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FRIDAY - FEBRUARY 12,  2016

RIVERVIEW HEALTH FOUNDATION RAISES OVER $106,000 DURING GIVING HEARTS DAY

Giving Hearts Day at RiverView Foundation and throughout the Dakota Medical Foundation was a superb day with donors giving to support their communities.  RiverView Foundation Director Kent Bruun said their goal was surpassed.  “The dust is still settling, but it looks like we had raised $106,825.00 when I went home last night,” said Bruun. “This is just the community helping and we had patients calling all day saying thank you.”  Dakota Medical Foundation raised between $7 and $8 million throughout the region. “There is a lot of good out there and we thank you,” added Bruun.

 

 

CROOKSTON AIRPORT COMMISSION MEETS, HEARS FROM THE MNDOT OFFICE OF AERONAUTICS

The Crookston Airport Commission hosted four staff members from the Office of Aeronautics in the Minnesota Department of Transportation at their meeting on Thursday.  “We came to learn about the needs of the community for the airport so we can help with funding for operations, maintenance and construction projects,” said Kathy Vesely, Aeronautics Assistant Director from MnDot. “We have a grant program from the state and Crookston qualifies for federal aid through the FAA airport improvement program. The next big step for Crookston would be if a big business came to town and had a small jet and needed to use the airport, it would need a 5,000 foot or longer runway and wider surface areas with more safety requirements so it is a big step to consider. Crookston has a lot of operations with the University of North Dakota and probably has the most operations in the state for an airport its size.” Vesely added the Airport manager Lowell Miller and Finance Director Angel Weasner have done awesome of taking care of the airport as it is excellent condition. 

Dan Geist, chairman of the airport commission, was pleased with the news from the group and talked about the needs to make the airport better.  “It was a good informational meeting about many things, including funding and a lot of paperwork that goes with the operations.  We need to expand lighting systems on the approaches and runways and there is a need for more hangers and a larger maintenance facility,” said Geist.  “The city owns the hangers and they are all rented out with a waiting list so if we had more we could rent more.” Geist added that there is a lot of activity with Congressman Collin Peterson flying in, state officials and University of Minnesota Crookston has a flight school operating at the airport and uses the facility.

Zoning around the airport and the future use of drones were part of the conversation along with the many assets of the airport to the area.  The most recent inspection of the airport complex had few discrepancies which mainly dealt with trees that needed to be removed from the areas around the runways. 
Crookston Finance Director Angel Weasner said it was a good meeting. “It was nice to have MnDot come and tell us everything we are doing and getting all the needs met,” said Weasner. “We have three sets of paperwork so Lowell Miller and I will work closely to get it all done along with Blake Carlson from Widseth, Smith Nolting to help with the projects.”

 

 

CROOKSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT PROMOTES TRAVIS HALVORSON TO DETECTIVE SERGEANT

Crookston Police Officer Travis Halvorson was promoted recently to Detective Sergeant and is taking over his new duties.  Halvorson has been with the department for almost 16 years and will be overseeing the investigations unit, replacing Detective Aaron Pry. “I have been doing investigations for almost six years, but there is plenty to learn and there is always something new,” said Halvorson who is married and has two kids.  He is a graduate of Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls and is a native of Warren. “I did not go far from home and enjoy working in this area,” said Halvorson.  The Crookston police department is doing interviews to fill slots that are open in the department at the present time.

 

 

CROOKSTON PIRATE BASKETBALL TEAMS TO PLAY TRF IN COACHES VS CANCER NIGHT ON FRIDAY

The Crookston Pirate and Thief River Falls Prowler basketball teams will be participating in Coaches Versus Cancer with a double header at the Crookston High School Gymnasium on Friday, February 12.  The Crookston Pirate Boys will play Thief River Falls at 6:30 p.m. and the girls will play at 8:00.  Everyone is invited to wear pink or a color of choice to represent a form of cancer important to them.  From 5:15 to 8:00 p.m. there will be a raffle and silent auction of donated items like one night stay at Cobblestone  Motel, Crookston Inn and AmericInn, a pool party at AmericInn,  Happy Joes donated four large pizzas and five Little Joes, the Grand Theatre donated four movie passes, Widman’s Candy donated a candy platter and KROX is donating a Mall of America fun pack with passes to the amusement park mini golf. 
They will be selling Crookston Pirate pink t-shirts, puppy chow, heart shaped cookies and paper to create an airplane for a halftime contest.  Some of the proceeds will go to KROX Radio's Matt Bishop who is fighting cancer.
There will be a drawing for an autographed basketball from the Crookston boys and girls teams.  
Halftime activities include an airplane throw, bleacher run, three point contest, and balls thrown out during timeouts.  Winners of the raffle and silent auction will be announced at halftime of the girls game.  Everyone is welcome to the evening of basketball entertainment and raising money for cancer on Friday night in the Crookston High School gym.

