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Press Release

Boating Accident on Shetek One Fatality

On 06/13/2020 at 0809 pm, Murray County Dispatch received numerous reports of a collision between 2 boats on North Lake Shetek.  The collision occurred between a 2000 Tige boat, operated by Matthew Slater, and a 2018 Tracker boat, operated by Brian Bergling.  Bergling was the only occupant on the 2018 Tracker Boat.  The 2000 Tige boat had 11 total occupants on board at the time of the accident.  2 individuals on the 2000 Tige boat were taken to area hospitals and their conditions are unknown at this time.  Logan Nelson, an occupant in the 2000 Tige Boat, was thrown from the vessel.  The Murray County Sheriff’s Office, assisting agencies, and numerous civilians aided in the search for Logan Nelson late into the night.  The search was discontinued for the evening due to darkness and wind. 

On 06/14/2020 at first light the search and recovery effort resumed.  At approximately 1138 am Logan Nelsons deceased body was recovered after an extensive search of the accident scene.  The Murray County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on the scene by the following agencies; Tracy Ambulance, Lake Shetek First Responders, Currie Fire Dept., North Memorial Air Care, Tracy Fire Dept., Walnut Grove Fire Dept, Slayton Fire Dept, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources, LeClaires from Currie, and The Codington County Water Rescue Team (Watertown, SD). 

No Further information will be given at this time as the accident is still under investigation. 


Heath Landsman

Murray County Chief Deputy

Benda receives scholarship

Justin Benda, son of Mark Benda, has received a $1,000 scholarship from the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. He is one of only eight students in the state of Minnesota to receive this scholarship. 

Justin will be a sophomore at South Dakota State University in Brookings this fall where he is majoring in Exercise Science. 

Justin is eligible to receive this scholarship through his grandfather, Chuck Benda, who served in the Army Nationa Guard for over 37 years and is a member of the Erwin March Post 64 for over 25 years. His grandmother, Carol Benda, has been a member of the Slayton Legion Auxiliary Unit 64 for over 15 years.


Chandler American Legion Aux will be distributing poppies around Chandler on Wed., June 24. Watch for students with poppies. Poppies are made by Veterans, in honor & memory of our Veterans that served our country - Wear a poppy. Thank you for your contributions. 

Chandler American Legion Auxiliary

Front Porch Music Series Postponed until 2021. Museum and End O line Park Opened June 16th

The 2020 Front Porch Music Series is being postponed until 2021. The health and safety of our audience and the performers are first in our consideration of this.  The Historical Society is thankful for the added flexibility of the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Legacy grant. The grant deadline has been extended into 2021 allowing for postponement without loss of funds. The same bands will be on deck for next summer’s concerts. We all look forward to the time we can gather and enjoy some good live music.

Following the new guidelines set by Minnesota, the Murray County Museum opened to the public by appointment on June 16th. Researchers and visitors are welcome to call ahead at 507-836-6533 or email Tours of the Dinehart House, Wornson cabin, and Sierk Agricultural building are still postponed until a later date.

 The Murray County Museum will be open by appointment Tuesday through Friday from 10-5. If you must come on a Saturday, call early to set up an appointment so staff can plan for it.

When you visit please bring and wear a mask.  Hand sanitizer and hand washing are available at the museum. Social distancing signage has been established on the floors. The museum has a life-sized poster of local baseball player, Jit Lowe, that is about 6 ft. tall, we ask visitors to stay a “Jit” away from each other when touring the museum. He stands at the front door to remind you. New exhibits include the 1940 car crash, boating on Lake Shetek, and transportation in the county. You’ll find something new every time you visit. 

The End-O-Line Park opened on June 16th with one staff person and tour modifications. Open hours will be Tuesday through Saturday 10-5 PM. All tours will be self-guided with disposable guidebooks available at the gift shop. The giftshop will have shorter hours 10-12 AM and 1-3 PM to allow staff time to clean bathrooms and high-touch areas of the park. To reduce the chances of virus spread there will be limited access to some of the buildings. The front entries of the schoolhouse and the church will be open. Limited access to the courthouse will allow for visitors to sit and watch the courthouse movie. The engine house will be open and visitors are asked to stay on the boardwalk and avoid touching the artifacts. Cabooses, general store and mill, picnic shelter and the section foreman house will be closed. The depot will be getting a new coat of paint through June and part of July so will be closed until that project is complete. Extra outdoor signage will be placed around the site to add information and insights into the park.  Donation stations will be placed on the front porch and inside of the giftshop. This is a difficult time for the museums and all donations are very welcome! 

The Lake Shetek Community Church Services will be held in the Presbyterian Church on the park grounds Sunday mornings at 11 AM. Congregates are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing. Guests are welcome.

Visitors are asked to bring and wear masks while at the park. Hand sanitizer and hand washing will be available at the park. Bathrooms will be open during hours of operation and cleaned and sanitized daily.

For more information please call 507-763-3708 or e-mail

As the museums are able to change to a more normal schedule the staff will keep the public updated. Find us on Facebook and on our webpage  and