FRIDAY - MARCH 24, 2017


For Focus on Education this week, KROX Radio News Director, Kristi Thorfinson, caught up with Crookston High School Principal, Eric Bubna, who shared the news about several new course offerings at the High School for next school year. Bubna detailed one of the exciting collaborations between Crookston High School and Polk County Public Health, which resulted in the new Health Sciences and Technology Careers Exploration class. “It’s a course that’s going to expose the students to a lot of different career opportunities in the health sciences and human services field – not just like nurses, CNAs or doctors, but looking at things like social workers and mental health providers, IT and technology positions within the health and human services field,” said Bubna. “There’s a lot of need in this area and there are a lot of opportunities for our students to really get into those.”
For more information on the new course offerings at Crookston High School, tune in to “Focus on Education,” which airs at 8:45 a.m. this Saturday on 1260 AM/105.7 FM, online at, or the KROX mobile app in the Itunes or Google Play app stores.





The Crookston High School National Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be held on Monday, March 27 at 7:30 pm in the High School Auditorium, with a reception to follow in the commons.  The public is welcome to attend.  
The ceremony will be conducted by the sustaining seniors, who were inducted last spring as Juniors.  Sustaining members are:  Brita Fagerlund, Megan Frisk, Morgan Kresl, Anna Miller, Isabel Rodriguez, Heidi Swanson, Elise Tangquist, Christopher Wavra

New members that will be inducted:  
Seniors:  Callie Boucher, Michelle Cuno, Brooke Cymbaluk, Thomas Cymbaluk, Megan Flateland, Matthew Garmen, Tiffany Hanson, Courtney Lindtwed, Mathia Morlan, Jenna Porter, Jacob Widseth
Juniors: Denissa Brekken,  Karlie Brekken, Merran Dingmann, Aleece Durbin, Madeline Everett, Bailey Folkers, Clair Frydenlund, Kate MacGregor, Zachary Sanders, Allison Tiedemann, Katelyn Wagner





Altru Ambulance Services recently achieved recognition as being a “Pediatric Prepared” ambulance service by the North Dakota Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Children program. In order to be named a Pediatric Prepared service, applicant agencies must achieve program standards in carrying pediatric equipment, receiving appropriate training and providing community outreach. As part of the voluntary recognition program, Altru Ambulance Services was awarded a certificate of honor, as well as decals for the service’s ambulances. “Over 600,000 children are transported by ambulance every year in the United States, so making sure that EMS agencies are prepared to transport and treat those children is a priority,” said Elizabeth Pihlaja, program manager of the North Dakota EMS for Children program. “North Dakota’s emergency personnel work hard to ensure they are ready to care for kids, and we wanted to provide recognition for that time and effort. If you see the Pediatric Prepared decals on your community’s ambulance, be proud – it shows they are willing to go above and beyond to help the children in your community.” If you would like more information on the North Dakota EMS for Children Pediatric Prepared Voluntary Ambulance Recognition Program, please contact Elizabeth Pihlaja at or 701.328.2953. If you would like more information about Altru Ambulance Services and its activities, please contact Art Culver at or 701.780.1551.




minnesota farmers union schedules area meeting on key rural topics

Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) has scheduled multiple meetings that will be held around the state of Minnesota that will discuss important issues affecting farmers and rural communities. One of these meetings is set to take place at Mike and Linda Hanson & Sons Dairy Farm, 33307 180th St NE, Goodridge, MN, on April 4th at 1:30 p.m. Several key agricultural and legislative leaders have been invited and are expected to speak as well as answer questions from attendees. “MFU sets up several discussions throughout the year to address and answer questions from community members about key issues in rural Minnesota,” stated MFU President Gary Wertish, “Our voice is their voice and we want to hear their stories, their feelings and their feedback. The meetings allow us to not only hear the voice of those living in rural communities but also to bring the information we have, and the local experts who have additional information to them.”
Key topics expected to be discussed are health insurance, buffer rules, property taxes, ditch mowing regulations, and commodity prices. Local experts expected to attend this discussion are: Rob Larew, Vice President of Government Affairs, National Farmers Union; Gary Wertish, President of Minnesota Farmers Union; and Bryan Klabunde, Vice President of Minnesota Farmers Union. Additional details on these meetings can be found at or by contacting Membership & Outreach Director, Bruce Miller at 651-288-4064.




