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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  7th   and   will  continue   through Tuesday, December 12th, 2017, 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 Friday November 3rd.

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

FSA Environmental Review Required Before Project Implementation 

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires Federal agencies to consider all potential environmental impacts for federally-funded projects before the project is approved. 

For all Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs, an environmental review must be completed before actions are approved, such as site preparation or ground disturbance. These programs include, but are not limited to, the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP), Conservation Reserve Program (CRP, Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program and farm loans. If project implementation begins before FSA has completed an environmental review, this will result in a denial of the request. If it involves a current contract such as CRP, the contract may be subject to termination.  There are exceptions regarding the Stafford Act and emergencies. It is important to wait until you receive written approval of your project proposal before starting any actions, including, but not limited to, vegetation clearing, site preparation or ground disturbance. 

Remember to contact your local FSA office early in your planning process to determine what level of environmental review is required for your program application so that it can be completed timely. 

Applications cannot be approved contingent upon the completion of an environmental review. FSA must have copies of all permits and plans before an application can be approved.

USDA Average County Rents Published in September

The National Agricultural Statistic Service with the USDA released the county farmland rental rate estimates for 2017. After increasing continuously since 2007, statewide average rents went down for the third year in a row. The state average cropland rental rates declined from $185 in 2014 to $180 in 2015 to $170 in 2016 to $166 in 2017, as indicated in Chart 1 below. This represented a 2.4% decrease from 2016 to 2017 and 5.5% decrease from 2015 to 2016 and 2.7% decrease from 2014 to 2015 Previously rental rates had a 4.5% increase from 2013 to 2014, 18% from 2012 to 2013 and 11.1% from 2011 to 2012.

Statewide Irrigated rental rates declined from $210 in 2015 to $185 in 2017 almost a 12% drop.

Pasture rent average increased from $26 per acre in 2014 to $28 per acre in 2015 to $30 in 2016 and 2017 or an increase of 7.1%.

Search for Miss Teen Murray County Announced

If you are female, single, never been married between the ages of 13 to 18 years, applications are being accepted for the title of 2018 Miss Teen Murray  County.

Miss Teen Murray   County  will represent her county at the   Miss Teen Minnesota pageant, which  will be  held  at  the Wellstone Center, April 28th  , 2018  in the city of  St. Paul, Minnesota. 

The young lady chosen as Miss Teen Murray   County  will become an ambassador from the Murray      County. Area and will receive an official title and sash.

The young lady chosen as Miss Teen Minnesota will receive a prize package and College scholarship totaling $30,000 and the chance to represent Minnesota at the  2018 Miss Teen International pageant  in Charleston, West Virginia  in July. The American Heart Association’s Go for Red for Women’  is the official Charity of the Miss Teen Minnesota Pageant.

Teens will compete in Personal Interview, Fitness Wear, Fun Fashion Wear and Evening Gown. There is no talent or swimsuit competition. Young teen ladies living in Murray  County  interested in applying should write for bio-form to: Miss Teen Minnesota International Pageant, P. O. Box 240537, Apple Valley, MN, 55124-0537 Or call for information:: (952) 432-6758 or Fax: (952) 953-3896 or email:

The current reigning 2017 Miss Teen Minnesota is Devika Narayan of Plymouth. As Miss Teen Minnesota, Devika speaks out on “Hope in Memories: Alzheimer’s Find Hope & Find a Cure!”

Entry deadline is December 31st, 2017

Murray County Christmas Project

The Murray County Christmas Project is once again providing toys and gifts to children in Murray County.

Items needed are new toys, gifts, stocking caps and mittens.  Monetary donations will be used to buy these items.  All checks should be made payable to:  Murray County Christmas Project/SRDC.  Donations can be dropped at Slayton Shoe Repair, local banks in Murray County or sent to Murray County Christmas Project, Box 111, Slayton, MN  56172 by December 1st.

All donations for the Murray County Christmas Project are greatly appreciated. 

Murray County Medical Center Streamlines Billing

Last week Murray County Medical Center announced its new clinic computer platform for streamlining operations and to provide a better experience for patients. Any clinic balances for visits starting October 31st will be on a statement for Murray County Medical Center. Any clinic balances for visits on or before October 30th will continue to receive a separate bill from Murray County Clinic until the balance is paid in full. If you have any questions about your statements, please call 507-836-1327 instead of the number previously provided to you.