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USDA-Farm Service Agency Notice of Availability Hog Barn Construction Draft Environmental Assessment

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (FSA) announces they will be completing an Environmental Assessment for the construction and operation of a 3,000-head hog wean to finish hog confinement barn in the SW ¼ of the SE ¼ of Section 21 in Bondin Township, Murray County, MN. The primary objective of the activity is to construct the new wean to finish hog confinement barn to finish 3,000 head of market hogs at a time continuously throughout the year.

FSA is accepting comments on the potential effects of the proposed project on protected resources and the human environment through July 25, 2018. Information regarding this project can be reviewed in person at the Nobles County FSA Office. Comments should be submitted to the Farm Loan Manager at 1567 McMillan Street, Suite 1, Worthington, MN 56187-2801 or by email to mnworthing-fsa@one.usda.gov .


Great Slayton Area Get Together June 28

The Community Band Concert on Thursday June 28th at 7 PM will feature “Hallelujah,” “Everybody Loves a March,” and “Basin Street Blues.”  Schaap Sanitation Relay for Life Team will be offering grilled hotdogs and their delicious strawberry shortcake.  Free will donations accepted.

95% of funding for Cancer Research comes from People Like You!  Funding comes from Special Events, Personal Gifts, Corporate Gifts, and Bequests.

Bring your lawn chair and come to Gullord Park for an evening meal, enjoy a musical concert, and support a local cause.  What could be a better “Get Together!”


Farm Service Agency County Committee Nomination Period in Murray County to Launch June 15

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages America’s farmers and ranchers to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their local county committee. According to USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Murray County Executive Director David Schreiber, FSA will accept nominations for county committee members beginning Friday, June 15, 2018.

Producers across the country are already serving on committees where they play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA, making important decisions on programs dealing with disaster and conservation, emergencies, commodity loan price support, county office employment and other agricultural issues.

“County committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level,” said CED Schreiber. “It is also important that committees are comprised of members who fairly represent the diverse demographics of production agriculture for their community. I encourage all producers, including women, minority and beginning farmers and ranchers, to participate in the nomination and election process.”

Nationwide, more than 7,700 dedicated farmers and ranchers serve on FSA county committees, which consist of three to 11 members and meet once a month, or as needed. Members serve three-year terms.

Producers can nominate themselves or others. Organizations, including those representing beginning, women and minority producers, may also nominate candidates to better serve their communities. To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program and reside in the area where the election is being held.

This year, nominations and elections for Murray County will be held in local administrative area 1, which includes Cameron, Chanarambie, Ellsborough, Fenton, Leeds, Lowville and Moulton Townships.

To be considered, a producer must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections, or from the Murray County FSA office. All nomination forms for the 2018 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1, 2018. Visit farmers.gov for more information.

Election ballots will be mailed to eligible voters beginning Nov. 5, 2018. Read more to learn about important election dates.


A Traveler’s Adventures in South Carolina

By Cole Davis

When living in Minnesota, vacations are often looked forward to. The cold of winter can usually be escaped by journeying downwards some hundreds of miles. However, my family went to South Carolina in the first half of June, and fully expected to survive. This is a tale of that journey.

Now, the main reason that we journey to South Carolina is to visit my grandmother, who moved there permanently from Wisconsin in 2016. She previously owned a summer home, but decided to move permanently to a bit bigger house than her summer home. She lives in a retirement community known as Sun City, which resides between Beaufort and Bluffton. The retirement community includes well over 5,000 homes and has a tennis court, a baseball diamond (and senior league team), various walkways, and various restaurants. Perhaps the most notable location to my grandmother, however, would have to be the dog park, which is where she meets with all of her friends and fellow dog owners. They come from all walks of life, from a retired New York police officer to a real estate developer from Virginia. 

