Slayton was left without a dentist in 2002 and 2003. A group of community members, city officials, county commissioners, and hospital administration, all understood the need for a local dental office. On January 21, 2004 their dream came true when Shetek Dental Care opened in downtown Slayton seeing its first patients. The vision for Shetek Dental Care was to have it open and be under operation of the county hospital and eventually be bought out privately. That is exactly what happened. In 2010 Dr. Plotz bought the dental office and has operated it privately since.
When the dental office opened there were four employees: a dentist, a dental hygienist, a dental assistant and a receptionist with a 3 operatory facility. After the 2016 expansion there are now eight operatories. Today the dental office has expanded to thirteen employees, which includes a dental therapist, three hygienists, five assistants and three office personnel who work alongside Dr. Plotz delivering high quality dental care to residents of Southwest Minnesota.
Dr. Plotz and his staff are delighted to be celebrating 15 years of dentistry in Slayton, Dr. Plotz offers comprehensive dental care including dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, restorative and preventive dental care.
The staff invited some of their first patients to come enjoy coffee and cookies on Monday to celebrate.
Cox Realty & Land Service, LLC Joins Weichert® National Franchise Network
Weichert, Realtors® - The 507 Agency Becomes Newest Minnesota Affiliate
Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. is pleased to announce that Cox Realty & Land Service, LLC in Adrian has joined their national franchise system.
The new office, now known as Weichert, Realtors® - The 507 Agency, is an independently owned and operated Weichert® affiliate run by Owners Alan and Cindy Cox.
“We’re very excited to take advantage of all the resources and support that Weichert can provide our agents to help them achieve individual success while helping us grow our company’s local market share,” said Alan Cox.
As part of the Weichert franchise network, agents at the Minnesota affiliate can take advantage of training programs provided by Weichert to help them offer the best real estate service in the industry. The office will also be eligible to receive sales leads from the Weichert call center to help grow its local market share.
The Adrian agency also sees tremendous value in joining a national brand built by real estate agents.
“Joining a national brand like Weichert is a big move for us, but it’s definitely the right decision,” said Cindy Cox. “Weichert is a highly successful family-owned real estate company that knows exactly what real estate agents need to be successful in this industry.”
“All of these positive changes will help enhance the excellent service that we provide with our real estate, land sales and agricultural appraisals, in addition to our management and consulting services,” added Cindy Cox.
Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. President and COO Bill Scavone was pleased to welcome the newest Minnesota affiliate. “I am thrilled to welcome our new friends at Weichert, Realtors® - The 507 Agency and their clients to the Weichert family. Their office has a reputation for great customer service and they are highly regarded in Adrian and surrounding areas. The office also shares our client-first philosophy and is rooted in the region it serves.”
Weichert, Realtors® - The 507 Agency is a full-service real estate company that specializes in residential and farmland sales, as well as agricultural and farmland management, appraisals and consultations. The office currently serves six counties in southwest Minnesota.
For more information about Weichert, Realtors® - The 507 Agency, located at 102 E. Pearl Street, Suite 103, in Adrian, contact Alan or Cindy Cox at 507-483-2218 or visit The507Agency.com.
Local Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Workshops
Melissa Runck is an Extension Educator-Ag Production Systems with University of Minnesota Extension in Murray and Pipestone Counties.
Private pesticide applicators needing to renew their certification will have the opportunity to attend one of several local recertification workshops the next few weeks.These workshops are hosted by the University of Minnesota Extension, and offer a great opportunity to review regulations and safety issues related to pesticide application, as well as provide you with the latest University research on integrated pest management.
You need to renew your private pesticide applicator certification in 2019 if you:
• Apply pesticides to land or sites you own, rent or lease for the production of agriculture commodities and
•Plan to use Restricted Use Pesticides and
• Reside in the state of Minnesota and
•Your certification expires in 2019
IMPORTANT: A farmer who is not currently certified (i.e. you are becoming certified for the first time or your certification expired in 2018 or earlier) is required to first take the test online or by using the free mail-in packet available at any local Extension office in order to become certified.After you have completed the test then you may attend a recertification workshop in the future when your training expires in three years.
