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FRIDAY - MAY 27,  2016

CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2016 TO GRADUATE TONIGHT


The Crookston High School class of 2016 will have their graduation ceremony tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Crookston High School Gymnasium.


Crookston High School graduation is set for Friday, May 27 in the Crookston High School gymnasium at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the first year Crookston High School graduation is back at the high school gym for the first time in 17 years. Student Speakers will be Alexandra MacGregor, Charles Brantner, Brooke Bergeron and Marie Sandman.  The orchestra and choir will be providing the entertainment and the senior class chose Kristen Alston, an A.P. and junior high English teacher.
There are 78 graduates this year and the small graduating class is part of the reason for trying to have the ceremony back at the high school.  There is plenty of room in the gym with seating on the floor and one set of bleachers,” said Crookston High School Administrative Assistant Robin Reitmeier.  “The orchestra and choir will be set up by a stage on the other side of the gym.  People can park in the lot on the west side and use the door number one, carpooling would help and seating is on a first come first serve basis.”
Diplomas will be handed out by school board members Tim Dufault, who has a daughter graduating, and Frank Fee, who has a granddaughter graduating.


 
The Crookston High School held a send off for the state bound Pirate Boys Tennis team and the Class of 2016 Friday morning!

 

 

CROOKSTON VETERANS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES SCHEDULE

Memorial Day is the day Americans set aside to honor those brave men and women who met tragic ends during times of war. 
We must use this day to honor their sacrifices, to pray for their families, and to bow our heads in recognition of their service.  We must never forget.  You have seen their faces, heard their names, and maybe even heard their voices – those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during all wars. 
This Memorial Day, the Crookston Veterans Council, American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, DAV and DAV Auxiliary, VFW and VFW Auxiliary members would like to invite Crookston area residents to join us in remembrance of our nation’s fallen heroes.
We invite you to pause on Monday, May 30, 2016 to remember those who have fought for our freedoms.  We participate rain or shine in honor of all our veterans, military and their families.  Our military serve rain or shine so we honor them by doing the same.
The schedule for services (rain or shine) is as follows:

8:00 a.m. bus leaves from the American Legion parking lot
8:20 a.m. Hafslo Cemetery
9:00 a.m. Gentilly Cemetery
Break
10:00 a.m. Oakdale Cemetery (Service on KROX Radio)
The service at Oakdale Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. will have the Crookston Band Ensemble with George French and Chris Gough opening the program.  Invocation will be given by Pastor Bill Humiston of the Assembly of God Church.  Guthrie Dingmann, 2015 Boy Stater will do “In Flanders Fields” with Charles Reynolds giving the reply to Flanders Field.   Becky Kofoed, U.S. Navy will give the address. Decorating graves will be done by the Crookston Veteran’s Council and the Veteran’s Auxiliary. Bill Cassavant is the chaplain. Benediction will be done by Pastor Bill Humiston, The Veterans Rifle Squad will be the firing squad with Scott Kleven playing Taps.  The program will end with the Crookston Band Ensemble playing the Star Spangled Banner.  
11.00 a.m. Sampson Bridge – Naval Ceremony
12:00 noon Sand Hill Church Cemetery, Climax, MN
12:45 p.m. Crookston Military Walkway
1:30 p.m. Participants lunch at American Legion

If you would like to participate in the services by marching, please contact: Jamie Cassavant at 289-0865

 

OTHER MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES IN THE AREA

The Mentor American Legion Post #421 and the SAL squadron are conducting a Memorial Day Service at the Mentor Community Hall on Monday May 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.  
The address speaker will be Polk County Veteran Service Officer Les Goodwin.  Following the service in the hall all are invited to gather at the Stanley L. Larson Memorial Park canon and mock cemetery for a military service to honor all Mentor deceased Veterans.   Everyone is welcome.

 Memorial Day Program will be held at the Sand Hill Lutheran Church in rural Climax on Monday, May 30, at 10:30am. The speaker will be Tony Grainger, with special Music and the Crookston Honor Guard.  Lunch will be served.

Rodnes Church in rural Erskine, will host their 56th Annual Memorial Day Dinner which includes hot dishes, salads and desserts on Monday, May 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Memorial exercises, sponsored by the Euclid American Legion and Auxiliary #539 of Euclid, will be held on Monday, May 30 at Euclid at the Prairie View Cemetery at 9:00 a.m., St. Paul’s Cemetery at 9:20 a.m. and St. Dorothy’s Cemetery at Dorothy at 10:30 a.m.

