MONDAY - JULY 25,  2016


The Crookston City Council will meet on Monday, July 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Crookston City Hall Council chambers. 
Items on the agenda include a Resolution to adopt the Polk County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan, to approve the purchase of a 1999 Caterpillar 140H Motor Grader from Ziegler, and to approve the purchase of a 2016 1 Ton Pickup from Christian Brothers Ford.
The council will be asked to reappoint Nichole Jacobson (of the Crookston Inn and Convention Center), and Eric Bubna (Crookston High School Principal) to the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The council will be asked to adopt Small Cities Development Program’s Residential Anti-displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan, Income/Generated Income Plan, Excessive Force Policy, Fair Housing Plan of Action, and Certification for a Drug-Free Workplace.  
The meeting is open to the public and individuals may address the Council about any item not contained on the regular agenda. Maximum of 15 minutes is allotted for the Forum. If the full 15 minutes are not needed for the forum, the City Council will continue with the agenda.
The Crookston Ways and Means will meet after the city council meeting.




The 12th Annual Take a Kid Fishing Day is Friday, July 29.  Boys and Girls ages 9 - 15 years old will be going to the Polk County Park on Maple Lake.  The bus leaves the Crookston Sports Center at 11:00 a.m. and returns to the CSC at about 7:00 p.m.  Along with a day of  fishing, each participant gets lunch and a door-prize.  No fishing equipment is necessary, but if you have your own, please bring it.   The event is free, but registration with P&R is required along with a signed permission slip. Register at P&R in City Hall or on-line at  Call 218-281-1242 for more information. Take a Kid Fishing is co-sponsored by MN Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #8, Crookston Local Law Enforcement, Crookston Fire Department, Harlan's Boats R-US, and B & E Meats.




The University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) along with the Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) at the University of Minnesota College of Design will partner with Bemidji Community Food Shelf to test a prototype Deep Winter Greenhouse (DWG) that is designed to help farmers grow fresh produce throughout the winter months.  
DWGs are passive solar, low-cost, low-carbon winter food production systems. Producers using DWG technology are able to grow winter-hardy crops such as lettuces, cole crops (e.g., cabbages, broccoli, Asian greens), and various sprouts with little or no added heat. The structure is built with a south-facing, angled glazing wall that captures heat from the sun. Heat is stored in an underground rock bed and dissipates into the above-ground planting area at night. The University’s prototype builds on earlier designs to increase insulation capacity and reduce electric use in the greenhouse.  
According to RSDP Associate Director for Local Foods and Sustainable Agriculture Greg Schweser, “Existing common season extension techniques such as high tunnels and row covers extend the season, but are unable to provide capacity to produce product in the winter. Passive solar Deep Winter Greenhouses optimize production in the winter months, giving farmers the ability to produce from October through March and bridge from the beginning to the end of the traditional production season.”  
Bemidji Community Food Shelf is one of five partners working with RSDP statewide to build the prototype DWG. In exchange for support for building the DWG, partners agreed to provide access to their DWG for University research projects, public workshops, and demonstrations for a period of three years. RSDP received more than 40 applications in response to the statewide DWG campaign, and an advisory committee selected one partner from each of RSDP’s five regions in Greater Minnesota.  
Other partners include Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Organic Consumers Association in Finland, Alternative Roots Farm in Madelia, and Lake City Catholic Worker Farm. The campaign is made possible by support from the University’s Institute on the Environment and a consortium of farm lending banks, including AgCountry Farm Credit Services, AgriBank, AgStar Financial Services, and United FCS. 
RSDP and Bemidji Community Food Shelf will host periodic public workshops and open houses to allow the public access to view this technology in person over the coming years. For more information on Deep Winter Greenhouses, visit:

Winter Greenhouses and the different designs (Picture from U of M Extension)



