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Professor Joseph A. Amato To Appear At Area Plum Creek Libraries

Professor, Joseph A. Amato will be visiting several libraries in the 9-county Plum Creek Library System to present his new work of historical fiction, Buffalo Man, Giant of the Waters and Winds.  Amato, Emeritus of History and Rural/Regional Studies at Southwest Minnesota State University, will discuss his book that is set in the 1850s in Territorial Minnesota. The story of “Gar” (Gargantua), who is born out of the sky, of the West, the Buffalo and native spirit and is adopted by French-Indians at Little Rock Trading Post of Joseph Laframboise along the Minnesota River near New Ulm and Fort Ridgely.  

Through the telling of Buffalo Man’s life, Amato shows how much Minnesota, by life, discover, adventures and trade, belonged to rivers and river valleys. Amato’s presentation will focus on the richness and variety of landscape and culture in territorial Minnesota and accent the dominance of native peoples and newly arriving settlers. 

This program is free and open to the public and is made possible through Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Monday, October 1 

Lakefield Library – 2:00 p.m.

Center for Active Living (Worthington) - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 2

Community Room (Slayton Library) – 1:00 p.m.

Tracy Public Library – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 3

Morgan Public Library – 5:30 p.m.

Monday, October 8

Ivanhoe Community Center – 10:00 a.m.

Siverson Public Library (Hendricks) – 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 9

Tyler American Legion Hall – 12:00 p.m.

Meinders Community Library (Pipestone) – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 10

Cottonwood Public Library – 10:00 a.m.

Minneota Public Library – 1:00 p.m.

Monday, October 15

Rock County Library (Luverne) – 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 16

Lake Benton Public Library – 12:00 p.m.

Marshall-Lyon County Library – 6:30 p.m.

A Summer Full of FFA

By Sophie Larson

Summer of 2018 went by too fast, as many of us kids would say, as school resumed last Tuesday, September 4th. This past summer FFA members took no break. From the horse judging team getting Champion FFA Chapter at their competition, helping out with Mr. Chris Davis’s benefit, having our FFA barnyard along with Fulda’s FFA chapter, and members competing at the Minnesota State Fair FFA show.

On July 22nd the horse judging team competed in Jackson Minnesota. The competitors included: Maggie Heezen, Karlie Heezen, Madelyn Wendland, Macy Posthuma, and Kennedy Jackles. The girls had a busy day. All 5 competitors competed in, Showmanship, English Pleasure, English Equitation, Western Pleasure, and Western Horsemanship. Posthuma and Wendland also competed in Egg & Spoon, Pole weaving, Key Race, Jump Figure 8, Barrels Speed Dash, and Pennant Race. The girls said they had a lot of fun competing and it was a great learning experience.

As many people know Chris Davis had a stroke this summer. At his benefit on August 5th, 2018 the FFA Officers helped serve food along with the Tracy football team.

Every year at the Murray County Fair the Fulda & MCC FFA showcase some of the favorite farm animals our members have at their own family farms. This year we had goats, pigs, baby chicks, ducks, a miniature donkey, and a calf. In the barn we also had a spinning wheel game that had various animals on it and kids could spin for a piece of candy if they got the animal question correct. Each of the chapters shared dates and times to work the barnyard.

At the Minnesota State Fair FFA show, we had 4 exhibitors. The exhibitors include: Camdyn Kluis, Sophie Larson, Taylor Ford, and Vanessa Herrig. Camdyn Kluis received 3rd overall foundation Simmental. Sophie Larson received 6th overall foundation Simmental and placed 3rd in her crossbred class. Taylor Ford got 8th in her class and placed respectively. Ford also got a callback in breeding heifer showmanship. Vanessa Herrig had 32 head. She had a great day of showing. Herrig got 1st place Hampshire yearling ram, 2nd place hampshire Yearling ewe (went on to be reserve champion ewe), 1st & 2nd place natural colored yearling ewes (went on to be champion and reserve ewes), 1st place natural colored fall ram (went to be reserve champion natural colored ram), 1st place feb natural colored ram lamb, 1st place natural colored fall ewe lamb, 1st place hampshire feb ewe lamb, 1st & 2nd slick sheared hampshire yearling ewes, 2nd place jan Hampshire ewe lamb, 2nd place Southdown yearling ram, 1st place Jan Southdown ram lamb, and 3rd premiere sheep chapter, behind New York Mills FFA and Kenyon Wannimingo FFA.

