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FRIDAY - SEPTEMBER 19,  2014

MINNESOTA BUREAU OF CRIMINAL APPREHENSION RELEASE NAMES OF OFFICERS/DEPUTIES INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

The suspect and officers involved in yesterday’s officer involved shooting incident in rural Polk County have been identified. Michael Jon Perry, 23, of rural Crookston, is being charged with four counts of attempt to commit murder first degree – peace officer. He will be arraigned in Polk County District Court today at 3:00 p.m.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Brian Lundeen, 44, was struck by gunfire to the back of his bullet-resistant vest. He was uninjured. Lundeen has been with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for 19 years. Polk County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Nathan Rasch, 36, was grazed by a bullet on the back of his bullet-resistant vest. Rasch has been with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for 13 years.

Nine officers fired their weapons during the incident:
-Officer David Grabowski, 25, 19 months with Crookston Police Department
-Officer Paul Peterson, 29, 9 months with Crookston Police Department
-Chief Deputy James Tadman, 49, 26 years with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office
-Sergeant Brian Lundeen, 44, 19 years with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office
-Sergeant Philip Juve, 46, 13 years with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office
-Sergeant Michael Norland, 38, 14 years with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office
-Investigator Nathan Rasch, 36, 13 years with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office
-Investigator Justin Swang, 30, 7 years with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office
-Deputy Antonio Alston, 33, 6 months with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office

Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the incident. Law enforcement from Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Crookston Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting shots fired inside the residence at 28409 300th Street SW near Crookston in rural Polk County. According to the preliminary investigation, as deputies spoke with family members outside of the home, Perry began firing at them from inside of the home. As officers took cover, Perry continued to fire, striking Sergeant Lundeen and Investigator Rasch. Perry continued to fire as he emerged from the home. He then attempted to flee in a vehicle. Law enforcement stopped the vehicle as it left the property and Perry surrendered. Perry sustained a single gunshot wound during the incident. He was taken to Riverview Hospital in Crookston where he was treated and released, then booked into the Tri-County Community Corrections facility. Sergeant Lundeen was treated and released from the same hospital. Investigator Rasch did not require treatment. No one inside the home was injured.
The BCA is investigating with assistance from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Crookston and East Grand Forks police departments, Minnesota State Patrol and the Minnesota DNR. Once its investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over to the Polk County Attorney’s Office for review.  

 

 

OFFICERS FIRED ON IN RURAL CROOKSTON, SUSPECT IS IN CUSTODY, EVERYONE INVOLVED IS OKAY

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension have a man in custody that shot a Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy two miles south of Crookston at the Perry Farms property.  Deputies were talking with residents at a home at the Perry Farms residence about 1:00 p.m. when the Michael Perry began firing on the group from within the home.
One of the deputies was struck, but he was wearing a bulletproof vest and was not injured.
The unidentified suspect who fired shots at the deputy sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the shooting.  Talking to one of the family members they say the suspect was shot in the leg. 
Perry was taken to the Polk County Justice Center in Crookston after being treated for his injuries at Riverview Health in Crookston. No one else is being sought in connection to the shooting.
Agencies responding to the crime scene included the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Crookston Police Department, East Grand Forks Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Law enforcement will identify the officers involved and the suspect once they are finished with preliminary interviews, which are expected to last into Friday.

 

 

CROOKSTON SPECIAL OLYMPICS BENEFITS FROM THE HOOVER HACKER GOLF TOURNAMENT

In the past few years, bowling and basketball have been the main sports for the Crookston Special Olympics teams. But it was golf that the Special Olympians benefitted from recently; a benefit of $1,200 from the annual Hoover Hacker Golf Tournament. The funds will be used to buy basketballs, gym space at the Armory and put toward new uniforms or warm up shirts.

The Hoover Hacker
If you are a golfer from the Crookston area, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the annual Hoover Hacker Golf Tournament. Area golfers and “hackers’’ have been swinging their clubs in the tournament since 1975 when Ron “Hoover’’ Amiot came up with the tournament.
Amiot was donned “Hoover’’ back in 1970 when he played slow pitch softball for Polk County State Bank. He played third base. With a couple former high school buddies watching one of his games, he recalls making “a couple nice plays one inning’’ and hearing his buddies shout out that he was like a vacuum cleaner, a Hoover. “Hoover’’ was the nickname of Brooks Robinson, a hall of fame third baseman for the Orioles. It then became Amiot’s, as well.
“I was not that great a player,’’ he reported. “I was far from a ‘Hoover’, but the name stuck. The ‘Hacker’ part is easy to explain. Most of the original guys who played in my tournament were very bad golfers who played once or twice a year.’’
The first Hoover Hacker had eight players and was done as part of an end of the year softball player gathering.  The tournament eventually changed to a two person scramble.   What started with eight softball players, expanded to some of Amiot’s card playing buddies, but really grew in the late 80's when he became a golf member at Minakwa Gold Course in Crookston.  This year the tournament brought out 88 players. Many of the tournament duos consist of father/son teams. This year three of the top five finishers were father/son teams, including winners Curtis and Dennis Regan.

