Beef Quality Assurance & Secure Beef Supply training in Slaytonon June 4
SLAYTON, Minn. (5/22/2019) —University of Minnesota Extension along with Minnesota Beef Council is hosting Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) and Secure Beef Supply (SBS) training in Slayton.This training will be held on Tuesday, June 4 from 6:00–7:30 p.m. at the Murray County 4-H Building, 3048 Broadway Ave, Slayton, MN.Producers attending this free workshop will receive a three-year BQA certification and will learn the steps needed to begin their own Secure Beef Supply plan.
Over the past year, cattlemen and women have been asked to complete the BQA program in order to market their cattle to certain processors. However, BQA certification is still voluntary.Specific companies have chosen to extend their own quality assurance protocol requirements to cattlemen who are a part of their supply chain. A BQA certification is being required by many major industry buyers and processors. When a producer does not have current BQA certification the result is that many packers and feedlots simply cannot purchase those cattle because their company cannot source cattle from a producer who does not meet their certification requirements.
Only one person from each operation is required to be certified to ensure the entire operation follows the BQA standards. However, everyone who handles and manages fed cattle is encouraged to become BQA certified
RSVP’s are appreciated to ensure enough training materials for everyone; call the Murray County Extension Office at 507-836-6927.
Those unable to attend a session can also earn certification online at www.BQA.org.
Babysitting Clinic Coming to Slayton in June
SLAYTON, Minn. (5/21/2019) -- Are you interested in babysitting and would like to gain more knowledge and understanding of the responsibilities of babysitting?
Join us to learn the skills needed to become a capable babysitter for kids of all ages. A Babysitting Clinic will be held June 10-11, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 noon both days, at the Murray County 4-H Building on the fairgrounds in Slayton.The clinic is being conducted by University of Minnesota Extension staff and screened 4-H volunteers.
Youth who have completed 5th grade or older are eligible; they must also be enrolled in Minnesota 4HOnline or enroll for this program before the clinic begins. Cost is $25; you must pre-register as class size is limited.Registration deadline is May 31.
For more information, call Murray County 4-H Program Coordinator Kim Hause at 507-836-1144 or get the flyer from our website: https://z.umn.edu/babysittingclinic
City of Slayton Prepares for 2019 Mosquito Season
The City of Slayton will be implementing the eighth year of its mosquito population reduction efforts this summer. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of nuisance mosquitoes. Along with being a nuisance, some mosquitoes can be the transmitter of several serious diseases.
The focus of the program will be to minimize active adult mosquitoes. As the truck moves about Slayton neighborhoods using the ultra-low volume sprayer mounted in the back, a light visible fog will move through the area. The fog will not cause visibility problems. Common-sense precautions should be taken, including keeping away from the spray vehicle and out of the fog cloud. The majority of the spraying will be done from dusk to midnight.
The following dates are proposed dates of treatment. Treatments are proposed for Tuesday nights, if weather permits. Wednesday nights will be the standard alternate. Treatments may be extended if deemed necessary by City Officials.
Truck ULV Treatments
Tuesday dates include: May 21, May 28, June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27, and September 3
The product being used is Biomist 4+4. This Permetherin based product is extremely safe, yet very effective against mosquitoes and gnats. It contains 4% Permetherin and is applied at a rate of approximately 1 ounce per acre. This product has quick knockdown, low odor, and is non-corrosive.
This product is registered by the EPA and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Listed below are the web addresses where you can find the product’s MSDS sheet, label, and EPA registration documents.
Even though we have selected one of the safest products for this use, common sense dictates that general precautions should be taken when using any pesticide. The City of Slayton wants to have a safe and effective mosquito control program this year. Using trained city staff to handle the equipment and insecticides is of utmost importance. The City of Slayton encourages your support and cooperation in their efforts.
The spraying schedule for the City will be posted at city hall, and also on the city’s website. Available at city hall are forms that citizens can complete indicating that they are refusing mosquito control around their property. Upon completion and return of the refusal form, the City will not spray directly in front of the listed property for a total of 300 feet, which is the effective range of the product that the city is using.
In addition to the city’s control program, you can do several things to reduce local mosquito populations.
- Eliminate trash, tires, and containers that may hold water and create breeding sites for mosquitoes.
- Store boats covered or upside down.
- Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store them inside when they are not used.
