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Yes, go solar...it’s a no-brainer

The Polk County Board of Commissioners were recently given a proposal for a solar project through Made in Minnesota, an incentive program that was established in 2013. Currently, the Government Center in Crookston spends over $50,000 per year for electricity. Wouldn’t it be nice to save some money using solar panels that utilize the sun’s natural energy? Of course it would. The panels allegedly last for decades so saying “Yes” to this project just makes sense.

Get excited for the return of ‘Movies on the Square’

The Crookston Chamber will begin its ‘Movies on the Square’ monthly triathlon on Thursday, June 15 with the movie “The Goonies” hosted by Wonderful Life Foods at the Downtown Square. People of all ages are invited to this family-friendly event series that also has dates on July 20 and August 17. The Chamber is still looking for businesses that may be interested in sponsoring the July and August events, and sponsors are able to pick their movie of choice while receiving recognition and exposure in the community. Wouldn’t it be NEAT if we could pull together more than one outdoor movie a month? Come on, business people. Get in touch with the Chamber office today to play host by calling 281-4320 or emailing info@visitcrookston.com.

Kids, keep on reading in the summer, at the library or wherever

Even though school is out for the summer, keeping up the habit of enjoying a good book is both intellectually rewarding and fun for kids of all ages.  This is encouraged by the Summer Reading Program at all Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) locations.  Kids can be inspired to pick up a book more often by keeping track of the books they read and earning prizes for their accomplishments.  Kids can also attend weekly free artistic, educational, and entertaining events throughout the summer, starting Wednesday, June 7 at 2 p.m., when kids are welcome to come to the Crookston Public Library make a peace flag to hang.  Attend these events to encourage young people to read more and make use of the great resource that the library is.  Continuing to read through the summer months not only helps kids to be prepared for school, but helps them to become more interesting people and have fun in the process.                                                                                                        

– Maddie Everett, summer intern

Let’s appreciate the impact of Safety Town

There are obviously many milestones that parents celebrate with their kids, and sending the kids off to their first day of kindergarten is clearly one that’s particularly memorable and milestone-y. But, in Crookston, before the little ones venture off to their first day of school, they need to know the rules of the road, and that’s what Safety Town is for. Yes, the practically rite of passage summer-before-kindergarten event for kids heading off to kindergarten in the fall is once again underway, in the Washington School gymnasium. The gym floor and space has been made to look like a little town, and the kids on special bikes learn how to navigate “Safety Town” safely. It all leads up to the big event, graduation this Friday. So go get em’ kids. Learn a lot, be safe, and, most of all, have fun and make another memory.

Low scores for Pirate golfers

The Pirate boys’ and girls’ golf teams are both at Town & Country Golf Club in Bemidji Monday and Tuesday, competing in the section meet. Each won their sub-section, and now it’s onto, once again, a showdown with some of the top golfers in the region, including those from Detroit Lakes, who annually assemble an impressive roster. It’s no different this year, but the Pirates are no slouch, either, and most feel that when it comes to advancing out of the section as a team, it’s going to come down to the Pirates and the Lakers. Will we send a team or two? Let’s hope so. But if that doesn’t happen, let’s hope a bunch of Pirates make it to the state tournament as individuals.