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WEDNESDAY - MARCH 12, 2014
TRAIN DERAILS WHILE LOADING IN EUCLID, CAUSES DETOURS ON TWO CROSSINGS
The Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to a
BNSF train car derailment in Euclid Tuesday afternoon. The locomotive was
attaching to an empty tanker car and one box containing fiber board and corn
sugar. As the locomotive was leaving the grain yard facility, the back box
car left the tracks due to a separation between the railroad tracks. The
box car stayed upright and no contents were spilled from the box car.
Because of the derailment, two public road crossings were blocked south of Euclid. The crossings were at 270th Avenue Southwest and 140th Street Southwest. The Polk County Highway Department has placed road barriers to protect motorists.
RIVERVIEW HEALTH TO DISCUSS COLORECTAL CANCER IN THE MONTHLY HEALTH LUNCHEON
Cancer of the colon and rectum – called colorectal (colon) cancer – is the
second leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women in the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year about
140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer, and more than 50,000 die from
it. Yet statistics show that if everyone who is 50-years-old or older were
screened regularly, as many as 60 percent of deaths from this cancer could be
In recognition of March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, RiverView Health Gastroenterologist Dr. Mirza Baig will give the March 24th Health Luncheon presentation “Screening Guidelines, Risk Factors regarding Colon Cancer’’.
At the luncheon, Dr. Baig will share risk factors that may increase your chances of having colon cancer, although not all of those risks can be avoided.
The risk of getting colon cancer increases with age. More than 90 percent of cases occur in people who are 50-years-old or older. And if you think you are safe from colon cancer because you are a woman, think again. Men and women are equally affected by colon cancer. In fact, colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in women.
Dr. Baig will go over the screenings available and the guidelines for anyone over the age of 50 or anyone with a family history of colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer. Just because you do not have any symptoms may not mean you are in the clear for colon cancer. Precancerous polyps and colon cancer do not always cause symptoms, especially in the beginning. You could have polyps or colon cancer and not know it. That is why having a screening test is so important.
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 sixteenth 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. The presentations are free and attendees can bring their own lunches or purchase a bag lunch for $3.00. Pre-registration is required. Call Holly Anderson at 218-281-9745 or toll free 1-800-743-6551, extension 9745, for additional information and to pre-register.
TRI-VALLEY HEAD START VISITED BY NICOLE BERND OF THE WEST POLK SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
Nicole Bernd from the West Polk Soil and Water Conservation District visited Tri-Valley Head Start in Crookston on Monday, March 10. Nicole put on an Owl Presentation for all the classrooms. The presentation included a slide show with pictures of different owls that can be found in Minnesota, including the sounds they make. After the slide show, Nicole read the book titled "Owl Babies" to all of the children.
TUESDAY - MARCH 11, 2014
CROOKSTON SCHOOL BOARD AUTHORIZES BUILDING BONDS AND BIDS OPENED FOR ROOF REPAIRS
The Crookston School Board met on Monday and the board authorized issuance and sale of $6,060,000 general obligation school building bonds and bids were opened for the work to begin on the roof repairs for the school buildings. Superintendent Chris Bates said the renovations can begin with the bonds being issued. “It all goes together with the roof work this summer, which is probably the biggest part of the work and the bids were good with about $200,000 less than estimated and a cushion for change orders,” said Bates. “We are not playing catch up so we are excited for them to get work in June.” The estimated costs of roof repairs was $2.5 million and the bid was $2.3 million from McDowell Company in Waite Park.
Applications for the high school principal opening will close today (Tuesday). “We hope to get a few more as we have not had as many as we like,” said Bates. “We will start to look at them at the end of the week and make plans for interviews.”
The board is still looking for a swimming pool manager. “We have four or five people interested, but they have not had this type of job before,” said Bates. “We will look at them and make a decision later in the week.”
The board approved a cooperative agreement with Warren-Alvarado-Oslo and Fisher School Districts for baseball this spring as there is one student from Warren-Alvarado-Oslo and several junior high boys from Fisher who wish to play with the Pirates.
The board accepted the resignation letter from Susan Schraeder as assistant school nurse and the resignation letter from Mike Hajostek as junior varsity baseball coach. Stacy Marcum was hired as assistant softball coach at the high school and Danielle Sylvester was hired as junior high softball coach. A contract with Kim Johnson as special services director was also approved.
The school board held a closed session after the regular meeting to discuss negotiation strategies with the Crookston Education Association (the teachers union).
THREE NEW CLASSES WILL BE ADDED TO THE CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL OFFERINGS NEXT YEAR
The Crookston School Board approved three new high school courses available for students in the 2014-2015 school year. Approved were AP (Advanced Placement) Physics 1 to be taught by Brian Follette, FAB LAB to be taught by Mike Geffre and Humanities to be taught by Gary Stegman. “This is an MIT sponsored class,” said Geffre, talking about the FAB LAB. “We work with other schools in the entire world online with your ideas and collaborate with the other schools that have FAB LABS. You work with math, science and even art to put something together that can be made and if it works you find someone to make the product and the students have signed up for the class.” Brian Follette will teach AP Physics 1 and said it is an algebra based course which is designed to be a college physics class for engineering. “It will be familiar to the students through algebra,” said Follette. “There are seven students registered so far. It is a new opportunity for the students.” Humanities will be taught by Gary Stegman. “We actually taught this class years ago, but it is kind of a lost art,” said Stegman. “Humanities is really about thinking and deals with the arts outside of entertainment. It is for communications, thinking and solving life problems. We are putting it together as part of the college in the high school, and 69 students have registered for three sections and the schedule has been set up to do that.”
CROOKSTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING SHORT AND SWEET, WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE DISCUSSES SEVERAL ITEMS
The Crookston City Council met on Monday and had a short meeting, where they approved the 2014 amended fee schedule along with a dance permit for NACTA and a gas fitters license for Agri Valley in Grand Forks.
The Crookston Ways and Means committee met after the council meeting and approved a phone system replacement recommended by Phillip Barton, technology director for the City of Crookston. “At present we have a phone system about 14 years old at city hall, and the police and fire departments which are not connected together,” said Barton. “We will be consolidating all three systems to operate as one for the city and hand off calls between departments and provide better service to the Crookston residents.” Cost for the system is just under $22,000.
The committee approved a mobile computer system for the police department. “They currently have access in the squad cars, which has been federally funded and Chief Biermaier and I just found this out and that money has gone away so we have to decide what next,” said Barton. “If we use the present system we pay the state access or switch to something more integrated to the police system, which is shared with the county and East Grand Forks and over time this will be less expensive.” The upfront cost is $9,000 and the annual cost is $1,100, instead of the $6,200 for the state.
The Committee also approved the purchase of a fire department truck at a cost of $263,000. There were four bids received to replace the 1985 pumper.
Shannon Stassen, Crookston City Administrator, informed the committee that the beautification committee from the chamber will be involved in amenities for the downtown square pavilion along with the Farmer’s Market and service clubs in Crookston.
The garage floor surface at the police department needs to be replaced with a bid of $25,655 from EFI in Grand Forks.
CROOKSTON HAS HAD FIVE WATER MAIN BREAKS IN ONE WEEK, KEEPING THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT BUSY
Water main breaks have been common
in Crookston this winter with five breaks in the last week. “It appears with the
weather changing there is movement in the frost zone, we are having breaks and
service breaks,” said Public Works Director Pat Kelly. “We have had five in the
last week, one this morning, the one by the government center was hard to find
and they worked 24 hours on that break. Today we got Bertils to help us on two
breaks and we have two more that are leaking lesser and hope to get them all
The City of Crookston offers a program for service lines that get frozen. “The city will reimburse 50 percent of the cost to the homeowner to thaw out the lines up to $500,” said Kelly. “We have service line repair insurance also, so this program helps and we have many each year.”
The Ways and Means Committee approved the purchase of a pickup for the water department. It was a state bid at $22,400 for a four wheel drive extended cab with an eight foot box replacing the pickup for water superintendent Joe Munn.
MOVIE STARRING CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE, JOHN GROVE, TO BE SHOWN AT THE GRAND THEATRE ON SUNDAY
The movie Bereft, starring a Crookston High School graduate John Grove and directed by Oscar DeLeon, will be at the Grand Theatre in Crookston on Sunday, March 16 at 9:00 p.m. The movie is a no budget movie and is a little over an hour long. The movie was shot in Fargo last spring and summer. John Grove is the son of Toni and Wayne Grove and plans to be at the showing. Everyone is welcome to attend the movie. To learn more go to https://www.facebook.com/bereftmovie.
NORTHERN MINNESOTA POLITICIANS ARE WORKING TO EXPAND ACCESS TO INPATIENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Dan Fabian, R-Roseau; Deb Kiel, R-Crookston;
R-Fergus Falls; Marion O'Neill, R-Buffalo; Sondra Erickson, R-Princeton; Kurt
Daudt, R-Crown; Steve Green, R-Fosston; John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, and Thomas
are working to expand much-needed access to inpatient mental health services in
Under their bill, Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls could increase its licensed psychiatric bed capacity to 25 beds. As the region’s only inpatient psychiatric facility, Sanford is limited by current law to a 10-bed maximum. “Access to this specialized care is desperately needed in our area,” Fabian said. “Folks who have to travel great distances to receive care are disconnected from their family, support networks, and community-based mental health services—all elements that are crucial for a successful recovery.”
Last year, 350 individuals in need of mental health inpatient services were turned away from rural hospitals due to limited bed capacity. Some were directed hundreds of miles away for placement, given delayed care, or placed in law enforcement custody. “We all recognize something needs to be done to ensure a fast and safe recovery for folks living with mental illness,” Kiel said. “Not only will patients and their families have a better quality of life with access to care close to home, an increased patient capacity will also promote better transitional care coordination and reduce pressure on other in-patient resources throughout the state.”
The legislation is supported by health care facilities, county social services, law enforcement, and county attorneys in northwest Minnesota. House File 2314 awaits a hearing in the House Health and Human Services Policy committee.
UNITED WAY OF CROOKSTON 2015 COMMUNITY GRANT APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
The United Way of Crookston is now accepting applications for 2015 Community Grants. The United Way of Crookston's mission is to improve the quality of life of Crookston area people, by gathering and distributing in an efficient manner, community resources that respond to priority health and human service needs. The three areas of focus include health, education and financial stability. Please contact the United Way of Crookston office at 281-4547 if you have any questions or to be sent an electronic copy of the application. Applications can also be found on the www.visitcrookston.com webstite. The deadline for all applications is Friday, April 4 at 4:00 PM.
UMC HUNT SEAT AND EQUESTRIAN TEAM TAKES ON TENNESSEE MARTIN IN A NCEA MATCH
The University of Minnesota Crookston hunt seat and western equestrian teams
traveled to Martin, Tenn. to compete against University of Tennessee-Martin
Friday in a National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) match. The
competition went fantastic for all of the riders and proved to be a great
learning experience for many of the riders.
The morning started out with the hunt seat team competition in Equitation over Fences. First to go was Emily Steeley (So., Portsmouth, R.I.) whom was looking to have a fantastic round over fences. Steeley scored a 73 for her course while her UT-Martin opponent scored a 68. Steeley accumulated UMC’s first point of the competition. Sable Bettencourt (So., Cloquet, Minn.) also had a very successful round and rode with the utmost determination. Bettencourt finished her course with a score of a 76 while her UT-Martin opponent pulled in a 75, meaning UMC received another point.
