Cancellations and postponements abound, along with added outreach and support.
The latest coronavirus-related announcements in and around Crookston:
• Crookston Sports Center and the Crookston Community Pool are closed as long as Crookston schools are closed.
• Trinity Lutheran Church has suspended all activities for two weeks. Sunday and Wednesday services will still be broadcast on the radio and cable TV, and internet streaming options are being explored.
• Golden Link Senior Citizens Center is closed until the state allows it to reopen. The NAPS program will be run by North County Food Bank out of the Golden Link parking lot on Monday, March 23.
All foot care, blood pressure checks and driver’s safety classes have been canceled until March 27.
• Just for Kix dance studio is following the school closure schedule, meaning all classes and competitions are canceled through March 27. All April competitions are still on, but that could change.
• The Crookston Chamber & Convention and Visitors’ Bureau has launched a “Crookston Chamber & CVB Resource Page” on Facebook for all local businesses and community members to use if they are offering any discounts or special services to continue meeting the needs of customers, friends and family during this period negatively impacted by the coronavirus.
Users are asked to email the Chamber or post their content on the new Facebook page that relates to things like business hours, delivery, drive-thru or pick-up service options, menu options, special services, contact information and discounts if available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
• Great Plains Natural Gas announces that it will not disconnect customers for non-payment during this time impacted by coronavirus. The company is also working on securing regulatory approval to waive late fees during this time period.
• The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston has made numerous schedule modifications.
• Mount Saint Benedict Monastery is closed to visitors until further notice. No visitors will be received, including worshipers for Mass.
• Tri-Valley Opportunity Council released the following public statement: “In the coming days and weeks Tri-Valley will be trying to share as many resources as we can, both from us, and our community partners with the communities we serve. You may have seen that T.H.E. Bus will be offering free rides to the food shelf in Crookston and we hope to do the same thing in Thief River Falls. Two programs that are available as we speak, are the SNAP Program (supplemental nutrition) and the Energy Assistance Program. If you hear of anyone having a tough time making ends meet, please point them in our direction (102 N. Broadway, Crookston). Even if we don’t offer a program or service, we are still fully staffed to help out in any way we can. The toll-free number is 800-584-7020.”