Poor Weather Conditions Contributed to Unstable Blood Supply
Community Blood Bank, Murray County Central School and Murray County Medical Center is hosting a community blood drives on Wednesday, April 10.The first blood drive will be held at Murray County Central from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm.The second part of the blood drive will be held at Murray County Medical Center from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.All blood donations will stay local for local use with all blood types in CRITICAL need.
“We have had over a dozen blood drive cancellations through the month of March, due to poor weather conditions, placing the local blood supply at very low levels, with less than a 72 hours supply available for some blood types.Many blood drives have been cancelled through the last few weeks reducing the overall collections by 42%.Our hope is to see a strong showing from the community through blood donation at this blood drive,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “Volunteers coming forward to donate blood is the only way to secure the blood supply for the Pipestone area.Giving blood with Community Blood Bank will directly impact the lives of patients in need.Community Blood Bank is the only local blood source and is not associated with other blood bank entities.”
Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form), weigh 110 lbs or more and be in good general health.It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating blood.Please bring an ID with you at the time of donation.For more information log onto www.cbblifeblood.org, or call Murray County Medical Center at 507-836-1286.
Community Blood Bank is not affiliated with other blood bank organizations and takes pride in being a self-sufficient organization, thanks to the generosity of our local blood donors.
What To Do About Zebra Mussels In Murray County And Surrounding Areas?
Are you concerned about the zebra mussel infestation in Lake Sarah or wondering how to prevent further spread of aquatic invasive species within the county?
The Murray County Environmental Services Office in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be putting on an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) workshop on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 10:30 am at the 4-H building on the Murray County Fairgrounds, 3048 Broadway Ave, Slayton, MN.
Join them for an overview of the zebra mussel infestation in Lake Sarah and discussion on what to look for, where to look and how you can help prevent further spread of AIS into our lakes and rivers.
Please RSVP by April 1, 2019 at http://murraycountymn.com/aisworkshop or by calling the Environmental Services Office at 507-836-1165.
DHIA Awards Presented For 2018
SLAYTON, Minn. 3/25/2019 -- Murray/Cottonwood Counties Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) award banquet and annual meeting was held at the Pizza Ranch in Slayton on March 25, 2019.
Dairy production awards for 2018 were presented by Extension Educator Melissa Runck.
Premier Dairy Award went to Thistle Dew Dairy (Bruce & Jane Pederson, Westbrook) for the highest three-year average of 27,724 pounds milk and $4,830 dollar value.
Top Herd Award went to Thistle Dew Dairy with 28,141 pounds milk and $4,933 dollar value.
Johnson Dairy (Dean & Elizabeth Johnson) of Heron Lake received first place for Low Somatic Cell Count with a score of 1.6.Kidman Dairy (Dick & Wade Kidman, Ruthton) received second place with 2.2.
Ridgeview Dairy (Grant & April Post, Lake Wilson) received Most Improved Herd Award with an increase of 670 lbs. milk and $259 dollar value.
Top Cow (#202) was awarded to Bill & Merri Post, Chandler.Cow #202 produced 36,353 pounds milk and dollar value was $6,738.
Top Two-Year-Old Cow (#540) award went to Thistle Dew Dairy with 31,769 pounds of milk and $5,691 dollar value.
Lifetime Cow award went to Bar-D Holstein (Dan & Trish Dysthe, Slayton) for cow #1244 with 250,684 pounds of milk.
Door prizes and cash contributions for the event were received from ABS- Bruce Iverson, AMPI – Carolyn Bootsma, Agropur, Blue Hilltop-Lake Wilson, Chandler Co-op, Chandler Feed, Chandler State Agency, Crop Insurance Specialists-Jan Kluis & Ruth Ann Dibble, Slayton, Edgerton Vet Clinic, Gorters Clay & Dairy of Pipestone, Mike Jouwstra Milk Hauling, JPW Nutrition-Jason Prins & Clint Benson, Van’t Hof Milk Hauling, Kim Schlecht, Veterinary Medical Center-Slayton, State Bank of Chandler, Compeer Financial, and Alltech – Jake Post.
The 2019 Murray/Cottonwood Counties DHIA Board of Directors include: President – Greg Vander Wal, Slayton; Vice President – Grant Post, Lake Wilson; Secretary-Wayne Spielman, Westbook; Treasurer– April Post, Lake Wilson; Directors – Wyatt Post, Chandler and Dean Johnson, Heron Lake.