THURSDAY - MARCH 23,  2017


Trevore Brekken, a Crookston-based farmer, completed his training to become a member of the 33rd class of American Soybean Association’s (ASA) DuPont Young Leader program.  Brekken finished his training February 28 through March 3 in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show in San Antonio.  “It was a really good learning experience,” said Brekken, who grows corn, soybeans, wheat and sugar beets on his farm in Polk County. “This program is an invaluable opportunity to foster leadership skills and cultivate relationships with leaders in the ag community.”

ASA President Ron Moore credits a long history when pointing to the success of the program. “For more than 30 years, the ASA DuPont Young Leader program has identified new and emerging leaders for the soybean industry,” Moore said. “The program provides training that strengthens their voices while networking opportunities create a connected and more collaborative organization.”

While in San Antonio, Brekken participated in leadership and marketing training, issues updates and discussion and was recognized at ASA’s annual awards banquet.  Prior to completing the program, Brekken attended a training session in January at DuPont Pioneer’s headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, where he met with producers from three states. “The training and discussions in Johnston and San Antonio were very beneficial,” said Brekken, 43, who lives in Crookston with his wife, Jana, and children, Logan and Coral. “I was able to network with a lot of different state-level officials.”

Steve Reno, DuPont Pioneer vice president, business director—U.S. & Canada, says it was easy to be excited about the current class. "This year’s class is a remarkable group of young leaders,” Reno said. “This year’s class has focused significant energy into taking on the challenges facing our industry.”  Brekken is also a member of the Polk County Corn and Soybean Growers Association.
MSGA is a non-profit, farmer-controlled membership organization established in 1962. Its goal is to ensure profitable soybean farming by influencing favorable ag legislation, monitoring government policies and supporting research and market development activities.

Trevore Brekken (center) was honored by American Soybean Association President Ron Moore (left) and Kevin Diehl, Director of Regulatory Strategy and Industry Affairs, DuPont Pioneer at Commodity Classic in San Antonio.




On March 22, at approximately 3:17 pm, Grand Forks Police Department officers were dispatched to the Greenway in the area of the railroad bridge, near downtown Grand Forks, on a report that a passerby had discovered a deceased person.  Responding officers did discover what appears to be a deceased victim, partially encased in ice.  There are no early indications of foul play, although very few details regarding the victim or the circumstances of death are available at the time of this release.  Recovery efforts were completed before 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday.  There is no indication of any ongoing danger to the public, related to this incident, at this time.  This investigation is active and ongoing, and the Grand Forks Police Department would ask anyone who may have any information regarding this incident to contact investigators through any of the methods provided below:
Phone: 701-787-8000
Text: Text the word “GFPD” and the tip to 847411 (“TIP411”)
The Grand Forks Police Department would like to thank the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office, the Grand Forks Fire Department, and Altru Ambulance, for their ongoing assistance in this incident.





The Crookston Planning Commission met Tuesday night and a significant portion of the discussion revolved around changes to the City’s sign ordinances, particularly those affecting downtown Crookston. The Commission has been gathering input from businesses and stakeholder groups, such as the Downtown Crookston Development Program (DCDP) over the past several months.  “The Planning Commission, over the last couple of meetings, has been going over the sign ordinances; reviewing them, simplifying them, adding types of signs that were prohibited – making changes that way," said City Building Inspector, Matt Johnson.  "We’re going through each zoning district in Crookston and making changes. The plan right now is to meet one or two times more to go over the ordinance, and present it to the City Council in May for adoption.”




West Polk County American Cancer Society Relay For Life Set for September 16th

West Polk County’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life main fundraising event is on the move back to the University of Minnesota Crookston campus this fall. After three great years at the Crookston Sports Center, the Relay will be returning to UMC September 16 with an evening of fun and hope. 
Relay co-chairs Jess Bengtson and Brenda Langved say they foresee a great turnout after their committee made the decision to not only change the date from mid-June to September, but to bring back the campus atmosphere and, hopefully, include more students, faculty and staff from the university and high school. 
“This event is very important to many people for many different reasons, but it’s also our biggest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society,” Bengtson explained. “We hope the date and location changes will allow for more college student involvement as well as the community since ‘lake season’ will essentially be over.” 
The September 2017 event will feature the traditional luminary ceremony honoring those who have fought cancer or lost their battle, cancer survivor’s meal, the 4th annual Relay 5K Run/Walk, an outdoor movie, silent auction and pie auction, food, games, speakers, demonstrations and the band “4 Wheel Drive.”
For more information, to donate or volunteer, contact Jess Bengtson at (701) 610-6454 or email





