FRIDAY - AUGUST 29,  2014


Crookston School District students will have several new teachers and paraprofessionals when school starts on Tuesday. Grades 8 through 12 start school on Tuesday while students, teachers and parents for grades kindergarten through seventh grade will have meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday and start their regular schedule on Thursday. KROX caught up with the new teachers in the district and had some of their background.

Pat Larson is a new paraprofessional, but has been a substitute teacher in the district. “I have a background in social work and was a substitute last year in all grades, and decided I wanted to be fulltime with the school district,” said Larson. “I am a native of Grand Rapids and moved to Euclid with a granddaughter in the school district, 3 daughters and 4 stepchildren.”

Moses Oteh is a new special education teacher at the high school after getting his master’s degree in special education and was looking for a job close to Grand Forks and saw Crookston’s advertisement for a job. “The word excellence attracted him as I want to be excellent at everything I do so I applied and here I am,” said Oteh. “I came from Cameroon which is very beautiful and diverse, I came the United States in 2010 and landed in Virginia and then to Grand Forks. I have a very beautiful wife and two handsome sons. I am anxious to get started and I want to get a good experience with the students.”

Rachel Hurner will be a second grade teacher at Highland School. “I come from the Fargo-Moorhead area and am glad to be in Crookston,” said Hurner. “I graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead in 2010 and my parents and sister live in Fargo.”

Ashley Stopa will be the half time teacher at the Area Learning Center. “I am here because my husband got a job coaching softball at UMC so we are excited to be in Crookston,” said Stopa. “I have a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology with minors in math and physics, and master’s in chemical engineering. I am working on a master’s in math education, I like to learn and teach so I am looking forward to getting started, I have two boys 4 and 1 years old.”

Kari Heppner will be the third grade teacher at Highland School. “ I am anxious to get started to work with a great team of third grade teachers and staff,” said Heppner. “I taught third grade for the past 14 years in Fisher so no more traveling.” Heppner and her husband Brad have a son Seth who is taking a year off from college and go to Arizona and caddy for a year. Brady is going to play junior hockey with the Minnesota Magicians in the Twin Cities. Brock is an eighth grader and Brad is the accountant at the University of Minnesota experiment station.

Amber Sannes will teach fourth grade at Highland. “I came from Argyle graduating from Warren-Alvarado-Oslo and went to the University of North Dakota, graduating in 2009,” said Sannes. “My husband and I moved to Crookston in June when he got a job at Bremer Bank so we are excited to be here and I had a son Brett in May.”

Sarah Kanten will be working as a second grade teacher at Highland. “It is good to be home and after graduating from Crookston I went to Minnesota State Moorhead,” said Kanten. “I did some substitute teaching before going to Colorado assisting in a kindergarten class so it is good to be home close to my parents Erik and Judie Kanten, sisters Emily, Molly and Rachel.”

Cynthia Fahser has taken the job as the family consumer science teacher at the high school after her daughter called about the opening. “She called about the job opening so I applied and through circumstances I interviewed and got the job,” said Fahser. “I am coming from Menomonie, Wisconsin where I taught at Glenwood City High School for 11 years. I have three grown children and excited to get started and a lot of classes to teach.”

Spencer Frie is the new orchestra instructor coming from St. Joseph, Minnesota. “I recently graduated from St. John’s University did student teaching at Anoka Hennepin school district ended up with a few orchestra jobs,” said Frie. “I am glad to be in Crookston where there is a full time orchestra class which makes Crookston school special.”

Josh Hardy is the new dean of students and half time physical education at the high school. “I have been teaching in Fisher for the last two years as a phy ed and health instructor and was an assistant boys hockey coach in Crookston last year,” said Hardy. “I will be the hockey coordinator this year so I have roots here and am excited to be teaching and be in Crookston.” Hardy is from International Falls and went to college in Bemidji.

Leah Kent is the new high school counselor. “I come from Hatton, North Dakota and just finished my master from Colorado State in Fort Collins and saw the job through my uncle Jim Kent so it is a good opportunity to come back to homeland and NDSU where I started college,” said Kent. “I am anxious to meet the students and get started.”

The new high school chemistry teacher did not want to talk!

