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MCC Scholarship Program

On behalf of the MCC Scholarship Program, I would like to thank the organizations, businesses, families, and individuals who so generously support our MCC graduates in their post-secondary endeavors.  The class of 2020 received 62 scholarships totaling over $44,000!  

In December, we will begin the planning for our 2021 scholarship program.  I want to share how the program works in case anyone would like to contribute.  The scholarship donors set up the criteria for each award.  The criteria can be based on financial need, program of study, community service, academic ability, specific interests, extra-curricular involvement, etc.  The seniors each fill out one application for the program and must obtain a recommendation from a teacher, coach, boss, or other adult who is familiar with their achievements.  The Scholarship Committee carefully reviews all the applications and recommendations, matching the criteria to the most deserving senior.  The donors are notified of the recipients for their final approval.  The scholarships are presented at the Senior Awards Program on the Friday before graduation.  This ceremony is open to the public.  Representatives from the organizations and families are invited to present their scholarships.

The scholarship award money is sent to the 2-year or 4-year college which the student is attending.  The money is applied toward their second semester tuition for their first year of college.  The student must submit a copy of their second semester schedule before the money is disbursed.  

Each year we add new scholarships as our program continues to grow.  If you are interested in setting up a scholarship in memory of or in tribute to a loved one, or in the name of your organization or business please contact me at the high school and I will assist you with the process.  We plan to have all the 2021 scholarship in place by February as the application process takes place in March.  Let me know if you have any questions.  

Mary Beech

MCC Scholarship Program Coordinator

James Determan awarded degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic

James Determan of Slayton, MN graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Main campus in Davenport, Iowa on October 23, 2020.

Palmer College of Chiropractic, the first and largest college in the chiropractic profession, has campuses in Davenport, Iowa; San Jose, Calif.; and Port Orange, Fla.

Community Christmas Dinner CANCELED

Community Christmas Dinner at St. Ann’s Hall will NOT be possible in 2020 because of the COVID guidelines and MN Governor Executive Order 20-96 for gatherings. 

The idea of a possible drive through dinner was discussed but unfortunately is NOT practical due to the number of people we serve. 

We apologize for the inconvenience and changes  this year for those who look forward to this social event each holiday season. We will be back in 2021! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Murray County Christmas Project

The Murray County Christmas Project is again planning to provide toys and gifts to over 300 eligible children in Murray County.  We are accepting donations of toys and gifts for children 0 through 11 years of age.  We also need stocking caps and mittens.  Monetary gifts are also accepted to help with the purchase of gift items.   

Please have all checks made payable to:  Murray County Christmas Project/SRDC.  Donations can be dropped off at the Slayton Shoe Repair in Slayton, local banks in Murray County or sent to Murray County Christmas Project, Box 111, Slayton, MN  56172.  Please have all donations in by December 1, 2020 or contact 507-530-1292 and we will schedule a pick up time for your donation.  Due to the pandemic we will be handing out gifts and toys earlier this year.  

Thank you for your support to the Murray County Christmas Project, your donations will be greatly appreciated by all who receive them.

Slayton DriftBreakers Snowmobile Club Youth Snowmobile Safety Certification

Step 1A.  Pre-Register your student ASAP. NO LATER THAN Dec. 16th. (name, address, ph. Number, and EMAIL ADDRESS).

With : Brad Schweigert :   Or

Randy Martin:

Step 1B. Complete The online course at :  ($24.95 fee)

IMPORTANT : Digitally save the online course completion voucher. (no paper) to show at Driving Test day.

Step 2. Complete the Review / Driving Test ($5.00 fee) On : Saturday, Dec. 19th .  Classes due to Covid will be broken into 3 blocks, with up to 8 students / Block to effectively social distance. Masks are required and extra’s provided.

Morning Block A = 9 -10:30 AM   

Morning Block B = 11 – 12:30 PM

Afternoon Block C  = 1 – 2:30 PM (if needed)

At : Slayton DriftBreaker’s Groomer Shed , 1942  Engerbretson  Ave., Slayton  MN  56172                                                                                                                  *Appropriate clothing MUST be brought to ride snowmobile, as extras will not be provided. 

Step 3.  Register students completed driving test with DNR. Instructions will be sent with students upon completion of driving test.

* Certificate becomes valid at age 12

* Adult Certification (16 & up) need only do Steps 1 & 3

* Questions Call : Brad Schweigert 1-507-360-8144  or Randy Martin 1-507-227-9693

Submit FSA Loan Requests for Financing Early

The Farm Loan team is already working on operating loans for spring 2021 and asks potential borrowers to submit their requests early so they can be timely processed. The farm loan team can help determine which loan programs are best for applicants. FSA offers a wide range of low-interest loans that can meet the financial needs of any farm operation for just about any purpose. 

The traditional farm operating and farm ownership loans can help large and small farm operations take advantage of early purchasing discounts for spring inputs as well expenses throughout the year.

Microloans are a simplified loan program that will provide up to $50,000 for both Farm Ownership and Operating Microloans to eligible applicants. These loans, targeted for smaller and non-traditional operations, can be used for operating expenses, starting a new operation, purchasing equipment, and other needs associated with a farming operation. Loans to beginning farmers and members of underserved groups are a priority.

Other types of loans available include:

Marketing Assistance Loans allow producers to use eligible commodities as loan collateral and obtain a 9-month loan while the crop is in storage. These loans provide cash flow to the producer and allow them to market the crop when prices may be more advantageous.

Farm Storage Facility Loans can be used to build permanent structures used to store eligible commodities, for storage and handling trucks, or portable or permanent handling equipment. A variety of structures are eligible under this loan, including bunker silos, grain bins, hay storage structures, and refrigerated structures for vegetables and fruit. A producer may borrow up to $500,000 per loan.

“USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).”

Grief Support Group

Hospice of Murray County will hold a bereavement group for adults at the Hospice of Murray County office in Slayton. It is for 6 sessions, on Tuesdays, and will begin on Tuesday November 10th and will continue through Tuesday, December 15th, 2020, from 4:00-5:30 pm.

There is no cost for the bereavement support group as it is sponsored by Totzke Funeral Home of Fulda and Slayton, and Hospice of Murray County. Pre-registrations are appreciated so materials can be put together. You can pre-register by calling the Hospice office at 507-836-8114 by Monday November 9th.

This bereavement group is not just for those family members served by hospice, but all adults who have lost a loved one.

Good News 

By: John Stenen 

In many areas of the world where vast flocks of sheep are raised, it is common knowledge that wolves prefer to prey on and devour the young lambs over the mature sheep. Can we contrast this with people? Of course we can. Our world has many wolves, some are dressed in sheep’s clothing, and they prey on and devour our young. Lives are destroyed by drugs, alcohol, immorality, and the ungodly philosophies of this world which keeps them from knowing God the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit who empowers us to live a godly life. Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.” During World War II, 85% of our young attended Sunday School; today, only 2-3% attend. That is tragic.

Jesus tells us in Mt. 7:24 that those who hear His Word and obey it are wise. Is it any wonder that so many of our young are lost with no godly guidance; they are confused and ignorant of even knowing what is right or wrong. The enemy of our souls motivates the wolves to do all they can to destroy the lives of our young by keeping them from God. Thank God for the many parents who obey God and train-up their children to follow the Lord. Wouldn’t it be great if all parents would raise their children in Christian homes?

We desperately need revival in our nation, but may it first begin in the Churches.

God bless.