Back to school supply project is being supported by the catholic daughters of the americas, court bishop schenk #2010 for children and youth attending all crookston schools. please check local stores for the school supply lists for the items to donate. bring items to cathedral/st. peter - gentilly/st. mary - euclid by august 11th and place them in the specially-marked boxes. if you have any questions, please call elaine sylvester at 289-2448.

PRAIRIE SKYLINE FOUNDATION IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP FACE PAINT DURING OX CART DAYS. PLUS, THEY’RE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP REMOVE OAK FLOORING IN THE OLD CATHEDRAL, SANDING AND SEALING AS A MATCH TO THEIR ROOFING LEGACY GRANT. CALL 289-1246 FOR DETAILS.

2019 leadership crookston registration begins august 21. contact theggie@visitcrookston.com.  


Friday, July 26

Minakwa Couples Golf will begin with dinner at 5:15 p.m. followed by shotgun start at 6 p.m. at the golf course. There will be light apps, music and a bags tourney after golf. The Chamber’s She-Shed will also be there for viewing.

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


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.

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

Golden Link Senior Center 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.  

Crookston Eagles On Monday, they’ll have $6 burger baskets from 5:30-7 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 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.

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


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.

Fisher Farmers & Artists Market will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Find regionally-grown produce, prepared goods and handcrafted items from a variety of vendors. New vendors always welcome. Contact barrettl@fisher.k12.mn.us. July 31 they’ll have Adopt-A-Pet and Kool Kreations shaved ice, August 7 they’ll have a Pie Social, August 14 they’ll have face painting and balloon animals, August 21 they’ll have a Tarot card reader. The events are sponsored by the Fisher Chamber of Commerce.

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


Thursday, August 1

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

Crookston Farmer’s Market will be open from 4-7 p.m. at the Downtown Square. Find locally-grown produce, baked goods, and more.


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.  

Free Picnic for Seniors at Trinity Point will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Maple Lake. The day includes a meal at 11:30 a.m., afternoon coffee, singing, bingo, pontoon rides and lots of fun fellowship. The Tri-Valley Bus will pick people up beginning at 9 a.m. at: The Summit, Broadway Apts, Nimens-Espegaard Apts, Golden Link, Oak Court, and Summerfield Apts on Woodland Ave. Last stop will be in Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston’s parking lot off the East entrance. For more info, call Sandy Knudsvig at 281-1857.

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.

CHS Fall Sports PAC Meeting will  be held at 6 p.m. in the CHS Auditorium.


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.

Tee It Up ‘Fore’ Breast Health Golf Scramble will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Minakwa Golf Course with a 5 p.m. registration. The 4-person scramble is $30 per person plus $15 green fee for non-members. Call 281-1774 to register. Carts are also $7 per person. Limited to 72 golfers.

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

Altru Clinic Sports Physicals will be held from 5-7 p.m. Cost is $35. Students should bring their completed MSHSL health history.

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.

Crookston Public Schools First Public Meeting for the Upcoming Proposed Referendum will be held at 6 p.m. in the Crookston High School Auditorium.

RiverView Health CPR Class will be held at 6 p.m. at the RiverView Home Care Building at 721 South Minnesota Street. Cost is $45 for those needing certifcation and free for others. Register at 281-9405.


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.


Saturday, August 10

Rydell National Wildlife Refuge 4th Annual Youth Fishing Event will be held at the Refuge.


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

Polk County Historical Society Carnegie Committee “Women’s Suffrage History Exhibit” will be held Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during Ox Cart Days featuring local stories of area 1919 era suffragettes. Send stories to Phyllis Hagen at phyllishagen4@gmail.com to have your ancestor’s achievements be a part of this event.


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

Northern Valley Youth Orchestra will host a Dal Segno camp concert at 12 p.m. at the East Grand Forks HIgh School Performing Arts Center. Students from NVYO Dal Segno music camps will present a free concert of small ensemble and orchestra works. They’ll also have a Pancake Breakfast on August 24 from 8-10 a.m. at Ground Round in Grand Forks. $5 per person. 100% of proceeds benefit NVYO programming.


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.