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MONDAY - APRIL 20,  2015

CITY OF CROOKSTON TO HAVE SPRING CLEAN UP WEEK THIS WEEK, APRIL 20-24

The week of April 20 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), free of charge. Video display devices left on the boulevard more than 48 hours are subject to a $25 penalty surcharge.
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 20 - April 24 in Crookston.

 

 

CROOKSTON TRAP SHOOTING TEAM READY TO START ANOTHER SEASON

The Crookston Pirate Trap Shooting team is in their third year as a club sport and they are getting ready for competition again this year. There are 33 kids signed up, up from 24 last year and 16 the year before. “We shoot each Wednesday night at the Crookston Gun Club and post the scores online and get grouped up with conferences around the state,” said advisor and coach Darren Gjerswald. “This program went from three teams in 2001 to 240 teams now.  States like South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin have started and now it is called U.S. A. Trap shooting,” Area schools like Fosston is getting started, and Warren is working on a new facility.  “It worked out nice for us because we use the Crookston Gun Club. We are waiting for a trap machine to be delivered and are working to replace the trap houses to update the Gun Club,” said Gjerswald.  “Competition is virtual in conferences so we are going against about 12 other schools.  Like any other school sports, we have a big tournament in Alexandria this year shooting on site. We hear there will be 8,000 students attending,  up to third place goes to the state championship in Minneapolis.”
The trap shooting club is for grades 6 through 12 and a valid firearms safety certificate.

 

 

CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY TO HOLD THEIR INDUCTION CEREMONY APRIL 30 

The Crookston High School National Honor Society will hold its Induction Ceremony on Thursday, April 30 at 8:00 pm in the Crookston High School Auditorium. Three seniors and eleven juniors will be inducted as new members.  They will join nine sustaining members of the Society.  The public is welcome to attend.

Sustaining Senior Members: Sydney Boike, Danica Brekken, Madison Crane, Dan Davidson, Amber Froeber, Mercades Haglund, Jonathan Miller, Gabriela Ostgaard, Taylor Perry

2015 Inductees: Seniors: Luke Edlund, Kari Gillette, Michael Hajostek
Juniors: Brooke Bergeron, Charles Brantner, Timothy Cymbaluk, Gunther Dingmann, Marietta Geist, Alyssa Goelzer, Brooke Gornowicz, Zachary Lutz, Haley Roed, Elisa Samuelson, Marie Sandman, Alyssa Schultz, Kyle Stegman, Robert Tiedemann, Leah Trostad

 

 

KEM SHRINE CIRCUS WILL BE HELD APRIL 25-26 AT RALPH ENGLESTAD ARENA IN GRAND FORKS

The Kem Shrine Circus and the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks is proud to present the 69th annual Kem Shrine Circus on April 24, 25 and 26.  Kem Shrine Circus has selected the Cindy Migley’s Circus as the producer with several new acts, including five white Bengal tigers, sword balancing, human cannon, elephants, and more.  Business and professional people throughout the area provide free tickets to every child in school up through eighth grade with the goal to ensure that every child has an opportunity to see the Kem Shrine Circus free of charge.

 


NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TO PROVIDE SKY WARN TRAINING CLASSES AT THE END OF APRIL

The National Weather Service will be holding 2015 Sky Warn Training classes in Fosston, Fertile and Crookston at the end of April. The classes are listed below.
Fosston - Monday, April 27 at the Embassy Community Center from 6:30-9:30 p.m.  
Fertile - Tuesday, April 28 at the Fertile Community Center from 6:30 -9:30 p.m.
Crookston – Wednesday, April 29 at the University of Minnesota Crookston Kiehle Auditorium from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

The Basic Class is designed as both an informational class for the general public and a first step in the Sky Warn Spotter training series. This class is about 1 ¼ hours (75 minutes) in length and covers in basic terms what severe weather is, how it develops, and how severe storms generally behave. Computer graphics, slides and video clips will introduce the participants to the great variety of storm phenomena which affect the area.

The Advanced Class is designed for the experienced Sky Warn Spotter who wishes to maintain or develop their proficiency.  It is recommended only for persons who have previously attended a basic class. This class is also about 1 ¼ hours in length and will teach you how to best view a severe or tornadic storm, interpret what you are seeing, and to correctly report these phenomenon’s. Those who complete both basic and advanced training will be included on our certified Sky Warn Spotter list. Those with previous certification need only attend the advanced class for renewal.

