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THURSDAY - MARCH 5,  2015

CROOKSTON UNITED WAY REACHES GOAL OF $175,000

The United Way of Crookston would like to officially announce that they met the goal of $175,000. “We will now be able to invest in local programs that support Education, Income Stability, Health, and basic needs,” said Katya Zepeda, Crookston United Way Executive Director. “THANK YOU for LIVING UNITED!”


Pictured L to R: Katya Zepeda, Executive Director; Sarah Reese, Board Member; Kari Moe, Board Member; Mary Cavalier, Board Member; Nell Deboer, Vice Chair; Stacey Bruggeman, Campaign Co-chair.

 

 

 

CROOKSTON SPECIAL OLYMPICS BASKETBALL TEAM WRAPS UP ANOTHER SEASON

The Crookston Special Olympic Basketball team took second place in its division in February’s Grand Forks/East Grand Forks Invitational Tournament. The team beat the Grand Forks Coyotes in the first round, but lost to the Devils Lake Polar Bears in the championship game.

UMC also hosted the Team February 20 as part of the annual Special Olympics Fundraiser. The Special Olympics team played staff and students during half-time of the women’s basketball game that evening. Thank you to the UMC Athletic Department, students, fans, athletes and faculty for another successful event.

The team would like to thank Ron Amiot for donating the proceeds from the 2014 Annual Hoover Hacker Golf Tournament; that money was used for the purchase of new uniforms. Thank you, also, to the Crookston Kiwanis Club for the donation used toward paying for practice time at the Crookston Armory, and to the Crookston Youth Basketball Association for the donation of new basketballs. We appreciate your generosity and support!

The team is coached by volunteer Jeff Durbin. For more information on Crookston’s Special Olympics Program, contact volunteer coordinators Bill and Holly Anderson at 218-988-2010.


   The 2014-2015 Crookston Special Olympics Basketball team

 

 

UMC JAZZ BAND TO HOST THE SPRING SWING FLING ON SATURDAY, MARCH 7

Put on your dancing shoes and join the University of Minnesota Crookston Jazz Band, under the direction of TJ Chapman, as they perform music from the 20s, 30s, and 40s on Saturday, March 7. The “Spring Swing Fling” begins at 7:00 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center and everyone is invited. Admission is free and dancing is encouraged but not required.


 

 

TIME FOR NURSING STUDENTS TO APPLY FOR THE MARCELLA ARNOLD NURSING SCHOLARSHIP

Nursing School students in their final year are asked to apply for the Marcella Arnold Nursing Scholarship.  The applicant must be a nursing student in an associate or baccalaureate degree school of nursing or prior to the start of an LPN 
program. The scholarship is designed to help fund the final year. The 
scholarship can be used for tuition, books, laboratory or similar fees.
Applicants must be eligible to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars or Ladies Auxiliary, or a child or grandchild of a Veterans of Foreign Wars or Ladies Auxiliary member. Applications are available from local Marcella Arnold Chairman Twylla Altepeter at The Fertile Journal, 945-6120, or evenings at 281-6582 or from the Ladies Auxiliary VFW, Department of Minnesota. An official transcript from the school is necessary for the application to be processed. A letter of recommendation from the academic advisor or nursing instructor is required. Students must apply in the spring prior to their final year of nursing school. Return the completed application, financial statement, transcripts and letter of recommendation must be sent to Ladies Auxiliary VFW, Department of Minnesota, Veterans Service Building, 20 West 12th St., 
Floor 3, St. Paul, MN 55155.
The scholarship recipients will be notified by personal contact or by mail of the amount of the scholarship. The recipient of the scholarship will be given an opportunity to help veterans by practicing at a Veterans Administration Medical Center or a Veterans Home.
For more information, call Jamie Cassavant at 218-281-2047 or Pam DeLage at 218-281-5546 for more information.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY - MARCH 4,  2015

CROOKSTON SCHOOL DISTRICT SAFETY TOWN PROGRAM IS BACK

Safety Town will be held this summer after taking a year off because the school district was renovating all the school buildings last summer.  Safety Town will be held the first week of June with a morning and afternoon session.   “Last year we did not have Safety Town due to the renovations so this year we are going to offer it to kindergarten students this year that did not go last summer and also to the children who will start kindergarten in the fall,” said Community Education Director Denice Oliver.  The program is a three hour a day program for one week with two sessions.  The Crookston Police Department help with safety town, which is held in the Washington School gymnasium.  The gym is transformed into a town for the children to learn about bike and bus safety, pedestrian safety, playground safety and all the issues dealing with safety.”
The fee for Safety Town is $20 and includes the course, snack and t-shirt.  Register by calling Washington School at 281-5078.