The Minnesota House passed House File 1478 which empowers local school districts and educators, giving them additional flexibility in negotiations. The bill repeals the default in state statute which requires that when difficult staff retention decisions have to be made, the newest teachers hired are the first ones let go. Instead, schools and teachers will be able to explore alternative options that can include more than seniority like performance evaluations or teacher effectiveness.  "Teacher effectiveness is a critical component to student learning and success, and this legislation is about keeping our best educators in the classroom," said Representative Deb Kiel.

Superintendents Lon Jorgenson (Warren-Alvarado-Oslo), Chris Bates (Crookston), and Bruce Jenson met with Rep. Deb Kiel





I Love to Read Month activities continued at Washington Elementary School when Miss Crookston, Morgan Kresl, visited on Friday, March 17.  She read to WES students and explained to them her role as Miss Crookston. She also stressed the importance of reading, studying hard, and being the best person that you can be.








Crookston High School eighth grader, Ella Weber, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that  she is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 Minnesota National Geographic State Bee.  The Bee will be held on March 31 at Mankato State University.
This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 29th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state Bees.
Each state champion will receive $100, the “National Geographic Atlas of the World, 10
th Edition,” a medal, and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 15-17, 2017.  The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the Society.  The national champion will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands, where he/she will experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the islands’ unique wildlife and landscapes. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Visit for more information on the National Geographic Bee.
National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the 2017 National Geographic Bee Championship final round, on Friday, May 19, at 8 p.m. ET. The final round will be aired later on public television stations. Check local television listings for air date and time in your area.  For more information visit  




Crookston Kiwanis has named four students as Terrific Kids in March. The students, their teachers and parents were treated to breakfast at RBJ's on March 16th.

Terrific Kids & Teachers - 5th Grade: Brannon Tangquist, Amber Sannes, Ny Nguyen, Kerri Brantner, Sophia Moran Mello, Krystyna Freeman, Bailey Turnwall and Susan Garmen

Terrific Kids & Parents: Brannon Tangquist with Jason & Renee Tangquist, Ny Nguyen, with Tam, An, and younger Brother Nguyen, Sophia Moran Mello with Kari Moran, and Bailey Turnwall with Ellisha & Bjorn Turnwall





The Fisher High School Knowledge Bowl team recently finished third place at the regional meet in Thief River Falls and advances to the state knowledge bowl competition that will be held at Cragun's Resort in Brainard April 6-7.  Members of the team are Melissa Beiswenger, Sam Simmons, Katy Berg, Bailee Scheer, and Reese Radi.

Melissa Beiswenger, Sam Simmons, Katy Berg, Bailee Scheer, and Reese Radi.




The Polk County Commissioners met on Tuesday and accepted the donation of a 2007 Chevy three-quarters ton pickup from Enbridge Energy.   They approved the Zuercher software license and service agreement for the Polk County Sheriff’s department at a cost of $216,000.  
Sue Shirek, Care and Share Executive director came before the board with a request of help for transitional people coming out of corrections. “I came to speak with the board about people getting released from corrections that come to us especially those who are remanded back to Polk County and the work we do with them to get them successful back into the community," said Shirek.  "They need housing as they may have lost their home while incarcerated due to not being able to pay the rent so we work with them to get over the hurdles to help them with housing and jobs and to become citizens of the community.”

The board approved two service agreements for the social service department with the Thief River Falls Adult Metal Health Initiative at Sanford Health and the Northwestern Mental Health Center in Crookston.

Maureen Hams, community service director for Tri Valley Opportunity Council came before the commissioners to get approval to apply for a housing grant.  “We are requesting funding through the Minnesota Housing and Finance Agency Family Homelessness Prevention and Assistance Program to fund assistance for families who are experiencing homelessness or who at risk for homelessness," said Hams.  "We want to help them with a deposit  or  one months rent assistance or been injured and need help for utilities, so it is temporary assistance."

