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National Library Week 2018 Proclamation 

WHEREAS, libraries are not just about what they have for people, but what they do for and with people;  

WHEREAS, libraries have long served as trusted and treasured institutions, and library workers and librarians fuel efforts to better their communities, campuses and schools;

WHEREAS, librarians are leaders in their institutions and organizations, in their communities, in the nation and in the world; 

WHEREAS, librarians continue to lead the way in leveling the playing field for all who seek information and access to technologies; 

WHEREAS, libraries and librarians look beyond their traditional roles and provide transformative opportunities for education, employment, entrepreneurship, empowerment and engagement, as well new services that connect closely with patrons’ needs;

WHEREAS, libraries and librarians lead their communities in innovation, providing STEAM programing, Makerspaces and access and training for new technologies; 

WHEREAS, libraries are pioneers supporting democracy and effecting social change, with a commitment to providing equitable access to information for all library users regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic status; 

WHEREAS, libraries lead in working with diverse communities, including people of color, immigrants and people with disabilities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity;

WHEREAS, libraries, librarians, library workers and supporters across America are celebrating National Library Week.

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that I ,Miron Carney, Mayor, proclaim National Library Week, April 8-14, 2018. I encourage all residents to visit the library this week and explore what’s new at your library, and engage with your librarian. Because of you and our library leaders, Libraries Transform. 


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

Visit our website at: www.mnraaa.org


USDA Microloans Help Farmers Purchase Farmland and Improve Property

Producers, Including Beginning and Underserved Farmers, Have a New Option to Gain Access to Land

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans are especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S. veterans looking for a career in farming, and those who have small and mid-sized farming operations.

The microloan program has been hugely successful, providing more than 16,800 low-interest loans, totaling over $373 million to producers across the country. Microloans have helped farmers and ranchers with operating costs, such as feed, fertilizer, tools, fencing, equipment, and living expenses since 2013. Seventy percent of loans have gone to new farmers. 

Now, microloans will be available to also help with farm land and building purchases, and soil and water conservation improvements. FSA designed the expanded program to simplify the application process, expand eligibility requirements and expedite smaller real estate loans to help farmers strengthen their operations. Microloans provide up to $50,000 to qualified producers, and can be issued to the applicant directly from the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA).

To learn more about the FSA microloan program visit www.fsa.usda.gov/microloans, or contact your local FSA office. 


Help Improve the Lives of Patients, Give Blood

Murray County Central High School, Murray County Medical Center and Community Blood Bank will join forces to host a community blood drive on Wednesday, April 11 from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm at Murray County Central High School and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Murray County Medical Center.  All blood donations will directly benefit the local blood supply and patients in need at MCMC.  

“Spring is the perfect time to provide a lifesaving gift and impact the community’s blood supply,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank.  “Your donation of blood with Community Blood Bank will save up to three patients, impacting a trauma, burn, surgery or cancer patient.  Consider keeping your donation local and impact patients in need when we come to Slayton.”  

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at www.cbblifeblood.org), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health the day of the donation.  Please bring an ID with you.  It is recommended that you eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating blood.  It only takes 30 to 35 minutes to donate with Community Blood Bank.      

Community Blood Bank is the sole provider of blood and blood products to 34 local area hospitals, including Murray County Medical Center.  To make an appointment or questions please contact MCMC at 507-836-1286 or log onto www.cbblifeblood.org.  Walk-ins are always welcome. 

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.   


Champions Forever Perform at MCC During Kindness Week

By Cole Davis

When one sees something of interest, the image usually stays stuck in their head. Currently that image for me, personally, is that of a man riding a Giraffe unicycle and spinning a basketball on his finger simultaneously. On the Wednesday of the 28th of March we at the high school had the great pleasure of experiencing the Champions Forever family group at an assembly for the final forty-five minutes of school. Now, to be completely honest, I was more excited at the prospect of time off from Achievement Period, and I expected to see something that would make me more confused than anything else. But what I experienced was something special, indeed. 

About a week beforehand, a friend of mine told me about the assembly details. The assembly was organized by the TEAM group, an anti-bullying organization ran by students at MCC. TEAM stands for Together Everyone Achieves More. My friend is a very prominent member of the team, and was in charge of introducing the group in both the elementary and high school. He revealed that the group was in fact a family who traveled the country and even the world, using their rather impressive basketball spinning and unicycling to inspire and promote positive actions and morals. They even were featured upon the famous television show America’s Got Talent, and made it into the quarterfinals. Obviously, after hearing this, I was interested.

The Champions Forever family is in fact a large family of twelve children. The father of these children, Bruce Crevier, is actually from South Dakota, and the origins of their spinning of basketballs stems from him. When he was a child, he had an older brother who learned how to spin a basketball on his finger from his college roommate, and from then on he was hooked. He became addicted to spinning the basketball, on anything from knuckles to the edge of eyeglasses. He held the Guinness world record for most basketballs spun at one time four separate times and also currently holds the record for longest basketball spinning time with a time of twenty-two hours and twelve minutes. It’s not hard to realize where the family picked up their tricks.  

Our program for that afternoon was focused on kindness, as the week before Easter is also identified as Kindness Week. The Crevier family was there to help promote kindness, while also showing how helping others will allow us to achieve greater. They utilized the word GAME as a basis to show how to become “greater” as they put it. G stood for goals, as without a goal, it is impossible to improve oneself. A stood for attitude, as without a positive one, one cannot achieve their goals. M stood for morals, which help improve the work done with goals and allows for success to be positive. Finally, E stood for excellence, which is what can be achieved if one follows the other words that made up their GAME format. They then proceeded to perform extremely dangerous juggling and spinning maneuvers whilst riding extremely tall unicycles, miraculously passing to one another and carrying the younger ones between their one-wheeled rides. The younger ones have to completely trust their older siblings and their parents in order to excel as a group. As shown by the Crevier family, to become “greater,” goals must be set and reached, which they showed us that day.  

As they were packing up, they were swarmed by the TEAM, who thanked them profusely for coming to the school. As we walked back to our lockers, my friend told me that he had a discussion with Bruce about the value of kindness in schools nowadays, and how it helps prevent bullying. I hope that their efforts in the assembly have spread the love at MCC. As the Crevier family said in the assembly, a little kindness goes a long way.


T.E.A.M. Students of MCC 

Slayton Area Chamber of Commerce Spotlight

Together Everyone Achieves More or T.E.A.M. Student Members of MCC are leading their peers with a large dose of kindness - showing others how kindness toward one another establishes a strong barrier to bullying in our local school d ist rict .

This month’s Chamber Spotlight honors these student leaders for teaching and encouraging important acts of kindness that are making a lasting difference, not only in the decorated hallways of MCC, but also in the hearts and minds of our students and staff.

Way to go, students! Your community is proud  of you, supports you and applauds your relentless efforts to lead the way in your school! May your efforts have a ripple effect through our community - for  kindness  shouldn’t  start  and stop just in the hallways of  MCC,  but  should  be a standard for our community to uphold each and every day!


Father Daughter Prom Set for Sunday, April 29, 2018  

The Slayton Women of Today will once again be sponsoring their annual Father Daughter Prom on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the Murray County Central High School Gym.  Get all dressed up and come have fun with your daughter(s).  Punch and snacks will be available with music provided by Jeff Erickson.  Daughters will register for door prizes to be given away.    

LA Photography will be on hand from 12:45 to 1:45 to take pictures with packages available for families to purchase.  The grand march will begin at 2:00 pm with the 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.   A movie and princess coloring pages will be available for girls while you wait between pictures and 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.