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Slayton Area Community Band

Time to dig out those instruments, break in new reeds, and grease those slides!  (And start getting the chops in shape!)  Community Band rehearsals for the 2018 Summer season will start on Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 PM in the MCC Band room.  Anyone interested in being part of this awesome group is welcome! 

Community Band Concerts in Gullord Park will begin Thursday, June 7.  More information on the concerts and the fundraiser meals will be printed in upcoming copies of this newspaper.


Nepp Sales & Service, Inc. Honored by Sukup Manufacturing Co.

SHEFFIELD, Iowa – Nepp Sales & Service, Inc. has been recognized by Sukup Manufacturing Co. for outstanding sales and customer service for 2018. The company received the Million Dollar Sales Award during the recent dealer meetings at Sukup headquarters in Sheffield, Iowa.

Dealers were recognized with sales achievement awards for high volume sales of Sukup grain handling and storage equipment and/or Sukup Steel Buildings.

Diane Hughes, sales supervisor for Sukup Manufacturing, said award recipients have worked closely with their customers to meet their needs for better grain handling and storage solutions. This year’s awards also included sales of Sukup Steel Buildings.

“Grain Solutions has provided years of superior customer service. We are delighted to recognize their success with this award,” Hughes said. 

Sukup Manufacturing Co. is a family-owned business that has been providing top-quality grain handling and storage products to agricultural producers since 1963.

Sukup is the fastest-growing bin manufacturer in the world. Its product line includes farm and commercial grain bins, dryers, centrifugal and axial fans and heaters, stirring machines, bin unloading equipment and bin floors and supports.

Sukup also makes a line of material handling equipment that includes bucket elevators, drag conveyors and chain loop conveyors, and towers and catwalks. Additionally, they also manufacture a line of pre-engineered steel buildings. 

Sukup products are sold throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as in more than 80 other countries.


Public Has Chance To Comment On Statewide Deer Plan

Comments Accepted Through May 9; Informational Meetings Begin Later This Month  

Minnesota’s new deer plan sets a new statewide harvest target, increases citizen participation in deer management, and outlines ways to keep the population and habitat healthy.

The Department of Natural Resources is taking online public comments on the new plan now through Wednesday, May 9. Also, the DNR will hold 35 public meetings in April around the state so people can talk to wildlife managers, ask questions and provide input.  

“We’re setting a course for deer management that encourages more dialogue among stakeholders, the public, and DNR staff,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. “Our ultimate goal is to support our hunting traditions, better engage the public, and to maintain sustainable, healthy deer populations throughout Minnesota.”

Part of the plan outlines strategic ways the DNR will prioritize its resources and activities to meet the plan’s eight key goals, which range from keeping Minnesota deer healthy to ensuring biological and societal factors are considered in management decisions.

“The plan recognizes the diversity of interests, considers multiple objectives, and is informed by the best available science,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR acting wildlife populations and programs manager. “It also factors in ways to reduce the negative impacts deer can have on people and the landscape.”

The plan establishes an annual statewide harvest target of 200,000 deer. Although only one of several performance measures outlined in the plan, the harvest target will help communicate how the DNR is meeting overall population goals through time.

In general, annual harvests less than 200,000 will indicate a need for more conservative regulations to rebuild deer populations. Harvests greater than 200,000 will suggest hunting regulations need to be liberalized so more deer are harvested to reduce populations.

“It’s important for people to know we’ll be measuring our performance in a variety of ways, from increased opportunities for public engagement to improving deer habitat and limiting disease,” McInenly said. “That strategy will inform us if objectives are being met and what areas need more work.”

McInenly added that the plan doesn’t address the details of specific regulations or operational issues, but rather plots a long-term strategic direction for managing the herd.

For more than a year, a 19-member citizen’s advisory group helped the DNR draft the deer plan. The group’s members had knowledge of deer management, interests related to deer and familiarity with different areas of the state.

“I want to express the agency’s great appreciation for the substantial public input and work of committee members in developing the plan,” McInenly said.

Public can now comment on new plan. The public can comment on the proposed plan on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/deerplan.

A questionnaire asks people to indicate their level of satisfaction with the purpose, mission, vision and goals of the plan and provides opportunity for people to give additional feedback on whether the plan reflects the conversation and public input over the last few years.

