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The Crookston American Legion Baseball team is looking for a coach this summer.  If you are interested in coaching, call Brent Stahlecker at 218-289-7078.


It sounds like Softball and Baseball will start playing some games this week and for sure next week (weather permitting).  Teams should have a clean slate the rest of the spring sports season, except for when the frost comes out.  The games might have to be delayed one more time, but barring rain the rest of the way it looks like things should be good in far Northwest Minnesota. With that being said, we have received several cancellations and postponements this week and have updated the Crookston schedules many times over the past two days. 

Click on the following link to see the schedules.  We will keep the schedules up to date and make changes as soon as we get them from Mr. Garmen, so check back frequently and we will keep you updated.  We have updated the schedule several times already this week.


The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball program announced the signing of Demarion Bariffe-Smith (G/F, 6-4 165, Skokie, Ill./Niles North H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent. Bariffe-Smith is the third signee for the men’s basketball program, joining Sergio Nanu (F/C, 6-9 210, Kenosha, Wis./St. Joseph Catholic Academy) and Zach Westphal (G, 6-2 155, West Fargo, N.D./West Fargo Sheyenne H.S.).

Bariffe-Smith helped Nile North High School to a 26-5 mark as a senior. He played out of his natural position out of necessity in his prep career as he played in the post. Bariffe-Smith played for head coach Glenn Olson for the Vikings. He helped lead his prep team to the semifinals of sectionals. Bariffe-Smith averaged 10 points and six rebounds per game for the Vikings. He also played football and ran track growing up. “During the recruiting process I heard of a player from a very good Niles North team that has done everything his coach has asked and will do anything to help his team win,” said Head Coach Dan Weisse. “He sounded like the type of person we try to get in our program. In getting to know Demarion and his high school coach, that is exactly what we are getting. He has very good athleticism and length. Demarion also bring a quality shot and high motor. Perhaps what impressed me the most was that Demarion has the perfect mindset that fits exactly what we look for in our program. He comes from a system and program philosophy with Coach Olson that aligns with ours. Demarion comes from a wonderful family and he has a great support system. I am excited to get working with Demarion and we welcome him to the Golden Eagle basketball family.”
He is the son of Eugene Smith and Yvette Bariffe-Smith. Bariffe-Smith was born May 25, 2000. He plans to major in software engineering at Minnesota Crookston. Bariffe-Smith was a National Honors Society member. He received the Sportsmanship award and the Principal’s breakfast award. Bariffe-Smith was also on the honor roll at Niles North High School eight times. His nickname is Taz. He has a wingspan of 6-11.



The Minnesota Football Coaches Association, in partnership with the Minnesota State High School League, and support from the Minnesota Vikings, is hosting the inaugural Minnesota Football Summit on Saturday, May 5, at Mounds View High School.
The primary purpose of the Summit is to gather leaders in Minnesota football at the youth and high school levels to develop a plan for both short- and long-term action to benefit and enhance football programs across the state.  During the Summit, those in attendance will be analyzing the challenges, as well as the opportunities, in football. “Football, America's game, has never been safer or more needed in today's culture,” said Ron Stolski, Executive Director of the Minnesota Football Coaches Association. “The ‘Keepers of the Game Summit’ will enhance the game and educate coaches, program leaders and moms as to the essence of the experience that only ‘the huddle’ can give.’’’
The Summit is designed for high school coaches, and leaders in youth football programs throughout Minnesota.  The goal is to have multiple attendees from football communities across the state. Bob Madison, the MSHSL Associate Director that oversees football, said “this is a great opportunity to have a statewide conversation on how football is positively impacting our communities.”
Former All-Pro center and Super Bowl champion Matt Birk, a prep standout at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, is one of the featured speakers. Birk, now an executive with the National Football League, will open the event by sharing his views on the many positive virtues and character traits that are taught through football.
Dr. Francis Shen of the University of Minnesota is another featured speaker. He will address how you can love your brain and the sport of football.

Planned breakout sessions include:
- A mom’s panel that will share a mom’s perspective on football
- A panel of coaches sharing best practices for increasing and maintaining participation levels
- Safe blocking, tackling and practice techniques
- Sharing ideas on the proper progression for participation – from flag football to Rookie Tackle or a modified game and final to full-tackle 11 vs. 11.
- Results of a recent survey conducted of High School Head Coaches will be shared
- All attendees will join in discussions during a round-table sessions where action steps are shared that can be implemented in their football communities.

The event begins at 9 a.m. and will conclude by 2:30 pm.  A $20 registration fee includes morning refreshments, lunch, a t-shirt, notebook and clinic materials. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. 
All registration can be done online on the Minnesota Football Coaches Association website  There you will find a link for the Minnesota Football Summit.  Payment can be made online or the form can be downloaded and mailed. “The Minnesota Football Summit will provide all schools; big and small; outstate and metro, insight and information regarding the benefits of football in their schools and communities,” said Scott Gonnerman, President of the Minnesota Football Coaches Association.



The first of three NCAA Division II Softball Regional Rankings were released and the NSIC had six of the top ten teams in the central region. Winona State is the top ranked team in the region while UMD is third, Augustana is fourth, Minnesota State is fifth, St. Cloud State is eighth and Concordia-St. Paul is ninth. 

The 42-team NCAA Central Region is made up of teams from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and the Great American Conference (GAC). Automatic bids are awarded to the tournament champions from each conference with the final five spots awarded on an at-large basis. In all, eight teams will advance to the NCAA Regional Tournament on May 10-12, with the top two seeds in the region hosting. 

The NCAA softball selections will be announced on on Monday, May 7 at 9 a.m. (CT).  The NCAA Championships are set for May 24-28 at Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Virginia hosted by the City of Salem and the Mountain East Conference.

The NSIC Softball Tournament is set for May 3-5 at Bowden Field & Sherman Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The top-ten teams in the NSIC standings will participate in the double-elimination tournament, which will be co-hosted by Augustana University and the University of Sioux Falls. 

Rk School (Conf) In-Region DII Rec
1 Winona State (NSIC) 20-4 30-4
2 Southern Arkansas (GAC) 42-4 42-4
3 Minnesota Duluth (NSIC) 23-7 29-8
4 Augustana (NSIC) 21-8 28-8
5 Minnesota State (NSIC) 20-11 26-12
6 Arkansas Tech (GAC) 32-12 32-12
7 Washburn (MIAA) 36-7 36-9
8 St. Cloud State (NSIC) 20-9 25-14
9 Concordia-St. Paul (NSIC) 17-13 22-16
10 Harding (GAC) 27-17 27-17



Pirate Hoops Summer Skills and Drills 2018

For Pirate Basketball players (girls and boys) grades 3-12(next years grade)
Where: CHS gym
When:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Time:   7:30-9:00am
Cost $40 ( Family max=$80) (Make checks to Pirate Basketball)
Attend all or as many as you are able to.

Send to:           Pirate  Hoops
                        Crookston High School   Attn: Greg Garmen
                        402 Fisher Ave.
                        Crookston, MN 56716


Keep top portion



Grade fall 2018_________________________________________________

School attended(circle):    CHS    HES    Cathedral    Our Saviors       Home School    

I understand that Crookston High School and the Summer Basketball Academy staff will not be held responsible for injuries of loss of personal property while the above athlete is attending the academy.  I authorize the directors to secure any emergency treatment deemed necessary.  The staff will not be held responsible for payment for this emergency treatment.  Any hospital or doctor fees that are a result of injury will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian.  I also acknowledge that the above athlete is physically ready for the activity of the basketball academy.

Signature of parent/guardian_________________________________________




Make plans now to attend the 25th annual “Lace ‘em Up” basketball camp to be held in Red Lake Falls high school at the Robert Matzke Gym from June 4-8, 2018.

