Friday, July 19

UMC Teambackers 29th Annual Golf Classic will be held at Minakwa Golf Course. Registration fee is $100 and deadline is July 8. Must be 18 years old or a high school graduate. This year’s proceeds will support the UMC indoor golf practice facility. For more info, contact Derek Martin at 281-8436 or derekm@umn.edu.

Summer Library Experience: Teen Escape Room will be held at 6 p.m. at the library. Teens are invited to solve the puzzles and find the clues to escape. Please call the library for parental consent if your child is under 16.

Crookston VFW Post 1902 will have Bar BINGO at 6 p.m. every Friday and at 1 p.m. every Saturday.


Saturday, July 20

Mentor/Lakes Area 5K will be held at 8 a.m. at the Mentor Historical School. Proceeds will go toward adding a new 5-12 year old playground.

Rydell National Wildlife Refuge Learning at the Lakes will be held featuring live raptor birds from The Nature Connection.

Crookston Reds Baseball will play the Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers at 1:35 p.m. at Jim Karn Field.

Crookston Eagles On Saturday, they’ll have Bar Bingo at 3:30 p.m. and no dinner due to a private event.


Sunday, July 21

Crookston Reds Baseball will play the Warroad Muskies at 1:05 p.m. at Jim Karn Field.

Sarah Sibley Ice Cream Social will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Polk County Museum. Connie Hannesson will give a historical portrayal of the life of Sarah Sibley, the wife of Minnesota’s first governor. Ice cream, lemonade, coffee and bars/cookies will be served. Both events are free and open to the public.

Pizza Picnics will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church with pizza by the slice and music by Marissa Steien. Invite a friend or neighbor, bring a lawn chair and a smile. Lemonade and water will be available as well as pizza from their “Bread of Life” wood-fired oven.


Monday, July 22

Crookston Lions Club will meet at 12 p.m. at the Crookston Inn.

Crookston Membership Mixer will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. at Taco Johns.

Free Workshop on Veteran’s Benefits will be held from 6-7 p.m. at the Crookston Library with Kurt Ellefson.

Crookston City Council will meet at 7 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers. Ways & Means Committee will meet immediately following.

Crookston Eagles On Monday, they’ll have $6 burger baskets from 5:30-7 p.m. On Wednesday, they’ll have an Auxiliary meeting at 7 p.m. On Thursday, they’ll have Bar Bingo at 7 p.m. On Saturday, they’ll have Bar Bingo at 3:30 p.m. and a dinner from 6-7 p.m.


Tuesday, July 23

Polk County DFL Board will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Crookston Library.


Wednesday, July 24

Summer Library Experience: What’s in our Water will be held at 2 p.m. at the library. Learn all about water and do an activity with Nicole Bernd of the West Polk Soil and Water Conservation District.

Golden Link Senior Center On Wednesday, July 24 they will have their Annual Picnic at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $6 and includes full meal. On Monday, July 29 they will have their Medora Trip and will leave at 7 a.m. and return Tuesday, July 30. Cost is $360 for single occupancy and $280 for double occupancy. Last day to register is July 19. On Wednesday, July 31 they will have a free movie “Hairspray” at 1:30 p.m.  

RiverView Type 2 Diabetes Support Group will meet from 5-6 p.m. in Meeting Room 1 at RiverView. This year’s meetings will be held July 24, Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 27, and Dec. 18. The meetings are free and open to anyone with Type 2 Diabetes and their family members. For more info, call Dietician Darcey Larsen at 281-9589.

RiverView Health Free Sports Physicals will be held from 5-7 p.m. for student athletes in grades 7-12 on July 24, 30, and August 6. Call 281-9595 for an appointment.

Crookston Reds Baseball will play the Dilworth Raildogs at 7:35 p.m. at Jim Karn Field.


Thursday, July 25

Crookston Kiwanis Club will meet at 7 a.m. at RBJ’s Restaurant.

Summer Salad Lunches will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church on July 25, August 29, and September 26. Takeouts are available and cost is $12 for the lunches. Call 281-3393.

Ox Cart Days Cookout at Hugo’s will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. with a hotdog, chips and drink for $5.


Saturday, July 27

4th Annual Ride the Wind for Wendy will have registration at 10 a.m. at IC Muggs and kickstands up at noon. Cost is $20 for single riders and $30 for double riders. Donations and proceeds go to H.O.P.E. Coalition for Suicide Prevention and Trails to Treatments cancer grant program.


Monday, July 29

38th Annual Lions and Minakwa Junior Golf Tournament will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and start at 9 a.m. Girls and boys ages 8 and under will play 4 holes and receive a participation medal, ages 9-12 will play 9 holes and ages 13-17 will play 18 holes. Prizes awarded for medalists along with trophies and door prizes. Entry fee is $20 with lunch included. Parks and Rec golfers ages 8 and under are $10 with lunch included. Call Minakwa to pre-register at 281-1773 by July 22.