All in all our FFA chapter had a great summer. From attending, Horse judging, Mr. Davis’s benefit, Murray County Fair, and the Minnesota State FFA show. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year.

Master Gardeners Seeking New Members in Murray County

SLAYTON, Minn. (9/14/2018) — Master Gardeners are from all walks of life and volunteer on behalf of  University of Minnesota Extension.  They are eager to share best practices in gardening with people in their community that promote healthy landscapes, healthy foods, and healthy lives.  They have completed a University-taught core course and contributed a certain number of hours to teach research-based horticulture practices in their communities.

Would you like to become a Master Gardener?  Murray County Master Gardeners would welcome new members to assist them with their current projects as well as bring new ideas to the program. Master Gardeners in Murray County sponsor an annual garden tour in July, assist communities with planning public gardens, work with elementary-age students in the “Pizza Garden and More,” answer questions and provide gardening information one-on-one throughout the year as well as at the Murray County Fair, and more. 

If interested, call University of Minnesota Extension- Murray County at 507-836-6927 or send a message to   Applications are due by October 1; the online core course runs January-May, 2019.  Murray County Master Gardeners offer scholarship assistance to help with the cost of the Master Gardener core course.  For more information, contact the office or visit the Become a Master Gardener volunteer website:

Rebel Roundup

Dear MCC Families,

WOW, where did the summer go? Hard to believe we already have a couple weeks of classes already. We are all adjusting to the daily routines, which include bus schedules, homework, band lessons, choir practice, and afterschool activites.

There’s one more thing we hope you can squeeze into your list – talking to your kids about being safe online.

Your students are probably online all throughout the year, but during the school year they may be more connected – at the library, at school and at home.

The good news is that it’s easy to have these conversations– whether you’re a techie or not.

Here are some ways to make these conversations easy and painless.

• Use everyday opportunities to talk to your kids about being online. For example, news stories about cyberbullying or texting while driving can spur a conversation with kids about their experiences and your expectations.

• Communicate your expectations and how they apply in an online context. Sharing your values clearly can help your kids make smarter and more thoughtful decisions when they face tricky situations. For instance, be specific about what’s off-limits — and what you consider to be unacceptable behavior.

• Resist the urge to rush through these conversations with your kids. Most kids need to hear information repeated, in small doses, for it to sink in. If you keep talking with your kids, your patience and persistence will pay off in the long run.

• Work hard to keep the lines of communication open, even if you learn your kid has done something online that you find inappropriate. Listening and taking their feelings into account helps keep conversations afloat. You may not have all the answers, and being honest about that can go a long way. 

For more tips on talking with your kids about online safety, visit


Todd Burlingame

MCC Elementary Principal

“Mama! Mama, look! Look! I found a toad!”

(repeat, 96 times a day, all summer long)

It’s pretty tough to gross me out. When my kids or summer campers discover a critter, I’m the first one that gets to see the thing with “tickly legs” or “slimy skin,” and I usually can either identify it for them or help them look up the answer in one of our many guidebooks to Minnesota flora and fauna. And truly, it’s a joy. Their little faces lighting up over the discovery of a wild creature blesses my heart tremendously, for many reasons.

Discovery--a word whose very synonyms are “unearthing, locating, finding, inventing.” What great things for our kids! Learning takes many forms, and spending time outdoors lends itself well to challenging children to think outside the box, and discover for themselves the secrets of nature and life processes. Think about what they understand when they find a living treasure: they learn very quickly how that creature moves, what it eats, where it lives, how it behaves. I teach them gentle handling and respectful learning, and encourage the kids to place the creature safely back where they found it after a short look.

How we respond to children’s little discoveries matters greatly in their future treatment of animals and their habitats. When you teach a child to quietly gaze in wonder at a butterfly, gently pick up a toad and count its bumps, or watch a bird feeding its babies in a nest up high, you also teach that child what it means to love and care for a world from which learning experiences come freely and often. Do you get grossed out easily? Bring along a bottle of hand sanitizer on your next hike or some wet wipes, and try to put yourself in the mind of your child--that precious sense of adventure will bring about a positive attitude about caring for the earth, and all that inhabit it.

On Sunday, September 30th, Shetek Lutheran Ministries will be offering our seasonal “Toddlers and Trees” program! Designed for ages 1-3, the event runs from 3:00pm-4:30pm and includes a make-and-take craft, outdoor exploration, a healthy snack, and storytime! All family members are welcome--come and enjoy the beginning of fall at camp! Call SLM at 507-763-3567 or email to register.