A Memorial Day lunch will served May 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Community Center by the Fertile Lions Club. Free will donations will be accepted with proceeds going to scholarships for Fertile-Beltrami seniors.

The Fisher Memorial Day Program will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 30. Approximate time of cemetery visits are the Greenwood Cemetery at 10:35 a.m., Fisher Lutheran Cemetery at 11:00 a.m., and Bygland Lutheran Cemetery at 11:25 a.m. A lunch will follow at the Fisher American Legion Club. 

 

 

 

MNDOT URGES CAUTION WHEN ENTERING CONSTRUCTION ZONES THIS WEEKEND

The Memorial Day weekend is approaching and summer construction roadwork around the state is getting into full swing. The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to use extra caution while driving through highway work zones.
Sue Mulvihill, deputy commissioner and chief engineer, said MnDOT suspends work on most projects during the holiday weekend, but cautions drivers to be alert. “There are still many work zones around the state where drivers need to plan ahead, pay attention and slow down to make it a safe weekend for everyone,” she said. 
Motorists should be prepared for slower moving traffic and use extra caution in highway work zones. Plan ahead, think about alternate routes and go to www.511mn.org before leaving home to get information about road construction and detours.
In particular, Twin Cities travelers heading to Alexandria, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls and other areas of northwest Minnesota may encounter major delays along Interstate 94 for several resurfacing and reconstruction projects. Motorists on eastbound I-94 from northwest Minnesota to the Twin Cities should consider using Highway 55.
Motorists should consider avoiding the time period between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday and Monday for eastbound I-94 near Collegeville/St. John’s. Significant delays are expected with only one lane of lane traffic open through September 2016.
Other highway projects that may affect weekend travel on May 27-30 include:

Twin Cities area

· I-35E between Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake – lane and ramp closures
· Highway 61 in Forest Lake – single-lane traffic
· I-94 between St. Paul and Maplewood – overnight lane reductions, daytime intermittent lane and ramp closures
· Highway 280 between I-35W and Broadway St. – closed, detour
· I-494 in Plymouth – multiple lane and ramp closures
· Highway 100 in St. Louis Park – ramp closures and lane shift
· Highway 8 between Highway 95 and Taylor Falls – closed, detour 

Central Minnesota 
· I-94 between St. Cloud and Collegeville – lane and ramp closures, and slow traffic
· Highway 169 north of Milaca – one lane each direction and slow traffic
· I-35 between Pine City and Hinckley – lane shifts and slow traffic
· Highway 9 between Ada and Borup – detour
· Highway 23/Willmar Bypass – westbound lane closures 

Northern Minnesota   
· I-35 in Duluth – lane restrictions and ramp closures
· I-94/Highway 29 in Alexandria – single lane on Highway 29, expect delays
· County Road 1 in Pequot Lakes – closed east of Highway 371 – detour
· I-94/Highway 75 in Moorhead – lane closures on Highway 75, and slow traffic 

Southern Minnesota    
· Highway 169 between St. Peter and Mankato – detour
· Highway 52 southbound between Zumbrota and Pine Island – single lane traffic
· Highway 23 between Holland and Pipestone, Russell to Florence – detour

Get around
For a complete list of projects, including construction dates and traffic impacts, visit www.mndot.gov/roadwork/current.html. Motorists may also sign up to receive email updates for major projects at www.mndot.gov/emailupdates. A Greater Minnesota traffic impacts map is released every Thursday and the Metro traffic impacts map is released every Friday on www.facebook.com/mndot and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mndotnews.

Be alert
“The leading factors for work zone crashes are driver inattention and speeding. Drivers face many distractions even in the best of conditions – and driving through construction work zones only amplifies distractions with lane changes and other unexpected variations,” said Kristine Hernandez, statewide Toward Zero Deaths coordinator. “Let’s make this holiday weekend a safe one for everyone on the road.”
Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths is the state’s cornerstone traffic safety program that uses education, emergency medical and trauma services, enforcement and engineering approaches to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and deaths on Minnesota roads. For more information, visit www.minnesotatzd.org/


MnDOT reminds motorists to: 
· Check www.511mn.org for up-to-date information about traffic and road conditions
· Don’t use cell phones or text while driving
· Follow posted speed limits; fines are higher in work zones
· Expect delays, especially during peak travel times 

