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FRIDAY - FEBRUARY 23,  2018

AINSLEY BOUCHER RETURNING TO NATIONAL SPELLING BEE COMPETITION IN MAY

Crookston’s local spelling celebrity, Ainsley Boucher, is headed back to the National Spelling Bee competition, after winning the Multi-Regional State Spelling Bee competition in Fergus Falls on Tuesday, February 20.  Boucher said she was excited to hear she would be returning to the National Spelling Bee because, “It was really fun last year, so I’m really glad I can go back. The spelling bee is for fifth grade through eighth grade, so this is the last year I can compete. I’m really glad I made it, because I can’t go again after this year,” said Boucher, who is looking forward to the next level. “The spelling itself, and hopefully, some of the friends that I made there last year make it back this year, too. I like the hotel, and everything about D.C.”
As for her free time, she said, “I like my orchestra time – I play violin in Grand Forks and here at school. I also play the saxophone in band here at school. I like reading a lot, and that helps with spelling. And I study spelling, too. I’m in figure skating here in Crookston, so I’m looking forward to Dreams on Ice this spring.”
Ainsley will compete at the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee, held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland from May 29-31, 2018.

 

 

 

CROOKSTON PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVES CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT, CONSIDERS GATEWAY OVERLAY DISTRICTS

The Crookston Planning Commission met this week and reviewed a request from Polk County Environmental Services for a Conditional Use Permit to rebuild a new facility on the same lot that the current one sits on. Crookston Building Inspector, Matt Johnson, explained why the Conditional Use Permit was necessary in this case, calling it, "basically just a formality. We didn’t have a Conditional Use Permit on file; either it wasn’t a requirement back when they opened the facility, or it was overlooked, so we just had to get that paperwork cleaned up. There is no issue involved, and there was very little discussion before the Commission approved it and the City Council will review it on the 26.”
The second item discussed at the meeting was the establishment of Gateway Overlay Districts, which are intended to promote high quality development at major entryways into the city, and within commercial districts, and help to promote positive first impressions, service emerging neighborhoods and commercial districts, and promote traffic and pedestrian use of the areas. “This is something that was in the Comprehensive Plan, and has been discussed in the past several meetings. There was some discussion on how this might affect development, so we’re going to go back to a clean slate and work our way forward from that. An overlay district defines a setback from a right-of-way, and overlays a zoning district. There are some additional regulations that help to maintain the gateways into the community, provide aesthetic value, and provide more uniformity,” Johnson explained. “Obviously this would affect new uses or changes of use along the Gateway districts, but would not affect existing businesses. It can involve beautification, landscaping, building materials used, and so on, but that hasn’t been identified yet. The discussion is going to continue for several more meetings, and will probably have a public input session at some point, before it is sent to the City Council.”

 

 

 

RIVERVIEW HEALTH WELCOMES PEDIATRICIAN/SLEEP SPECIALIST TO MEDICAL STAFF

RiverView Health is pleased to welcome Arveity Setty, MD, to its medical staff.  Dr. Setty is a pediatrician, and also specializes in sleep medicine. Along with seeing children for well child exams and other needs, Dr. Setty will oversee RiverView’s Sleep Center.
A graduate of JJM Medical College, Davangere, Karnataka India, Dr. Setty did pediatric residencies in Flint, MI, and Kolar, India. He also did a sleep medicine fellowship at Cincinnati (OH) Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Sleep Medicine.
To make an appointment with Dr. Setty, call RiverView’s North Clinic at 218-281-9595.

Dr. Arveity Setty, who specializes in both pediatrics and sleep medicine, recently joined the medical staff at RiverView Health

 

 

 

HIGHLAND FAMILY NIGHT IS FEBRUARY 27TH

Highland School Family Night will be held on Tuesday, February 27 from 5:30-7:15 p.m.  Doors will open for registration at 5:15 p.m., and a free meal will be served from 5:30-6:00 p.m.
From 6-7:00 p.m. each family will have the opportunity to rotate to three different education sessions, each 20 minutes long. Some of the optional sessions include: What Happens in a Car Crash; The Joybirds; Creative Ways to Complete the 20 Minutes of Reading Expectation & Practice Math Facts; Tai Chi Movements and Guided Meditation; How We Guide and Teach Kids to Self Regulate; Awesome Pencil, Pen and Ink Tips and Techniques; Questions and Answers with the School Resource Officer, Don Rasicot; Math Games Using a Deck of Cards; Helium Balloon Suspension; Family, Food & Fun; Believing in Your Dreams; Reading at Home; and Websites and Apps to Use at Home.
Door prizes will be awarded at 7:15 p.m. – you must be present to win.

