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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Crookston Inn & Convention Center: 'Impossible' dream closer to reality

  • Crookston Inn & Convention Center to be featured on 'Episode 5' of Travel Channel show in the fall
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  •     The Crookston Inn & Convention Center is getting closer to their dream of "embracing the impossible." The Travel Channel's television show "Hotel Impossible" has been filming at the hotel in preparation for their fifth season premiere.    
        "This hotel is important to the town," said show creator and host Anthony Melchiorri. "If it closes, the town loses jobs and the owners lose their investment. We are here to embrace the hotel and do anything we can to make sure they succeed."    
        Melchiorri, a New York native, has been in the hotel business for 25 years. He approached the Travel Channel three years ago with an idea for a show that helps struggling hotels across the country.    
        "I'd never been on TV before," Melchiorri said. "I just thought this show could really help turn some of these hotels around and provide the insight that owners need to hear."    
        When asked about his favorite part of the show, Melchiorri took his time and answered, "The time crunch is probably my favorite part. It takes a lot of focus and talent from our team to do everything in a short period of time. We don't have time for nonsense, so our first conversations with the hotel owners are really direct. They hear things they've never heard before. In the end, if I leave and know that I've given my everything, I can sleep like a baby even if they don't take my advice."
        
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        After the production crew and design team arrived in Crookston, their first goal was to hire a local contractor to assist with their building plans. Gary DeBoer and his team from DeBoer Builders have been putting in long days at the Crookston Inn with help from Reese Electric and McFarlin Drywall.   
        "I'm not sure how they got my name, but they approached me to be their general contractor," said DeBoer. "Our awesome crew has been putting in 18-hour days, but it's nice because they let us do our own thing."    
        Crookston Inn owners Todd and Nicole Jacobson first applied to be on the show a year ago, right after they purchased the hotel previously known as the Northland Inn or America's Best Value Inn. After discovering how bad the condition of the hotel actually was, they were relieved when they found out the show was interested in the Crookston Inn.    
        "It was a long process to get everything going, but it's been worth it," said Todd Jacobson of the "Hotel Impossible" experience. "Anthony didn't sugarcoat anything. He told us what needs to happen and after the first couple of days of learning the hard truth, he became a friend." 
    Page 2 of 2 -     The Crookston Inn's episode will air later this fall on the Travel Channel.    
        Note to readers: Per the request of the show's production team, pictures of the renovation process or results will not be revealed by the Times until the episode airs.

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