Gladen Construction, the contractor installing the sanitary sewer along the west side of North Broadway, will be closing the intersection at North Broadway and Fisher Avenue on Monday, October 10 at 9:00 a.m.  The closing of the intersection is necessary so they can install the sanitary sewer line to the east side of North Broadway.  The intersection will remain closed through Wednesday, October 12.  Pedestrians should also avoid the area.  The sidewalks will also be closed until the utility crossing is complete.
Access to the North Broadway Apartments will still be available from the south.




Kids at Castle will wrap up its 2016 season on Monday, October 10 with the Pizzazz a Pumpkin event from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.  “The Kids at Castle Committee wants to invite you to come and join us as we are going to be decorating our pumpkins by using nature, so things like acorns for eyes, leaves for ears, the sky is the limit wherever your creativity will take you,” said event coordinator Leah Winjum, of Polk County Public Health.  “No two pumpkins will look the same by the end of the night.  We want to thank Bob Prudhomme who has worked with us to get those pumpkins there.  We do have a limited supply so we encourage people to bring their own if they have one, but we will have some pumpkins available for families”. 
Winjum explained that you don’t have to decorate a pumpkin to enjoy the event and the park, “Beyond the pumpkins, it is just a great time of year to come out and enjoy the fall colors at Castle Park and we will be encouraging families to get out and enjoy those trails.”




Candidates for homecoming royalty were announced recently at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Homecoming week kicks off on Monday, October 10 and runs through the week culminating on Saturday, October 15. Homecoming royalty will be crowned on Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Kiehle Auditorium followed by the comedic genius of Tyler Boeh.
Queen candidates are Danielle Gau, a senio from Monticello; Baillee Hauser, a senior from Raymond; Ellen Dauphinais, a senior; Bailey Braatz, a senior from Buffalo; and Kali Erickson, a junior from Fargo, N.D. 
King candidates are Aaron Bengtson, a senior from Battle Lake; Patrick Amerson, a senior from Casa Grande, Ariz.; Dalton Javner, a junior from Hardwick; Tyman Hayashi, a junior from Kalihi, Hawaii; and Matt Nelson, a junior from Lakeville. 
The theme for homecoming week is "The Golden Years" and marks the 50th anniversary of the campus as an institution of higher education.
Recognition of the Outstanding Alumni, the Abbey Award recipient, and the induction ceremony for the Athletic Hall of Fame will be held during the annual Alumni Awards Celebration on Friday, October 14.
Other Saturday activities include Golden Eagle Football at 1:00 p.m. vs. University of Mary at Ed Widseth Field; Golden Eagle Volleyball at 4:00 p.m. vs. Minot State University in Lysaker Gymnasium; and the Alumni Hockey Game at 6:00 p.m. in the Crookston Sports Center with Marv Mattson, former faculty member, will be on the Public Address during the game.
For more information on Homecoming 2016, visit

Left to right, top row: Danielle Gau, Baillee Hauser, Ellen Dauphinais, Bailey Braatz, and Kali Erickson.
Bottom row: Aaron Bengtson, Patrick Amerson, Dalton Javner, Tyman Hayashi, and Matt Nelson.  (Picture submitted by UMC)




University of Minnesota Crookston Fall Semester Convocation was held during Thursday Commons on October 6 in Kiehle Auditorium. Special guest speaker Chancellor Emeritus Don Sargeant discussed the evolution from a two-year to a four-year college in observance of the 50th anniversary. The Chancellor's 4.0 Club was recognized in addition to fall athletes, Residential Life honors, "Of the Month Recipients," and musical selections by the Band and Choir. Convocation was sponsored by the Crookston Student Association (CSA).

Left to right, are Marta Dean, a sophomore from Dellwood; Dalton Javner, a junior from Hardwick; Chancellor Emeritus Don Sargeant; Ben Koisti, a sophomore from Arlington, S.D.; and Ellie Shoquist, a sophomore from Apple Valley. (Picture submitted by UMC)




Fisher High School is celebrating Homecoming Week this week and coronation was held Wednesday in the gymnasium.  The 2016 Homecoming King is Paul Gapp and the Queen is Mikayla Vasek.  The kings court is Trace Conati, Zach Cameron, and Josh Sanchez.  The queens court is Ashley Helgeson, Jessica Ross, and Madison Schmitz.

ack row: Trace Conati, King Paul Gapp, Zach Cameron, Josh Sanchez. 
Front row: Ashley Helgeson, Queen Mikayla Vasek, Jessica Ross, Madison Schmitz






The Crookston Fire Department will host an open house on Saturday, October 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Crookston Fire Hall to kick off fire prevention week.  This year’s theme for fire prevention week is ‘Don’t Wait, Check the Date on Your Smoke Detectors.’  “Smoke detectors should be replaced every ten years,” said Crookston Firefighter Kent Ellingson. “The newer smoke detectors are going to have the date on the back panel, so simply remove them from the ceiling or wall and check that and replace them if it has been 10 years.”
The firefighters will have ladder truck bucket rides, thermal imager demonstrations, station and equipment tours, spraying of a fire hose, and you will be able to try on a set of firefighter gear.  “There will be door prizes, refreshments, Sparky the fire dog is going to visit, fire safety brochures will be available, a sign up for a free in-home ‘Fire Safety Inspection,’ instruction on how to use a fire extinguisher, and of course, meet some of your Crookston Firefighters,” said Ellingson.
The Crookston Firefighters invite you to their open house on Saturday, October 8 from10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.