Also, the DNR’s 35 open-house meetings in April will help people understand the deer plan. “The open houses provide an opportunity to learn more about the plan, ask questions, and meet the local staff who help manage wildlife and habitat,” McInenly said.

There will be no formal presentation at the meetings. Instead, local wildlife staff will provide handouts explaining the deer plan and process and will talk with attendees individually and in small groups. All meetings are scheduled from 6-8 p.m. and people can arrive anytime during the two-hour time frame. Meetings are scheduled at the following locations: 

· Marshall, Tuesday, April 17, Marshall Area DNR Office, 1400 E. Lyon St.

· Slayton, Wednesday, April 18, Pizza Ranch, 2306 Broadway Ave.

·  Windom, Thursday, April 26, Windom Community Center, 1750 Cottonwood Lake Dr.

For those who can’t make the meetings, DNR is encouraging the public to contact their local wildlife manager for additional information or to address any questions they may have about the deer plan. A list of area wildlife offices is available online at mndnr.gov/areas/wildlife.

Information about the deer plan, scheduled open houses, background information and a link to submit online comments are on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/deerplan.


USDA Reopens Enrollment For Improved Dairy Safety Net Tool

USDA’s Farm Service Agency encourages dairy producers to consider enrolling in the new and improved Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy), which will provide better protections for dairy producers from shifting milk and feed prices. With changes authorized under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has set the enrollm nt period to run from April 9, 2018 to June 1, 2018.

About the Program:

The program protects dairy producers by paying them when the difference between the national all-milk price and the national average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount elected by the producer. 

Changes include: 

• Calculations of the margin period is monthly rather than bi-monthly.

• Covered production is increased to 5 million pounds on the Tier 1 premium schedule, and premium rates for Tier 1 are substantially lowered.  

•An exemption from paying an administrative fee for limited resource, beginning, veteran, and disadvantaged producers. Dairy operators enrolled in the previous 2018 enrollment period that qualify for this exemption under the new provisions may request a refund.

Dairy operations must make a new coverage election for 2018, even if you enrolled during the previous 2018 signup period. Coverage elections made for 2018 will be retroactive to January 1, 2018. All dairy operations desiring coverage must sign up during the enrollment period and submit an appropriate form (CCC-782) and dairy operations may still “opt out” by not submitting a form. All outstanding balances for 2017 and prior years must be paid in full before 2018 coverage is approved.  

Dairy producers can participate in FSA’s MPP-Dairy or the Risk Management Agency’s Livestock Gross Margin Insurance Plan for Dairy Cattle (LGM-Dairy), but not both. During the 2018 enrollment period, only producers with an active LGM-Dairy policy who have targeted marketings insured in 2018 months will be allowed to enroll in MPP-Dairy by June 1, 2018; however, their coverage will start only after active target marketings conclude under LGM-Dairy. 

USDA has a web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the MPP-Dairy that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. The online resource, which will be updated and available by April 9 at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool, allows dairy farmers to quickly and easily combine unique operation data and other key variables to calculate their coverage needs based on price projections. Producers can also review historical data or estimate future coverage based on data projections. The secure site can be accessed via computer, smartphone, tablet or any other platform.

USDA is mailing postcards advising dairy producers of the changes. For more information, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/dairy or contact your local USDA service center.


2018 Livestock Losses

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides assistance to eligible producers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law. LIP compensates livestock owners and contract growers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather, including losses due to hurricanes, floods, blizzards, wildfires, extreme heat or extreme cold. 

For 2018, eligible losses must occur on or after Jan. 1, 2018, and no later than 60 calendar days from the ending date of the applicable adverse weather event or attack. A notice of loss must be filed with FSA within 30 days of when the loss of livestock is apparent. Participants must provide the following supporting documentation to their local FSA office no later than 90 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the eligible loss condition occurred. 

• Proof of death documentation

• Copy of growers contracts 

• Proof of normal mortality documentation

USDA has established normal mortality rates for each type and weight range of eligible livestock, i.e. Adult Beef Cow = 1.5% and Non-Adult Beef Cattle (less than 400 pounds) = 5%. These established percentages reflect losses that are considered expected or typical under “normal” conditions. Producers who suffer livestock losses in 2018 must file both of the following:

• A notice of loss the earlier of 30 calendar days of when the loss was apparent 

• An application for payment by March 31, 2019. 

