Minnesota DNR’s Schuna awarded Ducks Unlimited ConservationPartner of the Year
WILLMAR, Minn. – Feb. 24, 2020 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) presented its Minnesota Conservation Partner of the Year award to Bill Schuna, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources area wildlife manager for Slayton and Talcot areas in southwest Minnesota.
The award was presented during the 2020 Minnesota State Convention on Feb. 8, in Willmar.
“Over the last 20 years, Bill has provided great local leadership and collaborative conservation partnerships to help us complete many Ducks Unlimited-MDNR projects in southwest Minnesota,” said Jon Schneider, director of conservation programs for Ducks Unlimited’s Living Lakes Initiative in Minnesota.
With Schuna’s guidance, DU and the MDNR have completed nine public prairie and wetland acquisition or restoration projects totaling 1,550 acres since passage of the state’s Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment in 2008. Schuna helped with Ducks Unlimited’s largest public land acquisition project in the state to date, a 644-acre tract which became Swessinger Wildlife Management Area in Nobles County.
These projects are not possible without support and partnerships
“Bill and his staff have provided excellent assistance to seed large areas back to native prairie plants and in working with private landowner neighbors and public stakeholders,” Schneider said. “He’s one of the most respectful and communicative partners we have the privilege to work with in Minnesota.”
Ku Klux Klan Activities inSouthwest Minnesotathe Next Topic for Lunchbox Lecture
The Murray County Historical Society Lunchbox Lecture will host Anita Talsma Gaul, Ph.D. on Thursday, March 12 at noon in the Murray County 4-H building on the Fairgrounds in Slayton. In an effort to accommodate all schedules, a second presentation will be held the same day at 6:30 PM at the Slayton Public Library.There will be no charge for both presentations, but donations are gladly accepted.
Gaul’s topic on the KKK in SW Minnesota will shed light on a little-known era of local history bringing new knowledge to bear on the topic. In a period of rapid change, many Americans in the 1920s felt a sense of nostalgia and fear – nostalgia for an idealized, simpler past and fear that America was in a state of moral decline, becoming godless and foreign. This prompted, in part, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, particularly in the Upper Midwest. This “new” Klan (as opposed to the original, post-Civil War Klan) expanded its list of threats to America beyond black Americans to now include Jews, Catholics, immigrants, and “degenerates.” Presenting itself as a respectable, patriotic, Christian organization, the new KKK attracted millions of new members in the 1920s.
This presentation looks at Klan activity in Southwest Minnesota during the 1920s. Evidence indicates that Klan activity in the region began in 1922, peaked in 1924, and virtually disappeared by 1926. What accounts for this brief but significant period of Klan activity? What attracted rural Minnesotans to this organization? Finally, what accounts for its sudden demise?
Anita Talsma Gaul, Ph.D. is a Professor of History with Minnesota West Technical College.She served as the seasonal Curator for End O Line RR Park & Museum in Currie from 2013 through 2018 and as adjunct Professor of History at Southwest Minnesota State University.Her publications include “The Women of Southwest Minnesota in the Great War” and “Homely Girls and Ugly Babies: History of the Murray County Fair” both publications from the Society for the Study of Local and Regional History. Gaul has also produced six on-line articles for the history website, MNopedia.
For more information about this program and others from the Murray County Historical Society, please contact Janet Timmerman at email@example.com or call 507-836-6533
Murray County is Eligible for Emergency Loans
Murray County was declared a contiguous disaster county due to high winds and tornadoes occurring on August 17, 2019. Under this designation, producers with operations in any primary or contiguous county are eligible to apply for low interest emergency loans.
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, please contact your local FSA office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.
MINNESOTA STATE MANKATO ANNOUNCES 2019 FALL SEMESTER DEAN’S LIST
MANKATO, Minn. (February 24, 2020) - The Academic High Honor and Honor lists (Dean’s lists) for the past fall semester at Minnesota State University, Mankato have been announced by interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Matt Cecil.
Among 3,445 students, a total of 915 students qualified for the High Honor List by achieving a 4.0 straight “A” average, while 2,530 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.
