Twelve boys and girls from the area, ages 9 to 14, were named local champions of the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship and have earned the right to compete at the district level.St. Ann’s Council #2587 sponsored the local competition at the Murray County Central high school gym on January 12th.
Noah Hanson of Slayton won the 9 year old boys division and Natalie Einck of Slayton won the 9 year old girls division.Tristan Thompson of Slayton won the 10 year old boys division, while Suttyn Schryvers of Slayton won the 10 year old girls division.Max Miller of Lake Wilson was the 11 year old boys winner and Addy Dierks of Slayton was the 11 year old girls winner. Landon Johnson of Pipestone was the 12 year old boys winner and Kelli Miller of Balaton was the 12 year old girls winner.Hudson Schryvers of Slayton was the winner of the 13 year old boys division and Jayda Hellewell of Balaton won the 13 year old girls division. Aiden Dierks of Slayton won the 14 year old boys division while Karissa Hurd of Slayton won the 14 year old girls division. Each contestant was allowed 15 free throw attempts in the contests.Ties were settled by successive rounds of five free throws per contestant until a winner emerged.
Each of these winners will compete in the district competition on January 26th in Russell with an eye toward moving on to the Regional and State levels.Good Luck to all our local winners!
TESTING SEASON IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER
As we begin the second semester of the school year at MCC, preparations are in place for the MN state tests.These tests take place every spring and are required.We hope parents keep the testing dates in mind when scheduling trips and/or appointments for your students.It is best for the students to be in school on the scheduled test dates rather than having to do make-up testing.The testing calendar is posted to our school website each year before school starts.The upcoming test dates are listed below:
February 24-28ACCESS for ELLs March 24
ACT at MCC for Juniors who registered
April 2-3Grade 10 MCA ReadingApril 8-9Grade 8 Reading MCAApril 15-16Grade 7 Reading MCAApril 21-22Grade 11 Math MCAApril 22-24Grades 3-6 Reading MCAApril 23-24Grade 8 Math MCAApril 28-30Grades 3-6 Math MCAApril 28-29Grade 7 Math MCAApril 30-May 1HS Science (GR 10 Biology) Science MCAMay 4-6Grade 5 Science MCAMay 5-6Grade 8 Science MCA
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has many testing resources available on their website:https://education.mn.gov/MDE/fam/tests/
Included on this page are frequently asked questions, parent fact sheets, test preparation suggestions, and much more.
The PearsonAccess Next website is the portal to all Pearson testing services used by Minnesota school districts:http://minnesota.pearsonaccessnext.com/ When you click on the “Preparing for Testing” link, you will find several resources there including “Item Samplers” which are actual online practice tests that students can take for each subject.
To help students have the best results, it is recommended that they get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast and lunch on the day of their tests.Keeping up on their assignments, reading, and regular school attendance are the best preparations for success.
Let’s all have a great testing season this year at MCC!!
Licensed School Counselor
MCC District Assessment Coordinator
Pelican Pontoon Pussycats PJ Cookoff
Pelican Pontoon Pussycats January Cookoff isSunday January 26th 1pm at Breezy.
Leave the PJ’s on and come have a SOUPer good time! Bring your favorite Crock of Soup, Stew or Chili to the Breezy Barn.
Proceeds for this Cook off will be going to help Tanya Herder-Davis who was diagnosed with Endometrial Cancer, with Medical Expenses. Tanya is a Day Care provider that has not been able to take care of her kids as she goes through Chemo.
Fun, Food & Frolic with your Feline Friends in your Pajamas!
State Fair and Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Accepting Century Farm Applications;
Deadline is March 2
St. Paul, Minn. – Minnesota families who have owned their farms for 100 years or more are invited to apply for the 2020 Century Farm Program. Produced by the Minnesota State Fair in conjunction with the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, the Century Farm Program was created to promote agriculture and honor historic family farms in the state. More than 10,500 Minnesota farms have been honored since the program began in 1976.
