
The main agenda has a resolution for issuance of bond sale and staff summer make up days with two additional storm days to be made up and arranged with building principals.  The board will accept a donation of $1,500 from Midcontinent Foundation for the purchase of iPads for the Special Education Department. Superintendent Chris Bates will report to the board on school activities. The board will take questions and concerns from the public at the beginning or the end of the meeting.



The Crookston Fire Department was called twice out to children playing on the ice near the Red Lake River Thursday evening. The first call came Thursday evening at 5:25 p.m. when they responded to Myrtle Street where a caller said kids were on the ice. They had gotten off when the firemen arrived, but a conversation was held with them about the danger of the river and the ice.
At 7:00 p.m. they were called to McGrew and Jackson where six kids were trapped on an island of ice at Aunt Polly’s Slough. The firemen used their equipment while wearing their wet suits and rescued the children two at a time from the ice. The ambulance crew checked the children out and found they were okay.

   The Crookston Firefighters using the raft and their special wetsuits to rescue the kids

         The Crookston Firefighters rescuing the kids from the ice in Aunt Polly's Slough



The Red Lake River reading at 11:00 a.m. this morning was 13.43 feet. Central Park is filled with water and the ice is moving with a long stretch of ice in front of the fire hall while the river is clear further down the river past Oak Court.   The city crews and other staff are continuing to watch the river and will keep everyone informed over the weekend.  As of Friday morning, things seem to be going well in Crookston.




This week is the Week of the Young Child and the rest of the week, KROX will have an article on different ways to spend time with your child and help the physical and mental development.  The articles were submitted by the Crookston Early Childhood Initiative.


by Laurel Bongiorno, PhD, the director of Champlain College’s graduate program in early childhood education, with specializations in teaching and administration, in Burlington, Vermont. She has taught preschool, directed early childhood programs, and studied parents’ perceptions of preschoolers’ learning through play.

1. Children learn through their play.
Don’t underestimate the value of play. Children learn and develop:
cognitive skills – like math and problem solving in a pretend grocery store
physical abilities – like balancing blocks and running on the playground
new vocabulary – like the words they need to play with toy dinosaurs
social skills – like playing together in a pretend car wash
literacy skills – like creating a menu for a pretend restaurant

2. Play is healthy.
Play helps children grow strong and healthy. It also counteracts obesity issues facing many children today.

3. Play reduces stress.
Play helps your children grow emotionally. It is joyful and provides an outlet for anxiety and stress.

4. Play is more than meets the eye.
Play is simple and complex. There are many types of play: symbolic, sociodramatic, functional, and games with rules-–to name just a few. Researchers study play’s many aspects: how children learn through play, how outdoor play impacts children’s health, the effects of screen time on play, to the need for recess in the school day.

5. Make time for play.
As parents, you are the biggest supporters of your children’s learning. You can make sure they have as much time to play as possible during the day to promote cognitive, language, physical, social, and emotional development.

6. Play and learning go hand-in-hand.
They are not separate activities. They are intertwined. Think about them as a science lecture with a lab. Play is the child’s lab.

7. Play outside.
Remember your own outdoor experiences of building forts, playing on the beach, sledding in the winter, or playing with other children in the neighborhood. Make sure your children create outdoor memories too.

8. There’s a lot to learn about play.
There’s a lot written on children and play. Here are some NAEYC articles and books about play. David Elkind’s The Power of Play (Da Capo, 2007 reprint) is also a great resource.

9. Trust your own playful instincts.
Remember as a child how play just came naturally? Give your children time for play and see all that they are capable of when given the opportunity.

10. Play is a child’s context for learning.
Children practice and reinforce their learning in multiple areas during play. It gives them a place and a time for learning that cannot be achieved through completing a worksheet. For example, in playing restaurant, children write and draw menus, set prices, take orders, and make out checks. Play provides rich learning opportunities and leads to children’s success and self-esteem.




Students from the University of Minnesota Crookston’s chapter of Rotaract have taken the commitment to community service seriously. The group recently completed a project to raise money and food for the North Country Food Shelf in Crookston.  Students Levi Atinda, Gyungyoun Baek, Christiana Boadu, and Riho Nagatsuka collected 287 pounds of food from within the UMC campus community during a food drive. Much of the food was collected door to door from fellow students in campus residence halls. The food drive was held in conjunction with the local Boy Scouts troop, which was conducting its annual “Scouting for Food” program.
In addition to the collected food, Atinda worked to obtain a $500 grant from the Sodexo Foundation youth grant program administered by Youth Service America in order to further support the food drive. The students presented the $500 they received from the grant and the food to Tracy Volker, food shelf coordinator, on April 1. As a bonus, the students had their $500 matched for even greater impact on helping needy families in the Crookston area. 

From left to right: Gyungyoun Baek, UMC Rotaract; Don Cavalier, Crookston Rotary; Christiana Boadu, UMC Rotaract; Tracy Volker, North Country Food Shelf; Levi Atinda, UMC Rotaract; and Krista Proulx, Crookston Rotary.




Cathedral School held its annual Arts and Academic Fair earlier this week in the
school gym.  Students in Kindergarten through sixth Grade participated in  projects focusing on the Arts this year.  Many students created project to display and others chose the performance presentation section. Pictured above is Kindergartener, Audrey Goehring, informs Brian Boll about the matching dresses she made with her Grandma for herself and her American Girl doll. Some fifth and sixth Grade students performed an assortment of songs they have been learning during their band lessons. Next year's fair will focus on the academic categories.




Merran Dingman, eighth grader at Crookston High School leaves for State Speech competition today with her advisor Phyllis Hagen.  There are three rounds and 13 categories and everyone does their speech and will get judged. "I wrote an extemporaneous eight minute speech on the Unicorn and a family," said Dingman, "It was long and I am excited to compete on Saturday in the Twin cities."




The Fisher School students of the month for March are: Trevor Jenson, son of Dennis and Nancy Jenson; Heather Reynolds, daughter of Cindy Reynolds and Chris Reynolds; and Brady Klein, son of Jade and Leah Klein.

The March students of the month - Trevor Jenson, Heather Reynolds, and Brady Klein.







Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) at the University of Minnesota Crookston is hosting the third annual Pi Run on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The run will include a new route starting at Highland School, 801 Central Avenue North, Crookston, Minn. Races include the 5K pi run, a race of 5 km (3.1 miles) a distance roughly equal to Pi; a 10K or 2Pi race (6.28 miles); and a children’s fun run. To register, visit or call 218-281-8432 with questions. All runners and walkers are encouraged to participate.
The schedule for the morning begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration at the Highland School followed by the Fun Run at 9:30 and the 5K and 10K at 10 a.m. Awards will be presented to the top three overall female and male finishers. All children participating in the Fun Run will receive a finisher's medal. Early registration guarantees 5K and 10K runners a shirt. 
All proceeds from the race will benefit the Polk County Historical Society Carnegie Library Restoration Project Fund and the Bone Marrow Registry drive taking place on the Crookston campus on April 29-30.
Herc-U-Lift is a major sponsor of the ALD Pi Run. Anyone interested in contributing should contact Brian Dingmann at 218-281-8249. 

Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) is an honor society at the University of Minnesota, Crookston for students who have maintained a 3.5 or higher grade point average and are in the top 20% of their class during their first year or term of higher education.
The goal of the Polk County Historical Society's renovation project is to transform the Carnegie building into an arts and cultural center for the community and region. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in June 1984 and the Lake Agassiz Regional Library of Crookston, built that same year, stands adjacent to it. 

The Polk County Historical Society had a grand opening celebration at the Carnegie Library this week.  There was a display from the Polk County Museum and the Minnesota State Historical Society and Uncle Sam’s New Deal will be showing the months of April and May.  The Carnegie Library is open Monday and Thursday’s from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The MinnKota4 performed at the grand opening of the Carnegie Library earlier this week




Polk County Public Health is celebrating National Public Health Week from April 7-13. Every April, we come together to celebrate public health and renew our commitment to promoting healthier communities, schools and workplaces. Most people do not understand what public health is, much less how it impacts their daily lives. Public health affects all of us on a daily basis as we are only as healthy as the world we live in.

