Cheers...to the Minnesota Super Bowl LII Host Committee Legacy Fund and Jeers...to those who refuse to fill out an NCAA March Madness bracket

Cheers...to the Minnesota Super Bowl LII Host Committee Legacy Fund

    Within the year leading up to Super Bowl LII held in Minnesota, the Legacy Fund’s 52 weeks of giving traveled 10,000 miles across the state giving out more than $5.5 million in investments making it a lasting legacy.

    They helped fund two outdoor ice rinks, 160 bikes given, 195 skateboards given, 7 community gardens created, 3.5 million school breakfasts (54 schools received Super School Breakfast), 19 new playgrounds and parks built, 10 vans/food trucks/other vehicles donated, and much more.

    The Legacy Fund Impact Report noted that 80 percent of grants were awarded in greater Minnesota, 40 different cities across the state received grants, and investment and/or involvement of each of the 11 Native American reservations across the state were made.

    In Week 22, Polk County Public Health and Crookston were awarded $50,000 for their nature-based play space (Castle Park) and expansion/integration of trails and the river were offered to provide more amenities making health “more equitable” in the Crookston neighborhood.

    Cheers to all that played a part in the grants/investments for the entire state of Minnesota! Crookston thanks you.

                                                               – Jess Bengtson, assistant editor

Jeers...to those who refuse to fill out an NCAA March Madness bracket

    Those who refuse to fill out a NCAA basketball bracket claiming it is more fun not to at all make zero sense.

    It is March Madness time. Many people have been anticipating it since the conclusion of last year’s tournament.

    The best way to get caught up in the hype is filling out a bracket as you try to predict the fate of all 64 teams. Odds are heavily stacked against everyone, but it gives the fans a reason to care about each game regardless of who is playing.

    So join a group and put your knowledge, or lack thereof, to the test.

                                                              – Nolan Beilstein, sports editor