Brainstorming session Wednesday at Tri-Valley in Crookston

    The University of Minnesota Crookston, Crookston School District, City of Crookston, Crookston Housing and Economic Development Authority (CHEDA), Crookston Youth Foundation, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc., Crookston Chamber and Visitor's Bureau, Polk County Public Health, Polk County Wellness Coalition, Downtown Crookston Development Partnership, Bike Crookston invite area community members and organizations to a “Quality of Place” brainstorming session on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

    The event will be held at the Tri-Valley administrative office at 102. N Broadway in Crookston beginning at 4 p.m. The session will focus on recruitment and retention of talent (people).

    The session is a local spinoff of the “Communities Thrive” initiative being launched by the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

    Urban Land Magazine describes “Quality of Place” as cutting across three key dimensions:

    •  What’s there: the combination of the built environment and the natural environment; a stimulating, appealing setting for the pursuit of creative lives.

    •  Who’s there: diverse people of all ethnicities, nationalities, religions, and sexual orientations, interacting and providing clear cues that this is a community where anyone can fit in and make a life.

    •  What’s going on: the vibrancy of the street life, café culture, arts, and music; the visible presence of people engaging in outdoor activities—altogether a lot of active, exciting, creative goings-on.

    If you have any questions about the brainstorming session, or if your organization would like to be included as part of the invitation as a community partner, contact Crookston City Administrator Shannon Stassen at