Fun for a Good Cause
The tournament did not start out as a fundraiser, Amiot shared. It was just meant to be a fun event for his softball team and buddies; a “reunion of sorts’’.  But in the past decade or so, Amiot has added a silent auction and started selling mulligans; all so he can donate that money plus whatever is left after entry fee expenses to a local charity. “I have great sponsors here in Crookston and the surrounding area who donate items to the tournament,’’ he stated.  “The fact that I can raise any money at all on my tournament is due to my sponsors and the credit should go to them.’’
The first year of raising money for charity, about $500 was raised. The last three years have brought in more than $1,000 annually to put toward a good cause, like the Crookston Baseball Association, the Greg “Fuji’’ Lerum fundraiser and this year’s Special Olympics donation.
The golfers do not go away empty handed, either. In the spirit of the Masters, annual winners are presented green jackets, some walk away with trophies, and for the losers, well, let’s just say they get a take home, too.


    Ron Amiot (in the red) gives the donation to Bill Anderson and the Crookston Special Olympics

 

 

CROOKSTON SPECIAL OLYMPICS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS, SPORTS AND COACHES

The Crookston Special Olympics teams are always looking for new members, new sports to implement and coaches.  The fall bowling season starts next week with the first practice on Wednesday, Sept. 24th at 4 pm at Liberty Lanes in East Grand Forks. The season will wrap up mid-October with a tournament also held in East Grand Forks. Participants are responsible for transportation in getting to and from practice and tournaments. Bill and Holly Anderson are the volunteer coaches.
The winter basketball season will begin in December and runs into March. Practices are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm in the Crookston Armory. Highlights of the basketball season are usually an annual fundraising game put on by the student athletes at UMC, a tournament in East Grand Forks and a tournament in Perham for team and individual competitions, and a half time game held during a Crookston Pirate’s basketball game. Basketball is coached by volunteers Jeff Durbin and Dan Burris.
If you or someone you know would like more information on Special Olympics or would like to sign up for a sport or to coach, please contact volunteer coordinators Bill and Holly Anderson at 218-988-2010.

 

 

UMC CELEBRATING THE FREEDOM TO READ DURING BANNED BOOKS WEEK

Celebrating the freedom to read will be the focus during Banned Books Week at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Beginning on Monday, September 22 and running through Saturday, September 27, the week will include public readings, a panel discussion and open forum, along with displays and more. Activities are free and everyone is welcome
Public readings from banned books will take place on Tuesday, September 23 from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center. There will several readings each hour.  Many of the readers will be faculty or staff and readers will select their own reading.  Each reading will be introduced, placed into context, and after the reading, there will be a few minutes for questions or comments.
On Wednesday, September 24, a panel discussion will be held with faculty panelists from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Prairie Room. The panel is organized by Karen Miller, who teaches in the Liberal Arts and Education Department.
On Thursday, September 25, public readings will take place again from 10 a.m. to noon in the Prairie Room. Chancellor Wood is scheduled to read along with staff members from the Lake Agassiz Public Library in Crookston will be reading as well.
During the week, the Library at UMC will have a display of banned books from its collections. The week is sponsored by the Academic Success Center on the Crookston campus.

Background on Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. To learn more, visit www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek.

 

 

 

HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER REPRESENTATIVE ERIN MURPHY VISITS HIGHLAND SCHOOL


Minnesota House Majority Leader Rep. Erin Murphy stopped by Highland School this week.  Highland School teacher Kim Davidson took the students on a virtual tour of the St. Paul Capitol and they talked about how legislators make our laws. Representative Murphy observed the kids during math class and Mrs. Davidson got a chance to speak with her about some of the struggles school districts in Greater Minnesota face.

 

 

 

CATHEDRAL SCHOOL FIRST GRADERS VISIT THE VILLA ST. VINCENT


Cathedral School 1st graders began their monthly visits to the Villa St.
Vincent Special Care Unit.  The meet and great activity allowed the children and residents a chance to get to know each other before they began monthly activities together.  Masen is pictured telling his new friends a little about himself, his family and some of the things he likes to do.