The camp is open to any boys or girls who are currently in grades K-11.  The camp is set up to run from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 for grades 6-11 each morning, and from 12:00 noon until 3:30 p.m. for grades K-6.  The cost of the camp is $60 with a maximum cost per family of $100.  If you register before May 25,  you will also receive a camp T-shirt.  After May 25, ALL SINGLE REGISTRATION FEES WILL BE $70 AND THE MAXIMUM COST PER FAMILY WILL BE $120, DUE TO CAMP PREPARATION AND AWARD ORDERS.

NOTE: by request, sixth graders may come in the morning, afternoon, or both for one price.

Cut on the dotted line and return the following to: Steve Philion, 518 Champagne Ave., Red Lake Falls, MN 56750.  (218-253-2499). E-mail:

Make checks payable to: Lace ‘em Up basketball camp


Name____________________________________   Grade in 2017-2018________________ (grade just completed)

I was a 6th grader this year and would like to come: (circle one) MORNING AFTERNOON BOTH

T-shirt sizes:     Please circle one:

                        Youth sizes:       EXTRA SMALL           SMALL            MEDIUM             LARGE

                        Adult sizes:        SMALL     MEDIUM     LARGE      X-LARGE        XX-LARGE



MALE____________              FEMALE____________

I, the parent of the above student agree to allow my child to participate in the 2018 “Lace ‘em Up basketball camp in Red Lake Falls.  I also understand that the camp director, the City of RLF, and the RLF school district are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that my child might occur. 

SIGNATURE OF PARENT OR GUARDIAN:_______________________________________


RiverView Health will hold a 5K Walk/Run and Kids ½ Mile Fun Run on Saturday, May 12th.  Registration begins at 9:00 am at the Rehab entrance on the south side of RiverView Health in Crookston.  The Kids Fun Run starts at 9:30 am and the 5k Walk/Run starts at 10:00 am.  This is a family friendly event.  There is no cost for the Kids Fun Run.  There is a $15.00 entry fee for 5k registrations postmarked May 2nd or before.  5k registration forms postmarked after May 2nd have a $20.00 entry fee.  All pre-registered 5k participants will receive a t-shirt.  Race day registration will be accepted as well, but you will not get a t-shirt. No pets, bikes or rollerblades will be allowed, but strollers are welcome.  Registration forms are available at   For more information, call 218-281-9211.


The University of Minnesota Crookston football program will host two youth camps Wed., April 25 and Wed., May 2. The camps will be $20 per participant and will commence with registration at 5:30 p.m. at the Minnesota Crookston Sports Center. The camp is available for student-athletes in grades 5-8.

The camp will run from 6-8 p.m. on the campus of University of Minnesota Crookston. The campers will learn general football skills and will develop their skills through position specific drills. They will receive instruction from the Minnesota Crookston football staff and players.

If you are interested in participating, contact assistant coach Sam Gooding at or you can register in person on the day of the camps from 5:30-6 p.m.

The football program will have a plethora of camp options this year. They will also host a high school camp on July 22. In addition, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will host a 7-on-7 camp on the Minnesota Crookston campus June 20. The FCA camp is not sponsored by Minnesota Crookston.



The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball program will host three camps this summer.
The Golden Eagles will host a pair of individual skills camps in June.

The first one will be the Junior Eagle Day Camp from June 11-14. The camp will run from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt and a ball. The last day, the campers will receive a pizza party following the completion of the camp. The camp is available for boys and girls grades 1-6.
UMC will then host an Offensive Skills Day Camp June 18-21. The camp will run from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Each camper will also receive a camp t-shirt and a ball with a pizza party following the conclusion of camp. The camp is available for boys and girls grades 5-12.
The campers for both camps will develop their skills through drill work, contests and games. They will also receive instruction from coaching staff and players. Cost for both camps is $50 per camper. For the camp brochure and registration, click here.

