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Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification In 2021

Media contact: Melissa Runck, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension-Murray and Pipestone Counties, 507-836-1143, mkrunck@umn.edu

SLAYTON, Minn. (01/07/2021) — Recertification for private pesticide applicators will look a little different from previous years due to COVID-19. For farmers with certifications that expire on March 1, 2021, you can renew by one of four different ways. The cost is $75 for each option, so choose the one that works best for you.

1. Take the exam online by going to the www.pat.umn.edu and clicking on the “Exams” tab. The $75 fee is paid by credit card and the manual can be viewed online.

2. Take the online, self-paced Canvas Course. This course will take you through the educational modules that you can complete at your own pace (meaning you do not have to finish the course in one sitting, your work will be saved in Canvas until you resume where you left off). This course must be finished by February 28, 2021. Registration can be found at www.pat.umn.edu under the “Self-paced course” tab. The $75 fee is paid by credit card online.

3. Attend a live online workshop. These will be taking the place of in-person workshops for 2021. These workshops will take place from January until the end of February. You can “attend” the online Zoom training by yourself, or with another applicator. Make sure to pre-register yourself with your own email address. If you attend with someone else, everyone in the room will need to pre-register themselves prior to the date using their own email addresses. Also make sure to have your certification card and number ready prior to attendance. You will need a working webcam, speaker, and microphone to interact with the presenters.

Pre-registration is required and must be completed at least 5 days prior to the workshop date you would like to attend. With all workshops limited to 50 people, make sure to pre-register soon to ensure you can attend on the day you have available. About 2 to 3 days prior to the online workshop, you will receive a Zoom link along with the handouts for the workshop. You will be required to join the meeting on time, stay for the entire meeting, and respond to at least 80% of the questions during the workshop to be counted as “present”. If you are more than 15 minutes late you will be counted as absent and will not receive credit. Pre-registration can be found by going to www.pat.umn.edu and looking under the “live online workshop” tab. Workshops are divided out by region. Murray and Pipestone Counties are both considered southwest region and I will be helping teach those workshops.

Dates for the southwest region workshops are January 28 and 29, February 5, 8, 11, 17, 19, and 23, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The February 17 workshop will be the only one held in the morning from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The $75 fee is paid by credit card online.

4. Take the written exam that can be picked up at Murray and Pipestone County Extension offices, as well as most local Extension offices.  If you plan to pick up a test and/or book from another office besides Murray or Pipestone, we recommend that you call first as some offices have limited hours due to COVID-19.  The 19th edition manual is the current reference for the exam and is available for $10 at local county Extension offices. The manual can also be found online at www.pat.umn.edu under the “Study manual” tab and can be accessed for free. Mail the $75 fee made out to the “University of Minnesota” along with your test answer sheet in the envelope provided.

*IMPORTANT*: If you are a new applicator or your certification has lapsed, you must take either the online or mail-in exam to receive your certification. You will NOT be able to attend either an online live workshop or complete the Canvas Course if you are a first-time certifier or if you have let your certification lapse (gone more than three+ years without recertifying).

All Private Pesticide Applicators with expiring certification in 2021 will be receiving a postcard from the MDA and a newsletter from UMN Extension outlining the different training options available this year. Contact Melissa Runck at mkrunck@umn.edu  or 507-836-1143 if you have questions on the above information or would like to know when your certification expires.


Investors Choice Wear Red And Give Virtual Style Show Feb. 2nd 7pm

Join us for a Virtual Style Show to support American Heart Association Wear Red Campaign on February 2nd at 7PM as part of our year of treats for you during our 25th anniversary! 

Investors Choice will be hosting a virtual style show with the support of some of the fabulous boutiques from Marshall and Slayton as part of the American Heart Association Go Red for Women!

You can join us through Facebook LIVE the night of the event - or for your own link to the style show by signing up.

The fact is: cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That is approximately one woman every minute!

But it doesn’t affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men. What’s more: These facts only begin to scratch the surface. We’re calling a Code Red, underscoring the urgent need to help all women ensure a healthy, positive significant future for themselves and those they care for.


Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Begins January 1 Do Not Miss Your Chance to Change Plans!

If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, you have until March 31, 2021 to make changes to your plan. People who have their Medicare benefits through a Medicare Advantage Plan can make a one-time plan change from January 1 through March 31.

People who are new to Medicare and choose to get their Medicare benefits from a Medicare Advantage Plan can also access this enrollment period during the first three months after enrolling in Medicare Part A and Part B.

This enrollment period gives people with a Medicare Advantage Plan a second chance to decide if their Medicare Advantage plan is right for them.

You can:

Switch to another Medicare Advantage Plan (with or without drug coverage)

To do this, you must not disenroll from your current plan. Enrolling in a new plan will trigger a disenrollment in the current plan.

Disenroll from your Medicare Advantage Plan and return to Original Medicare

You can’t:

Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan

Join a stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan

Switch from one stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan to another

To learn more, call the Senior LinkAge Line® at 800-333-2433. The Senior LinkAge Line is a free, statewide service of the Minnesota Board on Aging in partnership with Minnesota’s Area Agencies on Aging. The Senior LinkAge Line is Minnesota’s federally designated State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and the place to call for questions and information on Medicare and much more.


AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY GIRLS STATE PROGRAM 

Calling all 2020-2021 High School Junior Girls!!!.  It is time to start thinking about the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program.  This is a great opportunity to meet other High School Junior Girls from all over the State of Minnesota to provide Americanism and good citizenship training and to inform our participants about the duties, privileges, rights, and responsibilities of government as practiced in a democratic society..  

American Legion Auxiliary Girls State is a week-long session held at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN.

If interested please contact Mary Beech at MCC or Merry Hollis @ 507-626-5382.


American Legion Riders Slayton Chapter 64 Monthly Meeting

American Legion Riders Slayton Chapter 64 monthly meeting Thursday January 21, 630pm at the 4-H Building on the Murray County Fairgrounds, 3048 Broadway Ave,  Slayton, MN 56172. If you have a common interest in motorcycles please come and check us out and see how to join the Slayton American Legion Riders chapter. Our Legion Riders chapter is open to anyone that is eligible to join the Legion family even if you don’t live in Slayton. Riders chapters have members from multiple Posts, Auxiliaries and SAL’s. All veterans, members and non-members, are encouraged to attend if you are interested in becoming an ALR member. If you have served or have family members who have served and want to find out more on how to become a member of the American Legion family, please join us.