We have had a busy start to the year, and it is hard to believe we are already at the end of the first month of school!With homecoming falling during the second week of school this year, and all the associated activities, time has flown by.We have been working on some big projects throughout the summer that are now coming to fruition this fall.Our 1:1 technology initiative, a long time goal, has finally been realized for our juniors and seniors.Thanks to all of the hard work of our staff in preparing to teach in a 1:1 environment, and in particular Andy Berndt, for getting these computers set and ready to go.This has been a big push because we realize that we need to prepare students for the technological demands of life beyond high school. In addition, technology is a medium through which education happens.It enhances the experiences of our students, building relevance to their lives.Next year we hope to be 1:1 in the entire secondary.
This summer we received an anti-vaping grant from Soter Technologies to purchase vape detectors for our school.With the use of e-cigarettes and vaping on the rise throughout the country and state, school districts are taking measures to keep their students safe.We will be installing vape detectors in bathrooms throughout the high school that will notify staff by text message if someone is vaping.In addition, we will be adding an educational component to our tobacco use violation protocol.If a student is caught using tobacco in any form, including vaping, they will have to complete a lesson on tobacco use prevention while on suspension.Parents should not have to worry about whether or not their child will be exposed to vaping in our school, and we want to keep it that way.
Another way we will be keeping your student safe this year is by implementing parking lot searches with our detection canines.This means that any vehicle parked on school property or school leased property (back lot behind the new gym addition) will be subject to checks by our school detection canine.As is the practice with lockers, if the dog alerts on a vehicle, a search will be conducted.The owner of the vehicle will be called down to go through their vehicle with the dog handler and school administration.If contraband is found, then law enforcement will be contacted.Our dogs are able to indicate the presence of drugs, alcohol, firearms, gun powder, and prescription drugs.
Another grant that has been in the works for MCC high school this year is a Behavioral Health and Wellness Grant.This is a grant in partnership with the state of Minnesota that offers a social emotional learning-based curriculum in order to promote behavioral awareness, social competency, positive mental health and the prevention of substance use and abuse.Implementation of this curriculum would be through our health classes and the grant would cover the cost of teacher training, the curriculum, time and other expenses, as well as technical assistance to support implementation.Schools across the nation are implementing SEL programs in their schools due to the increased need in mental health support and substance use prevention, and this is a great opportunity to integrate some of these concepts into our curriculum.
We are off to a great start this year and consider ourselves privileged to have the opportunity of working with your child.Our teachers are working hard to give all students the best education possible and prepare them for the future.We also recognize that our school is only as strong as the support we receive from our community.It truly takes all of us working together to develop the potential in every student.Thank you for your support.
Jake Scandrett- HS Principal
Are You Ready to Fly?
Remember that beginning on October 1, 2020 you will not be able to fly within the U.S. or enter Federal Facilities using a Standard Minnesota ID or Driver’s License for identification.
Before you fly, if you want to use your MN ID/Driver’s License to fly you must upgrade to a Real or Enhanced.A Real ID will allow you to fly within the U.S. The Enhanced ID will allow you to fly within the U.S. and go into Canada or Mexico but only by land or water.You will still need a passport to fly anywhere outside of the United States.
What do I need to do?
Go to drive.mn.gov or stop by the License Center in Slayton to get a list of all the documents are acceptable to get your new license.You must bring in documents that prove your name, date of birth, social security number and address.
Be sure your all your documents have your given name on them.If your name is James, all of your documents need to say James, they cannot say Jim.
Do I have to change my ID or Driver’s License?
No, if you don’t travel on airplanes or enter Federal Facilities such as a military base or nuclear power plant.
No, if you have a valid passport or passport card to fly with instead.
Yes, if you plan on flying and do not have a passport or passport card.
If my ID/Driver’s License doesn’t expire until 2022, can I upgrade before it expires? YES
In the winter, I like to go south in Arizona or Texas and sometimes like to take a day trip to Mexico, can I use my MN ID or Driver’s License to cross the border?Only if it is the Enhanced version.
What are the costs?
The Real ID has no extra cost. The enhanced costs an additional $15 every time you renew it.
Please feel free to stop to see us at the License Center at the Government Center in Slayton and we will answer all your questions and help find you the right ID for your needs!
Annette Seivert, Murray County Deputy Registrar
Low Interest Emergency Physical Loss Loans Available for Producers in Murray County
Agricultural producers in Murray County who lost property due to recent natural disasters are eligible for physical loss loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers these loans for losses caused by tornadoes that occurred on August 17, 2019.
FSA is offering these low-interest emergency loans to producers with a qualifying loss. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only, including the loss of buildings and livestock. The deadline for producers in designated primary and contiguous counties to apply for loans for physical losses is April 30, 2020.
Physical loss loans can help producers repair or replace damaged or destroyed physical property essential to the success of the agricultural operation, including livestock losses.
Examples of property commonly affected include essential farm buildings, fixtures to real estate, equipment, livestock, perennial crops, fruit and nut bearing trees, and harvested or stored crops and hay.
