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What a Busy, Fun Summer Reading Program We’ve Had at the Slayton Library!

There were over 80 children signed up for the 2017 Summer Reading Program. For six weeks we divided into groups of PreK (age 3) thru kindergarten, 1st thru 3rd grades and 4th thru 6th grades for reading and activities.  We did fun things like birdhouses, puzzles, drawing, tangrams, planting, balloons etc. We also had art & activity day on Mondays, as well as a movie & popcorn or Lego Club on Fridays. 

In addition to all the fun we had, each child had a reading goal to be completed by July 21st. We had 38 children complete their goals and enjoy a pool party and other prizes. The weather wasn’t great, but thanks to the pool staff fun was had by all!

We’d like to thank the following individuals and bussinesses for making our program a success:

Supplies to be used during our classes: Slayton Building Materials, VIP Floral, Karen Beers, Tracey Kuhlmann & the Slayton Area Cub Scouts.

Monetary Donations: Plaid Moose, The Hut, MinnWest Bank, Midwest Supply, Hadley Lions, Thrifty White Pharmacy, First National Bank, and Persona Clothing.

Food/prizes/party: Subway, The Hub, Jim’s Market, Pizza Ranch, & Slaytona Beach. 

Volunteers: Chad Reker, Clint Rohrer, Pat Erickson, Rhonda Cousins, Donna Rohrer, Suzie Buse, Marcia Kunze, Mary Perry, Judy Horn & Friends of the Slayton Library.

We have some fun stuff being planned for both children and adults so watch the newspapers as well as the Friends of the Library Facebook page.

Thank you, once again, for sharing your kids with us. Summer Reading may be over, but we’d still love to see your family at the library.  

Keep Reading!

Sights and Sounds at the Fair

When you think of county fair, do you hear roosters crowing, children screaming with delight, sheep bleating for their feed, and smell grilled burgers?  It’s Murray County fair time and the sights and sounds will be coming to life on Wednesday, August 16.  For Murray County 4-H’ers, this is the time of year to show off their knowledge, share their projects, and earn recognition for their hard work.  Each of the four days of county fair hold special activities for 4-H members, their families, and supporters.  

On Wednesday, all 4-H livestock is entered and stalled.  The 4-H rabbit show starts at 11:00 a.m. at Olson Arena, followed by the 4-H goat show at 2:00 p.m.  The 4-H Fashion Revue will start at 4:30 under the entertainment tent in the middle of the fairgrounds.  Fairgoers are encouraged to vote for their favorite photo from the 4-H photography exhibits on Wednesday afternoon.  This year’s Fun Food Challenge will include the best brownies from bakers of all ages.  Brownies and recipes can be brought to the 4-H Building from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  The 4-H sheep show gets underway at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday’s 4-H shows at Olson Arena include swine at 8:00 a.m. followed by dairy at noon.  If you’ve never been to the lama show, check it out at 4:30 p.m. at the horse arena.  Kids are encouraged to participate in the Open Youth Pet Show at 6:00 p.m. in Olson Arena.  All participants receive a malt coupon.

Friday means more livestock shows and much more.  The beef show begins at 9:00 a.m. at Olson Arena.  Then in the hoop barn at noon, check out the poultry show.  If you enjoy horse shows, you’ll want to watch the 4-H Fun Horse Show at 12:30 at the horse arena.   The best of the best will compete in Premier Showmanship at 4:00 p.m. in Olson Arena.   Enjoy a delicious pork loin dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Pork Producers stand.  Kids will want to head to the 4-H Building at 7:30 p.m. for Crazy Science for Kids, led by the Murray County 4-H Ambassadors.  There will be a special sweet treat for each participant to make and eat.

The county fair wraps up on Saturday with the 4-H Ribbon Auction at 10:00 a.m. at Olson Arena.  Prior to the auction, bidders, auctioneers, and 4-H’ers and their families are invited to a breakfast at 8:45 a.m. sponsored by CHS, Inc.

What sights and sounds trigger county fair memories for you?  Make new memories by coming to the Murray County Fair, August 16-19.