 

 

 

HIGHWAY 75 BETWEEN EUCLID AND WARREN TO EXPERIENCE A DETOUR BEGINNING MAY 31

Motorists on Highway 75 between Euclid and Warren will experience a detour beginning May 31 as crews replace 20 miles of pavement and culverts.
The detour is located west of Highway 75 on Marshall County Road 15/Polk County Road 20 through Sherack and Polk County Road 19 to Euclid. It is expected to last until mid-July, weather permitting.
The remaining portion of the project will be done under traffic and will be complete in early August. Drivers are urged to slow down and be alert for workers along the highway right of way. 
Knife River Materials is the contractor for the $4.6 million project. The work will ensure a smoother and safer roadway with better drainage for motorists in the region.
MnDOT urges motorists to follow these recommendations in work zones: stay alert; watch for signs, equipment and workers; minimize distractions, such as using cell phones, eating or drinking; avoid tailgating; follow posted speed limits and directional signs; and stay in one lane while driving through the work zone.
For real-time traffic and travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.mndot.gov.

 

 

ELISA SAMUELSON IS THE CROOKSTON AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY SCHOLARSHIP


Elisa Samuelson, daughter of Eric and Kim Samuelson, is the recipient of the 2016 Nels T Wold Unit 20 Crookston American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships for this school year at Crookston High School.

 

 

 

CROOKSTON KIWANIS DONATES $1,300 TO CROOKSTON SCHOOLS MUSIC DEPARTMENT

The Crookston Kiwanis recently held a French toast breakfast with proceeds of $1,300 donated to the Crookston School District music department.


Lieutenant Governor George French, Orchestra Director Haley Ellis, Choir Director Belinda Fjeld, Band Director Chris Gough,  President Susan Sylvester, President Elect Shirley Iverson

 

 

OUR SAVIORS LUTHERAN SCHOOL HOLDS SEVENTH GRADE GRADUATION

Our Savior’s Lutheran School held their seventh grade graduation service on Sunday, May 22. 


Josiah Wagner, Lacee Peterson, Jayden Lopez

 

 

 

THURSDAY - MAY 26,  2016

MCINTOSH WOMAN AND BRAINERD MAN TO BEGIN A 3,000 MILE ROWING ADVENTURE FROM CALIFORNIA TO HAWAII

More people have been to space than have rowed an ocean. Ten times as many have climbed Mount Everest. Those facts make it all the more mind-bending why Erin Hammer (from McIntosh) and Ryan Foss (from Brainerd) will begin a 3,000-mile rowing adventure from Monterrey, California, to Waikiki, Hawaii, next Saturday, June 4.
The Great Pacific Race is the first and only rowing race on the Pacific Ocean. Two- and four-person teams from around the world will row, unassisted by sail or engine, for anywhere from 30 to 80 days before reaching Hawaii. Erin and Ryan hope to break the 45-day world record.
The journey is nearly incomprehensible until you understand their friendship. Erin and Ryan met while earning their Executive MBA degrees from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management. In the seven years since, they have climbed Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of Asia, and completed the seven-day Jungle Marathon through the Amazon. It was during the Jungle Marathon that they befriended a few Londoners who inspired the creation of Endurance Limits USA, an offshoot of the UK team raising funds through human endurance challenges after one of their children was told he had reached his ‘endurance limit’ after battling years of constant seizures.
Motivated by compassion and a love for adventure, Erin and Ryan are working to raise $200,000 for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Children’s Hospital Colorado and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Sponsorships have covered all race expenses, meaning any donation to Endurance Limits USA will go directly to these hospitals to address the urgent health needs of children who otherwise could not afford treatment. “We are inspired by the courage of our young friend, Hadley, and the many athletes and donors who have supported efforts to raise awareness and funds for children and the excellent hospitals that serve them,” said Erin Hammer.
Generous sponsors were crucial in getting Endurance Limits USA started. Minnesota- based brightpeak financial, a division of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans that empowers young Christians to live financially smart, healthy and to make a difference in the world, jumped to the challenge as the lead sponsor of Endurance Limits USA. Learn more about brightpeak financial at brightpeakfinancial.com.
"We see this race as a way to raise awareness and much needed funding for several well-respected children’s hospitals across the United States and welcome donations from supporters as they are able,” said Ryan Foss.
Erin and Ryan will use a satellite phone to communicate with family and fans throughout the race, and their journey can be followed on their website (http://endurancelimitsusa.com/) and through social media:
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      https://www.facebook.com/EnduranceLimitsUSA
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      https://twitter.com/TeamEnduranceUS
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      https://www.instagram.com/endurancelimitsusa/

Information on the Great Pacific Race, including required training for rowers and biographies of participating teams, can be found at http://www.newoceanwave.com/great-pacific-race/.

