Join us for a beautiful day in the park on Saturday, June 8, to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day!
Minnesota’s 76 state parks and recreation areas are all offering free admission this day, and many of them have planned special activities to introduce you to the fun of geocaching, kayaking, camping, and other family-friendly activities.
The Friends of Lake Shetek State Park will be hosting their Annual Open House Pork Burger Feed Fundraiser on Saturday, June 8 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Lake Shetek State Park picnic shelter.For $6 per person, the menu will include either a pork burger or hot dog, beans, chips, cookie and a beverage.The proceeds from the fundraiser are used to support park improvement projects and programs.Some examples of park improvements funded by the Friends include Koch Cabin restoration work, interpretive programming, tree plantings and the solar-powered boat landing light.
Come out to support the park, grab a bite to eat and enjoy a day outdoors!
Carlson’s Pillow Cleaning
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 64 of Slayton is sponsoring their annual fundraising event. Carlson’s Pillow Cleaning on Wednesday, June 12th from 8am until 4pm. The event will be held at the home of John Wagley, 2005 Broadway Ave., Slayton.
The event not only supports numerous Veterans’ programs, but is a great service for the community. Stop by anytime during the hours listed and have your feather pillows cleaned with new ticking and support our Veterans in the process. There will also be an assortment of feather pillows that may be purchased.
Great Slayton Area Get Together June 13
The Community Band Concert on Thursday June 13 at 7 PM will feature “Lassus Trombone,” “Shenandoah,” “Beatles Forever,” and “Salute to Glenn Miller.”The Kim Holm Agency Relay for Life team will be sponsoring a Pulled Pork Sandwich Meal (pork from the Murray County Pork Producers!), chips, cookie and lemonade or water from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm in Gullord Park for the Community Band Concert.$6.00 for a meal and $4.00 for a sandwich only. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society!
A steady, 25-year decline has resulted in a 27% drop in the overall cancer death rate in the United States, translating to approximately 2.6 million fewer cancer deaths between 1991 and 2016. This data come from Cancer Statistics, 2019, the American Cancer Society’s widely-quoted annual report on cancer rates and trends.
Bring your lawn chair and come to Gullord Park for an evening meal, enjoy a music concert, and support a local cause.What could be a better “Get Together!”
The Slayton Area Community Band will be participating in the Fulda Wood Duck Festival Parade on Saturday, June 15th.
Early Childhood Screening
Murray County Central Schools will host an Early Childhood Screening for all children who were born before May 19th, 2016 and have not been previously screened.Early Childhood Screening is required in Minnesota and it is provided free of charge to all families.Early Childhood Screening consists of developmental screenings (motor skills, speech and language assessment, cognitive skills, social/emotional parent questionnaire), a health history and immunization review, along with height, weight, vision and hearing screenings
The next Early Childhood Screening will be held on Monday, August 19th at MCC West Elementary.To schedule your child’s appointment, please call 507-836-6450 extension 5110.If unavailable, please leave a detailed message.
FRIENDS OF THE CASEY JONES TRAIL ASSOCIATION TO HOLD ANNUAL MEETING
The Friends of the Casey Jones Trail Association will hold its Annual Meeting Thursday, June 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the picnic shelter at the City Park in Woodstock. The public is welcome to attend this meeting. RSVPs are appreciated to Amy Rucker at 507-836-6023 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Friends of the Casey Jones Trail Association is a non-profit organization formed to advocate for the continued development of the Casey Jones State Trail. To learn more about the Friends of the Casey Jones Trail Association visit www.caseyjonestrail.org.
Murray County Recorder’s Office Updates
Editorial by Evey Larson, Murray County Recorder
What does the Recorder’s Office do for you, the taxpayer?That’s a good question and one that we would like to answer for all the property owners in Murray County.If you own a home, an acreage or a farm in Murray County you have a deed that was given to you by the seller at the time of closing.The Recorder’s Office is where all the deeds, mortgages, modifications, satisfactions, affidavits, probate documents and hundreds of other documents are filed each year.Our records go back to 1858 when Minnesota became a state and the land was deeded to the government, railroads and individual property owners.
We have all the old books that were hand written in the late 1800’s and we still use them today.These books have all been digitized and duplicates are stored off site in in a bank vault and at our server location out of state so that we would have all our records available in the event of a catastrophic event (i.e. tornado, fire, etc.).If such an event did occur, we would be able to get set up within hours and be able to transact business with the help of our software company, Fidlar Technologies.
In the United States we have the right to own our houses and land.With that ownership we have the economic advantage of being able to use the equity in our homes and land as collateral for loans to make improvements or start new businesses.Without the proper documentation you wouldn’t be able to secure a mortgage on your property and that’s where the Murray County Recorder’s Office comes in and is a great benefit to the land owner.Our office will have all your documents that are required to facilitate your real estate transactions and protect all parties’ interest.The records in the Murray County Recorder’s Office are the “official” record and are used by abstractors to create new abstracts and title searchers to write title insurance.Our office has gone from using those dusty old books to electronic recording of all your documents so that the public has current and factual access to everything that has been recorded over the past 161 years.
Since I was elected Recorder in 2014 we have updated both our records and our office.Murray County has worked with Fidlar Technologies since 2002 to offer programs that are dedicated to preserving our real estate records along with allowing easy access and searching through public portals.In 2015 we upgraded to the AVID program with Fidlar that allows us to scan and index your documents within a short time to allow searching of the records in both Laredo and Tapestry programs.Laredo is a subscription tool used by abstractors, title companies, attorneys and bankers with a monthly charge depending on their usage.Tapestry is a tool that is available to the public for searches for a one-time charge and is available 24/7 through our website.Laredo has this same advantage which allows searchers to access our records after regular office hours.In addition to these products the Recorder’s Office offers Property Fraud Alert where taxpayers can register their email address or phone number with the Recorder’s Office and every time a document with their name is filed, they will receive notification from Fidlar about the document.This program offers the taxpayer another level of protection from identity theft.We also offer the Honor Rewards Program to our Veterans where they can sign up in our office and receive a card that they will present to participating businesses in Murray County that offer discounts and special offers.Both the Property Fraud Alert and Honor Rewards program are free to the public and to the Recorder’s Office.
The Murray County Recorder’s Office began eRecording limited documents in 2016 and expanded that to all document types in 2017.With Fidlar Technologies program that has major security and safety features built into it, we are able to use eRecording to send and receive documents electronically from a trusted submitter.As new and improved products are available, the public can rest assured that your Murray County Recorder’s Office will update and implement new practices that will continue to protect your documents and records.
The job of Recorder isn’t given to the person who has the best handwriting or is the most popular candidate.The job requires knowledge and attention to detail and the ability to understand and interpret the statutes that ensure that each document submitted for recording meets the standards and practices of the statutes governing the recording process.Our recording process has changed dramatically over the past 10 years and we will continue to make changes and keep up with new technology.At one point in time, Murray County was one of only two counties in the state of Minnesota that didn’t offer electronic recording.I’m pleased to say that since I was elected in 2014 we have upgraded everything about our office and are on the cutting edge of any new technology.Our mission in the Murray County Recorder’s Office is to provide the public with the best service possible and offer the most current and innovative methods available for the recording and preservation of the documents submitted to our office.You, the public, deserve nothing less than our best efforts which we offer to you every day.
NAPS (Second Harvest)
Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS) distribution will be held at the office of A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota - Murray County 2989 Maple Rd., Slayton MN on Wednesday; June 19, 2019. From 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Remember if you cannot be there, please have your proxy pick your items up for you. Call A.C.E. of SW Minnesota – Murray County at 507-836-8705 for more information.