Get ready to load up your curbsides

We write about this every year, but why not? Another City of Crookston-sponsored clean-up week is approaching, this one of the Spring Clean-Up variety, to be followed in late October by the fall version. We're fortunate to live in a community that makes this effort twice a year to clean things up by giving residents a chance to get rid of things they no longer need or want by piling it all up by their curb so City crews can pick it up. Yes, boulevard browsers get into the spirit, too, by finding treasure in someone else's trash, and that's all good. Spring Clean-Up Week this year starts next Monday, April 22, and continues through April 26.

Attend Saturday’s big event at CSC

The 5th Annual Easter Egg Scramble and Craft & Vendor Fair will be held Saturday, April 20, always the day before Easter, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Crookston Sports Center and there’s even more fun to be had this year with 10,000 eggs filled for the free scramble for kids ages 0-10. Organizers are bringing back the popular photos with the Easter Bunny by Joyful Heart Photography, Face Painting by Jolin, Balloon Animals by Jeffrey Salveson, vendors to shop at, bake sale goodies and food to purchase, and prizes to win. New this year, Just for Kix dance teams will be performing and Dairy Queen will have treats for sale. Plus, the new Nexus Church will be on-hand with cotton candy. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to Trails for Treatments, Altru Infusion Center and the Pediatric Oncology Unit at Roger Maris Cancer Center. Bring the whole family for some Easter weekend fun.

Give thanks to the Minnesota Army National Guard

Approximately 35 soldiers with the Minnesota Army National Guard were activated during a State of Emergency over the weekend to Oslo, Minn., which was surrounded by water from the flooded Red River. And by surrounded, we mean it was again turned into an island with no way in or out. The town, 25 miles north of Grand Forks, houses 323 people and the river there crested at 37.8 feet Saturday just shy of the 2009 record of 38.37 feet. The National Guard is monitoring the city’s dike system and major flooding is expected to continue for at least another week, but one road may be able to open Monday. National Guard soldiers have also been on-call for three other State of Emergency declarations in 2019 due to winter storms and flooding, plus they assisted the State of Nebraska in late March. Let us all give thanks for responding soldiers and their willingness to lend a hand when its needed most.

Appreciate cell phone-free scene at The Masters

The stuffy green jackets that run Augusta National Golf Club are the final holdouts when it comes to not allowing cell phones on the course during its signature tournament, The Masters. But, oh, what a travesty! How will all the people on the course Sunday who witnessed Tiger Woods win his 15th major and fifth Masters be able to remember what they saw, without taking photos and shooting videos of every golfer who comes within 50 feet of them? This isn't a call to ban cell phones on the course during every PGA Tour event, but it is a reminder that it is possible to enjoy something in your life, in person, without creating a screen between you and the events unfolding in front of your very eyes.

It’s probably best that Kennedy’s tenure come to an end

Whether University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy is indeed hired as president of the University of Colorado, or if he somehow does not get the job, it's probably best that his relatively brief tenure at the helm of UND come to an end. Kennedy, a former Republican lawmaker from Minnesota, doesn't seem to fit around these parts. He started looking for jobs elsewhere almost immediately after being hired at UND, and, even though he always said "head-hunters" were contacting him, what difference does it make? Kennedy clashed with major donors, the Engelstad family, and faculty and staff talked of a toxic environment on campus, at least when it came to administration's relations with faculty and staff. Then, he made questionable decisions regarding his "chief of staff" that he promoted, and when asked about the uproar it caused on campus by Colorado media, Kennedy implied that people around here might have a problem with an African-American woman being successful. It's time for a change at the top at UND.