@UMNCrookston August 5

My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: University of Minnesota Crookston

Location: Crookston MN

Our country has quirks. Some of them are manifested in the culture, people, and of course our language. We also have some geographic quirks in our country. One of those geographic quirks is in the state of Minnesota where one part of the boundary with Canada is called North West Angle, MN.

Northwest Angle

If you want to learn more about this interesting part of our border take time to watch the piece CBS News did on the North West Angle


Minnesota does not really have many colleges located in the northern half of the state. There are none in the North West Angle.  See map below.


#36 on map above represents Minnesota Crookston.

In 1905 the Minnesota legislature appropriates $15,000 to establish the Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA), a regional residential high school with a focus on agriculture. That school would become the beginnings of Minnesota Crookston.


I found a great detailed timeline of history of Minnesota Crookston on their website.


The campus has slightly less than 3,000 total students. For the record check out the Google driving directions from Crookston to North West Angle MN. They can’t be calculated.






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