 

 

UMC TO FEATURE WORK OF ZHIMIN GUAN FOR ONE WEEK STARTING SEPTEMBER 24

An art exhibition featuring the work of Chinese American painter Zhimin Guan, professor of art at Minnesota State University Moorhead is coming to the University of Minnesota Crookston. The week long exhibit, featured in the large windows near the Bookstore, Sargeant Student Center, will run from Wednesday, September 24 through Thursday, October 2, 2014. The exhibit is sponsored by the Confucius Institute on the Crookston campus.
Special activities taking place on Wednesday, September 24 include a Chinese painting workshop from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Owen Hall 118; a Painting Exhibit Opening Ceremony starting with a supper at 5:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom; a presentation; and concluding with a question and answer session.
For more information, contact Chunhui Wang at the Confucius Institute at 218-281-8551.

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR FROM THE WALK POLK COUNTY CHALLENGE

Congratulations Polk County not just Talkin’ the Talk, but Walkin’ the Walk!

Thank you to all the participants who moved their way around the Polk County map with the Walk Polk County Challenge.  Polk County Public Health promotes healthy behaviors and encourages active living. Communities and environments that support healthy choices are vital to optimal health for all.
Walk Polk County is a 12 week movement challenge with weekly motivational emails and encourages participants to track their activity to assist them in making long-term lifestyle changes.  Thirty prize incentives were also given out along the way from June 1 to August 31.   Five hundred sixteen maps (516) maps were submitted throughout the challenge, for a total of 1290 hours of activity.  Gifts and cash prizes were donated from community sponsors.
Regular exercise helps our body and mind. Just 30 minutes of daily activity can help reduce stress, increase energy levels, improve sleep, maintain a healthy body weight and build healthy muscles. In addition, regular exercise reduces the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
For more information on active living, please contact Polk County Public Health 218-281-3385.

Submitted by:
Tammy Conn
Polk County Public Health

 

 

 

THURSDAY - SEPTEMBER 18,  2014 

PATCH HOMEWORK HELPER STARTING UP ON MONDAY AT CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL

PATCH is starting up at Crookston High School on Monday, September 15.  PATCH stands for Pirate Assistance Team Conquering Homework and is an after school program from 3:30 to 4:30 in the Crookston High School library for seventh to 12th graders who need extra help or don’t understand their homework, or just want to study for a test.” Usually there is one teacher and me to help the students with homework,” said PATCH Coordinator Maria Argueta. “They get a snack, and a bottle of water and if they get done they get a piece of candy.”
PATCH is held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week “The kids liked it and I like making that connection with the kids,” said Argueta. “We just make sure they are on top of their homework and a time for them to interact with each other.”
For more information on PATCH, you can call Maria Argueta at 281-5313 extension 2208.

 

 

MIKE FARRIS TO PERFORM AT UMC ON SEPTEMBER 24

Award-winning musician Mike Farris will perform at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Farris, whose diverse music rooted in early American gospel and blues, will perform on Wednesday, September 24, in Kiehle Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. The concert, which is part of Recovery Month, is free and all are welcome.
Farris has performed with the who's who of American music legends including Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Dave Matthew's Band, Sheryl Crow, and Bob Dylan. He won an Americana Music Award for New/Emerging Artist in 2008 followed by a Dove Award in 2010. With a personal history that includes alcohol and drug addiction, Farris' music celebrates his freedom from chemicals and his faith in God.
He is set to release his newest studio album, Shine for All the People, on September 16. This upcoming album pushes beyond Salvation in Lights in that it reveals hope not in any glory to come, but in the failures and suffering of the present.
He said in a recent interview, "I was a destructive person. I was a drug addict and an alcoholic, so being where I am now and being able to share this spiritual music, this great musical heritage from America, and being part of a healing force is great."
It was in 2005 that Mike Farris cracked open the hallway door when, for the first time since the age of 15, he was clean and sober. Recording what would become the critically acclaimed Salvation in Lights (2007). He played the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame’s 16th Annual American Music Masters concert honoring Aretha Franklin, then TEDx Nashville, and then to the inaugural Austin City Limits Hall of Fame with Double Trouble.
Last year, he travelled to Copenhagen, Denmark and in an interview there he talked about the diverse music genres that have influenced his style and he cited African American spiritual music as the foundation of his music. To learn more about Farris and his music, visit www.mikefarrismusic.com.  
Recovery Month is a national observance each September that spreads the positive message that chemical dependency treatment is effective and people can and do recover. Events will be held across the country throughout the month.