           Pat Larson                    Moses Oteh                         Rachel Hurner                    Amber Sannes                   Ashley Stopa                         Kari Heppner

       Sarah Kanten                    Cynthia Fahser                            Spencer Frie                       Josh Hardy                         Leah Kent






The Crookston Police Department is trying to figure out who the owner of a safe that was recovered in the Woods Addition in Crookston in July. Officers responded to a call on July 20, to the intersection of South Ash Street and Houston Avenue for a male pushing a dolly with a large black safe strapped to it. When officers arrived they found the safe and dolly lying on the sidewalk. The male pushing the safe was gone. The male was described as Hispanic or Native American, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, a stocky build, wearing a blue shirt. The owner of the safe is also not known.  It is unclear if this safe was abandoned or stolen.
The Crookston Police Department is asking for the public’s help. If anyone has information about the identity of the male pushing the safe or the identity of the owner of the safe, please contact the Crookston Police Department at 218-281-3111.




Polk County Commissioners met on Tuesday and had good news on the rates of their health insurance for the county. “The coop we have insurance with gave us the rates for 2015 at a 1.4 percent increase compared to 13.1 percent last year,” said Commissioner Craig Buness. “We were pleased as some counties were in the 30 percent raise, which we don’t want.” Budget discussions for 2015 are underway with the commissioners meeting with department heads. “We have met with our finance director Ron Dennison and administrator Chuck Whiting as we have to get a preliminary budget in September and the final budget to be done by December, I haven’t seen anything of concern yet.”

The commissioners did an evaluation of the county administrator Chuck Whiting. “It was a two year anniversary on August 20 so we did an evaluation which went very well and we look forward to many years of his service,” said Buness. “All the commissioners were pleased with his work.”

Tax forfeited county property will be going on sale on October 13 at the Government Center.

The commissioners approved conditional use permits for five different projects. Michelle Buchholz on Birch Lake will build a 40 by 40 accessory structure. Oak Cove Resort owned by David and Cynthia Tyler on Maple Lake were given approval to construct a 30 by 105 boat storage addition. John and Kathleen Swanson had a preliminary plat approved for a Beaver Bay Second Addition to create 22 lots through a subdivision. Steve Vesladahl of Winger owner of 15.85 acres on Union Lake was approved to create eight lots through subdivision. Monty Lund of Grand Forks was give approval to create 18 lots at Hideaway Cove First Addition on Union Lake. Eickhof Estates was given a final plat review by the commissioners where they are creating 11 lots on Union Lake.

Bacon Dray Lines of Erskine has retained their haulers license in the county so they can continue to serve their customers.

A grant of $25,242.00 for emergency management was approved with the funds from the Minnesota Department of Public safety.




Staff of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources was in Crookston on Wednesday representing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at meetings at city hall for city and county officials and an open house for the homeowners.
Ceil Strauss is a floodplain hydrologist with the DNR and said mapping must be done so people can get flood insurance. “We are the go between FEMA and the counties and cities working on the flood plain maps that identify the high risk flood areas which make residents qualified to purchase flood insurance from the federal government. Mortgages through a bank will require flood insurance,” said Strauss. “Flood insurance can be obtained through your regular agent which can find the costs of those in the high risk area and rates for those not in the high risk areas building in those areas would have conditions to prevent them from getting flooded.”
The city of Crookston has their flood plain map and must make any corrections by November 10. The Crookston levies have been certified by the Corps of Engineers and 149 insurance policies in Crookston have flood insurance at the present time with coverage worth over $16 million.




Placement of campaign signs and other unauthorized objects in state highway rights of way is not allowed under state law, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. In addition, campaign signs may not be placed on private property outside of the right of way limits without landowner consent. Highway rights of way include the driving lanes, inside and outside shoulders, ditches and sight corners at intersections.
MnDOT crews will remove any unlawfully placed signs and impound them at one of its local maintenance truck stations. Violation of the law (Minn. Stat. 160.27) is a misdemeanor. Civil penalties also may apply if the placement of such material contributes to a motor vehicle crash and injures a person or damages a motor vehicle that runs off the road.
In addition, the Minnesota Outdoor Advertising Control Act (Minn. Stat. 173.15) prohibits placing advertising materials on public utility poles, trees and shrubs, and painting or drawing on rocks or natural features. Political campaign signs are treated in the same way as any other signs wrongly placed on state highway property by businesses, churches, private citizens or charitable groups.
For information regarding the proper placement of campaign signs or where to find signs that have been removed, contact the local MnDOT office at 218-725-2780. See also






The Minnesota Department of Education has released results of the 2014 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA). The MCA test scores are required by state and federal law and help teachers gauge student progress and work with curriculum to help students improve. “Generally speaking we really made some nice progress compared to last year,” said Jim Kent, Crookston School District testing coordinator. “We are still below the state average, but getting better.”