Tuesday, July 30

The Power of MN: Film Screening and Conversation in Crookston will be held from 6-8:15 p.m. at the Grand Theatre. Watch a new documentary called, “The Power of Minnesota” which tells the story of how clean energy is making local economies throughout our region even stronger. There will be a food truck outside, film screening inside, and community discussion.


Wednesday, July 31

Summer Library Experience: Space Games will be held at 2 p.m. at the library. Asteroids, satellites, and rockets, oh my! Play space-themed games around the library.

Movies on the Square will be held at dusk at the Downtown Square with movie, “A Dog’s Way Home.”


Monday, August 5

UMC Horseback Youth Day Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UTOC Arena for kids ages 7-17 to enjoy a day of horseback related activities. Cost is $75 and register at www.tickets.umn.edu.  

Summer Library Experience: Storytime in the Park - Wildwood Park will be held at 11 a.m. in Wildwood Park. Enjoy the outdoors with stories, songs, rhymes, crafts and games.


Tuesday, August 6

Night to Unite will be held from 4 p.m. on at Central Park in Crookston. There will be booths, bike drawings, prizes given to kids, demonstrations, a watermelon eating contest, and much more.

Get to Know Your School District Open Forum will be held at 6 p.m .at the Crookston Library. The panel will feature Dr. Jeremy Olson, Superintendent of Crookston Public Schools, as well as other district staff and parents. Topics will include the implementation of new programs, plans for a new bus garage and more.


Wednesday, August 7

Summer Library Experience: Moonlight in the Afternoon will be held at 2 p.m. at the library. Moon-themed stations will be set up around the library followed by prize drawings. Participants must be present to win. Each child will receive a book.


Thursday, August 8

Service and Emotional Support Animals Workshop will be held from 12-1 p.m. at the Crookston Library with Corey Birkholz from Options Resource Center for Independent Living. Attendees will receive a breakdown of where certain animals are allowed to go, the responsibilities of the animal handlers, how to get a service or emotional support animal and the accommodation responsibilities of business and housing providers. You can bring your own brown bag lunch if you wish. This event is free of charge and all are welcome.


Friday, August 9

Farm to Table Dinner will be held from 5-9 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The 2nd annual event will celebrate northern Minnesota grown and raised foods. Enjoy an evening dinner prepared by local chefs featuring foods grown by UMC students, alumni and friends. www.tickets.umn.edu.


Monday, August 12

30th Anniversary Ox Cart Days will be held Monday thru Sunday, August 12-18 throughout Crookston. Events will be held at the Downtown Square, Central Park, Crookston Inn, Crookston High School, University of Minnesota Crookston, Crookston Sports Center, Drafts Sports Bar & Grill, and on Ash Street. For the full schedule of the 90+ events, visit www.crookstonoxcartdays.com.

Ox Cart Days Monday Events: 10:40 a.m. - KROX/Happy Joes "Crookston's Treasure Hunt reveal - Valley Talk KROX 1260AM
All Day - Customer Appreciation Days at participating Crookston businesses
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Patio Party Lunch featuring Draft's Food Truck - Wayne Hotel Parking Lot
5-7:30 p.m. - "Taste Of Crookston" Featuring Tim Eggebraaten at the Eagles

Kids at Castle will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at Castle Park. The theme is “Elements of Nature: Fire, Water, Wind & Earth.”


Tuesday, August 13

Ox Cart Days Tuesday Events:
10:40 a.m. - KROX/Happy Joes "Crookston's Treasures Hunt" reveal - Valley Talk KROX 1260AM
All Day - Customer Appreciation Days at participating Crookston businesses
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Patio Lunch Party featuring Draft's Food Truck - Wayne Hotel parking lot
3:30-6:30 p.m. - Hugo's Ox Cart Days Cookout
5:30 p.m. - Little Miss and Junior Miss Crookston Pageants - Crookston High School  
7:00 p.m. - Hugo's Family Marketplace Supermarket Sweep Contest

DNR Hunter Safety Training will be held from 7-9 p.m. on August 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, and 24 at the Crookston Gun Club in rural Crookston. The safety training is for anyone 11 and older. Young hunters and those planning on hunting out of Minnesota are required to have a Firearm Safety Training Certificate. For info and registration, contact Steve Videen at 289-2115 or stevevideen@yahoo.com.