 

 

CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL'S CADEN BRULEY IS ONE OF THE MINNESOTA SEMIFINALISTS TO COMPETE IN STATE GEOGRAPHY BEE

Crookston High School's Caden Bruley, son of Nick and Stefnie Bruley, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that  he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2015 Minnesota National Geographic State Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. The contest will be held at St. Cloud State University on Friday, March 27, 2015.
This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 27 year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state Bees.
Each state champion will receive $100, the “National Geographic Atlas of the World, 10th Edition,” a medal, and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 11-13, 2015. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the Society.  The national champion will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands, where he/she will experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the islands’ unique wildlife and landscapes. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee for more information on the National Geographic Bee.
National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the 2015 National Geographic Bee Championship final round, moderated by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, on Friday, May 15, at 8:00 p.m. ET. The final round will be aired later on public television stations. Check local television listings for air date and time in your area.

How would you fare as a Bee contestant? At the school Bees this year, students had to answer such questions as:

Six-time Super Bowl champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers, play football near the source of the Ohio River in which state—Alabama or Pennsylvania?   Pennsylvania

Balboa Park, with more than ten museums, performing arts centers, and gardens, is located in which southern California city?   San Diego

Taylor Swift performed songs from her album Red last summer in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of which Asian country that borders the South China Sea?   Malaysia

Disney’s blockbuster movie Frozen is set in the fictional land of Arendelle, which was largely inspired by the country of Norway. Norway is located on which European peninsula?  Scandinavian Peninsula

 

 

 

POLK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS PASS A MOTION TO APPROVE THE SALE OF LAND TO THE DNR

The Polk County Commissioners passed a motion, at their meeting on Tuesday, to approve the acquisition and pending sale from Keith Danks, Sr. of 554 acres of land along with 118 acres of Crystal Lake to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  The DNR wants create a public use waterway, which includes a public access according to DNR staff Ross Heir and Emily Hutchins, which they want to be a non-motorized lake to minimize any environment impact. “The commissioners need an appraisal to be done and the motion means they can continue in the process,” said Michelle Cote, Polk County Recorder.  “It also includes a payment in lieu of taxes as the property would no longer be taxable.” The purchase is for one tract of land owned by Keith Danks, Sr. with an estimated market value of $728,810.87.  

The board approved the hiring of Brad Driscoll as shop foreman at the highway department to replace retiring Jerry Kovar.  

The county facilities department purchased three used vehicles for their use, a 2008 Trailblazer was purchased from the Sheriff’s office for $5,704.00, a 2008 Chevy pickup was purchased from the highway department for $11,000 and a 203 Chevy pickup was purchased from the highway department for $5,000.


 

 

COUNTIES OF POLK, RED LAKE AND PENNINGTON GETTING CLOSER TO HAVING ONE WATERSHED AND ONE PLAN

One watershed and one plan involving the counties of Polk, Red Lake and Pennington is moving forward as Polk County Commissioners appointed five citizens to serve on the committee to make the plan a reality.  “All the public entities that deal with land use and water control have to produce a water control plan and updated every 10 years.  It has been redundant as we have had the same plan organized and put together by each group and this is an effort to have one plan put together so all entities can use it with the Red Lake Watershed District in Thief River Falls with the lead,” said Polk County Commissioner Don Diedrich.  They will have a kickoff meeting on March 18 with and advisory panel to provide local input on the projects.  Polk County appointed John Baird, Randy Driscoll, Brian Love, Kevin Krueger and Dennis Goodyke of Crookston.


 


THE CROOKSTON NOON DAY LIONS CLUB DISPLAYING THE POLARIS RANGER THAT IS BEING RAFFLED OFF AT CROOKSTON NATIONAL BANK

The Polaris Ranger is currently displayed at Crookston National Bank during March.  Raffle Tickets for the Polaris Ranger as the Grand Prize, $500 second prize and $250 prize are available at Crookston National Bank.  In addition tickets can be purchased at the following local businesses: Titan Machinery, Hugo’s, Bremer Bank, American Federal Bank, Crookston National Bank, Ampride, Willow & Ivy, Four Seasons Clothing, Montague's Flower Shop, and City Hall as well as from the members of the Crookston Noon Day Lions Club.
The Crookston Noon Day Lions Club signature project will ultimately lead to the creation of a mobile event stage. Crookston is currently host to many outdoor events each year including: Ox Cart Days, Crazy Days, Nite to Unite, Cornstalk Jamboree and more. The mobile stage will also allow for additional events to blossom in the future. These events improve the quality of life for residents and provide a positive economic impact for the local economy. The goal is to raise $25,000 for this project.


