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2018 Murray County Dairy Princess Crowned 

Mariah Beckmann, daughter of Dave and Jodi Beckmann of Slayton, will represent the Murray County dairy industry this year.   

Mariah was crowned princess on Saturday evening, March 17, at Murray County Midwest Dairy Association’s annual Dairy Princess Banquet in Slayton.  Myra Maas of Walnut Grove was the princess judge.  Trish Dysthe serves as Murray County Dairy Princess coordinator.  

Murray County Midwest Dairy Association Chairman David Schwartz served as master of ceremonies for the evening.  Dayne Bose and the MCC Rebel Voices provided musical entertainment for those attending.  Many door prizes were given out thanks to local dairy supporters. 

Murray County Midwest Dairy Association Board members include David Schwartz, Slayton; David Bau, Slayton; Dan & Trish Dysthe, Slayton; Wayne Spielman, Westbrook;  Richard Kidman, Balaton; Bill Post, Chandler; and Don Van Eck, Ruthton.

Murray Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Meet With Local Legislators

Shelly Lewis, Craig Christensen, and Travis Radke from Murray Soil and Water Conservation District, attended a legislative briefing and meetings at the State Capitol March 12-13 in St. Paul.

They joined a group of other officials from the state’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) who met in St. Paul to gather support for conservation districts’ programs and issues.

“It is important for us to get the conservation message out to our elected officials in St. Paul,” said Lewis, of Slayton.  The 2018 Legislative Session will be important to the future of conservation programs in the state, noted Lewis.  “This year legislators will address issues including state funding for programs and projects across the state including SWCD grants, the Reinvest in Minnesota Reserve conservation easement program, appropriations of constitutionally dedicated sales tax funds through the Outdoor Heritage Fund as well as various policy issues.  We have to work hard to make sure local soil and water conservation issues don’t fall by the way-side.  Local Soil and Water Conservation Districts play an integral role in enhancing Minnesotan’s quality of life through conservation on private lands, which yields environmental, wildlife and aesthetic benefits to the public.

During the visit to St. Paul, Lewis, Christensen and Radke met with local legislators Bill Weber, Joe Schomacker, and Rod Hamilton.

The event was sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. 

SWCDs fill the crucial niche of providing land and water conservation services to owners of private lands.  For more information on the Murray Soil and Water Conservation District, please call 507-836-6990 ext.3.

Local Capacity Funds Available

Murray Soil and Water Conservation District and Murray County Water Plan has a grant available to restore, protect, and enhance water quality.

The cost-share rate is up to 75% of the project cost. Practices eligible for funding include; diversions, grassed waterways, sediment basins, terraces, wastewater and feedlot runoff control, filter strips, stream bank protection, and contour strip-cropping.  All practices must be consistent with the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG), MN Storm Water Manual, or be professionally accepted engineering or ecological practices.   Contact the Murray SWCD for any questions or applications at 507-836-6990 ext. 3.

American Legion Riders Slayton MN Chapter Organizational Informational Meeting

WHERE: Slayton MN Pizza Ranch

WHEN: Saturday April 7th at 6 pm

WHY: The Slayton American Legion Post 64 is starting an American Legion Riders Chapter. This is an informational meeting to get the ALR Chapter started.  You do not have to be a member of the Slayton Post to be a rider. Do you have an enthusiasm for motorcycles? Have you served in the Military or have family members who have? Come and find out how to be a part of one of the largest organizations of Veterans and those who support Veterans.

SRDC Transportation Committee And Public Information Meeting Scheduled

The Southwest Regional Development Commission (SRDC) Transportation Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 3:30 pm at the Center for Regional Development Office, 2401 Broadway Avenue, Slayton, MN.  Agenda issues to be discussed include: SRDC FY’19 Transportation Work Plan, Corridor Coalition updates and ATP Subcommittee funding targets.   Public review and comment on the ATP 7 and ATP 8 Draft Area Transportation Improvement Programs for FY 2019 thru FY 2022 begins at 4:00 p.m.  The draft program identifies projects for federal funding over the next four years.

Come and help provide comment on these transportation projects and learn what projects are scheduled for future funding, and ask about projects that are not yet funded.    If questions contact Annette Fiedler, SRDC Physical Development Director at 507/836-1631 or by email at 

Rebel Roundup: School Construction to Begin Soon

As the daylight hours continue to increase every day and winter turns to spring, construction season is upon us. This is an exciting time for the school district as the new gym/community center will become a reality and the actual progress to the building will begin very soon. The bidding process, contracts, and ordering of materials is in the final stages. The breaking of ground will start in approximately one month (depending on weather conditions). 

The bidding process yielded great interest. There were 26 independent sections that were determined to bid. 145 local and regional contractors were directly contacted with 144 of those that expressed interest. On February 8th, 85 separate qualifying bids were collected and opened. With the high interest level, bids were very competitive and yielded a total bid amount approximately $300,000 less than what the estimated total cost was projected.  

Timelines include construction to begin in April and continue throughout the summer and into the fall. A completion date and occupancy is set for December 1, 2018. More detailed information on the timelines and other construction information can be found on the site. This site will be dedicated to updates throughout the project that will include pictures, videos, and other information. 

When construction begins, there will be parking constrains for our student and for events that may occur during the remainder of the year. Graduation will be one of these events. We hope people will understand the fact that there will be some additional walking that will have to be done during this construction phase but the finished product will be worth it. 

If there are specific questions that you may have regarding the start of this project, you can ask these question on the construction website, call the District office, or stop by anytime. We are excited to be able to provide additional Physical Education/Health space for our students, added practice/competition areas for our activity based programs and community education, and also a space for community use. Thank you again for your support! 

Joe Meyer

MCC Superintendent

Widowed, Divorced or Separated??

Beginning Experience of SW MN, is offering a Weekend Retreat that provides an individual with the opportunity to encounter self and to grow with a purpose to achieve inner peace.  The experience is to help close the door gently on the past and move on with renewed hope and purpose.  The weekend retreat will be held at Shetek Lutheran Ministries and is scheduled for April 13-14th.  Deadline for registrations is April 7th. Email Or call/text MaryAnn  507-828-2866 - Laurie 507-829-6692.