In grades, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10, the reading tests, as an average in the district, were at 49.6 percent proficient where the state is at 59 percent proficient. “Each grade level had numbers like a plus 11, plus four, plus 15 and 12 and a minus three percent in one grade,” said Kent. “So this was progress, these tests are given each spring and the teachers use the test results like now at their pre-school workshops to meet the state standards.”

In math Crookston came in at 55.8 percent proficient and the state average was 61 percent. “This is a little below the state average, but again we had nice scores, plus nine, plus 17 and 11 and a minus eight so this is progress,” said Kent.

In science we came in at 45 percent proficient and the state was at 53 percent. “We again were flat which was the same as last year, but in once case we went up 20 percent,” said Kent. “Overall we have gone up compared to last year.”

Teachers have received the information the last few days and are busy preparing their curriculum for the fall.

Statewide MATH
Year Percent Proficient Number Proficient Number Tested
2013 60.2% 261,002 433,493
2014 60.5% 263,921 436,130
Crookston Public School District MATH
Year Percent Proficient Number Proficient Number Tested
2013 49.8% 327 657
2014 54.9% 350 638
Statewide READING
Year Percent Proficient Number Proficient Number Tested
2013 57.6% 250,398 434,532
2014 58.8% 257,198 437,067
Crookston Public School District READING
2013 45.5% 294 646
2014 49.0% 317 647
Statewide SCIENCE
Year Percent Proficient Number Proficient Number Tested
2013 52.4% 93,225 178,045
2014 53.4% 96,462 180,512
Crookston Public School District SCIENCE
Year Percent Proficient Number Proficient Number Tested
2013 45.4% 124 273
2014 45.4% 119 262




Tri-County Corrections Executive Director Phillip Greer  has been appointed a member of the National Association of Counties' (NACo) Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee by NACo President, Riki Hokama. 
NACo's ten steering committees form the policy making arm of the association. Each committee is comprised of approximately 60-100 county officials from throughout the nation who meet several times during the year to examine issues critical to local government. The Committee focuses on criminal justice and public safety systems, including criminal justice planning; law enforcement; courts; corrections; community crime prevention; juvenile justice and delinquency prevention; emergency management; fire prevention and control; and civil disturbances. The steering committee's recommendations on legislative policies and goals are presented to NACo's membership during the association's annual conference. If approved, the recommendations become part of the American County Platform, which is the basis of NACo's efforts in representing counties before Congress and the White House.
As a member of the steering committee, Greer may introduce policy resolutions and platform changes and will vote on other proposed resolutions within the jurisdiction of the committee




The Crookston Chamber Ambassadors recently made three visits to businesses in Crookston.  The first was a visit to welcome a new business -  Dustin Buse, Edward Jones Financial Advisor to Crookston. 

Judy Kerr and Deborah Halstad (Crookston National Bank), Aimee Wagner (AgCountry), Dustin Buse, Jaclyn Brekken (MN Workforce Center), Shirley Iverson (Greenberg Realty), Carmen Knutson (Crookston Chamber). 

Sue Shirek was welcomed by the Ambassador’s group as the new director of the Care and Share.

Aimee Wagner (AgCountry), Judy Kerr (Crookston National Bank), Shirley Iverson (Greenberg Realty), Sue Shirek, Jaclyn Brekken (MN Workforce Center), Carmen Knutson (Crookston Chamber), and Deborah Halstad (Crookston National Bank).

The group also paid a visit to Mike Paul, Owner of IC Muggs, as they have opened a new outdoor patio space.

Standing – Mike Paul, Carmen Knutson (Crookston Chamber)
Seated – Aimee Wagner (AgCountry), Shirley Iverson (Greenberg Realty), Judy Kerr (Crookston National Bank), Jaclyn Brekken (MN Workforce Center) and Deborah Halstad (Crookston National Bank).




TUESDAY - AUGUST 26,  2014


The Crookston City Council had a pleasant surprise at their meeting on Monday evening when Leon Kremeier, manager at Otter Tail Power Company, came to thank the city crews and staff for their assistance in the aftermath of the tornado. Kremeier presented a check of $1,000 to the Crookston Fire Department for work in helping the Otter Tail crews. The money will go to the fund for the new truck.
Another $1,000 check was presented to Angel Hoeffner for the Crookston Area Community Fund as a means of thanking the city for their assistance, according to Kremeier.