Second to go was the western team competing in horsemanship. Seniors Caitlin Kelley (Sr., White Bear Lake, Minn.) and Mitzi Marlin (Sr., Nowthen, Minn.) were looking to finish out their senior years with winning rounds and they were able to do just that. Kelley scored a 70.5 on her horsemanship pattern while her UT-Martin opponent scored a 69.5. Marlin rode her pattern with a score of a 71.5, her UT-Martin opponent finished with a 71. UMC gained two points from Marlin and Kelley’s rides.
During the Equitation on the Flat competition, all riders rode very well. They were put up against very tough competition and even though they did not accumulate any points for the four rounds, every rider put up a good fight. Bettencourt came very close to winning her flat round but her opponent managed to score just high enough to win the round.
The last event of the day was Reining. Every western rider had very exciting rides. Marlin and Kelley both had extremely well-ridden patterns. Kelley completed her ride with a score of 66, gaining another point for UMC. Marlin and Guimont also scored very well but their opponents managed to have the edge over them winning their matches for the day. “We did make some small mistakes throughout the competition however, every rider has taken these mistakes as a learning experience and we know exactly what we need to work on for the following year,” said UMC assistant coach Kayla Krueger. “I could not have been happier with every athlete and I continue to watch them grow and improve every time they step up onto their horse. We have a young team this year and I am very excited to see what comes next for these Golden Eagles.”
MONDAY - MARCH 10, 2014
UMC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE NOT RENEWING BILL TYRRELL AS ATHLETIC FUNDRAISING
KROX learned that the University of Minnesota
Crookston will not be renewing Bill Tyrrell's, UMC Athletic
Fundraiser, contract after it expires next year. KROX contacted Tyrrell
Friday and said he wanted to wait until Monday before saying anything.
Tyrrell called KROX Monday afternoon and said he hasn't made a decision on what
to do yet and has 60 days to make his decision, on if he will finish out the
contract or take a severance package offered by UMC.
Tyrrell has been synonymous with University of Minnesota-Crookston Athletics for several decades. Tyrrell was an athletic trainer for 19 years prior to his role in fundraising. As the athletic fundraiser he was responsible for the UMC Teambacker organization, planning and managing events including Fun Nite and summer golf tournaments. He also worked with a variety of constituents to raise money for both athletic scholarships and athletic initiatives.
CROOKSTON CITY COUNCIL AND WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE MEET TONIGHT
The Crookston City Council meets this evening at
7:00 in the Crookston City Hall Council Chambers.
The agenda includes a resolution to adopt the amended 2014 fee schedule. A dance permit for NACTA for April 4 at the Crookston American Legion is up for approval along with a gas fitters license for Agri-Valley in Grand Forks. The meeting is open to the public.
The ways and means committee will meet following the council meeting.
The Crookston Ways and Means committee meets
tonight after the city council meeting. One item on the agenda is a discussion
on the next steps for the downtown pavilion. City Administrator Shannon Stassen
said they want to increase the visibility of the pavilion. “We want to encourage
people to use the facility and increase the amities, so we are looking at the
next phase,” said Stassen. “Maybe come up with a different name, staging,
beautification with the chamber committee and enhance the sight, we are looking
for organizations and clubs to help with contributions to put their stamp on the
pavilion.” Anyone with ideas should contact Stassen at city hall.
CROOKSTON WILL BE HOSTING THE PEE WEE A STATE TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND
The Crookston Sports Center will be the host of a state hockey tournament this weekend, according to Crookston Park and Recreation director Scott Riopelle. There will be eight teams competing in the 2014 Pee Wee A state tournament, Spring Lake Park, Sartell, Highland Central of St. Paul, Edina, Armstrong Cooper, Alexandria, Farmington and Mahtomedi so there will be some good hockey. “The motels in town are full and one team may be staying in Grand Forks,” said Riopelle. “Volunteers have been coming forward to help and a meeting with parents will be on Tuesday evening to get the final activities in place.”
UMC TO HOST QURRAT ANN KADWANI ON MARCH 12
"They Call Me Q!"will be
featured on What’s on Wednesday? at the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC)
on Wednesday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. The event is free and
all are welcome. The
event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Programs at UMC.
Qurrat Ann Kadwani is an actress, producer, emcee, TV host and philanthropist. She is the founding artistic director of eyeBLINK (www.eyeblink.org) and the head of its theater department. She is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and a theater graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a double scholarship award for her directing and acting contributions. Ms. Kadwani has most recently taught a Monologue Writing and Performance Workshop. She will also soon appear as the female lead in Blind Angels at Theatre for the New City.
"They Call Me Q!" - Who is Q? Why do they call her Q? Travel with Q as she goes on a journey to find herself amidst 13 characters in 60 minutes based on her traditional Indian parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates, African-American friends, and an Indian girl she meets in India. Life wasn't easy growing up in the Bronx, but will Q be able to reconcile being Indian and American?
Qurrat Ann Kadwani won the Best Actress Award for her one woman show "They Call Me Q!" during the Variations Theatre Group: Harvest Theatre Festival, November 2012 in Long Island City. She also won the Best Play Award for "They Call Me Q!" during the Maui Fringe Festival 2013 in Hawaii.
VILLA ST. VINCENT CELEBRATES NATIONAL EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION DAY
Villa St. Vincent celebrated National Employee Appreciation Day on Friday, March
7 with special activities and events involving the entire Villa Family. Since
Villa St. Vincent’s doors opened in 1975; the staff has provided care and
services for many thousands of local people. “Our Villa Team is hands down, our
greatest asset and treasure,” states Administrator Judy Hulst. “Villa has
changed immensely over the years but one thing stands the same, the people that
come to work everyday drive our entire mission. This past year our annual Family
Satisfaction Survey again revealed that “respectfulness of staff” was our top
scoring response. This has been a trend for multiple years and is 24% higher
than the average national nursing facility, which makes us very proud, thank you
Villa St. Vincent employs about 240 full and part-time people, many with decades of longevity-in numerous capacities providing care and services with “Dignity and Grace”.
