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Great Slayton Area Get Together June 29

It’s time to get your patriotic spirit! The Community Band Concert on Thursday June 29 at 7 PM will feature “American Celebration,” “American Patrol,” “Fanfare Americana,” and “God Bless America.”  The Kim Holm Agency Relay for Life team will be sponsoring a Hy-Vee Burger Feed on Thursday, June 29th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm in Gullard Park for the Community Band Concert: $6.00 for a meal and $3.00 for a burger only. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society! 61 million people came to for credible, compelling cancer- related and health-related information last year.

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 Community Band is always open to including more band members, so dust off that horn, and join them for practice on Tuesdays at the Bandshell at 7 PM.

The History of Henna with Judy Ostrowski

Artist and designer Judy Ostrowski has practiced the ancient art of henna for more than a decade and is the owner of Mehndi Moon Henna. Judy will be at the Slayton Public Library on Tuesday, July 11 at 2:00 p.m. This program will include a discussion about the history and culture of henna art, followed by the application of creative temporary tattoos on those who attend. Henna tattoos are non-permanent body decorations that are applied with an ink paste and last for a few days or weeks. Each piece of body art is individual and unique. This program is free and open to teens and adults. This program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. To view photographs of Judy’s art or for more information, visit her website,

FSA Guaranteed Loan Program

FSA guaranteed loans allow lenders to provide agricultural credit to farmers who do not meet the lender’s normal underwriting criteria. Farmers and ranchers apply for a guaranteed loan through a lender, and the lender arranges for the guarantee. FSA can guarantee up to 95 percent of the loss of principal and interest on a loan. Guaranteed loans can be used for both farm ownership and operating purposes.  

Guaranteed farm ownership loans can be used to purchase farmland, construct or repair buildings, develop farmland to promote soil and water conservation or to refinance debt. 

Guaranteed operating loans can be used to purchase livestock, farm equipment, feed, seed, fuel, farm chemicals, insurance and other operating expenses. 

FSA can guarantee farm ownership and operating loans up to $1,399,000. Repayment terms vary depending on the type of loan, collateral and the producer’s ability to repay the loan. Operating loans are normally repaid within seven years and farm ownership loans are not to exceed 40 years. 

Please contact your lender or local FSA farm loan office for more information on guaranteed loans. 


Kathy Schwartz, Murray County Master Gardener

If you prune trees in June, concentrate on repair rather than shaping. Remove any branches that are crossing, diseased or broken. Make cuts flush to the branch bark collar or where the branches join the trunk.

Watch for sanitation and proper care of roses so you don’t have pest problems.

Squirrels, birds and chipmunks will pull out, dig up or nest in potted plants. You can spray with repellent.

Information provided by the University of Minnesota Extension Service.

Monogram Foods Recognized as Nationwide Processor of the Year

Chandler, MN – (June 12, 2017) --  Local food manufacturer and parent company to Chandler’s Monogram Meat Snacks, Monogram Foods receives national recognition as the Processor of the Year by meat processing industry publication, The National Provisioner. This annual award honors four pillars of Monogram’s industry success: innovation, investment, growth, and vision.

“Monogram Foods was the clear frontrunner for this award,” said Andy Hanacek, editor of The National Provisioner. “They have been consistently at the top of our emerging industry leaders, and with this past year they skyrocketed to the front of the pack.”

CEO/Chairman of Monogram Foods, Karl Schledwitz, gives all acclaim for this recognition to the Monogram team members. Monogram Meat Snacks was the company’s first plant acquisition in 2006. “Our team members in Chandler make up the original driving force that has defined our company over the past 13 years,” said Schledwitz. “This award belongs to our Chandler team members for their leadership and commitment to make us a best-in-class company.”

Monogram Foods continues to invest in Monogram Meat Snacks by adding production lines and increasing production line speeds. In 2016, Monogram added $35 Million in capital investments, including four new production lines. Also added was significant wastewater capacity with a $3 Million environmentally friendly special capability. In 2017, Monogram plans to spend $5 Million on a new injection line, new energy efficient lighting, and other capital improvements.

Plant manager of Monogram Meat Snacks, Pat Tocco, affirms the arc of success that Monogram has seen in 2016. “Here at Monogram Meat Snacks we strive to make each production run part of the success story for the company and even more so for the southwest Minnesota community.”

Schledwitz, along with his partner Wes Jackson, founded Monogram Foods in 2004 after purchasing King Cotton and Circle B brand meats from Sara Lee Corp. They grew their small company of nine employees into one that today employs almost 3,000 people working in eight manufacturing facilities in seven states. Monogram Meat Snacks employs over 400 people at its plant at 521 N 5th Street.

Past recipients of The National Provisioner’s Processor of the Year include: Foster Farms (2016), AdvancePierre Foods (2015), and Link Snacks Inc. (2014).

About Monogram Foods: Founded in 2004 with the purchase of King Cotton and Circle B brand meats from Sara Lee Corporation, Monogram Foods is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn. and manufactures and markets top-quality food products. Among these are a full range of meat snacks, corn dogs, pre-cooked bacon, smoked sausage, appetizers, pet treats and other value-added meats. Monogram Foods’ brands include Wild Bill’s, O’Brien’s, Trail’s Best, Hannah’s, Bull’s and licensed brands Bass Pro Shop’s Uncle Buck’s, Johnsonville, Butterball and Team Realtree. Monogram Foods is a major co-packer and private label provider for strategic partners throughout the nation. Monogram Foods operates facilities in Virginia, Minnesota, Indiana, Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin and Massachusetts.

For more information, please contact: Alix de Witt, Communications Coordinator, (901) 681-9873,