Family farms are recognized as a Century Farm when three requirements are met. The farm must be: 1) at least 100 years old according to authentic land records; 2) in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years (continuous residence on the farm is not required); and 3) at least 50 acres and currently be involved in agricultural production.
A commemorative certificate signed by the State Fair Board of Managers President, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap and Governor Tim Walz will be awarded to qualifying families, along with an outdoor sign signifying Century Farm status.
Applications are available online at mnstatefair.org/about-the-fair/awards-and-recognition/; at fbmn.org; by calling the State Fair at 651-288-4400; or at statewide county extension and county Farm Bureau offices. The submission deadline is Monday, March 2. Recipients will be announced in May. Previously recognized families should not reapply.
Information on the Century Farm Program will be available at the Minnesota Farm Bureau exhibit during the 2020 Minnesota State Fair. A Century Farm database is also available at fbmn.org.
The Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting more than 2 million visitors annually. Showcasing Minnesota’s finest agriculture, art and industry, the Great Minnesota Get-Together is always 12 Days of Fun Ending Labor Day. Visit mnstatefair.org for more information. The 2020 Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 27 - Labor Day, Sept. 7.
Minnesota Farm Bureau – Farmers ● Families ● Food, is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureau associations across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. Join Farm Bureau today and support efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota, fbmn.org.
U of MN SWROC’s Winter Crops & Soils Day Feb. 5 in Lamberton & Feb. 6 in Luverne
LAMBERTON, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Southwest Research & Outreach Center (SWROC) and Extension will hold Winter Crops & Soils Day programs on Wednesday, February 5 in Lamberton and Thursday, February 6 in Luverne. A webinar broadcast of the February 5th program will also be available for those who cannot attend in person.
This public event highlights current University of Minnesota research that is specific to southwestern Minnesota. University researchers will present on current research and ways to improve agriculture as well as answer questions. Presentations and speakers include:
Pest management in a changing economic and biological landscape – Bruce Potter, IPM Specialist
Long-term influence of available soil water, precipitation, temperature and tillage on corn and soybean yield – Jeff Strock, Soil Scientist
How much nitrogen is rainfall and snowfall contributing to crop needs? – Paulo Pagliari, Nutrient Management Specialist
Matching cover crops to your goals – Axel Garcia y Garcia, Cropping Systems Specialist
Emerging farm financial and profitability trends for southwest Minnesota – Garen Paulson, Extension Educator in Ag Business Management
Bioreactors as a management practice for nutrient removal in the Upper Mississippi River Basin – Andry Ranaivoson, SWROC Researcher
Programs begin at 10:30 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. Registration for the programs will begin at 10 a.m. and the $40 registration fee includes refreshments, handouts, and lunch. Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registration is encouraged. The Lamberton program on Wednesday, Feb. 5th will be held at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center, 23669 130th Street. The Luverne program on Thursday, February 6th will be held at Grand Prairie Events, 105 South Estey Street. Registration for the webinar costs $25 and must be completed online. To register online for an in-person program or the webinar, visit z.umn.edu/swroc-wcsd. Continuing education units for certified crop advisers have been applied for.
Winter Crops & Soils Day is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Southwest Research & Outreach Center, College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences, and Extension.
USDA Offers Farm Loans for Underserved and Beginning Farmers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that FSA offers farm ownership and farm operating loans to underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers. Underserved or beginning farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain commercial credit from a bank can apply for FSA direct or guaranteed loans.
Farming and ranching is a capital-intensive business and FSA is committed to helping producers start and maintain their agricultural operations.FSA loans are designed to make sure that everyone has access to credit including underserved and beginning farmers and ranchers.
USDA defines underserved applicants as a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of the group without regard to their individual qualities. For farm loan program purposes, underserved groups are American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Asians, Blacks or African Americans, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, and women.