 

 

JENNY AND GABE AMON TO BE HONORED AS EXPERIENCED AMERICANS FOR SEPTEMBER

Jenny and Gabe Amon are the experienced Americans for the month and will be honored on Friday afternoon at the Golden Link. The Amon’s have three children, Tony, Mike and Julie. They have 11 grandchildren ages 5 to 21.
The Amon’s have lived in Crookston since 1972 and Gabe had a long career in several areas. “I was a bartender at the municipal liquor store, the Viking, Upper Deck working for the Maves who were nice people, I worked at Leever’s and Hugo’s and the Juvenile Justice Center,” said Gabe.
Gabe has the best job of all now as a foster grandparent. “I really like it,“ said Gabe. “I started at Cathedral for six or seven years. Now I’m at Highland where they read to me and I help them with their work and guide them, makes me feel young and they are pretty neat kids.” Gabe often serves as an alter boy for funerals at the Cathedral Church.

Jenny Amon raised her family and had a career as a nurse. “I started working at St. Francis as a nurse starting in 1962 and stayed until they closed and I then worked at the St. John’s in Red Lake Falls for four and a half years and then back to Crookston at RiverView retiring in 2007,” said Jenny. “I serve on many committees in the community and volunteer at the Cathedral and worked as an election judge which I enjoy.”
A reception will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Friday (September 19) afternoon at the Golden Link for Gabe and Jenny Amon and everyone is welcome.


                                Gabe and Jenny Amon

 

CROOKSTON ROTARY CLUB AND CITY OF CROOKSTON

The Crookston Rotary Club, Rotary International and Rotary District 5580 in partnership with the City of Crookston would like to invite all people of Crookston and surrounding area to celebrate the International Day of Peace on Sunday, September 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the downtown city square. This historic celebration will dedicate a new peace pole declaring the city of Crookston a “City of Peace.”

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY - SEPTEMBER 17,  2014

POLK COUNTY VALUATIONS UP OVER 22 PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR

Polk County Commissioners were given good news at their meeting on Tuesday from Rob Wagner, Polk County Assessor, who presented the estimated market value of the county for 2014. The market value in the county has had a significant increase. Land and building values were $4,265,458,600 in 2013 and rose to $5,237,930,400 for 2014. That is an increase of 22.79 percent, residential went up 5.70 percent while agricultural went up 32.20 percent, seasonal went up 2.77 percent and commercial/industrial rose 3.40 percent.
“It was comparison of 2013 to 2014 mini abstract which is the actual estimated market value in the county. From 2013 to 2014 we have increased 22.79 percent in estimated market value with almost all of it in the agricultural area with some in residential, seasonal and commercial, but ag valuation increased the most this year,” said Wagner.
New construction in the county was strong, helping improve the market value. “We have over 29 million dollars in new construction this year compared to about $20 million last year,” said Wagner. “This looks good, we have a strong market and strong economy by looking at this.”
The commissioners were pleased with the value report. “When I got on the board six years ago property values on taxable properties were about $3.4 billion and now it went over $5 billion,” said Polk County Commissioner Craig Buness. “Which is due to the ag land value and the new construction was over $29 million when it normally is $20 million so that is a big jump.”

 

 

POLK COUNTY COMMISSIONER HOLD A BOUNDARY COMMISSION HEARING

Polk County Commissioners held a Boundary Commission Hearing on Tuesday afternoon to resolve property disputes according to Commissioner Craig Buness who explained what a boundary commission is. “It was established this summer for properties on Union Lake, so we had Boundary Commission 1 and now Number 2, which has property lines going through cottages so it will be tougher,” said Buness. “10 to 12 property owners are involved only two attended the hearing for an issue of six feet. Widseth Smith Nolting staff was there along with an attorney.”
These commissions were established by the state so disputes could be handled to fix errors made many years ago and now with technology can be fixed.
The commissioners approved a quote from Building Systems Corporation for asbestos removal from the Polk County Annex at a cost of $12,750.00. Items sold from the Annex Building will pay for the asbestos removal as $12,867.25 was the money received for the items.
Mark and Melissa Melby of Mentor were awarded a septic loan of $5,800 from the Minnesota Pollution Control grant program. Olson and Sons Excavating of Fertile will install a septic system on the Melby property.
The commissioners have been working on the budget for 2015 and will meet with the department heads next week. “County Commissioner Warren Affeldt and County Adminstrator Chuck Whiting could not attend the meeting so budget discussions were not done,” said Buness. “I think we are working toward a 2-3 percent increase in December with the public hearing set for December 2 at 1:00 p.m. at the government center.”

