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Murray County Central continues to work closely with our local public health agency. We are pleased to share the following community message provided by Kristin Deacon, RN PHN, at Southwest Health and Human Services.  

We know that going to school is vital for students.  They get meals, physical activity, social and emotional support and an education. All of us have the goal of keeping kids in school AND keeping them safe.  Schools are doing a great job at this!  Schools are following the guidelines, and although our community infection rates remain high, we are NOT seeing the spread in our schools.  It isn’t to say that there won’t continue to be students and staff needing to isolate/quarantine.  But, this is evidence that the multiple mitigation measures we have in place are WORKING! 

Testing is just one of the tools we can use to reduce the spread.  We know that there are people who are in our communities who are asymptomatic or who have very mild symptoms.  Many of them are choosing to not get tested.  This means that they may be unknowingly spreading the virus to others.  This is especially true in areas where masks requirements and social distancing recommendations are not being followed. Realizing that community testing may result in an increase in numbers in the short term, but it will help reduce the spread in the long run if people who are positive have that knowledge and they (and their close contacts) can isolate/quarantine.

While we all are weary of the toll that COVID-19 is taking on our communities, now is not the time to let down our guard or relax our efforts to limit the spread of the disease. All the mitigation strategies are important whether in school or in the community. There is no one strategy on its own that will be the answer. Masking as required, social distancing, washing hands, and quarantining are all mitigation strategies that work in conjunction with one another to prevent the spread of COVID. If you are a close contact of a positive case, please quarantine.  If you are positive for COIVD 19, please isolate from others to stop the spread. Isolation and quarantine are not a punishment they are protection.   Implementing all of the preventative measures consistently will have a significant impact in reducing the spread.  It is vitally important for the community to come together to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The success of these plans largely depends on the entire community following the guidelines set forth.  We know that no one lives in a bubble, what affects one population will eventually affect another. The health of our community is up to all community members.  If you have any questions, please contact me at 507-836-6486. 

Thank you for doing your part and keeping our community safe.

Kristin Deacon, RN PHN

Slayton Drift Breakers 

The Slayton Drift Breakers meeting will be Wednesday, November 11th at 7pm at the Grain Exchange in Slayton.

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.

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 banks. 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 Tuesday December 1, 2020. 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 gir!s. Minnwest Bank’s Good Neighbor Tree provides everyone with an opportunity to take part in the spirit of Christmas, GIVING.

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.

Gifts Received by Hospice of Murray County  

Hospice of Murray County appreciates donations in October 2020.

Memory of: Hilda Grieme, Lisa Horkey Tucker, Ken Fast, Denis Engen, June Sawatzky, Brian Hanson, Arlene Muse, Margie Schoppler, Terry Klassen

Hospice gratefully acknowledges memorials and donations received. These gifts and contributions are helping Hospice of Murray County continue to provide quality care to our patients and their families.

Good News 

By: John Stenen

Pre-marital relationships and extra-marital relationships? These words may be more gentle to our ears but God calls it fornication and adultery. God takes these sins very seriously. In Hebrews 13:4 Scripture says, “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” Many believe they are getting by with their sin but one day they will have a very rude awakening. “There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof is death.”

In John 4: Jesus spoke with the woman at the well, a despised Samaritan. Notice He was not prejudiced? Jesus told her to go and call her husband and come here. He knew of course, that she had been married five times and the man she was living with was not her husband. He was not trying to shame her, He was simply letting her know that she had a sin in her life that must be repented of and forsaken. She and many of the villagers listened to Jesus, believed in Him, and became His followers. They received eternal life.

In Galatians 5:19 and in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Paul gives us a list of many who will not make it into the Kingdom of God. The list includes all who practice a lifestyle of immorality. 2 Peter 3:9 tells us that God is patient with us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Is your living in fornication or adultery worth giving up everlasting life with Jesus Christ and living in a Christ-less eternity of eternal torment? I encourage you to repent and surrender your life to Jesus. All who come unto Him He will in no wise cast out.  He will receive you, wash you in His blood and all of your sin will be forgiven when you confess it unto Him. He will wash you white as snow and your name will be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. God bless.

What is a Fair Farmland Rental Agreement? 

SLAYTON, Minn. 10/28/2020— Landowners, farmers, and agri-business professionals are invited to attend one of several informative meetings being held across Minnesota and online.  These free meetings are being provided by University of Minnesota Extension.  Farmland rental rates are the largest input cost the farmer has which makes determining a fair farmland rental agreement a challenge in today’s economy.

Negotiating a fair rental agreement that satisfies the landowner and the farmer is challenging.  David Bau, Extension Educators in Ag Business Management, will provide several ways; by examples, factsheets and worksheets to determine a fair farmland rental rate for both parties.

Topics covered at the meetings will include local historic and projected farmland rental rate trends, current farmland values and sales, and a worksheet that will help determine a fair rental agreement.  Input costs for 2020 will be presented along with current 2020 corn and soybean prices.  Worksheets will examine 2021 costs and what is affordable rent that a farmer will be able to pay in 2021, the rate of return to the landlord at current market values and examine flexible rental agreements.

This year attendees have the option to view the workshop either online or at a few select in-person programs.  There will be four in-person programs held in Slayton on November 18 and December 16, 2020.  Dates and times are as follows:

•Wednesday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m.

•Wednesday, November 18 at 1:00 p.m.

•Wednesday, December 16 at 10:00 a.m.

•Wednesday, December 16 at 1:00 p.m.

All Slayton meetings will be held in the Murray County 4-H Building on the fairgrounds, located at 3048 Broadway Ave, Slayton, MN 56172. Masks are required, social distancing will be implemented, and pre-registration is required.  Seating is limited, so pre-register today.  To reserve your spot at one of the Slayton meetings you can do so online at  or by calling the Murray County Extension Office at 507-836-6927.  

Additional in-person meetings will also be held in Owatonna, Rochester, Holdingford, Little Falls, Benson, Worthington, Buffalo, and Sleepy Eye.  These sites will also have limited seating and facemasks will be required to attend.  Pre-register for any of these other locations online at:

Regionally-focused online Zoom meetings will be held on December 1 at St. Cloud, December 2 at Moorhead, December 4 at Farmington, December 7 at Hutchinson, December 8 at Willmar, December 9 at Rochester, December 14 at Mankato, and December 15 at Worthington.  Register online for one of these program at: 

 If you have any questions please contact Melissa Runck at  or 507-836-1143.