Crookston Lions, UMC men’s basketball and several businesses helping out, too

    American Crystal Sugar on Friday made a $1,000 donation to the Care and Share in downtown Crookston, a contribution that will go toward the facility’s new dorm initiative.

    Care and Share Director Bobbie Fleming indicated there was a need for an additional dormitory, which is a large open room that has eight beds in it.

    The room that was designated to be fixed up for the new dorm was previously the Thrift Store, said Care and Share Board member Tom Anderson.

    The room is large, 22 feet by 35 feet with 12-foot ceilings.

    Initially, it was thought that all that had to be done was fill some cracks in the plaster walls and paint. The Crookston Lions Club agreed to provide $700 and the volunteer labor. However, Anderson said, given the condition of the walls, it was decided to put sheetrock over the plaster walls.

    The Lions patched and painted the ceiling. Hardware Hank is providing paint at cost and donating the use of scaffolding.

    Then Lions stripped the walls and put up furring strips and insulation. Northern Lumber agreed to provide the required materials at cost.

    University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles assistant men’s basketball coach Bryan Beamish and four players hauled the sheetrock up the two flights of stairs.

    Brad and Mike’s Seamless of Oklee put up the sheet rock. Tim Amiot is doing the taping.

    The American Crystal donation, Anderson said, will cover the cost of the labor for sheet rocking and taping.

    The Lions will paint a primer and finish paint on the sheet rock. Valley Electric will be wiring the room with 10 outlets for the residents in the dorm room.

    The bed frames are being donated. Care and Share purchased with a grant from the Hunger and Homeless Foundation of Minnesota special bed bug free mattresses for all beds in Care and Share about a year ago, which will be used in the new dorm.

    The Care and Share is currently asking for people to donate dressers.