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Pastor Donna Kuper Joins Slayton and Lake Wilson Methodist Church Family

By Theresa Nysetvold

The Slayton and Lake Wilson Methodist churches have recently welcomed new pastor Donna Kuper to serve their parish.  Donna is a student at Sioux Falls Seminary and Garrett Theological Seminary and will serve our local churches half-time while she completes her seminary degree.  

Donna was born and raised in Sioux Falls, and has earned undergraduate degrees in accounting and applied management, and a master’s degree in business administration.  Most recently she was employed as the financial administrator/accountant for First United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls and also served as their congregational care director.  She has a life-long history of serving in the church, first as a pianist and also as a teacher.  Donna continues to enjoy playing the piano, bringing with her to the parsonage a restored player piano that has been in her family for generations.  She has experience teaching piano lessons to children and adults and is interested in finding new students in the Slayton area.

The new pastor is also looking forward to learning the life and faith stories of her new parishioners.  “I’m glad my first parish is small enough for me to really get to know people,” said Donna.  Pastor Kuper says she has been described as a “steady and caring leader”, no doubt gifts cultivated through years of life experiences and education.  She was married less than two years when her husband Jeff was diagnosed with cancer and died just four weeks later.  She relies on her faith in God and strong family relationships as she lives her life in service.  Donna says, “I also have a strong interest in family genealogy, and it was from my research that I discovered not only do I have a bunch of relatives who were and are Methodists but one of my relatives was a circuit rider.”  As a student/pastor, Donna said, “My hope is that we can live out God’s command to us to love one another.  My prayer is that we can become a church that welcomes all and brings faith and love to the community.”

The Methodist churches are very happy to worship, grow and serve under the leadership of Donna Kuper.  The Lake Wilson church worships at 9:00 am every Sunday, and Slayton at 10:30 am every Sunday.  Everyone is welcome to worship and greet the new pastor! 

Great Slayton Area Get Together July 13

The Community Band Concert on Thursday July 13 at 7 PM will feature “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Jersey Boys,” and “ You Raise Me Up.”  The Murray County Medical Center Auxiliary will be serving Pulled pork sandwiches, chips and coleslaw and a cookie for $6 per plate.

The money raised from this event will go for an X-Ray Stretcher.   This stretcher accommodates double the capacity of what is currently available in the ER.  This allows for an x-ray cassette to be positioned under the patient without physically lifting the patient.  This also has integrated scales and an electric lift.

Bring your lawn chair and come to Gullord Park for an evening meal, enjoy a musical concert, and support a local cause.  What could be a better “Get Together!”

Thank you to everyone who has attended our concerts this year.  We hope you have enjoyed the music and the community time!

Beginning Experience of SW MN/Marshal

Beginning Experience of SW MN/Marshall, a peer ministry support group for widowed, separated and divorced people is offering its “Coping With Life Alone” Series for ten weeks beginning July . 17, 2017. This series is designed for those wishing to work through the grieving process following the loss of a loved one. The Monday night sessions begin at 7:00 P.M. at the First Lutheran Church on Church and “A” Street in Marshall, MN.

Registration is held the first two Monday nights starting at 6:30 P.M.  Registration is then closed for that session.  The support group is open to people of all denominations.  There is a $75 fee to cover the cost of materials. If you wish to pre-register or have other questions, contact:

Laurie W: 507-829-6692 or, MaryAnn S.: 507-828-2866 or, Mary J.: 507-872-6251 or

Tips for Protecting Your Family Against Bug Bites

From hikes to picnics to relaxing in the hammock, nothing ruins summer fun quite as fast as bug bites. Unfortunately, bug bites are more than just a nuisance. They can trigger allergic reactions in some people, and may transmit diseases like Zika Virus, Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease.

Taking these precautions this summer can help the whole family stay bite-free.

Drain the Swamp

Standing water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Walk around your property after rainfall or after watering the lawn and take note of areas that are not draining properly or are catching and holding water in objects like garden buckets, lids and frisbees. The smallest puddle of water can breed mosquitos. Drain everything you find.

Choose the Right Bug Spray

Lyme Disease expert, Dr. Michael Jacobs, MD says “When shopping for insect repellents look for those with the active ingredients DEET or Picaridin, two of the most effective active ingredients at preventing bug bites. Stronger concentrations of the active ingredient in the formula will give you more hours of protection. For example, a 10 percent DEET or 7 percent Picaridin formula provides one to two hours of protection, while higher concentrations provide protection for eight hours and longer.”

Safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women, and a popular choice for families, Natrapel Tick & Insect Repellant uses the CDC recommended 20 percent Picaridin active ingredient and provides up to 12 hours of protection against mosquitoes and ticks. This formula is also safe on gear and comes in variety of sprays and wipes for easy application.

For outdoor enthusiasts, DEET is the best-selling active ingredient in the U.S. For a trusted choice, consider Ben’s Tick & Insect Repellent, the first brand to register a 10-hour, 100 percent DEET formula with the EPA. The brand also offers an eight-hour, 30 percent DEET water-based formula that is made to evaporate slowly -- so repellent stays on longer with little absorption into the skin.

Cover Up and Be Smart

Make your skin less vulnerable to bug bites with smart fashion choices. When outdoors, particularly in wooded areas, wear loose-fitting long sleeves and pants. Light colors are a good choice, as mosquitoes seem to prefer darker clothing.

Why Me?

Have you ever felt you were being eaten alive by mosquitoes, while everyone else around you remained unaffected? There are many factors that can make one person more appealing than another to mosquitoes. And some are beyond one’s control, such as blood type and genetics. However, mosquitoes are attracted to sweat, so don’t forget the deodorant. They also seem to prefer beer drinkers, according to a study by Japanese researchers.

Vacation or Staycation

Get savvy when traveling. Research your destination so you know what types of insects you can expect to encounter. Staying nearby? Remember, most species of mosquitoes in the U.S. are busiest at dusk. During those hours, take extra precautions to avoid becoming their meal.

This summer, stay safe and comfortable by thinking about these strategies. By doing so, you will keep the bugs at bay so you can play. (StatePoint)