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Producers are Encouraged to Report Prevented Planting and Failed Acres

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers to report prevented planting and failed acres in order to establish or retain FSA program eligibility for some programs.

Producers should report crop acreage they intended to plant, but due to natural disaster, were prevented from planting.  Prevented planting acreage must be reported on form CCC-576, Notice of Loss, no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting date as established by FSA and Risk Management Agency (RMA). 

In Murray County the final planting date for corn is May 31, 2018 and the final planting date for soybeans is June 10, 2018.   

If a producer is unable to report the prevented planting acreage within the 15 calendar days following the final planting date, a late-filed report can be submitted.  Late-filed reports will only be accepted if FSA conducts a farm visit to assess the eligible disaster condition that prevented the crop from being planted.  A measurement service fee will be charged.

Additionally, producers with failed acres should also use form CCC-576, Notice of Loss, to report failed acres. 

Producers of hand-harvested crops must notify FSA of damage or loss through the administrative County Office within 72 hours of the date of damage or loss first becomes apparent. This notification can be provided by filing a CCC-576, email, fax or phone. Producers who notify the County Office by any method other than by filing the CCC-576 are still required to file a CCC-576, Notice of Loss, within the required 15 calendar days.

For losses on crops covered by the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), producers must file a Notice of Loss within 15 days of the occurrence of the disaster or when losses become apparent.  Producers must timely file a Notice of Loss for failed acres on all crops including grasses. 

Please contact the Murray County FSA Office at 507-836-8567 if you have questions about filing a Notice of Loss. To find your local FSA office visit

Getting Lost in the Sauce: A Brief Explanation of Wing Night

The conversations are almost as saucy as the food. Going to different restaurants on Wednesday nights to order the same thing every week. Watching friends to see who will harm themselves the most with hot food. This is the definition of wing night.

To those uninitiated, wing night is a meeting of the minds, a gathering of the finest that Slayton has to offer. Gentlemen and ladies gather at fine establishments such as the City Limits or the Grain Exchange and discuss mature matters, such as politics (who did what at the high school), economics (whether or not Seth should pay for Chelsea’s wings), and a little friendly competition (who can eat the most wings in thirty seconds). Indeed, wing night is the place to be on a Wednesday night.

Personally, wing night for myself is where my friends and I can be found on Wednesdays. Seniors like Seth Atwood, Harley Hermia, Chelsea Luckhardt, Jeremy Thompson, Tyler Larsen, Maggie Heezen, Zach Aaneneson, and Emily Kathman are all alumni to the wing night pantheon. Overall, the seniors would probably be considered the most consistent members. Dedication takes years of work, I guess.

The origins of my group of friends meeting for wings begins in September. After one of the Rebels home football games, I jokingly discussed the value of buying wings on Wednesdays. My friends took this quite seriously, and it resulted in the first wing night. Now, the first time had many outliers, and the most unusual was Seth’s inability to make the trek to inhale wings. Despite this one flaw in attendance, Seth soon joined and became perhaps the most consistent member of the wing night group. The group soon formed, with the organizing of a weekly wing night meeting being led by a brave few: Seth, Bobby Bleyenberg, Jeremy, and myself.

The foreign exchange students, Adalie, Vittoria, Katrine, and Kirsti, all have experienced the taste of America, through the might of hot wings. Every time that Jeremy or Harley comes to wing night, the group would come, with the exception of Vittoria, who I would often drive to wing night. Interestingly, none of them had the “immunity” to heat to handle hot wings, often resulting in the trading of wings to weaker sauces. They all deserve at least an A for effort, though. Vittoria, who left after the first semester to head back to Italy, has been honored with an empty seat. We respect those who cannot attend with an empty seat, in order to show that they will always be missed.

The most inconsistent but also very valued members of wing night include Sam Larson, Jake (Bobby’s brother), CJ Tutt, Kelly Dahlhoff, and Cale Engelkes. Sam, a sophomore at the school, has always been a bit of a wing connoisseur, if you will. She has been an expert in the art of wings, being a fan of Buffalo Wild Wings since her youth. Sam knows what type of wing is bad, and she has been extremely fun to have at wing night, for the facts that she helps bring new jokes as well as another interesting perspective on our conversations. Cale only really has attended when his girlfriend, Emily Kathman, has come to wing night, but he is always a valued member of the group. Cale is known for his sense of humor, which is presented through his various activities that he is involved in. He never really disappoints.

Often at wing night, we try to find something fun to do while we wait for our meal. Depending on the venue of choice for that day, we may play pool. Whenever pool is played, either Jeremy or Harley, who are the only ones who truly know how to play the game, tend to make fun of those who struggle. Usually, teams of two are formed, with Jeremy and Harley always separated to equalize the skill level. Unfortunately, some of the bad players are vastly worse than others. I am quite terrible, to be completely honest, but the foreign exchange students… well, you have to see it to believe it.

Another activity that we do in the wait time happens to be card games. Games like Golf (the card version), Stealing, Hi-Lo, and Twenty One are all played in those breaks in action. As was the case with all of these games, I had to teach the rules. Now, if you have ever taught the rules of a game to a group of friends, you should know that they always question the validity of your rulings. At one point, I explained the rules at the beginning before playing and Seth questioned every single action in the game. When asked if he even listened to the rules, he scoffed and responded “Why would I listen to the rules if I can just ask you about them later?” Yes, this is indeed the genius of wing night.

