It's a day for celebration! On Friday, May 22, at noon the community is invited to the grand 
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opening of the Riverside Community Garden and a birthday celebration for Crookston resident and local gardening expert Allen Pedersen (in photo) on his 99th birthday. The Riverside Community Garden is located in the 400 block of Riverside Drive near the Crookston Community Pool.

For audience comfort, there will be chairs with arm rests available as well as a sound system for easy listening. For information, contact DeAndra O'Connell in the Center for Sustainability at the University of Minnesota Crookston at 218-281-8128.

The community garden contains raised beds, wheelchair accessible beds, a butterfly garden, perennial garden, corn patch, and more. 
The Riverside Community Garden project is part of Crookston's new designation as a Minnesota GreenStep City. Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a voluntary challenge, assistance and recognition program to help cities achieve their sustainability and quality-of-life goals. These actions are tailored to all Minnesota cities, focus on cost savings and energy use reduction, and encourage civic innovation.

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 31 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (