June 27, I sent in a “Letter to the Editor” from Prairie Skyline Foundation, (PSF). I apologize to the public for making the letter seem all about us and it was intended to be all about Crookston.

June 27, I sent in a “Letter to the Editor” from Prairie Skyline Foundation, (PSF). I apologize to the public for making the letter seem all about us and it was intended to be all about Crookston.  

    What’s important to note follows:

    The main point was to praise those that are working hard for Crookston.   People like Dan Raiscot, Chris Trostad, Shannon Stassen, Angel Weasner, Amanda Lien of the Crookston Youth Center, (CYO) and many more that have made great stuff happen in Crookston. Kristina Gray, Sarah Reese, Linda Morgan, Tom Amiot, the Downtown Development Group and their JLG Architects Plan for Crookston, all those involved in the Suicide Prevention effort, Nell DeBoer growing the Farmer’s Marketplace, Castle Park, Dog Park, Splash Park, Tri-Valley’s projects, Central Park improvements, hiking and biking trails, affordable housing, I could go on and on! The point is lots of good people working on great projects. Thank you all!

    Lots of good people, good projects call for lots of money, so the second point encourages the City to create a special fund like the “Flood Fund,” that did so well for Crookston.  It can ensure the good works started by lots of Crookston minded people will continue while backing up organizations like the United Way, and Prairie Fine Arts Boosters, the Crookston Community Fund, the Chamber, CHEDA, etc.  I am thinking of a “Fun Fund” that could help the City stay out of debt, save its reserves, and be an additional and large source of funding for non-profits like the CYO, Downtown Development, OxCart Days, PSF, etc. for all important and requests like for operating and capital funding.  A fund that can grow into an endowment for Crookston’s fun projects like an outdoor swimming pool. Things like something for youth in every vacant storefront!   

    The Fun Fund will have to be run by an experienced Board who have open minds and think things through. Ideas? The City doesn't even have to go to the Legislature anymore to create this Fund.

    Lots of good people, lots of good projects, lots of money, requires some structure that takes the burden off the City Council and combines informal and formal aspects. The third point was to encourage working together better by modeling a group of groups like what we did in the Flood Recovery and Farm Recovery efforts of the past and Crookston in Motion more recently.

    To make this casual group of volunteers and staff possible, it must be coordinated by a neutral party. Ideas? Representation comes and goes as the informal agenda and conversation flow.

    The most popular ideas are brought back to Executive Directors, built into real non-profit projects that can then apply for grants from the Fun Fund!  Let’s all have some fun and keep our growing population growing!