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FRIDAY - OCTOBER 24,  2014

CROOKSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT OFFERS HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

By making small adjustments to costume and decoration choices on Halloween, danger and risk to public safety is easily decreased.  “It is important for people to take basic precautions to make sure they have nothing other than a fun-filled Halloween,” says Shane Heldstab of the Crookston Fire Department.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the United States sees an overall increase in fires on Halloween caused by open flames, and the arson fire rate is 10 percent higher than on any other day with 15,500 fires and $92 million in property loss per year.

To ensure a safe and happy Halloween, the Crookston Fire Dept. offers the following tips:
-Cross streets at the intersection and look both ways before crossing.
-Use battery operated lights, not candles, to decorate walkways. Always keep candles, matches and lighters in a place that children cannot reach. This will make it much safer for trick-or-treaters and decrease the chance of an open flame fire.
-Keep children, costumes and decorations away from open flames and heat sources. Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable.
-Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections. Make sure they are certified by a recognized organization like the Underwriters’ Laboratory, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or the Underwriters’ Laboratory of Canada (ULC). Do not overload extension cords. Indoor and outdoor decorative lights can be fire hazards.
-Choose costumes that are flame resistant, comfortable, and easy to walk in and see.
-Pick brightly colored costumes that can be clearly seen by motorists. Add reflective tape to the costume to increase visibility.

Please call 9-1-1 for the help of your local fire fighters in the case of a fire or emergency. The Crookston Fire Department wishes you a happy and safe Halloween.

 

 

 

UMC HONORS TWO OUTSTANDING ALUMNI, THERESA HELGESON AND WAYNE SCHERTLER

Two Outstanding Alumni were chosen by the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) to be recognized during the annual Alumni Awards Celebration during homecoming on Friday October 17, 2014. The two Outstanding Alumni were Theresa Helgeson ’96, of Crookston; and Wayne Schertler ’83, of Savage.
The evening also included the induction of the '97 Football Team; Bill Tyrrell, who was athletic trainer for the Golden Eagles for 18 years and led athletic fundraising for 8 ½ years; Scott Strohmeier '99 (football); and Karla (Thormodson) Isley '98 (basketball) into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Of the nearly 200 in attendance, close to 30 members of the 1997 football team were joined by many family and friends of the honorees. 
Corby Kemmer, director of Development & Alumni Relations, along with Stephanie Helgeson, athletic director, served as emcees for the evening and special greetings from the campus came from Chancellor Fred Wood.
The Outstanding Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed on U of M Crookston alumni by the alumni association. The award recognizes alumni who have displayed exemplary commitment and service to community, church, education, family, or in their occupational field. More than 120 alumni have been honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award since its inception in 1980.
The accomplishments of this year's Outstanding Alumni include:
Theresa Helgeson is a lab services coordinator in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, and has worked at UMC for more than 10 years. She coaches the Mid-American Horticultural Society (MACHS) Team and serves as advisor to the Horticulture Club. She is a member of the Minnesota Horticulture Society, the National Hosta Society, and a certified professional of the Minnesota Nursery Landscape Association.
Wayne Schertler is a partner with entero, LLC, and provides leadership and advisory services to the company operations. He has more than 20 years of experience in financial and executive management within the legal services, public accounting and professional consulting industries and an accumulated 20 years of executive-level experience in the legal industry with national law firms.


                        Wayne Schertler and Theresa Helgeson

 

 

 

RIVERVIEW TO HOLD THEIR MONTHLY HEALTH LUNCHEON ON OCTOBER 30

Did you know that you could be walking around with diabetes and not know it? It’s true. According to the National Diabetes Statistics Report put out earlier this year, in 2012 29.1 million people (9.3% of the US population) had diabetes; 21 million people were diagnosed with diabetes and 8.1 million people were undiagnosed. That same report stated that 86 million Americans over the age of 20 had pre-diabetes.
While the statistics are staggering, there is good news. Diabetes can be managed and treated with healthy eating, regular physical activity and on occasion, medications. And pre-diabetes can be an opportunity to improve your health with improved lifestyle changes.
Attend RiverView’s October 30 Health Luncheon “Nutrition and Diabetes’’ to learn more about what you can do to eat your way to better health. RiverView Dietitian Darcey Larsen, RD LD, will educate us on how the food that we eat affects our blood glucose levels and how nutritional changes can better our health whether you are a person with diabetes or someone interested in learning about healthy eating habits.
The luncheon will be held in Meeting Room # 1 beginning at noon. Meeting Room # 1 is located near the RiverView Clinic entrance on the north side of the hospital and across from the elevators on first floor.
The luncheon series is in its sixteenth year of sponsorship by RiverView Health. All men and women interested in improving their health are invited to attend. Each luncheon starts a few minutes past noon and luncheons are kept under one hour so those needing to return to work can attend. The presentations are free and attendees can bring their own lunches or purchase a bag lunch for $3.00. Pre-registration is required. Call Holly Anderson at 218-281-9745 to reserve a seat.