 

 

UMC SAAC TO HOST A FUNDRAISER FOR KROX'S OWN MATT BISHOP ON FRIDAY

The University of Minnesota Crookston Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is putting on “Bishop Strong – Never Give Up, Never Give In”, a fundraiser to benefit KROX Radio broadcaster Matt Bishop, who has served as they Play-by-Play announcer for many UMC athletic events over the last two seasons. The event will be held during UMC’s women’s and men’s basketball games Fri., Feb. 12 at Lysaker Gymnasium. The Golden Eagles will take on Minot State University.
The fundraiser is to help Bishop and his family raise money for medical costs as he fights his battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Bishop was diagnosed in December of 2015 after beating his first battle with the disease in October of 2014. Bishop has been working at KROX Radio since November of 2014. 
The first 100 fans to the event will receive a “Bishop Strong” t-shirt. In addition, the first 150 fans will also receive a Cancer Awareness wristband. UMC SAAC will be taking free will donations at the door of Lysaker Gymnasium. In addition, you can pledge money per UMC point scored Friday or just donate money directly. If you are interested in making a donation prior to Friday, contact Assistant Athletic Director Kamille Wahlin at kmwahlin@crk.umn.edu or by phone at 218-289-4770.  If you would like to mail a check, you can make it out to UMC SAAC and send it to UMC Athletics at 2900 University Avenue, Crookston, MN  56716.
All donations will be given directly to Matt Bishop to help him in his fight with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

 

 

 

THURSDAY - FEBRUARY 11,  2016

CORY REITMEIER MAKES FIRST APPEARANCE IN COURT, PLEADS NOT GUILTY

Cory Reitmeier, 45 of Crookston, appeared in district court on Thursday morning with his attorney Trent Fischer.  Reitmeier is charged with one count of criminal vehicular homicide operating a motor vehicle with alcohol concentration .08 or more feloniously and unlawfully causing the death of his wife, Wendy, not constituting murder or manslaughter. 
The charges stem from a motorcycle crash that occurred on September 26, 2015  about 8:55 p.m. on Polk County Road 57 about six miles east of U.S. Highway 75 when he hit a deer. Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Luke Millette responded to the scene which was reported by a citizen who called 911 saying two people were hurt.  Trooper Millette arrived on the scene and found Cory kneeling over the body of his wife and confirmed Wendy was deceased and observed Cory was obviously injured.  Millette said it appeared Wendy was thrown from the motorcycle and struck the road with great force.  Millette determined the motorcycle hit a deer, which was dead in the ditch nearby.  Millette searched the saddle bags and found a one quarter full 1.75 liter bottle of whiskey inside and a plastic drinking cup covering the neck of the bottle. Millette did not smell the odor of alcohol on Cory before he was taken to RiverView Health, but a blood sample was taken from Cory, with his consent, at 11:55 p.m. and the test showed a 0.186 blood alcohol content.  
Cory entered a not guilty plea before Judge Jeff Remick Thursday morning and will make his next appearance before Judge Kurt Marben on March 29.  He promised to appear on his personal recognizance, be subject to testing and searching, no alcohol or drugs and no fire arms.   Cory will be free to work at his job which may take him out of state.

 

 

RIVERVIEW HEALTH PARTICIPATING IN GIVING HEARTS DAY TODAY - FEBRUARY 11

The RiverView Foundation is gearing up for one of the organization’s biggest events – Giving Hearts Day, February 11. Giving Hearts Day is a 24-hour, on-line give-a-thon for RiverView and other non-profits through the Dakota Medical
Foundation (DMF).

In 2015 the Foundation raised nearly $100,000 in the 24-hour timeframe pushing the Foundation to a total of more than $519,000 raised in eight years of the event; or more specifically eight, 24 hour days.