 

 

 

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION TO BE HELD AT UMC

It’s an evening celebrating Chinese culture, language, games, and a meal featuring authentic Chinese cuisine taking place on February 24, 2018, at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Events begin in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center at 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. All activities and performances are free and the meal is available for $8.75 per person.
Activities begin at 4 p.m. including calligraphy, chess, mask painting, traditional clothing, and Asian snacks.  A dinner will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Brown Dining Room and feature egg drop soup (jidantang), lo mien (chaomian), stir fry (gaijiaofan), and fried rice (chaofan). To conclude the evening, there will be performances, games, and door prizes to be given away throughout the evening.
The celebration is made possible through support from International Programs, Sodexo, Confucius Institute, and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Programs at
UMC.

 

 

 

THURSDAY - FEBRUARY 22,  2018

CROOKSTON SCHOOL DISTRICT RESPONDS TO AND PUNISHES STUDENT AFTER SOCIAL MEDIA POST

The Crookston School District sent out an instant alert to families of the district on Thursday morning after an inappropriate posting by a Crookston High School student on Snapchat.  Crookston School District Superintendent Chris Bates said, "The situation was investigated jointly by the Crookston Police Department and the school.  No credible threats to students or staff were discovered, appropriate discipline was applied, and at no time has safety been compromised."
The student has been disciplined appropriately by the school.

There is a rumor on social media that a girl came into the office and threatened to shoot up the school.   Crookston High School Administration said the rumor is 100% NOT TRUE.  The only threat to the school, came through social media over the four day weekend.


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UMC TO HOST THE ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL DINNER SERIES AT UMC

Delight in the taste and culture of countries around the world through the annual International Dinners Series at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The 2018 series highlights the Hmong, Cayman, and Zimbabwe cultures, and concludes with the International Dinner Finale.
The dinners are scheduled for Monday, March 5, Monday, March 19, and Monday, March 26, with the finale on Wednesday, April 4. All dinners begin at 6 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For tickets and information, contact Rae French at 218-281-8339 (rfrench.umn.edu). Tickets are limited and a savings is available when purchasing tickets for the entire series.
Individual tickets for adults: $20 for meals in March and $25 for the final International Dinner on April 4; Individual tickets for students: $10 meals in March; $15 for the final International Dinner in April; Series tickets: Complete ticket set for all 4 meals are $75 for adults; Students (18 and under) are $65.

These dinners are family friendly and a highlight for people interested in culture, musical entertainment, and cuisine.

Monday, March 5, “I am Hmong, so Where Am I Really From?” Featuring Henry Soung, who is from St. Paul, Minn., and a senior majoring in communication; starting at 6 p.m.

Monday, March 19, Grand Cayman Islands, “Cayman Style: A Taste of Paradise,” featuring April Ebanks-Agurci, a freshman majoring in elementary education would love to share a bit about retirement and tourism in the Caymans; starting at 6 p.m.

Monday, March 26, “Legends and Culture of Zimbabwe,” featuring presenter, Marshall Mbanga, a freshman majoring in information technology management.  He will share his love for his country and its legends and the world of soccer; starting at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 4, Final International Dinner- starting at 5 p.m. with booth displays in the Northern Lights Lounge followed by the International Dinner and Show at 6 p.m. 

The dinner series concludes with dances, singing, instruments, and more. There will be booths on display, food from several countries, and international student performances. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
The International Dinner Series is a longstanding tradition at UMC and highlights the culture and cuisine of selected countries annually. To learn more about international programs, visit 
www.umcrookston.edu/international.

 

 

 

OWNERS CONFIRM THAT COFE' IS FOR SALE

If you spend any of your free time looking through the listings on the website Craig’s List, you may have come across an intriguing listing for a coffee shop and restaurant for sale right here in Crookston.
Dawn Bjorgo, the owner of Cofe’ confirmed that she has, indeed, listed her business for sale, and explained why the time seemed right to do so, saying, "I’m excited about it, and I think it could be a real positive thing for Crookston, too. From the start, I always thought I would work at this for about five years, and then I knew that would put me at retirement. I plan to retire in November, although I won’t completely retire; I’ll always do something – some little thing, but no stress! That’s my plan, so that’s why I am looking at putting Cofe’ up for sale now. It gives me some time, I’ve done the groundwork, and hopefully, somebody young and ambitious will take it over and rock it and shake it.”
Bjorgo said she has already had some inquiries, and feels that the right owners could take the 5-year old, well-established business and really put their own spin on it. "I’ve had a few people look, and I’m excited about that, because they are the type of people who I’m excited to have take over and do some real positive things. If I were ten years younger, I would have thought about putting some of those things in place. I just hope it makes a positive impact; there are certainly some things you could do to help make nights better.”