Christopher Nelsen, High Honor List, Fulda, MN
Lissette Garza, High Honor List, Lake Wilson, MN
Brandon Winter, Honor List, Slayton, MN
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,297 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.
FIREARMS SAFETY COURSE TO BEGIN IN SLAYTON
Minnesota Firearms Safety classes will be held at the Beaver Creek Archery Club in Slayton (1945 Engebretson Ave) on the following dates:March 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 and April 2, 2020.Class sessions will run from 5:30 – 8:30pm.The field day is scheduled for Saturday, April 4, 2020.Attendance at all class sessions and the field day are mandatory for receiving a firearms safety certificate.
The course is open to all persons who will be at least 12 years old by December 31, 2020.Class size is limited to 25 students.All students should pre-register prior to the first class in order to ensure attendance.Contact Wendy Krueger at 507-220-3408.The cost is $12.50 per student ($5 due 1st session, $7.50 due online after class completion).
A parent is required to attend the first class for approximately 1 hour to register their child and receive additional information.
The firearms safety course involves safe gun handling, care of firearms, live firing, hunting ethics and wildlife management.Do not bring a firearm or ammunition to class!
Memory Café Coming to Murray County!
Memory Café is a social outing for people experiencing memory issues/loss and their Caregiver. It is a time for good conversation, coffee or water, and a snack. Beginning this spring, Memory Café will be held on the first Tuesday of the month during the months of March, April and May at 2 pm in the Community Room at the Slayton Library. This program is sponsored by MCDAN (Murray County Dementia Awareness Network) and A.C.E. of SW Minnesota – Murray County thru a Dementia Grant from the MN Board on Aging.
Second AnnualTrivia Night!
Put on your thinking caps and join the Murray County Historical Society for a friendly history trivia competition! No history degree necessary! The trivia will take place on Saturday, March 14 at the Hadley Community Center (150 S Main St., Hadley) starting at 7pm. Registration for teams is $25 for 3-6 people per team. Advanced registration is required. First prize is half the pot after expenses, but no less than $50. Drinks available by the Hadley Liquor Store Bar. Proceeds go towards the Murray County Historical Society’s preservation efforts for the historic Dinehart-Holt House and Murray County History Museum. Bring a group or come alone to enjoy snacks, drinks, and the chance to win money. Deadline to sign up a team is March 6. Be sure to have a team name in mind when you sign up! Registration of teams or questions can be directed to the Murray County Historical Museum at 507-836-6533 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Read Across America
Kids, Preschool thru 6th grades. Stop by the Slayton Library March 2 - 16 to pick up a coloring sheet.Coloring sheets must be returned by March 17th in order to be judged on March 18th. Prizes will be awarded for each age group.
There are three different age groups with each age group having its own picture to color:
• Kdg thru 2nd Grade
• 3rd Grade - 6th Grade
You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up with a book and read to a child.
- Dr. Seuss
I-29 Dairy Beef Workshop 2020
The I-29 Moo University will host a program at the Central Plains Dairy Expo focusing on dairy beef carcasses at the farm, processor and consumer end, along with targeting health considerations for maximum performance.
The I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Short Course is be held on Tuesday, March 24 as part of the pre-educational events for the Central Plains Dairy Expo at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, SD. A registration fee of $25/person will include the short course, lunch, and the proceedings.Pre-register by March 20 and is limited to 130 attendees on a first come first serve basis.To register, visit https://z.umn.edu/i29dbreg or go to the I-29 Moo University website at https://z.umn.edu/I29dairybeef.
Program speakers include, Ty Lawerence, West Texas A&M, discussing the good, bad and ugly of finishing dairy beef. Russ Daly, South Dakota State Extension veterinarian, will address health considerations for dairy beef. There will also be a panel of buyers from packers discussing packer programs that fit dairy and dairy beef carcasses and Jan Shearer, Iowa State veterinarian, discussing the economics of lameness in feedlots.
For questions, contact Jim Salfer, email@example.com or (320) 203-6093 or Tracey Erickson, Tracey.Erickson@sdstate.edu or (605) 882-5140.
University of Minnesota Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer.
DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE 2020 CENSUS?
Submitted by Amy Rucker, Murray County Economic Development Director
Article 1, Section 2 of the United States Constitution mandates that our country conduct a census every 10 years. That count matters for a variety of reasons, but most importantly, the census count determines the distribution of federal dollars to state and local governments and divides the seats among states in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In my conversations with people about the census, I’ve been asked a lot of good questions, some of which I’ll answer here.
QUESTION: I heard the census is online this year. Will I be required to answer online?
ANSWER: You are not required to answer online. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Murray County residents will receive an invitation to respond to the census online or over the phone along with a paper questionnaire. You choose how you prefer to respond. If you want to respond online, you can use your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
QUESTION: What questions will I have to answer?
ANSWER: One person in each household should respond to the census. That person will be known as Person 1. Person 1 will be asked his/her name, sex, age, date of birth, race, and whether he/she of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin. Person 1 will be asked to answer those same questions for every other person in the household, and to indicate each person’s relationship to Person 1.
QUESTION: If the census is just a count, why are names collected?
ANSWER: Names and other information collected, such as date of birth, help eliminate extra records in case a person shows up more than once in the count.
QUESTION: Will someone come to my door?
ANSWER: No one will come to your door if respond to the census in a timely manner. Beginning in late March, reminder letters and postcards will be delivered to households who haven’t responded to the census and three subsequent reminders will be mailed out to those who still haven’t responded. Beginning in late April, census takers (“enumerators”) will follow-up in person with households that did not respond to the initial invitation and reminders.
QUESTION: Is my information safe?
ANSWER: Federal law requires the Census Bureau to keep your information confidential for 72 years. Until then, your responses can be used only to produce statistics. And federal law prohibits the sharing of your data with any government agency, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
QUESTION: How and where should snowbirds be counted?
ANSWER: You should be counted where you live and sleep most of the time. That place is not necessarily where you will be when the census takes place. If you have two residences, you will receive an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census containing a unique Census ID at each residence. You should respond to each, using the Census ID or questionnaire you receive where you live and sleep most of the time to provide a full response. You will use the other Census ID or questionnaire to indicate that the second residence is “vacant” so that enumerators are not sent out to collect a response at that address. You can also choose to respond online without a unique Census ID. For example, if you are at your winter home in Arizona where you live and sleep less than half of the year and receive an invitation in the mail at that address to respond to the census, you can go online and respond without entering the ID. Rather than enter the ID, you can click on “I do not have a Census ID”, and then enter the address of your Minnesota residence so that you can be counted in Minnesota.
There is a wealth of information available about the census. You can text specific questions to the Minnesota 2020 Census Help Desk at 662020. Better yet, check out these websites:
Please take the time to respond to the census. It is important that we all get counted so that we get the representation we are entitled to receive, and our communities get their fair share of federal funds.
Farmers need to sign up for Farmbill by March 16
WORTHINGTON, Minn (2/12/20) — The 2019 Farmbill in available for sign up now until March 16, 2020.If a farmer fails to sign up by this date their farms will be enrolled the same way they were in the previous 2014 Farmbill.They will not receive a payment if one is due in 2019 if you do not sign up before the deadline.Farmers be sure to sign up before the deadline.At this time farmers are signing up for the first two years of the Farmbill 2019 and 2020 and then they will be permitted each year thereafter for the last three years.
Farmers can chose between three choices:
ARC-CO:Agricultural Risk Coverage – County Revenue coverage based on national price and county yield
PLC:Price Loss Coverage Price coverage based only on national reference price
ARC-IC:Agricultural Risk Coverage – Individual Whole farm program, all crops planted by each FSA farm number must be ARC-IC and payment based on crops planted
To help evaluate the three choices, farmers should evaluate potential payment yield Several meetings have been held across the state.Farmers can find the information from these meetings by going to a website and see the workshop presentations, workbook and comparison sheets for ARC-CO and PLC for every county in state.The website is: farmbill.umn.edu.
A calculator is available on several sites, and farmers are encouraged to compare payment amounts based on their estimates for price and yield at: https://z.umn.edu/ARC_PLC.
ARC-CO uses county yields and marketing year average prices to determine a benchmark revenue guarantee.Yields will come from county crop insurance reported yields.Yield varied widely across the state in 2019, but if you think county yields will be well below average, you might want to choose ARC-CO option.
