5 things the Times newsroom staff wants to see happen

Some positive action on Evers’ Fournet plans

It sounds like the Crookston Housing & Economic Development Authority (CHEDA) Board of Directors on Tuesday is going to discuss a financing package request from developer Jeff Evers involving the Fournet Building downtown that he purchased earlier this year. You'll recall that Evers is on the clock, so to speak, with Tri-Valley Opportunity Council recently announcing that if he gets a deal done within six months, the agency will relocate across the street to the Fournet and become his anchor tenant. Without an anchor tenant, Evers' bigger plans for the building probably don't take flight. Evers has been putting a deal together for some time, and City of Crookston officials, knowing something would be coming forth eventually, and even factored in a hypothetial six-figure sum for Evers’ project in a recent comprehensive budget update for the city council. Hopefully, the package is a good one, and hopefully the City, CHEDA, and Evers, boosted by Tri-Valley's move, can make something great happen with that great building. If not now, when?

Check out another ‘Movies on the Square’ this Thursday downtown

It’s already that time again for another Movies on the Square event at the Downtown Square Pavilion this Thursday, July 20. The movie starts at dusk or around 8:30-9 p.m. and concessions are available down the street at the Grand Theatre. July’s movie is…”Sing!” The movie takes place in a city of humanoid animals with an attempt to save a theater with a singing competition that becomes grander than they can imagine. “Sing” is rated PG and lasts one hour and 48 minutes. See you at the Square!

Let’s put an end to ‘fake news’

It seems to be human nature to gossip, tell, and communicate information, true or false, to the rest of the world.  Everyone is guilty of it, even though it can be unknowingly done or carelessly communicated with good meaning. Spreading the dark truth can have the ability to hurt others, but spreading inaccurate news can be just as devastating, simply because it is not factual.  Take a moment in the future to think before regurgitating something heard or seen to make sure that it is accurate and not over-exaggerated or simply made up.  False truths can hurt people, but inaccurate news can make an impact on a whole society as well. We live in a world of gossip, rumors, and "fake news,” but we can all do our small part to lessen the impact of untruths in the world, simply by thinking before we speak.
– Maddie Everett, summer intern

Get your sports physicals, please

Fall sports will be starting up sooner than you think, kids in grades 7-12, so it’s time to get your sports physicals. Altru Clinic in Crookston will host summer sports physicals July 27 and August 2 from 5-7 p.m. Call 281-9100 to make an appointment. RiverView Health’s North Clinic will offer free sports physicals July 18 and 25, and August 1 from 5-7 p.m. Call 281-9595 to make an appointment. As always, athletes should bring their MN State High School League Sports Qualifying Physical Examination clearance forms. You can find this form on Altru’s and RiverView’s websites, as well. Have a happy and safe fall sports season!

Twins, don’t overpay in a trade

It's been written here recently, but it warrants mentioning again, since we're a couple weeks away from the Major League Baseball trading deadline: The new Twins brass should not overpay in a trade that probably won't even put the Twins in the post-season, much less give the team a chance to advance if they do get there. Despite the Indians failing to run away with the American League Central, the Twins simply don't have near enough pitching this season. A trade in which they give up a good prospect for some middling middle reliever just isn't going to make enough of a difference. Derek Falvey and Thad Levine need to keep thinking about the big picture, and not feel overly pressured by second baseman Brian Dozier and other players who are saying publicly that the team should be active at the trading deadline. This isn't the year for that.