LAKEVILLE NATIVE ENTERS CLASS OF 2023 PLEBE SUMMER AT THE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY
Macy Winter a graduate of Lakeville North High School in Lakeville, MN was inducted into the Naval Academy Class of 2023 Thursday, June 27, and will begin six challenging weeks of basic midshipman training as part of Plebe Summer. Macy will also be playing Volleyball at the US Naval Academy this Fall.
She’s the daughter of Trevor (SHS ‘92) and Heidi Winter of Lakeville MN, and the Granddaughter of Keith and Connie Winter of Slayton, MN.
Approximately 1,200 candidates are selected each year for the Academy’s “plebe” or freshman class, and each student is required to participate in Plebe Summer. Last year the Naval Academy received over 16,000 applications for the Class of 2022.
During this time, plebes have no access to television, movies, the internet or music, and restricted access to cell phones. They are only permitted to make three calls during the six weeks of Plebe Summer.
The pressure and rigor of Plebe Summer is carefully designed to help plebes prepare for their first academic year at the Naval Academy and the four years of challenge, which awaits them.
As the summer progresses, the new midshipmen rapidly assimilate basic skills in seamanship, navigation, damage control, sailing, and handling yard patrol craft. Plebes also learn infantry drill and how to shoot 9 mm pistols and M-16 rifles.
Other daily training sessions involve moral, mental, physical or professional development and team-building skills. Activities include swimming, martial arts, basic rock climbing, obstacle, endurance and confidence courses designed to develop physical, mental and team-building skills. Forty hours are devoted to the instruction of infantry drill and five formal parades.
Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service.More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. U.S. News and World Reports has recognized the Naval Academy as a top five undergraduate engineering school and a top 20 best liberal arts college.Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects such as leadership, ethics, small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, and military law.Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 25 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.
The Brigade of Midshipmen is comprised of approximately 4,400 students from every state in the union and a handful of international students. Each year, approximately 1,200 young men and women are admitted to the Naval Academy’s incoming class.
Ameriprise Financial Volunteers Work to End Hunger at Marshall Senior Center
Local effort was one of more than 240 Ameriprise sponsored events across the country on June 14
Ameriprise Financial advisors and employees recently came together to help families and individuals in Marshall. Organized by Van der Hagen, Skogrand & Associates, 6 people volunteered at Marshall Senior Center to deliver Meals on Wheels. This effort was focused on helping the 41 million people, including 13 million children and more than five million seniors, who struggle with hunger in the U.S.
The event was the first of two national days of service Ameriprise arranges each year in partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. On June 14, more than 3,500 Ameriprise financial advisors, employees and clients spent the day participating in more than 220 volunteer events across the country.The employees and advisors of Ameriprise are dedicated to helping people prepare financially for the future. They also recognize that basic needs like food and shelter come first on the path to financial security and are committed to helping individuals in need.
“LSS Meals relies heavily on local businesses and individuals to assist in our mission to provide a nutritious meal to adults 60 or older in the community. Whether it is volunteering in serving a meal, delivering Meals on Wheels to those homebound, or monetarily sponsoring a meal, we genuinely appreciate each business that helps us to serve the members of the community.” Said Lisa Gillund, Regional Manager of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.
About Lutheran Social Service of MN, LSS Meals
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, LSS Meals helps older adults live healthier, more active and independent lives. We offer LSS Bistro community dining centers for a home-cooked, dietary meal with social interaction, LSS Meals on Wheels delivered to those unable to leave their home, and LSS Meals to Go as a convenient and affordable frozen meal service. LSS Meals services 165 communities in 39 Minnesota counties, with 914,903 meals served in 2018. Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota expresses the love of Christ for all people through service that inspires hope, changes lives, and builds communities.
About Ameriprise Financial
At Ameriprise Financial, we have been helping people feel confident about their financial future for more than 120 years. With a network of 10,000 financial advisors and extensive asset management, advisory and insurance capabilities, we have the strength and expertise to serve the full range of consumer financial needs. For more information, or to find an Ameriprise advisor, visit ameriprise.com.