Source: Melissa Runck, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension - Murray County, Slayton, MN; Phone: 507-836-1143;Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Father Daughter Prom Set for Sunday, April 28, 2019
The Slayton Women of Today is once again excited to be sponsoring their annual Father Daughter Prom on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the Murray County Central High School Gym.Dads it’s time to get all dressed up and come have fun with your daughter(s).Dance the afternoon away with music by DJ Jeff Erickson.Punch and snacks will be provided and all daughters will have a chance to register for door prizes to be given away.
LA Photography will be on hand from 12:30 to 1:45 to take pictures with packages available for families to purchase.Disney movies and ‘Princess’ coloring pages will be available for girls while they wait.The grand march will begin at 2:00 pm with dance to follow until 4:00 pm.
All ages are welcome!The cost is $5 per father/daughter(s).Family members and friends are encouraged to come and watch the grand march for a cost of $1 per person. We are encouraging families to arrive early for pictures with LA Photography and also to take pictures in the gymnasium before the start of the grand march as the dance will start immediately following the grand march. Registration is not required and payment can be made at the door the day of the event.If you have questions you can contact Amy Woldt at 507-227-7533.
News release for unification announcement
Cooperative Members Vote to Approve Unification of Farmers Cooperative Association, Lyon County Farm Service and Prairie Pride.
(March 22, 2019) - Members of 3 cooperatives have voted to approve the unification agreement between Farmers Cooperative Association of Canby,Lyon Country Farm Service of Ghent, and Prairie Pride Cooperative of Marshall. The agreement was first approved by the Boards of Directors of each cooperative in February 2019.
“We are pleased that a majority of members voted in support of the proposed unification, which we believe will bring additional value to members and the long-term viability of our cooperative,” said Mark Pasek, Farmers Cooperative Association Vice President. “We also want to thank our members for participating in the process and exercising their right to vote.
“This opportunity presents a lot of benefits for our members, customers, employees, businesses and communities,” said Al Steffes, Prairie Pride Cooperative Board President. “We are committed to building on the rich heritage of our cooperatives, to create an even stronger, unified cooperative that is here for the long term to support members and customers,” said Fred Rabaey, Lyon County Farm Service Board Chairman.
The member voting period followed a series of member information meetings that were held throughout the region beginning March 11. Members cast their ballots by March 22. All ballots submitted were certified by Hoffman and Brobst, the third party accounting firm administering the vote
Minnesota law requires that a quorum of members vote and that 66 2/3 vote affirmatively to approve unification. The vote outcome was announced at the Special Meeting of the Members of each cooperative on March 21.
The focus of the three cooperatives now turns to integration efforts. Operations as the new cooperative will begin August 1, 2019.
About Farmers Cooperative Association
Based in Canby, MN Farmers Cooperative Association Is a member-owned cooperative with multiple locations that serve more than 2200 consumer, and farm operations in southwest MN. The cooperative focuses on providing products and service to customers in agronomy, propane, energy, convenience stores, and auto repair.
About Prairie Pride Cooperative
Based in Marshall, MN Prairie Pride Cooperative is a member-owned cooperative with multiple locations that serve more than 3000 consumer and farm patrons in southwest MN. The cooperative focuses on providing products to customers in propane, energy, convenience stores, auto repair and related services.
About Lyon Country Farm service
Based In Ghent, MN Lyon County Farm Service is a member-owned cooperative with 3 locations that serve more than 700 farm operations in southwest Mn. The cooperative focuses on providing products and service to customers in agronomy, feed, hardware and related services
Test Taking Tips
We are approaching an important time for our students as they will be taking the MCA tests shortly. Our school district is ranked and held accountable for the test results. I encourage you to stress to your student how important it is to do their best on these tests. In addition to working hard on the practice tests, students should get a good night’s rest and eat a healthy breakfast for best results. Please check out our website for additional tips for study skills and homework help. I have included 10 Ways to help your child do better on test.
1. Review the subject matter together for upcoming tests.
2. Make sure your child gets a good night’s rest before every test.
3. Serve your child a healthy breakfast on the test day.
4. Have your child dress comfortably and arrive at school on time.
5. Send your child off to school with words of praise and support.
6. Suggest that your child do deep breathing exercises to relax before the test begins.
7. Tell your child to follow directions carefully, and ask questions if something is not clear.
8. Advise your child to do the easiest parts of the test first, then the rest.
9. Remind your child to check over answers before turning in the test.
10. Encourage wanting to do well, but stress that one test won’t measure all your child can do.
Here is the MCC Testing schedule for 2019
Please mark these dates on your calendar.It is very important that your children are in attendance on the days they have tests.Please do not schedule any appointments on test days.