A typical evening’s offering would have the basic class start at 6:30 p.m. and run until 7:45p.m. After a half hour break for coffee and refreshments we would continue with the advanced class, and run from 8:15 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. (Actual class times may vary with location.)
This should increase the availability of the class to the general public while reducing the amount of time that our trained spotters need to spend in the classroom each year to stay certified.
For questions concerning the Sky Warn Program or to find a Sky Warn Spotter class near you, contact your local Office of Emergency Management or check the National Weather Service website at:  http://www.crh.noaa.gov/fgf/wxsafety/skywarn.php#sched.

 


MNDOT TO REPLACE OVERHEAD SIGNS IN DOWNTOWN CROOKSTON

Motorists on Highway 2 in downtown Crookston will experience minor traffic flow disruptions April 20-23 as crews replace overhead signs, weather permitting. Crews inspect, repair, and replace signs to ensure that they are good condition for the traveling public. For statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org.  

 

 

 

FRIDAY - APRIL 17,  2015

18 YEARS AGO TODAY, THE RED LAKE RIVER IN CROOKSTON HIT 28.33 FEET AND CROOKSTON ESCAPED DISASTER

April 17, 1997 is an infamous day in Crookston in the Red River Valley, and now it is 18 years later and Crookstonites are still remembering it well.  The numbers 28.33 (feet) represent the crest hit by the Red Lake River in Crookston on that Thursday afternoon.   The morning of April 17 was spent worrying about ice jams heading through town westward.  Harold Slager was dispatched to the west end of town to the riverbank with his backhoe strapped to a caterpillar, so he wouldn’t slide into the river.  Slager kept trying to break up the ice jams and the river kept rising, putting areas of Groveland and Pleasant Avenue in serious danger. People had been evacuated from the Sampson and Woods additions and the emergency centers throughout town were hectic.  Residents were still sandbagging in Crookston, East Grand Forks and Grand Forks.  Slager and a higher power got the ice jams to move enough and the river dropped to 25 feet by the next day. Crookston was able to relax for a moment and then our neighbors to the west, East Grand Forks and Grand Forks had a levee break and Crookston became the evacuation center.  Everyone responded with aid for days to come. KROX had announcers on the air 24 hours each day for what seemed like an eternity and the community was filled with people needing shelter.  There were traffic jams, lines at the post office, National Guard soldiers and organized chaos at the schools and churches.    We remember it well….April 17, 1997……..28.33…………18 years ago.

 

 

UNPLUG AND PLAY EVENT TO BE HELD AT THE CROOKSTON LIBRARY ON TUESDAY

Unplug and Play to celebrate the young child at the Crookston Public Library on Tuesday, April 21. The free event will start at 6:00 p.m. and is sponsored by the C.A.L.L. committee.  There will be junk art, movement bands - where they get into stretchy bands and try and move around,  the parachute will be available,” said Coordinator Francine Olson. “UMC students will have mystery touch activities, the fit kids will perform a technology skit to offer a balance in their life and not miss out things while overusing technology.”  The event runs from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and is free to all.


POLK COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH TO HOST SEVERAL SCREENINGS OF INVISIBLE THREAT

Polk County Public Health will host a screening of “Invisible Threat” on Monday, April 20 from Noon to 1:00 p.m. as part of the local observance of National Infant Immunization Week April 18-25. The video explores the science of disease and the risks facing a society that is under vaccinated. The event is an informative “Bring your Own Luncheon” at Polk County Public Health. Other video screenings will be held at the Golden Link at 2:00 p.m. on April 22 and the East Grand Forks Senior Center on May 20 at noon.  “National Infant Immunization Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the success of immunizations in preventing deadly diseases,” said Nanette Widseth, Polk County Public Health Disease Prevention and Control Coordinator.  Check your child’s immunization records and make sure they are up to date with their shots.