FRIDAY - JULY 22,  2016


This Grand Forks Police Department officers were called to the banks of the Red River in Grand Forks at approximately 1:13 Friday morning.  The officers were called to the banks of the Red River, north of the Sorlie Bridge for a person who was in the water and struggling to stay above water. On scene, officers learned from witnesses who were in the area fishing, that a male subject had voluntarily entered the water just north of the Sorlie Bridge. The witnesses made verbal contact with the subject as he passed by them and they then observed him struggling with the current. The witnesses called 911 and requested assistance for the subject. The witnesses lost sight of the subject as he was being swept north in the river by the current.
A search for the subject was immediately started and members of the Grand Forks Regional Water Rescue team, Grand Forks Regional UAS team, Grand Forks Sheriff’s Office, East Grand Forks Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Forks Fire Department, and East Grand Forks Fire Department are assisting with the search for the subject. At this time the search is still on–going.
The subject was described by witnesses as a white male with blonde hair. No other description is available.

UPDATE - JULY 22 - 2:52 PM
Search efforts were conducted on and near the river again today. These efforts did not result in any discoveries or new information. Searches were conducted by the Grand Forks Police Department, Grand Forks Fire Department, East Grand Forks Fire Department, and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Searches will continue through the weekend.
Once again, the Grand Forks Police Department requests that anyone who may have information regarding this investigation contact us.
Phone: 701-787-8000
Text:    Text the word “GFPD” and the tip to 847411 (“TIP411”)




You have probably noticed Crookston City workers busy seal coating various streets throughout Crookston this week. KROX was wondering what is seal coating and what does it do for the streets so we talked to Crookston Public Works Director Pat Kelly who said the type of coating they are using is called chip sealing. “We sweep the street off clean, then put down an oil called an MC-800.  We get the oil from Calumet right here in town, so it works out pretty good.  After a layer of that, we come in with our chip spreader and spread the rock on it and roll it and let it sit about a week before we sweep up the excess rock,” said Kelly.
Seal coating is a surface treatment and keeps the road from oxidizing. “The effects from the sun can become apparent over time with visible rocks and an older look,” said Kelly.  “Seal coating will extend the life of the pavement.”
Kelly told us that they have been seal coating the streets every summer from before he was here.  He told us that they usually coat about a mile and a quarter of city street a year.



Corey Lee Reitmeier, of Crookston, appeared in court on Thursday for sentencing of the Criminal Vehicular Homicide charge that resulted from a motorcycle accident on September 26, 2015 when he and his wife Wendy were on a motorcycle and had an accident with a deer and Wendy died from the injuries sustained in the accident.  Corey had a blood alcohol content over the legal limit which is why the county decided to press charges.  District Judge Kurt Marben sentenced Reitmeier to 10 years of supervised probation and 240 days of jail time, with the option of serving half of the jail time under electronic home monitoring at his own expense.  Execution of 48 months of imprisonment will be stayed for 10 years. 
Under probation, Reitmeier will not be allowed to possess or consume any alcohol or controlled substance, will not be able to enter establishments that serve alcohol, and will have to pay a fine of $1,500 or serve community service. Reitmeier is to report to serve his jail time by September 1.



The Crookston Public Schools band program is putting on their annual beginning band info night at Highland Elementary School at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday July, 26. The info night is for all new fifth grade students/families who would like to join band. Representatives from Poppler's music will be on hand to get you set up with a new instrument right away. 
The fifth grade band sign-up is available on the Crookston Music Department's website: If you have a student going into fifth grade at Highland Elementary, Cathedral School, or Our Savior's Lutheran School you can sign him/her up for band online. Just go to and use the tabs on the left to navigate to the 'Elementary Band' page. Once there, all you need to do is fill out the short online form and you are all registered.




Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather school supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your children are up to date on their vaccines.  To celebrate the importance of immunizations for people of all ages – and make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need as they go back to school – Polk County Public Health, is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.
“Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children from serious diseases,” said Nan Widseth, RN, PHN “ If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check with your child’s doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs.”
Diseases can quickly spread among groups of children who aren’t vaccinated. Whether it’s a baby starting at a new child care facility, a toddler heading to preschool, a student going back to elementary, middle or high school – or even a college freshman – parents should check their child’s vaccination records.
Child care facilities, preschool programs, schools and colleges are prone to outbreaks of infectious diseases. Children in these settings can easily spread illnesses to one another due to poor hand washing, not covering their coughs, and other factors such as interacting in crowded environments.
Vaccines protect against a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases.
When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for diseases and can also spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions.
Ready for school?  Check your child’s vaccine records!  Talk to your child’s doctor to find out which vaccines are recommended for them before going back to school.
Parents can find out more about the recommended vaccines at  or call Polk County Public Health at 281-3385 or your provider.




THURSDAY - JULY 21,  2016


The annual TRIAD fundraiser held their annual food and bake sale on Thursday evening at the Crookston American Legion.  “The fundraiser has helped us over the years.  It helped pay for AEDs in the squad cars,” said Crookston Police Chief Paul Biermaier.  “This year we have it earmarked for some of our own projects, including sending a couple people to the state conference in the fall.” Biermaier has been involved with the TRIAD program the last three years.

Two of TRIAD’s longtime members, Allen Pedersen and Jim Buckmiller greeted guests as they walked into the American Legion.  Pedersen recalled how long he has been involved with TRIAD.  “We started out back in 1992 and I was the founding chair for three years.  Once we got the officers settled in, we got around to having the fund raiser, which turned out to be very good,” said Biermaier.  “We served a very good meal, and we had a food sale with a lot of lively auctioneer biding.  In those days, the proceeds were used for difribulators to check the heart, and we put them in churches and some of the municipal places.”
Buckmiller emphasized the importance of a positive relationship between law enforcement and senior citizens. “When seniors have a great relationship with law enforcement and they need to call in, they will make that call every time,” said Buckmiller.  “But if they don’t have that relationship, chances are they will just say forget it.” Buckmiller got started with TRIAD in 1992 and have been a part of it ever since, even president a few times.”
TRIAD is a partnership of law enforcement, senior citizens, and community groups.  The sole purpose of TRIAD is to promote senior safety and to reduce the fear of crime that seniors often experience.

Officers Darin Selzler and Dan Rasicot were all smiles while serving the guests



Movies on the Square is taking place Thursday night, July 21, after Crazy Days at the Downtown Square.  Thursday will be the second movie of the summer with the showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens around 9:15 p.m.  “We are very excited, with many partners and sponsors to bring this to the community,” said Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Lien.  “We did this last year during the community festival during Ox Cart Days and it was a great success with many businesses that were willing to make it happen.”
People attending the movie are asked to wear star wars apparel. “We are encouraging people to dress up as their favorite characters.  The movie will start at dark, so roughly in the 9:15 to 9:30 timeframe,” said Lien.  “It is all at the Downtown Square.  It is an initiative that is brought to you by our new Downtown Crookston Development Authority, and we are really trying to get people out and about downtown.”
Lien encourages everyone to stop by the Grand Theater beforehand to grab a snack and drink for the movie and make sure to bring a chair or blanket to sit on while you enjoy the movie. 
Lien wants to thank the sponsor ReitRock Paving as well as contributions from Brander Printing, kJad Productions, Grand Theater, The Lions, Outdoor Solutions (Ryan and Katie Lariviere), and the City of Crookston.




WEDNESDAY - JULY 20,  2016


A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Crookston and the area Tuesday evening and after a funnel cloud was seen six miles east of Euclid a tornado warning was issued for the area.  KROX listeners called in power poles down in Warren causing a power outage in Warren and Olso.  Another listener five miles north of Crookston called to say they had a tree down and they were without power.  Stronger winds moved through between Crookston and Warren that caused some damage and there was a lot of rain and heavy winds in Red Lake Falls.  The wind in Red Lake Falls tore the roof off a building and we have a picture of the building below.

KROX had some people submit pictures and rain totals and they are below -

        The clouds moving through the area taken about 15 miles south of Crookston by Blake Fee

The roof ripped off a building in Red Lake Falls from the strong winds Tuesday night (Picture by Nicole Bernd)

Bailey Braatz took this picture of the clouds over Crookston      The storm rolling into Crookston by Tracy Lunos

Clouds over the Crookston Sports Center Tuesday night (By Josh Baatz)

Rain Totals - (to submit rain totals or pictures send them to
2.5 inches - Angus
1.5 inches - 5 miles east of Crookston (by Gentilly Bridge)
1.5 inches - Harlan's in Mentor
1.5 inches - 15 miles west of Crookston just south of Thompson Bridge
1.26 - West Polk County Soil and Water monitor
1 inch - Sampson's Addition
.85 - Woods Addition
.75 - 4th Avenue North
.75 - 5 miles north of Crookston (1 tree down)
.70 - KROX Studios



The City of Crookston Planning Commission met Tuesday evening.  The two items on the agenda were a Conditional Use Permit Request for a Digital Billboard Sign at 1921 Sahlstrom Drive and also a Public Input Session on a proposed updated Property Maintenance Code.  City Building Official Matt Johnson informed the attendees that a vote could not be taken on the billboard at the meeting due to a lack of a forum being present.  “Unfortunately, we didn’t have a forum, so we couldn’t take official action, but we did have a billboard request for the old auto glass place on Sahlstrom Drive,” said Johnson.  “Basically, what we did a year ago was change the ordinance.  Billboards used to be prohibited in town, but we now allow them for conditional use.” 
A final vote will be taken on Monday, July 25 at 6:00 p.m. to approve or deny the billboard.

City Council Member Dale Stainbrook shared his thoughts on the updated building code. “I think the building code is going to be a good thing for the whole city.  My concern is with the low lying areas that are protected by our levees,” said Stainbrook.  “Before, we couldn’t put much money into housing down there.  If you have a $30,000 house and you want to put an addition on it, you can only probably put on $10,000 and that isn’t going to get you very far.  Now that we’re protected, maybe the homeowners will start investing and putting money into their homes because they can now since they are protected by our levees.”

Mayor Gary Willhite wanted to thank the community for the strong turnout.  “Sometimes on these community input meetings, you’re a little worried that only two or four people will be here,” said Willhite.  “But, we had several individuals here with some good ideas and some good thoughts.”
Willhite also shared information he found from a previous housing study. “We do have some properties in the city that are under major repair or dilapidated.  Our housing study from two years ago indicated that we had 30 dilapidated and 179 under major repair.  It’s just a matter of getting our maintenance code up to date,” said Willhite.  “It is 27 years old and we want to make sure that we do have a standard here in the community.  The code is also dealing with commercial property, so that’s important too.”

The Crookston Planning Commission’s next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, August 16. 

Crookston Building Official Matt Johnson answers question while City Council member Dale Stainbrook looks on.




The Juvenile Center at the Justice Center has been carrying more clients recently and there was a need for a raise in the rates according to Warren Strandell, Polk County Commissioner and Chairman of the Justice Center Board. “We raised the rates for counties that are not members to $20 more each day getting the rate up to $150, which will be effective October 1, so they can prepare,” said Strandell.  “We are still lower than most of the juvenile centers in the state.”   
The Justice Center has seen an increase in prisoners with a headcount of 111 of the 182 from Polk County on Monday. “I believe is the highest ever for the center and this reduced the beds we rent out and affects the budget,” said Strandell. 




The Polk County Commissioners met on Tuesday and had an update on the Nielsville Bridge from Polk County Highway Engineer Rich Sanders.   The county sent out for bids on soil, hydraulic and a bridge survey sheet for the project and they have received four quotes. “The board along with Trail County in North Dakota felt they would do an adequate job so they awarded the bid to Erickson Engineers of the Twin Cities contingent upon Trail County giving approval,” said Polk County Highway Engineer, Rich Sanders. “The work, when completed, means we can send in the environmental permit and get the right of way acquisition ready for other funding and get the project underway.  There are many hoops we have to jump in front instead of being behind.”
Erickson Engineers of the Twin Cities will do the work at a cost of $24,900.

