A safe, fun 2019 CHS Prom

Prom 2019 is this Saturday, which means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, At Crookston High School, it means grand march, a dinner, a dance, and then the after-prom party  known as Blast to Bede on the University of Minnesota Crookston campus. Blast to Bede is made possible by a bunch of parents and other volunteers and a whole lot of sponsors and contributions that make it possible for students to attend to win all kinds of cool prizes. Throughout the day, memories are made. It looks like the weather might be a bit iffy, but when you look back at your prom years later, do you really focus on the weather? Be safe and smart and have fun everyone.

Clean up for Earth Day and beyond

Earth Day is already here with perfect timing for spring weather and Clean Up Week in Crookston. People are encouraged to get outdoors and help clean up their neighborhoods locally, nationally, and globally as part of the worldwide event. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 and now includes almost 200 countries. “Make every day Earth Day,” says the Earth Day Network who work year-round to solve climate change, to end plastic pollution, and to broaden, educate and activate the environmental movement across the globe. This year, they also have a campaign to “Protect Our Species” as decreased wildlife populations are linked to causes driven by human activity like deforestation, poaching and pollution. Do your part and celebrate Earth Day the right way.

Enough with the frenzy of excitement over the release of the 2019 NFL schedule

What's so incredibly exciting about the National Football League releasing its upcoming season schedule? Obviously, the NFL brass wants fans to obsess over their product 12 months a year even though games that actually count are only played for around five months, but the frenzy that surrounded the NFL's release of its 2019 regular season schedule last week was confounding, to say the lead. Fans and random experts and prognosticators identifying tough games and easy games, "key" games and thrilling prime-time TV games. Everyone making season won-loss predictions based on a schedule released almost five months before opening kickoff. It's boring, and a pointless venture. Come on, great white northerners, spring has sprung, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the grass is greening up. Put the NFL on your back-burner and get outside...at least until the draft this weekend.

Continue to focus state funding on mental health

Last week our Republican legislative contingent in St. Paul, Deb Kiel and Mark Johnson, hosted a town hall-style meeting at Crookston City Hall. Funding for various mental health initiatives was brought up by Northwestern Mental Health Center CEO Shauna Reitmeier, because apparently some of those dollars are at risk because they're possible included within larger funding umbrellas that are drawing legislative scrutiny. It didn't seem as though Reitmeier heard everything she was hoping to hear in Kiel and Johnson's responses. Whatever the larger problems may be, with mental health issues finally coming out of the shadows and being something people don't have to feel ashamed of acknowledging as they seek help, this does not seem like the time to allow politics-as-usual in St. Paul to put critical and well-spent funding at risk.

Seniors: Attend the 8th Annual Wellness Fair at Crookston Sports Center on Tuesday, April 23

What’s better than a free pulled pork lunch and community information on subjects like chiropractic care, insurance, senior programs, and caregiver support? Not much. The 8th Annual Senior Wellness Fair will be held Tuesday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Crookston Sports Center for senior citizens to receive health screenings like blood pressure and blood sugar checks, win door prizes and enjoy a tasty lunch… all for free. T.H.E. Bus in Crookston is also providing free transportation, so it’s a win-win. A special thanks to Crookston Parks & Recreation, Polk County Public Health, RiverView Health, Choice Therapy, T.H.E. Bus, Golden Link Senior Center, RSVP, Altru Health Systems, City of Crookston Police and Fire Departments, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc., and the Villa St. Vincent for helping support such a fun and important event.