Confirmed cases inching closer to Polk County

    Here are the latest local and area updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic:

    • Confirmed cases of the virus continue to get closer to Polk County, with a confirmed case in Mahnomen County being reported on Friday, followed by a confirmed case in Clearwater County on Saturday. In both instances, the individuals are in isolation and are being monitored by the Minnesota Department of Health.

    • As of Monday, March 30, New Hope Food Shelf is moving all of its food drop events to the Care and Share. The previous locations included the Crookston Public Library parking lot and Highland Park Complex parking lot.   

     Meals will be provided at noon and 6 p.m. and they would appreciate if people could call the Care and Share at 281-2644 so they know how many they will be feeding. For those needing meals, you can go to the Care and Share’s back parking lot.

    • As of March 30, RiverView Health has implemented a revised visitors’ policy in the Inpatient Unit. No visitors will be allowed. Exceptions are one visitor per OB patient and one visitor per pediatric patient. Exceptions may be made for end-of-life patients.

    All visitors will continue to be screened as they enter the facility. Do not visit if you are not feeling well.

    • As of March 30, in order to be in compliance with the statewide stay-at-home order, all Polk County employees have been instructed to work from home, other than employees required to report to their work site. As a result, Polk County residents may notice delays in response as county administration works to forward phones and adjust to work-at-home conditions.

    But administration stresses that Polk County remains open for county business. Visit co.polk.mn.us or contact county offices for your county-related needs, and staff will respond via phone or email as fast as possible.

    • The Polk County Transfer Station in Crookston is implementing new operational hours from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Recycling materials can now be dropped off only during those hours. The public is asked to bring waste material that is essential to get rid of, such as bagged household trash. During the stay-at-home order, the transfer station asks that the public not use the time as an opportunity to clean out sheds and garages and bring in non-essential loads.

    If you have questions, call 281-6445.

    • Tri-Valley Opportunity Council’s administrative office in downtown Crookston is now closed to the public and will be staffed only by those deemed critical by the state executive order. Those needing assistance should call 281-5832 or 800 584-7020. If calls are not immediately answered, messages will be returned in a timely manner.

    Determining that the need is too great, Tri-Valley Transportation Programs has also decided not to suspend rural route service, which includes day trips and day services to Fargo-Moorhead, Grand Forks, Warren, Hallock, Karlstad, Bemidi and Ada. In-town services in Crookston, Thief River Falls, Mahnomen and Bagley are also still being offered.

    • The Trinity Lutheran Church Council has decided to continue with the suspension of all activities until May 1. The only exception as of now is the Lions Blood Drive April 13-14 because the need for donated blood is so critical. Sunday morning and evening worship services will continue to be broadcast on KROX Radio, Crookston Cable Channel 3 and via Facebook Live streaming.

    • Washington School’s Kindergarten Roundup scheduled for April 7 has been cancelled. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

    • Polk County Assessor Mark Landsverk says that Local Boards of Appeal and Equalization and Open Book Meetings in Polk County will be affected by stay-at-home guidelines. If any taxpayers want to appeal the property values that they recently received in their 2020 Valuation Notices, be advised that they need to contact the Polk County Assessor’s Office or their City or Township Clerk to find out how to appeal as soon as possible. They can contact the Assessor’s Office by telephone at (218) 281-4186, by letter at 612 N Broadway, Crookston, MN  56716, or search on the Polk County website to contact us through email.  

    • Polk County Public Health foot-care clinics and blood-pressure screenings are cancelled until further notice throughout Polk County.