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North Country Food Bank
424 N. Broadway, Crookston
Individuals or groups of any size are invited to assist packing boxes and backpacks.  Additionally, there also is a food shelf located at this downtown location;  they can use shopping assistants. Call the food shelf coordinator, at 218-281-7356, ext. 7.  UPCOMING PACKING DATES:  April 14, 5 - 6:30 p.m. and April 21, 5 - 7 p.m.  Please call Russ Tate at 218-280-2926 if you can help one of these dates.  Additionally, if you want to pack boxes during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), please contact to Russ to schedule a time.  

Winter Shows Building
Volunteers are needed to assist in cleaning the Winter Show Building.  Time can be arranged whenever it is convenient for volunteers.  Great opportunity for a larger club.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Curt Knutson at 218-289-0810.

Pi Run
Saturday, April 25
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (or until last runner finishes)
Highland School
801 N. Central Avenue
ALD is sponsoring a 5K, 10K, and Fun Run.  They are needing lots of volunteers to reassure runners, cheer them on, help direct them at turns, and make sure that they are safe.  For more information, see  To register to volunteer, email Mary Mikutowski at

Carnegie Library
Ongoing assistance requested cataloging books in storage and inputting the information into Past Perfect software at the Carnegie Library on the corner of Ash Street and Robert Street (next to the current Crookston Library). For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kristina Gray at or 281-2663.

Care and Share
220 East 3rd Street, Crookston.  This is a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, and thrift store. Volunteers are cheerfully accepted to assist with all aspects of the operation. Please call Sue Shirek at 218-281-2644 for more information.

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720 East Robert Street, Crookston.  This animal shelter is staffed entirely by volunteers. Help is needed especially from 9:30 – 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 10 a.m. on weekends. Please call 218-281-7225 for information and to volunteer.

Sun, Country, and You
This therapy farm is located just a few miles outside of Crookston. Volunteers are sought to assist with chores and with therapy programs. For more information, contact Eleisha Owens at 218-521-0056.

Villa St. Vincent/Summit Apartments
516 Walsh Street
Share your talent or interests with a senior. Volunteers play cards and board games, visit, and assist with computer skills. To volunteer, please contact Enrichment Coordinator Tammy Parkin at 218-281-9723 or

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Small but mighty crew at the Polk County Museum on Saturday!
Small but mighty crew at the Polk County Museum on Saturday!

If you are a member of a club that still needs to get in a community service pro...
If you are a member of a club that still needs to get in a community service project, or if you are not in a club and just want to volunteer, Crookston Youth Service Day is this upcoming Saturday. Meet at Crookston City Hall, 124 N. Broadway for a light breakfast. Then we have a choice of projects: downtown flower planter cleanup, assisting with a couple projects at the Carnegie Library, and finally packing boxes at North Country Food Bank. Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board outside my office, 240 Sargeant Student Center OR just let me know you're coming and I'll sign you up!


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U of M Crookston Named to 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
For students working together across campus and across the community adds meaning to classroom studies and life. Service by students at the University of Minnesota Crookston was recognized recently when the campus was named to the 2014 President's Higher Education...

U of M Crookston, University of North Dakota, and Northland Community and Technical College to Co-sponsor Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration on Monday, January 19, 2015
Activities begin at 10:30 a.m. with a Unity Walk followed by a program and recognition.An area-wide Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration will take place in Crookston, Minn., on Monday, January 19, 2015, and is the result of collaboration between the...

Student Awards Celebration held on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the U of M Crookston
The annual Student Awards Program, a celebration of student service, leadership, and academic and athletic achievement, was held recently at the University of Minnesota Crookston.To view or download photos, visit the photo gallery. ward recipients include the following students:CSA Student Senators and...

IRS Certified Free Tax Service Available at U of M Crookston
Students in the University of Minnesota Crookston Accounting and Finance Society are ready to help with tax preparation. The VITA/TCE site will operate from Monday, February 24 through Monday, April 14, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from noon to 4...