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The Slayton Cemetery Board has been meeting regularly since 2018. Bob Erickson is the President and Colleen Miller is the Vice President along with Murl Cole, Leon and Marlys Hegstad, Merry Hollis and Harvey Larson. With very few cemetery plots left, it was decided to look into a columbarium for the cremains. We went to see a sample at Volga, South Dakota by Josten-Wilburt. We voted to order a similar columbarium which was currently in storage in Kansas City, KS. 

It was delivered this past week and will house 72 cremains in niches. Each one is sealed and a name inscribed on the black granite. Pavers are to be installed surrounding the outer edge in the near future. Please stop out to view this gray and black granite columbarium.


Good News 

By John Stenen 

The United States has survived and thrived with all our freedoms, liberties, and wealth because of God’s grace and a powerful military. Few countries have anything similar to what we have been blessed with these many years. We have the best trade schools, colleges, and universities. We have standards of living that most of the world only dreams of. We have the best medical care and yet, mental illness is rampant in our nation. Stress takes a heavy toll; roughly 132 people commit suicide each day. Drugs, alcoholism, and immorality have enslaved millions as they search in vain for happiness or something that will give meaning to their lives – instead they are often lonely and miserable. Our world is getting crazier every day and many are afraid and insecure. Most people have lost all fear of God and just about anything goes.  Church attendance is at an all time low. Many churches have embraced worldliness little of the Bible and Jesus Christ is taught, so they learn only the philosophies of this ungodly world; so, is it any wonder they know so little of what’s right and wrong according to the standards of God?  Don’t you think it’s time we get back to what made our nation so great? “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” God bless.


Cycling for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice

The Tour de Force’s dual mission is to honor the victims of 9/11 by keeping their memory alive through cycling events and to raise funds to benefit the families of law enforcement officers nationwide who were killed in the line of duty, making the ultimate sacrifice.

The “Tour de Force” was started in 2002 after NYPD Det. Robert De Paolis (ret) decided to ride his bike to honor the fallen police officers that gave their lives in the September 11, 2001 attacks. He was then joined by 7 other members of the NYPD and one member of the Bronx District Attorney’s Office and along with four volunteer support personnel, they cycled their way from the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, to Ground Zero, NYC. 

In 2003, the Tour de Force was incorporated in the state of New York as a nonprofit charity and later gained 501(c)3 status from the IRS. 

Eighteen years later, the Tour de Force is still going; raising more money each year for fallen officer’s families

Due to Covid-19, the 2020 Tour de Force had to be changed to a “Virtual Ride”.  

On 9-12-2020, Pete Jaros, retired Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, Sioux Falls, SD, is putting on a local ride for the Tour de Force.  Pete will be doing the ride around Bloody Lake.  Pete has been involved with the Tour de Force for 15 years.

The ceremonial lap will be at 10:00 am at the driveway of 24 Eastlick Trail.  One lap around Bloody Lake is approximately 4.2 miles.  Pete will be starting earlier in the day and riding later.  Riders are welcome to join him before, during or after the ceremonial lap.  Riders may do as many as laps as they wish.

Pete will be riding approximately 80 miles.   We will have a support station set up at the Eastlick Trail driveway, providing water, snacks, and a lot of encouragement for the bicycle riders.  

All money raised will be sent directly to Tour de Force for the continued support of fallen officer’s families.  This year, more than ever, the need is high.  With Covid 19 and on-going brutal attacks on law enforcement officers nationwide, support for our law enforcement and their families is critical.

What are we asking for?  We are asking for any type of support you can provide.  Riders to participate in our first Minnesota Tour de Force ride would be great.  We are also looking for monetary support, such as pledging so much money per lap for the rider of your choice.  Tour de Force is a 501C3 and receipts can be provided.  

Please visit for additional information on the Tour de Force history.  You can also visit Pete’s fundraising page at

Any questions or if you would like to join us, please contact Andrea Kelly @ 605-728-6945 or or Pete Jaros @ 605-359-2072 or


Talking mental health with U of M

The COVID-19 pandemic may be stressful for many Minnesotans, leading to fear, anxiety and other strong emotions.