The resolution to approve the transfer of funds to Jeremy and Sara Jennen for reimbursement of professional fees on the RV campground project which was never completed was defeated as the council members did not make a motion for approval so the item died for lack of a motion.

Crookston Police Chief Paul Biermaier informed the council of a new officer starting in September. Benjamin Walsvik, a UMC graduate originally from Verndale, is married and lives in Crookston.

Farm leases with C and D Reitmeier, Inc and the Regents of the University of Minnesota were approved and the bid from Bruce Erdmann for the Industrial Park farmland for three farm seasons beginning in 2015 was accepted.




The Crookston Ways and Means Committee met on Monday evening after the council meeting and agreed to assist the City of Fisher with a weekend wastewater operator. Public Works Director Pat Kelly said they have asked for assistance and the city agreed to work out the details to help them.

The committee agreed to ask the USDA for another loan of $800,000 for economic development for the city, which will now go to the council for final approval.

A budget discussion for 2015 was held with questions on capital improvements, trees and how each department works on their budgets and approved the preliminary levy. “The preliminary levy was discussed and approved at six percent which can go down in the future. It does not mean each individual taxpayers taxes would go up six percent, it is a measure what we would get from the overall tax base, which would mean less for each taxpayer,” said Shannon Stassen, Crookston City Administrator. “This is a starting point which had to be done by September so it is a working document. We want to have a zero levy dedicated to operations so we did come in with a balance budget for operations and capital improvements so it is reduced from last year. The proposed increase would have money go to community economic development fund to start to reserve funds for growth and investment in the future.”

The committee held a closed session with the law enforcement union to negotiate a contract. “We are in negotiations with law enforcement and anticipate negotiating with the firefighters and AFSME, but right now it is law enforcement. We had an update and change in position with the city,” said Stassen. “We will have a conference call and hope to move forward, we value the employees and get it settled for all and be fair and good stewards of the taxpayers money.”

Marsha Meine, a homeowner near Castle Park asked the group to do something about speeding in the area with all the young children at play. Meine said more signage is needed. Police Chief Paul Beirmaier said he would meet with her to help correct the problems.




The Crookston School Board met on Monday and had reports on how soon the teachers can get in their buildings and set up their rooms for the first day of school on Tuesday, September 2. Teachers in Washington School and the High School are in their buildings and arranging their rooms. Highland School is the only school that has not received a certificate of occupancy, but should on Wednesday. “We have been guaranteed that we can get in by Wednesday, there will be still some construction people working and helping,” said Highland School Principal Chris Trostad. “Money was built in for the construction people to help move into the classrooms. The desks have been moved in, and the boxes are labeled for each room. Maintenance worker Cory Winger said 5,000 boxes were ordered and he figured he carried each one.”
Trostad said one of the many benefits of the renovations will be efficiency. “You walk into the room and the lights turn on by sensors and they are very bright. They turn off when the room is empty so that will prevent people from leaving the lights on,” said Trostad. “The kitchen is coming together and are working on the fire detector with the fire marshall coming on Wednesday to give us the certificate of occupancy. When the fire detector goes off, the power will shut down, that is one of the last big issues.”
School starts Tuesday, September 2 for 8 to 12 graders. Kindergarten through seventh graders will have teacher, student and parent meetings from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday with classes starting on Thursday, September 4.
Volunteers could be used to help move back into the schools. “The library is an area that volunteers could help by putting books in place,” said Trostad. “Staff from the high school and Washington are going to help Highland staff out.”

In other school board news, they approved four people for employment, Christine Nessler, Lila Vaughn, and Pat Larson, will be paraprofessionals at the high school and Cindy Clemenson will be a kitchen helper at Highland School. An employment agreement with technology director Kevin Weber was approved. The resignation of Jami Green-Meyer, a paraprofessional at the high school, was accepted and Amy Asman resigned as paraprofessional at the high school. Sue Tiedeman was granted a leave of absence from September 8 to September 12. Salary Lane advancements were approved by the board. The next board meeting is September 8.