Wednesday, August 14

Ox Cart Days Wednesday Events:
10:40am - KROX/Happy Joes "Crookston's Treasures Hunt" reveal - Valley Talk KROX radio 1260AM
Customer Appreciation Days - Crookston Businesses
11:00am -2:00pm - Patio Party Lunch with DaRoo's Pizza
3:00pm - Veteran's Recognition Ceremony/Sodexo Ice Cream Social - University of Minnesota Crookston Mall
4:45pm - Crookston Daily Times/UMC Admission's Medallion Hunt First Clue - UMC Mall
5:00pm- RiverView's Youth Dodgeball Tournament - University of Minnesota Crookston Wellness Center
6:30pm-8:00pm - Minnesota Twins Trivia - Draft's Sports Bar and Grill
8:00pm-Midnight- Stars in Bars Karaoke - Draft’s Sports Bar and Grill


Thursday, August 15

Ox Cart Days Thursday Events:
10:40am - KROX/Happy Joes "Crookston's Treasures Hunt" reveal - Valley Talk KROX 1260AM
Customer Appreciation Days - Participating Crookston Businesses
10:00am-7:00pm - Prairie Skyline Foundation Face Painting - Old Cathedral Site
10:00am-5:00pm- Carnegie Building open to the public- featured exhibits on display
11:00am-2:00pm - Patio Party Lunch and Open House - VFW Post 1902
1:00pm- Dollar Matinee - Grand Theater
2:00pm-8:00pm - 3rd Lair Action Sports Interactive Skateboard/BMX show - Ash Street
4:30pm-7:30pm - Downtown Horns - Downtown Square Stage
4:00pm-8:00pm - Crookston Masonic Lodge Kids ID Program - Downtown Square Pavilion
4:00pm-8:00pm - C-Town Mini Golf - Downtown Square
5:00pm-7:00pm - Lion's Club RibFest - Downtown Square Pavilion  
5:00pm-7:00pm - Kid's Tractor Pull  - 2nd Street
7:00pm- Cruise to DaRoos- Classic Cruisers- 2nd Street in front of Daroo's Pizza and Mexican Restaurant
8:00pm - Lip Sync Contest  - Downtown Square Stage
9:00pm - A Magical Night at the Inn - Magic by Brady Grove -  Crookston Inn and Convention Center


Friday, August 16

Ox Cart Days Friday Events:
6:00am-10:00am - Police and Fireman's Pancake Breakfast - Crookston Fire Department
8:00am - Crookston Blue Line Club Golf Scramble - Minakwa Golf Course (8am registration/9am start time)
10:00 am-5:00pm - Carnegie Library open to the public- featured exhibits on display
10:00am-8:00pm - Prairie Skyline Foundation's Face Painting - Old Cathedral Site
10:40am - KROX/Happy Joes "Crookston's Treasures Hunt" reveal - Valley Talk KROX 1260AM
11:00am - Lunch on the Square - various food trucks at the Downtown Square
12:00pm-6:00pm - Ken's Airboat Rides - Central Park Landing
1:00 pm - $1 Matinee - Grand Theater
4:00pm-8:00pm - Taco John's Bouncy House Bonanza - Downtown Square
4:00pm-8:00pm- C-Town Mini Golf - Downtown Square
5:00pm-9:00pm - “Laid Back Luau” Featuring the Island Time steel drum band - Downtown Square stage
5:00pm-8:00pm - Revelation Ale Beer Tasting presented by Draft’s Grill and Sports Bar- Downtown Square
5:30pm - Cale the Juggler - Interactive Juggling Show  - Downtown Square
7:00pm - Miss Crookston Pageant - Crookston High School
8:30pm - "A Rockin’ Night Out” - Featuring 3 local rock bands -  Crookston Inn and Convention Center
9:00pm - Miss Tootsie Pageant - Crookston Eagles Club