What’s the latest “buzz’’ at RiverView Health? It’s Buzzy! Buzzy is an FDA approved device used to help block the pain of injections, IVs, burning from medications and even muscle soreness. Buzzy is available for use at all RiverView Clinics and has already been given the thumbs up by users. “I had to get four shots in one day and because of Buzzy none of them even hurt,’’ said 11 year old, Jack Anderson (pictured right). “Then I had to go back and get another shot a month later and I wasn’t even upset to have another shot because I knew I could use Buzzy again.’’
Buzzy will be available at RiverView’s upcoming flu shot clinics for anyone of any age to use. Flu shot clinics will be held at RiverView’s North Clinic, Crookston, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 10, Wednesday, October 19 and Wednesday, October 26. Appointments are strongly recommended. Please call 281-9595 to schedule your flu shot.
The colorful creation was invented by an emergency pediatrician, pain researcher and mom. It combines vibration and ice into a device that physiologically overwhelms the body’s pain nerves.
 Buzzy naturally and quickly minimizes sharp pain from needle sticks like IV starts, blood draws, finger pricks and immunizations.
Buzzy’s arrival at RiverView couldn’t have come at a better time as we enter into the flu season. In the past many children - along with some adults adverse to needles - were able to get their flu vaccine through the nasal spray FluMist instead of an injection. That will not be the case this year, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now call the FluMist ineffective. Because of this determination, major insurance companies are no longer paying for the FluMist and RiverView will not have any available. But thanks to this project funded through the RiverView Foundation’s Kiwanis Children’s Health Fund, RiverView patients can be flu-safe with less pain.
For more information on this Foundation project, contact Foundation Director Kent Bruun at 218-281-9249 or




Brian Mark Peterson, a staff photojournalist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, will speak on Monday, October 10, 2016, at the University of Minnesota Crookston.  The presentation by the nationally acclaimed photographer begins at 7 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. The focus of the presentation includes his experiences as a photojournalist, his recent coverage of the 2016 Olympics, and his book Voices for the Land. A book signing will take place following the presentation. Everyone is welcome to attend, there is no admission charge, and parking permits are not required.
Peterson’s recent book is based on the Voices for the Land project, organized by the nonprofit group 1000 Friends of Minnesota that encouraged Minnesotans to write about the land they love and fight for its preservation. The Star Tribune published 52 of the essays, with Peterson’s photographs of the authors, in a year-long photo column. The resulting documentary was published in book form by the Minnesota Historical Society Press and was honored with three Minnesota Book Awards.
Peterson has had the privilege of photographing four Winter Olympics Games first in Nagano Japan, in 1998; then Salt Lake City in 2002; and Vancouver, Canada, in 2010; and most recently the 2016 Summer Games in 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The visit by Peterson is sponsored by the Communication Program at the U of M Crookston. For information, contact Heidi Guggisberg-Coners at 218-281-8241.

About Brian Mark Peterson
Best known for his work that has graced the pages of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Brian Peterson has documented life in Minnesota and around the world. National clients include: National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, ESPN and The New York Times. Born in Duluth, Minnesota, Peterson has enjoyed a career in his home state that has allowed him to pursue stories that he cares most about.
Peterson has been recognized nationally and internationally for his documentary photojournalism, including a Robert F. Kennedy Photojournalism Award, Canon Photo Essay Award from Pictures of the Year International and Gordon Parks Photo Award, all for a 6-year documentary on a rural Minnesota family infected with the AIDS virus.
Honored nine times as Minnesota Press Photographer of the Year, Peterson has covered major stories including; Russia before and after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, flooding in the Red River Valley, both the 1987 and 91 Minnesota Twins World Series victories, the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup playoffs, the US Open and PGA Golf Championships, college basketball’s Final Four, US Figure Skating Championships, and the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, Salt Lake City and Vancouver.
To learn more about Peterson and his work, visit






Crookston High School had trained canines searching for contraband last Friday and the only thing the dogs found was some bullets in cars of kids ready to go hunting.  “This year, we are contracted with Interquest Canines and they are detection dogs or what people call drug dogs,” said Crookston High School principal Eric Bubna. “They are only $350 to $400 a visit so we are planning on having them up a number of times this year, and last Friday was the first time.  When they come up, they are here for about three hours.  In that amount of time, we were able to do all of the locker rooms, we did a number of lockers, we picked a couple of random classes where kids have to come out of the classroom and leave their sweatshirts and bags, and we also got some of the parking lot done.”  The dogs are trained to detect four things. 
1.  Illegal drugs; they are trained to detect all of the drugs that kids would be potentially using.
2. They can also detect prescription medication because a lot of kids take those illegally. 
3. They can detect any kind of alcohol
4.  Any types of firearms and explosives 

The dogs did not find much on this visit, which, of course, is good news. “The only thing that they detected was some ammunition that some kids had in their trucks because they were going hunting that weekend,” said Bubna.  “We will be doing a better job at reminding students of those policies.  There were no firearms or weapons of any kind found, but kids will need to keep the shotgun shells out of their cars and clean that up.”
Overall, Bubna was pretty amazed by the work that the dogs can do.  “It’s really an amazing thing,” said Bubna.  “The dogs are even able to detect residue, so that is one of the reasons they don’t train the dogs to find tobacco because they would pick up that scent on the clothes of anyone who has been around a smoker.  They are very highly trained dogs, and for the price and the service they provide, we are happy to have them up this year.”