 

 

 

McDonald School of Irish and International Dance to Perform at the Carnegie Building

Enjoy an afternoon focused on Ireland when the McDonald School of Irish and International Dance performs on Sunday, February 25. The performance is at 3:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Building located at 120 North Ash Street in Crookston. A lecture and demonstration will include an opportunity for the audience to participate.  After the performance, there will be Irish treats served. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.
The McDonald School of Irish and International Dance located in Fargo, N.D., and Maureen McDonald-Hins is the executive director. The mission of the school is to provide a communication bridge crossing cultural and ethnic diversity through the art of dance.
The performance is sponsored by the Academic Success Center and Concerts & Lectures at UMC.


        McDonald School of Irish and International Dance

 

 

WEDNESDAY - FEBRUARY 21,  2018

CROOKSTON'S AINSLEY BOUCHER WINS STATE SPELLING BEE AND WILL HEAD BACK TO NATIONALS

Crookston High School eighth grader, Ainsley Boucher, is advancing back to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington DC after she won the state spelling bee.  Irides was the winning word and we will have more on the story soon.


Ainsley Boucher at the Crookston School District Spelling Bee competition

 

 

POLK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS LOOKING AT LICENSE CENTER, LOOKING LIKE IT WILL BE PRIVATELY RUN

Polk County Commissioners met on Tuesday and had a discussion on the future of the county license center.  Privatization of the center is the main topic of discussion.  Michelle Cote, Polk County Property Records Director provided the board with the information.  “As part of the 2018 budget process we began the discussion on whether we wanted to continue to offer the service to the resident, the county is not statutorily required to offer the service,  the discussion has always been under the budget,   financial  information and  transactions were presented  for discussion only,” said Cote.  “The city of Crookston was given the option first if they were interested and they said no, so then it has moved forward with good questions today and several topics including employees.  They (the commissioners) were not asked for a decision today.”  
The Department of Public Safety has said the county or city has the first right to the license center. “Once those entities have declined then it becomes a discussion for the private sector,” said Cote.  “The state has a host of criteria to make sure the area can sustain a private deputy and a clear-cut process for a deputy, the county is not looking to leave the Crookston area without this service.”  The board will gather more information before making a final decision.  The commissioners approved advertising for a human resource generalist.  

They approved final payment to Davidson Construction of Newfolden of $288,355.78 for four road projects completed last fall.   
There is still time for residents to comment on Enbridge Line 3, according to Polk County Administrator Chuck Whiting.  The line 3 environmental statement has been drafted by the state and the Public Utilities Commission has another comment period open until Tuesday, February 27 and the statement is available at the Crookston Public Library for anyone who wants to see it and make a comment.   
A new email message archiver will be purchased for $13,500 from Intradyn in Mendota Heights, Minnesota.

 

 

CROOKSTON PARK BOARD NAMES THE PARK ON SIXTH STREET AND LOOK OVER THE STRATEGIC PLAN

The Crookston Park Board met on Tuesday afternoon and looked over the Park and Recreation strategic plan and named the park on Sixth Street.

The first item for discussion was looking over the strategic plan.  Several minor changes to wording was made, but nothing major.  It was also discussed that the board members should tour the bigger facilities like the Crookston Sports Center, Highland Complex and the parks before they solidify the strategic plan.  “We came up with a plan a couple years ago as a park board and we wanted to introduce it to everyone,” said Crookston Park and Rec Director, Scott Riopelle. “We will meet next month and go over it a little more and try to clean it up a little bit and put some of our wish lists and be a guide for the future of Park and Rec.”

The naming of the Sixth Street park was on the agenda and since most people know the area as the landslide area, the board unanimously agreed that the park at Sixth Street should be called the Landslide Park.  “It was determined, Landslide Park,” said Riopelle. “That’s what everybody knows it and the Park Board thought it would be fitting.  We want to draw people to it and it is a beautiful park.  There were some initial paths put in, the trees are starting to develop and hopefully we can add some trails down the water and maybe a fishing pier and a water access.”

