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Minnesota West Community & Technical College, Announces Fall Semester 2017 Dean’s List 

Minnesota West Community & Technical College, would like to announce the Fall Semester 2017 Dean’s List and to congratulate the following students for their outstanding academic achievement. Students must be enrolled in at least 12 graded credits and earn a minimum 3.5 grade point average to be eligible for Dean’s List Honors. Fall 2017 Dean’s List Honors were extended to the following students from Minnesota West Community & Technical College: 

Wyatt VandenBosch - Lake Wilson, MN

Megan Sederquist - Fulda, MN

Haylee Ruppert - Currie, MN

Kimberly Ruppert - Currie, MN

Troy Lang - Fulda, MN

Sarah Funk - Fulda, MN

Briana Gertsema - Slayton, MN

Rylie Carlson - Lake Wilson, MN

Dennis Warner to Perform in Slayton

Folk/Americana singer and songwriter Dennis Warner blends humor, audience participation and serious music into a fun, memorable concert for adults and families.

Warner has toured extensively throughout all fifty of the United States and a large part of Canada, appearing numerous times on both television and radio. He has released ten CD’s and one children’s book. In recognition of his contributions as a songwriter, he was honored with an invitation to perform in concert at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Besides his original music, Warner has recorded several songs written by others. Fan favorites include Don’t Laugh at Me, The Garden Song and Homegrown Tomatoes. Many also know Dennis for his viral YouTube video I’m My Own Grandpa with over half a million views.

Warner’s career blossomed following the original release in 2004 of his song Beads on One String as a children’s book. Now in its sixth printing, Beads on One String the book has become a favorite with teachers and parents alike for its powerful, positive message of unity combined with beautiful illustrations.

Dennis Warner accompanies his smooth vocals with strong instrumentation, incorporating both six and twelve string guitars. Warner’s concerts are suitable for all ages.

Minnesota singer songwriter Dennis Warner will perform a free family concert on Saturday, February 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaid Moose. Refreshments will be served. This project is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Sponsored by the Slayton Public Library – Call the Library at 836-8778 for more information.

Loans Available from FSA

Youth Loans: The Farm Service Agency makes loans to youth to establish and operate agricultural income-producing projects in connection with 4-H clubs, FFA and other agricultural groups. Projects must be planned and operated with the help of the organization advisor, produce sufficient income to repay the loan and provide the youth with practical business and educational experience. The maximum loan amount is $5000.

Youth Loan Eligibility Requirements:

• Be a citizen of the United States (which includes Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) or a legal resident alien 

•Be 10 years to 20 years of age

•Comply with FSA’s general eligibility requirements 

•Be unable to get a loan from other sources 

• Conduct a modest income-producing project in a supervised program of work as outlined above 

• Demonstrate capability of planning, managing and operating the project under guidance and assistance from a project advisor. The project supervisor must recommend the youth loan applicant, along with providing adequate supervision. 

Targeted Underserved Producers: FSA has a number of loan programs available to assist applicants to begin or continue in agriculture production. Loans are available for operating type loans and/or to purchase or improve farms or ranches.  While all qualified producers are eligible to apply for these loan programs, FSA has provided priority funding for members of targeted underserved applicants.  

A targeted underserved applicant is one of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic or gender prejudice because of his or her identity as members of the group without regard to his or her individual qualities.  For purposes of this program, targeted underserved groups are women, African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

FSA loans are only available to applicants who meet all the eligibility requirements and are unable to obtain the needed credit elsewhere.

Coping with Life Alone

Beginning Experience of SW MN/Marshall, a peer ministry support group for widowed, separated and divorced people is offering its “Coping With Life Alone” Series for ten weeks beginning Jan. 15, 2018. This series is designed for those wishing to work through the grieving process following the loss of a loved one. The Monday night sessions begin at 7:00 P.M. at the First Lutheran Church on Church and “A” Street in Marshall, MN.

Registration is held the first two Monday nights starting at 6:00 P.M.  Registration is then closed for that session.  The support group is open to people of all denominations.  There is a $75 fee to cover the cost of materials. If you wish to pre-register or have other questions, contact: Laurie W: 507-829-6692 or MaryAnn S.: 507-828-2866 or