Polk County Commissioners approved the hiring of an eligibility worker with the social service department to replace Kristi Ostlund who has resigned.   Commissioners are still reviewing the 2017 budget with a plan to bring the levy down from five percent to three percent or less.  “Last week they set the levy at five percent and as staff keeps working on the budget they have come down to around three and maybe even under,” said Polk County Administrator Chuck Whiting.  “Some choices are in the operating expenses, fund balances and so forth, so the county is getting closer to a three percent increase.”   There is some concern about the shift in values around the county between the ag, commercial and residential.”     Discussion on the Nielsville Bridge continues with the commissioners as the archeologist found some artifacts in certain locations along the roadway.  Rich Sanders, Polk County Highway Engineer asked for approval of an amendment to do more work. “This will be done if needed based on the preliminary plan design and when it is completed and sent to the state and determine if more work is needed by the archeologist,  this work needed to be done even if the bridge work as not done,” said Sanders.   
The Minnesota DNR withheld a permit for the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion project this week as it could affect flooding in Minnesota.   Polk County Commissioner Craig Buness said the project could take many years before completion. “This has been coming on for years and I remember when Congressman Collin Peterson said it could take 15 years due to the litigation and fighting within the two states,” said Buness.  “DNR Commissioner Landwreh announced they would not give a permit for the project and Fargo Mayor Mahoney was not pleased with the rejection.  The areas in the Nielsville and Climax area could be affected by flooding with farm land taking a hit.”



With the sugar beet harvest underway and wet fields, roadways are getting littered with mud. “The big thing is mud and we have had two crash in the East Grand Forks area where the farmer had not done a good job on clearing the road. There was some rain and residents were slipping and sliding and ended up in the ditch,” said Sanders. “The farmers need to get signs out and do a good job of cleaning the road and if need be the county will come and clear the mud as soon as possible, so a thin layer of mud is slippery like ice so be careful driving.”




Terry Klevgaard, 53 of Crookston, has been arrested for assault of his girlfriend, who wanted him out of her apartment, and is charged with felony counts of Domestic Assault by Strangulation and Threats of Violence.
Klevgaard choked the victim until blood was flowing from her nose after he had been drinking for four days in a row.  Klevgaard has been charged with burglary, terrorizing, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct in the past.

      Terry Klevgaard






Washington Elementary School will have a new way to assess student learning this year.  “We do a lot of assessment and testing throughout the year to see where kids are at in their skill development.  Then we look at those skills that they are lacking in and that is when we provide intervention and additional instruction so they are ready for that next grade level,” said Washington Principal Denice Oliver.  “We have decided to move to a new assessment.  We used to do NWEA and now we are going to do an assessment called FastBridge, and what’s exciting about that is it’s actually created in the state of Minnesota through the University of Minnesota Research Center.”
Oliver discussed why there is a need to assess students in Kindergarten and first grade.  “FastBridge actually tests the Minnesota Standards, so it gives us a great indicator of progress that our students are making at the kindergarten and first grade level, towards passing their MCA tests in third grade,” said Oliver.  “I know that sounds a little crazy to be thinking about MCA tests at the third grade level, but we are the feeder program to Highland, so what we do here impacts the learning of those kids that are eventually at Highland.”
The change of assessment seems to be positive. “We are excited about the change in assessment,” said Oliver.  “It provides us with some great information on where kids are at and what we can do to help them improve in those areas that need some extra help.”




Samantha Hulst has ties to RiverView that date back to her high school days when she completed a summer internship with the organization. For the past two and a half years, she’s worked as a RN on the Inpatient Unit as the lead nurse, in ICU and on the medical-surgical floor.  And now, she’s been named RiverView’s Employee of the Month for September!
A native of Mitchell, SD, Hulst graduated from Crookston High School in 2008. She then attended Rasmussen College where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Nursing and became a LPN in 2012. Following graduation she enrolled at North Dakota State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree and became a RN in 2014. She is currently a graduate student at NDSU in the Doctor of Nursing Practice-Family Nurse Practitioner program. 
Hulst lives in Crookston with husband Ethan, her high school sweetheart, and their cat Charlie. She likes to spend her free time with family and friends and enjoys going to their cabin near Upper Red Lake, golfing, gardening, canning their garden produce, and she is currently training for her second half marathon. “It is a great honor to receive the Employee of the Month award,’’ she shared. “I am blessed to work with such supportive coworkers on the Inpatient Unit and throughout the organization.  Working at RiverView has given me the opportunity to develop and grow my skills as a RN all while doing my favorite part of the job, caring for patients.’’ 

Samantha Hulst is the employee of the month (Picture by RiverView Health)




We live in a world that often challenges us with conflict – conflict with a spouse or family, with a friend or neighbor, or within our church or work. Few of us enjoy being in conflict, and many of us do not know how to work through it so that the conflict can best addressed, and hopefully, resolved.
Learning to deal with conflict in effective and healthy ways is at the heart of a three-part series offered by Wandering Vine ministries in Crookston, MN. Our objective is to provide an experiential learning opportunity that will help lessen the anxiety and feelings of powerlessness that are often part of being in conflict.  An invitation is extended to churches, organizations, leaders, families and everyone who desires a better approach to Handling Conflict.
This series will be facilitated by Sandra G. McNichol who works professionally with individuals, families, and organizations such as churches and government agencies. This three part series is scheduled for October 11, 18, and 25, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church 510 N. Broadway, Crookston, MN.  Please register by calling 218-281-4853. There is a $30 charge for the entire series payable the first night.
Wandering Vine is a collaborative outreach ministry sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, and UMC Cooperative Campus Ministry. 






