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Crookston Man Camp or Tourist Attraction?

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  Will it turn into a man camp or tourist attraction? There’s some controversy surrounding plans for an RV park and campground in Crookston.
  A developer is willing to spend 1-million dollars installing sewer, water and electrical hookups for a 70-unit RV park and campground at this city park on the southwest side of Crookston.

   During the fall it would provide housing for seasonal beet plant workers. But, some folks who live in this neighborhood say it would only mean trouble.

Dan Friebohle, Crookston: “I think it’s going to invite nothing but riffraff into our neighborhood. It’s going to become a man camp, drifters and such.”

  However, the City Administrator says it won’t turn into any type of man camp. It will provide about 30 spots for seasonal workers here at the beet plant during fall harvest. But, during the Spring and Summer months, it will cater to tourists and travelers.

Shannon Stassen, City Administrator: “That’s certainly not the goal to create any sort of man camp. This will serve tourism and in addition in the fall… for American Crystal.”

  Over in East Grand Forks, city leaders have long sung the praises of their downtown RV park and campground. It pulls in 100,000 visitors every summer.  

Shannon Stassen, City Administrator: “Yeah, that’s certainly what our hope is. If you look at surrounding communities, East Grand Forks and Thief River, they’ve had a lot of success with their RV campgrounds… people coming to town and spending lots of money. Going shopping, using the restaurants, all those types of things.”

  Stassen says the City’s current RV park, Central Park downtown is prone to spring flooding. Plus, the developer would bear the expense of a new RV park here, on high ground.

    The proposal for that Crookston RV Park will now go before the Planning Commission, before the City Council decides whether to give the project its approval next month.

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