Saturday, August 17

Ox Cart Days Saturday Events:
8:00am - 5k/10k/Little Tykes Run - 2nd Street
9:00am - Pickleball Tournament - Schuster Park (Memorial Dr and Locken Blvd)
9:00am - Meet and Greet special guest Oxen Team - Biscuit and Gravy - Red River Shows Building (outdoors)
10:00am - Kid's Parade - Villa St. Vincent Parking Lot
10:00am-5:00pm - Carnegie Library open to the public- featured exhibits on display
10:00am-7:00pm - Prairie Skyline Foundation's Face Painting - Old Cathedral Site
10:00am - Video Games on the Big Screen - Grand Theater
10:00am-3:00pm - Craft and Vendor Show - Ash Street - Crafters and Vendors sign up here
10:00am-4:00pm - Crookston Farmers Market - Downtown Square Pavilion
10:00am - Crookston Classic Cruiser Car Show - Central Park 10:00am - Bloody Mary Bar by Draft's Sports Bar and Grill- Crookston Sports Center
10:00am - Adult Dodgeball Tournament - Crookston Sports Center
11:00am-Noon- Just for Kix dancers - Downtown Stage
11:00am-3:00pm - Log Rolling- Test your Skills! Downtown Square
11:00am-3:30pm - Taco John's Bouncy House Bonanza - Downtown Square
11:00 am-3:30pm - C-Town Mini Golf - Downtown Square
11:00am-3:30pm - Pony Rides  - Downtown Square
11:00am-3:00pm - Sun Country and You Therapy Animals Petting Zoo - Downtown Square
11:00am-4:00pm - Tri Valley Bubble Station - Downtown Square
11:00am-5:00pm - Ken's Airboat Rides - Central Park Landing
12:00pm - Happy Joe's Pizza Eating Contest - Downtown Square
12:00pm-3:00pm Lake of The Woods Brewing Beer Tasting Presented by Draft’s Grill and Sports Bar - Downtown Square
12:30-1:30pm - Sami Dare Hypnotist - Downtown Square Stage
1:30pm - Build a Buddy Workshop - Downtown Square
2:00pm - Draft's Cornhole Tournament - Draft's Sports Bar and Grill
2:00pm-4:00pm - Talent Contest- Downtown Square Stage
3:00pm - Kid's Beanbag Tournament - Downtown Square
3:00pm - Crookston High School Hall of Fame Awards - Crookston High School
4:00pm KROX/Happy Joe's "Crookston's Treasures Hunt" Grand Prize Drawing - Downtown Square Stage
7:00pm - Torchlight Parade - N. Broadway to W.7th St/Central Ave to Barrette Street
9:00pm - Glow Party - Downtown Square
9:30pm-1:00am - Johnny Holm Band Street Dance - Downtown Square Stage
10:00pm - Downtown Fireworks - Old Arena Site


Sunday, August 18

Ox Cart Days Sunday Events:
9:00am - Pickleball Tournaments - Schuster Park (Memorial Drive and Locken Blvd)
10:00am - Video Games on the Big Screen - Grand Theater
11:00am-3:00pm - Taco John's Bouncy House Bonanza - Downtown Square
11:00am-3:00pm- Nana’s Farm Golf Cart Train- Downtown Square to Central Park
11:00am-3:30pm - Pony Rides - Downtown Square
11:00am-3:30pm- C-Town Mini Golf - Downtown Square
11:30am-1:30pm - Music by the Jensen Sisters - Downtown Square Stage
11:30am-2:00pm - Rotary Club and Farmers Market Corn and Brat Feed
12:00pm-3:00pm - Kenny's Airboat rides - Central Park Landing
1:00pm-3:00pm - Power Wheels Derby - Downtown Square
1:30pm-4:00pm - Crookston Fire Department Water Wars - Ash Street
2:00pm - Rotary Club Duck Drop - Central Park
2:30pm - Hugo's Grocery Bingo - Downtown Square Pavilion
3:00pm - Raffle Drawings: Handyman for a Day/Maid for a Day
3:00pm - Central and Castle Classic Disc Golf Tournament - Beginning in Central Park
5:00pm - Wood Fire Pizza and Outdoor Concert - Wesley United Methodist Church


Wednesday, August 21

Elder Abuse 101 and Advance Directives Info Session will be held at 2 p.m. at the Crookston Library. The presentation is free of charge and is sponsored by Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota.


Monday, August 26

UMN Crookston Campus and Community Part-Time Job Expo will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Wellness Center. This event is free of charge although space is limited. Register by August 12 by calling 281-8369.


Tuesday, August 27

Spinecrackers Book Club will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Crookston Library to discuss “The Gilded Hour” by Sara Donati. All are welcome.


Monday, September 9

Kids at Castle will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at Castle Park. The theme is “Get Wild with Nature.”


Friday, September 13

MICAH Center - The Cloud of Witnesses: Honoring Ancient Traditions - Prayer Practice Retreat will be held Sept. 13-15 at the MICAH Retreat Center in rural Crookston. Cost is $200 per person and includes room and board. Email trey.crxpres@midconetwork.com for more info.


Monday, October 14

Kids at Castle will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at Castle Park. The theme is “Boo Run Run.”


Friday, October 18

MICAH Center - Right Brain Wisdom in a Left Brain World: Creativity Retreat will be held October 18-20 at the MICAH Retreat Center in rural Crookston. Cost is $200 per person and includes room and board. Email trey.crxpres@midconetwork.com for more info.


Friday, December 6

MICAH Center - Embracing the Darkness: Preparing for Advent will be held December 6-7 at the MICAH Retreat Center in rural Crookston. Cost is $200 per person includes room and board. Email trey.crxpres@midconetwork.com for more info.