This year marks the ninth annual DMF Giving Hearts Day match program. DMF and other generous donors will match, dollar for dollar, online contributions to the RiverView Foundation of $10 or more up to $15,000. The match funding through the Giving Hearts Day program is only available on Thursday, February 11 (12:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.). Donations must be made online at www.impactgiveback.org.  Links will also be provided on the RiverView homepage at www.riverviewhealth.org and the KROX website at www.kroxam.com
Many projects have been made possible at RiverView Health through the years thanks to the generosity of those donating on Giving Hearts Day. Meaningful programs and funds have been established through Giving Hearts Day, such as a miscarriage support program and a Kiwanis Children’s Fund; and many purchases have been made, including defibrillators, state of the art CT and MRI diagnostic equipment, Inpatient beds, materials and equipment for the renovation of the Cardiac Rehab/Radiology procedure room and central monitor and telemetry monitors for the ER Bays, just to name a few.
The Foundation Board has determined that undesignated 2016 Giving Hearts Day contributions will go to the SimPad System and CPR mannequins for “Life Saving” training, a Whirlpool tub for the Care Center, and an Audiometer for Rehab Services – Speech Therapy.
If you would like to help the Foundation with its mission of assisting with RiverView Health’s most critical needs that provide the highest level of benefits to the most patients, please make a personal donation on Giving Hearts Day and let others know the importance RiverView Health has had in your life by asking them to make an online contribution, as well.
For more information about the Giving Hearts Day program, contact RiverView Foundation Director Kent Bruun at
kbruun@riverviewhealth.org or by calling 218-281-9249. Or, if you would like assistance with your online donation, stop by Bruun’s office, located near the RiverView Cafeteria, and he will take your information in a secure, confidential setting and input the information for you.

 

 

 

ERWIN "ERV" RUD OF FOSSTON ANNOUNCES HIS DFL CANDIDACY FOR THE MINNESOTA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Erwin “Erv” Rud, of Fosston, has announced his DFL candidacy for Minnesota House Representative District 1B. Some of the highlights of Rud’s resume are that he was the Assistant Housing and Redevelopment/Assistant City Administrator in Crookston from 1974 to 1978, he was a nursing home administrator from 1981 to 1987 and was a Job placement specialist from 2000 to 2005. Rud was the director of the Polk County DFL from 2000 to 2015 and figured now is the time to run. “When I look back at my life as a lifelong working person which is a good experience and I have a good education so it was time to give something back,” said Rud. “I’ve always been a person who wants to make a difference so this is the time, We definitely need to get a hold of health insurance costs in MnSure where working people and businesses have to suffer the cost of increasing payments. I saw where payments could increase by 41 percent so I am wary of those statistics because they never tell the entire truth, and it hurts people trying to balance their budget at home and it hurts small businesses.”
Local Government Aid is a necessity for cities like Crookston. “Crookston gets almost  $3.9 million in Local government Aid, the suburbs of the cities don’t need LGA  because they are wealthy with property values whereas areas like Crookston have older houses and residents and now they are not getting the support they need for maintaining their public services so it is really important,” said Rud.
Keeping roads and bridges in good condition is needed in rural areas as well as the metropolitan area. “Crumbling roads and bridges need to be looked at. I just read where the Department of Transportation needed to provide ten ton roads and they needed to divide what the state and local government would be responsible for,” said Rud. “A long time ago we had over $2 billion a year to maintain the roads and bridges, like the bridge in Grand Forks over the Red River that needs taking care of. It is going to be a challenge, but we need to take care of it because it maintains the economy of the rural area.”
Rud has a Master of Arts degree in Health and Human Services Administration from St. Mary's  College in Winona, and a Bacherlor of Arts degree in Finanace/Personal Management Science from Moorhead State.
Rud has not been endorsed as the endorsement will be done in the spring.  Rud is retired and works on his hobby farm near Fosston.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY - FEBRUARY 10,  2016

KROX RADIO, B & E MEATS AND ERICKSON EMBROIDERY TO GIVE AWAY 100 UND WOMEN'S HOCKEY TICKETS TO SATURDAYS GAME

KROX Radio, B & E Meats and Erickson Embroidery have teamed up to buy 100 tickets to the UND vs St. Cloud State Women's hockey game at UND on Saturday, February 13 (Game time is 4:07 p.m.).  Saturday night is senior night and they will be honoring Crookston's own Shannon Kaiser, who is a fifth year senior.  KROX will be giving away all 100 tickets on a first come first serve basis - so stop by the KROX Radio studios to get the tickets.  KROX's Chris Fee talked with UND Somen's Hockey Coach Brian Idalski and he said Shannon has had a great year and career. "Shannon has had a great year, not only from a leadership stand point, but she is a dependable and solid two way hockey player for us," said Coach Idalski. "She has been solid and has really worked hard on consistency and mentally being tough and competing shift out and shift in regardless of what her goal is and now she is killing penalties consistently for us and has played center, she has played wing and has played a little bit of everything for us."  Kaiser has made tremendous progress from her first year at UND. "Shannon came in and showed flashes and has really worked hard on consistency.  She started out going in and out of the line up to somebody you can't take out of the line up this year.  I am super happy for her and she has the maturity, she has grown as a person and a hockey player over her career.  She is solid in school and solid all around.  She has been a great leader for our younger kids and kind of telling her story on how she has worked hard for everything she has got and if you stick with it and have a consistent effort good things will happen."
With senior night and weekend coming up this weekend it is always a bittersweet time. "Senior weekend is always a lot of emotions and memories and it doesn't matter how many times you tell them it goes quick and the realization that it is almost over brings a flood of emotions," said Coach Idalski. "It will be no different this weekend."

