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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.  If you would like to join but need help in obtaining a musical instrument, contact Mike Helgeson via email:  Anyone interested in being part of this awesome group is welcome!

MCMC Auxiliary to Hold Fundraiser

The Murray County Medical Center Auxiliary will be holding a fundraiser selling Paparazzi Jewelry and Accessories with Cheryl Carney from Slayton Beauty Shop on Thurs, May 3, 10 am – 6 pm and Fri, May 4, 10 am – 2 pm at Sunrise Terrace (Upstairs), 2121 Ironwood Ave, Slayton. 

All items are $7 and a portion of the sales will go to improvements to the ER Waiting Room. These items make great Mother’s Day gifts!

Murray Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)

Celebrates 63rd Soil and Water Stewardship Week

No one can deny the love Minnesotans have for their lakes and the great outdoors. For over 70 years, Minnesota’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) have been hard at work protecting our resources by working with landowners on programs and practices that support conservation and healthy working lands. The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) honors and celebrates that work as part of Soil and Water Stewardship Week, April 29 – May 6, 2018.

“SWCDs are the boots on the ground in local conservation” said Shelly Lewis-Murray SWCD District Administrator.  “We understand local issues and challenges, and are able to assist landowners with projects that meet their needs and improve Minnesota’s natural resources”.

In Minnesota, there are 89 soil and water conservation districts working in both urban and rural settings.

 “Soil and Water Conservation Districts are locally led and knowledgeable about resource issues within their communities,” said LeAnn Buck, Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Executive Director.  “They focus on providing soil and water conservation services to private landowners, which is essential because seventy-eight percent of Minnesota’s lands are private.”

This is the 63rd annual Soil and Water Stewardship week, organized by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) to promote resource conservation across the country. NACD relies on each conservation district to encourage stewardship through educational programs, field days and workshops. Each year, over 3,000 conservation districts participate in the event, making Stewardship Week one of the largest national conservation programs in the world. 

This year the theme is “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home” and will highlight the importance of caring for one of the most critical resources in the world, water.

For more information about Soil and Water Stewardship Week and how you can get involved in local conservation efforts, please contact Murray SWCD at 507-836-6990, stop by the office 2740 22nd St. Slayton, MN  or visit us on the web at

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.

VFW Post 6322 Celebrates Golden Anniversary

VFW Post 6322 in Slayton, Minn., celebrates 50 years of serving the needs of local veterans and their families on May 11, 2018. The Golden Anniversary Award Citation is presented to the Post in recognition of 50 years of outstanding service to the community. 

Keith E. Harman, national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., congratulated all members of the Post, “I send my sincere thanks and appreciation to the members of VFW Post 6322 for their outstanding record of service to the community, veterans and to the nation over the past 50 years.” 

ABOUT THE VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation’s largest and oldest major war veterans’ organization. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With nearly 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in nearly 6,400 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans’ service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at 

MCC High School Proudly Presents: Dorothy In Wonderland

Everyone has no doubt heard the stories of  The Wizard Of Oz  and Alice In Wonderland.  Have you ever wondered what would happen if these two tales somehow got meshed together?

In this wonderful production that is exactly what happens! After Dorothy (Maggie Heezen) and her friends Scarecrow (Jeremy Thompson), Tinman (Rylan Behnke), and Lion (Kelly Dahlhoff), get their wishes granted from the Wizard(Rachel Siedschlag), they are transported not to Kansas, but rather to Wonderland. Where they meet Alice (Emily Kathman), White Rabbitt (Michelle Zenk), The Mad Hatter (Cale Engelkes), March Hare (Charlie Peterson), The Cheshire Cat (Symone Harms, Brittany Breberg, and Ellie Meyer), and many other interesting characters.

No story is complete without an evil foe. Dorothy and Alice must work together to defeat the Queen Of Hearts (Alyssa Boynton) in an interesting game of croquet. Will Dorothy and Alice be able to defeat the Queen and return to their homes?

The 2018 MCC spring play will be a show for all ages, You will not want to miss it, so mark your calendars for Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, at 7:00 PM. Admission is $6 adults, $4 students and activity passes will be honored. The Music Boosters will selling refreshments during intermission.