 

 

 

WILL ENLOW IS RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL IN WARD 4

Will Enlow is a candidate for Ward 4 alderman in Crookston running against incumbent Hector Santenalles, Dennis Regan and Adam Herberg.
Enlow wants to work to get more people to move to Crookston. “I just feel that it’s been to much wasteful spending and it has raised a lot of eyebrows in town so it is time for someone new and I would be an asset on the council,” said Enlow. “I am looking at ways to beautify the city to have people want to move here and raise their families and stay in the city.” Enlow is married with three children, one in Fargo and two at home. “I have owned a computer business in town for five years and it does pretty well and good to have a local business so citizens can have an option to stay in town,” added Enlow.

 

 

CROOKSTON CITY COUNCIL AT LARGE SEAT HAS A TWO MAN RACE, BOB QUANRUD AND TRAVIS OLIVER

The Crookston City Council at Large seat has two residents running for the slot. Incumbent Bob Quanrud is being opposed by newcomer Travis Oliver.

Quanrud wants to continue working on projects a term on the council. “After four years you are just beginning to understand how city government works, learning the state mandates, you have to be interested in what is going on and help out,” said Quanrud.
Quanrud has some specific project to work on. “Economic development is tough to work on with the tax system in Minnesota and compete with North Dakota,” said Quanrud. “Obviously housing is short in some areas, we could use another apartment complex with 36 to 40 units, some seniors want a smaller place with less work.”
Quanrud is a retired Crookston police officer and is married to Terry and they have two sons that are graduates of Crookston High School.

Travis Oliver filed for the at large position because he thinks younger residents should be represented on the council. “I want to represent the younger population in Crookston as I am 32 years old. I want to see a little more progressive thinking, not that the council is doing a bad job or anything,” said Oliver. “I want to see what is going on and develop relationships with UMC and the school district and get other ideas from residents in town. I have always been interested in government and thought now was the time to get started.” Oliver has a degree in construction management from NDSU and a bachelors degree from UMC in Manufacturing. He is working for Liberty Business systems as a sale representative from the Canadian border to Bemidji and down to Climax.

 
         Bob Quanrud                     Travis Oliver

 

 

THURSDAY - OCTOBER 23,  2014

MEET THE CANDIDATES FORUM HELD LAST NIGHT

The Meet the Candidates Forum sponsored by the Crookston Chamber of Commerce and the University of Minnesota Crookston was held Wednesday night at Kiehle Auditorium, with candidates for Crookston school board, Crookston city council, mayor of Crookston, Polk County commissioners and House District 1B candidates.


CROOKSTON SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES

School Board candidates Patti Dillabough and Tim Dufault answered questions about enrollment, priorities for the school district and the mentoring program for new teachers. School board candidate Adrianne Winger was not in attendance due to parent teacher conferences for her children.

                  Patty Dillabough and Tim Dufault at the forum held at UMC Wednesday evening

 

CROOKSTON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES

Nine candidates for the Crookston City Council were in agreement for more economic development and housing programs as a way to grow the tax base. Will Enlow candidate for Ward 4 wants more beautification of the city, while at large incumbent Bob Quanrud said the city needs to maintain what we have and work with all the codes and mandates. Travis Oliver, candidate for the at large slot said the council needs a younger voice.  Ward 4 incumbent Hector Santellanes was not at the forum because he was traveling for work, but did have a video of his opening and closing statements.

The nine Crookston City Council candidates, Dana Johnson, Steve Erickson, Will Enlow, Adam Herberg, Dennis Regan, Tom Vedbraaten, Travis Oliver, Bob Quanrud and Hector Santellanes on video.


