Medica Deposits $250,000 in Reserves at Currie State Bankto Support Local Economy
Minneapolis—Medica, a non-profit health insurer, has selected Currie State Bank to deposit $250,000 of its reserves. The money will be used by Currie State Bank to fund loans to businesses tied to the local farm economy in the southwestern part of Minnesota. Medica has selected more than 80 banks throughout the state of Minnesota in which to deposit a portion of its reserves. Banks were selected for the deposits based on the local economic needs of the communities they serve.
“This is exactly the kind of impact we envisioned when we developed our approach to banking locally,” said John Naylor, Medica’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our goal is to give community banks more resources to support families and small businesses in our communities.
Under the local banking program, Medica will deposit more than $20 million of its reserves in local community banks throughout the state. Medica is supported in this effort by the Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota (ICBM).
Medica is committed to supporting the communities it serves. In addition to the $20 million made available through the localized banking program, the Medica Foundation provides about $2 million in grants to non-profit organizations in its service area to support the work they do to address health care issues in their communities. Medica’s annual report, which includes the organization’s community involvement activities, is available online.
MONOGRAM LOVES KIDS FOUNDATION NOW ACCEPTING GRANT APPLICATIONS
The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation, the charitable arm of Monogram Meat Snacks in Chandler, MN, will award $50,000 in 2020 to charitable organizations that sponsor programs benefiting children and their families.
Registered 501(c)3 public organizations interested in applying for these grants, which will range from $500 to $10,000, should visit monogramfoods.com/values/mlkf to access the application form. All submissions must be mailed in to the address listed on the application by Friday, May 29th 2020 at 5PM CST. All applicants must be located within 100 miles of Monogram Meat Snacks, located at 521 N 5th Street, Chandler, MN 56122.
A committee of team members at the Monogram Meat Snacks plant will review the grant applications from Chandler area organizations.
The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation was founded in 2010 as Monogram Foods’ charitable fund to raise money for children’s charities in areas of the country where Monogram team members live and work. Between 2010 and 2019, Monogram has donated over $3 million to charities focused on children and their families.
About Monogram Foods: Monogram Foods, headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., is a privately held food manufacturing company operating facilities in Iowa, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Virginia and Wisconsin. Serving as a major co-manufacturer and private label provider for strategic partners throughout the nation, Monogram collaborates with key partners to create processes that bring existing, as well as, new foods products demanded by the modern marketplace. Founded in 2004 with the purchase of King Cotton and Circle B brand meats from Sara Lee Corporation, Monogram Foods manufactures and markets top-quality food products. Among these products are a full range of meat snacks, corn dogs, pre-cooked bacon, smoked sausage, appetizers, sandwiches and other value-added meats. Additionally, Monogram Foods produces internally owned brands including Wild Bill’s, O’Brien’s, Trail’s Best, Hannah’s Bull’s, Snapps, King Cotton, Circle B, as well as, licensed brands including Johnsonville, Butterball and Team Realtree
A Taste of Slayton Area
Slayton Area Chamber of Commerce is working to bring a new event to our community. A Taste of Slayton Area will bring local vendors together to allow guests to sample their dishes. This could be one of their signature dishes, something new on their menu or even a sweet treat.
The event will take place on Saturday, April 4th at 6pm at The Silverberg on Broadway in Slayton. Tickets will go on sale at the Farm and Home show this Saturday, March 14th and can be purchased at the Chamber office as well. The cost will be $15 and will provide you with an evening of entertainment by Alex Carney and Eden Bengston, Door prizes, Booze Barrel Raffle, vendor samplings and a cash bar.
Some of the vendors that have already committed to attending are: The Grain Exchange, The Left Bank, Almich’s Market, Lakeside Hideaway, Pelican Cove and VanBully’s.
Get your tickets to a fun evening of great food, friends and entertainment!!!
