Get your Farm to Table tickets

If it seems like the inaugural Farm to Table event at the University of Minnesota Crookston happened just yesterday, it's because it was less than a year ago when the first annual event took place on campus. It was in early November, on the evening before the Minnesota deer hunting rifle opener. They've moved up the second version of the event this year, with the idea of not conflicting with deer hunting but also so it's a bit warmer outside. Farm to Table 2019 is set for Friday, Aug. 9 at UMC. There's a Polk County Mounted Posse show to get things started, and then it's all about celebrating local, local, local for the rest of the evening, as the beverages and food all come from the local area and region. Get your tickets today by emailing mchristo@umn.edu. You'll be glad you did.

Be ‘tick smart’

Tick season is not over, folks. Whether you’re walking through tall grass, walking on trails or just taking a stroll through the woods on your never-ending quest to search for Sasquatch, ticks are around and hold no mercy. The most common ticks that people come across in Minnesota are the American dog tick (commonly known as the wood tick) and the blacklegged tick (commonly known as the deer tick), says the Minnesota Department of Health. Ticks in Minnesota can also carry all sorts of diseases including, but not limited to, Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesiosis, Powassan Virus Disease and more. Be “tick smart” and “protect, check, remove, watch.”

Check out ‘Shark Week’ on Discovery all this week

Shark Week on the Discovery Channel has turned into a sort of phenomenon with multiple features on TV, celebrity videos like “Shark Trip: Eat. Prey. Chum” with Rob Riggle, Damon Wayans Jr., Adam Devine, Joel McHale, and Anthony Anderson; Shark Week snack recipes and games, and Shark Week all over the major social media platforms. Shark Week is reportedly television’s longest-running summer TV event and the 2019 week-long schedule includes shows like “Shark-Wrecked Crash Landing”, “Air Jaws Strikes Back”, “Return to Shark Island”, and “Sharks Gone Wild 2.” If you’re a fan of these fascinating creatures, Shark Week might be for you. Just don’t sit too close to the TV.

Learn to live with new hands-free law

This is a big deal. Later this week, on Aug. 1 to be specific, the "hands-free" law passed by the Minnesota Legislature this past spring and signed into law by Gov. Tim Walz, takes effect. There are rules allowing motorists behind the wheel to do certain things like set their navigation path before they drive, and you can also use your hands if there's an emergency. But at its core, the law simply doesn't not allow motorists, while driving, to use their hands in the process of operating their phones. It's that simple. There are going to be some growing pains here, no doubt, as law enforcement and drivers in Minnesota each try to adjust to this major change. Yes, it's a big deal. And also a good thing.

Celebrate return of Crookston’s fall art festival

Crookston’s annual art festival will be returning this fall. The event, which has celebrated art in Crookston for the past three years, started as a sidewalk chalk art festival called Chalk it Up. After the second year, the name of the event was changed to the Queen City Art Festival, as Crookston used to be named “Queen City.” The fourth annual art festival will take place at the town square (or former Wayne Hotel parking lot) on September 7, 2019. The festival is a family friendly event and an exciting display of Crookston’s local art and artists. Let’s see a great turnout and support for local Crookston art this fall.