The Times' Newsroom staff weigh in on their top five things of the week.

With spring’s return, the return of our local spring sports action

After what seemed to be an early spring, Minnesota reminded us all what its capable of this past week dumping snow on us off and on throughout the whole week. This screwed up the schedules for all of the sports teams in town. The Crookston baseball team went from having four games last week to having three indoor practices and even one practice in a parking lot. However, the calendar has finally turned over to May. Hopefully this will bring an end to the turbulent weather at least until the end of summer.

– Ben Halos, student writer

Celebrating an actual bipartisan compromise?

Do we actually dare celebrate the fact that it appears Republicans and Democrats in Congress have reached a spending deal to keep the government operating until September? Well, considering the current political climate in this country, any accomplishment with "bipartisan" in the title is a positive development, even shockingly positive. There was lots of compromise, too; President Trump gets to build up the military, but he didn't get money to start his wall. He gets to keep cracking down on immigrants, but he doesn't get to cut the National Institutes of Health, which will actually get a $2 billion funding boost. It's not much, but it's something, and something is better than nothing.

Enjoy some Pirate baseball at the Jim Karn Classic this weekend

The Crookston High School Pirates baseball team will be back in action Tuesday in Roseau after missing four games last week due to the late April snow. Friday and Saturday will be the Karn Classic tournament at Jim Karn Field in Crookston with teams from Red Lake Falls, Mahnomen/Waubun and Barnesville visiting. Jim Karn was a long-time coach, player and manager in Crookston, and was a member of the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. He coached baseball at Cathedral from 2001 to 2005, and played and managed the Crookston Reds amateur baseball team from 1969 to 2004. Karn died in 2005 from esophagus cancer. 

Anticipating Vikings’ new rushing attack, offensive approach

The Minnesota Vikings offensive philosophy has officially changed, post-Adrian Peterson, and this year's NFL Draft cemented that transition. Quarterback Sam Bradford is going to run plays out of the shotgun almost all of the time, and he's going to hand the ball off to two new running backs, free agent acquisition Latavious Murray and rookie draftee Dalvin Cook, who are fine with running the ball out of the shotgun. Peterson didn't like running out of that set, nor was he very good at it. Also, Bradford loves to dump the ball off to his backs, and Murray and Cook both are adept at catching the ball. Peterson apparently is not, and he was on the sideline on most third downs anyway, because he's a mediocre blocker in pass protection. For Vikings fans who have watched their favorite team's offense at times look like the dark ages compared to the rest of the league, these are welcome developments.

May Day begins a busy, fun month

It’s officially the month of May and there will be plenty of activities and events to keep the month flowing smoothly. May 1st might be known to some as “May Day”, an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival involving dancing, flowers and May baskets. The baskets are usually left anonymously on neighbor’s doorsteps to help welcome spring. May is also time for planting, student awards ceremonies like the Triple A Banquet at Crookston High School, graduations and, for the second year in a row, the Crookston Chamber’s May Challenge. The May “30 for 30” challenge encourages residents to get outside, be active and connect all month long for 30 minutes each day in May. People are also encouraged to post their activities on the Chamber’s Facebook event page to show all the different things they can do during their challenge.