New Athletic Scoreboards at the U of M, Crookston Provided by Generous Gifts from Regional Businesses

Crookston, Minn.  - Support from businesses in the region has provided new athletic scoreboards at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, home of the Golden Eagles. The athletic department is pleased to announce that sponsors have helped secure the necessary funding to install new scoreboards at Ed Widseth Field, in Lysaker Gymnasium, and at the softball and baseball fields on the Crookston campus.

Northwest Manufacturing, Inc. of Red Lake Falls, Minn., is being recognized for their signature sponsorship of the scoreboard project. Chuck Gagner is president of Northwest Manufacturing, the company responsible for manufacturing and distribution of WoodMaster furnaces.

Joining Northwest Manufacturing are premier sponsors of the project: Bremer Bank in Crookston, Rob Jacobson, president; Hugo's, Kristi Magnusson, president; RiverView Health, Deb Boardman, CEO; and Crookston McDonald's, Mike and Cindy O'Keefe, owners.

"More than $100,000 was raised for the scoreboards, and we are grateful to everyone who contributed to the project," states Stephanie Helgeson, athletic director at the U of M, Crookston. "The support we have received for the scoreboards will enhance the experience for both student-athletes and fans, and it would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors."

Under the leadership of Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fundraising, the Crookston campus supports student-athletes through scholarships and projects that enhance the student experience. To learn more about how you can support student-athletes at the U of M, Crookston, contact Tyrrell at 281-281-8436 (

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit

Contact: Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fundraising, 218-281-8436 (; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (