UMC students assist Gray when she falls from chair while hanging posters promoting events at the Carnegie Building

    A local author, teacher and historian, Kristina Gray, suffered a fall outside the U of M Crookston Library Tuesday evening while hanging some posters promoting events at the Carnegie Building.    

    Library Work Study student Taylor Storhoff and student Rowenna Fillmore saw the fall and rushed to her assistance.    

    "Rowenna actually has first responder's training," said Director of Library Services Owen Williams. "She and Taylor were able to comfort Kristina until the ambulance got there."    

    Williams mentioned how Gray is a library regular.    

    "She comes here at least once a week to do research and scans the items she needs," explained Williams.    

    Gray was taken by Crookston Area Ambulance Service to RiverView Hospital before being transferred to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, where she is currently admitted with a skull fracture. While her cognitive abilities might be impaired for a while, her husband, Ken, told the Times, she is expected to be released soon.    

    During Gray's work on her two books delving into Crookston's past over the past two years, she has authored numerous articles that have been published in the Times. A section of today's Communication Connections edition focuses on Gray's writing on "Legendary Locals."