 

 

 

TUESDAY - SEPTEMBER 16,  2014

DANICA BREKKEN CROWNED CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING QUEEN AND BEN DORMAN CROWNED KING

 

Crookston High School Homecoming coronation took place Tuesday morning in the Crookston High School auditorium.  Danica Brekken was crowned queen and Ben Dorman was crowned king.
The queens attendants are Sydney Boike, Madison Crane, Kenzie Klatt, and Abby Parr.
The other king candidates are Luke Edlund, Tanner Gaetz, Isaiah Ramirez and Cody Weiland.
The Pirate football team will play Breckenridge on Friday with the homecoming dance on Saturday.

 
 Queen Danica Brekken and King Ben Dorman     Back Row - Cody Weiland, Tanner Gaetz, Isaiah Ramirez, Ben Dorman, Luke Edlund
                                                                                    Front Row - Madison Crane, Kenzie Klatt, Danica Brekken, Sydney Boike, Abby Parr

 

 

UMC TO HOLD A CEREMONIAL GROUND BREAKING FOR THE NEW WELLNESS CENTER

A ceremonial ground breaking for a new wellness center will take place on Monday, September 22, at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The ceremony, which begins at 12:15 p.m., will be held on the site of the new wellness center just west of the Sports Center. All are welcome and parking is available in Lot G near the Kiehle Building on campus.
Prior to the ground breaking there will be a major gift announcement for the project by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. The announcement will take place in the Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center at 11:30 a.m.
Guests for the ceremony include University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, along with several members of the U of M Board of Regents and the Minnesota Legislature.
When completed, the new wellness center will be approximately 36,000 square feet featuring a two-court recreational gymnasium space, workout and fitness spaces, locker rooms, public spaces, a classroom, and a multipurpose room. 
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed the 2014 Legislative Bonding Bill last May. The bill included state funding for several projects for the University of Minnesota system, one of which was a $10 million allocation for a Wellness Center at the Crookston campus.  An additional $5 million will be raised for the project through philanthropic efforts.

Background
Originally built in 1930 when the campus was a residential high school, the current recreational facility, the UMC Sports Center, has been significantly updated only once--in 1980 when Lysaker Gymnasium was added along with some additional office space and training rooms. The central core of the facility, Knutson Gymnasium, is more than 80 years old and houses the current fitness and exercise area. 
The Sports Center is shared by varsity athletics, intramural sports, and the student body. Because of the need for student-athletes to use the facility for conditioning, practice and training, it is overcrowded and virtually inaccessible to most other students.
Studies indicate that college wellness facilities have a positive impact on successful student persistence, grade point average, and graduation rates. These studies also show that habits related to wellness directly impact lifelong health and are connected to a stronger workforce. In addition, the Wellness Center will help enhance academic programs such as UMC's sport and recreation management, and develop new opportunities to meet workforce needs for training in the areas of health and wellness.

 

 

CROOKSTON CITY COUNCIL REVIEWS BUDGET AND HEARS FROM THE POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS

The Crookston City Council had a budget review last night with the department heads. Brian Halos, a Crookston Firefighter spoke in place of Chief Tim Froeber who was out of town at training. “There were some questions about are trucks, we have a new pumper being built for delivery after the first of the year,” said Halos. “Our ladder aerial truck will be replaced next which is a 1977 model with the aerial functioning well but the fire pump does not work well enough to be certified, but it works with other trucks and hydrants.”
The new pumper is being built and will cost around $300,000. “The city has two pumpers at the station, engine 1 and 2,” said Halos. “The firefighters own engines 7 and 8 and they are putting together funds for a new truck to replace engine 8.”

Crookston Police Chief Paul Biermaier reviewed his budget with the city council where they had questions about tasers and the new cameras for the patrol cars. “We have five tasers, one is not repairable and one needs repairs so we are down to three. We have had tasers since 2004 and their life expectancy is about five years,” said Biermaier. “The taser companies come out with a plan that we pay so much a year forward to help pay for the repairs, and each taser is about $1,000 each.”
Cameras have been in the cars for several years starting with a video tape, and in the newest car now they have a watchcard system costing about $4,500. “You can’t argue with video, you can’t argue with recorded audio,” said Biermaier. “Whether it is to keep the officers safe or disputing any facts and the other side is that the recordings are saved to be used if a complaint is received.”
The city has four marked patrol units and put on 20,000 to 30,000 miles a year on each car. “About every four years we try to replace one car,” said Biermaier. “This year we bought a Ford Expedition for the winter. We have a Ford Explorer, Ford Taurus, and one Crown Victoria, which are not being made anymore. We have two investigators cars and a spare car and drug task cars for travel.”
Costs of uniforms for the officers is covered by the city and vests cost $1,100 each so the clothing allowance is large.

