5 Things the Crookston Daily Times wants to see happen

Keep pushing for better Central Park campground
City leaders are putting the finishing touches on a second grant application to the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks & Trails Commission, and the centerpiece is a greatly expanded and enhanced campground in Central Park. A similar initiative was included in a previous application, through the Red Lake River Corridor Enhancement Group the City of Crookston belongs to, and while around $200,000 in river access and signage enhancements was approved, the campground was not. But the City has been encouraged to apply again, and it sure would be a big win for Crookston to have a campground in Central Park with all of the amenities short-term RV'ers are looking for. The City's sensible local match would be to pay for the construction of a new bathhouse. Let's make this happen. RV’ers spending a long weekend or up to a couple weeks in Crookston could potentially spend a significant amount of money in the community.

Don’t forget to allow for some down time this summer
The summers around here are short; we get it. There are so many fun events to go to, both during the week and on the weekends, a few holidays to celebrate, and so much to squeeze into the three months before kids go back to school. That being said, alongside the “go-go-go” should be a day or two to just “chill-ax” or chill and relax. The house could use a light cleaning, there are some great movies at the theater this summer, and you could use a little recharge. If you find yourself with a day off or even a couple hours, allow yourself some down-time this summer. There will be plenty of things to do after your batteries are back to full.

Cheer on the red-hot Crookston Reds this month
The Crookston Reds baseball team are a Minnesota Class C amateur team who have made 26 appearances in the State Amateur Baseball Tournament including a trip in 2017. The team is made up of both high school players over age 16 and adults. After five straight wins, they are back over .500 and have a handful of games on the horizon including two home games at Jim Karn Field Wednesday and Thursday this week, and a tournament in Warroad over the weekend. The Reds are fun to watch and deserve an even bigger fanbase. Bring the whole family out to catch their games this month!

Twins keep beating up on teams worse off than them
It's a critical week for the Minnesota Twins. They swept a four-game series at home over the hapless Baltimore Orioles, and they have seven games left on the current homestand. If they don't win at least five of those, count on the team's brass officially throwing in the towel on the team's chances of making the postseason, and many players will be made available via trade. Actually, Derek Falvey and Thad Levine are already exploring trades, but if the Twins dominate the rest of this homestand, it might give "Falvine" pause. Plus, it's not a good trade market for sellers, at least in the American League, where there are no playoff races shaping up and it's already obvious who's advancing to the postseason. Here's hoping the Twins, on the field, give the team's brass, looking down from above, reason to second-guess their seller's status.

Support Keith Ellison for Minnesota attorney general
Minnesota congressman and deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee Keith Ellison is running for Minnesota attorney general in order to be an advocate for the people. Ellison was the first Muslim to be elected to Congress, but after 12 years in Congress, he has decided that he can better serve the people as attorney general. Although it is a step down the political career ladder, Ellison simply wants to be able to do more to help people. He believes this job will allow him to do the most good as quickly as possible. Ellison wants to stand up for consumers, workers, the environment, and human and civil rights. Both Bernie Sanders and Governor Mark Dayton endorse Ellison’s bid for attorney general. You can head to the polls August 14 to vote for Keith Ellison in the Democratic primary for Minnesota attorney general. See you there! -Maddie Everett, Intern