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Murray County Farm Bureau Federation Donations

The Murray County Agriculture Department is the recipient of a $2,500 dollar donation from the Murray County Farm Bureau Federation.  Murray County Central is proud of their Agriculture/Shop programs.  With funds like these they were able to update an existing welder and purchase a new Miller MIG (Metal Inert Gas) Welder.  With the new welder and upgrades to the existing one MCC will have the capability of assisting more students looking into Vocational Careers.  In the last 5 years Murray County Central has graduated a number of students that are pursuing the career of welding. The update to the shop only continues to build on the students’ enthusiasm for welding.  Murray County Central currently offers 3 welding classes; Beginning Ag Shop, Welding, and Advanced Welding.  We also compete in hands on competition through Murray County Central FFA such as Agricultural Mechanics Career Development Event. 


4-H Youth Explore & Learn through multiple educational series offered this fall

4-H youth from across southwest Minnesota took advantage of the variety of 4-H opportunities provided this fall from University of Minnesota Extension Educators. All series were six sessions, offered virtually, building on knowledge for youth to dive deeper into the content area of their choice. This series of programs were offered free of charge and open to all youth. 

Fuel Up, Tune Up, Groove Up! was a healthy living program geared towards youth in grades K-3. Each week, the program focused its lessons around the MyPlate model of balanced eating. The program incorporated physical fitness and activity into each of the sessions, as well as learning strategies for tapping into mental well-being through mindfulness practices. Thirty youth and their families registered for this weekly 30 minute live, engaging lesson, with an average fifteen participants each week. Youth participants shared that “because of the *Vigorous Veggies* lesson, our family learned to try new things.  We would never have tried spinach but in a green smoothie it was good!” Parents of the participants are also raving about the sessions, sharing that because of this program, their children are excited about trying new foods, even if they are hesitant about them at first. Youth are also gaining confidence and knowledge in the kitchen - “Because of the *Protein Power* lesson, our family had supper prepared by Ivy. Our family enjoyed the wraps most from the *Protein Power* because it was something new and healthy for supper.” 

Youth members in grades 7+ were given the opportunity to find and nurture the leader within themselves through the Find the Leader In You 4-H leadership program. As they connected with youth leaders across the region, the participating youth examined leadership styles and qualities, explored community and service leadership, and spoke with local leaders. A Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador and a service-focused 4-H member shared their insight and experiences in stepping into 4-H leadership and service roles both at the local and state level. The participating youth members ended the series with the understanding that there are many ways to be a leader and an action plan to use their style of leadership in developing a service learning project in their own community. 

Animal Science 101, a hands-on and interactive program was developed for youth in seventh grade and above. Youth learned about a variety of topics including reproduction, genetics, animal behavior, nutrition, health, and marketing animals. Highlights from Animal Science 101 include youth constructing their own animal models and diagrams and applying their new knowledge to their own animals.

Tracks, Scat, & All That series focused on environmental science with youth in grades 4-6. Content experts covered topics such as trees and leaves and why and how they turn colors.  While connecting from their homes, participants completed a hands on science experiment using colors of fall.  Youth learned more about native grasses, seed harvesting and the habitat our seeds create, animal tracks, and looking for scat of different animals.  On Halloween, the topic was bats including space for creating bat art. Birds of winter and making our own bird feeders, and conservation efforts centered around turkeys were the next topics youth learned about.  Do you know what turkey scat looks like?  Did you know hen and tom turkey scat is different shapes? To keep the learning going, youth were encouraged to check out local parks to see what they can find and enjoy all that nature has to offer!

Down on the Farm youth discovered the wonderful world of animal science through hands on-activities, educational lessons and guest speakers. Youth in grades K-3 focused primarily on sheep, goat, poultry, swine, beef, horse and dairy. Participants explored the hatching process, the differences between sheep and goats, and what food products come from dairy cows. In the image below, Katie shows off her “cow ration” mix she created at home during the beef lesson. Each trail mix ingredient represented a feed ingredient. 

To learn more about additional 4-H opportunities or program series, contact your local extension office at 507-836-6927 or hausek@umn.edu or check out our MN 4-H website: extension.umn.edu/4-h/4-h-home


Press Release

On 12/04/2020, the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force (BRDTF) with the assistance of the Murray County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) executed a narcotics search warrant at the residence 720 2nd Street Southwest, Avoca. During the search of the residence BRDTF agents seized 6.1 grams of methamphetamine, a loaded 9mm handgun, ammunition, and multiple items of drug paraphernalia including hypodermic needles. As a result of the BRDTF’s investigations the following individuals were arrested and charged in Murray County district court. 

Lane Del Onken  12/09/66

•Felon Possess Ammo/Any Firearm - Conviction for Crime of Violence

•Drugs - 5th Degree Controlled Substance Crime 

•Drugs - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Misty Marie Skillings 02/02/84

•Drugs - 5th Degree Controlled Substance Crime 

•Drugs - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


Early Start for the 2021 Season for the Murray County Speedway

With exceptional weather for December, the speedway decided to start the new season with several new improvements. Entrance into the grandstand will now be at the ticket booth at the north gate. A new “Snack Shack” will also be at the far north end of the grandstand. You will be able to purchase pop, candy, popcorn, pretzels and frozen treats at the stand. It will also be where driver merchandise will be sold.

Underneath the south end of the grandstand, will be a new beer concession stand and patio. This new building now faces to the east of the fairgrounds. The cement patio area will allow fans to get under the grandstand to cool off on hot nights. The patio area will also offer a large screen TV that will be broadcasting the race that is currently running.

First race of the season is scheduled for Friday & Saturday April 16th & 17th, weather permitting. The first night of points racing will be on Friday May 14th.

Make plans to come see the races in 2021. We had racing at the track this year, ten drivers, who were in the IMCA top 10 in national points, who will be again racing this upcoming year at the Murray County Speedway.


Good News 

By: John Stenen 

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  (2 Timothy 1:7).  In Philippians chapter 4: Paul tells us to spend more time rejoicing and be anxious for nothing. Worry can take an awful toll on our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.  Medical science tells us that worry breaks down our resistance to disease. Worry can greatly affect our nervous system, digestive system and our hearts in a very negative way. Worry brings about unhappiness and sleepless nights.

I would like to suggest a far better thing for us to do. Rather than distress our lives with worry:  “Cast your care upon the Lord, for He cares for you.” (2 Peter 1:7).  It is wonderful to experience God’s love, joy, and peace. Only in Christ can you truly enjoy such a life. When you are burdened with worry - by faith, cast it at the feet of Jesus and don’t pick it up again.

Do you know Jesus as the Lord of your life?  He invites you to come to Him just as you are; open your heart to Him and invite Him in. If you do, He will bless you with eternal life and will write your name in the ‘Lamb’s Book of Life.’ Read Revelations chapters twenty and twenty-one. God bless.