We recently had the pleasure of visiting Crookston for Minnesota Sparks, an event that brought us into conversation with members of your community.

    We recently had the pleasure of visiting Crookston for Minnesota Sparks, an event that brought us into conversation with members of your community. Using our respective areas of expertise and research, we had conversations on rewriting the narrative of rural community change, inspiring commitment and dedication to our wildlife resources and a comprehensive study being conducted at UMC that will lead to a better understanding of Minnesota's lakes, rivers and streams. We wish to thank your community for hosting us and for the engaging dialogue.

    The University of Minnesota’s impact is deep and broad in Crookston and in all 87 counties of the state through our 4-H youth programs, extension offices, research and outreach centers. We fulfill our land-grant mission in many ways, and that’s demonstrated in Polk County with over 1,200 alumni — including health care providers, scientists, teachers, business and civic leaders — who keep your community strong and vibrant. And, with our expertise, resources and local partnerships, we work to solve the state’s most pressing issues.

    Thank you, Crookston!