UWSWMN Seeks Volunteers for Jumpstart’s Read for the record
Jumpstart Read for the Record is an annual reading celebration that highlights the need for quality early education in America by mobilizing adults and children to set a record for the largest shared reading experience.United Way of Southwest Minnesota coordinates this event throughout southwest Minnesota in schools, childcare centers, and libraries in the counties of Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine, and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles, and Redwood.
Volunteer readers are currently needed throughout our service area for this year’s event on November 7, 2019. The commitment is approximately 30 minutes and includes interacting and reading the book to the class and/or group.This year’s book selection, Thank you, Omu! by Oge Mora, tells the story of a generous elderly woman who makes a fantastic pot of stew. The scent of her stew travels throughout the neighborhood and by the end, she shares a lovely feast with her neighbors where everyone contributes to the meal. All materials and books are provided by UWSWMN and donated to the sites following the reading.
Volunteers will sign up on Get Connected.Get Connected is a volunteer platform accessed by visiting our website at www.unitedwayswmn.org and clicking on the blue ‘Volunteer’ tab.Once you’ve selected the blue ‘Volunteer’ tab on our website, you’ll arrive at the log in area of Get Connected. Click ‘Sign Up’ in the top right corner and follow the prompts. Once you are done with your registration, you will be brought to what is called your ‘Dashboard’.On the left side of the screen you’ll see Needs, Events, Agencies listed.Click on Agencies.Look for ‘Read for the Record sponsored by United Way of Southwest Minnesota.’Reading locations available can be found within the Read for the Record agency. When you’ve found the location that you’d like to read at, select ‘Respond’ in the right corner of the screen next to the title of the need. Then verify the information on the screen and add any notes (if applicable).To finalize, you must click ‘Submit Need Response’ on the bottom of this page.You will get a confirmation email from the system. If you do not receive one then you may not have clicked submit need response and are not registered.
Questions regarding Read for the Record and signing up on Get Connected can be directed to Shelby Otto at Shelby.Otto@UnitedWaySWMN.org or at 507-929-2273.
United Way of Southwest Minnesota is an autonomous, local organization working to create long lasting community change through the building blocks of education, income (financial stability), health, safety & well-being and united against hunger in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood counties in Minnesota.
United Way of Southwest Minnesota Invests in Crime Victim Service
Minnesota Reading Corps of ServeMinnesota was awarded a $13,000 grant through United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN). This community partner program aligns with UWSWMN’s education priority area, as this program works to help children from kindergarten to 3rd grade gain the literacy skills they need to have educational success.
UWSWMN initiatives, community partner programs and partnerships will serve 52,600 local people in 2019-20. Community volunteers from throughout our service area review local grant requests and make funding recommendations to our local Board of Directors to be certain donations to UWSWMN make the most impact.
United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. In southwest Minnesota, we focus on: health, education, financial stability, hunger and safety & well-being.
For more information about community partners, grant funding, and your local United Way, visit www.unitedwayswmn.org.
New Aging Mastery Program
Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging is pleased to announce that we will be offering a six-week health and wellness package to residents 55 and over. The program is called the Aging Mastery Program®.It was developed by the National Council on Aging (NCOA).
This is a wonderful opportunity for older adults to participate in, and reap the benefits of, this cutting edge wellness program.We are currently recruiting adults (ages 55+) to participate in a six-week educational program.
The goal of this program is to empower older adults to make and maintain small but impactful changes. The classes will explore navigating longer lives, physical activity, sleep, healthy eating and hydration, financial fitness, medication management, advanced planning, healthy relationships, falls prevention, and community engagement. For each of these classes, we will provide basic educational materials developed from highly trusted sources, a checklist of potential next steps, and a system for tracking behaviors. Participants will earn points for positive actions and rewards.
We will be having our first educational program on October 16th, 12:00 p.m. at the Southwest Minnesota Opportunity Council, 1106 3rd Ave, Worthington, MN56817.
If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to recruit a wide range of participants.If this program piques your interest . . . contact Jill at above email to learn more! Hope to see you on October 16th!
Friends of Lake Shetek State Park to host the 14th Annual Fall Pumpkin Festival
Join us for a day of fall fun at the 14th Annual Fall Pumpkin Festival at Lake Shetek State Park’s Zuya Group Center on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 1 – 3:30 p.m. Come on out and jump in the biggest leaf pile you’ve ever seen! There will be face painting, pumpkin decorating, activities and prizes to be had, along with s’mores by the campfire and refreshments. Don’t forget to take your fall family picture at the park.