The Park and Rec department has been busy this winter.  “We have had a number of activities, either at the CSC (Crookston Sports Center) or the parks.  We have a lot of snow to move and we are taking care of a lot of trails,” said Riopelle.  Crookston hosted the Section 8AA Girls Hockey Championship last week with Brainard/Little Falls beating Roseau in triple overtime and the city received a email expressing their gratitude from one of the coaches, who said Crookston did a great job hosting the game.

The Crookston Park and Rec will be hosting a family fun night at Central Park on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8:00 p.m.  “We will have the skating trail open, we will have a bonfire with the help of the Crookston Fire Department,” said Riopelle. “We will have some hot chocolate and cookies and the sliding hill.  We invite everyone to Central Park.”

 

 

CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL SPEECH TEAM COMPETES IN GRAND FORKS

On Friday, February 16 the Crookston Competitive Speech Team returned from the East Grand Forks Speech meet with two first place medals. Merran Dingmann and Zach Sanders won first in Duo Interpretation, and Muira MacRae was first in Discussion. Also medaling were Victoria Proulx with a 3rd place medal in Storytelling, and Katherine Geist with a fifth place medal in Dramatic Interp.
Bailey Bradfo
rd and Ben Brantner both earned blue ribbons in Creative Interp, while red ribbons were earned by Emily Gillette in Dramatic Interp, and by Linnea French, Zara Baig, and Victoria Proulx in Humor.
Others competing in East Grand Forks were Evan Christensen and George French in Duo, George French in Humor and Emma Sherman in Informative. 

The Crookston Speech Team will be hosting a JV Speech meet at the High School on Thursday, February 22.   Their next varsity competition is on February 24 in Bemidji.

 

 

 

TUESDAY - FEBRUARY 20,  2018

Alarms.org names Crookston 11th Safest City in Minnesota

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, Alarms.org has done it for us.  After the City of Crookston missed the top 20 safest cities in a poll by a different company (one we made last year), a different entity said Crookston is still one of the top 20 safest cities in Minnesota.
Alarms.org is the official site of the National Council for Home Safety and Security. On Alarms.org, consumers find important research, articles, reports, and everything else they need to know about home security and safety. The National Council for Home Safety and Security is a national trade association comprised of licensed alarm installers, contractors, and trade groups across the United States.
To identify the safest cities in Minnesota, Alarms.org reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with population data and internal research. They eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000.
The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, they moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.

The top 20 Safest Cities in Minnesota 2017
1. Shoreview
2.
 White Bear Township
3.
 Arden Hills
4.
 Vadnais Heights
5.
 Little Canada
6.
 Orono
7.
 Cold Spring/Richmond
8.
 Minnetrista
9.
 Montevideo
10.
 Wyoming
11. Crookston
12.  West Hennepin
13.
  Farmington
14.
  Glencoe
15.
  South Lake Minnetonka
16.
  Jordan
17.
  Centennial Lakes
18.
  Chaska
19.
  Northfield
20.
 
Lino Lakes
You can view the remaining 30 of the top 50 cities at this link:
www.alarms.org/the-safest-cities-in-minnesota-2017

 

 


KIWANIS HELPING HANDS BUILDERS CLUB IS HOLDING A TULIP SALE FUNDRAISER

The Kiwanis Helping Hands Builders Club at Crookston High School is currently holding a Tulip Sale fundraiser. All proceeds from the sale will help to fund activities for the club. You can help the club to continue building leaders by ordering tulips now. Cost is $10 per bunch of 10 tulip stems, which will be ready for pickup at Montague’s Flower Shop on Thursday, March 29 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. There is an additional $5 charge if you would like Montague’s to arrange the tulips in a vase, and an additional $4 charge if you would like delivery.
Call 218-280-2854 to place an order by phone; mail an order to Kiwanis, P.O. Box 304, Crookston, MN 56716; or place an order through any Kiwanis member.

 

 

 

Scooby Doo Themed Carnival for Kids on Friday, February 23 at the UMC

It will be a fun-filled late afternoon for children. All area children are invited to a Scooby Doo-themed carnival featuring activities for those 2 to 8 years old on Friday, February 23, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. This event is free and open to the public and parking permits are not required.
Children will enjoy prizes, treats, crafts, and a wide variety of activities centered on the theme. The event is sponsored by Student Programming and Activities for Campus Entertainment (SPACE).

