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NEW PET GROOMING BUSINESS OPEN IN DOWNTOWN
If your pet is
looking a little shaggy after the long winter, Allison Mayer, Owner/Operator of
Rockstar Grooming, has the perfect solution for you. She recently opened her new
pet grooming business in the former Munn’s Jewelry location in downtown
Crookston, and is busy painting and remodeling in between appointments.
Mayer said that she brings 8 busy years of local grooming experience with her.
“I actually worked at a local veterinary clinic since 2009, and was trained by a certified
veterinary technician. It wound up being about five dogs a day, five days a week, so
I’ve had quite a bit of experience. I figured it out one point, and it was over
4000 dogs that I had already done. That number keeps growing, obviously,” she
She explained how
her new business will feature local and unique products in a custom-designed
space, saying, “I wanted a little different space, I wanted it set up the way I
liked it, and I wanted to be able to carry a little different retail products. I
wanted to get some of the local gals to make their pet beds, pet shampoos and
pet toys – things that other people like to carry that aren’t necessarily
available at Walmart, but are homemade and are a little more local.”
Although a “grand
opening” is still a ways out, Meyer said that she is busy taking appointments
now. “I’m functional right now; I’m just under some remodeling. As long as
people don’t mind a little paint and clutter, and things like that, I can
definitely still get the dogs in now. I’m just not quite set up to where I want
to be yet on the retail end. I would like to carry a little bit of dog food –
just a couple of the specialty brands that they don’t sell around the area. I’m
open for the hair cutting and the grooming right now, but the retail is going to
take me a bit longer. The number here is 289-ROCK, which I thought was kind of
fun. I was able to get the Rockstar Grooming in there, but the actual digits are
Opal, a Pekinese,
gets a haircut from Allison Mayer of Rockstar Grooming
MUSIC LEAGUE TO HOST DAVE BENNETT ON FRIDAY
A multi-instrument phenomenon, Dave Bennett is a clarinet virtuoso who plays
electric guitar, piano, and drums, and vocalizes. One of the only artists
saluting the Roots of Pop, Bennett covers music from the swing era and
rock-n-roll to country, Elvis, and the Beatles.
Dave Bennett brings his Roots of Pop show to Crookston Friday, April 7 at the
Crookston High School Auditorium as the final concert of the Crookston Civic
Music League Entertainment Series for 2016-2017. The Dave Bennett quartet
consists of Dave on clarinet, guitar, piano, and vocals; Doug Cobb on drums;
Todd Weed on piano; and Kurt Krahnke on bass.
This show will not only showcase Dave's clarinet, but his fine voice as well as
his famous "rockabilly" guitar and wild piano. Backed by their full repertoire
of Swing, Dixieland and Benny Goodman standards, they will branch out with
Elvis, Roy Orbison, and other country and rock music.
Dave Bennett, a Michigan native, is an authentic musical prodigy (totally
self-taught) on his clarinet, which was given to him at age ten by his
grandparents. He then taught himself to play Benny Goodman songs by ear,
listening to a tape given to him by his grandfather. He was only fourteen when
he began traveling all over the U.S. with several Michigan based Dixieland
bands. Now we discover that he is also an excellent singer and plays a "mean"
guitar and wild piano. What more can a musician do?
For further information, contact Elaine Metzger at 281-2681 or Alvern Wentzel at
281-7873. Admission is by season ticket only.
Anyone needing a ride to the performance should call THE BUS 281-0700.
Dave Bennett and the Roots of Pop
“Where Have All the Children Gone?” Asks Crookston School
Enrollment continues to be a concern for the Crookston School
District said Superintendent Wayne Gilman, “We are down quite a bit for a lot of
different reasons. Some of the comments are that families were looking for work
and reasons like that, but it comes down to that there are fewer kids in the
area, but we are going to consider some things like advertising that Crookston
is a great place to live with a wonderful school system, so we will see what we
can do.” Gilman said they were down about 70 students last week. Using the
Minnesota State per pupil formula, this is going to be a loss of over $300,000
to the school district.
Also at the Crookston School Board meeting on Monday, the board approved two
lease agreements for the coming year. “We have an agreement with the Community
Family Center (Old Carmen School) for $18,000 for the year and we may not have
that lease next year with the reconfiguration of bringing the 7th grade to the
high school," said Gilman. The second lease is with the Resource Management LLP
for the New Paths Area Learning Center classroom by the former junior high
school at $6,000 a year, "Last year we had it for free," said Gilman, "so it is
a one year at a time lease and works good for us at the present time."
The board approved a land transaction between Richard (Tuffy) and Terry Hanson
to the Solheim Farms in Fairfax township. There was a country school located on
the farm land and the school property was given to the Crookston School District
and the transfer needed to be done to clean up the deed for the farmers. No
money changed hands on the half acre plot.
Jim Kent, the interim Curriculum Director for the school district presented the
annual report on Curriculum, Instruction and student achievement to the board.
Superintendent Gilman said they are working on the annual year progress (AYP)
plan, “Kent talked about where we are at and he identified the areas we need
improvement, Special Education, Hispanic, English as a Second Language and Free
and Reduced lunch categories. Reading and math need to be improved, so we have a
plan in place to make the necessary improvements.” The report was approved by
the board and must be sent to the state by October 15.
Seven employment agreements were approved by the Crookston School Board,
including one for Steve Krueger as the High School Auditorium manager for $1,471
per year. Crookston High School Principal Todd Brist said, “This means we have
someone to oversee all the happenings in the auditorium, as it is a hopping spot
with a lot of activities, so he will oversee it all nd make sure the lights,
sound and the stage are well taken care of."
Jessica DeBoer was hired as an after school care aide at
Washington School. Emily Parrill, Spanish teacher will be the new Student
Council Advisor. Jill Schisano will be a part time art teacher. Joe Sobolik was
approved as the 8th grade girls basketball coach and Amy Huie is the7th grade
girls basketball coach, while Jaclyn Martin was approved as an assistant girls
Scott Solheim Gets Second Kidney Transplant
Scott Solheim of Crookston has needed a second kidney transplant
for several years after getting his first kidney transplant from his wife Tracy
back in December, 1998 failed after seven years.
September 29, 2008 was the day the phone call came from the
Fargo transplant clinic that a Kidney was available. Tracy Solheim said, “The
phone call came at 4:30 AM Monday Morning that a kidney was available and we
needed to get to Fargo by 9 a.m. After testing was completed at 3 p.m. they told
us he was getting a new kidney and surgery took place at 6 p.m. Scott was out of
surgery by 9 p.m. so it all happened within 12 hours. Scott came home on Friday
and we are still traveling to Fargo 2-3 times a week because of follow up
appointments. He is doing well, he is tired and has low hemoglobin, but
otherwise he feels like a new man."
Their young children are excited and pleased because they think
they will get to go to Disneyland now that their Dad is off dialysis, since
there were so many things they could not do before, according to Tracy. “Keeping
him well is the biggest thing and away from the flu, so we all have gotten the
flu shots as the next two months are the most critical, because he is on high
doses of medicine and is most likely to get the sickest and after that they
decrease the amount."
Support from the community, church, family and friends has been great, and there
is the caring bridges website where people can go for information, according to
Tracy. Scott’s brother Jeff and his wife Tracy are accepting calls to help
provide suppers for the family for the month of October. Anyone wishing to help
can call 218-857-3512. Marilyn Solheim is the mother of Scott Solheim and they
are long time Crookston residents.
Crookston City Council Meets on Tuesday
The Crookston City Council will have their regular meeting on
Tuesday, October 14, 2008. On the agenda include setting a date for a public
hearing for the Crookston Housing Incentive Program. Approving the sale of one
of the Evergreen Estates lot in the Northeast end of Crookston. Also approving
some assessment’s for Locken Boulevard for street reconstruction and give City
officials approval to acquire more properties in the flood zone. For the
complete Crookston City Council meeting agenda click here.
After the City Council meeting, the Crookston Ways and Means committee will meet
and on their agenda is a recommendation from the Crookston Ice Arena Advisory
Committee to follow through on the $14.3 million design of a new ice arena
complex that will be built in the Northeast end of Crookston.
After the Ways and Means Committee meeting, the City of Crookston Finance
Committee will meet and their agenda includes a request from the Crookston
Community Swimming Pool, rehabbing the Spendley Lift Station and reviewing the
City's third quarter budget.
The City was also interviewing for a new Payroll Clerk on Monday from over 30
applicants. They also interviewed seven applicants last week out of 12 resumes
for a position with the Crookston Parks and Recreation Department.