Crookston National Bank's Adam Maruska, Judy Kerr and Jim Ingman.

 

 

UMC FIFTH ANNUAL JUSTIN KNEBEL MEMORIAL ICE FISHING TOURNAMENT RAISES OVER $7,000 FOR THE JUSTIN KNEBEL SCHOLARSHIP

The University of Minesota Crookston held the 5th Annual Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament last month at Zippel Bay Report on Lake of the Woods in Williams. The Golden Eagles raised their best total since starting the Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Tournament five years ago, as they raised over $7,000. With the support the event has received over the years, UMC is close to endowing a scholarship in the name of Justin Knebel.

Results of the Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament included first fish caught, Alex Koephet; largest walleye, Isaac Perala; largest northern, Marcie Wallace; largest sauger, Adam Roerish; largest perch, Larry Swenson; largest other species, Ryan Bousrassa. 

A raffle was also held at the event with Bennett Nelson winning the Grand Prize of a Big Bite 2015 Lil’ Skidder Fish House. 

In addition, several other prices were awarded. Justin Paul won a two day, two night fishing trip from Angle Outpost (Angle Inlet, Minn.). Bryce Tiedemann won a one day, four person fish house from Springsteel Resort (Warroad, Minn.). Jason Bailey won a jacuzzi suite at the Super 8 Warroad. Jim Crampton won a Heatmor, Inc. custom fire ring. Holly Gorusch won a UMC Carhart coat. Justin Paul won a $50 Scheels Gift Card. Troy Foss won a Northern Lights Dentistry teeth whitening package. Janet Olson won a Cabela’s 6x6 portable fish house and Joan Reitmeier won a 2016 Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Ticket.

The sponsors for the event were Big Bite Manufacturing, Zippel Bay Resort, and Streiff Sporting Goods in Warroad, Minn. A number of other businesses in Northwest Minnesota support the tournament through the donations of prizes and monetary support.


Background
Justin Knebel, who played basketball for the U of M, Crookston Golden Eagles, grew up in Warroad, Minn., graduating from Warroad High School in 2001. A talented athlete, he lettered in basketball, cross country, and track. After graduation, he attended the University of Minnesota, Crookston where he played basketball as a point guard for the Golden Eagles.

Besides his passion for playing basketball, Knebel loved the Warroad area and outdoor sports in Minnesota, making the ice fishing tournament an apt tribute to the memory of this outstanding student-athlete. For more information on the tournament, visit 
www.umcrookston.edu/justinknebel.

 

 

 

UMC EQUESTRIAN TEAMS BUSY IN COMPETITIONS ALL OVER THE MIDWEST

The University of Minnesota Crookston equestrian teams had a jam-packed weekend with a National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) show against South Dakota State University and Fresno State University and Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) shows at North Dakota State University, including the Regional competition Sunday.

The Golden Eagles’ weekend was highlighted by the team earning Reserve Champion High Point Team in the region. In addition, UMC western riders Chloe Nelson (Jr., Little Falls) and Danielle Schelonka (So., Randall) advanced to the IHSA Semifinals March 21-22 at Eden Park Equestrian Complex in Sunbury, Ohio.  UMC opened up the weekend with both the western and hunt seat teams competing in Brookings, S.D. against South Dakota State and Fresno State. The competition was filled with some very successful rides. 

The Golden Eagles started out the day riding against the Jackrabbits in Equitation over Fences. Anna Ojczyk (Fr., White Bear Lake) had a great round of fences on a tough horse, scoring a 65 to win the match for UMC. All of the other fence rounds were very competitive and all of the riders rode very well.

The second part of the day, the Golden Eagles competed against Fresno State. The freshmen on the hunt seat team represented well. Monika Frame (Fr., Polson, Mont) had a beautiful Equitation on the Flat ride, scoring a 74 against her Fresno State opponent, winning her match. Ojczyk also had a fantastic ride, scoring a 75 to win her match against Fresno State. In Equitation over Fences, 
Sable Bettencourt (Sr., Cloquet) won her round, scoring a 75 and Ojczyk also won her match with a 64.

The UMC western team had impressive scores in Horsemanship against South Dakota State. Shannon Salm (Sr., Larsen, Wis.) had some impressive scores in Horsemanship against the Jackrabbits. Salm won her match with a 70.5 on pattern. Amy Stadtherr (Jr., New Ulm) also had a great ride to beat out her opponent with a score of 70.

