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Fundraiser Rummage Sale

During the Slayton City Wide Rummage Sales, Janese Siedschlag, Laurie Vandenriessche, and Tammi Paulzine had a sale.  This was no ordinary sale.  100% of the proceeds are going to Daylight Center & School in Kapenguria, Kenya.  This is a school that they visited in January.  With generous donations and enthusiastic shoppers, this sale was made possible.  Daylight Center & School is a United States funded school ran by Michael Kimpur of Africa.  Each month money from donors is sent to Daylight for food to feed about 400 students, to pay teachers and staff, and the living expenses to keep things like the cooking fires going. Even with pledges from donors, the school is still in need of over $2000 per month from people like you.  Due to the drought season, this money is crucial since many crops have failed.  They are happy to announce that with the communities help they were able to close the gap and offer a gift of $2000. After the sale, the left over clothing items were donated to Veterans in Sioux Falls.  The money sold from the sale of the clothing is used to help pay for extra doctor’s fees for Veterans. Janese, Laurie, and Tammi would like to say thank you to all who helped with this effort!  If you would more information about Daylight, please visit daylightcenter.org or contact one of these three ladies.


Health Forum

By Theresa Nysetvold

“Live Well: Body, Mind and Spirit” is the theme of this year’s community health and wellness forum sponsored by the Christ Lutheran Church wellness committee.  All members of the community are invited to this informative panel discussion on Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 at Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton.  There is no fee and refreshments will be served.  This year’s panel of three healthcare professionals promises an inspiring and energizing evening with new information that everyone can apply to their own daily life:

Betsy Plotz is a registered dietician and the mother of four young children.  She will discuss spiritual eating.

Debra Reinert is a physical therapist at the Pipestone County Medical Center and the mother of two teenagers.  Her topic will be movement and emotional well-being.

Rev. Joyce Capp is a former special education teacher but has been an ordained pastor for many years.  She currently serves First Lutheran Church in Pipestone and she will address spiritual direction and faith.

This is the second health and wellness forum sponsored by Christ Lutheran Church, and last  year’s event was well attended and well received.  Each panel member will give a short presentation, but there will also be time for discussion amongst themselves and questions from the audience.  The atmosphere will be relaxed but interesting and enlightening.  Mark your calendars - you won’t be disappointed!


Jack & Kitty To Perform

Emmy Award winning “organic vaudeville folk” duo Jack and Kitty will be appearing in a special concert for children and families on Tuesday, June 20 at 12:30 p.m. at West Elementary, Slayton, MN. The performance will take place after School’s Out Café lunch for kids age 18 and younger at 11:30 a.m.

The husband and wife duo has been described by one reviewer as “Leon Redbone meets Alicia Keys or Tom Waits meets Beyoncé”.

We call our style, ‘organic vaudeville folk’,” explains Kitty. “It’s organic and acoustic with nothing but positive vibes.”

She adds, “I was a preschool teacher so we make sure our shows for kids are very engaging – we encourage children to sing-a-long. Our shows become a big family dance party!”

In addition to performing for grownup audiences, Jack and Kitty are one of the most in-demand musical acts for children. Their understanding of this younger audience comes from the years Jack and Kitty spent as co-creators and co-stars of a hit preschool kids television series, which aired on over 150 PBS member stations nationwide and in 175 countries worldwide via the AFN Family Network. Nominated for six Emmy Awards, an average of 5 million families saw Jack and Kitty’s work for youngsters every day.

The group cites influences as far ranging as 1920s and 30s dixieland jazz and jug band ragtime to modern hip-hop and R&B. That rich musical stew forms the blend of Jack and Kitty’s Emmy Award winning artistic approach. Indeed, it would seem that music is in their blood.

Kitty’s uncle is Bunny Wailer – of Bob Marley and the Wailers fame. She grew up in rural Scotts Pass, Jamaica listening to a healthy blend of reggae, rap and R&B.

At a young age Jack discovered his vaudevillian great grandfather’s phonograph record collection and spent his childhood listening to crooners like Bing Crosby, Al Jolson and Rudy Vallee. As fate would have it, oddball ukulele legend Tiny Tim moved in next door to the Norton household and somehow became Jack’s babysitter.

Jack and Kitty have performed in nineteen countries, toured for the US Pentagon, sang at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and were called “one of the most entertaining acoustic groups in the Midwest” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The husband and wife duo live near Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota. To connect with them, visit: http://www.jackandkittymusic.com


Wild About Reading Scheduled in Currie on June 22nd

Wild About Reading will be held in Currie on Thursday, June 22 at the City Park shelter from 9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.  This year’s theme is “Move Your Body, Stretch Your Mind, We Love Reading All the Time!” This program opportunity encourages reading and supplements the Imagination Library and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten early literacy programs which are locally sponsored by United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN).