Please contact FSA for more information on loan eligibility and the application process. FSA office information is available at http://offices.usda.gov. Additional FSA disaster assistance program information is available at disaster.fsa.usda.gov.
Antique Appraisal Event
The Plum Creek Library System will present a series of antique appraisal events featuring author and antiques expert Mark F. Moran of Iola, WI. Mr. Moran will be at the Slayton Public Library on Saturday, October 5th at 9:00 a.m.
All items to be appraised must be registered in advance for these free events. You may call the library at 836-8778 to register on a first come first serve basis. There will be 40 slots available over a 3 hour period. Each person may bring one item for the free appraisal. Visitors are welcome to stay and listen to Mr. Moran’s appraisals.
Moran is available to make home visits for people with large or fragile items (or a lot of items). House calls are $75.00 an hour and there is no mileage charge if within 10 miles of the appraisal event site. To arrange a home visit please call Mr. Moran at (715) 281-5060 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Categories of acceptable objects may include:
Fine art, including paintings, drawings, prints and statuary
Furniture (photos of large pieces may be sent to Moran in advance)
Ceramics, including figural pottery, vases, dishes, kitchenware and stoneware
Glassware, including lighting, marbles and souvenir items
Vintage photographs, including snapshots, tintypes, ambrotypes and daguerreotypes
Advertising, including posters, lithographed tin, paper and figural objects
Folk Art, including carvings, quilts, weathervanes, windmill weights and “outsider” art
Assorted Toys, including dolls (bisque, composition, plastic), windups and mechanical banks
Metalware, including iron, bronze, brass, pot metal, silver, silver plate
Clocks, including mantel, hanging and figural; also pocket and wrist watches
Costume Jewelry, including brooches, bracelets, earrings
Musical Instruments, including string, wind and reed instruments
Excluded items: all weapons, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising are accepted); traps (like leg-hold); Nazi memorabilia; coins and paper money; fine jewelry, including precious gems; Beanie Babies.
Questions about objects not covered here can be submitted to Moran in advance to determine if they are appropriate. You may learn more about Mark Moran at his website markfmoran.com.
Formerly senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles Books for Krause Publications in Iola, WI, Moran has also been a contributing editor for Antique Trader magazine. He has served as editor of Antique Review East magazine; as producer of Atlantique City, an antique show held in Atlantic City, NJ; and as editorial director of F+W media’s Antiques Group.
He is the author or co-author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, including 3 editions of the 800 page annual Warman’s Antiques and Collectibles.
Moran bought and sold antiques for more than 30 years, specializing in vintage folk art, Americana, and fine art. He has been active as an appraiser of antiques and fine art for more than 20 years.
The Friends of the Slayton Library will provide free coffee and doughnuts. These antique appraisal events are being sponsored by the Plum Creek Library System and funded with Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage/Legacy Funds.
Dinehart Holt House Flashlight Tour Illuminates Victorian Superstitions and Funeral Traditions
Do you believe death always comes in threes? Do you hold your breath when you drive by a cemetery? Those Victorian superstitions as well as stories of the Dinehart family will be illuminated at the second annual Flashlight Tour of the Dinehart Holt House in Slayton. Explore questions like; Who’s the mystery woman under the stairs? Did anyone die in the house?Will there be ghosts? You decide. Will it be fun? Definitely!
The event is on Saturday October 12 starting at 6:00 PM. Tours will leave from the Murray County Museum and walk to the Dinehart House. Be sure to come to the museum early. There will be a Ouija board set up and you may even get your fortune read. Treats and cider will be served. There will be three tour times at 6:30 PM, 7:30 PM, and 8:30 PM. Tours are 30-40 minutes long and focus on the intimate and untold stories of the family and the Victorian era in which they lived. Cost is $5 for adults and $3.00 for children 17 and under. May not be suitable for small children. The museum will provide the flashlights, bring your curiosity and sense of adventure as you peek into the dark corners of the past. Tours are on a first come basis and limited in size, so get there early to get a spot. No reservations needed unless your party is five members and over.
The Museum is located at 2480 29th St., Slayton, MN.
To reserve for a group or to get more information call 507-836-6533 or contact email@example.com
By: John Stenen
Daniel Webster (1782-1852) served in the Congress and was a United States Secretary of State under three Presidents. I believe he was a great leader, and was not at all ashamed to let the world know that he loved and served Jesus Christ. In one of his speeches he said: “If we and our posterity shall be true to the Christian religion, if we and they shall live always in the fear of God and shall respect His Commandments, …we may have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of our country,…But if we and our posterity neglect religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity.”
We all have our minds made up by now, whether we want a Democrat or a Republicanparty to lead our nation. I only hope that those of us who call ourselves ‘Christians’ know that trusting in man is not our answer. Our trust must be in the Lord Jesus Christ. Only He can truly bring healing to our divided nation. If we do not take Mr. Daniel Webster’s advice and repent of our sin, we may very well lose our freedom and prosperity.
On one occasion some government officials asked Daniel Webster what his greatest thought had been. Without hesitation he replied, “My accountability to God.”
Pray for our nation and it’s leaders and when the time comes, get out and vote.