 

 

 

 

RIVERVIEW HEALTH OFFERING A MORE GENTLE EXPERIENCE DURING CESAREAN BIRTH

Imagine finally getting to meet your newborn baby for the first time. It is such a joyous experience. One you will never forget. Unfortunately, historically mothers who delivered their baby via cesarean only got to enjoy those first moments for a limited time before their baby was whisked away to the nursery for “routine cares”. It could be one or two more hours before they were reunited. Fortunately for mothers delivering at RiverView Health today, that scenario is no longer the practice, according to RN Unit Coordinator Frieda Larson.
In 2014, RiverView was one of the first hospitals in the region to start keeping mother and baby together after a cesarean, Larson reported. The baby and support person now stay with the new mother in the operating room through the remainder of the procedure until it is time to move up to the Obstetrics (OB) Unit.   And that isn’t the only new practice at RiverView.
In 2015, RiverView introduced a 2-ply blue and clear surgical drape that allows families to, at the time of baby’s birth, see the baby immediately.  The baby is now in view from the time of birth until mom gets to hold baby for the first time.
And now, in 2016, RiverView has taken it one step further and initiated skin-skin care and breastfeeding right in the operating room. Mothers who deliver via cesarean are now able to enjoy the same bonding and physiologic benefits of immediate skin-skin care and early breastfeeding that is enjoyed by mothers who deliver vaginally.
“These efforts are all a part of RiverView moving towards practicing what has been termed ‘The Gentle Cesarean’,” Larson stated.  “Thanks to coordination between the RiverView Surgical Team and the OB Unit, cesarean delivery at RiverView is now a more ‘gentle’ experience for mom, baby, and the entire supportive family.’’


Raeden Jay was born December 30 and was the first baby born at RiverView to experience the skin-skin care right in the operating room.

 

 

 

NOON DAY LIONS DONATE ALMOST $5,000 TO UMC WOMENS BASKETBALL TEAM FOR HELP WITH 3-ON-3 TOURNEY

The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball program in conjunction with the Crookston Lions Club hosted the seventh annual Hoops on Halloween 3-on-3 Tournament at Crookston High School November 1, 2015. The event brought in a record-breaking 112 teams with 450 overall participants consisting of boys and girls grades 3-9. 
Garrett Borowicz, on behalf of the Crookston “Noon Day” Lions Club, donated $4,950 to the University of Minnesota Crookston. Borowicz presented the check to UMC women’s basketball Head Coach Mike Roysland and UMC Senior Development Officer Brandy Chaffee. 
Hoops on Halloween has been a great endeavor between UMC women’s basketball and the Crookston “Noon Day” Lions Club that was originally started in 2009. 


Head Coach Mike Roysland, Garrett Borowicz from Lions Club and Senior Development Officer Brandy Chaffee

 

 

CROOKSTON MITE HOCKEY PLAYERS CELEBRATE HOCKEY DAY MINNESOTA WITH POND HOCKEY AND SOME FISHING

The roaring of ice augers, laughter, skates gliding on the ice, slap shots, campfires crackling; these are all sounds of how the Crookston Mite 3 hockey team spent Hockey Day Minnesota 2016 on Saturday. 
The Crookston Mite 3 team is made up of 32 rambunctious young boys including four players from small towns outside of Crookston (where youth hockey isn’t offered) who’s dedicated parents commute over 30 miles one way for two to three practices each week and put on many more miles for numerous games and tournaments.
The Crookston Mite 3 team celebrated Hockey Day 2016 out on a local lake playing some pond hockey and broomball.  Further out on the lake there was ice fishing, parents and players racing to the tip-up flags hoping to catch enough for a good shore lunch later in the evening. 
Hockey Day 2016 will be a fun day of team bonding, fresh air, good times and building many exciting and lasting memories. 


