Stick with us during the Times’ major transition

This is the final week that the Crookston Daily Times will actually be the Crookston Daily Times and publish five print editions. Starting next week, we will print on Mondays and Wednesdays only, with the two editions being larger than the 8 or 10-page papers we typically publish now. It's a massive change for us and we know it's a major adjustment for our readers, so we just ask that you be patient with us during this transition, as certainly there are going to be some glitches, hiccups and bumps in the road. Meanwhile, our online news, sports and opinion coverage will be as strong as ever. Thank you in advance for your understanding. Change is tough, but over the long run, this will be for the better.

Attend the Paddock Party and Minntucky Derby Saturday at UMC

A Paddock Party and MinnTucky Social will be held this Saturday to help celebrate University of Minnesota Crookston’s Equine program and doubles as a watch party for the Kentucky Derby all inside the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) Arena. The event includes a hat contest, signature beverages and light appetizers, games and prizes for both kids, UMN Crookston students and adults. Ladies: Wear your fascinator, headband or derby hat for a chance to win. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids and UMC students, and there’s still a few available. Visit www.z.umn.edu/paddockparty to get your tickets today.

A little love for Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph

When it comes to the National Football League and its teams' loyalty to their players, well, there just isn't that much loyalty. Most salaries aren't guaranteed, and when teams have salary cap issues, they force players to take salary cuts, or they just release them without giving them any options. Which brings us to Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph. In his seventh year, he's one of the most popular players on the team, and his philanthropic work in the community had him a finalist for NFL Man of the Year this past season. Oh, and he’s also really good. But he's in the last year of his contract, he counts around $7 million toward the Vikings' super-tight cap situation this season, and the Vikings on Friday drafted a promising tight end out of Alabama in the second round, Irv Smith, Jr. What it all means is that Rudolph certainly will be gone after next season, and he easily could be gone well before that. It's a cutthroat business, yes, but guys like Rudolph should be treated better than this.

Let’s get real on climate change

The Rainy River, perhaps Minnesota's most well-known and popular walleye fishing destination, is going to be on a catch-and-release basis only this year for the prized walleye. With the climate changing and ice going out on the water earlier almost every spring, the DNR is worried the walleye will be over-fished, so the huge policy change is being put in place. Meanwhile, in the Minnesota House last week, a vote was held on a single statement: That greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans are a key element to climate change. Every Democrat voted yes, and every Republican, aside from the five that didn't vote, voted no. There was no money or regulations attached to the statement, it was just a yes or no deal. And for whatever reason, Republicans in the Minnesota House said, nope, it’s not our problem. That just doesn't add up.

Check out Pirate home games this week

CHS spring sports athletes are finally able to host some home games after a long winter and this week’s schedule seems like the perfect opportunity for community members to cheer for the Pirates. Seventh and eighth grade boys play Hillsboro Tuesday at the Jim Simon baseball diamond, Boys Tennis hosts Moorhead Tuesday at the high school courts, Girls Softball will play Thief River Falls Thursday at both Donny Lauf Field and the Highland Complex fields, and Boys Baseball will have their Karn Classic tournament Friday and Saturday at Jim Karn Field with five other teams participating. Junior High girls and boys golf are scheduled to play at Minakwa Golf Course Thursday, but those matches are pending. Go Pirates!