Thursday, October 13, 2016.

Agassiz Environmental Learning Center is Fertile will hold its Haunted Trail every Saturday in October from dusk to midnight. Admission is $5 per person. Popcorn, hot cocoa and pop will be available in the Nature Center Building. Erickson’s Smokehouse will also be on site serving food and beverages. The Learning Center is located on half mile west of Fertile on Summit Avenue S.W.  For more info visit or contact Lisa at 218-945-3136.

RiverView Health Auxiliary will be holding a Mitten Drive in the form of a Mitten Tree now through Tuesday, November 1, 2016.  The Mitten Tree is located in the front lobby of RiverView Health.  The public is invited to trim the tree with their donations of children’s winter mittens, gloves or hats.  Please no scarves.   The mittens, gloves and hats received will be distributed to area schools and given to children who need them.  RiverView Health Auxiliary thanks you for your support in warming hearts and hands this season through this important service project.

Retirement Open House for Maria Alameda today from 4:00-6:00pm at the Crookston Community Family Service Center located at 1407 Erskine Street.  Alameda spent 20 years as a Toddler Teacher at Tri-Valley Head Start in Crookston.

The Crookston American Legion Auxiliary will hold their regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the Post. All members are encouraged to attend.

RiverView Health will offer a CPR class today at 6:00 p.m. in Riverview meeting room 4.  Cost for those needing certification is $45. The Crookston American Legion offers a free CPR class for those not needing certification. For more information or to register, contact RiverView Health at 281-9405.

The Crookston American Legion would like to invite the public to attend a presentation by Ellen McKinnon, Case Manager, Supportive Services for Veterans Families Dakota Prairie Community Action Agency and Veterans Resource Group tonight at 7:00 p.m. There’s no charge, but donations would be greatly appreciated. Household items such as bedding, kitchen utensils, blankets, sheets, pillows, towels, and wash clothes, canned or boxed food, personal items such as full size toiletries are needed as well as gift cards. A drop off container is located at the Crookston American Legion. For more info, call Sharon Lanctot at 281-6286 or Margee Keller at 218-349-4566.

Crookston Eagles will have Bar Bingo at 7pm tonight.

The Polk County Retirees will meet at the American Legion for lunch on Friday, October 14 at 11:30 am.

The Crookston ECI is hosting the 3rd annual Boo Run Run, a fun run/walk for the whole family!  Join us, in costume, Saturday, October 15th at Castle Park.  Registration begins at 9:30am, 1K at 10:00am and 5K at 10:30am.  Prizes will be awarded to first place finishers of the 1K and 5K and to the top 3 costumes!

Benefit Breakfast and Silent Auction for Disabled US Navy Veteran Tom O’Neill will be Sunday, October 16th from 8am-1pm at the Crookston American Legion.  Tom has been in and out of the hospital all summer and recently had his leg amputated.  Free will donation will help with his expenses.  Donations can also be dropped off at Fertile Bank.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston will be celebrating their 120th Anniversary with a special worship service on October 16 at 10:00 a.m. to remember their German heritage. Following the service there will be a German Dinner served at 11:00 a.m. hosted by the Parish Fellowship Committee. The menu will feature B & E Meats German sausages, pork loin and sauerkraut, potatoes, homemade breads, German apple cake, root beer and Lutheran coffee. Everyone is welcome.

Catholic Daughters Court Bishop Schenk #2010 will celebrate Catholic Daughters Sunday at St. Peter’s Church in Gentilly on Sunday, October 16th at the 10:30 mass. Please call Jean LaJesse or Margee Keller if you need a ride.

Valley Corn Maize will be open every weekend through October 16th.  Valley Corn Maize will be open Fridays 4 pm-8 pm, Saturdays 10am-8pm, and Sundays 1pm-6pm.  Located on the corner of Highway 2 and 160th St SW, 1 Mile East of East Grand Forks.  Tickets are $7.50 plus tax (under 36" free), Military discount available.  Ticket sales end 30 minutes before closing.  For more information, please visit on Facebook or at or call 701-740-2042.

Altru Clinic in Crookston is set to host Living Well with Diabetes: a team based support group for patients/families on Monday, October 17 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in its conference room. This month’s focus is on Sleep Apnea with Diabetes with Sheila Thompson presenting. Call 281.9100 to register. There is no charge for this session.

Parks & Recreation is looking for a 5th and 6th grade basketball coach.  Season runs from October 17 - December 22nd. Contact Scott Butt at 281-2465 or Phyllis at 281-1242

RiverView Health Rehab Services will be holding “A Matter of Balance’’ classes for anyone who has fallen in the past, has restricted activities because of falling concerns or is worried about falls. The classes will teach skills in improving balance flexibility and strength.  Eight two-hour sessions will be Monday and Wednesday, Oct. 17th through Nov. 9th, from 1 pm – 3 pm in RiverView’s  Meeting Room 4. Please use the Rehab Entrance on the south side of the building for easiest access. The classes are taught by RiverView Occupational Therapist Madeline Graff and Physical Therapist Assistant LueRae Geihsler. The class is free, but class size is limited, so early registration is stressed. For more information, or to register, call 281-9463.

