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Dinehart Holt House and End-O-Line Turntable Recipients of Large Legacy Grants

Murray County, in conjunction with the Murray County Historical Society, is pleased to announce the receipt of two large Legacy grants for structures on the National Register of Historic Places. The first grant, in the amount of $114,766 is for repairs on the Dinehart Holt House. These funds will provide for repair and repointing of the home’s basement walls and the base of the chimney, and the reconstruction of the outside basement entry and doors. It will also pay for complete scraping, repair, and repainting of the exterior of the home.

The County is also pleased to announce a second large grant for the historic manual turntable at End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum in Currie. This grant in the amount of $23,700 will go toward hiring a historic architect and surveyor to develop supporting construction documents. The documents will be used for future construction work on the turntable that will help preserve the 120-year-old structure. These projects have been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

Murray County Museums Coordinator, Janet Timmerman, says, “The Dinehart Holt House grant is the culmination of three years of work and previous grant projects. In 2017 the Murray County Historical Society, with the agreement of the county, wrote and received a Legacy grant that provided funds for a complete Historic Structure Report. That report, created by LHB and Associates, assessed the structural needs of the house. Blue Planet Historical Researchers provided us a more comprehensive history of the home and Dinehart and Holt families than we had before. Based on the findings of that report the MC Historical Society wrote and received a second grant to have architectural drawings and estimates created by LHB and Associates in 2019. Those drawings and estimates were used to develop this third grant that was submitted by the county as the owner of the structure. So, you can see, we worked very hard to get to this point.”

Timmerman added, “It seems like a complex process, but this assures that the project will be done correctly and in accordance with the State Historic Preservation Office guidelines for buildings that are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Dinehart Holt House is one of sixteen structures in the county on the National Register, ten of which are located in Shetek State Park. This is the only family home. We want to see it preserved for future generations to enjoy.”

Jakob Etrheim, the site supervisor of the End-O-Line Park and Museum commented on the receipt of the grant for the turntable. 

  “This is the second grant I have submitted for the turntable project. The first grant paid for a historic structure assessment and this one will help us develop the engineering for repairs and a new drainage system for the turntable. It has seen a lot of flooding in the past few years, with water to the top of the pit several times. That takes a toll on the dry stacked side walls and the turntable mechanism. By having a set of engineered plans, we can then submit a repair grant to do the work next year. The year 2022 is End-O-Line’s 50th Anniversary and we want the park to reflect the hard work and dedication that so many people have given through the decades. We are incredibly fortunate that the turntable is still functional after 120+ years of turning locomotives and field trip children. But it is in great need of work and these grants will help preserve the iconic structure for the next century.”

These grants are received gratefully for the people of Murray County, for their contributions through dedicated taxes to the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund created by the will of the people in 2008. For more information on these and other Murray County Historical Society and Museum projects contact Janet Timmerman at 507-836-6533 or email

UCAP Receives Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence Award

Willmar, Minn. – United Community Action Partnership (UCAP) is pleased to announce it has received the Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence Award from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) 

The award recognizes partner organizations of the Minnesota DHS that go above and beyond to ensure the basic needs of others are met in a way that promotes dignity and helps them reach their full potential. The award is given to human services providers that meet several criteria set by Minnesota DHS, including the adoption of new or innovative ways to serve individuals.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, UCAP has demonstrated exemplary service in stepping up to meet the needs of the communities it serves. UCAP implemented a number of new changes, including: ramping up support for childcare and Head Start centers, expanding its food assistance programs in several counties, and pivoting its transit services to facilitate critical food deliveries to home-bound community members. In addition, requests for help with tax services and MNSure assistance increased significantly and UCAP staff worked together to handle the increased demand. 

“COVID-19 has added a whole new meaning to following processes and being flexible. Our team has met this head on, as UCAP staff always do, with positivity, creative thinking, and a can-do attitude. They have looked at challenges as opportunities and because of that, UCAP is making a difference in our communities,” states UCAP Executive Director, Debi Brandt.

United Community Action Partnership brings together resources to effectively and efficiently address the growing needs of our local communities in southwest Minnesota. UCAP has a rich history of helping people, changing lives, and working to eliminate poverty in the lives of people in Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Redwood and Renville counties.

More information about UCAP and its programs may be found by visiting or by calling 507-537-1416.

United Community Action Partnership is a non-profit organization that strives to help low and moderate income families improve their lives and move out of poverty.

Rebel Roundup

Winter Safety

As winter has once again reminded us that we are Minnesotans, I would like to assure parents that student safety is our first priority. Our district has a weather related school closing policy in place and all parents and guardians will be notified with our parent notification system as soon as a determination has been made to close or delay school. Please make sure that we have your correct contact information. 

As many of our students travel on the bus, it is very important that they are properly dressed for the bus ride. When weather permits, we will continue outdoor recess activities, so please make sure to outfit your child with warm coats, hats, mittens, snow pants, and boots so that we may all enjoy our beautiful Minnesota winters.

