Thanks to the CHS Leo Club for Pennies for Patients
Pennies for Patients is a campaign used to raise change in elementary, middle and high schools across the country, and the Crookston High School Leo Club is asking students to bring their pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, during Snow Fest week. Since 1994, Pennies for Patients have raised funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For each themed day at CHS, a different currency is requested. Monday (USA Day), bring pennies; Tuesday (Gophers vs. Hawks Day), bring nickels; Wednesday (Camo Day), bring dimes; Thursday (Pirate Pride Day), bring quarters; and Friday (Flannel Day), bring change and dollars. Kudos to the CHS Leo Club and to students for raising money for a worthy cause.

Pets get cabin fever, too, so play with them inside
Dogs and cats (and other pets) who are used to “playing” outdoors during the warmer months, especially in the summer, can get cabin fever in the winter. They, just like humans, get a little anxious when they aren’t able to be outdoors due to cold weather. It’s, essentially, like a claustrophobic reaction brought on by an extended stay in a confined space or a remote, isolated area, says Canidae’s website. So, what can be done to help curb the possible emotional mood swings? Before or after school or work is a good time to give your pets some extra attention and play with them. Dogs, especially, who are used to long walks and those that might be running partners would certainly appreciate a new chew toy or healthy pet-safe treats. More frequent short walks to different areas will also help minimize frozen paws and still allow for some outside time. Cooped-up cats will appreciate the same.

Good luck to Ainsley Boucher at Regional Spelling Bee
Ainsley Boucher will be looking to make another trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. this summer. Ainsley will be competing in the Regional Spelling Bee in Thief River Falls on Wednesday, February 7. The 8th grader will compete in Thief River Falls at Northland Community and Technical College. Four students will come out of the Regional Bee and continue onto the multi-regional State Spelling Bee which is held in Fergus Falls on February 20. The Spelling Bee is open for grades 5-8.  Last year, Ainsley was one of the four contestants to move on from the Regional to the State Bee.  The State Bee started with 19 spellers and Ainsley went 29 rounds to win the Bee. Ainsley is hoping to make it to the National Bee for a second year as it is her last year to compete. Good luck to Ainsley this week.
– Ally Tiedemann, student writer

Participate in your party’s precinct caucuses Tuesday
Maybe you're heard, but there's an election this November. We may not be electing a president, but as far as "mid-terms" go, this is a big one. In Minnesota, we're poised to elect a governor, two senators, and many races for our eight U.S. House seats are seen nationally as intensely competitive. And it all starts Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at the most grassroots level, with the precinct caucuses for the Polk County DFL and the Polk County Republicans. If you live in Crookston, the Republicans are gathering at the Crookston Library. If you’re a Democrat, you’ll want to go to Highland School. If you want to be a part of something meaningful politically, this is the point at which you get involved. Show up, speak up, and keep it up long after the caucuses are over.

Appreciate our ‘Bold North’
Minnesota will never get another Super Bowl, it was said the other day by someone supposedly in the know, because the can't-get-rich-enough NFL and their corporate sponsors simply can't afford to risk losing money not spent by sponsors and fans because it's too cold outside. People with similar points of view also wanted to point out that Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis was the "coldest Super Bowl on record." Which is kind of bogus, because it was 70 degrees inside U.S. Bank Stadium. Seriously, if the Super Bowl was played in the Superdome in New Orleans and it was a humid 95 degrees outside, would people say it's the hottest Super Bowl on record? No, no one would care. Enough with this obsession about the cold north...cancel that...the Bold North. It's cold...zip up your coat, pull your hat down over your ears and put on some choppers.