PLC uses reference price to determine payments and for 2019 and probably for 2020 the reference prices are $3.70 for corn, $8.40 for soybeans and $5.50 for soybeans.If the marketing year average price is higher than these reference prices, there will be no PLC payments.
ARC-IC uses the farmer actual crops planted and compares those yields to previous five year average yields and Marketing Year Average Price and determines if actual income falls below the benchmark revenue.
If the farmer feels yields were poor in 2019 that might encourage signing up for ARC-CO.If a farmer feels prices will be below the reference prices in 2019 and 2020 that might encourage signing up for PLC.If the farmer had FSA farm numbers with all acres prevented plant, that would max out the ARC-IC payments in 2019, but the scenario changes if a farmer was able to plant one acre and their payment would be calculated on how that crop performed.
Farmers should get into the FSA office and sign up as soon as possible after they have done some of their own investigating on which option they feel is best for them.
Dave Bau, Extension Educator, Ag Business Management, U of M Extension Regional Office, Worthington, 507-372-3900 ext 3906, firstname.lastname@example.org
By: John Stenen
Over the years, as I have witnessed to people about Jesus Christ, many have said to me that no one can know if they are saved or not until after they die. However, that is not true.The apostle John says, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life……” Also, John 3:16 and many other Scriptures tell us that we can know that we are saved (– passed from death to life). When we surrender our lives to Jesus, we cease to be a mere ‘son of Adam’ and we become a ‘child of God.’ (See 1 John 3:1-3.) Also, Romans 5:
I have complete assurance, that if today was my last day on earth, I would go to be with my Lord Jesus Christ. Not because of any works that I have done, but because of what He has done for me on the cross. When I surrender my life to Christ, I am simply placing my faith in His finished work on the cross, where He was the substitute for my sin;and I invite Him into my life to be my Savior and Lord. Ephesians 2:8 says, “By grace we are saved through faith.”
I have heard that roughly one million people die each day throughout the world. Whether that is true or not, I do not know,- but there are many. According to Jesus, most are on the broad path that leads to eternal damnation. Once they pass from this life, they are doomed forever to a Christ-less eternity, there is no chance ever again to repent and give their lives to Christ. Whatever we are when we pass from this life, saved or lost, is what we will be for all eternity. Think about that!
The apostle Paul said, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing…..” (1 Cor. 1:18.) If sinners (those outside of Christ), only understood the cross and all that Jesus purchased for us on it – they would run to it and embrace it for all eternity. What will you do with Jesus? God bless.
United Way Community Investment Volunteers Needed
United Way of Southwest Minnesota needs volunteers to help review local non-profit organizations that apply for Community Impact Grants this spring. This is an exciting and influential volunteer opportunity open to United Way supporters. As a volunteer you will review a handful of program applications seeking United Way funding. Selection as a Community Investment Volunteer will be competitive and limited in participation. Volunteer applications are due April 1, 2020.
Volunteers will work together in teams to conduct program interviews and look at applicant programs’ plans and goals, metrics and results, and financial management.These reviews result in recommendations for funding to the United Way of Southwest Minnesota Board of Directors. Community Investment Volunteers are required to attend a one-time training facilitated by United Way staff regardless if they have volunteered in this capacity prior. The training will be held on Thursday, April 16th from 3:30PM-5:00PM at the Marshall-Lyon County Library.
This is one of the primary ways that the money that was raised in the recent campaign is put to work to benefit people living in this area. Funds that were raised during the recent annual United Way campaign are re-invested back into services that benefit people in the areas of Health, Education, Financial Stability, Hunger and Safety and Well-Being.Volunteers who live in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles, and Redwood counties are strongly encouraged to apply.
Volunteer applications are due no later than April 1, 2020. To apply, please request an application by emailing email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>. Grant applicant reviews will take place April 27th- May 22nd at the convenience of each group. Panel recommendations will be presented to the UWSWMN Board on June 15th and funding decisions will be announced June 16th-19th.
United Way of Southwest Minnesota is an autonomous, local organization working to create lasting change in people’s lives and the communities we serve in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood counties of Minnesota.