 

CROOKSTON MAYOR CANDIDATES

Mayor Candidates, Dale Stainbrook, Jerry Perrson and Gary Wilhite were asked about the splash park and letting residents have chickens in their back yard. Perrson said they need to be a team and be more professional while growing the city population. Stainbrook wants a quality of life to attract people to live in Crookston like trails for walking and biking, events on the river and take advantage of UMC. Willhite said building relationships are important to get such projects as the splash park and the downtown square developed. Willhite praised and thanked Mayor Dave Genereux, who was in attendance, for his 27 years of service to the city on the council and as Mayor.

                                                 The Crookston Mayor Candidates during the meet the candidates forum at UMC



HOUSE DISTRICT 1B CANDIDATES

House District 1B candidates Representative Deb Kiel and Eric Bergeson of Fertile were part of the candidates forum and talked about what they are hearing in the district as they campaign.
Bergeson said there are a lot of concerns. “One thing I am hearing is about financial stress of the younger middle class people which surprised me, and a lot of people are taking care of elderly relatives as they can find a place for them or can’t afford it,” said Bergeson who wants to work on the labor shortage for elder care. “There is a wage disparity between Minnesota and North Dakota and the lack of legislation to help nursing homes so I want to work on that right away.”
Representative Kiel said taxes and jobs are a big topic of discussion. “We want to be viable in the district and taxes don’t go to high, take care of the schools, a lot of people don’t mind taking care of a neighbor, but we have gone overboard and need to help them to a job so they can be self sufficient rather than helping everyone on a level that doesn’t get them anywhere,” said Kiel. “I really want to work on career and tech education connecting them with the colleges to get students to see a job at an early age also connect with the businesses to get students pointed in the right direction.” Kiel said there has to be renovations in the way nursing homes are managed and take care of the road and bridge needs in the district.
Representative Kiel and Eric Bergeson will debate at a forum on Wednesday, October 29 at 7:00 at the Crookston High School sponsored by the Coalition of Minnesota Cities.


                            The House District 1B candidates at the meet the candidates forum at UMC

 

 

WORK CONTINUES ON THE SIXTH STREET SLIDE ALONG THE RED LAKE RIVER IN CROOKSTON

The site of the Sixth Street slide along the Red Lake River and below Highway 2 is humming with activity as semi trucks are hauling in machine parts for a huge crane to make the necessary repairs. Paul Konickson, project engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation said work will pick up next week. “Part of the tracks are here and more will be coming in the next few days from California,” said Konickson. “They will put the machine together and get it operational, and a spot for the slurry and the weather needs to hold for about the next four weeks so things don’t freeze up.”
The dirt taken out is in a temporary area at the former Elk River property and Red Lake Builders will be disposing of the dirt.
“It is a wait and see next week to see what place they are digging and will go back on the site to be a flatter one to four slope,” said Konickson. The project should wrap up for the winter by the end of November. The project will not be finished until next spring.


                            The crews working on the landslide area along Sixth Street in Crookston

 

 

CHEDA EXECUTIVE BOARD APPROVES FIVE YEAR OAK COURT HOUSING FROGRAM

The executive board of the Crookston Housing and Economic Development Authority held a special meeting on Wednesday to meet the deadline on a certificate of compliance for HUD. A five year plan for the Oak Court Federal Housing program for 2015 was approved by the executive board to be submitted to the Federal Housing Agency. The plan runs through 2019.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 22,  2014

UMC AND CROOKSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HOST A MEET THE CANDIDATES FORUM TONIGHT

Voters will have an opportunity to learn more about the candidates running for the District 593 School Board, Crookston City Council, Mayoral Candidates, Polk County Candidates, and Minnesota House District 1B at a Forum on Wednesday, October 22.  The Meet the Candidates Forum, jointly sponsored by Crookston Area Chamber and University of Minnesota, Crookston, (UMC) will be held in Kiehle Auditorium on UMC’s campus and will also be aired live on KROX Radio (1260 AM) and online at www.kroxam.com.
The forum, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will include five moderated segments.   Candidates within each group will make an opening statement before answering written questions submitted by the audience.  Each candidate will also have an opportunity to address prospective voters with a closing statement. The School Board Candidates will lead off at 6:35 p.m., followed by the City Council candidates at 7:10 p.m., the Mayoral candidates at 7:45 p.m., County Commissioner candidates at 8:20 p.m., and ending with the Legislative candidates. The forum will conclude by 9:30 p.m.

Three candidates vying for the three open seats on the School Board will take the stage first. School Board candidates are Tim Dufault, Patty Dillabough, and Adrianne Winger. 

