The Times' Newsroom staff weigh in on their top five things of the week they'd like to see happen locally or around the world.
Keep the weekend activities rolling in the community
"There's too much going on!" That's what someone said this past weekend, when looking at the calendar of weekend events in Crookston and seeing junior hockey at Crookston Sports Center, a rodeo in Central Park, and the Relay for Life at UMC. The person also brought up the previous weekend, likely the busiest, non-Ox Cart Days Festival weekend of activities of the year in Crookston. It does seem like we're on an impressive run when it comes to things to do in Crookston, which should put smiles on the faces of people who have been pushing for more weekend activities, and who also benefit financially when people are out and about and people come to Crookston to partake in said activities. Granted, there will no doubt be major lulls in the calendar, but kudos to those who are keeping the local calendar so packed.
Have fun and experience S.T.E.M. this Thursday in Wildwood Park
It’s already time for the September Celebrate the Young Child event at Wildwood Park which will encourage children ages 0-8 and their families to explore science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) There will be various stations set up around the park, a free pizza dinner and each family will also receive a free book and bubbles. Thanks to Celebrate the Young Child Collaborative, Crookston Early Childhood Summit, Otto Bremer Foundation and Thrivent Financial for making this happen.
How about motorists treat stop sign by U.S. Post Office like an actual stop sign?
There’s a stop sign right outside the United States Post Office in Crookston on W Fletcher St facing South Broadway and that stop sign is in plain view right outside a few Times’ office windows. Day in and day out, people roll up to that stop sign and approximately 50 percent of those drivers actually stop. So, what do the other 50 percent do you might wonder? They roll on through or continuously creep out (without fully stopping) to see if anyone is coming. Whether they’re going straight or turning left on S Broadway, whether they’re late or whether they just can’t see past the cars constantly parked in front of the Post Office, those drivers, which include everyone from area residents, law enforcement, drivers hauling large equipment, delivery trucks, city employees and local leaders, just don’t treat that stop sign the way it should be treated. Can something be done about how close the cars are parked outside? Maybe. Maybe not. Could you make the stop sign bigger with flashing lights? Perhaps. Change the stop sign out for a yield sign? Half of the drivers that pass through might agree with that option.
Some concern about attendance at NFL stadiums?
The only thing more amazing than the poor attendance at the first games of the NFL season for the league's two new Los Angeles franchises, the former San Diego Chargers and the former St. Louis Rams, is that the all-powerful NFL is allowing the networks airing the games to show camera angles making it clear that there are vast swaths of empty seats in those two stadiums. Sure, both teams are playing in temporary homes until their shared, multi-billion dollar stadium opens in a couple years, but it continues to baffle the mind how the NFL insists on having a presence in LA when over the years the massive market has proven to have fickle football fans. But there are lots of empty seats at some other stadiums, too, and you have to wonder if some of the NFL's can't-miss luster is starting to wear thin. The Atlanta Falcons opened their jaw-dropping new stadium in prime time Sunday night against the Packers, and there were empty red seats all over the place. Has the league finally priced itself so high that normal people can only afford to watch on TV? Or maybe everyone is sick of the refs calling 20 penalties a game and getting as much time in front of the camera as the players themselves.
Genuine hope for the Twins?
This could really happen. The Minnesota Twins, who set a franchise record for futility last season, might make it into the Major League Baseball postseason in a couple weeks, as the American League's second wildcard. While the addition of the second wildcard in each league by the MLB's brass has added to the pennant chase excitement, enthusiasm is tempered a bit because the Twins are essentially fighting for a one-game playoff just to make it into the American League Divisional Series. After this so surprising season, fans know it could all be over in a single postseason game, likely against the Yankees. Add in the shaky starting pitching staff and the fact that slugger Miguel Sano might not return until next spring, and it's not all-out euphoria. Still, this has been a mighty entertaining season for Twins fans. Let's hope they make it to that one-game, do-or-die showdown.