My name is Denise Affeldt. Although I live in Crookston, I am the Director of St. Mary’s Early Childhood Center & Preschool at St. Mary’s Church in Grand Forks, ND. My program also includes an After-School Program and Summer programing for school age children and younger.

    My name is Denise Affeldt.  Although I live in Crookston, I am the Director of St. Mary’s Early Childhood Center & Preschool at St. Mary’s Church in Grand Forks, ND.  My program also includes an After-School Program and Summer programing for school age children and younger.

    While planning programming for this summer, I decided to pursue a tour of the University of Minnesota Crookston barns and then head to a Crookston park for a picnic and play time.    

     UMC was very accommodating setting up the tour.  

    Checking in with employees at the Crookston City Hall, they suggested heading over to Highland Park to enjoy lunch at the pavilion and play time at the new splash park.  

    The children, age eighteen months to ten years old, had a fantastic day.  Thank you to Amber Lea and her assistants at UMC for their time and patience as thirty children toured the facilities.  The Highland Athletic Complex was a perfect place for the children to cool off in the splash park and enjoy lunch.

    I will be planning more trips back to Crookston.

Denise Affeldt
Crookston