The second part of the forum will include the candidates on the Crookston City Council. Ward 2: Dana Johnson and Steve Erickson, Ward 4: Hector Santellanes, Dennis Regan, Adam Herberg, and Will Enlow, Ward 6: Tom Vedbratten. Each ward consists of one position. Two individuals have filed for one “At Large” position on the council—Bob Quanrud and Travis Oliver.

The third part of the forum will include Mayoral candidates Gary Willhite, Dale Stainbrook, and Jerry Joseph Perrson.

The fourth category of the forum will include the county candidates. Commissioner candidates are Warren Strandell, District 2, running unopposed and Joan K. Lee and Kerry Winkelmann, running for the seat in District 4.

House District 1B candidates Representative Deb Kiel and Eric Bergeson will be featured in the final phase of the Forum.

The Chamber and UMC are coordinating plans for the Meet the Candidates Forum, which is free and open to the public.  

 

 

CROOKSTON PARK BOARD LOOKS AT IMPROVEMENTS AT THE DOWNTOWN SQUARE

The Crookston Park Board had a visual presentation at their meeting on Monday about making the downtown square more attractive and useful. “Eric Castle has been so gracious in helping us look at the future layout of the town square. The council had the vision of putting a building on the site that is used by the Farmer’s Market and other special events with a goal to continue to enhance the site with other groups,” said Crookston City Administrator Shannon Stassen. “The Rotary stepped up with the Peace Pole, so we are looking at other things. Eric Castle and his class at UMC has come with research on with a computer animated picture on what it could look like with trees, shrubbery, signage and potentially a gazebo.” The park board appreciated the ideas offered and will discuss any plans for the site.

 

 

CROOKSTON SPORTS CENTER TASK FORCE LOOKS AT HIRING AN EVENT COORDINATOR

The Crookston Sports Center task force has worked on ideas to make the center more cost effective and get more events to support the facility. Crookston City Administrator Shannon Stassen said they are making changes to enhance the center. “The task force has been around for a long time and we met again in June to look at ideas on increasing revenue at the sports center and reducing costs which is a big challenge,” said Stassen. “We put some ideas in place to control the costs and then plan for events. One idea is to fund an events coordinator to work with the Blue Line Club, figure skaters, curling group and others to bring in more events to help the bottom line for the CSC and fill the motels, hotels and restaurants in town to add to the quality of life, so we are looking at ways to fund that position.”

 

 

RIVERVIEW HEALTH TO OFFER FLU SHOT CLINICS OCTOBER 29 AND NOVEMBER 12

With the cold weather creeping closer and flu season just around the corner, RiverView Health’s North Clinic in Crookston will hold influenza immunization clinics on October 29 and November 12 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  No appointments will be taken and patients will be seen on a first come, first serve basis. The patient's insurance will be billed for the vaccination, so please be prepared to share your insurance information. For more information or questions on the RiverView influenza immunization clinics, please call RiverView Clinic at218-281-9595.

 

 

STEVE ERICKSON IS RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL IN WARD 2

The November election is less than three weeks away and the candidates are working hard to get elected. Steve Erickson is running in Ward 2 against incumbent Dana Johnson, who is seeking another term.
Erickson said it has been something I have always wanted to do. “I worked on the railroad for about 20 years and was on the road so wasn’t home to serve, now is a good time, my kids are out of high school and in college so it is a fit time to give a whirl,” said Erickson. “I have my own business Erickson Embroidery, (which I have owned for over seven years) and feel I would have time to contribute to the city. I want to help with UMC as it is a huge asset for Crookston and we need to utilize it more,” said Erickson. “We need to get more businesses in Crookston and work on keeping UMC students here after graduation.”
Erickson is married to Laurie, a teacher at Cathedral School and they have two children, Nate and Riley.

