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DHIA Awards Presented for 2016

Murray/Cottonwood Counties Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) award banquet and annual meeting was held at the Pizza Ranch in Slayton on March 20, 2017.  Entertainment for the evening was provided by Joe LeTendre of Slayton.

Dairy production awards for 2016 were presented by Extension Educator Melissa Runck.  

Premier Dairy Award went to Bill & Merri Post of Chandler for the highest three-year average of 25,928 pounds milk, 963 pounds fat, 794 pounds protein, and $4,682 dollar value. 

Top Herd Award went to Thistle Dew Dairy (Bruce & Jane Pederson, Westbrook) with 27,056 pounds milk, 1,038 pounds fat, 834 pounds protein, and $4,985 dollar value.

Dean & Elizabeth Johnson, Heron Lake, received first place in Low Somatic Cell Count with a score of 1.8; Kidman Dairy of Balaton (Dick and Wade) took second place with 2.2.

Rylaarsdam Dairy of Chandler received Most Improved Herd Award with an increase of 2,475 lbs. milk, 47 pounds fat, 71 pounds of protein, and $357 dollar value.

Top Cow (#345) was awarded to Van Eck Dairy of Ruthton (Don & Cody). She produced 32,451 pounds milk, 1,757 pounds fat, 935 pounds protein, and dollar value was $6,811.

Top Two-Year-Old Cow (#1333) award went to Vander Wal Dairy of Slayton (Greg) with 30,765 pounds of milk, 1,182 pounds fat, 970 pounds protein, and $5,736 dollar value. 

Lifetime Cow awards were given to Bar-D-Holstein (Dan & Trish Dysthe, Slayton) for cow #804 with 282,242 pounds of milk and cow #781 with 276,691 pounds of milk, Vander Wal Dairy for cow #3260 with277,845 pounds of milk, and Rylaarsdam Dairy for cow #1596 with 254,217 pounds of milk.

Murray County Recorder Announces Rewards Service for Veterans

Murray County Recorder Evey Larson, in partnership with Fidlar Technologies, is excited to announce a new service for Veterans, known as Honor Rewards.

With Honor Rewards, Veterans can sign up at the Recorders office or online to receive an Honor Rewards card which qualifies them for discounts and incentives at participating businesses in our community.  This service is being made available at no cost to Murray County and its taxpayers.

To sign up, all a veteran needs to do is visit, click on Murray County, MN and fill out the form stating which branch of the military they served with.  To make it easier for those who may not want to go online, Evey said, “If an individual prefers to fill out the form in person, they can visit our office during business hours and we will help them get signed up.”  

The service is completely free and after signing up the Veteran can expect to receive their Honor Rewards ID card in the mail in 1-2 weeks.

Local businesses and retailers can participate in the service by contacting our office or using the Business Sign Up link on    By participating, their business name will be listed on the Honor Rewards website for Murray County provided to Veterans who receive an Honor Rewards card, and also be regularly mentioned in email blasts to current Honor Rewards members.

For more information, go to or contact the Murray County Recorder’s office at 507-836-1161


 By Joanne Bergman

Murray County Clinic has a new provider with Catherine Friesen, FNP, beginning March 20th. CEO Dennis Goebel informed the MCMC board that Dr. Klingler will be providing part time service soon and that an offer has been made to a new Physicians Assistant who would be available in August. 

MCMC has connected with the community with a program on Diabetic Education presented by Brian Chabot, PA_C and Amber Humphrey, RN. The next meeting is April 13th. Blood pressure and glucose testing was provided at the Slayton Farm and Home Show. A Walk/Run 5K is being planned for May 20th with a Whopper feed to raise funds for Relay for Life. 

Financial figures were positive for the month of February with an increase in patient numbers with patient days 57 over last year’s figures. Increased Ortho and Emergency room visits added to over $2M in revenue for the month.  Expenses also increased due to salaries for the month with a positive net income of nearly $108,000. Accounts receivable did increase as claims are processed. 

Approval was given for the purchase of Rycan Revenue Cycle Management Software for $22,463. This was not a budgeted item. Eliminating the need for a software consultant to “fix” some problems that have arisen will offset the cost. 

MCMC underwent a mock survey to prepare for the upcoming MN Department of Health survey. Department managers are now working on action plans to address some of the concerns found during the survey process. A list of positive strengthens were also noted in the report. Such as: staff and leadership engagement in the mock survey process, job specific competencies, discharge planning process, clean and well maintained building, mock survey management and beautiful quality dashboard. 

Mr. Goebel will be meeting with Sanford officials to discuss the gaps in services as outlined in the Community Assessment. Mental Health is one major area of concern that needs to be addressed. One provider has approached Mr. Goebel and discussions have begun. 

The meeting was closed to the public for discussion of the MNA union contract. Another was scheduled for March 30 to discuss marketing.