Cheers to the Crookston's Fall Choral Festival and Jeers to muddy roads Crookston's Fall Choral Festival   

    Crookston has, for 53 years, annually held the Fall Choral Festival with East Grand Forks. The Fall Choral Festival has been an opportunity for the two chorals to join forces with a guest conductor and learn new music, practice combined pieces and learn a few "tricks of the trade" from a mastered an educated conductor.    

    The Festival would take place during the day and would be proceeded by an evening concert. This year, however, the tradition had to be revised as Crookston and East Grand Forks High School could not find a night that would work for both schools to have a concert that would not interfere with other activities in the respective communities.  

    Thus the Crookston Fall Choral Clinic was born! The premise remained the same-- bring in local high schools and guest conductor-- marry the two together and you'll have a musical match made in heaven!    

    This year Crookston, Fisher, Red Lake Falls and East Grand Forks high schools joined together at the CHS auditorium, along with guest conductor, assistant professor at Concordia College, Michael Culloton, for a morning filled with performances, critiques and a mass choral rehearsal.   

    Hats off the Crookston High School Music Department for taking what could have been a dying tradition and transforming it into a malleable form to fit the situation at hand. It was a great compromise and still allowed for the same premise – for high schools to harmoniously combine in music making.

                                               – Torrie Greer, student staff writer all these muddy roads

    Sugar beet farmers are some of the most important people to the Red River Valley. They work hard all season to grow their crops and get ready for harvesting.    

    Once harvest time comes around in the fall, we all know we need to be on the look out for  trucks and mud on the roads. The weather is usually unpredictable as well, so this could mean for some slippery or bumpy conditions.    

    The question is, would it be too much to ask for the highways to be cleaned off after harvest has concluded? We all know our county and state-level highway departments have the equipment and a good sweeping or scraping is all it would really need. This would require a decent amount of man time and money, but we all pay taxes so why not keep the commuters and regular drivers happy, and the conditions safer?    

    Maybe it's too much to ask or just wishful thinking, but it’s something to ponder.

                                                                           – Jess Bengtson