 

 

POLK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS RENEW CONTRACT WITH HALSTAD TELEPHONE COMPANY FOR INTERNET

Polk County Commissioners met on Tuesday and heard from Al Bauer of McIntosh about poor construction on a project on County State Aid Highway 41. He said the completion of the ditch work was unsatisfactory as the slopes were to steep.
Polk County Highway Engineer Rich Sanders reported that the project was built to specifications and is complete. The commissioners agreed to take a look at the project and get back to Bauer.
The commissioners approved several agreements including the Clay County Electronic Data Hosting agreement for the server for 2015 at a one time cost of $5,000 and $7,500 yearly. An agreement with Next Chapter for the CaseWorks computer program, licensure, services and travel or $180,013 and a hardware and Sharepoint licenses cost at $20,805.
The 2015 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) employment and training agreement was signed with the counties of Marshall, Kittson, Pennington, Roseau and Red Lake for $28,400.
The Polk County Sheriff has applied for a federal boating safety supplemental equipment grant for $22,000.
Polk County renewed the contract with Halstad Telephone Company to provide the Ethernet service to the county networks for five years. The contract has six agreements totaling $9,680.00 a month of $116,160.00 annually. County operations are dependent upon these services.
Commissioners approved replacing a custodial position which will be vacated on October 31, 2014.

 

 

TUESDAY - OCTOBER 21,  2014

CROOKSTON PARK BOARD TOLD SPLASH PARK AT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OWNED POOL WOULD BE A GOOD SPOT

The Crookston Park Board met on Monday and had a presentation from Crookston City administrator Shannon Stassen on the splash park and its possible location by the swimming pool which is owned by the Crookston School District.
Stassen said the location would be in good proximity to downtown. “For some time we have been locations for the splash park and we know that getting a site in place would help with fundraising,” said Stassen. “There are a lot of benefits to have it by the pool as it would be downtown by central park and near the downtown square. Some challenges are liability, the city would have to own the land and maybe the city should look closer at involvement in the pool. We are asking for a group to get together and do more research about the pool and the splash park.” The Crookston School District operates the pool and insurance has to be worked out as the city would have to own it so there are items to be worked out.”

The park board heard a presentation on the location of more housing near Hoven Lane which was forfeited to the city back in 1970 to be used as a park. This would have to be changed to develop homes on part of the property. “We have talked about housing strategy for a long time and Hoven Lane would be a place without costs of infrastructure as it is in place now so it is worthwhile to look at Hoven Lane which is now considered a park,” said Stassen. “We would have to go through a process to get the land back. The park on the end of Hoven Lane would remain a park, but there could still be four lots for housing so more work has to be done.”
The residents in the Hoven Lane area would be asked for input on changing the use of the property.
The locker room remodeling at the Crookston Sports Center has been completed. JJ’s Body Shop has signed a six month lease with the sports center to have a boot camp for students fitness programs.

 


 

DENNIS REGAN ONE OF FOUR RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL IN WARD 4

There are four candidates running for the fourth ward in Crookston, Incumbent Hector Santellanes, Dennis Regan, Adam Herberg, and Will Enlow. Regan said it was time to get involved. “My son is in college and I have a little spare time and would like to get involved in the changes Crookston is going through,” said Regan. “We have a good administrator and good people on board, they have good ideas. There are good businesses and the Crookston Sports Center brings a lot of people to the city.” Regan said he has spent a lot of time at the arena and heard good comments from people from North Dakota, Canada, and all over Minnesota. “They like the facility and have a good time in Crookston,” added Regan, who is a native of Crookston. “I lived here all my life, my mom is a half a block away,” said Regan. “My wife is Debbie and we have been married 33 years and she works at Noah Insurance. My son Curtis is at UND.” Regan has worked on the railroad for 28 years and then at the hospital for 10 years and now full time at UMC for six and a half years and also part time in the print shop at the hospital.

 

 

 

KROX TURKEY SHOOT TO START ON NOVEMBER 3, GET REGISTRATIONS IN

The KROX Turkey Shoot Starts Monday, November 3. Now’s the time to send in your entry with your name, address and a phone number on it where you can be reached at during the day for your chance to become a Turkey Shoot contestant when KROX comes a calling throughout the day.  Mail the postcard to KROX Turkey Shoot, P.O. Box 620, Crookston, Minnesota, 56716. Email it to us at krox@rrv.net , fax it to us at 281-5036, or drop it by the KROX offices at 208 South Main in Crookston. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number where you can be reached at the easiest. You could win a twenty dollar Hugo’s gift card to be used toward a purchase of an Our Family frozen turkey from Hugo’s in Crookston or a consolation prize of a Happy Joe’s Little Joe’s pizza. Send in your entry today for the KROX Turkey Shoot that starts Monday, November 3 on KROX radio.

 

 

VEDA OLSON WINS THE KROX RADIO "UMC YOU PICK THE SCORE" CONTEST

The winner of the KROX Radio "UMC You Pick the Score" contest was Veda Olson of Crookston. She picked the University of Mary to beat UMC by a 14 to 7 score. The final score was Mary 17 - UMC 10.  Veda received $10 gift certificates from the following: All Seasons Lube Center and Car Wash, B & E Meats, Crafty Granny, Crookston American Legion, Crookston Eagles 873, Crookston Dairy Queen, Erickson Embroidery and Design, Four Seasons Clothing, Happy Joe’s Pizza, Irishman’s Shanty, Ness Café in Erskine, Oak Pit Grill, Wish Upon a Star, and the University of Minnesota Crookston Bookstore. She also receives a $20 gift certificate from Crookston Hardware Hank, Eagle Thrifty White Drug, and Hugo’s, a free breakfast skillet and a homemade pie from R.B.J.’s Restaurant, a pair of Rider jeans from Fleet Supply, a large one item pizza from Mugoo’s Pizza, and KROX added $66 as a bonus, a dollar for each year KROX has been in business.


Phil Olson accepts the prizes on behalf of his wife, Veda.

 

 

MONDAY - OCTOBER 20,  2014

CLEAN UP WEEK IS NEXT WEEK IN CROOKSTON

October 27 – October 31 is Fall Clean-Up Week in Crookston.  Clean-up items will be picked up only on your regular garbage pickup day and must be placed on the street boulevard.  Please note: Compost material - grass clippings, lawn or garden waste - WILL NOT have to be in City compost bags for this week only.  Cleanup items should be separated into the following piles:  Garbage, clothing, cardboard, etc.; Appliances; Branches and yard waste; Furniture, metal items, demolition, etc. and Tires.  Placing these items out in separate piles will help speed the clean-up process.
As required by State Law, all video display devices (TV’s, computer monitors, etc.) cannot be land filled.  Therefore, these items will not be collected during clean-up.  These devices may be disposed of at Polk County Environmental Services (Transfer Station).
Concrete, batteries, partially full paint cans, other chemicals, or large amounts of demolition debris will not be accepted.  Branches must be cut in four foot lengths and bundled.
Items should be placed on boulevards no more than 72 hours prior to your collection day. Remember, Fall Clean-Up Week is October 27 – October 31 in Crookston.

 

 

RIVERVIEW HEALTH TO OFFER PEDIATRIC FIRST AID CLASS NOVEMBER 1

A Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED class will be offered at RiverView Health on Saturday, November 1 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
According to Wendy Oanes, American Heart Association (AHA) training coordinator, the class is designed for those involved in child care that have a duty to respond to a first aid emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements. This audience includes child care workers, camp counselors, those working for youth organizations and coaches for children’s sports organizations. The course is also ideal for parents, grandparents, babysitters, and guardians.
This course will cover the following items:
-The four steps of Pediatric First Aid
-Illnesses and Injuries
-Child and Infant Safety Checklist
-How Children Act and Tips for Interacting with them
-CPR AED and Choking

The cost of the class is $60, which includes a book and AHA certification card. The class will be led by instructor Brian Rystad, and will take place in Meeting Room 4, which is on the south side of RiverView Health in Crookston. For easiest access, arrive through either the main RiverView entrance or through the Rehab entrance. Students will be given an hour break for lunch on their own.  Registration for the class is required. To register or for more information, call 218-281-9405.

 

 

CROOKSTON CITY COUNCIL MEMBER TOM VEDBRAATEN UNOPPOSED IN WARD 6 RACE

Tom Vedbraaten, Crookston council member representing Ward 6 is running for another term and he is unopposed for the position. Vedbraaten has been on the council for 12 years at the end of this term. “I’ve enjoyed it and done a lot of things. When I worked for the post office I got to see my constituents often and they could express their concerns,” said Vedbraaten. “I hope we can keep maintaining what we have and grow the city the way we have been doing. I retired from the Post Office in April and now work security at UMC.”

 

 

ABBY PARR NAMED CROOKSTON ROTARY STUDENT OF THE MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER

The Crookston Rotary club honored Abby Parr as the Crookston High School Student of the Month for September.

Family: Parents Larry and Kathy Parr, siblings Amanda and Tim
Plans after high school/college: “I plan to attend Northland Tech in East Grand Forks for nursing.”
Areas of involvement in clubs or organizations: Leo Club, Volleyball, Hockey, Golf, Orchestra, Apostle at Cathedral Church
Honors and awards: Lettered in volleyball, hockey, and golf; captain of the volleyball and golf teams; All-Conference golf; first runner-up in Miss Crookston Pageant
Comments: “I would like to say thank you to Crookston Rotary for the honor of being named student of the month.”


