The Times' Newsroom Staff weigh in on the top five things they'd like to see happen locally or around the world
Mix tech and tradition when buying or selling something
Back in the "old" days, selling a vehicle (or anything else for that matter) must have been difficult without all the technology we have now. Facebook, Twitter and Craigslist make it easy to post your vehicle info and pictures online in a minute's notice. The social media posts will usually receive a few people who "like" the photo and then start in with a bunch of comments. "How does it run?" "Anything wrong with it?" "What is the maintenance history?" Without having to talk to anyone face to face who isn't seriously interested, technology allows you to find a prospect in the drop of a hat without a lot of effort. Newspaper ads are obviously still the best route for buying and selling (wink), but technology sure makes this process easier.
Come on Wild, pick Paul Bittner in Friday’s draft
The NHL Draft is coming up at the end of the week, and it is an especially pertinent draft for Crookstonites. Crookston’s Paul Bittner is a projected first-round pick, and will be headed down to Florida for the draft mid-week. Bittner told the Times that, “there are 30 NHL teams that I wouldn’t mind playing for,” but he certainly has a special place in his heart for the Wild. Crookston hockey fans almost certainly share the sentiment, and being able to make the trek down to the Twin Cities to see Bittner play for his hometown Wild would be a popular trip for many in Crookston. Here’s to hoping the Wild select him with the 20th overall pick in this year’s draft.
Put your phone down every once in a while and actually interact with someone
Technology is becoming a part of our lives more and more each day, and it seems more now than ever people being "social" is only through social media. Countless times people choose sending a text message when they have to tell someone something important, or instead of enjoying a nice dinner out with someone they are on their phones while they wait for their food. Why can't people just talk to others when they are a few feet away, instead of only being concerned about what's on their Facebook feed. Mobile devices are an amazing invention and they do make everyday life easier, but people need to learn to put the phone down for a few minutes and enjoy the people that are with them in person.
– Allison Reinhart, student writer
A dose of maturity for golfer Billy Horschel
Wouldn’t we all love to deal with the trials and tribulations that befall PGA golfer Billy Horschel? The PGA’s reigning FedEx Cup champion, after finishing in the top 10 of the 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay Golf Club outside of Seattle on Sunday, complained vociferously about the playing conditions on the links-style course. Specifically, he was upset over the condition of the greens. That was obvious to everyone before his post-round interview, as he acted like a spoiled toddler on the greens when he felt his ball didn’t roll properly toward the cup. Horschel said he had “lost a little respect” for the United States Golf Association for the condition of Chamber’s Bays greens and for choosing the course as host of a U.S. Open. Poor baby. Everyone in the tournament dealt with the same conditions Horschel did, but no one was nearly as bratty about it as he was. You’re a multi-millionnaire golfer. We’ve lost a little respect for you, too, Billy.
‘Do it for Debbie’ June 28
When a person is diagnosed with cancer and conventional treatments are not an option, what can you do but pray? This Sunday there will be a fundraiser for Debbie Pokrzywinski-Leas at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. In late March 2015, Debbie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Sunday's fundraiser, "Do It For Debbie," will be a way for the community to pray for the healing of her body and help defray the cost of treatment. Pancreatic cancer is a rare type of cancer affecting 20,000 to 200,000 people in the U.S. every year. Early detection is uncommon and it tends to spread quickly. Spread the word about Sunday's fundraiser and help fill Debbie with faith and courage to heal.