 

 

UMC CHANCELLOR FRED WOOD AND DAN SVEDARSKY TO GIVE JOINT PRESENTATION ON AFRICA

University of Minnesota Crookston Chancellor Fred Wood and wildlife biologist Dan Svedarsky will give a joint presentation on Africa, on Tuesday, April 21 at 6 p.m. in the Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center. 
Chancellor Wood visited South Africa in December  2014 since he has a daughter in Swaziland serving as a Peace Corp Volunteer. While there, he also visited Kruger National Park.  “It was a rich cultural and natural history experience,” notes Chancellor Wood. “The conditions are very different from North America in so many ways, and I now have a deeper appreciation for that part of the world.”
Dan Svedarsky was in Durbin, South Africa, in 2012 presenting a paper at the International Wildlife Management Congress and also visited Kruger Park.
The joint presentation will feature many slides and accompanying narrative on the people, places, and incredible animals of the African Bush and Savannah. The event is open to the public and is part of Earth Month at the Crookston campus and sponsored by the Crookston Students for Sustainable Development. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Dan Svedarsky at 218-281-8129.


Leopard with a Reedbuck kill in Tanzania. Photo taken by James Ramaka, friend of Dan Svedarsky.

 

 

THURSDAY - APRIL 16,  2015

MINNESOTA STATE CLIMATOLOGIST VISITS CROOKSTON, PRESENTS JIM CAMERON WITH AN AWARD

Dr. Mark Seeley, Minnesota State Climatologist and University of Minnesota Professor, was in Crookston Wednesday to participate in the Climate Minnesota Fair and to present Jim Cameron of the Northwest Outreach and Research Center with an award for collecting weather data.  “We are acknowledging Crookston as a highly valued climate station in the state,” said Seeley.  “Crookston is one of the most coveted of the 20 or 30 stations in the state, it has daily data that goes back to 1891so it is a great data set that allows to study the weather in Polk County and Jim Cameron has been doing the gathering of data for about 40 years which is a long stint as a weather observer.”

Dr. Seeley talked about what they learned from the data collected by Cameron.  “There are some profound trends in the climate data for the last few decades,” said Seeley.  “The fact that we see a rise in temperature overall, especially at night with minimum temperatures getting warmer as opposed to day time. We are seeing larger and larger doses of thunderstorm rainfall more frequently 2-3-4-5 inch rain storms which did not occur very often in past history.
  A thunderstorm would be very welcome in the Red River Valley.  “Yes, the soil is extraordinarily dry right now for mid April, we have had hardly any moisture this year,” said Seeley.  “There was deep frost this winter, so there is frost still down below 32 inches.  The frost has gone out above 32 inches, the soil could drink up all the water it could get if we started to get rain periods this month would really benefit the agricultural season.”

The Red River Valley relies on stored moisture.  “The stored moisture would get us through the summer as our soils in the valley are so deep and have a high water storing capacity,” said Seeley. “92 percent of the state is in a moderate drought and could use a good drink of water, southeastern Minnesota has been getting some moisture.  I see the 2015 growing season shaping up as a warm one compared to the last two, it will be a warm May and the moisture is hard to see,  I don’t see May as being wet.”  Global warming has effects on Minnesota.  “The frequency of thunderstorms has grown, minimum temperatures have warmed,” said Steeley. “Growing degree days have grown in numbers and we tend to have decade by decade of longer growing seasons with a later frost and early spring frost with an expansion of corn and soybeans in Northern Minnesota,  the mold and allergy season has been extended.”

 


CROOKSTON EARLY CHILDHOOD SUMMIT DISCUSSES SENSORY PROCESSING

The Crookston Early Childhood Summit was held this week for teachers, day care providers and everyone involved in working with young children.   The group heard from Robbie Gregoire, who discussed sensory processing in children.  “Sensory is a big headache, it is a disorganized brain that takes in all the input from the senses and in some children you can make sense of the input, but if you have an a-typical brain all the information is coming at you and it is hard to decipher picking out what is important and not important,” said Gregoire. “A lot of kids end up with sensory overload and can have a meltdown and go into fighter flight.  If they have a disorganized brain the kids have trouble attending and behavior and then teachers contact me for help.”
Helping children starts with an evaluation to design a program.  “We set up a program to meet their needs, like front loading their day by providing activities to organize their brain so they can learn and be attentive,” said Gregoire.  “Little movement breaks help them and everyone under stress has an unorganized brain.”  Gregoire consults with teachers and paraprofessionals about different techniques that help the students.
Summit participants took home practical ideas for providing sensory integration into their work with children.  Tool kits, funded by the Otto Bremer Foundation, were also distributed to all the participants to take home.

 

 

WINDS CAUSE LIMITED VISIBILITY AROUND CROOKSTON ON WEDNESDAY


              Wind driven dust reduces the visibility three miles south west of Euclid.