The western team also competed against Fresno State Friday in the later afternoon. The Golden Eagles did not win any their horsemanship rides, however scores were very competitive, giving the younger riders a chance to get their feet wet in the pen. 
In Reining against Fresno State, Salm tied with her opponent with a score of 68.

The UMC western team found success on Saturday at North Dakota State. The day started out with Amanda Guimont (Jr., Nowthen, Minn./Agricultural Business) making her debut in the Reining to take second in her section. Salm placed third in a very deep Open Horsemansip class, while Nelson came in fourth in the sam class.

Guimont and Joellen Gonsoir (Fr., Groton, S.D.) also rode against each other in Open Horsemanship. Guimont finished second, while Gonsoir placed third for the Golden Eagles. Stadtherr finished third in her Advanced Horsmenaship division. Schelonka continued on her successful streak thus far in the season to finish second in the Novice division. This allowed her to qualify for regionals the next day.

Kaitlin Van Ruler (Fr., Woodstock) had a fantastic ride to win her Novice class. 
Karcyn Pleune (So., Ada) made her western debut, after riding mostly with the hunt seat team. Pleune placed third in Intermediate Horsemanship. Lastly, Margaret Knowles (So., Bloomington) finished out her season with a strong third place finish in Beginner Horsemanship.

Sunday was a big day for six riders from the western team who made the regional competition. Both 
Amberly Pesall (Jr., New Brighton) and Salm rode in the Open Horsemanship finals. Pesall finished with a strong third place and Salm took seventh with a great ride. Guimont and Nelson rode against each other in Advanced Horsemanship. Guimont finished with a strong fifth place after dealing with a challenging horse. Nelson finished first and will be advancing on to the semifinals. Schelonka also had a strong ride in the preliminaries of her Novice division, which allowed her to make the finals. She placed second in the Novice division and will also be moving on to the semifinals. 

Jenny Tack (So., St. Bonifacius) had a good ride in a deep class of intermediate horsemanship riders. She did not make the finals but is looking to come back even stronger next year as she is very close to pointing out of Novice.

 

 

 

TUESDAY - MARCH 3,  2015

CROOKSTON TOWNSHIP TO MEET MARCH 10

The Crookston Township will have their annual meeting on March 10 at the Valley Technology Park on the UMC campus.  The information below is from Crookston Township Board chairman Dean Adams.

Our annual meeting for Crookston Township is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. on March 10, 2015 at the Valley Technology Park (510 County 71). Election of officers for the coming year will take place at that location from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with the annual meeting to follow.
I would like to bring you up-to-date on what your elected Township officials have been doing for the past year:
1.      The intersection of 265th Street SW and 237th Avenue SW has been widened for safety reasons;
2.      We have removed and trimmed trees on 250th Avenue SW (north of County Road #57), 220th Avenue SW (south side of County Road #57), and 270th Street SW;
3.      In addition to removing trees on 220th Avenue SW, we enlarged a crossing for the school bus to safely turn around;
4.      In the spring of 2014, we had L & M Road Services spray our ditches for noxious weeds and trees.  This proved to be successful by killing the volunteer trees, something that should be done every year until we get a handle on the weeds and small tree growth;
5.      Brian Hoiseth conducted an inventory of the road signs for the Township, and the next step will be upgrading the signs to comply with State statutes;
6.      A petition from the residents on 214th Avenue SW was presented to the Board which requested that the Township adopt that road into the Crookston Township road network.  After careful deliberation and research, the Board accepted the petition.  Mrs. Pearl Johnson had all the easements recorded.  In November, we had a public hearing and voted to accept 215th Avenue SW into our road network;
7.      Our biggest accomplishment was the overlay of asphalt on 265th Avenue SW (the Highland road).  This costly project was accomplished with the help and guidance of the Polk County Highway Department.
8.      You will note that the election in the year 2014 was accomplished with mail ballots, rather than staffing an election polling place. 

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. It is our hope that you have confidence in your Board to address each concern.
The Board is contemplating moving our Township election of officers to November of each year which would mean we would no longer have to have our clerk trained and hire two election judges which would save the Township an expense for those items.  In 2015, we will strive to get the road signs up-to-date and would contemplate widening the intersection of 240th Street SW and 250th Street SW.  An item for our annual meeting is hearing your input on the current Township Zoning Ordinance, a copy of which can be found on the official Crookston Township web site (www.crookstontownship.us).  Thank you to Tom Lindo who has created and maintained our official Township website. 
We look forward to your attendance at the meeting on March 10, beginning at 8:15 o’clock p.m.  Voting will take place from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., prior to the meeting.  Mark your calendar and plan to attend your annual meeting.