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

First of all, congratulations to the Crookston Pirate Boys' Tennis team on winning back-to­back section titles. The Pirate Tennis program (both boys and girls) is something that the community of Crookston should be very proud of. The excellence that it consistently displays year in and year out is a testament to the hard work of Coach Geffre, his assistant coaches, and, most importantly, the student­athletes. Best of luck to the Pirates at State!
Secondly, the Crookston Tennis Association would like to extend a big thank you to Paul Gregg of the Irishman's Shanty. Paul has been generous enough to donate significantly to last year's Pirate Tennis Alumni Tournament as well as for the concession stand at the recent Section 8A Tennis Tournament hosted by Crookston. We appreciate Paul's help in making our events successful. Doesn't a juicy Shanty Burger sound good right about now?
We have a short window to enjoy tennis in the beautiful Minnesota summer weather. Get out and utilize the great tennis facilities that Crookston provides.

Derek Martin
Crookston Tennis Association 

 

 

DNR HUNTER SAFETY INSTRUCTORS AT THE CROOKSTON GUN CLUB THANK SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS


The DNR Hunter Safety instructors at the Crookston Gun Club would like to express a sincere “thank you” to the sponsors and supporters of the Hunter Training program, including Bingham Construction, B & F Investments, Crookston Eagles Club, Crookston Veterans of Foreign War, Crookston American Legion, Crookston National Bank, Swanson Law, Adams Heating and Cooling, Hunter’s Outlet, and the Crookston Gun Club. A special “thank you” to the West Polk County Deer Hunters Association for the generous donation that enabled us to purchase a complete set of Mossberg non-firing firearms for classroom use. They really enhance the training program.

 

 

 

FATAL CAR ACCIDENT KILLS TWO ON POLK COUNTY ROAD 49 AND 12 INTERSECTION

On Wednesday afternoon, the Red Lake County Sheriff’s office received a call of an accident at the intersection of Polk County Road 49 and Polk County Road 12. A 2016 Dodge pickup driven by Allan Ray, 62 from Meota, Saskatchewan was traveling west on County Road 49 and failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection hitting a trailer that was being pulled by a Garden Valley Telephone Company vehicle from Erskine, driven by a 49 year old male that was traveling south on County Road 12.  The trailer was hauling a Ditch Witch implement which came off the trailer and landed on the 2016 Dodge pickup in the southwest ditch.  The driver and passenger Gordan Hagen, 67 of Meota, Saskatchewan in the pickup were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Garden Valley Telephone vehicle was not injured.  The occupants of the pickup were transported to the University of North Dakota pathology office for an autopsy.   The Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Red Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol, Red Lake Falls Ambulance and Red Lake Falls Department.

 

 

POLK COUNTY INCINERATOR PROJECT IN LIMBO WITH INACTION AT THE CAPITOL

Lack of legislative action by the Minnesota Legislators has put a project at the Polk County Incinerator in Fosston in an interesting position according to Jon Steiner, Polk County Environmental Services Director. “The project was in both sides of the bill, so now it is more difficult as the county was going to bond for their share, so we don’t want to do that if they should have a special session,” said Steiner.  “We discussed it internally and with the county commissioners on how to go ahead with Phase I and like everything you can have the best plan and something happens.”  The county might scale the project down and move forward on Phase I and meet the obligations and go from there.

 

 

WEDNESDAY - MAY 25,  2016

CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION TO BE HELD AT THE HIGH SCHOOL FOR FIRST TIME IN 17 YEARS

Crookston High School graduation is set for Friday, May 27 in the Crookston High School gymnasium at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the first year Crookston High School graduation is back at the high school gym for the first time in 17 years. Student Speakers will be Alexandra MacGregor, Charles Brantner, Brooke Bergeron and Marie Sandman.  The orchestra and choir will be providing the entertainment and the senior class chose Kristen Alston, an A.P. and junior high English teacher.
There are 78 graduates this year and the small graduating class is part of the reason for trying to have the ceremony back at the high school.  There is plenty of room in the gym with seating on the floor and one set of bleachers,” said Crookston High School Administrative Assistant Robin Reitmeier.  “The orchestra and choir will be set up by a stage on the other side of the gym.  People can park in the lot on the west side and use the door number one, carpooling would help and seating is on a first come first serve basis.”
Diplomas will be handed out by school board members Tim Dufault, who has a daughter graduating, and Frank Fee, who has a granddaughter graduating.

 

 

CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SPRUCE UP THE MAIN ENTRANCE AT THE HIGH SCHOOL

Crookston High School Students in the AP Biology class, taught by Weston Hanson, moved some dirt and planted flowers on Tuesday morning in a flower bed at the main entrance of the high school as a beautification project in time for graduation.  “This is our first hour class and we were planting some beautiful Hostas by the front door,” said Crookston High School senior, Patrick Deng. “We are shoveling some dirt on the last day of school to make it look nicer for graduation guests.”


The AP Biology students and Mr. Hanson with the Hostas they were planting

 

 

VILLA ST. VINCENT HAS A DEDICATION CEREMONY FOR THEIR JUNE SHAVER WELLNESS CENTER

The Villa St. Vincent held a dedication of their new wellness center named in honor of June Shaver who gave them $100,000 for the new facility.  The dedication was held on Tuesday afternoon with Shaver’s nephew Dennis Lewis in attendance. 
Judy Hulst, Administrator and CEO of the Villa St. Vincent said Shaver had a great effect on the Villa.  “It is very special as June affected a lot of places in town and we were included,” said Hulst.  “She was into wellness as she walked all the time and all over town, so we put the money towards the wellness center and hopefully to develop more space and help the residents get into wellness as the program has changed from activities to have more of a focus on wellness and physical focus to keep people healthier longer.”


Lori Wagner, Judy Hulst, Annette Hegg - Shaver Estate Administrator, Mryna and Dennis Lewis.

 

 

ONLY ONE PERSON HAS FILED THIS WEEK IN POLK COUNTY, DEADLINE LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY

Filings to run for Polk County Commissioner and East Polk Soil and water have slowed down this week with the final filing date on Tuesday, May 31 at 5:00 p.m.
There are positions up for election on the county board in Districts 1, 3 and 5 and positions on the soil and water districts in east and west Polk County.    The last filing was on Monday with Lawrence Vettleson filing for District 5 in the East Polk Soil and Water.
Al Bauer filed earlier for District 3 in East Polk Soil and Water.  DFL endorsed Kip Fontaine has filed for District 1 State Senate seat. 
District 1 for Polk County Commissioner has Jerry Jacobson and Wayne Melbye filing.
District 3 has Dean Adams and Gary Willhite filing.
District 5 has incumbent Don Deidrich and Donald Casmey filing.  Filing is done at the Polk County Taxpayer Center in the Government Center in Crookston.

 

 

TUESDAY - MAY 24,  2016

CROOKSTON SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES THREE NEW TEACHERS

The Crookston School Board met on Monday and approved employment agreements with three new teachers. Andrea Adrian as special education teacher at the high school, Hunter Kopff for high school chemistry and Dave Emanuel as the Indian Education Coordinator.   Josh Hardy was approved as the head boys hockey coach. 
“I really commend the principals and supervisors, they did a great job on hiring, we start early and try to get applicants and we are excited for the people we have hired,” said Superintendent Chris Bates.  “We are sitting pretty well right now, we got a chemistry teacher who happened to be looking in the area and now we need a vocational instructor, Principal (Eric) Bubna has met with someone so we are getting close which is a good feeling.”
Jacalyn Coauette retired after 24 years as a paraprofessional, Jenna Reese resigned as the chemistry teacher and Kay Hegge resigned as a bus driver. 
Francine Olson, a Parent Educator and Maria Argueta were terminated and their teaching contracts were not renewed as they are probationary teachers. Board chairman Frank Fee said this is a annual process and does not reflect on their teaching abilities.   Donations from KROX for track meet sponsorship and awards were accepted along with $600 from Dee, Incorporated for the purchase of tents for Itasca camping trips.

 

 

CROOKSTON SCHOOL BOARD IMPLEMENTING NEW PROCESS TO EVALUATE THE SUPERINTENDENT

The Crookston School Board has started a new process to evaluate the superintendent and one of the steps is goals set by the superintendent.   School Board chairman Frank Fee said they are doing a different evaluation for the superintendent this year recommended by the Minnesota School Board Association and the first item is to have the superintendent give the board some goals that they can keep track of and evaluate.  “Mr. Bates gave goals on school climate, he is going to set up committees and go to each school building quarterly and meet with the principal and staff members to get comments to be up to date,” said Fee.  “Student achievement is a goal about test scores, work environment where everyone collaborates and then fiscal responsibility so those goals will be evaluated in November and next spring will be a final evaluation and give the report to the public so this was the first step.”

Washington School Principal Denice Oliver is looking to hire two new kindergarten teachers. Stacy Jensen moved to Fargo with her husband and another teacher will be on a one year leave of absence. “We are filling those positions for next year and we are looking for more kindergarten students,” said Oliver. “We have about 84 on the list and know there are more out there so we would love to hear from anyone with a student who is ready for kindergarten, they can stop in for a visit.”

 

 

CROOKSTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING STARTS WITH HONORING SEVERAL PEOPLE AND APPROVAL OF TAX ABATEMENT FOR HOUSING

The Crookston City Council met on Monday with Mayor Gary Willhite giving a certificate of appreciation to Dick Widseth, who was an engineer with Widseth, Smith Nolting Engineering firm in Crookston and brought good water quality to the city residents many years ago.  Widseth gave the city council and Mayor Harold Thomforde praise for their support on the process in getting quality water to Crookston.  “We started with bad water from the river which was a lousy supply and we worked on how we could change it to well water east of Crookston,” said Widseth.  “A good council and mayor was necessary to get things like good water done, they were the reason it happened, not engineering.  We went east and put in a test well and pumped for a long time, took samples and it was good so we do not have to worry about a problem like Flint, Michigan.”

Mayor Willhite had a certificate of appreciation for Marv and Diane Bachmeier for their many years of work in the community as they leave for Plymouth, Minnesota to be closer to their children. 
The mayor proclaimed one vegetable, one community growing season for 2016 with the tomato as the preferred vegetable for people to plant. 

The council approved a resolution of support for the 30 unit multi-family housing development project grant which will be sent in by mid-June. 
A public hearing will be held in June on the vacation of an alley in Norcross Addition.   A public hearing was held for the Northridge Assets LLC 41 unit apartment project where they requested a five year tax abatement.  There were no comments at the hearing and the council approved the five year tax abatement.

 

 

 

CROOKSTON WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE APPROVES WATER TOWER RENOVATION AND LOGOS

The Crookston Ways and Means Committee met after the council meeting and approved the renovation of the north water tower with three logos on the tank.  “The coding on these water towers paint on the outside and inside generally has a life span of 20-25 years,” said Public Works Director Pat Kelly.  “We have it inspected on a routine basis and it has come to the point where the coatings on the interior are failing and there are some structural failings also so we need to keep it up.  Water tower replacement costs are in the one to two million dollar range, so maintaining the city assets is important and the council approved the logos of UMC and Welcome to Crookston.”
Cost of the Water tower renovation is $417,000 and the three logos will cost $16,000.


 


CROOKSTON WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE APPROVES MOVING FORWARD ON TOWNHOME GRANT APPLICATION

The Crookston Ways and Means Committee approved a report for the grant for the Agassiz Townhomes project to be submitted in mid-June.  City Administrator Shannon Stassen explains the work done on the grant.  “The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency was looking for an area plan that would be around Agassiz Townhomes as well as single family homes and the other apartment project,” said Stassen.  “The high school and sports center is within walking distance as well as UMC so we showed it is an excellent site for their development and we hope to hear this fall on the grant.”

The committee agreed to move forward on a uniform housing standard for the city which deals with home maintenance and improvements.

