Rite of spring set for April 23-27

    Yes, the Friday morning low temperature flirted with zero degrees in Crookston. And, yes, the snow just keeps on falling. And, yes, the spring sports seasons for the local Pirates and Golden Eagles have been thrown into turmoil.

    But you can’t stop Spring Clean-Up Week, which the City of Crookston will conduct April 23-27. Items will be picked up from your curbside on your regular City garbage pick-up day.

    Clean-up items should be separated as such: garbage, clothing, cardboard, appliances, branches, yard waste, furniture, metal items, demolition materials, and tires. Crews ask that you separate your materials as much as possible to ease in pick-up.

    Once again, the City will declare “compost amnesty” during clean-up week, meaning that grass clippings, lawn and garden waste will not have to be placed in City compost bags in order to be picked up.

    Crookston’s two clean-up weeks each year also spur a great deal of boulevard browsing, as one person’s junk becomes another man’s treasure. But Polk County Public Health is advising that people not bring furniture, mattresses, box springs, or bed frames found on the street into your home in order to prevent the spread of bed bugs. Learn more at http://www.bedbugs.umn.edu/.

    Due to state statute, all video display devices (TVs, computer monitors, etc.) cannot be brought to the landfill. Therefore, these items will not be collected during clean-up. These devices may instead be brought to the Polk County Transfer Station in Crookston, free of charge, for proper disposal. Video display devices left on the boulevard more than 48 hours are subject to a $25 penalty surcharge.

    Concrete, batteries, partially full paint cans, other chemicals, or large amounts of demolition debris will not be accepted. Branches must be cut in four foot lengths and bundled. Items should be placed on boulevards no more than 72 hours prior to your collection day.