Some of the players during the pond hockey game (Picture submitted by Lisa Street)


   The Mite 3 team were all smiles after some pond hockey (Picture by Lisa Street)

 

 

 

TUESDAY - FEBRUARY 9,  2016

EAST GRAND FORKS MAN MAKES FIRST APPEARANCE IN DISTRICT COURT ON DRUG CHARGES

Brock Altringer, 41 of East Grand Forks, appeared in district court on Tuesday morning before Judge Jeff Remick.  Altringer waived the omnibus waiver hearing and Judge Remick set a pre-trial for March 8 at 9:00 a.m.  He ordered a pre-plea worksheet to be completed.  Altringer will remain in custody. He has been charged with two counts of controlled substance crime in the first degree, for sale and possession of 10 grams or more of cocaine, heroin or meth.  A maximum sentence for those two counts are not less than four years or more than 40 years in prison and a $1 million fine or both.  He has been charged with failure to affix a tax stamp which carries a sentence of seven years in prison or a $14,000 fine or both.  The incident occurred in East Grand Forks on January 11, 2016 when he sold meth to a cooperating individual.  A warrant was obtained to search his apartment where more baggies of drugs were found along with a weight scale, $2,529.00 in cash, two cellular phones, a surveillance system and a fake urine kit.  Altringer was on supervised release for a controlled substance crime in the second degree conviction with an expiration date of December 6, 2019 when the incident occurred.

 

 

CROOKSTON CITY COUNCIL FIELDS QUESTIONS ON STREET IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

The Crookston City Council met on Monday evening and held public hearings on 2016 street improvement projects on Radisson Road, Locken Boulevard and West Robert Street.  “We had a few resident questions on the timelines of the projects and if they would be completed in 2016 and that is the plan after we get the bids,” said City Administrator Shannon Stassen.  “Other questions were about assessments and how they could be paid over time. We spread them out over years and are about 20 percent of the project.”  The Radisson Road project is over $600,000 and the city asks participation of a little less than 20 percent so the city picks up 80 percent of the bill which allows Crookston to ask for participation and to continue to replace streets as needed and keep them in condition as Pat Kelly evaluates them each year.
The council approved an agreement with the Minnesota Commissioner of Transportation for airport maintenance and operation for 2016-2017.

 

 

CROOKSTON WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE DISCUSSES TREE REPLACEMENT IN THE CITY

The Crookston Ways and Means Committee met after the council meeting and discussed tree replacement.  “We have been successful and had good feedback on adding trees to the community after we lost many in the tornado so we keep replacing and adding by the Crookston Sports Center and along the old Highway 75 entrance by RiverView,” said Stassen.  “They will be noticed more in the spring when the leaves come out so we continue to improve the neighborhoods.” Funds for the new trees comes from the Pest and Forestry fund.

 

 

MR. CHS COMPETITION TO BEHELD ON SUNDAY WITH NINE SENIOR BOYS COMPETING

The annual Mr. CHS Competition is set for Sunday, February 14 at 1:30 p.m. in the Crookston High School  Auditorium.  The event is a fundraiser for the student council.   There will be nine senior boys competing for the title, Guthrie Dingmann, Isaac Westlake, Patrick Deng, Cody Wardner, Kyle Stegman, Adam Huglen, Tim Cymbaluk, Zach Lutz, and Doug Larsen.  Judges are Crookston Police officer Don Rasicot, some teachers and Josh Hardy will be the master of ceremonies and will keep it lively so it will be enjoyable for everyone.
Tickets are at available at the door for $5.  Doors open at 1:00 p.m.

 

 

 

OUR SAVIORS LUTHERAN SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE FUN DURING LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK

Students from Our Savior’s Lutheran School celebrated Lutheran Schools Week last week.
A group of students poses in front of their stack of boxes of food bags that were packed at North Country Food Bank on February 4.
Within a 90 minute session, students packed over 800 food bags.
Students and staff enjoyed the beautiful weather on February 5 with sledding time at Wildwood park.

 

 

 

MONDAY - FEBRUARY 8, 2016

CITY OF CROOKSTON TO REMOVE SNOW DOWNTOWN TONIGHT AND TUESDAY NIGHT

The City of Crookston will be clearing snow from the downtown streets on the East/West streets starting Monday night into Tuesday morning and on the North/South streets Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.  Please try to park in off street parking spots to allow the city crews to clear all the snow in downtown Crookston.