Dairy Princess Banquet approaching
SLAYTON, Minn. (2/14/2020) — Midwest Dairy Association of Murray County will hold their annual Dairy Princess Banquet on Saturday, March 21 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church fellowship hall in Slayton.A delicious meal catered by VanBully’s will begin at 7:30 p.m.MCC Rebel Voices and pianist Dayne Bose are the evening’s featured entertainment.The 2020 Dairy Princess will be crowned and many door prizes will be given away throughout the evening.Anyone wishing to support the local dairy industry is invited to attend.
Potential dairy princess candidates are encouraged to contact princess coordinator Jodi Beckmann for contest information (PH: 507-836-6891).
Tickets for the event are $10.00 and can be obtained from the Extension Office in Slayton or by contacting any of the following Murray County Midwest Dairy Association officers: Dave Schwartz, Slayton; Bill Post, Chandler; Dan Dysthe, Slayton; Wayne Spielman, Westbrook; Dave Bau, Slayton; Don Van Eck, Ruthton; Jodi Beckmann, Slayton.
Minnesota Farm Bureau Urges Grain Safety
During the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Board of Directors meeting today, significant discussion occurred on grain quality concerns in Minnesota and related farm safety measures.
“It’s always hard to store higher moisture grain. Combine this with low-test weight, and we are having a perfect storm of grain quality issues in our bins. Our state board of directors want farmers to know to never go in the bin alone especially when we are having quality concerns,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap. “Farmers need to be aware of grain clumping and crusting and do not take chances.”
“During a grain bin safety incident, it’s important to turn off the power so the equipment stops running, but we can’t shut off all the power. We really want those fans on. It’s very important to turn the aeration fan on, get air up to the person submerged in the grain,” said MFBF Vice President Dan Glessing. “If you are caught in this situation, remember to cover your mouth and nose with your hands to keep your airway open to help your chances of survival.”
“The MFBF Board of Directors encourages farmers to take proper safety precautions working with grain to include using proper respiratory equipment especially with the increased chances of mold with this year’s grain quality,” said Fran Miron - MFBF District V board representative.
“We encourage our county Farm Bureaus to reach out to their county Farm Bureau members and to their local fire and rescue. Work with them to ensure they have adequate understanding of potential issues relating to grain quality to ensure people are aware and prepared,” said Nathan Collins – MFBF District IV board representative
“Farm Bureau encourages all farm families to review farm safety on a regular basis. Taking time to show safety videos and review safety measures with our families is a priority,” said Rachel Connell – MFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers chair.
“Most importantly, farmers need to remember that your family and friends want you home safe at the end of the day,” said Peter Bakken - MFBF Promotion and Education Chair. For more information go to fbmn.org/safety.
Minnesota Farm Bureau is the largest general farm organization in the state representing Farmers • Families • Food. Members determine policy through a grassroots process involving the Farm Bureau members in 78 county Farm Bureau units in a formal, democratic process. Through this process, members make their views heard to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for Young Farmers & Ranchers help develop leadership abilities and improve farm management. Promotion & Education Committee members work with programs such as Agriculture in the Classroom, and safety education for farm children. Farm Bureau is active in a variety of other programs and activities. For more information, contact your county Farm Bureau office.
DNR to host local open houses for conversations about deer
Meet your local wildlife staff and share your observations
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a series of spring open houses at 35 locations throughout the state to invite public conversation with local wildlife managers about deer and deer management.
Open house attendees can discuss their general concerns about deer, and learn about last year’s harvest data for their individual deer permit area (DPA). They also can ask about chronic wasting disease.
“The input provided from these open houses helps inform the deer season regulations for the upcoming fall and is a good opportunity for the local wildlife managers to meet the public they serve,” said south regional wildlife manager Dave Trauba. “The feedback from people who participated in past open houses has been valuable and we anticipate another round of good conversation and information sharing.”
Southern Minnesota open house details:
• Marshall: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, Marshall Area DNR Office, 1400 E. Lyon St.
• New London: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday, March 19, DNR Area Wildlife Office (Sibley State Park), 398 Sibley Park Road.
• Slayton: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday, March 19, Slayton Area DNR Office, 2611 Broadway Ave.
•Watson: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, Lac qui Parle DNR Office, 14047 20th St. NW.