 

 

 

 

MONDAY - FEBRUARY 19,  2018

CROOKSTON mAN INJURED IN SNOWMOBILE ACCIDENT AT HIGHWAY 2 AND 75 BYPASS

The Polk County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call in reference to a snowmobile accident near the Highway 2 and Highway 75 bypass on Saturday evening.  The caller said there was one injury.  Brady Love, 18 years old of rural Crookston, was transported to the Riverview ER in Crookston with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
The Sheriff's office, Minnesota State Patrol, Crookston Police, and Crookston Area Ambulance responded.  The accident remains under investigation by PCSO, and no further information will be released at this time.

 

 

 

The National Grocers Association Honors Kristi Magnuson Nelson with Top Award

The National Grocers Association (NGA) recognized industry leaders with top awards during the 2018 NGA Show in Las Vegas.  The Women Grocers of America (WGA) presented the Women of the Year Award to Kristi Magnuson Nelson, President and CEO of Hugo’s Family Marketplace. Kristi grew up working in the family grocery business in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Since taking on the lead position of the family business, Kristi has lead Hugo’s expansion to include a total of ten grocery stores located in Grand Forks, East Grand Forks, Crookston, Thief River Falls, Jamestown, Grafton and Park Rapids and five liquor stores located in Grand Forks, East Grand Forks, Jamestown and Grafton. Kristi has been awarded the National Grocers Association Spirit of American Award, as well as the North Dakota Grocer of the Year Award. She was named one of Prairie Business Magazine’s Top 25 Women in Business in 2016.
“Congratulations to Kristi, who has proven herself to be a true leader throughout her career in the food industry,” said NGA President and CEO Peter Larkin. “Her vision and leadership have been an integral part of the success of Hugo’s Family Marketplace, and she is a steadfast champion for the independent supermarket industry.”
The Woman of the Year Award recipient must exemplify the true characteristics of a leader with passion for the independent grocery industry. Recipients are strategic thinkers, standout representatives within their company or organization, and have the perseverance to face almost any challenge presented to them.


    Kristi Magnuson Nelson

 

 

 

WEST POLK SWCD HAS WATER TESTING KITS AVAILABLE TO PUBLIC

West Polk Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has partnered with RMB Environmental Labs of Detroit Lakes, MN to provide a convenient and reliable way for anyone in the public to test your water to ensure your water is safe from bacteria, nitrates, arsenic, lead, fluoride and secondary contaminants.
The easy process begins with picking up a water testing kit at the West Polk Soil & Water Conservation District office at 528 Strander Avenue in Crookston, then collecting your water sample and returning it to the SWCD office the same day with payment.
Nicole Berndt, District Manager of the West Polk SWCD said providing the water testing service is another way for the SWCD to reach out to their constituents to provide information and assistance. “We’re glad to be doing this. It’s another opportunity for the District to reach out to the public, provide that service to the public, and let them know that not only can they come here to the office for their water testing, but have other information here that might help with some other questions,” she said. “We have already received some questions about radon and radon testing, so we’ve been channeling those phone calls and letting people know who and where to call for more information. Sometimes people want to talk about trees, or buffer zones or well testing. For us, it opens the door even more to the public to help, and to let them know what type of services and information we can offer.”
The water testing kits can be picked up anytime between 8am and 4:30pm Monday-Friday at the SWCD office at 528 Strander Avenue.  Water samples need to be dropped back off at the office before 10:00 a.m. Monday-Thursday for the courier pickup. Average costs are only 12 to 27 dollars per test, and results are typically sent within two to three business days.
Periodically testing your water makes sense if you live on a farm or rural setting, and get your water from a well, according to the City of Crookston Public Works Director, Pat Kelly. He said that the practice is not really necessary if you live in the city, as the water supply is constantly monitored to meet MN Department of Health standards. “If you’re on a well, I think it makes sense on a periodic basis – maybe annually, to have your water checked. But we’re well monitored through the Department of Health, and sample our water monthly to meet all of the requirements of the Department of Health has for us, so as far as individuals sampling the water within the community, it’s not really necessary,” said Kelly.
Crookston’s annual water quality report is available online. You can click on this link: http://www.crookston.mn.us/ns/sites/default/files/2016-water-ccr_0.pdflink

 

 

