The Times' Newsroom staff weigh in on their top five things of the week.
Keep questioning Trump’s mental fitness for the job
Maybe Al Franken and Bernie Sanders, U.S. senators from Minnesota and Vermont, respectively, read this page a week ago, when President Donald Trump's mental fitness for the job was brought into question. We were a bit more specific than what Franken and Sanders said over the weekend; you read here that Trump seems to have a textbook case of Narcisstic Personality Disorder. The two senators simply said that Trump claims so many untrue things and lies in pathological fashion that other lawmakers, a few Republicans among them, are wondering if the president is all there mentally. This is a conversation that needs to become a groundswell.
On Valentine’s Day, keep it local
Want to take your sweetie out for a nice Valentine’s Day dinner? You don’t even need to take a trip across the river to get a good meal. Crookston has dozens of restaurants to choose from that appeal to many tastes. Have a hankering for a nice juicy steak? In the mood for Chinese or Mexican food? How about seafood? Crookston has you covered no matter what. Even if you don’t have time for a full-meal-deal, you can still grab something to go or pick up a nice box of chocolates for your loved one(s). Make Valentine’s Day special and keep it local.
Support Matthew Regan’s cancer fight
A Crookston man could use your support to help offset health care costs after he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. There will be a benefit for Matthew Regan on Friday, February 17 from 5-7 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in Crookston. Free will offerings will be accepted to help 28-year-old Matthew with health care costs, time off work and basic living expenses while he undergoes treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. There will be a silent auction and the Knights of Columbus will be doing a fish fry. If you are unable to attend, you can donate online at www.gofundme/matthew-regans-cancer-fund.
Appoint Melbye with as little drama as possible
Here's hoping that Tuesday's edition of the Crookston Daily Times includes a story from Monday evening's Crookston City Council meeting on a strong majority of the council approving a resolution appointing Wayne Melbye as the mayor until the end of 2018. Is a unanimous vote possible? If the council wants to put on a public display of unity, yes, it is. If it's not unanimous, at least here's hoping that some of the arguments that have been beaten to death over the past several weeks are in everyone's rear-view mirror. It's time for the council to get to work, and then everyone can see what the November 2018 Election brings.