The Fall Pumpkin Festival is sponsored by the Friends of Lake Shetek State Park and the Currie Town and Country Boosters. It is free to the public; however, state park vehicle permits are required to enter the park. Daily permits are $7 per vehicle or $35 for an annual permit and can be purchased at the office.
Lake Shetek State Park is located 14 miles northeast of Slayton or 13 miles south of Tracy.Access to the park is by County Road 38, north of Currie. For more information or to volunteer at the event, contact the park directly at (507) 763-3256 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.
End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum to be Open MEA Break
CURRIE, MINNESOTA - End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum in Currie, MN will be open during Minnesota Educator Academy (“MEA”) break October 17-19 during the following hours:
Thursday, October 17: 10am-5pm, Friday, October 18: 10am-5pm, Saturday, October 19: 10am-3pm. October 19 will also be the last day that End-O-Line Park is open in 2019. During the posted hours, guided tours of the railroad themed buildings and exhibits are conducted every hour on the half hour beginning at 10:30 and the last tour at 3:30 (except on October 19, where the last tour of the day is at 2:30).
To tour the park between now and October 17, an appointment will need to be made. Park staff will be on site preparing the facilities for winter but may not always be available or present to give tours without appointments. Appointments can be made by either: calling the park at 507-763-3708, emailing at email@example.com, or calling the Murray County Historical Museum at 507-836-6533.
Have you read a good mystery lately?Try Minnesota author, Allen Eskens
Allen Eskens is the bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, The Heavens May Fall, The Deep Dark Descending, and The Shadows We Hide. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Minnesota Book Award, Rosebud Award (Left Coast Crime), and Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, Thriller Award, Anthony Award, and Audie Award. His books have been translated into 21 languages and his novel, The Life We Bury is in development for a feature film. Allen’s newest book Nothing More Dangerous will be released on November 14, 2019.
Allen has a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from Hamline University. After law school, he studied creative writing in the M.F.A. program at Minnesota State University-Mankato, as well as the Loft Literary Center and the Iowa Summer Writer’s Festival. Allen grew up on the hills of central Missouri. He now lives with his wife, Joely, in greater Minnesota where he recently retired after practicing criminal law for 25 years.
Allen will be at the Slayton Public Library on Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30 p.m. He will speak about his writing, have a book sale table, autograph books, and answer questions from the audience. Plan to attend this free community event that is sponsored by the Friends of the Slayton Library in honor of National Friends of the Library Week. Please call the Slayton Library at 836-8778 for more information.
By: John Stenen
When I was sixteen years old I slipped on the ice on my way to school and had terrible back pain for years. It hurt to stand or sit for any length of time. To bend and lift something was horribly painful. Often I had to crawl out of bed. The Chiropractors gave me some relief but it only lasted a few days before my back was out again and those nerves would get pinched. My thought was, “This is the way it is and I’ll just have to live with it.” However, in 1972 I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ while stationed in the Philippines. Over the next several years as I studied the Scriptures diligently, I discovered what a truly wonderful, loving, amazing, and all powerful God I serve. He is much different than the God I had heard of as a child who was “out to get me the moment I messed up”; and believe me, I messed up plenty.
Psalm 50:15 says, “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” Psalm 103: tells us that God will forgive all our iniquities and heal all our diseases. Isaiah 53: tells us that what Jesus did on the cross; not only did He pay the penalty for our sin but he bore our sickness and diseases - and with His stripes we are healed.Peter backed up that statement in 1 Peter 2:24 when he said, “with his stripes we were healed.” We are like so many of the people that Jesus ministered to – no faith, or very little faith.
Well, my faith kept growing as I continued in the Word of God. “Faith cometh by hearing and by hearing the Word of God.” I got to the point where I believed that in this ‘New Covenant’ that I was now in with God was a new and better covenant based upon better promises and that God revealed Himself as my Savior and Healer. – In August of 1975, I cried out to Him in my day of trouble. He delivered me of a bad back, and all these years later I am still glorifying Him by telling others that what He did for me He can and will do for others. In fact, we sing about that in Church all the time, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” what He has done for others He will do for you. Do you believe that? “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Jesus said that. (Mark 9:23).
If you have not surrendered your life to Him yet, please do so today. Time is running out.