 

 

 

MONDAY - MAY 23,  2016

CROOKSTON SCHOOL BOARD TO MEET AT 5:00 PM TODAY

The Crookston School Board will meet at 5:00 p.m. today (Monday) in the Crookston choir/orchestra room. 
Personnel items on the agenda include a retirement letter from Jacalyn Coauette a paraprofessional at the high school, resignation letters from Jenna Reese a chemistry teacher at the high school and Kay Hegge a bus driver. 
Approval of Josh Hardy as the head boys hockey coach is expected.  Employment of Andrea Adrian as a special education teacher, Hunter Kopff as the chemistry teacher at the high school, Dave Emanuel as the Indian Education Coordinator are up for approval. 
There will be a resolutions terminating and non-renewal of the teaching contracts for Francine Olson and Maria Argueta as probationary teachers are to be considered.
The main agenda has approval of staff development bylaws for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. 
Bremer Insurance will be approved as the property and casualty insurance carrier for three years through June 30, 2019. 
Approval of goals for Superintendent Chris Bates for 2016-2017 will be done.  Donations will be accepted from KROX Radio for track meet sponsorship and awards and from Dee, Inc for a donation of $600 for purchase of tents for Itasca camping trip.  Administrative reports from high school principal Eric Bubna, Special Services director Kathy Stronstad, Denice Oliver for ECFE, Community Ed and Washington School and from Superintendent Chris Bates.  Visitors are welcome to express their concerns at the beginning or the end of the meeting.

 

 

CROOKSTON CITY COUNCIL TO MEET TONIGHT AT 7:00 PM

The Crookston City Council will meet on Monday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Crookston City Hall Council Chambers. 
The consent agenda includes amending a resolution to support a 30 unit multi-family housing development in the City of Crookston.  There will be a resolution request and calling for a public hearing on the vacation of an alley in Norcross Addition.  A resolution to accept the gift of land at lots one and two of block F in the McDonald’s addition, and a request from Wal-Mart to sell fireworks.
A public hearing on the five year tax abatement for Northridge Assets, LLC.  They are looking at building the apartment complex north of Draft’s Sports Bar and Grill.  After the public hearing, the council will be asked to approve the abatement.
There will be mayoral proclamations of One Vegetable, One Community Growing season for 2016 and Allen Pederson Day on May 19.  Marv and Diane Bachmeier will be presented with a certificate of appreciation.
The Crookston Ways and Means committee will meet after the city council meeting.  The public is invited to both meetings.

 

 

MICHAEL MOORE ENDORSED BY THE DFL CONVENTION TO RUN FOR DISTRICT 1B, WILL OPPOSE DEB KIEL

Michael Moore of Mentor was endorsed at the DFL convention to run in the District 1B House of Representative race against Republican Representative Deb Kiel of Crookston.  “I decided to do it as I noticed that there are things the district needs that are not getting accomplished and I have a pretty good track record in working with communities and businesses in the area and I just feel that we need better representation,” said Moore.  “There is a drastic need for qualified employees with all the businesses in the area looking for workers in the newspaper and websites. There are a lot of employment opportunities and businesses that want to grow that are not going to be able to do so and will leave the area.”  Moore said we need more training opportunities and solutions to bring people to the area that want jobs and he doesn’t see any solutions and no one being creative.
Moore has a background in economic development and said that will help him create jobs in northwest Minnesota.  “I was the economic development director for Thief River Falls for several years during their major growth and  I am consulting with Red Lake Falls and Kittson County at the present time,” said Moore, who owns two newspapers, the Thirteen Towns in  Fosston and the Kittson County Enterprise in Hallock. “I have been elected to offices and serve on boards including the RiverView Health Board and Foundation which are important to the area working in health care and I believe I have the background necessary to govern.”

 

 

 

RIVERVIEW HEALTH NOON LUNCHEON TO DISCUSS STROKE: SIGNS, RISK FACTORS AND PREVENTION

National Stroke Awareness Month takes place in May every year. A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel or artery, or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When a stroke occurs, it kills brain cells in the area surrounding where the clot or breakage occurs.
According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability, but many people do not realize how educating themselves and others can help reduce the incidence of stroke. In that effort, RiverView Health will offer “Stroke: Signs, Risk Factors and Prevention’’ at its May 24 health luncheon.
Dr. Saravana Balaraman will present on the topic at the Tuesday event. Dr. Balaraman is a family practice/OB physician at RiverView and also works in the Emergency Department where he often cares for those suffering from stroke.
While someone dies every four minutes from stroke in the United States, according to the National Stroke Association, 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. Attend the May 24th health luncheon for information on how you can ward off stroke.