UMC Men's Basketball will also host their second annual Varsity Team Camp Friday, June 22. Games will take place all day with a four-game guarantee. The games will be played at Lysaker Gymnasium and the Minnesota Crookston Wellness Center. The camp costs $200 per team. Minnesota Crookston t-shirts will also be available to participants.
The Golden Eagles are in their fifth season of having summer camp offerings. They have continued to show growth in numbers each season with their camps as they had 97 campers for individual camps last season and eight teams for their inaugural varsity team camp.  For the camp brochure and registration, click here.
If you are interested in the camp or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact assistant coach Bryan Beamish at 218-281-8431 or  If you are interested in registering for the camps, see the attached forms and mail payment to:

UMC Basketball
142 Sports Center
2900 University Ave.
Crookston, MN 56716


The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball program is excited to announce that they will host Summer Camps for the second-consecutive season. The Golden Eagles will host three camps over three days from July 11-13 at the UMC Sports Center.
The camp offerings commence July 11 with a Positional Day Camp beginning with check-in at 8 a.m. It is available to players entering grade 7 to players entering college. The cost of the camp is $25 per session and $80 for all sessions. The sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The first session will focus on attacking and blocking and will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The second session will focus on passing and defense and will run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served in Brown Dining Center from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The serving session will then commence at 12:30 p.m. and run until 2 p.m. The final session will focus on setting and will take place from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

UMC will host a Junior Eagles Skills Camp July 12-13 at the Minnesota Crookston Sports Center. The camp is available to players entering grades six and under. Registration is $60 and includes a gift for all participants. Check-in for the camp will be at 8:30 a.m., with the camp taking place from 9-11:30 a.m. The camp will feature instruction from Minnesota Crookston Head Coach Sarah Rauen, Assistant Coach Anna Morgan and current Golden Eagle volleyball players.

The final camp offering is a Golden Eagles Skill Camp from July 12-13 at the Minnesota Crookston Sports Center. The camp is available to players entering grades seven to players entering college. The camp runs from July 12 at 1 p.m. to July 13 at 3 p.m. Campers have the option to commute to the camp or stay on-campus during the duration of the camp. The cost for a commuter is $150 and the cost for a resident is $200. Participants also have the option to request a roommate. Campers will receive instruction from the Minnesota Crookston volleyball coaches and current players. Participants will also receive a camp gift.

Those interested in participating in the camp can contact Anna Morgan at or 218-281-8410 or mail-in registration forms to the address below.  Click here for the registration form.

2900 University Ave.
Attn: Anna Morgan
Crookston, MN 56716
*Make checks payable to Minnesota Crookston VB


We told you in an earlier column that Crookston High School graduate, Paul Kuznik, will be inducted into the 2018 Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame Saturday, April 28 in Benson. Information on the banquet is below, along with Paul's Bio.

2018 Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association David Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

Larry Goodnature -Coach, Mark Jensen - Coach, Ed Kane - Contributor, Paul Kuznik - Athlete, Pat McNamara - Athlete, Chris Nelson - Athlete, Jim Williams - Contributor Roger Wilson - Contributor.

Pioneer Award Recipients: Merv Jensen -Brainerd, Glen Gertes - Faribault, Fed Stoecker - Owatonna

Date: Saturday, April 28th, 2018

Place: McKinney’s on Southside (banquet) Country Inn (attached hotel) 300 14th St. South Benson, MN 56215 Phone: (320) 843-4395 (rooms) · Fax: (320)843-4655 Toll-Free Hotel Reservations: 1-866-843-4394 (for rooms-block held until April 14, 2017) or try Benson Inn, 320-842-6990 (located at 600 22nd St. South in Benson)

Time: 4:00 PM Social * 5:00 PM Dinner 5:30 PM Induction Ceremony * Cash Bar Price of Dinner: $33.00

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City, State, Zip

Home Phone ( ) _____

Work Phone ( )__________________________________________

Email address:_______________________________________________

#of Tickets Ordered @ $33.00 each = $ ________________

Make checks Payable to: MWCA Send Order Form to: Steve Ricard 405 15th S t. North Benson, MN 56215 320-843-4508(h) 320-843-2710 (w) 320-444-0569 (cell)