 

CROOKSTON PARK BOARD PRESENTED STRATEGIC PLAN FROM CITY ADMINISTRATOR SHANNON STASSEN

The Crookston Park Board met on Monday and were presented a strategic plan for the board from Crookston City Administrator Shannon Stassen. Trails, birding and parks were part of the plan, along with more usage of the Crookston Sports Center.  “I thought it was something we needed for a long time, it was talked about so this was good,” said park board chair Larry Brekken. 
A location for the proposed Splash Park was discussed with the city wanting it at the swimming pool, which the school district owns. “That will be going to the Crookston School Board and see what they want and then we will move on from there,” If they choose to have it by the swimming pool, the park board will go along with that otherwise Highland Complex will be considered.”
Maintenance and clean up work has been done at the Crookston Sports Center to get ready for the hockey season. “There is a new locker room being set up as we are short of locker space when we have all the teams coming in on weekends, which is great for everyone,” said Brekken. “Maintenance and clean up has been done. I toured the center last Friday with Shannon so it looks nice, we have to look at a lot of painting for next year.”
Registration for hockey and figure skating will be at the Sports Center today and tomorrow.

 

 

CROOKSTON PARK BOARD PRESENTED STRATEGIC PLAN FROM CITY ADMINISTRATOR SHANNON STASSEN

The Crookston Park Board met on Monday and were presented a strategic plan for the board from city administrator Shannon Stassen. The plan included trails, birding and parks along with ideas to have more usage of the Crookston Sports Center. Park Board Chairman Larry Brekken appreciated the presentation. “I thought it was something we needed for a long time, it was talked about so this was good,” said Brekken. When the budget comes to us we get about 20 minutes to look at it and the figures are highlighted so we don’t much control, it is pretty much up to the city but I think that will change down the road.”
A location for the proposed Splash Park was discussed with the top spot at the Crookston Pool, which the school district owns. “That will be going to the Crookston School Board and see what they want and then we will move on from there,” said Brekken. “If they choose to have it by the swimming pool, the park board will go along with that otherwise Highland Complex will be considered.”
Maintenance and clean up work has been done at the Crookston Sports Center to get ready for the hockey season. “There is a new locker room being set up as we are short of locker space when we have all the teams coming in on weekends,” said Brekken. “Maintenance and clean up has been done, I toured the center last Friday with Shannon so it looks nice. We have to look at a lot of painting for next year.”
Registration for hockey and figure skating will be at the Sports Center today and tomorrow.

FOR A COMPLETE RUN DOWN OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN CLICK HERE

 

 

MONDAY - SEPTEMBER 15,  2014

CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL CORONATION TO BE HELD TUESDAY MORNING

Crookston High School Homecoming coronation will take place on Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the high school auditorium.
The queen candidates are Sydney Boike, Danica Brekken, Madison Crane, Kenzie Klatt, and Abby Parr.
The king candidates are Ben Dorman, Luke Edlund, Tanner Gaetz, Isaiah Ramerize and Cody Weiland.
The coronation is open to the public. The Pirate football team will play Breckenridge on Friday with homecoming dance on Saturday.

 

 

FISHER SCHOOL HOMECOMING KING AND QUEEN ANNOUNCED


The Fisher High School home coming court was announced last week and the king was Kane Perrin and Queen Taylor Altepeter. Queen candidates were Emily Love and Annabel Aguilar. The Junior Attendant was Rachel Wagner and Sophomore Attendant was Mikayla Vasek. The King candidates were Nick Donarski, Adam McDonald, Devin Peterson and Jordan Peterson. 

 

 

 

CITY OF CROOKSTON GETS GOOD NEWS, INSURANCE RATES TO STAY THE SAME

The City of Crookston has received good news on their health insurance rate in August and will have a zero percent increase. “We were fortunate enough that we actually have a zero percent increase which is helpful as we had high increases the last two years, our utilization is down and that is the biggest reason for the zero,” said Crookston City Finance Director Angel Hoeffner. “They look at the past history also so we are fortunate to get a zero. Last year it was 17 percent increase so it is a big drop.” Another reason why the insurance rate stayed the same is the participation in the wellness program by city staff.
The zero rate in health insurance compares to a one percent increase for Polk County. The two groups are in the same service coop.