Crookston Rotary President Krista Proulx (left) presents Abby Parr with the award.

 

 

 

FRIDAY - OCTOBER 17,  2014

KROX STARTS OUR POLITICAL INTERVIEWS WITH JERRY PERSSON

The November election is coming soon and there are many candidates running for positions in Crookston. There are three candidates running for mayor, they are Dale Stainbrook, Gary Willhite and Jerry Perrson. KROX will by interviewing all the candidates for all the offices and have those interviews online over the next couple of weeks.

Today we start with Jerry Perrson, a newcomer to the election process, who said the time is right for him to run for Crookston Mayor. “There was a time when I was at Furniture City and Crookston Mayor Doug Oman was my neighbor and told me to run for mayor, but my children were young and now they are grown and it is time to step up and run to make things happen,” said Persson. “I am looking to make things happen in development, to work together with UMC, the school district and city council. I grew up here and graduated from high school and attended UMC.”
Perrson is looking at specific projects he would like to work on. “There are some things I want to work on with CHEDA and make them advance,” said Persson. “I believe in the farm community and it’s importance to the town so we should bring it together for the town. I married Teresa Brekken and we raised our family here, built a house with a Crookston tax incentive project. I am in business with my son in law doing construction and we are doing well.”

A meet the candidates forum will be held on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium at UMC hosted by the Crookston Chamber and UMC. The public is invited to the forum to ask questions of the candidates.

 

 

FISHER AREA COMMUNITY FUND INVITES GRANT APPLICATIONS IN SUPPORT OF CHARITABLE, EDUCATIONAL AND PUBLIC PROJECTS

The Fisher Area Community Fund invites grant applications in support of charitable, educational and public purpose projects that will enhance or improve the quality of life for residents and/or visitors of the Fisher area. The Fisher Area Community Fund will consider grant applications of $500 to $5,000 with a total amount available for 2014 grants of $5,000.
Grants will be considered from any nonprofit organization or public agency whose project addresses one of the following topics:  education, economic development, healthcare, environment and recreation, cultural and community service and benefits the residents of the Fisher area.
Special consideration will be given to a project that collaborates with others, provides a long-term impact and has the ability to use the grant funds by December 31, 2014.
Applications are available at the Fisher City Office or you may call/email Amy Theis at (218) 891-2207 or fishcity@rrv.net for a copy to be sent to you.  The Fisher City Office is open Monday – Friday, 8:15 AM – 2:15 PM and is located in the Fisher Public School at 313 Park Avenue, Suite 111 in Fisher, MN.
Fisher Area Community Fund grant applications must be received by 2:00pm on October 31, 2014.  Mail or deliver one copy to the Fisher Area Community Fund, PO Box 158, Fisher, MN  56723.  Completed applications may also be dropped off at the Fisher City Office, 313 Park Avenue, Suite 111, Fisher, MN  56723.  Grants will be awarded in November, 2014.
For questions about the application, contact Amy at 218-891-2207 or fishcity@rrv.net.
The Fisher Area Community Fund is a Community Fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to invest resources, create opportunities, and promote philanthropy to make the region a better place to live and work.

 

 

POLK COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELLNESS COALITION HOSTS TRAINING WORKSHOPS

Polk County Public Health and Polk County Wellness Coalition hosted training workshops on “Simple Steps Toward Building A Healthier Community” on Thursday. Deacon Dzierzawski provided the training on how to engage in meaningful work, involve others and overcome barriers. “One of the things we know about community and health is dependent upon individual decisions backed up by community actions like creating a space for walking and family activities or providing an area at work for a 10 to 15 minute walk around which would contribute to the health of the individual but the overall community,” said Dzierzawski. “The decisions that you make are you doing everything in moderation which is good, everything from drinking, to not smoking, eating and exercise, and how does the community encourage. Those that chose higher taxes on tobacco has reduced consumption in the entire community, walking and biking affect obesity and diabetes and we know the schools and restaurants are giving people better choices like fruit and vegetables.”
People are getting more self sustaining when it comes to their health in this part of the country. “We rely less on the grocery stores with the farmer’s market to make food healthier, and mom and pop grocery stores to make healthier foods more accessible,” said Dzierzawski.

 

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