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American Masters Series: Laura Ingalls Wilder

PBS will share a renewed look at the life and writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder in its long awaited AMERICAN MASTERS SERIES: Laura Ingalls Wilder – Prairie to Page on December 29th on many local PBS Channels.  Check listings for time in your area! Pioneer TV airs at 7:00 p.m. CST.

What is a new work about Laura without a party!  The Wilder Pageant of Walnut Grove Minnesota is hosting a Facebook Live conversation with several noted Laura Ingalls experts right after the PBS special. You can hear their reactions and comments about this renewed view of the life and work of Laura Ingalls Wilder at about 8:30 p.m. CST on the Wilder Pageant Facebook page. 

Our guests include William Anderson (noted author and patriarch of Laura lore), Alison Arngrim (Our favorite Nellie, AIDS activist, Protect Children president), Barb Mayes Boustead (‘Wilder Weather’, climatologist, Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association), Dean Butler (Almanzo on ‘Little House’ and producer), Tessa Flak ( Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society of De Smet), Amy Foster ( Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum of Walnut Grove), Nicolas Inman (Director – Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum of Mansfield), Sarah Uthoff (Trundlebed Tales and author).

Get your coffee mug and your vanity cakes ready for a socially distant but intimate visit with these wonderful people! The PRAIRIE TO PAGE ZOOM REVIEW can be seen by clicking on the link on at walnutgrove.org or direct on Facebook at WalnutGroveMnLauraIngallsWilderPageant! Bet you can’t say that with a vanity cake in your mouth!


APH Acquires Sturdevant’s Auto Parts

Sioux Falls, S.D. — December 14, 2020 — Tim Sturdevant announced today that he is selling his business to Automotive Parts Headquarters Inc. (APH), a third-generation family-owned auto parts distributor and store group based in St. Cloud, Minn. APH is a leading auto parts distributor with 149 corporate and 32 independent store locations in six states. As a result of the deal, the 49 Sturdevant’s corporate stores will be rebranded as Sturdevant’s Auto Value and the 45 independent customers will transition to the Auto Value brand. This acquisition will bring APH’s corporate store count to nearly 200 and independent store count to more than 75. 

Sturdevant’s Auto Parts, owned and operated by Tim Sturdevant, along with his partners, has been in business since 1922. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, S.D., the business began in Wahpeton, N.D., and Pipestone, Minn., where they opened their first stores. Nearly 100 years later, Sturdevant’s Auto Parts is still focused on providing exceptional customer service to auto repair professionals and serious DIYers throughout the region.

Tim Sturdevant, president of Sturdevant’s Auto Parts stated, “We have known the Bartlett family for many years — the Sturdevant family and Bartlett family have great respect for each other. As I thought about our company’s future, I knew APH would be a great fit to continue our family culture and growth. Putting our companies together will provide a significant number of benefits to both our employees and our customers. I am confident our collective auto parts knowledge and experience will result in a win-win for our customers.”

“Given our history with the Sturdevant family, we are excited and humbled Tim has chosen to sell his business to APH and look forward to building on their strong tradition of quality products, knowledgeable employees and superior service,” commented Corey Bartlett, president and CEO of APH. “We are excited to enter these new markets and fortunate to add the Sturdevant’s team to the APH family.”

About Automotive Parts Headquarters Inc. Automotive Parts Headquarters Inc. (APH) is a third-generation family-owned aftermarket auto parts distributor based in St. Cloud, Minn. APH was established in 1920 in Minneapolis, as National Bushing & Parts Company and today operates Auto Value stores throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Montana, Iowa and Nebraska. With its network of nearly 200 corporate stores and more than 75 independent stores, APH employs 1,800 employees. For more information, visit www.autopartshq.com.

About Auto Value Parts Stores APH is part of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, one of the largest auto parts distribution and marketing organizations in the world. As the source for parts and service for more than 2,300 parts stores and 3,500 certified service centers across North America, the Alliance prides itself on responding to the individual automotive needs of each customer. Visit www.autovalue.com for more information.


Acting on Your Values: Farmland Transition & Farmland Management Workshops for Retiring Farmers & Non-Operating Landowners

January-March 2021

Are you a farmland owner or retiring farmer looking to transition ownership or rent your farmland in ways that reflect your values? The Land Stewardship Project has several upcoming workshops to support you. “As a landowner, you have the power to determine the legacy of your land — that decision is the most important decision you can make.”  

— Bill McMillin dairy/ beef farmer who, with his wife Bonnie, transitioned the McMillin family farm to a non-related beginning farmer-neighbor

Nobody could say this better than Bill — you as a landowner have the power to affect what happens on your land and in your community.  Achieving these goals can be a lot of work. We want to support that work with a series of workshops designed to help you act on your conservation and social values. 