Public health professionals:
· Analyze the effect on health of genetics, personal choice and the environment in order to develop services that protect the health of your family and community
· Protect the health of entire populations, which can be as small as a local neighborhood, or as big as an entire country
· Work toward preventing problems from happening or re-occurring through educational programs, developing policies, administering services, partnering with health systems and other health professions, and conducting research
· reduce health disparities, fight for health care equity, quality, and accessibility
Polk County Public Health is grateful to have many individuals who volunteer their time, skills, and abilities in various activities and projects that nurture and strengthen our communities. These individuals advocate for improvement and expansion of public health in their families, schools, workplaces and communities. As part of NPHW, we at Polk County Public Health would like to take the time to acknowledge our Public Health Champions.
The first champion that Polk County Public Health would like to thank is Shannon Stassen, Shannon is the former Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce and the current City Administrator of Crookston. Shannon partners with Public Health in many different forms including being current Chair Person of the Polk County Wellness Coalition which works to encourages and promotes healthy choices and behaviors for all residents throughout the County. Shannon has also worked hand in hand to create change in Crookston through the work of Statewide Health Improvement Program by encouraging and creating an environment that offers choices for people to be healthy and active. 
Another person that Public Health would like to recognize as a Public Health Champion is Polk County Sheriff, Barb Erdman. Barb has been active in the Polk County Wellness Coalition and was one that initiated the conversations, helped to secure funding and brought interested stakeholders together to form the Towards Zero Death Coalition which as a result is a grant that works through Public Health these are just a few of the many ways in which she helps advocate and support the working at Polk County Public Health.
Lieutenant Brad Norland of the Minnesota State Patrol is also another person that public health would like to recognize as a Polk County Public Health Champion. Brad has been an active member of the Towards Zero Death Campaign from the start back in October of 2012. Brad remains dedicated to keeping our roads safe by educating young drivers about the risks associated with distracted driving. Last spring, before prom and graduation season, and through is own initiative, he secured the use of a driving simulator and brought it to Polk County high schools to demonstrate just how quickly a crashes occur when the driver takes his/ her eyes off of the road.
Tim Denney is the Training and Workability Director at Northwest Mental Health Center. Tim has dedicated himself to making sure that all the dots are connected to people throughout the community. Tim has been active on the Polk County Wellness Coalition, Towards Zero Death Coalition and also on the Polk-Norman- Mahnomen SHIP Community Leadership Team. Tim is always willing to share his wealth of knowledge and experience with these groups to help strengthen the work they do.
Norm Baumgarn, Superintendent of Climax-Shelly schools has worked in the field of education for over 40 years and has been an advocate for healthy choices throughout his career. He attributes his passion for healthy living to his mother who was a dietician.  Norm has always been active in the menu planning in his schools and has partnered with local farmers and various grant and food programs to increase fruit and vegetable consumption for his students.  Norm is willing to share his knowledge and values with collaborative partners throughout the region.  PCPH thanks him for being such a great advocate for health.




Global Youth Service Day is Saturday, April 12 and the Crookston Chamber Beautification Committee is hosting a clean up day for downtown Crookston with several partners.  “The beautification committee is partnering with the CHS (Crookston High School) Leo Club, City of Crookston, and UMC Office of Community Engagement and Office of Sustainability on Saturday morning to get the downtown cleaned up," said Amanda Lien, Crookston Chamber of Commerce interim Event & Marketing Coordinator. "We want volunteers and the youth to show up with gloves and trash bags. We will be furnished with a light breakfast following the clean up.  Show up at the parking lot behind city hall on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.”
It is also time to order the floral baskets for the Chamber Adopt a Basket Program. “We will beautify the City of Crookston with hanging baskets," said Lien. "People can call or e-mail the chamber for an application by May 31 with the baskets costing $65.”




Polk County Public Health has received an additional supply of radon testing kits that are available to the public at no charge. Kits will be available at Polk County Public Health offices in Crookston, East Grand Forks, and McIntosh, however the supply is limited. If you have any questions, please call (218) 281-3385.




This week is the Week of the Young Child and the rest of the week, KROX will have an article on different ways to spend time with your child and help the physical and mental development.  The articles were submitted by the Crookston Early Childhood Initiative.


By Laura Bilodeau Overdeck

Laura Bilodeau Overdeck and her husband have been doing nightly math problems with their kids for years. Laura developed Bedtime Math to share with other families some fun math riddles and other ways to incorporate math into daily routines.
Math is everywhere. That’s great news for parents, because we can talk with our kids about math in fun, natural ways. And that kind of math-talk is really important.
Studies show that a child’s math skills at kindergarten entry are a better predictor of future academic success than reading skills, social skills, or the ability to focus. As parents, we can give our kids a head start by helping them get comfortable with math concepts like measuring and counting at home.

Here are five ways to add math to your child’s day.

1. Bake something together -You can’t help but use math when you’re baking. Doubling recipes requires multiplying, halving a recipe requires dividing, and measuring a ½ cup or a ¼ teaspoon gets you working with easy fractions. At a more basic level, kids love counting out chocolate chips. (And so do the parents; we speak from experience!)
Ask your child: How many chocolate chips do you think it will take to fill one cup? How many for 1/2 cup? Count together and see how close you came to the right answer!

2. Measure, count, and record - Most kids love stopwatches, and watching the seconds tick by gives them opportunities to practice counting. Measure distances and heights. Count jumping jacks, push-ups, or consecutive kicks of a soccer ball.
Ask your child: How far can you throw a ball? Take a guess, then throw the ball as far as you can and measure the distance.
How many jumping jacks can you do in a minute? Try it!
How many times can you jump rope or bounce a ball without missing? Count and see.

3. Build something together - Big or small, any project that involves measuring includes counting, adding, and multiplying. It doesn’t matter whether you’re making a clubhouse out of shoeboxes or building a genuine tree house. Legos and other building toys are wonderful tools for incorporating both numbers and spatial thinking into playtime.
Ask your child: How high can you build that stack of Legos?
How many Legos do you need to stack to reach as high as the coffee table?
Can you make a square? A rectangle? Other shapes? Talk about the shapes of whatever your child has created.