Simple Steps Make For Safe, Healthy Swimming

Peak of summer is also prime time for some waterborne pathogens like “Crypto” and Naegleria fowleri

Swimming and playing in lakes, rivers and pools is a favorite part of summer for many Minnesotans, and health officials remind Minnesotans to have fun and be safe by taking a few simple steps to prevent illnesses that can come from water recreation.

“Germs in and on swimmers’ bodies end up in the water and can make other people sick,” said Trisha Robinson, Waterborne Diseases Unit Supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). “The best way to prevent recreational water illnesses is to keep germs out of the water in the first place.”

Swimmers can protect themselves and others by following these simple steps:

• Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea.

• Shower before you get in the water.

• Don’t swallow the water.

From 2007 to 2016 in Minnesota, there were 49 reported outbreaks tied to recreational water, such as beaches, pools or splash pads, resulting in 730 known illnesses. The largest proportion of the outbreaks (55 percent) were caused by Cryptosporidium, a chlorine-resistant parasite that can survive and spread even in a properly maintained pool or splash pad.

The most common symptom of illness caused by germs in the water is diarrhea, which in some cases can be severe enough to result in hospitalization. Symptoms may not develop until a week or more after swimming.

“Swimming is a healthy, fun summertime activity,” Robinson said. “We each need to do our part to keep the water healthy for everyone to enjoy.”

As the temperatures in Minnesota’s lakes warm up, it’s important for swimmers to be aware of the risk of a very rare but serious infection from another organism called Naegleria fowleri. Naegleria fowleri is an ameba found in freshwater and soil. While infections with Naegleria fowleri are rare, they occur mainly when prolonged periods of hot weather result in higher water temperatures and lower water levels.

Infection with Naegleria fowleri causes a very rare but nearly always fatal brain infection called Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM). The organism infects people by entering the body through the nose. Generally, this occurs when people interact with warm freshwater for activities such as swimming and diving.

“We encourage all swimmers to be informed of the risk of Naegleria fowleri and take steps to reduce their risk,” Robinson said. “Swimmers should assume that Naegleria fowleri is present in warm freshwater and there will always be a low level of risk when entering these waters. Taking steps to limit the amount of freshwater that goes up your nose will reduce your risk.”

Swimmers can reduce their risk by limiting the amount of freshwater going up the nose. Additional steps swimmers can take include:

• Avoid warm freshwater lakes and other water bodies when the water temperature is high and the water level is low.

• Avoid putting your head under water.

• Hold your nose shut or use nose clips.

• Avoid digging or stirring up the sediment in shallow, warm freshwater areas.

Symptoms of PAM usually start about five days after infection. Symptoms can be mild at first but worsen very quickly. People should seek medical care immediately whenever they have a sudden fever, headache, stiff neck and vomiting – particularly if they have been in warm freshwater within the previous two weeks.

For more information on healthy swimming, go to MDH’s preventing recreational water illnesses website.  For more information about Naegleria fowleri, visit MDH’s Naegleria website.

A Kiss And A Coupon For Your Brownie

Bring your delectably delicious brownie and you take home a Hershey Kiss and a coupon for the 4-H Food Stand!  The 2017 Fun Food Challenge, sponsored by Murray County 4-H, includes sharing a favorite brownie and recipe with fairgoers.  All ages, no 4-H affiliation necessary, are welcome to enter this contest.  

Bring a brownie on a paper plate and the recipe to the 4-H Building on the Murray County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, August 16 between 5-7 p.m.  Self-proclaimed brownie experts will be available to accept your entry and give you a Kiss and coupon.  Various awards in numerous age categories will be designated and may include the most oohy-goohy, ultimate chocolatey, or the best flavor combination.  Prizes will include baking supplies and baking equipment.  

Stop by the 4-H Building throughout the fair and check out all the brownie recipes and find out who makes the best brownies in Murray County!

Crazy Science for Kids at County Fair

Kids, come make some colorful foam, sparkling slime, and a rain cloud in a cup!  Murray County 4-H Ambassadors will be leading fun science experiments in the 4-H Building on Friday, August 18 at 7:30 p.m.  Elementary-age kids are encouraged to come have some fun and end the evening with a special sweet treat to devour.  It’s dirt cake!  There is no cost to enjoy the experiments or the treat.