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Pipestone and Murray County Extension launches Facebook page

Stay connected to University of Minnesota Extension statewide resources and local events by liking and sharing the UMN Extension-Pipestone & Murray Counties Facebook page. Life long learners will enjoy the variety of educational opportunities to stimulate their creativity, desire to learn new skills, and keep up to date on the newest University of Minnesota Extension research.  The Facebook page will cover a variety of topics including livestock production, gardening, finance and food preservation. You can stay on top of current events, webinars,  and distance learning videos releases from UMN Extension. 

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Everybody Loves A Parade

 Mark August 8th on your calendar.  Relay for Life teams will be hosting a parade around Murray County on August 8th to honor Cancer Survivors.    We will be having a Drive Thru Parade led by the Fire Dept and featuring Relay for Life Teams as well as Survivors and or others interested in keeping Relay Alive in Murray County. 

Listen for us beginning at 7:00 PM.  We will try to hit most of the streets in town.  If you would like more information or to register to join us please contact Linda Tobias 763-3173.   We welcome all who would like to join in on the fun.

Good News

By John Stenen

On March 23,1743, “The Messiah” was first performed in London. The king was present in the audience. Everyone present was so moved by the “Hallelujah Chorus” that with the impressive words, “For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth,” the entire audience, including the king, rose to their feet and remained standing through the entire chorus. This is why many people stand even today during the performance. It is a salute to Him who “cometh in the name of the Lord.” Jesus Christ is King of kings, and Lord of lords.”

Jesus is coming back one day to gather those who truly belong to Him. It could happen at any time. Are you ready to meet Him? I have now been a Christian for forty-eight years and have no regrets whatsoever for becoming a disciple of Christ and following Him these many years. I have His love, joy and peace and so much more which gives meaning and purpose to life. He is coming for the’believers’ one day, I hope you will be in that great crowd of the redeemed that will spend an unbelievable eternity with the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. God bless.

Naps (Second Harvest)

Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS), sponsored by Second Harvest Heartland distribution will be held at the office of A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota – Murray County at 2989 Maple Rd., Slayton MN.   Distribution will take place on Thursday, August 13th, from 1:30 – 2:30 pm.  In Fulda distribution is Monday, August 17th, from 1:15-1:45 pm at the Fulda Food Shelf at 305 S Lafayette Ave.  Remember if you cannot be there please, have your proxy pick your items up for you. For more information call Joyce at 507-836-8705.

Drop-off Samples for a Free Nitrate- Water Test

Drop off your well water samples for a free nitrate test Monday, August 10th to Friday, August 14th between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Environmental Services Office in the Murray County Government Center.

Before dropping off your samples, please have each bag clearly marked with your name, phone number, and a unique identification number, if dropping off more than one sample. The testing survey will be available on the Murray County website. It is not necessary to provide information about the well or well location but we will need a mailing address for the nitrate testing results.  

To have your well water tested, please bring at least one-half cup of water in a plastic bag.  In order to get a good sample, allow the water to run 5 to 10 minutes before filling the bag. Homeowners with distillators, reverse osmosis, or other nitrate removal systems should take two water samples   one before and one after the treatment process. This will determine if the nitrate removal system is working. Homeowners with just a water softener should take one sample - either before or after the water passes through the water softener. Please keep samples refrigerated and do not take any samples more than 24 hours before testing. Samples should be cool when arriving. 

Nitrates are the most common contaminant in Minnesota’s groundwater and a significant number of the wells within the state contain high nitrate levels. Take about 5 minutes and find out the nitrate level of your well today. This clinic is sponsored by Murray County Environmental Services. 

For more information, please contact Sarah Soderholm, Murray County Environmental Technician, at 507-836-1165.