Would like to be seated near the following inductee:_______________________________ or: makes no difference_____


Paul Kuznik, Athlete

Paul Bryan Kuznik graduated from Crookston Central High School in 1986.  He was an exceptional wrestler who achieved a 141-10 career record at a time when fewer matches could be wrestled.  As an 8th grader, he took 3rd place in Region 8AA losing in a true second match.  He was 24-4 that year.  His record his freshmen year was 27-3, and he won the Region 8AA Championship and placed 4th at State.  In his sophomore year, his record was 29-2, won the Region 8A Championship and placed 3rd at State.  Paul became Crookston’s first Wrestling State Champion in 1985 with a record of 30-1.  His only loss was in the Region 8A Championship match to Wayne Werner of Perham.  Paul won his second State Championship in 1986 while compiling a perfect 31-0 record. In the spring of Paul’s Senior Year, he wrestled for Team Minnesota against Wisconsin.  He was selected Outstanding Wrestler for Team Minnesota.  He was a 1986 High School All American in Wrestling as well as Academic All-State.  Paul also was a Bronze Medalist in the United States Freestyle JR National Wrestling Tournament in 1986 tech falling Tom Brands twice in his route to earning All-American Status.  Some of his other high school honors were as follows:  Captain of the Cross Country Team and Minnesota State High School Cross Country Qualifier.  First Chair in the High School Orchestra and selected to the All-State Orchestra.  The 1985 Minnesota State 4-H President and State Ambassador. Paul was also named to the Guillotine’s Academic All-State Team.  After high school, Paul was offered scholarships from the University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, University of North Dakota, and the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Paul attended West Point, The United States Military Academy where he majored in Leadership Management and Engineering.  Former West Point Assistant Coach and Head Coach at Cornell and the University of Oklahoma Jack Spates said “his open heel picks and head snaps were awesome and his battles with Iowa great Dan Knight were legendary”. Paul wrestled at West Point where he was Captain of the team his senior year.  He was a three time NCAA Division I EIWA place winner, placing 2nd, 3rd and 5th.  He also was a two time NCAA Division 1 national qualifier.  Paul suffered a career ending injury his senior year.  He was ranked 5th at the time.    While at West Point, Paul won the West Point Arvin Memorial Award for Outstanding Leadership, West Point Pierce Memorial Award for Outstanding Athletics and in 1988 set the All-Time West Point Physical Fitness Record established in 1802.  He was a 1990 Graduate of West Point.  Paul served in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant in the Field Artillery stationed at West Point and as the Graduate Assistant Wrestling Coach and later at Fort Sill, OK as both a Firing Platoon Leader and an Executive Officer   He currently resides in Fort Lauderdale Florida with Brenda , his wife of 25 years.  Paul has had a 25 year career in the medical device industry and is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer, Bolton Medical in Fort Lauderdale, FL.


It looks like youth Lacrosse could be coming to Crookston.

Hi Chris,
It is happening, I am working with Ryan Olson of Crookston to get Crookston Lacrosse started.  There are actually a couple things going on.

First, Ryan was a NCAA D1 lacrosse player in the day in up out east.  He has lived in Crookston for the past few years and has been yearning to get back to the game.  I have been encouraging him to get something going in Crookston but work and family have kept him tied up.  But I must have pushed him along just hard enough that we are going to work together to put together a lacrosse association for Crookston.  Not a lot of details right now, this is pretty fresh.  The biggest thing is we need to get the word out to the community and the surrounding communities as any family that wants to come to town for lacrosse events is welcome.  As the word goes out, we also need to capture contact information so we can monitor interest and build a contact list to tie those interested together and start communicating directly with those folks.  To collect information we have a simple Google form that can be found at .  We also have an email, and a Facebook page, .

