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Friends of Lake Shetek State Park to host Annual Spring Egg Hunt

The Friends of Lake Shetek State Park has again teamed up with the Currie Town and Country Boosters to host a Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15 at the Lake Shetek State Park Zuya Group Center.

Children (toddlers to 6th Graders) are invited to bring their baskets and enjoy the beautiful setting at the state park while searching for eggs.  More than 3500 eggs will be hidden throughout the picnic and camping areas of the park.  The hunt will start at 1:00 p.m. and will continue until all the eggs are found.  Make sure you come early.

Cookies and refreshments will be served at the Zuya Center and families are invited to bring a picnic basket and enjoy spending a day at the park.  The Easter Bunny will be there along with prizes given away for kids in each age group.

The Spring Egg Hunt is sponsored by the Friends of Lake Shetek State Park, Currie Town and Country Boosters and many other local businesses with special help from the Tracy Youth Wrestlers.  It is free to the public; however, state park vehicle permits are required to enter the park.  Daily permits are $5 per vehicle or $25 for an annual permit and can be purchased at the park office.

Lake Shetek State Park is located 14 miles northeast of Slayton or 13 miles south of Tracy.  Access to the park is by County Road 38, north of Currie.  For more information, contact the park directly at (507) 763-3256.

FSA Youth Loans

The Farm Service Agency makes loans to youth to establish and operate agricultural income-producing projects in connection with 4-H clubs, FFA and other agricultural groups. Projects must be planned and operated with the help of the organization advisor, produce sufficient income to repay the loan and provide the youth with practical business and educational experience. The maximum loan amount is $5000.

Youth Loan Eligibility Requirements:

• Be a citizen of the United States (which includes Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) or a legal resident alien 

•Be 10 years to 20 years of age

•Comply with FSA’s general eligibility requirements 

• Be unable to get a loan from other sources 

• Conduct a modest income-producing project in a supervised program of work as outlined above 

• Demonstrate capability of planning, managing and operating the project under guidance and assistance from a project advisor. The project supervisor must recommend the youth loan applicant, along with providing adequate supervision. 

Stop by the county office for help preparing and processing the application forms. To find your local FSA county office, go to

Mattress Recycling Program

Murray County is launching a new program to help keep recyclable mattresses out of the landfill.    

Mattresses are bulky, springy, and a challenge for landfill disposal.  These bulky items can fill up landfills in an alarming rate and it is time to think differently!

Starting on Monday, April 3, 2017 you can bring your used box springs and mattresses to the Murray County recycling building at 1820 Erlandson Drive between 8am and 430pm, Monday through Friday.

For a fee of just $10 per mattress, this new program aims to divert bulky waste in the landfill while turning these old products into something useful again.

Mattresses and box springs recycled through this new program are broken up into four main components: steel, foam, wood and fibers, which will be shipped off and used to make new products such as carpet padding, steel products, filters and automotive insulation.

Around 85 percent of the contents of a mattress and its box springs can be recycled, so let’s do our part.

As you start your spring cleaning, thing RECYCLE!   If you have any questions, go to or call 507-836-6465.

Free Children’s Concert featuring Ross Sutter

Looking for some Saturday fun with your young children? Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 22 at 10:30! Ross Sutter will be appearing in concert at the MCC auditorium. This will be an interactive concert for preschoolers and lower elementary children and their families. It is sponsored by the Murray County Early Childhood Initiative. This is another example of your Jail and Bail dollars at work!

Ross received the Education Award in 2012 from the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. According to their website:

“For nearly 30 years, Ross Sutter has impacted Minnesota through his work with schools and cultural organizations. His school residencies are a lively excursion into diverse cultures, with an emphasis on student involvement. His influence has spread out from his home on Minneapolis’ Nicollet Island to communities large and small throughout Minnesota as well as elsewhere in the U.S. and in Europe. Sutter plays an array of folk instruments—guitar, bodhran, button accordion, dulcimer, bones—but is perhaps best known for his singular baritone voice, performing renditions of Irish, Scottish, Scandinavian, and American traditional and popular songs. Sutter nurtures a passion for the arts in schools and cultural organizations with his engaging performances and long-term residencies.

Sutter has performed on radio, television and at festivals, and works regularly in schools teaching the songs and folk dances that he has collected over the years. His rapport with children is extraordinary, but he also possesses the unique ability to thoroughly entertain the adults in the audience as well. His work is featured on the recordings Walking on Air, Up the Raw, Crossing the Shannon, Hunger No More, Songs By Heart, Over the Water, Ye Banks and Braes, and on his popular children’s CD, Mama Will You Buy Me a Banana?”