You’ll find an adventurous pioneering spirit alive and well in Crookston, Minnesota, with a surprising array of cultural influences, attractions and activities far beyond what is characteristic for a city its size. In our people, you’ll find a unique mix of Midwestern gregariousness and quiet strength. Ingenuity, vision and down-to-earth practicality define our distinct prairie soul.
Crookston is the regional hub within the Red River Valley, home of the best agricultural land in the world. The farmers of this land feed the world and also feed a thriving local community. Through our town winds the meandering Red Lake River. The beauty and opportunities are endless on the water from some of the best catfishing in the region to canoeing and kayaking each turn. Our very own outfitters provide rentals and drop-off and pick-up for ease. Our beautiful Historic downtown features turn-of-the-century architecture and specialty shopping, unique stores, stories, and experiences. The Grand Theatre, where Vaudeville once reigned in its beautiful 1910 architecture, is one of the oldest continually operating movie theatres in the country. Widman’s Candy Shop, established in 1911 and voted #1 Candy Store in Minnesota in 2015, still offers old-fashioned soda fountain treats and their famous “Chippers”, chocolate-covered potato chips and other hand-dipped candies. Many other unique restaurant options from home-cooked meals to authentic Mexican make Crookston a great place to grab a bite and our Farmer’s Market meets every Thursday at the Downtown Square.
Located in the center of North America, the Red River Valley stretches over 30 miles, gently rising westward from the Red River, a north-flowing river running between North Dakota and Minnesota, and extending into Canada. Rich, black soil produces an abundance of crops such as potatoes, sunflowers, sugar beets, wheat, corn, soybeans, alfalfa, oats, and lentils. Industry and agriculture are closely related in Crookston. The area has a sugar processing plant, a soy product processing plant and much more.
The spirit of the early pioneers remains a treasured part of our proud heritage. We continue to build on our colorful past as we look forward to the promise of the future.