David Perala, Staci Wills, Cameron Stoe and Marisa Ramirez
TRI-VALLEY'S DENNIS DEMERS RECEIVES PLATE OF BOUNTY AWARD
P. DeMers, President of Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. was honored with
the 2014 Plate of Bounty Award on Monday, February 24. The award was bestowed on
him by the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association at the 2014
Annual Conference Luncheon held in Tysons Corner, Virginia. The Plate of Bounty
Award acknowledges an individual who have made significant contributions to
migrant and seasonal farm worker families.
Today, through DeMers’ work, Tri-Valley is the exclusive provider of Migrant & Seasonal Head Start/Early Head Start in Minnesota and North Dakota and Migrant Child Care in Minnesota. Due to continued success in its endeavors, the Minnesota Department of Education and the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction partnership with Tri-Valley to provide Migrant Education services to migrant children who are school aged and in need of services while providing added administrative, recruitment, training and health services to this population.
Dennis P. DeMers and Yasmina Vinci (Executive Director, National Head Start Association)
CROOKSTON PIRATE BASKETBALL TEAMS WATCH HOOSIERS WITH THEIR PIRATE SISTERS AND BROTHERS
A couple weeks agothe Pirate Basketball Brothers/Sisters met at the Grand Theatre in Crookston to watch Hoosiers. "It was an awesome turnout and the current and future Pirates were able to connect and be inspired by this classic film," said Crookston Youth Basketball coach Leah Winjum.
CROP MEETINGS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER WITH THE VOLATILE MARKETS
Last year’s rosy crop production economic model has changed. Gone are the high prices of our commonly grown commodity crops. Although lower feed prices are good news to the livestock producer, it creates a budget challenge for the crop producers.
When crop prices are high, developing profitable crop budgets are easier. When prices drop, the producer has limited options to cash flow their production. The most common options are to try increase yields, reduce input costs or consider alternative crops.
Changing practices to increase yield is always a hopeful goal, but not always a realistic one. There is typically a host of equipment changes that can be made, variation in crop nutrition and a host of crop potions that promise increased yield. But in most years, the weather is the biggest factor in yield attainment. All of the other options may help, but if the weather is unfavorable, all those options accomplish little more than to erode the bottom line.
Most of the costs incurred to grow a successful crop are not optional. Land costs, quality seed and most of the typical inputs are often inflexible. There may be a few things that can be varied, but how does one decide which to reduce or eliminate? Which input gives the biggest bang for the buck? How do we choose?
Growing another crop sounds like a good option, but depending on the crop, it may not be that easy nor may fit your production system. Indeed, trying to reduce costs may seem more palatable than considering a new crop. But luckily, we live in an area which affords several viable options economically unavailable in many other areas. Sunflowers, dry beans, canola, other small grains, and forage crops are viable options; all have an excellent ecological fit. Indeed, they all grow very well in our area but may not offer a meaningful financial incentive. Moreover, some of these may require additional equipment, may require additional marketing issues or may not fit your rotation or soil type. Yet, each of these may be worthy of further study.
Another seldom considered, but potential arrow for the quiver, is grass seed production. Although unfamiliar to most producers, it may be one worthy of further study. Grass seed, such as tall fescue or perennial ryegrass, are cool season grasses with production practices very similar to growing wheat. If you grow wheat, you can easily grow grass seed. Of course, as with any new crop, one needs to learn more about production practices, contracts and markets, potential yields and expenses, as well as any special equipment or storage needs.
Soil drainage is silent yield robber. Although the past two years have been dry enough to reduce some crop yields, many typically lose more production to excess soil moisture, especially when it comes at the wrong time. Excessive rainfall without a crop cover increases soil erosion. With increasing amounts of tiling and surface drainage, soil erosion is a constant concern. One method to reduce soil erosion is the use of water and sediment control basins. These are typically constructed on the slope of a field or minor waterway to temporarily detain and release water through a piped outlet. Could this be something that would help keep topsoil in place on your farm? We are, after all, only the temporary caretakers of our topsoil and want to keep our land productive for future generations.
If you would like to learn more about these topics, the East Polk County Crop Improvement Association Annual Crop Meeting may interest you. This meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 19th at the McIntosh Community Center beginning at 9:00 am and concluding at noon. Following the meeting, a delicious meal will be provided compliments of East Polk Crop Improvement Association, Fosston Tri Coop and Norfarm Seeds, Roseau MN.
The agenda for the day will feature: Dwight Aakre, NDSU Farm Management Specialist: Reducing Input Costs - Will it help the bottom line?” Katie Englemann, East Polk SWCD: Soil Conservation: A Watershed Approach; and Ryan Dunham, Norfarm Seeds, Inc. Roseau MN, Tall Fescue Seed Production – Another Arrow for the Rotation Quiver? After lunch, the East Polk County Crop Improvement Association will hold a short annual meeting.
Other upcoming meetings: March 13 -- Organic Milk Production meeting in Clearbrook from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; March 20 -- Dairy Days/DHIA Annual Meeting in McIntosh from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For more information on this or other upcoming meetings, contact me at 800-450-2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY - MARCH 9, 2014
CROOKSTON FIGURE SKATING CLUB SHOWS OFF THEIR TALENTS IN THE ANNUAL DREAMS ON ICE SHOW
The Crookston Figure Skating Club held their annual Dreams On Ice show is being held this weekend, a weekend or two earlier than normal, but that didn't affect the quality of the show as the girls and boys put on another fantastic show on Saturday evening. The shows theme this year was Distastic, with a Disney theme. KROX was at the show taking pictures and videos and they are below along with a link to more pictures.
Click on the video above to view almost a half hour of highlights from Dreams on Ice
Pressley Chandler and Denissa Brekken during their duet
FOR MORE PICTURES FROM THE SHOW CLICK HERE
FOURTH GARDENING AND LOCAL FOODS SEMINAR TO BE HELD ON MARCH 13
The fourth gardening and local foods seminar is
scheduled for Thursday, March 13, at 6 p.m. in Bede Ballroom at the University
of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) following a free supper at 5:30 p.m. Jennifer
Dillard, lab services coordinator at the U of M Crookston is the organizer.