4. Plan dinner or a party - Whether you’re planning a party or just getting ready for a family dinner, there are plenty of math concepts involved. Have your child help set the table and count out the plates, napkins, and silverware. For a party, have your child help with the shopping. You know you’re going to have to do some math since all of those plates, balloons, and party favors are packaged in different quantities!
Ask your child: How many plates, napkins, and forks do you need for dinner?
If you’re inviting 10 guests to a party, and the plates come 8 to a pack, how many packs are you going to need? How many are going to be left over?
If you’re not planning a party in the near future, get creative. Why not host a tea party for your child’s favorite stuffed animals?

5. Mix in math to your bedtime reading - Most families read to their children at night. Why not add a math problem to the mix? Here’s one to try.
Melt in Your Mouth - No matter how much you love your favorite snack (apples, marshmallows, pound cake), it probably tastes even better dipped in something warm and gooey. That’s what you do when you eat fondue. You fill the fondue pot with cheese or chocolate, put it over a hot flame, and then dip pieces of food into the yummy meltedness using long skinny fondue forks.
It all started with cheese fondue in a Swiss recipe in 1699, but since then we’ve added meat fondue (where you carefully cook chunks of steak in hot oil) and, of course, chocolate fondue. But you have to pay attention while dipping: Some say that if you drop your apple slice in the pot, you have to kiss the person to your left.
Ask your 3 or 4-year old: If you dip 2 apple slices and 3 banana slices into your fondue, how many pieces did you dip?
Ask your older child: If there are 2 people sharing cheese fondue and everyone wants 3 apple slices, how many apple slices do you need to serve? (Answers: 3 or 4-year old: 8 slices. older children: 6 slices.)
There are plenty of other ways to keep kids thinking about math—board games, stickers, and stargazing, to name a few. The important thing is just to encourage your child to see the numbers all around us and to keep things fun. This is how we’ll raise a next generation that thinks math is cool!




Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NWRSDP) is seeking community members in Northwestern Minnesota to serve on its board of directors. “We are one of five Regional Partnerships across the state that connects local communities and citizens with the resources of the University of Minnesota. In recent years our board has supported innovative projects in Northwest Minnesota such as Connecting Children and Nature and Promoting Farmers Markets.  We seek forward-thinking and active board members who will help us contribute to a more vibrant and sustainable Minnesota, now and into the future,” says Mike Moore, current board chair.
Each of the five Regional Partnerships (Southeast, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Central) is citizen-driven, building community-University partnerships that create new opportunities and solve problems in Greater Minnesota. The Partnerships are a division of University of Minnesota Extension.
According to Linda Kingery, executive director, board members function as a team, working with local communities to identify and implement projects that foster sustainability in agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy.
Members of the NWRSDP board also:
· solicit, evaluate, and vote on proposals
· participate in regular boards and focus area work group meetings—both in-person and by conference calls—contributing time, energy, and insight to projects
· serve for three years with mileage and honorarium for agreed upon meetings and special assignments provided.
Board membership is open to residents of Greater Minnesota and University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students. To be considered for a position, please submit your application by Thursday, April 24 for terms starting in July of 2014.
For more information, see “Board members information and application” at
The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDPs) give communities in Greater Minnesota access to the University of Minnesota in order to help solve problems and take advantage of new opportunities. As a part of University of Minnesota Extension, NW RSDP brings together local talent and resources with University of Minnesota knowledge and seed funding to drive sustainability in four areas: agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy.





The City of Crookston is preparing for a rise in the Red Lake River this week, but the forecast is looking like their will be no serious problems. Crookston Emergency Manager and Fire Chief Tim Froeber has been watching the rise in the river and is working closely with Polk County Sheriff’s Office. “On Monday we had a quick rise in the river going up over six feet and with the high temperatures and recent snowfall it gave us a quick spike," said Froeber. "The last prediction is at 13 feet and we are at 12 feet for the last four to five hours and we expect another rise in the river as we are watching the river northeast of us and it has not let loose yet so we will get a rush of water." 
The county is working hard to get the ditches open and water flowing to alleviate the overland flooding. "There has been little overland flooding and a few roads have been impacted by the high water,” said Jody Beauchane, Emergency Manager with Polk County.
The Crookston Public Works Department will go 24 hours when the river reaches 16 feet. “The city will be pumping out the catch basins and closing the gates to the storm sewers,” said Froeber. The emergency center will open at the basement of the police station if the river reaches 20 feet.  "The prediction is only 16 feet by the end of the week and the ice could start to break up and move through the city,” said Froeber. “The National Weather Service’s Greg Gust said the ice is thick and has not broken up yet. We are watching it along with the county and people who live on the river are giving us reports. Crookston people know that if an ice jam ends up on Riverside it could cause problems and impact the ice flow."



