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Plum Creek Library System to Offer Ordway Theater Trip

Register to Win Tickets to the Production of “West Side Story”

The Slayton Public Library, in conjunction with the Plum Creek Library System, is sponsoring a trip to the Ordway Theater to attend the production of West Side Story, on Saturday, April 8.  Patrons are invited to register at their local public libraries now through March 24 to win tickets and transportation to the musical production. This program is made possible through the State Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins of Arthur Laurent’s book, the production features music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and choreography by Jerome Robbins. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1957, and ran for 732 performances before going on tour.  It was nominated for six Tony Awards including “Best Musical” that same year.

The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theater’s finest accomplishments, and is the award-winning adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet”. Set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid-1950s, young lovers Tony and Maria are caught between prejudice and warring street gangs, the white Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks.  

The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds and the dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theater.

This activity is funded through a grant provided by the appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. 

For more information please call your local Plum Creek Library System member library, or the Plum Creek Library System headquarters, at (507) 376-5803.

Minnesota State Mankato Announces 2016 Fall Semester Dean’s List

The Academic High Honor and Honor lists (Dean’s lists) for the past fall semester at Minnesota State University, Mankato have been announced by Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Marilyn Wells. 

Among 3,282 students, a total of 812 students qualified for the High Honor List by achieving a 4.0 straight “A” average, while 2,470 students earned a 3.5 to 3.99 average to qualify for the Honor List. 

To qualify for academic honors, undergraduate students must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours for the semester.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

Fulda, MN - Andrew Appel, SR, High Honor List and Mitchell Baumhoefner, SR, Honor List.

Slayton, MN - Samantha Bakke, JR, Honor List, Seth Bass, SR, Honor List, Samantha Doom, SO, Honor List, Bailey Jacobson, SR, Honor List and Jordan Leebens, SO, Honor List.

Signup for the 2017 FSA Farm Program is Underway 

Signup for the 2017 farm program called the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) began on November 1, 2016 and will continue until August 1, 2017.  Although the choice between ARC and PLC is completed and remains in effect through 2018, producers must still enroll their farm by signing a contract each year to receive coverage. Winter is a great time to take care of signup.  Please make an effort to take care of this process sometime over the next few months as spring will be here before you know it.  Currently Murray County producers have enrolled around 13 percent of the farms.   Payments for 2017 are figured using benchmark information including yields and price and actual yield and price from the 2017 crop.  If earned, payments would not be scheduled to be issued until October of 2018 as the price component is not determined until September of 2018.  If earned, payments for the 2016 program would be expected in October of 2017. If there are no changes to owners and/or operators of the farm, shareholders on the contract can certify to the no change and will not be required to provide zero share signatures or leases for 2017.  If there are changes than the past requirement for owners that cash rented their land out would have to sign the contract for zero shares or the operator would provide a copy of a cash lease in place of the owner’s signature on the contract.  A cash lease could be a formal cash lease that was prepared by an attorney and notarized or it could be a short statement about cash lease that was signed by the owner and operator.  Leases provided for payments must include:

• Farm number or legal description of the land rented for cash

• Year of the lease

• The terms of the lease such as cash lease must be included

• All info completed including all owners and operator names listed and all blanks completed

• Lease needs to be signed by the operator and the owners

Participants can still create their own cash lease; the FSA Committee asks that you include the above mentioned information and that you complete your lease before submission. Eligibility documents including the farm operating plan, adjusted gross income statement and the 1026 form will be completed or reviewed during signup.