The Crookston Office of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and their partners, Adult Basic Education and Inter-County Community Council, had an open house and ribbon cutting event to celebrate their new location at 2015 Sahlstrom Drive in Crookston.  “It’s a Minnesota DEED office and we also have adult basic education and an inter-county community agency in here providing a whole array of employment services for people who are in transition in their lives and are looking for work and need a job,” said Director of Job Service Field Operations at Minnesota DEED David Niermann.  “The main reason we are all here working together is to help people get past the barriers that they are facing at this point in their lives and get a job and become very productive members of the community.”
Niermann was very impressed with the look of the new office.  “I am really impressed, Irena Berra, decorated this place.  Her and her daughter apparently have more artistic ability than I do.  It’s really beautiful and well done,” said Niermann.  “I am proud of what they have done here because you want to provide an environment that people can walk into when they are in a period in their lives when they are having difficulty and they need a job.  You don’t want to have a depressing environment.  This is such a bright and cheerful place to walk into and I am so excited for this office and I hope the community is excited as well.”
Niermann also wanted to give credit to Bonny Stechmann on initiating the change of location.  “She has done a fantastic job and all of this came together because of her work,” said Niermann.  “She wanted to get out of the office that we were previously located at she has worked very hard in the last two years to find the perfect spot for this office to move to.  Also, she has done great work in pulling the partners together, because it is not just MN DEED that is here, and now there is a wide array of services here and I’m just proud of the work that she has done.”

The ribbon cutting at the new Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development office in Crookston




Dr Steve and Lukas Biermaier of Biermaier Chiropractic Clinic are joining chiropractic physicians nationwide this October during National Chiropractic Health Month to help raise awareness of non-drug approaches to pain management in the face of the U.S. opioid epidemic.
The campaign promotes the use of alternative therapies for pain, such as chiropractic services, before turning to opioids and other riskier treatments with the hashtag #Chiropractic1st.
“Chiropractic is an important and effective first line of defense against pain," says Dr. Lukas Biermaier. “It’s vital today that patients who are in pain know they have non-drug options.”
Statistics from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that as many as one in four patients who receive prescription opioids long-term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction. In addition, a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed that nearly 50 percent of Americans say they personally have known someone who is addicted to prescription painkillers.
Many r
espected health care organizations now recommend non-drug treatments. For example, CDC’s new Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain encourages medical doctors to utilize nonpharmacologic conservative care and to consider non-addictive alternative options. Using treatments such as spinal manipulation, chiropractic physicians take a drug-free approach to treating common conditions such as back pain, neck pain and other musculoskeletal disorders. High-quality research has found spinal manipulation to be effective and safe.
Hosted by the American Chiropractic Association, National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) is a nationwide observance held each October. The event raises public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered approach to pain and health and wellness. To learn more about NCHM, visit
Biermaier Chiropractic Clinic has been serving the Crookston and surrounding areas for 30 years. Dr. Steve and Dr. Lukas graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic and live in Crookston with their families. For more information about how Biermaier Chiropractic CLinic can help you acheive better overall health and wellness, please call 218-281-6311 or visit





The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be conducting the biannual Agricultural Labor Survey. The survey will collect information about hired labor from more than 350 Minnesota farmers and ranchers. “Labor is obviously critical to farming operations and data about the use of hired workers helps administer farm labor programs,” said State Statistician Dan Lofthus. “The data that farm operators provide through NASS’s Agricultural Labor Survey helps leaders, associations, and farmers themselves make decisions based on accurate information.” USDA and the U.S. Department of Labor will use statistics gathered in the Agricultural Labor Survey to establish minimum wage rates for agricultural workers, administer farm labor recruitment and placement service programs, and assist legislators in determining labor policies. The survey asks participants to answer a variety of questions about hired farm labor on their operations, including total number of hired farm workers, the average hours worked, and wage rates paid for the weeks of July 10-16 and October 9-15. For their convenience, survey participants have the option to respond online. “By asking about two separate time periods in one survey, we are able to publish quarterly data and capture seasonal variation, while also reducing the number of surveys respondents receive and the time they spend responding,” said Lofthus. NASS will publish survey results in the November 17 Farm Labor report. All previous Farm Labor publications are available online at  For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Minnesota Field Office at (651) 728-3113.






The winner of the 34th Annual KROX Viking Voyage was Lon Boike of Crookston who registered at the Snow Sled Inn in Gentilly. Lon won a grand prize package of a trip for two the weekend of November 4-6. The trip includes two round trip airfares to Minneapolis, private car service in Minneapolis, two nights stay at Embassy Suites in Bloomington, $100 cash, and two tickets for Vikings/Lions game on November 6.
Businesses participating were; All Season’s Lube Center and Car Wash, B & E Meats, Crookston Building and Rent-It Center, Christian Brothers Ford, Crookston Eagles 873, Crookston Hardware Hank, Crookston Inn and Convention Center, Crookston National Bank, Eagle Thrifty White Pharmacy, Happy Joe’s Pizza and Ice Cream Parlor, Holiday Station Store, Hugo’s, Opticare, SuperPumper and Taco John’s all of Crookston, Ness Café in Erskine, Christian Motors and Erickson Smokehouse Grill and Bar in Fertile, Sno-Sled Bar and Grill in Gentilly, Underdahl Hardware Hank in Red Lake Falls and Finseth Hardware Hank and Cenex C-Store in Warren.




The County Commissioners set the 2017 preliminary property tax levy at $22,445,477, or five percent over the 2016 levy.   “On Tuesday, the Board adopted a resolution that set the County’s 2017 preliminary levy just about five percent more of what we levied in 2016," said Polk County Administrator Chuck Whiting.  "The requirement before the end of September that we have with the state is to set that preliminary levy so that it can be calculated in all of the budget hearing notices that will be going out to all of the property tax payers here in a number of weeks.”
The tax levy increase of five percent is a preliminary amount, and the board can get that amount down by the end of 2016.  “The actual goal of the board is to get closer to a three percent increase over 2016.  The staff is working on some of the options to make that happen.  I think we should be able to, and a lot of times it comes down to maybe holding off on some capital expenses, deferring on some personnel costs, some use of fund balance, or a mixture of those," said Whiting.  "Right now we are about 80% through and staff will continue to nip away at some of these items in the budget and make it work, so I am pretty confident we will end up close to the three percent.”
The public hearing on the levy increase will be held November 29.  "The board set the hearing and that will go out in the notices to all property tax payers here in a few weeks that on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:0 p.m. the budget hearing will be held up in the County Board Room in the Government Center in Crookston.”
The next County Commissioner Board meeting is Tuesday, October 4 at 8:00 a.m. at the Polk County Government Center.