The commissioner gave approval to advertise to fill the Wellness Coordinator position at Polk County Public Health as Leah Winjum has resigned to take another job in Crookston.




TUESDAY - MARCH 21,  2017


The CHEDA Board met this morning and resolved a number of issues that have been unsettled for some time. According to CHEDA Executive Director, Craig Hoiseth the Board chose not to provide any staff increases in pay or benefits during the formulation of the 2017 Budget as the City was still in negotiation with bargaining units, and desired to await those outcomes and now those outcomes are complete, and City employees received a pay increase of 2% along with an increased contribution of $75 per month towards health insurance premiums. His recommendation to the Board was to authorize the same increase for the CHEDA Housing Specialists, Administrative Assistant, and Maintenance worker, and the Board approved his recommendation.

His second recommendation addressed the long-standing, unsecured debt of $6,456.76 owed to CHEDA by the All-School Reunion Committee, since May of 2014.  “Our accountant and auditor, Brady Martz, has advised us to take this write-off on multiple occasions,” said Hoiseth. “This loan originated for $10,000, and the outstanding balance is $6,456.76. The reunion committee has $2,644 on hand to apply toward this debt, reducing the balance owed to $3,812.61.” His recommendation to the Board was to write off the remaining $3,821.61 and move forward. Councilman Tom Vedbraaten voiced his opposition to this action, but the rest of the Board voted to write off the long-standing debt.

Hoiseth also shared the details regarding an idea brought to CHEDA by a local businessman for consideration.  “Actually, this wasn’t an agenda item today, but prior to the Board meeting we were sitting around having a discussion, and the conversation turned toward the Downtown Square, and the Central Square Apartments. Jerry Persson has approached CHEDA and the City and other stakeholders, looking at a real significant development there," said Hoiseth. "He’s looking at acquiring the facility and making a real family-friendly opportunity there. It would be kind of a community center, with a bowling alley, gymnasium, laser tag – lots of different and fun things, maybe some places to eat. The idea has kind of a grand scale to it; you start talking about a few million dollars of investment. We’re looking at ways that we can help finance that, or be a gap financer in that endeavor. Hopefully we can – it’s a great dream and an opportunity for Crookston to thrust forward – particularly with the downtown initiative.”  Hoiseth added the City has an investment with the Downtown Square and the activities that are going on in that area, "We have a long-term lease on those facilities, so we look to create a multiplier effect for that investment."

             The old Crookston Central High School building that Persson is looking at developing

In other business, Jason Carlson, Executive Director at TriValley, updated the CHEDA Board on the Agassiz Townhomes project. “Jason Carlson gave the Board an update as to where we are at with the tax credit projects for Agassiz Townhomes, said Hoiseth. “As we all know, the market is in a little bit of “flux” right now, but we have a potential suitor (investor) to finance that project, so we continue to move forward with applying other gap financing to Minnesota Housing.”  Carlson assured the Board that the project is in as good a position as anybody in the state, as far as financing the project is concerned. He said that plans are completed, and he is working to ensure that the project is “shovel ready,” once the financing is in place.





The Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to a call from Section Two of Northland Township at 11:21 a.m. on Monday, near Tabor.  The call came from a rural mail carrier who was delivering mail and he heard two gunshots that resulted in the rear window of the vehicle shattering.
A Polk County Deputy responded to the area where the shots were fired.  While investigating the report he was confronted by a male subject with a rifle.  The deputy called for assistance and other law enforcement agencies responded.  The male subject fired at the deputy, striking the deputy's vehicle.  The male subject was later located deceased outside of his residence with a high powered rifle.  At this time, it is known that one law enforcement officer returned fire during the incident.
The deceased male will be taken to the Grand Forks Medical Examiner's office for an autopsy.  Identities of the involved law enforcement officers and the deceased will be released at a later time.
Responding agencies include: The United State Border Patrol, Minnesota State Patrol, East Grand Forks Police Department, Crookston Police Department, Pine-to-Prairie Drug Task Force, Norman County Sheriff's Office, Pennington County Sheriff's Office, The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, White Earth Police Department, Marshall County Sheriff's Office, Warren Ambulance, and East Grand Forks Fire and Rescue.
The incident is under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.  Any further inquiries concerning this investigation will be directed to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.



