Inform yourselves and others about Nov. 5 vote

Crookston School District will be hosting multiple open forums and information sessions all around the community and it’s the best time to ask questions if you have them. Another gathering at Crookston High School will be held October 24 and, beginning this week, info sessions will be held Monday at the Irishman’s Shanty (5:30 p.m.), Tuesday at Happy Joe’s (12 p.m.), Oct. 7 at RBJ’s (12 p.m.), Oct. 8 at Draft’s (5:30 p.m.), and Oct. 15 at 12 p.m. at DaRoos. There are many opportunities to be informed of the upcoming referendum vote on the operating levy (what keeps the schools’ doors open) and the proposed bus garage (the current one is not in good shape), so make sure you get to at least one of the sessions if you have thoughts, questions or concerns. Then, get out and vote November 5.

Attend CFD Open House

Is it already October this week? It sure is and Crookston firefighters will be hosting their annual Open House Saturday, October 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the fire hall on South Main Street. There, you’ll find ladder truck rides, thermal imager demos, station and equipment tours, spray a fire hose, try on firefighting gear, door prizes, refreshments, Sparky the Fire Dog, fire safety brochures, sign up for a free in-home fire safety inspection, learn how to use a fire extinguisher, meet your Crookston firefighters, and participate in the Kids ID program provided by the Minnesota Masons. There will also be a bake sale by the Fire Auxiliary. Bring the whole fam out for some fun this weekend.

A little love for the Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves have had an incredible year. They proved that last season was not a fluke, and won the National League East without much of a challenge. The Braves are set to play the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS, and it’s a series they are expected to win. As a Braves fan, I am rooting for them to make a deep run in the playoffs, but I have doubts. The Braves have not advanced to the second round of the playoffs in my lifetime. I do think that this team is better and more complete than past Braves squads, and if they play like they have all season, they should roll over a Cardinals team they are clearly better than.
– Cooper Brown, student writer (and recent resident of Atlanta, Georgia)

Asking the impossible: That it warms up and dries out

Although the forecast certainly doesn't appear to be predicting a major warm-up anytime soon - Perhaps not until next spring? - here's hoping we can at least dry out. But, without sun and warmth, of course, it's asking a lot more than, say, in July, for the ground to dry out in a timely fashion. Even without Sunday's significant rains, September was going down in the books as one of the wettest ever around these parts, and it's made for and continues to make for, a difficult and in some cases impossible harvest. Saturated ground at freeze-up can also make flooding the following spring more of an ordeal, when the water resulting from the melting snow cannot soak in. If we have another winter at all resembling last winter, with all of this rain, it could make for an interesting spring in the Red River Basin.

Realize that there is plenty wrong with the Vikings

So what's wrong with the Minnesota Vikings? Where does one start? Kirk Cousins is playing poorly. Right, but the offensive line, especially against a fierce defensive front like the Chicago Bears, is not nearly good enough. Right, but the so-called vaunted, veteran defense made Bears backup quarterback Chase Daniel on Sunday look far superior to Cousins, the $84 million starter. Right, but how can the coaching staff seemingly prepare a team so poorly to go up against what is likely the best defense in football in the Bears? Right, but...OK, you get the picture. At least we have the Twins to cheer for. And the Wild and T-Wolves will be playing very soon. For Minnesota sports fans, there certainly won't be any frustration with those teams.