The financial figures for the Murray County Medical Center for September were much more positive than they have been the past few months. All areas show a positive increase from the previous month and over those of a year ago. This resulted in an increase of cash on hand and in accounts receivable.A large medicare exemptions payment of nearly $98,000 helped balance the finances resulting in a loss of only$162,000 for the month.
The medical staff appointments included the resignation of Dr. Kenneth McDonough. His appointment had been approved only a month ago. Tracy Hansen, CNP, has begun active practice in the clinic.
At the recommendation of staff and administration, the Board has begun consideration of a remodeling project for the second floor of the Fulda clinic. Expenses have been running high for the housing of interim and ad locum staff over the past months at area hotels. There is no longer an option of renting an apartment at Sunrise Terrace, as there is now a waiting list for that facility. Preliminary remodel expenses indicate that it may take at least three years in housing expenses to recoup the costs. The market value if the building was to be sold at a later date will also be looked at prior to a final decision by the board.
Approval was given to the purchase a hematology analyzer for the lab that will better fit the space. The purchase at this time will include four year warranty service valued at $36,200. The current unit’s lease agreement is expiring in April and will be sold.
Jennifer Kirchner reported the addition of one, possibly two, new members for the ambulance service.Infection control has been busy administering flu shots for staff and group housing facilities.
Justin Keller presented the Administration Report citing various events held during October to observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month.The return of Dr. Steve Snow to MCMC full time in January has been announced. He has continued to intermittently perform procedures at MCMC over the past months.
The search for an interim CEO is progressing. With 50 applicants for the position, Sanford is continuing to narrow the number below the eleven being considered with the final decision to be made by MCMC.
A Very Victorian Christmas To Be Celebrated At The Dinehart Holt House
The Murray County Historical Society invites everyone to join in the fun for the “Very Victorian Christmas!”Holiday Open House at the Historic Dinehart Holt House in Slayton. The event will be on Sunday, November 11 from 1-4 PM and is Free and Open to the Public.This event features a house full of decorated trees thanks to volunteer organizations, businesses, and individuals. Hot apple cider and Christmas goodies will be served.
There will be horse drawn sleigh rides again this year from 1-4 PM provided by Foggy Meadows Farm. This is a fundraiser for the historical society. Rides are $5.00 for adults and children 5 and over. Children under 5 are free. To observe the special Veterans Day, Veterans ride free as well!
The fully decorated house will be open and on display throughout the Holiday season for tours during regular museum hours.It also a wonderful time to plan a Holiday gathering at the house. Non-profit organizations can rent the home for a donation. Private parties pay on a sliding fee scale.
The Victorians created Christmas as we know it today. Many favorite holiday traditions began in that era, from an ornately decorated tree to Christmas cards and caroling. This year’s Holiday Open House will celebrate all that is elaborate about the Victorian era.
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Good Neighbor Christmas Tree
With the beautiful fall soon to be behind us and Christmas fast approaching, it is once again time to announce plans for the Annual Good Neighbor Christmas Tree sponsored by Minnwest Bank.People’s generous donations of toys, games, books and clothes have provided a happy Christmas to many children in past years.
There will be a Good Neighbor Christmas Tree set up in both Slayton and Lake Wilson’s bank lobbies.Tags will decorate these trees, each tag is marked boy or girl and with a suggested age group.Any new or unused gift will be appreciated by these children. Purchased items should be brought to the banks unwrapped.
Minnwest Bank hopes that our communities will respond to the need of our area children and purchase an item for the Good Neighbor Tree. Gifts should be returned to either Slayton or Lake Wilson offices by December 1, 2018. All gifts will be anonymously distributed to the area’s needy children through the Murray County Christmas Project.
Make it your goal this year to spread some holiday joy to area boys and girls.Minnwest Bank’s Good Neighbor Tree provides everyone with an opportunity to take part in the spirit of Christmas, GIVING.
Eligibility For Elections For The 2018 County Committee
Elections for USDA’s Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Murray County Committee are underway.
It is important that every eligible producer participate in these elections because FSA county committees are a link between the agricultural community and the USDA. The 2018 election in Murray County will be conducted for the representative Local Administrative Area (LAA) #1 which covers Cameron, Chanarambie, Ellsborough, Fenton, Leeds, Lowville and Moulton Townships. The candidates are as follows:
Randy Bolt of Edgerton has farmed for 38 years with his wife Tamela in the Moulton township area. He has two kids.They raise corn, soybeans and hogs.
To be eligible to vote in the elections, a person must:
Meet requirement one (see explanation below) or meet requirement two, and requirement three (see explanation below).
Requirement One: Be of legal voting age and have an interest in a farm or ranch as either: an individual who meets one or more of the following; (a) is eligible to vote in one’s own right, (b) is a partner of a general partnership, (c) is a member of a joint venture OR an authorized representative of a legal entity, such as: (a) a corporation, estate, trust, limited partnership or other business enterprise, excluding general partnership and joint ventures or (b) a state, political subdivision of a state or any state agency (only the designated representative may cast a vote for the entity).
Requirement Two: Not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts the farming operations of an entire farm.
Requirement Three: Participates or cooperates in an FSA program that is provided by law.
County committee election ballots will be mailed to eligible voters on Nov. 5, 2018. The last day to return completed ballots to the USDA service center is Dec. 3, 2018.
For more information on eligibility to serve on FSA county committees, visit: www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.
Dust off your Musical Instrument and Mark Your Calendars!
Hey all you past, current, and “wanna be” Community Band Members:Practice for the Slayton Area Community Band’s Christmas Concert is beginning!All instrumentalists interested in Community Band are invited to try it out by coming to the rehearsals and then joining us for the Christmas concert. Rehearsals will be Tuesdays November 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, and December 4th and 11th at 6:30 at Christ Lutheran Church.
Mark your Calendars!The Community Band Christmas Concert will be Sunday, December 16th at 3 PM at Christ Lutheran Church. Watch this paper for more details in the near future!
Do you play saxophone?The Slayton Area Band is looking for a Tenor Saxophone player and we have the saxophone for you to use!If this sounds like a fit for you, contact Mike Helgeson at email@example.com TODAY!