The Catholic Daughters Court Bishop Schenk #2010 will meet Monday, October 17th at St. Mary’s in Euclid. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION. We will begin with a light meal at 5:30 followed by the meeting at 6:00. We will meet in the East parking lot of the Cathedral to ride share. If you have any questions, please call Jean LaJesse at 281-6706 or Margee Keller at 281-6421.

United Way of Crookston will have its 17th Annual Soup & Chili Cook-off on Monday, October 17th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the CHS Commons.  Free will donation, proceeds help fund programs such as North Country Food Shelf, Eat United Summer Food Program, and Fisher School Summer Program.

CHEDA Board meeting will be Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00am at Valley Technology Park.

The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Unit 14 will meet on Tuesday, October 18 at 12:30 in the Irishman’s Shanty Back room.

Wandering Vine will host a three part Handling Conflict Series facilitated by Sandra G. McNichol, who works professionally with individuals, families and organizations such as churches and government agencies,  on October 18 and 25, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 510 N. Broadway in Crookston. Anyone who desires a better approach to handling conflict is invited to attend. Cost is $30 and you must register by calling 281-4853 by October 7. Wandering Vine is a collaborative outreach ministry sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church and UMC Cooperative Campus Ministry.  

Journeying Through Grief is a series of six classes that will be held at the Crookston Public Library from 1:00-2:30 pm on October 18th, 25th, and November 1st, 8th, and 15th.  The sessions are free, but pre-registration is required due to limited space.  To register, please call 1-800-237-4629 and ask for the bereavement department.

The RiverView Auxiliary is hosting a Collective Goods Book and Gift Fair in Heritage Hallway at RiverView Health on Thursday, October 20th from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm and Friday, October 21st from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Be sure to stop by and check out all of the many items for sale.  Proceeds benefit Auxiliary projects for the year.

Zombie Fun Run will be October 21st and is a fundraiser for the Young at HeArt Community Center destined to be in the old Cathedral.  Proceeds go towards the Steeples and Steps projects.  The Zombie Fun Run Entry/Pledge Form is on the main page of, or call 218-289-1246 for a copy.  Turn in your Zombie Fun Run Entry/Pledge Form at 4pm at the Red Barn in Town Square.  The run/walk/crawl starts at 4:30.  The Zombie Fun Run is open to all fundraisers, individuals and teams.  Get the most pledges for the Community Center and win Best Fundraiser, also prizes for Best Costume and Best Zombie Walker.  Gut burgers (sloppy Joe’s) and fingernails (chips) available at 6pm at the Red Barn for a free will donation.  Of course, Zombies eat free!

“Sip and Sing” at Cofe’ will be Thursday, October 27th from 7:30-8:30pm.  Susan Lee will play guitar and lead the music and everyone is invited to enjoy a favorite beverage and sing some familiar songs and hymns.  Sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church.

Crookston Comedy Night will be Friday, October 28th at the Crookston Eagles Club.  Social gathering starts at 5, Dinner starts at 6, and the Show featuring Comedian John DeBoer begins at 9pm.  Dinner and Show tickets are $25 and include Steak or Chicken grilled by B&E Meats, Baked Potato, Corn, Salad, and a Roll.  Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance form the Blue Line Club office, Eagles Club, or B&E Meats.  If you have any questions, call Elliot at 470-0423.  Proceeds go to support Crookston Youth Hockey.

Hunter Firearms Sight In-The rifle range at Crookston Gun Club will be open to the public to sight in firearms on the following dates:  Saturdays, October 15, 22 & 29 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Sundays, October 16, 23 & 30 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM.  Targets will be furnished.  The range will not be open if it is raining or snowing.  If you have questions, call Wayne at 281-4343 or 280-2013.  Crookston Gun Club is located one mile north of UMC on Highway 75 and ¼ mile west.

Need to work off surplus energy?  Join other men at the Highland Gym for an evening of hoops. Wednesday evenings thru May at the Highland Gym from 8-9:30pm.  Must be 18 years of age and out of High School.  Class Fee is $15. Contact Brian Schumacher 281-3549 or email Brian at

Pickleball is played in Schuster Park on Sundays 2-4 pm, Wednesdays 5-7:30 pm and Fridays 9-11 am. Free lessons on Friday mornings for anybody interested.  Equipment will be provided.  Come join the fun. For further information contact Gordy Royal at 218-289-6561 or Larry Brekken at 218-280-0000

The Polk County Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 4:00. Closed Mondays and holidays.

The City of Crookston twigs and branch collection will be held the second and fourth Monday of each month and will run through October. Branches must be cut in four foot lengths, bundled and placed on the curbside.

Crookston Swimming Pool hours are as follows:
Afternoon open swim will be Monday-Wednesday from 1:00-3:00p.m.
Open Swim at the Crookston Pool will be Monday-Friday 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Lap Swimming will be Monday - Friday 6:00 to 9:00 a.m.
Aqua Exercise will be Monday - Friday 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., Monday and Wednesday 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
For more information call 281-1180.

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