UMC JUNIOR "MAZIE" PINI COMBINES RIDING SKILLS WITH LOVE OF ANIMALS

For University of Minnesota Crookston Junior Nannette “Mazie” Pini, riding is second nature and riding competitively is something she has enjoyed since she was an early teen. Pini had two primary selection criteria for a college: she wanted to attend a college with a hunt seat team and one with a major in animal science that would lead to her goal to study veterinary medicine. The University of Minnesota Crookston offered both.
Our news director, Kristi Thorfinnson had an opportunity to sit down with Pini, and learned that although Pini grew up with horses, their small farm was home to llamas as well and her mother has trained dogs, horses, and even mountain lions. "Different types of animals have been in my life since I can remember, and I love them, and want to continue working with them,” she explained.
While she loves both western and hunt seat riding disciplines, she finds hunt seat to be more challenging, and explained, “There are two parts to hunt seat; ground work and jumping. Not everybody does both, but I do both flat work and jumping. I want to say that western is a more relaxed discipline – at least that is how I grew up knowing it. But they mostly do flat work, so they don’t go over any jumps.”
Her competitive spirit took her all the way to nationals last year as a sophomore and Pini has her eye set on returning. Since those competing at the nationals use the host school's horses, rather than bringing in a horse they are familiar with riding, the competition really tests a riders skills. “You can watch the horses warm up. If you get there early enough, you’ll see the nametags on each horse’s saddle pad, along with a description sheet of all the horses, giving you some of the horse’s traits, like if it’s really fast, or lazy. You get the chance to watch the horse warm up with a different rider, then when it’s your turn, you basically pick a name out of a hat, and whichever horse you pick is the one you’re riding. You don’t have any previous riding experience with that horse, it’s just a blind draw and you get on and go. It’s really what makes the sport,” she explained.
Pini said it seems the more she knows about animals—inside and out—the more she knows she belongs in the field. “I think there is a certain instinct related to working with animals that comes when you focus 100 percent on the animal and watch how it is responds to a given situation,” she explains. “You have to be in charge all the time and that requires your full attention.”
Job shadowing equine and small animal veterinarians and volunteering at a big cat sanctuary near her hometown of Grayslake, Ill., have helped prepare her for her college career and beyond. As one might expect, one day Pini would like to have her own veterinary practice, but for now, her focus is on competing again at nationals, and continuing to take advantage of every opportunity to help her prepare for graduate school and her future as a doctor of veterinary medicine.

 

 

CELTIC MUSIC PERFORMANCE BY HANNEKE CASSEL BAND AT UMC

A Celtic music performance by Hanneke Cassel with Mike Block and Keith Murphy will take place on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. Admission is $3 per person and U of M Crookston students and children under 12 are free. Parking is recommended in Lot G near the Kiehle Building and no parking permits are required.
Boston-based fiddler Hanneke Cassel is a performer, teacher and composer who has graced stages across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Her music is a blend of the contemporary and traditional. Her style fuses influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island with Americana grooves and musical innovations, creating a cutting-edge acoustic sound that retains the integrity and spirit of the Scottish tradition. She has released six albums. The most recent, Trip to Walden Pond (April 2017) features traditional Scottish and Cape Breton tunes and seventeen new pieces composed in the Scottish idiom.
The Hanneke Cassel Band features Mike Block on cello/vocals and Keith Murphy on guitar/vocals. Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, singer, composer, and educator who is part of the Grammy Award winning Silk Road Ensemble, a graduate of the Juilliard School, and an Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music. Newfoundland-born guitarist Keith Murphy began absorbing his native musical languages – folksongs, ballads and dance music – from an early age. A proficient multi-instrumentalist, he has long applied considerable energy to the rhythmic side of music, becoming a valued band member and highly sought-after sideman on guitar, mandolin and foot percussion.
The performance is sponsored by the Study Abroad Program and the Academic Success Center.
Learn more at www.hannekecassel.com.


           Hanneke Cassel with Mike Block and Keith Murphy

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY - FEBRUARY 17,  2018

NORTHWEST MINNESOTA IN A WINTER ADVISORY SUNDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON

Crookston and all of far Northwestern Minnesota is included in a Winter Weather Advisory from 5:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday. 
Snow and blowing snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are expected. Locally higher snow totals are possible in between Grand Forks and Fargo.  The advisory includes portions of northwest Minnesota and northeast and southeast North Dakota.
Plan on slippery road conditions. In addition, areas of poor visibility are likely. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow and blowing snow means periods of snow and blowing snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

 


 

 

 
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