 

 

RIVERVIEW HEALTH NAMES DALLAS AUNE THE EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Registered Respiratory Therapist Dallas Aune is popular with RiverView Health patients. According to co-worker Mary Ann Boushee, when patients return for further care they specifically ask for him because he goes above and beyond to make the patients and their families have the best experience possible at RiverView. He is also popular with his peers and was recently named the 2015 Employee of the Year by those that work beside him every day and describe him as “efficient, a great teacher, kind, professional and a team player.’’
“When you hear Dallas in a room with a patient, he does more than treat their diagnosis, he creates a personal bond with every patient he touches that does not go unnoticed,’’ said Annie Waldal, Inpatient Unit Director. “RiverView has truly been blessed with his skills, knowledge and amazing approach to treating patients.’’
Aune has been at RiverView for four years. He also worked in the Care Center as a CNA back in 2001. His wife, Rachel, works in the Inpatient Unit as a nurse. They have two children, 2-year-old twins Addisyn and Ava.
“I am deeply honored to have been selected as RiverView Health’s Employee of the year,’’ Aune stated. “I get to work with some of the finest departments and they all deserve recognition for the hard work they put forth. I would like to thank RiverView Health as a whole; it’s truly an amazing place to work.
RiverView has some of the most exceptional employees an organization could have and to be singled out and chosen for this award is truly humbling.”
According to another nomination in Aune’s honor, he is known to “jump right in and help, even if it is not part of his job description. Dallas is always willing to teach us. And he does so with enthusiasm.’’
It’s that willingness to always help and enthusiasm to serve that makes Aune the perfect Employee of the Year.  “Again I want to say how grateful I am to receive this award, especially knowing that I work every day with people who are equally deserving,’’ he shared. “However I am even more grateful for the opportunity to be a health care professional. I consider it a privilege to be able to help our patients while they are sick or healing. While awards are wonderful to receive, just knowing that you have helped a patient is truly rewarding enough.’’


Dallas Aune (left) receives the 2015 Employee of the Year award from the Chair of RiverView’s Rewards and Recognition Team Jason King.

 

 

CROOKSTON CITY COUNCIL AND WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE TO MEET TONIGHT

The Crookston City Council meets tonight at 7:00 in the Crookston City Hall council chambers.  The consent agenda includes the disbursements of bills in the amount of $434,972.43.
The council will be asked to pass a resolution to enter into an agreement for airport maintenance and operations with the State of Minnesota Commissioner of Transportation for years 2016-2017.  Public hearings will be held on the street improvements for Radisson Road, Locken Boulevard, and West Robert Street.  A resolution to order the preparation of plan specifications for 2016 street improvements is up for approval.  
The meeting is open to the public. 
The Crookston Ways and Means Committee will meet following the council meeting.

 

 

CROOKSTON SCHOOL DISTRICT HOLDS EARLY CHILDHOOD SCREENING, WILL HOLD A SUMMIT IN APRIL

The Crookston School District held the Early Childhood screening for three to five year olds last week with 83 kids participating. “We had a good crowd with many professionals to conduct the screening and out of the 83 we had seven referrals so we are looking to get out information for parents to prepare their children for kindergarten,” said Denice Oliver, Washington School Principal. “We will look at the children with referrals for specific conditions like vision, hearing, emotional, social or many different things that the children could use help with.  Staff will follow up with the children to see how they are doing.”  For anyone who did not get screened they will screen any child who will start kindergarten when they register. 

The Early Childhood Summit, for early childhood educators and professionals, has been set for April 28. “Anyone who works with early childhood children comes to the Summit,” said Oliver. “Katy Smith is the speaker and she is the first Early Childhood Educator in Minnesota to be the teacher of the year so it is great to have her come and speak.” Anyone who works with young children should attend and if you’re interested in attending the Early Childhood Summit call Washington School at 281-2762.

 

 

 

SUNDAY - FEBRUARY 7,  2016

MNDOT ADVISES NO TRAVEL IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA

The Minnesota Department of Transportation no travel advisement in northwestern Minnesota has been expanded to include Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard and northern Cass counties.
MnDOT snowplows have been pulled off area highways for their own safety and motorists are recommended to avoid all unnecessary travel as blizzard conditions and dangerous winds have dramatically reduced visibility to less than 250 feet at times.
The advisory now includes the following counties:
· Beltrami
· Northern Cass County
· Clearwater
· Hubbard
· Kittson
· Marshall
· Pennington
· Polk
· Red Lake
· Norman

The no travel advisement will remain in effect until conditions improve. Motorists should remember to:

Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
Stay back at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.
Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to www.mndot.gov/workzone
For updated information on road conditions, visit www.511mn.org or call 511.