 

 

CROOKSTON UNITED WAY HANDS OUT AWARDS

The United Way Campaign of 2015 held their spring fling with 23 agencies attending and receiving their first allocation grant.  Attendees nominated an agency to be awarded a grant of $250 at the event.   Home Delivered Meals was the winner and was nominated by Jan Vallager.  Local photographer Mike Crawford donated a picture of the Northern Lights dancing over Crookston which was sold at a silent auction with Nancy Capistran as the highest bidder.  The Outstanding Corporate Support Award was given to UMC and the Outstanding Support from an Individual was given to Bob O’Halloran of Hugo’s for their efforts in making the campaign a successful one.  The Chairman’s Outstanding Service award went to Becky Cymbaluk for her efforts during the transition process of United Way.  Erin LaPlante received the excellence in leadership award for her relentless work in making sure the United Way of Crookston survived during the transition period.

 

 

VILLA ST. VINCENT/THE SUMMIT SALUTES ITS VOLUNTEERS DURING NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK

Villa St. Vincent/The SUMMIT salutes its volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week, April 13-17.  On Thursday April 16,  Villa St. Vincent is celebrating Volunteer Recognition Day to honor the many individuals who dedicate themselves to the residents, assisted living tenants and short term care clients on campus.  The volunteers give countless hours of time and their talents making others happy. 
In 2014, 35 youth and 139 adults donated over 5,010 hours volunteering which is almost 14 hours every day!  We are so grateful.  We are especially proud of the 10 volunteers who donated over 100 hours of service in 2014, including: Mary Anderson, Allean Boschee, Sister Jeanne Campeau, Louis Cournia, Jean Hanson, Sister Agatha Hermann, Sister Joanne Johnson, Judy Kuzel, Marilyn Leblanc and Ann Riedlinger.

Volunteering is a win-win for all, check out these facts:
-Volunteering helps you make new friends and contacts
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Volunteering combats depression
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Volunteering helps you stay physically healthy
(Studies reveal those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not, even when considering factors like the health of the participants)
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Volunteering kindles happiness 
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Volunteering can advance your career and provide valuable career experience
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Volunteering increases your social and relationship skills
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Volunteering as a family activity teaches children valuable lessons
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Volunteering increases self-confidence 
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Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life

Volunteers are priceless and crucial to our organization.  We hope everyone will Thank a community volunteer this week and consider making a difference by becoming a volunteer themselves.  For more information about volunteering at the Villa St. Vincent/The SUMMIT, contact Tamara, Enrichment Coordinator at 218-281-9723 or tamara.parkin@bhshealth.org.

CATHEDRAL SCHOOL STUDENTS VISIT A BANK AND DO A SERVICE PROJECT 


Cathedral School 1st Graders are learning how to count money in their mat
h unit.  They took a field trip to Crookston National Bank where they were introduced to different coins and shown how the machine is used to count them and package them.  Margie Keller showed the students how safety deposit boxes are used.


Cathedral School Second and Third Graders went to The Villa Saint Vincent to do a service project on April 15.  The students raked and weeded in the inner courtyard at the Villa.  They were assisted by Mary Jo Cournia and Arlene Montreuil.

 

WEDNESDAY - APRIL 15,  2015

POLK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS LOOKING AT MAKING BUILDINGS MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT, AND RELOCATING PUBLIC HEALTH

The Polk County Commissioners held a special meeting on Tuesday afternoon to review county buildings and bonding options to make needed renovations.  The county is looking at a number of things to make the buildings more energy efficient and will have to update the boilers. The Polk County Public Health Department is in a rented building, which has deficiencies and a huge rent bill. “We would like to get out of the $50,000 rent each year, there is room at the Justice Center on the second floor where the courts are and we are talking about moving the county attorney office up there and discussing putting public health out there,” said Polk County Administrator Chuck Whiting. “We are putting drawings together, we are looking at energy improvements and taking advantage of tax credits for solar panels on the justice center building which would not be any cash outlay for the county.”  The discussion took about three and a half hours, which was done during the special meeting.
Several options are on the table for discussion as to which departments could be relocated and funding the changes.   Commissioners will be setting priorities as to what needs to be done now and what can be done in stages.