Second, Ryan has been working with his east coast contacts and is finalizing a lacrosse day camp at UMC this June.  These great teaching coaches will be coming to Crookston to put campers through four days of drills to improve the game here in NW Minnesota, as well as Eastern North Dakota and Southern Manitoba.  Ryan is also working with Crookston Economic Development and Convention and Visitors Bureau to work out arrangements for out of town campers to get discounts on hotels and restaurants.

I know from emailing with you in the past that you have an awareness and an interest in lacrosse and we would appreciate if you could use your voice in Crookston to help us spread the word to you listeners and those that visit the KROX webpage as well.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me by replying to this email or to


Brent Lindstrom


The Crookston Pirate Booster Club is gearing up for its annual membership drive. PIRATE BOOSTERS exists to support Crookston High boys’ and girls’ athletic programs.
The PIRATE BOOSTERS provide financial assistance which allows student athletes to obtain equipment, uniforms, warm-ups and facilities enhancements. Your annual investment will help the athletic needs of the Crookston High School student athletes.

With your contribution of $100.00 or more, you will have your name placed on the PIRATE BOOSTERS sustaining membership board which is located in the CHS Commons. In addition, your name will be placed in all printed programs for CHS athletic events.
The Contribution levels are broken down as follows:
$100.00-$249.00 - Blue Club Member
$250.00-$499.00 - Gold Club Member and will receive recognition as an event sponsor during the 2018-2019 academic year.
$500.00-$999.00 - Pirate Club Member and will receive recognition as a multiple event sponsor during the academic year 2018-2019.
$1,000.00 or more - Captain’s Club Member and will receive special recognition throughout the entire 2018-2019 academic year.

Although giving levels have been established, any contribution to PIRATE BOOSTERS will be greatly appreciated.

As a part of your annual membership, you are assured CHS athletic team members will not solicit you or your business with smaller fundraisers. You will have a choice to approach a specific team if you desire to provide additional support. If you are interested in joining PIRATE BOOSTERS, please make your check payable to PIRATE BOOSTERS by April 30, 2018. You may bring your donation to Greg Garmen at Crookston High School or Charles Reynolds at Fitzgerald, Reynolds, Harbott, Knutson & Larson, PLLP.  If you would prefer to have your donation picked up, please contact Greg Garmen or Charles Reynolds. You can send a check to Crookston Pirate Boosters - 402 Fisher Avenue, Crookston MN 56716.

The Crookston High School Athletic Department student athletes and coaches and the entire PIRATE BOOSTER CLUB appreciate your generous support.


There has been a lot of interest from people after we posted this so we will post it again.  If you have any info on Pirate sports records or want to help tracking them down read below!

Crookston High School, namely Ed Nelson, has been working on getting all the records for the Pirate Sports teams updated and it has been a process.  Ed is looking for any records, stats, state participants, etc from the following sports.

Boys Tennis
Girls Tennis
Girls Soccer

If you have Crookston Times articles with information, yearbooks with team and/or individual records, scrapbooks, or anything with any information that you might think would be of interest to Ed email him at

With that said we have links to the Crookston Pirate records pages for the following sports.  If you see something that is incomplete, or maybe an updated record let Ed know at the above email address.  I have listed the team and click on the team to see their records. 

Here is an update on the various sports covered by the website as of December 1, 2016

Sports that are done and will not change without additional information:

Boys’ Basketball
Girls’ Basketball
Boys’ Golf
Girls’ Golf
Boys’ Soccer (Poor or no records were kept over the years.)
Girls’ Soccer
Boys’ Track & Field
Girls’ Track & Field
Girls’ Hockey will be complete by the end of 2016 and join the above.  I am currently looking for “Team:  Game” and “Player: Game” records for the first 5 years of the program.

Sports being worked on:
Baseball (Justin Johnson is doing the research and has completed the last 16 years)
Boys’ & Girls’ Tennis (Mike Geffre has the information and is scanning everything.  When he is done, the records will be posted.)

Sports not yet started:
Football (I will be starting Football this winter.)
Boys’ Hockey (Frank Fee has agreed to research the records.) 

