Altru Clinic in Crookston will be adjusting its hours beginning Monday, May 11. Well visits will take place from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., acute illness visits not related to COVID-19 will take place from 2-5 p.m. and visits or tests related to COVID-19 will take place curbside from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    If you are experiencing a fever, cough, or shortness of breath and have had close exposure to persons with confirmed COVID-19, or have had recent travels to areas with confirmed cases, please call the 24/7 Coronavirus Screening Hotline at (701) 780-6358 before visiting an Altru location.

    All providers at Altru Clinic in Crookston are available for virtual visits. If you’re interested in scheduling a video visit or phone visit, call 281-9100.


    Crookston & Fosston Eye Clinic will be resuming routine exams and preventative care which include fitting for new glasses and contact lens evaluations. They will have only one doctor in the clinic each day and reduced appointment slots to ensure they can complete cleaning and disinfecting promptly.

    Visit to learn about their new procedures for visiting the clinic or call 281-2020.


    As of May 11, Opticare will resume providing comprehensive vision and eye health examinations for all patients. They have revised their scheduling and reception areas to create spaces between patients, and their team will be using masks and protective eyewear.

    They will also be screening staff and patients for symptoms of disease before coming through their clinics.

    During this time, they ask patients to call and reschedule appointments if they have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, cold/flu symptoms, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, headache, chills or have been recently exposed to someone with the coronavirus.

    Contact Opticare Crookston at 281-6440 with questions or to schedule an appointment.


    Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston plan to celebrate their 2020 high school seniors with a “drive-by” parking lot graduation reception at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 17. They’ll also recognize the seniors during the 9 a.m. worship that day.

    “For the smoothest traffic flow, vehicles should approach Trinity using the far-right lane on Broadway, make a right turn on Fletcher Street, and then a right turn into Trinity’s parking lot,” said Trinity’s release on social media. “Use the east exit on Ash Street when leaving.”

    “Each graduate will have a table set up along the perimeter of the parking lot,” they added. “We want this to be a fun event so hand-waving, shouts of congratulations and honking of car horns is appropriate.”

    Trinity states that Polk County Public Health has consulted with the Minnesota Department of Health and the Crookston Police Department has approved their event under specific guidelines.

    “Please remember to practice social distancing, including no mingling, no hugging, no hand-shaking, or close group conversations. Also, use hand sanitizer and wear a cloth face mask”, they added.

    Trinity Lutheran Church organizers say the unique reception is a way they can celebrate 2020 high school seniors “for their achievements and lift them in prayer as they continue on their journey.”