About Ameriprise Financial Community Relations
Ameriprise Financial is dedicated to utilizing the firm’s resources and talents to improve the lives of individuals and build strong communities. Through grants, volunteerism and employee and advisor gift matching programs, the company supports a diverse group of over 7,500 nonprofits across the country. In 2018, Ameriprise employees and advisors contributed more than 78,000 volunteer hours to nonprofits nationwide.
WANTED: Citizens To Go “Behind Bars” For Murray County Kids At ECI Jail & Bail
The Murray County Early Childhood Initiative (ECI) is looking for groups, businesses, and individuals in our community willing to take part in the Jail & Bail fundraiser.This lively event is a fun way to positively impact the youngest children of Murray County. Jail & Bail will take place during the fair on Wednesday, August 14th.
Murray County ECI sponsors educational outreach programs focused on children from birth to age 5 (the age-range when the most brain development occurs in a person’s lifetime) to increase school readiness and support families. Families Reading Every Day (FRED) events, Preschool Open Gym & Open Swim, Books for Businesses, children’s music concerts, the Annual Family Fair, visits to area daycares by ECFE on Wheels, and many other projects for local children are funded with the money raised during Jail & Bail.
Jail & Bail participants will have the option of turning themselves in at the courthouse lawn or being “arrested” and transported by the Slayton Police Department. They will be “incarcerated” in a mock-jail where they will stand before a community judge to be charged with their “crime.” The inmates then begin making phone calls to raise their bail goal of $100. Bail can either be raised in the form of donations or pledges. If you are unavailable on August 14th, but would still like to participate, bail money can be raised ahead of time.
Everyone is invited to visit the “jailbirds” on the east lawn of the courthouse in Slayton from 2-7 p.m. on August 14th and help raise funds for Early Childhood Initiative activities in Murray County.
For more information about volunteering for the annual Jail and Bail event or having a friend, relative, or coworker arrested by the SPD, please contact Marie Paulzine 507-360-2307 or email Marie Paulzine at email@example.com.
2019 Murray County Fair Apple Pie Contest in Memory of Gail Byers
The owners of the Stonegate Apple Orchard, Jason and Jennifer Kirchner, have decided to make the 2019 Murray County Fair Apple Pie Baking Contest the final year for the contest and will host the event in memory of Gail Byers.
Gail started the pie contest around 2008 when the Byers family owned Stonegate Orchard. The Kirchner’s continued the tradition, but after Gail’s unexpected passing a few months ago it seems like the right time for the contest to take a break.
According to Jenni Kirchner, “Gail loved to bake, but never competed in the contest while they owned the orchard. She finally had a chance to bake one of her own pies and won the contest in 2017 to much applause by the audience in attendance.”
“This year just seems to be the right time to end the contest and to hold the event in her memory”, Kircher continued.
The contest will take place on Thursday, August 15th. Registration starts at noon in Heritage Hall with the pie judging contest beginning at 1:00 p.m. Pie and ice cream will be served to the public after the judging for a small fee to cover the expenses. Any proceeds from the event will be donated to Murray County Fair in Gail’s memory.
Let’s make this event BIG this year. Get your recipes out…..get set and bake!
Murray County Fair 5K to Kick Off the 2019 Fair
The Murray County Fair is announcing a change to the 5K/1M Run/Walk event for 2019. This year it will be the KICK OFF event for the fair to encourage a fun family gathering before the fair officially starts.Runners and walkers of all ages and levels are encouraged to participate in either the 5K or 1-mile routes which will start at the front of the courthouse and ends near the fairgrounds and the Pork/Malt Stand.
Each run/walk participant will receive a souvenir, a coupon for a meal and a coupon for a malt too!Don’t feel like exercising, but want to enjoy a pork burger meal or a delicious malt without worrying about the long lines during the fair?The pork/malt stand will start serving at 5:30 p.m. to the public for this kickoff Tuesday, August 13th event at the 2019 Murray County Fair.Costs to the public will be the normal meal prices with additional options to donate to the fair.
If you are a competitor, your running times will be recorded, but it isn’t a serious competition. Want to bring your kids on a stroll on their way to the fair?This is the event to do it.