April 2 ACT at MCC for Juniors who register (National & District)
April 3-4 Grade 10 MCA Reading (State)
April 9-10 Grade 7 Reading MCA (State)
April 11-12 Grade 8 Reading MCA (State)
April 16-17 Grade 11 Math MCA (State)
April 16-18 Grades 3-6 Reading MCA (State)
April 23 Reading MCA make-ups (State)
April 24-26 Grades 3-6 Math MCA (State)
April 23-24 Grade 7 Math MCA (State)
April 25-26 Grade 8 Math MCA (State)
April 23 Make-up date for ACT at MCC
May 1 Math MCA make-ups (State)
May 2-3 HS Science MCA (Biology classes) (State)
May 1-3 Grade 5 Science MCA (State)
May 3 Reading & Math MCA/MTAS window closes
May 7-8 Grade 5 Science Make-ups (State)
May 7-8 Grade 8 Science MCA (State)
May 10 Grade 8 and 10 Science MCA make-ups (State)
May 10 Science MCA window closes
May Grades K-6 AIMS Testing (District)
Test results for MCA and ELL testing will be distributed at fall conferences. Information on state tests can be found at the Minnesota Department of Education website: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/fam/tests/
I hope you are all enjoying our web-site at http://www.mcc.mntm.org/. This site, updated on a daily basis, is an excellent communication tool for parents. You can log into your account to check your student’s progress reports, attendance and lunch account balances. Sports scores, daily announcements and staff information are just a few of the things available with the click of your mouse. I hope you are also enjoying our school app for notifications on late starts, cancelations, as well as other school announcements. Best of luck to our spring sports programs as we enter into the Spring sports season. Please contact me at 507-836-6450 x 5102 or email email@example.com with any questions you may have.
MCC Elementary Principal
Reminder To FSA Direct and Guaranteed Borrowers With Real Estate Security
Farm Service Agency would like to remind farm loan borrowers who have pledged real estate as security for their loans, of key items for maintaining loan collateral. It is required that borrowers must obtain prior consent, or approval, by either FSA, for direct loans, or by a guaranteed lender, for any transaction affecting real estate security. Examples of these transactions include, but are not limited to:
• Leases of any kind;
• Easements of any kind;
• Partial releases, and
Failure to meet or follow the requirements set forth in the loan agreement, promissory note, and other security instruments could lead to nonmonetary default which could jeopardize your current and future loans.
It is critical that borrowers keep an open line of communication with their FSA loan staff or guaranteed lender when it comes to changes in their operation. For more information on borrower responsibilities, read Your FSA Farm Loan Compass.
USDA Local Working Group to Discuss Murray County Natural Resource Priorities
Public encouraged to attend Murray County meeting on April 11, 2019.
Slayton -- There will be a meeting of the USDA Local Working Group on April 11 at 12:45 p.m. at the Murray SWCD & USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Field Office, 2740 22nd Street Slayton, MN.
The public meeting is planned as part of a joint effort by the USDA and the Murray County Soil and Water Conservation District to engage more participants in the conservation process in Murray County.
Local Work Group meetings are a valuable part of the NRCS planning process, providing an opportunity for local land managers to be part of a collaborative effort to improve natural resources within your community. The purpose of a local work group is to provide input to NRCS concerning the implementation of conservation programs.
Last year we hosted numerous meetings across the state. The input we received from the meetings shaped how we are ranking Environmental Quality Incentive Program applications this year. The biggest changes we made were developing land-use sub-accounts by area and weighting locally identified priorities. We divided the state into quadrants, following our new area boundaries. Applications within the areas and the land-use sub-accounts will be ranked only against each other. This ranking is much more localized and land-use specific compared to previous year rankings. Another change we made was setting two ranking cut-off dates, giving producers more opportunities to apply for Farm Bill programs.
Next year we are prioritizing local concerns even further by evaluating resource concerns at the land use level to better address the local priorities on cropland, pasture, farmsteads and forestlands. Please consider attending your area’s Local Work Group meeting to share your opinions on conservation priorities, ranking criteria for Farm Bill programs, payment levels on conservation practices, plus much more. Watch for an announcement of your Local Work Group meeting and contact your USDA -NRCS or soil and water conservation district office for more information.
If you have questions, please contact District Conservationist Cheryl Heard at (507) 836-8933 or Cheryl.Heard@mn.usda.gov.Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting should contact Cheryl by April 5.USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.
“Meraki” Student Exhibition On Display At John A. Day Gallery
VERMILLION, S.D.—USD Fine Arts students Molly Edgerton, Marina Kremer, Charlee Riker, Sydney Schake, and Ashley Zimmer will present their graduation exhibition, “Meraki,” at the John A. Day Gallery on the University of South Dakota campus, April 22-26. The closing reception for the show will be on April 26 from 5pm-7pm and will celebrate the featured artwork that was created during the girls’ time at USD.
