Slayton Public Library Looking for Local Handcrafted Items to Display for the Holidays
The Slayton Public Library islooking for handcrafted items that people would let them display in the community room during the holiday season.
These items can include: Handcrafted Items – crochet, knit, photography, quilting, embroidery, etc. With a Christmas or Winter Theme and will be displayed during November, December and January.
If you could drop off your item at the library the last week of October and we’d like to limit it to 1 item per person so pick your favorite thing to display.
Murray County Eligible for Emergency Loans Following Presidential Disaster Declaration
Murray County was declared a primary disaster due to severe storms and flooding. Under this designation, producers with operations in any primary or contiguous county are eligible to apply for low interest emergency loans.
Emergency loans help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding and other natural disasters or quarantine.
Producers have eight months from the date of the declaration (9/5/2018) to apply for emergency loan assistance. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. Producers can borrow up to 100 percent of actual production or physical losses, to a maximum amount of $500,000.
For more information about emergency loans, please contact your local FSA office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.
End-O-Line Park and Museum Open MEA Break
End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum in Currie, Minnesota will be open for special hours during Minnesota Educator Academy (“MEA”) break October 18-20. October 20 will also be the last day that End-O-Line Park is open in 2018. These will be the following hours during MEA break:
- Thursday, October 18: 10am-5pm
- Friday, October 19: 10am-5pm
- Saturday, October 20: 10am-3pm
During the posted hours, all nine buildings and structures will be open to tour, as well as the visitors’ center and gift shop. Guided tours of the railroad themed buildings and exhibits are conducted every hour on the half hour beginning at 10:30 and the last tour at 3:30 (except on October 20, where the last tour of the day is at 2:30).
To visit the park buildings and structures or to browse the gift shop before October 18, an appointment will need to be made. Park staff will be on site preparing the facilities for winter but may not always be available or present to give tours without appointments. Appointments can be made by either: Calling the park at 507-763-3708, Emailing at email@example.com, or Calling the Murray County Historical Museum at 507-836-6533.
For any questions, contact Park Site Coordinator Jakob Etrheim at 507-763-3708 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mold in horse hay – how much is too much?
Melissa Runck is an Extension Educator-Ag Production Systems with University of Minnesota Extension in Murray and Pipestone Counties
With less than ideal haying conditions this summer, many horse owners are left wondering what their options are for winter horse feed.An abundance of rain this summer, short drying windows, and high humidity have caused hay to retain elevated levels of moisture, often resulting in mold growth.A few people were able to get hay put up this summer with little to no moisture on it, but what about all the hay that did get rained on?If a horse owner is purchasing hay for the winter, there are several precautions to keep in mind after having a very wet summer.
Even if hay didn’t get rained on in the windrow there are still cases where mold growth may have occurred.Poor drying conditions (in cases of high humidity) likely resulted in mold growth on hay while in storage.According to the University of Idaho Extension, mold will grow on hay (without preservative added) when moisture levels are above 14-15%.If hay is not stored properly and extra preventative measures taken, then mold will grow and create heat.Proper ventilation in the hay storage area, waiting to stack bales until they have thoroughly dried out or not stacking bales at all, and leaving proper space between rows of bales will all decrease the risk of mold present in stored hay.
So what is the issue if there is mold in the hay?The reason horse owners need to be concerned is that the most common molds found in hay can produce spores that cause respiratory problems in horses, and under some conditions will produce mycotoxins.According to University of Minnesota Extension, horses are particularly sensitive to dust from mold spores and can get a respiratory disease similar to asthma in humans known as Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO), which is more commonly referred to as “heaves”.Horses with RAO, or heaves, will have a normal temperature and good appetite, but often times will have decreased exercise tolerance, excessive tearing of the eyes, coughing, and nasal discharge.Horses with RAO will also develop a “heave line” from the abdominal muscle becoming larger.Even when horses exhibit these symptoms there seems to be a variation in their sensitivity level, and some horses are highly allergic to certain mold spores while others seem to be unaffected.
So how much mold is too much?In a Pennsylvania State University study, they counted mold spores on feeds to indicate the extent of molding in feedstuffs and the associated risks of feeding them.They found that with a mold spore count per gram under 500,000 there is a relatively low risk, with 1-2 million counts per gram feed should be fed with caution, and anything over 5 million mold spore counts per gram should not be fed at all (Mold and Mycotoxin Problems in Livestock Feeding).
While most molds do not produce mycotoxins (mold toxins), the presence of mold in hay indicates that there is a possibility of mycotoxins being present.In these cases, animals being fed moldy hay should be closely monitored to make sure they don’t develop mycotoxin symptoms.These symptoms include intake reduction or complete refusal of feed, reduced nutrient absorption and impaired metabolism, diarrhea, intestinal irritation, lethargy, and suppression of the immune system.Quick test kits are available to test for a limited number of mycotoxins, but these can give false positives.The best strategy is to remove the suspected mycotoxin-contaminated feedstuff and see if the symptoms disappear.
In short, most molds are harmless and produce spores and dust, and are not producing known mycotoxins.Mold spore counts under 1 million spores per gram have a low risk or are relatively safe to feed; anything more than 1 million should be fed with caution, diluted with other feeds, or not fed at all, depending on the count.Use caution when feeding questionable hay to horses this winter, and be selective if you’re purchasing hay.Good, dry hay that was put up in ideal conditions will definitely cost more, but in instances such as this year it will definitely benefit your horse’s health long-term.
Murray County Medical Center offering discounted heart, vascular screens
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. —Heart and vascular screens will be available at the Murray County Medical Center from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Oct. 22-23 for a discounted rate of $25 each.
The Heart Screen uses advanced tools and diagnostics to uncover critical details about patients’ hearts. The screening is recommended for anyone aged 40-75, and includes the following:
• CT calcium score
• Non-fasting cholesterol
• Blood pressure
• Body Mass Index (BMI)
• Framingham Score (risk estimate for developing heart disease in the next 10 years)
The Vascular Screen examines details about the health of the patient’s vascular system. The vascular system consists of arteries and veins which circulate oxygen and nutrients throughout the body and remove waste. The screening is recommended for patients ages 40 and older, although people with type 1 diabetes should be screened at age 30 and older. The screen includes:
• Stroke/carotid artery ultrasound
• Abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound
• Ankle/brachial index
The screening event will be held at the Murray County Medical Center at 2042 Juniper Ave., Slayton, Minn., 56172. Call 888-996-4673 to make an appointment.
About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is one of the largest health care systems in the nation, with 44 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and serving the Upper Midwest, with nearly 1,400 physicians, Sanford Health is dedicated to several initiatives, including global children’s clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. Sanford Health has 28,000 employees, making it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford over the past decade have transformed how Sanford Health can improve the human condition. For information, visit sanfordhealth.org.