Fall Sports -
Boys Soccer       Girls Swimming      Girls Soccer      Volleyball

Incomplete records     Girls Tennis         Football                  

Winter Sports -
Boys Basketball           Girls Basketball          Boys Hockey         Girls Hockey         Wrestling

Spring Sports-
Softball            Boys Track        Girls Track         Boys Golf         Girls Golf      -

Incomplete records 
Boys Tennis         Baseball

Sports that are no longer offered-
Boys Swimming           Girls Cross Country           Boys Cross Country


JOKES (Do you have any good jokes - email them to and I will put them in the feever

The Brothel Parrot
A woman went to a pet shop & immediately spotted a large, beautiful parrot. There was a sign on the cage that said $50.00. 'Why so little,' she asked the pet store owner.
The owner looked at her and said, 'Look, I should tell you first that this bird used to live in a house of Prostitution and sometimes it says some pretty vulgar stuff.'
The woman thought about this, but decided she had to have the bird any way. She took it home and hung the bird's cage up in her living room and waited for it to say something.
The bird looked around the room, then at her, and said, 'New house, new madam.'
The woman was a bit shocked at the implication, but then thought 'that's really not so bad.'
When her 2 teenage daughters returned from school the bird saw and said, 'New house, new madam, new girls.'
The girls and the woman were a bit offended, but then began to laugh about the situation, considering how and where the parrot had been raised.
Moments later, the woman's husband came home from work.
The bird looked at him and said, 'Hi Frank.'


Opening Day Fishing boat-


How are former Crookston Pirates athletes doing in college or elsewhere?

Isaac Westlake, a sophomore playing golf for the Winona State Warriors.  Isaac didn't golf in the NSIC Championships last weekend.  Winona State finished second place as a team, behind Minnesota State Mankato.

Bobby Tiedemann
, is a Sophomore on the St. Mary's University Men's Tennis team in Winona.  Bobby lost his second doubles match 8-6 and he lost his second singles match 6-4, 6-4.  St. Mary's will wrap up the regular season on Saturday when they take on Hamline at the U of M Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis.

Amanda Trandem, is a Freshman on the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Softball team.  Amanda didn't play in an 11-3 and 12-4 loss to Concordia-St. Paul on Friday.  UMC will travel to Mary on Wednesday, Bemidji on Thursday, Wayne State on Saturday and Augustana on Sunday.

Aaron Hollcraft, is a junior playing basketball and baseball for the UMC Golden Eagles.   Aaron pitched one-third of an inning in a 6-5 victory over Bemidji State on Sunday.  He didn't pitch in a 4-2, 12-0 and 6-2 victories over Bemidji State on Saturday and Sunday.  UMC will host St. Cloud State on Wednesday, Upper Iowa on Saturday and Sunday.

Brita Fagerlund, is a Freshman on the University of Jamestown Jimmy Women's Track team.  Brita finished 44th place in the hammer throw with a throw of 117-03 and 45th place in the discus with a throw of 102-09 at the Sioux City Relays at Sioux City, Iowa on Thursday.  Jamestown will travel to the Northern Invite on Friday and the Cobber Twilight in Moorhead on Tuesday.

Paul Bittner, is playing for the Cleveland Monsters (AHL – minor league affiliate of Columbus).  Paul didn't score in a 4-0 loss to Manitoba on Thursday and he didn't score in a 3-1 victory over Manitoba on Friday and he didn't score in a 6-4 loss to Grand Rapids on Saturday to wrap up the regular season.  Paul played in 52 games and recorded 18 points (9 goals and 9 assists), a plus/minus of -12, he had 17 penalty minutes and 108 shots on goal.

Cody Wardner, is playing Junior Hockey for the Oklahoma City Jr. Blazers in the C1HL league.   The Blazers were in the postseason this past week, competing for the Thorne Cup.  Cody didn't score in a 4-2 loss to Idaho on Wednesday, Cody had an assist in a 4-3 victory over El Paso on Thursday and he didn't score in a 5-3 loss to Ogden on Friday.  The Blazers went 1-2 in pool play and were eliminated.