 

 

CROOKSTON SCHOOL DISTRICT HIRES THREE STAFF, LOOKING TO FILL A HANDFUL OF TEACHING OPENINGS

The Crookston School board hired three new teachers at their meeting on Monday evening.  One of the teachers will be the industrial technology instructor at the high school and that will help bring back the house building project.  “It is a position that the community feels is important,” said Superintendent Chris Bates.  “We hired, Douglas Lee, who worked for the district a few years ago and Chris Trostad contacted him to see if he would consider coming back, and then his wife Lori Lee is a special education teacher and they are the only two applicants for the two jobs,”

Linda Grenier was hired as an elementary teacher at Highland School.   “I met her again this week and she was a long term substitute at Highland School,” said Superintendent Bates. “She is contracted at step 5 and an experienced veteran.”
The school district is looking for five more teachers and have several applicants for social science and still need others so they will continue to advertise the openings.

Enrollment increased by 15 students and will bring more income to the district.  “15 students is about $8,000 a year if they come for a quarter that is about $2,000 so that will be about $60,000 extra for the budget at the end of the year,” said Superintendent Bates.  “We hope they like Crookston and stay for next year, we are not sure where they come from or why they come, but we are pleased that they came.”

 

 

CROOKSTON SCHOOL DISTRICT TO OFFER A FREE NOON MEAL TO CHILDREN 18 AND YOUNGER THIS SUMMER THROUGH USDA PROGRAM

The Crookston School District is offering a free noon meal this summer for children who are 18 and younger.  “The Department of Education contacted us about running a summer meal program in the Crookston area.  Headstart has a meal program at Carmen now and our program would be at the Highland Park area,” said Crookston Food Service Director Anna Ogaard.  “We will be giving away a free noon meal to all kids 18 and younger, no paper work they just need to show up between 11:30 and 12:30 Monday through Thursday for 10 to 12 weeks, on a first come first served basis and we will feed all the kids that come.”
For more details on the summer meal program listen to Focus on Education on Saturday, April 18 at 8:45 a.m. on KROX Radio.

 

 

 

TUESDAY - APRIL 14,  2015

CROOKSTON SCHOOL DISTRICT HEALTH INSURANCE TO GO UP ANOTHER 10 PERCENT!

The Crookston School Board accepted a bid for health insurance at their meeting on Monday with a 10 percent increase. “We got three bids, one from Northwest Service Coop, which is our existing insurance carrier through Blue Cross Blue Shield, and from PEIP and full insured Blue Cross Blue Shield,” said Crookston School District Business Manager Laura Lyczewski. “We compared the costs and benefits and the Service Coop was the best bid with a 10.1 percent increase and we needed to keep the aggregate value of our existing plan and the other two did not offer the specific benefits that comply.”

The board accepted a retirement letter from Marla Wolfe, an elementary physical education instructor for the past 28 years.  School Board member Dave Davidson thanked her for her years of service and dedication to the students.  The board passed a resolution to termination and non-renewal of the teaching contract of Mose Oteh, a probationary special education teacher.   A contract with Kenny Olson was approved as the transportation services mechanic and driver for the district.  

Anna Ogaard, Crookston School District Food Service Director, will have a food and nutrition program this summer for students 18 and younger who are in need of meals, which will be served through  the USDA program free of charge.  Details are still being worked out.

 

 

CROOKSTON SCHOOL DISTRICT APPROVES THE PARKING LOT PROJECT AT THE HIGH SCHOOL

The Crookston School Board held a public hearing on Monday before the school board meeting relating to the property tax abatement for the parking lot reconstruction project at the Crookston High School.  This is the final phase of the project which was done last summer.
“What we are planning on doing is the last phase of the project, which is the parking lots at the high school, which has been approved at the $1,650,000 estimated project cost,” said Patty Heminover, Vice President of Public Education at Springsted, a public sector advisor.  “We issued bonds in November, 2013 for the facility health and safety projects and deferred maintenance.  We split off the other project as it saves money for the district tax payers.” The tax impact on a $100,000 home was a $139 savings because of lower interest rates and when the project was done.”
There were no district residents at the hearing to comment and the school board approved the project and issuance of general obligation tax abatement bonds.  “On this last phase of the project a $100,000 home would be about $10 a year and $150,000 commercial property is would be about $30 per year,” said Haminover.
The bonds will be sold on May 11 and funds will be issued to the district on June 10.