Herb Hasz, Grand Forks, N.D., is among several Mayville State University alumni and friends who will be honored during Mayville State University’s 2016 homecoming festivities scheduled for October 7 through October 9 in Mayville, N.D.
Hasz will be inducted into the Mayville State University Athletic Hall of Fame at a dinner scheduled for Friday, October 7 in the Mayville State Campus Center Luckasen Room. The dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. A pre-dinner social will be held from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the MSU Edson and Margaret Larson Alumni and Leadership Center.
Herb Hasz has been dubbed “one of the best all-around athletes at Mayville State.” He earned that accolade as a member of the Comet basketball team, where he was a two-year letter winner and co-captain of the team in the 1966-67 season, and in baseball, where he was a three-year letter winner. Because he was a transfer, he played just half of the 1964-65 basketball season, but played full seasons from 1965-67. He played full seasons in baseball from 1964 to 1967. He played for the Mayville Red Caps while attending summer school and was part of the team that won the North Dakota and South Dakota state tourney in 1966. He also played amateur baseball with the Crookston Reds for many years. He taught and coached for 33 years at Crookston. He is a member of the Crookston High School Hall of Fame. He graduated from Mayville State in 1967 with majors in mathematics and physical education.
Other 2016 Mayville State Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are The 1995-96 and 1996-97 Comets men’s basketball teams; Randy Capouch, West Fargo, N.D.; Tim Miles, Lincoln, Neb.; and Andee (Burris) Thompson, Grand Forks, N.D. The purpose of the Mayville State University Athletic Hall of Fame is to honor and preserve the memory of those athletes, teams, coaches, and others who have contributed in a very outstanding and positive way to the promotion of the Mayville State University athletic programs.
This year’s Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame inductees will also be recognized during the October 7 dinner. They are Rick Anderson, Cooperstown, N.D.; Mike Belseth, Breckenridge; Ryam Brantl, Grand Forks, N.D.; Gary Gillis, Albertville; Rick Metcalf, Sesser, Ill; and Chad Omdahl, Hatton, N.D.
To purchase tickets for the Mayville State University Athletic and Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame Dinner, or see the full listing of Mayville State’s homecoming festivities, go to  For more information, call 701-788-4750 or e-mail  




United Way of Crookston is once again having its 17th Annual Soup and Chili Cook-off and Chocolate Extravaganza on Monday, October 17 in the Crookston High School commons.   "The other reason why we chose October 17 is the Pirates Volleyball team plays the Fisher/Climax Knights and we will be in the CHS commons.  It is a great way to get the whole community involved and for two years in a row we have been funding the summer school program at Fisher," said United Way of Crookston Executive Director Katya Zepeda.  "It is a great way to get both parties that have been involved with United Way to be a part of this event.”
There is still time to get in those Soup and Chili entries.  “You can still get your entries in for the soup or chili.  The deadline to get those in is this Monday, October 3," said Zepeda.  "We are already full for chocolate and have already met our cap for those entries, but if you have a good soup or chili recipe that you want to try you have until Monday to reach out to us.  This year we brought back the judge’s award.  That was something that we removed last year, but we had a lot of feedback from people who really enjoyed that award, so we brought it back.  We will have the judge’s award along with the people’s choice award."
The Soup and Chili Cook-Off and Chocolate Extravaganza runs from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17 in the CHS Commons.  Contact the United Way of Crookston for more information at 281-1715. 





There are still three weekends for people to check out the annual Valley Corn Maize near East Grand Forks.  Corn Maize creator Matthew Krueger talks about the history of the Valley Corn Maize, saying “This is our second year doing this.  We went a little bit bigger and better this year.  We are trying to cover all of the age groups now instead of only the younger kids and we feel like we have activities for all ages now.  I came up with the idea three years ago, and when we were planning it during the winter, we found out that my wife and I were pregnant so we decided to wait a year.  Last year was our first year, and the idea was to help bridge that gap between the people in town and the farmers and trying to bring more awareness to agriculture”.
Kruger discussed what people can expect when they visit the Maize. “This year we hired more people so we can be more personable.  Our whole mission is to create generational memories and there are plenty of opportunities to take pictures, so the same family can come out year after year and see how they have changed.  There is the 10 acre corn maze to go through with 2 different phases.  Phase 1 is about a 10 to 15 minute walk, and phase 2 takes about 45 minutes.  You’ll probably come out a little bit tired, but it will be well worth it”, said Krueger.
Valley Corn Maize is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and Krueger filled us in on the hours as well as how to get there, saying “Hours are normally Friday 4-8, Saturday 10-8, and Sunday 1-6.  We run through October 16, but if we get too many rain days, we may push it one more weekend.  We do also cater to events, such as companies who may want to do team building.  The easiest way to get here is to take Highway 2 towards East Grand Forks and we are right on the corner of that last curve as you head into EGF.  You’ll see big flags on the corner and our sign.  We are pretty hard to miss”.
General Admission tickets are $7.50 plus tax with Kids 36 inches and shorter get in for free.  For questions, call 701-740-2042 or email






On September 27, at approximately 4:38 a.m. the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary in progress at 28415 300th Street SW in Crookston. The Crookston Police Department and Grand Forks Police Department K9 Unit responded with Polk County Deputies. Located and arrested at the scene were Isaiah John Ramirez (19) of Crookston, Harrison Holmes Laporte-Lewis (19) of Crookston, and Zachary Michael Lemke (20) of Crookston. The investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released.