Speakers include: Ronny Reitmeier, owner of "Ronny's Farm To Table" in Fisher;
Jessica Luckow, owner of Whitetail Gardens, a local CSA provider; Brigette
Burzette-DeLeon, a teacher at Washington Elementary School and school garden
coordinator; and Anna Ogaard, Crookston Public School's director of food
Suppers in dining services are free but reservations are required. Attendees are requested to go through the Brown Dining Hall at 5:30 and then bring their meal down the hall to the Bede Ballroom. The program will commence at 6:00 p.m. and conclude around 7:10.
For reservations, call or email Tashi Gurung or Megan Luxford at 218-281-8128 or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information contact Dan Svedarsky at 218-281-8129 or email@example.com.
This presentation is a continuing supper seminar series scheduled for the spring semester at UMC to explore and inform aspects of gardening and local food production in the Crookston community and the Crookston campus. The programs are supported by a mini-grant from the U of MN’s Institute on the Environment to UMC’s Center for Sustainability and are free and open to all interested in the topic
The kick-off of the seminar series occurred January 23 and featured Noelle Hardin, a U of M Extension Educator whose focus is Community Food Systems in northwest Minnesota. Hardin explored the many values of local foods and over 35 participants from the community and campus shared their experiences. The second speaker was Dr. Randel Hanson, environmental scientist and manager of the Campus Garden at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. The third program was presented by Kirsten Fagerlund and Stannon Stassen who outlined values and possibilities in the town of Crookston, itself.
FISHER SCHOOL ANNOUNCES THE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH FOR FEBRUARY
The Fisher School has announced the February students of the month. They are Devin Williams, son of Shane and Allison Girodat; Liz Abrahamson, daughter of Bruce Abrahamson; and Bailee Scheer, daughter of Craig and Tanya Scheer.
FRIDAY - MARCH 7, 2014
MEDIATOR MEETS WITH CROOKSTON SCHOOL BOARD AND TEACHERS UNION, MEETING GOES WELL
The Crookston Education Association and School Board and staff met with the mediator this week to work on a contract with the teachers. “The mediator was a skilled gentleman from the cities with a lot of knowledge and got us to look at things in a different way. The board said we need the cap on insurance and the teachers are saying we do not want to give that up, so how do you find common ground,” said Crookston School Superintendent Chris Bates. “He got us to get some things out of the way that I would describe as clutter. There was very little or no cost to them and he got us down to thinking about the health care and salary which is the main financial pieces. We made very good progress until 6:00 p.m. and then the union wanted feed back from their members and see where they wanted them to go, so we took a break.” The mediator left for Thief River Falls and plans to come back on March 17. Bates said the discussions were good and everybody left in good spirits and were positive and there is an air of optimism that they could get done by March 17.
CROOKSTON SCHOOL BOARD TO MEET ON MONDAY
The Crookston School Board meets on
Monday at 5:00 p.m. in the Crookston High School choir/orchestra room. The
feature program on the agenda is Kathy Twite, Spanish instructor talking about
the Spanish trip for 2015.
Personnel items include a resignation letter from Susan Schraeder, assistant school nurse and employment requests for Stacy Marcum, assistant softball coach at the high school and Danielle Sylvester, junior high softball coach at the high school. The employment contract of Kim Johnson, special services director, is up for approval.
The main agenda has a resolution authorizing issuance and sale of $6,060,000 general obligation school building bonds series 2014A. A cooperative sponsorship agreement for baseball with Warren-Alvarado-Oslo and Fisher school districts beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. The board is being asked to approve three high school course offerings for the 2014-2015 school year with AP Physics 1 with Brian Follette as the teacher, FAB LAB with Mike Geffre the teacher, and humanities with Gary Stegman as the teacher. Superintendent Chris Bates will report on activities to the board. Visitors may share their concerns with the school board at the beginning of the meeting or at the end of the meeting. The meeting is open to the public.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME IS A GOOD TIME TO CHANGE THE BATTERIES IN YOUR SMOKE DETECTORS
off Daylight Savings Time, clocks “spring forward” at 2:00 a.m. Sunday (March 9)
morning. Before you go to bed Saturday, you should change all of the clocks
throughout your homes to reflect the time change. The Crookston Fire Department
wants to remind everyone to change the batteries in all smoke detectors in their
home at this time.
Replacing batteries in all smoke alarms should be done at least twice a year, but changing them while changing all of your clocks serves as a great reminder. In addition, smoke detectors should be tested once a month and if a detector “chirps”, be aware the battery is low, replace the battery immediately.
WASHINGTON SCHOOL KICKS OFF I LOVE TO READ MONTH
The Washington staff kicked off "I Love to Read Month" with a surprise for the
students. Staff was dressed as storybook characters to promote the love of
reading. At 8:15 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. everybody dropped everything and read at
Washington School, which was a part of the Read Across America Day activity.
There will be classroom and school-wide activities throughout March to promote
Staff remaining at the end of the day posed for a photo in the Washington School Library.
CATHEDRAL SCHOOL FIRST GRADERS CELEBRATE DR. SEUSS'S BIRTHDAY
Cathedral School 1st Graders celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss whose birthday was March 2, 1904. Each student received a book bag designed from one of the many Dr. Seuss books! The bag was filled with an activity book and PowerAde.
The 1st Grade are pictured by the Dr. Seuss learning center in their classroom.
