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Strukel Knows About Crookston

By Emily Gruber on
Monday, June 20, 2016

Written by Junior Emily Gruber, communications assistant in University Relations, and a communication major from Monticello, Minn.

Recent graduate Austin Strukel 2016 is getting to know Crookston more as a community rather than a college town.  He was offered an opportunity to work for the Crookston Chamber of Commerce as an intern, all while finishing his last semester of college.  When his internship Strukel at city hallended in April, another door opened.  Strukel is now currently working for the City of Crookston. 

“I liked getting out into the community more,” the business management major explained.  “I was able to deal with a lot of businesses that I’ve never been to before and talk with people that I normally wouldn’t have talked to.”

At the Chamber, he worked with different businesses, promoting multiple events by writing press releases for the newspaper and radio and sending out email blasts.  For the city, Strukel is focusing more on event organization and doing some marketing for them as well.  He is currently working on the Canoe and Kayak Race for the Ox Cart Days Festival that will take place August 17-21 in Crookston. 

Strukel knew he wanted to major in business management because he enjoyed the economic courses he took at Virginia High School located in Virginia, Minnesota where he grew up.  He thought about accounting, but was looking for something a little more broad.  He also has a minor in marketing, which helped him with his internship at the Chamber, working with various advertisements.

While attending the University of Minnesota Crookston, Austin was a student-athlete, playing Golden Eagle Football .

Strukel at his desk at city hallAlthough playing a sport in college is challenging, he felt it was rewarding as well.  “I liked being a member of a team and having a special bond with my teammates,” he mentioned.  “I think I got a lot of leadership experience and definitely a lot of experience working with groups of people.”

Strukel decided to attend the U of M Crookston for the chance to play college football, but also because he appreciated the small campus.  “There’s not too many places where if you miss class, your teacher emails you or even calls you to see what is going on.” 

In his spare time, Strukel loves hunting and fishing with family and friends.  His love for this hobby has inspired him to think about owning his own business one day.  He has thought about owning an outdoors shop and has recently considered owning a hunting dog business or a marketing firm.

When asked if he was planning on staying in Crookston for a while, he responded, “I would love to go back home and be closer to the cabin.”

But for now, Crookston is home and he is enjoying it.

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 34 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 39 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

In the photo, top, right: Austin Strukel outside City Hall in downtown Crookston.

In the photo, bottom, left: Austin Strukel at work at his desk in City Hall. 


Elizabeth Tollefson

University Relations


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