With Thanksgiving already here and with the cooperation of Mother Nature, we only have a month of school until we break for Christmas. While students are diligently working on achieving their academic goals, they are also preparing for the various holiday programs. During this pandemic, traditional holiday programs will look different. The district is following the guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education to keep students and staff safe. We are unable to host our annual Holiday Sale for our K-2 students this year. We will still do some of our traditional holiday events which allow for social distancing. I want to “Thank” you for your patience and understanding during these uncertain times. We encourage parental participation in all of your child’s activities, so please be sure to connect with your child’s teacher or me with any questions or concerns. The latest updates and information on school activities can also be found on our webpage at or our school app.  Enjoy our Minnesota winter.


Todd Burlingame

MCC Elementary Principal

Slayton Public Library Patron of the Month

Kim Hause has been chosen as December’s “Patron of the Month” at the Slayton Public Library. Kim and her children, Lindsey, Wesley and Henry are regular visitors to the Slayton Public Library year round. Kim likes to read any book by authors such as Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel or Susan Mallery because it is like watching a Hallmark movie. Kim’s personal hobbies include reading, gardening, playing soccer with her kids, and spending time at the lake. Kim is the Murray County 4-H Extension Educator and says that the best part of her job is “working with the awesome kids of Murray County”! “Reading is relaxing and calming” says Kim. “You get to meet great new people and visit exciting new places”. The Slayton Public Library appreciates Kim, her husband Ben, and their children Lindsey, Wesley and Henry as supportive and loyal library patrons.

NAPS (Second Harvest) 

Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS), sponsored by Second Harvest Heartland distribution will be held at the office of A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota – Murray County at 2989 Maple Rd., Slayton MN.   Distribution will take place on Thursday, December 10th, from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Remember if you cannot be there please, have your proxy pick your items up for you. For more information, call Joyce at 507-836-8705.

Murray County is Eligible for Emergency Loans

Murray County was declared a contiguous disaster due to drought using the streamlined Secretarial Disaster Designation process. Under this designation, producers with operations in any primary or contiguous county are eligible to apply for low interest emergency loans.

The streamlined disaster designation process issues a drought disaster declaration when a county has experienced a drought intensity value of at least a D2 (severe drought) level for eight consecutive weeks based on the U.S. Drought Monitor during the crop year. Emergency loans help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding and other natural disasters or quarantine. Producers have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for emergency loan assistance. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. Producers can borrow up to 100 percent of actual production or physical losses, to a maximum amount of $500,000.

For more information about emergency loans, contact your Murray County USDA Service Center at 507-836-8567 or visit

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Community Christmas Dinner CANCELED

Community Christmas Dinner at St. Ann’s Hall will NOT be possible in 2020 because of the COVID guidelines and MN Governor Executive Order 20-96 for gatherings. 

The idea of a possible drive through dinner was discussed but unfortunately is NOT practical due to the number of people we serve. 

We apologize for the inconvenience and changes  this year for those who look forward to this social event each holiday season. We will be back in 2021! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

NAPS (Second Harvest)

Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS), sponsored by Second Harvest Heartland distribution by A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota – Murray County at 305 S. Lafayette Ave. at the Fulda Food Shelf in Fulda on Monday, December 21st from 1:15-1:45 pm.  Remember if you cannot be there please, have your proxy pick your items up for you. For more information, call Joyce at 507-836-8705.

Good News 

By John Stenen 

We had a great area for swimming in the Mississippi river when I was a kid. It was not far from the Lake St. train bridge in Minneapolis. We had a large tree with a rope that swung us quite far out, and a branch that hung over the water roughly ten feet high for diving. What fun we had at that swimming hole for many years.

When I was thirteen years old, a friend challenged me to swim across the river which was very wide. Foolishly, I accepted and started out by myself. I did not think to swim with the currant and tried to swim directly across. When I was in the middle of the river I was exhausted and knew I would never make it to shore. On top of that, I saw a huge barge coming around the curve of the river and I was right in its’ path. I saw no one on the deck and realized I’m about to be run over by a river barge and will drown, and no one will see me. However, at that moment a log came floating right to me (the first one I saw in the water all day). I grabbed on and kicked and kicked as hard as I could and just barely got out of the way of the barge. It missed me by about ten feet -  it was big and scary leaving huge waves. I then leisurely got myself to the opposite shore hugging that log. I was not a Christian then, so I did not say, “Praise the Lord, thank You Jesus!” as I would say today.

I was so foolish to risk my life that day, as well as many other days in my youth; yet, many risk their lives every day they put off surrendering their life to Jesus Christ. My physical life was saved that day by a log in the water.  Our only salvation for all eternity is Jesus!  Won’t you grab onto Him now, and have Him save your soul from eternal damnation. Either heaven or hell awaits you.  Without Jesus you will never make heaven. God bless.

Gifts Received by Hospice of Murray County 

Hospice of Murray County appreciates donations in November 2020.

Memory of: Brian Hanson, Colleen Ostrem, Corine Reiter, Willis Beckman, Kelsey Nims, Darlene Jungjohan, Ed Miller, Dan Ackerman, Delores Vaske, Barb Elsing, Eldon Goedtke, Dusty Thompson, Tammy Ross, George Opdahl, Gen Sieve, Donald Blumberg.

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.