Additional Information about LIP is available at your local FSA office or online at: www.fsa.usda.gov.


Murray County Central Prom 2018 

Murray County Central’s 2018 Prom will be held on Saturday, April 28th. The theme this year is “Golden Dreams”. The prom attendees are chauffeured throughout the night and will begin the evening by dining at City Limits at 6:00 P.M. Sophomore waitresses and waiters are Vanessa Dahlgren, Brooke Engbarth, Izzy Gillette, Drew Coulter, Aaron Johnson, and Koyer Wendorff. After dining they will proceed to the MCC Central gymnasium for the Grand March. The public is invited to attend the Grand March beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the Central gym. The doors will open at 7:00 p.m. with a $1.00 cover charge. After the Grand March there will be a few minutes to take photos. The dance will be held in the Central gym from 9:00 – 11:45 with “Touch of Class” providing the music. After the dance, the prom attendees will be enjoying the post prom festivities in the auditorium and gymnasium hosted by the junior parents. A large variety of fun activities are planned including a hypnotist, a comedian, sumo suit wrestling, Giant Jenga, Sit and Grin Photo Booth, inflatables, and more! A big “Thank You” goes out to everyone who helps make this a safe and lasting memory for our young students. We would also like to thank all of the businesses that support the post-prom activity, the volunteers who chauffeur the attendees, and the junior parents. Without your support this activity could not take place.

Prom advisors are: Brenda Whitehead, James Wajer, Kim DeLong, and Mark Carlson.


MCC Summer Food Service Program 

Murray County Central  is participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  Lunch will be provided to all children, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, at no charge and meet nutritional standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Meals will be provided at the following sites:

West Elementary: June 4-28 (MTWTh)11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, July 9-31 (MTWTh)11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, August 1-2 (WTh) 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Murray County Central FFA Awarded America’s Farmers Grow Communities Donation From Local Murray County Farmer

• Each year, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program partners with local farmers to provide grants to local nonprofits. 

• Grow Communities, which is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, provides farmers the opportunity to support and give back to nonprofit organizations they care about in their local communities by enrolling for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit of their choice.

• Since 2010, the Grow Communities program has given more than $29 million to nonprofits across rural America.

Murray County farmer Tony Bonnstetter directed a $2,500 donation to Murray County Central FFA Chapter as part of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. 

As part of their mission Murray County Central FFA will use the funds to put a new roof on the greenhouse to make it last longer and be more functional for student learning.  Thank you very much for nominating our chapter for this program as this will help keep Growing America a hands on class while producing many different types of plants in the updated greenhouse,” said, Paul Haberman who along with Joe Biren work with the FFA and teach all the agriculture classes at Murray County Central High School.

Since the program began in 2010, the Grow Communities program has partnered with farmers to support nonprofit organizations important to them in their local communities. The program has given more than $29 million to farming communities since its inception, including more than $3 million in 2018. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit they care about in their community. The organizations reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs, food banks and many others.

“Farmers play a pivotal role in rural communities, and through their commitment to the Grow Communities program, we are able to provide the monetary support these nonprofit organizations need to make an impact,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “We’re proud to play a part in helping these rural communities grow and thrive.” 


Minnesota Masonic Charities Accelerates the Race to End Cancer

Largest donor announces $25 million funding influx to Masonic Cancer Center University of Minnesota

(Bloomington, MN) Today, Minnesota Masonic Charities (MMC) announced an acceleration of their 2008 pledge of $65 million to the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. The $25 million accelerated payment marks the 10-year anniversary of the original pledge, and comes at a critical time in cancer research.

The $25 million infusion of funding will have a great impact on advancing “precision medicine” at the cancer center, helping its 500+ members pursue research into an individual’s risk of cancer, develop targeted therapies for cancer treatment, create  new  tools to  study cancer, and recruit the best minds in science to get the job done.

“We believe that the end of this disease is within our sights,” said Eric J. Neetenbeek, president and CEO of Minnesota Masonic Charities. “Using all the information and tools at their disposal, the Masonic Cancer Center will have the ability to advance cancer prevention and treatment at an individual level until cancer finally will cease to exist.”

A long-time partner of the University of Minnesota, Minnesota Masonic Charities has pledged $125 million to cancer care, research and children’s health there since 1955, making MMC the University’s single largest donor.