April 21 – April 25 is Spring 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.
Due to 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, Spring Clean-Up Week is April 21 – April 25 in Crookston.




The Crookston Pirate Knowledge Bowl team will leave for state competition on Thursday and they were treated by Superintendent Chris Bates to breakfast this morning at RBJ’S before their send off at the high school.
Alex McGregor is a sophomore heading for state  “We leave Thursday morning after the play and  get to Brainerd in time for the competition, I try to answer the science questions,” said McGregor.
Harrison Boucher is a senior. “This is my fourth time and excited after practicing, I specialize in history and geography,” said Boucher.
Bryan Sanchez is a senior with a busy weekend since he is in the Knowledge Bowl and the play. “I was in the knowledge bowl as a freshman and my sophomore year and now as a senior it is an honor to be going," said Sanchez. "I like geography, art, history, and South America history. I am in the Man of LaMancha so my mother will take me after the morning play.” 
Bailey Lindgren, a senior on the knowledge bowl team said they will do well. “It is my first time going to State and I answer the questions in greek mythology,” said Lindgren.
Adam Erickson is a senior and this is his third time going to State Knowledge Bowl, “I am excited and answer the questions on history and I am working to be fast.” 
Callie Boucher is a ninth grader and is happy to be part of the team with a special job, “I am the pocket box operator and I press the buttons so it is good to be a part of the team.”
Kristi Hager is the advisor for the Knowledge Bowl team and says they are ready. “They are good hard working students and have fun at meets," said Hager. "The State will be in Brainerd and parents are helping get the kids in the play back and forth,  they will do their best and hope to repeat at least fourth place like last year but you never know.” 

Superintendent Chris Bates said treating the students to breakfast is a fun thing. “A lot of the kids are going to state at the same time, knowledge bowl, art, and Yash Kapoor in the spelling contest and I was going to take the referendum kids out for lunch, but it was a blizzard every time," said Bates. "This was a good fun gathering to get them all together as they have done special things and the reason we got into education.”



Twenty-two students from the Crookston High School Concert Choir participated in the Vocal Ensemble Contest held at East Grand Forks Senior High School last Wednesday, March 26.  All of the ensembles received Double Stars, a Superior Rating! Other schools participating in the event included EGF, Fisher, Climax, Red Lake Falls, RLCC, Sacred Heart, Warren/Alverado/Oslo. Judges for the afternoon were Sheila Nelson, Deland Ulseth and Shelly Wahlin. 
A listing of the performing ensembles and participants are listed below.

Vocal Duets
“Hallelujah”– Mariah Frisk, Sr. & Cody Klamm, Sr.
“Amazing Grace”  – Brady Heppner, Sr. & John Oien, Sr
“Leo Delibes/The Flower Duet” – Torrie Greer, Sr. & Allison Reinhart, Jr.
“Yellow Bird” – Luke Edlund, Jr. & Adam Huglen, Soph.

SSA-Girls Ensemble
“Come to Me, My Love” – Megan Frisk, Fr., Marie Sandman, Soph, & Heidi Swanon, Fr.

SAB-Mixed Ensemble
“Take These Wings” – Allison Reinhart-Jr., Marie Sandman-Soph., Megan Frisk-Fr., Shaylin Goodrich-Fr., Heidi Swanson-Fr., Ryan Swenson-Fr., Christopher Wavra-Fr.,
“Ave Maria” – Senior Ensemble – Erica Allrich, Tristan Brown, Mariah Frisk, Torrie Greer, Brady Heppner, Mickayla Johnson, Cody Klamm, John Oien, Taylor Reynolds, Bryan Sanchez & Heidi Shol

Pop Choir
“Sound of Silence” & “Over the Rainbow” – Torrie Greer, Mariah Frisk, Mickayla Johnson, Allison Reinhart, Megan Frisk, Cody Klamm, Bryan Sanchez, Luke Edlund, Adam Huglen, Heidi Shol, Bethany Newquist, Brita Fagerlund, Heidi Swanson

Back Row: Shaylin Goodrich, Marie Sandman, Megan Frisk, Brita Fagerlund, Allison Reinhart, Heidi Swanson, Bethany Newquist.
Center: Christopher Wavra, Tristan Brown, Cody Klamm, Bryan Sanchez, John Oien, Luke Edlund, Adam Huglen, Ryan Swenson
Front Row: Taylor Reynolds, Torrie Greer, Mariah Frisk, Mickayla Johnson, Erica Allrich, Heidi Shol. Not pictured: Brady Heppner




State road repairs projects will be starting soon and there are many across the State of Minnesota, including northwest Minnesota.  Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charles Zelle called the $1.1 billion effort this year an “Amazing Robust Construction Program.”  
Major projects in northwest Minnesota include:

- Crookston: Repair a slide area on Highway 2 near the Red Lake River at a cost of $7.5 million.
- Ada: Repair 13 miles of Highway 75 and replace a bridge at 240th street at a cost of $7 million.
- Brooks: Repair 13 miles of Highway 92 and build a new bridge over the Poplar River at a cost of $3.59 million.  
- Hallock area: Two new Highway 175 bridges over the middle branch of the Two Rivers at a cost of $1.39 million. 
- Lancaster area: New Highway 59 bridge over the north branch of the Two Rivers at a cost of $1.25 million. 
- Oslo: Repairs to the Red River bridge at a cost of $7 million.
- Thief River Falls: Updates to Red River Bridge at a cost of $1.6 million.

Of the 348 state projects, 30 are in District 2 which encompasses much of Northwestern Minnesota.



The 23rd Annual Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp is scheduled for July 13-19, 2014 at the University of MN Crookston. Youth participants will live on campus while attending leadership training sessions and participating in various recreational activities.  RLYA is a leadership training program offered to students who have completed the 11th grade in high school and the cost of the program will be sponsored by the Crookston Rotary Club. The program is designed to develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship.
Application materials are available in the Crookston High School Guidance Office or from Sarah Reese (281-1387 or 281-3385). Completed applications can be returned to the Guidance Office or directly to Sarah Reese. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 18, 2014 at 3:30pm.





Crookston Lions Clubs celebrated with Lions members from around the world with a World Lunch Relay at University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) last Friday.  Over 20 Lions members from UMC, Noon Day and Dawn to Dusk Lions Clubs were at the lunch relay to celebrate the purpose and achievements of the clubs to support service activities.  The event kicked off in New Zealand with the clubs joining the event at noon at each international time zone forming the relay. In Crookston, donations went to the Care and Share Center. 
Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Its 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs serve communities in 208 countries and geographical areas around the globe.

       Crookston Lions Club members dining at UMC as part of the Lunch Relay




Pothole Cure

To the Editor,
It seems there is quite a bit of hype lately about the amount of potholes that are emerging from this past winter. I am sure everyone has a highway or street in mind that they have to carefully maneuver to avoid them. While most know potholes are caused by frequent freeze/thaw cycles that cause loss of support for the pavement surface; there is another cause that is far too overlooked. It is the underinvestment in our aging pavements.
While this winter may appear longer than most, it’s no coincidence that the potholes are more frequent. MnDOT reports that 50 percent of state highway pavements are more than 50 years old and Minnesota is ranked 38th nationally for pavement condition. Unfortunately, without additional revenues in the Highway Fund, potholes will continue to be on the rise.
As Minnesotans it seems we take pothole season for granted. If we get a bent rim, broken shock, or need a front end alignment after hitting one we might curse a bit but then shell out the couple hundred bucks and move on. Rather than spending that money at the mechanic shop we would be better off putting it toward a long term pavement fix for that road.
Potholes don’t have to be a normal routine for spring. Contact your legislators and tell them we need increased long term funding for our transportation infrastructure. Tell them you want long lasting project solutions, not just shovel by  shovel temporary fixes.

John Brunkhorst
Minnesota County Engineers Association (MCEA) President




TUESDAY - APRIL 8,  2014


Greg Gust from the National Weather Service in Grand Forks offered an update on the Red River Basin Flood projections. The area can expect rivers and streams to open up and flow this week. "There will be localized overland flooding and some minor flooding is possible generally closer to the river channel in the southern Red River Basin," said Gust. "Northern Basin streams and rivers will likely see more substantial runoff than their southern basin counterparts with warm temps over the weekend and even warmer temps expected this week will fasten the snowmelt and runoff process.”

                Water going over a township road three miles south of Euclid



The Crookston Pirate Knowledge Bowl Students and speech student Merran Dingman will be given a send off on Wednesday morning April 9 at 8:25 a.m. at the Crookston High School as they head for state competition on Thursday, April 10. Knowledge Bowl members are Harrison Boucher, Adam Erickson, Bailey Lindgren, Bryan Sanchez, Alex McGregor and Callie Boucher. Kristie Hager is the advisor for the Knowledge Bowl team and Phyllis Hagen is advisor for the speech team.
Crookston School District Superintendent Chris Bates will host a breakfast for the current and previous state-bound students at 7:30 a.m. at RBJ’s.  The students mentioned above along with Yash Kapoor, a spelling bee state participant, art students headed for state Brooke Panzer, Jason Ibarra, Bryan Sanchez and Kenzie Klatt along with the students who participated in the referendum campaign, Danica Brekken, Aaron Hollcraft, John Oien and Kenzie Klatt will all be treated to breakfast by Mr. Bates.