Crookston School District Coaches -
Mitch Bakken
is the head Pirate Baseball Coach.
Justin Johnson is the Pirate Junior Varsity Baseball Coach.
Brock Hanson is the Pirate Baseball volunteer assistant coach.
Cody Brekken
is the Pirate Boys Tennis coach and Crookston Community Pool Supervisor
Tyler Brekken is the junior high Pirate Softball coach
Jeff Perreault
is the Pirate Girls Golf head coach
Jaclyn Martin is the Pirate Girls Hockey Head Coach and assistant girls golf coach
Wes Hanson is the Pirate Wrestling Head Coach and assistant boys golf coach
Amy Boll
is the Pirate Girls Track head coach and assistant volleyball coach

Wade Hanson
is the 8th grade boys basketball coach
Travis Ross is the 7th grade boys basketball coach
Kevin Weber is a Pirate Boys Basketball volunteer assistant coach
Connor Morgan is the Pirate Boys Hockey assistant coach
Sam Melbye is the Pirate Boys J.V. Hockey coach
Chris Dufault is an Assistant Wrestling Coach
Nate Merten is an Assistant Wrestling Coach

Ryan Bittner, is a junior playing hockey for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. 

Brady Heppner, is a sophomore playing hockey at St. Johns University in Collegeville.

Haley Roed, a sophomore on the Minnesota State Moorhead Women's Swim team.

Marietta Geist, a sophomore on the Carleton College Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams. Marietta suffered an injury and hopes to compete in the indoor track season.

Luke Edlund, is a junior linebacker on the Crown College football team.  Crown is done until next fall.

Elise Tangquist, is a freshman golfer for the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. Northwestern will be off until the spring.

Josh Edlund,  is an assistant football coach and phy ed teacher at Flandreau, South Dakota.

Allison Lindsey Axness is Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach in Champlin Park

Jeff Olson is Head Wrestling coach and Assistant Baseball coach at Delano.

Jake Olson is Head Boys Tennis coach at Delano.

Todd Kreibich, is the Coach and General Manager for the Minnesota Iron Rangers Junior Hockey team our of Hoyt Lakes.

Carmen (Kreibich) Johnson, is Head Volleyball coach at Little Falls High School.

Katy Westrom, is Freshman Girls Basketball coach at Monticello High School.

Matt Harris, is a Director of Athletics at the British International School of Houston.

Marty Bratrud is the Superintendent and High School Principal at Westhope High School.
Gordie Haug is an assistant football coach at the University of Wyoming
Mike Hastings is the Minnesota State Mankato Men's head Hockey coach
Mike Biermaier is the Athletic Director at Thief River Falls High School
Stephanie (Lindsay) Perreault works with the North Dakota State stats crew for Bison football and volleyball and basketball in the winter. Stephanie’s husband, Ryan, is the assistant director for the Bison media relations 
Jason Bushie is the hockey athletic trainer at Colorado College
Chris Myrold is a Tennis Pro on Nevis Island in the West Indies
Kyle Buchmeier
 is a Tennis Pro at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis
Erika Wheelhouse
 is serving in the Peace Corp in the Philippines.
Jarrett Butenhoff is serving our country with the U.S. Navy
Joshua Butenhoff is serving our country on a Submarine with the Pacific Fleet with the US Navy.
Alan Mart, 2009 Crookston High School graduate, is currently serving his country for the US Army as a Cavalry Scout in Afghanistan.
Peter Cournia is a 2002 Crookston High School Graduate and also a grad of West Point and is currently is serving in the U.S. Army.
Erik Ellingson is serving our country with the U.S. Air Force Iraq
Philip Kujawa class of 2004 from Crookston Central is stationed at Hohnfels in Germany for the next 2 or 3 years.
Scott Riopelle is head of Crookston Parks and Recreation
Rob Sobolik is the General Manager of the Fargodome