Sincerely,
Dean Adams, Chairman

 

 

NORTH COUNTRY FOOD SHELF NEEDS HELP RAISING MONEY AND COLLECTING FOOD TO SUPPORT OVER 350 AREA FAMILIES

The North Country Food Bank in Crookston needs help to raise money and collecting food to support the food shelf, which serves more than 350 families each month in Polk County and distributes more than 25,000 pounds of food each month. April Zammert, North Country Food Shelf coordinator is urging people to participate in the Minnesota FoodShare’s March campaign. “We are collecting canned goods or money donations this month and the Minnesota FoodShare will receive a percentage of matching funds on all pounds and dollars raised in the month,” said Zammert.  “This is the biggest campaign of the year and will provide food for the next six months.”
Zammert collects food every day for the food shelf from local businesses, which is distributed to families and people in need.  “I take in the clients and walk them around the food shelf and based on the number in the family,” said Zammert. “They can get canned goods, juice, breakfast cereals, snacks, boxed dinners and I go to Wal-Mart and Hugo’s every day to get a bunch of fresh produce and meat  and try to give it out each day so it is fresh when the families stop in.”   
The food shelf gets about 25 to 30 families every day.
The food shelf is located in downtown Crookston at 424 Broadway across from the Presbyterian Church.  The hours are from Noon to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Noon to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday and the first Friday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. For more information on the North  Country Food Bank call 218-470-2010.

 

 

CROOKSTON STATE PARTICIPANTS TREATED TO BREAKFAST WITH SUPERINTENDENT BATES

Crookston School District Superintendent Chris Bates treated state participants to breakfast this morning at RBJ’s Restaurant. Cody Weiland was a state participant in the wrestling tournament and talked about his experience.  “It went well for the most part.  I was feeling good mentally and I was not myself when I wrestled and it was not like I wanted it to end,” said Weiland. “I didn’t start out very well in the first match, but recovered and got the pin and in the final match I shot for a take down and then it was a blur and I was on my back and pinned.  It was so fast and that hasn’t happened in a long time, not even last year.  I will go to Concordia next fall to wrestle with Blake Bergeron who graduated last year and hopefully we can do well in college.” Weiland, who hurt his knee in the last couple weeks of the season, is back to rehabbing his knee.

Yash Kapoor an eighth grader at Crookston High School is a four time spelling bee winner and went to the state meet this year.  He talked about how the competition went.  “I did pretty well and last year they ran out of words so they fixed it and one round was more difficult and three people lost in the fourth round so it was a tie for fourth place,” said Kapoor.  “This was my final spelling bee as I will go into ninth grade so I will be looking for something else to do.”


           Yash Kapoor, Cody Weiland and Superintendent Bates


 

CROOKSTON SCHOOL DISTRICT COMMUNITY EDUCATION DISCUSSES SUMMIT SET FOR TUESDAY

The Crookston School District Community Education Committee met on Monday and learned about the Early Childhood Summit set for Tuesday, April 14 to discuss sensory issues in children.  The Early Childhood Summit is a group of Early Childhood educators and day care providers, day care centers and others who serve young children,” said Community Education Director Denice Oliver.   “We have a summit twice a year and pick a topic of interest to learn about and sensory issues of children was the topic picked for April.  This means sometimes children may need a brain break or a sensory break and they may need to walk around or to rock and get a strategy to calm themselves and learn better.  We are going to learn about sensory issues and all participants will get a sensory table home to use to create activities for children.”
The committee also discussed community education classes for the spring. Classes on food and gardening are being proposed and anyone interested in teaching a class or has an idea for a class should call Washington School at 281-5078.


 

 

MONDAY - MARCH 2,  2015

CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL TO OFFER A FREE FAN BUS TO THE PIRATE BOYS BASKETBALL GAME ON TUESDAY

There will be a free fan bus to the Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball game at Bemidji on Tuesday, March 3. There will be chaperones on the bus.  7th-12th grade students can ride without an adult, elementary students must be accompanied by an adult.  The bus will load at 4:15 pm on the WEST side of the High School, and depart at 4:30 pm.  This bus is limited to the first 55 people that sign up.  Sign up at the Crookston High School office.  No phone registrations accepted and the bus is open to all community members.

 

 

RIVERVIEW HEALTH TO HOST FOUR MONTHLY LUNCHEONS IN MARCH TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH

There is no one food, drink, pill or machine that is the key to achieving optimal health. A person’s overall daily routine is what is most important. That is why, as part of March’s National Nutrition Month 2015, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges everyone to "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle".
If you’re not quite sure how to get started or past a plateau on that journey, RiverView Registered Dietitian Darcey Larsen is ready to help. As a part of National Nutrition Month, Larsen will present four health luncheons at RiverView Health throughout the month of March!
Larsen will share the Academy’s annual March mission of getting Americans to return to the basics of healthful eating. This year’s “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle’’ theme encourages consumers to adopt a healthy lifestyle that is focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices and getting daily exercise in order to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall health.

