About the Area

You’ll find an adventurous, pioneering spirit in Crookston, Minnesota, with a surprising array of cultural influences, attractions, and activities far beyond what is characteristic of a city its size. Ingenuity, vision, and down-to-earth practicality define our distinct prairie soul.

Crookston is the regional hub within the Red River Valley, home to the best agricultural land in the world. The farmers of this land feed the world and a thriving local community. The Red Lake River winds through Crookston, providing some of the best catfishing in the region, canoeing, and kayaking.

Our historic downtown features turn-of-the-century architecture and 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. From home-cooked meals to authentic Mexican cuisine, many unique restaurant options make Crookston a great place to grab a bite. And for something fresh, our Farmer’s Market meets every Thursday at the Downtown Square.

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