 

 

SATURDAY - FEBRUARY 6,  2016

NORTHWEST MINNESOTA IN A BLIZZARD WARNING FROM SUNDAY TO MONDAY MORNING

(Updated 9:30 a.m. Sunday)
A blizzard warning remains in effect until 6:00 a.m. on Monday.  Blizzard conditions will remain throughout the day Sunday and diminish by 6:00 a.m. on Monday.  The National Weather Service in Grand Forks expects one to three inches of snow combined with 55 miles per hour will cause whiteout conditions with significant drifting likely, especially in open areas. 
Travel is expected to be very difficult.
Do not travel during the storm.  If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you.  If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. 
Stay tuned to KROX Radio (1260 AM and 105.7 FM), online at www.kroxam.com for more information.  For weather cancellations and postponements go to KROX's weather cancellation page by clicking here.

The forecast for Crookston and the area is below -

Sunday-
A chance of rain and snow before 1:00 p.m., then snow is likely the rest of the afternoon with areas of blowing snow after 1:00 p.m. It will be cloudy, with a temperature rising to near 35 by noon, then falling to around 22 during the remainder of the day. Windy, with a north northwest wind 25 to 30 mph increasing to 30 to 35 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 46 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Tonight
Snow is likely, mainly before 7:00 p.m. with areas of blowing snow. It will be cloudy with a low around 10. It will be windy, with a north northwest wind 25 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Monday
A 20 percent chance of snow before 10:00 a.m. with patchy blowing snow. It will be partly sunny, with a high near 10. It will be blustery, with a north wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

 

 

 

FRIDAY - FEBRUARY 5,  2016

RIVERVIEW HEALTH TO PARTICIPATE IN GIVING HEARTS DAY, FEBRUARY 11

The RiverView Foundation is gearing up for one of the organization’s biggest events – Giving Hearts Day, February 11. Giving Hearts Day is a 24-hour, on-line give-a-thon for RiverView and other non-profits through the Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF).
In 2015 the Foundation raised nearly $100,000 in the 24-hour timeframe pushing the Foundation to a total of more than $519,000 raised in eight years of the event; or more specifically eight, 24 hour days.
This year marks the ninth annual DMF Giving Hearts Day match program. DMF and other generous donors will match, dollar for dollar, online contributions to the RiverView Foundation of $10 or more up to $15,000. The match funding through the Giving Hearts Day program is only available on Thursday, February 11 (12:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.). Donations must be made online at www.impactgiveback.org.  Links will also be provided on the RiverView homepage at www.riverviewhealth.org and the KROX website at www.kroxam.com
Many projects have been made possible at RiverView Health through the years thanks to the generosity of those donating on Giving Hearts Day. Meaningful programs and funds have been established through Giving Hearts Day, such as a miscarriage support program and a Kiwanis Children’s Fund; and many purchases have been made, including defibrillators, state of the art CT and MRI diagnostic equipment, Inpatient beds, materials and equipment for the renovation of the Cardiac Rehab/Radiology procedure room and central monitor and telemetry monitors for the ER Bays, just to name a few.
The Foundation Board has determined that undesignated 2016 Giving Hearts Day contributions will go to the SimPad System and CPR mannequins for “Life Saving” training, a Whirlpool tub for the Care Center, and an Audiometer for Rehab Services – Speech Therapy.
If you would like to help the Foundation with its mission of assisting with RiverView Health’s most critical needs that provide the highest level of benefits to the most patients, please make a personal donation on Giving Hearts Day and let others know the importance RiverView Health has had in your life by asking them to make an online contribution, as well.
For more information about the Giving Hearts Day program, contact RiverView Foundation Director Kent Bruun at
kbruun@riverviewhealth.org or by calling 218-281-9249. Or, if you would like assistance with your online donation, stop by Bruun’s office, located near the RiverView Cafeteria, and he will take your information in a secure, confidential setting and input the information for you.


 

 

CROOKSTON SCHOOL BOARD TO MEET ON MONDAY, JIM MULLIGAN TO RETIRE

The Crookston School Board meeting for Monday has been cancelled.

The Crookston School Board will meet on Monday at 5:00 p.m. in the Crookston High School choir/orchestra room. Visitors are welcome to bring their concerns at the beginning of the meeting or at the end.  The agenda includes the resignation letter from Jim Mulligan special education teacher at the high school.  Salary lane requests will be considered.
Katlyn Rajchel will be employed as a substitute kindergarten aide at Washington School.  Interns for the food service director and activities director will be approved.  The list for substitute para professionals will be submitted.  A school representative and school board representative will be chosen for the Minnesota High School League.  Superintendent Chris Bates will report on the pre-kindergarten legislation.  The meeting is open to the public. 
A working session will be held after the meeting in the district office.

 

 

 

CROOKSTON MAN CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL VEHICULAR HOMICIDE IN THE DEATH OF HIS WIFE MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

44 year old Corey Reitmeier, of Crookston, is being charged with criminal vehicular homicide in the death of his wife Wendy when their motorcycle hit a deer in September 26, 2015 according to the Polk County Attorney's office.  He will appear in district court in Crookston on February 11.  The charge stems from the accident on Polk County Highway 57.  A 911 caller reported the accident and said they could have been drinking during the motorcycle ride after a gathering at Huot Park.  Highway Patrolman Millette did not smell an alcohol odor on Corey Reitmeier at the scene, but a bottle of liquor was found in a saddle bag on the bike along with a drinking cup.  Reitmeier was taken to RiverView Hospital for treatment where he consented to a blood test for alcohol which was found to be 0.186.   Reitmeier, was taken to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks for injuries sustained in the accident and was interviewed by highway patrolmen later in the week.

 

 

33 YEAR OLD WINGER MAN ARRESTED FOR A BURGLARY AT UNION LAKE

The Polk County Sheriff's Office received a call on a burglary in progress on Union Lake at 18637 North Shore Drive on Monday evening.  Christopher Allen Gadbaw, 33 of Winger, was arrested for second degree burglary.  A permanent fish house on Union Lake near the residence was also burglarized.  At this time the Polk County Sheriff's Office is attempting to locate an owner in order to investigate further.  It is not know if the burglaries are related at this time.  If anyone had a fish house burglarized on Union Lake they ask that you contact them as soon as possible.

 

 

UMC TO HOST THE WESTERN MINNESOTA REGIONAL SCIENCE FAIR ON SATURDAY

The 67th Western Minnesota Regional Science Fair will take place on the campus of the University of Minnesota Crookston on Saturday, February 6 in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Minnesota Science Fairs are for youth in grades 6-12. The public is invited to view the exhibits from 10:30am-11:30 a.m. in Bede Ballroom and an awards ceremony will take place beginning at 2:30 p.m in Kiehle Auditorium.
Sixteen projects will be selected to advance to the state competition and the winner at the regional level will compete in the international competition. Exhibit set up will begin the day of the science fair at 7:30 a.m. with judging beginning at 9:30. The Western Minnesota Region is one of the eight regions in Minnesota and includes the counties of Big Stone, Becker, Clay, Grant, Mahnomen, Norman, Ottertail, Polk, Traverse and Wilkin.  Polk County Commissioner Nick Nicholas will be observing the Science Fair as well as saying a few words before the awards ceremony. 
The Western Minnesota Regional Science Fair is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Crookston Math, Science, and Technology Department, The American Crystal Sugar Company, Simplot, AURI, TMEE, Ltd (Crookston Pet Clinic), and LeBlanc Realty.  In addition, the Western Minnesota Regional Science Fair received funding from the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships to support the creation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) clubs with the goal of entering projects in the Western Minnesota Regional Science Fair.
For additional information about the Western Minnesota Regional Science Fair, contact Associate Professor Katy Smith at 218-281-8262 or visit the website for the science fair at www.umcrookston.edu/sciencefair
The annual State Science & Engineering Fair is for students in grades 6-12. It is the culmination of Regional Science Fairs occurring throughout the state. Middle school students may participate with a project, a research paper or both; high school students may participate with a project. High school students wishing to present a research paper compete in the Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (JSHS). In 2016, JSHS will be held April 2-3 and State Science & Engineering Fair will be held April 3-5. To learn more, visit http://www.mnmas.org

 

 

 

UMC AND NWSA ALUMNI AND FRIENDS ARE INVITED TO A SOCIAL IN MESA ARIZONA ON FEBRUARY 19

Alumni and community friends of the Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA) and the University of Minnesota Crookston will gather for a social on Friday, February 19, 2016, at Terrace Green at ViewPoint Resort, 640 North Hawes Road, Mesa, Arizona. The annual alumni social begins at 11:30 a.m. and will run until 3 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon for $15 per person. 
Brandy Chaffee, chief development officer, Development and Alumni Relations, will host this year's social and Chancellor Fred Wood will bring greetings from the Crookston campus. 
If you are interested in attending the Arizona Social, please call Sue Dwyer at the Alumni Office at 218-281-8401 by February 12, or e-mail sdwyer@umn.edu to confirm attendance. Disability accommodations are available upon request.

 

 

 

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