Every once in a while, one of us has a bad idea. One of these ideas was to purchase our own sauce ingredients and to concoct them ourselves. Needless to say, it did not work as well as we had hoped, but surprisingly was not a complete failure. Seth and I, who had come up with the idea, decided to figure out how to properly do it. Seth, who always has an interesting plan for his ideas, decided to keep his sauce ingredients very secretive. As a result, I tried to keep my sauce relatively tame, but with a kick of habanero. Strangely enough, when we made the wings, Seth’s wings were actually much sweeter. It turns out that he used too much sweetener in his wings, taking away the kick. Needless to say, they were not the most popular wings of the night. However, the foreign exchange students did appreciate the lack of heat. As a result, we have not done this again, and do not plan to until we master the art of the sauce.

After everyone has finished enjoying their meals, we begin to discuss leaving. Some days the group decides to meet up for a movie immediately afterward, while other times we decide to organize something for that Friday or Saturday. However, most of the time the group usually decides to resign for the night, giving one another “good-byes” and “see-you-laters”. When we head out, we head out as a group.

We always stay until everyone has paid and is ready to leave, so that we can continue our conversations as long as possible. I encourage you to find your own version of wing night, somewhere for you and your friends to meet up every week and make tasteless jokes that you all laugh at anyway. After all, what truly defines wing night isn’t the wings; it’s the people.

Strings Across the Ocean

Ross Sutter is joined by Anders and Maria Larsson in a lively U.S./Sweden collaboration that tells the story of a couple immigrating from Sweden to America. Te show features a wide  variety of musical instruments, including string bass, accordion, limberjack, guitar, drum set, fiddle, nyckelharpa, recorder, and lots of singing!

Anders and Maria Larsson are two of Sweden’s most prominent folk musicians who for many years operated their own record label and culture house in Malung, Sweden, where Anders was a vocal coach at the renowned folk music education course Malungs Folkhögskola. They now live in Malmö in the south of Sweden and work as freelance musicians and teachers. Using an impressive array of traditional instruments, the duo creates a sound that is both modern and traditional at the same time. 

Ross Sutter is well known as a singer of Scandinavian, Scottish, and Irish songs, and for his wide repertoire of American traditional and popular songs. With a degree in Music Education, Ross has years of experience working with children, and has developed many popular and time-tested school residency and workshop programs on a variety of engaging themes. Ross and the Larssons met at a music festival in the States, where they discovered a musical kinship that they have enjoyed exploring on two Swedish tours and one American tour. Strings Across the Ocean is a delightful musical and cultural experience for all ages and audiences. You can view a sample of their program at this link: Strings Across the Ocean/Dockedansen -English. 

WHEN: June 12, 2018 at           10:00 a.m.             

WHERE: Gullord Park

• Free music & history program for children & adults

• Free picnic lunch for all children age 1-18 after the program

•Program & Lunch sponsored by the Slayton Public Library & the MCC School’s Out Cafe

Funded in whole or in part with money from Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

For Booking and more information contact: Ross Sutter 612-978-9942,

Murray County Medical Center Named Top 20 Critical Access Hospital for Patient Satisfaction

Murray County Medical Center was recently named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals for Patient Satisfaction among all critical access hospitals in the U.S. by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, including Murray County Medical Center, scored best among critical access hospitals as determined by The Chartis Center for Rural Health for Patient Satisfaction. An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, Mo.

This ranking is determined by The Chartis Center for Rural Health based on data compiled by iVantage Health Analytics in its Hospital Index, specifically the patient satisfaction domain. The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals for Best Practice in Patient Satisfaction achieved success in the patient perspective index on two Hospital Compare HCAHPS measures of “Overall Rating” and “Highly Recommend”.

“Murray County Medical Center is proud of the efforts of its providers and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this patient satisfaction designation,” stated Dennis Goebel, CEO. “Our results for exceptional patient satisfaction means our community can count on us to deliver the quality services they need now and in the future.”

About Murray County Medical Center

Located in Slayton, Minnesota, Murray County Medical Center is a critical access clinic, hospital and emergency department that provides many in-house services, outreach services and is managed by Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  For more information or to make an appointment please call 507-836-6153 or visit             

About the National Rural Health Association

NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and wellbeing of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. For more information, visit

About The Chartis Group

The Chartis Group® (Chartis) provides comprehensive advisory services and analytics to the health care industry. With an unparalleled depth of expertise in strategic planning, performance excellence, informatics and technology and health analytics, Chartis helps leading academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, children’s hospitals and health care service organizations achieve transformative results. Learn more at 

Rockin’ Red 

Singer and songwriter, Leslie Dolby, blends music and movement into a fun, energetic concert for children of all ages. 

Leslie was the keyboardist and member of the children’s entertainment group, “Do Re Let’s Play” from 2008 – 2016. In 2016, she began performing solo children’s shows as “Rockin’ Red”. Leslie has a bachelor’s degree in music and has been performing her entire life. Her primary instruments are piano and saxophone. With two young children of her own, she finds inspiration for writing her songs from everyday life. Her shows are packed with fun since she isn’t afraid to be silly and goofy! Leslie calls Sioux Falls her home but loves traveling for shows and meeting new friends. 

All families in the community are invited to a free Rockin’ Red concert on Saturday, June 9th at 10:30 a.m. at the MCC Auditorium. This concert is sponsored by the Slayton Public Library and the Murray County Early Childhood Initiative. Please call the library at 836-8778 for more information.

This project is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.