Tai Mendenhall, an associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development’s Couple and Family Therapy Program, explains how the pandemic can affect the mental health of individual people, couples and families, as well as ways they can care for their overall well-being.

Q: How can the pandemic impact a person’s everyday well-being?

Prof. Mendenhall: Like with all things, the pandemic is affecting our surroundings, our interactions with others and even our own biology. For individuals, their response to stressors caused by a pandemic can vary.

Physically, we may experience increased insomnia, headaches, or lethargy. Our appetites might be changing — gravitating toward lots of junk food, or to not eating at all.

Psychologically, we may feel more irritable and short-tempered, sad or depressed, worried or scattered, keyed-up or on-edge. We may be having difficulties with concentration or memory. We may be disengaging from work (and others), and not getting anything productive done. Some of us, on the other hand, may be throwing ourselves into work as a way to distract from what’s happening at home and around the world.

Socially, we may be less interested in talking with friends or family – or maybe we want this more than ever before (e.g., Zoom, telephone). 

Q: How and why do people respond differently to the stress caused by the pandemic?

Prof. Mendenhall: We know from years of research about stress and trauma (i.e., historical, current, acute, and/or chronic) that the nature of these things is more influenced by how we perceive what is happening than our actual experiences. 

Two people — or billions of people — can have the same thing happen to them, but they will experience that thing differently depending on their viewpoint. For example, does an individual see it as a disaster or a challenge, and is this about me, personally, or about us as a group? 

Many of the ways we see people responding to COVID-19 can be traced back to this. 

Q: Rural areas often face disparities when it comes to mental health. How has COVID-19 affected this?

Prof. Mendenhall: COVID-19 has likely led to a greater need for care. However, solutions are needed to address significant barriers in rural areas. Often these barriers are called the Three A’s: 

 First, acceptability is hard. Due to the stigma around mental health problems, it can be more difficult for someone who wants help to reach out for it. They may be worried about how others may perceive them.

Second, accessibility is a problem, because there are not many mental health providers situated in rural areas. Individuals may not be able to meet with a provider because the provider’s schedule is completely full, they are too far away, or may not be able to take time off of work to accommodate a visit and travel time. 

Third, affordability is an issue. Even if a provider is immediately nearby and available, some simply cannot afford it. Incomes tend to be lower in rural communities and jobs may not come with fully supportive health insurance coverage.  

Q: What are ways for individuals to care for their own mental health and those of others?

Prof. Mendenhall: Mental health is connected to all the layers that make us human — from biological to social levels.

During COVID-19, we should: pay attention to eating a good diet, get daily exercise, and practice common sense sleep hygiene strategies. 

disengage from constant negative news and social media exposure, embrace the art or music that you “never have time” for — read (for fun), meditate and engage with nature.  

do all of these things with others, such as planning weekly Zoom calls with loved ones, writing letters (the old fashioned, handwritten kind) and telling people that you love that you love them. 

Whatever you do, do it on purpose — and do more than one thing. We always do better when we do a lot of things rather than when we put all of our eggs into one basket.

Q: What does your work in mental health show?

Prof. Mendenhall: My work in mental health shows what I shared above — the more we do, the better we do. For example, we can exercise and will likely notice some improvements. Or we can exercise, practice good sleep hygiene, engage with our loved ones, read for pleasure, and practice our faith to have an even greater effect. In these instances, one thing can equal one, but two things can feel like four. Five things can feel like 100.

Additionally, for our first responders across Minnesota, we — along with our partners here in the state — created the First Responder Toolkit App. It is designed to help providers from all disciplines understand, track and manage their stress. It can be used on both cell phones and laptops.

This toolkit is a scaled-down version of an app that will be completed later this year, but we believe the information and assistance provided through the toolkit can provide our first responders critical support during COVID-19 so that they can assess and track their risk(s) for burnout and/or compassion fatigue. 


