(Worthington, MN) Roll up a sleeve and donate blood with Nobles Cooperative Electric. Join us for a blood drive at our Worthington office on Monday, September 28. The community is invited to take part in this life-saving event. All donors will receive a free gift. Call Amy at 800-776-0517 to set up an appointment and for more details.
By: John Stenen
Reputable doctors all over the world agree that negative emotions can be detrimental to our physical and mental health. For example: We’ve all heard that when it comes to ulcers, it’s not what you are eating but rather what’s eating you. Those who harbor anger, resentment, jealousy, bitterness, hatred, un-forgiveness, etc. can eventually end up with any number of diseases attacking their bodies. To me, having these negative emotions makes for a miserable way to live.
God’s Word says, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22). Romans 14:19 says, “Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify (build up) another.” Now that’s a great way to live; having peace and harmony in the home, having love rule rather than anger and hate. We all need to practice esteeming others better than ourselves. We need to be kind and courteous to one another. Remember what God says? “And when you stand praying, forgive if you have anything against another, for if you do not, neither will God forgive you your trespasses.” (Mark 11:25).
If you have not done it yet, I invite you to open your heart to Jesus Christ. You will find a new and wonderful life in Him and you will be given His love deposited into your heart. You can know Jesus not only as your Savior and Lord, but also as your Healer. God bless.
Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) expansions will increase access to affordable health care for southwest Minnesota residents
Rural Health Care, Inc. (RHCI) has received federal authorization to expand its existing health center operations in southwest Minnesota.
On September 1, 2020, RHCI will begin operating Access Health – Windom and Access Health – Fulda in the communities of Windom and Fulda, MN.This FQHC expansion will increase access to Community Health Center (CHC) benefits for nearly 5,000 residents in the region
FQHC’s deliver high-quality primary care services to all, regardless of their ability to pay.FQHC patients benefit from services based upon a sliding fee discount and reduced cost prescriptions for those who qualify.
Access Health – Windom and Access Health – Fulda will be collaborative projects with Avera Health, building upon existing successful collaborative sites including Worthington, MN.The FQHC will operate from space leased in existing Avera facilities, incorporating existing providers and staff.Patients will receive professional health care from their trusted providers without interruption.
“Rural Health Care, Inc. is honored to further increase access to affordable health care for the residents of southwest Minnesota,” said Jim Hardwick, Chief Executive Officer of RHCI. “Existing collaborative projects between RHCI and Avera have proven to be extremely successful in reducing barriers and increasing access to care and these sites help assure that quality health care is accessible to everyone in the region.In today’s health care environment, where serving patients in a cost-effective manner is the goal, these efforts bring forth the best that the two organizations have to offer with one common objective - providing quality health care for all, regardless of the ability to pay,” Hardwick said.
“This collaboration allows a rural setting to have affordable health care in a number of services, including primary care, annual physicals, chronic disease manage, lab and X-ray services, immunizations and more, “ said David Flicek, Chief Administrative Officer for Avera Medical Group.“Avera has been collaborating with Rural Health Care, Inc. for over six years.We have found this to be a relationship that benefits patients and communities.Avera has a long history of supporting rural health care.We believe this will lead to a healthier population as a whole thus having a positive impact on these communities,” Flicek said.
About Rural Health Care, Inc.
Established in 1987, Rural Health Care, Inc. operates Federally Qualified Health Centers in South Dakota and southwest Minnesota communities.True to our mission of “assuring access to quality health care”, RHCI provides primary care services to all, regardless of ability to pay. Operating Federally Qualified.Learn more about Rural Health Care, Inc. at www.ruralhc.net.
About Avera Health
Avera Health is an integrated health system based in Sioux Falls, S.D., serving South Dakota and surrounding areas of Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota. Avera employs 19,000 at 300 locations that include 35 hospitals, 215 primary and specialty care clinics, and 40 senior living facilities in addition to home care and hospice, sports and wellness facilities, home medical equipment outlets and more. Avera offers 60 medical specialties with signature patient care programs including oncology, bone marrow transplant, cardiology, solid organ transplant, orthopedics, gastroenterology and behavioral health. As a health care ministry, Avera carries on the legacy of the Benedictine and Presentation Sisters, delivering care in an environment guided by values of compassion, hospitality and stewardship. Learn more at Avera.org.
Murray County 4-H’ers exhibit their best at 2020 Minnesota 4-H State Showcase
St. Paul, MN 09/25/2020 –Minnesota youth from 87 counties participated in live virtual judging experiences between Aug. 31 and Sept. 13. They were part of the 2020 Minnesota4-H State Showcase.
Throughout the year, 4-H youth select project areas that reflect personal areas of interest and pursue hands-on learning that is both self-directed and guided by caring adults. The results of their learning are typically exhibited at county fairs and some of the best exhibits are brought to present in the 4-H Building at the Minnesota State Fair.
The COVID-19 pandemic required 4-H to cancel most public exhibits in 2020, but 4-H youth learning remained strong in Murray County.After participating in Murray County 4-H Achievement Days, nine 4-H’ers went on to compete in Minnesota 4-H’s virtual showcase. It provided youth an opportunity to showcase their achievements and continue learning through interactive conference judging.