USDA Opens Signup for Market Facilitation Program Enrollment Open through Dec. 6
Signup is ongoing for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program to assist farmers who continue to suffer from damages because of unjustified trade retaliation from foreign nations. Through MFP, USDA will provide up to $14.5 billion in direct payments to impacted producers, part of a broader trade relief package announced in late July. The sign-up period runs through Dec. 6, 2019.
MFP payments will be made to producers of certain non-specialty and specialty crops as well as dairy and hog producers.
MFP payments will be made to producers of alfalfa hay, barley, canola, corn, crambe, dried beans, dry peas, extra-long staple cotton, flaxseed, lentils, long grain and medium grain rice, millet, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, rapeseed, rye, safflower, sesame seed, small and large chickpeas, sorghum, soybeans, sunflower seed, temperate japonica rice, triticale, upland cotton, and wheat.
MFP assistance for 2019 crops is based on a single county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings to the MFP-eligible crops in aggregate in 2019. Those per acre payments are not dependent on which of those crops are planted in 2019. A producer’s total payment-eligible plantings cannot exceed total 2018 plantings. View payment rates by county.
Dairy and Hogs
Dairy producers who were in business as of June 1, 2019, will receive a per hundredweight payment on production history, and hog producers will receive a payment based on the number of live hogs owned on a day selected by the producer between April 1 and May 15, 2019.
MFP payments will also be made to producers of almonds, cranberries, cultivated ginseng, fresh grapes, fresh sweet cherries, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts. Each specialty crop will receive a payment based on 2019 acres of fruit or nut bearing plants, or in the case of ginseng, based on harvested acres in 2019.
Payments will be made in up to three tranches, with the second and third tranches evaluated as market conditions and trade opportunities dictate. If conditions warrant, the second and third tranches will be made in November and early January.
MFP payments are limited to a combined $250,000 for non-specialty crops per person or legal entity. MFP payments are also limited to a combined $250,000 for dairy and hog producers and a combined $250,000 for specialty crop producers. However, no applicant can receive more than $500,000. Eligible applicants must also have an average adjusted gross income (AGI) for tax years 2015, 2016, and 2017 of less than $900,000, or 75 percent of the person’s or legal entity’s average AGI for those tax years must have been derived from farming and ranching. Applicants must also comply with the provisions of the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation regulations.
More information can be found on farmers.gov/mfp, including payment information and a program application.
By Elissa Reinsma
As our fall youth programs are winding down for the season, I wish to take this opportunity to extend a sincere THANK YOU to all of our volunteer coaches for youth athletics.
I am grateful to all the parents that have given their Tuesday and Thursday evenings to attend 5th and 6th Grade Tackle practices and share their experience and knowledge. MCC Tackle Football had 29 participants that played the past six Saturdays against Canby, Minneota, Pipestone, Lakeview, TMB and RTR. Thank you to the volunteers who gave their time to teach our young Rebels fundamentals, drills, plays, proper tackling techniques, and above all teamwork.
I am also grateful for varsity football players and coaches who have given their Monday evenings and Saturdays mornings to coach and referee flag and tackle football.These guys volunteer their time to teach the youngest of our Rebels the fundamentals of football, patience, teamwork and how fun the game can be! With six teams in flag football, totaling 47 players, they will all be fighting for a spot in the championship on Monday.
I would like to thank the high school cheer leading squad for conducting the fall cheer clinic and that was held for our K-6th graders. There were 39 little rebels cheering during the halftime of the varsity football game against Sleepy Eye.
My last thank you is to the varsity volleyball players and coaches for spending their Sundays with our 3rd-6th graders. The volleyball participants have been learning the basics of volleyball along with fun drills to incorporate into the game.
Without all our great volunteers, these programs for our youth would not be possible!If your child has been involved in these programs, please take a moment this week and thank the coaches!
Upcoming events for the youth include: traveling basketball, archery, 4-H Adventure, Slayton Public Library Events, JO volleyball and driver’s education.Events for adults: Adult Co-Ed volleyball, Wednesday night basketball league, walking track hours, 4-Hour Defensive Driving and VIP Floral Christmas decorating.
If you would like to attend a class or host and event, please contact Elissa Reinsma in the Community Education Office at 507-836-8360 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Winter brochure will be posted on our website at www.mcc.mntm.org under Community Education in November. Please listen to KJOE for upcoming events!