     Zachary Lemke                 Isaiah Ramirez       Harrison Laporte-Lewis




October 24 – October 28 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.  In awareness of clean up week in Crookston, Polk County Public Health advises to not bring furniture, mattresses, box springs, or bed frames found on the street into your home in order to prevent the spread of bed bugs.
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 24 – October 28 in Crookston.




Volunteers placed paper “bud caps” on white, red, and jack pines in the park to protect them from deer browse over winter during National Public Lands Day on September 24.  The 58 volunteers were from several different groups including the Minnesota Master Naturalists, DNR staff, nine University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) faculty, staff, and affiliates; and 38 UMC students, principally from the Natural Resources program (38).   The group worked 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and protected 5000 trees in 27 acres. It was the largest number of volunteers at Itasca State Park since the inception of the event.

The group of 58 volunteers that helped cap the white, red and jack pines in Itasca State Park last weekend (Picture submitted by UMC)




The winner of the KROX Pirate You Pick the Score contest was Duane Anderson. He picked Crookston to beat Pelican Rapids by a score of 35-15.  Crookston beat Pelican Rapids 34-14.
Duane received $10 gift certificates from local businesses including Advanced Tire and Auto, All Seasons Lube Center and Car Wash, B & E Meats, Bridge Street Candle Company, Crookston Eagles #873, Crookston Dairy Queen, Erickson Embroidery and Design, Happy Joe’s Pizza, Minakwa Golf Course, Ness Café, and the University of Minnesota Crookston Bookstore. Plus a $20 gift certificate from Crookston Hardware Hank, Crookston Inn and Convention Center, Eagle Thrifty White Pharmacy, Hugo’s, Irishman’s Shanty, and R.B.J.’s Restaurant. Plus a pair of jeans from Fleet Supply, a large one item pizza from Mugoo’s Pizza, and KROX added $68 as a bonus, a dollar for each year KROX has been in business.

Duane Anderson receives his prize package from Matt Bishop





During the Polk County Commissioner meeting on Tuesday, Michelle Cote presented the resolution to re-appoint Robert Wagner as Director of Assessment Services.  The board approved the re-appointment, which carries a four year term.  Cote also discussed that absentee voting is currently underway. “Absentee voting started on Friday, September 23.  Ballots are available for people who want to come up and vote early,” said Cote.  “Come to the tax payer service center at the Polk County Government Center and you can vote.  It is relatively simple and we are not overly busy yet.  As we get closer to the election we will be busier so there may be a small wait time, but the process is painless.”

The board also set a preliminary 2017 tax levy cap at five percent, and it was noted that there will be intent to get the percentage down closer to three percent by the time the final levy is set by the end of 2016. 
There will be a public hearing on the 2017 budget on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:00 p.m. at the Polk County Government Center.




The tomatoes are red, the pumpkins are picked, the leaves are turning, and fall is officially here. Come down to the Cornstalk Jamboree Saturday, October 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the “ Red Barn” on the Downtown Square to get all your fall needs; locally grown vegetables, jams, jellies, pickles, bread, donuts, pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, cornstalks and much more. This market is open to everyone. If you are interested in selling your crafts or other items, please contact the Farmers Market Treasurer, Sandy at 218-281-4320 or email The setup fee is $25.00 for a 10’x10’ space.
The 2016 One Vegetable One Community (OVOC) has strived and strives to unite the community by encouraging gardeners to plant, grow, cook, and/or share a single vegetable. This season, the community’s vegetable was the TOMATO! The tomato has taken over the community and has been seen growing in kitchen gardens, community and school gardens, containers on front porches, in front of businesses, faith-based organizations, and government buildings. The Cornstalk Jamboree will be highlighting the tomato as the Farmers Market will be serving up your choice of homemade TOMATO or chicken wild rice soup and bread for lunch with a free will donation. There will also be tomato taste-testing and a largest tomato contest!
The children from the Crookston Grade Schools will have a unique scarecrow exhibit, with a story about their creations on display.
While you shop, enjoy live entertainment by a number of local musical groups. Bring the kids out to play games provided throughout the day.
So come on out and enjoy the day as we celebrate healthy eating and our successful OVOC season, support our local Farmer’s Market and have fun together as a community!





With deer hunting season is underway in Minnesota, DNR Big Game Program Leader Adam Murkowski stopped by KROX to talk about a new regulation restricting deer carcasses from entering the state.  The regulation is in response to the growing threat of Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, and Murkowski explains that there was already a similar regulation.  “In the past, we have had regulations in place that affected hunters who went in places where we knew the disease was present.  It required them to take some steps with their harvest before bringing it back to Minnesota, specifically deboning or quartering the animal and only bringing back the hide,” said Murkowski.  “This is a neurological disease in deer and the infectious materials are really concentrated in the central nervous system, so the brain and spinal column.  Those are the parts that we really want to keep out of Minnesota.”

Murkowski explains why the regulation was altered to include all states. “We took the existing regulation and expanded it to all places out of Minnesota.  The reason is we have watched the disease continue to spread geographically and we have also watched it increase in prevalence in areas where we know it is occurring and to some degrees, reaching points to have some potential long term implications,” said Murkowski.  “On top of this, we have also seen states find new areas of infections in areas where they didn’t know it was present, so in our opinion, it is very prudent to be as cautionary as possible and expand these rules given how it is found in new places and increasing in prevalence.  We know it is a few extra steps for hunters, but Minnesota is very fortunate to have a healthy deer herd and it is in everyone’s best interest to maintain that healthy deer herd.”

