Several fundraising initiatives underway.

    The Crookston community continues to rally around the family of Jackson Seibel, who began cancer treatments this week at the Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo.

    Seibel, son of Jess and Garett Bengtson, graduated with the Crookston High School Class of 2018 last spring and started college in Moorhead a few weeks ago before feeling ill and short of breath last week and going to the hospital. He was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkins’s Lymphoma.

    John Bridgeford reported to the Times Thursday that this Saturday’s Lillian Bridgeford Golf Scramble at Minakwa Golf Club in Crookston, an annual tournament that usually benefits the West Polk Chapter of the American Cancer Society, will instead donate all of its proceeds to Seibel and his family. Tee off for the scramble is at 10 a.m.

    In addition, Bridgeford said that this year’s West Polk ACS Relay for Life, scheduled for September, has been cancelled, and that other fundraising efforts will instead be organized, with proceeds going to Seibel and his family. Jess Bengtson, assistant editor at the Times, is one of the lead planners of the Relay for Life, and Bridgeford said that at this week’s Relay for Life Committee meeting, which Bengtson was unable to attend since she’s in Fargo with Jackson, the decision was made to cancel the event for this year and instead focus energies on helping Seibel and his family.

    “It’s something we’re thinking about maybe focusing on in the future, where proceeds benefit one family that’s battling cancer and needs help,” Bridgeford said.

    A “Jackson Seibel Benefit” account has been established at Bremer Bank in Crookston that people are welcome to donate to, he added.

    A 50/50 drawing for Seibel and his family at the Pirate volleyball match Tuesday at the high school raised more than $600. Linda Morgan, youth services director at CHS, reports that the CHS Leo Club will sponsor another 50/50 drawing at Friday evening’s Pirate home football game against Hawley at Ed Widseth Field. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

    Meanwhile, Jackson’s aunt is exploring a fundraiser involving yellow wristbands with “JacksonStrong” written on them. More details on that are forthcoming.

    In addition, an GoFundMe page for Seibel and his family has been established, with a $15,000 goal. As of press time Thursday, $6,813 had been raised. Find the page at