Parents, caregivers and childcare providers are encouraged to bring their preschool or young children to the park nearest to them and enjoy the fun.  The program will feature activities and reading by United Way Success By 6 volunteers. Childcare providers who attend with the children in their care will receive a bag of books for their daycare. Other children in attendance will also receive a free book.

 Wild about Reading will be in sixteen different parks in communities throughout the UWSWMN service area this summer.  For more information contact UWSWMN at 507-929-2273 or unitedway@unitedwayswmn.org.


Census of Agriculture Countdown Begins for America’s Farmers and Ranchers

America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them.

The Census of Agriculture highlights land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures, and other topics. The 2012 Census of Agriculture revealed that over three million farmers operated more than two million farms, spanning over 914 million acres. This was a four percent decrease in the number of U.S. farms from the previous census in 2007. However, agriculture sales, income, and expenses increased between 2007 and 2012. This telling information and thousands of other agriculture statistics are a direct result of responses to the Census of Agriculture.

Producers who are new to farming or did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 still have time to sign up to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture report form by visiting www.agcensus.usda.gov and clicking on the ‘Make Sure You Are Counted’ button through June. NASS defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year (2017).


BBB Advice on Door-to-Door Salespeople

Summer is almost here, and solicitors offering asphalt services, magazine subscriptions and security alarm systems – among other products and services – are likely already making the rounds and may well find their way to your doorstep. Better Business Bureau® of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) urges people to be on the lookout for problematic sales pitches and to have a plan in place when it comes to dealing with door-to-door solicitors. 

“For many businesses, face-to-face sales are a big part of their business plan and they go about it the right way,” said Susan Adams Loyd, President and CEO of BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “But we know there are shady operators are out there, too, which is why we always advise caution.”

Though many door-to-door salespeople operate ethically and represent reputable companies, there are others who are looking only to make a sale and move on as quickly as possible – leaving customers wondering if they’ll receive the product or service they’ve paid for or if they’ve just been had. BBB offers the following advice on how to handle door-to-door salespeople:

Inquire about licensing. Many cities now require door-to-door salespeople to obtain a peddler or solicitor license. Ask the salesperson if they’ve checked in with the city and obtained proper licensing. If you’re unsure if your city requires such a permit, call your city offices.

Ask for identification. A reputable seller will provide you with all the information you request, including a photo ID and a business card.

Verify the individual and the company. If you are interested in a product or service, get everything in writing including price, contract details and all other terms and conditions. Tell the salesperson you will check it out and get back to him or her. Then research the company yourself and contact them directly to verify the salesperson is an employee. Also, be sure to research the company’s BBB Business Profile and customer reviews at bbb.org. 

Read the contract closely. Make sure you understand all the terms and conditions before signing on the dotted line, and be sure you have a physical address and valid contact information for the company.

Don’t be pressured. Watch out for high-pressure sales tactics and be aware that anything you sign could construe a contract. 

Do the Math. Paying $30 to $40 per month for magazine subscriptions may not sound like much, but if the contract runs for two years – or longer – charges can add up fast. Make sure you have an idea of what the average subscription costs for any magazine that interests you. Most magazines have detachable postcards inside with some of the lowest rates available.

Know your rights. The Federal Trade Commission’s Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule gives the customer three days to cancel purchases over $25 that are made in their home or at a location that is not the seller’s permanent place of business. Along with a receipt, salespeople should also include a completed cancellation form that customers can send to the company to cancel the agreement. By law, the company must give customers a refund within 10 days of receiving the cancellation notice.

Stand strong. Be careful about allowing strangers into your home. If you do allow a salesperson inside your home and decide during the presentation that you are not interested in making a purchase, simply ask them to leave. If the salesperson refuses to leave, tell them you will call the police – and follow through if they don’t leave immediately.

Steer clear of asphalt firms that say they have leftover asphalt from another job. A classic tactic of less-than-reputable asphalt firms is to tell consumers they have extra asphalt leftover from another job and will perform the work for minimal cost. However, professional asphalt contractors know, with great accuracy, how much paving material is needed to complete a project. They rarely have leftover material. It’s also always a good idea to get multiple estimates before choosing any contractor.

People who have issues with door-to-door solicitors can file a complaint with BBB at bbb.org, as well as with their local law enforcement, and state Attorney General’s offices.

Media Contact:  Dan Hendrickson, Communications Coordinator 651-695-2463 or dan.hendrickson@thefirstbbb.org