Annual Membership Drive of the Prairie - Music Concert Association
The Prairie Music Concert Association members met on September 19thto “kick off” the 2017 – 2018 concert season.Many concert series members renewed their memberships last spring.However, if you neglected to renew or would like to purchase a new membership, you may purchase season tickets from any concert board member or at the first concert on November 11th. Three concerts will be offered this year in Slayton.The first concert on November 11th will be held at Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton because of a scheduling conflict at Murray County Central(MCC).The last two concerts will be held at MCC.
The first concert in Slayton, Croon will be on Saturday, November 11th .Croon is Todd Murray who is called the new leading man of Cabaret.Todd has been nominated for numerous awards for his vocals, CDs and song writing.
The second Slayton concert on Saturday, March 3rd is Scarborough Fair.Jeb and Joe Guthrie will offer their renditions of the best of Simon and Garfunkel Music. Great music and great memories for the audience.
Cahal Dunne will be the third concert on Saturday, April 14thin Slayton.“Ireland’s Happy Man” is a composer, pianist, and storyteller.His style is rich and deep reflecting the many strands in his distinguished career.
The Prairie Music Concert series will continue to offer reciprocity with
Windom and Worthington.Concerts in Windom include Seraph Brass; Roy and Rosemary; J. Mark McVey; and the Dave Osborne Trio.
Worthington concerts include Main Street Souvenirs; Jeff Dayton; Windsync; Derik Nelson Family.
Costs of the tickets remain a bargain at $40 adult; $10 student; $85 family.The season tickets cover all concerts in all three towns.(11Concerts!)
The Prairie Music Association strives to present the best professional entertainment value possible.Support for such quality concerts in our rural area is essential to continue these valuable programs.
For ticket information or to become a Concert Series sponsor, call Sandy at 836-8395, Jan at 425-2806, Kelly at 836-8970 or Linda at 836-8443.
Mother Speaks About Daughter’s Near Miss With A Passing Vehicle After Getting Off School Bus
Motorists Failing to Stop for School Buses Risking Lives
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety released the disturbing video this morning (October 9, 2017) that showed a motorist who fails to stop for a school bus. Thankfully, the bus driver’s quick actions alerted the girl to the passing vehicle, helping the Rosemount sixth grader avoid injury or possible death.
The girl’s parents, Joyce and Les Rhoades, spoke to the press on Monday, October 9thabout the incident and to send a message to other motorists about the importance of always stopping for school buses.
Motorists failing to stop for school buses continues to be a serious issue that risks children’s lives. State law requires vehicles to stop for school buses when the bus driver activates the flashing lights and has the crossing arm fully extended. As of Aug. 1, drivers who violate that law will face a larger fine as citations increased from $300 to $500 this year for stop arm violations.
During the annual School Bus Stop Arm Survey earlier this year, 3,659 bus drivers across the state reported 703 stop arm violations in just one day.
In the past six years, law enforcement across the state wrote nearly 9,000 stop arm violation citations.
2011 -- 1,391
2012 - 1,476
2013 - 1,535
2014 - 1,674
2015 - 1,400
2016 - 1,318
Total -- 8,794
· In Minnesota, motorists must stop at least 20 feet from a school bus that is displaying red flashing lights and a stop arm when approaching from the rear and from the opposite direction on undivided roads.
· Motorists should slow down, pay attention and anticipate school children and buses, especially in neighborhoods and school zones.
· The best way to be aware of your surroundings at all times is to put the distractions away.
· When getting off a bus, look to be sure no cars are passing on the shoulder.
· Wait for the bus driver to signal that it’s safe to cross.
· When crossing the street to get on the bus or to go home, make eye contact with motorists before proceeding.
Friends of Lake Shetek State Park to host the 12th Annual Pumpkin Festival
Join us for a day of fall fun at the 12th Annual Pumpkin Festival at Lake Shetek State Park’s Zuya Group Center on Saturday, October 21 from 1pm – 4pm.Come on out and jump in the biggest leaf pile you’ve ever seen!There will be hayrides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, games and prizes to be had, along with s’mores by the campfire and refreshments.
The Pumpkin Festival is sponsored by the Friends of Lake Shetek State Park and the Currie Town and Country Boosters.It is free to the public; however, state park vehicle permits are required to enter the park.Daily permits are $7 per vehicle or $35 for an annual permit and can be purchased at the office.
Lake Shetek State Park is located 14 miles northeast of Slayton or 13 miles south of Tracy.Access to the park is by County Road 38, north of Currie.For more information, contact the park directly at (507) 763-3256 from 9am-4pm daily.
Census of Agriculture Countdown Begins for America’s Farmers and Ranchers
America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them.
The Census of Agriculture highlights land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures, and other topics. The 2012 Census of Agriculture revealed that over three million farmers operated more than two million farms, spanning over 914 million acres. This was a four percent decrease in the number of U.S. farms from the previous census in 2007. However, agriculture sales, income, and expenses increased between 2007 and 2012. This telling information and thousands of other agriculture statistics are a direct result of responses to the Census of Agriculture.
NASS defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year (2017).
Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Free, Comprehensive And Objective Counseling
The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging®, Inc. will once again be assisting Medicare beneficiaries with their 2018 Medicare plan research and enrollment.Trained volunteers will be available by appointment in Slayton at the MNRAAA office.To schedule an appointment, call the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433.
Medicare beneficiaries need to bring with them current insurance information, their Medicare card and their medications.
The 2018 annual enrollment period for Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans runs from October 15, 2017 to December 7, 2017.During this time, you can enroll in a plan if you did not previously enroll or change to a new plan.Changes then become effective on January 1, 2018.If you do not make changes by December 7, 2017, in most cases you will not be able to change plans again until 2019.
If you have questions or need further information, contact the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433. The Senior LinkAge Line® is a free statewide service of the Minnesota Board on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging. The Senior LinkAge Line® is the federally-designated State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for Minnesota and is the place to call for Medicare and health insurance issues. Call 1-800-333-2433 for assistance or go to www.MinnesotaHelp.info® to chat live with a Senior LinkAge Line® specialist.
WHO: Senior LinkAge Line® and Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA)
Slayton Rehabilitation Awarded Grant To Integrate Music Therapy
By Theresa Nysetvold
Within the next few weeks, visitors of the Slayton Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center may notice residents using headphones and iPods for therapeutic benefits.Activity Director Michele Steffl was recently awarded a grant from the state of Minnesota that will purchase ten iPods, headphones and pay for the training of staff from every department so residents may participate in a certified music and memory program.
“We’ve used music in many ways throughout the years - during exercise programs, to relax, to sing along, or just for background sound during meals,” said Michele, “but this year we are excited to begin a new program using music therapy for a variety of medical issues such as dementia, pain, PTSD, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.”Research reveals the benefits of music for reducing chronic pain, depression, anxiety and for managing the systems of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia.Michele remarked, “Next month we’ll have three 90-minute training classes for staff from every department in the center.If a resident would benefit from music in the middle of the night, or during a meal or any other time, we want any staff member to be ready to respond and offer the iPod.”
The grant will pay for ten residents to each have one iPod to be used at the facility.The iPods will be individualized for each resident with therapeutic music and music of their choice.Staff will monitor the effects of the music therapy, keeping records and submitting results as part of a study through the state.
If you would like more information about the music and memory program, check out their website at: www.musicandmemory.org