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Murray County Historical Society Dinehart Lecture Series to Highlight Sioux Falls Stockyards

The Murray County Historical Society’s Dinehart Lunchbox Lecture Series will host Stockyards Ag Experience Executive Director Jennifer Smith Hoesing of Sioux Falls, on Thursday, March 8th, 2018. Her presentation will begin at noon at the 4-H building on the Murray County Fairgrounds. There is a $3.00 charge for the event and members of the Murray County Historical Society get in free. Bring your questions and your lunch along. Coffee, tea, hot drinks and snacks are provided. For more information contact the Murray County Historical Museum at: 507-836-6533 or email:  

The Stockyards Ag Experience Barn opened in March 2017 with a mission of connecting visitors to agriculture. Jennifer will speak about the Barn’s two exhibits: the Stockyards history exhibit, which interprets the 92-year history of the Sioux Falls Stockyards, and the Farm to Table story, which connects that rich historical legacy to the interpretation of contemporary agriculture. Learn about food and farming and the Sioux Falls Stockyards’ role in developing our region. 

Jennifer Smith Hoesing, a native of Marcus, Iowa, serves as executive director of the Stockyards Ag Experience in Sioux Falls. She has dedicated her career to managing non-profit arts and cultural organizations in Florida, South Carolina and now South Dakota. Jenn holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Luther College and a master’s degree in Arts Administration from the Florida State University College of Music. She is secretary of the Minnehaha County Historical Society board of directors and a member of the Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary. Jennifer lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, Peter Hoesing, director of Sponsored Programs for Dakota State University; and their two young sons, Grant and Sam.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves. You will benefit from this whether you are helping a parent, spouse, or friend.

Classes will be held on Thursday’s beginning March 15, 22, 29 & April 5, 12, 19 at 1:30pm - 3:30pm. Classes will be held at A.C.E. of SW Minnesota, Murray Co. office (former Legends bldg) 2989 Maple Rd., Slayton MN 56172.

Please register by contacting A.C.E. of SW Minnesota-Murray County at (507)836-8705 or email us at There is no fee for the class series, however donations will be accepted. Respite care is available during class, please inquire when registering. 

This program is funded in part by a dementia grant from the MN Board on Aging, and by A.C.E. of SW Minnesota - Murray Co.

Producers Urged to Consider Risk Protection Coverage before Crop Sales Deadlines

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers to review available USDA crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the crop deadline of March 15, 2018.

Federal crop insurance covers crop losses from natural adversities such as drought, hail and excessive moisture. NAP covers losses from natural disasters on crops for which no permanent federal crop insurance program is available, including perennial grass forage and grazing crops, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, bioenergy, and industrial crops.

The following 2018 crops have NAP sales deadlines that have not passed:

• March 15, 2018 - Spring-seeded crops and Pasture

• May 1, 2018 - Ornamental nursery

Producers can determine if crops are eligible for federal crop insurance or NAP by visiting 

NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production, with higher levels of coverage, up to 65 percent of their expected production at 100 percent of the average market price, including coverage for organics and crops marketed directly to consumers.

Federal crop insurance coverage is sold and delivered solely through private insurance agents. Agent lists are available at all USDA Service Centers or at USDA’s online Agent Locator: Producers can use the USDA Cost Estimator,, to predict insurance premium costs.

For more information on NAP, service fees, premiums and sales deadlines, contact your local FSA office or visit the web at


Youth Conservation Corps Program For Summer

Pipestone National Monument will conduct a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program for the 2018 summer season.  The program provides an opportunity for 15-18 year olds to accomplish conservation work and develop an environmental understanding and appreciation of the Monument’s natural and cultural heritage.

This year, up to four positions are available working in the resource management and maintenance divisions where participants will spend most of their time working in the outdoors.  Work will include exotic species control, assisting with wildlife and vegetation monitoring, and assisting maintenance with grounds and facility upkeep.  Work opportunities may also be available in administration and interpretation during inclement weather.

The eight-week program is scheduled to run from June 11 through August 3, 2018.  Participants will work a 40-hour week at the rate of $9.65 per hour.  All interested area youth 15-18 years old, who are permanent residents of the United States, are eligible to apply.

Applications can be obtained at Pipestone National Monument Visitor Center front desk between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm (or) request application via emailing from Seth Hendriks at:  (or) call 507-825-5464 ext. 222 for more information.

Completed applications may be dropped off at the Visitor Center (or) mailed to: Seth Hendriks, Pipestone National Monument, 36 Reservation Ave., Pipestone, MN  56164 and must be received no later than Friday, April 20, 2018.

Firearms Safety Course To Begin In Slayton

Minnesota Firearms Safety classes will be held at the Slayton Courthouse-Courts/Extension Building on the following dates:  March 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and April 3, 2018.  Class sessions will run from 5:30 – 8:30pm.  The field day is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, 2018.  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, 2018.  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!

Search for Miss Pre-Teen Murray County Announced 

Young girls between the ages of  9 to 12  years, applications are being accepted for the title of “2017” Miss Pre-Teen Murray  County “!!!   Miss Pre-Teen Murray  County!   will represent her county at the   Miss Pre-Teen Minnesota pageant, which  will be  held  at  the “Wellstone Center, April 29th, 2017 in the city of  St. Paul, Minnesota.

The young lady chosen as “Miss Pre-Teen Murray  County“ will become an ambassador from the  Murray County Area and will receive an official title and sash!

The young lady chosen as Miss Pre-Teen Minnesota will receive a prize package and chance to represent Minnesota in hometown events, parades and  state events.

The “American Heart Association’s’’ Go for Red for Women”  is the official Charity of the Miss Pre-Teen Minnesota Pageant.

The current reigning “2016” Miss Pre-Teen Minnesota is  Ava Ernst of  North Oaks .   As Miss Pre-Teen Minnesota, Aval  speaks out on “DON’T SHOP....ADOPT”  Animal Humane Society.

Ava says she and her family have adopted many rescue animals over the years. Her platform encourages people to give shelter animals a second chance by choosing to adopt instead of buying from pet store. Ava believes the best things in life are rescued!

For more information go to:

Pre-Teens will compete in Personal Interview,  On-stage Interview, Fun Fashion Wear and Evening Wear.                               (There is no talent or fitness or swimsuit competition)!!!                                                                                                                              

Young Pre-Teen ladies living in ----Murray County ---interested in applying should go on line to :  or  write for bio-form to:

Miss Pre-Teen Minnesota

International Pageant

P.O. Box 240537

Apple Valley, Mn 55124-0537 

Or call for information:: (952) 432-6758 or Fax (952) 953-3896. Email: