The Times' Newsroom staff weigh in on their top five things of the week.
Insight on DCDP’s plans
Well this could be interesting. The Downtown Crookston Development Partnership board late last week voted to remove Dillon Fenno from his position as DCDP facilitator. In explaining their reasoning, DCDP leaders mentioned the strong committees that have been formed, which would lead one to think maybe the DCDP board doesn't think it needs a facilitator. It gets interesting when you consider that the Crookston City Council late last year approved three years of City funding totaling $120,000 to pay a DCDP facilitator and cover other expenses. Will the DCDP simply hire another facilitator? Do they want to forge ahead without one and give the City back some or all of its money? Or do they want to forge ahead without a facilitator and use the City money previously approved? Interesting, indeed.
Check out Wojo’s Rodeo this Friday and Saturday in Crookston’s Central Park
Wojo’s Rodeo will feature two large performances, barrel racing, team roping, mutton busters and an instructional clinic this Friday and Saturday in Crookston’s Central Park. It’s the first time they’ve been featured in town and, from the sounds of it, Crookston is in for a whirlwind of a weekend ride. A free instructional clinic will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday for all interested in learning the basics of the rodeo events like roping, bronc riding, bull riding and more. Bring the whole family for a weekend of fun. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Crookston Chamber office.
Attend the Relay for Life this Saturday, now back at the U of M Crookston
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of West Polk County event is back at the University of Minnesota Crookston this year and kicks off with a 5K race at 4 p.m. at the University Teaching and Outreach Center Arena. Events on the campus mall begin at 5 p.m. with a cancer survivor meal and, new this year, a free-will community meal by RiverView Health. Opening ceremonies and the silent auction start at 6 p.m., and the pie auction starts at 7 p.m. as well as “Painting with Raylene,” a free painting session (for the first 24 people that sign up) to recognize ovarian cancer awareness by RiverView Health. The evening will round out with a luminary ceremony, outdoor movie and the band 4 Wheel Drive performing before closing up shop at midnight. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society who, last year, assisted over 400 people in Polk County.
Don’t forget to report news beyond catastrophic weather
If most news coverage decisions are based upon how many people might be impacted by the news, then the corporate media are throwing things entirely out of whack with their constant coverage of what has become constant weather disasters. Lately, they've been justifying it by talking about how many "millions" of people are in danger or otherwise at risk because they are in severe weather "watch" zones. But for those of us who live around here and deal with a variety of weather, we know the big difference between a "watch" and a "warning." Take hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The network evening news one night last week used five correspondents and spent 13 minutes talking about Irma before getting around to informing viewers of the Equifax cyber-security breach, which could impact half of the U.S. population. But obsessing over catastrophic weather, be it rain, wind, floods or fire, is visually titillating and dramatic. Cyber-crime? That’s apparently too boring and complex. And with the climate seemingly getting more fierce and merciless by the day, expend the trend to only ramp up. Yes, these weather disasters affect millions, and there is death, destruction and despair all around. But there is other critically important news to report.
Pirates rise to the occasion when put to the test this Friday
The Pirate football team is off to a nice start, with a big win to open the season over rival East Grand Forks, and then taking care of business on the road Friday with a 32-7 win over Staples-Motley. Cade Salentine and Mason Wang are leading a high-octane offense, and the defense is doing just enough. Next up is a massive test on the road this Friday against perennial power Hawley, who is ranked in the state once again. Here's hoping the Pirates put up a good fight against the mighty Nuggets.