Most urgently, landowners are the biggest players in creating land access for beginning or disadvantaged farmers, one of the biggest barriers to getting established as a beginning farmer. Land consolidation and the high cost of land are two factors that create an unfair playing field for farmers just getting started and farmers who are seeking to help the next generation of farmers get launched. The Land Stewardship Project’s vision for the future is one where farmland owners can leave both a legacy and find financial security. Our support and workshops can help you move forward no matter what point you are at in this journey. 

LSP has prioritized supporting landowners in their efforts to create more land access and act on their conservation values. We have developed tools and resources to help both beginning and retiring farmers navigate barriers to land access, and to help landowners work with renters to support soil building practices on rented acres. 

See below for  resources on land access available to you right now. 

We need more diverse farmers on the land farming in a way that creates healthy soil, protects the water, and builds thriving rural communities. You are pivotal to a future where this exists — that’s so exciting! 

If you have questions or are interested in the workshops call 320-321-5244 or email stettler@landstewardshipproject.org


Kindness Matters

The Slayton Public Library and the Plum Creek Library System will launch its annual adult winter reading program, “Kindness Matters”, beginning January 1 through March 31, 2021. The program, open to ages 16 and older, is held every year during the winter months, and rewards readers for doing what they love to do:  READ!  

Participation is easy:  Simply sign up at your local library. The Slayton Public Library will give you a reading log to record the number of books read.  Then get set to read at least 12 books during the 3-month long program. Readers are encouraged to read as many titles as they choose, however in order for their reading log to be counted, a minimum of 12 books read is required. Titles may be in any format including audio books and e-books.

Library patrons will receive a prize when they register and a prize when they complete their reading log. There will also be special prizes every 2 weeks for those that enter their name in the drawings.

Make plans to stop at the Slayton Public Library today, register for the Winter Reading Program, and get set to participate in the Winter Reading Program January 1st.


Lunchbox Lecture Draining the Great Oasis 

The 2020-2021 Lunchbox Lecture Series will look a little different this year--the lectures will be available here on our website for you to enjoy at home so we can continue to keep our community members safe! This month’s lecture presented by Janet Timmerman is Draining the Great Oasis: An Environmental History.

The story of the Great Oasis is a perennial favorite and offers a succinct look at the historic attitudes and technologies that turned a six thousand acre set of lakes into rich farmland after the turn of the 20th Century. Though the project was completed in 1913, its ramifications can still be felt in the environment today. This program has been presented throughout the years at conferences, the Lake Shetek Road Scholar Program, and to local organizations. It is based in research for the book Draining the Great Oasis: An Environmental History of Murray County published in 2001. Timmerman narrates the program with updated information and added photos.

The video presentation is live on our website by clicking here or visiting: https://murraycountyhistoricalsociety.org/great-oasis/

If you have any questions or issues with accessing the presentation, contact the Murray County Historical Museum at 507-836-6533 or museum@co.murray.mn.us. 

2020-2021 Dinehart Lecture Series Schedule: 

November 12: 2020 Cemetery Tour PowerPoint

December 10: Draining the Great Oasis; by Janet Timmerman 

January 14: Murray County in the 1920s PowerPoint

February 11: Railroads of Murray County; by Jakob Etrheim

March 11: Past Baseball Interview with Bill Bolin; from the MCHS Archives

April 8: Frank Thayer—An Architect’s Story; by Rose Schmit

One positive about online Dinehart lectures? You do not have to worry about missing a one-day event. These videos will be available on our website all season so you can watch them whenever you have time! The presentations will be released on our website (https://murraycountyhistoricalsociety.org/) on the second Thursday of each month.


Good News 

By John Stenen 

The story is told of a demonic spirit who said to Satan, “Merry Christmas.” Satan replied, “You just make sure and keep it about being merry; Do not allow the people to find out the true meaning of Christmas. Keep Jesus out of it!”

Satan knows that one day he will be cast into the Lake of Fire. (Rev. 20:10). The devil works tirelessly to deceive multitudes of people so that he may have them share his fate. Someone said, “It is much easier to deceive people than to convince them that they have been deceived.” This includes many who consider themselves to be Christians. Many of these ‘Christians’ believe that Jesus is not God. They also believe that there are many ways to God. They are deceived. See Mt. chapter 7: There is only one narrow path that leads to eternal life and few there be that find it. Many will claim to be Christian and Jesus will say to them, “Depart from Me you workers of iniquity, I never knew you.” Jesus also said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6). On the other hand, Jesus says, “….all who come to Me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37).

Have you carefully studied what is going on in our world in light of Biblical Prophecy? Time is running out. Jesus may come for those who truly belong to Him soon. But if not, you and I do not know when we are going to pass on. If we are not right with God now, there will be no second chance after we die. If you think you are going to heaven and have not been born-again, you have been deceived. (John 3:3). Have you repented and received Christ as Lord? Are you committed to living for Him? If so, then we will have the greatest future any person could possibly imagine. (John 3:16; John 1:12-13). God bless