We visited in order to spend time with her and see the sights around the community. The first journey that we made was to Charleston, where we went to go see Fort Sumter, a sea fort that was notably used in two Civil War battles. At the fort, we learned a great many things about the battle, including that the first battle had the first shots of the war. The fort was originally controlled by the Union even though South Carolina had seceded, and the first battle resulted in the fort being taken over by the Confederates. The second battle was a failed attempt by the Union to reclaim it. After Fort Sumter, we were all severely dehydrated, as they requested that we dispose of our waters that we had packaged. As we journeyed through Rainbow Row, which is evidently the oldest historically intact district in the United States, we had to journey into a conveniently placed iHop for some water. After doing that, we enjoyed the beautifully colored houses and then headed back for the day.

Next, we journeyed to Savannah, Georgia. Savannah was a journey that we made twice, first for the two forts that were there, and then for the “River Walk” and city market. In our trips to the forts, we found incredibly amazing structural planning for Civil War era buildings. At Fort Pulaski, located on Cockspur Island, we looked at the makings of a prisoner-of-war camp and the first ever rifled cannon. At Old Fort Jackson, which is a restored 19th century fort, we experienced a run through of the life of a Confederate soldier at the time. We were not given the liberty of showers, nor a clean change of clothes. We reenacted a battle formation, and a friend of mine was “shot” and we had to use his body as a shield, as well as retreat formations and sharpshooting. The man who lead the reenactment then proceeded to run through the shooting of a smaller copper cannon, allowing the smaller children at the demonstration to perform a practice run through, before actually shooting the cannon himself. Needless to say, it was quite loud.

Besides all this historical fun, we also decided to journey to the beach, which is essentially a requirement when going to the coast down south. We went to the beach three days, with fun times two of the three days. The first day went without a hitch, and was very enjoyable. The second day, on the other hand, was quite… rainy. There appeared to be a front coming towards us, but my sister denied any chance that it was going towards our direction. I had finally convinced her to come to shore, but it was too late. The rain drenched our towels completely and we had to rush to our parking spot. We had to clean out our grandmother’s car from the sand that evening. The final day of the beach was quite nice as well, but the tide was extremely powerful. Near the end of our time at the beach, Hannah’s boyfriend, Tate, lost his $150 Oakley sunglasses in the water thanks to an extremely powerful wave. He said that they were two years old and severely scratched, but it still wasn’t the most fun thing that could have happened on the beach. On the plus side, he didn’t lose his Boogie board! 

If you happen to be planning a trip to either South Carolina or Georgia, I can’t recommend the historical forts enough. Charleston’s historical district is must-see if you are a history buff, or just enjoy beautiful architecture. Savannah’s reenactment at Old Fort Jackson was incredibly fun as well, with the experience giving a glimpse of how the teenaged Confederates felt in the war. The fun times that I had in South Carolina will always be linked with my grandma, however. She’s the one who let it all happen, after all.


Attention Cancer Survivors

Our 2018 Relay for Life of Murray County is just around the corner. 

If you are a new cancer survivor or have not registered with the Relay For Life Murray County previously, please contact Linda Tobias at 763-3173 or Helen Brinks at 507-763-3775 to sign up.  If you have received previous mailings or attended a previous event in Murray County you are already signed up and will be receiving the invite with replay card early July.

This year we will again be celebrating cancer survivors in coordination with the relay team event on Saturday August 11th.  The Pork Producers will be preparing the pork loin and the Dairy Association will have Sundaes for your enjoyment. We ask that you be at the Fairgrounds 4-H building for registration between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.  If you are a cancer survivor your meal is provided in part due to a contribution from the teachers and staff of MCC again this year.  You are welcome to bring one guest to the reception but we request a $5.00 contribution for their meal.

Following dinner there will be the survivor walk followed by the team parade of champions and an all survivor butterfly release sponsored by Todd Hieronimus/Totzke funeral home.  The butterfly release promises to be an awesome site as well as experience for all of the cancer survivors.

 We look forward to celebrating with you.  Please plan to attend these special events in your honor.

If you have not previously taken part in the Relay we welcome you to come and experience Relay.  Please Contact Linda Tobias at 763-3173 or Helen Brinks at 507-763-3775 and an invitation will mailed to you.