While the new regulation does not allow whole deer to be transported into the state, there are still ways to bring in deer from other states.  “If you go out of state and harvest an animal, you can bring back your quarters or deboned meat,” said Murkowski.  “If you are interested in getting that animal back for taxidermy, you can bring back the hide, but you need to leave behind those potentially infection materials, which are the head (short of the hide) and the spinal column.”

CWD has not been around for very long and Murkowski discusses what they have learned of the disease so far. “We have been learning a lot and it is a relatively new disease to science and it is a new disease to eastern deer herds, which are much more concentrated than deer out west,” said Murkowski.  “I think one thing that you find between hunters and wildlife managers is that this is really a long term issue of what do we leave our grandchildren.  A lot of hunters want to talk about this upcoming deer season so we have a dichotomy between that and thinking long term and it is something that we are trying to bridge and move forward.  Wisconsin is a perfect example of the spreading of CWD.  They had gone aggressively after it and even if the disease had spread, it would stay at a low prevalence of one to two percent.  Now we see that since they backed off those aggressive measures, it has continually increased in prevalence and about half their bucks are sick in the original area and about a quarter of their does are also sick.  This is something that is not improving anywhere and we really need to be thinking about the future when we decide what we do right now.”

Archery Season is currently underway across Minnesota and Firearm season starts up on Saturday, November 5.





The Crookston School Board met on Monday in the Crookston High School choir/orchestra room.  The board approved the September 2016 bill run as well as the preliminary property tax levy for 2016 payable 2017.  The board also approved an increase in short-call substitute teacher pay rates from $100 a day to $120 a day.  “Twice a semester, the superintendents get together and last Wednesday we were in Bemidji.  Many were asking about sub rates and I asked if people could tell me what they pay teacher subs,” said Superintendent Chris Bates.  “The average was about $112 and we were one of the lowest at $100.  We always want to be in the ballpark, not paying the most or the least, but somewhere in the middle range.” The board approved raising the sub rate to $120 a day, which would start in January.
Under the main agenda, the board approved a concession services agreement with Lauren Walter and Oak Pit Grill for the 2016-17 school year.  The board also accepted a donation from Washington PTO in the amount of $2,500 for Kindergarten and $1,012 for first grade supplies.

After the regular board meeting the Crookston School Board held a working session to discuss how to move forward with the three proposed facility projects. “It was a good meeting.  All board members but one were here. A number of them haven’t had a chance because of different reasons to be together so we showed all of the plans, estimated costs of what they would be right now and had conversation,” said School Board Chair Frank Fee.  “We also had our engineer here from Widseth Smith Nolting and they were able to ask him questions. Everyone was in favor of them but we did not take a vote as no action was taken at this working session.”  Fee added that the board members all agreed that we will be moving forward on all three projects and probably have a referendum vote in February sometime and that would ensure us to get in the bidding season, if any of these pass.” The board is expected to officially vote to move forward at their second meeting in October which would be October 24th.
Fee explained that the board feels a referendum would have a separate question for each facility.  “We also agreed to put each project, the bus garage, the athletic complex, and the additional gym space on different questions so people can vote for what they want,” said Fee.  “We do have one more board member to talk to, but it is unanimous with the five that were here so we will move forward.  I think everyone was happy to do that and I think it could be a great addition to the school district.”

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 10 at 5:00 pm at the Crookston High School choir/orchestra room.

Frank Fee shows the preliminary bus garage plans as Kari Miller looks on




Crookston City Council met on Monday evening in the Council Chambers of City Hall.  City Administrator Shannon Stassen reported that Pet Fixers Clinic was a success. “The Pet Fixers Clinic seemed to go really well so we thanked Shirley Iverson for her role in that and spearheading it,” said Stassen.  “All reports were very good so we’re thankful for Shirley pushing that locally.” 
Stassen said the League of Minnesota Cities, will have some training sessions coming up and some regional meetings.  Last year Crookston was fortunate enough to host one of the meetings and Stassen encouraged staff and council members to go over and take that and the League always does a great job with trainings.”

Items on the consent agenda were resolutions to approve City of Crookston bills and disbursements in the amount of $232,879.99.
The council authorized the Parks and Recreation Department to apply for the James Metzen Might Ducks Grant to help with the purchase of two ice resurfacing machines.  The city confirmed completion of Tax Credit Financing and approved termination of related lease arrangements and the acceptance of deed to the Civic Arena Property. The council approved the second payment to Osseo Construction Co. LLC for the North Water Tower Rehabilitation in the amount of $73,853.00. 

There was also a public hearing on the Midcontinent Communications Franchise and the city approved Midcontinent Communications to maintain a cable communications system in the City of Crookston; setting forth conditions providing for regulation and use of the system; and prescribing penalties for the violation of its provisions.

Dan Nelson, director of governmental affairs with Midco talks to the Crookston City Council



The Crookston Ways and Means Committee met immediately following Crookston City council in the city hall conference room. 
Crookston City Administrator Shannon Stassen recommended that water be resupplied to an existing dump station where the old arena was on Robert Street.  “We have a dump station that’s located where the old arena was on Robert Street.  Fresh water service went away when the buildings came down,” said Stassen.  “Tonight, the council voted to bring that service back across from the other side of Robert and put it in place so it will help people with cleaning out their tanks when they dump their RVs. It is just a really positive thing and we have seen an uptick in the amount of people staying in Central Park and there will be improvements down the line with that, and this is kind of step one in that process.”
The next scheduled City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 10 at 7:00 pm.




