The Times' Newsroom staff weigh in on their top five things of the week.

Gear up for this weekend’s 3-on-3 basketball tourney

Crookston’s first-ever “C” Town 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 downtown with kids in grades 3 and above, and adults competing for bragging rights. Teams are guaranteed three games and will receive a t-shirt and meal with registration. A DJ will be on hand both days and there will be a free throw contest, 3-point shooting contest and dunk contest (for grades 11/12 and adults only.) Bring the whole family out for this fun event brought to you by the sports tourism initiative.

Don’t be afraid to attend city council meetings

Do you have neighborhood concerns? Issues with the preliminary Downtown Master Plan? The Crookston City Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall in the Council Chambers and they welcome any area resident to attend and address those concerns with the council. Speaking with your ward representative would also be a good start at getting the conversation going. To find out who represents your neighborhood, call City Hall at 281-1232.

Check out Crazy Days Thursday, including the Times crazy-good deal

Don't miss Crazy Days downtown Crookston on Thursday, July 27 and Friday, July 28. Downtown businesses will have specials and goods set up outside their stores. This is a great opportunity to snag deals and see what Crookston businesses have to offer. The Crookston Daily Times will also have a special, with new subscriptions to the newspaper being 50% off and renewal subscriptions being 35 percent off.  

                                                                        – Maddie Everett, intern

Michele Bachmann: Return to the sidelines, please

Well, that was fun while it lasted, "that" being the time we enjoyed without having to hear anything Michele Bachmann has to say. The former Republican Congresswoman from Minnesota resurfaced the other day to weigh in on the fatal shooting of an Australian woman in Minneapolis by a Minneapolis police officer from Somalia. Not surprisingly, much of what she said was nonsense. But, soon after came the news headline, "Is Michele Bachman dipping her toe in the Minnesota governor's race?" Please, no.

A (pleasant) Vikings surprise

Cue the "Where did the summer go!?" talk, because the Minnesota Vikings open their training camp this week. This season will be intriguing for the Purple, to say the least. They were picked to go far last season, teased everyone with their 5-0 start, and then the ravages of injuries to their starting quarterback, running back and along their offensive line finally caught up with them. As a result, this season the prognosticators are picking the Vikes to finish somewhere in the 7-9 to 8-8 range. Don't feel slighted as Vikings fans, though, because we all know this franchise is at its best when it's performing above expectations, surprising people, and proving the experts wrong.