Crookston Park and Rec Board met last night to clean up a few housekeeping items, including electing Kamille Wahlin as Vice Chair, and completing committee assignments, with Chris Fee named to the Hockey committee, Becky Kofoed to Figure Skating, Don Cavalier and Garret Borowicz to Baseball, and Don Cavalier and Becky Kofoed to the Sports Tourism Policy Committees.
Park and Rec Director Scott Riopelle introduced Andrea Prudhomme as the new administrative assistant for the Department. They proceeded to update the board on plans for a new dedicated Park & Rec website, intended to be more user-friendly, and providing direct links to individual Park and Rec programs. “We’ll be moving to exclusively on-line registration,” Riopelle said.
The Board underwent an extensive strategic planning process last year, and Cavalier detailed progress made on that plan.  “The Strategic Plan is actually a one-year to five-year plan, so we are getting ready to look at goals and objectives for 2017-2018 to make sure that we’re on track with what we’re doing," said Cavalier.  "Some of the amenities we are talking about are the walking and biking paths, a nature trail down by Aunt Polly’s Slough, and all the various parks and what their needs are. We did a survey of the city wards and got a lot of good information back from that. We’re trying to respond to that and see what each park needs, so the parks can be equipped properly and utilized more. Scott Riopelle has been really good about bringing that information to the Board."
Another goal expressed in the strategic plan was to increase coordination between the various entities that Park & Rec oversees. “We’re also looking at coordinating more consistently with different organizations," said Cavalier. "We’d like to know who is in charge, and what the contact protocol is.”

The Sports Tourism Committee was formed with the overall goal of increasing overnight stays in Crookston. Cavalier stated that this goal has been supplemented with activities intended to ensure that guests and families feel welcome, too. “We’ve talked with the motel owners to see how we can help them, and they can help us to bring more people to town, and treat people with a few more amenities. We want people to feel comfortable and welcome here, so they’ll stay and do some activities while they’re in town. The hockey program is looking at ways to increase overnight stays, too," said Cavalier. "Hopefully we can get that done in a way that everybody else can benefit from the hockey program, too – not only the students, but also the parents and families that come here, too."

Riopelle reported that progress has been made on the proposed pickleball courts. Both Schuster Park and Wildwood Park have been considered as possible locations for the 65’x60’ slab, which will provide space for two pickleball courts. “Shannon (Stasson) and Scott (Riopelle) are looking at applications for grant money we have available, and one of those applications is from the pickleball enthusiasts. They’re really excited about putting in two courts initially," said Cavalier. "We’re looking at possible pickleball tournaments in the future. That’s a fun game for people who like racquetball, because it’s similar to that, but a little slower paced. It’s fun.”
The Park and Rec Board meets the third Monday of every month at 4:15 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room.





The Crookston Pirate Speech Team traveled to Fosston on Saturday and came home with two First Place medals.  Megan Frisk and Zach Sanders broke through the second place position they have held for the past two competitions and received a first place in Duo.  Katherine Geist came in first in the Extemporaneous Reading category. 
Receiving fifth place medals were Bailey Bradford in Storytelling, and Victoria Proulx in Humor.  This meet held a final round, which means the speakers with the best scores competed against each other in a fourth or final round. Emily Gillette made it into the final rounds for both Prose and Drama, while Victoria Proulx also competed in the final round of Storytelling. Blue ribbons were received by all who competed in the final rounds. Ben Brantner received a red ribbon in Informative Speaking. 
Others competing in the meet were Georgie French, Sophia Rezac, Merran Dingman, and Emma Sherman. 
Other teams completing were East Grand Forks, Thief River Falls, Bemidji, Hawley, Blackduck, Roseau, Warroad, Red Lake County Central and several others. 

First Row: Zach Sanders and Megan Frisk, with Duo first place poster, Emily Gillette, Katherine Geist, with Ex. Rdg first place poster, Ben Brantner.
Second Row: Georgie French, Victoria Proulx, Emma Sherman, Bailey Bradford, Merran Dingmann. 
Top row: Sophia Rezac. 