The eighth Annual membership meeting of the Crookston Farmers’ Market Association will be held Saturday afternoon, April 12 at 2:00 p.m. at RBJ’s Restaurant in Crookston.
This will be an exciting new year for the market as they move into the new pavilion on the town square at the corner of North Ash Street and 3rd Street.
The Farmer’s Market gives area residents the opportunity to purchase fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as local arts and crafts. It is the hope of the board the community will continue to support this endeavor.
The organization is looking for members within a 45 mile radius of Crookston to participate in the market. Anyone interested in selling produce or handmade products may contact the Crookston Chamber Office at 218-281-4320 or email us at
Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Farmers Market is invited to attend.




The Crookston High School Drama department will present their spring production of Man of La Mancha on April 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30 p.m. each night.  Tickets are now on sale from cast members or at Montague’s Flower Shop and are $10 for adults,  $8 for students and will also be available at the door. The play is written by Dale Wasserman with music by Mitch Leigh.  In this award winning musical, the Inquisition throws Miguel de Cervantes, a failing playwright, poet, and tax collector into prison to await his trial.  While in prison, Miguel accepts the challenge to win over his fellow prisoners, by telling them his story.  This play within a play is the story of Don Quixote and his manservant Sancho, as they take on many misadventures in the quest to find glory.  KROX's MaryAnn Simons caught up with members of the play and talked with Torrie Greer, Bryan Sanchez, Zach Lutz.
“I play a hardened character who is a wench and a brute throughout the play and then learns how to live to the greater good,” said Greer.
Bryan Sanchez has three parts, “I had a single part which gets to be more like three, starting with a man accused of a crime and then I become Don Quixote who is a crazed knight who wants to make some right in the world,” said Sanchez.  
Zach Lutz plays the main servant, “I am Don Quixote’s man servant who follows him around in his activities. I am enjoying every moment, it is a fun entertaining production for the audience."
This is the first time the production of Man of La Mancha has been done in Crookston. Greer wants everyone to come and support the cast, “It is good to start with the senior brunch on Thursday morning and then the three nights over the weekend. It has been a fun experience,” said Greer.  Senior Citizens from Crookston and the area are invited to the play Thursday morning at 9:15 for the brunch and play.

Directors: Beth Carlson and Beth McDougall
Accompanist: Mary-Ann Knotek
Cervantes/Don Quixote: Bryan Sanchez
Sancho: Zachary Lutz
Aldonza: Torrie Greer
Innkeeper: Allison Reinhart
Duchess: Kari Gillette
Dr. Carrasco/Knight of the Mirrors: Charles Branter
Antonia: Brianna Visness
Padre: Megan Frisk
Governor/Paco: Michael Hefta
Housekeeper: Kennedy Resendiz
Pedro: John Oien
Juan/Barber: Adam Huglen
Anselmo: Cody Klamm
Fermina: Bethany Newquist
Maria: Callie Boucher
Gypsy Dancers/Prisoners: Mariah Frisk, Mickayla Johnson, Kaitlin Selzler, Mercades Haglund, Ciara Goering, Alex MacGregor, Bethany Newquist, Callie Boucher, Michelle Cuno, Brita Fagerlund
Assistants to Directors/Choreographers: Mariah Frisk and Mickayla Johnson
Sound and Lights: Mallory Cuno, Madison Crane, and Gabi Ostgaard




The RiverView Foundation recently received a donation from Eagle Thrifty White Pharmacy that is providing the seed contribution designated to support vital monitors for RiverView’s Intensive Care and Medical Surgical Inpatient Vital Monitoring System. This is the fifth year of sustained support from Eagle Thrifty White and Manager Steve Olson, according to RiverView Foundation Director Kent Bruun.  “Back in 2010 Thrifty White Drug committed to provide sustained annual financial support towards a medical fund that supports medical equipment and focuses on service enhancements at RiverView,’’ Bruun stated. “The Eagle Thrifty White Pharmacy management continues to work with the Foundation to identify meaningful RiverView projects that they would like their support to be designated to with the intent of creating a healthier community and the greatest societal impact.’’

Vital Monitoring System
The vital monitoring system project will replace and upgrade the existing equipment to provide a fail-safe system of immediate monitoring technologies and delivery of vital alerts to appropriate staff, and will also enable immediate information sharing among vital electronic medical record capabilities
Vital sign monitors measure blood pressure as well as report oxygen saturation levels and temperature. They can be used to continually measure a single patient’s vital signs or moved from patient to patient for spot checks.

