Ameriprise Financial Volunteers Work to End Hunger at Marshall Food4Kids
Local effort was one of more than 240 Ameriprise-sponsored events across the country on November 8
Marshall, MN – November 8, 2019 – Ameriprise Financial advisors, employees and clients recently came together to help families and individuals in Marshall.Organized by Van der Hagen, Skogrand & Associates, 15 people volunteered at Marshall Food4Kids packaging snack bags for children for the weekend when they are not in school. This effort is focused on helping the 41 million people, including 13 million children and more than five million seniors, who struggle with hunger in the U.S.
The event was the second of two national days of service Ameriprise arranges each year in partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. On November 8, more than 3,500 Ameriprise financial advisors, employees and clients spent the day participating in more than 220 volunteer events across the country.The employees and advisors of Ameriprise are dedicated to helping people prepare financially for the future. They also recognize that basic needs like food and shelter come first on the path to financial security and are committed to helping individuals in need.
“As a 100% volunteer organization, we rely on individuals and organizations like Ameriprise to help us do the work necessary to get the food to the kids who need it,” said Rennae Petersen, Marshall Food4Kids Board President. “Our volunteers continue to serve with willingness and joy, even though our work is pretty physical with lifting and being on our feet to complete the tasks.”
About Marshall Food4Kids
Marshall Food4Kids, a non-profit weekend backpack food program, was founded in 2013 by several area churches to help hungry children in Marshall. More than 700 children are currently enrolled and more are regularly being added as funding allows. Examples of non-perishable, kid friendly foods the program provides are granola bars, cereal, crackers, trail mix, juice, raisins, apple sauce and fruit cups.
About Ameriprise Financial
At Ameriprise Financial, we have been helping people feel confident about their financial future for more than 120 years. With a network of 10,000 financial advisors and extensive asset management, advisory and insurance capabilities, we have the strength and expertise to serve the full range of consumer financial needs. For more information, or to find an Ameriprise advisor, visit ameriprise.com.
About Ameriprise Financial Community Relations
Ameriprise Financial is dedicated to utilizing the firm’s resources and talents to improve the lives of individuals and build strong communities. Through grants, volunteerism and employee and advisor gift matching programs, the company supports a diverse group of over 7,500 nonprofits across the country. In 2018, Ameriprise employees and advisors contributed more than 78,000 volunteer hours to nonprofits nationwide.
A Focus on Type 2 Diabetes
By Tracy Hansen, Family Provider, Murray County Medical Center
November is American Diabetes Month, so let’s talk about this exceedingly common disease.There are literally millions of Americans diagnosed with diabetes; according to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 20.3 million Americans are affected, and this number is expected to grow as 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed each year.
So, what is diabetes?
Diabetes is a general term which means your body lacks a certain hormone, called insulin, which helps to get the food you eat from your blood into your cells. There are two types of diabetes, which are fittingly termed type 1 and type 2.
• Type 1 is generally thought of as a disease that is diagnosed in the young. Additionally, with type 1, your body makes absolutely no insulin, so insulin needs to be started right away.
• Type 2 diabetes is much more common and diagnosed in adults (but becoming more prevalent in youth). With type 2 diabetes there is a lack of the body’s ability to make insulin or the body simply stops responding to the insulin released by the body.
Type 2 Diabetes
Since type 2 diabetes is much more common and progression can be affected by lifestyle choices, we will make this the focus of the remainder of our discussion. We already established that with type 2 diabetes the body is stubborn in regards to moving food into cells.
1. What are the risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes?
There are a few things that can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes. They include:
1. Being overweight: Fat cells are especially stubborn and not responsive to the insulin your body makes.
2. Certain ethnicities: African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans/Pacific islanders are at increased risk. These groups tend to develop type 2 diabetes more easily than other groups. There is not anything that can be done about this except heightened awareness.
3. Aging: Again, not much we can do about getting older, except be thankful and more aware.
4. Diabetes in pregnancy: If you were diagnosed with diabetes in pregnancy, you are at increased risk of developing diabetes later in life.
2. How is type 2 diabetes diagnosed?
Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed through a blood test in the office. Those at risk of type 2 diabetes should be tested at least every few years. Most people will not have symptoms. However, some may experience feelings of thirst, hunger, feeling hot, and increased urination.
3. How is type 2 diabetes managed?
Type 2 diabetes can be managed through lifestyle modifications in addition to medications. Lifestyle modifications include healthy eating, exercise, and weight loss if overweight. If lifestyle modifications are not enough to manage diabetes, then medications are added.
How can MCMC help you with your diabetes?
If you are affected by diabetes, you are not alone. There are many that share your struggle. Here at Murray County Medical Center, we want to support you and your journey through diabetes, and the road to better health!