 MONDAY - MARCH 20,  2017


RiverView Health Auxiliary board members recently took a tour of just a few of the projects brought to fruition through the group’s 2016-2017 grants. The Auxiliary donated $17,600 during that time frame to many RiverView departments and projects, including several in the Rehab Services Department.  “Rehab Services team members are thrilled to receive financial support from the Auxiliary,’’ stated Rehab Services Director Crystal Maruska. “With this new equipment, we are able to provide safe therapeutic treatment to our patients.’’  The list of 2016-2017 Auxiliary-funded projects includes: 
Clinics, Reach Out and Read: $2500
- Emergency Department, Transportation Vouchers: $360
- Care Center, Adaptive Clothing: $1000
- Home Health, Magnetic Calendars: $750
- Rehab Services, iPads:          $1500
- Rehab Services, Motorized Hi-Lo table: $2600
- Rehab Services, NuStep: $4130
- Rehab Services, Upper Extremity Ergometer (arm bike): $4940              

If you have questions about any of the Auxiliary’s projects or would like to join the Auxiliary, call RiverView Health Community Relations Speciliast Kari Moe at 218-281-9211 or email her at

Members of the RiverView staff and Auxiliary Board are pictured with the motorized Hi-Lo table purchased with Auxiliary funds for use by Rehab patients. Pictured above (left to right): Board members Gloria Watro, Judy Luettjohann and Diane Erickson, Rehab Services Director Crystal Maruska, Occupational Therapy Coordinator Tina Safranski, RiverView Community Relations Specialist Kari Moe and Auxiliary Board member Kathie Barnes.






Cathedral School held the first round of their spelling bee by taking written spelling tests for fifth and sixth graders. Seven students were chosen to compete in the final round last week.  Competing were: Four sixth graders: Kelly Baatz, Ethan Boll, Brady Klinnert, and Lotte Whiting.  Three fifth graders: Caden Boike, Jackson Reese, and Isabelle Smith.
Jackson Reese won the spelling bee with Charlotte Whiting the runner-up and Caden Boike finished third.

Caden Boike, Charlotte Whiting and Jackson Reese were the top three spellers




Highland second graders toured Opticare and learned about their eyes and how to keep their eyes healthy.  The teachers and second graders thank the Opticare staff for a great learning experience and the materials to learn more about their eyes.






The Grand Forks Police Department is advising the public to be aware of changing trends in opioid use after confiscating an eyedropper they say contained a potent strain of fentanyl. According to court documents, an eyedropper was seized from Michael Kotaska. The contents of the eyedropper tested positive for furanyl fentanyl, a variation of fentanyl that can be prescribed by a doctor and is about 40 times more potent than heroin.
Kotaska has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class C felony. "The public needs to be aware that individuals involved in drug use will conceal the substance in many fashions, such as an eyedropper," Grand Forks Police wrote in a press release. "Furanyl fentanyl is an extremely dangerous substance to individuals using the substance and others who may come into contact with (the) substance. Fentanyl has been a growing problem around the country to include Grand Forks and the surrounding areas."
Police also said more drugs such as heroin and prescription drugs are being mixed or cut with fentanyl to make their effects more powerful. "Opioid abuse is extremely high in the Grand Forks area, and law enforcement is asking for the help of the community to help battle this problem," police said.

         Michael Kotaska





Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce hosted over 400 area school juniors and staff and over 60 local and area business speakers yesterday at the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) for their annual Career Day.  Students were then able to select from 25 different occupational groups ranging from Fine Arts & Design to Aviation, Education, Law and Politics, Communications, Golf & Turf Management, and newly added UAS and drones. Students heard from speakers in each field about the work and training required to continue a pursuit in that career. This is an excellent opportunity for students to make connections locally and in the region, hear from business professionals, and to showcase UMC.
The Chamber Education Committee would like to thank UMC Career Development, Counseling Services, the Office of Admissions team, Sodexo, the Coca-Cola Fund Grant, Walmart Grant, the attending schools, and all of the speakers for their time sharing with the students. Chamber Education Committee members include Nan Thurston, Tom Anderson, Jason Brantner, Ardell Knudsvig, Jason Tangquist, Shannon Stassen, Megan Benoit, Lorna Hollowell, Jennifer Tate, Amanda Lien, and Nataki Morris.
Attending schools were Climax-Shelly, Crookston, Fisher, Goodridge, Greenbush Middle River, Marshall County Central, Norman County West, Sacred Heart, Stephen Argyle, Lincoln, and Tri-County High Schools.

The crowd of over 400 students at the start of career day




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