Crow River News Calendar

Bike Safety Rodeo for Kids

MAY 20, MAY 12 REGISTRATION – The Medina Police Department and Target will host their annual Bike Safety Rodeo to help children ages three to 12 polish their bike riding skills before summer arrives. This free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 20 in the Medina Target’s east parking lot at 300 Clydesdale Trail. Participants will be offered tours of fire trucks and police cars, bike riding courses, bike inspections and prizes. Registration forms are available at, at Target, or in the Medina Police Department lobby. Registration for the event must be completed by Friday, May 12 and either e-mailed to, or dropped off at the police department. Registration is required to be eligible for prizes.

2017 Hanover Clean Up Day

MAY 20 — The City of Hanover will hold their annual clean up day form 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 20, rain or shine, at the Hanover City Hall parking lot. The Hanover Lions Club will be providing the labor to handle all the items dropped off. A detailed list of items accepted and fees is available at City Hall or online at the City’s website. Fees can be paid with check or cash only, no credit cards. No hazardous materials or pressurized tanks will be accepted. This includes motor oil, paint, asbestos and similar items. No household garbage will be accepted. Lawn mowers must have the oil drained from them. Residents are encouraged to sort loads ahead of time to make it easier to unload.

Thousand Hearts Crow River Serve Day

MAY 20 – A day of volunteer projects in the Rockford-Greenfield area, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 20. To volunteer, visit Day of activities including a food drive, clothing drive for veterans, and blood drive on-site at Riverside Park in Rockford.

Armed Forces Day steak fry and dance

MAY 20 – The Hamel Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will host an Armed Forces Day steak fry and dance on Saturday, May 20 at the VFW clubhouse, 19020 Hamel Road, Plymouth. The Del Counts will play classic rock that visitors can dance to on a full ballroom floor. Doors will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. The band will start to perform at 7 p.m. The theme will be a patriotic one, so show your colors. Drawings for prizes will take place throughout the evening. The grand prize is a $750 Limo Bus Night. Drink specials will be offered along with the steak dinner.

Planting event to help pollinators

MAY 21 – The Corcoran Parks and Trails Commission is introducing a pollinator plot to the City Hall lawn. This spring, a section of sod near the wetland will be converted to a haven for bees, hummingbirds and butterflies. The committee invites the public to dig in at a planting event, beginning at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 21 at the Corcoran Community Room, 8200 County Road 116.

Luncheon to honor First Responders

MAY 23 – The fourth annual First Responders Luncheon will honor area police officers, fire fighters, EMS personnel, and other individuals who have provided exceptional response in an emergency situation. The public is invited to come and show appreciation and support of outstanding performances of local heroes. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 23 at the Medina Entertainment Center, 500 Highway 55, Medina. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial Fund and Law Enforcement Memorial Fund. Sponsors of the event are Henningson & Snoxell and CLAM, in collaboration with the I-94 West Chamber of Commerce. Cost to attend is $40 per person, and tickets are required. To obtain a reservation, visit the website at or call the I-94 West Chamber of Commerce at 763-428-2921.

Rockford City Council

MAY 23 — The Rockford city council will meet on Tuesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. in the city hall council chambers, 6031 Main Street.

Corcoran City Council

MAY 25 — Corcoran City Council will meet at 7 p.m.,Thursday, May 25 at Corcoran City Hall, 8200 County Road 116.

Mark Moran: the History of your Objects

MAY 26 – 3 to 6 p.m. at the Rockford library. In this unique event, author and appraiser Mark Moran, who has written over 25 books on antiques and collectibles and has appeared on the PBS “Antiques Roadshow” program, will help to evaluate your items and learn more about the history of your own personal objects. Limit one object per person. Please register for a time slot by calling the library. Additional guests are welcome to attend to listen and observe.

Independence Memorial Day observances

MAY 29 – Paul Stinson American Legion Post 514 will hold its 90th annual Memorial Day service at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 29 at Lewis Cemetery, located on County Road 90, south of Highway 12 in Independence. The 45 minute service will honor active and deceased veterans. Guest speaker will be Sam Daly, of Believet, a Northfield organization that raises, trains and provides service dogs, free of charge, for veterans suffering from combat-related injuries or disabilities. The service also will feature a guest soloist and the Orono High School Band. The Legion post invites the public to bring “unservicable” (worn) U.S. flags and drop them off in a bin. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 5084 E. Main St., Maple Plain. The Maple Plain Historical Museum and the West Hennepin History Center in Long Lake will be open following the service. Paul Stinson Post also will salute departed veterans at Oakland Cemetery in Independence at 8:45 a.m., Christ Lutheran Cemetery in Maple Plain at 9 a.m. and the Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Loretto at 9:45 a.m.

Rockford Memorial Day parade

MAY 29 — The annual Rockford Memorial Day festivities will kick off with the parade beginning at 10 a.m. The Rockford Area Historical Society will host an ice cream social at the Stork House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. More details and events to follow in the coming weeks.

Independence City Council

MAY 30 — The Independence City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, at Independence City Hall, 1920 County Road 90.

Rockford Farmer’s Market

JUNE 2 – First day of the 2017 Farmer’s Market at the Rockford City Center Mall parking lot is Friday, June 2 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. New this year, a flea market held every other Friday.

Rockford Graduation Ceremony

JUNE 3 – The Rockford senior class of 2017 will have their commencement ceremony Saturday, June 3 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rockford Community Center.

Corcoran Lions Tractor Pull returns

JUNE 3 – The Corcoran Lions will host a Tractor and Semi Pull on Saturday, June 3 at Corcoran Lions Park, located on County Road 10, west of County Road 101. Pits will open at 3 p.m., gates open at 5 p.m., weigh in will start at 5 p.m. and competition will start at 7 p.m. For information, call Russ, at 763-238-4525. No alcoholic beverages can be carried onto the grounds.

Medina City Council

JUNE 6 — The Medina City Council will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 6 at Medina City Hall, 2052 County Road 24.

Greenfield City Council

JUNE 6 — The Greenfield City Council will meet Tuesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on 6390 Town Hall Drive.

Baccalaureate Ceremony

JUNE 7 — The Seventh Annual Rogers High School Baccalaureate Ceremony for all graduating seniors of Rogers High School is Wednesday, June 7, at 7 p.m. This year’s host church will be Word of Peace in Rogers. Baccalaureate 2017 is a Christian, Interdenominational farewell service that will include music, readings, prayers and guest speakers. Join fellow students in this opportunity to celebrate your graduation. All seniors, family members and friends are encouraged to attend. The ceremony lasts about an hour, with refreshments after. Graduates should wear their caps and gowns.

Contact Kristine Niznik for more informaiton at 612-232-5973 or email

St. George Rummage Sale

JUNE 8 – St. George Catholic Church, 133 N. Brown Road, Long Lake will host it’s annual rummage sale on Thursday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check out the “Better Goods” room. Friday will be Bag Day at $4 per bag, and large items and “better goods” will be half price. Five large rooms and outdoors will be full of bargains. Snacks will be available. Proceeds will help to support St. George’s many charities. For information, call 952-473-1247

Rockford city-wide garage sales

JUNE 15-17 — Rockford city-wide garage sales will take place from June 15 to 17. Addresses will be collected for viewing in May.

Rockford School Board

JUNE 19 — The Rockford School Board will meet Monday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Rockford High School in the Heritage Room.