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Celebrate Crookston women this month and every month

March is National Women’s History Month which creates a special opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the women in our communities. Crookston is fortunate to have women (and girls) who take on the roles of sheriff, university chancellor, service club presidents, CEOs, executive directors, teachers, doctors, nurses, business owners and managers, stay-at-home mothers, coaches, athletes, students, spelling bee champion, chairs of committees, event coordinators, farmers, newswomen, accountants, counselors, administrative assistants, housekeepers, food service workers, judges, attorneys, and so much more. Appreciation for these women should be shown not only during the month of March, but all year long. They are some of the hardest working and most intelligent women on the planet, and they deserve all the respect we can give them. Cheers, Crookston women!

Valuable insight for high school juniors on Career Day

Crookston Chamber’s Career Day at the University of Minnesota Crookston will be held this Thursday, March 15 for high school juniors from all around the region to, hopefully, guide them to think about their future plans. Some juniors may want to get a jump-start on planning for college or what they’re going to do after high school. Some may not have a clue, which is where Career Day comes in. Thursday’s event will showcase Crookston-area business women and men in a variety of fields including Communications, Agriculture, Healthcare, Government, Education, and more with morning sessions that juniors choose which areas to visit. Crookston Daily Times Sports Editor Nolan Beilstein will speak about journalism, photography, and more during the Communications portion of the morning. Hopefully juniors find the answers they’re looking for or at least the path they might consider going after graduation.  

Lots of Pirate student-athletes come out for spring sports

As spring sports begin, the numbers will most likely be, as normal, pretty shy of excellent. Crookston High School has multiple sports teams for both boys and girls. The girls have the option of joining track, golf, and softball, where the boys have the option of joining track, tennis, baseball, and golf. Both can join trapshooting. CHS students are lucky to have a larger list of sports offered to them compared to many other smaller schools. Students aren’t as involved as they used to be. Because of the dip in numbers it’s safe to say that the Crookston teams need more participants if they still want a team. Having strong numbers is how strong teams are made. If your student isn’t involved in a spring sport, or if you are a student at CHS looking for something to do this spring, you’re encouraged to get out and try a sport. For students not yet at the high school level, getting out and supporting the Pirate sports teams, and getting involved in sports early is a great way to start.                                                      – Ally Tiedemann, student writer 

Legislators can watch “The Bachelor,” just don’t legislate it

It's one thing when two senators or a couple governors make a friendly wager when a big game between sports teams from the competing states is coming up. And, as we all know, lawmakers in this country are capable of setting the bar so low when it comes to their job performance that it's subterranean. But that doesn't make what Minnesota State Rep. Drew Christensen, a Republican from Prior Lake, did last week any less silly. Maybe you watch shows like ABC’s "The Bachelor" and maybe you don't - you probably don't. But, either way, on this year's "The Bachelor" series, a woman from Minnesota, Becca Kufrin, one of Christensen’s constituents, got unexpectedly dumped by the "bachelor," race car driver Arie Luyendyk, Jr. Fans of the show and fans of Kufrin were inconsolable, so Rep. Christensen stepped in and actually drafted a “zero tolerance” bill to essentially ban Luyendyk from Minnesota. Perhaps knowing his act might be less than universally popular, Christensen also told the media that on the day he wrote the anti-Luyendyk bill, he also worked on legislation related to mental health and protecting youth from sexual predators. Well, good for him. It’s not all Christensen’s fault, of course; after the episode in which Kufrin was unexpectedly rejected by Luyendyk, Christensen took to Twitter, saying if he got 1,000 retweets, he’d draft the bill. He got more than 11,000 retweets. So this silliness, it’s on us, too.

Cheers for pain-free Woods, Parise

If you've never experienced severe back pain, you're lucky. If you have had back problems before, you know how it can change your entire personality. Whether it's a constant ache and stiffness or shooting jolts of lighting-like, white-hot pain, you know that chronic back issues can affect everything you do. Literally every breath, or every little shift or small movement can be agony. You become immobile, you shrink your world. And if you're lucky enough to get real relief, it's almost like a rebirth, a life reboot. Which is why we should celebrate today Tiger Woods and Zach Parise, two athletes who have dealt with myriad back issues for years and, after various surgeries, appear to be over the hump. They're smiling again and performing, in golf and hockey, respectively, as they know they can when healthy. Here's a tip of the hat to where they were, where they are now, and hopefully will remain.