Luncheon Topics
The public is invited to reserve a seat for any or all of the following luncheons:
·         Thursday, March 5: Nutrition 101. Get the facts on protein, carbohydrates and fats; and learn how nutrients play a role in overall health. Everyone knows the saying, “You are what you eat.’’ but do you really know what you are consuming?
·         Tuesday, March 10: Label Reading – How to use a Nutrition Facts Label to make Healthier Choices. Understanding labels doesn’t have to be hard. Let Larsen teach you how to maneuver through the label maze.
·         Tuesday, March 17: Designing your Kitchen for Healthy Eating. Based on the new book “Slim by Design’’ by Brian Wansink, participants will learn how to change their environments to promote healthy food choices. Out of sight, out of mind?
·         Thursday, March 26: Planning a Healthy Plate for a Lifetime. The plate method is a simple way to plan healthy meals for you and your family. Learn how to make it work for you!

Luncheon Details
The luncheons 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 17th 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 healthy, boxed lunch for $3.00. Pre-registration is required and boxed lunch orders must be placed at the time of pre-registration. Call Holly Anderson at 281-9745 or toll free 1-800-743-6551, extension 9745, for additional information and to pre-register. When calling to register, please include which luncheons you would like to attend.

 

 

CROOKSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO OFFER SPRING DRIVER EDUCATION CLASS STARTING MARCH 9

Crookston Public Schools is offering a Spring Driver Education class beginning Monday, March 9 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm in the Senior High Art room at Crookston High School.  Registration forms may be picked up at Crookston High School or downloaded from the Crookston Website.  Students must be 15 years of age by June 30, 2015.  The cost is $325 and must be paid by the first class session.  Registration forms are required to be turned in by the first day of class Monday, March 9 at 6:30 pm.  For the registration form click here.  Should you have questions please call Chris Trostad at 280-2256 or e-mail him directly at christrostad@isd593.org.

New drivers and parents have a new law to follow as of January 1, 2015.  Every driver under the age of 18 who completes behind the wheel instruction and is testing for a provisional driver’s license must submit a driving log. Parents/guardians have two options regarding the supervised driving log:

• Complete a supplemental parent class provided by a driver education program approved in Minnesota, and then submit a supervised driving log showing their teen has completed at least 40 hours (2,400 minutes) of supervised driving, 15 (900 minutes) of which are nighttime hours; OR
• If the parent/guardian chooses to not complete the supplemental parent class, the driving log must show that their teen has completed at least 50 hours (3,000 minutes) of supervised driving, 15 (900 minutes) of which are nighttime hours.

Parents/guardians are encouraged to provide as many additional driving hours with their teen as possible to prepare them to become a safe driver. The driving log must be presented at the time of the road test and submitted with the application for the provisional license.

For more information and forms go to http://www.crookston.k12.mn.us/page/3024.

 


 

WASHINGTON SCHOOL OFFERS A SUMMER BOOK CHECKOUT FOR KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE STUDENTS

Summer reading is necessary for young children so they can maintain their reading level at a high standard and Washington Elementary School in Crookston offers a summer library program to keep reading. “We starting offering a summer checkout library at Washington School because parents were asking for books at the proper level for their children,” said Washington School Principal Denice Oliver.  “It is not easy to find books at the kindergarten and first grade level so we received a United Way grant and created the library a couple of years ago.“
The families have access to check out to help eliminate the summer slide that research shows between kindergarten to first grade. “That is very real according to data and kids are ahead of standards when they leave kindergarten,” said Oliver. “When they come back in the fall and may have dropped two or three levels because they didn’t read over the summer so it is extremely important for their growth and success of their work in first grade.”

 

 


UMC TO HOST CLEAN WATER FOR EVERYONE DINNER ON MARCH 5

The fourth annual Clean Water for Everyone (CWFE) dinner will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Dinner tickets are $25 per person. All proceeds from the dinner, sponsored by Enactus, support the CWFE initiative to provide safe drinking water and promote safe hygiene practices in a rural area close to Lome’, Togo. For information or to purchase tickets, contact Delali Degbey at 218-281-8188, or Courtney Bergman at 218-281-8188.
The project leader for this year’s CWFE dinner is Afi Delali Degbey, a senior at the University of Minnesota Crookston, a midwife from Lome’, Togo. She is majoring in applied studies and working on a certificate in health informatics. She is dedicated to improving the well-being of women and children in her country and around the world, but particularly in the poverty-stricken are where she grew up.