Exhibitor Name Club Entry Description Ribbon Placing Awards
Busman, Megan Fenton Friends Fine Arts- Acrylic Painting Purple
Busman, Megan Fenton Friends Needle Arts Blue
Carter, Leah Currie Poco-a-Poco Quilting Blue
Ford, Brady Cameron Beef-Market Steer 2nd Reserve Champion Shorthorn Plus Steer, Showmanship-Award of Excellence-Beef, Showmanship-Reserve Champion Intermediate - Breeding and Market Beef, Showmanship Finalist
Ford, Taylor Cameron Beef-Market Steer 4th Showmanship - Award of Excellence Beef
Hellewell, Ashley Lakers Photography-Elements Blue
Hellewell, Ashley LakersPhotography-Manipulation Blue
Larson, Samantha Prairie Hustlers Swine-Market Barrow 1st Reserve Champion Heavyweight Market Barrow, Showmanship- Award of Excellence-Swine, Showmanship Finalist
Plaetz, Frederick Currie Poco-a-PocoDucks, Market Pen 6
Plaetz, Frederick Currie Poco-a-Poco Rabbit-New Zealand-Intermediate Doe 3Showmanship - Award of Excellence - Rabbit
Siedschlag, Emma Prairie Hustlers Swine-Market Barrow1st Champion Middleweight Market Barrow, Showmanship- Award of Excellence-Swine, Showmanship Finalist
Wittrock, Drew Currie Poco-a-Poco Chickens- Egg Production Pen 4 Showmanship- Award of Excellence - Poultry
This fall, 4-H will offer a variety of hands-on and virtual learning experiences to support youth and their families. From agronomy and horticulture to healthy living and civic engagement, 4-H empowers youth with skills they need to lead for a lifetime. No matter where youth are this fall, 4-H is there to help them thrive. Learn more about 4-H at our website (https://z.umn.edu/4h).
Minnesota 4-H is funded through a partnership of federal, state, county and private resources and is part of the University of Minnesota Extension.
Farmers.gov Feature Helps Producers Find Farm Loans that Fit Their Operation
Farmers and ranchers can use the Farm Loan Discovery Tool on farmgers.gov to find information on USDA farm loans that may best fit their operations.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers a variety of loan options to help farmers finance their operations. From buying land to financing the purchase of equipment, FSA loans can help.
USDA conducted field research in eight states, gathering input from farmers and FSA farm loan staff to better understand their needs and challenges.
How the Tool Works
Farmers who are looking for financing options to operate a farm or buy land can answer a few simple questions about what they are looking to fund and how much money they need to borrow. After submitting their answers, farmers will be receive information on farm loans that best fit their specific needs. The loan application and additional resources also will be provided.
Farmers can download application quick guides that outline what to expect from preparing an application to receiving a loan decision. There are four guides that cover loans to individuals, entities, and youth, as well as information on microloans. The guides include general eligibility requirements and a list of required forms and documentation for each type of loan. These guides can help farmers prepare before their first USDA service center visit with a loan officer.
Farmers can access the Farm Loan Discovery Tool by visiting farmers.gov/fund and clicking the “Start” button. Follow the prompts and answer five simple questions to receive loan information that is applicable to your agricultural operation. The tool is built to run on any modern browser like Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or the Safari browser, and is fully functional on mobile devices. It does not work in Internet Explorer.
In 2018, USDA unveiled farmers.gov, a dynamic, mobile-friendly public website combined with an authenticated portal where farmers will be able to apply for programs, process transactions, and manage accounts
The Farm Loan Discovery Tool is one of many resources on farmers.gov to help connect farmers to information that can help their operations. Earlier this year, USDA launched the My Financial Information feature, which enables farmers to view their loan information, history, payments, and alerts by logging into the website.
USDA is building farmers.gov for farmers, by farmers. In addition to the interactive farm loan features, the site also offers a Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool. Farmers can visit farmers.gov/recover/disaster-assistance-tool#step-1 to find disaster assistance programs that can help their operation recover from natural disasters.
For more information, contact your Murray County USDA Service Center at 507-836-8567 or visit farmers.gov.
September is Falls Prevention Month
We have rearranged our priorities this year to accommodate the recent events throughout the world.Meetings are being held virtually, schools are using a distant learning platform, and many are holding off visiting people.One thing we do not want to change, or overlook are things that we can control, like falls.
Did you know that many falls can be prevented?Falls are not a natural part of the aging process and steps can and should be taken to prevent falls.Examples of ways to do this successfully include taking classes, such as Matter of Balance (MOB), Tai Ji Quan or Stepping On to name a few programs.These evidenced based classes promote preventing falls through low impact exercises and improving balance.Classes are offered throughout the state and can be found by contacting your local Area Agency on Aging or speaking with your medical providers.
Another form of preventing falls is to review what you have in your homes.Reduce clutter; papers on the floor, rugs, pet accessories or other items that can be moved to allow a clear and even walking surface.Placing furniture strategically throughout your home to use as a balance tool is not a safe way to ambulate.If you find yourself doing this, you may need to talk to a physical therapist about balance and safe alternative for ambulation.There are many ways to check your risk of falling.One way is to visit the National Council on Aging website (www.ncoa.org) where you can take an assessment of your risk of falls.This is a free service and I encourage you, if you are concerned about falling to take this assessment and discuss it with your medical providers.
Remember, one out of every four individuals over the age of 65 experience falls.Falls can lead to serious injury; hospital stays and sometimes can be fatal.Falls can be prevented, be proactive and take the initiative to be safe.