Cost to register to run/walk will be $20 per person or $50 per family which will include your meal/malt tickets, souvenir, and water after the race.All proceeds of this event will support the free entertainment options for the 2020 fair!To register go to www.murraycountyfair.com/5K
Front Porch Music Series Back for the 5th Summer
The Murray County Historical Society’s Front Porch Music Series will kick off its 2019 summer season on Thursday July 18, at 7PM with Starfire playing from the front porch of the Dinehart Holt House at 2812 Linden Ave. Slayton, MN.This summer’s lineup includes familiar local favorites. The concerts are free of charge and family friendly so bring the kids, a blanket, or some lawn chairs, and enjoy a nice night under the big maples trees on the lawn. In case of inclement weather or excessive heat, concerts will be held in the 4-H building on the Murray County fairgrounds in Slayton. The Murray County Historical Society will offer popcorn and cold drinks during the concerts. The concerts are free and open to the public.A free will donation basket is passed during each concert with proceeds going toward Historical Society programming and exhibits.
July 18, Starfire is a longtime favorite from Fulda. Their music blends country, pop, and classic rock and roll.
July 25- Maple Street, Slayton’s homegrown band plays a mix of country, alternative roots, and original tunes.
Aug. 1- Jazz with Ross and Pete, their name says it all. This duo combines guitar and sax in just the right mix for some easy listening.
This concert series is made possible by the generous donations from the following businesses. Make sure you thank them for their support of the arts and culture in Murray County.Minnwest Bank of Slayton, First National Bank of Slayton and Fulda, Currie State Bank, and State Bank of Chandler.
United Way of Southwest Minnesota Small Grants Available & Workshop Offered
The United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) unites people and resources to improve lives and strengthen communities. As part of our grant funding portfolio, UWSWMN has set aside funding for use during each fiscal year (July 1-June 30) to provide small grants to eligible nonprofit organizations in our service area. The intent of the Small Grants Program is to provide a small, one-time grant to support a new community project, programs or initiative that aligns with the UWSWMN Community Impact Priorities.
The Small Grants Program is an outreach of the Community Impact funding process awarded through United Way of Southwest Minnesota. The available amount of grant dollars each year is subject to change. This year $30,000 is available. Deadlines are August 31st and January 31st at 5PM. Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
UWSWMN will hold a Small Grant specific workshop and demo the online grant platform. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, August 7th from 3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m. RSVP’s are required for planning purposes by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> or by calling 507-929-2273. Workshops are free and will be held at the United Way office located at 800 East Main Street, Marshall.
United Way of Southwest Minnesota Small Grants can be used for projects such as: program work including planning, training and/or development; organizational capacity building including strategic planning, governance and other types of organizational planning and/or development activities; community and/or human service work that includes volunteer participation or emerging or unmet needs; and/or to support innovative solutions to local issues.
Small Grant applications will be reviewed by a team of trained, local volunteers who will make recommendations regarding funding to the United Way of Southwest Minnesota board of directors. Funding guidelines, eligibility requirements and application materials can be found under the Our Impact Tab—Small Grants at www.UnitedWaySWMN.org.
United Way of Southwest Minnesota is an autonomous, local organization working to create lasting change in people’s lives and the communities we serve in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood counties of Minnesota.
USDA Offers Producers Options to Re-enroll or Extend Expiring CRP Contracts
Farmers and ranchers with expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts may now re-enroll in certain CRP continuous signup practices or, if eligible, select a one-year contract extension. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is also accepting offers from landowners who want to enroll for the first time in one of the country’s largest conservation programs. FSA’s 52nd signup for CRP runs from June 3 to August 23.
This year’s CRP continuous signup includes practices such as grass waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland restoration and others.Continuous signup contracts last for 10 to 15 years. Soil rental rates are set at 90 percent of 2018 rates. Incentive payments are not offered for these practices.
Producers interested in applying for CRP continuous practices, including those under existing CREP agreements, or who want to extend their contract, should contact their USDA service center by August 23.
To locate your local FSA office, visit www.farmers.gov. More information on CRP can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.