Health Luncheon Details
The luncheon will be held in Meeting Room #1 beginning at noon. Meeting Room #1 is located near the RiverView Clinic entrance on the north side of the hospital and across from the elevators on first floor.
The luncheon series is in its 18th year of sponsorship by RiverView Health. All men and women interested in improving their health are invited to attend. Each luncheon starts a few minutes past noon and luncheons are kept under one hour so those needing to return to work can attend. Pre-registration is required. A boxed lunch can be purchased for $3, but must be ordered while pre-registering for the event. Call Holly Anderson at 218-281-9745 for additional information and to pre-register.

 

 

 

CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS HONORED

Some Crookston High School juniors and seniors were recently honored as National Honor Society inductees and sustaining members.


Seniors, left to right: Alex MacGregor, Jordan Bengston, Precious Adams, Patrick Deng, Claire Dufault, Alyssa Fee, Nicole Goosen, Anna Hajostek with sustaining members: Marietta Geist, Charles Brantner, Haley Roed, Elisa Samuelson, Zach Lutz, Alyssa Goelzer, Kyle Stegman, Brooke Gornowicz, Gunther Dingmann, Alyssa Schultz, Robert Tiedemann, Brooke Bergeron and Timothy Cymbaluk. Not pictured: Marie Sandman.



Juniors, left to right: Chris Wavra, Heidi Swanson, Isabel Rodriguez, Elise Tangquist, Brita Fagerlund, Anna Miller, Megan Frisk, and Morgan Kresl.

 

 

 

POLK COUNTY AND STATE AUTHORITIES TO CONDUCT ANOTHER CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN THROUGH JUNE 5

Three seconds — that’s all it takes to put on a seat belt. For 91 motorists in 2015, not taking those three seconds cost them their lives. Wearing your seat belt is not optional, it’s the law.  To continue enforcing the law and reminding motorists that seat belts save lives, the Crookston and East Grand Forks Police Departments and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, along with more than 300 law enforcement agencies across the state, will be participating in the statewide Click It or Ticket campaign May 23 – June 5. The extra enforcement and education campaign is coordinated by the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.

Protect Yourself from Dangerous Drivers
Even the safest drivers in the world are not immune from others causing them to crash, and not wearing a seat belt can prove tragic.
·       In the last five years (2011 – 2015), 527 unbelted motorists lost their lives and 1,035 people suffered life-changing injuries.
·       Of the 1,379 motorists who lost their lives in the last five years (2011 – 2015), only 51 percent of them were known to be belted.
·       In 2015, 77 percent of vehicle occupants who were ejected or partially ejected and died were not wearing a seat belt. “If you are involved in a crash and are thrown from the vehicle, the likelihood of survival is slim,” said East Grand Forks Police Chief Mike Hedlund. “Protect yourself from dangerous drivers on the road by wearing your seat belt. It could save your life.”

Speak Up about Buckling Up
If you are the driver, take control of your vehicle and those riding with you by refusing to start your engine until every passenger in your car is belted. If you are a passenger and see the driver unbelted, speak up and make sure the driver’s seat belt is secure. In the event of a crash, a person not wearing a belt can become a projectile who can possibly injure other belted motorists. 

It’s the Law
Minnesota law states that drivers and passengers in all seating positions must be buckled up or seated in the correct child restraint. Officers will stop and ticket unbelted drivers or passengers. Seat belts must be worn correctly — low and snug across the hips, and shoulder straps should never be tucked under an arm or behind the back. 

Minnesota Child Car Seat Law and Steps
In Minnesota, all children must be in a child restraint until they are 4’9” tall, or at least age 8, whichever comes first.
Rear-facing child seats - Newborns to at least 1 year and 20 pounds; recommended up to age 2. It is safest to keep a child rear-facing as long as possible.
Forward-facing seats - Age 2 until around age 4. It's preferable to keep children in a harnessed restraint until they reach the maximum weight limit.
Booster seats - Use after outgrowing a forward-facing harnessed restraint; safest to remain in a booster until 4 feet 9 inches tall, or at least age 8, whichever comes first.
Seat belts - Use when children can sit with their back against the vehicle seat and have their knees bent comfortably over the edge with their feet touching the floor.

Toward Zero Deaths
The Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement and education is a component of the state’s Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) program. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes – education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response.

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY - MAY 22,  2016


          The stolen UND Police car in the ditch by the University of Minnesota Crookston

 

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