Background
In order to sustain life, humans need clean, safe water. Believing in equality and the vital importance of clean water, Wemimo Abbey leads an effort to bring safe, clean drinking water to underdeveloped countries. It began when he was an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota Crookston when he realized how very little his peers knew about the desperate need for clean drinking water following the news of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. It became apparent to Abbey, that not only did his peers need educating, but also he might be the catalyst necessary to bring clean water to those who needed it.
Abbey came from the populous city of Lagos, Nigeria, to the small, insular, rural campus in northwestern Minnesota. While life on campus was vastly different, Abbey immersed himself in the culture and embraced the opportunity to involve himself. He won the trust and respect of his classmates and also of the faculty and staff.
He took on leadership roles in the student government and in clubs and organizations he joined. It was in his role as a student leader that he began to talk to others about the desperate need in underdeveloped countries for drinking water—something taken for granted by those around him. Abbey sought council from faculty inside and outside the institution and from experts who had led similar efforts.
As the clean water effort grew, so did his resolve. It is from this determination and deep conviction to help others that Clean Water for Everyone was born. Today more than two years since its inception, Clean Water for Everyone has become a non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to sustainable clean water and sanitation for communities around the world. The organization’s efforts have provided more than 48,000 people with clean water. Donations are used to build water infrastructure, toilet renovation, filtration systems, and more. For information, visit cwfe.org.
 

 

ALLISON REINHART NAMED CROOKSTON ROTARY STUDENT OF THE MONTH FOR FEBRUARY

Crookston Rotary Club recently named Crookston High School Senior Allison Reinhart the Student of the Month for February 2015.

Name: Allison Reinhart, Senior at Crookston High School
Family:  Parents Paul and RaeAnne Reinhart, siblings Tanner and Alexis
Plans after high school/college: “I plan to attend the University of North Dakota to major in vocal music education K-12 and possibly minor in theatre.”
Areas of involvement in clubs or organizations: Concert Choir (currently serves as president), One Act Play, Three Act Play, Leo Club, Visual Arts
Honors and awards: Lettered in Theatre, Music, Visual Arts, Volleyball, Figure Skating; Pride of Pirates Award; B Honor Roll; UND Honor Choir; International Music Camp, Student Internship at the Crookston Daily Times
Comments: “I am very honored to receive this award and would like to thank those who nominated me.”


Reinhart is pictured holding her award with Crookston Rotary President Krista Proulx on the left.

 

 

FRIDAY - FEBRUARY 27,  2015

CROOKSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND OX CART COMMITTEE TO HOLD COMMUNITY MEETING MARCH 5

Crookston Area Chamber’s staff, board members, and Ox Cart Committee are excited to begin the planning process for this year’s Ox Cart Days Festival, scheduled for August 13-15, 2015. In order to make this festival a continued success, there will be a community meeting, Thursday, March 5 at Crookston Inn at 4:30 p.m. Our goal is to continue the momentum created from Ox Cart Days 2014 by allowing individuals, organizations, and businesses to sponsor and organize their chosen event(s). The Chamber office will continue to be the resource and marketing hub, as well as be responsible for creating the master schedule. Following is a list of events already accounted for (however, there is still space for additional events): Tractor Pull, Corn & Brat Feed, Bed Races, Pancake Breakfast, Ice Cream Social, Veterans Ceremony, Medallion Hunt, Rib Fest, Little Miss Crookston, Miss Crookston, Teen Dance, 5K/10K/Lil Tykes Run, Car Show, Kiddie Parade, Dodgeball Tournament, Parade. Please join us as we discuss goals, planning, and events, March 5, at 4:30. Community involvement is key to all successful Ox Cart Days’ 2015 events.

 

 

CROOKSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT WARNS RESIDENTS OF IRS SCAMS

The Crookston Police Department has received reports of phone scams involving people claiming to be from the IRS. A variety of reasons for the phone calls are being utilized including audits, money owed the IRS, liens on property, etc. The following information was obtained at www.irs.gov Taxpayers should remember their first contact with the IRS will not be a call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail. The IRS encourages taxpayers to be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the email to phishing@irs.gov.

· Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
· Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.
· Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
· Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
· After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.
For more information search the internet for IRS Scams.

 

 

CROOKSTON SCHOOL DISTRICT KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP WILL BE APRIL 7 AND 9

Kindergarten roundup for the Crookston Public school has been set for April 7 and 9 at 6:00 p.m. each night. “We will start each evening at 6:00 p.m. with pictures, organization and a program, ride the school bus, meet Albert the Bear,  they will visit the classrooms and parents can get all the information they need to know,” said Washington School Principal Denise Oliver. “It is also a chance for students to separate from their parents and see what is ahead for them.”

 

 

TOM ANDERSON RETIRING FROM VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SERVICES

Tom Anderson, rehabilitation manager for Vocational Rehabilitation Services in the area is retiring.  A retirement celebration is set for Monday, March 2 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Crookston Inn and Convention Center. Anderson started in 1986 as a counselor and became manager in 1992 covering 15 counties and said the work has been rewarding.  “I really enjoyed my time with vocational rehab, basically we work with people that have disabilities that have issues in terms of preparing and obtaining employment and maintaining work,” said Anderson. “We provide many services, funding to go to school and get training to go to work and just help some who just want a job for a long time.” A counselor in Bemidji has been hired to replace Anderson.
His wife Lenora is retiring next week so they will be doing some traveling in retirement. “We are going to Yakima to visit our son Tim and his five children for a few weeks and will come back and then drive to Atlanta to see our two daughters, Tara and Leah and take in sights along the way with no plans to when we come back,” said Anderson.  My wife Lenora went to work at Riverview in 1989 as an occupational therapist and works with kids and created a program and is certified to do therapy in the swimming pool and will retire on March 9 so we can enjoy retirement together.”    The couple plans to remain in Crookston. “The house is paid for and we enjoy our place where we can pursue our interests in the outdoors and we planned to leave, but never did,” said Anderson. “It was a good place to raise kids as they were safe.  I am busy with Lions, coaching and plan to do more with the Lions and we have no plans to leave.” 

 

 

 

CROOKSTON PACK 44 CUB SCOUTS GRADUATE TEN MEMBERS INTO BOY SCOUT TROOP 41


Crookston's Pack 44 Cub Scouts had their annual Blue and Gold Banquet recently. Many Scouts and their families attended enjoying skits, good food and company.  Lots of awards were handed out to the Scouts. They also had 10 Scouts earn their Arrow of Light and Cross Over into the Boy Scout Troop 41. 
March will continue to be a busy month for the Scouting Program as they have winter camps, Scouting for Food and their Pinewood Derby.

 

 

MNDOT TO LOOK AT RAISING MORE NORTHERN AND WESTERN MINNESOTA TWO LANE HIGHWAY SPEED LIMITS

About 340 miles of highways in northern and western Minnesota will get higher speed limits in the next few weeks, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The two-lane highways, currently posted at 55 miles per hour, will increase to 60. The increases are the result of a 2014 legislative mandate for MnDOT to study the posted speed limits on all two-lane highways having a speed limit of 55 mph over a five-year period and make recommendations about changes. The first report of MnDOT’s findings was presented to the Legislature in January. Reports will be presented each year for the next four years.
All of the increases are based on a traffic and engineering investigation of each location, which looks at past crash rates, physical attributes of the highway such as shoulder widths and access points, and what speed drivers are currently driving.
“A speed study gives MnDOT the opportunity to review speed limits on all 55 mph roads in Minnesota and identify the ones that can support a higher speed limit without compromising safety,” said Julie Whitcher, assistant state traffic safety engineer.
In some cases, the study results in the speed limit are staying the same. About 570 miles were evaluated in 2014 and 340 miles were increased.
Minnesota has about 7,000 miles of two-lane, two-way roads that will be studied in the next four years. This year, about 1,500 miles of highways will be studied.
The speed limit is effective when new speed limit signs are posted.



 

CROOKSTON CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS HOLD THEIR 2015 EDUCATION CONTEST

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) Court Bishop Schenk #2010 recently conducted its 2015 Education contest.  First Place and State Entrant for her Essay was Ainsley Boucher, a fifth grader.  Second Place winner was Grace Miller and third place co-winners were Blaine Andringa and Gianna Hollcraft, who are all in fifth grade at Cathedral School.
First Place and State Entrant for Poetry was Victoria Proulx, a sixth grader at Cathedral School.  First Place and State Entrant for Art was Andrew MacGregor, a sixth grader at Cathedral School. 


The photo of all participants Front Row - Victoria Proulx, Andrew MacGregor, Emma LaJesse, Olivia Forgit and Ainsley Boucher. 
Back row is Cathy LaJesse, CDA member, Jean LaJesse CDA Regent, Blaine Andringa, Alex Kozitka, Isabelle Herberg, Gianna Hollcraft, Grace Miller and Margee Keller, CDA Vice Regent.

 


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