Local recertification workshops scheduled in the area include:
•Jan. 29, Pipestone, MN West Community & Technical College-Rm 127: 12:30-4:00 pm
•Jan. 31, Slayton, Murray County 4-H Bldg:12:30-4:00 pm
Requirements to attend a recertification workshop:
1.Anyone attending a workshop for recertification must bring a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.Bringing your Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Card will assist in the registration process as well.
2.The cost to recertify is $75, either by attending a recertification workshop or completing the online/mail-in test.
3.Attending a recertification workshop renews your certification for 3 years.You must attend the entire workshop to meet recertification requirements.
For those who are unable to attend a workshop or would rather retest for recertification, two other options exist.You may either complete the test as a home study course (books and tests available at most County Extension Offices) or you may complete the test on-line at http://www.pat.umn.edu.
For a complete listing of workshops offered throughout the state, check the U of MN Pesticide Safety and Environmental Education website http://z.umn.edu/ppatprogram or call the Farm Information Line at 1-800-232-9077.In case of inclement weather, please check these sources for any weather-related updates.
Note these workshops are separate from the additional training required for certified applicators who wish to apply dicamba formulations onto dicamba-tolerant soybeans in 2019.Check the Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Association website at https://mcpr-cca.org/dicamba-information-trainings/ for more information regarding these sessions.
‘Blind Date With a Book’
Single?In a relationship?It’s complicated?
Between February 4th and 22nd you can go on a ‘mystery date’at the Slayton Public Library. Participating books are dressed up for Valentine’s in wrapping paper.Simply select one based on the description…no peeking!
Take your ‘date’ home and get acquainted. Will it be funny, mysterious, romantic or entertaining? There will be no lulls in conversation, awkward questions, or a need to dress up.You may be disappointed, but then again you may have a great time!
Inside each book is a ‘rate your date’ slip.Let us know if you enjoyed yourself or if it was a dud. There will be no hard feelings or awkward breakups. Be sure and turn these slips in to register for a prize at the end of the event.
So, what do you say?Are you ready for your date?
Snow Week 2019
Most of us dread the forecast when it calls for a week of snow.But at MCC we are celebrating winter with Snow Week 2019 on January 28 through Feb. 1st.January can be a long and cold month, so we are ending it with some fun and special activities.
We have dress up days as follows:Monday—Snow Gear Day, Tuesday—Sports/Jersey Day, Wednesday—Group Character Day, Thursday—Comfy Day, Friday—Ugly Sweater Day.Students who dress up each day receive a treat at lunch time and we have daily winners for the best dressed.
The week’s activities kick off with the Royalty Contest on Monday at 1:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.Snow week candidates will participate in contests, with the winners determining who is crowned Prince and Princess for 8th grade and King and Queen for 11th grade.
On Tuesday we will have Open Gym during Achievement Period for grades 7-9, and on Thursday for grades 10-12.Students can pay one dollar to participate.All proceeds will go to Coaches vs. Cancer.
Wednesday at 1:00 we will have our badminton finals in the gym.Friday we have four-court volleyball during first block in the gym, with students in grade 7-12 welcome to participate.
On Friday night, Feb. 1st, we will have a home boys’ basketball game.We invite everyone to wear red, white, and blue to show their America spirit and pride.The first grade will be there to sing the National Anthem. Our Snow Week Court will be introduced right after the B-squad game.Following the game, we will have a dance in the cafeteria for grades 7-12 with DJ Cody Anderson.Admission is $3 and anyone wearing red, white, and blue to the dance gets a free pop.The dance will conclude at midnight.
Congratulations to our Snow Week Court:grade 8—Casey Miller, Symone Harms, Jaelen Barstad, Ella Gillette, Eli Meyer, Mary McNab, Derek Kluis, Carter Benda, Jaden Deacon, Christian Tentinger, Tanner Graphenteen, Abe Paulzine and 11th grade—Miranda Van Ruler, Brianna Schmitz, Brooke Engbarth, Izzy Gillette, Shelby Christensen, Alyssa Groves, Kyler Deacon, Aaron Johnson, Justin Clarke, Drew Coulter, Trevor Ackerman, and Tyler Winter.
Special thanks to the MCC Student Council for organizing all the activities for Snow Week 2019 on January 28 through February 1st.