THURSDAY - MARCH 6, 2014
CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL CURRENTLY COLLECTING MONETARY DONATIONS AND LOOSE CHANGE TO BENEFIT THE OSTGAARD FAMILY
Crookston School district has been and will continue to take monetary donations
and will also, have a " Pocket Change" Jar set up in the main office for the
Ostgaard family. Students, staff and community members can just drop their
loose change off and all proceeds will go the Ostgaard family. Crookston High
School organizations that will be organizing individual drives will be the
Pirate soccer team, Drama club, Knowledge Bowl team, speech team, LEO Club,
Friends of Rachel and Josten's.
"It is evident when affected by tragedy, the Crookston community is apt and eager to provide whatever it is they can do to help comfort those who are suffering through a loss. The horrific carbon monoxide poisoning deaths of Kent and Natalie Ostgaard has certainly left the community numb and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, especially Aryanna, as she continues to battle for her life. Crookston Public School's staff and students are coming together to express their deepest sympathies. Aryanna, Cyrina and Gabbi have been, and continue to be, such a big part of our school because of their dedication and involvement in so many activities," said Jackie Robertson (Crookston High School Counselor and student Torrie Greer in an email to the Crookston media. "At this point, Cyrina and Gabbi are left with an insurmountable amount of grief and it sometimes gives us a feeling of helplessness. It is times like this that I know how fortunate I am to be part of such a loving and caring community."
CROOKSTON KNOWLEDGE BOWL TEAM WINS SUB-REGIONAL AND ADVANCES TO REGIONS
The Crookston High School Knowledge Bowl team competed at UMC in the 21 team Sub-Regional competition on Tuesday. The Crookston team, consisting of Harrison Boucher, Adam Erickson, Bailey Lindgren, Bryan Sanchez, and Alex MacGregor, earned 45 of 60 on the written round, and were in the top room all day. In the final round, they broke into triple digits, ending the day with a score of 108 and a first place finish. Other local teams moving to regionals are East Grand Forks, Fisher, Bagley and Ada-Borup. Regional competition will take place March 18th in Thief River Falls.
CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WRAP UP JEAN DRIVE WITH 322 PAIRS OF JEANS
Crookston High School students, under the direction of Jackie Robertson, finished the Jeans for Teens drive collecting 322 pairs for jeans for homeless teens in Minnesota. Pictured above are Maritza Hernandez, Ariel LaPlante, Ashley Manning, Jackie Robertson, Abby Brekken, Marie Sandman and Kayla Stahlecker.
JAMESTOWN CHOIR, WITH TWO CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL GRADS, TO PERFORM ON MARCH 12 IN CROOKSTON
As part of their March Midwest Tour, the University
of Jamestown Concert Choir will be performing a concert on Wednesday, March 12
at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston. All tour
performances are free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be
received. The choir has a
longstanding reputation for excellence in choral performance and has toured
throughout the United States, Europe, and, in 2010, China. The Choir is
preparing for its 11th international tour May 12-23. Destinations include
Budapest, Prague, Leipzig, Vienna, and Berlin.
The public is invited to come and help us welcome home Crookston’s Noah Fagerlund and McKaela Larson along with other young musicians from all over the United States.
CROOKSTON TOWNSHIP TO HOLD THEIR ANNUAL MEETING ON MARCH 11 AT HIGHLAND SCHOOL
annual meeting for Crookston Township is scheduled for March 11, 2014 at the
Highland School. Prior to that meeting, Crookston Township Chairman would like
to to make residents aware of some of the business that will take place at that
Part of our business meeting will be discussions on:
1. Repair to the Township Road (Highland Road). We need to plan for the future overlay of this road;
2. A decision needs to be made as to the future of the Township building in Section 8. At the present time, Cormican’s, Inc. is renting the building on a monthly basis.
3. Election of officers. Lisa Cormican has indicated she will not run for re-election so we need to have nominations for that position. Other officers have filed for another term.
"The Board has strived to listen to your concerns and take each matter into consideration. We hope that you feel comfortable to attend our meetings with any concerns you have, and we have enjoyed a good attendance in the past months to help make decisions and listen to your in-put. We always encourage you to attend these meetings and bring forth any recommendations or questions, and we hope you have confidence in your Board to address each concern. During the year, we have worked with the Polk County Highway Department on a cost-share basis to repair the culvert and ditch on the Highland Road (265th Street SW) to alleviate the liabilities that could be brought against the Township. Bertils Gravel placed a sleeve in the culvert on that same road to make safe travel for the public," said Chairman Adams. "We have received favorable comments from the Township residents and school bus drivers as to the grading and plowing of the Township roads and mowing of the ditches. We currently feel that our contracted corporation is striving for excellence in keeping the roads in a good condition and giving good service in a timely manner. We spent a good deal of time in graveling and shaping the road on 220 Avenue, SW. It is now in good condition to allow seasonal truck traffic. The item of tree removal remains to be completed, as are other ditch areas in the Township. Thank you to Tom Lindo who has created and maintained our official Township website. Visit it to keep yourself up-to-date on meetings and announcements www.crookstontownship.us."
Residents of Crookston Township are asked to attend the meeting on March 11, beginning at 8:15 p.m. Voting will take place from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., prior to the meeting. If you would like to serve as our Township clerk, please notify a Board member. Mark your calendar and plan to attend your annual meeting.
One person has expressed interest in the clerk position and that is Theresa Tharan.
NORTHWEST MINNESOTA MULTI COUNTY HRA HAS GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE
The Northwest Minnesota Multi County HRA received Housing Preservation Grant (HPA) Program funding from the USDA Rural Development to be used to rehabilitate very low income occupied homes in Polk, Pennington and Red Lake counties. All HPG funds are required to be matched one to one or greater from other funding sources. Applicants must have owned their home for one full year before the time of application, have their property taxes paid and have no liens or judgments against the property. Eligible improvements include, but are not limited to, electrical, plumbing, insulation, roofing, siding and window and door replacement, lead hazard removal. For an application or more information, call the HRA at 218-637-2435 and ask for Ken, John or Tina.