If it seems you’ve been seeing a lot of the color teal lately, you’re right. Teal is the designated color for September’s Ovarian Cancer Awareness campaign. It’s also an acronym every woman should know:
·  Talk to your doctor about your family history and how to best care for your health;
·   Educate yourself on symptoms and learn how to care for yourself;
·  Act. You are your best advocate, so don't be afraid to reach out if something doesn't seem right;
·   Listen to your body and to your loved ones. Support each other and again, if something doesn't seem right, reach out.

RiverView Health and the RiverView Foundation are working to get the important T.E.A.L. message out to the community with the help of a memorial donation given by Randy Beggs, Crookston, in memory of Ellen Beggs, his wife of 29 years. Ellen passed away after a short, courageous battle with ovarian cancer on March 8, 2016. RiverView Foundation also recently received a grant from the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Art Ehrmann Cancer Fund to support this mission.

Teal Pirates
One of the ways the Foundation is working to educate the community on the T.E.A.L. campaign is through the Crookston Pirates girls soccer, tennis and volleyball teams. The athletes will wear special “Teal Angels’’ t-shirts for the September 24 soccer match against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, the September 26 volleyball match against Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, and the September 27 Northwest Quad Tennis Tournament. All competitions will be in Crookston.
“I believe the student athletes wearing these special t-shirts will raise the awareness of the female student body and athletes and those that are in attendance,’’ shared Foundation Director Kent Bruun. “This partnership and these charitable dollars will impact the future health of females which is a powerful life changing gift. “The t-shirts share the message: “Hope for the fighters; Peace for the survivors; Rest for the fallen."
“RiverView Health and RiverView Foundation would like to sincerely thank Randy Beggs for his generous charitable contribution given in respect and loving memory of his beloved wife Ellen and for his stakeholder role in helping to secure a Fraternal Order of Eagles, Art Ehrmann Cancer Fund grant,’’ shared Bruun.  “I am deeply touched and personally inspired by Randy’s commitment and focus to help others by raising awareness and educating on the importance of family genetic history.  The critical issue is to recognize the signs and symptoms that may be warning signs of ovarian and other cancers when they occur.  With Randy’s support we will create a more meaningful message of ‘why’ we need to take positive action with our health; for ourselves and our families.’’

Statistics, Symptoms
Ovarian cancer is one of the most deadly of women's cancers. It ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women. The World Health Organization estimates that there are over 238,000 new cases diagnosed annually and nearly 152,000 deaths worldwide.
This cancer typically occurs in women in their fifties and sixties with the median age being 63. Many women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer have a genetic history of ovarian cancer. Unfortunately many wo
men don't seek help until the disease has begun to spread, but if detected at its earliest stage, the five-year survival rate is more than 93%. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often subtle and easily confused with other ailments.

Symptoms may include:
• Bloating                                                                                                                                                                            

• Pelvic or abdominal pain                                                                                                                                                  
• Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly                                                                                                                        
• Urinary urgency or frequency                                                                                                                                      
• Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea                                                                                                 
• Extreme fatigue                                                                                                                                                                    
• Shortness of breath                                                                                                                                                                
• Backaches                                                                                                                                                                             
• Weight gain

For more information on the T.E.A.L. campaign, contact Bruun at 218-281-9249 or For concerns regarding ovarian cancer, contact your provider or make an appointment with Dr. Kari Wessman, RiverView gynecologist, at 218-281-9595.

Randy Beggs, currently serving as an Inside Guard to the Minnesota State Fraternal Order of Eagles and regional chairman of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Art Erhmann Cancer program, presents RiverView Foundation Director Kent Bruun with a donation to be used for ovarian cancer awareness.






Todd and Andria Ellingson, Christian missionaries in Rwanda, Africa, will be in the Crookston area October 1-24.  Todd graduated from Crookston Central in 1983 and is the son of Bud and Judy Ellingson.  They have been in Rwanda since May, 2010, and they have three children:  Ella (age 4), Zebadiah (age 3), and Esther (10 months).
Since they started this mission, much has been accomplished all because of God’s amazing grace, demonstrated by the many prayers and donations from generous people in the USA.  They call their mission “City of Joy”, and have built a school and a church.  Emmy, a Rwandan college graduate, serves as their interpreter and assists Todd in managing City of Joy.
Joy Christian School has 163 students, grades K-3rd, who attend all-day classes.  The children are taught English and are learning to read, write, and do math, but, most importantly, they are led to love Jesus and to follow Him.  This year they started a class for the children’s parents to learn English through reading Bible stories which will also help them to know Jesus and His love.  They presently have a principal, chaplain, and nine teachers.  Andria helps as an advisor to the teachers.
Joy Christian Church became a reality in August, 2015.  Pastor Lambert not only leads the church, but is also the chaplain at the school.  They offer Bible studies and also have a church band to lead the music, and children’s, youth, and adult choirs.  Earlier this year 45 were baptized, and more will be baptized in the near future.
City of Joy provides a year-long sewing class for adults so that they can have a way to support their families. 
This year they have purchased a banana orchard which provides food for the school.  They have also started a community garden that is cared for by their neighbors who in turn use the vegetables for meals.  Two cows were donated to City of Joy, so now they can serve milk to the school children.
Todd and Andria will be speaking at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston on October 2, Dahlen/Petersburg (ND) Lutheran on October 9, Roseau Community Church and Lake Bronson Covenant on October 16, and St. Paul’s Lutheran on October 23.  If you would like to have them share their story of God’s work in Rwanda at your church or organization, call 218-891-5440.

           Andria, Esther, Zebadiah, Ella and Todd Ellingson



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