Marina Kremer is an art education major with a studio specialization in printmaking from Iona, Minnesota. Her current work centers on painting watercolor floral arrangements as a form of meditation to practice the benefits of being mindful and present in daily life. Marina looks forward to receiving her certification in education to pursue a teaching career while selling her artwork and sharing the possibilities of art with everyday people.
“Meraki” is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. For more information about this exhibition, please contact Amy Fill, University Art Galleries Director at 605-658-3437 or Amy.Fill@usd.edu.
Siblings Get Angus Association Honors
Siblings Taylor Ford and Brady Ford of Lake Wilson, MN, earned bronze awards from the National Junior Angus Association’s recent meeting in St. Joseph, MO. They are the children of Angela and Robert Ford. Taylor, 15, attends Murray County Central High School and is a member of the national and state junior Angus associations. She has served as historian and royalty of the state association. She also is involved with her local 4-H club and FFA chapter.
She has participated in local, state and national shows and showmanship contests. At the National Junior Angus Show, she participated in the livestock judging contest.
Brady, 12, attends Murray County Central Elementary School and also is a member of the national and state association.
He has participated in local, state and national shows and has submitted weight data to the Angus Herd Improvement Records.
The Bronze award is the first level of the national recognition program. Junior Angus breeders must apply for the award, then meet point requirements in many areas. There are nearly 6,000 members in the National Junior Angus Association.
By: John Stenen
A young woman who had never pursued a job and had several children out of wed-lock was overheard saying, “If I have one more kid I can get a car.”A retired Presbyterian minister could no longer care for his wife and asked the government for assistance to help with her medical needs. He was told that they could only help if he divorced his wife -which was completely against his beliefs. However, he ended up divorcing her because that was the only way she could get the care she needed. It broke his heart.
A couple in their forty’s had complications with the birth of their twin daughters. Medical bills were huge. They had always worked hard and had not had government assistance ever. The wife went to see if they could have some help in paying the medical bills– shewas advised to leave her husband as “He obviously isn’t able to provide for you. We can set you up in your own place and pay all of your bills and send you to college for four years, all expenses paid. You can have a live-in boyfriend but not your husband.” She replied: “But I don’t want to leave my husband; we just want some help to get through this.Their answer:“Sorry, we cannot help you.”
Over the years I have heard many stories like these and have known people who have had similar experiences with government policies. I’m sure you have heard them as well.
We are being told pretty much that we had better not just tolerate so much of this kind of garbage but we are to ‘embrace’ it. If not, we are homo-phobes, bigots, hate-mongers, etc. I don’t hate anybody, but I do hate all the ungodly laws and policies that affect all of our lives.
Slowly we are being stripped of our freedoms. Our freedom of speech is under terrible assault. Our right to bear arms is greatly threatened. I wonder why? Our Constitution is being trampled on today as never before in the history of our great nation as all the un-godly laws and policies are being promoted. Our institutions of ‘learning’ are convincing our young people that socialism and communism is far better than capitalism which made our nation the greatest ever. Ask those who have fled those systems of government if they are better.
Many ‘leaders’ today desire to overthrow our government, and move us into a One World Government.Listen to what the Scripture tells us in Proverbs 28:2 (New Living Translation), “When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.” I for one am very glad for what our president is attempting to do. That is, to work for the good of this nation. Have you read the back of the Book? Those who are Christ’s will forever be blessed! Where will you spend eternity?
FREE Classes for People New to Medicare
There are important decisions that need to be made when you become eligible for Medicare. Making the wrong decision can lead to not having any or enough health care coverage and financial penalties. The Senior LinkAge Line® through the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging® (MNRAAA) is sponsoring two classes for people who will soon be eligible for Medicare. Participants will learn the basics of Medicare and their coverage options in Minnesota during the first class. They will also learn how to research these options using non-biased tools, such as the Medicare website and the Medicare Plan Finder Tool during the second class.
Classes are held in Slayton on the second and third Monday of the month. Call the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433 to register.
The Senior LinkAge Line® is a free statewide service of the Minnesota Board on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging. The Senior LinkAge Line® is the federally-designated State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for Minnesota and is the place to call for Medicare and health insurance issues. Call 1-800-333-2433 for assistance or go to www.MinnesotaHelp.info® to chat live with a Senior LinkAge Line® specialist.
WHO: Senior LinkAge Line® and Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA)
WHAT: Free Classes for People New to Medicare
WHEN: Second and Third Monday of each month
WHERE: Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, 1939 Engebretson Ave., Slayton, MN