 

 

CROOKSTON AIRPORT COMMISSION DISCUSSES FIVE YEAR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

The Crookston Airport Commission met last week and discussed the five year plan, which includes pavement rehabilitation, a new hanger and other improvements at the airport. “We went over are capital improvement plan for the next five years as we have a meeting coming up with the Federal Aviation Administration and the state aviation agency and we have to reaffirm the projects we want to do over the next five years so the commission needed to go over the projects,” said Hoeffner. Projects coming up are the ones that were delayed from this year to next year and include pavement rehabilitation around the hangers and aprons and replacing the fuel tank system. “We have an airport layout improvement plan to be done before we can do a new hanger which we would like to do in the next few years,” said Hoeffner.

 

 

CROOKSTON DRINKING WATER IN GOOD SHAPE, RATES TO STAY THE SAME

The City of Moorhead was recently awarded the best drinking water in the United States and KROX talked to Crookston Public Works Director Pat Kelly about the city’s drinking water. “One thing about our water is that it is well water with minimal treatment,” said Kelly. “When it comes from our wells out east it is pumped to our water plant, we filter out the iron to acceptable level .05 parts per million, we fluoridate and chlorinate it to kill any bacteria and that is in it,” said Kelly. “Places that take water from the river have to add a lot of chemicals to take out the contaminates. We get good ground water which tastes good.”
The water department has not raised rates for many year and does not anticipate any raise in the future. “We are in the good graces with the state, which samples our water and analyzes it twice a month,” said Kelly. “They keep a good eye on us and we keep an eye on it to make sure it stays good as we are proud of that.”

 

 

 

FRIDAY - SEPTEMBER 12,  2014

AURI IS MOVING ACROSS THE ROAD TO THE VALLEY TECHNOLOGY PARK

The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) located at UMC has begun the process of moving to the Valley Technology Park, just north of the campus, which is managed by the Crookston Housing and Economic Development Authority (CHEDA). “The university is squeezed for space, they want to find a space for the admissions staff to showcase the university and AURI occupies the space so we are going to renovate a space at the Valley Technology Park to house AURI going forward,” said CHEDA director Craig Hoiseth.
The Crookston Gun Club has requested CHEDA assistance to do some work on their club on Highway 75, north of UMC. “The Crookston Gun Club is really unique because they continue to grow and are serving the high school students with trap shooting so there is utilization there and they want to spiff up the area and make a capital investment,” said Hoiseth. “They are looking for way for CHEDA to help fund them or work with fund raising, the board received the request good so we will move forward.”

 

 

EICKHOF COLUMBARIA HAS RENOVATED AND EXPANDS THEIR FACILITY

Eickhof Columbaria in Crookston has renovated and expanded their facility in Crookston. “Initially the goal a few years ago was to combine our offices with the manufacturing part and the Phoenix Building came for sale and we purchased it and initially remodeled the manufacturing space and moved in and took advantage of all it had to offer,” said Paul Eickhof. “We knew the existing offices would not meet our needs and we went into the second flood office space when we moved in and with a goal of remodeling the first flood for offices and then to design for an entrance at the middle of the building to encompass access to the second floor for future expansion for offices or a possible tenant on the second floor.”
The renovation created an interior showroom for our product. Visitors can examine the product in the showroom in the winter or the patio they built on the south side of the building which will have product. “It was all about creating an office and manufacturing facility that works for us now and in the future,” added Eickhof.

 

 

CROOKSTON ROTARY ROSE SALE IS UNDERWAY

The 19th annual Crookston Rotary Club rose sale is underway in Crookston.
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 Titan Machinery. All orders must be placed by September 25.  Roses may be picked up at Montague’s on Thursday, October 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Lorna Hollowell, Stefanie Paverud of Montagues, Annette Thompson

 


 

TODD AND ANDRIA ELLINGSON, MISSIONARIES IN AFRICA, TO BE BACK HOME IN CROOKSTON

Todd and Andria Ellingson, Christian missionaries in Rwanda, Africa, for four years., will be in the Crookston area during the month of October. Todd graduated from Crookston Central in 1983 and is the son of Bud and Judy. They will be accompanied by their children, Ella (2 1/2 years old), and Zebadiah (1 ˝), both born in Rwanda.
In January of 20l2, they opened the City of Joy Christian School in a building they built across from the rented farmhouse where they live. This year there are 160 students ages 3-6 yrs., who attend half-days. They are taught in English by four native teachers. Only 106 of these students have sponsors. Next January each age level will move up a grade, and they won't be having a three year old class. Instead, there will be two classes of each level: preschool, Kindergarten, 1st grade, and they will add a 2nd grade level. In 2016, they hope to have built four more classrooms so they can have all-day sessions for each class.
Todd and Andria hired a lady early on to teach adult sewing classes and, to date, 180 students have graduated and have gone on to use their skills to help support their families. Treadle sewing machines were donated by sponsors for use by the sewing students.
A popular project, both for the Rwandans and for sponsors, is the donation of money to buy a female goat for poor families. As of August, they have given away 743 goats. They have also given seven cows to families in need.
Members of a church in Pennsylvania are talking of planting a Christian church at City of Joy, possibly in the early months of 2015. This has been a project that the Ellingsons have prayed for since they started the City of Joy. The children who attend their school are taught to love Jesus, but Todd and Andria have wanted to reach the adults with the gospel message, too.
Here are some ways that you can get involved in Todd and Andria's mission work:
- Become a prayer partner
- Receive their weekly newsletter
- Sponsor a student $40/month
- Donate a goat or a pig (a new project)
- For more information go to: www.cityofioyrwanda.org

Todd and Andria's speaking schedule so far while they are home is:
Sunday, September 28, Peace Lutheran Church, Baldwin, WI (the pastor is John Hanson, former Crookston resident)
Monday, September 29,Noon Day Lions' Club at the American Legion
Thursday, October 2, at Savior's Lutheran Church - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 5, Trinity Lutheran Church
Wednesday, October 8, The Golden Link Senior Center - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 11, Corn Stalk Jamboree at Town Square, booth of African items
Sunday, October 12, Roseau Evangelical Church
Monday, October 13, Ken Study Club at the Golden Link
Sunday, October 19, St. Paul's Lutheran Church - 10:00 a. m.
Sunday, October 26, Sand Hilt Lutheran Church, rural Climax

If you'd like Todd and Andria to speak at your organization or church during the month of October, please call Todd's parents at 2l8-281-5440 for more information.

 

 

 

HIGHWAY 2 BETWEEN MENTOR AND MARCOUX CORNER TO EXPERIENCE DETOUR SEPTEMBER 15

Motorists on Highway 2 between Mentor and Marcoux in northwestern Minnesota will experience a detour beginning Monday, September 15 as Highway 2 temporarily closes to traffic for road construction work. The westbound detour from Mentor will follow County Highway 12 north four miles, and then County Highway 49 west five miles to Marcoux. The eastbound traffic detour from Marcoux will follow County Highway 49 east five miles, and then County Highway 12 south four miles to Mentor.
Crews are concluding pavement work, and will be installing a 4x8 box culvert under the highway. The new culvert will be located one mile east of Marcoux. When the project is completed, motorists will notice a smoother highway and improved drainage along the route.
The detour is expected to last through Sept. 19, with extensions possible due to weather delays. Sporadic lane closures will still be seen along the route after the detour concludes, lasting through the end of the month. These closures will cause very minimal delays. For statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org.       

 

 

GOVERNOR DAYTON AND ADMINISTRATION ENCOURAGING MINNESOTANS TO FILL PROPANE TANKS

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and his administration are encouraging Minnesotans to fill up their propane tanks early – and many already have. In doing so, propane customers can take advantage of low prices and prepare in advance for their winter heating needs. The Minnesota Department of Commerce offers these tips to propane customers across the state:

·Buy Early – Fill up your propane tanks now to avoid the high-demand prices of the winter months. Buy during the summer and early fall when there is less demand and prices are lower
·Make a Budget – Consider a budget plan to spread out the payments. A new law requires propane distributors to offer all customers a budget plan. Distributors must also notify budget-plan customers of price or fee changes that may affect their monthly payment amount by more than 20 percent.
·Know Your Rights – A new law signed by Governor Dayton this year enacted new consumer protections such as transparent pricing (distributors must inform customers of current per-gallon price and additional charges, fees and discounts) and the prohibition of extraneous fees (adding any service, distribution, transportation, or other fees to the bills of customers who enter into a contract with the distributor are prohibited). Read more about these consumer protections.
·Apply for Assistance – Apply for the state’s Energy Assistance Program that helps low-income customers pay their energy bills. An average grant per household is about $500. Information about the Energy Assistance Program is available on the Commerce website or by calling 1-800-657-3710.
·Conserve Energy – Explore options to reduce your propane demand. Consider energy conservation and efficiency measures that will lower heating demand, such as programmable thermostats, air sealing, and insulation. Consider alternative heating systems such as solar thermal to supplement existing systems.

 

 

 

UMC ALUMNI GET A TOUR OF TCF BANK STADIUM ON THE MAIN CAMPUS IN MINNEAPOLIS


Alumni from the University of Minnesota Crookston gathered for a social at TCF Bank Stadium on the Minneapolis campus. With around 60 in attendance, the evening was a success and included greetings from Chancellor Wood and a tour of the stadium. 

 

 

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