The Times' Newsroom staff weigh in on their top five things they'd like to see happen this week locally or around the world.
Get ready for the inevitable first mosquito hatch
The topic has been mentioned only once, and in joking fashion, at a recent city council meeting. And it was brought up the other day, too, when someone enjoying a gorgeous evening in their Crookston backyard said, "It's so nice to be outside on a day like this and not have to worry about mosquitoes." Well, make no mistake, everyone knows they're coming. We haven't been drenched by rain, but we've gotten enough to make the first significant mosquito hatch a certainty. Spraying will then commence, possibly sooner and more frequently than in years past, after City officials last year expressed a concern about the lack of urgency when it comes to spraying for mosquitoes. The spraying might not help much in the big picture, but it's better than nothing.
The library is doing some new things, check it out
The Crookston Public Library will be a busy place this summer not only for their weekly Summer Reading Program, but for all the fun events they will be debuting for adults. Books and Brews will debut on Tuesday, June 20 at Drafts Sports Bar and Grill for people to gather and discuss current books while enjoying special brews offered at the bar. They’ll meet every other month. Coffee with a Cop is another new event that will take place Thursday, June 22. Looking forward, they’ll have Ink Stories with Darkside Tattoos from Grand Forks on Monday, August 7. Gather a pal and check out what the library has to offer adults this summer.
Make a splash, Twins, and pick Hunter Greene with the No. 1 pick
The Twins are enjoying a couple of "firsts" today. Even after Sunday's loss to the Giants, they're in first place in the division for the 34th straight day. Today is also Major League Baseball's amateur draft, and the Twins have the first overall pick. So do they take the safe college pitcher, Kyle Wright, who could be in on the major league roster in a year? Do they take college pitcher and amazing hitter Brendan McKay, who would likely not pitch in the majors but maybe play first base. Or do they take high school phenom pitcher/shortstop Hunter Greene, who can hurl it up to 102 miles per hour? He's an interesting kid, this Greene, and drafting him would certainly create a buzz among the fans. But he'd be years away from making the majors, if he ever does. A right handed high school pitcher has never been taken first overall, for likely many good reasons. But these are exciting times for these upstart Twins; maybe this is a day you make the exciting pick and make a big splash. But don't count on it.
Get out to Rydell National Wildlife Refuge this summer
Rydell and Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuges celebrated 25 years Sunday with golf cart tours, activities for kids, a Raptors program by The Nature Connection, education and more. The Rydell Refuge was established in 1992 by means of a land donation and their purpose is “to protect wildlife habitat and diversity, encourage waterfowl and other migratory bird production and promote environmental education and recreation.” There’s around 2,200 acres of wetlands, forest and prairie, and it really is a gem of Polk County. Take the time to visit the Refuge this summer and prepare to be amazed by its beauty.
Enjoy nature, but don’t litter while you’re there
We all know our beautiful Earth is in danger, so let's try to help out a little and stop littering. Instead of throwing your trash out the window, dropping it in the grass, or tossing it into the river, hold onto it until you find a trash can. Littering degrades the beauty of the scenery, injures wildlife, and harms the environment. With less trash around, we can protect the earth and enjoy spending more time in nature, without having to look at abandoned plastic bags, discarded candy wrappers, and crushed soda cans. By not littering and helping to pick up trash that is already there, we can all do our part to make our earth a little cleaner, making nature more enjoyable in the process.
– Maddie Everett, intern