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Perfect College Fit in Her Own Backyard

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Friday, October 21, 2016

Madison Crane has a heart for children. She likes working with them and involving them in hands-on projects. The sophomore and Crookston, Minn., native took her interest in children into consideration when she choosing a major at the University of Minnesota Crookston initially Madison Craneenrolling in the elementary education major. But over time, something changed.

“I realized I wanted to work for children even more than working with them,” Crane explains. “And, that is when I decided to change my major to business. Someday I would like to be a camp director and learning about business operations made sense.”

She masters time management like a professional without holding back on getting involved. Her work study position in Golden Eagle Athletics has her busy shooting photos and taking stats. She serves as secretary for the Crookston Student Association, works at the Evergreen Grill, and is a member of the Student Orientation Staff and the Honors Program.

More importantly, Crane’s management skills are an absolute necessity when it comes to her own health.  She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was a two-year-old. Growing up, her parents, Brenda and Dan, played a significant role in managing her diabetes as one might imagine. But, 11 years ago, she attended Camp Sioux for the first time as a young camper. The last four years she has served as a counselor at the camp designed for kids with diabetes. It was at Camp Sioux that Crane learned she wasn’t alone and the weeks at camp instilled in her independence and her “no-limits” approach to everything she does.Madison Crane

“I hope to work for the American Diabetes Association one day,” Crane says. “I want to share the stories of what opportunities like camp do for kids, create partnerships, and help bring in the dollars necessary to benefit kids who are just like me.”

“I have had the incredible opportunity as a counselor to watch 8 and 9 year olds come to camp shy and reserved and leave independent and thriving. It is one of the greatest experiences anyone can have.”

Madison CraneMeanwhile, Crane is busy pursuing her business degree particularly enjoying introductory courses in entrepreneurship and criminal justice.

Growing up in Crookston and graduating from Crookston High School made Crane consider leaving her hometown to attend college elsewhere. However, Crane says she knew ten minutes into her tour of the U of M Crookston what her decision would be. “I knew this was the place for me,” she says. “I would encourage any local student to make sure to visit the Crookston campus as part of a college search; you will find an open caring environment and a strong sense of family right here.”

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 34 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 40 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit


Elizabeth Tollefson

University Relations


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