The Crookston School Board approved an anti bullying policy at their meeting on Monday following the recommendations of the Minnesota School Board Association. School Board member Dave Davidson was on the committee working on the policy along with Adrianne Winger and Phillip Greer. “Basically we took a look at the MSBA approved changes to the existing bullying policy and we believed they were appropriate and we approved them, the legislature mandated the policy, we need to have in house training for teachers and staff so they know what bullying is, an important issue is that parents, teachers, students and everyone must know what bullying is,” said Davidson. “Bullying is not a single event, it is a pattern of behavior directed against a person or persons.”
The board approved a teacher development evaluation plan to be followed by the staff this year. “The teacher evaluation program was worked on by a group of teachers, administrators, Adrianne Winger and myself from the board,” said Davidson. “We worked hard half the summer, it delineates a policy of teacher evaluation we probably should have been doing for the last thirty years and we will be doing it in a regulated and controlled way from now on.”
Principals in each building will be responsible for evaluating the teachers in their building.




Calling families young and not so young; bicycling advocates, law enforcement, planners, educators, elected officials and all community members. You're invited to assess firsthand how bikeable the community of Crookston is on Wednesday, August 27 at 6:00 pm at the UMC/Crookston Pirate football field parking lot.  We plan to bike the perimeter of Crookston as well as some interior routes.  Crookston In Motion and the Statewide Health Improvement Program along with community partners want to investigate effective strategies in to make bicycling and active living an easy, safe and healthy choice. For questions about the event, please contact Kirsten Fagerlund at 218-281-3385 or

  Grace Stassen ready to bike around Crookston





Grain harvest has begun in the Crookston area and the crop is looking good. “We are just getting a good start with about 10 percent of the crop taken off,” said Robert Staehnke, Mid Valley Grain manager. “Yields are about 70 to 80 bushels, protein is ranging from 12 and a half to 14.5. It is a good start, there is some scab but for the most part it is good quality.” The price of wheat is at about $5.90, a couple of dollars less than last year at this time.
There are more rail cars to haul grain than this time last year. “Burlington Northern seems to have caught up and are running on time for the most part,” said Staehnke. “I might not be saying that when we get to the corn and bean harvest, when cold temperatures set in it might get to be a rush.”
Mid Valley Grain is replacing two large bins that were damaged in the tornado and should be ready for beans.




MONDAY - AUGUST 25,  2014


The Crookston City Council meets tonight at 7:00 in the Crookston City Council Chambers at city hall. The consent agenda includes resolutions to extend the cash farm lease agreement between the city and C & D Reitmeier, Inc and regents of the University of Minnesota. A resolution to accept the bid from Bruce Erdmann for industrial Park farmland for three farm seasons beginning in 2015. A garbage hauling license for Bacon’s Dray of Erskine for 2014 is up for approval and a plumbing and gas fitter’s license for Peterson Sheet Metal of Bemidji for 2014 is up for approval.
The regular agenda has a resolution to approve the transfer of funds to Jeremy and Sara Jennen for reimbursement of professional fees dealing with the RV campground. The meeting is open to the public.
The Crookston Ways and Means committee will meet following the council meeting and will close the session at the end of the meeting to discuss labor negotiations.




The 19th annual Rotary Rose Sale is underway in Crookston.  Proceeds are used to fund projects such as CHS and UMC Scholarships, Crookston Early Childhood Initiative, CHS Arts and Academic Awards Banquet, Rotary Youth Leadership Camp (RYLA), Blast to Bede after prom party, Dictionaries for Kids, Fill the Bus and Polio Plus.
The price of the roses are $15.00 per dozen and they come in many colors.  Professional bouquet arrangement with greenery in a vase is available for $7.00 extra.  In town delivery is also available for just $3.00.
Orders for roses can be placed with any local Rotarian.  Orders are also being taken at Bremer Bank (Annette Thompson), Crookston National Bank, NAPA/Crookston Welding and Machine, and Titan Machinery.
All orders must be placed by September 25.  Roses may be picked up at Montague’s Flower Shop on Thursday, October 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.




RiverView Health is again sponsoring classes for expecting parents. The course includes four two-hour classes offered on four consecutive Tuesdays. The sessions will be held September 2, 9, 16 and 23. The first and second classes will focus on the stages of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques during labor and delivery, coaching instructions and a tour of hospital rooms. The later classes will focus on baby care, breastfeeding and CPR. All area physicians encourage their obstetrics patients to attend all four classes, with a support coach, to better understand what to expect during pregnancy and childbirth; and to help ease the fear of the unknown and make for a more enjoyable childbirth experience.
The course instructors for all sessions will be labor/delivery nurses at RiverView Health. The sessions each start at 7:00 PM and last until 9:00 PM and will be held in the Classroom at RiverView. Twenty-five dollars is the fee if you are not delivering at RiverView. For more information or to pre-register, call the obstetrics department at RiverView at 218-281-9300 or 1-800-743-6551, extension 300 or register on-line under the “events’’ category at





Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NWRSDP) invites Idea Briefs to be submitted by September 26, 2014. We are seeking projects that contribute to the vibrant future of Northwest Minnesota. We will also seek a second round of ideas in January 2015. 
As a part of University of Minnesota Extension, the Regional Sustainable Partnerships (RSDP) brings together local talent and resources with University of Minnesota knowledge and seed funding to drive sustainability in four areas: agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy. The Northwest RSDP office in Crookston is led by Linda Kingery, executive director, and a board comprised of community and university representatives.
“The project Idea Brief launches a conversation with the NWRSDP by providing a sketch of the project and an early draft of the project proposal,” said Linda Kingery, executive director. “NWRSDP seeks innovative ideas that are identified and valued by the community and collaborate with the university to foster sustainability.” 
In recent years, NWRSDP has supported successful projects for natural play space design in several communities such as Crookston, Warren, Fertile, Fosston, Mahnomen and Ada, a sustainable tourism assessment program in Warroad, community garden design for the Bemidji Food Shelf, and a social science assessment of conservation in the Red River Valley. The partnership also supports farmers’ markets and community gardens across the region and is the organizer of the very popular, Local Foods College.
NWRSDP is one of five Regional Partnerships across the state that connects local communities and citizens with resources from the University of Minnesota.  Each of the five Regional Partnerships (Southeast, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Central) is citizen-driven, building community-university partnerships that create new opportunities and solve problems in Greater Minnesota.
For more information and to submit an idea to the NWRSDP, see “Idea Brief” at or contact Linda Kingery at or 218-281-8697.
To learn more about the work of the Northwest Regional Partnership go to  
The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDPs) give communities in Greater Minnesota access to the University of Minnesota in order to help solve problems and take advantage of new opportunities. As a part of University of Minnesota Extension, NW RSDP brings together local talent and resources with University of Minnesota knowledge and seed funding to drive sustainability in four areas: agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy.





FRIDAY - AUGUST 22,  2014


The City of Crookston Development Policy and Review Committee met on Thursday and reviewed the intermediary relending program (IRP). Over 85 businesses in Crookston have benefited from the IRP loan program since it was started in 1982. The committee discussed borrowing another $800,000 from the USDA, which has to be matched by the city with $150,000. “The council requested that the committee meet and come up with a recommendation on borrowing money from the USDA for the IRP loan fund,” said Angel Hoeffner, Crookston Finance Director. “It has been used in the community for local businesses and more money is needed to continue the program. The city has to match the request of $800,000 with $150,000 and if they are not comfortable with that request, the council has to decide what they are comfortable with.”
There are 11 active loans at the present time which are all current in their payments. The committee elected Brian Frisk as their chairman and Brad Brekken as the vice chairman. The committees recommendation will now go to the city council for final approval.




The Princeton Review, an education services company widely known for its test prep programs and college and graduate school guides, named the University of Minnesota Crookston as one of 159 colleges in their "Best in the Midwest” for 2015.  This recognition marks the eighth consecutive year the campus has been included as a Best in the Midwest. Results are posted in the website feature, "2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region" at

Selection Process
The Princeton Review editors narrowed their choices based on institutional data the Company collected directly from several hundred colleges in each region, staff visits to schools over the years, and the opinions college counselors and advisors whose recommendations the Company invites.
For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues -- from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their science lab facilities -- and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.
The Princeton Review also rates the schools on its "2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region" list in six categories. The rating scores (on a scale of 60 to 99) appear on the school profiles, and are tallied from institutional data the Company obtained from the colleges in 2013-14 and/or its student survey data.

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August is child support awareness month proclaimed by Governor Mark Dayton. Governor Dayton wants all Minnesotans to look to the future of the state and children and work together to ensure their success.
Sylvia Nelson, supervisor of the Polk County Child Support Enforcement Unit explained the program to collect child support payments for children from parents. “We make collections in the county at the rate of 79 percent which ranks us at 13th in the state of Minnesota,” said Nelson. Polk County collected $4,001,238.00 in 2013 with 1,942 open cases of which 1,812 were court ordered.
$4,993,562.00 in collections were disbursed in 2013 with an average of $2,756 disbursed per case. Suspending drivers licenses is used to help get payments collected. “The workers work very hard to get the payments collected and we have 209 cases are in the drivers licenses suspension program,” said Nelson.
66 percent of the program is funded by the federal government.





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