POLK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEET WITH MIDDLE SNAKE TAMARAC WATERSHED
The Middle River Snake Tamarac Watershed board meet with Polk County Commissioners Don Diedrich and Craig Buness to discuss the redistribution on the board. “We met with two commissioners and auditor of Marshall County and board members, it was productive and worked on some issues which will lead to a meeting in Marshall county on April 3 with the watershed board and commissioners from surrounding counties,” said Diedrich. “MCIT will come and provide a leadership conference to deal with issues of open meeting law, data practices and board responsibilities and obligations, I think this is a good step forward to resolve the issues over the many years and we can have a solution.”
WEDNESDAY - MARCH 5, 2014
SCHEURING SPEED SPORTS TO APPEAR AT CHRISTIAN BROTHERS FORD TODAY
The Built Ford Tough Scheuring Speed Sports professional snocross team will be making an appearance at Christian Brothers Ford in Crookston on Wednesday, March 5. The team will be on hand from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. with their Ski-Doo race sleds and team members Tim Tremblay, Robbie Malinoski and Lincoln Lemieux will be signing autographs. Eligible fans who test drive a new Ford F-150 will receive a team prize pack including tickets to the National ISOC races in Glydon on March 7 and 8. Team rider Tim Tremblay opened the season by winning the coveted AMSOIL Dominator race in Duluth and had appeared on the podium in the Pro Open class several times before getting injured but will be traveling with the team for the tour stop in Glyndon. Vermont native, Lincoln Lemieux is currently representing the team on the nation circuit after earning the ride with an impressive Pro Open debut just a few weeks ago. For more information, including racer bios, events schedule and team photos, visit http://www.scheuring-speedsports.com.
Tim Tremblay Robbie Malinoski Lincoln Lemieux
PATRONS OF MID-VALLEY GRAIN COOPERATIVE SHARE IN CHS CASH DISTRIBUTION
Nearly 260 eligible patrons of Mid-Valley Cooperative will share in the distribution of $2 million in cash patronage and equity during 2014 based on business they’ve conducted with the company. “We’re extremely proud that we once again can deliver this important benefit of being part of a cooperative business to our customers and owners,” said Robert Staehnke, general manager. “One of the most important ways we help producers grow is by delivering an economic return on the business they do with Mid-Valley Cooperative. This – along with the quality energy and crop inputs, crop marketing and services we provide year-round – underscores the added value of being a cooperative system owner and customer. “Through their ownership in a cooperative like Mid-Valley Cooperative, not only do they have access to products and services, they also share in our success and that of the integrated CHS system. This enables all of us to invest in the future of our local producers, this business and our community.” Mid-Valley Cooperative is a locally controlled retail division of CHS Inc., the nation’s leading producer-owned cooperative. During 2014, Mid-Valley Cooperative will allocate a total of $2 million in patronage dividends to its eligible customers based on business done Sept. 1, 2012 – Aug. 31, 2013, of which $847,000 is being paid out in cash. Overall, CHS expects to return an estimated $433 million – its second highest return on record -- during its 2014 fiscal year in cash patronage, equity redemptions and dividends paid on preferred stock to about 1,100 eligible cooperatives and more than 50,000 individual members and others in 49 states. CHS net income for its fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2013, was $992.4 million. Patronage is based on business done with CHS during fiscal 2013, while equity redemptions represent retirement of ownership in CHS earned in past years. From its establishment in 1998 through the current distribution, CHS has returned more than $3.5 billion in cash to its owners. If they have not already done so, individuals who have reached age 70 and representatives of the estates of deceased members are encouraged to contact Staehnke and request redemption of their equity. CHS makes equity redemptions to eligible individual direct members throughout the year, based on attaining age 70 or estate retirements, but potentially eligible individuals must initiate contact. CHS Inc. (www.chsinc.com) is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to helping its customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS, a Fortune 100 company, supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.
RIVERVIEW HEALTH LAB IN EAST GRAND FORKS GETS GOLD SEAL APPROVAL
It’s another gold star for RiverView Health’s East Grand Forks Laboratory.
RiverView was recently notified of the Laboratory’s renewal of The Joint
Commission’s highest accreditation – the Gold Seal of Approval. “The Laboratory
received this renewal by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s
national standards for health care quality and safety,’’ said Emily Nelson,
director of laboratory services at RiverView Health. “We’re proud to be
recognized for our commitment to continuing to comply with The Commission’s
state-of-the-art standards, and giving our patients the exceptional care they
deserve.’’ Accreditation is an audit of the actual delivery of critical services
and patient care. It is a continuous process, providing insight into an
organization’s daily operations and systems. The Joint Commission’s
standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the
management of facilities. The standards are developed in consultation with
health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.
RiverView’s gold standard laboratory services in East Grand Forks include Direct Laboratory Access (DLA). DLA is offered for those who desire to further monitor lab values between regular health care provider visits. If individuals have found that their insurance or Medicare coverage does not pay for a screening test or wants testing for a personal condition, Direct Lab Access may offer that option. This service is not a substitute for ongoing health care with a health care provider.
DLA provides patients with the opportunity to take a more active role in health care decisions by enabling individuals to select laboratory testing from a limited test menu.
If you would like more information on DLA or any other services provided at the RiverView East Grand Forks Clinic, call (218) 773-1390 or toll free at (866) 773-1390.
SANDPIPER PIPELINE PROJECT DISCUSSED AND WOULD FOLLOW HIGHWAY 2 THROUGH POLK COUNTY
The Sandpiper Pipeline project by
Enbridge was the topic of a meeting on Monday in Crookston to inform the
community of the project which is seeking to get their permits in order to
transport oil from Tioga, North Dakota to Superior, Wisconsin. Polk County
Commissioner Nick Nicholas attended the meeting as Enbridge is the biggest
taxpayer in the county and a new pipeline would mean more taxes for the county.
