Previously, agency decided to suspend rural transportation, but determines there's too much of a need.

After announcing Thursday that it was ending its rural transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council on Friday changed its mind, determining that the need is too great for the transportation service.

"Tri-Valley Transportation Programs will continue rural route service and they WILL NOT be postponed," Tri-Valley Communications and Marketing Specialist Mitch Bakken said via email. "With the needs of grocery, pharmacy, etc. transportation, all services will continue to be provided. All services are currently operating at this time."

Rural routes include the trips and day services to Fargo/Moorhead, Grand Forks, Warren,  Hallock, Karlstad, Bemidji and Ada. In-town services in Crookston, Thief River Falls, Mahnomen and Bagley are still being offered at this time.


Office closing to the public

In addition, Bakken announced that the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council Administrative Office at 102 N. Broadway in Crookston will be closed to the public at the end of business Friday, March 27.  The office will be minimally staffed to support programs deemed critical by Executive Order 20-20, but the office will no longer have staff available for the modified in-person assistance Tri-Valley has recently employed.  Persons needing assistance should call 281-5832 or 800-584-7020.  If calls are not immediately answered, messages will be returned in a timely manner.