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New Executive Director at the SW MN Private Industry Council

The SW MN Private Industry Council (PIC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Carrie Bendix as the next Executive Director of the SW MN Private Industry Council.  Chairperson, John Roiger noted that Carrie brings a high level of experience and knowledge to the position.  Carrie’s background includes:  Former Center Director for Employment Action Center in Minneapolis; past experience in providing consultation, mentoring, leadership development and evaluation with a board of directors and executive directors of 156 small nonprofits on organizational development on a national level; fiscal management, personnel management, and strategic planning; past experience in employment and training programs; key player in the SW/SC WIOA Regional Plan; served on the Suburban Hennepin and Carver Counties Workforce Development Boards; and has a Master’s in Business Administration, Nonprofit Management Concentration and a Bachelors of Business Administration, Management and Marketing Concentration.  In addition, Carrie has been the Rural Career Counseling Coordinator for the South Central and SW MN Private Industry Council since March 2016. 

Carrie will begin her duties as the Executive Director of SW MN Private Industry Council on September 5, 2017.  Carrie will fill the position following the retirement of Juanita Lauritsen who served the PIC for 32+ years.

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance

Register Now! Classes begin Sept. 5th. What will you learn: Balance Skills, Good Body Alignment, Coordinated movements in a circular, flowing motion. Who Should Attend? Older adults who are: Able to wasl (canes and walkers ok) and Interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength. Who leads the class? Naomi Samuelson & Michele Steffl. There is no cost for this class. It will be held at the Christ Lutheran Church 2959 Queen Ave., Slayton on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7:15-8:15 am for 12 weeks. To register, contact: Michele Steffl @ 836-8705 or email @

Feeling Stretched as a Caregiver?

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself.

This program helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self- confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

Classes consist of six sessions held once a week. Two experienced Class Leaders conduct the series (many are experienced caregivers themselves, who have successfully applied the techniques they teach). Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming will help you take the  “tools” you choose and put them into action for your life.

You will receive a book to use during the class and may be purchased if you would like to keep, The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class. Classes are free, thanks to A.C.E. of Southwest Mn-Murray County.

Classes will be held at Painted Prairie Vineyard, 1575 250th ave Currie, MN 56123. Classes run on Wednesdays from 6-7:30pm, starting September 13 - October 18th.

For more information or to register, contact A.C.E. at 836-8705 or email  Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. 

Star Watch Programs At Local State Parks Feature Mike Lynch - Rescheduled

Due to inclement weather on August 25 and 26, the Star Watch programs with Mike Lynch at both Camden and Lake Shetek State Parks had to be rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 2 at Lake Shetek State Park and Friday, Sept. 8 at Camden State Park.  Both programs will begin at 8:30 p.m.

WCCO-AM radio meteorologist Mike Lynch will lead the sessions.  Lynch has taught thousands of astronomy classes since 1973.  He uses colorful stories and large reflecting telescopes to connect his students to the stars.

Star Watch programs are appropriate for children and adults.  Participants will receive a handout package with user-friendly star maps and constellation charts, websites, a telescope-buying guide and more.  Dress for the weather and consider bringing insect repellant.

There is no charge for these programs, but vehicles entering the park are required to have a permit ($7 daily or $35 year-round), which can be purchased at the park.

The Lake Shetek State Park program will be held in the Sunrise Campground East Picnic Shelter building.  The park is located north of Currie on County Road 38.  More information is available at or by calling 507-763-3256.  

The Camden State Park program will be held in the horse camp.  The park is on Highway 23, 3 miles southwest of Lynd or 10 miles south of Marshall.  More information is available at or by calling 507-865-4530.

Four Golfers Earn Season Titles at Slayton Country Club

Sunday was the annual Howard Holland Country Club Championships at the Slayton Country Club.  The end of the summer tournament determines who will be the 2017 title holders.  While one golfer earned his first ever title, three others retained their honors from last year.  2014 MCC graduate Grant Everson, now a junior at South Dakota State University captured the men’s title by posting a 35-36-37 in 27 holes to capture his first championship.  Everson was a runner up last year to the 2016 champion Kyle Delong who this time around swapped positions and finished in 2nd place.  3rd place was past club champion Jeff Erickson.  In the women’s division it was once again Chelsey Carlson, also a former Rebel golfer, keeping her long running title by carding a 44-48 in 18 holes of play.  Finishing second and third in the women’s championship bracket were Aimee and Ashley Goddard.  Tom Pryor (41-41) and Merry Hollis (51-65) also secured titles in the senior men’s and women’s divisions.  Runner up in the senior men’s bracket was Curt Erickson while Laddie Carda was third.  Jase Bly (48-40) captured the top spot in the first flight while Clay Anderson (51-40) was best in the second flight.

Several weeks ago the course held the annual Ken Sagedahl Member Guest tournament.  Grant Everson and fellow former high school golf team member Adam Christensen scored a sudden death victory over Jeff Erickson and Ben Loosbrock.  Tied after 36 holes of play the foursome took an extra four holes of play to determine a winner.  The Ken Onken Memorial Senior Tournament was also held in mid August.

The Slayton Country Club still have a few weeks of men’s league remaining in the season while also hosting a four man best ball tournament for the Grain Exchange on September 9th and another best ball tournament the following Saturday for the Hadley Buttermakers.  To sign a team up for these tournaments call 836-8154.  The course will remain open until some time in October for members and green fees to visitors.