In order to qualify as a beginning farmer, the individual or entity must meet the eligibility requirements outlined for direct or guaranteed loans. Additionally, individuals and all entity members must have operated a farm for less than 10 years. Applicants must materially or substantially participate in the operation. For farm ownership purposes, the applicant must not own a farm greater than 30 percent of the average size farm in the county at the time of application. All direct farm ownership applicants must have participated in the business operations of a farm for at least three years out of the last 10 years prior to the date the application is submitted to FSA.Substitutions for as much as the full three years of experience may be made depending on education, military experience, participation with a SCORE mentor, and farm management experience as a hired hand. Your local FSA office will be able to provide more details on acceptable substitutions.
If the applicant is an entity, all members must be related by blood or marriage and all entity members must be eligible beginning farmers. At least one of the members must have three years or more experience in the business operations of a farm prior to the date the application is submitted.
Direct loans are made to applicants by FSA. Guaranteed loans are made by lending institutions who arrange for FSA to guarantee the loan. FSA can guarantee up to 95 percent of the loss of principal and interest on a loan. The FSA guarantee allows lenders to make agricultural credit available to producers who do not meet the lender’s normal underwriting criteria.
The direct and guaranteed loan program offers two types of loans: farm ownership loans and farm operating loans.
Farm ownership loan funds may be used to purchase or enlarge a farm or ranch; purchase easements or rights of way needed in the farm’s operation; build or improve buildings such as a dwelling or barn; promote soil and water conservation and development; and pay closing costs.
Farm operating loan funds may be used to purchase livestock, poultry, farm equipment, fertilizer, and other materials necessary to operate a farm. Operating loan funds can also be used for family living expenses; refinancing debts under certain conditions; paying salaries for hired farm laborers; installing or improving water systems for home, livestock or irrigation use; and other similar improvements.
Repayment terms for direct operating loans are scheduled from one to seven years. Financing for direct farm ownership loans cannot exceed 40 years. Interest rates for direct loans are set periodically according to the government’s cost of borrowing. Guaranteed loan terms and interest rates are set by the lender.
For more information on FSA’s farm loan programs and underserved and beginning farmer guidelines, please contact your local FSA office or visit farmers.gov.
By: John Stenen
It has been rightly said concerning Christians that, “We are a supernatural people, born-again by a supernatural birth; we wage a supernatural fight and are taught by a supernatural teacher, led by a supernatural captain to assured victory.” (Hudson Taylor). In fact, Paul said in Romans 8: that we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. If we read through 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 and Ephesians 6:10-18 Paul also lets us know that as Christians we are not to just pass through this life as ‘mere’ men motivated and led by the lust of the flesh, for Scripture still tells us that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ. God has given us spiritual weapons which we are to use in order to live victorious Christian lives. Yet, many Christians do not know the first thing of these weapons, nor do they realize that everyday of our lives we are involved in spiritual warfare; therefore, Satan and demonic forces keep them in all manner of bondage, including mental, physical, spiritual and religious bondage. Christ has made us free! Because so many do not know this, they live in prison; slaves to the flesh, the world system which is anti-God, and the devil.
I believe that ignorance of Scripture and disobedience to God’s Word are the two greatest reasons so many Christians fail to live a life of victory in their walk with God. He has given us exceedingly great and precious promises that pertain to every area of our lives, and so many of us do not know what those promises are nor how to appropriate them into our lives. It’s no different than having the most wonderful Christmas present under your tree – yet, you never open it and receive the blessings it may bring to you.
Scripture tells us that the Word of God is alive and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword. Do you know the Word of God? I mean really know it? Is it hidden in your heart? Consider our children today in school. The Ten Commandments have been thrown out so that the children do not read them and become influenced by them; the Word of God is not permitted. Christmas songs are fast being phased out of the ‘Holiday Programs’, many can not wear Christian T-shirts, etc. Yet, Scripture tells us that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Prov. 1:7). But let’s not just blame the schools for throwing God out of the classroom; is God an important part of your life? How can we walk and live by faith as we are supposed to if we do not have the kind of life with God that He desires we have? Please, let all who claim to be Christians walk the walk - and not just talk the talk. God bless.