“About 80 people attended the meeting which was informational as they are still
in the phase of getting their permits in 2014 and construction would start in
the last quarter of 2014,” said Nicholas. “The project would take all the year
of 2015 and get in service in the first quarter of 2016. In regard to taxes they
are paying $34 million in taxes to Minnesota on the one line and the new line
would bring in another $25 million to the state if everything was improved.”
There were only a couple people from the Crookston area with questions for Enbridge and the state people. A group from the White Earth Indian Reservation attended, and an environmental group from Duluth. If the pipeline goes through the capacity on a daily basis would be 225,000 barrels and if they added pumping stations they could get up to 400,000 barrels. “If you look at what the Bakken is doing out of Tioga with a million barrels so about 40 percent of the oil would transport this way,” added Nicholas.
The pipeline could follow along Highway 2 through Polk County.
POLK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEET AND DISCUSS SEVERAL ITEMS ON TUESDAY
Polk County Commissioners met on
Tuesday and approved changes in the Zoning Ordinances of septic systems upgrades
and parcel size for manufacturing homes going from five acres to three acres.
Commissioner Warren Affeldt opposed the changes as a protest o the pollution
control not being in tune with the rural areas and their problems when it comes
to septic systems.
The commissioners held a discussion with Rob Wagner, Polk County Director of Assessment Services, on a boundary commission plat which was established by state statute in 1990. “The Boundary Commission Plat used to be called the Auditor’s Plat. It is where there may be boundary disputes and questions on the original surveys and this commission is designed to correct these,” said Wagner. “At this point in time it is just a discussion. We have several areas in the county that have come up with discrepancies in land areas and the new methods show the problems when the property may be sold.”
The Commissioners approved a request for Terri Oliver, administrative assistant at Polk County Health, to attend a pubic health preparedness summit in Atlanta, Georgia in April. She will represent the state of Minnesota and Polk-Norman-Mahnomen Community Health Services with a stipend from the Minnesota Department of Health Emergency Preparedness Department to pay for the costs.
Jerry Erickson of Fertile was re-appointed to another term on the Red River Valley Development Association Board of Directors.
POLK COUNTY TRYING TO MEET WITH DNR TO DISCUSS THE AGASSIZ RECREATIONAL TRAIL
The Agassiz Recreational Trail along Highway 102 in Polk County and heads south into Norman and Clay County has issues with landowners along the trail according to Polk County Commissioner Craig Buness. The Agassiz Recreational Trail, known as ART, goes from the corner of Highway 9 and 102 and goes 52 miles south to Ulen. “We have issues with encroachment. The issues are with the north and south trail while drainage is from east to west off the ridge so we have issues with drainage and grazing and CRP which is coming out of production,” said Buness. “The reimbursement rates have not kept up with the activity rates so the three counties joint powers agreement with Polk, Norman, and Clay counties are about $15,000 in the negative in running the trail.” They counties will meet with the Department of Natural Resources to see if they will fund them to meet their needs or the trail will be turned over to the DNR. “We can operate it cheaper than the DNR, but they have to change the funding issues so we are not in the negative over the 22 years,” added Buness. The board has tried to meet with the DNR but the meeting was cancelled due to illness by the DNR staff member.
UMC WESTERN EQUESTRIAN TEAM WRAPS UP REGULAR SEASON WITH A SOLID SHOWING
The University of Minnesota Crookston western equestrian team finished up the
regular-season at University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a show before
participating in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Regional
“This was the last seasonal show for the Golden Eagle Western team and I could
not have asked for better rides,” said UMC assistant coach Kayla Krueger. “I
have watched this team grow into a fantastic group of athletes over this past
season and every rider has really stepped up, making the dynamics of this team
flourish into a team that is bound to be very tough competition for the 2014-15
season. I am very excited to be coaching this group of athletes for a second
season next year and I can’t wait to see what is in store for these Golden
The Golden Eagles opened up the show Saturday on a high note as both Mitzi Marlin (Sr., Nowthen, Minn.) and Caitlin Kelley (Sr., White Bear Lake, Minn.) competed with each other in a very competitive Reining class. Both girls competed on the same horse and rode fantastic patterns. Marlin notched a third-place finish, while Caitlin tallied a fourth-place finish.
Second to compete on the day was Jenna Podnar (Sr., Luxemburg, Wis.), who went into her Advanced Horsemanship class with a goal to qualify for regionals and she accomplished her goal for the days. Podnar came away with a first-place finish in a very tough group of competitors.
Sophomores Amanda Guimont (Nowthen, Minn.) and Chloe Nelson (Little Falls, Minn.) went head-to-head, competing for first imte against each other in their Advanced Horsmenaship Division. The duo could not have performed better as Guimont rode to a first-place finish while Nelson followed close behind with a second-place finish. Both girls were extremely happy with their rides.
Shannon Salm (Jr., Larsen, Wis.) was also looking to qualify for IHSA Regionals out of her Novice division, which she easily obtained with an impressive third-place finish.
Freshman Jenny Tack (St. Bonifacius, Minn.) put together an incredible ride in Saturday’s show, as well, continuing her success from her last show at River Falls. Tack finished with a first-place finish in a very large group of competitors. The last rider of the day was Randi Bethel (Fr., Cedar, Minn.), who was just two points shy of qualifying for the IHSA Regionals. Bethel rode well with a fourth-place finish which was enough to send her on to the Regional Championships.
Sunday’s show was a challenge for the Golden Eagles but also included several highs for Minnesota Crookston riders. Nelson and Salm both competed in the Semifinals of the Novice Horsemanship division. Both riders had excellent patterns in which they earned a call back to the Finals in that division. Nelson had a challenging horse for her ride. Nelson took everything in stride, however, and rode to a sixth-place finish in the finals. Salm had a very high degree of difficult and completed her pattern with extreme confidence and precision. She finished with a second-place finish out of 15 competitors. Salm will move on to the Zone 7, Region 3 Semifinals in Canyon, Texas on the campus of West Texas A&M University March 29 and 30.
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