Thank you to all our community volunteers and partners who helped host four family-fun and active Fitness Fever events throughout February with nearly 400 participants!

    The Polk County Wellness Coalition would like to thank the following partners and organizations for sponsoring and supporting February Fitness Fever and for their role in helping to make the healthy choice the easy choice for our community members. Without their contributions these events would not be possible:

    Community FFF Champions (Dale Knotek, Ardell Knudsvig, Linda Knutson, Laura Martinson, & Shannon Stassen), Crookston Parks & Recreation/Community Pool/Sports Center (CSC), Crookston Times, KROX Radio, Crookston Chamber of Commerce, Crookston “Noonday” Lions, Crookston School District #593, Golden Link Senior Center, Crookston Championship-Tae Kwon Do/Rick Quirk & students, Lisa Kiel, Lynsay Benson, Jason & Kerri Brantner, SunOpta, U of MN Crookston Student Center/Student Clubs & Volunteers, Bremer Bank, American Federal Bank, Polk County Public Health/Polk County Wellness Coalition, Widseth Smith Nolting, Sisters in Spirit, Ye Ole Print Shoppe, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council/T.H.E. Bus for providing free transportation to local events, and all the participants throughout the month of February!

    Connection to the outdoors and active living continues to improve mental health and well-being and social connectedness; we encourage the community to keep the “fever” going as the snow beings to melt and Spring is upon is! Our region has so many options to stay active all year long both indoors and outdoors – join Tae Kwon Do, take a fitness class, jump in at the swimming pool in Crookston or Fosston, take a walk on the indoor track at the CSC or East Grand Forks Civic Center, or take it outside to walk the trails of Castle Park, Kreutzberg or Aunt Polly’s Slough in Crookston, the Greenway in East Grand Forks, the Fosston Fit Trail or many of the nature areas in the region including Rydell Refuge in Erskine or Agassiz Environmental Learning Center in Fertile.

    If you would like more information or resources on where and how to stay active in your community, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Polk County Public Health. If you have further ideas for future February Fitness Fever events, please share with us at 218-281-3385 or email

Amanda Lien