Sanders recently attended a meeting with staff from the office of Senator Franken about infrastructure in the area. Franken’s staff was talking about infrastructure on all projects like roads, bridges, sanitary sewer, water projects and they discussed the Nielsville bridge grant the county submitted.  

The commissioners approved a request for playground at the Maple Lake Park. “We have had many requests so we got quotes and Midwest Playscapes had the low quote at $20,000 for them to install,” said Sanders.

The board approved the rental of a motor grader for RDO equipment at $6,000 a month for 500 hours.

Polk County Commissioners will be making a decision on an auditing firm before the August 1 deadline.  The state gives counties until August 1 of even number years to let them know if the county will use the state auditor for the next two years.  “We went to the state auditor last year after nine years with a private firm,” said Polk County Administrator Chuck Whiting. “We are working on the 2015 audit now and we have to decide on what to do for 2017.  We will act and draft a letter to the state for the meeting next week.  The staff likes working with the state and they do a good job.”

The City of Fertile is asking Polk County for bonding to help them finance refurbishing and expanding the Fertile Nursing Home. “The county has to do that for the city of Fertile so the board agreed to do that as we have done in the past when they built the nursing home,” said Whiting.

Polk County Veterans Service officer Les Goodwin died last week. “It was devastating to those in the office and our policies call for a review of each job when it becomes vacant, so we will discuss the matter at the county meeting next week,” said Whiting.




TUESDAY - JULY 19,  2016


The Crookston School Board met at Highland Elementary School on Monday.
The board approved Tina Mason as a paraprofessional at Crookston High School, Wendy Willits as a Special Education Teacher at Washington School, Maria Argueta as an English as a second language instructor, Ashley Stopa as Head Volleyball Coach, Connor Morgan as Assistant Boys’ Hockey Coach, and the Letter of Retirement from Francine Olson, longtime ECFE Parent Educator was accepted. On Olson’s retirement, Board member Adrianne Winger said “She’s been a big part of many of our lives in the school and the community.”   The Board also approved a Leave of Absence from Anna Brekken, Food Service Director from approximately October 3, 2016 to January 2, 2017. 

School Handbooks were presented to the board for approval for the upcoming school year.  When investigating the Crookston High School Handbook, board member Kari Miller noticed the fee increase for the choir program seemed high, from $32 to $50.  After discussion with Superintendent Chris Bates, Choir Director Belinda Fjeld, and Crookston High School Principal Eric Bubna, the board agreed on only raising the fee to $40.  After that amendment, the high school handbook was approved.  The Washington, Highland, and School Readiness handbooks were also approved.  Highland Principle Chris Trostad reported that the Highland handbook included a new term, Alternative Behavioral Intervention Program, under the actions and consequences area.  “Instead of suspending kids, it’s been requested that they intern for five days a week for both semesters.  So we gave ourselves the option to say Alternative Behavioral Intervention Program and/or suspension, instead of just suspending kids,” said Trostad.  “It’s a big push to try to prevent suspension of kids and to try and work with mental health to help kids.  There were some areas that we could not adjust that, such as firearms and tobacco and alcohol, but other than that, we give ourselves the option to use some combination of Alternative Behavioral Intervention Program in addition to, or in place of, suspension.”  (Frank Fee shows the proposed plans for a new bus garage at the meeting - pictured right)

The official financial institutions were designated at the meeting with Crookston National Bank designated as the payroll account and Bremer Bank as the financial account and the lock box account.  Investment authority was designated to Superintendent Chris Bates, Business Manager Laura Lyczewski, and Fiscal Services Director Nancy Nottestad.  For Financial Operations, official signatories were designated as School Board Chairperson Frank Fee, School Board Clerk Adrianne Winger, School Board Treasurer Tim Dufault, Bates, Lyczewski, and Nottestad.  For the Crookston High School Activity Fund, official signatories were designated as Principal Eric Bubna, Crookston High School Administrative Assistant Robin Reitmeier, Nottestad, and Lyczewski.  For the Highland School Student Activity Fund, official signatories were designated as Principal Chris Trostad, Highland School Administrative Assistant Jana Hodgson, Nottestad, and Lyczewski. Personnel to lease, purchase and contract for budgeted goods and services were designated as Bates and Lyczewski.