 

 

CROOKSTON CITY COUNCIL AWARDS 2015 STREET IMPROVEMENTS, FINDS OUT JOE MUNN WILL RETIRE AFTER 40 YEARS OF SERVICE

The Crookston City Council met on Monday evening and was treated to a creative expression performance by Merran Dingmann, a member of the Crookston High School speech team who is headed for state competition.   Mayor Gary Willhite invited the speech team to the council meeting along with their coach Phyliss Hagen who is administrative assistant for the Crookston Park and Recreation Department.  

The council awarded a contract for the 2015 street improvements.  “Spruce Valley of Middle River got the contract, they had done work for us over the years and did the relocation of the watermain on Highway 2,” said Crookston Public Works Director Pat Kelly.  “The bid was $547,827.45 and it looks like MinnDak Asphalt will do the paving on the project.”

Joe Munn, a 40 year employee in the water department, has submitted his retirement letter to the council.  “Joe will be retiring July 1 after 40 years of working for the city,” said Kelly. “He has been the water supervisor and has done a superb job of taking over the supervisor position and really moving the department forward so we will all miss him.”

Mayor Gary Willhite signed a proclamation declaring April 22 as Earth Day with many activities planned at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

The council approved the sale of another lot in the Barrette Street Estates to Connie Gilmore. Police Officer Paul Peterson has resigned his position effective April 20.

 


CROOKSTON WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE TO START A TRIAL PARKING ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM IN DOWNTOWN

The Crookston Ways and Means Committee met after the council meeting and heard from Brady Rupard who lives at 601 Locken Boulevard and has sewer backup in his basement three times since June, 2014, a camera was sent down to check out the problem which was found about 100 feet from the house where there was a splice to a plastic pipe which had shifted and pulled off.  Repairs were done on Locken in 2007 and previous owners had no problems. Rupard bought the home in 2012.  The Committee asked Pat Kelly to further investigate and look for a solution. Rupard believes the city of Crookston should repair the sewer and cover all the costs as the sewer was dug up and altered when the street was done. The committee is considering a sanitary sewer insurance program which would work like the water service line insurance program. 

Parking enforcement continues to be a concern in the downtown area of Crookston so a trial program is being proposed for seven months with a 20 hour a week part time position at $10 an hour to start on June 1.

 

 

CROOKSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LOOKING FOR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AFTER BURKE TAKES JOB IN ADA

MacKinzie Burke, Executive Director for the Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce has submitted her resignation to the chamber board effective April 30.  Burke who has been with the chamber since, August 2014, lives in Ada and has taken the job as foundation director of the Benedictine Health System in Ada. Burke said it was an opportunity she could not pass up.  The Chamber board is working already to find a new executive director.

 

 

 

MONDAY - APRIL 13,  2015

CROOKSTON SCHOOL BOARD TO MEET ON MONDAY, RECEIVE ANOTHER RETIREMENT LETTER, WILL HIRE FOUR

The Crookston School Board will hold a public hearing to discuss any questions regarding the parking lot abatement project on Monday at 5:00 p.m. in the Crookston High School Choir/Orchestra room.

The regular meeting will be at at 5:30 p.m.  Visitors may share concerns with the school board (five minutes per topic) at the beginning and the end of the meeting. 
Personnel items include the retirement of Marla Wolfe, an elementary physical education instructor.  They will be asked to approve a resolution relating to the termination and non-renewal of the teaching contract of Moses Oteh, a probationary teacher.
The board will be asked to approve employment of Douglas Lee as Industrial Tech Instructor, Lori Lee as a special ed instructor, Linda Grenier as an elementary education instructor at Highland School, and Kenny Olson as a transportation services mechanic/driver.
On the main agenda, the board will be asked to approve Northwest Service Cooperative as the District Insurance Carrier for next school year, the approval of the resolution relating to property tax abatement for a parking lot reconstruction project at Crookston High School, and the authorize the issuance and sale of $1,650,000 in general obligation tax bonds, series 2015A.
The feature program will be the Summer Food Program, presented by Anna Ogaard.
The next meeting will be Monday, April 27 at 5:00 p.m.


 


CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 18, HOMECOMING WEEKEND

The Crookston High School Pirate Hall of Fame 2015 selection has not taken place yet due to the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony being moved to Homecoming night September 18, 2015. Selections will be made and announced by the end of May.

