Civil Air Patrol 134th Crookston Composite Squadron first new one in state in several years.

After months of planning, the Civil Air Patrol 134th Crookston Composite Squadron under the CAP Minnesota Wing is official.

About 50 people attended the charter ceremony held Sunday afternoon in the Polk County Law Enforcement Center, including several members from Bemidji and Thief River Falls squadrons, Homeland Security representatives, state CAP officers, and Deb Kiel, state representative-elect. Mayor Dave Genereux signed and read a proclamation declaring Dec. 5 the birthday of the 134th. Col. Thomas Theis, state commander, commented that there has not been a new Minnesota squadron commissioned for quite some time.

Lois Kriegh was installed as commander of the 134th, with Dan Morlan serving as vice commander.  

The CAP is an is an auxiliary of the Air Force and is not a military organization. A composite squadron consists of both senior members (age 19+) and cadets (ages 12-18). Meetings will take place Sundays, 3 p.m., at the Polk County Law Enforcement Center. People can join anytime; call Dan Morlan at 281-3954 or visit the website for more information.