Stassen says August could break July's best-ever numbers.

During an update at Thursday's CHEDA Board of Directors meeting from the Chamber and Convention and Visitors' Bureau, Chamber President/CEO Shannon Stassen noted that the month of July was the "biggest in the history" of the CVB's lodging tax collections and that August numbers aren't in yet but they could break July's record.

To that, CHEDA Executive Director Craig Hoiseth noted that he continues to work with Crookston AmericInn Hotel & Suites leadership on the long-planned expansion of the lodging facility on University Avenue that would add as many as 24 suites to the existing building.

"It's getting late in the year but we're still moving forward," he said. "We might have finally gotten some movement on the property issue."

Stassen said that when it comes to lodging in Crookston, "it's a really good trend right now. "Hotels are staying full," he said, noting that Todd and Nicole Jacobson, new owners of the Crookston Inn & Convention Center, have actually had to delay some of their room renovations because customers need the rooms.

"There's ice in the arena, tournaments are taking place this month, and it's bringing people in," Stassen continued.

"Once we get the (currently under construction) Cobblestone Hotel in, I think we will continue to see a slowing of the leakage to the west when people come here for events but look elsewhere for lodging," Stassen said. "That will be millions of dollars a year in new money being spent in our community."

• This year's CHEDA house that will be built in partnership with Crookston High School's Construction Trades course will be a single-level home with a smaller than usual footprint, equipped with floor heat. "It's a little bit lower price point so it will compare favorably with the other houses that will be going up on Barrette Street," Hoiseth explained.

• Hoiseth said he's working with Kevin Ross, the developer who's putting up homes on Crookston's south end, on possibly partnering to bring a Homark pre-fabricated home to the south end of town. Homark has been wanting to showcase its most elaborate model home in Crookston for some time, Hoiseth noted. "It's their top of the line home that they've been wanting to have here," he said. "They want to show people it's not a trailer."