 

 

CROOKSTON FARMER’S MARKET TO HOLD THEIR ANNUAL MEETING

The ninth annual membership meeting of the Crookston Farmers’ Market Association will be held Friday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Irishman’s Shanty Restaurant in Crookston. All current members and anyone interested in becoming a member of the Farmers Market are invited to attend. The organization is looking for members in the Crookston Area to participate in the market.
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 Market Association the community will continue to support this endeavor.
If you would like more information please contact Jim Borkowski (218) 289-5454 or Sandy Kegler (218) 281-4320 or info@visitcrookston.com.

 

 

CROOKSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDS TO ABANDONED TRAILER HOUSE FIRE IN RURAL CROOKSTON

On Friday, April 10, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office along with the Crookston Fire Department received a call about an abandon trailer home on fire at 18213 270th St SW. The trailer home was a total lose. This case is under investigation. No further information is being released at this time.

 

 

CROOKSTON CIVIC MUSIC LEAGUE HOSTING SIX APPEAL TUESDAY, APRIL 14

The rising young male a cappella sextet, SIX APPEAL, will appear April 14, 2015 at the Crookston High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.  Their appearance in Crookston is sponsored by the Crookston Civic Music League.
This St. Paul based male ensemble that sings contemporary pops and standards, began in 2006 at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. The founding members decided to start singing together as a diversion from studies, fun with friends, and yes, maybe a way to break the ice with girls! Starting with a strong choral background and classical roots, they expanded their repertoire to the music of today, breaking new ground with original arrangements of hit songs.
Within three years, these former college freshmen were performing concerts around campus, winning a cappella competitions and touring around the Midwest. In 2010, after graduation, they moved their home base to the Twin Cities in order to turn their hobby into income producing performances.
They began touring the country, delivering electrifying performances and teaching a new generation about a cappella with their curriculum based Educational Experiences.
The Six Appeal roster now includes musicians from all walks of life and the young men continue to make friends and find fans wherever they travel.
Their latest success was at the 2012 National Harmony Sweepstakes where they took home the awards for Audience Favorite, Best Original Song, and received the title of National Champions of A Cappella Music! They were also Winner of Topblip.com’s “Grammer Madness”—a National Online Competition. Six Appeal performers are Jordan Roll, tenor; Michael Brookens, tenor; Nathan Hickey, baritone; Trey Jones, baritone; Reuben Hushagen, bass, and Andy Berkowitz, percussion.  This is a very active, fun group!
For further information, contact Elaine Metzger at 281-2681 o Alvern Wentzel at 281-7873. Admission is by season ticket only.
Anyone needing a ride to the performance should call THE BUS 281-0700.

 

 

 

CATHEDRAL SCHOOL HOLDS THEIR ANNUAL ACADEMIC LEARNING FAIR

On Thursday, April 8, Cathedral School held its Academic Learning Fair. Students in Grades Kindergarten through sixth grade participated. The Learning Fair gave students an opportunity to conduct independent research in various disciplines such as science, math, technology, and social. The results of each student’s research were presented in a school wide fair where the student's efforts were displayed.
Some great projects were shared that evening, such as “The Siege on Fort Sumter, “Generating Electricity”, entomology, soap making, and the sugar content found in foods you eat every day. It was an evening of learning and fun.

 
                                 Some of the research was the sugar content found in food you eat every day and entomology

 

 

CROOKSTON KIWANIS RAISE MONEY FOR THE CROOKSTON SCHOOL DISTRICT MUSIC DEPARTMENTS


The Crookston Kiwanis hosted a fundraiser breakfast on Sunday morning to raise money for the Crookston School District Music Departments.  All three music department head's, Chris Gough (Band), Spencer Frie (Orchestra), and Belinda Fjeld (Choir) were joined by Lloyd Lee, a longtime band instructor at Crookston High School.

 


 

KROX CELEBRATES 67 YEARS AND WILL BE GIVING AWAY OVER $1,000 IN PRIZES

KROX is celebrating our 67th Anniversary, and we’re giving away over $1,000 worth of gift certificates and prizes in our Mystery Phone Number Contest. To enter, send us a postcard with your name, address and a phone number to KROX, P.O. Box 620, Crookston, Minnesota, 56716, or e-mail it to krox@rrv.net, or fax it to us at 281-5036 or drop a card off at our studios at 208 South Main Street in Crookston. Limit one entry per household please. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. Then during Anniversary Week, April 20-24, every half hour, from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., listen for your phone number to be called for your chance to win one or more gift certificates or prizes from area businesses. Call KROX at 281-1140, within 12 minutes and 60 seconds, and you will become an Anniversary Week winner.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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