June 9 Golf Classic Project
The new monitoring system is at the top or RiverView’s equipment priority list for 2014. Funds from the upcoming RiverView Foundation Golf Classic will also go toward this system, said Bruun. The annual Golf Classic will be held on June 9th at Minakwa Golf Course. “Donor support, like that of Eagle Thrifty White, is so powerful,’’ Bruun shared. “It literally allows us to enhance our quality of care which results in a community and environment that has a higher quality of life and safety.’’
For more information on the monitoring system or any other RiverView Foundation project, contact Bruun at 218-281-9249 or

Eagle Thrifty White Pharmacy Manager Steve Olson presents RiverView Foundation Director Kent Bruun with a check that will go toward RiverView’s Intensive Care and Medical Surgical Inpatient Vital Monitoring System project.




Villa St. Vincent/The SUMMIT  has honored Rick Solheim for his commitment to the Villa St. Vincent/Benedictine Health System (BHS) Mission and Core Values with the presentation of the 2014 Sister Claudia Riehl Living a Legacy award.  For nearly 20 years, Sister Claudia Riehl, OSB, St. Scholastica Monastery, dedicated endless energy, countless hours of time and exceptional expertise, to further the BHS Mission.   Sister Claudia’s leadership in Mission Integration made a profound impact on the BHS culture. In 2011, the Sister Claudia Riehl Living a Legacy employee recognition program was launched to recognize those employees who model her commitment.
Solheim was chosen by his peers as the Legacy Recipient, for his “outstanding attributes” and “tremendous work effort”.  Rick has worked in the maintenance department at the Villa for over nine years.  He does general maintenance duties, snow removal, expert carpentry work and apartment refurbishing.  
As one of his nominations state, “Rick anticipates the needs of residents and tenants.  He is helpful, friendly and is quick to find something positive about others.  Rick uses his time wisely and productively.  He responds timely and takes pride in his work and the environment around him.  Rick is a pleasure to work with and definitely demonstrates the BHS values and mission.
Other nominees included:  Carmen Brule, Jon Myrold, Jana Green, Marisa Ramirez, Linda Plante, Barb Narvaez, Samantha Perala, Peggy Wangen, Sharon Wolfe, Marcie Haugen, Jennifer Reitmeier, Renae Sperling, Cheryl Effhauser and Deb Winger.
Administrator Judy Hulst noted that “While the entire Villa Team is tops, the nominees should be proud.  Each was formally chosen by their peer because they go above and beyond, their work is excellent and they share a kind and caring attitude.  These nominees are the best of the best and we are delighted to recognize their excellence.  And Rick, well Rick is about the most cheerful, kind and hard working person you would ever want to know.  Congratulations to you all!”
A reception was held in late March to honor Solheim and all of the nominees.

   Judy Hulst, Villa St. Vincent Administrator and Rick Solheim




The Polk County Sheriff’s Office along with Erskine, Winger, Mentor Fire Departments were dispatched to 39126 1st DR in Knute Township for a garage on fire on Monday evening. There were no injuries reported and the estimated damage to the garage is $80,000. The origin of the fire appears to be accidental.




This week is the Week of the Young Child and the rest of the week, KROX will have an article on different ways to spend time with your child and help the physical and mental development.  The articles were submitted by the Crookston Early Childhood Initiative.

Healthy, Fit Families
Children need to move their bodies and eat healthy foods. Families can promote healthy habits by encouraging children to eat nutritious foods and get some exercise every day. Here are some suggestions.
· Follow the nutrition guidelines for children under 6. Information on nutritious foods, portion sizes, and sample menus for planning snacks and meals are available free through the USDA.
· Eat meals together. You’ll know what your child is eating, you can model appropriate choices and portion sizes, and you'll have fun talking and spending time as a family.
· Steer your child toward healthier choices at fast food restaurants. Look for salads, sliced apples, baby carrots, and low-fat milk in colorful containers.
· Offer fun, healthy snacks. Ants on a log (celery sticks with peanut butter or cream cheese topped with raisins), sliced fresh fruit on a skewer, or raw vegetables and low-fat yogurt dip are favorites of many young children.
· Teach your child to listen to his or her stomach. When children do this, they’ll learn to know when they have had enough to eat. It takes 15 to 20 minutes after eating to know if you’re really hungry for seconds.
· Plan a taste-testing event. Family members can taste and vote on new, healthy foods—veggie burgers, baby spinach, turkey hot dogs, whole wheat pasta, kiwis, and the like. Then make the favorites part of your regular menu.
· Give hugs and kisses—not food—for comfort and encouragement. This simple action helps children associate eating healthy foods with taking care of themselves. They are likely to grow up to be adults who avoid using food as a reward or a way to cope with stress.
· Limit your children’s screen time. Instead of watching television or playing on the computer, spend time together—go for a run, kick a ball around, ride bikes (or trikes), or take a nature hike.
· Walk instead of driving to nearby places. Leave the stroller at home. Park a few blocks from the store and walk the rest of the way. Get off the bus a stop or two away from your destination and walk the remainder.





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