The board approved annual membership into the Minnesota School Boards Association for the upcoming school year for a cost of $5,200.  The Northwest Service Co-op was approved for Health and Safety Management.  “The first two years would be just over $11,500 and the third year would be about $11,800,” said board Chairman Frank Fee. “So it’s about a three year/$35,000 agreement.”  It was mentioned that the money is reimbursed by the State Government.

A 10 year Facilities Maintenance Plan was approved by the Board.  It will run from 2017 to 2026.  “This is the second year that the School Board is adopting this plan.  We used to get Health and Safety money as well as Deferred Maintenance money,” said Lyczewski.  “Those two reserved accounts are going away and are being rolled into Long Term Facility Maintenance. They are giving us $193 for an average pupil unit this year, next year is $292, and $380 for the following year.  They are allowing the School District to take charge of their own facilities and the different ways to repair them.”

Fee presented the board with information on the bus garage facility as well as the track, football field, and gymnasiums.  Widseth, Smith, and Nolting helped put together some schematics of the possible new facilities.  A bus garage facility with 18 stalls was shown fitting on Highland School property. Buses would be departing on either Barrette Street or 3rd Avenue.  The football field and track were shown on the North side of Crookston High School, as well as two additional gymnasiums.  These were ideas to address the state of the current bus garage facility as well as the back and forth for buses the current football fields create.  “I’m not saying this is happening, for those that are concerned,” said Fee. “This is something that hasn’t cost the school district a penny, just some of our time and the time of WSN.”  Fee also stated that next Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. there will be a discussion and brainstorming meeting at the Crookston High School.





Dangerously hot weather is predicted for North Dakota and northern Minnesota this week, and the American Red Cross reminds everyone of the steps they should take to stay safe when the temperatures rise.
“High temperatures, humidity and hot, indoor environments can quickly cause heat-related emergencies,” said Brian Shawn, Regional Communications Director in North Dakota/Northwest Minnesota. “Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.”

 Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If someone is experiencing heat cramps in the legs or abdomen, get them to a cooler place, have them rest, lightly stretch the affected muscle, and replenish their fluids with a half a glass (about 4 ounces) of cool water every 15 minutes.
If someone is exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion (cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness exhaustion), move them to a cooler place, remove or loosen tight clothing and spray the person with water or apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fan the person. If they are conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Watch for changes in condition. If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.

HEAT STROKE LIFE-THREATENING. Signs include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting and high body temperature. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately if someone shows signs of heat stroke. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the person’s body by immersing them up to their neck in cold water if possible. Otherwise, douse or spray the person with cold water, or cover the person with cold, wet towels or bags of ice.

HOT CARS CAN BE DEADLY Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees. Other heat safety steps include:
·  Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

·  Avoid extreme temperature changes.
·  Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
·  Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
·  Postpone outdoor games and activities.
·  Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
·  Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
·  Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.
·  If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should choose places to go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls).





Otter Tail Power Company is granting up to nine $1,500 awards in 2016 to qualifying organizations in its service area for purchasing automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Applications may come from nonprofit entities such as a city, school, ambulance/first responder unit, community center, etc. To qualify, an applicant must:

· Receive electrical service from Otter Tail Power Company.
 Prove nonprofit status by submitting a 501(c)(3) (or equivalent) document.
 Agree to place the AED where it’s easily accessible for emergency response.
 Have volunteers willing to receive CPR and AED training and able to respond to a cardiac emergency.

According to Mark Helland, Otter Tail Power Company’s vice president of customer service, the recipient is responsible for purchasing, placing, and maintaining the AED and for training volunteers. “Otter Tail Power Company will provide the funding for this life-saving equipment, and the recipients will administer the program,” said Helland.
To apply, go to to fill out the application form and mail it to the Otter Tail Power Company Customer Service Center in your area. The application requests a short summary of where the AED would be located (for example, senior center, fire department, swimming pool) and approximately how many people that location serves. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2016. Each Customer Service Center will select an AED grant recipient from its area and will notify the successful applicant by November 1.