If you or a loved one is experiencing emotional distress or a mental health crisis, there are resources available:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-TALK

Crisis Text Line: Text “MN” to 741741

Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline: (833) 600-2670

Tai Mendenhall, Ph.D., LMFT, is an associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development’s Department of Family Social Science. His expertise is in medical family therapy, families and chronic illness, trauma and fieldwork, and citizen health care.


New Funding Opportunity for Older Adult and Caregiver Services Under the CARES Act

Mankato, September 1, 2020 – The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA) is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity to address the service needs of older adults and caregivers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding will be awarded to organizations that provide services for people in MNRAAA’s twenty-seven county service area. Services must meet requirements outlined in the Request for Grant Applications for CARES Act Supportive Services and CARES Act Caregiver Services.

Non-profit agencies, units of government and for-profit organizations with relevant expertise and experience, not currently receiving Older Americans Act (OAA) funding through MNRAAA, are encouraged to submit applications. Current providers of services funded by MNRAAA may submit applications for new services only.

MNRAAA will make awards in amounts of up to $25,000. Funds will be accepted on an on-going basis through December 31, 2020 or until all available funds have been expended, whichever comes first. Awarded funds must be expended and project activities completed by September 30, 2021.

To download the CARES Act Request for Grant Application, forms and resource documents, go to


The University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Beef Council are calling all beef producers to help them map MN beef pathways by taking a brief survey

The University of Minnesota and Minnesota Beef Council are collaborating on an overview study mapping the pathways Minnesota beef cattle travel from birth to finish.

The study will provide a foundational overview by documenting and describing the farm-to-feedlot pathways currently being utilized by Minnesota beef producers. “Our team needs producer knowledge and experience in answering survey questions pertaining to management practices and the movement of cattle. We want to gather knowledge from MN producers so we can better serve them by tailoring research specific to MN needs,” said Dr. Joe Armstrong.

The survey is the first step in a larger effort involving a collaboration between the UMN College of Veterinary Medicine, MN Beef Council, and UMN Extension. The research team is being led by Dr. Noelle Noyes with help from Dr. Tim Goldsmith, Dr. Luciano Caixeta, Dr. Joe Armstrong, and two veterinary students – Sabina Ponicki and Kaylan Risacher.

Dr. Joe Armstrong - “We are all excited to start a project that is specific to cattle production in Minnesota, and hope producers are willing to give a few minutes of their time to take the survey. We are striving to use research to provide recommendations that fit the MN cattle industry, not extrapolate from research done in other systems.” 

The survey is available online and should take producers approximately 5-10 minutes to finish. Survey results and responses are completely voluntary and confidential.

The survey is available at starting August 24, 2020.

Participants will have the option to be entered into a raffle using an email address that will give away a Pierce VAXmate cooler.

For more news from U of M Extension, visit or contact Extension Communications at


Deadline Approaching for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 

USDA reminds farmers and ranchers that the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is Sept. 11, 2020. This program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. Over 160 commodities are eligible for CFAP, including certain non-specialty crops, livestock, dairy, wool, specialty crops, eggs, aquaculture, and nursery crops and cut flowers. Producers have multiple options for applying, all available on 


Murray County Fairgrounds Project a  Finalist for a Grinnell Mutual Fairground Facelift Grant   

Murray County Fairgrounds is one of 11 finalists in Grinnell Mutual’s Fairground Facelift initiative. They were chosen from among 53 submissions.   

With votes from community members, Murray County Fairgrounds’ project could receive a grant of up to $3,000 to help make it happen.  

The project “Creative Arts Building Remodel” will enhance the Creative Arts building for viewing enjoyment. 

How you can help Murray county fairgrounds 

You can help Murray County Fairgrounds earn a Fairground Facelift grant by voting for them on Grinnell Mutual’s website.    

“County fairgrounds celebrate family, friendship, and relationships — the things that matter,” said Barb Baker, director of advertising and community relations. “That’s why we want to be part of sustaining them for future generations.”   

