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Published March 20, 2012, 09:28 PM

Crookston Groups Wants Input on Making an Even Better City

CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - City leaders in Crookston are working to make the town a better place to live and visit. Whether it's creating jobs or starting up new businesses, a group wants to know what people think the town's assets are, and what can be improved.

CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - City leaders in Crookston are working to make the town a better place to live and visit.

Whether it's creating jobs or starting up new businesses, a group wants to know what people think the town's assets are, and what can be improved.

The Crookston InMotion Stewardship Initiative started last fall, and thanks to several grants, it's making a difference in the community.

Amanda Lien says she lives in Crookston for a reason.

"It has this atmosphere, you can walk around the streets and know who people are," Lien said.

And others agree.

"People are friendly, great place to raise kids," Crookston resident John Bridgeford said.

They want to make sure people know how special their community is and move forward with projects to keep the town growing.

"We're here to listen to people and get their input and to take that to start creating Crookston into what we want it to be," Lien said.

Crookston InMotion started last September to give community members the chance to have a say in the future of the town.

"There's stuff happening already, some of the properties downtown getting fixed up, there's talk of a square, a taxi service is coming to town in a couple of weeks, so there's projects already that we're starting to see from it so it's exciting," Bridgeford said.

"We're looking seriously now at what we can do in terms of job creation and economic development," Crookston city council member Tom Jorgens said.

City leaders hope to raise $2 million over the next five years to help with updates and improvements.

"They see this as a great opportunity for the public to provide their input through this survey process," Crookston City Administrator Tony Chladek said.

"The most important thing is to get people together, pulling in the same direction, you can really accomplish anything," Jorgens said.

Members of the initiative will meet the first week in April to review the surveys and set goals for the future.

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