Through our American Diabetes Association Recognized Program, MCMC offers self-management education to promote the best in diabetes prevention and care in Murray County. We are here to counsel, guide and support you in this life adjustment and get you back on track to living well with diabetes. Our diabetes education team includes Char Kooima, Registered Dietitian and Amber Humphrey, RN & Diabetes Educator.
For more information on how we can help manage your diabetes, please call our Slayton Clinic at: 507.836.6153.
USDA Issues Second Tranche of Market Facilitation Program Payments MFP Enrollment Closes Dec. 6, 2019
USDA announced the second tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. Producers of MFP-eligible commodities will now be eligible to receive 25 percent of the total payment expected, in addition to the 50 percent they have already received from the 2019 MFP. Second round payments started being issued November 18 for producers who received payments in the first round. Payments will continue through November 28.
Details Regarding Second Tranche of 2019 MFP Payments
MFP signup at local FSA offices will run through Friday, December 6, 2019. Producers who have already applied do not need to apply again to receive the second payment.
Payments will be made by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) under the authority of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act 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 these non-specialty crops is based on a single county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings of MFP-eligible crops in aggregate in 2019. Those per-acre payments are not dependent on which of these crops are planted in 2019. A producer’s total payment-eligible plantings cannot exceed total 2018 plantings. County payment rates range from $15 to $150 per acre, depending on the impact of unjustified trade retaliation in that county.
Dairy producers who were in business as of June 1, 2019, will receive a per hundredweight payment on Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) 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.
Acreage of non-specialty crops and cover crops had to be planted by August 1, 2019 to be considered eligible for MFP payments.
Per-acre non-specialty crop county payment rates, specialty crop payment rates, and livestock payment rates are all currently available on farmers.gov.
This is the second of up to three tranches of MFP payments. The third tranche will be evaluated as market conditions and trade opportunities dictate. If conditions warrant, the third tranche will be made in January 2020.
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 unless at least 75 percent of the person’s or legal entity’s AGI is derived from farming, ranching, or forestry related activities. Applicants must also comply with the provisions of the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation regulations.
For more information on the MFP, visit www.farmers.gov/mfp or contact your local FSA office, which can be found at www.farmers.gov.
FREE Classes for People New to Medicare
Slayton, MN, November 21, 2019 – There are important decisions that need to be made when you become eligible for Medicare. Making the wrong decision can lead to not having any or enough health care coverage and financial penalties. The Senior LinkAge Line® through the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging® (MNRAAA) is sponsoring two classes for people who will soon be eligible for Medicare. Participants will learn the basics of Medicare and their coverage options in Minnesota during the first class. They will also learn how to research these options using non-biased tools, such as the Medicare website and the Medicare Plan Finder Tool during the second class.
Classes are held in Slayton on the second and third Monday of the month. Call the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433 to register.
The Senior LinkAge Line® is a free statewide service of the Minnesota Board on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging. The Senior LinkAge Line® is the federally-designated State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for Minnesota and is the place to call for Medicare and health insurance issues. Call 1-800-333-2433 for assistance or go to www.MinnesotaHelp.info® to chat live with a Senior LinkAge Line® specialist.
WHO: Senior LinkAge Line® and Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA)
WHAT: Free Classes for People New to Medicare
WHEN: Second and Third Monday of each month
WHERE: Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, 1939 Engebretson Ave., Slayton, MN
Visit our website at: www.mnraaa.org
The Murray County Christmas Project is again planningto provide toys and gifts to over 300 eligible children in Murray County. We are accepting donations of toys and gifts for children12 and under. Also needed are stocking caps and mittens. Monetary gifts are also accepted to help with the purchase of gift items. Please take yourdonations to the Slayton Shoe Repair In Slayton by December 1, 2019 or contact 507-530-1292 and we will schedule a pickup time for your donation.
Thank you for your supportto the Murray CountyChristmas Project, your donations will be greatly appreciated by all who receive them.
By: John Stenen
Jim had attended Church regularly for years, but for whatever reason he stopped attending services. His good friend came to his house one evening and together they sat close to the fireplace and talked of many things. At one point when there was a time of silence and both just sat looking into the fire, Jim’s friend, holding the fireplace poker, slowly separated one of the coals from the rest. As they watched the lone piece of coal, it soon burned out. Jim said, “I see what you mean; I will see you in Church on Sunday.”
God tells us in Scripture that the Christian is “not to forsake the assembling of themselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25).
I believe one of the finest pictures we can see is when mom and dad, along with their children are happily walking into the Church building to enrich their lives by worshipping and praising God. Church is where we have wonderful friends and fellowship. It’s where we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and we learn to become ‘more Christ-like.’
Wouldn’t it be great to see:Our Churches overflowing with people with the same kind of excitement that’s demonstrated at many ball games? - People who love Jesus with all their hearts and greatly expect to see God at work in their families? Children who are being trained in the nurture and admonition of the Lord instead of the ‘ways of the world’ which lead only to hopelessness? I believe this is worth thinking about - and doing something about it. God Bless!