• Wells: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 19, Wells Community Center, 189 2nd St. SE.
• Windom: 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. Thursday, March 19, Windom Area DNR Office, 175 County Rd. 26.
Meeting location details for other areas in the state can be found online on the deer open house webpage. A second series of open houses is being planned for August after season regulations are finalized.
The DNR began these local, open-house style meetings in 2018 with the release of its deer management plan. The department continues to use them as a way to encourage discussions about deer and deer management, enhance local relationships, and foster two-way communication between the DNR and the public.
No formal presentations are planned and people can arrive any time during the scheduled open house times. Interested people who can’t attend a scheduled meeting are encouraged to contact a local wildlife manager for additional information or to address any questions about deer management.
A list of wildlife offices is available online at mndnr.gov/areas/wildlife.
Murray County Central District Patrons:
Outbreaks of novel virus infections, such as the Coronavirus COVID-19, among people are always of public health concern. The risk to the general public from these outbreaks depends on characteristics of the virus, including how well it spreads between people; the severity of the resulting illness; and the medical or other measures available to control the impact of the virus (for example, vaccines or medications that can treat the illness). This disease has caused severe illness, including illness resulting in death. It is concerning, especially since it has also shown sustained person-to-person spread in several places.
Current Risk Assessments
• For the majority of people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. There is not widespread circulation in the United States.
• People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure, but our school district is not one of those communities at this time.
•Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
• Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
• Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on location.
Currently a vaccine or drug is not available for COVID-19. Community-based interventions such as school dismissals, event cancellations, social distancing, and creating employee plans to work remotely can help slow the spread of COVID-19.Individuals can practice everyday prevention measures like frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes.
The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has developed guidance, which is attached, to help in the risk assessment and management of potential exposures to COVID-19 in our communities.
Our School District must be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in our community and the possibility of school closures for an extended time. Each of us must be prepared and take measures to reduce this spread.
Decisions about the implementation of community measures will be made by local and state officials, in consultation with federal officials as appropriate, and based on the scope of the outbreak and the severity of illness.Implementation will require extensive community engagement, with ongoing and transparent public health communications. Decisions about the implementation of school closings, E-Learning opportunities, testing updates, and extending the school calendar; are all in the realm of possibilities if faced with a COVID-19 outbreak.
Our communities and school district are prepared with no need to panic. We are ready for whatever comes our way and rest assured we will do everything possible to protect our students, our employees, and our stakeholders.
Joe W. Meyer
By: John Stenen
A British submarine once lay disabled on the ocean floor. After two days, all hope of being rescued was abandoned. The commanding officer had the crew sing a hymn that spoke of God’s abiding presence and that He alone can help the helpless. They all knew that without divine intervention they would soon die. Sedative pills were given to the men to calm their nerves. One sailor was affected more quickly than the others and fainted. He fell against a piece of equipment and set in motion the submarine’s jammed surfacing mechanism. The submarine went to the surface and made it safely to port.
Watch the news today and see many promoting fear over the carona-virus. Americans can rightly be concerned, and use common sense concerning hygiene, but it has been reported often that the typical flu that our country experiences, is far more deadly that the carona-virus. We are told often in Scripture to ‘fear not!’Paul said to the Philippians in chapter 4: that we are to be anxious for nothing. Have those of us who are Christians forgotten who God is, and how powerful He is?Have we forgotten that He is our Savior, our Protector, our Deliverer, our Provider, and our Healer?Have we forgotten that the power of prayer still ‘changes things?Have we lost our faith in God to see us through this crisis - as He has so often in the past many crises, that has plagued our nation? Have we prayed earnestly about this ‘disease?’Have we asked God to intervene on our behalf and for new medical discoveries, or, for Him to destroy this virus?Or, do we just cower in fear?Who knows what God will do if His people look to Him in faith. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers them out of them all.” (Psalm 34:19).
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name ...Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction.?(Psalm 103:1-4), “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” (Eph. 3:20). How will you choose to live – in fear, or, in faith?Jesus said to a man, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23). God bless.