How to Vote    

Visit Grinnell Mutual’s website to vote for this project. Click on the photo of the fairground project you want to vote for and click continue. Follow the prompts to finish voting. People can vote once per day, per project.   

The project receiving the highest number of votes will receive a $3,000 grant. The next two places in voting — second and third— will each receive a $1,500 grant. Finally, the next three places in voting— fourth, fifth, and sixth— will each receive a $500 grant.  

Voting ends Tuesday, Sept. 15, 11:59 a.m. CT.    

Scholastic Paired with Plum Creek Library System 

Scholastic has paired up with Plum Creek Library System to provide resources to be used online with our younger patrons.  

The link to Slayton Public Library’s website is: 

Once you are at the Library’s website just scroll down and click on one of the links.  You will be asked to enter your library card number.  

Bookflix where stories and nonfiction connect! Connect to hundreds of animated stories and interactive eBooks from home (or school).  BookFlix is a family friendly reading tool that can be used to create meaningful interactions between children and adults.

BookFlix features:

•More than 270 video storybooks and paired eBooks

•More than 70 Spanish translated pairs

•After reading learning games

•Read aloud with word highlighting

•Top notch storytelling narrators including James Earl Jones, Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Bates and dozens more!

Scienceflix science for the next generation! Explore hurricanes, space, biomes and thousands of other science topics from home. 

Feed your need for science knowledge and exploration with:

•Fun projects and experiments

•Fascinating articles for most reading levels

•Articles in Spanish

•Thrilling videos and interactive media

•Real world science news

•Exciting science careers

Watch&Learn launching new learning adventures and discussions! Videos & think sheets on a variety of topics. 

•Check out the featured videos: Editors pick their favorites each month.

•Browse video topics: See all videos in a category.

•Keyword search: Find the specific topic you need.

If you have questions or need additional information please contact Slayton Public Library at 836-8778. 


Critical Shortage of Blood during COVID-19 Pandemic 

Slayton, MN- The Community Blood Bank Board of Directors, at Avera and Sanford, have declare a critical shortage of blood for the local service area, including Slayton, MN. Due to increasing demands on the need for blood and the decreases in collections associated with issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Community Blood Bank has moved into a critical shortage status. Currently, local blood supplies are seriously low with an overall decrease in supplies between 40 – 50%. Please consider donating blood on Wednesday, September 9 at Murray County Medical Center from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. To schedule your donation log onto, select “events” and then choose September 9 and then “Murray County Medical Center”. 

“Simply put, we need donors to make an impact in the local blood supply for local patients,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “We are experiencing our lowest blood supply levels in over 20 years. The need for blood is increasing as we see many elective procedures being scheduled throughout the area. Support your local blood supply by joining us and schedule a blood donation appointment online at Donating blood is a safe and essential action that can be done during the COVID-19 pandemic. Community Blood Bank follows strict guidelines provided by the FDA, CDC and the Association of Blood Banks to provide a safe, socially distanced and clean environment for donors.”

Donor must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health.  Donors exhibiting cold or flu symptoms are unable to donate.  A valid identification is required at the time of registration.  It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating blood.  With policies associated in addressing COVID-19, only donors with appointments will be accepted.  For donation questions please call 507-836-1286 or log onto 

Gifts Received by Hospice of Murray County 

Hospice of Murray County appreciates donations in August 2020. Memory of:

Marilyn Zinnel, Carolyn Benson, Rhonda Cousins, Wayne DeGrote, Eleanor Davis, Beva Walters, Betty Bennett, Holly Muller Johnson, Joy Swan, Dorene Rolf, Norma “Jean” Herring, Marilyn Mansch, Walter Gehl, Betty Engelkes, Marilyn Brusven, Elmer Brake

Hospice gratefully acknowledges memorials and donations received. These gifts and contributions are helping Hospice of Murray County continue to provide quality care to our patients and their families.