MONDAY - JULY 18,  2016


On Saturday, July 16 at approximately 2:20 a.m. officers of the Grand Forks Police Department, on bicycle patrol in the 10 block of South 3rd Street, responded to a report of a disturbance involving some individuals on the street.  Officers located a group of individuals and began investigating a possible assault.  During this investigation officers came into contact with Jose Ibanez, a 26 year old from Crookston.  During their interaction with Ibanez, he took off running and attempted to flee from the officers on foot.  Officers gave chase and followed Ibanez as he ran east on Demers Avenue onto the Sorlie Bridge.  While running east on the bridge Ibanez jumped off the south side of the bridge and into the Red River.
The Grand Forks and East Grand Forks Police Departments along with the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks Fire Departments responded and began attempts to locate and rescue Ibanez with the use of boats.  After approximately 25 minutes of searching, Ibanez was located along the west bank of the river near the Sorlie Bridge.  The male was retrieved from the water and transported by ambulance to Altru Hospital, where he later was pronounced dead.  The
body will undergo an autopsy.
The North Dakota Office of Attorney General through the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NDBCI) has been asked to assist the Grand Forks Police Department with the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident outlined in the information release from earlier today. The NDBCI has responded to this request by assigning several Special Agents to coordinate, investigate and oversee the investigation.  The Grand Forks Police Department is not able to share any further information regarding the details of the incident at this time. The NDBCI will continue to work with the Grand Forks Police Department and other participating agencies as the investigation continues. No further updates will be provided until the results of the autopsy are known.




Pickleball is an activity that is growing in popularity in Crookston and throughout the country.  It is similar to tennis, but played on a smaller court and uses a large wiffle ball and paddle.  Larry Brekken is a local advocate for the sport and said he was introduced to the sport when they were out in Arizona visiting some friends, Carol and Gordy Royal, and they were playing it out there.  “I was on the Park Board at that time and they thought I should get it started in Crookston,” said Brekken. “So between my wife and I, and Carol and Gordy, we got it started here in Crookston, and it’s gone very well for us.”
Pickleball is becoming popular in other communities in the area including Grand Forks/East Grand Forks, Mentor, Brooks, Detroit Lakes, Fargo, and St. Cloud to name a few. 
There will be a pickle ball tournament coming up in Crookston during Ox Cart Days.

Brekken, along with Gordy and Carol Royal, presented their request for a dedicated pickleball court at last week’s Park Board Meeting.  “The city is thinking about adding a pickleball court because, at times, there are conflicts with tennis, when they have tournaments,” said Brekken.  “It’s been talked about maybe having a couple of dedicated pickleball courts.”

Crookston Parks and Rec Director Scott Riopelle said the city is looking at building a pickleball court in Schuster Park.  “Right now they have their activity on a tennis court and we are looking to put in their own court so they have a home for themselves and hopefully we will be able to stay at Schuster Park,” said Riopelle.  “Anytime citizens in the community have some type of thing or activity that they would like to add, we are always glad to sit down and listen and see what we can come up with.”

Brekken urges anyone who is interested in joining the growing pickleball community to show up and join them anytime.  “All you have to do is show up. You don’t have to bring anything, we have the stuff that you need,” said Brekken.  “If you are brand new, I would suggest that you don’t buy anything until you try the different paddles, which we can provide. We play on Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. at Schuster Park (weather permitting) and would enjoying having you show up and join us.”




Roger Moe received the Barbara M. Hexum award last week for his outstanding leadership in Education from the Minnesota Service Cooperatives. 
Moe, who is the longest serving Senate Majority Leader in the history of Minnesota (serving 22 years), prioritized rural Minnesota and helped create the Service Cooperatives and other cooperatives that have kept rural communities strong over the decades.




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