- Keep rain gutters and down spouts in good repair. Make sure no water remains in them after a rain.
- Fill depressions in the lawn that hold water.
- Keep clean water in pet water bowls, bird baths, plant saucers and trays.
- Keep shrubs, lawns, and weeds trimmed to eliminate shady places for mosquitoes to rest during hot daylight hours.
- Keep screens intact and tight-fitting to prevent insects from entering your house.
City of Slayton
A UNIVERSE OF STORIES 2019 library SUMMER READING PROGRAM
Readers of all ages will explore all things space this summer as the Slayton Public Library presents “A Universe of Stories” during their summer library program. Activities include group games, space-related crafts, stories, library loot for reading prizes, snacks, and more.
The program kick-off is June 10 at West Elementary with a free pork burger lunch from the Murray County Central School’s Out Café at 11:30 a.m. and Mr. Twister’s “Balloons in Space” program at 12:30 p.m.
The Slayton Friends of the Library have purchased iron on t-shirt decals for participating children. Bring a washed, 100% cotton t-shirt to the public library the week of June 3rd, and the Friends volunteers will iron on the decal and have the shirts ready to distribute at our kick-off June 10th.
We will partner with the Murray County Central School’s Out Café again on July 15 for a free picnic lunch at Gullord Park at 11:30 a.m. followed by the Traveling Lantern Theatre’s presentation of “My Mother the Astronaut” at 12:30 p.m.
The 2019 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through 6th grade, with programs, prizes, storytimes, and more. Registration for “A Universe of Stories” begins on May 28th. For more information, call the library at 836-8778 or visit our website, https://slayton.govoffice.com, and click on the Slayton Public Library link at the top of the page in the middle. Summer activity calendars are available at the library and on the Friends facebook page.
All programs are free of charge.
2019 Acreage Reporting Dates
In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline.
Please see the following 2019 acreage reporting deadlines for MN:
• November 15, 2018:fall seeded crops
• January 2, 2019:Apiculture
• January 15, 2019:Apples
• July 15, 2019:all other crops
The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting dates:
• If the crop has not been planted by the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.
• If a producer acquires additional acreage after the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendars days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.
• If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing,” or “seed,” then the acreage must be reported by July 15th.
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders should note that the acreage reporting date for NAP covered crops is the earlier of the dates listed above or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the crop begins.
For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact the County FSA office.
FREE Classes for People New to Medicare
Slayton, MN, May 21, 2019– 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
By: John Stenen
I’ve lived a good many years and have heard numerous arguments against the resurrection of Jesus Christ. “He didn’t really die on the cross,” say some people. Others tell us that, “The disciples all went to the wrong tomb and that Jesus never rose from the dead; He’s still buried in one of the other tombs.” I’m sure that we have all heard that heaven and hell are not real; when we die we just die like dogs and there is no life after this life. Neither is there a judgment from God so just eat, drink, and be merry, and live however you please.
Well, the truth is that these skeptics and unbelievers are wrong. Jesus Christ is alive and doing well. In fact, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Heb. 13:8). He’s alive because there is nothing else in this world, (including government programs that spend billions of dollars on all kinds of rehabilitation programs) that can really change a person. Jesus Christ still saves, heals, and delivers! He has set so many people free from every kind of sinful bondage and changed their hearts to where they have become honest, hardworking, productive citizens.
The famous preacher Jonathan Edwards had a young girl attend his services. When her father heard about it he forbid her to ever go to church again. Many years later someone studied the generations of descendants of these two men. The one who refused his children to attend church turned out drunkards, prostitutes, thieves, drug addicts, etc. Most of his descendants were dependent on the government to provide their needs in jail, prison, welfare, etc.
Jonathan Edwards descendants were great contributors to society. Men and women who were not in trouble with the law. He had many authors, business owners, preachers, and even a vice president. Many had entered politics and unlike so many of our politicians today - they worked hard to better our country.
Jesus didn’t have to die on the cross, but He did it for you and I so that we could be reconciled to God. (2 Cor. 5:17-20). He did it because He desires you and I to spend eternity with Him. You and I, with ourfinite minds, can’t even begin to comprehend what a fantastic future He has for those who repent of their sin and receive Him as Lord. How do I know He lives? The Spirit of God bears witness with my spirit that I am a child of God. (Rom. 8:). Not only that, but I was speaking with Him just this morning.